1 Cell Phone-Related Biz-Opp In Ecuador

17 November 2016

“I’m starting to think this is hopeless.” I thought as I visited the fifth store dedicated to selling cell phone protective cases in Quito (Ecuador’s capitol city). You see, in Ecuador, just like the cars on the road, due to the import restrictions there is a very limited variety of cell phones available locally. And […]

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Why I Really Moved To Ecuador

16 November 2016

Oh, man. I’ve been avoiding this question ever since I started this blog a few years back. Yet, this is the first thing people ask me, how did a guy from Cleveland, Ohio end up in Ecuador? Lie every time. OK, maybe not “lie” but I always give a very vague, “blow off” answer like, […]

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The Wrong Way To Close A Sale In Ecuador

14 November 2016

“You did what?” I asked surprised at my new American friend who told me he just agreed to sell his car to an Ecuadorian girl. He’s turning down dozens of people calling on his car every day (a car in high demand in Ecuador) because he already agreed with a handshake to sell and was […]

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Roof install costs on the coast of Ecuador- Ecuador house build weeks 5-10

Roof install costs on the coast of Ecuador- Ecuador house build weeks 5-10

12 November 2016

Hi {!firstname_fix}, And on goes the roof! I wanted to do a house in the typical Spanish style with the red clay shingles.  Plus, I wanted to do a lighter-weight roof with “flex” which would be better for earthquakes than the typical cement roof (losa) common in Ecuador. Also, I thought it would be nice in […]

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The first 10 things gringos notice in Ecuador

10 November 2016

  “T.I.E. This. is. Ecuador.”  I find myself often telling my brother (from the USA) who is currently visiting Ecuador for the first time. The things he initially notices crack me up when I’m just used to it being here a few years now. Here were a few things he noticed first in Ecuador, and […]

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How to pay for your trip to Ecuador with barter

21 October 2016

  The basics are cheap in Ecuador: food, water, utilities, gasoline, natural gas, shelter. Consumer goods are expensive in Ecuador (much more so than North America): Clothes, shoes, electronics, perfumes and liquor to name a few things. The reason is the protectionist import policies the current government has imposed with strict regulations and high tariffs. […]

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Car accident in Ecuador

11 October 2016

“Oh, sh-t” I thought as I sat there looking at the motorcyclist on the ground. I had tried to make a quick U-turn (where maybe I shouldn’t have) and a motorcycle trying to zip around me on the right clipped my bumper and him and his bike went tumbling down. He quickly got up and […]

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3 things to consider before you lie on your property deed in Ecuador

06 October 2016

This past week in this newsletter we touched on the reality of Ecuador property in that the municipally appraised values often are MUCH less than the real commercial values the property sells at. I just want to inform on the reality of the situation, the choice is yours to put the real price you paid […]

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Up goes the walls, costs and more: Ecuador building project week 2-3

29 September 2016

Now with the floor and columns up time for the walls… After building with blocks on this house, next time, I’m going to use bricks, why? Although the labor time is much more, the walls won’t crack, are more solid and after all you may use less cement cause you don’t have to plaster over […]

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Why Ecuadorians lie about how much they paid for their property on their deed

24 September 2016

3 things you got to know before you buy property in Ecuador… 1. Municipal’s official property appraised values in most cases are WAY out of wack, or under the actual market value.  It’s common to see properties selling in the six figures while municipally valued at $5,000 USD or less. 2. The buyer of a […]

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How starting a hotel moves you towards your dream

15 September 2016

“Oh, man, empty” I thought… This past week I went to the inauguration of a friends restaurant here in Quito, Ecuador. Empty. It’s tough to start a restaurant, he’ll probably be done within a month or two. Later that same afternoon, I had to rush out of there to go serve dinner to 32 people […]

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Stolen groceries in Ecuador

26 August 2016

“That’s strange,” I thought glancing in my rear-view mirror as I parked on a rather vacant street about to walk to the nearby market. I thought it was strange that a taxi pulled up right behind me and parked within inches of my car when they had the whole vacant street to park alongside. Anyway, i […]

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Driving from the Ecuador highlands to the coast through the backdoor in HALF the time (just 3 hours)

21 August 2016

Many of us expats (myself included) in Ecuador prefer to live in the Andes Mountain region due to the mild, cool climate (and lack of mosquitos) in the center of the country and then invest in a second home or take vacations to the coast. By Andes region I mean the area starting in Tulcan in the […]

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Evictions In Ecuador: How They Work, And What To Do When It Happens To Your Property

13 August 2016

{!firstname_fix}, “I can’t believe it’s come to this.” I said to my friend as I slid the ski mask over my face a few days ago. “Got the switch-blade?” he asked. “Yes.” I responded. “Got the baseball bat?” He asked. “Come on man, its Ecuador, ain’t no baseball bats here.” I continued. “Ok, then got […]

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Common setbacks when getting electricity to your home in Ecuador: PART 4 Ecuador coast home build

25 July 2016

This week, before the heavy construction begins, we had to bring electricity to our lot from nearby. First, you may have to install your own transformer. Just make sure it is at least 5 KW for every house you plan to connect to it.  And make sure the person who installs it is licensed or […]

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How to visit the Amazon in just 1 DAY in Ecuador- plus $100 all-inclusive 4-day trips

How to visit the Amazon in just 1 DAY in Ecuador- plus $100 all-inclusive 4-day trips

13 July 2016

I know, I know… You don’t do mud, mosquitos, humidity, or ‘getting dirty’ in general. Thus, visiting the Amazon doesn’t interest you. But Ecuador offers something NO OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY OFFERS. Ease of access to the Amazon.  it’s right there, you can drive right in (no flights needed)! Just 3 Hours by car from […]

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Reduced Price! 3 bed, 2 bath ocean-view house for sale, Puerto Cayo $99k

Reduced Price! 3 bed, 2 bath ocean-view house for sale, Puerto Cayo $99k

30 June 2016

Enjoy the best ocean-view of the whole Ecuador coastline right from your porch of the islands off Puerto Cayo! The house is a short 3 minute walk from the beach and a short walk to the center of a sleepy, safe fishing village with AMAZING seafood! Rise in the morning and slide open your sliding […]

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How to get hotel-type-dollars for your rental in Ecuador- Property Management Opp

16 June 2016

“No, I don’t do rentals.”  That’s a phrase I hear a lot when talking to real estate agents in Ecuador.  Particularly foreigners who are working in Ecuador as real estate agents.   But I think they’re missing the boat.   Especially now in 2016 as many locals and expats are opting for renting over buying.   Maybe […]

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The exit tax advantage foreigners have when buying property in Ecuador

06 June 2016

Just like with any Economic decision, there are winners and losers, positives and negatives. Recently, I used the ever-heightening exit tax (now at 5%) the Ecuador government has put on any money (and now cash) you wish to take out of Ecuador to my advantage in a property deal in Guayaquil. A friend of mine […]

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Is Ecuador the next Venezuela?

24 May 2016

I’ve been in a few communal showers, but thankfully never in a prison one. And so I’ve heard, dropping the soap is “how it starts”. Similar to that… Ecuador is currently on a predictable path to become another Venezuela. I for one hope it doesn’t happen, Ecuador now is certainly NOT Venezuela, still very capitalistic, […]

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