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

September 17, 2017  
#1- Latin driving tips:
What to watch out for and what NOT to do- or, how to kill a nice new vehicle in three easy steps.
 
#2- Buying a used car in Latin America: things you certainly would never have considered, along with my own best and worst vehicle recommendations for Latin American driving.
 
#3- Car dealership vehicle warranties and guarantees in Latin America. Yes they actually exist and are mostly honored by sellers(sometimes). But there are some important caveats you should be aware of.  
 
#4- When Expats have motorcycles: no its not recommended but some gringos still buy and use them. Yet another strange but true “boots on the ground” story.
 
#5- More surprising news about vaccines in Latin America: this is a truly amazing “boots on the ground” story
 
#6- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place in and around Guatemala, Central America on Sat, January 6th through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup, details at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
# 7- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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September 15, 2017  

#1- Living in earthquake territory; Mexico just had an 8.2- the strongest there in 100years. Today we have some tips, advice and lessons learned  about living working playing and/or retiring in earthquake country

#2- The many problems involved in owning a beach house or island property: a cautionary tale. It can be great fun (with bragging rites) at first, but in the end it boils down to you and your property versus mother nature. She always wins but you do have a fighting chance if you follow today’s simple tips. Unfortunately, often when gringos fall in love with a beach property they fail to plan for the corrosive saltwater, tempests and hurricanes

#3- More US imposed Big Brother restrictions. Get ready for more intrusive data retrieval and collection when traveling overseas: yet more reasons to get that “Plan B” underway

#4- Can you trust that your Latin home or apartment is well enough constructed to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes and tropical storms? How can you tell? Today’s “boots on the ground” story.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and signup details at www.TheNewExpat.com

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

#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 10, 2017  
#1- Buying vintage, antique and classic cars in Latin America- Part 2  
 
#2- Latins are Leather and cloth upholstery experts. They do the work for amazingly low prices. Upholsterers work for approximately $20-25 per day, not per hour. That means, feel free to buy junk furniture, sofas, etc., and get them redone. The'll be showroom new. Yes, there are some pretty tacky upholsters out there too, you just need to know the difference.
 
#3- A consumer warning and some bad news about buying certain used cars when you are down in Latin America
 
#4- Hurricanes and tropical storms in Latin America.
Should gringos and expats be worried? Yes there are places where you can be absolutely safe from the brunt of any tropical storm. Its that thing about location, location, location.
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
# 6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire atwww.TheNewExpat.com
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September 8, 2017  

#1- The real truth about “Gringo- vs- Latin” prices. Today’s first “boots on the ground" story shows you how to spot price gouging and work around that phenomena.

#2- Johnny takes a trip to the hardware / building supply store. Today’s second “boots on the ground” story is for do-it-yourself types who like tinkering.

#3- Some recent examples of the “true’ cost of living in Latin America, both on and off the gringo tourist trail

#4- FACT: All buildings, houses and apartments in Latin America will leak in the rainy season - so be prepared. You can either accept that fact as an act of nature (as all Latins do) or attack the problem like a determined first-world gringo. Note that it might involve seemingly endless trips trips to the hardware store.

#5- TEN hot tips when dealing with the bad habits of Latin building contractors, repair men and car mechanics. Pay attention because these will surely save you undue headaches, stress and grief.

#6- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th,  2018. Get on the earlybird list and info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

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

#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 3, 2017  

#1- Ten things you must know when taking on a Latino business partner: the do’s, dont's, realities the pitfalls.

#2- The scoop on gringo and expat legal name changes in Latin America: the why’s, where’s and the in’s and outs.

#3- When gringos rip off gringos: Latin America is fertile ground for gringo con men and scammers. Surprisingly enough, gringos and expats are often sucked in and scammed by other likable smooth-talking gringos- not so much by Latinos (as you might have assumed). Though it does make sense- what with so many gullible ever-trusting gringos and expats looking to get in on the next big land, business or real estate opportunity.

#4- Friends and family will eventually come to visit - and certainly crash at your Latin paradise (pad). You can count on it. But normally they’ll only fly down after much time has passed and they come to realize you are really happy, living the good life and  haven’t been kidnapped or eaten by cannibals. Some of those visitors will arrive, like it way too much and stay way too long. Yes, and they’ll be back. That can be a problem.

#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

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

#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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September 1, 2017  

#1- Yes, I occasionally get weird questions from listeners. For example, how about this one, “Johnny what do you know about "circumcisions" in Latin America?”

#2- In many Latin countries, more kids are born in the home, delivered by a “comadrona”( midwife), than in regular hospitals. Therefore in the home or campo (the boonies) there are very few caesarean births. Although, just like in the states, caesarean births in hospitals are very common occurrence whether necessary or not (mostly not).

