In 2010, Brazil’s economy was bustling, the middle-class was growing, and the 2016 Rio Olympics looming. Today’s outlook – hampered by lackluster GDP growth, investor and political distractions – is quite a bit less exuberant. Find out why with this updated information on doing business in Brazil.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Economic Climate

The Economic Context of Brazil (Nordea, Nov. 15, 2019)

Why the Future of Brazil’s Economy Rides on Pensions (The Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2019)

Brazil Steers Clear of Recession as Second Quarter GDP Growth Accelerates (Reuters, Aug. 29, 2019)

Brazil Economic Growth Outlook for 2019 Sinks to Fresh Lows (Bloomberg, Apr. 22, 2019)

How Sky-High Interest Rates are Choking Economic Growth in Brazil (The Brazilian Report Blog, Apr. 17, 2019)

Brazil Real Estate (realtor.com®, 2019)

Brazil - Economic Forecasts - 2019-2021 Outlook (Trading Economics, 2019)

Brazil (Country Fact Sheets – Brazil, Feb. 23, 2018) E

Real Estate Issues & Trends

Billions in Share Offerings, Low Interest Rates, Stimulate Brazil Real Estate Sector Growth (The Rio Times, Nov. 4, 2019)

Brazilian Housing Market is Recovering (Global Property Guide, Apr. 29, 2019)

Brazil is back: Brasileiros lead foreign investment in South Florida homes in 2018 (The Real Deal, Apr. 9, 2019)

Brazil Real Estate Prices Start 2019 With Nominal Decline (Rio Times, Feb. 13, 2019)

The Six Best Overseas Real Estate Markets for 2019 (REAL Trends Blog, Jan. 17, 2019)

Second Home Market

4 Best Places to Buy a Second Home Overseas in 2019 (Forbes, Jan. 18, 2019)

Brazil (Mansion Global, 2019)

The Best Places Abroad to Buy a Second Home (Investopedia, Oct. 16, 2018)

House Hunting in … Brazil (The New York Times, Sep. 11, 2018)

Real Estate Organizations & Contacts

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS): Why get the CIPS designation? — For more global news, educational opportunities, resources and tools visit National Association of REALTORS® Global home page

Search for an International REALTOR® Member — Use 'Country' drop-down feature to limit results to IRMs in BRAZIL

Cooperating Associations for Brazil: Global Alliances  From nar.realtor

COFECI/CRECI — Federal Council of Real Estate Agents


Infra Brazil GRI 2020, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12-13, 2020

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Brazil: Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette  (Kindle, eBook)

Brazil is the New America: How Brazil Offers Upward Mobility in a Collapsing World  (Kindle, eBook)

Business Across Cultures (Kindle, eBook)

Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing (eBook)

Communicating Globally (eBook)

Culture and Customs of Brazil  (Kindle, eBook)

Emerging Market Real Estate Investment : Investing in China, India, and Brazil  (Kindle, eBook)

Eye Witness Travel Guides: Brazil (eBook)

Global Color: Clues and Taboos (eBook)

Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America (Kindle, eBook)

How to Say It® Doing Business in Latin America (Kindle, eBook)

Investing in BRIC Countries : Evaluating Risk and Governance In Brazil, Russia, India, & China (Kindle, eBook)

Multicultural Manners (Kindle, eBook)

No Going Back—Buying Abroad (eBook)

Say it Right in Brazilian Portuguese (Kindle, eBook)

TravelTalk® Brazilian Portuguese (Audiobook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through NAR's Library & Archives. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call the Library & Archives at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

2017 NAR Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Profile of International Home Buying Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2019)

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