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.
You can e-mail Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Ronan McMahon
- Members-Only Trip to Costa Rica – Seats Strictly Limited
Posted on December 6, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
February 15-18, my Southern Zone contact will host a maximum of 13 members of our little group as they explore this part of Costa Rica. On this trip, you’ll get a special list of lower prices for RETA members only on up to 17 handpicked lots. Your discretion is expected when discussing Pacific Lots with any non-members.
There’s something I never told you about my recent trip to Spain’s southern coast. If you review my full report from that area you’ll notice that the prediction I made about the La Duquesa condos—that they would sell fast—has come true. The units I recommended are now completely sold out.
In Nicaragua, you’ll find some of the most dramatically beautiful Pacific coastline…anywhere. And in one development I’ve visited, there are five beaches, 2,700 acres and more than two miles of coast.All of those beaches have their own unique character and appeal. Each has different colored sands: white, tan and even pink. Some have flat waters for swimming or waves for surfing.
You’ll find one of the most stunning areas on my beat on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Its white-sand beaches, ancient ruins, white-bottomed lagoons, nature preserves, caves and cenotes (underwater caves) make it stand out—so much so that vacationers and expats are increasingly flocking here. But despite its growing popularity, there is still a window of opportunity on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
- FLASH ALERT: Rare Pacific Ocean-View Lot for $90,000
Posted on November 29, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
“We will be raising prices Jan. 1st and I don’t think we will have much under $150,000 in the future.”
That’s the word from my developer friend at Rancho Santana. I believe him. Rancho Santana has the same parent company as International Living and Pathfinder. So I know they have deep enough pockets to weather pretty much anything, without dropping prices. They are seriously bullish on this stretch of coast.
- One Incredible Opportunity on Costa Rica’s Forgotten Coast
Posted on November 28, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Today, I want to tell you about a part of Costa Rica that is still a secret to most of the outside world. This place is called the forgotten coast because it is the least discovered and most unexplored region in Costa Rica. For years, tourists have flocked to the country’s Pacific coast and business has gravitated to the capital city, San Jose. Most people overlooked Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. For the handful who traveled there, they found first-class beaches, verdant jungle canopies and undervalued real estate. It’s easy to reach too… You can get here in less than two hours from San Jose on a new, modern highway.
- Brazil Deal Sold Out – Limited Extension Available
Posted on November 26, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Last month I told you about the opportunity we have to buy a pre-release lot in the Fazenda Imperial gated community. This community is designed for the new middle classes in the Fortaleza area of Northeast Brazil. As a reader of these alerts you will know that I’m bullish on the new middle class play in this part of the country.
Today I’m alerting you to a scouting trip in Costa Rica that takes place in just 13 days. The trip runs this December 5-8, 2013. It’s exclusive to RETA members…and if you take part, you’ll get a special price list—that hands you savings of up to $20,000.
- Two Pockets of Opportunity in Europe—Window Now Closing
Posted on November 18, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Real estate bubbles send all prices too high. When they pop, they bring everything down with them. Sometimes too far. The same irrational views that drove the prices up help push them down, and for a short time quality properties become very cheap. That’s when you should buy: before the fear subsides and prices go up once again.
- Two Pockets of Opportunity in Europe—Window Now Closing
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Real estate bubbles send all prices too high. When they pop, they bring everything down with them. Sometimes too far. The same irrational views that drove the prices up help push them down, and for a short time quality properties become very cheap. In recent months I have come across two pockets of opportunity amid Europe’s crisis that fit this picture
Yesterday, I told you about an opportunity that 12 members of our little group have to visit a five-star community on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This is an all-expenses paid scouting trip to the stunning Tao project where I’ve negotiated special discounts for RETA members on condos and townhomes.
One of the most stunning areas on my beat is Tulum on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Its white-sand beaches, ancient ruins, white-bottomed lagoons, nature preserves, caves and cenotes make it stand out. On Wednesday, I told you about a new deal I am currently researching in this area. It’s too early to say if this development will be our next big opportunity as I’m still scrutinizing the project. However, if Mexico’s Caribbean coast is on your radar, I have another prime opportunity for you.
“My maid now eats yogurt,” a contact told me on a visit to Fortaleza, Brazil in 2009. It may seem like a strange thing to notice but it’s a sure mark of how Brazil is changing. Yogurt is a premium product in Brazil—and my contact’s maid was changing her consuming patterns in line with Brazil’s new middle class.
