Are You Looking to Purchase Real Estate in Brazil?

By: , dated January 25th, 2013

Increasingly, you may hear that investing in real estate is a good option for your financial future.
Did you know, though, that investing in overseas real estate can be a better idea than investing domestically?
Investing in real estate in Brazil is an excellent idea for a number of reasons.

Brazil is in the top five of the largest countries in the world, leaving lots of areas for real estate
investors. Moreover, the areas Brazil encompasses include more than four thousand miles of beautiful
coastline property, the massive Amazon, rainforests, mining towns, mountains, and towns like Sao Paulo
and Rio de Janeiro. With a cost of living that is significantly lower than the United States,
Brazil seems like the perfect place for your first overseas property investment. However, there are
several things that you need to know before you can begin buying and selling in Brazil.

One of the first things you should know is that you must have a CPF, or a Brazilian tax registration
card. In order to get this piece of identification, you should first have your birth certificate
translated into Portuguese (the national language of Brazil) by a member of the nearest Brazilian consulate.

The next step requires a bit of travel, but it will put you well on your way to starting
the investment process. Some individuals are eligible to apply for a CPF through the Receita Federal website,
but check with your Brazilian consulate to be sure. If not eligible, travel to Banco de Brasil with
both your translated birth certificate and your passport. This major Brazilian bank is headquartered
in Brasilia, and while there are branches in major cities like New York, they are only available
for larger corporations and traveling Brazilian nationals. A fee is required for your CPF, and
twenty-four hours later, you can pick up your CPF number at Receita Federal, also located in Brasilia.

You need to set up a post office box somewhere in the country, as your new card can only be mailed
to a Brazilian address. This step will occur within the next two months. During the course of
your first few investments, it is best to use an English-speaking broker in the area that you wish
to invest in. Not only will it help you to understand the country as a whole, it may also help
you to identify some of the deals that you might have overlooked. It also helps to ensure that
you have to engage in very little travel, if you prefer it that way.

When you're ready to choose an area for investment, talking to other Brazilian investors
would be helpful, but some of the best spots to invest in include Rio de Janerio, which is
considered to be a civil war zone by many, but has some of the hottest properties in the world,
Buzios, one of the best beach resorts for international travelers, and Teresopolis,
a beautiful mountain town. There are many websites dedicated to helping international investors
find the perfect property, and lots of local Brazilian real estate brokers specialize in
dealing with international investors.

Investing in property overseas is a great idea for your financial future, and at the moment, Brazil
is the one of the best places to invest in.

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4 Responses to “Are You Looking to Purchase Real Estate in Brazil?”

  1. Alexia Duarte says:

    I’m an investment consultant in Brazil with several foreign clients and I can honestly say that all of them are thoroughly satisfied with their purchases and moreover, with their profits. Having lived most of my life in Britain, I have come to learn how investing in countries which cheaper but evergrowing real estate make this attractive market a more than profitable way of investing oversears. It’s safe, it’s profitable, it’s good business.

    • rachid moussaid says:

      I am interested in investing in real estate in Brazil for long term. My question is : Can I as a non resident upon selling a property and reinvesting the money in another avoid the capital gain tax or does it have to be paid every time I sell a property. I read that there is a law that allows for 6 months window to reinvest the money. or is this only for residents.

      • Alexia Duarte says:

        As long as you buy an off-plan property, you do not have to pay any taxes because in Brazil they are only applicable once the building, for example, is finished and habitable. Therefore, if you buy an off-plan and resell it before it is finished, you pay no taxes at all. Now, if you buy and sell something that is already constructed, you need to buy something else in the next 6 months in order to avoid these taxes. For long term investments, adjustments can be made depending on what you are aiming at. The off-plan investment usually grants your money back doubled in 2-3 years.

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