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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. …

Combining Innovation With Sustainability In Latin America

Global Warming. Arguably the buzzword of the century. Preached by some, denied by others, it is the issue that is possibly going to define the legacy of our generation. A brief glance at some statistics tells enough of the story to hammer home what experts have been warning us about for decades. Since 2001, 17 of the 18 warmest years on…

Private Banking in Uruguay is undergoing drastic changes

International trading and investment banks that have offices in Uruguay and offer financial services are changing. After the sudden departure of the Royal Bank of Canada,  you can add the Crédit Suisse, Raymond James sales and many others.. Traditional banking, which provides loans and takes deposits in Uruguay has made several changes…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were…

Warren Buffett prefers Farm Land to buying Gold. You should too.

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  Today the world’s gold stock is about 171,000 metric tons. If all of this gold were melded together, it would form a cube of about 68 feet per side. (Picture it fitting comfortably within a baseball infield.) At $1,198 USD per ounce — gold’s price as I write this — its value would be about $9.6 trillion.…

Top 10 Factors Affecting a Estancia’s (large farm) Value

The valuation of an Estancia and finding the price per hectare is substantially different than other types of real estate. While residential and commercial real estate prices typically rely on data based upon numerous transactions within a defined market area that can be defined as “comparable sales,” most Estancia sales are not published…

11 mistakes a new real estate sales person should avoid making

Anyone starting a new job is bound to make some mistakes along the way. Having said that there are some basic ones not to make. 1. Not choosing the best agency in the speciality you are interested in. Anxious to get their careers off the ground, many newbie agents often make the mistake of not choosing the best agency to work with. From…

Do wind turbines or solar panels add or subtract from a property value?

Energías Renovables en Argentina
With Solar and Wind Farms now becoming common around the world including South America it might be time to look at other countries experience regarding whether these projects add value to the land when it is sold. For South America, Australia has some compatible data. Solar panel arrays, wind turbines and telecommunications…

The future of South American Gauchos with modern farming systems

Gauchos helped defeat Spanish troops and win independence in the 19th century, but the cowboys of lore are no match for today’s soybean boom and factory farms. “The classic gaucho is disappearing,” Lisandro Floral, a 30-year-old who manages a farm of 3,800 hectares (9,400 acres) deep in the Pampas, told AFP. Floral…

Adecoagro – One of the largest agricultural companies in South America

Adecoagro started operating in 2002 with the purchase of 74,000 hectares of land in Argentina and from then on they became one of the largest agricultural companies in South America. Adecoagro production is mainly focused on sugar and ethanol, but it is also producing soy, rice, corn, and dairy. The company’s main competitive…

Agricultural Remote Sensing Market Map: 20 Remote Sensing Startups and the Varied Data That Fuels Them

There are many agtech startups that use remote sensing technology for different precision farming applications. Some try to provide a field-level analysis using drones or airplanes, while others develop large-scale macro analytics using globally available satellite data. To some extent, it is possible…

Update on Uruguay farm leasing values and regions

Increases the value and volume of the land leased  The departments ( small provinces ) in Uruguay with the most leased area are Artigas, Soriano and Rio Negro. Livestock accounts for 45% and 31% was connected with non irrigated agriculture. Leasing contracts totaling more than 280,000 hectares, amounting to USD 42.6 million in value. In 2017 the land leased increased…

Technology and its distruptive 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…

Savills: Global Farmland Index (January, 2018)

Precios de la tierra agrícola actualizados 2016
Measuring the opportunities of farmland investment across the world SUMMARY ■ Their 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…

These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance

From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those…