Global real estate tycoons are making bets on Latin American real estate, given favorable economic trends and regulatory movement.

"Looking forward, the single most attractive investment in the world is Mexico. From a thematic point of view, Mexico is in a unique position," Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Group Investments, said during a panel on global real estate investment opportunities at the Milken Institute's 2014 Global Conference. He also cited strong opportunity in Colombia and Peru, as well as Brazil, although it has suffered a significant slowdown in growth.

The opportunity in Mexico largely comes down to increased manufacturing in the central part of the country and regulatory and tax reforms for the state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to....

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