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Smart Apartments Are No Longer A Luxury

This article series spotlights key business trends identified by the expert members of Forbes Councils. The Covid-19 crisis has significantly disrupted the real estate industry, especially when it comes to multi-unit apartment buildings. With approximately 100’s of millions of jobs lost, many renters are struggling to make ends meet, and affordable housing – which was already in short supply – is now even more vital. Furthermore, preventing viral spread through social distancing has…

Wind power in Brazil represents 9% of the energy matrix

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Wind power in Brazil reaches 15.1 GW Wind energy has burst in Brazil in recent years and has climbed to eighth place in the world ranking, with installed wind farm capacity that has multiplied fifteen times in the last decade. Brazil from having 1 GW of installed capacity with wind turbines, in 2010, to 15.1 GW this year, distributed in 600 wind farms in 12 states of Brazil, according to the latest data from the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica). Wind energy has gained ground and currently represents…

Using soft porn to sell Residential Real Estate?

Australian Real Estate practises have always raised a few eyebrows over the years but is this taking it to a new level. The company that commissioned this video has an appropriate name “LJ Hooker”. The thing is that often these non-traditional ideas work which is why brokers sometimes use them. This video went viral and has paid off big time for the owners, who have secured A$1.72 million (NZ$1.83m) prior to an approaching auction. The home sold to a 23-year-old first home buyer (that probably tells…

Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina get best marks in Latin America for the pandemic response – poll

Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina are the Latin American countries that earned the best grades for their response to the coronavirus, according to a poll conducted in the region and released on Friday, while Brazil was tagged as the worst performer.  The survey by the consulting firm Trespuntozero, to which Reuters had exclusive access, shows that in eight of the 10 countries in which the study was conducted, the respondents considered Uruguay one of the best controllers of the pandemic.  According to the…

PERCEPTIONS ON DOING BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA: CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FOR FUTURE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES

In June 2020, the Biz Latin Hub team launched a survey asking for information about individuals’ perceptions about doing business in Latin America. We received a range of responses from 75 business owners, executives, government officials and other specialists operating in over 40 countries worldwide. 57.3% of respondents are considering expanding into the region in the future, with many expressing cautious optimism at economies’ abilities to bounce back after the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out what…

Beware, working from home has productivity pitfalls for companies

The three great enemies of working from home. A recent survey of mid-sized companies estimate that the productivity of customer-facing people had reduced by up to 25% as some do not have the technology to enable them to work remotely … some have sub-optimal home setups, and some have reduced availability due to childcare needs.  Family togetherness not ideal During the lockdowns, entire families were forced to stay home together much of the time. This not an ideal way to maintain productivity. On that…

The latest Real Estate Options for South America

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We offer South American real estate investment opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Click on the Red Links above for our latest options. We know buying South American Real Estate has specific rules for foreign citizens, rules we are familiar with and have worked with extensively. This is why we have created a programme to guide international buyers through the whole process of purchasing real estate in South America, from finding properties for sale to helping clients comply…

The Future is here Now

Our children and grandchildren should read this and understand what will change as the future is here now. They must  keep their eyes open for opportunities and maybe leave law school before it is too late!! From Udo Gollub after the Singularity University Summit: This makes one think of the coming possibilities… In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen…

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…

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…

As virus cases surge, Brazil starts to worry its neighbours

Brazil’s virtually uncontrolled surge of COVID-19 cases is spawning fear that construction workers, truck drivers and tourists from Latin America’s biggest nation will spread the disease to neighboring countries that are doing a better job of controlling the coronavirus. Brazil, a continent-sized country that shares borders with nearly every other nation in South America, has reported more than 70,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths, according to government figures and a tally by Johns Hopkins University…

Brazil’s economy could recover in the fourth quarter, says, central bank president

Brazil’s central bank president Roberto Campos Neto said on Saturday that Latin America’s largest economy will begin to recover from the coronavirus crisis in the fourth quarter, according to an interview in local media. Brazil has more coronavirus cases than any other country in Latin America. On Saturday, the health ministry said the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,917 to 36,599. Deaths rose by 206 to 2,347, the ministry said. “I think the last quarter will show improvement,” he said in the interview…

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…
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