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Utility Utilities


We can gain extra profit when we spot new utility created by old utilities.

Last week’s message looked at how Smalltown USA can enhance the benefits of slow, simple investing.  One reason Smalltown USA is set to surge ahead is that rural municipalities are using electrification laws from the early 1900s to obtain funds and regulatory permissions previously reserved for utilities, in order to offer broadband.

Take for example, our phone company, Skyline-Skybest.  Our tiny county of about 27,000 has one of the highest rates of fiber optics connectivity in the USA.  Here are the broadband options we have up to a gigabyte of bandwidth.

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Skybest broadband rates.

The trend of installing fiber optics into small towns is turning everything upside down.  Small towns have better connectivity than big cities.

This is the new New Deal that piggybacked on efforts under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt which brought electricity and other infrastructure to rural America in the 1930s.  The small electric cooperatives in Smalltown USA are leveraging old Federal rules to provide modern broadband.

Just like in the 1930s when private power companies said that it was too expensive to electrify rural areas, high-speed internet providers have argued that the same economic problems exist with the internet. President Roosevelt established the Rural Electrification Administration which led to the creation of thousands of small electric cooperatives using federal funds. These co-ops are typically customer-owned but run like regular businesses, with annual dividends returned to members.

Because broadband is treated like a utility that the Federal Communications Commission began giving experimental broadband grants to alternative carriers like electric companies.  Our provider started earlier but a wave of experiments began in 2014.

This creates a new hidden utility in small US towns where there has been a slow economic deterioration over the past three decades.

Small towns have a new future with a modern infrastructure based on high-speed internet.  Imagine the benefits:  less pollution, few traffic jams, lower cost of living, less crime and even increased intelligence.  (Studies have shown that the brain works better when surrounded by nature).

Merri and I find that though we live in a remote place we are very connected with the global community in numerous ways.  Newspapers (such as USA Today) arrive in our mailbox, the morning they are published.  Amazon.com and Fedex provide a perfect supply line. Recently we realized our printer was running out of toner just before we needed to print handouts for our International Club Retreat.  We were able to check competitive prices and have the best toner at the lowest price delivered the very next day.

Since broadband has come to our community, at least one new factory has come in.  I can only imagine how many businesses like Merri’s and mine are growing in these hills.  What I do know is that I see many super houses rising in the forest.

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Many large houses like this are appearing in the woods around us.

High broadband speeds make it possible for a sophisticated business to be run amidst simple, pleasant, rural living conditions.

One great way to gain value is to spot how changes in technology create new utility and open markets in totally different ways.

In the early 1900s, the Virginia-Carolina Railway began operating a train in Damascus, Virginia to haul timber and iron ore.  The rail extended first to Green Cove and Whitetop, Virginia (17 minutes from our farm) and by the end of the decade to Todd, North Carolina.  Stations sprang up in Lansing, Warrensville and West Jefferson.

The train allowed mines, sawmills and lumbering operations to expand the local economy.  Those who saw the changing utility created by the railroad became enriched buying land along the railroad line and opening businesses in the areas that could never have been imagined previously.

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Virginia Creeper Railroad in West Jefferson.

By the mid 1970s this boom was gone and then the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon the line.  Ashe County’s economy has relied on a few factories, retirees and agriculture since.  The expanded internet opens even more new opportunities as did the railroad.

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The Virginia Creeper Railroad line in West Jefferson has been replaced by the Farmers’ Market.

This type of changing utility is taking place across the nation.  Merri and I are living in the middle of this shift and observing a productivity explosion.  We can all spot special value by being aware and watching for small towns where excellent communications alter the potential for growth.

Gary

Internet Business & Freedom


An internet business can set us free.

Technology and a global economy allows us to enjoy our business where the sun shines for us.

Broadband has really allowed me to be free with my internet business.

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I do have a very nice office… with a wonderful desk given to me by a friend when he moved from NC to Ecuador!  Honestly I rarely use it.

I like to move around while I work and technology means… I can!

At one stage Merri and I lived in a really remote part of Ecuador… 45 minutes off the highway down this road.

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Our hacienda was at the tip of this bluff.

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This was my front room view.

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We lived with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices and had no electricity  and no cell phone coverage. I charged my laptop from our old Land Rover. Once a week we drove into town, downloaded messages, sent and picked up email.

