There are as many different ways to expatriate or retire overseas as there are expats. You can live full time in your new country abroad divide your time between your home country and overseas country travel all the time I know people from each category, and each style has its pros and … [Read more...] about Three Ways to Retire Overseas
I always advise readers to rent first -- for at least six months to a year -- in a new country. It's what we're doing ourselves. When you rent first, you give yourself time to settle in and assure yourself that you're where you want to be. You also save yourself the potential agony of buying what … [Read more...] about Rent Before You Buy Overseas. . . Or Maybe Not
If you're from the US, Canada or western Europe, you're used to a highly organized real estate market. You have agencies to help with buying, selling and renting. In the US, multiple listing services are the norm where you can deal with any agent and have access to the full spectrum of available … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Find a Home (to Rent or Buy) in a New Country
When last seen, Future Expat was grumpy. Tired of living in a hotel and having to go out for every meal, tired of not having a place to call her own. . . just tired. There were even a few tearful phones calls with my husband back home, running along the lines of, "I don't think I can do … [Read more...] about 9 Lessons I’ve Learned about Finding a Rental House in Las Tablas, Panama
When you're in a part of the world that doesn't have an organized real estate or rental market, finding a place to live is hard. You can't just waltz into an agency and say, "I'm looking for a two-bedroom house to rent in a nice neighborhood with a fenced yard for my dogs." I'm here in Las … [Read more...] about In Search of the Elusive Rental Casa in Las Tablas, Panama
Little did I realize, when I told you last week we had vacated the Florida house, that the vacating process would take this long. . . We moved out, with our suitcases, dogs and laptops, one week ago. The estate sale happened on February 18. Somehow, I had visions of walking back in after the sale … [Read more...] about Countdown! When is Moving Out Not Really Moving Out?