Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Resort Community Flourishing Despite Dismal Global Economy

A resort community in the southern zone of Costa Rica is flourishing despite a dismal global economy. The community is called Osa Mountain Village and is not what one might think of when conjuring up an image of typical resort communities. Osa Mountain Village Resort is breaking all the molds and usual ideologies surrounding the term “resort community”. Despite the economy globally being in a downturn Osa Mountain Village Resort is flourishing and may be the best selling development in all of Costa Rica. At least that’s what local real estate agents have been saying when they visit the sustainable development that is being called by residents “the most amazing community on the planet”.

Other local projects have been stagnant in these tough times but the unique model of a food producing, sustainable resort community combined with all the basic luxuries one might be used to living in a big city has set this development apart from the rest of the herd. It seems to be attracting people from all walks of life that are interested in living a simpler lifestyle where keeping up with the Joneses is not the priority. And people are visiting and buying faster than the builder, Gary Morris, can build. Eventually the unique development will have approximately 170 residences with many of the buyers planning on living at Osa Mountain Village full time in the near future.

From an investment standpoint Osa Mountain Village looks like a market proof place to put ones money. If the economy improves or stays flat OMV is quickly becoming known as a premier adventure resort in the southern zone around the Osa Peninsula area. If the global economy continues its dismal decline further, buyers at Osa Mountain Village Resort Community will be living in an amazing place safe from the chaos that a poor global economy always brings with it. Buyers not planning on living in their villa can put their investment to work placing it in the rental pool and earn a nice income while keeping it as a safe place to go to should things get really bad. Many buyers have been using their 401K’s and IRA accounts to purchase at the resort community without penalty by transferring their accounts to companies offering self directed retirement plans. This has surely been an added bonus for the developers as well as the buyers and has helped the flourishing resort community continue its fast paced growth.

Osa Mountain Village has released only phase 1 and phase 3 for sale at this time. Phase 1 consists of beautiful 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas and phase 3 consists of custom home sites. Phase 1 is approximately 50% sold out and phase 3 is about 80% sold out with less than 10 custom home lots remaining. Phase 2 and phase 4 will consist of condos and villas with some of the most amazing ocean views anyone could ever hope for and are expected to be released later this year or early next year. High end finishes and a low buy in price make purchase options very attractive. Residents of the resort community pay only $150 per month in HOA dues which includes access to free organic food grown on the 770 acres which make up the development. It just goes to show that a flourishing resort community is absolutely possible despite a dismal global economy if you think outside the box.

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Live On Less & Live Better

How does a family live on less and live better? That’s a great question for which there are probably a million answers or at least a million opinions. There’s no question that it’s getting tougher to make ends meet every month for tens of millions of families in the US and abroad. Lot’s of things are contributing to the problems the world is faced with… overspending of the governments around the world, inflation, central banks excessive printing of money with nothing to back it, multi-national corporations getting away with criminal behavior, etc.. The truth is simple to see even if it is hard to swallow. What makes it even harder is the feeling that we are helpless to do anything about it. The bottom line is that conventional thinking will not solve the problems we are faced with today. It was unconventional thinking that brought us to this point in history and only unconventional thinking is going to make things better. There is a great movie you can watch for free on youtube that explains the complexity of the situation and how the present condition of the world is destined to get worse if we all behave like cattle and let the super wealthy friends of the men in high places keep making decisions that benefit the few at the expense of the many.

So how can you live on less and live better in the process? First, you must change your mind set and realize that the planet has enough to go around and that abundance for all the people on the planet is not a fairy tale concept. It is a utopian idea but not unrealistic by any stretch of the imagination. When I was growing up I was a huge fan of Star Trek, especially the Next Generation series. What I particularly liked about that series was the concept that we, the people on planet earth, finally got our act together and learned how to cooperate and live peacefully and with abundance for the entire human race. In the series we learned that instead of fighting over resources that we could accomplish so much more working towards a greater ideal and in doing so the planet and the people thrived.

