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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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.

Lots of Rental Demand and a Pre-release Discount

Yesterday I told you about the Hai phase at Tao Lofts. They are slated for release October 2 at a major event, with launch pricing starting from $191,500. We can lock one of these little condos down now from $159,000 with developer finance.

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.


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.

An Interesting Opportunity for $39,000

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).

You Are Invited on a Tulum Scouting Trip…

Clear your calendar for July 10-13. I’ve sent you detailed alerts this week about the different pre-release opportunities we have in Ceiba at A-nah Tulum.
Now it’s time for you to see for yourself.

What I’m Buying Right Now in Tulum

I’ve reserved a townhome for myself at the “Ceiba at A-nah Tulum” development I’ve been telling you about this week in a special series of pre-release alerts.
If I was solely concerned with rental income, I might have gone for one of the condos. But this is a place I plan to spend time, so the layout and size of the townhome is a better fit.

You Haven’t Missed Out on This Killer Pre-release Deal

Six days ago I sent you my report on why I believe our buying moment is now along the southern edge of the Riviera Maya. Three days ago I told you about our member-only opportunity to buy a luxurious condo pre-release at Ceiba at A-nah Tulum. These little condos are a great bolt-hole to escape the winter up north and relax in your own piece of Caribbean luxury.

Now Open: A New Killer Pre-release Deal in Tulum (For 9 Members Only)

You have a 36-day head start. You can now contact Alejandra ( about the deal I gave you advance notice of on Friday.
On July 1, Ceiba at A-nah Tulum will be released through a local launch. We can buy a one-bedroom condo of 775 square feet (including an 80-square-foot terrace) today for $145,000.

Something Huge Will Happen on Monday

Get ready. In three days—Monday at 12.00 noon EST—you will be able to act on a new killer pre-release deal in Tulum.
As a reader of these alerts you will know that the buying moment along this part of Mexico’s coast is now.

Visit Costa Rica Before the Buying Window Closes

You well know the opportunity we have in the Tulum region at the southern end of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. In particular, the Tao community.
This is where members of our little group bought “loft condos” in February, from $141,500. These units went retail at $181,500 a month later before selling out.

Tulum, Mexico

If You Want to Buy in Mexico, This Is a Killer Deal

If you’re thinking of buying property overseas, right now the stars have aligned to bring you an unbeatable opportunity on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast.
This stunning stretch of coast is on the up thanks to the convergence of major trends along these stunning white sands. North Americans are back buying in numbers thanks to a strong stock market and recovering real estate values back home.


Why Buying Real Estate in Mexico Makes More Sense than Ever

Mexico is set to become a developed country. Right now, this “investors’ darling” is entering the end game of decades of change, which will culminate in a fast-paced “convergence” with its powerhouse neighbor to the north. The idea of convergence is a simple one. Over time, forces will reduce great disparities.


May 2014: Chiang Mai – The New Land of Opportunity

Five months ago I spent two weeks scouting through Thailand—most of that was spent in Chiang Mai, for that is where the opportunity lies. This is a complicated market, as I explain in a special edition of Real Estate Trend Alert—ready to download here.
In this special edition, you’ll also discover… How to profit from inefficient markets… The condos in Medellin, Colombia that you should avoid… And lots more…

Luxury Beachfront

You well know the opportunity we have in the Tulum region at the southern end of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. In particular, the Tao community.
This is where members of our little group bought “loft condos” in February, from $141,500. These units went retail at $181,500 a month later before selling out.

Opportunity in the Algarve?

I’m in Portugal’s western Algarve, in the beach town of Carvoeiro. I extended my scouting trip to investigate an opportunity here.
A great plus about traveling around Europe is the travel infrastructure—trains and airlines are easy to use and affordable.

Update from the Road: Interesting Finds in Spain, Portugal, and Brazil

I’m in stunning Jericoacoara, 185 miles along the coast from Fortaleza in Northeast Brazil. Wide empty beach is backed by giant mountainous sand dunes. Back from the beach and in the dunes you have white-bottomed lakes where adventure travelers come to kite surf (although not at this time of year), dive or just kick back and relax.


Costa Rica Lots with Big RETA Discounts

Today I’ll share with you an opportunity to buy into an overlooked and undervalued community that offers some of the best of Costa Rica…with big RETA discounts…and no build requirements.


Your Own Jungle Lot on the Mexican Riviera – Just $35,000

In Tulum, Mexico, you’ll find some of the world’s finest white powder beaches… They’re backed by palm trees that rustle in the Caribbean breezes… It’s a special place to spend time. You can kayak on a white-bottomed lagoon…or stroll along picture-perfect beaches to your yoga class before breakfast. You can visit ancient Maya ruins or swim in a cenote.

Real estate prices are still low in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.

Buy in Costa Rica’s Overlooked But Most Beautiful Region – for $37,000

The Southern Zone, for me, is the nicest part of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast—it’s largely unspoiled because for a long time, it was difficult to get to. That’s why prices stayed low here while values went through the roof up north. Previously, it was about a nine-hour drive from the capital San Jose to the Southern Zone.


This Lot in the Safe Haven of Uruguay Is Less Than $22,000

Last December, when “The Economist” announced its “country of the year” for the first time, Uruguay was the country that took that spot. It was chosen on the basis that it has been a trailblazer at enacting policies that not only benefit its citizens but humanity as a whole. It’s a great place to keep you—and/or some assets—in times good and bad.


3 Questions to Ask of All Projects in Tulum (Or Anywhere)

As a member of our little group, you will know that I’m bullish on the opportunity we have in the Tulum area on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I’ve told you about the preferential terms we have to buy a home at member-only pricing in the A-nah Tulum and Tao communities.

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