Con Murphy

Con Murphy is an Irishman with a taste for adventure who set out early for an eclectic career in real estate that has spanned the globe. Con has done it all, from scouting, buying, and selling from Ireland to Africa and then on to markets across Europe and the Americas. Con timed his positions to get out of Europe’s property market days before the 2008 bust and then went on to focus on emerging opportunities in Central America. Most recently, Con has been a property developer and off-grid builder in Belize… but he’s never lost his love of the thrill of chasing a deal. Knowing the industry from both sides, Con can spot the cowboy operators and grifters from across the street… and his extensive and diverse experience makes him the best you’ll find at sniffing at markets poised for growth. Now, after decades of investing across the globe for his own account, Con is ready to share his hard-won knowledge, perspective, and insights to our readers, pointing you in the direction of profit.

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The Best Property Markets For Investment In 2022

Mountains near town Perast, Kotor Bay

The Best Property Markets For 2022

It’s a new year of real estate investing, and after a crisis-filled 2021, there is plenty of opportunity available around the globe right now.

Indeed, there are fantastic deals out there… but only if you know where to look.

Today’s issue introduces you to the six best property markets for investment in 2022.

These destinations offer untapped, and in some cases, depressed markets, plus …

6 Places To Buy Affordable Real Estate In 2022

Great view of Santa Marta, Colombia

These Are The Places You Should Set Your Eye On To Buy Property Overseas In 2022

Information is power.It’s also the secret to the three steps to successful investing.Identifying undervalued markets is the first step.Understanding any exchange rate effect is the second.Knowing at what price to buy which properties is the crucial third step.Gathering this information isn’t easy. In fact, building and updating databases of global real estate markets is a full-time job. I know. It’s what I do…I follow the markets, consider the exchange rates, and seek out the best up and coming locations. And when another genuine expert speaks, I listen.Today’s dispatch comes from Kathleen Peddicord on the six most affordable places to …

8 Best Beachfront Property Buys for 2022

morocca beachfront property

We all dream of living on a sun-soaked white sandy beach.

Blue waters, easy living, cares far away…

Most of us can only aspire to a couple weeks’ vacation time. But is it really that far-fetched to dream about living a beach life year-round?

Maybe not…

But American beach houses are expensive. The average price of houses in the Hamptons rose 46% to over US$2 million dollars in 2020. lists Bal Harbor in Miami as averaging US$1.5 million for homes.

These prices aren’t for huge prime beachfront properties. They are for homes with no ocean frontage and not much more than a glimpse of the water.

Even if I could afford to buy there I wouldn’t want to. They don’t seem like interesting places to live.

Is It Crazy To Dream About Beach Living?

You might be surprised how realistic your dream of beachfront bliss actually is.

You don’t need to be Jeff Bezos to live on a great beach. There are surprising deals in amazing places, if you know where to look.

For US$50,000 you can own your own cottage right next to a stunning beach.

For about US$100,000 you can have a really nice condo or your own private villa on the beach.

This isn’t some crazy aspiration.

High-quality homes, low costs of living, real beach adventures, culture, and refined living is all available.

Read on for my eight favorite up-and-coming beach home options from around the world…

1. Northern Cyprus

northern cyprus

Northern Cyprus is the best-value European beach buy in 2022.

It offers a Mediterranean climate, friendly colonial villages where English is widely spoken, high-quality tourism infrastructure, including casinos and clubs, and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches…

Not to mention undervalued real estate opportunities.

This development in Iskele, on the northeastern coast, has excellent pre-construction opportunities starting at US$57,000.

This is a pre-construction 46-square-meter (492-square-foot) studio condo with a spacious 12-square-meter (130-square-foot) balcony for just US$57,000.

There is a turn-key management company in place offering a projected 11%+ ROI.

Go here for more information.

2. Brazil


Beachfront splendor starts off-plan at only US$49,000 in Canoa Quebrada, in Brazil’s northeastern Ceará state… 

Stunning beaches, low home prices, and a low cost of living makes Brazil the best overall beach buy recommendation for 2022.