Seem strange?  Technology allows our internet businesses to give us even more freedom than this as is explained in a recent USA Today article entitled “Your office: At home, in a tent, or something more formal” by Laura Petrecca.

The article first tells about Katy Leakey who operates jewelry business from a tent in Kenya.  She uses VOIP phone calls, e-mail and Skype to run a global business.  She lives with the Maasai in the Kenyan bush yet sells her jewelry online and in U.S. retail stores.  She turns her passion into profit and also helps the world since she reinvests a portion of her business income in local projects, roads or schools to help the people of Africa.

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At times a table in the sunny courtyard of our hotel Meson de las Flores is my office.

The USA Today article reviews other mobile internet businesses. Here is an excerpt:  Kathy Levinson’s office environment is vastly different (from Katy Leaky).  The real estate agent works in a 10-foot-by-12-foot refurbished storage closet in the basement of her Port Washington, N.Y., home. She made the windowless office cozy by adding carpet, fresh paint and soft lighting. Leakey and Levinson are part of a surging group: business owners who work from home or in remote or mobile offices. Nearly 9% of all North American adults operate a business out of a home, according to Forrester Research. And the number of people who work remotely will continue to increase worldwide, according to research firm IDC.

Many factors will contribute to the continued growth of remote working. They include technological advances, the desire for more life/work balance and the desire of retiring Baby Boomers and older adults to keep working for personal and financial reasons.

“Folks in their 60s, 70s and 80s have 35 or more years (of life) to enjoy and pay for, but not everyone wants to be a greeter at Walmart,” says Joanne Pratt, a futurist and researcher who has studied the effect that technology has on home-based businesses. She expects many in these age groups to operate businesses from home. “That gives them the luxury of enjoying so-called retirement while keeping a hand in and earning income.”

Laptops, broadband make it possible!

Levinson and Leakey have disparate careers, work styles and offices. Yet they credit the same necessity with enabling them to run businesses on their own terms: technology.

Souped-up laptops, speedy broadband Internet connections and low-priced global phone plans have helped empower millions of people to ditch traditional office settings and run businesses from their homes, cars, vans or even a tent.

Small-business owners now have access to “more powerful tools that used to be available only to large enterprises,” says IDC mobile enterprise research analyst Sean Ryan.

Lower costs, no commute.

There are many lifestyle benefits to running a home-based business: no commute, working in sweatpants and the array of readily available food in the kitchen refrigerator.

There are also some financial benefits. Home-based businesses take in less revenue than businesses that lease space, but they keep more money because there is no rent or other expenses that go with leasing, according to Pratt’s research for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

I love our bubbling creek so sometimes stroll to our deep woods office on Little Horse Creek and work there.

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7 Fundamental Laws of Your Own Internet Business

Knowing this ancient wisdom gives seven steps to calling on a vast pool of inner intelligence that we can combine with the wonders of modern technology. This combination leads us easily and stresslessly to a healthier and more enjoyable way of creating income and wealth.

#1: All Investments are Controlled by just a Few Natural Laws

Step to take: Look for fundamental economic laws which serve society rather than just for hot investments.

“The ideals which have lighted my way to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth. The trite subjects of human effort-outward possessions, outward success, luxury have always seem to me contemptible.” Albert Einstein

#2: All Natural Laws of Economics are Dynamic

Step to take: Look beneath the balance sheet.

“What have you in your houses? And what is it you guard behind fastened doors? Have you peace, the quiet urge that reveals your power? Have you remembrance, the glimmering arches that span the summits of your mind? Have you beauty, that leads the heart from things fashioned of wood and stone to the holy mountain?  Tell me are these things in your houses? Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes the host and then a master?  Ay and it becomes a tamer and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larger desires. Though its hands are silken, its heart is of iron. It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh. Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning in the funeral.” Kahil Gibran

In Western society, we are fooled by triple illusions of material wealth. These illusions are net worth, balance sheets and money. These are measures that never show true wealth and can change quickly.

Such undependable measures of wealth lead to never-ending restlessness. They are like looking at a picture of a picture of a picture and treating this picture as if it were real.

We look at how all business are ideas and how dynamic nature is so too must our business be.

