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This is the emerging champion for retiring, living, investing, or owning a second home overseas

I've been on this beat for almost 30 years, 
and this one destination meets 
all my criteria…in all categories

This is the emerging champion for retiring, living, 
investing, or owning a second home overseas

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

When it comes to retirement destinations, I’m a skeptic…

Kathleen Peddicord Publisher

Because over the past 30 years, I’ve seen and heard it all. I’ve been traveling the globe almost continuously…scouting out opportunity…and searching for the next great destination for living, investing, or retiring abroad…for three decades.

And the reason I’ve tromped all this territory is because I don’t take anyone’s word for anything.

I need to see for myself…poke around…talk to as many people on the ground as I can, and consider every aspect of a place before I consider recommending it. I’ve got to learn it all first-hand…

Including the downsides…

Especially the downsides.

Even when people I know and trust tell me how great a place is, I take the recommendation with a pinch of salt…and bide my time until I can vet the opportunity firsthand.

That’s because over the past three decades, I’ve built a reputation that means a great deal to me. I don’t say something is true if it isn’t, and I don’t paint everything as rosy. You and your hundreds of thousands of fellow readers count on me to give it to you straight.

And I take that responsibility seriously.

And this rigorous approach is how I discovered the city that I believe is on track to become one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, for both retiring and investing.

Frankly, it takes a lot to impress me nowadays, because I’ve seen it all. So imagine my surprise when I found all these things in one place:

  • Perfect weather, requiring no heat or air conditioning...
  • World-class healthcare...
  • A rich cultural scene, with theater, orchestra, and exciting events...
  • An affordable cost of living...
  • Absolutely low property cost...
  • Great investment potential, with possible double-digit returns...
I've never seen a place that holds such exciting, equal opportunity for both retirees and global investors

But that’s exactly what I found…thanks to the persistent recommendation of a couple of contacts who finally convinced me I needed to come see this place for myself.

That was three years ago. And in the time since, I’ve made more than 20 return trips…

I’ve bought my own home here…

And I’m actively searching for my next investment property buy…

What’s more, my family and I have even re-thought our overall long-term retirement plan to include this new discovery…that’s how impressed we are with what we found here.

And it’s not just me. Retirees are starting to explore here in unprecedented numbers…they’re buying property...they’re managing rentals…and the increased demand is starting to move the prices upward.

In my considerable experience, this is one of the best places on earth today to establish your foothold overseas.

Here's how can I make such a
bold claim with confidence

Finding these opportunities is my life’s work…and I’ve seen the evolution of destinations like this before.

It isn’t often that such a strong opening presents itself…and it’s even less often that we’re aware enough to recognize the opportunity when it’s on the table.

Over the years, I've been on the ground early, urging readers and friends to get in ahead of the crowd. I’ve sounded the call for most every market that has emerged over the past three decades as a top retirement and investment haven…places like Costa Rica, Roatan, Belize, Ecuador, Ireland, and Uruguay…and even the explosions in Panama City and Boquete.

But, to be honest, I‘ve also missed opportunities…times when I wasn’t able to act quickly enough to get in on the ground floor.

That’s why I moved so fast here…I won’t take a chance on missing what may be the biggest find of all.

Timing is everything…and here, the time is now

Where in the world am I talking about?

Medellín, Colombia.

In my early days in Medellín, I sat at a table in a newly opened restaurant. I was with a group of investors and businesspeople who, like me, had come to explore current opportunities in this fascinating city.

The end of a misperception creates an 
enormous opportunity for you...

"Property values in this city are so under-valued," one of the gentlemen having dinner with us remarked (a real estate professional). "I believe thatapartment costs here are the lowest for any cosmopolitan city in the worldon a per-square-meter basis.

"This is because Colombia, especially Medellín, is still misunderstood.

“When you say 'Medellín' to the average American, he thinks: Drugs...gangs...Pablo Escobar...

"It's such a misperception. The current reality of this city is so far removed from all that...

But luckily for us, that outdated stereotype is keeping the prices down."

