South American Real Estate News
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Snow is coming to Uco Valley in Mendoza – Heart of Argentina’s wine region

The Vines’ Chief Agronomist Francisco Evangelista sees the white powder on our vines he is ecstatic. Evangelista explained the importance of Snow . “It’s best for vines to go through very defined seasonal changes. A very cold winter and very hot summer. The cold winter forces a hormonal change in the vine to move all of its nutrients to the trunk. Those nutrients become stored energy that will help new shoots and buds flourish in the spring. This cold weather will eventually result in a lot of growth.”…

Chile and Brazil lead the Global Innovation index in the region

An international study released this week ranked Chile first among Latin American countries on the Global Innovation Index (GII), though Chile received mediocre scores in the area of education. The study, released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an international business school, and INSEAD, a research institution, ranked Chile 39th overall, one spot below its ranking last year. “Chile shows strengths across the board, with the notable exception of human capital and research,’”…

$10m Argentine farming deal being mulled over in a Argentina by Chinese Investors

Chongqing Grain Group Co Ltd, one of China’s largest State-owned grain companies, is in talks with Molino Canuelas SA, a major agribusiness group in Argentina, about joint investments totalling $10 million in a soybean farm and dairy farms in the South American country. This marks the beginning of a series of plans the Chinese group is about to carry out in Argentina. It also follows its investment in a soybean production base in Brazil last year, as it steps up its effort to meet the country’s…

The Benefits of using Social Media Marketing in Real Estate

One of the most powerful tools to use but also the most expensive to operate is a company blog which is why so few small real estate companies can afford to use them. They take considerable time researching material for posts and the cost of quality journalists is not cheap.  However they do produce better results than Facebook and Linkedin, Twitter etc. To be effective you have to have a co-ordinated plan using all of the tools available. Facebook should not be your  focus unless you are selling to…

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future

Now is the time to be scouring the Market for good investments to protect your future As we get older, it seems the hands of time are ticking faster. Every day that passes translates to one less day we have to fulfil our dreams. This is a realistic statement that begs the question: “What do we want to do with the rest of the time we have left on the planet?” For me, it’s easier to state what I don’t want to do and there is a list of behaviours and people I want to avoid: People who can’t make […]

Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City

Two Spectacular Photos which personify Buenos Aires City EL PUENTE DE LA MUJER El lugar. Se trata de la primera obra del arquitecto e ingeniero valenciano Santiago Calatrava que se construyó en América latina. Se realizó íntegramente en España y fue trasladada a Buenos Aires dividida en partes durante varios viajes. Inaugurada en diciembre de 2001, forma parte del conjunto del listado de “imperdibles” que la Ciudad recomienda visitar a los turistas. Curiosidades. Su estructura, refinada y sensual,…

European companies find that the US funds have bought debts at a discount

Several European countries are arguing their testing time since the second world war with the combination of government austerity, economic growth and organized banking stresses. The largest companies of the continent seem flexible to the disorder and confusion. The lenders who are enthusiastic want to finance the valuable blue-chip customers. The bond investors who want to run away from the risks lurking in the debt markets have heaped into high-grade bonds. These bond investors can opt for debt settlement…

Doing Business in South America – Country Winners and Losers

Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. It measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. Where do the region’s…

The Estrugamou in Buenos Aires – The Pinnacle of French Classical Architecture

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On the corner of Juncal and Esmeralda streets, in the Retiro neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, sits a stately and imposing relic of an era of French architecture in Buenos Aires, a city often dubbed the “Paris of South America.” The residential Estrugamou Building, or Edificio Estrugamou, resembles an aristocratic French mansion, with its chimneys, mansard roof, cornices and three-story classical columns. The first wave of French architects came to Argentina in the 1820s, shortly after independence from Spain…

Latin America holds 42% of the world’s agriculture expansion potential

Source MercoPress Latin America is one of the few regions of the world where agriculture production can expand since it holds 42% of that potential globally, said Victor M. Villalobos Director General of the Inter American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA. In an interview because of the 70th anniversary of IICA, Villalobos underlined that Latin America is a net exporter of food and plays an important role when addressing the challenge of increasing world food production so as to guarantee…

Doug Casey, the noted economist, best-selling financial author, international investor, entrepreneur and the founder of Casey Research, gives his views on investing in Argentine Real Estate

Doug Casey, the noted economist, best-selling financial author, international investor, entrepreneur and the founder of Casey Research, had the following to say about investing in Argentine real estate: “I think what’s going to happen, given the demographics we spoke of in Europe, is that thousands and thousands of Europeans are going to come to Argentina. Not poor ones, the kind who immigrated a hundred years ago, but wealthy ones. #adp02 They’ll see that the lifestyle is better in Argentina. It’s…

Uruguay and Argentina agree to exchange tax data. Uruguay changes its Banking Secrecy Rules

Uruguay and Argentina agreed to exchange tax data in a deal that gives Argentine inspectors the power to dig up information on savers with bank accounts in the neighbouring country, officials said yesterday. The agreement followed months of negotiations. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had urged Uruguay to strike such accords with its biggest trading partners, among them Argentina and Brazil. Both countries’ legislatures are expected to ratify the deal by mid-year. It…

UK passion for Argentine wines: First quarter 2012 imports rocket 15% in volume

UK passion for Argentine wines MercoPress Argentine wine exports to the UK have rocketed by 25% in value and 12% in volume in the first three months of the year. This put the UK back ahead of Brazil as Argentina’s third largest market worldwide, and the US and Canada, and represents the largest gains for over four years. “It’s the volume figure that is the most encouraging” said Andrew Maidment, European director of Wines of Argentina. “Given that there is obviously a delay between this export data…

Argentine Wines – Key Growing Regions Updated

Argentine Wines – Key Growing Regions Updated Argentina’s grape growing areas are divided into three main regions that mostly follow the country’s long western border along the Andes Mountains. Northwest/Norte — High altitude Salta Meaning “very beautiful”, Salta’s vineyards are located in the desert-like Calchaquí Valley and have the Andes’ highest peaks in the background. * Vineyard altitude is 4,200 – 9,842’ * Highest vineyard in world at 9,842’ in Colomé * Average annual…

Why Urban Farming Is the Future

Why Urban Farming Is the Future Dr Robert Biel is an author and academic, who works for University College London and has written about sustainable agriculture. More than that, he practices what he calls ”experimental agriculture” in his own allotment and with his students. Biel believes that we are coming to a crisis of agricultural production, and we need to have more ‘Food Sovereignty’, which he defines as greater autonomy over our own food production. He would like to see more local…