#3: All Wealth is Within

Step to take: Listen to your inner intelligence.

“The course of human history is determined not by what happens in the skies but by what takes place in our hearts.” Sir Arthur Keith

#4: All Economic Laws are Ruled by Cause and Effect

Step to take: Learn to give.

“It is truly one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

#5: The World’s Economy has Infinite Abundance

Step to take: See the infinite possibilities.

“Water is everywhere around you but you see only barriers that keep you from the water.” Rumi
#6: All Economic Laws are Simply Energy and Desire

Step to take: Give attention to intention.

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivanada

#7: The Only Certainty is Change

Step to take: Embrace change.

“Do everything with a mind that lets go.” Achaan Chah.

When in Cotacachi, I work from our studio and watch the sunrise over this view.

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When on Ecuador’s coast I work on the balcony of our beach front apartment and watch the sunset.

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We live in miraculous times.  The current economic downturn moves us along… to where we really want to be.  Ancient wisdom and modern technology take us from there.

Merri and I hope that every step of your journey is blessed.

Gary

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we are providing a special three for one offer with our  course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business

This course can help you create your own internet business.

Our emailed course “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Web Based Business” is a continuing educational program.  You receive the first 28 lessons when you enroll and a new lesson every week or two.

This course teaches how to create a web based business and is developed from the ongoing experiences that we have from our successful and profitable internet business.

This course is well worth the enrollment fee of $299… but currently you also receive two additional courses FREE.

The other two courses are #1: International Business Made EZ, and #2: Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.

These two courses have sold for $398 and thousands have paid this price. We add them to your course, at no added cost, as I believe they will help you develop a better business in these crucial times..

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

To make this offer even more compelling,  I am giving everyone who enrolls in all our seminars or tours for any one month, October, November or December, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,”  “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.

Head south to Ecuador!

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Beyond Logic Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Join us in the mountains and at the sea.  Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799

Read  Your office: At home, in a tent, or something more formal

Retire in Ecuador – Out of Cities


Retire in Ecuador… our wherever…out of town because isolated places may be out of the box bargains.

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Merri and I have purchased many isolated places.  Here is a shot from our North Carolina farm.

A reader, wanting to know whether to retire in Ecuador or not sent this note last week:

Dear Gary,

I have noticed that you have mentioned (a few times) that you and Merri are not residents of Ecuador —– and you do not want to become residents. Would you be kind enough to explain what brought you to this decisions? Thank you,

My reply was “Mainly grandkids”.

Yet there is much more.

Merri and I live both in Ecuador and North Carolina because we love the people, the way of life, the land and the value.

We did not choose Ecuador because it is outside the US, nor Ashe county because it is in America.

We chose them because they are both in our opinion great places to be… and they are isolated.

Change alters the value of places.

When I grew up living in the suburbs of Portland Oregon, I could walk miles to school when I was eight.  We let our doors unlocked.

When I was a young man, huge cities were great places to be.  I lived in Hong Kong, San Francisco and London as well as portland… at times walking late at night in many parts of the city alone.  Cities were fun!

Now cities are much more dangerous and crowded and inconvenient.

Traffic from my mom’s suburban Oregon house (the same one for 50 years) to downtown Portland is horrid and she has to double lock all her windows.

Great places bring opportunity and joy in our lifestyles… but great places change and now there are double benefits in Isolation

I have steadily increased my investments in three seemingly isolated places; high in the Ecuador Andes, in a remote Pacific fishing village and in Ashe County North Carolina.

I chose each for the same reasons.  They are isolated but have good internet and reasonable access to a good airport

There are several reasons why change has put a premium on isolation.

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Merri and I have purchased many isolated places.  Here is a shot from our Ecuador Hacienda.

One reason is food.  Ecuador is a small agricultural country and as such, huge national distribution systems are not required to feed the population.  The food is fresher.  Preservatives are not as required.

The residents in the Blue Ridge of Ashe county know how to feed themselves as well.  Our farm is dotted with old homesteads where the dwellers lived mostly off the land… not that long ago… so people here know how to create their own food supply if need be.

The second reason is that the cost of living is still low compared to cities in Ecuador or the US.

The third reason is health.  There are no big factories… the air is fresh… water is quite pure… and you are not surrounded by crowds… increased risk of crime and such.

