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The impact of Covid-19 on real estate

From residential to retail, offices to logistics, the long-term impact of Covid-19 When we decided on the theme ‘tipping points’ for our 2020 Impacts programme at the end of 2019, various topics were discussed: climate change, demographics, technology and many more. What we didn’t know is that we were about to be faced with a pandemic. Covid-19 changed the way we work and live almost overnight and is likely to have a long-term impact on real estate. As countries come out of their strict lockdowns but…

Bringing up Children to be Bi or Multilingual is a must in todays interconnected world

Children raised bilingual or multilingual in the early days will mix languages. They make errors by using the syntax of one language and the words of another. (“Touch the guitar”, my old Spanish teacher’s daughter would say, instead of “Play the guitar”.) But these problems disappear quickly. By three or four, children reliably separate the languages, knowing which can be spoken with whom. Their fluency in each would be the envy of any adult language-learner. Many parents once believed that a second…

Covid-19: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In the depths of quarantine tedium, this writer unearthed two movies whose titles have an uncanny pertinence in these surreal times.  Readers well know that in the less than six months since the Covid-19 coronavirus infected its first unwitting human victim in Wuhan it has so far infected close to four million people and killed more than 272,000.  To break the chain of infection the citizens of many nations have been compulsorily quarantined (dubbed “lockdowns”) in time-heavy domestic limbos.…

Malaysian Tamil connection to the ski resort in Las Lenas, Argentina

  Las Lenas is located at an altitude of 2249 meters at the base and goes up to 3340 meters, above the tree line. The view from the top is spectacular. With this high altitude, it receives more snow in comparison to the other resorts such as Bariloche and Chappelco. While ninety percent of the skiers are Argentines, there are a lot of Brasilians too. They come in chartered flights from Sao Paulo direct to Malargue. The ski resort turns into a mountain resort in summer with adventure activities such as…

Covide 19 awakens a new customer base for Latin America’s e-commerce giants

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time. MercadoLibre Inc, the region’s largest e-commerce marketplace, said it registered 1.7 million new customers from February 24 to March 22, up 28 percent from the same period a year earlier. While lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus have been a boon…

Argentina imposes toughest travel ban in the Americas, sparking outcry

Argentina on Monday banned all commercial flight ticket sales until September, one of the toughest coronavirus travel bans in the world, prompting an industry outcry that the new measure will put too much strain on airlines and airports. While the country’s borders have been closed since March, the new decree goes further by banning until Sept. 1 the sale and purchase of commercial flights to, from or within Argentina. The decree, signed by the National Civil Aviation Administration, said it was “understood…

Complete Guide to Estancias of Argentina

image of Estancia Villa María
Guide to Estancias of Argentina Rarely does one get something for nothing but the complete guide to the Estancias of Argentina is right now. But author, Stephane Parrenin, is offering the new release of his e-book via  Gateway to South America literally for FREE. The e-book complete guide to Estancias of Argentina is called eStancias: It offers readers a list of estancias, per province, with a link to the property’s website and location on Google maps. These estancias provide various levels of hospitality…

COVID-19 AND ARGENTINA: THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS

Argentina has adopted a stringent lockdown policy of shelter-in-place, allowing residents to leave their homes only for food, medication, or to work in an essential industry. This effort to “hammer” the contagion and mortality curves of the virus contrast with the more lax policies of its neighbour, Brazil. Which of these approaches proves most prescient is yet to be seen. But, for now, Argentina has elected to place the cost of its ordered lockdown on the private sector. Let us take a quick look. Presidential…

Covid-19 offers an odd glimpse of a new future

Covid-19 is certainly not going to change the world forever, but it is going to change quite a few things, in some cases for a very long time. Here is some of them. 1. The clean air over China’s cities in the past month, thanks to an almost total shutdown of the big sources of pollution, has saved twenty times as many Chinese lives as Covid-19 has taken. (Air pollution kills about 1.1 million people in China every year.) People will remember this when the filthy air comes back and will want something done…

Coronavirus legal alert: Disruptions to Contracts and the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services industry

Interesting times from a legal perspective! With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continuing to unfold across the globe, the METS industry (Mining Equipment, Technology and Services ) has not been invulnerable to the effects of the pandemic, as global supply chains and other commercial agreements are subject to great pressure. Many of our clients in the METS industry have already approached us regarding some of the potential legal impacts of the pandemic, with one of the key concerns that industry players…

The world’s most beautiful bookstore

One of Buenos Aires Cultural Gems The Ateneo Bookstore is an architectural jewel in Buenos Aires, is considered the world’s most beautiful bookstore according to National Geographic. ​ “On a bustling commercial street in the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, you can visit a serene temple of books”, the world-renowned publication said of the city’s most famous bookstore. “Conversations are hushed, as if in a grand library, yet the space is so warm…

Kristine Tompkins – the environmentalist buying back the earth

The philanthropist talks about her battle to protect the wilds of Chile and Argentina Sometime in the southern hemisphere summer of 1990, Kristine McDivitt, then CEO of the Californian outdoor-apparel company Patagonia, took “a bunch of new executives” to Argentina to show them the terrain its clothing was designed to weather. It was a chance to “imbue them with the company’s ethos and spirit”. There, in the middle of nowhere, she ran into Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the rival outdoor-gear…

Five Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learned Growing Up On A Farm

“The ultimate goal of the farm is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”—Masanobu Fukuoka On July 31, 1951, I was born on a farm in a faraway place called New Zealand. Today I run a Real Estate business in the heart of South America called “Gateway to South America“. For many years, I ran away from my farm-life upbringing because I thought it had no place in this business, but over time, I’ve come to embrace some of my farm-boy ways to a competitive…

” Open veins of Latin America” A must read for anyone thinking of doing business or living in Latin America

This translated book begins with a foreword by left-wing writer Isabel Allende, and here is  just one quote from her  introduction of the book: “His work is a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling.” The translation by Cedric Belfrage merits special note. This book sings in English, and the translator has done justice to the original. A major recurring theme throughout the book is that of capital squandered by the few while the many actually producing…

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,…
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