My Brazil picks are in a development just steps away from a seemingly endless white-sand beach…

With off-plan bungalows available for less than US$50,000 it’ll be hard to find prices like this again.

This location is buoyed by a tourism boom and a rapidly expanding middle class.


These beach homes come with a pool, yard, and direct private access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

A 1-bed, 1-bath bungalow of 44 square meters (470 square feet) goes for a cash price of US$49,000, or, with developer financing, US$59,000.

Full-service property rental and management is available with a projected ROI of more than 10%…

By investing a little more, you can secure a villa, which offers more than double the square meterage. 


You can get your own villa for an exclusive cash price of US$87,000 or with developer financing for US$99,000.

The villas have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a private pool, and are 100 square meters (1,076 square feet).

Full-service property rental and management is available.

Delivery is 20 months after signing the contract.

Your villa is close to a popular tourist destination; great restaurants; supermarkets and shops; tourist activities such as dune buggy rides, kite surfing, diving, paragliding, ATV tours, and boat trips; fishing; and several of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches.

Once built, the rental projection is 10%+.

3. Montenegro


Europe’s secret riviera is a haven for billionaires but comes with some very reasonable waterfront prices.

Boasting blue Adriatic waters, amazing beaches, and lush mountain interiors, Montenegro has it all…

My Montenegro Property Pick

Starting at just US$91,000, with views of the Adriatic Sea, this exclusive deal is just 8 minutes from the luxurious Porto Montenegro.

Furniture packages are available for less than US$11,000, meaning you can own here for US$102,000 plus closing costs.

Property ownership in Montenegro comes with residency rights, which will become even more appealing if Montenegro joins the EU in 2025.

This project has a 10.25% projected ROI.

4. Morocco

AdobeStock/ Tilio & Paolo

 The newest entrant to my list of dream beach deals is Morocco.

Perched at the top of the African continent, Morocco has coasts on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Morocco has been slowly undergoing a transformation… It now has my attention for its cheap property prices, low cost of living, and growing tourism and manufacturing offerings.

Beachfront prices are some of the lowest available in the Mediterranean. There are vast, empty, white-sand beaches and near year-round sunny weather.

My Moroccan Beach Property Pick

This beachfront property is in Souiria, along the Atlantic Coast. For just US$77,000, you get a 160-square-meter (1,722-square-foot) house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 half-bathrooms, and an extra shower. The price is extremely low per square meter, and with this property you could enter the long-term rental market.

The property has a 180-degree beach view and is located 150 meters (490 feet) from a beach of fine golden sand and 500 meters (1,640 feet) from a small fishing port, making it a mecca for seafood lovers. In the village you also find market stalls, grocery stores, butchers, pharmacies, restaurants, and bakeries.

5. Portugal

Portuguese village in the south Luz, Lagos region. Algarve, Portugal.
Alamy/Serhiy Stakhnyk

With great weather, a low cost of living, first-class health care, and an interesting culture, Portugal is a top all-around lifestyle pick. This country also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe.

It’s been a strong recommendation for several years, and beachfront property prices have matured. In comparison to the rest of the property picks in this list, this one seems expensive…

But I can tell you now, there is no other project like this in the region.

In North America, retirement villages have existed for some time now. But in Southern Europe, this concept is still in the early stages…

In Portugal, independent living communities are rare. If you do find them, they tend to be in remote locations that are far from amenities. They also tend to be small, not designed for aging populations when mobility and accessibility becomes a challenge.

This development in Praia da Luz takes independent living to another level. The community was created mainly (but not only) for the pre-retiree and retirees who want access to on-site amenities but also be close to everything the town has to offer. This has been specially designed to allow residents to age in the community and provide proper accommodations no matter the age.

My Portugal Property Pick

Prices start at 275,000 euros (about US$312k) for a 1-bed apartment, including a large terrace and garden along with additional storage space and a garage. Developer financing is available, and you can choose between a garden- or sea-view apartment.

This will be the region’s first residential luxury condominium.

The development offers a vibrant community atmosphere, with shops and seafront cafés and restaurants on its doorstep. It’s easy to access, just one hour away from Faro Airport.

For more information on this unique development, go here.