Plus (fourth) lifestyle benefits are great. No traffic jams… not much traffic noise… far less stress.

Fifth, property prices are low compared to alternatives… yet for the reasons stated above… they offer potential of appreciation as more and more people want to get out of the cities and burbs.

At the beginning of this millennium I recommended investing in Ashe County, North Carolina and did so myself.

In the 10 years since, even with the real estate crash, the price of land in the area has risen five to 10 times. Yet these prices remain low compared to other similar areas.

The small towns in the area are safe, the people friendly.   Life is still good.  People still wave when you drive by.

I can now eat a hearty breakfast in Jefferson, North Carolina (our nearest town of any sort) for under five dollars.   Also when we go out to breakfast we can leave the house unlocked and cars, trucks and jeeps parked with the keys in them.

9/11 changed people’s values. Family, friends and quieter, more peaceful life is more important than before.

Having these fine qualities is harder to achieve in downtown Manhattan or Central Chicago or in the heart of L.A.

Life in America is changing due to the difficult economic and social times. There is a return to simplicity and the value of these small towns and their honest core values will grow.

If the economy suddenly recovers and the world’s economy rises, small towns will still not lose their appeal. The world’s population continues to grow.   People always want what they perceive they have lost… freedom from crowds, traffic jams, pollution and the hassle of city life.   I believe these qualities will grow in value.

Today, the portable computer, internet and cell phone have changed all the rules of real estate. The old maxim is still true that the three most important aspects that affect a properties value are location, location, location, but technology alters which locations will have greater value!

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Merri and I have purchased many isolated places.  Here is a shot of the land around the village where we have our Ecuador hotel.

Take for example, my own career in writing about international investing.

When I began, I had to live in London. This was where all the knowledge and information was held. To give timely advice I had to be there. Then as phone rates dropped and the fax came along, I was able to leave the congested city and move to Naples, Florida, then a sleepy fishing village and still have access to the data I would need. Finally as Naples became crowded, because of the Internet, we were able to move to isolated farms both here and in Ecuador and still have access to any international investment information.

I can call up market details, specific shares, global news, regardless of how remote I am.

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Merri and I have purchased many isolated places.  Here is a shot of the empty beah near our Ecuador beach condos.

Here is the key point.

The primary factor of real estate’s value used to be physical accessibility to many people. This factor is shifting to accessibility of information.

Remote places are gaining a new value if they have access to information.

Ashe county which adjoins Virginia and Tennessee was established and named after Samuel Ashe in 1799. It is often known as the Lost Province because until recently hardly anyone knew of the place.

The county seat is Jefferson and the county has a land area of 426.16 miles but only a population of 22,209 people. This population is wide spread as well. The only towns are Jefferson (1,300 population), West Jefferson (1,002) and Lansing (183).

This is a totally rural area with three commercial crops, Christmas trees, timber and tobacco.

There are several small factories in the county but tourist activities such as canoeing on the new river, scenic drives though Southern Appalachian Wilderness, leaf looking and camping.

Ashe county is isolated but sits almost equidistant from the north and south of the east coast of the United States.  We almost the same distance from Florida and  Maine.

Here are the signs I see that suggest to me that this area will boom:

1. The prices here are a fraction of the counties north and south.

2. The first cappuccino machines have arrived in Jefferson. When we arrived there was nothing like this and it was a dry county.  Now there are smart cafes… wine bars and art gallerys.

3. Prices as mentioned have already risen.

4. The major road from I-77 has being widened to four and even six lanes.

5. Wal Mart built a super store.

6. The first golf course community has been a success in Jefferson.

7. Lowes has open a large DIY store.

There are some other great benefits here. The nearest airports for commercial flights is Tri-Cities Tennessee.   This s one of the easiest airports I have ever checked into…a 15 check in allowee. Parking right at the front door and often the policemen will hel yu haul in your bags.  Yet this regional airport is just over a half hour to Atlanta or Cincinnati.

There is a great college town Boone just 45 minutes away, a chic, resort area, Blowing Rock the same distance and real cities, like Charlotte two hours drive.

Yet as isolated as we are we have great DSL broadband so I am as connected as if I lived in Manhattan.

