Sold Hostal Murali, now what?

21 April 2013

This week I sold a business I owned and ran for a year and half, Hostal Murali in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was going good, in fact, January of this year, 2013, was a record month in sales for us. It wasn’t even really for sale. I just got an offer and took it. Business is […]

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Posted in Ecuador for Investors, Investor News/Analysis

Should you rent or buy in Ecuador?

14 April 2013

I get this question a lot… “Should I Rent or Buy property in Ecuador?” Complicated question, with a simple answer. Most people who move to Ecuador wish to at least maintain their standard of living, if not improve it, while seriously lowering their cost of living. To do that, you should buy on the coast […]

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The Teakwood Business in Ecuador Uncovered

07 April 2013

Teak wood is at a premium. India craves it. And Ecuador has it. And right now the Ecuador government is offering an incentive for reforestation projects reimbersing 75% of the operating costs of any reforestation project for the first 4 years of growth, which happen to be the most costly years of the harvest. Teak […]

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My 1st export from Ecuador: the good, the bad, the ugly, + the ABCs

05 April 2013

Recently, I completed my first export from Ecuador.  Ecuador-themed 2013 wall calendars.  A big 9 kilo box of them.  What did I learn?  Well, it’s not as easy as just taking them to DHL and “chao”.  1. First, you have to check to see if the product you’re shipping will have to pay import tariffs […]

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What pays in Ecuador and what don’t

31 March 2013

“I’d love to offer my marketing service to Ecuador businesses, but what would they pay me?” A friend told me recently over a coffee in Ecuador. He was right. Did Ecuadorian businesses need his service, just like businesses in the US do? Yes. But were they willing to pay him what the service is worth? […]

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22 things that will shock you in Ecuador

30 March 2013

There´s a few things in Ecuador that will straight shock you when you see them… …like when… 1.You see Ecuadorian males drown their French fries in Mayonnaise. 2. You see milk in unrefrigerated boxes on the shelves of grocery stores. 3. You pay $1 for a taxi ride in Quito, Cuenca or many of the […]

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How Ecuador compares to the big boys

24 March 2013

The first thing people ask me when they meet me is… So why’d you choose Ecuador?   Good question.  Well, here’s how Ecuador compares to the other countries where I’ve lived or spent significant time over the last 10 years. Here’s my take based on my own experiences, despite my critique i really did enjoy […]

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

Where’s best for you on the coast of Ecuador?

15 March 2013

Like flat oceans good for swimming?   Or maybe rockin’ waves?   How about lush green jungle right to the water’s edge? Or dry-as-a-bone landscapes with low humidity?   For such a small country, the Ecuador coast has it all… so where should you begin? Here are my top picks… flat ocean good for swimming, […]

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

Where to sleep for cheap in Ecuador? My budget picks.

07 March 2013

Want to know where to sleep for cheap in Ecuador? Considering I don’t really have an official home, it’s safe to say I spend a lot of time in hotels.  So, here are my value picks for all over Ecuador, in other words, where I stay.  You won’t see the Hilton or Marriot on this […]

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

How to Buy your Residency Visa in Ecuador on the Cheap

24 February 2013

Man, I wish someone would have told me this a year and a half ago. Really, sometimes info is worth money. The door to Ecuador residency really is wider open than it even seems to be. Now, the easiest way to get a resident visa in Ecuador is to prove you have a pension of […]

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How Will the New Airport Effect the City of Quito?

15 February 2013

  The new airport scheduled to open February 20 will have profound effects on the city of Quito. Skyscapers will now be allowed to be built higher, which could drive already high (for Ecuador) property prices downward.  The area around the current airport will probably wither on the vine, it already is a seedy area […]

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$6k, Puerto Lopez- 320M2 land For Sale

09 February 2013

Lot on hill facing the bay. Neighbors are foreigners. Land is ready to build on. Contact info: Louie and Katherine Villasaya Lkvillasaya@gmail.com Magic jack 647-693-1176 Skype Lkvillasaya To be notified of similar properties for sale as soon as they hit the market, sign up for my weekly email alerts below, you can unsubscribe at any […]

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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

Banking it with Wedding Rentals in Ecuador

05 February 2013

“They paid …how… much?” … … I said earlier this week while visiting a wedding on a hacienda (small country home) outside of Quito.  “$1500, just for the day.” The owner of the hacienda told me.  “Damn.” I responded, “and they don’t even sleep here.” It’s true, from my time in Ecuador I’ve noticed no […]

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$80k, Manta Condo For sale or rent

03 February 2013

NEW 1 bedroom, ocean view, fully furnished in Manta. 2 A/C’s, water filtration, pool, spa, sauna etc. 2 blocks from the ocean. Excellent location, walking distance to most shops $80,000 sale, rent….$750.00 plus utilities( long term) short term is a little more. Birgit Bat5008@gmail.com Ecuador Cell 0994107009 USA 705-707-1586 To be notified of similar properties […]

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Posted in $50-150k, Apartments/Condos, Beach properties, Listings by Area, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Manta Area

$170k, Malacatos Property for Sale

01 February 2013

FOR SALE: 11,000m2 proprty with 3 new 1 bdrm houses. Malacatos, Ecuador-1/2 hr from Vilcabamba.Fruit trees,garden,electricity,water, irrigation, easy access.Photos avail.$170,000. Contact: Chris Campbell; clumcampbell@yahoo.com; cell-0993690627. To be notified of similar properties for sale as soon as they hit the market, sign up for my weekly email alerts below, you can unsubscribe at any time: First […]

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Posted in Andes Mountain Properties, Houses, Listings by Price, Listings by Type, Over $150k

25 Essential Online Tools Expats Cant Live Abroad Without

28 January 2013

I couldn’t even dream about living abroad without the following list of (mostly free) online tools I personally use on a daily basis here in Ecuador… 1. Magic Jack App. for iPhone:  I wouldn’t suggest ever living abroad without a Magic Jack, a little apparatus you plug into your computer that not only gives you […]

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Where’s the hottest long-term rental market in Ecuador?

22 January 2013

“This is insane, feels like a job interview.” I thought this week as I found myself being interviewed for the “priviledge” of renting an apartment in Quito. Next to me was another guy who was being jointly interviewed for the same apartment. “So why should I choose you?” The owner of the apartment asked. As […]

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1 undiscovered mountain town in Ecuador with true “eternal spring-like” weather

1 undiscovered mountain town in Ecuador with true “eternal spring-like” weather

16 January 2013

I hear it all the time. “I don’t like the heat and humidity of the coast of Ecuador but frankly, Cuenca is too damn cold.” I know, I understand. I usually respond just like I did in my last email… “A lot of people try to push Cuenca as “eternal spring” but actually it’s more […]

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Photo Diary of Zaruma Ecuador

Photo Diary of Zaruma Ecuador

15 January 2013

Here are a few pics from a recent trip I made to Zaruma Ecuador. To learn more about Zaruma fill in the blanks below: First Name * Email * = Required Field Follow @dombuonamici

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Why Cuenca is Seriously Overrated

Why Cuenca is Seriously Overrated

13 January 2013

Opps. I let the cat out the bag on this one. Don’t get me wrong. I like Cuenca. It’s a nice place that’s attracting a lot of expats. But…the world’s top retirement destination? Child, please. Are you outta your freakin’ mind? It’s not even the top destination for retirees in Ecuador. It was obviously chosen […]

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