EP 346: What to Consider When Investing Internationally

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Are you ready to take control of your financial future? Welcome to The Real Estate InvestHER Show! In this episode, we have the great Mary Beth Cutshall. Mary Beth is an inspirational leader, an advocate of living life on one’s own terms, and an international investor. Mary Beth has extensive experience in hospitality and multi-family real estate. She founded Amara Capital, which focuses on increasing investment diversity and wealth for minority investors in the US and Portugal. She has over 20 years of experience, valued at over $1.3 billion, and served as Chief Development Officer for HVMG. She is a respected real estate industry C-Suite executive and diversity champion.


With over 1.3 billion dollars in hospitality business syndication under her belt, Mary Beth shares her insights on setting yourself up for success when it comes to investing internationally - with a focus on lifestyle investments and hospitality. She talks about her project in Portugal - a small boutique hotel that is now aligned more with where she is in life - as well as the importance of investing in oneself to reset the brain and boost productivity. Mary Beth emphasizes researching a foreign market before investing, and understanding the local culture, politics, healthcare system, and currency exchange.  This conversation touches on the considerations investors face when investing internationally and highlights how scaling is not always necessary for success.  Additionally, she provides advice for creating relationships with people who are already familiar with the area.


Tune into this episode to learn all about Mary Beth's journey and how to get started investing internationally!




·        “The lesson that's taken me the longest to learn, probably I would understand that my energy is not infinite. It is necessary to recharge. To put everything aside for the moment, even when you're feeling stressed”. (08:11 - 08:39)

·        “My biggest mistake is not doing international investments sooner. I wish I hadn't waited that long." (17:21 - 17:25)

·        “I would really suggest to the person that is exploring international investments to be a learner and curious. Not knowing what you don't know is the thing that can get you in trouble, which is why it's so important to develop relationships early on.” (25:54 - 25:11)

·        “Oftentimes, colleagues ask me “What are you scaling?”. And I'm like: “Bigger is not best for me”. It is not about being the biggest. It is really about working with people. Bigger is not the only way, and I think we have been sold that idea.” (44:55 - 45:33)

·        “Remember, it is about making your investments work for you”. (46:02 - 46:05)


Connect with Mary Beth:

Website: https://amaracapitalgroup.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbcutshall

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbinit/


Resources Mentioned:

 ·        WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach


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