The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

April 29, 2016  

#1 –TIPS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE SYSTEM IN THE STATES (O’VOMITCARE?) AND WHO WISH TO VOTE WITH THEIR FEET AND RELOCATE TO LATIN AMERICA

#2-HAVE A LATIN BUSINESS STARTUP IN MIND? YOU”LL WANT TO HEAR THESE QUICK, EASY AND VERY CHEAP WAYS TO PROMOTE AND MARKET IT

#3 – “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT…THIS COULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE STATES”... I HEAR SIMILAR EXCLAMATIONS FROM NEW EXPATS AND GRINGOS ALL OF THE TIME

#4- “SEX SELLS”.. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT THE TRUE EXTENT OF THE LATIN MACHO SOCIETY AND WHAT ADVERTISERS CAN GET AWAY WITH

#5- “SICARIO” IS THE NAME OF A MUST SEE MOVIE FOR ALL WHO STILL THINK MOVING TO MEXICO IS A GOOD PLAN “B”  

#6-DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE LATIN MEDIA BUSINESS STILL LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS?  HERE’S WHY…

#7-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

#8- CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like to set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans? Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#9- VISIT ME JOHNNY(AND EXPAT SUPER BLOGGER JOHN GALT) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR
It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For signup details and to get the “Early-bird” discount click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)
http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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April 24, 2016  

#1 –TIPS ON HOW TO FIND THE ABSOLUTE BEST REAL ESTATE DEALS IN LATIN AMERICA

#2 – HOW TO SPOT DESPERATE SELLERS AND HOW TO DO A REAL ESTATE DEAL WITHOUT GETTING HIT UP FOR GRINGO PRICES

#3 – A PROOF OF CONCEPT: HEAR AN EXPAT IN COLOMBIA TELL HOW HE BOUGHT AN UNFINISHED “OBRA EN GRIS” FROM A DESPERATE SELLER, FINISHING THE 2100 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE OF HIS DREAMS FOR $30 A SQ-FT (INCLUDING THE LAND WITH A $21/SQ-FT CONSTRUCTION COST)

#4-HERE’S WHY ITS ALMOST NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO SIGN A BUSINESS CONTRACT WITH A LATIN GOVERNMENT

#5-EVER WONDER HOW THE US GOVT CONTINUES TO PISS AWAY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR IN THE “FAILED” DRUG WAR?  

#6-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

#7- CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like to set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans? Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#8- VISIT ME JOHNNY(AND EXPAT SUPER BLOGGER JOHN GALT) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR:
It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For signup details and to get the “Early-bird” discount click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)
http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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April 22, 2016  

#1 –WHAT CAN THIS BE ABOUT? WE HAVE TWO SOCIALIST LATIN PRESIDENTS, EVO MORALES(BOLIVA)AND RAFAEL CORREA (EQUADOR), ENDORSING BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT! SINCE WHEN DO HEADS OF STATE ENDORSE FOREIGN CANDIDATES?

#2 – A NEW CALIFORNIA LAW ALLOWS MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS TO GET DRIVER’S LICENCES…AND BECOME REGISTERED CALIFORNIA VOTERS AT THE SAME TIME. MEANWHILE, DOWN IN THE LATIN AMERICAN HEARTLAND, WORD OF THIS AMAZING OPTION IS SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE. RESULT: GOV. JERRY BROWN IS SUDDENLY A LATIN FOLK HERO.

