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Mike Cobb

Mike Cobb

With proven experience in international real estate development, Mike Cobb is a time-tested Industry Sage, expert and entrepreneur with a passion for helping consumers achieve a high-quality retirement.
Real Estate in Nicaragua

Finding Nicaragua Real Estate

Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by .

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The real estate market in Nicaragua is booming right now, with everything from rental properties, condos, and homes available. There are properties available for people in all price ranges with something for everyone to enjoy. In the last few years, immigration to Nicaragua has been a popular choice for many retirees from the United States […]

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Mike’s Gringo Life Show for April 17th

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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This Tuesday’s radio show will feature all 4 of my favorite categories of expats. We’ll visit once again with Donna Tabor who heads up a Granada and Pittsburgh based NGO, Building New Hope. Donna as you may remember from last week was instrumental in establishing the Chavalos Café which was featured in an international documentary […]

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Sledding Down a Volcano

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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Well, I did it. No, not the land speed record on a sled sliding down 500 meters of a volcanic cinder cone volcano. I only hit 61km before I wiped out, rolled a ways, and scraped up my arm and leg.   Top speed for the day was 71km and I came in 4th. Top, top […]

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flee market in Nicaragua

Living in Nicaragua

Posted on 13. Apr, 2012 by .

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Life in some ways isn’t so different in Nicaragua. For instance, Amanda and Emily’s school, the German School, has an annual event called the “Mercado de pulgas.” “Pulgas” are fleas and “Mercado” is market. A flea market, translated literally. The girls have a blast and get to sell off their unwanted items.   On top of that, they […]

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Mike’s Gringo Life in Nicaragua April 10th

Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 by .

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This week’s show features some expats living in Granada Nicaragua, a beautiful Spanish Colonial city located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Nancy Bergman and Donna Tabor are two of the city’s well know single ladies living large and enjoying an incredible experience helping others.   Donna Tabor is someone I’d wanted to meet for […]

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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada Nicaragua: A Colonial Masterpiece

Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by .

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Today’s radio show features Granada, a wonderful 480 year old city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Founded in 1525 and subsequently raided by Pirates, burned to the ground by William Walker, and rebuilt with a beauty that can only be described in pictures (see below) Granada has become an expat center for many US […]

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Freedom in Nicaragua

Freedom in Nicaragua

Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 by .

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People often ask me why I like living in Nicaragua so much and there are certainly a multitude of reasons. Everything from the business opportunities, to the culture, to the food, to the fantastic tri-lingual and bi-cultural education my kids are receiving. But every once in a while I am reminded clearly of why I […]

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Life in Nicaragua

Posted on 30. Mar, 2012 by .

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  Life in Nicaragua is a blast. This past weekend was “Día del Socio” (Day of the member) at Club Terraza, the city club at wich we are members. Talk about a great party. It was literally the who’s who of Nicaraguan society. Everyone brought their kids and they had all kinds of fun toys […]

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Forms for US Citizens Living Overseas

Posted on 29. Mar, 2012 by .

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New rules for US Citizens are going to have serious impact for people starting this year. Now in addition to the FBAR – TDF-90.2 form that US citizens must file annually reporting overseas bank accounts, the Treasury Dept has a new form, the 8938 which is mandatory for 2012. This new form requires US citizens […]

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The Population Inversion

Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by .

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A good friend of mine wrote a great piece about the population inversion, or as I say to many of my friends in North America, reverse immigration. Carter Clews really does a great job of detailing this concept in his article and it is chock full of statistics as well. For instance, in 1999 the […]

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Developers meeting in Granada

Developers in Nicaragua Meet

Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 by .

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Yesterday, the Developers Association ANID met in the 475 year old city of Granada to hear from experts in the development and tourism sectors. A representative of INTUR was on hand to discuss the upcoming year and the promotions for the country. Tourism in Nicaragua Growing Nicaragua has more than doubled the budget to promote […]

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Medical Tourism in Nicaragua

Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by .

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Well a proud husband and father does have to brag once in a while. While I was in Colorado Springs at a conference talking about why people should consider homes in Nicaragua, my family was sitting for a TV commercial to be aired in the US for a medical tourism company here in Nicaragua. A […]

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Margaret Griffin

The adventures of Jack and Margaret in Nicaragua

Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by .

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In last weeks show, I spoke with Jack and Margaret Griffin who are exploring all parts of Nicaragua in retirement.   Having just returned home from a fishing trip on the Rio San Juan, Jack and Margaret were flush with stories about boating down the river, horseback riding, a night hike to search for Caymans, […]

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My First Ticket in Nicaragua

My First Ticket in Nicaragua

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by .

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Wow, I guess it had to happen.  After 3,467 days (9.5 years) living in Nicaragua and driving almost every day, sometimes a lot, I finally got a ticket. Not So Lucky Thus far I had been able to talk my way out of the many other stops over the years.  This time, I had picked up […]

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Ajay Patel on Mike's Gringo Life

Mike’s Gringo Life Radio Show, Tuesday March 13

Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by .

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On tomorrow’s Radio Show, I will be talking with and old friend, Ajay Patel, the former Dean of the Wake Forest Business School. He and his students, along with funding from Tom Dingledine, have created an extension of the university and a primary research center in Managua. The focus of their work is to pull […]

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Interview with Tim Rogers, Nica Dispatch

Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 by .

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Tune into the Overseas Radio Network tonight when I interview Tim Rogers, founder of the Nicaragua Dispatch, the only English language newspaper in the country.    Tim will tell us a little about his history in Nicaragua starting when he was a 15 year old kid coming here to do service work, through his stint […]

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Skydivers landed in Gran Pacifica

The Tsunami Skydiver Group Landed in Gran Pacifica

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Tsunami Skydiver group landed at Gran Pacifica yesterday and then played a round of golf on the seaside course.   Rich Grimm, founder and coordinator of the jump was on the ground to light the smoke signal and bring the jumpers home.   A crowd on on lookers and a ground team was in […]

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11 km of opportunity

Today on the 11 kilometers of opportunity…

Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by .

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Gran Pacifica residents Murray and Teena along with some friends from Canada have started an incredible transformation of life for a child and family in Villa el Carmen, Nicaragua.   The subject line of their e-mail to me says it all,  ”Today on the 11 kilometers of opportunity…” Read how they have given the gift […]

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Five Great Books for Retirees

Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by .

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Seniors are getting squeezed in a lot of ways these days.   Higher costs, lower savings rates, and uncertain markets are creating concern and even panic in some cases.   While I am an advocate of taking a look overseas as a way to achieve a higher quality of life on a limited budget, there are some […]

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Nicaragua on El Economista

Gran Pacifica featured on one of the Largest Spain Newspapers

Posted on 14. Feb, 2012 by .

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Gran Pacifica was recently written up in one of Spain’s largest business newspapers. The article describes Gran Pacifica’s activities and business strategies for surviving the very challenging past few years as a real estate developer. With the market for retiree properties expanding due to increased Baby Boomer retirement, communities like Gran Pacifica with infrastructure, homes, […]

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Granada

International Poetry Festival

Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by .

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Nicaragua has some great events for tourists and the Poetry Festival in Granada is a huge one drawing over 100 poets from over 60 countries. Only 90 minutes from Gran Pacifica, Granada is an easy day trip. Granada is a fantastic colonial city, the oldest in the Americas at 492 years old, and the perfect […]

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