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Where to Buy Properties in Brazil

Where to Buy Properties in Brazil

Brazil is one of the best places for investing in Real Estate right now. Things are still cheap, but business is booming and will continue to grow. If you are still not convinced, check our Why Buying Real Estate in Brazil page.

Now that you are sure that you want to buy a property in Brazil, the next steps are where to buy real estate in Brazil and how to buy real estate in Brazil.

BrazilOasis Real Estate Portal

BrazilOasis Real Estate Portal is a partner who work with us to select the best properties available in Brazil for acquisition by foreign buyers. BrazilOasis offers a real estate portal easy to use with search features enabling searches by state, cities, type of property, and price range. You can also do searches based on a map view.

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BrazilOasis focus on higher end real estate in Brazil. When purchasing properties in Brazil with the support of BrazilOasis, you count with the experience of a group specializing in representing the interests of foreign buyers and investors.

Safest Investments

The safest investments are usually those made in urban areas of Brazil. Solid title registration practices and solid historical market growth make these areas appropriate for larger investments (e.g.: from USD 250,000 to a few million dollars).

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are by far the first choices for international investors, but other capitals such as Fortaleza, Sao Luis, Campo Grande, Belem, Curitiba, Recife, Natal, Porto Alegre, Florianopolis, and Palmas have been consistently well regarded as prime markets.

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Safest Cities in Brazil

In 2021, some of the safest cities to live in Brazil based on the rate of homicides per every 100,000 residents are:

State of Sao Paulo

  • Indaiatuba
  • Valinhos
  • Jundiai
  • Limeira
  • Americana
  • Braganca Paulista
  • Santos
  • Araraquara
  • Itatiba

Santa Catarina

  • Jaragua do Sul
  • Brusque
  • Tubarao
  • Lages

Minas Gerais

  • Passos
  • Araxa
  • Varginha
  • Barbacena

Complete list of the 25 Safest Cities in Brazil

In this list, we have the 25 safest Brazilian cities along with the exact rate of homicides per 100,000 residents based on public data from 2017.

  1. Jaú (SP) 2.7
  2. Indaiatuba (SP) 3.5
  3. Valinhos (SP) 4,7
  4. Jaraguá do Sul (SC) 5.5
  5. Brusque (SC) 5.8
  6. Jundiaí (SP) 6.1
  7. Passos (MG) 7.2
  8. Limeira (SP) 7.7
  9. Americana (SP) 7.7
  10. Bragança Paulista (SP) 7.7
  11. Santos (SP) 7.8
  12. Araxá (MG) 7.9
  13. Araraquara (SP) 7.9
  14. São Caetano (SP) 7.9
  15. Tubarão (SC) 8.1
  16. Varginha (MG) 8.3
  17. Mogi das Cruzes (SP) 8.3
  18. Itatiba (SP) 8.3
  19. Catanduva (SP) 8.4
  20. Sertãozinho (SP) 8.5
  21. Santa Bárbara d'Oeste (SP) 8.5
  22. Lages (SC) 8.8
  23. Birigui (SP) 8.9
  24. Franca (SP) 9.1
  25. Barbacena (MG) 9.9

Why you don't see other states in this list?

Unfortunately, the North and Northeast states in Brazil have the highest rates of violence due to, among other factors, heavy inequality and income distribution. States in the South are usually safer, although the states of Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina, and Minas Gerais are the three states bearing all the cities with the best rankings (meaning lower rates of homicides).

As a reference, the average rate of homicides in the largest Brazilian cities is 41.1 for every 100,000 residents and 25.4 for the smallest ones.

State-wise, the average for states in the Northeast of the country is 49.8, and for states in the South is 23.9. Sao Paulo is by far the safest state in the country with only 14.3 homicides for every 100,000 residents.

Cheapest Investments

Interestingly, a large number of acquisitions by foreigners are made in the coastal areas of famous tourist destinations. Such acquisitions usually happen when foreign citizens are offered a "once-in-a-life-time opportunity" while spending their vacations in Brazil. Of course, these "opportunities" are not as good as the realtors and developers want you to believe, but they do look extremely attractive due to the low amounts charged for beach-front or close-to-beach-front properties.

Fortaleza and the state of Ceara is certainly the number one area for such markets, but cities in other areas of the Northeast of the country also experience the same. One of the risks involved in such acquisition is the possibility of legislation blocking temporarily the issuing of authorizations for new construction. Some areas like Beberibe (Fortaleza / Ceara) have refused to allow new beach-front constructions in certain areas for several years now.

Our experience tells that such investments are usually not as safe and lucrative as investments in the urban areas of Brazil, but they may make sense for some investors as long as these acquisitions are properly registered at the registration offices (cartórios) and the titles are duly transferred to the name of the foreign citizen before full payment is provided to the seller.

Other Options to Find Homes for Sale in Brazil

There are dozens of other real estate websites in Brazil. The main websites to check when looking for properties in Brazil are:

BrazilOasis -

Viva Real -


Zap Imóveis -

ImovelWeb -

* These web addresses are made available for your convenience. We do not endorse any of these websites or the listings within them.

How to Access Homes for Sale Websites in Brazil in English

Most of these Homes for Sale websites are available only in Portuguese. However, you can overcome this issue by using the auto-translator available in the Chrome browser. To activate the auto-translation, simply right-click with your mouse while navigating the website and choose "Translate to English" (see how to use this feature and how the translated page will look like)

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Specific Areas in Brazil

By investing in Brazilian real estate, you are taking advantage of the growing culture. You can invest in real estate to rent it out to tenants, or you can “flip” houses by trading. However, you should first make sure that the area in which you plan on investing is geographically fit for your intended purposes. The geography of Brazil is a good way to see where real estate investments might work best.

Northern Brazil

The north of Brazil is rich with rainforests that give way to beautiful beaches. This area is relatively underdeveloped, which makes initial investments cheap. It is the perfect area for luxury properties surrounded by endless natural beauty. The unexplored feel of the area gives it an air of exclusivity. In that way, low cost investments are sure to yield high returns for people looking to splurge on their own private hideaway. The northern area of Brazil, specifically Rio Grande do Norte, is unique in that; though it is underdeveloped, it is a location relatively safe.

Coastal Brazil

Many cities along the coast are tourist destinations. Unlike properties in the north that could be residential refuges, the coastal towns in Brazil are bustling and laid back. If you’re interested in investing in vacation property, cities such as Pernambuco are excellent choices. The warm waters, white sands and popular water sports attract people from all over the world year round. Unlike areas with changing seasons, investing in vacation property on the coast of Brazil will never give you a down season. Some coastal towns in Brazil such as Alagoas are actually better for Brazilians looking to take a vacation. Tourism is cheaper, so you will not get as high of a return as if you were renting out to global travelers, but Brazilian tourists can be expected year round.

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Developed Cities

Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are the largest cities in Brazil. If you intend to make a real estate investment that is more focused on business than tourism and residency, you should consider purchasing property in either of these cities. Sao Paulo is located slightly more inland, and it is the center of finance. Rio is located closer to the coast, and it is a center for art and entertainment.

From the Investor's Perspective

If you’re looking to invest in real estate in Brazil, it is certainly a choice filled with opportunity. There are many options for the type of investment you can make, and your choice of location should be based on the purpose of your property. If your intention is to attract tourists, any coastal city will yield year round visitors. For cheap residencies with a high rental price, the underdeveloped northern cities are on the rise. For any type of property that is business-related, Brazil’s cities will prove to be the best choice. If you need help taking the next step, speak with a Brazilian investment attorney for advice.

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