It was like déjà vu…

I’d heard the same case, made by another group of investors, around a similar table, in Boquete, back in 1999...10 years before it was ranked as one of the world’s top five retirement destinations by AARP.

So I know how this scene plays out.

Here's who should be focused on Colombia in 2013

There are three types of people who should pay serious attention to Colombia this year:

The investor: Prices are an absolute, global bargain. Costs of getting in are low, and demand is growing at an accelerating rate. Right now in Medellín, you could buy almost anything and feel confident that you could make money from the purchase. Rental yields are running from 8% to 14% on good properties.

The retiree: The City of Eternal Spring is rapidly becoming a popular destination for the North American retiree. Medellín enjoys one of the world’s best climates, offers an amazing selection of restaurants and cafes, and boasts an exciting cultural scene, with theater, orchestra, and events all year…all at a reasonable cost of living.

The second homebuyer: More and more, I’m seeing people who are spending their summers in the United States or Europe, but skipping out on the ice and snow by coming to a city where they can leave their windows open day and night, all year. They’re bypassing the well-worn snowbird haunts like Arizona and Florida, for the romance, excitement, and affordable high-end lifestyle in Medellín.

We don’t always have the vision to jump when opportunity presents itself. Imagine if you had bought in Costa Rica in the mid-1980s…in Ireland in the mid-1990s…on Ambergris Caye, Belize, later in that decade…or in Panama City 10 years ago…

But I recognized the opportunities in all these places at precisely those points in time. And I urged readers and friends to take advantage.

I see that same potential again right now, in Medellín.

But in today's Colombia, 
Medellín is just the tip of the iceberg

The opportunities in Colombia are not limited to Medellin… Cartagena remains one of the Caribbean's 
sexiest, sultriest escapes…

Admittedly, the values in Medellín jump off the page when looking at Colombia…but Medellín is just one destination of several that are attracting the North American expat these days.

For example the Caribbean coast on Colombia’s north shore has been drawing expats for years, especially to the historic, walled city ofCartagena. Most people know Cartagena as Colombia’s #1 tourist destination, but it was actually Colombia’s first major expat haven, too…and it’s still growing in popularity today.


From coastline to Euro-chic cities, Colombia offers a tremendous diversity of appealing retirement
lifestyle options…

And among savvy expats, just 140 miles along the Caribbean coast, you’ll find Santa Marta, Colombia’s oldest city. It offers an amazing array of lifestyles and beaches, from the newly restored historic center and waterfront…to the dancing beat of El Rodadero…to the world-class SCUBA diving at Taganga…to the tranquility of the beaches and condos at Bello Horizonte.

For the Colonial buff who likes cool mountain weather, Colombia is proud of Popayán, a beautifully maintained colonial gem that offers a small-town environment…but also offers a climate similar to the world-famous weather in Medellín.

So whether you’re looking for the best of city life…an affordable hideaway on the Caribbean…or small city living in the colonial highlands, Colombia will have a world-class destination for you.

These exciting destinations are part of a stable nation on the economic upswing

Colombia is a solid, stable democracy…one that’s on the move.

The Spanish colonists did some of their best work in Colombia…
and today's retirees can benefit in 
a big way from the charming colonial 
cities they left behind…

The country is on a strong, economic footing these days, showing impressive growth…boasting a powerful industrial base…and enjoying an energy surplus, thanks to its abundant natural resources.

During 2012, Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch all upgraded Colombia to “investment grade” status…most recently citing “prudent economic policies and increased resiliency to internal and external shocks.” These ratings opened the door to an even greater flood of institutional foreign investment.

The old Colombia stereotypes have fallen…and it’s rapidly becoming the hot destination that I predicted in 2010.

So today’s values won’t last long…they’ll soon be tomorrow’s retail buys.

I bought here myself. I’m spending part of my retirement here… and I’m investing here. So I’m behind Colombia 100%.

 

You're in Latin America… 
But it feels like Paris

Medellín is clean…safe…classy…and elegant.

The first thing you notice is that it feels very different from the typical Latin American city. It's much more Euro in flavor, like Buenos Aires…but far safer and cleaner.

Not what I expected!

