The Buying Process in Ecuador – Part 8: Ecuador Property Search Series

The Buying Process in Ecuador – Part 8: Ecuador Property Search Series

30 September 2012

This is part 8 of the not-so-commonly-seen look into a real, live Ecuador real estate transaction (of my own with my own money) as I reveal all the dirt as it happens in this rare, completely transparent property play. After we agreed on price, the next step was to go visit the lot one more […]

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Where to go Mountain Climbing or Mountaineering in Ecuador?

Where to go Mountain Climbing or Mountaineering in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

Me at the base of Cotopaxi. For those who like scaling mountains in one day I’d try the Volcan Imbababura (4609m) in the northern highlands. For more experienced climbers the next best are Cotopaxi and Chimborazo(6310m). And for more helpful, useful info try my weekly newsletter on Ecuador living and investing, you can unsubscribe at […]

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Where’s best to horseback ride in Ecuador?

Where’s best to horseback ride in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

Near Olon Beach in Ecuador. For horseback riding, I’d try the beach of Olon on weekends, or one of the several agencies offering guided rides in the Banos area. And for more need-to-know, useful Ecuador info for anyone interested in living or investing in Ecuador try my weekly Ecuador Insiders newsletter, you can unsubscribe at […]

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Where’s best to go hiking in Ecuador?

Where’s best to go hiking in Ecuador?

29 September 2012

A view from the trial of Quicocha Lake Ecuador’s an awesome country if hiking is your thing. For me, the coolest hikes in Ecuador is the hike down to the crater of Quilotoa Volcano, the hike with the natives around the dry coastal rain-forest in the Machalilla National Park, and the hike around the Quicocha […]

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Where’s best to go bird-watching in Ecuador?

Where’s best to go bird-watching in Ecuador?

28 September 2012

A Pelican hanging out off a peir in the Galapagos. By far the best place to bird watch is in the Galapagos where on a single day you can see the world’s smallest penguin, frigates, blue-footed boobies, finches and more. Next would be the cloud forests of Mindo where you can see hundreds of different […]

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Done deal. Bought the beachfront lot. Now what?: Part 7 Ecuador Property Search Series

Done deal. Bought the beachfront lot. Now what?: Part 7 Ecuador Property Search Series

27 September 2012

This is part 7 of the not-so-commonly-seen look into a real, live Ecuador real estate transaction (of my own with my own money) as I reveal all the dirt as it happens in this rare, completely transparent property play. OK, so today I came to agreement with the seller to buy his 475 m2 (5112 […]

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Whats the Ecuadorian Lifestyle like?

Whats the Ecuadorian Lifestyle like?

26 September 2012

Good question. It depends a little where you are. On the coast the people are laid back and definitely have the “manaña” mindset. There’s always tomorrow. People definitely “work to live” instead of our “live to work” lifestyle. Ecuadorians in general aren’t quite as ambitious as we are brought up to be, and generally more […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Ecuador Q&A

Bargaining the Deal Ecuadorian-Style. Part 6 Ecuador Property Search Series

Bargaining the Deal Ecuadorian-Style. Part 6 Ecuador Property Search Series

25 September 2012

$6000? “Whew, that’s steep man.” I said as we sat down to negotiate the 475m2 (5112 ft2) beachfront lot I found for sale in Ecuador this week. “Look, I’ve got another opportunity available, whats the minimum you’d accept?” (Mire, tengo otra opcion, digame cual es lo ultimo?) I asked. “OK, OK, $5000, but that’s if […]

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The 2012 Ecuador Population: Facts and Figures

The 2012 Ecuador Population: Facts and Figures

24 September 2012

Ecuador has 49 people per square kilometer, but 60% of the population lives in the urban centers of Quito and Guayaquil. 25% of the population is indigenous. 65% is mestizo or of mixed indigenous and European descent. 3% is afro-ecuadorean. 6% pure European descent. 14,666,055 total population (according to the world bank.) And for more […]

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

5 Day Itinerary to South Ecuador: Off the Beaten Path!

5 Day Itinerary to South Ecuador: Off the Beaten Path!

24 September 2012

Zamora Ecuador Most tourists dont even consider this part of Ecuador, but you know, for me, its actually my favorite part of the whole country! In 5 days you can visit most of the highlights. Start off by flying into Guayaquil, stay the night at my place if you arrive late and continue to Machala […]

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Cheap Communal Land, Buy or Bust?: 5. Ecuador Property Search Series

