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Brazil Property Group - Brazilian Real Estate and Brazil Beach Property

Beware of Other Latin Countries

Brazil is the #1 place to buy. Learn why not to buy in the following countries:

  1. Why not buy in Mexico?
  2. Why not buy in Costa Rica?
  3. Why not buy in Nicaragua?
  4. Why not buy in Argentina?
  5. Why not buy in Chile?
  6. Why not buy in Belize?
  7. Why not buy in El Salvador?
  8. Why not buy in Guatemala?
  9. Why not buy in Ecuador or Venezuela?
  10. Why not buy in the Caribbean?

Why not buy in Mexico?

  • Property in Mexico is not freehold. A foreign buyer has to have a partnership with a local person or the local bank. The bank also holds the title.
  • There are also several scams going on in the Yucatan Peninsula (near Cancun) that involve people selling property they don't even own.
  • Mexico is a great place to visit, but not a great place to live; it can be dangerous outside of tourist areas.

Why not buy in Costa Rica?

  • Changing times bring changing laws. For years, property in Costa Rica was safe and secure; recently, the government has changed the laws so the property is free lease, unless grandfathered in. Now every 20 years the lease is renewable. This is not freehold.
  • In Costa Rica, the government has changed the laws so that a person cannot build within 333 feet of the ocean high water line in most areas.
  • Squatter's rights in Costa Rica are extensive. Owners can go away and return to find their property inhabited by a local. In Brazil, the squatter's rights are present, but they mostly apply to large tracks of land that are not being used in a productive way. Beach houses don't fall into this bracket.
  • Prices in Costa Rica are Americanized - everything is overpriced compared to Brazil.
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Why not buy in Nicaragua?

  • Does Daniel Ortega ring a bell? Back in the 1980's, he was arch nemesis of the United States. He is president again. In a recent speech he stated: "Americans Go Home." Investing in Nicaragua may have to wait until he goes away.
  • Ranked as 2nd worst for infrastructure in the Americas behind Haiti (one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere).
  • Many deceitful real estate agents are selling property in the middle of nowhere, with no real roads or direct access, at over 10 times what it’s worth. Often, the property is accessible only by boat, making it virtually impossible to build on.

Why not buy in Argentina?

  • Argentina is a great place to buy. However, the beaches are cold most of the year.

Why not buy in Chile?

  • Buy away! Chile is a great place to buy and invest. It is one of the most stable places in the Americas, directly behind Canada and the US.
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Why not buy in Belize?

  • Property in Belize is overpriced, and the country is plagued by hurricanes.

Why not buy in El Salvador?

  • El Salvador is not yet stable.

Why not buy in Guatemala?

  • Guatemala has not had the best track record for being safe.

Why not buy in Ecuador or Venezuela?

  • Both countries have presidents with strong anti-American sentiments. Consequently, these countries are very unstable and unsafe for Americans.

Why not buy in the Caribbean?

  • Property is overpriced in the Caribbean, and the area is plagued by Hurricanes. There have been several instances of the government seizing properties from foreigners without compensation.
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