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

November 1, 2013  
#1- I know for a fact that you guys and gals concerned about retirement (the over 45 crowd) have gone at one time or anther to one of those minimum retirement earnings calculator websites and plugged in your age, yearly income, etc,. You all want to to know the magical lump sum savings needed to retire- without taking a lifestyle cut. The news is pretty depressing, huh? And worse yet, did you know there are dire projections that only 10% or less of all Americans will have accumulated that magical calculated amount when they hit retirement age? Not to mention fully 60% of Americans will be living on NO SAVINGS and just Social Security alone? As a result, most working people approaching retirement are either in denial or scared stiff. Well just know that if you prefer stay in NYC or Cleveland the day of retirement reckoning will come. However, if you’re in Latin America you can just laugh at those ridiculous first-world retirement calculators and let everyone up north stress out and do the worrying.  
#2- Here are some of the most important do’s and dont’s for any expat thinking of buying farmland and/or undeveloped acreage in the Latin American outback. Outside of the cites and urban areas its can be a game of who’s really got the legal title to the land you want to buy. Why? Because occasionally someone (usually a bad neighbor or pissed off-relative) might pop out of the woodwork to dispute a claim with his own handful of ancient worm-holed paperwork. And remember on certain big plots of land there are sometimes age-old unwritten deals for grazing and water rights that have been granted in perpetuity for neighbors, friends and their cows. That kind of stuff might never show up in any deed or contract. And you might not find it out about it for days or months…  when suddenly a heard of cows mozey up to your driveway and fertilize it.   
#3- Things you need to know about Latin lawyers, courts, judges, bribes and how a crooked system works. What happens if you, an expat, end up in court?                  
#4- My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is all set to go so. To check out the agenda and the signup details just click on the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the main page.
#5- “AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
#6- Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
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