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

June 4, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #763- SUN, JUNE 03- (06-03-2018):

#1-Things around you Latin house or apartment will break:

So today we review the things you will need around the house or apartment that you may not have thought at all. Houses are built much differently in Latin America and the standard Sears homeowner’s toolbox you have under the sink just won’t suffice.

 

#2- What Latin landlords are likely to pull on you when you leave and it comes time to get your deposit back. In other words … don’t count on it.

#3–What you have to know when hiring Latino repair and handymen who will work or repair things around your house or apartment  

#4- DIY tips for you yourself working and repairing things in your Latin home. Remember…all decent Latin homes are made of cement, rebar and concrete block so DIY repairs are not so easily done like back un Kansas, Dorothy  

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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June 1, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #762- FRI, JUNE 01- (06-01-2018):

#1- We discuss more gringo business ideas and niches: Today as usual, we hit on a variety of topics, from Venezuelan escapees to astute but pragmatic gringos working at US embassies who knowingly, when they arrive each morning, check their brains at the door.  

 #2- Now, for you non-entrepreneurial gringos and expats:

Today we go into more detail on gringo job possibilities since you might find it necessary to quickly earn some substantial dough upon arrival in Latin America.

#3 –Is Latin America a good place for handicapped people to relocate?

It’s true that for the handicapped there are many things to consider and many types of conditions that require environmental modifications. So if you are handicapped or know someone who is, the discussion today centers on what’s good, bad, ugly and great about having a Latin “Plan B” destination. If you are in any way physically disabled, living in Latin America could very well be the best choice.

#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop by going towww.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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May 27, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #761- SUN, MAY 27- (05-27-2018):

#1- Today we discuss a few of the major changes that have unfolded for expats living in Latin America over the last decades- some for the better some for the worse.

#2- Gringos and Expats are just unaware that in 99.9% of Latin homes the mothers and maids cook with palm oil and margarine. Unfortunately Latinos are totally unaware of the science behind these two rather ominous cooking so-called food sources. Try to tell a Latino that margarine and palm oil are actually bad for one’s health and you’re guaranteed to get that strange "crazy gringo" look.

#3 – Health Insurance group plans in Latin America:

Latin country insurance companies are just now introducing group health plans for small business employers and their employees. You won’t believe how inexpensive they are per employee (would you believe some start at $25 a month?) and how good the plans really are and how extensive the coverage.

#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com 

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May 25, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #760- FRI, MAY 25- (05-25-2018):

#1- Latinos view us so-called “rich” and “generous” gringos differently, depending whether we are on or off the tourist trail: That means where you are or hang out in Latin America determines how you will be viewed and treated by the locals.

#2- The truth about the Latin Job market for Gringos and Expats: Today’s “Boots on the ground” story describes what it takes to start making money in Latin America along with some tips on how to find (or stumble into)your particular “niche”

#3- Tips for gringos and expats who may need to make money quickly once they arrive: With the internet there are now many more options right off the bat. You no longer have to settle for teaching English at helicopter school or working a job at a mind-numbing call center…

#4-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#6- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#7- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 
 
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May 20, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #759- SUN, MAY 20- (05-20-2018):

#1- Notice on your next visit to Latin America that surveillance cameras are starting to pop up all over the place: What’s that all about? Should we be worried?

#2- The lowdown on sending packages and letters to and from friends and relatives up in the states: today we have a snail mail and courier service update.

#3- The truth about Smart Phones and Dumb Phones in Latin America:

My suggestion when you get down to Latin America is to have one of each for specific uses, and here’s why…  

#4- How you and your dats are being tracked, cataloged and sold by your own devices and platforms along with some tips on how to foil those damn data loggers. If you think what they are doing is ok and you're not worried because "you've got nothing to hide" you really are living in fantasy-land...  

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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May 18, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #758- FRI, MAY 18- (05-18-2018):

#1- A (not so) funny thing happened to me on the way to my Latin dentist’s office:

Today’s first boots on the ground story is a sad but telling one- on many levels. It’s the story of, love, life, luck (both bad and good) mixed in with a little larceny. 

#2- Now for another amazing story of love and luck. This time direct from Venezuela. 

#3- A bad omen- I used to get a steady trickle of emails from regular listeners in Venezuela but unfortunately over the last few months those emails have stopped cold. 

#4- Latin “Diaper Arbitrage” explained. You can’t make this stuff up. 

