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Brazil's Property Growth Is Real


Brazil's Property Growth Is Real

As victims of the US and European property crashes are well aware, property can be a volatile investment. As this recent South China Morning Post article outlines, rapid growth Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo has led to concerns over a property bubble.

As the article states, Brazil's impressive economic growth is real. In 2010, it powered ahead with a growth rate of 7.5% as most of the world was still recovering from recession. As a BRIC nation, forecast by Goldman Sachs to power the world economy by 2050, Brazil shows real promise as a 21st century economic superpower. Moreover, as its recent debt upgrade by Fitch's shows the global financial markets are responding to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's efforts to keep growth at a sustainable level. According to Britain's Financial Times, Rousseff's administration 'could hardly have sent stronger signals that it means business.'

Brazil's growth is also centred in the high-demand areas of natural resources – it is the world's second-largest exporter of raw materials – and agriculture, accounting for 30% of GDP and 40% of exports. With agricultural prices rising and global demand for renewable energy, a market where Brazil leads the world, Brazilian agricultural property in regions such as Bahia promises sustainable investments. Moreover, as Brazil's economy powers forward, domestic demand for residential property across the country is increasing. Sustained growth and enlightened policies pursued by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which have been praised by experts at Britain's Economist magazine, have lifted seven million Brazilians into the middle class in recent years.

With a national housing deficit of seven million properties, domestic demand remains strong in this country of nearly 200m citizens. Unprecedented economic stability has led to a rapidly-growing mortgage market, although the percentage of debt remains safely low, with nine million Brazilian families intending to buy a property in 2011, according to a recent survey by the Data Popular Institute. The 2014 Olympics and 2016 World Cup promise to further boost demand in host cities from Sao Paolo in the south to Salvador in the north.

This growing demand ensures that Brazilian property offers a relatively low-risk investment. According to Dan Freeman, managing director of Brazil Bahia Property (IBBI), "although all investments carry risk as the flip-side of reward, Brazilian property offers a tangible good with real, growing domestic and international demand."

There's also no shortage of sellers, with more than 3,300 new brokers registered in Rio state in 2010. Unfortunately, this plethora of brokers does not guarantee sales success for international investors. Few Brazilians speak English, and Brazil's robust bureaucracy and complex legal system of registrations and stringent environmental protections is very difficult to navigate without expert advice from a CRECI-registered, bilingual agent.As the leading property experts in Bahia, one of Brazil's fastest-growing regions – and a leader in the crucial agribusiness area – Brazil Bahia Property (IBBI) offers domestic and international investors expert advice on all aspects of selling and investing in Brazilian property. With the largest portfolio of second-hand property in Bahia, they will help you avoid the pitfalls and ensure that you profit from your Brazilian property investment.

About IBBI:

IBBI are a well-established company, based in Salvador Brazil and London UK, offering a comprehensive real estate service to both buyers and sellers. We specialise in the popular region of Bahia and deal with a broad spectrum of properties for sale or rent from beach-front villas, apartments, houses, hotels, islands and farms to hectares of land or commercial property. We – and all of our agents – are fully CRECI registered.


For all your property enquiries and general questions on Brazil please feel free to contact us at any time. We are available by phone and email 7 days a week.

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