The nicest beach in Ecuador is…

The nicest beach in Ecuador is…

27 May 2015

“I didn’t know Ecuador had anything like this!” My Ecuadorian friend said upon arrival. “Me neither,” I responded. It was a couple weeks ago, and we had just arrived to BY FAR the nicest beach I’ve ever seen in Ecuador. Portete. I know what you’re saying, where? It’s small, and undeveloped, but I’ve visited over […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k

24 May 2015

Pedernales beachfront lot for sale 920m2, $43k Negotiable.Right on main coastal road.  Lot goes from road to ocean.  Hard to beat beachfront even in Ecuador for under $40 per meter.  Call for more… Jorge luis sanchez 0983680353 And to be the FIRST to find out about more property deals like this one sign up for […]

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Posted in Beachfront, North Coast- Esmeraldas-Bahia-Canoa, Under $50k

Getting water to your lot on the coast of Ecuador

Getting water to your lot on the coast of Ecuador

22 May 2015

Before we could even think about building anything here on the coast just south of Manta, Ecuador, we had to get water to the lot. Electricity can come later. Like with most things in Ecuador, its usually either ridiculously easy or excruciatingly difficult. Thankfully, this time it was easy. Like usual in Ecuador, we asked […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Budget airline arrives in Ecuador, brings lower prices to USA: Get RT Miami-Quito under $400

19 May 2015

VivaColombia is a budget airline based out of Colombia that just made getting to the US from Ecuador and vice versa a whole lot cheaper. And not just once in a blue moon, pretty much anytime you want to go in 2015 you can find a roundtrip flight QUITO to USA (MIAMI) for around $400 […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A, Ecuador Travel Guides, Expat Lifestyle

The best driving routes, and driving times in Ecuador

16 May 2015

This week I had the pleasure to interview someone that knows the roads of Ecuador better than ANYONE I know. Jack Abercrombie, an American expat from Atlanta who has lived in Ecuador for over 7 years now and has a heavy-duty truck he uses to help expats move heavy loads of belongings within Ecuador. With all the new […]

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And we’re off! Foundation prep. Ecuador coast house build part 1.

And we’re off! Foundation prep. Ecuador coast house build part 1.

13 May 2015

So this week we broke ground on the 3 bedroom, 2 bath oceanview house here south of Manta, Ecuador. The first step was to level the ground and dig the holes for the foundation and septic system all in one shot. As you can see in the pics (click display images in your email reader) […]

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Is there really NO car depreciation in Ecuador?

09 May 2015

  Today I sold my car in Ecuador.A 2013 model Chevy N300 mini-van for $13,000 USD. I bought it one year ago from a used car dealership here in Quito for $13,000 USD. So, I used the car for a year, put 26,000km on the car (16,100 miles), scratched it up a bit and still […]

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New 3 bed, 2 bath Puerto Cayo house for sale with spectacular oceanview

New 3 bed, 2 bath Puerto Cayo house for sale with spectacular oceanview

25 April 2015

Enjoy the beach life just a short 3 minute walk from the beach and a short walk to the center of a sleepy, safe fishing village in Ecuador! Wake up to spectacular 180 degree oceanviews of the most beautiful stretch of coastline in Ecuador.  Or BBQ from your deck as you whale watch and entertain […]

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Posted in Central coast- Manta Area, Listings by Area, Over $150k

How to get a building permit in Ecuador in 3 days

11 April 2015

Building permits can be tough in Ecuador, but they can also be ridiculously easy. Depends a bit on the project and the municipal where it´s located. In my experience, the municipal in Playas Villamil is really a pain.  Quito not so much.  While the municipals in Santa Elena (Salinas area), and Jipijapa (for area of […]

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The property flipping dilemma on the beach in Ecuador

10 April 2015

OK, so I have flipped property on the Ecuador coast with success. But it’s obvious to me now after doing it that that’s not where the real money is. You see, truth-be-told, a lot of the cheap, Ecuadorian-made homes, especially on the coast, simply don’t meet North American standards, and chances are you’d spend more […]

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FBI check now needed to live in Ecuador, really?

03 April 2015

I didn´t believe it when I heard it. In fact, even though it´s not my main business in Ecuador, I´ve helped over a dozen people get their residency visas to live here in Ecuador. And the last couple I helped just 3 months ago in mid-December. The last several I´ve helped it just took one […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Rejected by the cartel in Ecuador

23 March 2015

“This isn’t exactly how I pictured it would be.” I thought to myself, as I sat on an uncomfy couch in an office with all white undecorated walls.  The receptionist seemed to be going through the motions of her job. I expected a scene with hot women in bikinis serving cocktails while men in all […]

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No TVs, no problem in Ecuador

11 March 2015

“I can’t believe that just happened, man!” My friend mumbled, still fuming from his experience upon arrival to the Quito airport. “I just had to pay $250 in import tax for this TV I brought that doesn’t even cost that much in the States.” He continued. “It comes out to about the same as just […]

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My 2015 Ecuador bucket list: Must dos no one knows about

19 February 2015

I’m embarrassed. Embarrassed that I’ve lived in Ecuador for three years now and still haven’t done or seen much of what Ecuador has to offer. So naturally, one of my New Years resolutions is going to be to actively start doing the things I want to do in Ecuador. This is actually an open invitation […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Travel Guides

What to bring to Ecuador? And what NOT to.

11 February 2015

This week I´m checking in from Miami, FL.   First time I´ve been in the USA for a bit over three years since moving full-time to Ecuador.   And now, it´s quite clear to me what is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper or easier to find in the USA compared to Ecuador. What to bring with you to […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Why I just bought in Cayo, Ecuador? The next big thing?

21 January 2015

This week I closed on my newest Ecuador property. Four 330m2(3552ft2) lots, together, with an oceanview a short walk from the beach in Puerto Cayo.  The lots are flat and have road access, water, internet and electricity nearby (which matters!). Each one cost $8,500 USD ($25/m2), total $34,000 USD. The plan… …build a townhouse on […]

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How I lost 37 pounds in 1 month the Ecuadorian way

11 January 2015

When most people move to Ecuador, myself included, they lose weight. Its not that they get hit by a never-ending case of Montezuma’s revenge, but the food down here is simply more natural, you know, not so genetically altered as in ‘the developed world’. But recently, primarily due to working the night shift at my […]

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Black-listed real estate agents in Ecuador – Background checks

10 December 2014

Come on, man Were you actually expecting a list of names here? I’m not about to start mud-slinging. But I will show you how to let the facts speak for themselves and how you can do a FREE background check on anyone you like in Ecuador. Especially helpful before you do a bigger business deal […]

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Macadamia farming in Ecuador – really?

08 December 2014

China, India, Egypt, Jordan, Dubai… I can say one thing after living or visiting those places… what a barren wasteland!  At least the parts I saw.   But Ecuador is different.   Truly gifted.   The green here in the Andes is a special color green, really.  So much water.  The dark black top soil […]

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Beachfront or oceanview in Ecuador?

06 December 2014

Good question.  Well, obviously if you can get your hands on a cheap beachfront property, you should go for it.  By “cheap” for Ecuador standards, I mean anything less than $50 a square meter ($4.65 per sq. ft).  On the high end, I’ve seen folks ask (and get) as much as $200 per square meter […]

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