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RealtyCast Global #12: A Strategic Guide to Purchasing Real Estate in Panama with Arnulfo Arias

RealtyCast Global #12: A Strategic Guide to Purchasing Real Estate in Panama with Arnulfo Arias

Welcome to episode #12 of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros.

Panama has emerged as a focal point for global real estate investors, boasting a thriving market influenced significantly by the legendary Panama Canal.

The canal not only serves as a pivotal commercial waterway but also as a catalyst for the nation’s economic and infrastructural development. In this episode, we’re graced by the insights of Arnulfo Arias, a figure with a storied political background and an authority in post-dictatorship Panama. His extensive experience as a government official and advocate for foreign investment positions him as an invaluable guide through the intricacies of the Panamanian property market.

The episode embarks on an educational journey that ventures beyond the basics of real estate investments. It delves into the unique aspects of Panama’s legal climate and how it intertwines with property ownership rights. Arias illuminates the public registry system of Panama, an entity in operation since 1916, ensuring the security and transparency of property transactions. This registry stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to legal safety, rendering the need for title insurance obsolete in many cases.

As potential investors explore opportunities in Panama, understanding the local transaction process is crucial. The episode meticulously outlines each step, from earnest money agreements to the closing phase, accentuating the importance of clarity in terms and conditions to avoid pitfalls. The expert guidance offered by Arias emphasizes the necessity of due diligence, recommending working with licensed professionals and conducting a comprehensive title search to identify any potential issues, past or future, with the property.

The episode concludes with a robust discussion on the legal ownership transfer process. Arias underscores the gravity of drafting a public deed of sale through an attorney and the finality of recording the deed for public knowledge. He stresses the financial wisdom of securing transactions through a bank or secure method until the property’s title is officially registered. This not only solidifies legal ownership but also safeguards the interests of both buyer and seller.

Listeners of this episode are treated to a masterclass in real estate acquisition within Panama, an enlightening experience that provides clarity on the strategic approach to navigating this market. With the expert guidance of Arnulfo Arias, potential investors are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to stake their claim in the vibrant real estate scene of this strategic Central American nation.


For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros.

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About the Guest – Arnulfo Arias:

Mr. Arias’s legal practice focuses mainly on commercial and civil matters, plus taxation and government administrative issues. Corporate practice includes advising corporation structure, corporate governance issues, living wills, estate planning structures, and civil and commercial contracts in general.

Arnulfo is an activist in social and humanitarian programs, a writer and weekly columnist, and is heavily involved in politics by family tradition. His grandfather, Arnulfo Arias Madrid, was president of Panama on three different occasions, during which Arnulfo was appointed as Director of Foreign Direct Investments of Panama.

PRATICE AREAS

  • Civil law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Tax law
  • Administrative law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Education & Bar Admission
  • Law and Political Science, USMA
  • Taxation, UNESCPA
  • Political Science, University of Lima, Peru
  • Foreign Direct Investment Studies, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Associate in Arts, Florida Community College, Jacksonville Florida, USA
  • BAR ADMISSION:  Since 1998
  • LANGUAGES:
  •  Spanish & English

Website: https://navarroguardia.com/

Phone: +507 225-0990

Email: aarias@navarroguardia.com

About the host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America

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RealtyCast Global #10: Navigating Expat Life and Real Estate Investing in Belize with Michael Cobb

Welcome to episode #10 of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros.

Belize, often referred to as Mother Nature’s best-kept secret, is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing destinations for global investors and expatriates seeking a slice of paradise combined with a sound investment. This tiny Central American nation, with its diverse landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to lush rainforests, offers a wealth of opportunities for those looking to diversify their portfolio or embark on a new chapter in their lives.

Michael Cobb, CEO of ECI Development, joins us again to provide an insightful look into the burgeoning real estate market in Belize. As a seasoned investor who witnessed Belize’s evolution from a hidden gem to a burgeoning tourist and investment destination, Michael shares valuable perspectives on the potential that Belize holds.

During the episode, we explore how the transformation of Belize’s real estate market parallels the country’s own journey from a British colony to an independent nation with English as its official language. The unique combination of a stable government, common-law legal system, and low property taxes makes Belize an attractive option for investors, particularly when compared to other Caribbean and Central American nations.