So, I changed my mindset and followed my gut instinct a short time ago. In doing so I moved my family to a developing sustainable community in the southern pacific, coastal mountains of Costa Rica several months ago. It is a big change from what my wife and I have been used to for the past 50 years growing up and living all of our lives in Los Angeles, California. Instead of living to work we are now working to live. Our community here is producing its own food on the 750+ acres of land that we have.

We are part of something very special in my opinion. The people that are becoming a part of this community have many talents. One community member that is moving here soon is an expert in alternative energy production and will be helping us to produce our own biodiesel fuel so we won’t need to buy gasoline any more. Another community member is an expert in solar and hydroelectric energy systems and is helping our community to be off the government power grid. Other community members will be distilling alcohol, growing coffee and helping with cultivating medicinal herbs and other foods. Some of the community members have talents in the arts and are teaching children in the community dance and self defense and the list goes on.

To many people it would probably seem like we live on less than we did in the US and we do. We also live better than we did in the US. We have more time as a family here. We play more games, do more activities as a family and with the community. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I made the move. It was a calculated risk that I was willing to take and I am so glad I did. The first couple of months were a big adjustment for my wife especially, but now we are really enjoying the lazy days, local beaches, fresh organic food and great company of like-minded individuals and families that also took the risk that perhaps there is something better to be found outside the box of conventional thinking and doing what the masses are doing.

Below is a short video showing how the community where we now live is developing. For more information about how you can change your life living on less and living better in the process visit the website about Osa Mountain Village Resort Community.

Don’t let the world get you down any more than it already has. There are better options out there. We tend to be our own biggest hurdle so I want to leave you with one of my favorite sayings…

“The best way to get somewhere is to let yourself go.”

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Economic Crisis Leading to Economic Depression?

Is the economic crisis in the USA leading to an even greater economic depression than the country had in the 30′s? Will the words “the great depression” come to mean a completely different depression than the one the words were first referring to? Or will someone come up with a whole new phrase to reference the depression of the early 2010′s? These are just some of the ridiculous questions I sometimes ask myself when I start to think about the direction the US is heading. They are meaningless questions. Is a depression coming? I think so. I chose to start a new business in Costa Rica because my businesses in the US were being so strongly affected by the economic in the United States. Unemployment in the United States continues to climb and the length of time the average person has been unemployed has increased dramatically.

A Recession in the USA of Epic Proportions

If there is a recession in the USA of epic proportions, will you be ready when it hits? It looks like a depression in the United States is inevitable. Most scholarly people agree that the course the US is on is unsustainable and that it is a matter of when it will happen not if it will happen that an “adjustment” takes place. So I ask again, will you be ready when the day comes? What have you done to prepare for hyperinflation? Do you have food stored away? How about water? How about a gun and ammunition if things really get tough or nasty? Every flat currency in the history of the world has collapsed. The United States Dollar is a flat currency. History has a habit of repeating itself. So, are you trading in your dollars for assets that are not dollar based? Are you buying stuff that is real like gold, silver, rice, oil, foreign real estate, etc.?

Is a Depression Coming?

If you haven’t started to prepare and move yourself out of dollar based assets don’t wait too long. When the dollar becomes worth nothing it will be too late to do anything about it. I chose to put what little I had into a development in Costa Rica and now I live there and have a great life. It is a safe place on a mountain overlooking the pacific ocean from about 2,000 feet elevation. To help you envision where I live. Imagine a luxury resort on 750 acres that produces its own organic fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, milk, cheese, alcohol and coffee… ALL OF THAT… and as a resident you pay only $150 a month and the food is free.

This community is surrounded by incredible wildlife, where you feel like you are in the middle of the Amazon, yet you are only 20 minutes from banking, shopping, and all of life’s necessities. The community is full of wonderful, diverse people from all over the world who love life. They have regular pool parties, art shows, music and many other events.

This community has incredible activities including water slides, canopy tours, horseback riding, kayaking, ocean and inland fishing, mountain biking, animal rehab shelters, easy to walk trails through old growth rainforest and a 325 foot ocean view water fall to rappel down.

Now, to top it off… you end your day in a beautiful chemical free pool bar and have a drink.

