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How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad Hardcover – March 18, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1594630651 ISBN-10: 1594630658 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630651
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Alexander Green
--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



From the Inside Flap

Imagine yourself at home- on the front steps leading to a sandy white Caribbean beach, sitting atop a balcony overlooking the streets in a bustling Latin American city, or inside a hillside villa in Europe- the retirement of your dreams. With a dash of adventure and an ounce of planning, you can turn your fantasies into reality- on any budget, without increasing your bills or sacrificing your lifestyle.

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.

More About the Author

Established in 2008, Live and Invest Overseas is the vision of Publisher Kathleen Peddicord.

Kathleen Peddicord has covered the live and invest overseas beat for more than 28 years and is considered the world's foremost authority on overseas retirement. She has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 17, established businesses in 7, renovated historic properties in 6, and educated her children in 4.

Kathleen has moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets across three continents, from the East Coast of the United States to Waterford, Ireland...then to Paris, France...and, most recently, to Panama City, where she, her husband Lief Simon, and their young son currently make their home and base their Live and Invest Overseas business.

Kathleen was Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the International Living group for 23 years. She moved on from that role in 2007.

Today, Kathleen writes a weekly retire-overseas blog for U.S. News & World Reports, The Huffington Post and is regularly quoted by The New York Times, Money magazine, the AARP, and beyond. She has written innumerable books (including new ones released in March 2010 and April 2013), reports, and essays on where and how you can escape the retirement-tromping economy at home and live like royalty on a modest budget...invest for profits overseas ahead of the crowds...and secure your dream retirement in the world's best destinations.

Thanks to her years of travels and adventures abroad, Kathleen has been able to assemble an unparalleled network of global contacts, colleagues, friends, experts, resources, expats, and advisors. This team, with many decades of combined experience, is on the move continuously in search of new opportunity. Their insider, from-the-scene reports, dispatches, tips, recommendations, discoveries, and insights are delivered to Overseas Opportunity Letter readers daily.

An entirely free publication, you can sign up to receive this special dispatch here. http://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com

Customer Reviews

This book had a lot of great information and was extremely helpful.
Softmystic
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.
Craig Matteson
This type of detailed research will save the reader precious time and money.
Steve Amoia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

220 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One of my friends and his wife have just moved to Costa Rica to live more affordably and enjoy the nice weather. Health reversals and newly constrained finances made Ann Arbor less viable for him, but with his present means they can live comfortably in Costa Rica. God bless them. I hope everything is better for them than they had even hoped.

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?
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"How to Retire Overseas" by Kathleen Peddicord is a door opener for tens of millions of Americans that are entering into retirement age. The Golden Years are yours. All you have to do is move.

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.
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125 of 142 people found the following review helpful By R. Kelly on January 25, 2011
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...but of little value if you have been thinking about it for a while and done *any* amount of research.

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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andi on September 25, 2010
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Really up-to-date book on places that are safe to relocate for those of us hoping to make our retirement dollars go a bit further! Very honest assessment of the cost of living overseas in many different countries. Well worth the money and time to read it from cover to cover. After reading it over and over we made the decision to relocate to Ecuador. It wasn't covered well in this book but had enough information to research other options and decided on Ecuador from that. Not sorry at all and this book started it all!
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