Years ago, a message told readers about some early retirement ideas linked to a real estate auction in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Not all good real estate deals provide early retirement ideas nor are all the ideas overseas real estate or overseas property. The early retirement ideas revealed that a Savings & Loan had repossessed a number of condos near a ski lift and I mentioned I was bidding $50,000 for one of these units.

My readers outbid me and racked up huge profits! I did not mind a bit. Merri and I are happy any time we can share good early retirement ideas with readers. This has created a loyalty over many years that is worth more than any profit on a real estate deal.

This is also why when I received some new early retirement ideas from a reader, I decided to immediately pass it onto you.

Early Retirement Ideas Note

“Hello Gary, I have written you a few times on different topics (and attended one of your Isle of Man seminars a few years back).

If you’re looking for interesting early retirement ideas in real estate possibilities, you might want to revisit Crested Butte Colorado. I bought our first unit there at the Plaza after reading about the auction in your newsletter (in 1991) and then elsewhere. I have since sold it as our family grew, and bought a new 4 bedroom townhouse, then a second after the first turned out so well and then a 3 bedroom condo built by the same developer at another nearby property.

Prices in Crested Butte go up, plateau for a while, then go up a bit more.

Until this year when (in case you hadn’t heard) the owners of the Okemo Vermont and Sunapee New Hampshire resorts bought the Crested Butte resort which due to lack of skiers and in turn lack of investment had fallen on hard times. Real estate prices jumped 20% the month before the deal was closed and most properties on the market were gobbled up.

Why? because the new owners have a reputation–they turned Okemo into one of the best family resorts in the East and will no doubt use the same approach in Crested Butte investing 5-10 million or more each year to turn things around. Has Crested Butte become too pricey with the recent jump? Not hardly, If you consider what the future will bring and if you compare the per square foot with prices at other Colorado resorts you will see that anything bought now should prove to be a moneymaker. I’ll spare you the details of all the changes they are doing, but a lot is planned for the moment.”

There you have it folks. I like small town USA . (See Crested Butte is small and a glorious place to be, especially at this time of the year. There are some good early retirement ideas here.

Next message looks at early retirement ideas in Mexico.

Until then, good international investing!


Gary & Merri Scott home under construction at Merrily Farms near a Smalltown USA, a great place for early retirement ideas. For more on the farm where you are welcome to visit and stay go to

The Gary Scott websites goal is to provide stimulating ideas and useful resources about international business, overseas investing and global health secrets to help you live a healthier, more affluent and fulfilling life. As part of this process we offer links to our friends and readers around the world. Today’s link is a contact in New Zealand a great place for early retirement ideas at

Charles Drace’s popular is a valuable contact in New Zealand and his “How to Profit from the 21st Century Renaissance” presentation was recently featured at DEMOS, the London based think tank that advises the British and Greek governments on future trends and solutions. He was also featured at the British Institute in Florence, Italy giving his ’21st Century’ presentation to a large group of academics and consular staff in a 15th Century Renaissance palace.

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Early Retirement Ideas in Small Town USA

Early Retirement Ideas in Small Town USA