- October 2013: A New Opportunity to Profit in Brazil
Posted on October 23, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Your October issue of Real Estate Trend Alert is ready. Here is just some of what you’ll find in your latest issue:
∗ A New Opportunity to Profit in Brazil: I’ve scouted an exciting new deal in Brazil’s Northeast where there is still a window of opportunity to profit. There are limited lots (only 43 left) for members at a special 10% discount with developer financing before the project launches to the local market. Find out more…
At Real Estate Trend Alert my beat is to find places where real estate is undervalued and where something is set to happen that means values will increase. I call this “the trigger event.” This trigger event could be a fast-growing, new, middle class or new infrastructure projects that will bring improved accessibility.
- Book Your Place on This Luxury Pacific Coast Escape (Places Limited)
Posted on October 18, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Imagine sipping a cool drink while listening to the sound of Pacific waves crashing against the rocks below. The ocean views are jaw-dropping. It seems a shame to leave your sunny spot by the pool at all. But you promised yourself a swim in one of the five beaches on your doorstep…or maybe some horseback riding on the warm sands…and you’ll relax this evening with dinner in The New York Times-acclaimed gourmet restaurant, with friends and fellow expats…
You’ve heard the economy is slow. You can see it for yourself just walking down main street. But one place you won’t find any sign of it is among the pages of luxury real estate listings. Floods of cheap money are working their way into the luxury real estate market at home and in world cities like London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and New York.
- A Real Estate Proposition For You in a Five-Star Community
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
I call Rancho Santana “frontier luxury.” Forbes magazine described it as “simply stunning.” But who knows how long it will stay frontier for? It’s only a matter of time before the world catches on…
As I told you last Wednesday, plans are well advanced for a new international airport 15 minutes away from this community. With only 390 lots tucked into 2,700 acres, this resort will always be stunning. Remember, it’s got five beaches, rocky points and rolling hills with 270 degree ocean views.
- The First—and Last—Buy-Back Offer I’ll Ever Bring You
Posted on October 9, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
I’ve written to you before about the Rancho Santana community on Nicaragua’s stunning Pacific coast.
Last January, I told you about plans for a new international airport just 15 minutes away. I’m well connected on the ground in Nicaragua, and, at the Rancho Santana community in particular. You see, the developer is Pathfinder and International Living’s parent company. I’ve just heard some important news from one of my key contacts in the resort. Something you’ll want to pay attention to now.
- Agricultural Deals: How to Play the Game and Profit
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
It was great to meet so many members of our little group at International Living’s recent Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas conference in Las Vegas. I enjoyed catching up with members and shooting the breeze on my beat here at Real Estate Trend Alert. Some of you asked about how we can play the predicted surge in demand for food over the coming decades—and why I haven’t brought any opportunities to your attention. That’s why today I’m revisiting this topic. The investment case for food crops and the underlying land is straightforward: Demand is going up; supply has constraints like suitable land, availability of water and infrastructure to get crops to market.
- Firesale Opportunity: Buy a Hotel in Ireland from $4,900 per room
Posted on October 2, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Too many hotels were built during Ireland’s boom. Hoteliers borrowed too much. They built fancy spas, speculated on real estate and lost sight of their business. Now they are in a bind. As a reader of these alerts you will know that this crisis has created a buying opportunity. Today we can buy a hotel in Ireland from as little as $4,900 per room.
- A New Opportunity to Buy Affordable Real Estate in Ecuador
Posted on September 27, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Ecuador has some of the best real estate values on my beat. An early-in opportunity in a community called Montecristi Golf Club & Villas recently crossed my desk. The deal grabbed my attention because of the strength of the group behind it. There’s good bang for your buck too with lots starting at $39,504. With trips to Spain, Malta, Thailand and Nicaragua in my diary from September to mid-November, my schedule has been too busy to visit yet. But I’m planning to check out this project as soon as my schedule permits.
- Urgent Fire Sale Opportunity in Spain: Penthouse from $148,400 (Only Seven Released)
Posted on September 25, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
Last week, I told you about the opportunity we have on Spain’s Costa del Sol. I also gave you a heads up about the imminent new release of fire sale inventory in the picturesque marina town of La Duquesa.
I’ve just got off the phone with my contact on the ground. Game on. Forty condos have just been released. I expect they will sell fast. Seven condos stand out. These are penthouse condos with pool views and some (limited) sea views. I expect these will sell out in a matter of days—maybe by the weekend. As I told you in last week’s newsletter, good inventory—at the right price—sells out fast in this area.
I delivered my special report from my scouting trip along Spain’s Costa del Sol to your inbox on Wednesday. I made some exciting discoveries on this trip including strong real estate opportunities in La Duquesa, The New Golden Mile and the little town of San Pedro de Alcántara. As with every scouting trip I take, I check out numerous properties in different areas but only a handful of deals meet my “buy” criteria.
I know of only a handful of places around the world right now where you can buy a property for $150,000…and have it throw off $1,000 a month in yield right from the start. These are the rental-yield super-stars.
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