From Mountain to Shining Mountain

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We are looking in more depth at synchronicity and seven clues my son Jake recently sent me about where it’s good to invest now. See all seven clues at Synchronicity and Where to Invest

The last three clues are #5 know the ecological and economic environments and anticipate change by watching for trends, #6 Head north and #7 adjust.

These make great sense from an economic point of view. America boomed over the last thirty years from “sea to shining sea.” (For non American readers these words are direct from a song that is almost a second National Anthem titled “America”).

This has turned US coastal land into hot stuff, but according to many computer models the hottest of the hot, Florida, is in the firing line of climate change. There may be extreme flooding in the south, relentless mega storms, spreading malaria and the list goes on. This may create a huge trend as populations shift.

Lester Brown, who is somewhat controversial, has made two interesting observations in an article

An Estimated 250,000 Katrina Evacuees Are Now Climate Refugees

“Those of us who track the effects of global warming had assumed that the first large flow of climate refugees would likely be in the South Pacific with the abandonment of Tuvalu or other low-lying islands. We were wrong. The first massive movement of climate refugees has been that of people away from the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in late August 2005, forced a million people from New Orleans and the small towns on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts to move inland either within state or to neighboring states, such as Texas and Arkansas. Although nearly all planned to return, many have not.”

You can read the entire article at

This leads to the obvious shift of going north. Areas that are likely to profit include South and North Carolina, the NW of the USA, Scandinavia. We have moved to North Carolina ourselves and already benefited greatly. Most importantly, we enjoy less traffic, much less noise, purer air, clean water, a lower cost of living and n o need to evacuate our home numerous times each year.

Second, there has been a huge economic gain. Property here is selling from four to 30 times what we paid seven years ago. For those who have not seen why we made this move look at How to Make Money Even When You Don’t Want To

There is further support for this trend in an Economist Magazine article entitled “Meet the Halfbacks.”

The article says: “People who came south and then half-changed their minds. FLORIDA has long been the siren of the eastern seaboard, luring northerners to a sunnier existence. But, once lured, many of these snowbirds start to complain—and some start contemplating further flight.

“Traffic in the Sunshine State is increasingly heavy and dangerous (some 3,400 people died in car accidents last year). Crime is rife. House prices have doubled since 2000. And the weather, though undeniably nice, also includes hurricanes and humidity. Florida is no longer even the favorite destination for summer holidays: according to the latest edition of a national travel survey, more Americans now, for the first time, prefer to go to California.

“Many disappointed northerners decide to move halfway back, to other southern states. Some of these “half-backs” move permanently; others take summer homes. ‘We really don’t have a mechanism for measuring them,’ confesses Hal Wood at the Atlanta branch of the Census Bureau. ‘It’s a fairly new phenomenon.’ But they are popping up all over the South.

“One half-back haven is Cherokee County, North Carolina. Tucked safely into the Great Smoky Mountains, it is hurricane-proof and cheap, with some land selling for as little as $8,000 an acre. Many of the half-backs treat Cherokee as a summer home. The county’s population is officially around 25,000, but in summer the number rises substantially with Florida license-plates clogging the roads of the two main towns, Murphy and Andrews.

“But a growing number of half-backs are making a permanent move. Amy and Dave Johnson, who run the Daily Grind, a coffee shop in Murphy, used to live in Orlando, where he worked for an asbestos-removal company and she for EPCOT. ‘We were very much the typical overworked Orlando couple, doing most of our talking to each other on cell phones,’ explains Mrs. Johnson. They chose Murphy as a summer home because it was within eight hours’ drive of Orlando and offered decent fly-fishing. They rented a cabin in 1996 and decided to move permanently in 1999.”

You can read the entire article at

Here is a clue to this article. Merri and I sold our cabin in Cherokee County and moved to Ashe County. Prices are still much lower here! The article mentioned that some real estate is still available at $8,000 an acre. Here you can still buy excellent property for as little as $4,000 an acre. Look at these low condo and house prices recently listed in the area.

2 bed 1 bath Condo is in excellent condition-just recently renovated & has practically new appliances throughout. Unit has one of the best views of Ashe Lake. It would make a great weekend getaway or rental. Furnishings can be purchased if your client is interested. $69,425

Great Cottage Home between Boone and West Jefferson. This 4BR/1BA 1 level living has 1,100 sq. ft., full basement, barn and small storage building on property with a mountain stream that runs through yard. Best buy – Great fix up potential. “ $129,500 on 1.4 acres

What makes this market of special interest is the variances in prices. If you search, you can find nice land at $4,000 and $5,000 an acre. However some prices have risen very high such as this1.5 acre lot at $59,000.

The property is still really cheap by other standards because it has awesome river views. Plus the seller will do selective clearing for fantastic long-range views and do site preparation.

You can learn more about these listings from our friend Trey Morrison at

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank and me in Ashe County North Carolina at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course. Review all seven clues on where to invest and do business now. Learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. Meet Steve, our man in Ecuador, and learn about products to export. Go to

Many recent computer models show that the northern American continent seems most resilient to the ecological and human impacts of climate change. Indeed places that were previously avoided for the cold could benefit from climate change, with longer, warmer summers bringing an outdoor café climate and increasing crop yields.

Global warming does not mean the end of the world, it means change. To profit, we need to adjust. We have written often about the huge shift from America’s heartland.

Since the 1970s one of the largest migrations in mankind’s history transformed America’s coast. One in 7 Americans live on the East and Gulf coasts alone. Beach economies have been growing faster than anywhere else.

Baby boomers are settling on the coast full-time and an estimated 41 million people now live in counties that abut the eastern or southern seaboard. Coastal counties have grown nearly 50% faster than the rate for the entire USA. About 1,000 new year- round residents arrive each day.

The stress from facing the storms, the traffic and crowds, the high costs of living and such is going to cause another migration. Many will head north to Georgia and North and South Carolina. We can gain opportunity if we spot where they will go.

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Until then may the greatest warming in your life be in your family, happiness and heart!


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