Liz Larroquette
Living in Panama

What Panama Is Doing Right

“It’s not that I don’t believe you,” the man sitting across the table from me said, “it’s just that I don’t understand why you think Panama is so much better than say Costa Rica or Uruguay.

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Is Panama Really A Low Cost Lifestyle?

The other day I ran across an article in The Street, which is an American financial news service founded by the over-the-top television personality, Jim Cramer. It listed Panama as the best place for expats

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Liz Larroquette

Remodel or Move?

Baby Boomers are now between 52 and 70 years of age. Still pretty healthy and active for the most part, but every day it seems I get inquiries from people considering remodeling their current home or buying

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Should You Be Working Just For Health Insurance?

“I never expected to leave the work force in my early 60s” the woman told me. “I had been with the same company for about 30 years but when my employer merged with another company there was a lot

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When Do You Start Saving For Retirement?

Much of my television—not that I watch that much—comes from the States and there is one commercial I particularly like which deals with saving for retirement. A Harvard psychologist asks people about

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Changing The World With the Canal Expansion

When the LPG tanker, the Lycaste Peace, slid into a new set of locks June 27th, becoming the first paying ship to traverse the expanded portion of the Panama Canal, it signaled a shift in international

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The Zika Virus And Panama

I took a few days off recently and just kicked back with several of my friends. Water, great conversation, good food and maybe a cold beverage! It was a much needed and long overdue break. We were mostly

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Pre-construction Pricing Can Mean Profit, But Do The Research

I’m the first to admit it takes a bit of courage to invest in something which is little more than a model of what a new home might look like, along with fancy pictures and lavish copy promising stunning

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Being Safe in Panama

It was a strange request early in the morning. “I want you to tell me it’s safe”, said the woman with a light French accent who was at the other end of the phone. Her voice sounded tired and somewhat

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Costa del Este: Building on Success

Over the past decade, I have watched the Panamanian real estate market boom, lag and then boom again. Around 2009 it was widely felt that Panama City hotel rooms, offices and residential units would stand

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Puerto Vallarta or Panama For Your Retirement Dream?

For retirees who dream of a great year-round climate, sprawling sun-blessed beaches and a low cost of living with a lot of expats around for company, both the country of Panama and the city of Puerto Vallarta

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