What the future for Mercosur looks like?

Mercosur is a group of countries that includes about 300 million people and covers almost 15 million square kilometres. They’ve got some awesome things going for them, like tons of biodiversity, rich farmlands, and lots of energy resources. The group started in 1991 when Brazil and Argentina decided to put their differences aside and work together. They made a treaty called the Treaty of Asunción, which said that they wanted to be able to move goods, services, and production factors between countries.…

Powering the Future: What changes can we expect in real estate marketing now that AI has gone mainstream

A deeper dive at the potential applications of artificial intelligence in real estate and how brokers and agents can leverage AI to enhance their business. As a result of the proptech revolution, artificial intelligence in real estate is proving to be a significant disruptor. With advancements in machine learning and the rapid evolution of AI, the real estate sector is learning how to handle the massive amounts of data that buildings produce and monitor specific KPIs to simplify operations and extract meaningful…

The largest REDD+ carbon project in Paraguay, ‘Corazón Verde del Chaco Project’ completes VCS & CCB validation

The project is the largest Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) carbon project in Paraguay. Using carbon finance, the project protects thousands of hectares of forest threatened by deforestation. It preserves habitat for endangered birds, plants and mammals, some found nowhere else on earth. The Corazón Verde del Chaco Project (VCS Project 2611), the most significant Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) carbon project in Paraguay, has now completed…

Are Performance Fees Fair for Syndicate Investors?

The Argument Against Performance Fees If fund managers and syndicate managers do not outperform their benchmark, they continue to get their standard fee, even if they have to forego their performance fee. We like performance, but we do not like performance fees. There are fund managers, who charge a fee for management, but then on top of that, they charge another fee if they get returns above a certain level. We object to these “performance fees”. Some fund managers will say they should have a performance…

Agricultural Syndicates, Partnerships, all need to have a shareholders agreement at the start of a new business.

If you’re starting or running a business or buying a property with other co-founders, someone probably told you to get a shareholders agreement. But why is this important? What does a shareholders agreement do? What can happen if you don’t get one? In this article, I’ll explain why you need to have some hard conversations with co-founders and we’ll look at an interesting recent case with costly consequences. What is a shareholders agreement? A shareholders agreement is a contract where you agree…

Understanding International Family Offices as an alternative source of investment capital

The role of the family office has often been misunderstood, even though the concept has been around (in various forms) for hundreds of years. Still, today, as this industry controls billions of dollars in assets under management, many intelligent, experienced finance professionals cannot offer a complete definition of what a family office is exactly. Today, the family office industry is expanding at an impressive pace, with new family offices opening every month and assets continuing to grow yearly. The family…

Davos 2023 backs an Argentine firm that optimises irrigation efficiency with new technology

Kilimo, an Argentine company that uses data to optimise irrigation, received solid financial support at this year’s Davos forum to continue developing a system that helps farmers in Latin America save thousands of litres of water. Kilimo, an Argentine company that uses data to optimise irrigation, received strong financial support at this year’s Davos forum to continue developing a system that helps farmers in Latin America save thousands of litres of water. The company, which advises farmers in…

We are searching for a creative and experienced Real Estate Journalist focused on South America to join our team

Qualifications: We are looking for a bilingual (Spanish/ English) freelance journalist, preferably from South America, who can write positive articles on a diverse range of subjects connected to investment in targeted real estate projects or subjects related to real estate investment in South America for our real estate news site, gtsanews.com. We will give you the subject and the project or subject we want to highlight. ie we might be selling a horticultural farm in Chile. We might need an article about that…

The Problem: Property Not Selling? Maybe we can help

There are several reasons why otherwise prime real estate gets no interest from qualified buyers.  Is it priced for the market conditions? ( market values keep changing up and down ) Is it easily accessible to be viewed? Is it being advertised in the logical target markets? Does the quality of marketing represent the quality of the property? ie is it repressed by high-quality media that has been edited professionally? Here is an example from Cafayate, Argentina. Is the real estate salesperson experienced in…

A New Real Estate Marketing option for Independent Brokers and Vendors

We offer an option for independent brokers and private Vendors to market their Residential real estate or Agricultural related businesses for sale outside their home location. For nearly 20 years, 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 did this where we had no licensed sales support in the area or region and/or…

Technology and its disruptive impact on the real estate industry

What is the transformative impact of technology for real estate brokers? “Real estate agents will not be replaced by technology …. they will be replaced by agents with technology.” – Peter Williams – CEO of Deloitte Digital The principle here is that the real estate industry is not in imminent danger of being replaced by a single technology solution that completely disintermediates the process and makes the agent’s role obsolete, but rather that the transformations in the industry…

The disruption Facebook is having on traditional real estate advertising

The real estate industry has always had a love-hate relationship with the portals such as zonaprop, argenprop , gatewaytosouthamerica.com etc. While the portals own the best audience for property buyers – and are therefore an important part of any vendor’s marketing spend – the charging models and sense of dependence have always irked independent agents. No one likes being obliged to pay for a service you feel you have little control over. But the portals and the technology that drives them are now…

Real estate uses will dramatically change in the next decade if not sooner.

The future of real estate will be influenced by disruption technology as people change how they shop, travel and even grow their food, a world-renowned professor of real estate says. At an international property conference, San Diego University professor Norm Miller said the technological innovations coming, from self-driving vehicles to AI and robots, alongside demographic trends, will cause dramatic changes in real estate, and it’s not a matter of if but when. “Ten trends will change real estate as we…

Direct Farmland Investments in South America as an Inflation Hedge

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Farmland is seen as an attractive long-term investment that offers current income, capital appreciation, an inflation hedge and favourable diversification that is negatively correlated with traditional asset classes. Most investors have experienced wrenching declines in the value of their portfolios from time to time. Still, those with an agricultural allocation benefited from less volatility and positive returns to offset losses from the other asset classes. Current Income Crop farmland has consistently produced…

What Questions to Ask A Real Estate Salesperson before hiring them?

I have gathered some questions from my experience selling high-end real estate as a salesperson to managing GTSA operations in South America over the past 30 yrs. I think anyone thinking of selling their real estate investments should consider asking these questions when interviewing a potential salesperson or company to use. Before interviewing them, do some homework. The most important is to check their Web Presence in English and Spanish. If they have little or no presence, they should not be on your list…
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