Ronan McMahon

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A finance graduate, Ronan McMahon worked in the e-business consultancy and dot-com industries before joining International Living as Real Estate Marketing Director in January 2004. Ronan has been an active real estate investor since his early twenties and joining International Living gave him the opportunity to marry his personal and professional interests. In 2008 Ronan took up the position of Executive Director with Pathfinder. Pathfinder is International Living’s preferred Real Estate advertising partner. Pathfinder scours the globe to find the most unique and value-oriented real estate opportunities.


Ronan also writes International Living’s Real Estate Trend Alert and regularly contributes to International Living’s print and online publications. International Real Estate investment is his beat. Ronan has travelled to 15 countries in 12 months following trends that could offer profit opportunities. Instinct, experience and an unrivalled black book of contacts give him direct access to the inside track to profit opportunities.


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Buy in Cabo from $1,000 a Month

Yesterday I told you about our latest members-only, pre-release deal—the best luxury opportunity on my beat right now. It’s in Cabo, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Northwestern Mexico. I want to draw your attention to how strong an opportunity this is.


Uruguay’s Farmland: The Best Place to Park Your Cash

Little Uruguay is a country that has advantages for producing food. It has good productive land, and a temperate climate allows the cultivation of up to three crops a year on average. Thanks to increasing wealth and food consumption in emerging markets, farmland here could generate a yield of between 3% and 9% (depending on the type of land and management option you choose), and also enjoy long-term appreciation. And Uruguay is where the small guy can directly get in on this food trend with ownership control. Uruguay has an advanced domestic farm industry. The domestic infrastructure of farm management companies, routes to market, and professional services caters for foreign investors.

Price Increase Alert: Buy Your Riviera Maya Condo Now

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is on a tear, hotels are all but full, and the best real estate opportunities are being snapped up. Prices are rising strongly. In these alerts, I’ve told you about the best members-only deals in best-in-class communities along the Riviera Maya, from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

Strong Rental Yield Opportunities in Midwest Ireland

I’ve told you in past alerts how you could profit from Ireland’s crisis right now. Prices in strong areas of Ireland’s big cities are back in bubble mode. Dublin is flooded with fund money chasing big opportunities that come up.

Greetings From Mexico’s Northwest Coast

The landscape in Baja California Sur in Northwest Mexico is dramatic. Brilliant blue skies arch over empty desert landscapes and frame rocky mountain peaks. White-sand beaches run for miles alongside cobalt-blue seas. Last week, I visited this peninsula on Mexico’s Northwest coast.

Scout Fire Sale Opportunities in Southern Spain – Feb. 19

The real estate market in Spain’s Costa del Sol is on a tear. As I told you on Friday, the window of opportunity is closing. The time to act is now. On foot of my analysis and recommendations in that my report, I’m extending an invitation, strictly limited to 12 Real Estate Trend Alert members, to take part in a scouting trip to this coast in February.


Discovering Paradise on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Carlos stares into the afternoon sky, scans the horizon, and glances at his cell phone to check for messages. Then, using his machete and with a few deft flicks of his wrist, he slices through the scrub. Brightly colored butterflies float on the breeze. Whenever they come close, Carlos gently brushes them away from us and away from any danger to them. Carlos, though hardly five feet tall, wears the wide smile common among Mayans. It’s contagious. He’s one of the most successful developers on the Riviera Maya but here in the scrub, he’s a world away from bustling Mexico City where he spends a lot of his time. In the Riviera Maya is where he’s at his happiest—not in any boardroom or first class airline seat.

Can You Spare 4 Days to Take a Complimentary Trip to Tulum?

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a special place—and now you’ve got an excuse to visit. This is an invitation you can’t pass up. It’s time to book your flight and get boots on the ground to check out the penthouse lofts at Tao that I told you about yesterday.

Riviera Maya Penthouses for $184,000

The final building at Tao Lofts was launched to the local market on October 2. The Hai Lofts sold like gangbusters—at prices higher than RETA members paid. When I visited last weekend, all but two of these lofts had been sold

This Members-Only Trip to Costa Rica Could Save You $20,000

Real Estate Trend Alert members have the opportunity to visit this magnificent region this December 10-13—in an area surrounded by bright, thick, green jungle canopy that rolls down to a coast of sandy beaches and rocky points—as part of one of our members-only groups to Pacific Lots.Just three places are left on this trip.

