South American Real Estate News
/ Month / July

Chile first and Peru second on global economic optimism survey

In spite of the fact that Peru’s level of optimism fell by 12 percentage points for the second quarter and 10 points with regard to the second quarter of 2013, the Andean nation remains among the top of the list of global economic optimism. Chile first and Peru came in second place with 86 percent of businesses being optimistic, along with the United Arab Emirates. Chile was the most optimistic country globally with 88 percent of businesses reporting optimism, according to recent research by the audit and…

The importance of China for Uruguay Soya production cannot be overstated

Soya is part of the legume family which originated from Asia, which has a very high content of oil and protein. It is cultivated during the summer season in the southern hemisphere between the months of January and September depending if its a first or second crop, the harvesting takes place between March to May or June each year. The plant reaches 80 cm in height. It is one of the most consumed grains around the world due to its multiple uses. The grain of soybean and its by-products (oil and soybean meal…

Will Argentine Residential Real Estate Prices keep falling ?

The real estate market has two paths Either route will bring the prices down. The only question is do we choose the path of the United States or Spain,  either way prices  will not stop falling. How to invest in this environment? During the past ten years real estate investment was one of the most popular chosen by Argentine savers. In almost 100% of cases these investments went well.  That was with a growing economy and rising incomes, due to an external commodity boom driven by China, investors had little…

Black River Asset Management owned by Cargill in the US prepares to buy more land

  Black River Asset Management is targeting at least $400 million for its second agriculture-focused investment fund. According to a person familiar with the firm’s plans, the Black River Agriculture Fund 2 LP could collect up to $500 million, but will raise at least $400 million for the vehicle. So far the fund has closed on $90.1 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . The bulk of the financing came as a $75 million commitment from the Teachers’ Retirement…

Dairy Farming News from South America

Dairy Farming News from South America Recent rains in Uruguay have firmed up dairy production and we are seeing month over month increases in milk production from June 2013 to July 2013.  Milk prices are robust at close to $0.40 a liter with the US$ hovering around UP$ 21.  All indications are that Conaprole is promoting increased milk production to meet WMP export opportunities.  This is good for Uruguay’s dairymen and the industry after the fiasco with the small processing plant owned by Mexican investors…

Dairy Farming in Southern Chile is not unlike farming in New Zealand except the returns are much better

Dairy farming has lots of potential in Southern Chile. Already one New Zealand dairy company called Manuka amongst others has got itself firmly established.  Seventy per cent is owned by five cornerstone investing families, including the Van der Heyden family, and Mark and Diane Townshend of Fonterra fame. Since establishing operations in early 2005, Manuka has now established itself as a significant foreign investor in Chile’s dairy industry. So much so that Manuka now milks 25,000 of Chile’s…

Hard learned lessons learned by India Jindal’s Bolivian Mine investment failure on what not to do when investing in South America

Lessons from India Jindal’s Bolivian Mine investment failure Jindal’s integrated mining and steel project in Bolivia was the largest contract secured by an Indian company in Latin America. The project, which ultimately became a victim of the country’s domestic politics, has lessons for Indian companies venturing into Latin America. Bolivian President Evo Morales greeted Indian investor Naveen Jindal (L) saying ‘I’m also Indian’ By Ambassador R. Viswanathan (*) – ¨Hermano… Yo tambien…

You cant afford to buy a farm in South America ? Maybe these are another options

Farmlands in Brazil and Argentina are some of the most fertile, productive and sought after in the world, but investors looking at the continent should be cautious. Brazil and Argentina  currently have laws that place certain limits on the foreign ownership (individuals and corporations) of farmland. Other farm in South America  countries like Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are much more foreign business friendly. But Chile (very mountainous) and Uruguay (small country) offer comparatively fewer farmland opportunities…

What Questions to Ask A Real Estate Salesperson before hiring them?

I have put together some questions that anyone who is thinking of selling their real estate should consider asking when interviewing a potential sales person or company to use. Before interviewing them do some homework. The most important is to check their Web Presence. Without this they should not be on your list of potential brokers. Google them. Questions to Ask when interviewing an unknown Real Estate Salesperson How do you get your listings ? From your company or from past referrals. Past referrals means…

How GTSA uses SEO, key words and relevant articles to drive traffic to its Real Estate websites.

SEO for Real Estate Marketing The methods I am going to talk about in this article have not been learnt in online courses, nor have they been taken from theory manuals you can download for a price on the Internet. Everything I am going to discuss has been gained from hard experience, both as a real estate marketer and  a hands on real estate broker having over 20 plus years experience in marketing international properties. Is Writing an SEO Real Estate Article Complicated? No. There are no magic formulas or…

Chile’s most well known vineyards are among the worlds best and are open to the public

Chile’s most well-known vineyards are among the world’s best.  Viña Concha y Toro Probably the most famous vineyard in Chile, Viña Concha y Toro boasts a variety of different wines from the Maipo valley. It is easily accessible from Santiago by bus (approx. 45 minutes) which makes it a regular tourist attraction, taking less than half a day. Tours are given in both Spanish and English. English tours run at 10:00 – 11:30 – 15:00, Monday through Sunday except on public holidays. Reservations are…

Who is stuffing up the South American wine exports to America ?

Why are the South American Wine markets suffering currently with their exports to the US. Well it is not difficulty to find out. Millions of dollars worth of Australian wine deemed unfit to drink by fussy Americans is to be dumped in America’s less discerning markets. Australia’s largest wine company, Treasury Wine Estates, says it’s taking the move because it over-estimated the US market demand and the wine is not suitable for ageing. “TWE’s leadership team in the Americas believes old and obsolete…

Thinking of Investing in Paraguay. This is what you need to know.

  Reforms/regulatory network Industry expert Case study Introduction Having suffered from a liquidity crisis in 1995, Paraguay is going to great lengths to ensure it’s seen as an ample investment opportunity. A host of financial reforms as well as thriving economic circumstances are just part of Paraguay’s attempt to demonstrate huge potential for growth and investment. Invest in Paraguay Paraguay’s banking and financial services industry has recovered well from the 1995 liquidity crisis, when news…

The best of Buenos Aires City in Video

These three  Buenos Aires  City in videos are well worth watching if you are thinking of making a lifestyle change and coming to live in Buenos Aires. Not only is the city the most important cultural center of South America it has a unique character that is not found in modern cities around the world. Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay,…

WHY INVEST IN RIO HILLS ? Yes it is close to Rio de Janeiro but there is more

Rio Hills Lake and Country Resort is ideally located surrounded by natural beauty with views of mountains, lakes, beaches and the sea. •   Multi-award resort with wealth of facilities and a boutique hotel •   Located in the picturesque Lakes region of Rio de Janeiro •   World renowned Architects •   Less than 5km from planned R$5.4 billion Jacone Megaport •   45 km from the $8.5 billion Petrobras facility •   Excellent re-sale/rental potential with large numbers of executives moving…