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 Beach properties, Houses, Listings by Area, Manta 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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Investor News/Analysis

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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Expat Lifestyle

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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Expat Lifestyle

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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Investor News/Analysis

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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Expat Lifestyle

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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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Investor News/Analysis

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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Hopelessly lost in Ecuador – The best free Ecuador GPS maps

02 December 2014

“Oh sh*t.” I thought as I looked at my friend who I was driving to south Quito main bus terminal.   Now, anyone who knows Quito knows don’t go to south Quito.   Its rough.  Locals joke with reason,  ‘go into south Quito and you’ll come out naked.’   In fact, there’s only one reason […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

When to fly cheapest from Ecuador: Quito-Miami RT $354

27 November 2014

Now’s the time to buy your flight if you plan on flying back from Ecuador to visit the US/Canada in the next few months!   Wait a month to buy and any reasonably priced fare from now until May will be long gone.   Working next to the Quito airport in my hotel for over […]

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

The easy way to bring household goods tax-free to Ecuador

06 November 2014

One big perk of moving to Ecuador is for new residents to be able to bring their household belongings tax-free. Under Ecuador law, any new arrival who just got their legal permanent residency visa, albeit a pensioner, investor or even a professional visa based off a college degree, can bring as much as one container […]

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My love hate relationship with Ecuador

09 October 2014

I swear man, I have a love hate relationship with Ecuador. Aww, I love Ecuador… as I wake to the sound of hundreds of birds chirping in my yard, I see why Ecuador is a top 3 destination in the world for bird watchers.  Then my thought gets disrupted by the horrid screech of a […]

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The golden fruit of Ecuador – Papaya

14 September 2014

  When you move to a new country and try to sell a product to the locals, there are two ways to do things. The right way. And the wrong way. Especially when it comes to food. The wrong way, at least if you dont have a multi-million dollar marketing budget, is imposing your “superior” […]

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Are $100 bills worthless in Ecuador?

12 August 2014

I see it everyday. Folks arrive in Ecuador with stacks of $100 dollar bills only to be surprised NO ONE will take them. Why? Well, for many years Ecuador has had a problem with fake $100 bills floating down from Colombia. So most merchants are afraid to accept them. Also, almost no one has change […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Is Chicken farming in Ecuador really that profitable?

18 July 2014

Ecuador is closing its borders. To many imported products that is. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it is what it is. Like it or not, with policies like this there are always a few “winners” and often a lot of “losers” (like the end consumer who now has to pay more for inferior […]

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