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 Central coast- Manta Area, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Under $50k

$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, Central coast- Manta Area, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type

$40,000 neg., Puerto Lopez Beachfront lot

$40,000 neg., Puerto Lopez Beachfront lot

31 August 2012

$40,000 negotiable, Puerto Lopez Beachfront lot for sale 210m2 (2260 ft2) beachfront lot right in the hot tourist zone. Call 089-793108 for more info.  My take: Not many of these left at these prices right in the hot tourist zone of the boardwalk beachfront in Puerto Lopez, great for some type of income generating tourism […]

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Posted in Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, South coast- Salinas, Under $50k

5 Mistakes when Bringing Household Goods Tax-Free to Ecuador

5 Mistakes when Bringing Household Goods Tax-Free to Ecuador

30 August 2012

There’s a lot of bad information out there on bringing your household goods to Ecuador. Let’s clear the air. Foreigners moving to Ecuador DO qualify to bring one container… one time… of their household goods TAX FREE just like Ecuadorian migrants living abroad who move back to Ecuador. In order to qualify you need to […]

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From $48k, Salinas Condos with Pool Access near Beach

From $48k, Salinas Condos with Pool Access near Beach

26 August 2012

From $48k, Salinas 2-bedroom Condo with Pool Access, gym, private parking, elevator, security, 50 meters from the Beach with ocean view from the rooftop common lounge area, for more call 089761881. To be the first to know of similar properties for sale, as soon as they hit the market, please sign up for my weekly, […]

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Posted in Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, South coast- Salinas, Under $50k

$42k, Quito 2 bedr Apartment near UDLA University

$42k, Quito 2 bedr Apartment near UDLA University

25 August 2012

$42k, Quito 2 bedr Apartment in one of the top areas of Quito near the UDLA University and the Quicentro Mall in the north of Quito.  Cal 098173250 for more. To be the first to know of similar properties for sale, as soon as they hit the market, please sign up for my weekly, Ecuador […]

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$60k, Mindo Hotel in Construction For Sale

$60k, Mindo Hotel in Construction For Sale

24 August 2012

$60k, Mindo Hotel in Construction For Sale in final stages of construction, 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, 320 m2 of construction, call 099980808 for more info. To be the first to know of similar properties for sale, as soon as they hit the market, please sign up for my weekly, Ecuador Insider’s Newsletter below (You can […]

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Posted in $50-150k, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type

Lesson 11 of 15: Survival Phrases- Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day

Lesson 11 of 15: Survival Phrases- Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day

23 August 2012

Thanks for sticking with me so far in this 15 day series… We’ve covered many of the essential aspects of Spanish grammar, for beginners… From here on out I recommend you read everything you can get your hands on to improve your vocabularly. And watch movies first in Spanish with Spanish subtitles, then without, to […]

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Lesson 10 of 15: Describing with adjectives, prepositions- Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day

Lesson 10 of 15: Describing with adjectives, prepositions- Spanish in 30 Minutes a Day

22 August 2012

Today we’ll learn a little bit of everything as we kind of tie it all together… like how to use the word “it” in Spanish and how to describe things with the most common adjectives and prepositions. Read on! Pronouns and Objects Pronouns often go in front of the verb in Spanish whereas in English […]

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