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Kathleen Peddicord
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Kathleen Peddicord has been researching, writing, speaking, and presenting on the topics of living, retiring, and investing overseas for 30 years. Her newest book, "How To Buy Real Estate Overseas," is the culmination of decades of personal experience living and investing around the world.

Kathleen has moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets from the East Coast of the United States first to Waterford, Ireland, then, seven years later, to Paris, France, and, most recently, to Panama City, Panama.

For more than 23 years, Kathleen was Editor and Publisher of the International Living group. In 2007, she decided to take a break, during which she did two things. First, Kathleen launched a new publishing group, Live and Invest Overseas. Second, in the summer of 2008, Kathleen and her husband, Lief Simon, decided to make a third international move, with their family and Kathleen’s new business, this time to Panama, where they live today with their son and daughter.

Kathleen has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 24, established businesses in 7, and renovated properties in 8. She has appeared often on radio and television detailing opportunities for living and investing around the world and has written innumerable books on the topic, including “How To Retire Overseas,” published by Penguin Books, and “How To Buy Real Estate Overseas,” published by Wiley & Sons.

Kathleen is the generally recognized Retire Overseas expert by The New York Times, the AARP, Money Magazine, CNN, CNBC, The Economist, Huffington Post, and U.S. News & World Reports, for whom she writes regularly.

Entries by Kathleen Peddicord

The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 6:13 AM


One of Panama's greatest assets is its beachfront. This is a little country with two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands ... meaning lots of different beaches -- Pacific and Caribbean, touristy and undiscovered, developed and emerging, accessible and...

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Don't Retire Overseas -- 'Unretire' Instead

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 5:43 AM


Many are understandably concerned about retirement. How will they manage it?

Here's how: Don't retire. Retirement was last generation's goal. Ours needs to see through it.

The dictionary defines "retirement" as a state of "being withdrawn from the rest of the world or...

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Here's The Real Reason To Retire Overseas

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 6:17 AM


"I just don't know what to do now. I mean ... what do I do with myself at this stage? Where do I go?..."

It was early one morning a few days after Christmas, before the rest of the house was up. My...

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The World's 12 Best Places To Live Or Retire In 2016

(67) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:16 AM


The secret to taking control of your retirement in 2016 and making this phase of life a grand adventure, even if your retirement nest egg is modest, is expanding your horizons. Take your retirement global and you can maximize your quality-of-life return for...

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Celebrating Family And Holidays In Pretty Medellin

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 5:35 AM


Arriving in Medellin yesterday afternoon was like coming finally to rest at the end of a sprint following a marathon.

Like all businesses, ours made a final-quarter push October, November, and December. Then we pushed harder right up until the holidays...

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Darrell And Amy's Enviable New Life In Granada, Nicaragua

(17) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 5:34 AM


Darrell Bushnell and his wife Amy have been traveling to Nicaragua for 15 years. Today they're permanent residents of the country and considering naturalization.

"We're just a couple of normal people. I used to be an operational manager for a large...

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Oysters and Champagne--Christmas in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 12:15 PM


About 11 years ago Lief and I spent our first Christmas in Paris.

We stayed in Paris all that winter and decided Paris makes winter the best season of all. Museums, shows, fairs, conferences...Paris in winter runs at full speed. Everything...

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The 5 Top Overseas Property Markets For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 5:30 AM


Thanks to an uber-strong dollar, foreign markets in recession and worse, and rapidly expanding middle classes in key locations, we are amidst what I refer to as a golden age for the purchase of real estate overseas.

Here are five markets...

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Crime, Safety, And Gun Ownership In Belize

(13) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 6:04 AM


Creole Proverb: Wen teef teef fram teef, God laff.

Translation: When a thief steals from another thief, God laughs.

Belize can be a wonderful sun- and fun-filled place to live, but, like anywhere, there are some things to be aware...

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10 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Property Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 7:10 AM


Buying real estate overseas is fundamentally about diversification. This is true whether you buy for investment or for retirement and argues in favor of buying for retirement rather than renting. Buying your new retirement residence overseas means moving money out of...

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Why Nicaragua Is A Better Retirement Choice Than Costa Rica

(13) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 6:46 AM


Nicaragua, long hidden behind the image of her picaresque president, is finally emerging as a top retirement and vacation hotspot.

We've been making the case for Nicaragua for years. Why do I think things could finally be turning around for this...

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The Time Is Coming For Panama's Caribbean Coast

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:08 AM


Since my first visit to Panama's Caribbean archipelago known as Bocas del Toro more than 15 years ago, I've not been a fan.

When it comes to the purchase of real estate, this region of Panama is the riskiest. Much (though...

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Your Strong Dollar Buys You A Luxury Retirement In These Top Overseas Havens

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 5:08 AM


If you're shopping the world map, trying to choose where to live, retire or invest in a second home overseas, you don't want to make your decision based entirely on currency exchange rates. However, you do want to pay attention to them. The...

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In These 7 Top Retirement Havens, Your Neighbors Could Include The A-List

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:42 AM


Celebrities have the luxury of picking the most stunning destinations on earth for their vacation homes. But even in a sought-after place like Italy's Lake Como (where you'd have George Clooney as a neighbor), you'll find attractive options even for those of us...

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No COLA? No Problem in These Top Retirement Havens

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 4:58 PM

Social Security is in the news this week, thanks to its announcement that the agency will not be increasing benefits next year. No cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016...

Not from the Social Security Administration, maybe, but you could create your own cost-of-living adjustment... by taking your retirement on the road.

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Words Of Wisdom For Anyone Considering Retiring To Belize

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 7:57 AM


Two years ago, Jim and Kathy Suits retired to Belize.

Kathy wanted to be living someplace warmer than Tacoma, Washington, where the couple had been living. Jim wanted to be someplace where the government wasn't interfering with his day-to-day life.

So Jim and...

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Cayo, Belize, Is The World's Best Place To Disappear

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:40 PM


In my office in Panama City, hanging on the wall opposite my desk in a place I see every time I glance up from my laptop, is a photograph of the entrance to Eva's Restaurant in San Ignacio, Belize. I came...

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Here's How You Can Afford To Retire In Paris

(29) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 9:27 PM


When we're finally ready to flip the switch to retirement, my husband and I intend to settle in Paris. For us, this city is as good as it gets and the world's best option for retirement living.

Step out your door...

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7 Secrets To Success With A Renovation Project In Another Country

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 7:19 AM


Buying and restoring a fixer-upper in another country...

It can be an appealing idea. Houses in need of some tender loving care can be bought below market value and, when renovated, can resell for a nice profit. This is especially true in countries...

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Reinvigorated Waterford, Ireland, Is Emerging As A Top Retirement Spot

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 7:01 AM


Waterford City on Ireland's southeast coast has always been lovely at night. My first view of it, some 18 years ago, was at night, from the bridge across the River Suir that leads into town. The lights of the waterfront Georgian...

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