A Brazil Property Investment Offers Excellent Returns

by : Mandie Banthorpe

If you want to invest in property, but are nervous about the housing market in the United Kingdom, then a Brazil property investment could be the answer for you.

But why purchase a Brazil property investment? There are many reasons:

Beautiful Brazil

Brazil is the land of beauty with pristine beaches, steamy jungles, exciting cities and year round sunshine. It is a country where people love to party, love to dance, and love to enjoy themselves.

Tourism is booming as more people want to experience the vibrancy of Brazilian life. In north-east Brazil, between 2002 and 2005, there was a 150% rise in tourism. For 2008, 9,000,000 visitors are expected in north-east Brazil, placing it in the top 20 most popular tourism destinations in the world. Consequently, Brazil’s tourism success is creating a huge demand for accommodation, and property investors are acting early; purchasing bargain properties that will yield a good rental income.

Bountiful Brazil

Brazil is the tenth largest economy in the world and is one of the four largest developing economies in the world. Agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors are well developed, and their mineral wealth is vast. The leading manufacturing industries produce textiles, shoes, chemicals, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts. Exports include soybeans, concentrated orange juice and beef. It is estimated Brazil will be the world’s fifth biggest economy by 2050.

Brazil’s new administration took office in 2003. Since then, the government has succeeded in creating an economy ideal for foreign investment through successful policies that has created a strong economy, reduced inflation and a strong export market. Brazil’s President Lula is a progressive leader and he understands the need of increased domestic investment for the country’s continued growth.

The currency in Brazil is the Real (the code is BRL and the symbol is R$.) Currency rates are favourable with the Real, which makes property investment an attractive option to foreign investors as they avoid losing money in their exchange transactions. In recent years the Real has stabilised and become more competitive with other international currencies, such as the US Dollar; in turn this has increased purchasing power for overseas investors in Brazil.

The cost of living remains very low, about 20 – 30% of prices in the UK; the cost of running a home and paying for a caretaker is about ?50 per month.

Brazil’s Building Boom

The north-east coast of Bahia, as well as Rio and Sao Paulo are experiencing a wave of new development which should offer some excellent returns on investment. An improved infrastructure in Brazil has increased the building boom in Brazil, for example: a bridge is being constructed to connect north Maceio to the city of Recife. The bridge will greatly improve access to the north and property prices are predicted to rise in the area.