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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

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

(6) 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

(28) 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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5 Top Retirement Havens Where Real Estate Purchase Comes With Residency

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 8:12 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 | 7:31 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

(33) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:27 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 | 7:21 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 | 7:34 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

(95) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 8:57 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 | 7:21 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 | 7:46 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

(68) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 8:09 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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