Buy Now Where Profitable Trends Converge on the Costa del Sol

We typically see Path of Progress opportunities in places that are on the up…we usually discover distressed opportunities by finding high-quality inventory somewhere that’s broadly in crisis. It’s rare that we see the convergence of both these trends—but today that’s the opportunity we have along a stretch of Spain’s Costa del Sol. San Pedro is a pleasant sleepy Spanish town of leafy squares and pedestrian streets. Marbella is 12 minutes away (by car…25 minutes by public bus).

Free Scouting Trip to the Riviera Maya – 40 Places Only

Today I’ll tell you about the best way to check out part of Mexico’s Riviera Maya firsthand. At A-nah, you are buying at a time when construction is fast progressing—ahead of schedule, in fact. The first homes were slated for delivery a year from now. They are ahead of schedule. I’m excited about visiting the model condo in a couple of weeks.

Sternen Stempel rot SOLD OUT

Flash Alert: One-Bedroom Riviera Maya Condo for $145,000

I bought a townhome in the recently-launched Ceiba at A-nah Tulum community along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Now one member of our group has the chance to pick up a condo here…but at our pre-release price of $145,000. These are the same condos that Real Estate Trend Alert members have already snapped up.

Beach in Brazil

$10 a Day to Own This Beach-Town Lot

Right now, you could buy your own piece of property right off the beach in Brazil…in a location where millionaires are putting their vacation homes…and all it will cost you is a few hundred dollars a month. The beaches here are spectacular—brilliant-white sand stretches for miles. Along that long stretch of coastline, multi-million-dollar homes are dotted. Over the past decade this part of Brazil has enjoyed an economic transformation. Very little has happened here—but now we’re seeing an opportunity.

Gangi, Sicily

Italian Island Homes – 1 Euro Each

Last month I visited the historic Gangi in Sicily, a 14th-century hamlet voted ‘Most Beautiful Village in Italy” this year. I was there to scout out undervalued real estate—and you can’t get more affordable than what Gangi offers. I’d heard that Gangi was pretty special—besides being home to an incredible real estate opportunity, it’s a hidden gem whose beauty and historic significance has been overlooked by all but the savviest vacationers.

All-Time Low Price for an Italian Island Property

Last month I put boots on the ground in the historic Sicilian hill town of Gangi. I was following an idea I don’t get to cover very often on my beat—buying something of intrinsic value that’s selling very cheap because it’s not in fashion.

Puerto Vallarta—Killer Deals When You Know How to Find Them

“The developer here is in jail…” is something I heard a lot. It was alarming…but in a way, it was reassuring, too. Puerto Vallarta—one of Mexico’s most popular expat destinations— is home to an estimated 10,000 North Americans living here full-time. They chose Puerto Vallarta for good reasons. Puerto Vallarta sits at the foot of the grand Sierra Madre mountains that sweep down to the Bay of Banderas. It’s a warm and sunny spot with tropical beaches, fresh ocean breezes, and temperatures that average 73° F to 83° F all year.

Visit Now to Profit From Costa Rica’s Path of Progress

Of our fellow Real Estate Trend Alert members who visit Costa Rica’s Southern Zone and investigated this region, most buy in this project—Pacific Lots. Now you have a chance to visit this magnificent region—surrounded by the bright, thick, green jungle canopy that rolls down to a coast of sandy beaches and rocky points.

Chasing Opportunities in Ireland’s Recovering Market

As I’ve told you in past alerts, prices in strong areas of Ireland’s big cities are back in bubble mode. I’m working on a big new idea for us to profit from Ireland’s crisis right now. Dublin is flooded with fund money, chasing strong big-ticket opportunities that come up.

Members-Only Trip to the Closest Luxury Condos to the Beach in Tulúm

Two weeks ago I told you about our opportunity at Encanto on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This is where we can buy the closest luxury condo to the beach at Tulúm from just $180,000. Now you can visit this master-planned community, November 6-9 or December 4-7, in the company of fellow members and like-minded people.