“[The conference] really opened up my eyes and ripped apart the preconceptions and stereotypes I had that I knew I wanted to get past. Thank you so much!”

-- Mike W., Panama

Medellín is the perfect place to spend your days and evenings enjoying the glorious year-round weather at the city’s cafes, gardens, museums, and art galleries. See this City of Flowers once, and you will understand why tourists and investors both are increasingly infatuated with this place.

This is a pretty, pleasant city of gardens and parks everywhere. It's clean, and it's green. Structures are red brick, with red-clay tiled roofs. You see almost no steel and glass towers.

The mood is calm, easy-going, and relaxing.

And people are friendly, polite, and pleasant…even the taxi drivers. It’s easy to make friends, and you’ll find most everyone willing to help out a newcomer.

If you want to escape the usual grit and grind of a typical big city—while still enjoying all the advantages and benefits of city life—then this is the place.

The rich local culture will deepen your experience in Colombia

The people of Medellín are rightly proud, for theirs is a city of delights. There's no shortage of things to do in this town; both outdoorsy and more cerebral.

Medellin is a city made to be
enjoyed outdoors…

On any given day, you could go hiking or bike riding. You could visit a museum or one of the seven shopping malls. You could see a tango show or an opera.

Come evening, dance the night away…sample the local rum in one of the nightclubs…or enjoy a fine meal and white-glove service at one of the many elegant restaurants.

Medellín is an industrial, economic, and financial center for this country, but it’s also a literary and an artistic one. Newspapers, radio networks, publishing houses, an annual poetry festival, an international jazz festival, an international tango festival, and an annual book fair, all have chosen Medellín as their base.

It’s a major educational center with over 32 colleges and universities…plus an aquarium, a planetarium, botanical gardens, and sculpture gardens.

Each July sees the five-day Festival of Flowers with its procession of horse riding, music, and of course, beautiful flowers. The Flower Festival is the highlight of the year, along with the Lighting of the Lights at Christmastime. Both draw people from around the world.

Medellín is sophisticated and cultured in a way that is uncommon anywhere in the world, but especially in Latin America.

Meet the “World’s Most Innovative City” for 2013

A place of the future...

On March 1, 2013, Medellín won the Urban Land Institute’s City of the Year award, beating out New York and Tel Aviv as the world’s most innovative city.

“Few cities have transformed the way that Medellín has in the past 20 years,” said the ULI in a recent statement. In winning the competition—sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Citibank—Medellín was selected from a pack of more than 200 cities around the world.

And according to the BBC:

“The Urban Land Institute said Medellin had seen one of the most remarkable urban turnarounds in modern history.

[The ULI] praised its civic spaces, libraries, and art galleries, as well as its infrastructure which includes a giant escalator and a cable car allowing the residents of the poor neighborhoods on Medellin's steep hillside to easily commute to the city centre, in the valley.”

And you’ll give up nothing to enjoy this elegant lifestyle

One concern you might have if you’re considering a move to Latin America is that you’ll have to give up Western-standard luxuries. This couldn’t be further from the reality in Medellín, where you can actually enjoy a higher quality of life.

You won't beat this glorious weather

While Colombia itself has a huge variety of climates—from the heat of the Caribbean to the cold peaks of the Andes—the weather in Medellín is just about perfect.

A clean, green, pleasant place to be...

The average high temperature in Medellín is a comfortable 79° (27°C)… and the average only varies 1° throughout the entire year. The average low is in the low 60s (about 17°C) so it’s great for sleeping.

The bottom line is that you’re always comfortable at home, and you won’t need heat or air conditioning.

Medellín’s prime residential area—El Poblado—is lush with green, tropical plants and tall trees, thanks to the almost-nightly rains. This abundance of natural water feeds the many rushing streams that tumble down the mountainside through the neighborhood.

And the most unusual aspect of the city is that there are virtually no bugs.

Here’s a story from my friend Lee Harrison, Latin America correspondent and a fellow resident of Medellín:

“On my first day in town, I checked in at the Best Western…into a room without air conditioning. A local real estate agent had told me that you didn’t need to keep the windows closed, because there are no bugs.

