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Global Property Investing Made Easy—Here’s How

23 Mar
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Lief Simon’s Personal Buy List—Where You Should Be Investing Overseas Right Now

How do you make money investing in real estate overseas?

And, as important, how can you lose money investing this way?

The three-dozen global real estate experts who have joined us in Panama for this week’s Global Property Summit have been answering both those questions from firsthand, real-world experience.

In addition, with their help, we’ve pinpointed markets and current opportunities from turnkey agricultural buys to pre-construction plays, condo hotels, land, and rentals.

The timing of this event is not a coincidence. We are enjoying an era in property investing the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades… an opportunity to take advantage of crisis markets, shifting demographics, technology advancements, and geopolitical realities.

And that’s not to mention perhaps the biggest opportunity of the moment: the strength of the U.S. dollar.

For dollar investors, the world’s property markets are on sale right now.

The challenge today isn’t ferreting out a good property investment opportunity that diversifies you into a foreign market. The challenge today is the abundance of such opportunity. As a friend at this week’s conference put it, we global property investors are drinking from a fire hose right now.

How And Where To Focus?

Monday morning, to help frame the discussions and the recommendations to come, our co-hosts for this week’s Global Property Summit, Lief Simon and Lee Harrison, presented sample portfolios.

“If you had US$150,000 to invest,” I asked Lief and Lee in turn, “what would you buy?”

Here’s how Lief responded:

150000 investment portfolioLief’s US$150,000 portfolio includes:

  • Timber in Colombia
  • Aquaponics in Thailand
  • An agriculture play in avocados in Panama
  • Beachfront lot in Brazil

If he had US$500,000 to place right now? Here’s how Lief would spend that property investing budget:

500000 property investing budget.
With a budget this big, Lief would buy:

  • Timber in Colombia
  • Aquaponics in Thailand
  • An agriculture play in avocados in Panama
  • Beachfront lot in Brazil
  • An apartment for rental in Portugal
  • Beach condo for rental in Panama (using leverage)
  • Rental bungalow in Cayo, Belize
  • Resort rental condo in the Dominican Republic (using leverage)

What would Lee buy with US$150,000?

150000 lee investment portfolio
With this budget, Lee would invest in:

  • A rental apartment in Cuenca (or Medellín, he explained)
  • Avocado plantation in Panama
  • Teak in Panama

Where would Lee place US$500,000 of capital right now?

500000 lee property investing budget
Lee would invest his US$500,000 in:

  • Timber in Colombia
  • Annual agricultural crops
  • Rental apartment in Medellín
  • Commercial rental in Panama
  • Land in Panama
  • Direct investment with a developer
  • Real estate investment fund

How do you source timber, agriculture, rentals, commercial space, land, beachfront, pre-construction, and direct property investments in Colombia, Panama, Portugal, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, and beyond?

Our guys have figured that out. Over our three days together in Panama City this week, our invited property experts from the world’s most appealing property investment markets right now showcased current investment options across asset classes, across budgets, across markets, economies, currencies, and portfolio agendas.

Every opportunity we’ve considered, though, has had one important thing in common: It’s turnkey.

This is global property profits made easy.

Kathleen Peddicord