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

March 31, 2017  

#1- Hidden truths about the proposed Trump wall the media will never tell you about

#2-The quick start, vote-with-your-feet, fast track “Plan B” method explained

#3- What you need to know about Latin currencies and the underlying inflation stats behind them

#4- There have been subtle and not so subtle changes in the Latin coins and change in your pocket. Yes, one can tell by fingering Latin coins that  most every country has an unsound monetary system. In fact when you drop newer coins on a table they even sound different, more cheaply made, less valuable and even fake (sound familiar?) What’s up with that?

#5-Today’s “boots on the ground” story involves an embarrassed wealthy, entitled Latin guy (who deserves it)

#6 –Johnny’s, Expat Files Show #635 (02-19-2017) gets the boot from YouTube. They say it violates their mainstream guidelines? Have a listen in the archives and see why you think they killed it..

#7- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#9-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#10- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 26, 2017  
#1- How long will your nest-egg last if you live in Latin America? All future or potential expats plan to arrive with some money in reserve, it may be a million or just $1000 who knows? That said, you “Plan B” seekers who aren’t planning on retiring soon are often chomping at the bit to make some money or start a business. Today we discuss gringo businesses and ways to calculate how long your nest-egg might last in Latin America
 
#2- Expat Eddie’s other great Latin American business idea. Today we talk about the “one that got away from him”. Up in the USA many of us had maybe one or two golden business ideas or opportunities within our reach that either never materialized or just fizzled. In Latin America you just don’t have one or two good ideas in a lifetime. There are so many niches waiting to be filled that the frequency of new ideas will sometimes make your head hurt.  
 
#3-Ten things you must know before driving a car or motorcycle in Latin America
 
#4- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and
 
#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#6-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893
 
#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.
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March 24, 2017  

#1- Things change when Expats find out they can afford maids, gardeners , maintenance men, cooks, pool guys and even drivers. Some gringos, who were quite used to being on their first-world treadmills, suddenly get bored. That said, gringos who don’t stay active can end up with substance abuse as their hobby. Today we discuss that problem.

#2- Expat Eddie’s back on the radar again and this time he’s gotten in a jam- a three car accident on the Pan American Highway. Today we tell that “boots on the ground” story. Thankfully no one was hurt -but Eddie and the guy who rear ended him were well over the legal limit. Eddie’s 1.2 blood level alcohol would have caused him a world of trouble in the USA, so what happened in this case? What should Expats do after a car accident? If you drive an accident will happen sooner or later ya know.

#3-The ins and outs of Latin American car insurance. What are the  recommendations for Gringos and Expats who drive? Know that there are quite a number of differences in the insurance plans and coverage down here versus auto policies in the USA. So today we go through a typical full coverage policy for a new car and point what you really should be aware of (but certainly aren’t because almost no one is).

#4- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#5- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#6-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#7- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 19, 2017  

#1- When Gringos end up in Latin court.
Yes, you can get into legal trouble anywhere, anything can happen no matter which country you might be living or hanging. Too bad these days almost no one gets through life without initiating or getting sucked into some kind of legal action. So then, what about getting pulled into a Latin lawsuit or ending up in a Latin court? Should you be frightened or worried? Well today, appearing in Latin court, is the subject of Expat Eddie’s latest crazy gringo adventure. Yes, Eddie’s re-surfaced, this time with another “boots on the ground” story that could only happen to a Gringo.

#2- Money, payments, credit, loans and Latinos

#3-By popular demand, today we discuss the rock bottom prices one might pay for a basic vehicle in decent condition. That is, without considering the cosmetics(which will surely be deplorable), what would be a reasonable low-end price to pay and still get good, reliable transportation that will last a few years on those crazy Latin roads.

#4-Most of the older cars in Latin America are stick-shift (mechanica) and as such are a bit cheaper than cars with automatic transmissions. Can you drive a stick? If you do you’ll not only save some money on the purchase price but you’ll also get a bit better gas mileage- not to mention stick shift transmissions are cheaper and easier to repair.

