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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Price Increase Alert: Snap Up Your Luxury Condo Now

As a member of our little group you will be familiar with the opportunity to buy high-end Cabo luxury at a price that nowhere near reflects the quality of the community or those who will want to live and rent here. I’ve just received notification that retail prices have risen by $32,400 or more in the Copala community at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Opportunity of the Decade—Act Now

I told you late last year about an opportunity on a pristine stretch of Brazilian white sand—the type of opportunity we only get once in a decade. Members of our little group could reserve a lot before the final permits were in place. Now the final permits are in place


A Brazilian Beach Lot for Just $20,000

This is the nicest raw beachfront lot I’ve stepped onto in a long time. Warm breezes clear the scant, broken clouds, opening up a big blue sky. The sea is blue turning turquoise as gentle waves roll in. It’s a picture-perfect vista and setting. The beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Sandy points frame the horizon in both directions. In the distance giant dunes dominate the landscape. This beachfront lot is like a little oasis. Wild-growing palm trees sway. Colorful flowers crawl up walls and sprout from hedgerows.

A Last Shot at a Great Spanish Opportunity

Greetings from the road. I’m writing to you from what might be the last great opportunity in the San Pedro to La Duquesa corridor on Spain’s Costa del Sol. This market is fast bouncing back.


3 of the Best Beach Towns for High Rental Yields

Mexico’s Riviera Maya runs south of Cancun to Tulúm. The sand is white…and the water, turquoise. In the jungle, you’ll find Maya ruins. Offshore, the world’s second-longest coral reef is home to brightly colored fish. The biosphere at Sian Ka’an is a great place to hike, kayak, and study nature. The coral reef offshore attracts divers and snorkelers. Golf, hiking, spelunking in ancient caves…it’s all here. Tulúm is, and will stay, boutique. The Sian Ka’an biosphere means that much of the land is protected. Development will be low rise and low density—that’s if and where it’s permitted. Yet, amazingly, you’re just a 90-minute drive to the airport and two hours in the air to the U.S.

Beachfront Luxury With a $10,000 Discount

Last week I told you about our opportunity to buy a luxury two-bedroom condo in the beachfront Los Cocos community right on Playa Bonita and close to the Dominican Republic’s most charming beach town, Las Terrenas. Now you have the opportunity to put boots on the ground on our members-only scouting trip this May 15-18.

Free Riviera Maya Scouting Trip—Just 10 Places Available

A couple of weeks ago I invited you to join a small group of members at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. All 16 places for the April trip were snapped up, but the developer has now agreed to accommodate 10 more members on an additional trip this May.


Recovery: Opportunities in Beaten-Down Europe

In the early and mid-2000s, Europe’s real estate markets embarked on a massive tear. People re-financed, often to buy a vacation home or make a speculative investment in Europe’s sunnier locales. Values rose and rose…until everything stopped. The market imploded and real estate owners found themselves deeply under water. By 2009, with a few exceptions, Europe’s real estate markets had halted. Transactions simply stopped. The gulf between sellers’ expectations and what buyers were willing to pay was so great that there was nowhere for them to meet. Now markets are moving again. And in four countries in particular—Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Spain—I see opportunity today. An added plus is the current strength of the U.S. dollar. At time of writing, your U.S. dollar buys you 24% more euros than it did in March 2014. Now, I’m not a currency guy, and I’m certainly not making a call on future euro-dollar exchange rates, but it makes European opportunities all the more attractive right now.

Snap up a 15% Discount on Mexico’s Pacific Coast—5 Units Remaining

Last December I told you about our members-only pre-release opportunity in the luxurious Copala community in jet-set Cabo at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Our window of opportunity here has been kept open—but only for a brief time period.

Last Call for Amazing Annual Rental Profits

The Encanto master-planned community within Tulum’s Aldea Zama is a strong and exciting opportunity. I’ve told you about this community before—it’s a killer deal—but now the window of opportunity is set to close.

