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Property search site targets Latin America

Listings in U.S. focused on Spanish-speaking population

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A California-based property search startup, VivaReal, is growing rapidly by setting its sights on the Latin American real estate market, according to the New York Times. Launched in May 2009, the company's site receives 600,000 monthly visitors, with that number increasing more than 20 percent each month, according to the Times. The company's site is divided into five sub-sites dedicated to different geographic areas: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, the U.S., and a site for expats looking to buy or rent property in 12 countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The U.S. site is dedicated to the nation's Spanish speakers, which numbered 31 million as of 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Listings for the site currently number more than 300,000, far exceeding those on the other sub-sites. Internet usage in Latin America is growing rapidly, with 31.9 million Internet users in Brazil alone as of September 2009, an increase of 22 percent from the same period the year b...