This transition will have a huge… positive impact on real estate in the USA and Ecuador. We are looking at a different Ecuador property each day in this five part series.
See a picture and link to a Mindo property special below.
First let’s look at “Trading Down – Phase II” because this will be at least three times bigger economically than anything we have known to date.
We can see the beginnings of Trading Down – Phase I in 1954 reflected in Ray Krocs concept of franchising and fast food.
Ray Kroc 1954 from McDonal’s museum site.
By 1958 McDonalds had sold 100 million hamburgers… a nutritional disaster…. but a sign of the times… when the middle class and boomers entered a golden era of having more material stuff. Parents traded down from dining and eating at home for eating in the car.
These ideas worked because 60 million American baby boomers and their parents were shifting into a golden era. This figure more than doubled over the years ahead as boomers in Western Europe and Japan entered the era too. Franchising sped the system along.
Now BILLIONS more are entering the middle class. This will accelerate “Trading Down”.
We live in the richest, most incredible era that mankind has ever known. Our poorest have more than the richest of just centuries ago. Yet this can be hard to remember when caught in the day-to-day rush of the material rat race. Inspired investing is doing what we love and figuring out how to make money from it.
We increase our odds of success and enjoy what we are doing more. When times are tough and the economy slows, this perspective can give us time to sit back for at least a few moments and ask, “What do I really want to do with the rest of my life?”
The answer is the most important asset you will ever receive because “Trading Down” will also allow positive lifestyle shifts so enjoying the process will grow in importance.
“Trading Down” also enhances real estate in Ecuador and the USA.
This series look s at 11 reason why I believe international investors will invest more in USA real estate.
Part I looked at reasons #1 and 2. See here if you missed them.
Here is an excerpt from my newest report “Running Risk – How to Profit in Risky Times” that shows the the 3rd, 4th and 5th reasons why I have added US real estate to portfolio.
#3: Gloomy Markets Always Oversell.
I recall a New York Times best selling book written in 1992 written by Harry E. Figge Jr. and one of the country’s esteemed economics professors, Gerald J. Swanson entitled “Bankruptcy 1995: The Coming Collapse of America and How To Stop It.” This book told how US Federal debt would create a huge economic crash in 1995. The book sold millions of copies and many of us (including yours truly) shook in our boots. The lesson learned was that the sky was not falling. 1995 was the beginning of the biggest stock market boom in recorded history.
Then I remember Y2K. A reader sent me a note yesterday telling me how much he had lost because he had invested everything based on his expectations of a huge crash in 2001.
So when everyone is saying something is getting really bad, I usually begin to think that it is good. If I am wrong betting this way at least I have bought my bad investments at low prices!
There is a lot of doom and gloom now when it comes to US real estate. This is creating some great bargains because the US has many huge advantages that are ignored or dismissed.!
I expect innovation to change the world again. America usually does well with innovation.
Plus I agree the US dollar is most likely to fall. This reduces US debt and makes US assets even more attractive.
#4: Demographics to consider.
Americans are getting younger. (Unlike most of the western industrialized world.)
In 1950 Europe had Twice US Population. Then in 1980 US fertility rates rose and the US began growing much faster than elsewhere. At current growth rates by 2040 there will be more Americans than Europeans.
Yet there is plenty of space. This is another reason I am positive about the USA.
#5: Lots of Real Estate.
The US is the world’s third-largest country by size (after Russia and Canada) and by population (after China and India).
Yet it has plenty of space. By 2040 America might have 400 million people. Compared to China’s 2 billion and India’s 1 billion.
The US is only about half the size of Russia; but it is 30% of all of Africa; about half the size of all of South America (larger than Brazil); larger than China; almost two and a half times the size of the entire European Union.
Most of that land is temperate or tropical like Hawaii and Florida. The only arctic area is Alaska.
The population density of 28 people per square mile is 168th of 256 nations compared to China’s 133 per square mile.
The country is rich in coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber.
The US has the world’s largest coal reserves with 491 billion short tons accounting for 27% of the world’s total.
Plus the US has 18% arable land. That’s the 68th best of 256 nations and because the USA is so large this means it has almost the largest amount of arable land.
China with 15% arable land is 79th among 256 nations.
This leads to another great American fundamental benefit… it is the breadbasket of the world. We’ll see why this is important in Part #3 of this series.
Mindo Real Estate Special
This series is formed from excerpts of one small part of my latest report Running Risk – How to Profit in Risky Times.
Belong to the International Club
Please join Merri and me. Spread an epidemic of success… in health… wealth…. service to the community and personal fulfillment. Be infected with positive purpose…. enthusiasm… fulfillment… extra income, profits and fun.
I invite you to join the International Club 2013-2014. Save as much as $7,239 for as little as $177 a month.
As a club member you gain $7,792 of seminars, courses, online courses plus Spanish lessons and Ecuador tour discounts.
Join Merri and me for seven courses and seminars that we’ll conduct in 2013 FREE. Gain positive solutions to economic, financial and lifestyle developments.
Here are the courses you can attend at no cost.
June 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, NC.
August 31- Sept 1-2 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.
October 4-5-6 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, NC.
November 15-16-17 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.
January 10-11-12, 2014 Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl.
February 14-15-16, 2014 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora Fl.
In addition members receive discounts on Ecuador farm tours and Spanish courses conducted by our Ateam Ecuador and Super Spanish teachers. For example Super Spanish courses that are normally $699 are $175. Ecuador real estate tours are reduced 20%.
