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.


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Economic Climate

Brazil Economy, Politics and GDP Growth Summary (The Economist Intelligence Unit, Nov. 20, 2020)

Brazil Economic Outlook (FocusEconomics, Nov. 10, 2020)

Brazil: Signs of a Recovery but Much Depends on the Pandemic (Deloitte, Oct. 15, 2020)

Brazil Government Keeps 2020 GDP Forecast at a Record 4.7% Fall (Reuters, Sep. 15, 2020)

Covid-19 in Brazil: Impacts and Policy Responses (World Bank, Jul. 10, 2020)

The Economic Context of Brazil (Nordea, Oct.15, 2020)

Real Estate Issues & Trends

Brazil MarketBeat Reports (Cushman & Wakefield, Oct. 16, 2020)

Brazilian Housing Market Is Recovering (Global Property Guide, Sep. 30, 2020)

Brazil: Scenario of the Brazilian Real Estate Market After the Pandemics (Lexlink, Sep. 9, 2020)

Investors' Perception on Brazilian Real Estate Investment (GRIHub, Aug. 11, 2020)

Brazil Housing Index (Trading Economics, Jul. 15, 2020)

Brazil's Mortgage Market Shows Resiliency During Coronavirus Pandemic (S&P Global Market Intelligence, Jun. 26, 2020)

Second Home Market

Best Countries and Cities for Real Estate Investment in 2020-2021 (Halo Financial, Nov. 19, 2020)

Investing in Brazil Should Be Your Next Move, Here’s Why (Overseas Property Alert, Sep. 29, 2020)

Invest in the Real Estate Market in Fortaleza (Escape Artist, Aug. 4, 2020)

The Best Places Abroad to Buy a Second Home (Investopedia, Jun. 8, 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


Latin America GRI Real Estate – May 2021

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.

International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2020)

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

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