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mchrismsw
4/7/2019 22:00 EST

The reason I am posting here is because I love so many things about Brazil.

54, single (Small income stream from retirement) I am cashing out of Silicon Valley and moving to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida to buy a home, to be used as a rental and home base to return.

Been to Brazil, Sao, Rio and Bahia but would like to know about other areas you might think is a good fit and good start to research.

Metrics include relatively safe area, tropical weather, some areas of Brazil get colder than I like due to my arthritis. What I thought is unique about Brazil to me is how diverse it with lots of Italian, Japanese and other migrants. ( I bet it would be cool to live in a Japanese neighborhood in Brazil LOL) And I need to be no more than 30 minutes driving to the water.

I am single, enjoy a holistic and peace centered lifestyle, working out, church, teaching, and just living laid back and chill. I spent time in Asia and the Caribbean already. Looking for a place to land.

No answer is right or wrong but all input will be appreciated, just be respectful as we are all just one at the end of the day.

Thanks

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DeLeoterio
4/8/2019 08:25 EST

Salt water (beachs) or fresh water (like dams)?

If you're ok with dams there is some in São Paulo state (they go from large to huge).

Aside from some areas close to S. Paulo City (and some areas close it's largest cities), São Paulo state is safe and it's possible to be 30 minutes driving from a dam and from a large city at the same time, meaning you may have access to good health care.

> no more than 30 minutes driving to the water

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Marlington
4/8/2019 08:27 EST

Hello, Michael
Have you done any research on Florianopolis, the subtropical island capital city of Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina? It is a beautiful, safe place with over 40 beaches, beautiful scenery and an increasing number of expats coming to live here. It is really worth looking into.
We lived on this island from 1980 to 1984 and now we have been here since 2008.
It is well worth some research.
Summers are hot (but usually not killing hot) and winters are really mild, similar to English Spring.
And, I can assure you, here, you will never be more than 30 minutes' drive from the water.
Good luck!
Just a question: what sort of permanent residency visa are you planning to apply for?
Margaret Arlington

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kawakasbah
4/8/2019 08:32 EST

I live in Saquarema, a small beach community north of Rio de Janeiro. I own some properties there, including a front beach pousada. I would be happy to share advice and experience with you,
my whatsapp 5522988221974
email : adsumhic@gmail.com

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mchrismsw
4/8/2019 13:46 EST

Marlington, I'd probably go with the residency that requires me to spend at least to spend X amount of money on purchasing a home.

That appears to be the easiest way for me. But hey falling in love and getting married to a beautiful Brazilian woman would work too! Just joking.

Since wherever I land, I want to have a place to live that I call mine.

If you have any other residency suggestion, please pm me or post here.

Thank you.

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Marlington
4/11/2019 16:33 EST

Michael, I would like to clarify one point: it is not just a matter of buying property as it is in Belize, for example. Actually, in its Article No. 1, Resolution No 36 issued by Brazil's National Immigration Council states: Art. 1º O Ministério do Trabalho poderá conceder autorização de residência, nos termos do art. 35 da Lei nº 13.445, de 24 de maio de 2017, e dos art. 42 e 151, caput, do Decreto nº 9.199, de 2017, à pessoa física que pretenda, com recursos próprios de origem externa, realizar investimento imobiliário no Brasil com potencial para geração de empregos ou de renda no País. This last bit says that the property/ies purchased must have the potential of creating either jobs or income in Brazil. This means buying property to run a business such as a hotel, an inn, a restaurant, a farm, a shop of some sort, etc. I just wanted to tell you this because on the Internet this is not mentioned anywhere. I only learned about it after talking to a lawyer who directed me to the text of the resolution. So, it is not that simple. It does not refer to buying a property just to live in. The idea is to create jobs and/or wealth. I will find out more about this and how it could be implented. https://www.legisweb.com.br/legislacao/?id=369540

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mchrismsw
4/16/2019 15:50 EST

Marlingtion,

WOW, if that is rule of law now, that really changes things.

I will have to look into all the different legal possibilities for retirement/residency.

Thank you, all I can say is wow that sucks.

I guess at the end of the day I should consult with a Brazilian Lawyer who specializes in expat immigration. Maybe call the Brazilian Embassy for direction?

Mexico, Panama, DR, Brazil all make it pretty easy as long as you have the finances.

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Marlington
4/16/2019 16:06 EST

Hello!

Yes, things have changed a lot.

The thing is any sort of investment visa is meant to benefit Brazilians in one way or the other. What I really do not know is why they did away with the retirement visa but I will find out what the criteria for such a drastic change was.

I use the services of a lawyer who specialises in these matters. You can consult him via Skype. He is excellent. He is here, in Florianopolis. If you are interested, please let me know.

Bye for now!
Margaret

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