Ecuador Beach Condo Surprise


Here is an Ecuador beach condo development where a number of single women expats call home.

One of the best ways to beat inflation is to live in low costs areas like the coast around Bahia Ecuador.

Here’s an update on this area beginning south of Bahia starting at San Clemente.

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Beach at San Clemente.

The map below shows why San Clemente (marked with A), which is just a bit south of Bahia, was the first place on the coast where I bought Ecuador beach real estate.

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San Clemente is a small village almost equidistant to the two airport access points on Ecuador’s coast, Manta and Bahia, plus it is on the coastal highway just before it veers inland behind a strip of low lying hills.

Bahia Hotel

These hills run along the coast from San Clemente to Bahia and further north separating the highway from the beach, discouraging over development and encouraging quiet hidden beach opportunities.

In addition San Clemente is almost equidistant to Quito and Guayaquil, the two largest population centers, and is accessed by major roads also shown on this map.  This creates holiday opportunity for the big city folk.

San Clemente is itself a tiny… dusty village so the attraction here is peace and quiet.  This is what Merri and I love.

However, those who want to live in a lively town will do better living just a bit further north in or closer to Bahia.

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Our Ecuador beach penthouse is at Vistazul. This community is nicely protected by those hills.

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Vistazul is right on the beach and protected by these low lying Manabi hills behind.

Here is the view from our penthouse so you can see…

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why we love it there.

Now Vistazul is about to get even better.

The developer of this project, Kjetil Haugan, recently sent me this note.

Gary,   This email is to inform you that we will close the hotel from next week on and until late June for renovation.   We will change the location of the kitchen, increase the capacity of the restaurant, redo the swimming pool (partly infinity pool), put A/C in all rooms, put in new beds and mosquito nets, fix all the sliding doors/windows, put in concrete walls around the hotel, fix the gardens, make more family suites, paint the hotel and change and redo everything from the dining tables, to the outdoor furniture.  Most of this will be done during these 6 to 7 weeks but the rooms will be done throughout the year.

We will also start to sell club memberships to local people with a point system plus offer this to the ex pats living in Cuenca.

We are adding new administrators at the hotel; Edwin and his Canadian wife, Cris. They used to run our yacht operation in the Galapagos. She will also help out at Vistazul being the contact person for the residents and helping out with decoration, purchase of furniture and rental management.

So hopefully you will have time to come down to San Clemente later this year to discover the new Palmazul!

Vistazul is also doing well right now. The electricity work, water plant and gardening should all be ready by the end of May. Then I will help the residents start to form the HOA. I have also contracted all the doors/windows so the remaining units will be completed within 4 to 6 months depending on the workers.

I had a lot of interest in the one level units and we continue to offer finance. Regards, Kjetil

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See more details on these condos here

For answers to specific questions contact, Kjetil Haugan, at kjetil@haugancruises.com

This is an exciting evolution for the small community and remains a great bargain… the $79,000 price includes club membership which includes use of all the improved facilities.

Back in 2007, my friend, Kjetil Haugan, sent me a note that he was building this hotel and would have his the new year celebration there.

When I saw the construction pictures… I wondered.  A lot of work seemed undone.

This was the hotel in November 2007.

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and the pool at the hotel.

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Yet Kjetil did have the hotel open for the 2008 New Year celebration.

When we visited in early January 2008,  the hotel looked like this.

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Kjetil then told me that the hotel was also designed as the clubhouse for 60 + condos he would build on this land behind the hotel.

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I knew the land..  I knew Kjetil.  I was impressed and bought the first five condos myself.  Kjetil said that he would have the first units finished by the end of the year.

True to his word, Kjetil kept to his timing and despite the recession of 2008 has completed and sold out this development.

Ecuador beach real estate is still inexpensive but prices have been rising. Those condos began at $79,000 but prices have risen over the last year to:

I personally have a unit here  in the Vistazul complex so this is my front yard.

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Here are the first condos which originally went on sale at $79,000.

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They are 1,200 square feet, two and a half bathroom, two bedroom units, on two floors and a roof terrace.

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Here is a group of our delegates inspecting the roof terrace.

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Here is the sunset view from the beach in front of these units.

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They are one minute’s amble to the club house restaurant, where you can dine.

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The seafood comes fresh from these fishermen who leave from the beach in front of the clubhouse each day.

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Kjetil Haugan, a Norwegian who moved to Ecuador after being the administrator of Atlanta’s Olympic Village, became a prominent businessman, owning the largest Spanish school in the country along with several Galapagos cruise ships.

Kjetil and his wife Jessica built Palmazul Hotel which is also the clubhouse for these condos.

The owners of the condos  enjoy Palmazul as their community center…all the hotel facilities are available to home owners.  This provides living on the beach with tennis court, pool, beach, fine dining, exercise room and all.

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Here is a shot taken from one of the Vistazul condo rooftops.

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Until next message, good Ecuador living!

I always recommend that you look and then rent before you buy.

Gary

2015 Schedule

2015 Schedule

Schedule 2015  Seminars and Courses

Mount Dora

Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.

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We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.

Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer.

Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.

