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  • #276057

    AnophitVono
    Member

    Me and my wife are planning to move to southern RJ, constructing a house then starting a pousada/restaurant.
    None of us have any ties to Brazil so I expect some sparring with the authoreties.
    I’ve lived in Bahia before for two years (overstayed my tourist visa) so I like to think that I have the culture pegged somewhat.
    But I can be humble enough to say that I don’t trust my Portugese enough to handle a land purchase and all that comes with it.
    So I need help with the following.
    -English speaking lawyer in RJ or Sao Paulo that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.
    -Good solid construction firm in the same area that are trustworthy when it comes to deadlines and prices.
    -And how to move about R$250.000 from Sweden to a Brazilian account.
    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

  • #276066

    Don’t waste your time with any ideas about investing anywhere in Brasil. It’s almost impossible to make a living here.

  • #276070

    AnophitVono
    Member

    That was gloomy.
    Anyone else got any ideas?

  • #276074

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Welcome aboard! Starting a restaurant & pousada has always been a dream of mine, and one I am still working on. It can be just as easy as rolling up and buying a ready made property, but of course, real estate deals overseas can be complex, and particularly so in Brazil where land ownership laws are fraught with problems. However, it can be done.

    I cannot really advise on the building company and lawyers for you – that is something you are better off doing once in country. I have been coming to Brazil since 98 and living here for almost 8 years, and finding a builder to start my project has been challenging. In my experience, you either find someone who wont get out of bed for less than a R$1m project, or you find someone who can build a good basic home, but not much else. The ones inbetween are probably in steady employment! I would suggest you find yourself an architect first and foremost. I wrote a project scope of what I wanted to build, with links to a Pinterest board showing styles that I liked, and also details of what the project was intended to be. Is it cheap beach hols, jungle spa retreat, city hostel, who your market might be etc etc. From this, I saw 3 or 4 short-listed architects and picked one. This process took six months. The plans, planning permission and preparation of the Executive Project (the ones submitted to planning) took another 6+ months.
    Southern RJ is not a place I know – but have a look online for properties that might be of interest. You will probably want to find a property that has as much of the paperwork in order as possible. Many dont have this, and it can cause problems later. There was a post with some property purchasing tips relating to rural property, that may well apply for you also – http://gringoes.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=21113&KW=sitio&PN=1&title=chacara-purchase-tips
    If you are looking for something on the coat – Paraty sort of area, this website has some lovely properties for sale there, including private islands. We can all dream, right? I would not expect any of these island to have correct legal paperwork by the way! http://www.acparaty.com.br/imoveis/venda/imoveis/
    Anyway – good luck with your plans.
  • #276089

    Nobody wins working in Brasil and locals have disdain and even racism attitudes against Gringos. Don’t even try cause in the end you will broke or dead or both.

  • #276093

    AnophitVono
    Member

    finrudd- Cheers
    Gringo.Recife- If you hate it so much why don’t you just move?

  • #276099

    I am in love with my wife’s humongous A$$ so I am stuck like chuck.

  • #276111

    Silpy Gomden
    Member

    Establishing a business in Brazil can be overwhelming. Take a look at this article which I labeled “Saga of a Pizza Maker in Rio de Janeiro”: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/jul/12/brazil-s-bureaucracy-leaves-pizza-maker/?f=business

  • #276114

    sven van ‘t Veer
    Participant

    [QUOTE=BadSushi]Me and my wife are planning to move to southern RJ, constructing a house then starting a pousada/restaurant.
    None of us have any ties to Brazil so I expect some sparring with the authoreties.
    I’ve lived in Bahia before for two years (overstayed my tourist visa) so I like to think that I have the culture pegged somewhat.
    But I can be humble enough to say that I don’t trust my Portugese enough to handle a land purchase and all that comes with it.
    So I need help with the following.
    -English speaking lawyer in RJ or Sao Paulo that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.
    -Good solid construction firm in the same area that are trustworthy when it comes to deadlines and prices.
    -And how to move about R$250.000 from Sweden to a Brazilian account.
    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]

    If you’re planning on getting an investor visa, there are specific requirements on how to get the money into Brazil.
  • #28496

    aolokdoy
    Member

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