I was lucky to escape the second “official” lockdown with my little escapade to Stockholm. But I’m not sure how long I’ll be staying in the UK, so long as the lockdowns persist. I’ve a mind to seek my fortune elsewhere in the world – and I imagine at least a few of you feel the same, having experienced the authoritarian side of Her Majesty’s Government this year.
With that in mind, I thought I’d show you something that piqued my interest recently. It’s a podcast recorded over at Bonner Private Research, a sister organisation of ours, with analyst Joel Bowman and international property adventurer Ronan McMahon.
We worked with Ronan back in 2018, and he’s certainly been busy since. Talk about flight mile marathons – the fella is constantly on the move seeking out uncut gems on some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. He also happens to be the chap who our founder Bill Bonner consults when he’s after some prime real estate abroad. He’s a got a lot of expertise and more secrets up his sleeve, and I think you’ll want to hear what he has to say.
I’ll leave you with Joel’s introduction to their conversation, and hope you enjoy the podcast:
“Everywhere on my beat, the desire for a more meaningful life is apparent. From the emptying of congested cities, to the surge in demand for rural properties, to the unprecedented volume of sales we’ve seen since lockdown in places like Mexico and Panama; none of this feels temporary to me. Anything but, in fact.”
So wrote Ronan McMahon recently in an internal memo to members of the Bonner Private Research group. As you may know, Ronan is the guy with (I reckon) the coolest job in the world: “Roving International Real Estate Investor.” He’s also the man Bill Bonner looks to when scouring the globe for in-the-know property deals. Whether it’s a castle in Ireland, a pristine headland on the Pacific Coast, or a nook of cozy “fixer-uppers” in some long-forgotten Mediterranean hamlet, Ronan leaves no stone (or brick) unturned.
Now, as the Coronavirus – and the subsequent government reaction to it – is driving people from cities and forcing us all to rethink both the workplace and homelife, the things Ronan has been talking about for decades are suddenly on everyone’s lips. Of course, nobody quite knows the lay of the land like Ronan does. I caught up with him recently to get his take on escaping the rat race. Listen to the full conversation here.
All the best,
Editor, Capital & Conflict