Still from the video distributed by the 'youtuber' Luisito Comunica where he shows the house he bought in Venezuela.RR.
An apartment with a sea view, an internet celebrity with more than 37 million subscribers on YouTube, and an offer that's hard to refuse, what could possibly go wrong? "It is not a lie, it is not a fallacy, this thing is completely true: I have bought a house in Venezuela." This is how Luis Arturo Villar, better known as
, announced his latest real estate investment. The purchase did not go unnoticed neither by price nor by location. While millions of Venezuelans seek asylum and refuge abroad, the
bought a new residence in a country sunk in a deep political and humanitarian crisis, and at a modest price of $ 20,000, according to a video.
"I know what many are thinking," said the
. "Don't you watch the news? Don't you know that this country is going through a very complicated situation? ”He asked rhetorically. The controversy has divided the networks, with the shortage in the South American country as a great backdrop. "Luisito Comunica bought a house in Venezuela on his second trip to the country, I have lived in Venezuela all my life and I have not been able to collect even a couple of socks," an ironic user on Twitter. The announcement of the purchase of the apartment coincidentally coincides with the dialogues about the Venezuelan political crisis that began in Mexico City last month.
"When I saw the prices at which properties are sold in Venezuela, I was very surprised," says the
A bargain and a brave investment for some, usury and mockery of the critical situation the country is going through for others.
Especially because of the tone that the communicator adopts during the tour of the house.
"Getting ice from many places is difficult because the power goes out in the stores and so on," says Villar in his video, which has more than three million views, while showing his refrigerator.
"It is good to have a freezer in this country," he concludes.
Video shared on the 'youtuber' channel where he takes a tour of the house.
The apartment is located in the city of Lechería (Anzoátegui), a well-known tourist destination in the northeast of the country, and it was sold fully furnished: it has a washing machine, dryer, a living room and an apparently newly renovated equipped kitchen, pans and cutlery included. "As the past owners said (...) let's get out of here," says the
. "I consider that I came out quite benefited," he adds.
Social networks have also echoed the hyperinflation and devaluation that is shaking Venezuela and how a similar property in a tourist area in Mexico, such as the Riviera Maya, or in the capital would have cost several times more. "How much did the house cost before the arrival of the Nicolás Maduro regime?" and “Luisito doing what an average citizen cannot do” are some of the criticisms that appear on the Internet.
If it is considered that the monthly minimum wage in Venezuela is seven million bolivars and that a dollar is equivalent to just over four million bolivars at the official exchange rate, $ 20,000 is a practically unpayable figure in a lifetime for the bulk of the population. The journalist Florantonia Singer refers that a kilo of meat in the South American country costs between 3.9 and five dollars, that is, almost everything that the poorest Venezuelans earn in two months. The Central Bank of Venezuela reports 264.8% inflation in the first five months of this year, while in 2020 it was close to 3,000%.
The purchase of the house has also given rise to comments from political extremes and topics around the so-called socialism of the 21st century. The
plays with the issue of expropriations in the Maduro government and of "ideologies" that defend that "those who have more have to give their house to those who have less." "You hear several stories of fear of people who lose their home just for the sake of it," he says. "We'll see, let's hope that doesn't happen, there is that concern." The
He has not been exempt from criticism on other occasions in which he has approached politics, such as when he said that it had been his "dream" to meet and interview the controversial president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, last March. The communicator denied having received money to meet with the Central American president, who has been singled out for his constant attacks on the press, his personalism in the presidential chair and his clashes with the Legislature and the Judiciary.
There were also several followers of the
who came to his defense and thanked him for betting on Venezuela.
Villar defended that the crisis "is not the same throughout the country" and justified that "it was a good time to invest."
"I am someone who likes to be looking for what to do with his money," said Luisito Comunica, a partner of the Venezuelan Arianny Tenorio since last year.
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