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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…

The Impact of Blockchain Technology on the Surveying Industry, Cadastre and Land Registry Systems

THE IMPACT OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ON THE SURVEYING INDUSTRY, CADASTRE & LAND REGISTRY SYSTEMS … blockchain technology and land surveying – may seem unlikely partners at first. However, this new and exciting technology creates a cooperative and synergistic environment in which all information, data, and images from a surveying project can be gathered in a reliable, confident and immutable way. OUTLINE I. Introduction to Blockchain Technology II. Overview of the Surveying Industry III. Surveying…

Chile’s Colorful Agriculture of the South

For many years the Araucanía region of Southern Chile has been characterized as the breadbasket of Chile due to the cultivation of cereals and industrial crops typical of the area. Rape oilseed is a plant that, when in Bloom, dazzles by its yellow color. It is a crop that has been strengthened and whose demand is increasing, due to the recovery of the salmon industry and the incorporation of canola oil in the daily feeding of people. The current challenge of improving competitiveness leads to the incorporation…

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…

Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world ’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria being a good example The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors and this is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree-crops, most notably almonds which are considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are…

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…

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…

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,…

The evolution and the future of organic fruit in Chile

Without a doubt, Chile’s growth in organic fruit every day grows stronger: the increase in exports, the increase in the area planted, and the diversification of products. The journey to get to this point, however, has not been easy and much remains to be done. Olmué Fruit is dedicated to the cultivation and production of organics since the year 1994, when Max Hassler, founder and shareholder of this company began to freeze raspberries and blackberries grown organically in a plant in Curicó. Then a few…

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…

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)…

Osorno Chile – A Center for Agricultural and Pastoral Farming

Osorno Chile – The Center for Agricultural and Pastoral Farming Osorno Chile is most of the most popular regions for pastoral and cropping farming in Chile that Gateway to South America-Chile specialises in. It is an important agricultural center, with agriculture making up the bulk of the Osorno province’s economic activity. Wheat and oats grow abundantly, but the land is also well-suited to the breeding of Chilean horses and cattle. Some of Chile’s finest beef products originate in the Osorno…

The Chilean fruit season closes with a new record

Chile exported a total of 2,935 million kilos of fruit in the 2017/2018 fruit season, surpassing the last record of 2,840 million kilos achieved in the 2012/2013 season, reported Fedefruta based on a report released by IQonsulting. According to Gonzalo Salinas from IQonsulting, the 2017/2018 campaign presented particular variations, such as the historical exports of cherries, blueberries, nectarines, and plums. According to the executive of IQonsulting, even though exports were led by apples and table grapes…