“But being skeptical of information I get from realtors, I didn’t believe this ‘no bugs’ story…and suffered through two stuffy nights with my windows closed.

“But he was right.

“Today, when I arrive in my apartment in Medellín, I throw open the windows, and leave them open—day and night—for my entire stay. No heat… no A/C… and no bugs.”

Here's why the "perfect time" has arrived in Colombia

This is why am I so convinced that now is the right time for Colombia…and specifically, Medellín. Just look at these factors:

  • Rich and diverse lifestyle and cultural opportunities. Whether you want to while away the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe…spend a night at the orchestra…or join the fun at the Festival of Flowers, Medellín will offer you a cultural landscape that’s rich and fulfilling.
  • Solid, modern infrastructure. Well-maintained roads, a new Metro system, pure, drinkable water, modern Cable TV, and high-speed Internet will lay the groundwork for a convenient lifestyle.
  • Plentiful, well-stocked shopping. Medellín offers everything from mom-and-pop corner stores, to high-end shopping malls…old-fashioned markets to gleaming supermarkets…discount clothing bazaars downtown to exclusive boutiques in El Poblado. Whatever you need, it’s here.

    21st-century infrastructure...

  • Low cost of living. The cost of living is reasonable on an absolute basis. But it’s amazingly low relative to the lifestyle you can enjoy in Colombia. Enjoy the luxury, high-end lifestyle of Medellín for as little as US$1,500 per month…or the colonial charm of Popayán for less than US$1,000.
  • Tremendous diversity of outdoor recreation options. Colombia is a natural wonderland, with dramatic scenery, natural wonders, and fascinating cultures. It offers everything from excellent SCUBA diving, to exploring colonial villages, to zip-lining down an Andean valley.
  • Medellín is a major educational center. More than 32 colleges and universities give a lift to the ambiance of the city and help to provide a vibrancy that you can feel from the moment you land.
  • Low global awareness is the main factor that keeps prices reasonable for now.
  • The Colombian economy thriving and on the upswing, by any measure, one of the leaders of Latin American and the world.
  • A wonderful climate. Medellín’s climate is what most people feel to be perfect. But Colombia offers a full spectrum of other climates, from the Caribbean tropics to high colonial cities in the mountains.
  • Friendly, helpful people. An expat haven has a hard time surviving if the expats and investors are not welcome. But in Colombia, the proud, friendly, and welcoming people are one of its strongest assets.
  • High standards of service and hospitality give Medellín a true, first-world feel.
  • Medellín is a clean, safe, modern city with Old World charm. Quite often, “charming” is code for “developing world drawbacks,” making it a trade-off. But, in Medellín, you really do get to have your cake and eat it, too. This is a city with the best of the Old World and the new.
  • Medellín is also a real city, with restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and bars…plus museums, art galleries, antique shops…and parks, plazas, and gardens. So, in reality, you get a lot more than charm…you also enjoy all the amenities of a large, cultured city.
  • Easy Access. Non-stops from the United States are available to Medellín, Bogotá, Cali, and Cartagena. Flight times to Miami are about 3.5 hours. Medellín is the only city in Colombia with two transportation terminals and two airports. Across the country, public transportation is excellent, with inexpensive buses and metered taxis available everywhere.
  • Quality, affordable health care. Medellín is home to a number of world-class hospitals and clinics. Insurance is reasonable (about US$850 per year), and the quality of care is so good that Medellín has become a center for medical tourism.

These are just a few of the reasons why I’ve invested myself already. And why I’m looking today for even more property to buy.

Discover one of the most-undervalued
real estate markets in the world today

Here are three things that should grab your attention.

Low real estate prices, in absolute terms. Medellín offers a safe, elegant, first-world lifestyle that beats the competition. Yet real estate prices in its most exclusive neighborhood are lower than in Panama City…Montevideo, Uruguay…or Fortaleza, Brazil…

Potential for appreciation. Costs of real estate have been rising between 5% and 6% per year, over the past three years. This is a steady, healthy gain…but not a bubble.

