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

October 30, 2016  
#1- A Nicaragua Update:
There are some damaging events going on in right now that will affect Nicaragua quite negatively starting in 2017. These developments don’t bode well for Expats living there or planning to move there  
 
#2- Gringos and Expats to avoid:
Closer to the tourist trail, you’ll soon meet gringos and Expats that will grate on you and rub you the wrong way. You will not want to be their friends when you realize they are part of a larger problem. So then, what makes so many gringos and gringas on or near the tourist trail so instantly unlikable and even repulsive? Listen today and find out..
 
#3- The basic truths about hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes in Latin America:
Today we discuss natural disasters Latin style, and what Expat gonnabes and wannabees need to know.
 
#4-Have a personal consult session with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.
 
#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Check out Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people contemplating their own Plan “B” but can’t quite afford to get “boots on the ground” or can’t attend an “Expat Insider” Seminar in Latin America. Its a great way to get started on your Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for three  video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
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October 28, 2016  

#1- Exploring Expat Business Ideas: today we discuss some of the best ways to find beautifully crafted locally made products that you can buy then export, market or sell using Ebay, Amazon or your own website.

#2- Today we have an actual “boots in the ground” example of how I inadvertently found three excellent, locally hand-crafted products for well under $10 dollars each retail:
No doubt they will be a hit with first-world buyers at 4 times that price. These three items are ready as is to be featured on a nice website or on Amazon(you can see them on this show posted my YouTube channel). With boots on the ground you should be able to locate many other excellent local products just ripe for exportation.

#3- AGEXPORT is an exporter’s and businessman’s association located in Guatemala- its somewhat like the Rotary Club but much more:
All Latin countries have similar export organizations that offer many related classes and seminars related to import/export rules regs and procedures. They can provide answers to your own product import/export questions and can supply all the info and contacts you might need in such a business. For example, if you want to export products to the USA or Europe  you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Unfortunately the classes and info are almost always in Spanish.

#4-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

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October 26, 2016  

#1- Why do so many Gringo Expat con-artists home in on newbee gringo arrivals? Gringo con artists were newbees once upom a time too and know exactly to take advantage of a green gringo’s innocence, blind enthusiasm and a trusting nature. Besides, they speak Spanish and know that YOU don’t. Thankfully its difficult for those creeps to survive “off “ the gringo tourist trail.

#3- Why are do Expat gringo men outnumber Expat gringa women by about TWO to ONE? Well its not so much because ladies aren’t as adventureous or they’re more unsure of the prospect of establishing a “Plan B” than men….

#4- When 3rd world Air B&B experiences go south: It’s the subject of today’s true “boots on the ground” story

#5- How to save a ton of money on building supplies if you decide to build remodel or add on to your Latin American property(s)

#6- Trump is more infamous in Latin American than you think.
He’s actually rates having his own pinata. Its now all the fashion at parties to bash him and then put his paper carcass to the torch. So then where’s the Hillary pinata? I asked at the pinata store and they’re aint none…

#5-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#6- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

#7. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

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October 23, 2016  


#1- How and where can a Gringo/Expat buy and sell gold, silver and precious metals in Latin America? Where can one get the best deals and prices? What’s the retail price spread versus the spot price? What are the reporting requirements if any?

#2- Bicycling in Latin America:
If bicycling is your hobby you’ll want to know about safety, riding trails, clubs to join, repair shops, the selection of bike brands, parts, accessories, etc., etc.

#3- The Netflix situation in Latin America:

#4-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#5- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

#6. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

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October 16, 2016  


#1-They have heavily guarded industrial parks in Latin America called Free Trade Zones and Zona Francas. What’s that all about?

#2- Forget about airport duty free shops. They don’t have the deals they used to. So today we explain how you can get really great deals on thousands of items and pay no VAT (IVA) taxes or import duties. However, do skip the airport duty free.

#3- TEN GOOD REASONS why I much prefer being an Expat/Gringo in Latin America over anywhere in Asia

#4- Latin America is perhaps one of the only regions in the world where one can have a house worth $200,000 (or much more) and yet pay just a few hundred dollars a year in property taxes. How does that happen? How is it  done and is it legal?

#4- Ripped off in the central market... almost: today’s “boots on the ground” story has a mixture of the good, bad, ugly and the great.

#5- Gypsies, tramps and thieves: yes, there’s competition and creativity at the street urchin level too.