Here are the courses we currently have scheduled in 2015.  Course in bold conducted by Gary & Merri Scott

Oct. 10-11, 2015, West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar.  (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

The Best Multi Currency International Investing Seminar in 32 Years

Cash in on the best opportunity in 32 years.  Currency diversification has always been important for safety, but right now a multi currency opportunity is brewing and has more profit potential then you have seen in over three decades.

Our “International Investing Seminars” started 32 years ago at about the best time for investors ever.  Over these decades our semi annual seminars have updated what’s going on in global investment markets and what to do.  In all those years, few times offered as much long term opportunity as in 1982.

Join us to learn the great opportunities that are just ahead.

Mount Dora Florida. Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Sept 4-5-6, 2015, West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

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Our summer and autumn courses are at the Jefferson Landing Country Club.

Finally, conditions have come full circle and the several conditions are coming together just as we saw at our first seminars in the 1980s.  The US dollar. the US stock market and the price of oil are acting almost exactly as they did in the early 1980s.  Knowing the conditions and why they have merged  and what to do about them can help you create a fortune.

One way to tap this potential (we’ll review this at the seminar) is to invest in a Good Value Country Strategy with ETFs (Country Index Exchange Traded Funds).  For example there are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.  You can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these ten countries with Country Index ETFs.

We review more than two dozen Country Index ETFs at the seminars.   One example is the iShares Germany MSCI Index ETF.

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Germany’s stock market is a good value market.  Germany has the world’s fourth largest economy.  The country is the third largest exporter in the world and in 2013 recorded the highest trade surplus in the world making it the biggest capital exporter globally.  Yet German shares have been overlooked. German share prices are cheap.

The problem most investors have is knowing which German shares to buy.  The country Index ETF solves this by investing in almost all the shares traded on Germany’s largest stock exchange in Frankfurt.  The iShares Germany MSCI Index ETF is a share traded on the New York Stock Exchange that invests in 85% of the shares in Germany.  This ETF is a passive fund that does not try to outperform the growth of the German Stock Market. The managers simply track the investment results of the MSCI Germany Index.

The MSCI Germany Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the German index is composed of the stocks of 54 different German companies and covers about 85% of all the German equities.  Germany’s ten largest companies compose about 60% of the index.  These ten companies are:  BAYER (Health Care) composes 9.91% of the index – SIEMENS (Industrials) 7.89% – DAIMLER (Consumer Discretionary) 7.04% – BASF (Materials)  6.81% – ALLIANZ (Financials) 6.65% – SAP STAMM (Info Tech) 5.69% – DEUTSCHE TELEKOM (Telecom Srvcs) 4.46% – DEUTSCHE BANK NAMEN  (Financials) 3.66%  – VOLKSWAGEN VORZUG (Consumer Discretionary) 3.18% – BMW STAM (Consumer Discretionary)  3.15%.

The iShares MSCI ETF invests in all the important sectors in the German market, so your one investment in the ETF gives you a spread of good value German shares.

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The fund has over 4 billion of assets and those assets are invested mainly in the 54 German shares, so your investment gives you enormous diversification within the German stock market. What makes ETFs such easy and simple investments is that even a small investment of $1000 (at this time) will buy about 25 shares.  For just $1,000 the investment is spread into this vast powerful, good value equity market.

At our seminars we review Country Index ETFs for every good value stock market in the world. One benefit of these ETFs is that investors can invest very small amounts so it is possible to invest in all good value countries, even if your portfolio is not large.

You save on tax.  Managed funds exert a heftier tax bill on your portfolio than passive products.  You save on reduced portfolio turnover.  Every time a manager makes a trade, there’s a cost. ETFs invest in the shares that compose the index and do not trade.  During 2013 actively managed funds in the US turned over 85% of their holdings.  Remember that this activity resulted in poorer average results than the indices for 75% of these funds.

Join me at our 2015 seminars to explain how to use ETFs and much more.  The “International Investing Seminar” looks at how to protect purchasing power and pensions with multi currency investing.  The course teaches how to add safety and create to profit from multi currency and global equity cycles.

Value Investing Outside the Box.  Here is a partial syllabus of the seminar:

* See new breakout possibilities… in global investing.

* Benefits of early investments in an oil that’s up 22.8 times in the past ten years.

* Beyond Gold.  Three hard assets that protect against all currency erosion.

* The Small Country Effect. Why small markets rise more than large ones.

* Top Value small markets and how to easily invest small or large amounts.

* The best four currencies for the year ahead.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as WHICH CURRENCIES to invest in. This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s.  Learn how to use ETFs to gain multi currency diversification.

Details in this session also include:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

*  The benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why the value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver.  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars – how interest rates at zero eliminate opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* New tax strategies.  How to create businesses that earn income and reduce tax.

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Gary Scott at a multi currency session

The course begins with a 1000 Year Economic Review that leads us up to where markets are in 2015.

Learn how to:

* Find good investing value.

* Use Multi Currency Portfolios.

* To use multi currency for diversification-speculation & hedge.

* Earn in water and agricultural investing.

* Gain with special situations now for aggressive growth

Join Merri and me for this multi currency economic update seminar.

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Gary Scott speaking to 400 delegates in Quito, Ecuador

Sept 4-5-6, 2015, West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Multi Currency, Protect Against a Weak Dollar Investing Seminar. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Join my wife, Merri, and me at our International Investing Seminar. Enroll here $799. Couple $999

Gary



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