American in Brasil

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Welcome to Brasil!

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Bem vindo ao Brasil!


I have keep this page up because it was the first page I created when I moved to Rio de Janeiro.   The people and culture have shaped my reality of making business and appreciating life in Brasil.

The World Cup was a wonderful opportunity that opened the doors for thousands of foreigners.

Though, investing in Brasil is a complicated process.  One that requires a trusted professional to guide you through. This is not easy to find for foreigners, as there are many pitfalls if you go it alone.

I am a foreign investment consultant with a ton of experience and many closed deals in Rio de janeiro. I know how to get things done here. This is very important when you are thinking to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars.

skype: mclassise

sunrise over Rio

The city of Rio de Janeiro is situated on the south-east coast of Brasil, at the inlet of Guanabara bay.  Surrounded by plush green mountains with the Christ the Redeemer statue embracing the city on one side and the aqua blue crashing waves from the warm southern Atlantic Ocean on the other.


However famous for it’s vibrating samba in the Rio Carnival celebration every February/March, which is often associated with free spirited fun and dancing until the sun rises.

The city has a lot more to offer with its wealth of culture, nature, business opportunity and friendly spirit.   There is something here for everyone!

Copacabana beach

Over 50 kilometers of white sandy paradise beaches ready to be explored by sunbathers, families, surfers and more.

Copacabana beach is the worlds most famous beach and considered by most; Rio for beginners.

The largest Urban Jungle in the world (22 sq/km) integrated into a wondrous mountain range offering a wide variety of outdoor activities.

A true “Carioca”  (Person of Rio) experience is here for you.

~american in brasil


AIB is here to honestly inform you on the history, opportunity and reality of Brasil.
Discovered by Portuguese explorers 10 years after the discovery of North America.
January 1st 1502 Gaspar de Limos captain on Pedro Alvarez Cabral’s fleet encountered Gaunabara Bay for the first time.  Thinking it was a river they named it Rio de Janeiro (river of January). 430 years later the name is unchanged and Rio is the unofficial capital and spirit of Brasil.
Similar to the States the capital was moved a couple times. First in Salvador Bahia for close to 200 years then after the discovery of gold and diamonds in Minas Gerais, Rio became the logical port city to export.  Making Rio de janeiro more important and thus became the capital in 1763 where it stayed for another 200 years.  Then in the 60’s politicians spent 50 billion moving the capital to the futuristic city of Brasilia for debatable reasons.
The political climate of the last 100 years has been all over the place with their currency changing many different times creating much unrest and distrust in the country’s financial system.
Though, during the past 16 years Brazil has made the right decisions and moves, now is enjoying an emergence as the much needed Rising Star in the World.

Brasil has an American history, people came here from all over world to find freedom and a better way of life.  Today this same thing is happening, I meet people everyday visiting Rio from Europe and North America amazed at the difference in reality versus what they hear.  This is the new land of opportunity and should be taken serious by all that can afford to diversify their holdings.

A short drive West down the coast, outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio and the Copacabana stretch there exist many great opportunities including ocean front properties.

Large sprawling condominiums with a positive economic future are abundant.

organic theropy
organic therapy


  • Investment opportunity
  • Positive growth
  • Jobs
  • Gorgeous beaches
  • Pristine, mountainous jungles
  • Beautiful people
  • Stable economy
  • Diverse culture
  • Thriving tourism industry

barra palace

Folks with a more lavish life-style can find a kings paradise in the small cities like Buzios, Angra dos Reis, Petropolis.  Less than a two hour drive from the craziness of the city in any direction from the international airport.

Family Friendly – Rio de Janeiro offers a great atmosphere to raise a family.

  • There is a healthy job market, unemployment is at a record low 6.8%.
  • Foreign employment is the reason many Americans and Europeans have and are relocating.
  • There are many foreign and national corporations settling in the commercial zones of Barra da Tijuca and Recreio, the Olympic Center of 2016.
  • There are top notch English speaking schools, warm communities, and endless child activities.
  • The natural surroundings here offer various outdoor activities for the entire family.

How nice would it be to have your children…

  • run the beach
  • play in the surf
  • learning to sail
  • mountain hike
  • exploring natures wonders
  • learning different cultures and languages

…rather than glued to the tv playing Xbox or being hypnotized by disney?  Understanding these things happen here as well, especially disney, but the Rio culture promotes a healthy balance.

learning to sail

Vacation – Are you looking for land, commercial development or your dream home?

