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Property syndicates are popular but investors need to understand how they work and what the risks are

Property Syndicates are an option for the diversified Investor Property syndicates are a great way for smaller investors to pool their funds to buy a larger farm or other properties that would otherwise be beyond their means. They have been around for a long time but have undergone a surge in popularity in recent years. That’s because some investors were put off investing in the share market or managed funds due to losses they suffered during the GFC. The cash and capital gain returns from farm property…

Explaining Chiles Land Title System

Explaining Chiles Land Title System A Real Estate Title search in Chile goes way beyond just tracking the ownership history of a property. Many more issues need to be checked in the numerous public records available in the Chilean legal system. Many other title issues come from common sense experience of the problems in particular regions. Beyond just knowing what documents to request and their significance for a title search in Chile, knowing the local problems and history is essential. For example, what are…

“Enormous potential” for new Agro funds in South America

Buy land, said Mark Twain; they ain’t making it anymore. He also observed that one of the secrets to success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. These two aphorisms go a long way to explaining the appeal of investment in agriculture.The world may not be making any more land. Still, it’s undoubtedly making more people, and increasingly millions of those extra mouths are, consuming what they like – which means protein-rich meat diets that the advanced economies…

Chilean Agro Businesses are very diverse

Chilean Agriculture Chile is a leading producer and exporter of some of the world’s finest fruits, berries, vegetables, fish, shellfish, poultry, meats, and, of course, its premium wines.  Chile is the world’s largest exporter of fresh grapes (29%), plums (23%), and fresh fish fillets (22%); second largest exporter of frozen pacific salmon (30%), avocados (16%), and other frozen fish (10%). Chile is the fifth largest exporter in the world of wine (5%) and frozen pork meat (5%). [Source: Chilean International…

Direct Farmland Investments in South America as an Inflation Hedge

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Farmland is seen as an attractive long-term investment that offers current income, capital appreciation, an inflation hedge and favourable diversification that is negatively correlated with traditional asset classes. Most investors have experienced wrenching declines in the value of their portfolios from time to time. Still, those with an agricultural allocation benefited from less volatility and positive returns to offset losses from the other asset classes. Current Income Crop farmland has consistently produced…

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…

New Zealand Dairy Co operative Fonterra sells its Chilean business Soprole for $1.055 billion

Fonterra will sell its Chilean business Soprole to Gloria Foods in a deal worth 591.07 Chilean Pesos or around $1.055 billion. Fonterra’s predecessor, the Dairy Board, bought a controlling stake in Soprole in 1986. In 2008, Fonterra took its holding in Soprole, one of Chile’s best-known brands, to a fraction under 100 per cent. It was sold to a Peruvian company called Gloria Foods It began a sales process in April as part of its strategy for 2030 to reduce its debts and. refocus on its home market. Fonterra…

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…

Chile’s breadbasket Angol moves to the country’s new fruit-growing region

According to the Chilean Office for Agricultural Politics and Studies (ODEPA), in the last 20 years, the planted area with fruit trees in Chile has increased at an average annual rate of 3.2% between 1999 and 2019, from 182,000 hectares to more than 340,000 hectares. All regions have registered an increase in their surface, highlighting increases in cherry (13.2%), walnuts (9.3%), hazelnuts (39.8%), olives (11.4%) and blueberries (23.8%). Thanks to these growths, among other crops, Chile has been an agro-exporting…

GTSA Group Profile for South America

Gateway to South America is one of Southern Cone’s most experienced specialised real estate marketing companies with representation in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. We offer a comprehensive selection of rural, lifestyle and residential properties throughout the region. Few real estate companies can match our breadth of experience and level of service in these areas of real estate. Fewer still offer the same levels of specialist knowledge and total commitment to achieving the best possible…

Foreign travellers flock back to Argentina and Chile

Argentina welcomed 410,000 foreign travellers in October, 76% more than in 2019, the last “normal” year before the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing restrictions, the Tourism Ministry reported Wednesday. October marked a “strong recovery” in terms of inbound tourism, with 410,000 foreign visitors from Uruguay. Between January 1 and October 31, 2022, 5.6 million non-resident visitors entered the country, of whom 3 million spent at least one night, which made Argentina a regional tourism leader for its…

Book Review: The Dialectics of Dependency by Ruy Mauro Marini

Considered one of the most important intellectuals in Latin American social thought, Ruy Mauro Marini demonstrated that underdevelopment and development are the results of relations between economies in the world market and the class relations they engender.  In The Dialectics of Dependency, the Brazilian sociologist and revolutionary showed that, as Latin America came to specialize in producing raw materials and foodstuffs while importing manufactured goods, a process of unequal exchange took shape…

Chile, the land of mines, leads the way in solar energy

In the middle of the Atacama Desert, 10,600 mirrors face skyward. Each one measures 140 square meters and weighs about three tons. They follow the sun’s trajectory, reflecting and directing the radiation towards the receiver and converting it into energy. The Concentrated Solar Power plant occupies 1,000 hectares and is located in northern Chile’s Cerro Dominador. This area has the world’s highest level of solar incidence and is the site of Latin America’s first solar thermal plant. Most of the…

Chilean blueberries will have a “Blueberry Express” charter shipping service from the port of Coronel to the port of Gloucester in the US

The new service will be available to the entire industry and will work from week 49 this season. To ensure a faster and more expeditious arrival to the United States market, the main destination for Chilean blueberries, especially after last season, there were major complications in these matters, the company Cool Carriers will implement a charter service for blueberries fresh to the north country. To learn more about this service, Simfruit spoke with the General Manager of Cool Carriers, Ricardo Barckhahn,…

How does Chile’s measure land values using different currency mechanisms ?

Chile measures land values using different currency mechanisms This post introduces a modern example of medium-unit divergence: the Chilean peso and Chile’s Unidad de Fomento or UF Like most modern currencies, the peso is issued by the nation’s central bank, the Banco Central de Chile. Local banks offer peso-denominated cheques and savings accounts. Chileans use these pesos as the nation’s medium of exchange. They pay their bills with pesos, settle rent, and buy food. The differences between…
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