Mine is a market proof investment… if the economy stays flat or improves, then I am living in one of the worlds premiere eco-adventure resorts. If the economy fails, the place I am living will be a GREAT place to live.

I am sure I will still feel the effects of the economic crisis and economic depression in the United States. I can’t escape it completely. But I am prepared and I am living a life that is better in every sense I can imagine.

Want to know more about this incredible village resort where I live and how you can have all that I have described for a buy-in price that is so low it will surprise you? Want to know how you can even use retirement funds to purchase a villa or start a business in Costa Rica without withdrawing the funds from your account. Learn how to protect yourself in these uncertain times. It may be the smartest thing you ever do…

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Dollar Drop & Hyperinflation Inevitable?

When it comes to a dollar drop and hyperinflation it seems that most people living in the US want to ignore that which seems so obvious to me. I also know there are a lot of people who feel the same way that I do as well. So, I would like to share my solution to those people interested in saving their family from a dollar collapse and extreme hyper inflation before it’s too late. I want to begin by saying that I feel blessed to have discovered Osa Mountain Village and consider myself very lucky that I saw early enough on that the economy was not going to improve in time to save my family and me. I was still in a position to do something to protect my family from a dollar drop, or dollar collapse. Perhaps that’s where you or someone you know is at right now. They’re trying to figure out how to protect their family now and be prepared before the storm hits just like I am doing…

“What to do before a massive dollar drop & hyper inflation hits…”

On March 1st, 2011 I moved my family down to Costa Rica to an under-construction, sustainable, resort development called Osa Mountain Village. It was our only option. My wife and I had invested in the development with our IRA’s years before and the project was ready to move forward having obtained all necessary permits and plans. The development being “created” is a food-producing community that employs local citizens to help run the development. We pay only $150 per month to the HOA which is for access to food produced on site, fresh water, and use of community areas as well as the 750 acres of old growth rain forest.

Many other people have now started moving to Osa Mountain Village too. Most of them are thinking that the US economy is doomed and that a dollar drop is inevitable and hyperinflation will soon be the result of years of wreck-less spending by the US government. I tend to agree with their sentiments and hope for the best. My sisters, mother, father, nieces and nephews, in-laws and many friends still live in the US. Some of them think I am crazy and others have since bought a villa at Osa Mountain Village as a back up plan because they too think the US economy is going to tank soon.

Fool Proof Protection Against A Dollar Drop & Hyperinflation

I see it this way… If the economy stays flat or improves Osa Mountain Village is becoming the premier eco resort in the southern zone of Costa Rica. My wife and I are to be concierge for the resort once it is fully operational and business should be great if the economy is good. If the economy continues downhill and there is a dollar drop followed by hyperinflation Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live during the chaos. For now we help out with many things to grow the community and bring together like minded people. We eat organically grown fruits, veggies, chicken and eggs, locally caught, fresh seafood and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle than when we were living in the states.

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Obama’s HIRE Act, Bill H.R. 2847 Came With Some Big Surprises

The Obama administration has been working determinedly in a number of ways to tighten up on all U.S. residents and citizens that invest outside of US borders.

One such effort has recently become a reality. Perhaps you heard that Obama signed into legislature last year the latest in a movement towards currency control. It is called the “Foreign Account Taxpayer Compliance Act.” It was secretly tucked into a bill about hiring and creating jobs, very cleverly entitled the “Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment” or (HIRE) Act, H.R. 2847.

Here’s a short explanation of the section of the bill that pertains to investing offshore:

Extolls a 30% withholding tax on a great number of U.S-source income and gross sales proceeds to foreign financial institutions (FFIs). The definition of a FFI includes every conceivable foreign investment vehicle you can imagine. The only way to avoid the tax is for the foreign institution to enter into an information reporting agreement with the IRS. Information the IRS would receive includes your name, address, Social Security number or other taxpayer identification number, account number, and the account balance or value. This provision comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Charges a separate 30% withholding tax on payments made from the United States to certain non-financial foreign entities. If you’re a foreigner with U.S. investments, and you hold those investments through a foreign corporation or other non-U.S. entity, this provision will affect you. To avoid the tax, you’ll need to disclose whether the foreign entity has “substantial” U.S. owners (10% or greater interest). The burden to make this disclosure will fall upon U.S. “withholding agents.” If the withholding agent (e.g., a domestic bank) fails to obtain the certification the IRS demands, it must withhold 30% of the payment to the foreign entity. This provision also comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Expanded offshore account reporting obligations. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and hold foreign “bank, brokerage, or ‘other’” financial accounts with an aggregate value of $10,000 or more, you must already make two separate annual disclosures. The first disclosure is to the IRS on Schedule B of Form 1040. The second is to the U.S. Treasury on Form TD F 90-22.1.

