South American Real Estate News
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Uruguay’s largest dairy farmer has sold down more than 10% of their portfolio

NZ Farming Systems Uruguay, the South American dairy unit of Singapore-based Olam International, has sold some 7,771 hectares of farmland in Uruguay to local interests for about US$53.7 million in gross cash proceeds around US $6,800 per ha. The transactions would free up cash “for redeployment into more value-accretive projects,” Olam said in a statement. About 1,769 hectares in western Uruguay was sold to farming group Nalmer, while retaining access for the next two years via a lease. It sold…

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral Part of the huge exodus of European peoples, great numbers of Scots emigrated overseas in the hundred years before the first world war. Most of them settled in the United States of America or in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Britain’s vast empire. A significant minority, however, emigrated to South American states, Argentina being a popular choice. The first Scots settled there in the years prior to Argentina becoming an independent…

Incredibly high’ NZ land prices divert dairy farm investors to Chile

The “incredibly high” bubble prices of New Zealand dairy farms have prompted a number of savvy farm investors to switch some of their new investments to Chile where the dairy sector offers “the best risk-adjusted returns in global agriculture”. The current market is  supported from strong growth in Asian consumption. “[This] might lead to a potential demand overhang for dairy products of as much as 5 billion litres by 2020,” said Detlef Schoen, head of farm investments…

“Enormous potential” for new Agro funds in South America

Buy land, said Mark Twain, they ain’t making it any more. He also observed that one of the secrets of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. Taken together, these two aphorisms go a long way to explaining the appeal of investment in agriculture.The world may not be making any more land but it’s certainly making more people, and increasingly many millions of those extra mouths are consuming what they like – and that means protein-rich meat diets of the…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a farmer in South America. Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is  safe historically and a great hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimate by 2050) and the global middle-class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing…

One large Australian Corporation more interested in Latin America than Asia

Australia’s future prosperity is inextricably tied to Asia but Brisbane-based company Cardno doesn’t seem particularly interested. The fast growing infrastructure and environment services group has hitched its wagon to the North and Latin American economies and predicts a shift in global manufacturing from China to Mexico. New chief executive Michael Renshaw told said this week he hopes it takes Cardno to global powerhouse status. So far it’s working. Cardno’s diverse operations, such…

Boom times ahead for Argentine with the winds of change begining

NO WEALTH HAS EVER BEEN CREATED BY GETTING IN LATE! THE ARGENTINE PESO HAS PLUNGED TO HISTORIC LOWS THE CURRENT MARKET VALUE OF ARGENTINA’S FARMS, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE IS A CONTRARIAN VALUE INVESTMENT PLAY RIGHT NOW CREATING CONDITIONS FOR A BOOM We believe there is already evidence of a turnaround in Argentina’s economic policies due to a series of significant positive developments that have recently taken place, and that there is a window of opportunity to acquire Argentine assets…

A large Chinese Soya Project in Brazil has stalled: What is happening

There are no signs to identify a barren field in northeastern Brazil that was meant to be the center of one of China’s most ambitious agricultural forays into South America. In 2011, Chongqing Grain Group Corp announced plans to build a soya crushing plant, railways and a giant inland storage and transportation hub to export goods back to China. The total price tag: $2 Billion US. Yet today, the company has only managed to bulldoze a 100-hectare area on which the crushing plant might one day stand. Even…

What is happening to the Bio fuels Industry ?

Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected SCIENTISTS have long known how to convert various kinds of organic material into liquid fuel. Trees, shrubs, grasses, seeds, fungi, seaweed, algae and animal fats have all been turned into biofuels to power cars, ships and even planes. As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by providing an alternative…

How to be a successful “Closer” in businesses – Invaluable advice

Everybody negotiates all the time. It’s part of everyday life. But most people just don’t have what it takes when it comes to getting the best personal outcome. They get jittery. They squirm. Some are stretched so far beyond their comfort zone they can literally feel ill. But in business being able to successfully close deals makes the difference between winning and losing; between building a career or getting fired. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a corporate manager or in sales you need to…

Rich Russians are bailing out of American Real Estate creating an opportunity for South American Vendors

Anecdotal evidence suggests that wealthy Russians, who have become a big part of the luxury real estate market in places like New York. London and Miami, may be sitting on the sidelines while the two countries fight it out on the diplomatic stage. We expect this to also affect commercial and farm land properties Russians and other wealthy international clients have long used U.S. real estate as a shelter for their cash with very few controls on where that money comes from. 40% of the New York real estate market…

How good of a negotiator are you – Can you pass this test

If you want to know how good or bad you are in negotiation, you have to evaluate yourself. Ask yourself the following questions and reflect. Do you believe that everything is negotiable all the time? Do you plan and do you have a clear strategy before going into a negotiation? Do you know your BATNA or Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement? Do you separate people from the problem? Do you look for multiple solutions? Do you always aim at achieving a win-win outcome? Can you adjust your negotiation plans…

Renting in Buenos Aires can be challenging if you are on a budget

Renting in Buenos Aires can be a challenge which can smother you in a cloud of anger, confusion and discomfort if you are on a tight budget. So here’s what you should expect when it’s your turn to navigate the world of renting an apartment in Buenos Aires. Pesos or Dollars? Pesos or Dollars? No, this isn’t the debut single of 50 Cent’s Latino cousin, but actually a frustrating question you’ll find yourself asking when looking for an apartment in Buenos Aires. You can pay for items with dollars in…

The Brazil Region called The Cerrando is seen by some as 500 million acres of potential cropping land

The Cerrando region is a sprawling savanna stretching across 1.2 million square miles of central Brazil. It is the world’s most biologically rich savanna. It has over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the Cerrado, and it stretches across nearly 500 million acres of Brazil — an area nearly three times the size of Texas. The Cerrado also feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers. Located in Brazil’s central high plains region,…

GTSA Group Profile for South America

Gateway to South America is one of South America’s Southern Cone’s most experienced specialised real estate marketing companies with representation in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We offer a comprehensive selection of rural, lifestyle and residential property throughout the region.     #adp02 Few real estate companies can match our breadth of experience and level of service in these areas of real estate. Fewer still offer the same levels of specialist knowledge and total commitment…