Joann Sullivan on August 25th, 2017






A few weeks ago, Kerri Moon, President of Retiring Internationally, spoke to our Realtors Resource for Seniors Committee at the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors. Kerri is a senior placement specialist who works with seniors and their families to find the most appropriate retirement communities for them as they approach that stage of their life.

Several years ago, she realized that lots of people are not interested in nor can they afford retirement communities in the Bay Area. She started looking for retirement communities in other parts of the world and has made some amazing discoveries.

First, it is much less expensive to retire abroad. Monthly costs range from $765 to $2330 per month and that is for everything.  In-home care is extra and ranges from $4.00-$8.00 per hour.

The most appealing locations for Americans on a budget are those where there is already an ex-pat community. The locations include:

  • Mexico (Lake Chapala region, San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, Merida, Huatulco Region of Oaxaca)
  • Costa Rica (Lake Arenal region, several coastal towns for different lifestyles desires)
  • Ecuador (Cuenca, Quito, Vilcabamba, Olon)
  • Panama (Panama City, Boquete, Coronado)
  • Portugal (Lisbon, Cascais, Porto, southern coast)
  • Spain (Barcelona area, Valencia, many southern coastal towns)
  • Thailand (Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta)
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang)

Kerri is  interested in setting up intentional communities where seniors can have positive aging experiences.  She helps her clients find homes to rent or purchase either alone or together, co-housing communities, independent and assisted living assisted communities (ranging from $800-$2000 per month in Mexico) and tiny house communities.

She organizes several tours every year of retirees looking for housing options in foreign countries.  She also hosts house parties for groups to let them know about housing options in foreign countries.

Contact for more information.  You can also go to her Facebook page to see photos and other information about retiring abroad.


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