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Parcelas in Chile
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Parcelas in Puerto VarasThe term “parcela” (yes, italics and double quotes) in relation to real estate in Chile is commonly used, such as “vendo parcela” or simply “parcelas”. It is often translated as simply “property parcel” or “lots” in English; however, the term “parcela” in Chile has a much more loaded legal and cultural meaning  besides “piece of land for sale”. We would like to unpack the meaning of “parcela” a bit more for the foreigner looking to buy property in Southern Chile; and perhaps, also for a few expats in Chile that already own a parcela. Understanding "parcelas" in the context of Chilean real estate is important because they are often one of the best ways to buy property in Chile with very little money; yet, also have beautiful rural land that is ready to build without the costly investment in infrastructure such as wells, roads, electric lines or needing to live in an urban town or city in Southern Chile.
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Frutillar Real Estate
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theater del lago frutillar ChileFrutillar sits just north of the larger sister city of Puerto Varas on Lake Llanquihue. As the market for real estate in Chile goes, and in particular real estate in Southern Chile goes, Frutillar is sitting at a cross-roads between small rural summer vacation town in Southern Chile and becoming the super international retirement destination in South America. We want to take a brief look at the recent trends in real estate in Frutillar, Chile and where they are going.
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Chiloe Real Estate
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Chiloe Real EstateChiloe Island off the coast of Southern Chile and South America is a unique real estate market for properties and land in Chile. It is not really the Patagonia of Chile, and it is not exactly like buying real estate in the rest of Chile. For one, it is an Island with a large coastline. On the other hand, it is an Island located only about 15 minute ferry ride from the mainland of Southern Chile. So, it is also connected. Chiloe has for the most part maintained its independence as a fishing culture, but at the same time given up some of that culture to industry mostly focused on the Salmon farms that dot the bays and coastline. We wish to take a brief look at some of what sets Chiloe apart from the rest of Chile.

 

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Patagonia Real Estate and Land Basics
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futaleufu_chile_south_americaBuying property, land, or real estate in the Patagonia of Chile can be, well, different. Even for many Chileans from the the more central regions of Chile, the cultural change is sufficiently dramatic  that how business is conducted can catch them by surprise. This is especially true when it comes to foreigners buying real estate in the South of Chile. We want to take a look at why buying real estate in the Patagonia of Chile is different, how to approach it, what to expect, and what exactly is the “Chilean Patagonia”.
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Chile Real Estate: Los Lagos, Region X Property
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asc_ptovaras_photo_essay12Real Estate and Land in Los Lagos region ( Lakes Region ) of Chile is a fairly broad category for several reasons. First, it is simply a very big territory. It includes properties as far North as Osorno, and as far south as in the Patagonia such as places like Chaiten and Futuelefu. The property markets and the cultures are likewise diverse. We have big cities such as Puerto Montt and Osorno, and the popular tourism destinations of Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Puyehue, and Futeleufu. Simply put, the diversity of the lakes region of Chile has some of the best property and communities to live in Southern Chile. We are going to take a brief look at major locations and their features that foreigners might find attractive when looking for real estate in Chile. This in no way will be comprehensive, and details will be covered in independent articles on each. The los Lagos region use to be much larger, before the division of Los Lagos in two regions. Los Rios region is one of the newest regions in the country with the city of Valdivia as its capital.
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Puerto Varas Chile Real Estate
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asc_ptovaras_photo_essay1Puerto Varas has grown over the last five years from a simple tourist town / bedroom community of Puerto Montt, to a full city in its own right.  Major national grocery stores, bars, restaurants, a casino, numerous five star hotels have all added to the growth of this small city on the shores of Lake Lake Llanquihue.  Along with that transformation has also come a maturing real estate market. Gone are the days of a town built around mostly cabins for tourist. Now both Chileans and foreigners call Puerto Varas home all year. The strategic location of Puerto Varas in Southern Chile, established tourism industry, and excellent infrastructure has turned Puerto Varas in to a bit of a meca for foreigners and expats over the years.  Puerto Varas is now the hub for many services for sister cities along the lake such as Frutillar and Ensenada, about 20 mins around the lake in either direction.
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Chile Real Estate 2009
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asc_property_futa_la_dificultad20_horse250Well, not much changed in the real estate market in Chile this year; and that is likely what  is so news worthy for the 2009 to 2010 year, considering the international economic crisis. Although Real Estate prices in Chile did decline or stay flat, they in no way suffered the same collapse as other expat or retirement destinations such as Panama, Spain, or Costa Rica. Even the other neighbors in South America just over the boarder in Argentina took more of a hit to property prices. We will take a look at the most notable Changes in Southern Chile, and Chile in general this year.

 

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Chile: Top Latin American Real Estate Market
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You may have seen our own annual top real estate in Chile or top real estate in Southern Chile articles we publish every year. It seems we are not the only ones that thinks Chile, South America is a good place to invest in real estate, and it is not often I get to quote myself being quoted (how nice). Well, that is what we are doing with the republication of this article on the Top 5 Latin American Real Estate Markets published by Nuwire Investor. One of my many ramblings about real estate in Chile was picked up and sited for why Nuwire Investor believes Chile to be the number one investment destination in Latin America. Thanks to the editor of nuwireinvestor.com for passing this article along to us.
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Real Estate in Chile 2008: Top Five Hottest Markets in Southern Chile
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This is the All Southern Chile and Patagonia top five hottest markets for 2008 for foreigners and Expats wishing to invest in Southern Chile and Patagonia. We take a tour through the trends we have found in 2007 to help you make a choice for buying in 2008 and beyond.

