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.

 

You can e-mail Ronan at rmcmahon@pangaearealestate.net.

 

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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 […]

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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.

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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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July 2014: The #1 Low-Cost, High-Yield Beach Town on My Beat

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

You Are Invited to a Member-Only Trip to Tulum

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a special place, and now you’ve got an excuse to visit. It’s time to book your flight and get boots on the ground to check out the lofts at Tao that I told you about yesterday. Best of all, developer Benjamin Beja will pick up your tab.

New in Tulum: A Great-Value, Pre-Release Deal in a Proven Market

Today I’m going to tell you about a new pre-release opportunity at the Tao community in Tulum. Here, at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, breezes rustle through palm trees while turquoise waters lap on the finest white-sand beaches on my beat.

Save $21,500 on a Pacific View Lot

Right in the heart of Rancho Santana, half-way between the main clubhouse and the new Los Perros clubhouse, you’ll find the newly released Las Colinas collection lots.

Strong Rental Opportunities in Southern Nicaragua

Yesterday I told you about the Rancho Santana community at the southern edge of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. It’s magnificent here. Tens of millions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure and world-class amenities. The central hub is around the clubhouse.

The Last Great Frontier for Pacific Coast Luxury

As a member of our little group you will know that my scouting and research hones in on market situations and anomalies that we can profit from. The Rancho Santana community on Nicaragua’s south Pacific coast presents one such opportunity.

Buy Right for Profit and Your Enjoyment on Portugal’s Algarve

Distressed real estate in my favorite European markets is one of the hottest plays on my radar today. In Spain, this crisis opportunity has handed us some tremendous deals. Next door in Portugal, a similar situation is coming together—specifically in the Algarve. As the market price of certain real estate has fallen, the cost to rent that property has dropped by a much smaller percentage.

Member-Only Trip: Investigate New Brazilian Beachfront Opportunities

As you read in yesterday’s special report there are a number of opportunities I’m tracking in the area of Northeast Brazil centered on Fortaleza. I visited the beach town of Icaraí in late April. Europeans came here and fell for the stunning curve of beach and charming little fishing village—it’s a place where we can buy cheap, beautiful beachfront.

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July 2014: Icaraí de Amontada – Brazilian for “Cheap, Beautiful Beachfront”

Europeans came to Icaraí and fell for the stunning curve of beach and a charming little fishing village—now it offers us cheap, beautiful beachfront opportunities. Plus, in this special edition: where you can combine profit potential and real estate for personal use in the Algarve…questions to ask before doing a deal on productive land…short-term rental markets and the local laws you should be aware of…and more.

Update from the Road: Scouting Spain’s Fire Sale Opportunities

Barcelona’s bustling center is 38 minutes away from Girona on the high speed TGV train that connects Paris and Barcelona. The commuter train makes it to Barcelona from Girona in 80 minutes.
Girona’s beautiful countryside sees farmland rise to the Pyrenees—a popular base for top flight cyclists. Major airports are close by

Your Own Jungle Lot for $39,000 in Tulum, Mexico

Land in the Tulum area on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya can be a strong opportunity…as long as it’s the right land. On my recent scouting trip I put boots on the ground at more than a dozen interesting communities (including some planned lot communities). As long-time readers of Real Estate Trend Alert know, Tulum is stunning. It’s home to some of the world’s finest white-powder beaches…backed by palm trees that rustle in the Caribbean breezes.

A Winter Escape on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast

As you know I spend up to two weeks of every month on the road scouting the locations with the world’s best opportunity for profit. It’s a big world, and even with my hectic scouting schedule I can’t get to every opportunity that grabs my attention.

What $100,000 Buys You in Ireland, Spain, and Portugal

Thanks to Europe’s financial and economic crisis, you’ll find some of the best real estate values in the best parts of Europe right now—and some of the best opportunities to profit. Specifically, the deals are to be found in Ireland, Portugal, and Spain. These places were hit hard by the crisis—and pricings finally reflect that.

A Luxury Condo for Less on the Beautiful Beach

Las Terrenas on the Dominican Republic’s Samana peninsula is a little piece of paradise. It boasts 19 miles of walkable, public beach, palm trees, warm breezes, and stars so bright it feels like you could pluck them from the sky. This isn’t a manufactured beach or resort. It’s a laid-back, cultured getaway. In town, behind and between the palm trees, are chic cafés and restaurants run by French and Italian expats.

There’s No Cheaper Way to Get This Caribbean Condo

Right now, in Mexico, there’s a place where rich celebrities, like Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, and Orlando Bloom come to hang out…but where you can still buy a condo without the millionaire-price tag.

The International Real Estate Investment Forum 2014

I want you to be the first to receive my invitation. After all, the schedule is designed for you. And with a limited number of places available, it’s important that you have the opportunity to act before anyone else gets a chance to book a seat in the room.

Look What’s Happening in Brazil – Lots From $258 a Month…

On a recent scouting trip to Northeast Brazil I visited the Fazenda Imperial community and I was impressed.
This project has been designed with the growing middle classes of Northeast Brazil in mind. As a reader of these alerts you’ll know that I’m bullish on the new middle class play in this part of the country.

All Roads Lead to Chiang Mai—the New Land of Opportunity

The grand old commercial, religious, and learning center of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, is set to regain its previous status as a major regional player. This academic hub is returning to the significance it held before wars and political upheavals stopped people from flocking here.

Save $43,000 on Beachfront Homes – Limited Availability

Last month I told you about our member-only opportunity to buy four luxury houses by the ocean on the Riviera Maya. Those four homes have been locked down.
These are the Tao Ocean Residences: Two-story homes, three bedrooms, three bathrooms with rooftop terrace. Inside you have 1,754 square feet. Outside space totals 882 square feet.

Now is the Time, Tulum is the Place

The week before last I told you about our member-only deal at Ceiba at A-nah, on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This is a strong opportunity to buy before condos and townhomes are launched on July 1. They will go “retail” at a significantly higher price.

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