Deciding I was going to lease a farm lot was the easy part.
Now, how do I actually find one with a solid water source, no surprises, near me, and at a good price?
I quickly realized driving around that searching for farm land is WAY DIFFERENT than what I learned when I wrote my guide on how to find the best property deals on the coast of Ecuador.
The tactics are way different. I could be at this for MONTHS with no luck.
Forget the Internet, nothing good listed there.
No ‘for sale’ signs.
No real estate agents.
No asking at street stores or local taxis, they don’t know.
No asking of the farmers, most the people you see working the fields are just farmhands, probably hired for the day, not even from the area. Chances are they haven’t even met the farm owner of the place they’re working nor any other owners in the area.
This was going to be tough.
So, I went to the one local contact I had in the area that was already leasing land and farming himself. Told him to help me look, and I’d take care of him.
And, within a few hours he came and knocked on my door and had 4 different options to choose from.
I chose the one closest to me, and he said it had a good water source as the lot was actually right next to his and literally a Peyton Manning stone throw from my Hotel near the airport in Quito.
The lot is about 1 hectare (2.2 acres), negotiated price of $1250 per year. Before me strawberries were planted there.
So there you have it, to find the BEST deals on farmland, pick an area, go, hang out a while, make a local contact or three and have them help you look. I call them rabbits. Find yourself a local rabbit!
Now, let’s do it!
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