Much has changed this year, both in terms of what is avaible on the market and the number of people searching for real estate in Chile. The most notable change in the Southern real estate market is the steady trend away from Chile as just a vacation destination, towards Southern Chile as a place to retire and live. There is also another new trend with recent strength of the Peso against the dollar in terms of investors looking for a safe haven from shaky real estate markets in other parts of the World. I will also include here my own All Southern Chile editor's pick for 2008. It is an area often overlooked by most Chileans and foreigners wanting to buy real estate in the South of Chile.
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Home and Land Prices in Chile
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chile house prices Pricing a home in Chile or real estate in Chile is a bit different from other places in the World. In fact, trying to put a fair market value on any property, home, or real estate in Chile is really really different from other locations in Latin America, South America, and the World. Thus, it is one of the most confusing things for our clients considering buying property in Chile. We take a look at what you need to consider when trying to determine the fair market value of houses in Chile and properties in general. As this is a complex subject, we will try to at least outline the basics of the problem in Chile and the cultural phenomena behind it.
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Real Estate Law in Chile, South America: Conducting a Title Search
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notarysealUnlike most of South America and Latin America, Chile's legal system is very well organized, fair, and corruption free; unfortunately, it is also safe to buy property in Chile because of the numerous layers of administrative and legal bureaucracy that safeguard buyers and property owners rights in the Chilean real estate market. Having an attorney conduct a title search is the first step when considering a property for purchase in Chile, and is not optional if you want the security generated by that bureacracy.
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South America Property Hunting: Real Estate Anthropology 101
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patagonia_realestate_IMG_1177 We are frequently asked how we find the properties we list on All Southern Chile or how to go about finding a property in Chile, when there are very few signs that say 'se vende' or 'for sale'. Well, since we are not real estate agents, we will just tell you. What we do is far closer to what Cultural Anthropologist do, then what a real estate agents does anyway. These tips will likely work for just about any country in Latin America, but are specific to southern Chile and the Patagonia.
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Top Five Hottest Real Estate Markets in Patagonia and Southern Chile 2007
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If there is a real estate bubble in southern Chile, it is around Pucon and Lake Villarrica.
This is our 2006 list of the top five locations for buying land or real estate in Southern Chile and Patagonia for investment purposes. We will approach this from a relatively short term five to ten year horizon of increasing land values. We believe that beyond a ten year period Patagonia and Southern Chile land values will increase overall dramatically. Of course, if you are buying property to enjoy nature and could care less about the real estate value then your returns are already locked in. For the rest of the people looking for a return on their investment in southern Chile, please read on.

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How To Buy Property In Chile: The Property Tax Issues
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Chile is not like the United States, where even tax experts and the IRS
have to close their eyes and guess at what the tax law means.

The classic saying goes that there are only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. We would add a third: tax increases. All property in Chile recently went through the process of revaluation, and very few properties in Chile managed to escape an increase in the tax for 2006. We will explain basics of the property tax system in Chile, and what the new tax rate means for you when buying and owning property and real estate in Chile. We will also tell you where you can check the tax online for individual properties in Chile.   buying real estate in chile propety tax issues
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Finding a Real Real Estate Agent
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The first problem we encountered was their unwillingness to tell us
what properties they had for sale or rent.
Latin America in general is not particularly famous for the regulation of the real estate industry. In places like Guatemala, the country is five times larger on paper than in physical geography. In terms of government registration of property, Chile does not suffer from such problems. What is still lacking is any type of standards or regulation of the real estate agents. There is no legal barrier, beyond the general requirements for opening a business, to anyone's becoming a real estate agent; and the business practices of the agents reflect it. We take a look at some of the problems with the real estate industry, and what to watch out for in purchasing properties in Chile.  Problems with Real Estate Agents in Chile
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How to Buy Real Estate in Chile: The Legal Issues
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Well, like most things related to law, the devil is in the details.

Southern Chile Real EstateThere is more than a little confusion on the Internet about how to buy property in Chile as a foreigner. There are many articles dealing with all the great deals in Chile, which often include a few fuzzy details about the legal requirements, but a surprising few that really dig into the detailed legal issues involved. Here we hope to sort out a few of the misconceptions, but certainly not all of them, when it comes to buying property in Chile as a foreigner. In this article we touch on the basics of the procedures, the Cost, the contract requirements, and the difference between a RUT and RUN ID systems that are required to purchase a property in Chile.



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The Real Estate Market and Investment in Southern Chile
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This is perhaps just a lot of speculation; but, however much speculation this might be, major companies seem to be doing a lot more of it with their investment money.

Real Estate market in Southern ChileThe South of Chile is one of those places that has been overlooked for years by Real Estate investors, and especially foreign investors. Only in the last few years have big purchases of land by foreigners, along with Chile's decentralization, started to really move the Real Estate markets in the South of the country.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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