Get Ahead of the Stampede

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Here’s how to gain the profit in the passion, by getting ahead of the stampede.

The first message in this series “Ride the Wild Horse” looked at why and how in the 1990s, Merri and I sold our 5,000+ square foot, seven bedroom house on the Gulf of Mexico and moved into into a 80 square foot Coleman tent.

The next episode “Life is Good” reviewed our next move, buying a 950 acre hacienda high in the Andes, (without electricity or hot water) to live and work with an Andean shaman and his apprentices.

Then “Let the “Hunch Lead to the Logic” stressed the importance of “Turning Your Passion into PROFIT”.  We all need to be fulfilled, follow out dreams and make a positive contribution, but we also have to pay for our food, clothing and shelter.

This fourth episode focuses on how to make decisions that not only lead your down your correct path, but also help pay the way, by getting ahead of the pack.

There we were in Ecuador.  The year was 2009.

We have made small fortunes again and again by matching out intuition with our logic.  Once we bought Jyske bank shares based on this hunch. See how we earned hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We sold our house in Naples with a more than reasonable profit.  We bought the Meson de las Flores hotel in Ecuador on a hunch.  We bought a block of condos after exchanging a 15 second glance.  Again and again we have earned hundreds of thousands of extra dollars based on “illogical” hunches.

Our Ecuador business was absolutely booming.  We had started this business in 1995 when Ecuador was little known as an expat haven and real estate prices were at unbelievable rock bottom levels.

The Ecuador business was pouring in and yet we are about to switch our focus on small town USA.

Let me outline the crazy, illogical reasons why.

First, when we visited our daughter in Florida for Christmas in 2008 we saw that Florida real estate prices had become incredible bargains… even better than in Ecuador.  We were so impressed with Florida real estate that we asked our daughter to help us find some real estate to invest in.

But that would not have been enough.  We are “early in – early out” people but Ecuador’s cost of living was still so much lower… life so much simpler… and business was so good.

Then came the chain of illogical events.

Susan Rotman, our business psychic consultant, sent an electronic card… all about US patriotic songs and sights.  See the card here.

For over three decades, we had been about investing and living outside the USA. This card was very patriotic… very not Merri and me.  Susan knew it as well.

Okay what’s this about?” I emailed her.

She replied:  “Interesting–I woke up yesterday morning from having a dream about you and Merri.  As delightful as you both are, I have never dreamed about you before!  And it was from that I was moved to send you the card“.

We called and asked for a consultation.   During our talk, she said she dislikes Florida but saw us spending time there.  That was clue #1.

Then Jyske Global Asset Management started up its seminar business and wanted us as partner… in Florida.  They chose the hotel for the first seminar… The Beach Club where Merri and I  had our first seminar ever.  That was clue #2.

Then we met up with our astrologer, Blaine Watson, and saw in our chart that a change was in the making as well. Clue #3.

I realized that this is 14th year in Ecuador…7 years spiritual. 7 years business. We change every 7 years.  See more on this here. Clue #4.

Enough. Enough. I got the point and we headed to Smalltown USA to look around and to report in.   We wante to help those of you who wanted to have a simpler life but perhaps didn’t want to live in another country.  We always want to be of service.

For totally illogical non linear reasons we saw this as a time to make some changes… walking the path… our eyes closed… feeling our way… following the vision as it presents itself.  This was adventure and the outcome has been interesting to see.

After returning to Florida and looking at dozens of areas and hundreds of homes, we stopped in Mt. Dora Florida.

Hunches had moved us away from Ecuador. Hunches had led us to Florida, Hunches had helped us stumble upon Mt. Dora.

Then logic took over because Mt. Dora in 2009 was so similar to Naples in the 1990s.  My logic created what I call the Neapolitan effect.  I could see that Mt Dora was about to really take off and that real estate prices would rise.

I could see how to invest in Mt Dora and expect the investments to rise just as they had two decades earlier in Naples.

This was when the seeds of the Neapolitan Effect were planted.  Turning our hunches into profit is a repeatable process that uses similarities, contrasts, distortions and trends.

The image below shows how we have spotted similarities between Naples Florida and Mt. Dora Florida real estate.

The map below shows the area called old Naples which I will call the “Core of Naples Branding”.   This is a mixed area of retail and residences, far away from any main roadway.  The cute, turn-of-the century bungalows in tropical colors have friendly and often quirky owners and are just a short walk to the Gulf of Mexico beach or coffee shops, cafes and chic boutiques.

Many people became enamored with the whimsical town, a haven, for those from busy cities, especially up in the frozen North.

The first key to profit in this opportunity was simply being there. Naples growth took off in the 1990s and today land and house values have risen into the stratosphere.  Anyone in Naples, with a bit of sense made extra money.


Downtown Naples

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Downtown Mt. Dora

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Mount Dora Market


Naples Market

When Merri and I arrived in Mt. Dora we saw some remarkable similarities between this charming town and Naples in the 1980s and 1990s.