#3 –TIPS ON CARRYING GOLD/SILVER COINS AND BULLION ACROSS LATIN BORDERS

#4-TIPS ON BUYING GOLD AND SILVER IN LATIN AMERICA AND WHAT KINDS OF METALS YOU AND YOUR COIN/BULLION  DEALER MUST REPORT TO THE IRS (OR NOT)

#5-TIPS ON HOW TO USE YOUR LATIN LAWYER TO MAKE ANONYMOUS PURCHASES FOR YOU (AND MORE)

#6-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

 #7- CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like to set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans? Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#8- VISIT ME JOHNNY(AND EXPAT SUPER BLOGGER JOHN GALT) at www.TheNewExpat.com where you get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and terrific one-of-kind reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 - LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For signup details and to get the “Early-bird” discount click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)

http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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April 17, 2016  

Description for THE EXPAT FILES SHOW

#1 –BANKING IN LATIN AMERICA-HOW SMART EXPATS SPIRIT THEIR ASSETS OUT OF THE USA, FAR FAR AWAY FROM THE LONG BONEY ARM OF UNCLE SAM:

#2 –MORE ON THE LATIN HOUSING BUBBLE, AND WHY IT STILL CAN BE A GOOD IDEA TO BUILD THE HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS:  

#3 – DEALING WITH LATIN ARCHITECTS AND THE PLANS FOR YOUR DREAM HOUSE:

#4-TIPS FOR EXPAT CHRISTIANS AND ATHEISTS LIVING IN LATIN AMERICA

#5-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

 #6- CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like to set up a time to talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans? Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line with a short list of questions/talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#7- VISIT ME JOHNNY(AND EXPAT SUPER BLOGGER JOHN GALT) at www.TheNewExpat.com to get real “boots on the ground” info, expat blogs and reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016

LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For signup details and to get the “Early-bird” discount click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com  main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)

 http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

 

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April 15, 2016  

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN EXPATS VOTE WITH THEIR FEET AND DECIDE TO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY ALONG?
- It’s true that most Gringos and Expats who vote with their feet and make the move to Latin America are either young, single (usually men), empty nesters, or retirees. However a there is a small, determined and growing percentage of Gringos and Expats who decide to bring their whole family down. That means very young kids and sometimes grandma and grandpa too. Today we talk about some concerns that parents of young children have as they piece together their own “Plan B” - the eventual permanent relocation of the family to Latin America.  

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? IN LATIN AMERICA A FIRST-WORLD STYLE HOUSE CAN BE BUILT FOR $25 TO $35 A SQUARE FOOT, WHEREAS IN THE USA THE AVERAGES IS ABOUT $125 A SQUARE FOOT.  
- You can build your Latin American dream house for a quarter of those stateside prices too... and today we’ll discuss the how’s and why’s...  

INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPAT TAX PREPARER- PART THREE:
-Today, April 15th we have Part Three of our interview with a professional Expat tax preparer. He lives in Medellin, Colombia and knows the peculiarities of Expats and US taxes. Today we'll ask more Expat tax questions.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL:
-Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016 LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR
-It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For signup details and to get the “Early-bird” discount click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com  main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)
http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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April 10, 2016  

CAUTION!! EXPATS ARE BUYING INTO A REAL ESTATE BUBBLE AT IT’S PEAK- MOST WILL LOSE AND NEVER CASH OUT:

Unfortunately, a good percentage of Gringos and Expats in Latin America have bought (or are buying) into the peak of the Latin Real estate bubble. How would they even know? Yes, everyone wants their little piece of paradise and as long as Latin vacation properties are remain cheaper than US vacation properties (not necessarily so) they think they’d better buy in now. A few short years ago buying Latin real estate seemed like such a no brainer but all things must end.., and this one will end badly. Bubbles that over-expand will deflate, bottom out and burn the last suckers in. Sure, some Gringo buyers who got in early found they could flip properties over and over at nice profits… and those stories help drive the bubble as greater fools rush in. Few if any recognize the ominous signs even now (bubble sign in itself). Even this late in the game fools still trickle in but NOT rushing in like they used to. Meanwhile, many fools are find they’re stuck, cash poor, in too deep, with too many properties and too few new suckers…     

 -INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPAT TAX PREPARER- PART TWO:

Today we have Part TWO of an interview with a profession Expat tax preparer who has over 600 Expat clients. He lives in Medellin, Colombia and knows the peculiarities of Expats and US taxes. We’ll ask him the tax questions that most concern Expats.