The conversation delves into the intricate tapestry of life as an expatriate in Belize. With anecdotes about living on Ambergris Caye and the contrast between expat life in Belize and Nicaragua, the discussion emphasizes the importance of finding a destination that fits one’s lifestyle preferences. Whether one is seeking a serene beachfront haven or an adventurous jungle retreat, Belize offers an array of environments to suit a variety of tastes.

A key focus of the episode is on the growing trend of digital nomads and pre-retirees looking for an idyllic setting to work remotely or enjoy an early retirement. Belize, with its ease of communication for English speakers and the rise of remote working, is an ideal locale for this demographic. It is particularly appealing for those in their 50s and 60s who are not quite ready to retire but eager to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life while still remaining productive.

Real estate investment in Belize, especially in areas like Ambergris Caye, is underscored as a lucrative venture due to the island’s popularity with tourists. The discussion covers the value of investing in branded properties and the increasing trend of visitors converting their short-term stays into long-term residences, thanks to the welcoming digital nomad visa programs.

Furthermore, the episode touches on the role of cruise ships in catapulting Belize onto the global tourism stage. Despite initial resistance from local hoteliers, the influx of cruise ship visitors has resulted in increased visibility for Belize, leading to a higher demand for accommodations and bolstering the country’s popularity among international travelers.

Throughout the conversation, Michael Cobb offers strategic insights into the current ‘sweet spot’ of Belize’s development curve, highlighting the optimal timing for investment before the market peaks. He explains the correlation between the country’s growing popularity and the potential for high occupancy rates and attractive average daily rates for rental properties.

In essence, the podcast episode paints a picture of Belize as a country ripe with opportunity, both for individuals seeking a change in lifestyle and for investors ready to capitalize on the burgeoning real estate market. With its combination of natural beauty, strategic location, and favorable investment conditions, Belize stands out as a destination with profitable horizons for those willing to take the plunge into its real estate adventure.

For more information on living and investing in Belize, check out Michael’s Consumer Resource Guide (click here to download the guide).


For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros.

For Property Buyers & Sellers seeking assistance in the international market, check out RealtyHive’s property marketing solutions.

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About the Guest – Michael Cobb:

At the height of a successful career in the computer industry, Mr. Cobb left to pursue more pioneering opportunities in the emerging real estate markets of Central America.  In 1996, he and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasing properties in Belize, Honduras and throughout the region.  As the need for capital outstripped the supply, the mortgage company was converted to an international bank under the jurisdiction of Belize.  It continues to provide mortgage services but has expanded its services to encompass the full realm of financial products. 
 
Mr. Cobb also saw the need for a regional real estate company that would serve the Baby Boomer consumer with a North American standard product for the next 2 decades.  He led the group into real estate development and created a holding company for several properties including a resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. In August of 2000, Exotic Caye purchased 3.5 miles of Pacific Beachfront property due west of Managua, Nicaragua. 

This master planned community hosts world class infrastructure, homes and condominium units.  In February of 2006, the ECI Development group acquired 1100 acres and 3km of coastline in Costa Rica, setting the stage for expansion into this popular market.  Most recently they merged their Belize property with a much larger parcel and have begun to develop 200 condominiums units on Ambergris Caye, Belize
 
Additionally, Mike Cobb has spoken at hundreds of international conferences about real estate financing and development.  He has acted as a consultant to The Oxford Club and gives counsel to various real estate projects throughout Central America.

Website: ecidevelopment.com

Phone: +1.703.795.2555

Email: mcobb@ECIdevelopment.com

About the host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America
RealtyCast Global #6: Innovative Strategies for Buying Property in Italy with Piero Lorenzo

RealtyCast Global #6: Innovative Strategies for Buying Property in Italy with Piero Lorenzo

Welcome to episode #6 of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros.

The allure of Italian real estate has been a longstanding fascination for international investors, with its rich culture, exquisite cuisine, stunning landscapes, and historically significant architecture. The latest episode of RealtyCast Global delves into this captivating market, with seasoned real estate professional Piero Lorenzo providing invaluable insights and innovative strategies for buying property in Italy.