  • Brasil has the 5th strongest economy in the world.
  • The largest quantities of natural resources on the planet.
  • The most available and desirable beach front on earth.
Rental Property – The world has a focus on Brasil; its energy, natural resource, agriculture, and water.
  • Brasil is becoming a leader in global affairs
  • Brasil has demonstrated the ability, capacity and vision to hold international summits and Galas.
  • Brasil has the richest and most diverse sources of energy.
  • Businessmen and women fly in and out of Rio daily.
  • Hundreds of thousands more flood Rio de Janeiro to experience its wonder.
  • The standard rental agreement is for 2.5 years which makes long term renting an solid option.

Purchase Process – Investing in Brasil

  • Laws are always changing and we keep you informed.
  • We are a trusted team of cross-cultured professionals to assist in your investment.

Written by American in Brasil

September 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

28 Responses

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  1. Hi Mark, it looks like all is going well for you! Have watched your Youtube videos, they look great.
    Drop me an email when you get a chance.

    Curtis Evert

    April 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  2. Hello friend. I was very happy that you showed respect for our country. The Brazil does not care much about international reviews, but when it comes from people like you, we give importance. Thank you for the affection and respect. Brazilians also love america. we love new york, orlando, miame, Vegas and more. you are always very welcome. when it comes to Brazil, visit sao paulo and Sergipe too. I was born there. is very beautiful. let me know when you’re here.!/dr.aragao

    Samuel aragão

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

  3. Mark,
    estou impressionada com a qualidade do seu trabalho!!
    Voce fala sobre o “meu” pais e “minha” cidade com todo respeito e carinho!! Sou carioca e nada me doi mais que ouvir as pessoas dizerem absurdos sobre o Rio e o Brasil em geral!Moro na Florida ha 10 anos e nao vou ao Brasil a 4 anos. Finalmente estou arrumando as malas e estarei no Rio em Julho! Can’t wait! I’m so excited!!
    I loved your blog
    You are the best!


    March 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    • Oi Fabiana!

      Thank you for your words…adoro Rio! I write in english because it’s easier 😉
      Welcome back! See you in July…Call me anytime, maybe you can join in the effort to change the world perception of Brasil. As well as experience the growth and quality of life present and on the horizon here.


      aib interactive

      March 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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    Colene Puiatti

    January 22, 2010 at 5:56 am

  5. Clearly your open minded and receptive to other ideas. Many people in the online community are a little more totalitarian. added to my socialbookmark 😀 Of course– and I probably shouldn’t even have to say this– people are free to run their own blogs as they see fit. But I get the highest value from blogs where either the author’s writing is so outstanding that the lack of comments isn’t material a combination of good writing and good comments

    Ricky Mardirossian

    January 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  6. Sorry, aber das bezweifel ich ganz stark…Baer

    Vincenzo Pass

    January 17, 2010 at 4:52 am

  7. I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles.Great post, You make 100% right points in a concise and pertinent fashion, This is a really good read for me, many thanks to the author

    Johnathon Lathrop

    January 9, 2010 at 6:37 am

  8. I have seen some crappy posts but this one really impresses me. Good work.

    Clayton Cavaretta

    December 28, 2009 at 2:55 am

  9. awwww muito fofo!



    December 7, 2009 at 4:08 am

  10. Parabéns!!!!
    Meu querido GRINGO, vc está maravilhoso em seu trabalho.
    Vejo o seu progresso todos os dias, e acredito no seu seu suce$$o!
    Você é honesto e trabalhador, e merece uma carreira promissora. Pois, você é profissional e dedicado, merecedor de resultados.
    Eu o abençôo todos os dias pela sua realização profissional.

    Beijos carinhosos de sua eterna amiga.

    Cristiana Ísis.


    December 2, 2009 at 12:38 am

    • My sweet Isis! Thank you so much for your feelings. I would not have this work or vision without you 😉

      Thank you and your family for all the love and care I receive here in Brasil!

      I will always be here for you…

      aib interactive

      December 3, 2009 at 9:24 am

  11. Hey Mark, enjoyed the welcome video. Every time I see a vid of Rio i’m ready to pack a bag and head to the airport. Keep up the great work…


    November 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    • Thank You Roshan!

      You’ll be here soon then because I’m not stopping 😉 I will have the first episode up this week and an investment video…

      Tchau for now!

      aib interactive

      November 23, 2009 at 1:46 am

  12. I am getting something friend is going to write it for and about me..Zezinho


    November 12, 2009 at 3:56 am

  13. Very busy setting up the non profit but I very much miss Rocinha and family. I return 15 december..We live close and easy to walk to your house! My house is half ways up the hill..someday you want to come Ibring you ok?

