Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for…

Argentine Beef providing healthy food for the World

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

11 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 challenging market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all your boxes comes down to your relationships 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. Ask to be on their mailing list if you are not already. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to…

Current Forestry Options in Uruguay for the Astute Investor

Foreign investment in Uruguay’s forestry industry is growing, with excellent chances for small-scale and large-scale forestry projects. If you’re considering planting your forest or investing in an existing operation, Uruguay’s forestry sector is worth investigating. Plantation Forestry in Uruguay Investors looking to put money into forestry? Uruguay’s a great choice! Plantation forestry has been going strong for ages. Here’s the rundown of what it offers – pros and cons.…

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral (Chile)

The early Scots pioneers in Argentina and the Patagonia Austral As part of the massive exodus of European peoples, significant Scots emigrated overseas the hundred years before the First World War. Most settled in the United States of America or 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 before Argentina became an independent confederation…

Lifestyle House Hunting in Argentina could get you a bargain, but wait six months and you will miss out

The housing market has sharply declined along with the Argentine peso in many of the prime lifestyle locations in Argentina over the past few years, but now there is a new paradigm.  Javier Milei, Argentina’s new liberal president, is changing the rules, and we expect Argentina to boom after a serious adjustment. A good example is what is happening in Mendoza. Luján de Cuyo is a small town in the western province, a wine-producing region celebrated for its abundant Malbec grapes. It sits at the eastern…

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 influence 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…

CEO of GTSA gives six negotiating tips for foreign buyers

Geoffrey McRae, GTSA Real Estate Consultants CEO, outlines some basic negotiation skills that can help when approaching the sales process in a foreign country. Many foreign buyers are uncomfortable or inexperienced with the negotiation process in a country where they know little about the local customs.  While the vendor has their broker to negotiate for them, buyers are at their own mercy. ( the vendor’s broker will often also act as a buyer’s agent, which is the norm in most markets we cover,…

Why South America should be considered a Preferred Investment Destination

GTSA principal Geoffrey McRae has lived and owned real estate in South America since 2003, so he has his own views of its opportunities and risks. He founded the real estate group under the Gateway to South America brand covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, so he has seen the benefits and challenges of operating in each country and market. In his opinion, business success in the region relies on the ability to understand the countries’ histories, their business customs and learn…

South America – ‘Biggest ever’ freehold land block up for sale

An area of Argentina bigger than the US state of Rhode Island, or the UK county of Kent, has been put up for sale in what is billed as the potentially the largest freehold block of land ever to hit the open market. An unnamed “Group”, which has owned the Estancia Punta del Agua in north-west Argentina since the 1980s, has put the 989,000-acre (375,640 ha more or less) site up for sale in what is billed as offering the potential for “added value way beyond the cost of the scheme”. Whilst…

The Best Real Estate Marketing Tips For Selling a Property in 2023

If you are like most people, selling your property is probably one of the most significant financial transactions you will make in your life, so here are some tips for selling a property in 2023 quickly, particularly if it is located in the South American region. There will be other properties in competition with you, so you must pull out all the stops to get your property in front of the most qualified buyers locally and internationally. The following marketing ideas may be helpful to you, helping you reach…

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, an excellent 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 and has a clone in Buenos Aires

It’s no secret that the Louvre has one of the world’s most stunning art collections. In addition to the Mona Lisa and an entire Michelangelo Gallery, the major museum also excels in antiquities, with gems that include the 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…

The Chilian experience on how the Far Left is paving the way for the Far Right to rule

Chileans have been on a wild ride in the past year, going from a far-left constitutional convention rejected by two-thirds of voters to a new Constitutional Council with a far-right party in the driver’s seat. But what is going on? Have Chile’s famous cabernets and carménères gone to voters’ heads? The answer lies in the global and regional trends of right-wing populism, from Donald Trump in the US to Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele declared war on drugs and gangs,…

Scottish pioneers in Argentina are an important part of its history

Great numbers of Scots immigrated to overseas in the hundred years before the first world war. Most settled in the United States of America or Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Britain’s vast empire. A significant minority, however, immigrated to South American states, Argentina being a popular choice. The first Scots settled there in the years before Argentina became an independent confederation in 1816; they were the forerunners in the broader immigration that would eventually contribute…
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