Housing in Brazil: A surge of new construction impacting vacancy rates, prices

    Oct 09, 2018 @ 01:10 PM / by Rose Allen

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as seen during a recent AIRINC survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Anne Benjamin.

    Brazilian Housing

    Demand has not kept up with the surge of new construction in Brazil. This gap has led to higher vacancy rates and lower or more negotiable rents. Landlords with vacant units are still responsible for expensive maintenance fees and IPTU taxes, and some may be willing to lower the rent to secure a tenant.

    Fewer expatriates are being assigned to Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic construction boom created many vacant executive-quality units in Barra da Tijuca, but with several companies moving from Barra da Tijuca to downtown areas, new incoming assignees are likely to prefer downtown to Barra, triggering more vacancies and even lower rents. Demand has increased in Sao Paulo, but supply still exceeds demand.


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    Topics: Housing, Expatriate Housing, Brazil, Data Points, Insights and Experience, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

    Rose Allen

    Written by Rose Allen