This makes me more effective than some businesses in the center of major cities, as I avoid the delays from traffic jams, crowds, smog, missed parking places and crowds.

You can take advantage of great isolated places to be by creating an internet business and looking for places like Ashe county north Carolina that are short on people but long on data resources.

Retire in Ecuador because Ecuador real estate is inexpensive.

Merri and I have purchased a lot of Ecuador real estate in remote places as well.

See why at Ecuador Real Estate is Inexpensive

Wherever you plan to retire in Ecuador at home or elsewhere, think about leaving the maddening crowd.  Isolated places may be the bargains of the future.

Gary

Our 2009 course and tour schedule.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.

Cotacachi Hotel Savings


Gain Cotacachi hotel savings and more… up to $343 in only one week in Ecuador.

I explain below. First let me introduce one of the nicest small Ecuador hotels in Ecuador. This small hotel (15 rooms) is in Cotacachi… Meson de las Flores.

Ecuador Living subscribers are entitled to one free night  the first time they visit  Cotacachi and stay three nights  or more at Meson de las Flores.  There are many other hotels where you gain discounts as a subcriber… which I explain below.

First more on Meson de las flores in Cotacachi.

There are many charming reasons to stay at Meson de las Flores.

The colonial  architecture charms and welcomes you.

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Other Meson de las Flores  hotel amenities include:

  • Free broadband internet..
  • Free calls to the USA, Canada and Europe.
  • Free served breakfast.

Plus a warm, welcoming, caring staff who really do want to look after you.

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Room rates at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi are only $59 a night plus 22% service and tax.

Enjoy the beauty of Cotacachi.  Here is the Cotacachi Cathedral next door to Meson de las Flores by night.

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By day.

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Save $343 or more at small Ecuador hotels as an Ecuador Living subscriber in just a week.

To assist those interested in Ecuador,  Ecuador Living has established a full time full support research and assistance team to help Ecuador Living subscribers in any way required.

One benefit is hotel savings in Quito, Cotacachi, Cuenca and on the coast.

For example if you stay three days at Meson de las Flores in Cotacachi, one night is free ($79 savings).  If you stay two nights at Palmazul, one night is free ($142) and two nights at Hotel Quito, you save $122 with the discount Ecuador Living subscribers get  there.  That’s a $343 saving compared to you Ecuador Living subscription of $119.

You can subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

Meson de las Flores has a central location in Cotacachi…

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All rooms are above the open air courtyard.

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A three room suite is avialable on the third floor.  See it at Cotacachi Hotel Suite.

The hotel serves breakfast lunch and dinner in the opebn air courtyard and…

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dining room.

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Full seminar and AV facilities are available. Here are delagtes meeting at a seminar conducted in Cotacachi at Meson de las Flores and the ajoing Cotacachi Cultural Museum.

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Merri, I and the staff of Meson de las flores welcome you!

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Left to right:  Gary, Meson mascot Ma, Maurico-translator – night clerk and guide, Eduardo – Maitre d , Franklin – Manager, Alberto – sous chef, Merri, Rosita – room care giver, Consuelo – food server, Rosita Molena- room care giver and Santiago – Chef.

Gary

Here is an Ecuador tours update for  Gary Scott’s 2009 Ecuador information tours, courses and seminars conducted at meson de las Flores and Palmazul spa.

He is a view of the Cotacachi sunrise from our suite at hotel Meson de las Flores.

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We hope you’ll enjoy Ecuador’s beauty with us soon.

July 4-8 Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Beat Recession in Ecuador


One way to beat the recession is to live in Ecuador and enjoy its low cost of living.

How can one earn extra income while in Ecuador?

With an internet business.

In a moment we’ll look at why internet businesses in Ecuador are now easier.

First, why have your own internet business at all?

Yesterday’s message about Ecuador & Longevity showed how your own business can help you live longer and better… when you have a business that you love.

That in itself is a pretty good reason to be your own boss with an internet business.

There is a good chance that this recession will manifest itself in the form of currency destruction..rather than growing unemployment.

Governments are spending trillions of dollars (that they do not have), to kick start the global economy back to life and to create jobs.

This gets the job market rolling again but that money people will earn is likely to lose value. Printing money to create jobs without real production creates inflation.  Inflation destroys the purchasing power of cash.