Eavesdrop on My Private Conversation…

I recently caught up with my contacts from Northeast Brazil, Daniel and Hanna Neves. We talked over how some of the opportunities members of our group have bought are working out—like getting a year’s worth of rent in just one month in the landscape and beach class condos we bought in 2009 and 2010 on top of strong appreciation. And, the rise in values in my recent recommendation of Fazenda Imperial.

The Brazilian Deal I’m Buying Into

Five days ago I told you about the opportunity we have in Fortim, Brazil to buy a lot with a down payment of $4,920 and monthly payments of $312. This is a really strong deal in an area with a stunning stretch of beach that, thanks to a newly upgraded highway, is now only 90 minutes from Fortaleza. There’s a new airport 15 minutes away. Fortaleza’s new upper middle class is exploding. This is where they will want to have their beach homes.

Brazilian Beach Deal Now Open

Yesterday I told you about the opportunity that we’d soon have in Brazil where millionaires are putting their vacation homes…and we can get in for a few hundred dollars a month. I’ve just got word that reservations are now open for us at the Fortim community in Northeast Brazil.

Time to Visit Tulum and Act on Our Latest Opportunity

It’s time to book your flight and put boots on the ground to check out the Tao community that I have been telling you about in these alerts. Best of all, developer Benjamin Beja will pick up your tab.

Two Profitable Trends are Converging on the Costa del Sol

Last week I sent you a special edition of Real Estate Trend Alert, which included my report on where in the south of Spain two profitable trends are converging right now. You can download it in PDF format here. I want to make sure this report—on pages 5-6 of the PDF—have your attention.

FLASH ALERT: Puerto Vallarta Condo for $79,000

On a visit to Mexico in June, I spent some time in Puerto Vallarta with developer Benjamin Beja. (Benjamin is the guy behind the Tao community on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. That’s where he focuses his operations now.) He is well connected, knows the market in Puerto Vallarta, and has successfully developed a number of projects […]


Where to Find High Rental Yields on a Caribbean Island

If you have preconceptions about the Dominican Republic, put them aside. Most North American tourists head to the beautiful beaches and all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana. But the opportunity for profitable real estate investing is elsewhere— somewhere a beach-town pad could be a great earner when you’re not using it.

Something Big on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

As a member of our little group you will know that something big is happening on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This is a stretch of coast where we have profited over the past five years, and where I expect we will continue to profit with opportunities like this oneat Tao, where we can be $32,500 ahead from the get-go.

Now is the Time to Buy on Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

As a member of our little group you will know that Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is on my radar. It’s the finest part of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Prices stayed low here because it was difficult to get to.

Killer Fire Sale Deals in Southwest Ireland

I’m scouting in my own backyard—Ireland’s southwest. In the rolling countryside of the west of Ireland, it’s a buyer’s market. It may be the final one, as the last of the best bargains from crisis-fueled fire sales are picked up by savvy investors.


Icaraí de Amontada—Brazilian for “Cheap, Beautiful Beachfront”

Natchi and her husband own the biggest guesthouse in town and business is booming. Wind energy is a big deal in this part of Brazil. When I stayed in their place—midweek during off-season—the place was packed to the rafters with 45 wind-energy workers. This is Icaraí (pronounced ick-areye), the closest town to the nearby wind farms. But sheltered in lush vegetation and right on the empty beach…this certainly doesn’t feel like a frontier energy town. It’s a tropical paradise.

There’s a Lot of Opportunity in Brazil…

As I told you in my special report on Brazilian beachfront last month, I’m bullish on the opportunity we have in Brazil’s charming little beach town of Icarai. But it’s not the only opportunity I’m working on along this stretch of coast.

Second Chance: New Dates Added to Spain Trip

Last Friday I sent you an invitation to our inaugural member-only scouting trip to Spain’s Costa del Sol. Within 48 hours, the trip was already over-subscribed. This trip is now full. The waiting list is also full. I’m glad that you recognize how strong the opportunity is along this part of Spain’s coast. My contact on the ground, Geoffrey, has agreed to host another small group of RETA members October 16-19.

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