Cotacachi- Mountain Views 2br / 2 bath, 1,800 sq. ft. $169k

This House has a little over 1800 square feet / 167m2
Custom Built in 2007, Constructed by a local builder who did most of the homes in San Miguel, Lot # 7

– Lot size 0.25 Acre / 11,000 square feet / 1022m2

KITCHEN: Stove, refrigerator, and pantry – Granite countertops and wood cabinetry – Tile floor,

LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM: A huge opened up space, Nicely / Newly furnished with glass topped table, couches, chairs and coffee tables – Built in book shelf wall unit and 2 chairs for reading your favorite books & nick nacks, Wood burning fireplace for those cool evenings and a wall mount LP Gas heater – Tile floor,

4 Wood burning fireplaces throughout house for warmth and cozy atmosphere.

4 Sky Lights throughout house for abundant ambient lighting.

MASTER BEDROOM: Large bedroom with sitting area – Built-in wood closet – Wood burning fireplace, and a wall mount LP Gas heater – Full bath with shower –

SUN ROOM: French doors entering & facing the sun room, Totally glassed with views of nature and Cotacachi volcano – Couch – NEW Washer and Dryer –

GUEST BEDROOM: Twin beds – Built in wood closet – Wood burning fireplace – Full bath with shower – Can only be entered from outside the main home.

BODEGA: Storage area or could be made into a separate laundry room, or kitchen pantry extension.

EXTERIOR: ‘U’ Shaped covered front porch with wood burning fireplace –

– 2 Instant LP Gas hot water heaters – one heats the kitchen and guest bath – one heats the master bath and washer & dryer – Security system – – Cable TV and Internet connections.

Monthly HOA Dues are $89.00 p/m, this includes City water & City Sewer, Andean Irrigation System water, Trash pick 3 days a week, Subdivision Security Guard on night shift, Common grounds landscaping, road maintenance, Front entrance automatic – remote gate & telecom answering service.

A beautiful home in a gated, secured community called San Miguel. The community consists of 40 Building lots of which 38 homes are built out and occupied. This custom home was built for the original owners about 12 years ago. Located on a private & quiet cul-de-sac.

Stunning views of both Mt. Imbabura to the East and Mt. Cotacachi to the West, nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains.
-20 aeronautical miles North of the Equatorial line – Lat.: 000’000″

-A mere 10-minute walk to downtown Cotacachi.
-Priced to sell and nicely, newly furnished.
-A total of 4 Fireplaces.
-A total of 4 Sky Lights.

-New washer & dryer, New Living room & dining room set, 1 NEW settee’ sofas & 3 NEW comfy hi-back chairs.

-An added feature is the Sun Room, (That could be made into a 3rd Bed room) all glassed & screened in with fantastic views.

-The front of the house has a ‘U’ Shaped covered porch with water fountain / bird bath, and a wood burning fireplace to enjoy sitting outside.

-The independent guest bedroom can only be entered from the outside porch area, (could be an air b&b rental income) – nicely furnished with twin beds, custom wood closets, a wood burning fireplace and full bath with shower.

-Meticulously landscaped yard & gardens, including rose bushes, flowers, and trees. Bi-weekly to monthly Gardner Service available.

Cotacachi is Located 2 hours North of Quito, only 1.5 hour ride to the Quito UIO INT Airport. – See my google maps saved places: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ziDidjLDWW1CV1tz_phU_9IfTZ0&usp=sharing

50 – 55 overnight lows / 75 – 80 degree F. day time highs, all year round.

-The owner is back in the US, it would be a plus for the seller, and quite possibly the buyer as well, if payment could be made into their US Bank Account.

-Closing can be done by a trusted local Law Firm that has done the closings for the majority of the houses in the Subdivision / Urbanización San Miguel.

Contact info– journeymanjack.com(AT)gmail.com -For more details, photos or to schedule a showing call EC. cell # whats app: (593) 98-828-8953,
http://www.journeymanjack.com/
US toll free # 828-898-7913, and we will respond within 1 business day-  Price: $169,900.

Driving through mine fields in Ecuador: Photo fines

“What? I don’t have any fines or tickets.”  I replied to the guy who I sold my car to here in Ecuador this week.

“Yes, you do, you have two open photo fines.(foto multas)” He responded.

He was right, I didn’t even realize it, and usually you don’t in Ecuador until it’s time to pay your annual registration (matricula).

This past year I passed through Ambato twice, and BOTH times they nabbed me taking a picture of my plates.  Once going 52km in a 50km zone, and again going 56km in a 50km zone.

Each ticket $112.

Yet, driving all year around the coast and Quito areas I didn’t get ONE.

I’ve found the Ambato, Ibarra and Loja areas particularly bad, so be extra careful driving around there.

If renting a car usually the rental company will check to see if you got any photo tickets before returning your deposit.

If issued tickets if you were going just a bit over like in my case you can challenge the ticket with a lawyer in the municipality where you got ticketed.  I’m paying $60 per ticket to the lawyer for help, he says takes a few weeks to process.  This process is called IMPUGNAR.  It’s common to pay lawyer once job is DONE.

You can see if the plate you were driving got any tickets nationally at this link… But some municipalities don’t show up on the national system for months after ticket issued so you can also check directly on their websites (here is the Ambato one).  You can see what my tickets look like if you plug in my old plate number (placa) LBB4559.

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How to beat the big boys in Ecuador accepting barter

Like with any small business you put in Ecuador, you’re going to have competitors with DEEP multi-million dollar pockets.In my case for my 19 room hotel near the Quito airport, I compete with the Wyndham an international chain.

So how can a little guy like me or you when against these corporate dicks.

Of course, there’s always charge less than them.

But there’s other creative ways to beat these guys too.

Like what I started to do this week: Offering alternative payment methods.

For instance a month ago on a trip to the States I noticed many younger people in the States like my brother pay for everything with Cash App, a free phone application that connects to your bank account and allows you to make payments to other users quickly and super easy.  I now accept Cash App.

You could also try accepting Bitcoin.  It’s as easy as creating a digital wallet through bitshares exchange or an app like Blockchain.  Search for it on Google Play Store.  Download and you get a digital address people can send Bitcoin too. It has a learning curve but you get the hang of it quickly.  I now accept Bitcoin. I also started playing Sloto Cash Casino At Army Of Bitcoin, you can bet with bitcoin and cash out. You could also accept barter.  Why should we be forced to always accept fiat money, aka cash?  Why not except goods in exchange for a service.  For instance, I have someone coming from the States bring me something they buy (so they can verify the contents), and on arrival I reimburse what they spent as per their receipt for the item and for the act of bringing it I offer the room free. If they item can net a $100 gain here, I now sold my normally $40 room for $100.  I now accept barter, too.  Email me if you need a room.

The big guys move a lot slower and it may be years before they adopt these alternative payment options that gives you the advantage in the eyes of some customers.

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