This means that the best four ways to beat the recession is to invest in real estate… commodities or shares (these are all investments that will rise with inflation) or … to invest in your own business.

Why an internet business?

A Time Magazine article entitled “The New Internet Start-Up Boom: Get Rich Slow” by Josh Quittner helps explain why.  Here are excerpts from that article (see a link to the entire article at the end of this message).

Business Bucking the Recession

Here’s why.

At no other time in recent history has it been easier or cheaper to start a new kind of company.  Possibly a very profitable company. Let’s call these start-ups LILOs, for “a little in, a lot out.” These are Web-based businesses that cost almost nothing to get off the ground yet can turn into great moneymakers (if you work hard and are patient, but we’ll get to that part of the story).

How do you get started? All that’s required is a great idea for a product that will fill a need in the 21st century. These days you’d do best if your idea either makes people money or saves them money.

That’s what John Tayman is doing. He’s an author (The Colony, about a former leper colony near Maui) who lives in San Francisco, where I met him; he wrote reviews for a business magazine I edited. Tayman knew little about technology and even less about business.

Tayman said he intended to build the site on the side while continuing to write for a living. He’d work on his new company only at night and on weekends. Oh, yes, and he had only about $10,000. “Good luck with that!” I thought. Ideas are much easier to hatch than they are to execute.

Tayman went to work with nothing more than his PowerBook laptop. A hyperorganized fellow, he quickly discovered a trove of freebies online — instructional manuals and sites aimed at bootstrappers — that walk you through the process from start to finish.

Within months, Tayman had a virtual staff of 20 employees working for him in five different countries. “In fact, I didn’t even meet the guy who built most of the site until the launch party,” he says.

The article goes on to say that Tayman worked on the site about 10 hours a week and did not spend a cent on marketing or advertising.  The site’s growth is modest but steady: nearly 10,000 people visit each week.

Ecuador Broadband

It is easy and inexpensive to start an internet business. Now it is even easier to start an Ecuador internet business because mobile internet is now available in Ecuador.

Three cell phone operators are now offering an internet connection via a USB connecting modem that receives a data signal via their cell phone networks use.

This modem allows you to hook up to the internet anywhere in Ecuador where there is a cell phone signal.

This means that anywhere in Ecuador where there is even a hint of civilization you can have broadband!

We offer a special service using Porta Cell Modems,  the Ecuadorian subsidiary of Carlos Slim’s America Movil conglomerate.  In a country with a 13 million population there are surprisingly 9.7 million cellphone users (2007) and Porta has 68% of the market.

Porta´s mobile internet service is called ‘Internet Banda Ancha Movil de PORTA’. They are rapidly rolling out the latest 3G technology that allows for faster speeds.

The 3G speed is advertised as up to 1.2 MBs. I have used this service and it allows me to work on broadband almost anywhere, in a cab, sitting in a cafe… like our courtyard at Meson de las Flores. Here is a group in the courtyard on one of our tours.

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I can work from the park in Cotacachi’s central plaza.

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can work  the beach… almost anywhere… such as here in Bahia where we had a group on a real estate tour.

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I can work on an Ecuador bus… and have.

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or even on the train there.

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I can work in busy cities like Quito.

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or in the country.

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I can work as I travel and there´s no more worrying about finding a hotel with wireless service (and hoping it works).

The service is less than $80 a month.

The only downside is that an 18 month contract is required.

We have resolved this by buying the modems so our subscribers can use them on a month to month basis without the long term contract.  We add $10 a month for this and charge $90 for a month.

If you have an interest in this service drop me a note at gary@garyascott.com

We are in the worst economic correction since the 1930s.

This creates enormous opportunity and now low cost countries like Ecuador are becoming better, with wonderful people and cheap cost combined with the the convenience of  broadband.

Gary

Learn about our internet course “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business” here.

You can read the entire Time Magazine article “The New Internet Start-Up Boom: Get Rich Slow by Josh Quittner at  www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1890387,00.html

Ecuador Crafts – After the Fall


Ecuador crafts can provide opportunity for three reasons we’ll review here.

Ecuador crafts people are excellent in the crafts business. they start and learn early on.

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Merri and I have returned to our North Carolina farm for spring planting.  The local wisdom is that lettuce, radishes, potatoes and  onions should be planted on Good Friday. Everything else goes in on Mother’s Day.