Double-digit yields from income-producing properties. Short-term furnished rentals can earn 14% in good neighborhoods, while longer-term furnished rentals can reach 9%. These rates are almost unheard-of…in any market.

These are almost-perfect conditions for real estate investing.

Of course, when thinking about retirement or relocation, cost is crucial, both cost of living and cost of real estate. Living anywhere, the biggest part of your budget will be given over to housing—either the purchase of a home, or to rent.

This is another way Medellín shines.

Property buys that qualify as
absolute global bargains...

You can buy in El Poblado, the top end of the market and the best location in the city, for as little as US$1,000 to US$1,500 per square meter (US$93 to US$139 per square foot). At that price, you’re buying a resale in good condition or something new.

A solid, 20-year-old apartment in the best neighborhood, needing no work, will go for around US$950 per square meter, or US$88 per square foot.

If you’re up for a renovation project, you can get in for as little as US$700 a square meter, or US$65 per square foot (I speak from recent personal experience).

Or you could rent a nice, modest apartment in a good neighborhood for US$450 a month…or less.

Let’s hear from the experts who have already invested here

Listen to what international property investor Lief Simon has to say:

“The Medellín real estate market didn't take a big hit during the recent recession. Unlike so many real estate markets around the world, the property market here was never frothy, and was never over-leveraged.

“Real estate prices in Medellín are downright cheap. Not just relatively, but absolutely.

“And rental returns are strong, again, not relatively, but absolutely.

“Rental investments in this city are regularly throwing off double-digit net yields.

“Short-term yields are particularly high, in part thanks to a faster rate of growth in the tourism market. Demand has expanded, and values have held steady. Some properties have been achieving annual yields of as much as 14% net.

“The combination of low cost of acquisition and expanding rental activity makes for one of the most appealing yield-producing markets in the world right now.”

Our Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison has also chosen Colombia as his current overseas retirement and investment destination. Here’s what he has to say about why he is so focused on Colombia right now:

“Some would say that I’ve over-invested in Colombia, for a small-time investor. But I was completely sold by the quality of life I could enjoy in Medellín for such low prices…not to mention the solid, first-world construction quality.

“I bought a primary home here, expecting to rent it out when I’m not in residence. And then I bought a rental property—also large and well-located—with my self-directed 401k plan.

“I was told that returns would be good…but I didn’t expect them to be quite this good. Both properties rented almost 100% in 2012. In fact, the only time they’ve been vacant—so far—is the time necessary to transition from one tenant to the next.

“And aside from the good rental returns, both properties have increased in value by about 8% during their first year, per an independent appraisal.

“What’s more, these properties have given me an excellent way to diversify outside the U.S. dollar, into the strong Colombian peso.

“The truth is that I’d buy in Medellín even if my property didn’t rent—or wasn’t going up in value—because the quality of life and the weather are worth it. But these returns have provided a welcome, extra bonus.”

In addition, the world's high-powered real estate investors are now in Colombia

Legendary real estate investor Sam Zell has made billions with his savvy. He’s smart. He’s tough. And he’s famous for his great timing. Zell sold his Equity Office Properties Trust in 2007 for US$39 billion, right as the real estate market in the U.S. was peaking.

The world's smartest money is focused
on this country right now...

Where is his timing telling him to invest now?

Colombia.

“Colombia is the next star of Latin America,” Zell says. His company has already invested US$75 million in a mixed-use development. And where Sam Zell leads, others follow…

Also, the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, recently decided to “increase his investments in Colombia because of the country’s liberal oil exploration policies, along with its mineral assets and expanding middle class”.

Prices are low, the supply of premium rentals is low, and demand is increasing.

That’s a combination you can’t beat.

Discover Colombia's affordable, world-class health care

Colombia's excellent medical system is also one of the best in Latin America and highly respected internationally. The cost of procedures can be 30% to 90% lower than for comparable procedures in the United States.

Because of this, Medellín has become a center for medical tourism. Cosmetic treatments, dentistry, and eye surgery are the most popular services. Medellín offers five renowned hospitals (five of the best in all Latin America).

You will find that their standards often exceed those in the United States.

