South American Real Estate News
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Is Socialism the Answer for South America Social Inequality ?

Socialism is entirely an emotional response to the world’s problems. Its great virtue is that it requires no thought. It is only the need to feel. There’s also no need to do anything. That’s the government’s job of course. Under socialism, the government owns the monopoly on doing stuff. Fixing things is not for individuals. That’s…

Golf turns its attention to Latin America

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Kavitha A. Davidson and was published in Bloomberg.com on January 22, 2014) Globalization is a focus not just for the business elite gathered this week in Davos but also for professional golf. The Masters Tournament, the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A have teamed up to bring a golf tournament…

Chile ahead of Peru as ‘Best Place’ for business in Latin America

According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Chile is the best place to do business in Latin America in 2014, with the cheapest costs in the region, The country of about 17 million people secured the top position of 14 Latin American nations based on six criteria, including the degree of economic integration and labour costs. Peru and…

Paraguay plans to become world’s 5th -largest beef exporter by 2018

One of Paraguay priorities is to make the country the world’s fifth exporter of beef by 2018, according to Industry and Trade minister Gustavo Leite. The land locked member of Mercosur currently holds the eighth position. ”But we also want Paraguay to become the world’s third per capita consumer of beef (behind Uruguay…

What is happening in Argentina’s economy ? Is it a buy or a sell ?

Last week, the official Argentina’s economy exchange rate – went from 6.81 to 8.03 to the USD in a few days. The “blue” or black market rate (a fact of life in any controlled exchange market) was all over the place, probably going from around ARP 9.50 to 13 in the same period. In short a severe devaluation. Many existing…

Why Progressive New Zealand Dairy farmers are moving to South America

  New Zealand Dairy farmers are moving to South America New Zealands farm landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. Once considered one large sheep farm  and a breadbasket for the United Kingdom with over 77 million sheep ( a controversial figure as many sheep were counted twice during this period to get…

Uruguay removes one of the last Tax Advantages favouring foreigners.

Uruguay removes one of the last Tax Advantages favouring foreigners. For many years now investors could own property ( excluding farms ) and companies using a company structure called Bearer Bonds.  Bearer bonds have historically been the financial instrument of choice for money laundering, tax evasion, and concealed business…

Latin America Real Estate Searches Gone Viral

Real Estate searches via Internet is the new norm with 76% of those who bought properties in Latin America real estate last year first investigated via the web according to a report by Google. This is not surprising given the fact that Latin America has a higher penetration of Internet users than Europe and the United States. Argentina has the highest…

Where to invest in Buenos Aires?

So, you decided you want to buy property in Buenos Aires but can not decide where. Hopefully this will offer you some guidance.  A recent study done by the Center for Real Estate Research (Centro de Investigaciones Inmobiliarias) ranked neighborhoods in the greater Buenos Aires areas by investment opportunities. It revealed the classic neighborhoods of Palermo…

♟ Prices in Punta del Este Uruguay collapse due to lack of demand from Argentina

PUNTA DEL ESTE -. One year after coming into force of the Agreement on the exchange of tax information  to avoid double taxation between Uruguay and Argentina, Argentine real estate properties in the resort fell sharply. The president of the Real Estate Chamber Uruguay, Gabriel Conde, said the impact of the…

Yield-starved investors go back to investing in Farmland

Yield-starved investors go back to investing in Farmland   by Louise Bowman   SLC Agricola Plenty of room for growth in neglected asset class; Good inflation hedge relatively uncorrelated to economic cycle Last year many yield-hungry institutional investors stretched their mandates to incorporate alternative assets such as infrastructure,…

Land rush on Brazil’s frontier for Soya Farming

Transport costs have made the country’s agriculture and soya farming industry uncompetitive. But new infrastructure projects should transform the opportunities some have seen in land values. First, for those international investors interested in Brazilian agribusiness, the good news: the country’s poor infrastructure is crippling the competitiveness…