    I did profil about YOU Mark… vc e Carioca da gema ne?



    November 11, 2009 at 8:20 am

    • SIM!

      I read it a couple weeks ago…Thank You! I want to do the same for you…

      aib interactive

      November 11, 2009 at 9:42 am

  14. Mark,

    your blog and site are looking so much better now. I return home 15 december. Hope all is well with you!



    November 10, 2009 at 3:38 am

    • Thanks for your words brother! How is Cali treating you? I am Looking forward to working with you when you return…..

      tchau for now!

      aib interactive

      November 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

  15. Just curious since I didn’t receive a response and my comment wasn’t posted for viewing, is this site open to the general public? Please reply. Thanks.

    Ryan (NY)

    November 9, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    • Oie Ryan! desculpe meu amigo…my internet was down for two days, just came back.

      Yes, this site is open for all that are traveling, investing, thinking of moving, seeking knowledge of Brasil. Please keep visiting…
      Your comments are appreciated! And Cariocas are wonderful 😉

      muito brigado, brcs!

      aib interactive

      November 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm

  16. Oh, by the way, looks like there’s a few New Yorkers like myself poking around the site. Glad to see it.


    November 9, 2009 at 5:52 am

  17. Stumbled upon the sight and enjoying it. My fiancee is Brazilian (from Rio) so I plan to travel there mid winter for the first time and many more to follow with the possibility of relocation in the future. I’ll be keeping an eye on the sight and the updates as I may have some questions regarding this fine land. Boa sorte e bom dia.. tchau tchau!


    November 9, 2009 at 5:51 am

  18. Mark,

    I hate to ask you how you are doing since I know you are doing better than me at this time. I saw your posting on CL today and then came to your website. Nice site, good info and I am interested in seeing how I could be part of the team.

    A little background on me: I have been going to Brazil since 2000 and just this year bought me an apartment in Rio, near Tijuca. That was a dream of mine for sometime now as I made up my mind 6 years ago I wanted to move to Brasil in the near future. I am back in the US now as I am working on my immigration issue and yes, I am aware of the 3 ways to resolve it if you are not retire- marriage, child, or investors visa. Like I said, I am looking at my options.

    So when is a good time to call you?? I would be very interested in hearing what your plans are and well I have a number of ideas, but it is a question of which one (amongst several factors) to get it going.

    You know, since I went to Brasil in 2000, beyond the fascination with the lifestyle, I have always told my friends when asked why do I love it so much there, I would respond that there was so much opportunity. Forget the American dream, I have been on board the Brasilian dream train for some time now!!! The building that you see going on in Barra has been going on for some years now and not just the last 1 or 2. The Copa and Olympics have just recently propelled Brasil into the limelight, but the building of housing is something I have always seen going on, just more of it now.

    I have stayed in Leme, Gloria, Flamengo, and the last few years in Estacio, near the city hall buiding and the Sambadrome. Despite what you hear about the dangers, as long as you are careful (and knowing the locals helps great) I really feel you will be ok, even if you do get robbed. Which by the way I never have in RJ, only in Bahia once!!! By the way, Rocinha is not the only favela you could do tours in. I will discuss this more with you later.

    Fortunately I do now speak Portuguese fluently and already spoke Spanish. This fact plus only hanging out with local Brasilians in RJ (I personally avoid Ipanema/Leblon-to me the heart of RJ is in other places, but everyone has their opinions) has given me prespective and experience of RJ that few gringos can enjoy. Let’s change that!!!!

    Ok, let me know when I can call. I would love to catch up with you and see how we could work together!! I should be back down in December or January (I was just there for 3 months this past May/June/July).

    Talk to you soon I hope, ate mais tarde, sorte e um forte abraco meu novo amigo,

    Brian in Texas….


    October 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  19. Thank you Karen! …anytime, the climate is beleza!

    aib interactive

    October 1, 2009 at 3:34 am

  20. Hey Mark. This website is great. I can’t wait to come visit! The weather is nice all year round? I may try to make a mid winter disappearance from NYC.

    Karen Arciola

    September 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  21. Your Blog is coming a long nicely..When I return I have some ideas regards to Rocinha and how you can make money there..


    September 28, 2009 at 2:33 am

    • Looking forward to hearing your thoughts…
      I have been working day and night on this site. Thank You!


      September 28, 2009 at 3:16 am

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