Lorenzo, who boasts a blend of Californian and Italian expertise, introduces a unique perspective of merging Italian and American real estate tactics. His revolutionary approach has proven to be a game changer for international buyers seeking Italian properties. Lorenzo’s strategies enable investors to immerse themselves in Italy’s captivating lifestyle while earning passive income via short-term rentals.

One might find it hard to believe that you can purchase an Italian property without setting foot in it. Yet, Lorenzo confirms that this innovative strategy has been a hit during the pandemic, allowing buyers to secure their dream properties from the comfort of their homes. He assures listeners that every aspect of these unseen property transactions is handled with caution, resulting in happy and satisfied clients once they finally set foot in their Italian homes.

The podcast episode also explores the nuances of property pricing and investment potential across Italy’s diverse regions. Lorenzo showcases a range of listings, from a fully furnished property in Umbria for $120,000, a two-bedroom apartment in Sardinia for $180,000, to a stunning apartment in Lake Como for $315,000. He mentions the potential for Airbnb rentals, adding that one of his clients has already found success with this approach in Sardinia.

In an intriguing segment of the episode, Lorenzo introduces listeners to a remarkable project, “Living the Italian Way.” This venture offers a distinctive fusion of sustainable apartments and an authentic Italian lifestyle experience. The properties, set in beautiful areas like Montepulciano, Palermo, and Salento, are designed to be environmentally sustainable and help the buyer integrate into the local community. Moreover, they can be purchased using the rent-to-buy formula, making them an attractive investment option.

Looking ahead, Lorenzo predicts a stable market for Italian real estate in the coming years. He expects price increases in areas with high demand for second homes, but notes that the overall market remains an attractive investment opportunity. His in-depth knowledge and passion for Italian real estate shine through, making this episode a treasure trove of information for anyone considering an investment in this market.

Overall, the episode presents a compelling case for investing in Italian real estate. With Lorenzo’s expert guidance, insider knowledge, and innovative strategies, the dream of owning an Italian property seems more achievable than ever. His insights not only demystify the process of buying property in Italy but also illuminate the potential for passive income and an enriching lifestyle experience. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just starting your property journey, this episode is sure to provide you with valuable insights into the Italian real estate market.


Make sure to listen to other episodes of RealtyCast Global.

For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros.

For Property Buyers & Sellers seeking assistance in the international market, check out RealtyHive’s property marketing solutions.

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About the Guest – Piero Lorenzo:

Piero was born and raised in lovely Tropea, Calabria. He lived in Florence for 21 years, where he was a Real Estate Broker for 13 years. In 2015 he and his wife moved to Santa Cruz, California (USA). 

Piero has been a California Realtor since May 2015.  In 2017, he received his California Broker license and is now Broker-Owner of  Lorenzo International Real Estate. In April 2021, he became an American citizen, so he now proudly has dual citizenship: Italian and U.S.A.

He lives in California but travels to Italy for long periods with his family at least twice yearly (totaling 3-4 months per year). In this way, he lives in two worlds, which also helps his family’s quality of life because they receive the best aspects of both countries, cultures, customs, etc.

Living on two continents, North America and Europe is the best gift you can give yourself – for your mind, culture, and well-being.

Piero’s website: www.pierolorenzorealtor.com

Connect with Piero on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pierolorenzo/

Follow Piero on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorenzorealestate.us/

About the host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America

 

nvesting and Living in the Dominican Republic with Randy Chavers

RealtyCast Global #5: Investing and Living in the Dominican Republic with Randy Chavers

Welcome to episode #5 of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros.

In the latest episode of RealtyCast Global, we delve into the potential of Caribbean real estate with seasoned expert Randy Chavers. Not only is this region a tropical paradise, but it also presents lucrative opportunities for property investment and remote work.

Randy shares his intriguing journey of investing in the Dominican Republic, one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant islands. Replete with geographical splendor, a thriving economy, and a strong tourism sector, the Dominican Republic beckons investors from around the world. Randy provides insight into the region’s undeniable charm and potential for profit, making it a prime location for real estate investment.

The journey of purchasing a property in the Dominican Republic is distinct. Randy emphasizes the importance of finding a reputable real estate broker and attorney. Although the process may seem daunting to some, especially those accustomed to title companies, Randy assures listeners that the Dominican Republic has an excellent system of recording properties, making the purchasing process seamless and secure.

