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

August 19, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #783 SUN, AUG 19- (08-19-2018): 

#1-Revisting Roatan, Honduras:

An expat gringo finds a unique business niche nearby… the local Latinos don’t get it, but it’s an idea whose time has come.

 #2- Details, Details: why practically every Latin construction and/or remodeling project never quite makes the grade (the first world grade).

Why do so many Latin remodeling “after” pictures look as bad as the “before“ pictures? 

#3-The dirty truth about "selective" power outages in Latin America:

Truth be told, if you happen to live in a high-end upper-middle class neighborhood or suburb (called colonias down here) chances are you will never experience power outages of any annoying duration- except possibly during extreme weather. Meanwhile the poor and average Latino neighborhoods directly adjacent to a wealthier “colonias” can often experience quite frequent power outages. What’s up with that?      

#4-Why, in spite of the so called “gringo advantage” some gringo businesses do fail 

#5 Wildfire destruction in Latin America:

Yes they do exist, but it’s mostly local farmers who do their own controlled burns. As for fires and destruction by fire in general, most are cause by the amazingly inappropriate overuse of fireworks- which are completely legal in Latin America.   

BTW- if you’re wondering about the premiums for fire insurance down here… no one knows, because nobody knows anyone who actually has that kind of coverage, or any kind of homeowner’s umbrella coverage for that matter.     

 #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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August 17, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #782 FRI, AUG 17- (08-17-2018): 

#1-What Uncle Sam doesn’t want you to know about those US embassies and consulates abroad:

The bottom line is, even though these big, super-expensive, reinforced and heavily guarded behemoths can be found most foreign capital cities, the embassy slugs are NOT actually there to help you- nope not your  average US citizen. It’s the subject of today’s first “boots on the ground” story. 

#2- Congrats gringo! You finally have your permanent residency in a Latin country. Now what?

Today we discuss the next logical thing to do- the step by step process of moving forward toward your new Latin country passport and nationality- the so-called 2nd Flag! What paperwork and documentation will you need and what is not necessary? What stuff do you need to get from Big Brother land (if any)? 

#3-Long time listeners know about that great foreign earned income federal tax break of over $100K per year that many US residents in foreign countries get:

Yes, you automatically get it if you qualify as a resident overseas and meet certain requirements. But DYK some US states will still make you pay state tax on all foreign income even if you don’t step foot in your old corrupt state anymore? Talk about low-down, dirty and ludicrous… 

#4-Today we discuss a cheap, dirty and ultra-low tech business niche an astute gringo figured out on his own. He’s cleaning up with it too.

Believe me, I mean literally cleaning up! 

#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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August 12, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #781 SUN, AUG 12- (08-12-2018):

 #1-Oddball but prescient observations of PT (permanent travelers) in Latin America

 #2-How to remain a clueless gringo: Things expats never seem to learn no matter how long they stay in Latin America

 #3-TEN Things you must be aware of while staying connected with unsecured WiFi at hotels restaurants and internet café’s in Latin America.

#4-When Gringos sue or get sued in Latin courts 

#5-Today we have numerous stories depicting some of the single worse mistakes the gringos and expats make over and over again

 #6- Believe it or not, in the last 10 years Chinese cars and trucks have taken over most all the top sales positions in at least half dozen Latin countries. By next year the prediction is Chinese vehicles will have the top sales spots in ALL 20 Latin countries. And the funny thing is that you've probably never heard of the most popular brands and models.

#7- The unfortunate and very un-PC truth is that the average IQ’s in Latin America are being reported as around 10 points lower than the first world average. Worse yet IQ’s for all races and cultures have been on a steady decline.      

 #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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August 10, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #780 FRI, AUG 10- (08-10-2018):

 #1- Everything you need to know about pirated goods in Latin America:Like the government’s failed war on drugs that was lost even before it began, there is an ongoing failed war on pirated goods too. The fact is that pirated goods are so pervasive Latin society it seems absolutely everybody has at least some pirated stuff around (because it’s cheap) and no one really cares about intellectual property rights at all.    

  #2- Tales of border crossing problems:A report on the increasing troubles gringos and expats experience when they continue to live in Latin America and do not apply for temporary or permanent residency

#3-Tips for gringos and expats who need to buy a new computer (for whatever reason) when down in Latin America:

#4- What to expect when going to the Latin movie theaters (the Cine)

#5- What should you do when you’ve got to get something done in a certain time frame and Latin Government officials keep sitting on their dead asses causing delay after delay: To bribe or not to bribe-that is the question  

 #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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August 5, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #779 SUN, AUG 05- (08-05-2018): 

#1- The hidden costs of having and maintaining a pool in Latin America.

Almost all gringos and expats think having a pool is mandatory here whether they live in a private home, a condo complex or residential tower. The truth is that if you live in the “perfect spring weather of the altiplano region a pool is unnecessary and in fact will be little used unless swimming is really your thing. Just know that if you have a pool of your own it’s going to be an expensive proposition too, and here’s why..   