When it comes to Expats and US taxes, the most knowledgeable and best equipped tax preparers are generally long term Expats who advertise in the local Latin country they live in and thus provide face to face service.  Caution! Your neighborhood tax guy in Cleveland probably hasn’t a single Expat client (except you maybe?). You don’t want to be his guinea pig. 

-BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 -Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com . It’s where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports.

 ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016

LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For full info and signup details and to get in on the “Early-bird” discount just click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com  main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)

 http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

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April 8, 2016  

MY TAKE ON THE MASSIVE “PANAMA PAPERS” LEAK:

A good percentage of smart Gringos and Expats living in Latin America have been lucky enough to get their assets out of the US and the US banking system. The see the writing on the wall and soon a desperate Big Brother will slam that exit door too. Smart people know that with the passage of FATCA, the bail-ins and the push for the cashless society, it’ll be the depositor’s money in US bank accounts that becomes the source of the next bank bailout- probably not another QE. That said, using offshore corporations and bank accounts have always been, perfectly legal ways to do business, keep money and assets somewhat anonymous as well as protected from confiscation and lawsuits etc. But now with the massive “Panama Leaks” story the world sees how corrupt, sociopathic, scumbag politicos and untouchable megabuck-jerks use these same legal tools to hide and redirect their payoffs and ill-gotten public loot. Unfortunately, with that breaking story everyone who uses these legal and valuable tools are now being stained by the media with the same brush…

BTW: hate to say I told you so but as I’ve said all along, Panama’s been labeled such a high-profile money-laundering center- a hot spot like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands- its naturally on every first-world tax authority’s radar.  That said, only clueless gringos and Expats are nuts enough to bank or create Panama based corporations. If you need to incorporate or do banking, there are so many nicer, better, low key places in Latin America.   

 -INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPAT TAX PREPARER- PART ONE:

It’s APRIL! Gringos and Expats are much concerned with filing their US taxes and wonder who should prepare them. Today we have Part One of an interview with a profession Expat tax preparer with over 600 Expat clients. He lives in Medellin, Colombia so he knows the peculiarities concerning Expats and US taxes and we’ll ask him tax questions that most concern Expats.      

 -BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 -Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com . It’s where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports.

ANNOUNCING JOHNNY’S JULY 2016

LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Thursday July 14th. For full info and signup details and to get in on the “Early-bird” discount just click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com  main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)

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April 3, 2016  

ANNOUNCING MY JULY 2016

LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR

It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America “off the Gringo tourist trail”, from Saturday July 9th thru Friday the 15th. For full info and signup details and to get in on the “Early-bird” discount just click the link on top of the www.TheNewExpat.com  main-page or email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or, or click on the link below (or paste it in your browser)

http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-july-2016-latin-american-insider-seminar/

NOW FOR TODAY’S EXPAT FILES SHOW:

SOME GRINGOS AND EXPATS NEVER LEARN:

A high percentage of Gringos and Expats living in Latin America still believe in the American Republi-Rat political system. Talk about clueless Gringos! It’s a good thing most of those “brain lost” types are found living “on the gringo tourist trail”…and for me its reason number 4536 why I recommend living “off the tourist trail”. Here’s the scoop on that travesty…

 -HOW LATIN AMERICANS VIEW AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES:

Historically, Latins couldn’t care one frijole about US politics. However, for the first time ever local Latins are paying extreme attention to the race. The only issue for Latins here is immigration of course and today you’ll find out the crap the Latin media is spreading and hoe the locals are reacting…   

-NOT ALL LATINS HATE TRUMP:

You’ll be surprised to hear that most upscale and wealthy Latins American secretly hope Trump wins. Why? Because they’re embarrassed and shamed by the negative stereotypes created by those who have slipped into the US illegally. Many Latins with dough and education actually want Trump to build a wall to keep then sweaty masses out. Wealthy Latins are very classist and hate that white-bread US citizens seem to paint all classes Latins with the same negative brush.  

 -BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

-Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com . It’s where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports. It’s a work in progress so please be patient. We’re continually improving and expanding the format.

