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01 Mar
The cityscape of El Poblado, Medellin, Colombia, with traffic spanning 6 lanes divided by trees in the middle and mountains off in the distance.

4 Reasons Life In Medellín, Colombia, Might Not Be For You

I’ve been spending time and investing money in Colombia and reporting on those adventures for almost 10 years. Still, people tell me I’m crazy. You could find things to complain about in Colombia… as you could anywhere. However, safety and security—both personal and financial—aren’t among them. What might you want to complain about in Colombia?

22 Jan
Blue water beach with palm trees in Caye Caulker, Belize

How Each Region Of Belize Reveals Another Lifestyle Option

Finally… after three days inside the meeting rooms of the Ft. George Hotel, it was time to bug out of Belize City… Belize City is poor, underdeveloped, and, in parts, unsafe. I don’t mind the place. Beneath the gritty surface, I detect a long-faded charm. Or maybe I project one. Either way, I enjoy passing […]

04 Dec
rental market dominican republic

Top 5 Rental Markets In The Dominican Republic Today

For the last four years, we’ve been touting the Dominican Republic as a place where investors can find quality overseas rental property investment opportunities that don’t require huge initial investment sums. Plus, local bank financing is available in this country for nonresidents and foreigners. Today, global property investors, particularly North Americans, are starting to take […]

20 Nov
Drive to mexico from U.S.

3 Popular Seaside Towns In Mexico Within Driving Distance Of U.S.

As I explained to the entire group assembled in Cancún last week for our Live and Invest in Mexico Conference, the most valuable convenience you can hope for when purchasing a home abroad is the ability to load up the car and drive to it. And this is one of Mexico’s biggest advantages. During the meetings […]

16 Nov
International Property Investment

Why International Real Estate Investing Isn’t For Everybody

Don’t Invest In Real Estate Overseas If You Share These Views A reader got in touch recently to say: "Lief, I have seen a posting online from Cherif Medawar on international real estate investing. It appears to contradict your group's continued advice on international investments. I'm forwarding it to you for a response because it [...]
13 Nov
build property portfolio

How I Took $5K And Created A Million Dollar Property Portfolio

In 1995, I made my first real estate investment, a three-flat building in Chicago. I was able to make the purchase with US$5,000. Two-and-a-half years later, in early 1998, I sold the building for a leveraged return of 1,800%. I hadn’t planned to sell at that time. My first wife and I were divorcing, and […]