 #2- Those Latin American “Cost of Living” lies, fibs and deliberate misinformation:

You should skeptical of many of the “cost of living” projections coming from expat rags like IL, AARP and those expat blogs and sales blurbs. 

#4-Grings Gone Native:

How to spot them, the telltale signs and symptoms, the why’s and where’s of hoy they fell from grace and how not to fall into that trap yourself 

#5- The latest Latin American real estate bubble boom and bust update.

Owners and landlords are starting to panic, cutting prices as the seller’s market deepens. 

#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.

 #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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August 3, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #778 FRI, AUG 03- (08-03-2018):

#1- Deciphering Latin American private healthcare plans and policies.

What gringos and Expats need to know.

 #2- When you purchase a Latin Healthcare plan, the policies, coverage exceptions and limitations are all spelled out in a big multi-page, often confusing, document. Worse yet its in Spanish. So now what?

#3-Some tip on making doctor or clinic appointments in Latin America and a word about those $7.50 cash fees for doctor and specialist appointments…

#4-The perils of shipping your dog or cat to a Latin country.

It can be a terrible trauma or go quite smoothly. So today we have some tips on how to do it safely and with very few snags.

#5-The USA is now sending TSA agents to the major Latin international airports. A very sad and irritating “boots on the ground story.”

#6- A Houston airport cash confiscation "boots on the ground" story that should really worry you.

#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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July 29, 2018  

#1- Health and Fitness Clubs in Latin America:

Today we have the lowdown on Latin gyms, memberships, personal trainers boxing, and tennis. You name it in sports, they have it here in Latin America..  

 #2- Some tips you will appreciate concerning golfing, golf courses and clubs and memberships in Latin America

 #3- The cost of living “large” in Latin America;

Some gringos and expats live very large in Latin America. Why not? If one can afford it. The thing is whether livin' large or not.. is to try to maintain a low profile. 

In today’s "boots on the ground story" a long time expat gringo reveals how much it costs he and his family to live a very upper-middle class lifestyle- well off the gringo tourist trail. We are talking here about a guy who has has multiple maids, gardeners, a city mansion, a beach house, sends his 14 year old kid to a helicopter school and all other living expenses.  

#4- 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 

 #5- 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.

 #6- 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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July 27, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #776 FRI, JULY 27- (07-27-2018):

#1- Expats will find housing construction errors and defects in even the most upscale and ritzy million dollar Latin homes. Yes many look spectacular from the street and with gardens to die for but…

#2- TEN tips that will make life easier whether you decide to build, buy or rent in Latin America.

#3- The TWO things you should NEVER do or delegate to your builder or architect when constructing your own home

#4- Why a certain percentage of new gringo expats eventually throw in the towel and go back home

#5- Regarding tipping, over tipping and crazy gringo stereotypes- those “gringos locos”

#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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July 23, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #775 SUN, JULY 22- (07-22-2018):

#1- No one is the guru or expert on all that goes on in Latin America. I re-learn that lesson practically every week. Funny thing is that when you start believing you’ve got a great handle on things and maybe even become a “know it all” something happens that makes you feel like a novice or worse yet, a dolt. It’s the subject of today's “boots on the ground story”  

#2- Astute Canadians are really getting pissed off at their dystopian government often seeing that their only alternative is to pack up and develop a Plan B.

Meanwhile the Canadian government is loosening immigration policies and more or less welcoming Latinos in like never before, including the uneducated and unskilled. And down here in Latin America the word is rapidly getting out. 

#3- Today you’ll see just how the Canadian tax system controls and reigns in its citizens even more than US big Brother does.

#4- The Feds are getting serious about blocking and refusing passports to people who (they claim) owe more than $50k in back taxes. Yes, if you live in the states things are going from bad to worse… but you know that already.

#5- The big difference between Starbucks in the states and Starbucks in Latin America

#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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July 20, 2018  

Descriptions- EXPAT FILES SHOW #774 FRI, JULY 20- (07-20-2018):

#1- Notes from my July 2108 Latin American Insider seminar:

It just wrapped up a few days ago….

#2- Your best revenge against Montezuma’s revenge:

Having explosive diarrhea in a foreign country is uncomfortable, embarrassing and a pain in the ass for both you and the janitor. Some gringos think it just happens, a fact of life. However, there are definite ways to avoid it, but most gringos, tourists and especially backpackers don't take precautions and nearly always bring it on themselves.  

#3- Lemons, limes and limas:

Many Latinos are addicted to lemons and have them a few times a day. They are ubiquitous in most Latin homes. That’s a good and healthy thing right? Well, in some ways yes but not according to most Latin dentists. BTW, some Latinos even squeeze lemons over their junk food.

#4- How gringos and Expats get regular with platanos (plantains)  

#5- A few choice words about the influence of Monsanto and other chemical brands on the produce and animal feed in Latin America.

#6-Eggs and driveway chickens:  A few things you really need to know

#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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