Ronan McMahon

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Ronan McMahon has been an active real estate investor since his early twenties. A finance graduate, he worked in the e-business consultancy and dot-com industries before joining International Living as real estate Marketing Director in January 2004.

Joining International Living gave Ronan the opportunity to marry his personal and professional interests. In 2007, Ronan took up the position of Executive Director with Pathfinder. (Pathfinder is International Living’s preferred real estate advertiser.) He also founded and writes for Real Estate Trend Alert an international real estate investing publication.

Ronan makes scouting trips all year round following real estate trends and investigating properties with the potential for profit. He spends two weeks out of almost every month on the road and travels to as many as 15 countries per year following trends that could offer profit opportunities.

And Ronan spend lots (and lots) of time sorting the truly worthwhile opportunities from the many that don’t measure up. In fact, he sees about 100 potential deals for every one he actually brings to the attention of members of his Real Estate Trend Alert group.

Knowledge, experience and an unrivaled black book of contacts give Ronan the inside track on unique profit opportunities. His network of contacts is vast, including real estate developers, brokers, agents, land managers, tax experts, title insurance agents, government officials—in short, “insiders” who can give him the real story on a location or upcoming project.

Ronan doesn’t just talk… He’s an active investor himself. He’s there in the trenches making money along with you.

He’s developed a near-flawless approach that accurately pinpoints real estate bull markets while they are still in their early stages…long before most people are even aware of them.

And when he finds the best opportunities, he negotiates “off-market” deals with the developers on behalf of members of Real Estate Trend Alert.

Real Estate Trend Alert members always get the best price available. They always hear about the best deals first. That’s Ronan’s promise. And it’s an important one.


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February 2016: Once in a Lifetime Buying Moment in Medellín, Colombia

Medellin is the only modern and sophisticated city on my beat that I know of where you can buy a high-end condo of 800 square feet—in the most desirable neighborhood—for $100,000. For less than double that price, you can get an even better deal: a three-bedroom condo of 2,300 square feet…as I explain in this Special Edition of Real Estate Trend Alert.

On The Road: Scouting Opportunity in Vibrant Northern Nicaragua

My Nicaragua scouting trip took me from the beaches that border with Costa Rica and right up the country’s Pacific coast to the cliffs that look across to Honduras. This was my second trip in 13 months to this part of Nicaragua and the potential is higher than I first expected. The pace of development is accelerating.

Bank Fire-Sale Condos on Portugal’s Southern Coast

As a member of our little group, you’ll be familiar with the opportunity we have in Portugal thanks to economic turmoil. Crisis rolled through Portugal in 2009. We need to act fast to get the best units at the best discounts. Just like the strong opportunity I am going to tell you about now.

Flash Alert: Ocean-View Lot in Southern Nicaragua for $75,000

I told you yesterday about the Path of Progress that’s steadily rolling along Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast. More people are coming here to live or for vacation, and a regional middle class is emerging. Property prices are on the up. And today I’m telling you about a great members-only deal I’ve found in Rancho Santana that just can’t wait. It’s a steal.

On the Road: Following Southern Nicaragua’s Path of Progress

Sunlight bounces off the white-capped waves that crash onto the beach. The ocean is dotted with surfers, chasing the big one. Down on the beach, a group on horseback navigates the soft sand. I’m at Rancho Santana on Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast. It’s a great time to visit.


Cabo: A Unique Buying Moment on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Two years ago, I made my first recommendation on jet-set Cabo, at the tip of Baja California. Members of my Real Estate Trend Alert group could buy a luxury condo in a luxurious community for $336,516. Those who locked down one of these condos—including me—have done well. A comparable condo now retails at $428,301—a paper gain of $91,785.

Visit Our New Panama Opportunity—Just 14 Space Available

Steps away from the white Chame sands, you’ll find our members-only opportunity in Panama—The Sanctuary at Playa Caracol. This boutique opportunity in Panama is strictly limited to 23 condos. And now I’m extending an invite for you to visit and see this locale for yourself with like-minded members this February 18-21.

Time to See Our New Mexico Opportunity

I arrived in Cabo last Saturday. The sun was warm on my face and the sea breeze refreshing. This is my fourth time visiting in the last 14 months. And I’d like to invite you to join our members-only scouting trip to Cabo this February to see this opportunity for yourself this February.

Snap up A 3-Bedroom Condo in Luxurious Cabo for $168,500

Luxurious Cabo on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula is set go on a major growth trajectory and open up to a new upper-middle-class market. And as Real Estate Trend Alert members, we can get in at the ground floor of the next phase of Cabo’s development.

The Lay of The Land—Inside My Real Estate Beat Right Now

Happy New Year! My scouting schedule has been packed over the past number of months. Now that research and contact cultivation is coming to fruition. And you will start seeing fresh opportunities in these alerts in the coming months…

Where Next on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast?

Last year, 17.5 million people flew through Cancun airport. Thirty minutes south, Playa del Carmen was for a time the world’s fastest-growing city (based on annual percentage population growth). And we know the Path of Progress is heading like a juggernaut for the town of Tulum. But where is the next place? What does the next decade hold for us in this region?

Four Days in the Riviera Maya for Free—Book Your Spot Now

Here’s an invitation I strongly urge you to take up. It’s time to book your flight and check out the Tao community you have been hearing about in these alerts. Best of all, developer Benjamin Beja will pick up your tab. On February 4–7, a small group of Real Estate Trend Alert members will be hosted at Tao. You’ll check out this opportunity, and experience the ”Tao Life” firsthand. The ”Tao Life” is the experience of spending time there.

