LATAM Booming Real Estate Market. Thousands of New Companies Opened

The real estate sector is experiencing significant growth in some Latin American regions, like Mexico and Brazil, with a notorious surge in real estate companies and investors. Real estate companies are experiencing a remarkable surge in various regions of Latin America. In Mexico, for instance, the number of real estate service providers has surged by nearly 20% over the past five years, according to the latest Mexican Economy Secretariat‘s data. Similarly, more than 26,000 real estate companies…

Two-thirds of high-net-worth individuals investing in Uruguay are Argentinean

Uruguay’s investment advisors and portfolio managers sector grew in terms of clients and employees last year. This sector currently manages the money of 36,170 clients, 63% of whom are Argentine, with a total of US$ 28.93 billion invested in different instruments. Data released by the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU) shows that at the end of 2022, there were 67 portfolio managers and 106 investment advisors, an increase of 10 from the previous year. Portfolio managers are legal entities that manage the investments…

Paraguay is rated the best place in the region for business, according to says Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) 

The Latin American Economic Climate Index (ICE) released this weekend by Brazil’s Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) highlighted Paraguay as the Mecca for regional business ventures, given the country’s outstanding performance. The FGV report highlights that, despite the increase in their indexes, other countries remained in the unfavourable zone (below 100 points): Peru (85.3), Colombia (72.8), Chile (72.7), and Ecuador (42.2). Meanwhile, Argentina climbed from 26.1 to 41.7, with the first economic…

Reasons why we are on the cusp of a commodity super-cycle affecting South America

The following two decades are likely to be a series of supply squeezes for a variety of reasons As 2024 unfolds, the surge in commodity prices has been nothing short of spectacular, with sectors such as metals, energy, and agriculture all registering significant gains. This trend is not merely coincidental but indicative of a burgeoning commodity super-cycle driven by three key factors: What drives commodity super-cycles? Historically, commodity super-cycles have been triggered by periods of intense industrialisation…

The Legal Steps to buy Real Estate in Uruguay

Navarro Abogados , Montevideo Uruguay Purchase of a Real Estate Property by an Individual After the individual (the “Individual”) has identified the real estate property it intends to acquire, it should seek the legal advice of an attorney and the services of a Notary Public to assist in the purchase process. In general, pursuant to the current Uruguayan laws and regulations applicable to real estate transactions, the purchase of a real estate property is structured through the following steps. Step 1:…

The British Vestey Meat Empire in South America

The Vestey Brothers were once the largest meat retailers in the world The company once controlled one-third of the refrigerated storage capacity in Britain and two-thirds of multiple butcher shops. It accounted for 20 per cent of all meat imported into Britain. Origins and early growth William Vestey (1859 – 1940) and Edmund Hoyle Vestey (1866 – 1954) were born to Samuel Vestey, a Liverpool provisions merchant. William Vestey William Vestey was sent to Chicago to scout for opportunities in 1876. He was…

Issues that should be addressed before considering the sale of a rural property to avoid an extended sale period

Consider carefully the following issues before putting a farm or piece of land on the market if you don’t want to experience delays, which can cause the property to become stale and develop a negative reputation. Legal and Administration Issues Most importantly, for properties with multiple ownership, all shareholders must be on the same page regarding selling and the expected price level achievable based on an independent valuation ( don’t ask brokers competing with each other for the listing for that…

The 10 most important rules for investing in agriculture favour South America

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Rule 1. Only invest in investor-friendly countries: Agricultural investments require a medium to long-term view. A typical investment in mainstream agriculture will require 70-80% of your investment to go into the land. There is no need to add to these risks by going into countries where you put your capital at risk. This rules out most of Africa, Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Rule 2. Countries with low, preferably no, subsidies for agriculture. Subsidies can be alluring because they can be seen as underwriting…

MercadoLibre now sells properties that can be paid with crypto

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The Mercado Libre e-commerce will allow real estate agencies to publish properties such as apartments, houses, land, lots and premises in Bitcoin. How the buying and selling of real estate in cryptocurrencies works. Today, Mercado Libre announced that it will accept property ads in cryptocurrencies . From now on, it will be possible to access properties with Bitcoin through the platform, and there will be an exclusive section of properties listed in cryptocurrencies. “We are always attentive to the changes…

Argentine and Brazil agribusiness have an “ecological surplus”

Economist Nicolás Torre, from the IERAL Institute of the Mediterranean Foundation, published an extensive thread on the social network Twitter, highlighting that both Argentina and Brazil have a positive “ecological footprint”. That is, they have more natural resources available than those they consume annually to survive. Torre’s report came in response to accusations against South America in recent weeks. First by The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, when he said that Brazil does not…

LATAM Airlines Re-Starts Direct Flights from Sydney to Santiago

LATAM Airlines is delighted to announce the reintroduction of direct flights from Sydney to Santiago four times weekly, commencing on 28 October 2024. This milestone significantly enhances connectivity, offering travellers daily direct routes between Australia and Latin America. LATAM’s commitment to reconnecting continents is evident in its expansion of services. In September 2023, LATAM Airlines restarted Melbourne – Santiago direct flights thrice weekly. With the addition of the four weekly direct…

2023 Survey says Uruguay offers favourable conditions for investors

Uruguay brought in 3 billion 675 million dollars in foreign direct investment in 2023, according to a report from the XX Uruguay Institute, which recorded a positive situation among foreign companies in the country. Last year there were 47 investment announcements, of which 33 were new and 14 were mergers and acquisitions, according to the report. In addition, 706 initiatives were received within the context of the Investment Law Enforcement Commission, for an amount of 1 billion 194 million dollars. Also according…

11 property tips when buying

My thoughts from 30 yrs in the real estate industry. Tip 1: Contact your broker, don’t wait for them to contact you – Good properties always sell, even in a challenging market. Your ability to buy the best properties that tick all your boxes comes down to your relationships with the local brokers, so take the lead and make sure they always think of you first when they become aware of that perfect property. Ask to be on their mailing list if you are not already. Tip 2: Buy when you can afford to…

Brazil’s economic study highlights Paraguayan expansion

According to the new projections of the Brazilian Center of Economic Studies Fundación Getulio Vargas, Paraguay will grow the most this year, with an expansion of 3.9%. Uruguay and Mexico follow. Another positive fact for Paraguayans is that the country remains in an area considered favourable for business. According to the indicator released yesterday, the business climate in Latin America reached its best level in the first quarter of 2024 in the last 11 years. The so-called Economic Climate Index (ICE)…

Selling or buying properties in remote locations

Sellers face many of the same challenges as buyers do. Still, given current market conditions in many South American markets where we operate, we are finding the market is slow for remote properties. They are often owned as second or third investments outside their home location and are only visited once or twice a year. Each Seller’s motivation clearly varies. However, there is a broad spectrum of Sellers, from those content with fair market value and others who really don’t care what fair market value…
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