Ronan McMahon

International Investing - Riveria Maya Mexico
by Ronan McMahon

Greetings from Tulum on Mexico's Riviera Maya. The coastline here is a series of crescent-shaped white sand beaches, lapped gently by the turquoise Caribbean. The jungle interior reveals Mayan ruins and exotic wildlife, and the world's second-longest coral reef�which has attracted divers, snorkelers, and eco-tourists for years�hugs the coastline. Today, the sky is blue. The sand is white. The weather is just perfect.

Mexico - International Investing Scouting Report

The Riviera Maya, which runs from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, is close enough (100km) to Cancun's international airport but far removed from the jaded over-development that has marred Cancun. The proximity to Cancun's international airport means that Tulum is already relatively accessible. This area has become increasingly popular in recent years with second-home buyers looking to escape Cancun's crowds. Now, it's set to explode.

Last year, Mexico's Riviera Maya greeted 2.9 million visitors. That's a big number. A government plan calls for this number to increase to 18 million by 2025. An increase like this means a major infrastructure investment. Mexico's President Felipe Calderon officially kick-started the Tulum airport project at the end of March. The president told a gathering of press and dignitaries in Tulum that construction contracts would be awarded by the end of the year with construction to begin shortly afterwards. The 1500-hectare site (just outside Tulum) is "ready to go". Once open, the airport will accommodate three million visitors.

Why Invest in Mexico

An infrastructure project like this that improves accessibility will increase desirability. I believe Tulum will explode. Tulum today is where Playa del Carmen was 10 years ago. Today, in Playa, a 1000 square-foot condo on the beach will set you back up to $600,000.

Tulum has always been a "boutique" destination. Restriction on development and lessons learned the hard way in Cancun will keep it that way. The presence of national parks like Sian Ka'an biosphere means limited developable lands. That means buyers and renters chasing limited inventory. Just the type of conditions I look for when investing.

This isn't just good news for Tulum, of course. The new airport will open up the entire stretch of coast, right to the border with Belize. Are you thinking what I am thinking?

Remember, always perform due diligence and hire a local attorney & realtor familiar with the area where you are investing abroad.


Ronan McMahon
A finance graduate, Ronan McMahon worked in the e-business consultancy and dot-com industries before joining International Living as Real Estate Marketing Director in January 2004. Ronan has been an active real estate investor since his early twenties and joining International Living gave him the opportunity to marry his personal and professional interests. Last year Ronan took up the position of Executive Director with Pathfinder.

Pathfinder is International Living's preferred Real Estate advertising partner. Pathfinder scouts the globe to find the most unique and value-oriented real estate opportunities.

Ronan writes International Living's Real Estate Trend Alert and regularly contributes to International Living's print and online publications. Ronan has travelled to 15 countries in the past 12 months alone following real estate trends with the potential for profit. Instinct, experience and an unrivalled black book of contacts give Ronan McMahon access to the inside track to unique profit opportunities.



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