Last Chance on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast—From $45,000

The drive south from Costa Rica’s capital San Jose to the Southern Zone was a bone-crunching nine hours a decade ago. Even more in rainy season. Your vehicle needed to navigate the rivers and streams that cut roads that time of year.

Our Next “Win” in the Riviera Maya—Only 24 Condos

A buyer off the street can’t get the pre-release deals that I bring to you. This is one of the advantages we get from being part of our RETA group—members-only deals. RETA members have bought in the Riviera Maya with members-only pricing and have done well in the past. This is set to happen again with our latest pre-release opportunity.

Everybody Wants to Stay Here—And You Can Own a Rental

The short-term rental market in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the strongest I know. More vacationers and snowbirds are coming and more folks are moving here to work or set up a business. I expect strong rental demand for suites here at a weekly rate of up to $750…each. And strong occupancy thanks to overflow requirement from the new hotel that will come on top of an already strong rental market.

The New Opportunity to Profit in Spain’s Costa del Sol1

The New Opportunity to Profit in Spain’s Costa del Sol

We don’t want just any opportunity, we want best in class in an attractive location where we can get in at a low price point. Opportunities are washing through Europe again and we need to be ready to act.

How to Buy Brazil’s Booming Beach Towns for $299 per Month1

How to Buy Brazil’s Booming Beach Towns for $299 per Month

The millionaires in beach houses prefer to keep locations like this for themselves. The river Jaguaribe meets the Atlantic at Fortim, 90 minutes east of Fortaleza in Northeast Brazil.

Right along the river is where Fortaleza’s wealthy have their mansions. The beaches are spectacular—brilliant white sand stretches for miles as multi-million dollar homes dot the coastline.

Free Scouting Trip to the Riviera Maya—Just 16 Spaces

I told you yesterday about our last ground floor opportunity at Tao. We can buy a condo of two luxury suites from $112,193 per suite at our members-only pre-launch pricing. I expect all 24 condos (each of two suites) will sell out at launch—that’s if members of our little group haven’t already snapped them up.


“I’ve Never Seen a Better Time to Buy Development Land in Latin America”

For more than 11 years I’ve traveled all over Latin America. From the U.S.-Mexican border all the way to Argentina, I see firsthand the opportunities this vast land has to offer. I’ve never seen a better time to invest in development land in Latin America than right now. The biggest returns in development come to the earliest speculators who take positions. You don’t need deep pockets to invest in development land—if you know how to do it. Nicaragua, for example, is a country of stunning natural beauty and abundant resources. It has a young population and its economy is catching up from a very low base. It has great potential as a retirement and vacation locale for North Americans. In the early 2000s, money and people raced in. Many didn’t have the skills or the experience to develop real estate.

Save 25% on Uruguay’s Stunning Southern Coast

I told you on Tuesday about the Path of Progress rolling its way down Uruguay’s coast—now three RETA members can take 25% off the price of a lot at the La Serena Golf community directly in this path.

The Strongest Luxury Opportunity to Cross My Desk

On February 26, 10 of our group will take a members-only trip to the luxurious Copala community in Cabo at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Northwestern Mexico.

Pacific Coast for $81,000 (Ocean View Included)

As I’ve been reporting from the road, Nicaragua is fast playing catch-up with Costa Rica to the south. Its economy and tourism infrastructure are on the up. The future is bright. And right now we can pick up a Pacific coast lot for under $100,000.

Progress, Potential and Miles of Pacific Coast

For many years I thought of Nicaragua as the next Costa Rica, just a few decades behind. My view was that we could profit in Nicaragua when development played out—as it did in Costa Rica. Now I think Nicaragua has the potential to be much more attractive than its southern neighbor.

On the Road: Opportunity on Nicaragua’s Secret Coast

The stretch of coast in the Northwest of Nicaragua’s Chinandega province is stunning. It’s not what I expected to find. It’s a revelation. I expected a low, muddy, and buggy coastline like I saw in parts of Honduras just north of here. A ramshackle countryside of trash and tin huts.

The Best Income Opportunity on my Beat Right Now

Last week I sent you my full report about the opportunity we have along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. If you are serious about profiting from international real estate and want to own income-generating property, then you need to pay attention to what’s happening on this stretch of coast.