#5- What the hell’s happening in Nicaragua? Part 2: Nicaragua used to be such a nice, safe, happy place, a poor man’s Costa Rica... and also continuously rated a top 10 retirement spot by the likes of International living and a host of other expat blogheads who are supposedly in the know. What happened?

#6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#9- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

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May 13, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #757- SUN, MAY 13- (05-13-2018):

#1- What the hell is going in Nicaragua? Part 1:

Marches in the streets, people dying at the hands of the cops and the military, my how things change. It used to be such a highly touted and peaceful place for gringos and expats retiring and relocating. Why not so long ago International Living and most all of the retirement rags and bloggers gave it a #1 thumbs up (though I never went all in myself) yet they all seemed to forget theirs a killer, rapist, psychopath in charge. Once a psycho always a psycho. Though it’s true that with a cistern it’s always the biggest chunks of crap that float to the top. 

#2- Carrying a piece of gold or silver at all times as a kind of emergency “get out of jail free” survival kit is always recommended: I have done exactly that for the past 27 + years and have been carrying the very same coin(s) that I started with on day one of my adventure. Today we describe how it’s best done and demonstrate my favorite stealthy coin hiding technique 

#3- Today we have a “boots on the ground” walk through the Guatemalan immigration offices. Hear how one of our regular listeners obtained his permanent Guatemalan residency in record time. Definitely expecting the worst, long lines, delays and the usual Latin inefficiencies, our expat gringo was more than pleasantly surprised at how it all turned out…

#4- The latest scoop on the different internet and cellphone plans with various big IT companies like Movistar, TIGO and Claro: The plans vary greatly and are also forever changing- depending on whether you chose a contract plan (usually 18 months long) or non-contract plan.   

#5-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#8- For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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May 11, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #756- FRI, MAY 11- (05-11-2018):

#1- Are there any Latin countries on the fast track to becoming 1st world or somewhat 1st world? Just what do the terms 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th world mean?

 #2- Plastic, easy credit, high interest loans and extended payment plans are ripe temptations for the Latin public. Most Latinos have no money in the bank… hmm, now where have we heard that one before?

 #3- Argentina is fast becoming an economic basket case once again: Its currency (the peso) is in near free-fall against the US dollar and the inflation rate has been over 25% year over year. But that’s nothing new for Argentina. Somewhat older locals who’ve all witnessed bouts of extreme fiscal mismanagement and monetary chaos say it’s a normal yet very abnormal cycle that occurs about every ten years. Argentine parents actually tell their kids that money (pesos) are meant to be spent quickly... and not to be saved.  

#4- Labor unions and labor organizations in Latin America: Yes, trade and labor unions do exist south of the border. In some of the less developed countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Peru they are mostly benign and toothless, but in other more bureaucratic Latin countries like Argentina and Costa Rica they are strong and have huge memberships that can shut down the country in a heartbeat. Unfortunately they do so regularly or threaten to do so…   

#5- The truth about gringos and expats and pickpockets in Latin America (or anywhere).

 #6-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7th thru Thursday, July 12th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.   

#7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy 

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#9 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com   

 
 
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April 28, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#10 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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April 27, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #754-FRI, APR 27- (04-27-2018):

#1- Gringos and Expats express their greatest regrets in life:

#2- Is it true that Expats and Gringos living NEAR but not ON the tourist trail have more fun?

#3- The DIY (cheap) method of obtaining Residency in a Latin country versus hiring a Latin immigration attorney to assist you in the process

#4- What about daylight saving time in Latin America? Latin countries never signed on to it and here’s why…

#5- When and why tropical birds will commit suicide on your property: Yes unfortunately it does happen and it’s sad. I lose about one or two birds a month that way myself. No I’m not talking about driveway chickens but the Nat Geo quality kind.

#6- How and way narcos are fast switching from drugs to the Mexican oil theft business

#7-Announcing Johnny’s next “Latin American Insider” seminar. It will take place from Saturday, July 7 th thru Thursday, July 12 th 2018. Get the details and the scoop on the early-bird discounts by going to www.TheNewExpat.com and clicking on the “seminar” link.

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your exit plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. Check out the free intro video to the course now at www.TheExpatFiles.com/academy

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel. See all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 150 shows posted on my YouTube channel so have a look.

#10 For more of Johnny’s reports, comments, adventures, news, surprises the famous “Expat Concierge Service” and more, check it all out at: www.TheNewExpat.com

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