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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

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

(58) 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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Buy Real Estate Overseas? Who Does That... Really?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:34 PM

We are living at a time that presents the opportunity to take an investor's profit agenda, combine it with the live-better-for-less agenda of the retiree and transfer it overseas. It's an opportunity to use overseas real estate as both an investment vehicle and a strategy for a new and better...

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Why More People Are Retiring Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:24 AM

"Would you say this is a trend... and that it is growing?" the reporter who interviewed me yesterday wondered.

"That is," she continued, "are more Americans considering this idea of retiring overseas now than in the past?"

"Yes... yes... and yes," I replied.

I've been covering this beat for almost...

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World's Quirkiest Place To Retire

(10) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 6:05 AM

Quirkiest retirement haven in the world? That'd have to be Belize.

Belize City's roadways are built around a system of roundabouts (thanks to her British colonizers), but shops alongside them sell rice, beans, and tortillas still ground by hand.

Everyone you meet speaks English (it's the country's official...

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Full Medical Coverage For Just $70 Per Month -- New Health Care Option For Residents Is One More Reason To Think About Retiring To Ecuador

(23) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 6:20 AM

The Ecuador government has made a decision that is very good news for would-be retirees overseas and one more reason this country is one of the best places in the world to think about settling in for retirement.

Ecuador's national health care plan, managed by the country's Social Security...

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10 Best Places to Ring in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 3:06 PM

What better way to kick off 2014 than swaying in the hammock on a tropical beach?

Here are the top 10 most affordable tropical destinations, the best places on earth to escape the cold right now.

Panama: Pick a coast, any coast. That's how it goes in Panama, a country...

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Christmas Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:42 AM

Our seven Christmases in Ireland, we could never bring ourselves to participate in one of Ireland's quirkiest festive traditions, what the Irish refer to as the "Christmas Day swim."

On Christmas morning, from beaches, piers, and coves around the country, people of all ages gather to immerse themselves in waters...

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From Beachfront In Brazil To Parkside Montevideo -- How Lee And Julie Used Real Estate Overseas As A Strategy To Realize The Retirement Of Their Dreams

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 4:58 AM

A friend, Lee, a retired engineer from New York, bought a beachfront home, a place right on the sand with the surf just feet away, for less than $62,000.

Then he furnished the 2,000-square-foot house and moved into it with his wife Julie. The couple proceeded to have one...

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Retire To Nicaragua? This Former War Zone Is Emerging As A Top Retirement Haven

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 6:17 AM

"Forget about the Sandinistas. They're obsolete."

That was Violeta Chamorro's advice in September 1989, when asked about her chances for defeating the Sandinistas in Nicaragua's first presidential election after the Contra War. To the surprise of sitting El Presidente Daniel Ortega and all Nicaragua, Mrs. Chamorro won that election in...

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3 Places To Live The American Retirement Dream Overseas

(67) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:55 AM

Perhaps you like the idea of stretching your retirement dollars as far as possible (who doesn't?) and reducing your cost of living and of health care, while at the same time enriching and enhancing your quality of life, but you're not up for learning a new language or putting up...

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When Retiring Overseas, Take Thanksgiving With You

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 9:06 AM

You couldn't buy a turkey, plucked or in any condition, really, other than roaming around a barnyard, in Waterford, Ireland, when we moved there years ago. Nor could you find cranberry sauce or pumpkin filling for making a pie in any supermarket.

In the more than 16 years since we...

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Retirement In This Caribbean Paradise Is Easy, Well-Appointed, And Supremely Affordable

(80) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 3:53 AM

The Dominican Republic is an internationally popular all-inclusive resort destination that sees big volumes of tourists every year, thanks to its miles of sandy beaches and balmy temperatures. It's also, though, a top Caribbean choice for the would-be foreign retiree and holiday home-buyer. All that tourist infrastructure amounts to an...

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Why Are We So Reluctant To Move When All Change Is For The Better?

(45) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 6:35 AM

A recent article on food-stamp recipients told of a 64-year-old American man who lives on $828 a month Social Security, plus food stamps. The man pays nearly $500 a month in rent, and, after receiving slightly fewer food stamps this month, he'll run out of food. He could move and...

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