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- A Condo Next to One of the World’s Best Beaches—Just $150,000
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
As an International Living reader, you know that I’m bullish on the opportunity we have in the Tulúm area of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. I’m here on a 10-day scouting trip— my seventh visit—and I’ve lucked out. Through a local contact, I’ve managed to get a last-minute rental in the high-quality condo closest to the beach at Tulúm.
Whether you dream of a pastel-painted, old colonial home surrounded by lush gardens or a super-modern condo just yards from the beach, in locations all over the planet you’ll find incredible value. Affordable, good-value real estate is a “stand-out” factor of the world’s best retirement havens.
Chile’s Lake District is all about spectacular scenery…forests, snowcapped volcanoes, the towering Andes, and hundreds of deep blue mountain lakes…German emigrants brought their distinctive traditions to the region and it’s been compared to Switzerland for its beauty and cosmopolitan resort towns…
I’d like you to invite you to a special event. This invitation is only open to members of our little group. Your five-star accommodation will be free. Your gourmet meals and cocktails on the beach won’t set you back a single cent. Call it a perk of being part of Real Estate Trend Alert. It’s an opportunity to visit and experience first-hand a stunning Caribbean resort community.
This is the most stunning stretch of white-sand beach I have set foot on. Standing here, on Tulum’s Caribbean coast in Mexico, with warm sea breezes rustling through the palm trees, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d want to be. If you’re looking for a manufactured resort, stay in Cancun. Tulum is the real thing. Jungle crawls over ancient Mayan Ruins. You’ll find caves and underground rivers.
In pockets all across the planet, you’ll ﬁnd amazing opportunities to make money from real estate. I’m talking about beautiful places tucked into lush jungle-clad hills, on white sandy coves, in bustling cities, and in small colonial towns. These are markets on the upswing. The mainstream hasn’t heard of them yet. And in them today you’ll get excellent bang for your buck as well as great proﬁt potential.
In this Global Real Estate Index, you’ll ﬁnd listed the 27 places in the world today that boast the most attractive, and potentially lucrative, real estate opportunities. Each of these places has something special to recommend it…some attribute you won’t ﬁnd elsewhere. Those that top the list hold the most proﬁt potential right now. Those at mid-table and below are ones to watch.
- One of the World’s Best-Kept Caribbean Secrets – For Now
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Ronan McMahon
Tulum’s beaches are mesmerizing.
Nestled at the end of a stunning powder sand Caribbean coastline, surrounded by untamed jungle, ancient forest cities, a protected nature reserve, and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, Tulum is one of the world’s best-kept secrets…for now.
Close by is the exclusive development called Tao. It’s a project made up of condos, town homes and residences. RETA members bought pre-release and pre-construction here 18 months ago. Back then, not a single sod had been turned. But developer Benjamin Beja had a vision, a hard-working team and a truly special piece of land.
I’m in an SUV in La Paz, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. The sun is hot and we’ve rolled down the windows as we drive through town. We go at a leisurely pace, stopping at street corners to obey the four-way stop signs; La Paz is too low-key to need many stop lights.
In Tulum, you’ll find some of the world’s finest white powder beaches…backed by palm trees that rustle in the Caribbean breezes… and you’ll find the world-famous Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, too.
A 12-minute drive from the white sand and sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea you’ll find a one-of-a-kind project called Los Arboles Tulum.
With any real estate opportunity I strongly urge you to use you own independent legal advice and to visit.
Visiting is where your due diligence meets fun and adventure. The best way to do it is on a special member-only scouting trip or “chill weekend”. Some of these gatherings are free.
- Full Details on That Secret Caribbean Property Deal I Told You About
Posted on November 23, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Last year I told you about an opportunity near Tulum, on the Southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The project is called Los Arboles Tulum.
Real Estate Trend Alert members snapped up all 62 lots available last year, with member-only pricing and terms. This year, developer Greg Schnurr moved to the next phase of the project—home and lot packages, and community building. Twelve homes are under construction or at permitting stage. Many more are at the planning stage.
Greg has just opened up a new and final phase (called Tejon) of 20 lots. Eleven of these lots are only available “off market” to members of our little group. We get special pricing and interest-free finance.
On January 28th developer Benjamin Beja will launch the next phase of the Tao project. Last Friday I gave you a heads-up about this. Real Estate Trend Alert members can get in pre-release at special member-only pricing and terms.
