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Phase two of Minha Casa Minha Vida investment underway

19th July 2011 Print

Projects for the second phase of the largest investment in real estate in Brazil are set to start. With the publication of the rules and regulations for Minha Casa Minha Vida 2, pre-approval for the development of 860,000 homes should soon be underway.

President Dilma confirmed the next stage of Brazilian investment in social housing in June. Last week, the ministry responsible for overseeing this huge project (Ministerio de Cidades) published the legal requirements behind the construction of 860,000 properties in Brazil. Developers of Brazilian real estate can now submit projects to the authorities for approval.

Regional Distribution

The main emphasis of the second stage of Minha Casa Minha Vida concentrates on units for families with monthly income up to R$1,600. The south east region of Brazil (its most populated area) will receive 357,005 properties. Brazil’s north east has an allocation of 258,683 homes and 89,780 units will be built in the south. The north and centre-west regions will receive 82,285 and 72,247 properties respectively.

Within the regions, government investment in Brazil social housing will be higher in Sao Paulo state where over 181,000 Minha Casa Minha Vida properties will be built. Minas Gerais state with 83,880 homes has the second largest allocation followed by Rio de Janeiro (77,565). At the other end of the scale is the state of Acre in the north western corner of Brazil with just 3,306 Minha Casa Minha Vida units.

Values of Minha Casa Properties

Brazil social housing has different maximum values depending on its location. For this next stage of Minha Casa Minha Vida, these values have been raised. Reflecting its population and biggest allocation of homes in the programme, Minha Casa Minha Vida properties in Sao Paulo have the highest values.

The highest price for a social housing unit for a family earning up to R$1,600 a month in Sao Paulo is now R$65,000 for an apartment and R$63,000 for a house. Similarly high prices are found in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. For Rio Grande do Norte state, where Obelisk International Minha Casa Minha Vida investments are located, the maximum buying price is R$53,000 for an apartment and R$52,000 for a house.

Social housing in the second phase of the programme will also incorporate changes in size and construction. Solar panels are now obligatory on all units, which must also include ceramic flooring throughout and tiled bathrooms and kitchens. Provision is also included for commercial premises in apartment blocks.

Obelisk International is confident that the next stage of Minha Casa Minha Vida will continue the success of the first. The alterations in value are important to allow developers to keep up their investment in Brazil social housing and run profit-making enterprises. Obelisk International has advanced plans to develop several more Minha Casa Minha Vida projects in north east Brazil and thereby continue to offer investors one of the best portfolio additions on the market.

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