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Climate Changes starts to bite in the nut industries

The influence of climate and weather on human societies is already apparent to the world ’s rural populations: inclement weather can result in failed harvests, higher food prices, unrest, and unrest leading to revolutions. Syria being a good example The increasing effect of climate change should be a warning to all agricultural investors and this is doubly true for climate-sensitive tree-crops, most notably almonds which are considered the cannery in the coal mine. Almond trees: fragile flowers Almonds are…

Why testing the market is a waste of time and money

In soft market conditions, I struggle to understand the motivation of some vendors who list their properties for sale but were unlikely to ever accept the reality of what buyers are prepared to offer.  The thing is I don’t really get why they would bother because it takes a lot of effort and a lot of their money to essentially just test the market. Why would anyone go through a campaign that lasts a number of weeks, costs a few thousand dollars, and requires keeping your property fastidiously clean to then…

Buenos Aires Real Estate Bubble deflates: Property prices down 10% in dollars

According to the College of Buenos Aires Notaries, what really shrank was the lower number of the title transfers in the city in past year. What happened had to happen. After a year in which the Argentines faced a devaluation of the peso of 50%, and the doubling of the price of the dollar, a surge of inflation and the virtual disappearance of mortgage credit, the property price bubble began to deflate. In one year, the average real values at which houses and apartments are sold fell 10.2% in dollars. The data…

High-Value Property Marketing “The case for pre sale offers”

There are many different methods available for the marketing and sale of specialised high-value properties in addition to the traditional real estate listing arrangements of auction and tender type formats. There are of course advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach; and the best strategy for the marketing and sale of a specific property will vary based upon the ownership objectives and the particular property. One approach, which can be the optimal method in certain…

Spotlight: Global Farmland Index 2018

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Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Our Global Farmland index recorded an average annualised growth of 13.3% since 2002 and 2% over the past five years. ■ Although pressure on commodity prices has slowed growth in values in recent years, the long term fundamentals of farmland ownership still apply with increased food production and competitive land use driving demand. ■ Our Opportunity v Risk Matrix tool considers these relative opportunities and risks of farmland…

USA soybean farmers count the cost of the trade war with China

Between September and December, soybean volumes shipped through Cargill’s river terminals in Louisiana are down 40 percent year on year. After US President Donald Trump imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing punched back with duties on US exports including most of its $20bn in agricultural commodity sales. Soybean exports, worth $12bn in 2017, were hit hardest. The oilseed’s conquest of farm fields in the past 20 years has largely been down to US farmers gambling on China’s demand for…

Argentine Debt: the next government will face the maturity of USD 60 Billion

Whoever wins the elections in October 2019 will need to go to the debt market to refinance current loans that are maturing. Advisors estimate that they will need to renegotiate these maturities with the International Monetary Fund Referred by many to as the lost decade of the Kirchner inheritance, which the current Government of Cambiemos has had to work to disarm the poisoned chalice of a previously controlled exchange rate, widespread subsidies, hyperinflation and various obstacles to normal international…

High performing Real Estate professionals hate open-plan offices and now there is proof they reduce productivity

It has been one of the pillars of early real estate office design and workplace theory: that open offices, with fewer walls, doors, and spatial boundaries, would encourage interaction and collaboration between competing commission salespersons. A central tenet of the co-working phenomenon was the assumption that the mingling with other real estate salespersons would expose them to a bounty of new transactions. With that in mind, many brokerages have taken the bait to tear down office walls, dismantle cubicles…

The Basilica in the Retiro of Buenos Aires and the myths that surrounded it

It was eight years of specialised construction, taking care of every detail to the extreme. Traveling to France to buy the best materials and even buying the largest organ in Argentina. Luxury, good taste and its Gothic-Romanesque construction whose with its exterior had a status of “forbidden love” amongst the Buenos Aires aristocracy. This was the birthplace of the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament, in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. “If I live in a palace, then my God also deserves…

The new Patagonian train service will go from the Andes to the Atlantic Coast

The new Patagonian train will join from this afternoon the Cordillera de los Andes with the Atlantic Ocean. The new train, which will reinforce the trips of this historic service, has 106 reclining seats, air conditioning and lunch on board. “The service is aimed at people who want to spend a weekend in Las Grutas, with timetables that will allow you to enjoy the beach,” reported the local daily Rio Negro. As indicated by the provincial government, the acquisition was possible by an investment of…

Paraguay is among the best countries to do business in 2019 in the region?

According to Forbes, since 2014, Paraguay’s economy grew at an average rate of 4%, due to strong production and high global prices, while other countries in the region have contracted Chile and Uruguay are still the best countries in South America to do business in 2019, according to a ranking published by the US magazine Forbes. While Paraguay is ranked 5 among the best, according to the table. Thus, over a total of 161 countries analyzed by Forbes on the business possibilities in 2019, Uruguay ranks…

Punta del Este in Uruguay: a magnet for financial events targeting millionaire investors

Investment banks from the United States and Switzerland have invited current and potential clients to breakfasts, lunches, and dinners such as at the Narbonne Estancia with economists and political scientists who are paid up to USD 4,300 for lecturing one hour about finance and the economy. They seek to find the ‘high net worth individuals which have from USD 1 million in liquids funds or family offices of ‘ultra high net worth’, which have from USD 10 million in liquid funds to invest. As…

Brazilian Farmland – Is it a buy?

In recent years, Brazil has solidified its role as a global agricultural powerhouse. It has become the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, coffee, and sugar, as well as the second largest overall food producer on the planet. Over the past 15 years, Brazil has increased agricultural production by 156 percent with overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from agriculture reaching an all-time high in the first quarter of 2017.1 The agricultural sector as a whole accounts for nearly 6 percent of Brazil’s total…

Buenos Aires residential rentals tipped to increase up to 30% in 2019

Stable tenancies are the priority for landlords for 2019 Organizing and budgeting at a time of high inflation a schedule of expenses for the 2019 year requires property owners to be looking at the total cost of housing, especially if it is for renting and even more if a rental contract needs to be renewed. Specialists of the real estate sector foresee for 2019 annual residential rental adjustments of up to 30% in prices but owners will need to prioritize having a “secure tenant”. On the other hand,…

Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro takes over

On January 1, the newly elected president of Brazil will take office with his chosen group of ministers, officially ending 16 years of left-wing government by the PT (Workers’ Party). Undoubtedly, there will be radical changes. This huge country (larger than Australia but a whole lot greener) has great natural resources – reflected in the naming of one of its largest states “General Mines” – and is a successful exporter in everything from soya beans and coffee to vehicles, commercial aircraft,…