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 17, 2017  

#1- The potable and tap-water situation in Latin America: Yes, you will need to do some water homework before renting, building or buying. If at all possible do avoid buying or renting places that are hooked up to a municipal water supply. Always choose a place with a private well if you can. However, suppose you find an absolutely spectacular Spanish Colonial gem of a place with a muni-water hookup. Should you bail on the deal because of the muni water hookup? Well, there are ways around annoying problems that seem to accompany nearly all Latin city municipal water hookups- like the fact their might only be water flowing for 8 or 12 hours a day. Today we’ll explore the problems and solutions …

#2- Still more things you should expect to experience when living in a gated/guarded community

#3-Up and coming Latins are extremely proud of their achievements and love to put on airs. In doing so they often bite off more than they can chew, stretch their credit to the limit and take loans for things to impress friends, neighbors and relatives. But strange things can happen when things go south…

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th, 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 12, 2017  

 #1- Ten critical things Expats need to know before they consider hiring a Latin building contractor or construction work crew

#2- Things you should expect to experience when living in a gated/guarded community

#3-Security cameras for Expats. Should you have them? Are they necessary?

#4- The use and abuse of DRONES in Latin America. Yes, all the latest and greatest commercial and individual drones are available down here. Weekend clubs are even popping up- for drone racing and just plain picnic and hang-out entertainment. However, there is one Latin Country that’s set on trying to tax and regulate them out of existence. Can you guess the country?

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 10, 2017  

#1- Franchise Business opportunities in Latin America. What gringos and expats first need to consider

#2- Lets talk about Latin American “niche” business ideas

#3-Environmental impact studies are suddenly all the rage in Latin America. With predictable lag time they have arrived. Result? Corrupt Latin govts see it as an acceptable “green” way to gouge developers, top off govt coffers and skim as usual. The question is, will you need an EIS if you plan on building and if so what can you expect? Here’s the scoop..

#4- Life, Death and Happiness in Latin America.

#5-Finding a good Latin building contractor for your basic brick and mortar projects can be an easy and simple task- or not. Today we have two “boots on the ground” stories and some important tips regarding the do’s and don'ts.

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Just go to www.thenewexpat.com and click on the seminar link for full signup info.

#7- My new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before coming to Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 5, 2017  

#1- Latins go to extremes when it comes to religion and have some Christian beliefs that you have to see (or hear) to believe… and here are just a few of them..

#2- Yet another reason why it’s not a very good idea at all to select Costa Rica for your “Plan B” destination. Today we present reason #4563- A new law that will tax rental homes and Air B&B’s an additional 18%

#3- Thinking about trying your luck at the antique business in Latin America? There are some amazing finds and it’s still a wide open field, especially when off the tourist trail. So here are the latest “boots on the ground” tips and observations..

#4- Yes, the Chinese are venturing into certain parts of Latin America in a big way. On occasion they like to reach out and partner up in some very peculiar business ventures, like the one we’ll be discussing today. ..

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Go to www.thenewexpat.com and click on the seminar link for full signup info.

#6- My new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before coming to Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com

#7-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#8- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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March 3, 2017  

#1- The latest travel problems, worries and inconveniences: airports, airlines, TSA and more.

#2- Speaking of applying for and getting Temporary and/or Permanent residency in a Latin Country: how would you like to kill two birds with one stone?

#3-“Manana Time”: the good, the bad and the ugly regarding that ever annoying phenomena and how it affects your life as an expat.   

#4- An update on those scary looking point of use electric shower head water heaters: Yes they’re everywhere, and the subject of today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#5- Electrical outlets and wiring in Latin America: the things you need to know about how Latin houses and businesses are wired

#6- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017. Just go to www.thenewexpat.com and click on the seminar link for full signup info.

#7- My new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before coming to Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com 

#8-Try the “Podcast by Phone” feature. Listen to the last FIVE Expat Files programs over the phone by dialing: 1-701-719-0893

#9- Check out my “The Expat Files” You Tube channel to see all the fun slides and photos that go along with each show. There are now more than 100 shows posted on my You Tube channel so have a look.

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