January 2015: Limited Window of Opportunity on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

The real estate market at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the fastest moving market on my beat. The buying moment is now—but we have a limited time to act before the moment passes. Tulúm has gone mainstream in a big way…In this special edition of Real Estate Trend Alert I reveal the opportunities we have yet to look forward to.


The Last Opportunity in This Booming Beach Town

Hip, trendy, vibrant… Those three words sum up Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This is a boomtown, plain and simple. Over the past 20 years, the population has exploded. Fifth Avenue, the main shopping and entertainment drag, is described locally as the longest pedestrianized street in the Americas. Each time I visit—that’s every month for the last three months now—it feels like new blocks have sprung up and fashionable restaurants and boutiques have opened their doors.

Flash Alert: Pacific Riviera Lot for $55,000

I’ve just got word about another opportunity on a different lot. (I’ll have boots on the ground here next week scouting opportunities forReal Estate Trend Alert members.) One RETA member can lock down this lot for $55,000.


Now is the Time to Grab a Real Estate Bargain on Ireland’s Beara Peninsula

The decade leading up to 2006 saw Ireland suffer through one of the biggest real estate bubbles on earth. The real estate market stalled in 2006/2007, amid rumors that transfer taxes were set to be reduced. Then in 2008 the crisis hit. In 2009, the global financial crisis rolled through, flattening Ireland’s entire banking sector and economy. In your July 2011 edition, I reported how Irish real estate was available at a discount of 80% on peak prices. Today, Ireland’s real estate market is bouncing back. News stories are filled with talk of housing shortages and fast-rising values. These reports are correct. There has been a strong surge in demand for family homes in desirable areas of Ireland’s main cities. The big buying opportunity here has passed, but right now Irish real estate is a tale of two markets.


Flash Alert: Rancho Santana Ocean-view Lot for $82,000

Rancho Santana, on Nicaragua’s south Pacific coast, is one of the most stunning stretches of coast on earth. It’s a well-established community with five sandy beaches—and now oneReal Estate Trend Alert member has the chance to pick up a lot here.

Where Our Next Big Opportunity May Develop

As I told you yesterday, 2014 was a big year for us. This year is going to be even bigger. Right now, there are many places on my watch list that could spell opportunity for us…maybe even be the play of the decade. I’m on the road almost two weeks out of every month scouting […]

Year in Review: How We Got Ahead of the Trends in 2014

Heading into 2015 this is still the case in locations that offer great upside and where we have little competition. Places I can negotiate particularly strong members-only pricing and terms for Real Estate Trend Alert members. Here’s a recap of last year in terms of our buying opportunities…

Members-Only Cabo Scouting Trip—Don’t Miss Out

Now is the time to book your flights and to put boots on the ground in this high-end location. This is best-in-class Cabo luxury, and you can see it for yourself on our RETA members-only scouting trip here from February 26 to March 1.

I’m Buying, Too – Room for Just One More…

This is the strongest luxury opportunity that has crossed my desk in the seven-year history of Real Estate Trend Alert. Eight of your fellow members are acting on this deal. I’m buying into it, too. There’s room for just one more RETA member.

Brazil’s Northeast Coast – Reserve Your Lot Now (Hot Deal #2)

In October, I told you how you could lock down a lot in Fortim, Northeast Brazil, with a down payment of $4,920 and 120 monthly payments of $312. I don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity. If this has been on your radar, now it the time to act. You see…the window is set to close.

The Hottest Deals on my Beat Right Now

Over the next week, I’m going to take a second look at the hottest deals on my beat that you should be paying attention to as we come in to the New Year.

Wait – Don’t Miss Out:

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In the right places overseas…you have good options for safe, comfortable, affordable living (adventure built-in).

In 7 Great Retirement Towns You’ve Never Heard of Where You Can Live Better for Less we’ll pull back the curtain and introduce you to communities where you can embrace the retirement of your dreams…and do it for less than it would cost you to stay home.

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