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Author: Lief Simon

21 Jun
The Notre Dame Cathedral on the Seine river, Paris, France

When Traveling During COVID-19, Flexibility Remains Key

Have Vaccination, Will Travel With both shots of my COVID-19 vaccination now administered, traveling to Europe will be easier next month in advance of the family vacation we’ve planned in Italy. Most countries on the Continent have opened up to vaccinated travelers, and the EU has said they will open borders further to allow all [...]
14 Jun
Rocky beach with blue waters in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

Why Puerto Vallarta’s Real Estate Market Is On a Roll In 2021

For excellent rental returns and a high-performing market in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is at the top of my list. And if you are looking for high-quality properties in a beautiful and enjoyable city—with the potential for a good income and capital gain—then Puerto Vallarta should be at the top of your list, too. The real […]

03 Jun
Ronda, Spain old town cityscape on the Tajo Gorge.

The 3 Real Estate Investment Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

One big loss can wipe out a lot of gains. After more than two-and-a-half decades of property investing experience across 24 countries, I have learned that the hard way several times over. Here are the stories of three of my biggest failures, the investments that stand out in memory as having both cost me and […]

31 May
Carmelita Gardens, a sustainable tiny home community in Belize

Tiny Homes For A Big Life… And Profits

In Today’s World, Going Tiny Can Mean Living Large Tiny homes have been a growing trend in the United States for the past 10 years or more. You know an idea has become mainstream when a reality TV series is launched on the topic. In fact, though, Americans are late to this party. Europeans have [...]
27 May
Aerial view of Caribbean tourist resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

It Is Not Illegal To Move Assets Offshore

Some recent reader emails have me scratching my head. Some readers rail against me for writing about ways both to save taxes and to protect assets by moving them offshore. These readers seem fully to believe that these activities are illegal. The only thing I can think is that they are mis-merging ideas. Hiding assets […]

17 May
View of a boat house on the famous Lake Braies with emerald water in Italy

Don’t Buy Real Estate Overseas Until You Understand These Taxes

Before making an investment in real estate overseas, it’s important to understand what the total cost of the purchase will be, both immediately and long term, including your tax obligation. Transfer taxes, for example, can be considerably higher than in the United States. On the other hand, one big benefit of diversifying into property markets […]

10 May
Obtaining A Second Passport

My Top 4 Countries For Obtaining A Second Passport In 2021

2021's 4 Best Second Passport Options How many countries the document allows you to travel to visa-free… Residency requirements (both to earn the passport and to maintain it), language requirements, and whether or not the country allows dual citizenship… As well as how long the naturalization and approval processes typically take… and what they entail. [...]
06 May
Sunrise on Lamai Beach on Koh Samui in Thailand.

Taxes For The Global Citizen

A reader wrote this week to tell me why he’s not on board with our recommendation of Colombia as a top lifestyle choice in the Americas. His beef is taxes. Someone told the guy that Colombia taxes anyone who is in the country for more than six months on his worldwide income… and, further, that