South American Real Estate News
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Rio de Janerio’s Housing Market will stay strong at least until 2017

Investors worried about an overheated Chinese housing market need only turn to Brazil. This real estate market has legs. And the recent five-year real estate boom there has a good five more years before home values stop appreciating. Housing prices have cooled in recent months, but are rising year over year. Interest rates are falling to single digits once again as inflation begins to ease on account of the global economic slowdown taking its toll on Brazil. That hasn’t stopped the fact that Brazil’s middle…

Doing Business in Latin America’s growing economies?

These comments are part of a report done by a person involved in researching investment opportunities in Latin America. I can’t put the whole report up for confidentially reasons but needless to say it is very positive. “The Latin American market has undergone a paradigm shift and has decisively come out of its boom and bust cycles and political and economic instability, barring a few exceptions. It is now set on a more sustainable course of stability and growth. Latin America is a large market…

Why and How to invest in South American Agriculture ?

Many of the topics that were considered fringe in the past but are now coming to reality with the effects of global warming; the morality of food miles when countries use diminishing resources to ship food a long way to any market, geopolitical power shifts, the potential break up and loss of power in the United States, along with the growing power of Asia, Brazil, and the Pacific rim countries, like Australia and Chile, are all topics of hot discussion. GTSA obviously has its own agenda in all this as we see…

What happens to the Soya that South America exports ?

Soya is one of the most rapidly spreading crops in the world, particularly in South America export. The  demand continues to rise due to the increased consumption of meat and dairy products and the  biofuels boom. It is the crop that provides the largest amount of protein per hectare, and it is  used to make fodder for animals, prepared foods, vegetable oil, industrial inputs and recently,  biofuel. The principal producing countries are Brazil, the United States and Argentina . These countries lead in exports,…

The soya value chain in Paraguayan agriculture

The soya value chain  can be divided into five phases (see above ).  Of these, only two (in green in the graphic) are carried out in Paraguay agriculture. According to a national analyst, ‘soya production in Paraguay is practically like an assembly plant: the inputs come from abroad, the and and water are provided here and often the same company that supplies the inputs is the exporter. They supply the inputs through credit to the producer, and commit to purchase the production. The producer is just…

Wine Country Retreat: Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina

Valle de Uco is a unique place in the world, recognized as one of the 8 Great Wine Capitals, with a pristine environment and ideal year-round weather. Here you can enjoy a magnificent carefree lifestyle at an affordable price while your estate appreciates in value. Imagine owning one of the finest managed vineyard properties anywhere, with your own custom-designed villa surrounded by acres of lush Malbec vines (or the grapes of your choice). Wake up each morning to vibrant views of the pastoral countryside,…

Argentina’s debt fight with the Vulture Funds harboured in the US: What it is, why it matters to the world

Argentina’s 13-year  debt fight with creditors erupted in U.S. courts last week, and the results were messy. Argentina had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that it must pay $1.5 billion to hedge funds for bonds Argentina had defaulted on in 2001. The Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal a victory for the hedge fund investors whom Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, had called “vultures.” Fernandez had said Argentina couldn’t afford…

Chile as an agricultural investment destination

Even the relatively “dull and drab” parts of Chile are  beautiful from the outstanding Andes to the lakes and rivers below. I have been most of the worlds countries, including extended visits to Spain, France, Italy, England, Canada and the US, Australia and New Zealand, and have seen all the best spots in each, and I believe Chile to at least as  beautiful if not more so. Why Chile is so often neglected by tourists and expatriates compared to other countries is a mystery to me. Chile is a wonderful,…

China needs more of the worlds food, making investing in the Agriculture sector a sure bet

By Ding Xuedong To the people, food is the most important issue under the sky.” So says an old Chinese proverb; but if that is so, the clouds may be darkening. As the world’s population grows – and as its people grow more prosperous and more carnivorous – it will only become more difficult to provide a plentiful supply of food at affordable prices. I n many countries, food security is already an urgent challenge, as the world food price crisis of 2007-08 showed. According to research by the UN Food…

Uruguay Real Estate Sales have enjoyed strong growth in an uncertain region

Montevideo enjoyed high residential property price increases in 2013, despite a slowdown since 2012 due to a significant drop in demand from neighboring Argentina.  The average selling price for Montevideo apartments was 13% up during the year to November 2013,  at around US$ 2,050 per square metre (sq. m.).  There were spectacular price rises in Montevideo’s Zone 1, located in the coastal strip east of the capital.House prices on the other hand, rose by around 9% y-o-y to November 2013, to an average…

The Future is here – 4K Video for quality marketing of Real Estate

What’s 4K   Over the next few months, you’re going to hear the term 4K more and more. Basically, it is the next level of HD. Even Higher Definition.    It is the next big thing in image quality as far as consumers are concerned. When you hear the guys down at Domayne banging on about Panasonic 4K TV sets, you’ll know.   We have already made the move to super high resolution work-flows with our RED EPIC – a camera which inhales about three gig of life a minute in full, screaming 5k.   The still…

The real reason why forward thinking investors are buying farmland

Here’s the good news: Nie Zhenbang, a Chinese agronomy expert and former director of the Chinese State Grain Administration, recently announced that 2013 was a record year for Chinese grain production.Here’s the not so good news:“Although the number is huge,” said Nie, “it still could not satisfy domestic consumer demand. In recent years, China’s food imports have been increasing. Agricultural product imports are roughly equivalent to the productive capacity of 47 million…

Personality requirements for a Residential Real Estate Salesperson

You may not think that your personality has much to do with putting together tremendous residential real estate deals, but it does. Real estate is really an industry where your personal charm and wit count. The good news is that you can be flat broke, unattractive and not very well educated and still make a mint in real estate.  However what you can’t scrimp on are these personality traits: 1) Passion. Real estate is not a passive sort of career – especially at first. You don’t just sit around pushing…

Real Estate Prices in Buenos Aires have bottomed out at a historical low

Buenos Aires average real estate prices have fallen 10% in one year and over 20% since 2012 in some of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods. The situation mirrors average price declines across the river in Montevideo. The new average price data compiled by Reporte Inmobiliario shows the average cost of existing residential real estate in Buenos Aires is now US$1,694 per square meter(US$157 per square foot), a 10.3% decline compared to US$1,888 per square meter(US$175) in May 2013. The decade-long…

What are the cultural diffences when looking to buy Real Estate in South America ?

I was recently asked what did I consider the main differences when building a real estate business in New Zealand where I had come from against building one in South America. Moving from a country that has a very formal, highly trained and strictly controlled real estate industry to a region where still much of the business is done in part by informal part-time salespeople or in some case lawyers and property administrators who had little or no sales experience or training was always going to be a challenge.…