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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

Good News From One Of The World's Top Retirement Havens

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Over the past three decades I've been writing about Belize. I've regularly borrowed Morley Shafer's line from the mid-80s, when he traveled to Belize City to film a segment for 60 Minutes.

"The good news from Belize," Morley said looking up from a little wooden boat in the middle of...

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Two Affordable, Turn-Key Retirement Options In Europe

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:55 AM

Over the past decade, as relocating overseas in retirement has become an increasingly appealing idea, communities of expat retirees have developed in places like Ajijic, Mexico, Boquete, Panama, and Cuenca, Ecuador, making those spots particularly attractive to those who want to enjoy the advantages and benefits of being retired overseas...

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Retire To The Paris Of The East

(46) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Years ago, a friend in Belize told me that a country never escapes its origins. The United States, he said, is a land of puritans. Belize is a land of pirates.

And Istanbul is a land of traders. Once the end of the 4,000-mile-long Silk Road, the mother of all...

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Eight Great Places To Watch The Sunset

(33) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:50 AM

Following are eight of the world's best places to think about spending time in retirement. These locations have something else in common, too. Each is also one of the best spots in the world to savor sunset.

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia -- Every day around 4 p.m. the streets near...

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Chile Versus Colombia -- Two Top South American Retirement Choices Compared

(27) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 AM

Two top choices for retirement in South America right now are Colombia and Chile. These are two beautiful countries offering diverse lifestyle options from mountain to coastal, small-town to upscale big-city. Thinking more specifically, how do these two destinations compare?

Chile's coast extends over thousands of miles and a number...

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Europe's Best-Known Retirement Secret

(15) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:39 AM

Portugal's Algarve, located at Europe's westernmost tip and boasting 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, could be Europe's most famous secret. This region boasts Europe's best beaches, Europe's best golf courses, some of Europe's friendliest folk, and Western Europe's lowest cost of living. It's also Europe's newest tax haven.

European retirees...

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Why Cuenca, Ecuador, Remains A Top Retire-Overseas Choice

(38) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:14 AM

Many retirement destinations are promoted on the basis that they're "just like the United States"... touted for the fact that living there you'd be in familiar surroundings. That's not the case with Cuenca, Ecuador. Walking these cobblestoned streets past the historic Spanish architecture and the old colonial churches, you know...

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Luxury Seaside Retirement For As Little As $500 Per Month

(14) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Danang, Vietnam is emerging as one of the best places in the world to retire comfortably on a small budget. A couple of retirees could live well in this clean, modern, and cosmopolitan city on a budget of $1,200 per month or less.

One reason that the cost of living...

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Life In France -- Beauty And The Beast

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:09 AM

One of the things I appreciated most about my years living in France was the opportunity it gave me to sit back and watch the French at work, play, and rest, to experience la vie francaise right alongside them, both la belle and la bête.

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Retirement Cocktails

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:49 AM

Can't choose among the many appealing choices for where to think about retiring overseas? Then don't.

You don't have to choose a single destination for where to launch your new life in retirement in a new country. You can create a kind of cocktail of destinations, choosing to spend your...

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Turn Retirement Worries Into Retirement Adventures By Going Abroad

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Why are big numbers of Americans pushing back their planned retirement dates? The Employee Benefit Research Institute in its annual Retirement Confidence Survey says the reason can be summed up in three words: "a poor economy."

More specifically, according to the study, Americans are changing their retirement age for...

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The Most Charming Old World City To Retire In

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 8:12 AM

The first thing that strikes many about Barcelona is how quickly and easily you can explore the city, Spain's second-largest, thanks to its compact, well-laid-out design. And, indeed, there is so much to explore, including fantastic art and architecture from pre-Roman to Modernista, plus galleries, monuments, theaters, restaurants, and shopping....

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How To Shop For Real Estate In A Country With No MLS

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:49 AM

In most of the world, there's no such thing as a Multiple Listing Service (MLS). "Running comps," as any would-be real estate buyer would do when shopping in the United States, depends on referencing an MLS. But, again, no such organized, computerized, easily accessible database of properties on the market...

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Retire To This Untamed Caribbean Paradise

(57) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:41 AM

If you were a backpacking scuba diver in the 1960s, you may have drifted through the Bay Islands of Honduras on a quest for Caribbean adventure. Many fitting that description did. Offshore from Roatan, in particular, the largest of the Bay Islands, was (and is still today) some of the...

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Is This The Most Beautiful Place To Retire In Europe?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:34 AM

No border marks the entry to the Basque region of France, but you'll know when you've crossed it. The most obvious change is the architecture. Every house -- and I don't exaggerate -- is painted white and Basque red. You can buy the paint at any Home Depot-type store, and...

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Panama, Nicaragua, Or Mexico? In Search Of The Best Pacific Coastal Retirement Escape

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 7:29 AM

If the retirement lifestyle you're day dreaming about features a view of the Pacific Ocean and the sound of the crashing Pacific surf, the following countries, all boasting long and dramatically beautiful Pacific coastlines, should be on your search list: Nicaragua, Panama, and Mexico.

Which could be the best choice...

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6 Ways To Fund Your 'Retirement' Overseas As An Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:23 AM

A friend in Poland years ago learned that Burger King was planning to open up shop there and needed warehouse space for its supplies. My friend bought a warehouse. Burger King became his client. In time, he expanded his storage business to include other clients and other products... and he...

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Which Of These 5 Top Retirement Havens Is Right For You?

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:21 AM

Where is the best place in the world to retire?

That's a tricky question to answer, so I suggest coming at this from a different angle. Rather than trying to identify the world's top retirement haven, consider instead who's best suited to retire where.

A short list of top retirement...

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World's 2 Best Budget Retirement Destinations

(31) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:07 AM

Cuenca, Ecuador, and Granada, Nicaragua, are beautiful and authentic Spanish-colonial cities, both founded in the 1500s. They are also currently two of the best places to think about retiring overseas on a budget.

In both of these charming and historic places, the cost of living is about as low as...

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Help! My Spouse Doesn't Want To Retire Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:35 AM

A spouse who's not in favor of discovering what life might be like somewhere else can be a deal-breaker for the idea altogether. You can't very well pack your better half's suitcase for him (or her), take him by the hand, and lead him out the door (as we did...

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