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Monday, March 15, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

The hidden costs of living abroad.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Does life in the United States ever get so (insert your own adjective here - boring, irritating, complicated, expensive, whatever bugs you,) that you think about just cashing it all in and moving to another country? You can, but be prepared for some unexpected costs of living. When you discover that many of the things we take for granted here in the good old U.S. of A are either more expensive, heavily taxed or totally unheard of in the States, you may just decide that the "Ex" in Ex-Pat stands for "Expensive."
Car insurance and healthcare
Compared to many countries, U.S. car insurance is relatively inexpensive. Not so in other parts of the world. But don’t scrimp on coverage. Be sure you have the insurance you need for anything that might happen on the road. And if you plan to avail yourself of your new country’s legendary free health care system, think again. Unless you’re a cit ...

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Friday, March 12, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

The problem with moving to Florida is...

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
When the pandemic hit the U.S. last March, remote workers started leaving New York City and its ultra-expensive housing in search of wide-open spaces, sunshine and affordable homes—all of which you can find in Florida, with the bonus of no state income tax.
Sounds logical, but the fact is each year nearly as many people move out of Florida as move in. They are fleeing hurricanes, heat and escalating home prices among other things. While COVID-19 has prompted some out-of-staters to buy homes in Florida, the state’s population growth has slowed in the pandemic to its lowest rate since 2014, according to the state’s November 2020 Demographic Estimating Conference.
According to statistics gathered by the national moving company Atlas Van Lines, there were fewer moves into Florida from other states in 2020 than at any time over the last nine years. Atlas' data shows that in Florida, as ...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

"Mama if that's movin' up, then I'm movin' out!"

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Depending on how deeply felt your political persuasion, you may be joining an increasing number of Americans threatening to move to another country if the wrong candidate wins the 2020 presidential election. Like Billy Joel sang, "I'm movin' out!"
A recent survey asked more than 3,000 American voters if they would consider leaving the country if the presidential candidate they support loses the election. Sixteen percent said they would, up from 9% during the 2016 presidential contest. Broken down by who they plan to vote for, 20% of people who plan to vote for Joe Biden would consider leaving the country if he loses, while 15% of President Trump’s supporters said the same thing.
So if you plan on watching the election night results with a U-Haul parked in the driveway, here are some tips on preparing for your big move. (Keep  in mind though, that you won't be going to any foreign na0 ...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

They’re baaaaaaack!

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Remember the day your last adult child left for his or her final year at college, soon to graduate and be off and on their own? You thought to yourself, “Well, that was fun.” The tribulations of parenthood were over. You were looking forward to some of the pleasures of being an empty nester - your time will be your own, the house will be as clean and as organized as you want it to be, you’ll focus on your partner, get a good night’s sleep, peace and quiet will rule as the cacophony goes with them. They’ll only be back to visit.
Not so fast, boomer.
A recent study released by the Pew Research Center shows that for a record number of American families, they're back. After assessing the Census’s monthly Current Population Survey data, the non-partisan think-tank found that some 52% of 18-to-29-year-olds are now living with one or both parents.
Believing that the mo. ...

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Monday, August 24, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Five reasons now is STILL a great time to sell your Hudson Valley house.

 By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
1. Now is a great time to sell because of pent-up buyer demand and a later-than-usual hot market.
The Hudson Valley real estate season got a late start this year due to Governor Cuomo’s March shutdown and the onset of Covid-19 precautionary measures. But figures show sales are up, and buyer interest is booming, as people searching for homes scramble for the relatively few properties on the market.
2. Now is a great time to sell because low inventory will make some homes more desirable, even if they don’t have all of the latest and greatest upgrades. Buyers don’t have a lot of choices right now, so homes that may not have all the bells and whistles are starting to look pretty good to motivated buyers. We are also seeing more buyers than usual offer to waive inspection contingencies, which means they are willing to accept “as is” condition.
3. Now is a great time to. ...

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