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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Real Estate Transaction Costs

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.

Only 40 Places—A Unique RETA Insider Gathering

I’d like to invite 40 of you to join me for a unique private gathering. And I’m not asking you to pay a single red cent to attend. Just cover your accommodation and flights.


Opportunity to Profit on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Mexico is set to become a developed country in the coming decades. We can benefit most from this economic transformation in the beach city of Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen, a veritable boom town today, is already a well-recognized name among tourists. But today it’s becoming something more than just a hot spot for travelers.


An Opportunity 50 Years in the Making on Portugal’s Algarve

In 2009, the global financial and economic crisis steam-rolled through fragile Portugal. In the six years since, I have been closely watching the real estate market in the Algarve (that’s the popular tourist destination at the nation’s foot). I have made four scouting trips here in recent times. Finally, it’s time to make a move.

The Best Buy in Panama Right Now—Beachfront for less than $180,000

Finally our opportunity in this locale has come—which marks the first Panama recommendation I have made since Real Estate Trend Alert was born. This is the last undeveloped stretch of Pacific beach so close to Panama City. And, it’s the nicest.

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August 2015: The Last Beachfront Opportunity Near Panama City

Downloads PDF I was an active investor in Panama in the years up to 2007, before the market got too hot and too expensive. At that point, I took profits and invested elsewhere—in places where I saw stronger opportunities. But I stayed connected there over the last eight years, and two months ago I spent […]

Last Chance for Year-Round Rental Potential of $90,000

I told you back in May about our opportunity in Cabo, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where we could gross rental income of up to $90,000 a year from a luxury home.

Luxurious Mexican Townhomes for Less than $160,000—Visit Now

Yesterday I told you about our opportunity to buy a charming home perched above the luxurious town of Cabo. I strongly urge you to visit this September 3 – 6 and see firsthand the 18 townhomes that make up this killer deal.

Flash Alert: Snag a Killer Deal in Southern Nicaragua

I told you earlier this year that Nicaragua is on the up. In northern Nicaragua, we have frontier land-banking opportunities. Down south we can buy awesome Pacific views for a fraction of what you’d pay across the border in Costa Rica. And right now one member can snap up a great-value, ocean-view lot along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.


An Opportunity Locals Have Yet To Discover in Northeast Brazil

The news out of Brazil is bad. Really bad. I’m excited. I’m excited because, while the media’s stories imply that the whole nation is a mess, I know that’s not the case. But most people don’t know that. And for you that opens a window of opportunity. You see, Brazil’s media is centered in, and dominated by, Rio and São Paolo. What reaches us as “Brazil news” is essentially just Rio/São Paolo news. And yes, there are troubles in Brazil’s economy, no question. But I’ve been focusing my attention south of Fortaleza in the northeast, and I’ve come across some great opportunities.

Rental Income and Capital Appreciation on the Riviera Maya—Visit Now

Right now our opportunity is strong in my golden zone in Playa del Carmen, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. You could lock down a one-bedroom condo of 950 square feet, in the A-nah Downtown development, for our members-only price of $174,280. That’s a special RETA discount of $11,120.

Three Killer-Deal Condos in Playa’s Golden Zone

As I told you in my full report yesterday, Mexico’s beach city of Playa del Carmen is a boomtown locale on the up. The future is bright for Mexico. As I told you in my report, I expect Mexico to become a First World country over the coming decades.

Getting Ahead: Have You Acted Yet?

As I told you yesterday, we have had a great run here at Real Estate Trend Alert and we have banked strong gains. I’m confident our run is going to get even better. The world is a big place. At any given time there are situations at play creating opportunities.

Making Money on Our RETA Beat

Times are good in the world of international real estate investing. There are serious opportunities to profit on my beat. RETA members who have followed my recommendations are sitting on some serious gains. The world is in flux—just the type of situation that can create opportunity for us. Here’s how some of our opportunities have played out so far…

Don’t Miss this FREE Riviera Maya Scouting Trip

I strongly urge you to visit the Tao community before our opportunity there is gone. There’s still a handful of spaces on our members-only scouting trip August 6-9. This is a FREE members-only four-day trip.

The Best Way to Invest in Northeast Brazil

You will hear about ”dead chickens” in this part of Brazil from time to time. To be fully equipped to lock down a condo like this, you should have already visited. Now Daniel has agreed to host a small group of 13 members of our little group for a members-only scouting trip this September.

