May 2012

May 2012


Your May Issue of International Living – Five Top Stories

Dear Lifetime Society Member,

“This is frontier country… You won’t find much here. Starbucks hasn’t made it, and there’s no Home Depot. But you will find an open door to immediate residency in Panama,” writes IL Offshore expert, Bob Bauman, in your May issue of International Living magazine.

Bob explores an opportunity in Panama’s Darien province and reveals the ideal visa if you want to live in Panama but don’t qualify as a retiree, or you want to avoid the process needed for an investor’s visa. And after five years of permanent resident status, you can get a passport. Bob explains all.

Also in your May issue, IL Editor, Suzan Haskins, experiences Latin America’s best quality of life. “Sipping a cappuccino at a small table in a shady plaza outside my hotel, I’m reminded of days and evenings spent in similar sidewalk cafés in Europe. Stately 19th century neo-classical and baroque-style buildings with wrought-iron balconies line the square. As in European cities or neighborhoods of Manhattan or Chicago, whatever I need or want can be had within these 10 square blocks…” Find out where this is…

Part of a growing expat community Cynthia Kelley and her husband Ron were blown away by the low cost of living in Canoa, Ecuador…a sack of veggies costs $5, a full lunch just $3, and two fulltime employees just $800 a month…
Besides which, they could never have built their home right on the beach in the U.S….they didn’t have the money. But that’s a different story on Ecuador’s north coast… Now they watch the sun set over the ocean every evening from their terrace, and listen to the waves every night. Read their full story.

At first Keith Hockton had questions about swapping his home with a stranger. Now – with 10 years’ experience of home exchange – he reveals the answers. Not only can you save on vacations, but you can even trade up. “Take the three-bedroom house on the island of Tahiti. It’s right on the beach, surrounded by a tropical garden. Another is a family in Italy who want to swap their six-bedroom villa in the ancient hill town of Amelia, 62 miles north of Rome, for a place in the U.S.” Read more.

The walled garden is substantial. A tunnel brings you from the stables to the servants’ quarters…the main entrance hall flows into the stately baronial hall…there’s a carved timber staircase…decorative plasterwork …this is the Italianate mansion of Slevoir, on the shores of Lough Derg…and today it’s on sale for a steal, writes IL Real Estate Guru, Ronan McMahon, here in your May issue.

Slevoir isn’t the only bargain mansion in Ireland. The Irish real estate bubble burst and there are deals to be done…discover a way to cash in on the Irish crisis here.

Yours Sincerely,

Eoin Bassett
Managing Editor,
International Living