When I talk to you about the Riviera Maya, it can be hard to put our opportunity into context. Or, how an opportunity so big could be contained in one little stretch of coastline. Let me put it to you this way: That little patch of the map above—no longer than 90 miles in reality—is where one of the strongest opportunities on our entire beat is. For capital appreciation and for serious short-term rental potential.
Northern Nicaragua’s Path of Progress story just keeps getting better and better. For a long time this region has been completely overlooked—overshadowed by tourism in Southern Nicaragua or its neighbor Costa Rica.
It was great to meet so many members of our little group at International Living’s recent Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas conference in Las Vegas. I enjoyed catching up with members and shooting the breeze on my beat here at Real Estate Trend Alert. Some of you asked about how we can play the predicted surge in demand for food over the coming decades—and why I haven’t brought any opportunities to your attention. That’s why today I’m revisiting this topic. The investment case for food crops and the underlying land is straightforward: Demand is going up; supply has constraints like suitable land, availability of water and infrastructure to get crops to market.
Greetings from Ronda, Andalucía.
I’m standing almost 400 feet above the canyon floor on the new bridge that connects the old and new part of this ancient city. Of course new is a relative term. Work started on the bridge in 1751. The first attempt fell down. Then the next effort stalled as funds dried up. The bridge was finally completed in 1793.
I’ve just returned from my first scouting trip to Panama’s mountain country of Boquete in five years. Back in 2007 to 2008, the market became frothy and prices too high. I stopped visiting until now. This time, my trip threw up some interesting opportunities. The most significant development I noticed in Boquete is how real estate prices are at their lowest in almost a decade. I’m working on some special situation RETA members-only deals there which I will be telling you about in the coming weeks.
As a member of our little group, you will know that Ireland’s economy and property market is in a deep state of distress. The collapse of some real estate values has been of catastrophic proportions. I’ve told you in these dispatches about the opportunity to buy for 20% of peak prices…or even less.
Greece faces a great crisis today and its real estate is about to get dirt cheap. The country is in a classic “blood in the streets” situation…one that looks so hopeless that the public believes only a fool would want to buy real estate in the shadow of Athens’ Acropolis or on one of the country’s stunning Aegean islands.
Over the past four years we have done well in Brazil. We have profited from the country’s new middle class by getting involved with early-in real estate projects.
I’ve just returned from a scouting trip to Roatan—the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands.It’s located off the Caribbean mainland coast. La Ceiba is the closest mainland city. The island is 37 miles long and five miles wide at its widest point. This is a picture perfect Caribbean island
Everything is modern, new, and shiny. The Malaga airport is state of the art. New highways propel drivers west to Marbella, on to Gibraltar and toward Portugal.