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Paradise is Short on Rentals…

Paradise is Short on Rentals…

Let me give you some advice… When you plan to spend time in paradise, book ahead. In Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, you learn this lesson fast. A couple of my team were in Ojochal last year and they struggled to find a place to stay. Everywhere was booked. They finally found a casita for rent Read more...: Paradise is Short on Rentals…

Buy an Irish Police Station

Buy an Irish Police Station

Recently I shared this video with members of Real Estate Trend Alert of an Irish police station coming up for auction in the heart of Connemara on the wild Atlantic coast… The reserve is only €30,000. That’s just $35,625. It looks in need of significant structural work but the setting is beautiful—remote and off the Read more...: Buy an Irish Police Station

Bargain Buys: Own a Pub in Ireland

Bargain Buys: Own a Pub in Ireland

The traditional pub is synonymous with Ireland. Every crossroads had one. Most town squares had many. They were a place where the community gathered to tell stories or play music. To wake the dead and welcome the born. To celebrate victories and drown sorrows. The pub was at the heart of Irish society. The Irish Read more...: Bargain Buys: Own a Pub in Ireland

Bargain-Hunting in Ireland’s Midlands

Bargain-Hunting in Ireland’s Midlands

I’m surrounded by ancient Irish boglands, haggling over eggs with a German hippie, and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be. Just 12 hours earlier, I was in a two-bedroom apartment in Dublin, on Ireland’s east coast. It’s my remote-working base, and where I’ve spent nearly all of my time since the lockdown in Read more...: Bargain-Hunting in Ireland’s Midlands

Cheap Irish Homes…Goodbye Golf…and a $1 Billion Boost

Cheap Irish Homes…Goodbye Golf…and a $1 Billion Boost

“To hell or to Connaught!” Those were the words of British general Oliver Cromwell in 1653 as he forced Irish landowners to uproot from their homes in the fertile east of the country under penalty of death. Their only option was to head to the province of Connaught in the west, a poor and barren Read more...: Cheap Irish Homes…Goodbye Golf…and a $1 Billion Boost

The Best Deal in Real Estate History?

The Best Deal in Real Estate History?

What’s the best deal in the history of real estate deals? Some would argue that it’s the purchase of Manhattan by the Dutch in 1626. They purportedly bought the island for just 60 guilders from Native Americans—the equivalent of less than $1,000 in today’s money. That’s certainly not bad, but the best deal ever? The Read more...: The Best Deal in Real Estate History?