Save Over $27,000 on This Riviera Maya Ocean Residence

The Tao Ocean Residences, which I’ve told you about in these alerts, are perfect for this rental market. And you can take 6% off the price of one—that’s a discount of more than $27,000—right now. And because of access to the scarcest commodity of all, beachfront, they have excellent prospect for capital appreciation. You have the best of all worlds.

Riviera Maya Condo for $157,000—Just One on Offer

I recently got an email from a fellow member who had locked down one of these little condos. He chose a ground-floor condo that faces onto the golf course just like the two condos I locked down. Due to personal circumstances, he needs to change his plans and reorganize. So he’s willing to let this condo go…


Cheap, Productive Farmland: Your Path to Fortune

The world is roaring toward food shortages. According to the World Bank, at least 50% more food is needed by 2050 to feed nine billion people. And it’s not just more food that’s needed; this fast-growing, global middle class wants different foods—producing meat takes a lot of water and animal feed. China, for example, has added 100 million new middle-class mouths in the past decade. Brazil has seen its middle class grow by 40 million from 2005 to 2011. Now 54% of the population, or 103 million people, fall within Brazil’s middle class.

Perfect Short-Term Rental Condos—Snap up One From $73,000

The charming little town of Cumbuco is an idyllic spot for a beach vacation in Northeast Brazil. And it’s the location of our current opportunity in the region—condos for just 290,500 reais (around $73,000 at today’s exchange rate).

Visit Now Before This Spain Opportunity Passes

Geoffrey came to the Gathering with a hot-off-the-presses opportunity. The back story is the familiar formula for the type of opportunity I like: The developer built condos in a prime locale west of Marbella before the crash hit. By the time construction was completed, there was no market. Nothing happened…until right now, that is.

Visit Now Before This Spain Opportunity Passes

In Spain, on the southern coast where we’ve identified the best opportunities, the bounce back in values on the best deals is playing out even faster than expected. And now we have another deal there that you can act on as a Real Estate Trend Alert member.

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December 2015: The Best Way to Get Ahead of Cabo’s New Growth Trajectory

I thought ours was a very brief window in jet-set Cabo on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. One in which we could buy luxury cheaply, and profit. But 10 months and three research trips later, I see that something much bigger is happening…as I explain in this special edition of Real Estate Trend Alert

Visit Now For Portugal’s Buying Moment

As I’ve told you in my reports this year, our buying moment in the Algarve is now—and you can see this opportunity for yourself this February 18–21 on our Real Estate Trend Alert members-only scouting trip.

Flash Alert: Northern Nicaragua Cottage for $180,000

Yesterday I told you how you can put boots on the ground in Northern Nicaragua and take advantage of this stunning and misunderstood location. And while researching and planning my own scouting trip to Northern Nicaragua early next year, I came across one standout opportunity that I wanted to tell you about.

Central America’s Last Great Frontier Opportunity—Visit Now

If you have an interest in getting in at the ground floor of the last frontier opportunity in the Americas, you need to get there now. The best way to do that is to join my contact on the ground, Jordan Clark, and 11 other Real Estate Trend Alert members on our members-only scouting trip this January 15-18.

Looking for Opportunity on Panama’s Caribbean

On the road in Panama… And it had ended in a curve of beach at Cuango on Panama’s Caribbean coast. This is just the moment in a Path of Progress event where I like to buy.


Panama: How a Condo by the Beach Could Make You $123,000

It feels likes standing in a virgin wilderness. In front of you are some of Panama’s finest white-sand beaches. Tropical birds call from the trees behind you. The land is undeveloped and quiet. You won’t meet many people here. Occasionally, you’ll see a kite surfer or someone walking an almost-deserted beach.


Where to Buy in the Hong Kong of the Americas

I first came to scout Panama City 11 years ago. Back then, the city was on the cusp of a massive growth spurt. It was primed for big things—set to transform into one of the commercial hubs of the Americas. That growth played out just as I expected. Since then, I’ve watched the city change almost beyond recognition.

Tucan at A-nah Village—Just 24 Condos Remaining

Our latest opportunity on the Riviera Maya—Tucan at A-nah Village—opened on Saturday. And as of Sunday evening, 24 of the 48 condos in Tucan had been locked down.

Time to Visit Our New Riviera Maya Opportunity

The heart of the Riviera Maya, close to those pristine white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees, holds the best pre-release profit opportunity on my beat right now. And now it’s time to visit and see our opportunity first hand. The developer will pick up the tab for your visit this December 3-6 or December 17-20.


A Second Chance to Profit on Beach-Town Condos in Northeast Brazil

I first visited Northeast Brazil in April 2008…specifically the beach town of Cumbuco. I made a bold prediction about this sleepy little spot… I predicted that it was set to embark on a big, upward trajectory. It did, and for folks who got in then, it’s proved profitable. Now a special situation has created another buying moment here, right in the middle of Northeast Brazil’s great growth route.

Here’s Why I’m Putting Boots on The Ground in Colombia

I return to Medellin, Colombia in the coming days. Five years on from my first Medellin recommendation, misperceptions of this former ”murder capital of the world” still apply… But this city has well and truly emerged from the shadows of its past.

See Our Special Members-Only Deals in the Riviera Maya

The Tao community is now a reality. It’s a plug and play rental opportunity: You could buy here today…and start collecting rent checks next week. It’s time to book your flight and get boots on the ground to check out the Tao community.

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