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Argentina’s New President is changing the way foreigners can buy farmland

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Argentina  continues to implement more business friendly policies Yesterday, by decree, the Argentine Government amended the law for Rural Land ownership therefore softening the restrictions on the sale of land to foreigners which the Kirchner administration imposed in December 2011. “This decree seeks to unlock investments…

“Argentinean soybean breeders are world class”

Julio Ferrarotti is a pioneer in the breeding of soy in Argentina. His father registered the first national cultivar of soybeans in ’60. In 1994 he founded a new seed company, named Relmó, together with four partners, including his father and brother. After the sale of the company to an investment fund around 2008, he continued his work as a breeder…

Argentina is having a cotton export boom

After reaching a floor of 235,000 hectares planted in the 2016/17 season, cotton acreage expanded to 324,000 hectares in the last season, and, according to the Production minister of Chaco Province,  Marcelo Repetto, a 20% increment is expected for this year. The new macroeconomic scheme is improving the perspective for the cotton chain in Argentina. The…

HOW VULNERABLE IS THE $100+BN PROPERTY PORTAL INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE?

This is an article written for a New Zealand audience but the challenges and disruption that is causing some in their real estate industry to pause is also very applicable to the South American market which is very fragmented with a low level of transparency.  It was written by Alister Helm a licenced real estate salesperson and journalist. …

Combining Innovation With Sustainability In Latin America

Global Warming. Arguably the buzzword of the century. Preached by some, denied by others, it is the issue that is possibly going to define the legacy of our generation. A brief glance at some statistics tells enough of the story to hammer home what experts have been warning us about for decades. Since 2001, 17 of the 18 warmest years on…

Australia puts Roundup – Glyphosate under the spotlight – Maybe South America should too

Australia’s top-tier cancer body has called for an independent review of the world’s most well-known herbicide which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An active ingredient in the popular weed-killing product Roundup called glyphosate — a chemical that has not been reviewed in more than…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian Agro satellite takes off successfully

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery…

Templeton Funds: “Argentina suffered a speculative attack but is now recovering”

The head of the largest investment fund in Argentina attributed the dollar crisis to misinformation in the financial markets. One of the biggest investors in Argentina said that the financial crisis is ending, and he blamed the chaos that hit the market this summer a “massive speculative attack” and the exaggerated…

Argentina’s huge wheat harvest should boost its struggling currency

Argentina’s plummeting currency ( AR Peso ) is set for buffering from bumper wheat crops as it becomes one of the few countries to emerge from a 2018 harvest with a sizeable yield. Several top producers from around the world, including Australia, the US, and much of Europe, have struggled to deliver high yields in the face of a…

Warren Buffett prefers Farm Land to buying Gold. You should too.

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  Today the world’s gold stock is about 171,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,198 USD per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion.…

Gustavo Grobocopatel: “Argentina is a fabulous place to invest in farming”

Gustavo Grobocopatel used to be known as “Argentinean King of the Soybean”. The business of this farmer born at Carlos Casares, a little town in the heart of the Las Pampas, had a fast and incredible growing period during the middle of the ’90s and during the first decade of the 21st century. “Los Grobo”, the name…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published…

Argentina’s return to U.S. lemon market deemed a success

Florida-based Seald Sweet has hailed a successful return of the Argentine lemon industry to the U.S. market and says the season has been a huge learning curve. CEO Mayda Sotomayor also described the lack of any pest detections at U.S. ports as a “win” and expected volumes to see a rise next year – a view shared by the Argentine Citrus…

☀ South America Land Prices Review

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South America Land Prices Reviewed In the Central American and Andean countries, fertile farmland has never been very abundant, and some of those countries also have restrictions in place regarding larger land holdings by foreigners. Ie Argentina *, Brazil * and Uruguay. * Current policies under review for removal or change. Foreigners have bought large…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

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With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications…