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WhereInRio is more than a real estate

WhereInRio are experts in their field, with a combined experience of over 10 years within the real estate market in Rio de Janeiro. WhereInRio was launched in 2009 when Managing Director Frederic Cockenpot spotted a very real need in the Rio sales market for a real estate agency, which could offer international-standard services, not just for buyers but also for owners. Since then, WhereInRio has been offering valuable assistance and advice, especially for prospective foreign property investors who were cautious to invest in the relatively unknown but lucrative market of Rio de Janeiro.

By maintaining the initial brand values of transparency, trust and exceptional service WhereInRio’s sales revenue has grown by 100% in 2015. WhereInRio is also a property consultancy firm providing high quality, international-standard services to Brazilian and international real estate investors and homeowners. WhereInRio’s property portfolio has grown from early days selling a few select luxury properties in Rio alone to a portfolio of hundreds properties in the city as well as additional exclusive properties in destinations such as Trancoso, Búzios, Angra dos Reis, Paraty and all costa Verde.

Today, one of our new challenges is to increase our worldwide portfolio. We are currently developing a dedicated service 
for our high-end clients who demand the highest standards: short-term rentals of exceptional properties in the world’s
 most desirable destinations (mainly in the Americas and Europe). In order to achieve this, our quality network of partner agencies enables us to provide properties to international clients seeking investment opportunities. Whether they are emigrating to another country, engaging in a short-term placement or anticipating their future retirement, our clients are eager to diversify the risk of their asset allocation by prioritizing property in other economic and monetary areas.

Managing Director & Founder

Frederic is originally from Belgium, where he graduated from the icHEC Brussels Management School. Since he launched his first business in 2001, Frederic gained his experience in the luxury property market in Europe before spotting a gap in the market in Rio de Janeiro and relocating in 2007.

Frederic launched WhereInRio in 2009 using a specific work model based upon the values of high service, innovation, transparency and accountability. He is always searching for the best ways to achieve excellence in the luxury property market. As a European expert in the luxury Real-Estate market, Frederic’s mission is to deliver tailor-made services for those who wish to access the property market in Rio de Janeiro; whether that is to rent, buy or sell a property. Familiar with Rio de Janeiro for over 16 years, Frederic combines all the necessary skills as well as knowledge of the specific cities of the Brazilian market with European experience and standards.