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Why Buying Property in These International Vacation Destinations Could Be a Great Investment

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Real estate can be a great way to generate both long-term equity and short-term rental income. If you’re willing to extend your reach a bit on the risk/reward spectrum, buying a property in an international destination can potentially bring even greater rewards.

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You’ll have to contend with additional risk factors — from currency fluctuations and governmental regulations to the distance and unfamiliarity of investing in a foreign land — but there can be sizable benefits to doing so. For example, you can often purchase properties overseas with similar or even better amenities than you can find in the United States at a far lower price point. You may also find that you enjoy the thrill of owning rental properties in exotic destinations around the globe.

With home prices in

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Ask Amy: My brother lives in the family vacation home year-round

Dear Amy: Our five family members share ownership of a remote rural summer home. By agreement, each member can stay there up to two weeks a year.

Eighteen months ago, our brother became unemployed, unhoused, and has been staying in this house year-round, reluctantly leaving (late) when the other partners go for their annual vacation time.

Our brother has three dogs that are not house trained. When we go down “to open the cabin for the season” we end up throwing away rugs, pillows, deodorizing furniture, and cleaning up our brother and his dog’s messes. Our brother has hoarding tendencies.

He has not offered to do maintenance projects in lieu of rent, and the house and grounds have fallen into disrepair. He does not reply to our emails or phone calls and when we try to deal with him in person, he becomes very defensive and brings up childhood

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Dating the same guy? These women were. They dumped him and took a trip

Faith Bistline was excited for her 30th birthday trip to Costa Rica with her boyfriend, but a few weeks before they were to leave, she received an unsettling Facebook message.

“Is he your boyfriend?” the message asked, inquiring about a photo Bistline posted with her boyfriend of 18 months. “Because he’s been dating my friend for the past 10 months.”

Bistline was in disbelief. There had to be a mistake.

She took a screenshot and forwarded it to her boyfriend. He saw the message, she said, but he didn’t reply.

The inquiry came in late August from a woman who said her friend and co-worker, Emely Ortiz, was also his girlfriend.

Soon, Bistline got a text from Ortiz introducing herself and saying she’d been dating the guy for nearly a year, and believed they were exclusive.

“I just want to know how long you guys have been dating for,” Ortiz,

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