Central and South America

Central & South America overview: real estate in numbers

Brazil and Chile are top targets for opportunistic acquisitions and economic growth in Central America beneifts the real estate industry. Janie Manzoori-Stamford crunches the numbers

Continent overview






29.6 yrs

Urban population Rural population Projected GDP growth rate of Fastest-growing economy: Paraguay Total wealth of ultra high net worth individuals Population growth rate per hour of fastest-growing city: Mexico City Median age of population


Investment data

Item Total H1 2015 Total H1 2016 % change YOY
Capital market flow total $677.1m $1.1bn 68.5
Domestic investment $11.3m $1.1bn 9192.8
Cross-border investment $665.8m $88.1m -86.8

Source: Real Capital Analytics

Rapid urbanisation





city dwellers city dwellers

Source: World Economic Forum

Did you know?

Central and South America is experiencing its first region-wide economic downturn since 2009, but the IMF expects the region to recover in 2016 and expand by 0.8%.

Need-to-know trends

Political crises

Top target countries for investors seeking opportunistic acquisitions are Brazil and Chile. Most economies in the region were heavily affected by the down curve of commodities prices,…

Other News


Tax, ‘toppiness’ and the non-existent Trump bump. Just what is happening in the US real estate market?

Whatever you might think of the US’s new president, many expected Donald Trump’s election to boost business and US growth in general. CBRE’s head of… Read more »

C Central and South America

Innovation is the catalyst for change

Having a voice is one thing. Making sure it is heard is an altogether trickier business, even if you are a world-renowned architect responsible for… Read more »

C Central and South America

Smart cities need intelligent infrastructure

Cities are under a lot of pressure. Once upon a time it was perfectly acceptable for global metropolises and the buildings they comprised to stand… Read more »

C Central and South America