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5 Reasons You Will Not Succeed Selling Real Estate in any country

Unless you are fully committed to real estate as a profession and have a solid business plan, you will have trouble finding success anywhere. Here I have outlined five situations that can bring down your career — and how to avoid them. Over the past twenty five years, I have had the opportunity to train and work with some of the world’s greatest real estate professionals. This experience has allowed me to witness first-hand not only the success stories but also sight more unfulfilled potential than…

How does the market crash in oil prices affect South American agriculture

How does the market crash in oil prices affect South American agriculture I have been trying to get my head around the medium to long-term effects of lower oil prices on agriculture. Who would have thought only six months ago we would have oil prices sub-USD 57 dollars per barrel. Now it seems this could last one year or more, which means it will affect the total food and distribution chain. Many companies will try and resist a lowering of consumer prices but in a globalized world this will only work for a…

How to choose an effective selling broker in South America

South America’s real estate market can be characterised by two important facts. Properties take longer to sell and have higher transaction costs than in most Western countries Why? Although it is slowly changing there is considerable informal selling both by vendors directly and speculative pricing. The end result is a confused market with little price transparency and few skilled brokers available. (Selling skills can be obtained two ways; by experience through selling large numbers of properties or by specialised…

Cattle farming in Argentina can be competitive with growing Soy in many regions

Farmer and partner of  Openagro, Guillemo Villagra, has made a comparison of profitability between soybeans and livestock, in pesos ( note not dollars ). He considered  the production on his own farm when he looked the profitability of soybeans against breeding or rearing cattle. While livestock demands higher initial costs  (cows, facilities, etc.), the conclusion is that when  analyzing the business today income from livestock is many cases more profitable than soy when dealing with AR pesos. In the West…

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America

A Guide to Dairy Investment in Latin America With an average growth rate of 5% a year, South American dairy production appears to be a strong market for investment, despite a certain degree of price and political instability. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, rising incomes and firm regional and international demand have favored dairy production growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. South American milk production expanded by over 5% in 2011 and a similar rate of increase was…

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall

Argentina Farmland Prices continue to Fall With the fall in soya and beef prices farm incomes have dropped. Naturally just as farm prices rose due to record crop and beef prices they are now dropping for the same reason. It is now a buyers market and prices are 25% to 30% lower than at their peak. The mixture of an oppressive taxes (30% additional export tax for farmers) and lower international prices have damaged profitability from a previous 6% to 8% to less than 3% for some. In Argentina prized Nucleus Region…