However, if the aggregate value of assets you hold offshore exceeds $50,000, the HIRE Act imposes additional reporting obligations. It requires you to also report any ownership of non-U.S.securities, any financial instrument or contract held for investment from a foreign issuer, and any interest of more than 10% in any foreign entity. For investments in financial institutions engaged in trading securities, partnership interests, or commodities, you must report any ownership interest. These expanded reporting requirements become effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Extended statute of limitations. The HIRE Act also extends the statute of limitations on assessments to six years for significant omissions of income attributable to foreign financial assets.

Expanded reporting requirements for shareholders in offshore mutual funds. You must now file Form 8621 annually if you own offshore funds, whether or not you have taxable income or gain from it.

Expanded definition of U.S. beneficiary of a foreign trust. The Tax Code provides that the U.S. grantor of a foreign trust with a U.S. beneficiary is taxed on trust income. Essentially, the IRS ignores the foreign trust for tax purposes. The HIRE Act expands the definition of U.S. beneficiary to include any U.S. person who may receive an interest in the trust contingent on a future event, or where the trustee has discretion to make a distribution to that person. The trust is treated as having a U.S. beneficiary unless the trust identifies the class of persons to whom distributions may be made and none are U.S. persons. Further, a property transfer from a U.S. grantor to a foreign trust creates a presumption that a foreign trust has a U.S. beneficiary.

All of these provisions come as no surprise. President Obama signed the HIRE Act into law, and in so doing, escalated the U.S. government’s war against all things offshore.

The HIRE Act imposes much more stringent reporting and information exchange requirements on foreign financial institutions. For that reason, It is believed that its main effect will be to further restrict access for U.S. citizens—especially those living in the United States—from offshore banks, brokers, and other foreign financial services companies. This is likely to occur because the cost for these companies to continue doing business with Americans will increase sharply when these portions of the law become effective in 2013.

If you are considering ways to invest your money before 2013 consider a real estate investment at Osa Mountain Village. It is a great opportunity because no matter what happens with the economy you win. If the economy continues downhill in the world Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live an abundant life outside of the chaos engulfing much of the world. The sustainable, food producing community model offers a safe haven amidst it all. And if by good grace the economy improves, Osa Mountain Village Resort is becoming the premier eco resort of the southern zone of Costa Rica. Real Estate values will likely increase in the southern zone of Costa Rica and with a good economy comes tourists which will bring income to owners through business and the lucrative rental pool program for those that want to use their villa as an income property. Find out more by filling in the form below and a team member will contact you shortly.

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US Health Care Costs More Than Any Other Country… Why?

June 28, 2011 by  
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When I first saw the video below taken from Ted Talk I was not surprised. I was shocked. I was shocked because it seems that the people who should be protecting our food supply in the US are actually enabling and subsidizing the big industrial farms that grow food of questionable nutritional value and charging excessive fees to disable the people that grow healthy organic foods. It was the reverse of what I thought it should be as a person concerned about what I and my family eat. The data presented is convincing and leads to the question why are we allowing ourselves to be guinea pigs as if we are part of some big experiment. The video clip is one that makes me cry inside for all of the people that have been affected by the lack of caution in pursuit of a dollar. Under the guise of “protecting people” we are having our health slowly stripped away from us little by little. New drugs are being introduced to the marketplace constantly to battle the new ailments that are cropping up left and right as a result of our diminished access to good health promoting food.