- Where to Look in the Year Ahead for the Best Property Deals
Posted on November 9, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Greetings from Quito, Ecuador. In a few moments, I leave for the north coast. This is Ecuador’s nicest stretch of coast. We have the opportunity to buy lots here with monthly payments of $500 or less. Because of the new highway we’ll reach the coast by 9.30 a.m. or so. In time for morning ceviche on the beach.
I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements in the coastal highway that runs south to Canoa since I last visited. I’ll send you my full report soon on the infrastructure developments and improvements at the Jama Campay project.
In fact, while the year is winding down…my travel schedule and deal pipeline is filling up. These are exciting times.
This is what can happen when the Path of Progress rolls through. Real estate prices rise faster than the rate at which shiny high-rises spurt from beachfront sites. In Cancun, Mexico owners of little fishing huts became millionaires.
The Tulum area at the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya has been on my radar since I first gazed from a rustic palapa along the white-sand beach to the turquoise waters beyond. With warm powder sand between my toes, and warm sea breezes rustling through the palm trees, my jaw hit the floor.
It’s that stunning.
That was seven years ago. It was a special place then. It’s a special place now. With government plans to improve infrastructure (roads, bridges and an international airport) and boost tourist number (from 3 million to 11 million a year) this area is set to take off.
It’s not too late to get in. Here’s how…
- The Next Deal on the Riviera Maya – More Than $18,000 in Savings
Posted on October 5, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Unless you’re a new member, you will already be familiar with the Los Arboles Tulum project on the southern edge of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Last year RETA members bought large, five-acre lots in this jungle community for $65,000 with special member-only, interest-free financing. They have done well—a lot recently sold for $100,000.
The next opportunity here is available to you now…with a discount, special terms, and financing. I’ll share the full details with you in a moment. First, a quick bit of background on how the last deal at Los Arboles stacked up for RETA members.
- The Caribbean Coast That’s Not Just For Millionaires
Posted on September 10, 2011 by Margaret Summerfield
With talk of a new international airport in the area, now is the time to investigate opportunities in stunningly beautiful Tulúm. We’ve seen a similar development story unfold in Cancún and then Playa del Carmen. Now it’s Tulúm’s turn.
Enduring the winter months in Northeast USA can be rough. The snow, sleet and cold always compels me to go someplace warm. I often dreamed of having my own tropical paradise to visit whenever I wanted…although the reality of it seemed so out of reach.
I’m in Mexico’s Yucatán, only a short flight from many U.S. cities (1.45 hours from Miami, two hours from Houston, and four from New York). But I’m a world away from Cancún’s spring break crowds and wall-to-wall highrise hotels.
Strolling the streets of this mountain town—which dates back to the 16th century—it’s easy to see why as many as 10,000 expats choose to live here full- or part-time. San Miguel de Allende offers romantic, historic Mexico at its most approachable.
I strongly urge you to read this alert carefully.
The Tao project near Tulum is a strong opportunity I have told you about in these alerts. The developer finance offer makes it stronger. You can buy here with $15,000 down and monthly payments of $800. Plus, as a RETA member you get additional benefits (more below).
The finance offer will likely close in a matter of weeks. Only 100 units can be sold with this developer finance package…and 81 have been sold—with signed contracts. There are additional reservations which are closing by the day.
You need to act now to avail of this this offer. In the future some finance may be available…or it might not be. BUT—a finance offer this good will never be made again.
- Barriers to Entry: Where to Find Them, How to Profit From Them
Posted on July 13, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Warren Buffett is the world’s richest and most successful investor. He looks for businesses with what he describes as “barriers to entry”. That’s something special or unique that insulates them (and their margins) from the ravages of competition. On my beat of scouting for undervalued international real estate, I look for property opportunities with similar protections. Nothing undermines real estate appreciation potential like a flood of supply. This reports explains where to find barriers to entry on the global real estate market and how to profit from them.
I’m sitting in a rooftop restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, sipping on a margarita from a frosted, salt-rimmed goblet. Below me stretches out a cityscape of tiled rooftops, gaily-colored colonial buildings and cobbled streets. Shadows are lengthening, and as night falls and the air cools, locals, expats, and tourists will throng the town’s main square.
- “What a Great Investment! Nothing Like a BORING Mutual Fund…”
Posted on June 11, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Perched above the fine white-sand beach and turquoise water, Tulum’s ancient Mayan ruins have the best seat in the house. The Mayans typically built their temples inland. In places that are sheltered from the storms that sometimes brush by. This is Mexico’s only Mayan ruin that sits on the coast.
As you know, I’m bullish on Tulum. Not just because of the coast and white sands but also because improved infrastructure and a government program plans to grow tourist number.
When I was last there, I was impressed with progress at Tao. I stayed in the Sian Ka’an condo Hotel where some RETA members bought last year. This project is also being developed by Benjamin Beja.
The build quality and the finishes are first class. The staff are friendly, the food is great…everything is tastefully done. It bodes well for the quality at Tao.
Today, I would like to extend an invitation from developer Benjamin Beja to visit and see what I saw; to get the Tao experience. This is an offer you should give serious consideration to.
The evening of the first day of our recent “Path of Progress” private members retreat, developer Greg Schnurr invited us to his Los Arboles Tulum project. To remind you, Los Arboles Tulum is a development of 221 five-acre residential lots, and 10 commercial lots, set in 1,200 acres of pristine jungle. Your back yard is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Members of our little group bought these five-acre lots last year with a small down payment and interest-free monthly payments.
A few weeks ago I was joined by a group of our fellow members for our inaugural “Path of Progress” private members-only retreat in the Tulum area of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
I chose Tulum as the venue for this gathering because it’s the focal point for one of the major Path of Progress stories on my beat. Driving from Cancun airport the new system of flyovers at Playa del Carmen looks 98% complete. I hear it will open in the coming months. Playa will no longer be a bottle neck in times of heavy traffic.
With nearly 6,000 miles of coastline, Mexico has plenty of beaches—and beach resorts where you can lie in the lap of luxury. But what if you’re on a budget? No worries… Mexico still has some very affordable beach destinations.
As a reader of these dispatches, you know that my beat includes research and trips to find the next Cancun, Northern Costa Rica or Bay Islands of Honduras. These are places where prices went through the roof as new airports, roads and major resort developments rolled though. We call this profiting from the Path of Progress.
A batch of new members recently joined our little group. I sent them a special report to bring them up to speed on the Path of Progress opportunities that are on my radar right now.
In this report (Four Places to Grab Early-in Deals in 2011) I show you what to look for when following the Path of Progress, four places where you could profit…and how best to take advantage of the opportunity.
In this report you’ll find my best Path of Progress recommendations in one place.
- Path of Progress Plays for 2011: Four Places to Grab Early-in Deals and Position Yourself for Double, Even Triple-Digit Gains
Posted on February 15, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Anything that improves the accessibility of a piece of real estate increases its value. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, airports, air and rail routes. Anything that improves amenities in an area will also increase real estate values. Amenities like major resorts, theme parks, and conference centers. You can profit by positioning yourself ahead of the Path of Progress. This report shows you where and how.
- Last Chance: This Deal is Off the Table in a Few Weeks
Posted on December 9, 2010 by Ronan McMahon
Los Árboles de Tulum is located 12 minutes inland from Tulum’s pristine beaches and just minutes outside the town of Tulum. As of January 1st 0% developer financing on these lots is off the table. The project moves to its next phase—the home construction and community center phase.
- IL’s Weekly Wrap-Up Video: Discover All the Best Opportunities Mexico Has to Offer…Live Overseas Part-Time…And Much More
Posted on December 3, 2010 by Dan Prescher
See the video, where Dan Prescher reports from Merida, Mexico, with your weekly wrap-up of International Living postcards for the week ending November 27.
- Secret Bargains in the World’s Largest Expat Community
Posted on December 1, 2010 by Glynna Prentice
The Lake Chapala area, in central Mexico, has been a top expat destination for more than 50 years. But nearly all Lake Chapala’s 6,000 or more U.S. and Canadian expats live on the lake’s north shore. The south shore is almost unknown.
I arrived at the Gran Bahia Principe Resort near Tulum in Mexico at lunch time the day before International Living’s Live and Invest Mexico Conference kicked off. Man, is this place accessible. My 8.45 a.m. flight from Toronto got me to the resort in time to enjoy lunch on the beach. Then, straight down to business…
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