The first similarity is that Mt. Dora is a mixed area of retail and residences, far away from any main roadway, just like Naples.  This town is also filled with cute, turn-of-the century bungalows in tropical colors have friendly and often quirky owners and are also just a short walk to the 4,475 acre Lake Dora or coffee shops, cafes and chic boutiques.

The first big contrast and distortion between Naples and Mt. Dora we saw was in the prices!

What might cost a million dollars in Naples might cost $150,000 to $250,000 in Mt. Dora.

Merri and I began buying houses in and have seen really excellent profits already. ( I believe there is still a lot of room to go).

Since leaving Ecuador, our strategy has been clear… find distressed properties in Mt. Dora where the seller wanted a quick sale and where the house could be rejuvenated for rental at a minimal cost.

Over the past decade this strategy worked very well.

Circumstances changed in Mt. Dora.

A shift began taking place in Mt. Dora, or rather a trend accelerated.  The trend was driven in part by the beauty of the area and the quaint, small town feel already mentioned.   The accelerating force was the completion of Toll Highway 429 which runs off Interstate I-4 a little west of Orlando.

This made a large segment of Orlando much closer, in travel time to Mt. Dora. 20 years.

Merri and I are always trying to get out of the path of progress, but it seems to keep following us.  First from Naples to Ecuador and now from Ecuador to Mt Dora.

During times like the present, the economic turmoil creates extra  potential for great wealth… satisfaction… fulfillment…happiness… joy growth… if we can escape the tyranny of reason and use our inner vision.  This is a time of change and the old ways will no longer work.   We need insight and vision to guide us because the best ways ahead have not been seen before.

This is an era for ideas of the heart to merge with ideas of the mind.


Here’s why there’s big opportunity in small towns,

In 2017, my report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” made several outrageous predictions about investing and living in Smalltown USA.  Readers of that report, who used this information, are cashing in with big profits now, four years after the fact.

It’s not too late!

Three recent Wall Street Journal front page stories show how profits have been made from predictions in my 2017 report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” .

That report predicted the upcoming inflation and suggested investments that would survive change and combat the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power.

One Wall Street Journal confirms the inflationary problem in its article “Higher Prices Leave Consumers Feeling the Pinch” (1).

The article points out how Janet Yellen was trying to walk back her comments admitting inflation.  The government will do just about anything to stop interest rates from rising and to hold back panic over the purchasing power of the US dollar.

This front page article sums up the situation succinctly:

Price tags on consumer goods from processed meat to dishwashing products have risen by double-digit percentages from a year ago, according to NielsenIQ.

Whirlpool Corp. WHR -2.01% freezers and dishwashers and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. SMG -0.56% lawn and garden products are also getting costlier, the companies say. Some consumers are feeling stretched.

Kaitlyn Vinson, a program manager in Denver, said her recent $275 bill at a Costco Wholesale Corp. COST -1.16% store, which included razors and cotton pads on top of her typical grocery list, was more expensive than usual. Ms. Vinson said she switched from buying fresh to frozen fruit and vegetables because they are less expensive and last longer.

The 2017 report also looked at the danger to pipelines in the US and explained how to protect against a failing US infrastructure.

The second Wall Street Journal article headline “U.S. Pipeline Shutdown Exposes Cyber Threat to Energy Sector” (2).


That article starts: For years, security officials and experts have warned about the energy infrastructure’s susceptibility to cybercrime.

Why we cannot depend on governments.

“Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  warned (in 2017) to avoid total dependence on our national infrastructure.

In that report, I shared an experience we suffered at our North Carolina mountain home when a couple of workers digging a ditch with a backhoe accidentally breached a small pipeline.

That one small error shut down delivery of gasoline to a huge part of the state of North Carolina.  Gas stations had to limit the number of gallons we could buy or shut down totally.

Just one pipe… shut a huge section of the state… down.

Now we see how ransomware has affected the supply of gas on much of America’s East coast.

The third, Wall Street Journal headline was, “The Breakout Cities on the Forefront of America’s Economic Recovery”. (3)


That third article says: Rising stars such as Greenville, S.C., Des Moines, Iowa, and Provo, Utah, built out vibrant economies even before the pandemic; now, they are drawing new workers and businesses.

One key feature in “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” is the potential of Smalltown USA.  Those who read the report and acted in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are seeing huge gains now.

So what do we do about this?

I explain how to protect purchasing power and beat inflation in my report  “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.  The report, published in 2017, predicted how the world would react to the pandemic and showed how to economically prepare for it.

I recently completed a followup report to “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” called “The Neapolitan Effect” that explains how to to take advantage of the explosive growth that continues in two small towns in Ashe county North Carolina and Lake County Florida.

The “Neapolitan Effect” digs into the demographic, geographic, economic and social fundamentals that create small town opportunity so you can spot the same profit potential in small towns beyond just these two counties.

Before I put “The Neapolitan Effect” into our catalogue at $39.99, I would like to offer both the report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” (normally $39.99) and “The Neapolitan effect”  both for the price of one.

You can order both reports here for $39.99. 

Live Anywhere & Neapolitan Effect bundled: $39.99.