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Lifestyle House Hunting in Argentina could get you a bargain

The housing market is faltering after a sharp decline in the Argentine peso in many of the prime lifestyle locations in Argentina A good example is what is happening in Mendoza. Luján de Cuyo, is a small town in the western part of the province, a wine-producing region celebrated for its abundant Malbec grapes. It sits at the eastern foot of the Andes Mountains, in the high-altitude vineyards of the upper Mendoza valley. The area is known for its Malbec but produces other high-quality varieties of wine as…

In Argentina there are more farms for sale and at cheaper prices.

The value of rural real estate continued with its downward curve in the second half of 2018, according to CAIR. The sector sees a revaluation after the election depending on the result. ie. If Pro wins again prices should rise. If not then they could stay low for decades. The Board of Directors of the Argentine Chamber of Rural Real Estate (CAIR) highlighted, in its report of the second semester of the year, that “financial investments remains more attractive both abroad and in local loans, competing…

The Green Option in Paraguay for Diesel Replacement

Paraguay is one of the few countries in South America in which investors can purchase and hold land directly and in any desired legal structure (which is not possible for example in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay). Under the program, an investment structure purchases cattle land in the Paraguay Chaco. Investancia provides high-level Paraguayan government support, references and land title guarantees for the land developments. They also apply for the small farmer and indigenous population support programs. The…

Why testing the market is a waste of time and money

In soft market conditions, I struggle to understand the motivation of some vendors who list their properties for sale but were unlikely to ever accept the reality of what buyers are prepared to offer.  The thing is I don’t really get why they would bother because it takes a lot of effort and a lot of their money to essentially just test the market. Why would anyone go through a campaign that lasts a number of weeks, costs a few thousand dollars, and requires keeping your property fastidiously clean to then…

High-Value Property Marketing “The case for pre sale offers”

There are many different methods available for the marketing and sale of specialised high-value properties in addition to the traditional real estate listing arrangements of auction and tender type formats. There are of course advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach; and the best strategy for the marketing and sale of a specific property will vary based upon the ownership objectives and the particular property. One approach, which can be the optimal method in certain…

Chasing China: Chile drives Latin America’s electric vehicle revolution

A massive cargo ship docked in the Chilean port of San Antonio at the end of November. It carried it its belly the first 100 electric buses from China that Chileans hope will revolutionise their public transport system. Chile’s ambitious plan to face down its capital Santiago’s notorious smog problem includes the rollout of electric scooters, cars, and taxis, as well as trucks for use in the mining industry. Mineral-rich Chile – which is not only the world’s largest copper producer but also the…

10 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell even in a tough market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all of your boxes comes down to the relationships you have with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to buy – You will never get (1) High growth, (2)…

Patagonian Lamb: a worldwide reputation of quality

Sheep production represents an important role inside the Argentine agriculture system. By the end of XIX century, Argentina had 74 million sheep, but that number has decreased over recent years. The reason for this reduction has multiple factors, but the most important during the last few years is the increase of the guanaco production (similar to a lama) and the increase of wild dogs in Argentine’s Patagonian. But even though there are many adversities some people still bet on the rising of sheep. Juan…

Farms in Argentina continue to underpin the countries economic recovery with an expected USD 3 billion of sales before March 2019

This is the calculation for the remainder of the soybean and corn harvest, as well as the exports of the new seasons wheat. Despite some flooding, it shows the hope of a super harvest is now likely to be realised. The wheat harvest already over two million tonnes. Despite flooding from over 380 mm of rain in some regions from a storm last weekend, which will damage yields in some areas. It is a shared bet by the government and analysts estimate that the recovery of the overall economy will now be in the first…

Buenos Aires: Palacio Álzaga Unzué: The most luxurious wedding gift in Argentina’s history

On May 8th, 1916, there was a large party in Buenos Aires. Two offspring of the aristocracy, Félix Saturnino de Álzaga Unzué, 31, and Elena Peña Unzué, 24, were married with all pomp and ceremony in the Church of St. Augustine. As corresponding to a wedding of that rank, the couple received innumerable gifts. But nothing was like the gift of the groom that he gave to his new wife: a superb palace a few meters from the exclusive Avenue Alvear, in the neighborhood of Retiro, which to this day still surprises…

Hume Palace was built for a Scottish Railway Magnate in Alvear Avenue Buenos Aires

Alvear Avenue is emblematic of the elegance of Buenos Aires. The street contains an important collection of architecture from the 1900’s. In the first period, right up to the country’s first centennial, it was a street lined with Italianate villas or Victorian mansions with lush gardens. Then in the 10’s and 20’s, almost everything was replaced by private hotels of great size, inspired by the French architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as evidenced by the…

Brazilian Book Review: A Biography

For many non-Brazilians, the country is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown. In an extraordinary journey that spans five hundred years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling’s Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of…

Buenos Aires has become one of the most admired cities in the world

Buenos Aires has become one of the most admired cities in the world due to its ability to reinvent its streets and public transportation. In 2014, Buenos Aires won the Sustainable Transport Award for giving Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, a transport and pedestrian makeover. Four years later, how are these interventions for improving the quality of life in Buenos Aires? The implementation of transit on Avenida 9 de Julio translated into shorter trips for those who used public transport because…

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You can have a one-click connection to GTSA – News by simply downloading our icon on your phone.  We’ve created some simple videos to guide you through the process. Enjoy.  For iPhone users 1. Open Safari 2. Navigate to gtsanews.com 3. Tap the ‘Share’ button 4. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ button 5. Give it a name and tap ‘ADD’ 6. Enjoy your new ‘app’. For Android users 1. Open Chrome 2. Navigate to gtsanews.com 3. Tap the menu with three vertical…

Agro-Chile: Viticulture an evolution in time

Three years ago a Chilean Viticulturist Italo Schiappacasse started with a spare area using his many grape varieties to test out the open gable growing system. He has been attentive to the demands of the overseas markets and better still, he now has them at his fingertips. Difficult. This is how last seasons table grapes have been described; a situation that generated the need for change. Many have opted to incorporate new varieties which in some cases can fulfil the function of replacement and in others,…