- May 1, 2011: Vol. 5, Number 5

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Brazil Turning Heads: Investors Are Taking a Long Look and Liking What They See

by David Lynn, Tim Wang and Cassondra Mehlum

It seems as if Brazil is on nearly everyone’s radar screen these days. Brazil benefits from a large and expanding economy, a growing urban population and youthful demographic profile, expanding real estate market capitalisation, lessened levels of systemic market risk, and proven political and financial stability. Furthermore, strong capital appreciation and high rental growth rates were recorded in the real estate markets of the country during its economic recovery from 2004 through to the middle of 2008. Going forward, we believe that this strong performance will likely continue despite a temporary slowdown brought on by the global recession.

Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country both in terms of area and population. It is currently the world’s eighth-largest economy, and is expected to be the world’s fifth-largest economy by 2050. Brazil’s enormous size and sharp regional disparities require a more nuanced view of investment poten

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