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

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:

#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:
or click on this link:
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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