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The imposition of 19% VAT on property sales in Chile hasn't killed the market

Oct 05, 2017 | 0 Comment(s)

Trend: house prices up 2.11% y-o-y in Q2 
Chile’s housing market remains weak. On a quarterly basis, house prices increased slightly by 0.79% in Q2 2017.
Chile’s economy grew by about 1.6% in 2016, the lowest growth since 2009 when the economy contracted by 1.6%, according to the IMF. 
Analysis:  the impact of last year's imposition of 19% VAT on property sales by "habitual sellers" such as real estate companies is diminishing
Home sales in Greater Santiago (after a significant drop last year) rose by 46% to 7,324 units during the year to Q1 2017, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC), compensating for last year's slump. 
Rents, rental yields: moderate yields in Santiago at 4.26%
Santiago apartment costs are low at around $2,771 per sq. m. 
Chile: city centre apartment, buying price, monthly rent (120 sq.m.) 
   Buying price  Rent per month  Yield
 Santiago  $332,520  $1,181  4.26%
Recent news. The economy is expected to expand by 1.7% this year and by 2.3% in 2018.


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