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 the member's nar.realtor login.

Economic Climate

Government and Institution Measures in Response to COVID-19 (KPMG, May 27, 2020)

The Impact of Coronavirus in Brazil: Uneven Prospects across Industries (Euromonitor International, Apr. 14, 2020)

Brazil 2020 Economic Outlook Darkens After Lowest GDP Growth in Three Years (Reuters, Mar. 4, 2020)

Model Combined of Times Series for Sales Forecast for the Residence Real Estate Market of São Paulo (Real Estate Finance, Spring 2020) E

Brazil’s Economic Reforms Are Reviving Its Equity Market (The Globe and Mail, Jan. 28, 2020)

Brazil: Much Work Left to Be Done (Deloitte Insights, Jan. 9, 2020)

The Economic Context of Brazil (Nordea, May 15, 2020)

Real Estate Issues & Trends

Coronavirus Halts Recovery in Brazil Real Estate Market, Dashes IPO Plans (Reuters, Apr. 1, 2020)

Brazil’s House Prices Continue to Fall (Global Property Guide, Mar. 27, 2020)

Effects of Covid-19 on the Brazilian Real Estate and Construction Sectors (Mayer Brown, Mar. 24, 2020)

Buying and Selling Real Estate in Brazil (JD Supra, Jan. 2, 2020)

Brazil Real Estate (realtor.com®, 2020)

Second Home Market

Global Property Markets Post-Pandemic—How and Where COVID-19 Is Creating Opportunity (Forbes, May 7, 2020)

Buying a Beach House in Brazil in 2020? 5 Key Questions to Think About (Brazil Beach House, Apr. 27, 2020)

5 Countries Where Real Estate Is Still Incredibly Cheap (Live and Invest Overseas, Apr. 16, 2020)

FAQ's about Buying Property in Brazil, Mortgages, Visas and Bank Accounts (Brazil Overseas Property, 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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