Cheap Communal Land, Buy or Bust?: 5. Ecuador Property Search Series

23 September 2012

Jeeze, why can’t this ever be easy? I thought earlier today. I was checking out the cheap beachfront house I told you about in the last update of this series where I walk you through every step of a real, live property deal I’m currently making in Ecuador, you’ll come with me as we go […]

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Discover Ecuador: My Top 5 Day Itinerary

Discover Ecuador: My Top 5 Day Itinerary

22 September 2012

If you only had 5 days in this little, but diverse country, Id recommend flying into Quito. Once in Quito see the colonial old town, the best in Ecuador, then go up the teleferico (cable car) which has some spectacular views and a nice hiking trail. Then be sure to go out partying in EL […]

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Ignorant vs Savvy Buyers in Ecuador. The papers. – Post 4. Property Search Series

Ignorant vs Savvy Buyers in Ecuador. The papers. – Post 4. Property Search Series

21 September 2012

Guayaquil from above. OK, so I found a property that peeked my interest. A 2 bedroom 2 bath one story house that’s supposedly beachfront near Salinas posted for sale online asking $21,000. Definitely a fixer-upper. Undervalued, I think so. Today I sat down with the owner in my B&B in Guayaquil. Like someone who’s done […]

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My Top Ecuador 10 Day Itinerary

My Top Ecuador 10 Day Itinerary

20 September 2012

           Banos, Ecuador For a 10 day trip to Ecuador, Id do what I recommended in the 5 day itinerary as seen below first… First fly into Quito. Once in Quito see the colonial old town, the best in Ecuador, then go up the teleferico (cable car) which has some spectacular views and a nice […]

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The Hunt Begins. How to Search for Property in Ecuador?: Part 3. Ecuador Property Search Series

The Hunt Begins. How to Search for Property in Ecuador?: Part 3. Ecuador Property Search Series

19 September 2012

“Get down, get down, he’ll see you!” My Ecuadorian friend gasped… …as we both sat in a car outside a gas station waiting for the seller of a property in Ecuador I was interested in. The seller arrived. And we didn’t want him to see me. You see, I wanted my local friend to do […]

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The Hidden Tax that Nabs Expats in Ecuador – Part 2: Ecuador Property Search Series

The Hidden Tax that Nabs Expats in Ecuador – Part 2: Ecuador Property Search Series

18 September 2012

“There’s like no taxes here.” One friend who’s a foreigner and business owner here in Ecuador told me. “I know, it’s cool.” I responded. It’s true, compared to many other countries Ecuador has a very light tax load. I pay $44 a year property tax on my small 3 bedroom house on the coast. But […]

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Park your Loot at 10% in Ecuador / Negotiating with Cooperativas – Part 1: Ecuador Property Search Series

Park your Loot at 10% in Ecuador / Negotiating with Cooperativas – Part 1: Ecuador Property Search Series

15 September 2012

“So what percentage interest did you want?” She asked. “Well, for me to deposit money with you in a CD, I’d need 10%.” I said to the bank rep in Ecuador. “But for the smaller amount you’d like to deposit we only offer 8% (annual interest).” She responded. Then continued. “Well, OK, OK, we can […]

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Robbed in Quito, Ecuador

Robbed in Quito, Ecuador

08 September 2012

The Panecillo near where I was robbed. “Are you serious, an apartment for a total price of $9000 in Quito?” I thought. I gotta see this one myself. You see, I’m in the market for a place in the north of Quito in the area starting from the Old Town all the way until about […]

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$45,000 neg.,  Beachfront Pedernales Lot

$45,000 neg., Beachfront Pedernales Lot

02 September 2012

$45,000 negotiable,  Beachfront Pedernales Lot For Sale, 11m x 14m (1657 ft2).  For more call 094-206408. My take: This is one lot right in the heart of the tourist center on the malecon (boardwalk) of the city right on the beach and next to restaurants and hotels, good for some type of tourism project.  To be […]

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Posted in Beach properties, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Manta Area, Under $50k, Vacant land for sale

$80,000 neg., Crucita Beachfront Restaurant

$80,000 neg., Crucita Beachfront Restaurant

01 September 2012

$80,000 negotiable. Crucita Beachfront Restaurant for sale 340m2 (2690 ft2), Call 092-457737 for more.  My take: Great location beachfront and right in the center of the main boardwalk (malecon) of Crucita.  Big lot with open space behind the restaurant that could work for a hotel or condo project.  Renovating the restaurant or putting a bar […]

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Posted in $50-150k, Commercial/Hotels for sale, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Manta Area

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