6. Mexico

Houses by the sea in Mexico

Mexico has been the foreign beach destination of choice for North Americans for decades.

The Mexican peso has taken a beating during the pandemic, which gets us some solid beach deals in this country.

 Move Over Tulum—My Mexican Beach Buy

This eco-development is nestled in the jungle and has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It features walking paths, a seasonal waterfall, and natural botanical gardens.

An amazing almost private beach is 1 mile down the road.

One-bed condos start at US$165,000. Smaller pre-construction studios start at just US$89,000.

You won’t find better prices for quality real estate in desirable locations in Mexico.

To find out more about the hottest Puerto Vallarta deals, get in touch with our trusted realtors here.

7. Panama’s Caribbean Coast

The beach El Rompio on Azuero Peninsula, Panama.
Adobe Stock/Marek

If you’ve ever regretted not investing in an area before developers got wind of it, now could be your chance…

The Caribbean coast of Panama has long been overlooked but is beginning to attract attention from long-term developers and big-name buyers.

This could be a long-term capital appreciation play for a savvy investor.

You can find undeveloped waterfront parcels here for a fraction of the cost of other beach destinations.

It will be years before the Path of Progress reaches this area, but basic infrastructure is already in place in some spots… and development is inevitable.

Watch this space for more coverage Panama’s Caribbean Coast over the coming year…

8. Philippines 


The Philippines offers some of the best beach value in Asia.

With a very low cost of living, spectacular beaches, ideal weather, and plenty of opportunity for adventure, the Philippines has a lot to offer.

Philippines Beach Property Pick

Available is a 210-square-meter (2,260-square-foot) beachfront house at Jawili Beach in Tangalan in Aklan Province, on the market for US$99,000. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garage, and a mini garden, and it comes furnished. It’s just 5 minutes to the closest market.

There’s no denying that the political situation in the Philippines is tense… I’ll explore the realities of this in a future OPA issue.

New Year’s Resolutions

Beachfront living isn’t just the remit of multi-millionaires. There are fabulous low-cost options in vibrant cultural havens that would love to welcome you into their community.

To our continued overseas property adventure….

Greenhouse Hydroponics: The High-Tech Investment With Long-Term Profits

Hydroponics strawberries at greenhouse hydroponics farm

Elon Musk Is Using This Technology To Colonize Mars…
Why Not Let It Fuel Your Overseas Adventures Too?

What do the billionaires competing to claim bragging rights in space exploration have in common?

No, it’s not just huge egos and a childish fascination with rockets…

They are all quietly investing in a new technology.

It’s a technology that’s critical to Elon Musk’s mission to Mars. Jeff Bezos has invested US$200 million in it since 2017. Elon Musk’s younger brother Kimbal founded a start-up capitalizing on this technology in 2016.

Other tech gurus are racing to build their own production facilities to cash in on the swelling market as well…

Larry Ellison, founder of tech giant Oracle, got into this technology in 2018. He set up a 200,000-square-foot production facility on his private island.

Bill Gates just invested US$50 million in a high-tech start-up to …

Luxurious Self-Sufficient Living In Belize Won’t Be A Bargain Forever

A luxurious house in Carmelita Gardens, Belize

Last Chance To Buy In Paradise Before The Price Increase:
Prices Going Up $4,000 On Jan. 1.

The part of my job I enjoy most is bringing you exclusive property tips and deals.When we find a diamond in the rubble of real estate offerings we bring it straight to you.Lucky for me today is one of those days…I’m delighted to announce some exciting news.It’s a guaranteed US$4,000 price increase in one of the fastest-selling developments in this entire country… But you have only four weeks to lock yourself in at the original lower price.I’m skeptical when someone in the real estate business tries to sell me on any “guaranteed” tip. Yet here I am telling you of a “guaranteed” US$4,000 price jump you can position yourself to benefit from today.I’ve known the developer for a decade, and he told me that he’s raising prices on all lots on Jan. 1. Because of his long history with Live And Invest Overseas, the developer is giving you one last opportunity to get in at the old price.The lot prices are increasing due to rising land prices in this gem of a country, and because of skyrocketing …

Agricultural Investments: Profiting From The Boom Market Of The Future

Soilless culture of vegetables under artificial light.

