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HOW VULNERABLE IS THE $100+BN PROPERTY PORTAL INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE?

This is an article written for a New Zealand audience but the challenges and disruption that is causing some in their real estate industry to pause is also very applicable to the South American market which is very fragmented with a low level of transparency.  It was written by Alister Helm a licenced real estate salesperson and journalist.  “It was 5 years; almost to the month that Trade Me made its ill-fated blunder. A very costly blunder, a blunder that continues to hold strong memories within…

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,…

The Overwhelming Case for Chile’s Private Social Security System

The United States and other western nations became rich during the 1800s thanks to a combination of rule of law and very small government. Sadly, very few nations – most notably East Asian tiger economies – have become rich in the modern era. Yes, some other countries have grown, but they are not on a path to converge with rich nations. Chile, however, may be an exception to that unfortunate pattern. It has enjoyed amazing levels of growth since a shift…

Powers of Attorney in Chile

A power of attorney can be executed for just about anything in Chile. Powers of attorney should be limited in scope to particular tasks or goals, and they MUST be drafted by a qualified attorney. A poorly drafted power of attorney, after getting all the proper authorizations outside the country, can ultimately be rejected or accepted by each notary, government office, or private party in Chile, if not drafted correctly. The amount of effort and expense you need to validate a power of attorney inside of Chile,…

Chile Temporary vs. Permanent Residency

“Temporary residency” (residencia temporaria) refers to the time you must be physically in Chile within a one year period, before qualifying for permanent residency (Permanencia Definitiva). For most visa types, this time is 180 days, within a one year period. These do not need to be consecutive days physically present in the country but must total more than 180 days. You may leave Chile within that one year. For certain types of limited work visas in Chile, this time is 180 days, out…

Chilean Accounting and Tax Compliance Requirements

The legalities for running a business in Chile are similar to those of other Latin American countries. However, there are a few differences concerning taxes, documentation, and licensing that are important to note in your research of Chilean business practices. Tax Rates Chile has four main taxes: Value Added Tax (VAT), Stamp tax, Customs duties, and corporate and personal income taxes. Other tax rates and rules are listed below: The Corporate income tax rate is 20% on worldwide income and capital gains There…

The Necessary Legal Steps to Buy Real Estate in Chile

The three major phases of any property purchase in Chile are negotiation and title search, contract signing or closing, and title registration and payment. Each particular property purchase may have many other considerations, the timing of these stages may vary greatly; but, broadly, all properties in Chile will go through these three steps or the property purchase sooner or later, or it is not a legally valid or complete purchase. There is one additional phase, that is generally optional, but common. We could…

New Immigration Reform in Chile

In April of this year, President Sebastián Piñera announced a new immigration reform. Piñera asserted that Chile will continue to be a country which welcomes immigrants with open arms. However, Piñera stated that due to a large number of immigrants entering the country recently, Chile needs an immigration reform that addresses the current situation providing adequate mechanisms and procedures which will allow a desirable management of the actual contingency. At the moment Chile counts…

A New Real Estate Marketing option for Independent Brokers and Vendors

We are offering a new option for independent brokers and private Vendors to market their real estate or Agricultural related businesses for sale  outside their home location For some time now GTSA – Marketing has been marketing individual properties or projects for vendors and independent brokers without being involved in the sales process. This is in response to the effects of disruptive technologies available to sellers. We do this where we have no licensed sales support in the area or region and/or…

Residential property prices are now global IMF warns

The world’s housing markets have become remarkably synchronised, according to  International Monetary Fund research that warns that local property prices may be vulnerable to unexpected foreign shocks. A study of 40 countries and 44 major cities across advanced and emerging economies shows there has been a simultaneous upswing since the global financial crisis, driven by ultra-easy monetary policy and a pick-up in investor activity led by Amsterdam, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto and Vancouver.…

Understanding Chile’s geographical regions

Chile may have a “crazy” geography, but it is also a land of unparalleled beauty, with an incredible variety that has fascinated visitors since the Spanish conquest. Because Chile extends from a point about 625 kilometers north of the Tropic of Capricorn to a point hardly more than 1,400 kilometers north of the Antarctic Circle, within its territory can be found a broad selection of the earth’s climates. For this reason, geographically it is possible to speak of several Chiles. The country…

What are the Tax and Accounting Requirements in Chile?

When a company decides to move their business into a new market and to open up a new office in a new country, one of the first things to be considered is the country’s tax system. Around the world every country has different tax and accounting systems, some are easier to manage than others. Therefore, when moving into a new market, companies have to determine and understand the country’s corporation tax, sales tax, dividend tax, and other applicable tax rates. Additionally, a company must…

Chile Political Overview: Elections and its economy

It can be difficult for foreigners to find information (in English) regarding the upcoming elections in Chile. BNamericas has recently released a new report that outlines political risk in different Latin American countries. The aim of the report is to track and put into perspective all political news that impacts the real economy. Below we have summarized some of the main points from the report:. Chile is Latin America’s most stable country but is going through a challenging period marked by low growth…

Competition versus Cooperation and low-cost flights to South America

A New Opportunity for the Commercial and Vacation Traveler from the Oceania Air Hub to South America “Competition is always a good thing, it forces us to do our best while a monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity,” the US writer Nancy Pearcey once said. In Pearcey’s view on the matter, the low-cost airlines poised for take-off in Argentina will be a boon for travellers. Domestic and international airfares in Argentina are very expensive by comparison to Europe and…

Forbes 2016 World’s Billionaires: Meet The Richest People in Chile

Chile is home to 11 billionaires in South America, out of whom 10 have made it to the list of Forbes’ 2016 billionaire rankings. The Forbes Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth taken on Feb. 12; we used stock prices and exchange rates from that day. Some fortunes could have changed considerably since then. 1. Iris Fontbona #101 on Forbes’ List Real Time Net Worth (as of 2/17/17): $13.8 Billion Age: 74 Source of Wealth: Mining Residence: Santiago, Chile Chile’s richest person, Iris Fontbona,…
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