Part of the courses we conduct are held on the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina.
We’ll conduct three of the courses either at our farm or in this forest lodge.
50 delegates joined us.
The seminar in action.
After the seminar, International Club members join us at our home to talk with the speakers.
International Club members meeting in our home after a North Carolina seminar.
Four courses are in historic Mt. Dora, Florida.
Please join us this year through in Florida, and North Carolina FREE as an international club member… plus gain access to the agricultural tours and Spanish courses conducted by the Ateam Ecuador at a discount.
Super Thinking Spanish course at the historic train station in Mt. Dora.
There are many benefits of membership.
You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all eight of the seminars we have already set for 2013 plus any others we decide to conduct in the year ahead FREE.
As a club member you also receive seven online reports, courses and workshops worth $1,246 FREE.
The first of these seven online courses is “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business,” normally sold at $299.
The second is our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”, which has a $299 value. I am sending you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success. This is an extra $299 savings.
The third is our online course “International Business Made EZ” sold at $299.
You also receive fourth the 50 minute video by our webmaster David Cross on “How to Get Your Web Business Started”.
Your fifth course is the 50+ lesson course “How to Create your Own Website Using Sitesell” by Michelle Toole. (We are proud that this course was written by a student of our courses showing how well the 43 years of knowledge that Merri and I have accumulated and put into these programs can help you start your own global micro business.)
Sixth, you become a beta member in our newest online course “Event – Full Business – How to have a Seminar and Tour Business” currently offered at $349.
When you enroll, we’ll send you a password that makes the online courses easy to access at the Club website. You can reserve as many seminars as you desire.
Five Positive Steps
Join Merri and me as we look at positive ways to prosper during 2013. Here are five ways to gain from the forces of change that can raise havoc with many.
#1: Having your own micro business for extra earnings, freedom, fulfillment and fun.
#2: Living and prospering in lower cost countries or small towns.
#3: Multi currency investing through US brokers and bankers abroad.
#4: Commodities that rise with inflation.
#5: Good value real estate…. especially multi dimensional and agricultural property.
We have specialized for over four decades in helping our readers excel in these five inflation beating opportunities.
The big benefits of belonging to the International Club are the power of repetition, updates and international friendships. As a club member, you become friends with other members as you meet again and again.
Your first saving is on waived seminar fees for the seminars over the next year.
As you will see above and below you can attend Florida & North Carolina seminars. If you attend just two of these seminars, the $1,799 membership fee will have already created a savings for you.
Yet there is more. Much more.
International Club members meeting in West Jefferson for a reception after the North Carolina seminar.
Enough…. Enough with the Bad News.
Our 2013 mantra is BE POSITIVE in this negative world. There is nothing as valuable as rarity but we need to remember that bad news sells. This means the mainstream media has slipped into offering information with an adrenaline rush. Mayhem, murder and natural disasters. These negative events will happen…. globally. We cannot do much about this. Dwelling on insolvable negativity is not good for our health or wealth.
A recent quote from the Abraham Hicks website explains why nicely.
Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy.
Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever
What we can do is make ourselves Friendlier, More Compassionate, Happier, Stronger, More Energetic with greater intellect. The way to start is to surround ourselves with successful, friendly, compassionate, happy, stronger, smarter, positive people who think as you do.
The International Club brings together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box… in constructive, thoughtful, doable ways.
Being in the club surrounds you with successful… positive… like minded souls. This benefit alone is truly powerful stuff!
The courses you can attend free integrate Super Thinking with business and investing ideas and experience that enhance your health and wealth.
Focus on Ecuador & Smalltown USA & Canada
Learn how to create a BIG INCOME by thinking SMALL. At the seminars you meet speakers who are attorneys and real estate experts for both Ecuador and small town USA. You’ll rub shoulders with experts on global investing and pensions who can help you increase and protect your savings and pensions also how to increase the income you earn in positive ways you enjoy as you help your community.
(See a list of speakers you’ll meet at the club meetings along with other club members below).
Absorb through Osmosis
Merri and I are in our 45th year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.
24 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.
The ideas behind this program began all those years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!
What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.
The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!
When you join our International Club 2013 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.
His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships as we learn how to improve our health and increase our wealth.
The courses draw like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.
In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.
Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.
See the 2013 seminars in detail below.
We started and have continued the International Club for 24 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth!
You can see from the schedule above a very busy schedule for 2013. Very few club members actually attend every seminar. Many attend almost all of them! Of course we hope you be with us for all of them, but even if you attend just two of the seminars, you gain considerable savings.
Another savings: Lifestyle for Two.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)
The International Club fee of $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses and tours.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farms and visit Ecuador. We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!
You can attend all of our seminar , courses online courses and more plus $1,246 of online value. Club membership is $1,799.
Attend as many of the courses below as you desire.
June 14-15-16 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.
August 31- September 1-2 Super Thinking & Writers Camp at Merrily Farms, NC.
October 4-5-6 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC
November 15-16-17 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp Mt. Dora, Florida
January 10-11-12, 2014 Super Thinking + Spanish Mt. Dora, Florida
February 14-15-16, 2014 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp Mt. Dora, Florida
In additional Super Spanish courses will be scheduled in Canada, Mexico. and the US throughout the year.
(Dates subject to change).
Join us in 2013 and learn how to take advantage of the fact that the Sun Always Shines Somewhere
Yes, I want to become an International Club Member.