Thinking of Selling Real Estate ? Here are the top 10 Real Estate Myths Debunked

Myth #1: The most successful real estate salespeople are born, not made. Fact: Incorrect. Yes, a good agent may have a tendency and inclination to be a savvier negotiator with better people skills, but these are things that can be learned and nurtured. Research shows that at a maximum, people are operating at 50% of capability, which means most human beings do not realise their potential*. Myth #2: Agents that write $1m in gross commission do a lot of cold calling. Fact: There is no evidence that 7 figure agents…

10 Mistakes many Real Estate investors make when starting off

Although this post is aimed at residential investors, it could apply to all real estate investor classes. Once the real estate market starts to recover, investing in property becomes an appealing option — either as a career or a great side job. Like any other endeavour, though, there’s a right and wrong way to go about it. Bankrate spoke with established, full-time real estate investors and professionals, such as bankers, to identify the traps into which real estate investors most often fall. 1. Planning…

How to set up a company in Brazil

How to set up a company in Brazil Setting up a business in any country is a challenge, especially considering each country’s laws and rules in setting up, opening, and maintaining a business in Brazil. It also presents just as much difficulty, but it becomes a lot easier with the correct information and tools. Having a corporation in Brazil can only come after much consideration and obeying the several types of obligations set out by the government. Depending on various factors and the objective of your business,…

CEO of GTSA gives six negotiating tips for foreign buyers

Geoffrey McRae, GTSA Real Estate Consultants CEO, outlines some basic negotiation skills that can help when approaching the sales process in a foreign country. Many foreign buyers are uncomfortable or inexperienced with the negotiation process in a country where they know little about the local customs.  While the vendor has their broker to negotiate for them, buyers are at their own mercy. ( the vendor’s broker will often also act as a buyer’s agent, which is the norm in most markets we cover,…

MercadoPago is the most extensive online payment network in Latin America

Thanks to the digital revolution, many people now participate in e-commerce via their mobile phones. Online payments are becoming increasingly important. MercadoPago, the largest Latin American online payment network, was launched in 2012. MercadoLibre, an e-commerce marketplace and online bidding site, found it. It allows users to send and receive online payments safely, efficiently and quickly. Apps allow companies to charge customers in different ways: via email, social networks or websites, mobile applications,…

Why South America should be considered a Preferred Investment Destination

GTSA principal Geoffrey McRae has lived and owned real estate in South America since 2003, so he has his own views of its opportunities and risks. He founded the real estate group under the Gateway to South America brand covering Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, so he has seen the benefits and challenges of operating in each country and market. In his opinion, business success in the region relies on the ability to understand the countries’ histories, their business customs and learn…

Is the the USD doomed as a world reserve currency?

The United States has benefited enormously from being the World’s Reserve Currency because much of the world still uses the dollar for international trade.  This is because foreign governments must hold USD in their foreign exchange reserves to settle international claims and intervene in foreign exchange markets. In addition, many emerging market countries like Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru use USD dollars for capital goods. ie housing, commercial property, imported cars, commodities…

South American Book of the Week: The Blue Line

  A South American Novel – The Blue Line Ingrid Betancourt Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War and infused with magical realism, The Blue Line is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal by one of the world’s most renowned writers and activists. Ingrid Betancourt, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Even Silence Has an End, draws on history and personal experience in this deeply felt portrait of a woman coming of age as her country falls deeper and deeper into chaos.…

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about GTSA

Who are we, and why do we have such a strong web presence with those looking to invest in South American Real Estate? The general characteristics that set Gateway to South America apart from other real estate agencies in the region could be summarised by the following:               Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil,…

Is the US dollars Dominance ending in Trade?

Despite recent doubts about the dominance of the US dollar as a global reserve currency, its position remains strong due to its immense starting advantage, network effects, and the supply of safe assets available to dollar investors. While individual countries can circumvent the dominant system, a shift to a multipolar system of currencies is not imminent and would be inherently less stable. The reason why not: Counter arguments: Conclusion: China’s controlled flows of capital and current-account surpluses…

Latin America’s economic slump got you down? Get the lowdown on what may happen in 2023! Find out how these could affect your business or investments in the next year.

The global economic slowdown will dampen Latam’s growth prospects, but a reconfiguration of the global economy following the war in Ukraine may give rise to unexpected opportunities for the region. Five Facts About Latin America Economic Outlook Economic challenges faced by the world Nowadays, many countries are struggling with economic difficulties, Latin America included. The Latin American economic outlook for March 2023 shows growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments use policy regularization,…

Some of Brazil’s best beach destinations

Dreaming of a beach vacation? Brazil has it all! You’ll find your own paradise in South America’s biggest country, from resorts to remote beaches. It’s spectacular with its diverse range of beaches and landscapes – an unforgettable experience awaits! Five Facts About Brazil’s Best Beach Destinations: Brazils coastal attractions Brazil is renowned for its gorgeous coastal hotspots. This article covers some of the greatest beach getaways – Rio de Janeiro’s popular coastlines…

What the future for Mercosur looks like?

Mercosur is a group of countries that includes about 300 million people and covers almost 15 million square kilometres. They’ve got some awesome things going for them, like tons of biodiversity, rich farmlands, and lots of energy resources. The group started in 1991 when Brazil and Argentina decided to put their differences aside and work together. They made a treaty called the Treaty of Asunción, which said that they wanted to be able to move goods, services, and production factors between countries.…

Powering the Future: What changes can we expect in real estate marketing now that AI has gone mainstream

A deeper dive at the potential applications of artificial intelligence in real estate and how brokers and agents can leverage AI to enhance their business. As a result of the proptech revolution, artificial intelligence in real estate is proving to be a significant disruptor. With advancements in machine learning and the rapid evolution of AI, the real estate sector is learning how to handle the massive amounts of data that buildings produce and monitor specific KPIs to simplify operations and extract meaningful…

Airline News: Latam expects 20% plus growth in 2023

South America’s Latam Group operated at 83.2% of 2019 capacity levels in the fourth quarter of 2022 on its 144 destinations in 22 countries. It said this was “in line” with its roster of destinations in 2019 and expected annual growth in passenger traffic of more than 20% year-on-year in 2023. This would come from 38 routes that it did not operate in 2019. This included the new joint venture with Delta Airlines that would enable passengers of both airlines to access more than 300 destinations in North…
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