Pay off your next flight to Ecuador with micro-importing

16 December 2013

I know you’ve probably heard how Ecuador is cheap, cheap, cheap. Actually, for many things, it’s not. In fact, many things in Ecuador are way more expensive than in North America. It’s due to the ever tighter restrictions on importing many consumer goods. And with the current administration, its only getting worse. But of course […]

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USA to Ecuador flights for $322, how much did you pay?

13 December 2013

Winter is coming up north. And expats are on the move. In fact, most expats in Ecuador like the freedom of flying on one-way tickets. You know, not being locked into a return date. I know I do. Even though on the government sites it says you need a round trip ticket to enter Ecuador, […]

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Hookers unveil truth about cause of coastal Ecuador title issues

09 December 2013

“Man, I haven’t done that since I was a 20 year old in college in Waikiki with nothing to do.” I responded as my friend and I walked the dark streets outside a bar we just visited in Quito. You see, in the US, for a 20 year old, there isn’t much to do at […]

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High-season’s coming: Leaving money on the table on the coast of Ecuador

07 November 2013

As we enter November here in Ecuador. And all the leaves on the trees are exactly the same color as they were the rest of the year… As the owner of vacation rentals on the coast of Ecuador I’m being constantly reminded of one fact as the email requests start to flood in. That the […]

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Hostal El Viajero died, what happened?

03 November 2013

You got to be careful in Ecuador when investing in property, man. You see, you´ve probably lived your whole life taking for granted a right in the US, Canada or Europe that simply is not held as dear in countries like Ecuador. The right to sleep in peace. Seriously. I remember from my time living […]

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2013 Ecuador property transaction records: Cuenca, Vilcabamba, Loja and the Ecuador Highlands

27 October 2013

The responses are in… We asked how much you actually paid for property in the highlands area of Ecuador. And you answered. These aren’t asking prices, but actual recent values people opened their wallet and spent. In a country like Ecuador with no MLS standardized system, nor publicly recorded comps (or comparable sales records) and […]

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RE: How much did they pay for coastal Ecuador real estate?

20 October 2013

  You can ask whatever you want for a property in Ecuador.  Doesn’t mean you’ll get it. In fact, some are quite ambitious when they price properties in Ecuador. But in a country like Ecuador with no MLS standardized system, no publicly recorded comps (or comparable sales records) and with historically low and unrealistic municipal […]

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The top 7 can´t miss ´bargain´ hotels of Ecuador

09 October 2013

Come on. Just admit it. One of the main reasons you are even interested in Ecuador is because you want to improve your lifestyle while at the same time lower your cost of living. At least the possibility of such intrigues you. Well, here are my hand-picked top 7 best-value hotels in Ecuador.  Bargain, nice […]

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Don’t move to Ecuador before reading this: Moving to Ecuador 101

06 October 2013

  “Man, this dude is clueless!” That’s a thought that often passes through my head as I meet new arrival expats in Ecuador. But if I moved to a new country cold turkey, the same would happen to me. But after today’s primer you no longer can plead ignorance… here’s what you need to know […]

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You’re fired! – What happens in Ecuador

26 September 2013

“Hey, step into my office for a minute.” “Don’t sit down, this will only take a second.” I continued. “You’re fired, get the f**k out.” OK, so this wasn’t exactly how it went down eariler this week. But can’t blame a guy for dramatizing once in a while. If you’ve met me, you know Im […]

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Why dont I receive my mail from abroad in Ecuador?

15 September 2013

Since moving to Ecuador, I´ve had quite a few things mailed to me from my original home, the USA. Problem is… at first, the packages never got to me! Online the tracking numbers indicated they had arrived to Ecuador. But they still never arrived at my home. So what happened? Finally, I figured it out. […]

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Growing palm oil in Ecuador, profitable or not?

Growing palm oil in Ecuador, profitable or not?

08 September 2013

“Jeeze, I’ve never seen a road like this,” I thought, this week, as my teeth rattled and face winced along one particularly trying road deep in a palm oil grove. I was in one of the top places in Ecuador for palm oil growing, La Concordia, a small town tucked deep in the sticks about […]

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1 Costly Mistake when Buying a Business in Ecuador

01 September 2013

  When I first bought the Guayaquil hotel business with a friend of mine 2 years ago I made this mistake. And it was costly. And I see a lot of foreigners who buy in Ecuador do the same thing cause they’re ignorant of Ecuador employment law. The mistake I made was I didn’t ‘clean […]

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5 years on the coast of Ecuador, a unique perspective

18 August 2013

The beach just south of Montanita, Ecuador.   Perspective. You get it after spending time in a place, and boy is it helpful when investing in property. Some areas of the coast have stayed drearily the same since 2008 attracting little internet nor foreign investment.  While other areas have flourished. And since most of the […]

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When to buy, rent or visit on the coast of Ecuador?

When to buy, rent or visit on the coast of Ecuador?

11 August 2013

Businesses close their doors.  Even hotels lock it up. Not a soul in the streets except the occasion street dog. It´s cloudy and a bit brisk… everyday. Welcome to the low season on the coast of Ecuador. It also happens to be the best time to search for and buy real estate.  You´ll find many […]

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The top beach in Ecuador to find cheap beachfront real estate right now?

05 August 2013

This is part 3 of 3 in this series on where’s the cheapest, undiscovered places to still find your own small piece of the beach in Ecuador in August of 2013… front-line beachfront lots for personal use preferibly under $15k or a beachfront house under $50k.   Today’s pick might surprise you. Chances are you’ve […]

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The 2nd best beach in Ecuador to find cheap beachfront property

29 July 2013

This is part 2 of 3 in this series on where’s the best, undiscovered places to still find your own small piece of the beach in Ecuador… cheap, small front-line beachfront lots for personal use preferibly under $15k.   Today’s pick is probably not on your Ecuador beach property house-hunting itinerary. But it is one […]

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Chasing the ‘holy-grail’ of Ecuador: Cheap beachfront property, part 1 of 3

21 July 2013

    What if you only had 5 days to look for cheap beachfront property in Ecuador? And you were only interested in something front line, I mean right on the ocean. You want to walk out the front of your house and be able to wiggle your toes in the sand. You know, something […]

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Guayaquil: the top short-term rental opp in Ecuador?

Guayaquil: the top short-term rental opp in Ecuador?

15 July 2013

Most expats and travelers in Ecuador just skip it. It’s hot, it’s humid and the mosquitos plentiful. Ecuadorians will tell you not to go there cause it’s dangerous. Welcome to Guayaquil.  Ecuador’s largest city and top international port. But after a year of living there I can honestly say it is also a great investment […]

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Ecuador a safe haven for enemies of the USA?

06 July 2013

I recently got this email from a subscriber… “I enjoy your emails about Ecuador but have become concerned that it  is becoming known as the safe haven of enemies of the United States.  First it was Julian Assange from Wikileaks, and now it is Edward Snowden.” My response:  Well, yes, it is becoming a safe-haven, […]

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