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By Rob Sawers, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Anyone who has made the transition from 'temporado' to resident by signing a long-term rental lease in Brazil knows that finding the right apartment is just the first step in settling into a new home. Perhaps the biggest roadblock for foreigners, beyond negotiating an affordable apartment in Rio's sky-high real estate market is an additional line item on the budget called the 'seguro fiança' - or insurance deposit . . .

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