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Rio Oil Rush: Relocation and Real Estate

February 19, 2010

With the recent oil rush in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has emerged as one of the most sought after destinations for corporate relocation. However, relocation in any case always involves lots of time, energy and money in finalizing a suitable apartment alone. The demand for rental apartments and corporate relocation agencies in Rio is soaring high. Even the corporate relocation agencies are doing their best to offer state-of-the-art-facilities to their customers and be visible in their business. One such agency, with an office in New York City, which has carved a niche for itself in catering the rental apartments in Rio, is Rent In Rio. 

“Our relocation specialists will assist you in every step of the whole relocation procedure: finding suitable schools for the children, Portuguese lessons for the family, to hiring a car for yourself whilst you are getting to know our marvelous city. Our agency will also gladly assist you in finding suitable temporary or long term accommodation and will walk you through all the necessary paperwork and documentation that is required,” says Daniel Babush, President of Rent in Rio.com. “ We have Studios, 1,2,3,4 and 5 Bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. We can assist with temporary and long-term rentals whether furnished or unfurnished. We have successfully relocated numerous employees from oil companies, the diplomatic community and other blue chip companies.” Babush says.

Rodrigo de Azeredo Santos, head of Brazil’s Trade Promotion Programs Division of the Ministry of External Relations has said in an interview that Brazilian oil reserves, biofuels and availability of hydroelectric power generation are added guarantees that Brazilian property investment is safer due to the assurance that energy will be available to sustain the economic growth. The oil discoveries are so important for property investors in Brazil as similar oil boom in Dubai and Norway have regularly seen their property market post record price increases annually.

Brazil’s property market is now in good shape for overseas investors. According to Jose C. Santiago, licensed and certified attorney of law in Brazil in his portal LawOfficeInBrazil.com has stated that the country is a buyer’s market, with low prices because there are more homes for sale than there are buyers. The demand for property in Brazil is expected to increase by approximately 900,000 units each year.

Overseas investors looking for good property returns with relatively low-entry costs may consider investing in Brazil following the oil discovery, which may strengthen the country’s economy and in turn raise property prices. Business week has reported that Brazil is a smart place to invest. It is a self-reliant country on the energy front, a position that has been further strengthened by the recent discovery of new oil fields.

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Brazil’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

December 3, 2009

Brazil’s unemployment rate dipped again in October, this time returning to pre-crisis levels and hinting at a strong rebound ahead for Latin America’s biggest economy.

The jobless rate fell to 7.5% in October, the same as in October a year ago and slightly below forecasts, the Brazilian Census Bureau, or IBGE, said Thursday. Unemployment was 7.7% in September, down from 8.1% in August.

Jankiel Santos, an economist at Sao Paulo’s BES Investimentos fund, said October’s data reinforced the view that “labor market conditions remain quite favorable and should lend a hand to the Brazilian economy to keep on expanding in coming months.”

IBGE October data also showed average real incomes were 3.2% higher than October last year, indicating that the number at work enjoyed higher spending power and could thus more easily contribute to Brazil’s consumer boom.

Cimar Azevedo, IBGE director for employment data, pointed out that the average formal employment rate was 44.9% of the workforce in the January through October period, higher than the 44.4% level in the year-ago comparison.

October’s jobless rate declined for a third consecutive month, pointing to a steady rate of economic recovery, with better prospects ahead in the run-up to Christmas.

Roberto Padovani, chief Latin American strategist for WestLB Bank, predicted a strong rebound for Brazil in 2010, with economic growth reaching 4.8% after a 0.2% decline in 2009. “The expansion expected for next year will be fueled mainly by domestic consumption,” Padovani said.

November and December employment figures will likely be lifted significantly by the festive season, said Azevedo.

Last December the unemployment rate was just 6.8%.

But this year, significant tax breaks on consumer durables along with easier credit facilities and conditions should create even more work, especially in retail.

More employment opportunities are expected to be created in Rio with the upcoming influx of tourism expected to occur in the next few years due to the FIFA World Cup and the 2014 Olympics. Plans to improve upon existing venues and infrastructure as well as new constructions for these events will have a large effect on the economy.

The recent success of Brazilian oil and gas company OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA is also set to bring many more employment opportunities to the city.

Those looking to relocate to Rio to take advantage of these opportunities, or to book accommodations for any of the upcoming international events the city is set to host, contact Rent in Rio today.

Brazil Real Estate Market Set to Boom

October 29, 2009

Brazil Real EstateBrazil is set for a major property boom when international buyers return in large numbers as upcoming international events fuel Brazil’s growing economy.

Executive chairman at construction firm Confide Brasil Javier Fernandez-Pena says that in recent years property developers have been keeping international buyers in mind. However, the current economic downturn has diminished the amount of developments. Yet the growing domestic sector has stepped into the picture and is helping the market to keep growing.

Mr. Fernandez-Pena predicts good things for the future, “International buyers will come back to Brazil as it is starting to be seen as fashionable or the location of the next real estate boom.” He suggested that 2016 Olympic host Rio de Janeiro will offer a “tremendous opportunity” to attract such buyers.

Mr. Fernandez-Pena was one of a number of speakers at the Why Brazil? Why Now? event in London.

Among the others at the event were coordinator for inward investment at the ministry of tourism Laercio Souza, who noted that thanks to the domestic market, towns such as Santa Cantarina and Florianopolis are already emerging as popular second-home destinations.