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What now for South America and Venezuela as the pink tide recedes?

While nearly two decades of ideologically driven economic mismanagement has turned Venezuela from a relatively wealthy oil state into a Zimbabwe-like basket case, Chile has mainly stayed the course, politically and economically, just to the right or left of the sensible centre. Wild swings avoided Since the restoration of democracy in the late-1980s, this long, thin ribbon of a country has largely avoided the wild boom-and-bust pendulum swings that have characterised much of the continent’s stop-start…

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…

Argentina emerges as the third world largest soybean importer

According to the Statistics and Census National Institute (INDEC), during the calendar year, 2018 Argentina imported 6.44 million metric tons of soybean, versus 1.84 MMT in 2017. But considering the commercial year (April to March) this volume could be much higher, because the soybean crushing industry tends to accelerate its imports as it moves away from the harvest peak (April/May 2018). Despite being the third largest world soybean producer, these imports place Argentina as the third largest soybean importer,…

GTSA Social Media Real Estate Marketing – How well are we doing ?

Disruption to traditional Real Estate Marketing Over the past five years, the way real estate is presented to clients has changed dramatically right around the world. In the past, you could put an advertisement in the local newspaper and expect the phone to ring. Property sold. Now that we have a global market place and so much immigration and migration between previously unconnected countries and locations, we have a new challenge. How to reach the attention of busy, stressed people, looking for a…

Why is Argentina considered the Polo Capital of the world?

Well, there are over 3,000 registered polo players in Argentina, more than ten times more than US and UK for a start. There are many thousands of grooms who specifically care for horses. Polo, or “The Sport of Kings,” as it is often referred to is frequently thought of as something that extremely wealthy people do for fun. And it is. However, Argentina is more affordable than most countries and there it is played at a higher standard than anywhere else.  Argentina’s has the worlds best polo teams…

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…

Spotlight: Global Farmland Index 2018

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Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Our Global Farmland index recorded an average annualised growth of 13.3% since 2002 and 2% over the past five years. ■ Although pressure on commodity prices has slowed growth in values in recent years, the long term fundamentals of farmland ownership still apply with increased food production and competitive land use driving demand. ■ Our Opportunity v Risk Matrix tool considers these relative opportunities and risks of farmland…

USA soybean farmers count the cost of the trade war with China

Between September and December, soybean volumes shipped through Cargill’s river terminals in Louisiana are down 40 percent year on year. After US President Donald Trump imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing punched back with duties on US exports including most of its $20bn in agricultural commodity sales. Soybean exports, worth $12bn in 2017, were hit hardest. The oilseed’s conquest of farm fields in the past 20 years has largely been down to US farmers gambling on China’s demand for…

The Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butchers shops. It accounted for 20 percent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

La Candelaria Castle in Lobos, Buenos Aires

In 1840 Don Orestes Piñeiro (pharmacist) had bought his first farms in the area of Lobos, around 100km from Buenos Aires city. The castle itself was designed by the French architect Alberto Favre hired by Manuel Fraga, who was impressed by a similar one he saw in France, on the banks of the Loire river. He hired the best workman available at that time, bringing all the necessary materials from Europe. Construction started in 1894 (it took approximately 5 years) and has a size of 1200 m2.  The family then…

The 81 Key improvements the Argentine government have made since 2015

Three years to the day in which Mauricio Macri’s Pro-Party Administration has been in office one can list the following achievements The 81 ways in which “the government has improved the lives of the Argentines”. The text, disseminated through different press channels, begins by reflecting that “we all know that the economic situation is difficult, but do not forget all that was done in these three years to get closer to Argentina that we always wanted. “ The president invites…

Artificial Intelligence is replacing conventional Real Estate auctions

Artificial Intelligence auctions gain momentum as the first English commercial property is sold by gAbi, the clicktopurchase® AI auctioneer In October, the world of property auctioning witnessed a significant development, with the first property sale being concluded by an Artificial Intelligence auctioneer. The property in question was a house in Sweeney’s Terrace, Dublin, being sold by Allen & Jacobs. Offered at a guide of €250,000 (~£225,537), the property sold by way of a clicktopurchase® auction,…

How to get residency in ARGENTINA

  How to get residency in ARGENTINA It can be difficult for a foreigner to carry out the often complicated procedures of getting either full or temporary residency. This is a simple and easy to follow guide of how to go about it and finally be a resident in Argentina. Firstly there are some requirements to become a PERMANENT resident which you should tick off if thinking of applying for. Where to apply Argentinian immigration is overseen by the National Immigration Directorate, a branch of the Ministry…

New Zealand continues to reject the worlds trends for milk production

The New Zealand model of milk production, based on grazing grass in open fields, is very seasonal and goes against the global trend of grain feeding The New Zealand milk production model was developed on the basis of its competitive advantages that this region provides. Rains are concentrated in cold winters and where the soils have an abundant layer of organic matter to ensure available forage (natural pastures and improved pastures) during spring and summer. In recent years new areas with poor soils…

GTSA – Activity Update for November 2018

GTSA REGIONAL UPDATE Here is a short update on what’s happening in our region over the past few months. Argentina: Residential – Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires local residential market has slowed due to the Peso devaluation, poor financing options, and very high inflation. However, there has been a very high influx of tourists, some of which are turning into residential buyers due to the low prices. Farm Market: The farm market is still suffering from a lack of profitability in some sectors and as…