Take the fight regarding raw milk for instance. The more you know the more you realize that shutting down the small farmers that bring us healthy raw dairy products has nothing to do with protecting people from dangerous bacteria and has everything to do with protecting profits of large scale dairy farms. You can read about this all over the internet. One such website is realmilk.com which is dedicated to protecting your right to access fresh raw dairy products and is a great source of information about the safety health and economic issues surrounding the issue.

The truth it seems, is that if we all just sit around and do nothing while they genetically modify one crop after another it won’t be long before the majority of people living in the US suffer from a long list of allergies. Allergies that most of the population never had a problem with before genetically modified crops started making their way into the food supply. Evidence now exists that brings up the question of just how dangerous are these genetically engineered crops. They were introduced into the world without ever having to be proven to be safe and now that they are out there many people wonder if the future of the worlds healthy, unadulterated food supply is at risk of being permanently contaminated.

The funny part is the rest of the world is having nothing to do with it. Giant companies have reformulated their products fro Europe because many ingredients that are allowed in the US version of a product are not allowed to be sold there. It’s time to spread the word and stop buying things that are undermining the health of our nation. Say no to GMO products and preserve the right to access fresh healthy food for future generations. If we don’t all stand up for this a day will come when it will be too late. I hope that day never comes.

If you are considering ways to retire or live in Costa Rica consider Osa Mountain Village. It is a great opportunity in todays economy because you win regardless. If the economy goes further downhill then Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live abundantly outside of the rat race engulfing much of the world. The sustainable, food producing community model offers a safe haven amidst it all and what they have will be in demand. And if we are fortunate to see things improve, Osa Mountain Village Resort is the premier eco resort for the southern zone of Costa Rica with fantastic amenities for residents and tourists. I expect real estate property values will most likely go up in the southern zone of Costa Rica if the economy improves and with a new airport slated for the area. Tourists will bring income to owners through business and the lucrative rental pool program for those that want to use their villa as an income property. Find out more by filling in the form below and someone will contact you shortly to answer your questions.

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National Inflation Association Releases US Economic & Inflation Update

June 6, 2011: National Inflation Association Publishes U.S. Economic and Inflation Update

The official U.S. unemployment rate rose during the month of May to 9.1%, up from 9% in April, with only 54,000 non-farm jobs being created for the month. The real unemployment rate including short and long-term discouraged workers is now 22.3%. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) used the birth/death model to produce a positive monthly bias during the month of May of 206,000 jobs, up from 175,000 in April, 117,000 in March, and 112,000 in February. Without the birth/death model, 152,000 jobs were lost during the month of May.

By utilizing the birth/death model, the BLS is assuming that during the month of May, the number of new jobs created by start-up businesses were 206,000 greater than the number of jobs lost from companies going out of business. NIA finds this assumption to be absurd and believes it is likely that jobs lost from companies going out of business were actually much higher than jobs created by new start-up firms. It is obvious to us that the BLS is using the birth/death model to manipulate unemployment figures to make the U.S. employment situation seem far less worse than it truly is. There is absolutely no legitimate reason for the birth/death model upward bias to have increased 84% over the past three months.

McDonald’s recently had their own “National Hiring Day” in which they encouraged Americans to apply for new jobs at the company. All together, 1 million Americans applied for 62,000 jobs at McDonald’s and over 900,000 Americans had to be turned down. To us, this is a sign that despite government economic statistics that are bottom bouncing from their lows due to the Federal Reserve printing trillions of dollars out of thin air, the U.S. economy is still in a severe downturn without the possibility of a real recovery…
To read the entire article visit theNational Inflation Association and then join NIA to keep informed of what is really taking place with the US economy.

If you are looking for a way to utilize money you have in a retirement plan or bank account consider buying a villa at Osa Mountain Village. It is a win win opportunity. If the economy gets worse in the world Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live an abundant life away from all the chaos of the rest of world. The sustainable, food producing community will be a safe haven amidst it all. And if the economy improves, Osa Mountain Village Resort will be the premier eco resort of the southern zone of Costa Rica bringing income to owners through the lucrative rental pool system. Find out more by filling in the form below and a representative will contact you.

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