This spectacular country has passed 
a turning point in its history

Colombia is a beautiful country with a colorful history and a rich and diverse culture. The variety of its geography has resulted in a rapidly growing tourist industry.

 From the northern Caribbean coast and its resorts to the Andes Mountains and the Tatacoa desert, there is so much to see and experience here.

Colombia is a healthy place to live…
and, when you need it, it boasts some
of the world's best healthcare, too...

In recent years, Colombia has enjoyed some of the highest rates of growth of any Latin American country. And through the end of 2012, it continues to out-perform the old, traditional powerhouses like Brazil, the United States, or the Euro-zone.

This is due to many favorable factors, including the country’s steadily decreasing crime rate.

International investment money is pouring in. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has jumped an amazing 600% between 2001 and 2012.

And what’s more incredible to me is thatFDI has jumped 200% since I came here for the first time in 2010. While at the same time, GDP has jumped an impressive 21%, between January, 2010 and end of 2012.

There is no doubt that Colombia has turned the corner, now headed on an exciting upward swing.

Sound like a bed of roses?
Remember, there are always two sides

There are strong reasons why everyone (including my husband Lief and I) are paying serious attention to Colombia right now, specifically to Medellín. We’re intrigued, even infatuated by what we see in this city.

Straight answers

"I can't tell you how good it feels to get straight answers to my questions...no hype and no baloney. “

-- Timothy Steel, United States

But we're not fools. We know the good, the bad, and the ugly of day-to-day life and of trying to do business in a new city.

Some people will tell you only the good things about a place. No one wins with that kind of approach. Reasonable expectations and a balanced view are what make for happy and successful ventures. 

No place is perfect. Anywhere you go, you will find pros and cons…and Colombia is no different.

For example, English is not spoken by most of the locals. Though you can find it spoken at the larger hotels, restaurants and businesses, this is not the rule elsewhere. But we can introduce you to the best places we know to study Spanish, to smooth out this rough spot.

Another downside right now is that things like opening a bank account and moving money are not straightforward. It’s possible to do these easily—once you know how—but you’ll need help learning the ropes…before the fact.

In all my decades of experience, I've never 
before seen an opportunity like this one, because
it's an opportunity for retirees, investors, 
and second homebuyers...

You’ll need connections…and introductions. And with our brand-new Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, you'll hear from the people who can make it happen for you.

This is an emerging retirement haven…not, at this point, a very user-friendly one.

But like anywhere in the world—knowing what you’re getting into in advance will allow you to make well-informed decisions and smart choices…that will protect you from any potential downsides.

That's the driving agenda of our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit: To prepare you…

To help you understand your options. This is why we take a “tell-it-all” approach in everything that we do.

Certainly, you will make your own choices about where you spend your time and your money. Our objective is to make it possible for you to make those choices as wisely as possible.

An important part of our agenda in our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, therefore, is to show you the downsides…and then show you how to navigate and overcome them.

And to this end, you'll hear from a number of expats who have already chosen to re-launch their lives in this special country. They’ll show you first-hand, how they overcame the obstacles to make things happen.

Information, contacts, connections, and real-world insights. That’s what we promise…and that’s what we deliver.

It's not too early…and not too late…
but just the right time to stake your claim here

I can’t stress strongly enough how great the window of opportunity is right now in Medellin.

Remember, I’ve seen this many, many times before, over the 30 years I’ve been covering this beat. I recognize the potential that Medellín is offering, for both the investor and the retiree.

And I know from experience that this window can’t stay open indefinitely. Already, change is coming to this market. Change and recognition.

Affordable, high-end Caribbean living...

On one hand, this is a very good thing. As Medellín and Colombia become more recognized for the investment and retirement havens that they are, it will become ever-easier to invest and retire here…more user-friendly.

On the other hand, as more and more investors and retirees discover what Medellín and Colombia have to offer…the more costly it will become to get in on the action and to enjoy this enviable lifestyle.

So the time to act is now…while Medellín and Colombia still qualify as emerging retirement and investment havens and prices are correspondingly, absolutely low.

