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

I have gathered some questions from my experience selling high-end real estate as a salesperson to managing GTSA operations in South America over the past 30 yrs. I think anyone thinking of selling their real estate investments should consider asking these questions when interviewing a potential salesperson or company to use. Before interviewing them, do some homework. The most important is to check their Web Presence in English and Spanish. If they have little or no presence, they should not be on your list…

Biggest South American Corporate Farm Groups

With agricultural commodity prices at multi-year highs, buying farmland is seen as a more direct way to cash in on valuable crops and to take advantage of the long-term appreciation of farm property. As a result, investors from around the world are pouring a lot of funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record-high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies. South America is today worldwide considered a top place to buy, lease and manage agricultural…

South American Lithium Update

Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia make up the lithium triangle which is thought to contain roughly half the world’s known lithium. According to the US Geological Survey, Argentina has an estimated 19.3Mt of the world’s 89Mt lithium resources. Bolivia (21Mt), Chile (9.8Mt), and Australia (7.3Mt) round out the top four countries in terms of estimated resources. In terms of actual output, Bolivian production has been non-existent. Chile was a top global producer until Australia surpassed it a few years ago. The…

How to choose the right salesperson and sales method in a difficult real estate market

According to Geoffrey McRae, CEO of Gateway to South America, it’s really worth your time and effort to make sure you find the right agent for you.  Choosing the best agent to sell your property is the second most important decision in real estate (after choosing the right property to buy). But from my experience, many people are too casual in approaching this crucial decision. They interview a couple of agents and choose the one who gives them the highest valuation or has the lowest commission…

Government controlled Air New Zealand’s has formally abandoned the South American Polar Route pioneered by Argentina’s Aerolineas Argentinas in 2012

Government-owned Air New Zealand is clear on where it wants to fly – and where it doesn’t – as it rebuilds its broken international network. It does not want to fly to South America anymore. Auckland Airport shareholders which are programmed to spend billions making Auckland Airport the hub between Asia and South America will be disappointed to hear this I am sure. It looks like Australias Sydney Airport will take up this role as New Zealand has become a shunned destination for business and…

Just how radical will the new President Gabriel Boric, Chile’s new president, turn out to be?

Many potential investors both local and foreign have been concerned then shocked at the unfolding swing left of Chilean politics with the results of the recent presidential elections. In many ways, it is mirroring US politics which also divided between the almost communist left of the Democratic Party to the anarchist side of the Republican Party.   In light of this, we have been searching for feedback from middle-class Chileans of whom my opinion I trust to where Chile might be headed politically and more…

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…

Buying real estate in Argentina which is in another crisis

The pandemic has further deepened Argentina’s already serious economic woes. A bad situation has become even worse. But is it a good country to invest in? It is likely the current government will lead Argentina into a serious default just as the same administration has done in the past. Printing pesos to pay off USD debt just causes inflation. Argentina today is not-so-quietly heading towards the famous fiscal cliff and a very hard landing. ‘Argentina looks absolutely miserable’. However, if you want…

We are searching for a creative and experienced Real Estate Journalists focused on South America

Qualifications: We are looking for a bilingual (Spanish/ English) freelance journalist preferably from South America who can write positive articles on a diverse range of subjects connected to investment in targeted real estate projects or subjects related to real estate investment in South America for our real estate news site, gtsanews.com. We will give you the subject and the project or subject we want to highlight. ie we might be selling a horticultural farm in Chile. We might need an article written…

Argentine Beef providing healthy food for the World

Argentina is a very large world class producer, consumer and exporter of bovine meat. Each year, Argentina produces 2.5 million tonnes plus of meat. The calculated consumption of meat in Argentina is 65.4 kg per person which is high compared to other countries. For example United States is 42 kgs and the EEC is only 18kgs. Even at 65.4 kgs this is a sharp decline from the 1950’s when it was over 91.9 kgs per person. The main strength of the Argentine beef industry has always been the quality of the…

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

So you want to be a landowner 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 estimates 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…

This Armless Sculpture Is One of the Louvre’s Most Treasured Masterpieces

It’s no secret that the Louvre has one of the world’s most stunning collections of art. In addition to the Mona Lisa and an entire Michelangelo Gallery, the major museum also excels in antiquities, with gems that include a Great Sphinx, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Buenos Aires has a perfect replica for all to see One of the most iconic buildings in Buenos Aires is the Estrugamou Palace Apartments. Within its, internal…

In Argentina, Investor Patience is a Virtue plus having USD dollars at the ready

    Virtue plus USD dollars In spite of the global recoil from Argentina’s unorthodox management of its economy ( some would irresponsible lunacy), there are strong investment opportunities for the astute and patient. The past few years have seen Brazil, Peru and Colombia as favourite locations for new investment capital. Most of this money has been following the herd running a least two or three years behind the smart money that took on the country risks and invested early. Now it is more…

Updated Uruguay Farmland Report March 2021

Transactions in the period January – March 2021. In the first three months of the year, there have been 27 transactions of productive farmland in Uruguay. In January some large forestry properties changed ownership. These timberland operations are situated in eastern Uruguay and refer to eucalyptus for the pulp industry.  The price of timberland depends on availability of wood, but in general, one can say that price fluctuates between 3.000 and 4.500 USD per hectare. In March, we saw large tracts of cropland…

URUGUAYAN AGRICULTURAL LAND MARKET REPORT 2021

Published in Jan 2021 this is an independent land price report for agricultural land in Uruguay. Published by Gorlero Farm Administrators in Uruguay which was founded in 1934 by Guillermo Gorlero the company still maintains the same original core value and characteristics that have led to its excellent market position. They mainly engage in providing rural estate management services. They are experienced in almost every region of the country: from Sierras in Minas to the basaltic soils in the northern region,…
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