Almost $30,000 Off These Riviera Maya Condos

All but a handful of Lofts had sold out shortly after launch. Only the high-priced penthouses remained. And, then there’s the developer’s secret stash…

A Unique Rental Opportunity on the Riviera Maya

As I told you yesterday, the community at Tao is now a reality. Rentals are in strong demand. You see…Tao is now a destination. This is a place where folks come to take part in wellness retreats and activities, to play golf and hang out at the beach, or, like me, for business trips.

Buy Like it was 2011: Lock in a Paper Gain of $56,000

As a RETA member, you know we have an opportunity along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This stretch of coast is pulling in mobile people and businesses from Mexico’s new upper middle class. As investors we care about this. Big time…


Southern Nicaragua: Get Killer Views for Low Prices… While You Can

Eleven years ago, I made my first public speech about opportunity in international real estate. The topic? “Nicaragua: The Next Costa Rica?” I argued that indeed it was. The premise of my talk was straightforward. Over time, I predicted, Nicaragua would develop along lines similar to those tourist-friendly Costa Rica has followed.

Visit Fire-Sale Spain Before Prices Increase

Tthe year-round weather in Marbella is among the best in the region. It’s an internationalized place that attract folks year round. That’s an attractive proposition—and now you can visit yourself on a members-only scouting trip this July and August to see the real estate deals I’ve been telling you about.

Last Chance in this Spanish Fire Sale Community

Fifteen months ago, members of our group had the opportunity to buy condos just seven minutes from the luxurious Puerto Banus, in southern Spain, with prices from €129,000. As I expected, they sold out fast.

Now the final batch of homes have just been released and prices start at €195,000 ($218,850).

Flash Alert: Riviera Maya Condo for $145,000

Last week I told you about what I expected would be our final deal at A-nah Tulum—a luxury Caribbean-view penthouse for $204,000. I expected that would be the last opportunity at A-nah Tulum you would hear about in these alerts…but there’s one standout condo that you need to hear about. One member can lock down […]

Year-Round Rental Potential of $3,000…per Week

One market segment where we could gross big incomes by charging weekly rates of $3,000 or more, while getting strong occupancy, is the luxury home segment—a home in the right locale that can attract and accommodate a family.

Last Call for This Riviera Maya Penthouse

Right now, I’m at the A-nah Tulum community on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This is our last killer RETA deal buy here. I don’t expect to be telling you about A-nah Tulum again.

Visit Now to Save over $80,000 in Cabo, Mexico

I’m at the Copala resort in Cabo at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, which has more than three miles of beach and oceanfront. Now you can see it for yourself on our RETA members-only scouting trip here from July 30 to August 2.

Save over $80,000 on a Luxury Mexican Home

RETA members locked down condos in the Turquoise building here earlier this year. While our opportunity at the Turquoise building has passed, our opportunity within the Copala community hasn’t. Nor has our broader Cabo opportunity.


Earn $20,000 a Year From This Home in Paradise

Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic is a special hidden place where miles of beach weave their way around verdant elevated points. The sands are tan in places, white in other. The turquoise waters break in white explosions offshore where they meet reef. French and Italian pioneers came to this charming little place before the rest of the outside world had found it. They came in search of adventure…the perfect beach…and friendly local neighbors to share it with.

Three Early-In Opportunities in Northeast Brazil

I told you on Wednesday about the exciting opportunity we have in Icarai in Northeast Brazil. I’m bullish about the medium-term prospects for this part of the country. And, thanks to the strong dollar, we have a special buying opportunity. The strong economy in the Fortaleza area is good news for our investments in the […]


Get in Early on Spain’s Pristine Costa de la Luz

Spain’s best beaches are hidden amongst pristine nature preserves, ancient pine forests, and historic cities that span civilizations. They have been discovered only by a small number of surfers, locals, and hippies. Now, thanks to a special distressed situation, you can buy in this undiscovered Spain for as little as one-third of what it used to cost.

Is it Game On for Us in Panama City?

Over the past 15 years, Panama City has been transformed from a sleepy regional outpost—known for little except its canal—to a thriving metropolis, a regional hub, and a powerhouse. It has changed beyond almost all recognition.

One Last Chance in This Brazilian Community

Last week, 500 of Fortaleza’s top-performing brokers gathered for a closed-door meeting to hear about a new master-planned community 90 minutes up the coast. It was a full house. That’s understandable when you consider this is the most ground-breaking project of its kind in close on a decade on this coast.

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