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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 record have been registered. Carbon Dioxide levels are at their highest point in 650,000 years, at a quite astonishing 409 parts per million. The global sea level is growing…

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 two decades — Cancer Council is concerned. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide on the planet and is popular among domestic gardeners and farmers in Australia. It was patented by agrochemical…

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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…

New Property Listings and Sales Soar Across Brazil

In the second quarter of 2018, listings of new properties jumped 120 percent from the first quarter and twenty percent from 2017’s second quarter. Despite the country’s lingering economic recession and unstable political climate, Brazil’s real estate market received some positive news this week showing that in the second quarter of 2018 new property listings and sales across the country have risen sharply, according to the Brazilian Chamber of Construction (CBIC). Between April and July 2018, new…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were real assets such, as agricultural land, the financial damage was a lower. On the other hand, the dilemma of world food supply continues. By 2050 the population will…

The important role that Brazil has in global agriculture

A report entitled The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018, recently published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), places Brazil as the world’s third biggest exporter of agricultural goods. In the document, FAO warns about the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security on the planet up to 2050. The information was given by UN News. In the document, released Monday (Sep. 17), FAO reveals that the value of global trade in agriculture more than tripled in…

Will real estate agents be replaced by robots?

It’s no longer a question of whether but rather when the real estate industry will be disrupted. Our way of selling and buying houses remains a pain point. California-based investment advisor Ross Gerber summed up what lots of us think when he said, “The real estate industry desperately needs … a transparent, predictable and liquid market that not only captures supply and demand dynamics but allows for expeditious, low-cost and hassle-free transactions. Such a market would increase activity,…

Why are People Choosing to Live and Invest in Latin America?

It is no doubt that the economic balance of the world has moved over the last few years after the U.S.-led credit crunch, which resulted in a worldwide recession. As a consequence, Latin America, led by Brazil and Mexico, is now amongst the strongest economy in the world and their presence on the worldwide stage is growing. There are very close similarities between the ongoing developments within Latin America and the development of Europe in years gone by as one of the leading powerhouses. To set the records…

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. Call this cube pile A. Let’s now create a pile B costing an equal amount. For that, we could buy all U.S. cropland (400 million acres with output of about $200 billion annually),…

Don’t Sell, Seduce when advertising!

Emotional ads are processed quite differently by the brain than those that appeal to logic, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics shows that. That might seem like old news to Neuromarketing readers, but the experimental approach was somewhat different than past efforts in this area. Researchers at UCLA had subjects view different ads, some that used logical persuasion to sell, and others that used what they called “non-rational influence” ads. The…

What Tom is drinking now!! Yerba Mate

Tom a good friend of GTSA from Panama recently visited South America, and started drinking Mate whilst in Argentina which now it has become a regular afternoon delight! Here is his story. There are some Argentine customs we wish we could incorporate into our daily routine—midnight steak dinners followed by five hours of dancing? If only. But yerba mate, the national drink of Argentina, is something we can definitely get on board with. Not quite coffee and not quite tea, yerba mate is trending in a major…

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 on any database, there are relatively few transactions that close within a two year time frame, and there is no defined market area. Due to the uniqueness of ranches,…

☀ 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 tracts of land over the last few decades in these regions, due to the previous low valuations and absence of restrictions in the following regions: –…

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 a recruitment perspective, the biggest mistake would be choosing a less than ‘best in market’ agency to commence your career with. “You learn so much in your…

Australian Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Growing Commercial Opportunities

Latin America has not traditionally been Australians commercial jurisdiction of choice, with regions such as Asia and Europe taking precedence. However, times are changing, and it seems that there has been a shift in commercial interest towards the large, diverse and often unexploited markets of Latin America.  The growth in commercial ties between the region is evident with the growth of groups/associations such as The Australian Latin American Business Council, The Australia Trade Commision in Latin America…