South American Real Estate News
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Brazil welcomes residential investment – GTSA provides options

Economically the nation is on the rise; Brazil recently leap-frogged the UK to become the world’s sixth largest economy and, according to the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, had the world’s best-performing property market in the second quarter of 2012. Brazil is also the world’s largest exporter of iron ore and a growing producer of nickel and copper, which are key industrial metals in the world market. Currently planning to invest as much as R$800 Billion to improve its infrastructure and, with…

Brazil has rewards for overseas investors now and in the future

As in many of the fast-growing,newly emerged ‘new world’ nations, overseas investors new wealth has been channelled into real estate and has led to high house price growth, especially in the major cities where populations are rising rapidly. While some ‘new world’ cities in Asia can look very fully valued by reference to a variety of measures, Brazil’s are still in line with less overheated markets. Most notably, yields are high by international standards despite there having been some recent disparity…

Thinking of Selling Real Estate Here are the top 10 Real Estate Myths Debunked

Myth #1: The most successful real estate salespeople are born, not made. Fact: Incorrect. Yes, a good agent may have a tendency and inclination to be a savvier negotiator with better people skills, but these are things that can be learnt and nurtured. Research shows that at a maximum, people are operating at 50% of capability which means the majority of human beings are not realising their potential*. Myth #2: Agents that write $1m in gross commission do a lot of cold calling. Fact: There is no evidence that…

Irrigation project looks to untap ag potential in Chile’s driest regions

Water scarcity in Chile’s driest regions is no secret, especially in the country’s northern region which is home to the driest desert in the world. The lack of water availability has motivated Chilean company Vía Marina to present an ambitious project to change the hydric reality in the north. The company hopes to transport large quantities of water to the region through flexible, submarine tubes. On average, Chile has more water at its disposal than most countries. There is a marked, regional disparity,…

Argentina looks to grow more Kiwifruit to supply the local market

With the goal of substituting imports, the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture announced financial support Friday to boost kiwifruit production in the Buenos Aires province. The ministry and Banco Nación will fund a subsidized credit line for small producers in the area to improve productivity. Rural economic development secretary Luciano Di Tella led a meeting with producers and marketers, including the Mar del Plata Kiwifruit Chamber, to promote the government program. The measure seeks to recover the industry…

Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America

Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America Advice for the new broker looking to get into the Luxury  Property Market Ok you’ve just taken your first million-dollar-plus listing. After celebrating your victory over the area’s top luxury agent, reality will no doubt begin to set in. If you don’t know the first thing about marketing high-end properties, you may wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. You should be very worried if you…

What are your skiing options in Argentina ? They are many and varied – some with free ski passes

SNOW SEASON 2013 June is here, thus the majestic scenery of Patagonia is swathed in white and the time for adrenalin and fun begins.  Covered in snow, the mountains invite skiers and snowboarders to glide their way around Argentina’s ski centres, from Ushuaia to Neuquén, passing through Chubut, Rio Negro and Mendoza.  Slopes for beginners and experts, off-piste challenges, night-time skiing, trips on sledges and snowmobiles, events snow-rugby and snow-polo matches, new ski-lifts and slope facilities, and…

Argentina looks to renovate the Railroads to Prolong Soybean Boom

Argentina’s nationalization of two railroads in the past month paves the way for the renovation of a network from the foothills of the Andes to the coast, cutting transport costs in the world’s third-largest soybean producer. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration on May 22 took over the Belgrano Cargas railroad, which connects the northern provinces to Parana River grain loaders operated by Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd. (BG), among others. Two weeks later, she expropriated Brazil’s…

Thinking of buying a vineyard in South America. Read this first

  The one consolation of investing in a vineyard and losing your money is at least you can drink the wine – or so the old adage goes. But with meager returns from savings, and stock market investors chastened by the crash of 2007-2009, more people are looking for creative investments. According to property the firm Knight Frank, interest in International vineyards has gathered pace over the past five years despite the price of International vineyards falling in 2010 and 2011. Bordeaux and Dordogne…

Univeg Uruguay exports 75% of its Citrus production to Europe

Univeg Uruguay is a firm devoted to the production and export of citrus and blueberries which started as a family business in 1986 and became part of the Univeg Group in 2002. Its exports are mainly shipped to Canada, Europe, Russia and some to the area of Kuala Lumpur. It has the GlobalGAP certification, both for citrus and blueberries, and a productive area of 600 hectares, mostly citrus. “We are the country’s fourth largest citrus exporter and the third largest for blueberries,” affirms…

Genetically Modified Crops Health Risks ?: What The Scientific Evidence Says

Many Americans and others are concerned about the spread of genetically modified organisms throughout agriculture — and the perception that some members of the U.S. Congress are in the pocket of the Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) certainly isn’t helping. But just what are GM crops, and what evidence do we have to suggest that they are dangerous to human health? Monsanto wasn’t always in the GM corn and alfalfa business. The company’s first product, introduced in 1901, was the artificial sweetener saccharine.…

Want to invest in Uruguay?

Beyond the emotional elements, the investor must analyze the advantages each country offers. Investors are becoming more aware that foreign investment competition is fierce among countries, especially those located in the same geographic area; therefore comparing the advantages offered by each and every country is very good to finally decide the best option. The American Nobel prize winner, Milton Friedman (economist) quoted ”Investors in the current context are like consumers, they are benefited because…

Lima’s Real-Estate Boom being lead by the luxury market

Despite an onslaught of new apartment projects in Lima the demand for housing in the Peruvian capital isn’t necessarily being met, according to a former high-ranking government official. David Ramos, the former deputy minister of Housing and Urbanization, said that the housing deficit in Lima is mainly in the lower-income sectors C and D, while the majority of projects are being built for high-income segments. Analysts estimate that the housing deficit in Lima is equivalent to some 425,000 households. However,…

Buenos Aires Lures Foreign Buyers With Tumbling Prices

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            Roderick Chapman, a 50-year-old marketing specialist from Vancouver, British Columbia, was in Buenos Aires last month, looking at one-bedrooms in the city’s posh Recoleta district. “I’m absolutely amazed by the number of choices,” said Mr. Chapman whose budget for a vacation property is 130,000 U.S. dollars—the currency in which most Buenos Aires real estate typically is traded. “It is overwhelming, really.” With prices for luxury…

Who is to blame for the high inflation in Argentina

Most of the opinion polls tell us that after  government corruption  high inflation is the public’s Number One worry shortly followed by insecurity. We shouldn’t need the pollsters to tell us that. We can listen to the complaints in the lines at the supermarkets, read the headlines in newspapers, or hear the pronouncements of business leaders and political candidates. Inflation is a terrible cancer that must be brought under control, we are constantly warned, or we face a bleak future and perhaps…