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Author: Lief Simon

16 Sep
Old rural cottage in the mountains

Planting Flags Offshore Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

In 2005, Kathleen and I planted a flag in Croatia. We bought an old stone farmhouse that needed complete renovation. The plan was to renovate it and then turn the property into a short-term rental that we could use ourselves for vacations. Sixteen years later, that’s still the plan, and we are this month, finally, […]

13 Sep
A beautiful empty blue water,white sand beach in Karpasia region, Cyprus

Beach Homes In Northern Cyprus: Sandy Beaches And Golf For Cheap

I’ve just negotiated a deal on a Mediterranean island boasting year-round sunshine and pristine beaches—for my readers only—for less than US$69k. Formerly a British colony, English is widely spoken in this unsung paradise, and it’s easy to do business. The destination is easily accessible from Europe, with many one-stop transit flights from the States. Even […]

06 Sep
St Colman's Cathedral rises above the terraced streets and colorful fishing boats of the small tourist city of Cobh on Cork Harbour.

You May Be Surprised At How Low Taxes In Europe Can Be

People often take Europe off the list of possibilities for where to move or invest overseas because they assume the residency options are too limited or expensive… and the tax implications too onerous. The truth is that residency can be easier to obtain in some European countries than it is in some Latin American countries. […]

31 Aug
Jungbusch, Mannheim, Germany

Using A 1031 Like-Kind Exchange When Investing In Property Overseas

How And When To Defer Capital Gains Tax Using A 1031 Like-Kind Exchange At recent conferences, several attendees have asked about using a 1031 like-kind exchange to move capital overseas. Specifically, they wanted to sell investment property in the United States and use the proceeds to invest offshore. A 1031 like-kind exchange is an IRS [...]
26 Aug
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia skyline at dusk over the park.

Take Your Business Offshore To Operate Tax-Free

Exploring opportunities overseas is not only a strategy for diversifying your investment portfolio… but it’s also the best way I know to diversify your life—both your personal life and your professional one. That is, in today’s world, you can realize many benefits by taking your business offshore along with your investments and yourself—either your existing […]

23 Aug
Diversified investments including stocks, forestry investment, real estate and bitcoin

Why You Should Diversify Your Portfolio in Times of Crisis

I’ve written before about real estate investors emailing or approaching me at conferences to question my position on the definition of a truly diversified real estate portfolio. Usually, they’re newer investors who haven’t seen the stock market or whatever type of investing it is that they focus on do what all types of investments do […]

16 Aug
View of the financial district and sea in Panama City, Panama.

Why Investing In Panama’s Real Estate Is So Compelling

If you’re a subscriber to my Global Property Advisor, your latest issue is in your inbox. I recommend you take a close look. This month we reveal our first-ever Global Property Investment Index. This is a giant research project. My team and I spent months rating and ranking the world’s best real estate markets. The […]