Making Money From The Climate Crisis: How To Make 6 Times More Than Hardworking U.S. Industry Insiders

If you ever felt like kicking yourself for not buying a handful of Bitcoin when you first heard about it… go easy on yourself.

Plenty of people didn’t.

It was a brand-new concept, totally unconventional, and with a laughably small chance of success.

Those people claiming that they always knew Bitcoin was going to be “the next big thing” back in 2011 are just blowing smoke. Nobody knew for sure.

It was a long shot that paid out big precisely because it was a total gamble.

We might be waiting a while for an investment that will outperform Bitcoin.

Meantime, there is something out there in the world of investing that’s new, already paying big returns, and as close to a sure thing as exists today.

I wouldn’t dare call any investment a “sure thing,” except this type of investment is in a product that everyone on the planet not only wants but needs every day to survive. This is the opposite of some new tech or crypto long shot.

This is your opportunity to be ahead of the curve, to be the early adopter, the original seed capital investor in the smart technologies of the future.

The type of investments I’m referring to are a hedge against the chaos of our changing climate.

Early armchair investors in the sector are already making returns six times higher than …

Why Portugal Tops The List For Living Or Investing In Europe

Skyline of Porto, Portugal at sunrise

Why The World Is Hot For Portugal’s Spicy Investments

For six centuries Portugal’s mighty empire dominated European life. Soon after launching its age of discovery, Portugal had an empire encompassing West Africa, Asia, and the Americas, becoming the first de facto world empire.All this bloody conquest was to slake her insatiable thirst for priceless spices from every corner of the globe. People flocked to the banners of the Portuguese empire to enjoy the many benefits of her citizenship.Alas, no empire lasts forever. When Portugal finally relinquished the island of Macau to the Chinese in 1999, the world thought that Portugal’s days of plundering were over.However, a little over two decades after Portugal relinquished the last vestiges of her empire, she is back to her old tricks once again. Portugal is back in the spice game, but this time she’s not looking for cinnamon or saffron. Her eyes are on …

The Panama Golden Visa: Residency And A Second Home For The Price Of One

Here on Avenida Balboa, you'll enjoy the best views in Panama City

I’m delighted to be speaking to you today as the new editor of this Overseas Property Alert. Lynn Mulvihill is diversifying her role with Live And Invest Overseas… creating an opportunity for me to join the conversation.

I hope I can fill Lynn’s shoes adequately and that my insights and recommendations for global property markets based on decades of living and working in the real estate industry around the world will be enlightening and even entertaining for you.

And, of course, profitable.

Before we go further, maybe I should take a minute to give you some idea who’ll be behind these dispatches going forward…

I’m Irish. Studied business and law in University College Dublin before embarking on an eclectic career in real estate that has taken me from Ireland across Europe and then on to the Americas.

I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and, boy, have I made a few mistakes along the way…

I’ve served as a director of real estate, oil and gas, and offshore corporate services companies… and I’ve built, scouted, bought, and sold all manner of properties…

And I’ve made and lost a few fortunes along the way…

The good news for you is that, after decades of property investing experience across the globe, I’ve learned from every misstep.

Now I want to share my hard-won wisdom.

I love the thrill of chasing a deal, I know the industry from both sides, and I’ve come to be able to spot the cowboy operators and grifters from across the street.

I’m back in my home county of Limerick, Ireland, these days… but my scouting boots are by the door.

I’ll be on the road more than not.

As we like to say here at Live And Invest Overseas, the world is alive with opportunity for fun… and, most important to our purposes here, profit.

Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be bringing you the choicest hand-picked deals from the best developers operating in the markets most poised for growth across the globe…

And important, I’ll be bringing you personally negotiated exclusive pricing, terms, and inventory.

We’re living through historic times.

A turning-point era.

Offering enormous potential for those of us paying attention.

Let’s begin our conversation in Panama… a market that we at Live And Invest Overseas have been heralding for more than two decades… that, in fact, we were the first to recommend…

And that offers more opportunity right now than ever.

Read on below…

Panama has long been recognized as one of the best—and easiest—options in the world for …