One of the highlights of the episode is when Randy sheds light on the digital wave sweeping across the Caribbean. With the availability of Wi-Fi and the rise of convenient communication channels like WhatsApp, the Caribbean has transformed into an ideal destination for remote work. Randy also points out the prevalence of the English language in the region, making it even more appealing for international remote workers.

Living in the Caribbean is not just about work; it’s also about enjoying the high-quality lifestyle it offers. Randy provides a first-hand account of the local amenities available. He speaks highly of the quality schools, medical facilities, and dental care, indicating that living in the Caribbean does not mean compromising on comforts.

Tourism is a significant factor contributing to the Dominican Republic’s economy. Randy gives listeners a sneak peek into the Airbnb rental market, offering insights on tourist preferences and the allure of the North Shore. With an international airport in close proximity and a growing number of visitors each year, the Dominican Republic presents a prime opportunity for Airbnb rentals.

Investing in Caribbean real estate, particularly in the Dominican Republic, is a strategic move. It’s not just about owning a piece of paradise; it’s also about tapping into a region brimming with growth potential. With a steady increase in its Gross Domestic Product and a rising number of tourists, the Dominican Republic presents a promising future for investors.

This episode of RealtyCast Global offers an in-depth look at Caribbean real estate from an investor’s perspective. From property investment to remote work opportunities, Randy Chavers shares valuable insights that will inspire listeners to explore the possibilities in this vibrant region.

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or a beginner, this episode is a must-listen if you’re considering making a move in the Caribbean real estate market. It’s not just about investing in property; it’s about investing in a lifestyle and a future filled with potential. So, step into the world of Caribbean real estate with us, and you might just find your next big investment.


Make sure to listen to other episodes of RealtyCast Global.

For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros.

For Property Buyers & Sellers seeking assistance in the international market, check out RealtyHive’s property marketing solutions.

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About the Guest – Randy Chavers:
Randy Chavers has 36 years of experience in real estate as an agent, broker-owner, managing broker for major franchises, and executive-level positions in real estate-specific Internet companies. 

Unique skill set combines award-winning performance in brokerage operations management with practical application of Internet strategies for real estate agents and brokers. 

Former Managing Director for Coldwell Banker Island Affiliates, a major franchise covering all Caribbean Islands and Western Atlantic including Bermuda. Licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia and Florida.

Connect with Randy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randychavers

Contact Randy at: randy@randychavers.com

About the host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America
RealtyCast Global Episode 1 - Purchasing Property in Portugal with Antonio Barbosa

RealtyCast Global #1: Purchasing Property in Portugal with Antonio Barbosa

Welcome to the premier of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros. During this podcast feature, Hugh discusses the tips, tricks, and benefits of moving to Portugal with industry veteran Antonio Barbosa of Infinite Solutions. Whether you are a real estate agent with a client looking to purchase property in Portugal or a property buyer seeking advice on the steps to take, you don’t want to miss this discussion!

For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros

For Property Buyers & Sellers seeking assistance in the international market, check out RealtyHive’s property marketing solutions.


About the guest – Antonio Barbosa:

António Barbosa is a REALTOR® living in Portugal and with more than 20 years of experience in Real Estate. He will tell you that he doesn’t sell homes; He fulfills lifestyle dreams. He’s a charming man with the most disarming smile who makes friends wherever he goes. If you are not his friend, it’s because he hasn’t met you yet!

He prides himself in being part of the decision of more than 500 families making Portugal their new home. In addition, He considers his biggest achievements in life the personal and business relationships he built, which led to long-lasting friendships not only with his esteemed clients but also amongst his distinguished colleagues!!!

He’s happiest helping people to find a home or wealth investment property in Portugal or worldwide. His company name is “Infinite Solutions”, and it’s a perfect name because he’s not problem-oriented, he’s all about solutions.  

He’s also a world traveler and foodie, so if you need a solution of where to go for dinner, on vacation, or where to buy your next lifestyle property, he’s your person! He speaks fluent Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Antonio is a proud Member of FIABCI-USA as well as NAR® and holds the CRS® / CIPS® and ABR® designations.

About your host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America