CHECK OUT THE NEW EXPAT “CONCIERGE SERVICE”:

What’s an Expat “Concierge Service”?

People planning to become expats always start the process with a big “To Do List”. However, they often don’t speak much Spanish or have a trusted network of resources to lean on in their new Latin country of choice. They often just don’t know where to start, or who to trust.

Enter the New Expat “CONCIERGE SERVICE”……

In short, whatever you need done on your Expat “To Do List”- whether it’s after you arrive in Latin America or while you’re still up in the states- the “Concierge” ladies will hand hold you through the process and get it done.

For example: you may need individual help and guidance with things like; renting, buying, building, health insurance, car purchases, drivers license, visa renewals, credit cards, banking, residency, business startups, business consulting, internet, phone and utility hookups, medical and legal services, maids, caregivers, gardeners, nurses, MD's, specialists, dentists, hospitals, clinics, paying bills, translations, and of course weaving through the local government bureaucracies, etc., etc. You name the project, large or small, and a bilingual “concierge” lady will hold your hand through it and see that you get your checklist done.

Yes, I personally know and highly recommend this team. Better yet, each “Concierge” lady is college educated, and has her own car (so you won't have to pay to rent one or take taxis everywhere). Note we’re not talking “Gringo Prices” either!!!

For more info email me: theexpatfiles@gmail.com and write the word “CONCIERGE” in the subject line.

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April 1, 2016  
ANNOUNCING MY JULY 2016
LATIN AMERICAN “INSIDER” SEMINAR
It will be held in and around Guatemala, Central America on Saturday July 9th thru Friday the 15th. To get in on the “Early-bird” discount, email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com or click on the link below (or paste in your browser) for full info and signup details:

NOW FOR THE EXPAT FILES SHOW...

-CANADIANS WHO LOVE LIVING IN LATIN AMERICA ARE BEING PUNISHED BY THE CANADAN GOVT FOR DOING SO:
For many Canadians their legendary National Healthcare system is sacrosanct, but for snowbirds to take advantage of it they must live in Canada for at least 5 months a year. As you’ll see on today’s show, many Canadians would rather suffer the wrath and consequences of socialism, extreme Big Brother and killer taxes other than give up their so-called “free” Canadian medicine. It’s not hard to see why so many Canadians are making a big mistake by trying to hang on to this benefit, thus missing the chance to get out of Dodge while they still can… 

 -MORE THAN A MILLION AND HALF GRINGOS AND EXPATS NOW LIVE IN MEXICO. COULD THAT BE A GOOD THING?:
Though it might sound good at first, in the long run it’s not. Bottom line: when gringos come in hoards (like they've done in Costa Rica) it’s only a matter of time before the locals come to resent it. Though we bring details and order, we also bring high expectations, punctuality and an ever higher cost of living. So, if you live in Mexico, little by little you'll be waving goodbye to that famous “Gringo Advantage”...

 -TODAY WE TALK ABOUT A BRAND NEW LATIN AMERICAN “CONCIERGE SERVICE” FOR GRINGOS AND EXPATS. DESIGNED TO HELP NEW ARRIVALS, AND THOSE PLANNING THEIR EVENTUAL RELOCATION TO LATIN AMERICA, THE CONCIERGE LADIES WILL HANDHOLD YOU THROUGH MOST ANYTHING TO BE DONE ON YOUR “TO DO” LIST....
New Expats are always stumbling around looking to get things done, but it’s a different culture here, and all in Spanish! Once you land here, where do you start? Well finally there's great resource (and a lifeline) for Gringos and Expats in Latin America looking for individual help with things like; renting, buying, building, health insurance, car purchases, drivers licenses, visa renewals, residency, business startups/consulting, internet, phone and utility hookups, govt processes and paperwork, medical and legal services, maids, caregivers, gardeners, nurses, MD's, specialists, dentists, hospitals, clinics, banking, paying bills, translations, etc., etc.
You name it, and someone from the bilingual “concierge” brigade will hold your hand and see that you get your checklist done.
So, if you're overwhelmed with things on your Latin American "To Do" list, the "Concierge" ladies will take you by the hand and get you on the right track. Yes, I personally know and highly recommend them.
Do note: the concierge staff ladies will take you around in their own cars (so you won't have to pay to rent one) and they work mostly “off the Gringo tourist trail” exactly like I recommend, so we’re not talking “Gringo Prices” either!!!
 
