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Real estate industry starts 2019 investing in Latin America

Most of those heard by the GRI Barometer say that their companies are investing in countries of the region.

3 MIN READMarch 20, 2019

The GRI Barometer survey shows that the leaders of the real estate industry started 2019 very willing to invest in Latin America.

Colombia and Chile appear as the major highlights in this regard. More than 74% of the leaders of companies operating in both markets heard by the GRI Club say that their organizations are investing in and/or expanding business locally in the present context. Brazil and Peru come right after them (69%), and are trailed by Mexico (59%). Argentina is the only country where the share of those stating that their companies are observing the scenario to make decisions (48%) surpasses those who report they are making investments (46%). 

Today, the real estate segment offering the most investment opportunities is, in most opinions, the residential one. It is at the top of the preference ranking in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The first place goes to another area, the office one, only in Argentina.

Performance of companies, the industry and the economy

The rationale for this predominantly investor spirit seems to come essentially from an expectation that there will be favorable business results in the region in the upcoming 12 months. In five of the six countries that the GRI Club surveyed (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru), the share of those reporting positive figures for their companies locally ranges from 68% (Mexico) to 84% (Chile). This group is below 50% and is close to that which signals regular figures (42%) only in Argentina.

When it comes to the performance of the real estate industry as a whole in each country, a positive outlook prevails again, except for Argentina and Mexico, where more than half of those asked by the GRI Club think that performance tends to be regular. Chile is where there is the most optimism: 93% say that the market will go through a good phase in the year. Brazil and Peru also rank well in this item (77%).

Insofar as the economy is concerned, there is a relatively balanced distribution among those who believe that the local GDPs will perform similarly to recent months and those who believe in improvement. The exception here is Mexico and Brazil, but for quite different reasons. Mexico is the only country surveyed for which there is significant pessimism about the economy (43% believe it will worsen). Brazil, meanwhile, is where there is the most optimism in this area (90% see progress).

The GRI Barometer periodically captures the mood of the real estate market leaders in various parts of the world. For this survey, the GRI Club listened to 256 players operating in Latin America during February. Last year, the GRI Club had also identified a positive mood regarding Latin America.

Check out the GRI Barometer results for each of the Latin American countries surveyed in 2019:

Latin America GRI 2019

Real estate industry prospects, business and investment opportunities and trends that are likely to drive the market in Latin America will be under debate at Latin America GRI 2019, which will be held in New York on March 27 and 28. Check out the program and find out how to participate alongside the main names of the real estate industry in the region. 

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