This week I was involved in an Ecuador real estate transaction.
More on that in my next email.
But it reminded me of something very important to know before you buy property in Ecuador.
To know who typically pays what in a standard Ecuador real property transaction as it may differ from your home country.
Often a foreign buyer will get stuck with paying the whole damn thang because they just didn´t know otherwise.
Typically in Ecuador, unless previously negotiated, the buyer pays all the fees associated with drawing up the new deed and getting it notarized, then registered in the property registrar (escritura y registro en el registro de la propiedad).
The buyer will also pay the tax to the municipal called ALCABALAS.
The seller is expected to pay all past due annual property taxes (PREDIOS) and get the property current.
The seller is also expected to pay the capital gains tax called PLUSVALIA which is calculated based on the official assessed value from when the seller bought the property to when he sells it (not based on actual purchase price).
The seller is also expected to provide proof all the energy and water bills are current.
This is how most local Ecuadorians do it.
Now you know so you don´t get stuck footing the whole bill as the buyer, cause they will lay it to you if they see you don´t know!
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