For more info email me: theexpatfiles@gmail.com and write the word “CONCIERGE” in the subject line.     

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "EXPAT FILES" YOU TUBE CHANNEL: become a subscriber (it’s free!)

-CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just write “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
-Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com . It’s where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports. It’s a work in progress so please be patient. We’re continually improving and expanding the format.
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March 27, 2016  

BUILD YOUR LATIN AMERICAN DREAMHOUSE IN THE BEST OF NEIGHBORHOODS FOR $25 TO $50 A SQUARE FOOT:

Long time listeners know it’s my firm belief that there’s a huge real estate bubble in most all of Latin America. Anyone who’s had substantial boots on the ground will confirm that. So don’t be a clueless gringo and buy at the top!! However, if you can find a nice piece of land at the right price, you can build the house of your dreams for $25 to $50 a square foot, complete. Today we have a strategy and some tips to help you find the perfect neighborhood…

IT’S DEFINITELY A RENTER’S MARKET: WITH THE REAL ESTATE BUBBLE CRACKING AS WE SPEAK: That said, when “off the tourist trail” you’ll simply be amazed at what you can rent for a mere $300 to $700 a month. Today we have some real life examples…

DON’T GET SUCKED IN BY FRIENDLY GRINGOS AND THEIR SO-CALLED “GROUND FLOOR” REAL ESTATE DEALS: So when “on the gringo tourist trail” beware of slick gringo real estate agents/salesmen trying to get you into the bubble. Yes, they’re experts at sizing up clueless gringos and spotting suckers. They’ll take advantage of your crappy Spanish, short time down, and obvious lack of boots on the ground… as well as the brain-fogging Zoloft effect the soothing tropical climate has on fresh, green gringos (especially true if a gringo’s 1st world life consists of 6 months of snow and cold).

Note: when “off the tourist trail” there will be no such Gringo real estate guys pressing you, but there’s still a huge bubble, so don’t get sucked in by clueless local Latin agents either…

NOPE, THERE ARE NO CHEAP “GROUND FLOOR” REAL ESTATE DEALS LEFT IN LATIN AMERICA: certainly not “on the tourist trail” in places like Panama, CR, Mexico, Belize, and now Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia and Uruguay. And here’s why…    

MIGHT YOUR SECRET DREAM BE A BEACH HOUSE RIGHT ON THE OCEAN? Well guess what? When the bubble cracks, beach houses are often the first properties desperate sellers put on the market. How does a 3 bedroom beach house, with pool, right on the ocean for $100k or less sound to you? Right now, desperate sellers are starting to come out of the woodwork and today we have examples of some fabulous deals that have hit the market. For this you’ll need boots on the ground. You won’t find this stuff on the internet… not in English anyway.

My next “Latin Insider” Seminar will be Saturday July 9th thru Friday the 15th. To get on my earlybird discount list, send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com      

Visit me Johnny (and Expat super-blogger John Galt) at our new joint website www.TheNewExpat.com . It’s where you’ll get real “boots on the ground” info, experienced expat blogs and reports. It’s a work in progress so please be patient. We’re continually improving and expanding the format.

 -Be sure to check out my "Expat Files" YouTube channel -and become a subscriber (it’s free!)

 CONSULT WITH JOHNNY- SCHEDULE A CELL OR SKYPE CALL: Would you like a 1 on 1 personal Skype or phone consult with me? Set up a time when we can talk and sort out your own specific Latin American plans. Just put the word “CONSULT” in the subject line and send a short list of your questions and talking points to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

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