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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

Since 1908 Hollywood has been romanticizing and idolizing the pirate – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pirate_films. With stars such as Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Olivia de Havilland and of course Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean, it is difficult to remember that many were cut-throat murderous thieves . Nonetheless these privateers played an im... »

Medellin Real Estate workshop

Medellin Real Estate Workshop

We have chatted about the importance of using a Real Estate Professional. Nowhere is it more important than in a foreign country especially if you do not speak the language, understand the culture or have a familiarity with the law. Colombia presents even more challenges as there is no national MLS system and the local systems are feeble at best. To address foreign buyers concerns and interest, St... »

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Oceanfront Condos in Ecuador ??

No – you are not lost, this article is about oceanfront condos in Ecuador.  Please read on ! Growing up in the Northern Climes in the Fifties, we had a standard quip about being taken advantage of  – somewhat like our discussion about papaya in Colombia -  http://colombia3.poiea.com/no-dar-papaya/   -  You know the idea, ”being lead down the garden path”. That quip was R... »

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Investment Visa

Advertorial     We are often asked what is the easiest resident visa to obtain for Colombia ? This of course depends upon an individual’s personal situation. Are you on a pension ? Are you a  student ? Do you want a Colombian wife ? All of these options have requirements, technicalities and obligations that one must fulfill. From the outside this may appear a bit complicated but with some pr... »

EscapeArtist Colombia Portal

Welcome to EscapeArtist Colombia !

One of the most interesting features of Cartagena de Indias is the doorways to the large Colonial homes found in the old city. The word door truly does not define these magnificent, large entranceways. We must look to the Latin word “porta”, the root of the words import and important, for a more appropriate term. Beyond these portals lie luxurious oasis hidden away from the curious eye of local in... »

Colombian Visa

Colombian Visas

As of July 2013, the Colombian Government released a new set of criteria for Colombian Visas. Below is a short summary of the visa names and types taken from the Ministry of Foreign Relations. There are now three categories: Business, Temporary and Resident. BUSINESS NE1 :  – for the purpose of undertaking commercial and entrepreneurial activities, promoting economic exchange, making investm... »

Real Estate Closing Costs

Real Estate Closing in Colombia – Questions and Costs

If you are planning to buy or sell a property then you should make yourself aware of what the approximate costs of a real estate closing in Colombia will be. Above your attorney fees you will have your notary costs, adjustments of condo fees, taxes and utilities. Lawyer’s fees may vary widely. As anywhere else, cheap is not the best. A more thorough attorney normally will charge accordingly.... »

Transferiing money

Transferring Money to Colombia

Managing Money        Due to the years of clever techniques used in laundering money, transferring money to Colombia has numerous controls. Foreigners often find these processes frustrating but if you understand the proper procedure to manage this, it does not have to be as complicated as it might appear at first glance. An individual can bring up to $10,000  US in cash into Colombia. From a secur... »

Real Estate in Colombia

Real Estate in Colombia

  Unlike some Latin American countries, foreigners can own real estate in Colombia.  Anyone coming to this country can purchase property and register it with their passport. There is no need to worry about this type of transaction as Colombia stands out among all of the Latin American countries with the best records for protection of foreign investments.   The internet is rife with stori... »

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