Real Estate Trend Alert

By Ronan McMahon

VIDEO: My Algarve Condo Renovation

Monday, April 12, 2021

Ronan McMahon Dear Your Overseas Dream Home Reader,

In two weeks’ time, I begin my journey back to Portugal. The plan is to stop off on the Riviera Maya for a week, then fly on to Lisbon.

My final destination is Portugal’s Silver Coast, and this will be my first time staying in my beachfront condo there.

As you might recall, I bought it last year while on a mammoth scouting trip. And while I don’t see it as a major money-maker, the incredible value on a beachfront property was just too good to pass up.

Where I own, in the Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort, you can get a nice—albeit dated—apartment for just €150,000. You can get true beachfront for little over €300,000.

I bought my Silver Coast condo as a personal base for the spring and early summer. But I’ll still be able to rent it when I travel during the peak summer months, which will help cover the nominal holding costs—the mortgage plus holding costs is less than what the property taxes alone would be for a beachfront condo like this in a place like California.

I’m excited to see those long, golden sandy beaches; taste the magnificent sea food; stroll idly through charming historic villages…

And I’m excited to get my condo furnished and set up as a home and a base.

Here’s the beach right in front of the condo. The cool Atlantic currents keep the summer heat comfortable. Not too hot, not too cold. Perfect for me…

My European base on the Silver Coast is as beachfront as it gets…

I’m equally as eager to get back to Portugal’s Algarve…but for a different reason.

As I’ve told you before, partnering with my contact in the Algarve, I locked down a fire-sale condo that had been grossly undervalued by the bank.

How undervalued?

Well, we bought in one the Algarve’s most exclusive communities for €410,000…

Then, just a few weeks later, I found an identical unit type listed for a whopping €830,000.

You could say we’re set to double our investment…but it’s better than that. We bought with no money down, beyond the closing costs, so we’re actually into this deal for very little, which means our return on investment will be huge.

Our plan is to address any work needed and have it ready for the rental season. Then, we’ll market it aggressively for short-term rental, build a strong income stream—adding extra value—and after about a year we’ll sell it as a fully-functioning rental at the going market rate.

With a strong rental track record, second-home buyers can justify paying top dollar as they know they will still be able to use it lots and cover all costs. These are super blue-chip condos so you can pull in €48,000 to €55,000 a year in rental income.

But buying a foreclosure is not without risk. When we viewed it last year, the electricity had been cut off and the shutters were closed, so we couldn’t give it a full inspection. This has given us some surprises, good and bad. It transpired that we have sea views but also rotting decking that needs to be replaced.

Yet, when weighing the risk/reward, this opportunity skews heavily towards reward…

When your price is well into six figures below market value, you can easily absorb a few unforeseen costs.

And because my contact is well connected on the Algarve and has already taken on multiple renovation projects just like this, we’re in the best possible position to maximize profit.

In fact, you can check on the progress on my Algarve condo right here. The guys have been keeping a vlog on the renovation progress and it’s coming along nicely. It should be almost ready to rent by the time I get there.

Wishing you good real estate investing,


Ronan McMahon, Real Estate Trend Alert

Your Comments and Questions

Ronan says: Over the weekend, I asked you the reader where me and my team should scout next…
Your response has been phenomenal…

I already have hundreds of suggestions and more keep pouring into the inbox.

I’m going to spend the next few days compiling the results and on Thursday I’ll reveal the most popular choices.

To give you just a taste of the destinations your fellow readers are interested in, here’s just a few…

Kevin says: Cabo or La Paz, Ensenada, San Carlos on the mainland on the Sea Cortez. Also, Croatia; Greece; Budapest, Hungary; Roatán; and Placentia, Belize.

Tom says: Hello Mr McMahon. First off, allow me to say that I think this is a great idea, very much so.

For me, I retired here in Thailand. I am building my own place starting later this year and, due to the pandemic, I am also in the process of buying a nice condo here and that kept me from your recent Panama opportunity, although the deep-sea fishing alone makes it a great place to invest and/or live.

So, Thailand is my preference for my next investment but I really like the Algarve of Portugal and Panama for the future. Plus what do you know of Cyprus (which is moving up as a place to retire/invest)?

Anyways, travel safely sir, and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got for your readers.

Charlene says: Hi Ronan, I very much enjoy all the news and information you provide in your newsletter and hope to participate in a project that’s right for me at the right time.

I’m especially interested in Mexico, northeastern Spain, Mallorca, and Portugal at the moment. Our daughter lives in Mallorca so that has special appeal. I know it’s pricier there compared to other parts of Spain, but compared to California where I live, not so much. Mallorca is stunningly beautiful, if you haven’t been. Your recent projects in Panama have been quite appealing as well.

I am 68 years old and interested in living three to six months overseas and renting the rest of the year. I would also consider buying just for rental income in retirement.

Thank you for accepting input from your readers and investors. I look forward to future opportunities! Happy scouting!

Diana says: Portugal! I’ve never been but know I’m supposed to be there.

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