3 surprising ways to make more money out of your farm in Ecuador

Even Warren Buffett says farm land is one of the best longer-term investments you can make.

And in Ecuador, desirable farm land can still be found dirt cheap.  For instance, $1000 per hectare or less.

Yesterday in fact, I was chatting to one guy who exports plantain weekly from his farm in Santo Domingo to New York.

But a lot of people don´t realize there are actually various innovative income streams you can generate from the same farm.

1. Sell plants.  All you need is a small greenhouse on your property and preferably a major road frontage and you can actually do quite well selling plants.  I have made money selling red raspberry plants around $5 a pop and they don´t really cost me anything to produce as they are just the off-shoots from my existing bushes.  It helps if the plants you sell are not widely found in Ecuador.

2. Offer bird-watching tours.  Birders come to Ecuador in hoards and they often have BIG money.  Offer guided tours on your farm or better yet host them at a lodge on your farm.  All you need is that one rare bird that interests them and they´ll come.  And spend, often $100-200+ a night!

3. Distribute.  Don´t just grow, buy up the neighboring product and export, this can be done before your crops even start producing (and is a good idea to do so as you gain market for your coming crops).

There you have it, three ways to generate more from your farm in Ecuador.

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How ghosts help me find the biggest property deals in Ecuador

I got a text earlier this week…

“I got what you’re looking for. (In Spanish.)  500 meters oceanview lot in the area you looking for for $25k.  Or how about $65k for a 2000m2 beachfront lot?”

“Is it negotable?  Got anything else cheaper?” I replied.  

I had no idea who I was talking to.

Turns out he works for the local Municipal and knows personally the owners of several lots in the area. 

He contacted me. 

All I did was a week or two prior give out my card in a local restaurant and mention I was looking for property in the area.  Often, that’s enough in a capital-deprived place like Ecuador.  So have cards made when property shopping in Ecuador.

It’s certainly not like my college town of Bozeman, MT USA where I’m also property shopping right now where most places are selling for at or above asking price. 

I’m thinking I might just stick to Ecuador for now. 

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1 common mistake that kills the real estate deal in Ecuador

I’ve seen this one a lot in Ecuador. 

In fact, it just happened to me.  

I put an offer in on a property, and it got accepted, immediately.  

And I felt like crap knowing, shoot, I probably could have got it for less.  

And I probably will now back out of the deal.

There are a lot of motivated sellers in Ecuador.  

If you’re a seller don’t commit this mistake… even if the offer sounds great, never accept the first offer as tough as that may be, you’ll make the buyer feel like crap and may decide not to go through with it.  It’s important to make them feel like they got your bottom dollar price. 

And if you’re a buyer in Ecuador… learn that you really should make offers WAY below what you feel comfortable offering based on the asking price.  You never know here.  I’ve seen people offer 50% of asking and get it, other times they don’t budge 1 cent off asking.  

Never know until you try, it’s a bargaining culture!

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