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Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America

Selling Exclusive or Unique Real Estate is a challenge in any market but none more so than in South America Advice for the new broker looking to get into the Luxury  Property Market Ok you’ve just taken your first million-dollar-plus listing. After celebrating your victory over the area’s top luxury agent, reality will no doubt begin to set in. If you don’t know the first thing about marketing high-end properties, you may wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. You should be very worried if you…

Argentina looks to renovate the Railroads to Prolong Soybean Boom

Argentina’s nationalization of two railroads in the past month paves the way for the renovation of a network from the foothills of the Andes to the coast, cutting transport costs in the world’s third-largest soybean producer. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration on May 22 took over the Belgrano Cargas railroad, which connects the northern provinces to Parana River grain loaders operated by Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd. (BG), among others. Two weeks later, she expropriated Brazil’s…

Thinking of buying a vineyard in South America. Read this first

  The one consolation of investing in a vineyard and losing your money is at least you can drink the wine – or so the old adage goes. But with meager returns from savings, and stock market investors chastened by the crash of 2007-2009, more people are looking for creative investments. According to property the firm Knight Frank, interest in International vineyards has gathered pace over the past five years despite the price of International vineyards falling in 2010 and 2011. Bordeaux and Dordogne…

Genetically Modified Crops Health Risks ?: What The Scientific Evidence Says

Many Americans and others are concerned about the spread of genetically modified organisms throughout agriculture — and the perception that some members of the U.S. Congress are in the pocket of the Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) certainly isn’t helping. But just what are GM crops, and what evidence do we have to suggest that they are dangerous to human health? Monsanto wasn’t always in the GM corn and alfalfa business. The company’s first product, introduced in 1901, was the artificial sweetener saccharine.…

Buenos Aires Lures Foreign Buyers With Tumbling Prices

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            Roderick Chapman, a 50-year-old marketing specialist from Vancouver, British Columbia, was in Buenos Aires last month, looking at one-bedrooms in the city’s posh Recoleta district. “I’m absolutely amazed by the number of choices,” said Mr. Chapman whose budget for a vacation property is 130,000 U.S. dollars—the currency in which most Buenos Aires real estate typically is traded. “It is overwhelming, really.” With prices for luxury…

Who is to blame for the high inflation in Argentina

Most of the opinion polls tell us that after  government corruption  high inflation is the public’s Number One worry shortly followed by insecurity. We shouldn’t need the pollsters to tell us that. We can listen to the complaints in the lines at the supermarkets, read the headlines in newspapers, or hear the pronouncements of business leaders and political candidates. Inflation is a terrible cancer that must be brought under control, we are constantly warned, or we face a bleak future and perhaps…

South American Siesta’s – An intelligent way of living

  South American Siesta’s – An intelligent way of living  Siesta Facts  – More energy – Improve productivity by over 30% – Improve alertness by up to 100% – Reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34% – Better negotiation and communication – Reduce risk of accidents at work and on the road – Happiness and wellbeing The Siesta has existed for thousands of years and was previously regarded as a physical necessity rather than a luxury. While the…

Direct Farming investments in South America prove very popular

Gateway to South America offers the opportunity to invest directly into grain Direct farming through an innovative agriculture investment fund that offers very attractive returns and allows investing without being a specialist. This is a unique possibility for investors to enter into profitable large scale business, largely dollarized and with annual liquidity The fund is focused in producing soft commodities (soybeans, corn, wheat, sunflower, barley)  on leased farmland in South America, particularly Uruguay,…

The Facts on the importance of using social media when marketing Real Estate

Two years ago GTSA could see the unstoppable trend towards Digital Media Marketing replacing the print media so we rebuilt all our marketing platforms to help our clients take advantage of this. This is more cost efficient for the vendors with targeted marketing reaching people and groups more efficiently. Facebook 1      Facebook has 1.11 billion active users worldwide. (Source: Facebook) 2      The best time to post on Facebook to earn shares is 1pm. (Source: Dan Zarrella) 3      The best…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and Maximize the Value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization of real estate GTSA saw an opportunity…

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

This translated book begins with a forewords 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…

South America improves its record of human development with some surprising results

South America improves its record of human development with some surprising results IF YOU look at countries’ social and economic progress since 1990, you will find that, in most cases, it is in line with their historic performance—with some important exceptions. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), over 40 countries have done much better than their recent history alone would have suggested. This large group, says the UNDP, really represents “the rise of the South”, not the…

What you need to know when selling your property in Argentina

This will be the first of a series of articles about selling in different South American Countries What does COTI means? The COTI is the ” Real Estate Transfer Code” (“Código de Oferta de Transferencia de Inmuebles”) necessary to sell a property that exceeds $ 300,000 AR in value. Do I have to obtain the COTI to sell my property? Yes, if you are an owner and planning to selling your property that exceeds the value of $300.000, then you will have to obtain the COTI Who must request for the COTI?…

Sheep rearing is an opportunity that Argentina no longer takes advantage of

La Nacion ( translated ) Buenos Aires has areas with excellent conditions that allow high levels of production, but this does not happen, Why ? In the late nineteenth century the country was in what later became known as the “golden age” of Argentina sheep production. At that time, the province of Buenos Aires had a stock of 52 million sheep heads, a figure that exceeded seven times the stock of cattle at the time. Until 1930 the activity had its heyday, with excellent European demand for wool and…

The Land Report – Campos – Ranches and Legacy Property Owners Around the World

        Hall and Hall – Eric O’Keefe of The Land Report report talk about Ranch Land in the USA. Much of what he says also applies to other worldwide Legacy properties like Estancia Punta del Agua in Argentina. Who are the Largest Private Land Owners in the United States of America Most of America’s biggest spreads are in the West. Here are the storied dynastic ranches owned by heirs of the Kings, Waggoners, and Burnetts. This is also where corporate chiefs like Ted Turner…