If you want to stay in Santa Claus Village in Lapland over Christmas week it will set you back as much as €1,813. That’s the going rate for a cabin in Rovaniemi, Finland, Santa’s hometown. Not to be a Scrooge, but we can do better… In the spirit of the season, I’ve been hunting for Read more...: A Winter Wonder Land From $46K
For me, the holidays are a buffet of traditions. Sometimes literally… On the night of Christmas Eve, my in-laws serve up a big turkey and ham dinner. They normally serve it at midnight. In recent times, however, to accommodate children and the sleepy gringo, they eat early. I have a foot in another world in Read more...: The Best of 2020 (Part 2)
I’m not a gambler. I like a sure thing. Especially when it comes to real estate investing. However, there are tantalizing deals out there for folks willing to accept some risk. One of the most intriguing of all are “vente en viager” deals found in France and Belgium. The term “viager” owes its origin to Read more...: A Dead Easy Way to Buy a Cheap Home in France
Greetings from seat 1F on flight AM 523 from Cancun to Mexico City. I’ll be home in Cabo in time to see the dramatic fireball Pacific sunset. It’s been a whirlwind of a trip… Honestly, I’m lost for words. COVID meant I hadn’t been to the Riviera Maya since February. In that time, during a Read more...: The Best of 2020 (Part 1)
We’ve seen a deluge of emails coming into our “questions and comments” inbox of late. Keep them coming! I try to respond to as many as I can. It’s actually a great way to pass the time while on a flight…and I’m just about to get on a plane back to Cabo. Email you questions Read more...: VIDEO: Ronan Answers Your Questions
When I first visited the Zona Dorada it wasn't much to look at—mostly empty lots protected by signage and advertising boarding. It's a tiny rectangle on the city's map—just five blocks by four. The location was key. It's in the heart of the city. Close to the beach and the hustle and bustle of fifth avenue, but away from the noise.
But it's not all Zoom calls. I'm here in Tulum for some old-fashioned boots-on-the-ground scouting. I'm here to take the pulse of one of the fastest-growing markets on my beat, to sit down with developers, meet with architects, and take pitches.
We have had some incredible buying moments in 2020 as a result of the crisis. From the first days of the crisis it was obvious that the global response to COVID-19 was acting as a massive trend accelerator. It’s created big opportunities whether your goal is to own a bargain dream home in historic Europe for under $100,000 or build...
The medieval borgo (village) of Rotecastello is about as close to the geographic center of Italy as you can get, making this home an ideal...
I’m here on Tulum Beach enjoying the Caribbean sunrise and listening to the waves gently lap against the shore. I arrived late yesterday evening from Cabo to stormy weather. The wind howled and whistled through the palm trees and palapas all night. It felt like a tropical camping adventure. Today, it’s a return to paradise. Read more...: $81K in Gains and a Wacky Idea