#5-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#6- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

#7. Announcing the new “Podcast by Phone” feature. You now have a way to listen to the past 5 Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

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October 14, 2016  

#1- Announcing a new “Podcast by Phone” feature. If you’re on the run, you now have a way to listen to the past 5 Expat Files programs over the phone rather than downloading or streaming from the PRN archives or other sources. The phone number for this free service is: 1-701-719-0893

#2- Many Expat gonnabes and wannabees use “google translate” as the next best thing to having a live bilingual translator – but it does have errors and can be quite rough. Things do have a way of getting lost in translation.

#3- As if you needed another good reason to get your Latin American “Plan B” in high gear: now we have proof that corrupt US lawmakers are lining up with the likes of Monsanto to hide GMO labeling by legislative stealth. If you’re on the fence about starting your own “Plan B” this could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

#4- More and more regular workaday people (and of course the rich) are considering giving up their US citizenship. Today we have a story that illustrates the things you always wanted to know about renouncing. Is it worth it or not? Listen and check it out..

#5-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

#6- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

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October 9, 2016  
#1- What fresh new Expats need to know about first-world style healthcare and insurance coverage in Latin America: how to sign up, the costs, coverage and types of plans to choose from.
 
#2- The use and abuse of air conditioning in Latin America
 
#3- More Gringo/Expat driving tips and a new heads up on car repair scams.
 
#4- Are you using the email 2 step password verification process? You should if you want to minimize the possibility of getting your email hacked or spied upon. However, after using it for over 2 years I’ve discovered a rather disturbing Big Brother connection no has mentioned before. 

#5- While developing a “Plan B and moving to Latin America, you may not know it but in doing so you have a once in a lifetime chance to lower your profile dramatically and create a much smaller internet footprint. Get started now by using an anonymous email service like www.Startmail.com
      
#6-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to:theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#7- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.
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October 7, 2016  


 #1- Today a minor milestone: This is Expat Files Show #600. We now have almost 6 years of twice-weekly shows, every last one of them originating from somewhere “south of the border”.

#2- Internet connections and reliability in Latin America: whether you’re a personal internet user or totally dependent on the net and IT connections for your future Latin business needs, you’ll want to hear this

 #3- Yes, there are times when Latin Customer service is not all pure crap: like when 1st world companies partner up with Latin companies(govt utilities example). When that happens customer service does improve dramatically but almost never to the complete satisfaction of gringos and expats. We still see errors and find fault.

#4- In restaurants, homes and elsewhere Latins will always ask if you would like some “agua pura” (meaning pure H2O), as if maybe you wanted to live dangerously and drink some toilet or sewer water instead. Gringos think it's funny the have to add the "pura" part and don’t get the how and why… but there is some logic to it and it goes as follows...

#5- Deconstructing the typical Latin restaurant menu: today we explain basic food ordering“101” (in Spanish) for gringos and expats

#6- Introducing Johnny’s new nine hour, thirty-five video “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people contemplating their own Plan “B” but can’t quite afford to get “boots on the ground” or can’t attend an  “Expat Insider” Seminar in Latin America. Yes it’s just what the doctor ordered, a great way to get your ducks lined up for your own Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the 3 video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

 #7-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

 #8- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
or click on this link: http://thenewexpat.com/johnnys-anuary-2017-latin-american-insider-seminar/
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.

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October 2, 2016  
Descriptions for THE EXPAT FILES SHOW #599- 10-02-2016 (SUN):
 
#1- Shipping things to and from Latin America- PART #3: Just when you thought we’d covered it all in the last few shows ... we didn’t!
 
#2- You’ll never guess what’s the fastest growing business opportunity (and legal too) in all of Latin America. It has grown an astounding 600% in just one year!
 
#3- Christopher Columbus is still the ever-admired conquering hero in Latin America. However “lag time” is as certain as death and taxes- so he will eventually be villainized down here as well for the genocidal path he paved. However for now he still represents the pure European bloodline most Latin families think (and boast) they possess.         
 #4- Unfortunately, simple paperwork errors can cause your temporary or permanent residency application to be rejected: Don’t let that happen to you.
 
#5- Introducing Johnny’s new nine hour, thirty-five video “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people contemplating their own Plan “B” but can’t quite afford to get “boots on the ground” or can’t attend an  “Expat Insider” Seminar in Latin America. Yes it’s just what the doctor ordered, a great way to get your ducks lined up for your own Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the 3 video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.
 
#6-Consult with Johnny- Schedule a cell or Skype call: Set up a time to talk and I’ll help you sort out your own specific Latin American “Plan B”. Just send an email to:theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#7- Johnny’s next (and perhaps final) “Expat Insider” Plan ‘B’ Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 7th thru Thursday, January 12th , 2017. To get in on the Early-bird list email: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
Attendance will be very limited so do act now.
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