- Prosperity, Beauty and Beaches in Florianopolis, Brazil
Posted on December 6, 2013 by John Clites
Home to 420,000 people, Florianopolis is often referred to by its residents as “the other Brazil.” For one thing, there is the evident prosperity, from brand-name jeans to the latest-model cars. The streets and sidewalks are clean. Unemployment is low, as is the crime rate. There are parks and pedestrian plazas. And the city is large enough to offer most services that you might need, without the problems of a bigger metropolis.
- You Could Have Doubled Your Investment if You’d Taken My Advice…
Posted on October 23, 2013 by Ronan McMahon
At Real Estate Trend Alert my beat is to find places where real estate is undervalued and where something is set to happen that means values will increase. I call this “the trigger event.” This trigger event could be a fast-growing, new, middle class or new infrastructure projects that will bring improved accessibility.
Brazil’s national volleyball team trains in Saquarema. You can see some world-class players practicing and competing. Beach volleyball is also extremely popular with amateurs. The most popular tourist stop is the Nossa Senhora de Nazareth church, located atop a hill with sweeping views of both the ocean and the lagoon. It’s a great place to watch the sunsets.
Cariocas, the laid-back residents of sensuous Rio de Janeiro, welcome 1.5-million vacationers a year. But when it’s time for their own vacations, many of them head to the Região dos Lagos, or “Lakes Region,” also known as the Costa do Sul (Southern Coast).
The best beaches in the world are in Brazil. Ask a Brazilian and he will tell you Brazil’s best beaches are in the northeast, centered on Fortaleza. Miles of wide and deep white-sand beaches connect little fishing villages and kite surfing outposts.
- Cumbuco: A Great Place to Have a Beach Home in Brazil
Posted on December 12, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
West of Fortaleza on Brazil’s northeast coast, wide white-sand beaches stretch to the horizon. You can drive for hours along these beaches. Charming fishing villages with cobbled streets and well-maintained town centers sit just off the sand.
What may surprise you is that when most Brazilians vacation at the beach, they don’t go to Rio. Instead, they head to the state of Ceara on Brazil’s northeast coast. It’s Brazil’s top domestic tourist destination.
Some things in life are simple. For instance, I do almost all my clothes shopping when stores are running their winter or summer sales. You get exactly the same stuff…only cheaper. If you’re a dedicated fashion follower, this won’t work.
Fortaleza in Brazil’s north-east, where the country’s new middle class comes for its beach vacation, is doing particularly well. With over three million visitors each year it has cemented its place as Brazil’s biggest domestic tourism destination.
- Buying a $15,000 Beach House in Brazil Isn’t Easy—Here’s How
Posted on July 20, 2011 by Ronan McMahon
Wow. A home in a safe, charming beach village for $15,000. This ﬁnd was an unexpected discovery. It felt like I was drilling for oil and struck gold.
Dividends “pay you” to own a stock…they can give you a regular income and they can help you pick proﬁtable, mature companies that generate lots of cash. My favorite way to “get paid” dividends is in the Brazilian power-generating sector.
- Is This the “Holy Grail” of Agriculture Investing?
Posted on July 18, 2011 by Chris Hunter
The last decade hasn’t been kind to paper assets. Meanwhile, hard assets – such as oil, gold, copper and food commodities – have all been hitting record highs.
- This “Mammoth” Commodities Trend Is Still on Course
Posted on July 16, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Most of the time, the talking heads on CNBC churn out nothing but “noise.” The kind of stuff that’s more likely to cloud your investing outlook than make it any clearer.
A lot of people are worried about the direction of the world right now. Greece looks set to default. China is fending off allegations of securities fraud. And back in the U.S. there are fears of a double-dip recession.
Subscribers to International Living magazine regularly learn of little-known retirement and investment opportunities, like the ones I’m about to reveal—straight from the current issue of the magazine…
- Beer: The Best Way to Cash in on Brazil’s Growing Middle Class
Posted on June 20, 2011 by Chris Hunter
There’s a special art to drinking beer in Brazil. One of my favorite haunts is Bar Filial in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo. Sit at a table there, and it will be mere seconds before a waiter in a starched white jacket and a black bowtie glides up to you with a tray of recently-pulled draft beers.
Attendees at this week’s International Real Estate Investment Forum in Toronto heard about a new deal in Brazil. Brazil is now a middle class country. And it’s bursting with millionaires. More and more Brazilians can afford to retire to chic beach cities like Joao Pessoa.
I thrive on new adventures and places. I’ve spent time in Asia and Central America, but before moving to Brazil two years ago, I’d never set foot in South America. I’m drawn to dynamic places that have a strong economy and good prospects for the future. Brazil fits this profile.