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 email@example.com.
Articles by Ronan McMahon
Yesterday I told you about our member-only deal to buy an early-in, luxury two-bedroom condo for $198,000. (List price for this condo is $210,000).
We can buy a two-bedroom condo here from $185,000 but if you pay $198,000 then your condo has a “lock off” bedroom suite that you can rent independently. The lock-off even has its own private garden.
- Read This if You’ve Missed Out on the Riviera Maya…
Posted on April 16, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
The southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a stunning stretch of coast that’s on the up—thanks to the convergence of major trends along these stunning white sands. North Americans are back buying thanks to a strong stock market and recovering real estate values back home.
We have compiled this report which lists the real estate transaction fees in our favorite countries in Central and South America. We asked attorneys in each of the countries to pull together a fact sheet which details all the transaction costs you need to know about. Maintenance tax in Brazil…annual property tax in Ecuador…capital gains tax in Panama…we’ve got it all covered in this collection of fact sheets.
Our attorneys have also included their contact details should you have any more questions related to
the buying, or selling, process in their country of expertise.
Details about an interesting piece of land for sale in Costa Rica just crossed my desk. I know the area well but I haven’t walked this specific land—nor have I asked my lawyer to review the paperwork. As with any real estate opportunity, you should do both before buying.
In Northeast Brazil two weeks ago the elite of Fortaleza’s real estate community gathered for an industry event to mark the “broker” launch of the Fazenda Imperial gated community. The launch and presentation took place at a local cinema.
- FLASH ALERT: A $71,000 Discount on a Lot in Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Posted on April 3, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
One member of our little group can lock down the last lot at the Hacienda San Joaquin community in Vilcabamba, Ecuador at a 44% discount to list price. Lot MV3 lists for $160,000. It could be yours for $89,000. This is a special situation. We have this opportunity, not because the developer is distressed, but because he has been successful. This is the last lot in Phase 1. The developer Joe Simonetta wants to be fully sold out on the phase this side of Easter.
- Last Four Townhomes on the Riviera Maya for $239,000
Posted on April 1, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
I’ve just returned from a 10-day scouting trip along Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
This is a stretch of coast buzzing with commerce and activity—at the perfect buying moment. The major trends I have been telling you about in these alerts are happening.
- FLASH ALERT: Ocean View Lot on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast for $120,000
Posted on March 28, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
I’ve just got word on an urgent “flash alert” special opportunity on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.
Nicaragua’s south Pacific is one of the most stunning stretches of coast on earth. And Rancho Santana has carved out two miles of it. It’s a well-established community with five sandy beaches; what I think of as a “high amenity” development.
Greetings from the stunning white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I’m here on a 10-day scouting trip to investigate further opportunity here.
As you know, the lofts at Tao will be sleek, luxurious condos nestled in a verdant corner of the Tao community. It’s within the beachfront Gran Bahia Principe resort, 15 minutes from Tulum’s buzzing beach town.
- All Expenses Paid – Check Out the Tao Lofts for Yourself
Posted on March 21, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
This is an all-expenses-paid invitation to investigate the southern edge Mexico’s Riviera Maya to check out the lofts at Tao that I have been telling you about in these alerts.
Now is the time to book your flight and get boots on the ground. The window of opportunity is set to close on these Lofts. This might be your last chance.
- Second Chance for Profit in My Favorite Caribbean Paradise
Posted on March 20, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
As I write, I’m traveling to Tulum to inspect the site for the newest, second phase of the lofts at Tao. Like some of your fellow RETA members, I have reserved units in the first phase.
Last month I told you about our member-only opportunity to buy a Tao Loft near Tulum’s mesmerizing white-sand beaches.
Colombia has been on my radar for some time. For big oil and banking, the action is in Bogotá. But it’s getting expensive there and the city is already bursting. I prefer to focus my efforts in this part of world in Medellín, and in the El Poblado area in particular.
- The Best Buy in Southern Spain is Thanks to a Bank Mistake
Posted on March 18, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Since the Spanish authorities set up SAREB (a so-called “bad bank” with the aim of stabilizing the banking and real estate sectors) we have had some interesting opportunities—thanks, in part, to how inefficiently SAREB is being run.
My latest “best buy” recommendation on the Spanish coast takes advantage of this inefficiency.