However, getting in now, before the trail has been blazed, means that the right advice and support are even more critical than it typically is. You have to act ahead of the crowd to gain the big advantages. But jumping in without the right knowledge can be a costly mistake.

You could waste months, even years trying to figure out on your own how best to invest and get things done in Colombia. Not to mention the thousands of dollars you could lose by taking some all-too-common missteps.

Please, save yourself the heartache and the hassles. Claim your copy of our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit and get all the inside information and all the on-the-ground support you need. Learn the important details you need to be able to make your plans and invest wisely.

Hear the people who can make all the difference for you...

The people you'll hear from in our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit can make the difference between positioning yourself for big upside and establishing yourself for a delightful adventure… or missing out; or worse, losing your shirt.

With the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, we'll bring the country's experts to the comfort of your own home

You'll hear from Colombia expert Lee Harrison on a number of various Colombian destinations...not just Medellin.

Lee Harrison 
Latin America Editor

He purchased and furnished two homes in Colombia, obtained his own residency, opened his own bank and brokerage accounts, and is a great source of information for the potential Colombian expat…especially for the do-it-yourself expat.

Let Lee tell you why he chose Medellín for retiring and investing:

“When I retired at 49, my first retirement destination was Ecuador. At that time, a super-low cost of living was paramount. Also, I wanted the adventure of living in a Third World country…as unlike the United States as it could be.

“But today, I’m no longer looking for a Third World adventure.

“Medellín is a way to treat ourselves. It’s a reward for those years of hard work… yet it’s one that still comes with a fairly low price tag.”

Seasoned advice

“I most appreciated the opportunity to hear from some very seasoned international travelers and expat residents.”

--Stephen Scott, United States

Reserve My Place!

In the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, our staff of experts and local expats will show you Colombia's amazing lifestyle
  • Explore with us, to see the best of what Colombia has to offer, region by region. We’ll not only have expats to give their point of view, but also Colombians who can showcase their country…
  • Discover the natural wonderland within Colombia. In the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, you'll hear from Andrés Múnera, founder of Land Venture Travel. Andrés will show you the natural wonders of Colombia from the comfort of your own home.
  • Get the facts on being a part-time resident in exciting locations like Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Medellín…
  • See the expat-friendly neighborhoods, with the people who live here now…
    So many experts
    in one place

    “I enjoyed this seminar very much. I don't know how you got so many knowledgeable people in one place. It exceeded all my expectations.”

    --V.R., United States

  • Discover how to find an affordable rental—starting at US$400 per month—and where you should be looking…
  • Get the facts on safety and security in the “new Colombia”…
  • Discover Colombia’s medical care…what many believe is Latin America’s best, modern, and most affordable..
  •  Learning the language is a terrific investment to help you get the most out of your experience in Colombia. We’ll showcase the best of Colombia’s many fine language schools for your convenience…
  • Get a grasp on the cost of living. In the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, we'll show you actual budgets from people who live here…

Of course, our business experts will be on hand, too…

  • Find out how to do business in Colombia and how to overcome the most common frustrations…
    All the nuts and bolts

    “I especially appreciated the nuts and bolts especially the cost of living, the financial considerations & strategies and the businesses that you showcased were interesting and enticing.”

    --Barbara Leicht, United States

  •  Learn the real story on taxes and how they may affect you in Colombia…
  • Explore today’s best business opportunities, guided by entrepreneurs who have already built a successful business…

And we’ve also got the practical matters covered...

  •  See how to become a resident, using one of Colombia’s easy, flexible residency options. You’ll hear from North Americans who’ve settled here, as well as our staff of legal experts…
  • Learn how to navigate Colombia’s financial system…from bank accounts, to investment portfolios…along with how to move money efficiently…
  • Get the facts on how to relocate to Colombia, from the experts who know the rules…
    Today’s relevant topics

    “I think the topics covered were well organized and relevant to the current global events taking place presently. I would highly recommend to others considering relocating to Colombia!

    --Patricia T., United States

And in the world of real estate...

  • Find the best real estate deals, by learning where to buy…and how much to pay…
  • Learn where to invest today in Colombia, for the most upside potential…
  • Meet with Colombia’s top property managers, and discover how—and where—to make money in today’s rental market…
  • Explore Medellín’s best commercial real estate investments, with our on-the-ground commercial experts…
  • Learn how to navigate the property purchase process, and buy real estate safely and securely…
  •  Get in on the ground floor of a fascinating agricultural investment in Colombia…your own piece of a mountain coffee plantation…
Get all the answers

“We are getting so much great information! Thank you! You are answering questions we never even thought to ask.”

--Sheila Strong, United States

 Here’s the bottom line: you'll come away from theLive & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kitknowing if Colombia is right for you…if you’d be happy living or investing here.

And if it’s right for you, you’ll have all of the information and local contacts necessary to make it happen.



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The Live and Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit is the resource you need to make the right decisions...

In the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, we'll provide you with all the information you need to make smart decisions… decisions with upside…the right decisions for you. The high-quality information and contacts we'll introduce to you will give you complete confidence as you explore all your options.

We'll guide you through the details and secrets to making a successful plan, and we'll give you all the tools and resources you'll need to follow you.

Save yourself months of tedious, frustrating research, dead-ends, and blind alleys. We've packaged everything you need into one great resource.

Specifically, the new Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit includes:
  • The 25 all-new Expert Recordings and Presentations from our most recent Live & Invest in Colombia live event (a US$279 value)...These programs will help you learn everything you need to know about buying and selling real estate...renting an apartment….establishing residency… understanding your potential tax liability...opening a bank account and setting up a corporation...forming the right holding structures…obtaining the right health insurance...medical care…employment opportunities and entrepreneurial options...
  • The Special Colombia Report, "Medellin, the World's Top Hidden Retirement Haven" (a US$9.95 value)...This fully illustrated report includes even more details on residency, visa options, health care, taxes, and itemized monthly budgets in Medellin, the City of Flowers and Eternal Springtime. In Medellin, the people are friendly, the streets are clean and safe, the infrastructure international-standard...and with its restaurants, cafes, galleries, and shops, this place feels more European than Latin American...
  • The special report, "44 Things You Must Know Before You Relocate, Retire, or Invest Offshore," (a US$29 value)...This is the nuts-and-bolts support you need to plan your adventures in Colombia with confidence. Whether you decide on Colombia or not, this is the resource that includes all the things we wish someone had told us before we began spending time and money in far-flung and exotic places.

 

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The Time To Act Is Now

I truly believe Medellin, Colombia, is going to be one of the world's next great lifestyle and retirement havens. It's already one of the world's best investment havens. I'm not alone in these positions and predictions.

I'm very fired up about what I see on offer in Medellin right now. Get your copy of the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

In all, our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit is a US$317.95 value.

However, for a very limited time, you can gain access to all elements of this one-of-a-kind Colombia resource for only US$198. That's a savings of more than 35%.

What are you waiting for? In Medellin, the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the future is bright. Order your copy of the Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit now.

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Sincerely,

Kathleen Peddicord
Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas

P.S. The Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit will give you a complete introduction to current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing in this culture-rich retirement haven blessed with perfect weather.

From my nearly 30 years of experience, I can tell you that this is a moment of opportunity in this country that, more than ever, qualifies as one of the best places on earth today to establish your foothold overseas.

It isn't often that opportunity presents itself in such abundance…and it's even less often that we're aware enough to recognize the opportunity when it's on the table. I've got my long list of would'a, could'a, should'a opportunities, as I'm sure you do, too. That's why I've been moving as quickly as possible to act here. Timing is everything, and, in this special place, the time is now.

Order Now--100% Risk Free

This is the most complete and current resource to living, investing, retiring, and doing business in Colombia available anywhere. I guarantee it. If you don't agree or if you are disappointed in any way with the information, insights, recommendations, and discoveries shared in our Live & Invest in Colombia Home Conference Kit, simply say so. Your full purchase price will be refunded, no questions asked.

 


“Thanks for introducing us to Medellin. We will be back!!”
-- Gerry & Toni Dobrilla, United States, previous conference attendees

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