#3- The word on the street here in Latin America is that millions of Latinos in the states are very afraid of Trump and his scaled-up deportation efforts. The immediate effect is that stateside Latinos have dramatically stepped up their remissa dollar transfers back home. Today remissas are at all time highs. Why should that be? Because most of them who snuck in left tin-shack homes in crap-hole slums and figure if they do get shipped back they’ll want to have a much nicer place upon arrival. That’s why of late a large percentage of remissas are being diverted to home construction and improvement. Today’s boots-on-the- ground story is just such a testimonial.

#4- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com

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

#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com

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August 27, 2017  
#1- What you really need to know about pesticides, herbicides and GMO’s in Latin America.   
 
#2- 10 Things you didn't know about Latin American Veterinarians along with and some tips that will come in very handy if you have pets in Latin America
 
#3- The care and feeding of US fast food franchises in Latin America: a 2017 update. How many of them have arrived? Are there too many, too few? Are they prospering? Are there room for more? Why would you even want to consider such a sordid business in the first place?       
 
#4-Flu vaccines and other depressing first-world habits that have arrived with great fanfare and though they're causing damage in Latin America, locals think they're great just because gringos mandate them    
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the early-bird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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August 25, 2017  
 
#1- Gringos with too much time on their hands often try to mold their Latin American paradise into a synthetic 1st world replica. The results are often not pretty. That’s one reason why we don’t recommend Costa Rica, Panama, and most of Gringoized Mexico. Why leave the states and turn your paradise into a lush tropical Cleveland with nice weather. Makes you wonder why people like that leave the states when they could just move to Florida .
 
#2- Gringos often arrive on the scene a bit frazzled. Many are addicted to stress and are mentally chained to their own private treadmill (thought it’s slowly killing them). That’s why some new expats just can’t relax and need a bit of pressure or a goal or two (at least in small doses) to feel comfortable in paradise. If not, they remain antsy or worse. Today’s “boots on the ground” story deals with the subject..
 
#3- Bullfights in Latin America (especially Mexico) have a long and gory history. Yes, they still have them but they are fast losing popularity. The younger generation is now more obsessed with gadgets and social media- not to mention that in most countries the spectacle has been softened since you can’t kill the bull anymore, only torture him.    
 
#4-More on Bitcoin Mining in Latin America
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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August 20, 2017  
#1- Ten Business tips for gringos and expats who are thinking about doing business in Latin America
 
#2- Smart gringos and expats often buy existing Latin business that are up for sale: Often such a Latin business may be failing or just getting by and treading water. Consequently, many Latin businesses are dirt cheap diamonds in the rough available at fire sale prices. When in the right location, astute gringos can often spiff up, reorganize and make such a Latin business profitable in no time. Though there are some definite pitfalls…
 
#3- Unrestored classic American and European cars can be spotted tooling around all over Latin America. 
Could restoring a few old cars and shipping them back to the states be a good gringo business? Many many gringos have had that same idea. Its today’s “boots on the ground” story featuring Expat Eddie  
 
#4-Cell phone registration laws: how to maintain a very low profile when purchasing a cell phone in Latin America, even though new laws say you must register with your personal dats when buying a phone.
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info signup details by emailing Johnny at: theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by first downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
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August 18, 2017  
#1- Corn Tortillas: the unusual truth about the 3000 year old food that fed a good number of mighty civilizations.
However good they taste and smell, gringos and expats should watch carefully how they are made and handled. Every little tortilla stand has a different set of hygienic standards ranging from good to ugly. Unfortunately the cleanliness factor can be all over the place. Yes, backpackers know all about the after effects, so today we offer up some tips.   
 
#2- Latin public restrooms: five things things you should know before attempting to using them.
 
#3- The Bitcoin community in Latin America.
Today’s “boots on the ground” story concerns an “Expat Insider” seminar attendee who turned $2000 in Bitcoin to $300,000. Oh that is fantastic alright, but the fact is that at today’s Bitcoin price at $4000+  our hero would have been sitting on a 40 million dollar jackpot had he waited it out. Yes, a bittersweet victory at best and here’s how it went down…
 
#4-How Latin women really take care of their men. Tales from the trenches.
 
#5- Sign up for Johnny Mueller’s Latin American “Expat Insider” Seminar. The next one will take place on Sat, January 6th  through Thurs, January 11th  2018. Get on the earlybird list and get the info and signup details by emailing Johnny at:  theexpatfiles@gmail.com
 
#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the course now at www.ExpatPlanB.com 
 
#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- Set up a one-on-one personal Phone/SKYPE consult with Johnny by downloading the “Plan B” consult/questionnaire at www.TheNewExpat.com
 
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