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How to Buy Property in Panama

Photo: Viva Team Buying property in Panama can be a cumbersome task.  The good news is that, when dealing with experienced professionals you can trust, it doesn’t have to be. While some investors and expats choose to learn all the ins and outs of the process, many see no need to reinvent the wheel when […]

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Panama Beaches: Our Top 5 Pics

If you’re hoping to retire to a beach haven overseas, may we suggest Panama? The Latin American country has a great deal of culture to offer, as well as beautiful scenery and fabulous weather. And the Panama beaches are an important part of the package. Panama has many draws as an overseas retirement location, including […]

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Get This Gear: 10 Items For Touring Central America

When you scout properties for a living, you never know where you will find yourself. The chilly peaks of the Andes Mountains, the sweltering jungles of Costa Rica, or the tropical islands of Panama. What you can count on is the unpredictable; I have got my car stuck in a river, had engine failure while […]

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Panama Real Estate: An Ultra Detailed Buying Guide

The process of buying property in Panama isn’t always a straightforward one, but–with the right help–it may be a lot easier than you think.  We’ve outlined the process from start to finish and defined some of the key terms, to help make relocating to your dream destination a little bit easier. Photo: Chuck Holton Before […]

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The Definitive Guide to Small Town Living, A 13 Step Guide

When someone moves from a city to a small expat town, social conduct can be mysterious. We get trained socially in part by our local environment, so social interactions can vary depending on where they take place. Here are 13 rules to set you on the right path for small town living as an expat […]

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Retiring to Panama Just Got Easier With This New Visa

Panama has long been an attractive destination for expats of all ages, with its favorable residency requirements and unmatched retiree benefits.  But if you were thinking you had a few more years to slave away in a cubicle and a few more dollars to save before you could make your move to this Central American haven… Think […]

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Top 5 Hospitals for Expats in Panama

If you are planning on making a move down to the lush tropics of Panama, why not take a moment to learn a little something about the Panama health care system and where to find hospitals that will offer quality and expat friendly care. Luckily, you won’t have to look far. Equipped with two branches of health […]

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Panama Teak Forestry Visa

The Future Is Turning Green Our budding future is evident in all stages of policy making, in the classroom, and in public opinion. Some of the top degree programs securing a rewarding future are for MBA students specializing in resource economics, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally compatible architectural design. Public interests continue their shift toward renewable […]

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Panama Investment Incentives

With the fastest growing economy in the Americas, Panama has often been compared to 1970′s Brazil or present day Singapore. And with ongoing projects such as a $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal and a $13.6 billion government investment in infrastructure, this Central American country is not slowing down. Its sophisticated banks and stable […]

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Offshore Accounts: How Sure Are You?

If  you don’t spend your nights jaunting around casinos, ordering martinis shaken, not stirred, and casually assassinating a whale or two on the way out then you’re probably not James Bond. So if you’re not James Bond, and if you’re not a crook (we’re just going to cross our fingers and hope you aren’t…but if […]

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Why Expat Living is Better for Your Health and Life.

It wasn’t easy moving to Central America. It’s not easy to uproot your family just like that. You keep wondering – is this really worth it? Will it work out? Not so long ago I went back to the U.S. to visit everyone and it was through this visit that I saw just how much […]

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What the Hell is FATCA?

FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was enacted in 2010 and has been in effect since January 2013. This Act was passed with good intentions: to target those who evade tax in the U.S. by not disclosing their offshore accounts to the IRS. That’s good, I thought, people must pay taxes or suffer […]

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Best 6 Countries to Retire As an Expat in 2013

Cuenca, Ecuador Named Top Expat Destination for 2013 The world’s top retirement spot? In truth, it depends on you. There are many appealing options for a new life in retirement as an expat, as many people are now looking for ways to stretch their dollars. It makes sense, living expenses can be cheaper, cultural experiences […]

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Panama Visa and Residency Options: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Photo: EcoCircucitos If you’re looking to make Panama your home, whether for a few years or a lifetime, there are a variety of visa options available to you. Panama is very friendly to foreigners and is continually opening its doors even wider to those who want to move there for practically any reason. We’ve compiled […]

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Panama’s Darien Gap: Where the Pavement Ends, Adventure Begins

Photo Credit: Acnur Las Americas When it comes to exploring Central America, Panama’s Darien province marks the end of the road for most travelers. Located on Panama’s eastern border, it contains the area known as El Tapon (meaning “The Plug”). This 99 mile stretch through the swamplands and rainforests along the Panama-Colombia border accounts for […]

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How to Become an Expat with Your Self-Directed IRA

When IRA’s (Individual retirement accounts) were introduced in 1974, they seemed to be the dream shelter for reducing taxable income. The funds were handed over to a custodian who would typically invest in stocks and bonds that would increase the value of the IRA. Since the average person earning a middle class wage is either […]

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