San Telmo Buenos Aires, Popular and Investor friendly

This popular suburb of Buenos Aries called San Telmo has prices sustained by tourism and its traditional appeal of Colonial buildings and laid back lifestyle. It is a traditional neighborhood and has a leading role in the real estate market favored by foreigners. Tourism as well as a rediscovery of and improved appreciation for the area’s Colonial architecture – is the basis for a growth in demand for property. Cobbled streets and Character Homes  from the end of the 19th Century and beginning of…

Chinese Property Buyers Unique Buying Preferences

In a past life working in New Zealand’s property market, I learnt a lot about Chinese Investor preferences when it comes to buying real estate. South America is yet to see the waves of Chinese immigration  that New Zealand has, but they will come as they feel more comfortable with it as a living and investing destination. They will tend to keep to the major cities where education and commerce is done. Chinese Property Buyers Unique Buying Preferences is something that can be learned but in the end if you…

Buenos Aires rents rising faster than inflation

Buenos Aires rents rising faster than inflation Nuñez, Recoleta see increases of almost 50% over past 12 months Rent prices in Buenos Aires City grew faster than any measure of inflation and wages last year, according to a new study commissioned by the City government. The report examined rent prices by neighbourhood in the City between August 2014 and August 2015, and highlighted sharp increases across Buenos Aires City over the year, including in more expensive areas such as Palermo and Recoleta where rent…

Why is Argentina a better place to hedge your bets compared to an increasingly unstable Europe?

Argentina is currently looking like a good place to lay your bets for global minded real estate investors with dollars burning holes in pockets, Why be wary of Europe? The ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate’ European 2015 report by PWC and the Urban land Institute, predicted that 2015 would be a busy and profitable year for real estate investors. But despite their optimism, they had clear concerns about fragile economic conditions, weak fundamentals, volatile geopolitical issues and increasing instability…

Wall Street Journal very negative re Argentina’s economy

Argentina’s economy is headed for another collapse no matter what the outcome of October’s complex presidential race, according to a Wall Street Journal editorial. WSJ’s Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes: “Argentina is headed for another collapse. The test for the next president will be how to juggle the economic adjustment while restoring institutional credibility and recovering a culture of tolerance.” The piece published Monday lays out the three candidates vying for PresidentChristina Kirchner’s…

Enforcing Contracts in South America ?

Enforcing Contracts in South America? The Enforcing Contracts topic assesses the efficiency of the judicial system by following the evolution of a commercial sale dispute over the quality of goods and tracking the time, cost and number of procedures involved from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until payment is received. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2014 showing the following rating given to South America Countries. This was done by a The World Bank Group   …

Reasons for success or failure in the real estate industry

Reasons for success or failure in the real estate industry Unless you are fully committed to real estate as a profession and have a solid business plan, you will have trouble finding success anywhere. Here I have outlined five situations that can bring down your career — and how to avoid them. Over the past twenty-five years, I have had the opportunity to train and work with some of the world’s greatest real estate professionals. This experience has allowed me to witness first-hand not only the success…

Argentine bonds buoyed by political hopes of Change

Argentine bonds buoyed by political hopes of Change It is sometimes said that the world has four types of economy: developed, developing, Japan’s and Argentina’s — because of a seeming South American economic exceptionalism becoming apparent again. China’s economy is slowing. Investors have dumped emerging-market assets. In Latin America, presidential approval ratings have collapsed amid the downturn. Yet Argentine bonds have returned 6 per cent since the start of August, while approval ratings for…

Mendoza, Argentina – One of the most exciting wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere

On the eastern side of the Andes, in the region of stunning foothills and high plains, is Argentina’s ‘Napa Valley’. The Uco Valley, in Mendoza, Argentina has rapidly become one of the most talked about and exciting wine regions in the southern hemisphere. Originally created as a stopping point in the crossing of the Andes on the commercial route from Río de la Plata to Chile’s Santiago, Mendoza has become the largest wine producing area in Latin America, claiming 70% of Argentina’s wines. The Uco…

Buenos Aires once again voted the top South American city to study in.

Buenos Aires has come out on top for the best South American city to study in. For those who are students, it is now the most recommended city, for the second year running. Paris comes out in top being the best place and in third place is London in front of Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Zurich according to the annual ranking set out by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd). In the top ten include Hong Kong, Boston, Montreal and Munich. Other South American cities did appear on the list such as the City of Mexico…

Signs of positive change in Argentina

image of Arquitectura Francesa en Buenos Aires
Signs of positive change in Argentina Here in Argentina we are living in a pre-election situation with both of the two likely Presidential candidates promising a more business approach to running the country than we have had in the past lost decade. With commodity prices now well down, inflation high ( 25% or more ) and foreign exchange controls making business very difficult they will have their challenges. However, despite what the official numbers say about the economy, it is very noticeable here in Buenos…

Retail eCommerce sales near USD $ 50 Billion in Latin America

Retail eCommerce sales in Latin America are growing at a rapid pace, according to eMarketer estimates. Based on the latest figures for total and digital retail around the world, eCommerce sales in the region will reach nearly USD$50 billion this year, an increase of 23.9%. Nearly USD $20 billion in sales will come from Brazil alone, where eCommerce also makes up a greater share of the total retail market than elsewhere in the region (a still tiny 2.8%). Mexico is in a distant second, with USD $5.70 billion…

Argentina’s middle class has doubled in ten years

Argentina is the Latin American country where the Argentina’s middle class has grown the most in ten years, doubling in size, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center in the United States. The study shows progress in the region has slowed down since 2010 as a result of the fall in economic growth and export prices. Some countries, however, managed to sail with the tide with Argentina’s middle class going from 15 percent of the total population in 2001 to 32.5 percent in 2011, accounting…

A financial crisis in China is affecting Residential Real Estate elsewhere

This is what is happening in my home country New Zealand. Will this buying interest now come to South America now that many of these countries are also heavily indebted to China. New Zealand real estate market is currently under pressure from Chinese buyers desperate to get money out of China. South America is not receiving any of this money as it is mostly going into residential properties  in stable economies which means they are looking for in the most English Speaking Countries with high education levels. …

Buenos Aires illegal markets boom as Argentina’s economy stagnates

While Buenos Aires sleeps, La Salada roars to life. By 3am, shoppers are chaotically barging their way through the narrow passageways of Latin America’s largest informal market, hauling sacks bulging with anything from fake branded clothing to pirate DVDs. “Look at this, just 135 pesos!” exclaims a satisfied Rodrigo Vega as he brandishes a pair of jeans, explaining that the price, about $15 at the overvalued official exchange rate, is at least a fifth of what they might cost in a more upmarket Argentine…
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