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The Facts on the importance of using social media when marketing Real Estate

Two years ago GTSA could see the unstoppable trend towards Digital Media Marketing replacing the print media so we rebuilt all our marketing platforms to help our clients take advantage of this. This is more cost efficient for the vendors with targeted marketing reaching people and groups more efficiently. Facebook 1      Facebook has 1.11 billion active users worldwide. (Source: Facebook) 2      The best time to post on Facebook to earn shares is 1pm. (Source: Dan Zarrella) 3      The best…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and Maximize the Value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization of real estate GTSA saw an opportunity…

A new world currency is in the making The Chinese Renminbi backed by gold

China has been importing gold officially and unofficially at an increasing rate in the past few years. Last year alone it imported 630 tonnes. The goal is to have at least 10,000 tonnes  by 2015 up from the current 4,500 tonnes they currently have as a support for their increasingly popular currency the Renminbi. Now most trading nations are accepting  Chinese Renminbi as a hard currency and in many cases are using it in place of the US dollar which is seen as subject to increasingly high risks of…

The Changing face of Immigrants to Argentina in recent years

Welcome, Bolivians. For Argentines is nothing new arrival of foreign immigrants to our country. For something said Octavio Paz: “Mexicans descended from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas, and the Argentines from boats”. He was right, since from 1870 to the beginning of the First World War the country received a huge influx of immigrants. Immigration to the United States in those years was larger, but in proportion to the native population was more important the contribution of immigration in…

Can Latin American higher education go global without using English?

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by Leandro Tessler and was published in The Guardian newspaper on 5 March. Leandro Tessler is an associate professor of physics at Unicamp, Campinas in Brazil) Some Latin American countries are dedicating important resources to internationalisation of their higher education systems. This has triggered a rapid response from institutions, associations and even governments from the developed world. Suddenly Latin American universities became regarded as important potential…

Paraguay will lead the way with 10% growth this year in Latin America

Latin America Economy to Grow 3.5% This Year,  the UN Panel Says The forecasts are based on better economic performance by Brazil and Argentina, countries that in 2012 grew 0.9 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively Latin America and the Caribbean will grow at a rate of 3.5 percent in 2013, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America said on Tuesday, revising downward its earlier forecast of 3.8 percent growth this year. In an updated economic assessment, ECLAC predicted that the economies of the region will…

The Legal System for Foreign Investors buying property in Paraguay

The Paraguayan Law  N. 117/92 legislates the system of national and/or foreign investments ; it aims to stimulate and secure within a framework of full equality the National and/or Foreign  investments, aiming at the promotion of the economic development of the country. The aforementioned rule establishes that the foreign investor has the same guarantees, rights and obligations that the Paraguayan Law sets for domestic investors. The private investments does not require prior authorization or additional registration…

” Open veins of Latin America” A must read or anyone thinking on doing business or living in Latin America

This translated book begins with a forewords by left wing writer Isabel Allende, and here is  just one quote from her  introduction of the book: “His work is a mixture of meticulous detail, political conviction, poetic flair, and good storytelling.” The translation by Cedric Belfrage merits special note. This book sings in English, and the translator has done justice to the original. A major recurring theme throughout the book is that of capital squandered by the few while the many actually…

Doug Casey: All Banks Are Bankrupt – Head to South America

L: Doug, there is considerable disagreement over the significance of the Cyprus crisis. A lot of people are saying that it’s just a flash in the pan; Cyprus is a small country, far off, and doesn’t really matter. Other people are saying it’s very significant. The European Central Bank took unprecedented steps. What do you think? Doug: I think this could be the spark that ignites the keg of dynamite under the current financial system. All banks, all around the world, are bankrupt, and have…

Which New Zealand Companies are making money in Latin America ?

When it comes to Latin America there are few New Zealand companies who know it as well as Tait Communications. The Christchurch-based business has been selling its products there for more than 25 years. So when Tait’s vice-president of sales for Latin America, Hamish Wiig, went on the John Key-led trade delegation recently he kept a watch out for some of his products. And it  wasn’t long before he spotted some. “It was great to see the police at the Sao Paulo football stadium all using Tait digitally…

Mining Snapshot of Australian Mining Companies in Latin America

Mining Snapshot of Australian Mining Companies in Latin America  Inca Minerals Inca Minerals has announced an exciting porphyry discovery at its Chanape tenement in Peru, a find that has also attracted very strong market interest. While Inca is still awaiting assays from its first two promising drill holes at, managing director Ross Brown likes what he sees: “I can say positively that each and every technical box has been ticked with respect this porphyry,” Brown told HighGrade. In terms of potential…

GTSA searching for more Country Partners and Commission Brokers

Looking for a change – Join GTSA Company Description – Southern Cone Real Estate Specialists We are an independent company specialising in real estate brokerage and marketing advice for clients who wish to invest or sell properties in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  We specialise in leading edge marketing systems designed to speed up the traditional selling times of real estate in these locations. GTSA is a company that relies on the talents of its people to provide quality…

Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations

Latin America’s rising middle class is exceeding expectations The Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo recently ran an article on the travails faced by Andrea Garoni Sucupira a São Paulo lawyer and mother of two children. She is finding it impossible to hire the live-in maid that traditionally takes care of everything in an upper class Brazilian household. Rather than taking on an informal empregada as her mother did, Andrea has found she has to go through professional agencies that require such things…

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013

An economic snapshot of Latin America for 2013 LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panelists expect regional GDP to expand 3.7% this year, following an estimated 2.9% increase recorded in 2012. The stable figure reflects rosier prospects for Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, which were offset by downward revisions to Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. Meanwhile, growth estimates for Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico were left unchanged over December. For next year, the panel sees regional growth accelerating to…

The Chinese give Latin America’s lessons on how they see the world

This article was written by Sean W. Burges, senior associate at the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at the Australian National University and was published in The Australian on 5 December) JUST a few weeks after the Australian government launched its Asian Century white paper, the Brazil-China Business Council ran a major one-day conference in Sao Paulo to discuss the challenges and opportunities of China. While Australia received only passing mention, the larger context of the discussions…