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Initially published at the end of March 2014 on “Rádio CBN”, please take the time to view this very interesting English subtitled radio interview with renowned architect and urbanist Raquel Rolnik, addressing a range of contemporary issues related to Brazil´s heavily populated metropolitan regions – notably focusing on mobility and housing for low income groups.

Whilst it is often difficult to truly establish the direction at which the Brazil property market is moving, a number of key observations can be made by looking at what is happening on the ground level.  It takes a short trip to most of the medium to larger cities to...

A translated article written by Ruban Selvanayagam for the Mercado Impacto blog (also republished on Next Billion Brasil)… One of the most enigmatic questions surrounding sustainable growth in the large majority of emerging nations is how to reach the increasingly complicated goal of delivering dignified housing to the majority of the population, both in a socially and environmentally cohesive manner.

Ruban Selvanayagam interviews Fernando Haddad Moura from the base of the pyramid housing organistion, TETO Brazil – exploring community intervention and transitional housing in Brazil´s favelas.

A recent online article published by GLOBO, Rio de Janeiro has reported that several of the larger Minha Casa, Minha Vida housing developments are witnessing a range of post-conclusion management issues – principally related to payment delinquencies on water, light, gas and condominium management costs (in some cases reaching 90%) as well as the growth of informal business activity, illegal energy tapping and even drug dealing.

A news report published in January 2014 on the 13 month delay of a 1,500 low income housing development constructed under the “My House, My Life” program in Espírito Santo (south east Brazil) – a problem exacerbated by the heavy storms that hit the region in recent months.

Some interesting commentary directly extracted from the Bolha Imobiliária (Property Bubble) blog – exploring the performance of three of Brazil´s leading real estate developers: MRV, Rossi and Cyrela. Note the text is not entirely reflective of my own market opinions.

Whilst still favourite at the opinion polls, on the cusp of the Worker´s Party re-election campaign, the pressures on Dilma Rousseff´s government continue to intensify as the discontentment demonstrated during the manifestations continues, the Mensalão corruption scandal protagonists become seemingly immune the weight of the law and a wave of...

Please see the September 2013 statistics and graphs (released mid-month) with information related to Brazil’s real estate and land industry by clicking on the link above – including the property price variation index, OECD composite leading indicators, inflation statistics, the SELIC interest rate, housing / private / commercial sector lending, percentage changes in construction costs, consumer spending levels, consumer / industrial / business confidence, real earnings and unemployment.

A recent analysis undertaken by Robert Shiller, Yale University professor and co-creator of the Case-Shiller US home price index, pointed that the housing bubble bursts principally in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo could have harmful effects on the Brazilian economy. “I am not affirming that there is a property...

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