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Airbnb looks to Latin America, now its fastest-growing market

As Airbnb turns its attention to Latin America, the often-combative company is taking an unusual approach. It’s giving local governments what they want. The home and apartment-rental company said it will collect and remit taxes in Mexico City, the first such arrangement in Latin America. Airbnb will provide 3 per cent of revenue generated from bookings in Mexico City to the city’s government. Hotels there also pay a 3 per cent lodging tax to local officials. Airbnb said it intends to replicate the…

Airbnb exploring long-term Residential Rentals as an option

Airbnb has quickly become a favourite destination for travellers looking for somewhere to stay on vacation. Now the home-sharing startup is interested in doing the same for people who want to find a place to live. Airbnb is considering an expansion in the long-term rental business and has asked McKinsey & Co. to research the market, said two people familiar with the matter. The consulting firm’s work involves conducting competitive analysis of Craigslist, said the people, who asked not to be identified…

World wine output nears 20-year low as rain, frost, and trends hit vineyards

World wine output may fall 5.3 percent this year because of excess rain that spoiled grape harvests in South America and adverse weather in French vineyards, resulting in one of the smallest vintages of the past 20 years, according to an intergovernmental group. Wine volume may fall to 259.5 million hectoliters from 273.9 million hectoliters last year, according to estimates from the International Organisation of Vine & Wine, a Paris-based group known by its French acronym OIV. Estimated output is equivalent…

The Carretera Austral Chile

The Co Author Warren Houlbrooke was raised on a remote sheep farm in New Zealand, where he developed a “fix anything” attitude. He has travelled extensively in Latin America, in particular in all of Patagonia (both the Argentine and Chilean sides). He is a tour-guide for Compass Motorbike Tours, and has worked with Bariloche Moto Tours, who also offer trips along the Carretera Austral. He is a highly proficient motorcyclist, scuba-diver, skier, equestrian, cyclist and sailor, has an Argentine wife…

💋 Wild Chilean Patagonia adventurer’s guide

Wild Chilean Patagonia adventurer’s guide Granite peaks spiked on the horizon. Clouds whipped overhead. It was February in the Patagonia region of southern Chile, and I was on a mountain bike riding through the grandeur of Torres del Paine National Park. The road curved and dropped ahead, my riding partners braking as wheels sliced the gravel. “Look at that view!” someone shouted as the Patagonian wind picked up, canceling any opportunity to respond with its fierce roar. I was speechless anyway.…

Selling Real Estate in 2016 requires New Selling Skills

Selling real estate in 2016 requires new skills that require commitment and a desire to learn new concepts from that used in the past. Outside and internal drones, professional photographers, photo billboards, full page colour advertisements in relevant publications, a customisable SEO ( search engine optimisation ) website, all of which is not for selling a million dollar property but is now used for the sale of a mid-range priced property. Have you been bemused to be presented with a property proposal…

The Best Real Estate Marketing Tips For Selling a Property in 2016

If you are like most people, selling your property is probably one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your life, so here are some tips for selling a property in 2016 quickly, in particular, if it is located in the South America region. There will be other properties in competition with you, so you will need to pull out all the stops to get your property in front of the most qualified buyers both locally and internationally. The following marketing ideas may be useful to you, helping you…

How to find Affordable Real Estate in Chile

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Real Estate in Chile Acquiring or even selling property can be a complicated exercise for the inexperienced;  the following is an outline of the basic principles of the issues faced when buying or selling a property and in particular, to help those looking for affordable real estate in Chile. Keep in mind that most foreigners who have bought in the past, without experienced professional assistance, ended up overpaying for…

Life in Chile, in the top 7 for Puerto Varas

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The final report of the Anillos project, 2015, has granted to Life in Chile, in the top 7 for Puerto Varas. The study delivers the Quality Index of Urban Life (ICVU), of the Catholic University and the Chilean Chamber of Construction, both institutions of high repute. The ICVU evaluates the quality of life of a given population in Chile, considering factors influencing urban space, i.e. for civil society and private and public sectors in the place. The aforementioned study evaluated the quality of life of 85%…

CHILE: A GREAT PLACE TO RETIRE

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Chile for retiree, affordable, safe, temperate climate and low cost of living Chile as a great place to retire has understood how to become a magnet for citizens around the world, as regards the consistency of its institutions and economy. With a privileged geography in terms of beauty and variety of the landscape. Chile welcomes foreigners with a perfect blend of natural beauty, social security, political stability, increasing social development and modern infrastructure. Together, these features make the…

A FOREIGNER’S GUIDE FOR BUYING FARMLAND IN CHILE

A FOREIGNERS GUIDE FOR BUYING FARMLAND IN CHILE      Maybe you visited Chile as a tourist and fell in love with the country, or perhaps you are aware of its strategies to become a global food supplier. Now you are considering buying some farmland there. Congratulations! Apart from mining, Chile has unique soil and climate advantages for agricultural exploitation and food production. Spread along 2500+ miles on the Southwestern Pacific Coast of South America, Chile encompasses all climate…

Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ?

Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ? Located in the Chilean Lakes District, Puerto Varas bills itself as the new Bariloche which is similar city on the Argentine side of the Andes. With similar lakeside views and stunning surrounding mountains, the town is certainly justified in making that comparison. However, while every other shop in Bariloche sells souvenirs and ill-placed apartment buildings that block lake views for most people, Puerto Varas remains a much more tranquil and less developed town.…

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine National Park, is the best place in the world for outdoor activities according to Wikieplora Following three months of investigations in over thirty outdoor and trekking magazines, Wikiexplora portal made a list of the best world places. Wikiexplora is an on-line guide for these kinds of activities in Latin America. Out of sixty touring circuits, Torres del Paine was in first position with eight mentions out of nine. The ranking combines pristine scenery, infrastructure of…
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