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How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad Paperback – March 29, 2011
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You owe it to yourself to pick up Kathleen Peddicord's superb new book How to Retire Overseas. I've known Kathleen for over a decade. In short, she knows her stuff.
--Investment U e-letter Alexander Green
...discusses the countries where retirees can live cheaply or even enjoy luxury living on a budget as well as the countries with the best health care. For anyone considering retiring overseas, this book is a must.
June Sawyers Chicago Tribune
Kathleen Peddicord, author of How To Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad says you may be able to retire younger by exiting the U.S. for sunnier and more inexpensive countries. --US News and World Report
For those worried about finances, Latin America seems to be one of the safer bets, according to Kathleen Peddicord of Panama City, Panama, author of "How to Retire Overseas."
Shelley Emling I.H.T/N.Y. Times
If you're done hitting the alarm clock and you're thinking of throwing a dart at a map instead, stop first and read this. "How to Retire Overseas" could lend a refreshingly different look at your future. --Pittsburgh Tribune
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In this definitive guide, author Kathleen Peddicord uses over twenty-five years of experience to show anyone how to retire overseas, with or without retirement income. By providing critical questions for readers to answer, Peddicord helps determine where your ideal overseas home is located. Once you know where you're headed, she outlines how to handle the move itself, and guides you through the process of establishing yourself in a foreign country, including how to:
*Find and rent or own a home
*Research and understand your tax liability
*Establish secure bank accounts
*Obtain health insurance and medical care
*Make friends in your new home
*Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes
With advice from the author's own experience living abroad as well as personal stories from the hundreds of retirees she's helped achieve their retirement goals, this essential guide helps anyone plan for and enjoy a new life overseas- for less money than a traditional retirement in the United States. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
You might also be considering retiring overseas. I urge you to get and read this book to help you think things through before you take the plunge or act on the advice of someone who knows your sister's ex-husband.
Kathleen Peddicord has lived overseas for years and currently resides in Panama with her husband and son. Previously, they had lived in Ireland, and Paris.
I lived in Australia for a couple years as a young man and travelled for business in the 1990s. Now, I stay firmly rooted on the ground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But I can see the wanderlust in many of my friends' eyes.
She covers what you need to know very well.
Section I covers the 10 steps that you should do now while you are at home and considering a move overseas. Think about what you really want and can tolerate by way of change. What a realistic budget would be (this isn't going to be a two week splurge on a vacation). Examining the geography what it means to your connections back home and how you will live there. What would your tax implications be? What about your health insurance? What is the market there for rentals and home sales? What about the stuff you have accumulated for a lifetime? Maybe you want a part-time retirement over there.
Section II lists a bunch of specific topics that you can examine if they interest you. What if you are looking for cheap living? Top notch health care? Great weather?Read more ›
Retirement is Over in the US - This book is helpful in its information as well as making Americans realize that the concept of retirement in the United States was a short term phenomena in American history that is finished. And it's been over for some time. But even if Americans could retire in the US, living overseas can be much more interesting for some. But the positive is, we have a large and varied world to experience. Often, at the fraction of the cost of retiring in the US. The quality of life can be much higher also.
This book is divided into five sections.
One of the sections lists the top retirement countries according to author Kathleen Peddicord. Interestingly some of these (European) countries are expensive and may have prohibitive or difficult visa retirement regulations. I am surprised that any European nation is included at all, because Americans that can retire in Europe could also retire in the US in my opinion.
"How to Retire Overseas" seems to target the American citizens that have not traveled abroad for more than 2 weeks, nor have lived overseas as an expat. The recent economic downturn (which will last for years) is now causing many to contemplate retiring overseas and this is definitely worth considering.
A cost of living index for each country listed in the book is included and very important. The index is listed in US dollars, which is equally important, but it should be noted that the US dollar is on dubious ground.Read more ›
I have been thinking about retiring to France, so I bought this book based on the good reviews. I thought I would get a good overview of the topic of expat retirement and get some real info about retiring in France. No such luck.
In the France section, I was rather stunned by how little information was provided, almost nothing beyond expected rents! For instance, under the topic of income tax in France, the author states that the rate is 0-40%. Without giving some idea of the tax brackets, this information is absolutely worthless. She touts the benefit of buying a place to live in France, but never indicates if the mortgage interest is deductible under French Tax code--this is really potentially important.
She never writes about the ease or difficulty of getting a French retirement visa, prerequsites, disqualifications, monetary requirements, costs?? For example, Australia demands $750K be given to the government to hold in order to retire there, my question is "is there something like this in France"? No discussion at all.
And no discussion of what it costs to have a car in France. She indicates that she did not have one and did not feel the need for one. I could not imagine this.
And finally, the geek in me takes objection to her listing expected rents and other costs to as much as 4 significant figures when 2 would probably be appropriate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel like the 'hook' to buy this book from the author, is to retire in Shangri La on a shoe string budget less than a thousand dollars a month. Read morePublished 11 months ago by danny
Lots of good information about specific countries. Writing style is like listening to a friend tell war stories :-) great advice and personal stories about her own multiple... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alaska_girl
Definitely an interesting and well written book, but I would go visit a place and make up my own mind before packing up to stay there, no matter what any book says.Published 13 months ago by Dave
Very helpful in planning a get away. But, care now must be taken with regard to security and politicsPublished 14 months ago by Rodney M. Brown
Lots of good information and helps you focus on what you are trying to accomplish....Published 14 months ago by Larry