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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 more than 28 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 13-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter.

Kathleen has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 21, 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 in 2011, and, most recently, “How To Buy Real Estate Overseas,” to be published by Wiley & Sons in April 2013.

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

Entries by Kathleen Peddicord

5 Top Retirement Havens Where Real Estate Purchase Comes With Residency

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 7:12 AM


When you buy a piece of property overseas, it can sometimes come with an important bonus -- it can open the door to foreign residency. When it does, you not only have a second home in the traditional sense, but you've...

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Why This Gay Couple Chose Languedoc, France, For Their New Life Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 6:31 AM


Alex and his partner Greg were in marketing and advertising in London. In 2003, they decided to leave the rat race and head to France with the thought of making a property investment. They settled first in Aix-en-Provence, where they enjoyed...

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Portugal Could Be Cheaper Than Panama For Retirement

(26) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 7:27 AM


Central America is recognized as the place to shop for a top retirement option if you're retiring on a budget. Indeed, a retiree's nest egg can stretch far in this accessible, sunny, and affordable region.

But here's news: A retiree's nest...

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One Of The World's Most Appealing Escape-It-All Retirement Spots

(31) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:21 AM


Land, water, gold, timber, and oil. These are the agendas that have been bringing people to Belize since the Maya settled in the region more than 4,000 years ago. At one time, the forests, coastlines, and rivers of this country supported...

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Strong Dollar Makes This Colonial Caribbean Haven A Bargain

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:34 AM


Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena grew quickly to become a thriving seaport. At one time it was second only to Mexico City in commercial importance in the Western Hemisphere.

Today Colombia's best-known city on the Caribbean is also...

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5 Great Reasons To Live, Retire, Or Invest In The Dominican Republic

(93) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:57 AM


With a stable government and a steady economy that grew by 7.1 percent in 2014, the Dominican Republic is ripe and ready for expats, retirees, and investors looking for a safe and affordable option in the Caribbean.

What makes the DR...

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Yes, You Can Afford The Best Of French Country Life

(20) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 6:21 AM


Sometimes referred to as the "Other South of France," Languedoc-Roussillon sits between the regions of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur to the east, the Midi-Pyrenees to the west, the Auvergne to the north, and Spain to the south. The region is divided into five...

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Top 9 Places To Retire Overseas So The Grandkids Will Come Visit

(28) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:46 AM


One of the biggest downsides to retiring overseas can be the distance it can put between you and your grandkids. If this is a concern, consider choosing your retire overseas destination accordingly. That is, pick a place to relocate in retirement that'd appeal...

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Retire To Small-Town Beach Life On Panama's Beautiful Azuero Coast

(66) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 7:09 AM


On the golden coast of Panama's Azuero Peninsula sits the town of Pedasi, large enough so you could actually live there yet small enough to make you feel like an active stakeholder in a thriving community.

Pedasi is the kind of...

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5 Glorious Pacific Coast Beach Retirement Options

(23) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:16 AM


Mexico has suffered a bum rap in the retire overseas arena over the past half-dozen years or so. Drug lords, gang violence, swine flu ... the combination has translated into a dramatic falloff in this country's appeal for the would-be American retiree.


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Little-Known Paraguay Is Worth The Trip

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:27 AM


Tourists are uncommon in Paraguay, and worthwhile tourist information on why to travel to this country and what to do once you've arrived is hard to come by. Here's what I'd tell you about Paraguay, based on my recent visit with my family:...

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From Texas To Panama -- One Pair's Great Retirement Adventure

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:14 PM


Two-and-a-half years ago, Peg Fairbairn and April Hess moved, together, from Texas to Panama. Here's their story, in their own words...

"I was a schoolteacher for 30 years," Peg begins. "For 20 of those years, I taught hormonally stressed adolescents. When I retired...

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Retire In Style To This Latin American Paradise For Just $1,200 A Month

(31) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 6:23 AM


Daniel Ortega was re-elected president of Nicaragua in 2006. He's since been elected for a second consecutive term, in 2011, and sits as Nicaragua's president today.

Those facts worry some folks. Daniel Ortega was the leader of the Sandinistas, the group that ousted...

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6 Things To Know Before Retiring To Panama City

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:18 AM


The Organization of American States' seventh Summit of the Americas has brought 35 heads of state, including both U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, to Panama's fair shores this week for meetings taking place today and tomorrow, April 10-11. It's...

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How To Retire To This Sunny European Paradise

(15) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 6:01 AM


Thanks to a soaring dollar and a collapsing euro, retirement in Europe is a more affordable and therefore a more realistic idea than it's been in nearly two decades. In particular, one usually overlooked corner of Europe deserves your attention right now. This...

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Retire To The Jewel Of The Med

(59) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:37 AM


One of Europe's most historic outposts, the archipelago of Malta is today also one of this region's top emerging retirement havens. If your dream is retirement on the Med, you may not have considered Malta, but you should. This is the only place...

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Rowdy, Raunchy, Jet-Setting Barbados Can Be More Affordable Than You Might Think

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:41 PM


Barbados dreams are all about lapping tropical waters, swaying palm trees, and postcard-perfect arcs of white sand. The good news is that this Caribbean island lives up to the hype.

Barbados is quintessential escape, a place where the pace of life is...

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Live and Invest Overseas Survey Ranks the Cost of Property Purchase In 20 Top Latin American Markets

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:29 PM

A strong dollar coupled with expanding middle classes in some markets and windows of crisis opportunity in others make this is the best time in a decade to diversify into foreign real estate, specifically in Latin America.

Factors to consider when targeting a market for investment include the strength of...

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6 Dream Retirement Destinations In Europe, Now On Sale

(24) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 11:29 AM

If Europe is your fantasy, this is the opportunity of your lifetime. Right now, thanks to a weak euro and a surging U.S. dollar, you have more options for realizing your dreams of a new life in the Old World than in a decade or longer. Collapsed property markets and...

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The Best Way to Learn Spanish

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 6:12 PM


I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for seven. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.

I studied French, not Spanish, in high school and college. A...

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