- Second Chance for a Killer Deal on the Costa del Sol
Posted on March 13, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Last Thursday I told you about the opportunity to buy a two-bedroom condo six minutes from the luxurious Puerto Banus on Spain’s Costa del Sol…from 129,000 euro. My boots-on-the-ground research when I visited Spain a few days earlier turned up this opportunity.
I passed on my research to you as soon as possible, predicting these condos (45 units) would sell quickly.
The Tulum area, at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, has the finest, white-sand beaches on my beat. Turquoise waters lap on soft sand while breezes rustle through palm trees. This is a great place to spend time—a place I like to vacation. It’s jet-set chic here.
- Scouting Trip Filled Fast, 6 New Places Now Available
Posted on March 12, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
In January I told you about our member-only opportunity to buy a townhouse in the A-nah Tulum community for $215,000. That’s a luxurious 1,697-square-foot (including external spaces) townhouse for $215,000. At this price, it’s up to 30% less than comparable pricing of completed units in the area.
The best beaches in Mexico are just 70 minutes down the coast from Cancun. Some are still deserted, dotted only with coconut palm trees and curious iguanas. Seabirds duck and dive overhead. It’s a place of utter beauty and tranquility—azure blue water and total silence except for the roar of the surf. But it’s not just about white-sand beaches here.
- These Real Estate Buys in Mexico Could Have Doubled Your Money – Where’s Next?
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Close on a decade ago I first stood on the white sands at Tulum, Mexico. Playa del Carmen was my base for this trip, and I saw first-hand what was happening. Playa was taking off—as were its real estate values. Ninety minutes down the coast (before the road improvements) Tulum was a secluded piece of paradise. It was an empty beach—there wasn’t a single soul. I drove down a potholed, rutted, sand road with a friend.
- This is Urgent: A Once-in-a-Generation Deal on the Costa del Sol
Posted on March 6, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
I’ve just learned of a killer opportunity on the Costa del Sol—and I don’t expect it to last long.
The luxurious Puerto Banus sits on the eastern fringes of Marbella. This is where you find the jet set. A mooring for your super yacht will set you back seven figures. Homes sell for well into eight figures. I saw one rental that asks for $60,000 per week. Gucci, Chanel, and Rolex have all set up shop here.
- Special Alert: Safe Havens, Crisis Investing, New Rules in Burma, and More
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Your March issue of Real Estate Trend Alert—a special report on the best opportunities in Europe right now—is ready to download. I’ll tell you more in a moment…but first, an important update.
There was a significant price hike yesterday in the luxury condos in the Spanish community of Alcaidesa, on the Costa del Sol.
- March 2014: Is Malta The Safest Bet In Real Estate You Can Make Today?
Posted on March 3, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Is Malta the Safest Bet in Real Estate You Can Make Today? Could Be…Case Study: The Last Great Crisis Investment in Ireland…The Window is Closing on Our “Spanish Triple”…Burma—New Condominium Law that Allows Foreign Ownership…Will U.S. Flights Ever Land at Planned New Airports in Costa Rica and Nicaragua?…The Latin Currencies That Mean a Buying Opportunity for You…And More.
- Will You Be There in 9 Days? (It Could Be a Very Profitable trip)
Posted on February 28, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Last month I told you about our member-only pre-release opportunity in the exclusive “Eternal Life” phase of Pacific Lots in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone…and I invited you to a member-only scouting trip this March 9-12. A small number of places are still available. I strongly urge you to join this trip.
- Case Study: How RETA Members Have Profited in Tulum (So Far)
Posted on February 27, 2014 by Ronan McMahon
Close on a decade ago I first stood on the white sands at Tulum. Playa del Carmen was my base for this trip, and I saw firsthand what was happening. Playa was taking off—as were its real estate values.
Ninety minutes down the coast (before the road improvements) Tulum was a secluded piece of paradise. It was an empty beach—there wasn’t a single soul.
The global economic crisis popped Spain’s real estate bubble. That’s why today you could buy a spacious condo in a high-end community on one of the nicest stretches of the Costa del Sol with monthly payments from $483. That’s a low sticker price. And, this is a stunning place to visit and spend time. You have dramatic views along the coast. Long winding sandy beaches you can walk for miles. Quirky Gibraltar.
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