I’m grateful to have a retirement that keeps me busy and still working while getting the opportunity to spend half the year on cruise ships helping folks to get the most out of their adventures around the world. From tiny villages in Canada to the world’s largest cities, it continues to be an adventure!
One of the things I enjoy most is the opportunity to meet folks from all over the world who come on board as guests, and also the opportunity to work on a team with people, most younger than I, from all over. On a typical big ship cruise we have crew from over 30 countries, different races, backgrounds, religions, political systems … and we all work together and play together in peace and harmony.
Twelve years ago we left the rat race, retired early and moved to Boquete, Panama to begin what has been a great adventure! We lived for a while in one of Boquete’s premier gated communities and then as it developed and became just like a gated community in the States, we opted for a home in the mountains, in a tiny real Panamanian village, with fantastic views and no neighbors where we grow fantastic coffee. I’ve written THE NEW ESCAPE TO PARADISE: OUR EXPERIENCE LIVING & RETIRING IN PANAMA which has helped scores of others find their own adventures in expat living. And over the years I’ve packed a lot of content into this blog about Living In Panama.
My attempts at honest sharing and not sugar-coating, as so many of the outfits that promote moving and living in Panama often do, have been appreciated.
Richard, I want to thank you for all the excellent, interesting posts. I’ve enjoyed them over the years and greatly benefited from your book. So much so that I recently bought a small property in Boquete and currently renovating it for my eventual move. I have you to thank for always giving balanced, realistic info that helped me make an informed decision. I am grateful and wish you all the best, Kristina Gehrki
You’re “not in Kansas anymore!” Real estate in Panama is something different than you’ve ever experienced … or imagined! No MLS or Multiple Listing Service so real estate agents generally push only their listings and usually won’t show you other listings by other agents. No sharing of listings, no reliable way to compare prices, no way to know what is really out there for sale. Plus no title insurance, no escrow … just a whole lot of trust in a country you likely don’t know a whole lot about. Sound scary? It is!
The typical real estate agent sits around, like a spider, waiting for someone to drop into their Web. The only person you really need on your team is a good Panamanian lawyer with real estate experience. So what’s a person to do?
Enter “Uber” real estate … eliminating the cost and hassle of the middle man … Panamaforsalebyowner.info lets you connect directly with the seller. Faster, easier, and more pleasant.