Things change slowly here in the mountains except the seasons.   Spring really does jump out quickly here.

One day the branches are bare. Next day there is a distinctive red blush as the buds have popped out seemingly overnight. You can see the red tinge in this shot I took from my office window yesterday.

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Saturday all we had in the lawn was green. Easter the dandelions were there.

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This makes me happy.   My favorites are the dandelion salad and the dandelion quinoa pancakes that Merri cooks for breakfast… topped with one of the great blue eggs that our hens lay.

Here’s my morning collection sitting on the kitchen counter…waiting!

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While out collecting those eggs a thought about change… the change that’s going on… in the Western world… in the entire world, popped into my mind.

Here is the thought.

Change comes suddenly… like the spring. One moment it’s not.  Then suddenly it is.  Yet really change isn’t sudden. The forces that created the dandelions and the tree buds have been at work for quite some time.  The physical manifestation that we see only seems sudden because we do not see the subtle shifts that are happening everyday that bring this explosion of apparent change.

Take for example, yesterday’s message that showed how America’s debt has been growing and the US dollar falling since 1969.

A further look at the graph from that message… with this new thought in mind… shows how the change really began in the 1940s… because since then… America has almost always been at war… the occupation… Korea… VietNam… the Cold War…  Iraq… twice.  Afganistan.

This huge cost… plus others (such as Social Security) have created continual change… though it may seem that we are just seeing the big shift now. deficit chart I have studied this change for 40 years. Just understanding the greenback’s fall has been enough to prosper… but this new thought crystallized an error.

I have been studying the fall of the Roman Empire to see what I could learn from the past about our change now.

Here is the error.  I should have been studying who succeeded… and how after the fall.

I will now study this and suspect here are a few of the rules that the Italians who thrived and prospered post Post Roman Empire.

#1: They accepted the change and did not bury their heads in the sand.

#2: They saw the change as an opportunity… and grasped it.

#3: They moved to or already were in safe places out of any battle zones.

#4: They did not display their wealth (the Latin habit to this day is to live within walled courtyards- modest outside- luxurious within).

#5: They took risks based on fundamental distortions created by those who did not embrace change.

#6: They were frugal.

#7: They were independent.

This type of thinking shows why Ecuador crafts make sense from a business point of view.

Shigra handbags made from agauve fibers and natural dyes.

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One way we can see change is in an article from Time Magzine entitled “Here’s to the Death of Broadcast” by James Poniewozik.  The article says:

When ER goes off the air April 2, we will say goodbye to more than the medical staffers who have lived, loved and been tragically killed off for sweeps over the years. We will also say goodbye to the era of broadcast TV it represented: the era of big shows, big audiences and big money.

In 1994, when ER debuted, NBC, CBS and ABC ruled TV. The fourth network, Fox, had no top-20 shows. Cable was flourishing but was hardly a threat. Only a handful of dorks (like me) were using “graphical user interfaces” like Netscape to look at something called the World Wide Web.

Fifteen years later, the networks are, as the TV docs say, crashing. In the 1994-95 season, 43% of U.S. households, on average, watched the Big Four at a given moment in prime time. Now it’s 27%.

Programmers and cultural critics are warning of the end of the mass-media era, when shows from I Love Lucy to Seinfeld joined tens of millions of Americans in a common experience.

Shigras in Otavalo Ecuador crafts market:

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As we shift from the era of broadcast to broadband, we’ll no longer have an entire population mesmerized by the same performers, programs and modes of thought.  Smaller unique businesses with quality products such as organic Ecuador crafts produced by individual crafts people will thrive.

Ecuador crafts include some great art like these religious reproductions.
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More Ecuador crafts and art we view on our Ecuador export tours.

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Colorful art in bowls…

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Ecuador crafts and art in woodwork.

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Ecuador crafts and art in textiles.

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Ecuador purses and rugs.

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Ecuador crafts are perfect products positioned to sell well in the broadband era ahead… organic… authentic…colorful… exotic…useful and meaningful.

One does not have to be crafty to prosper from change… but many can prosper from more hand made crafts… from Ecuador or anywhere in the world.

Until next message, may you prosper from change.

Gary

In Ecuador we offer two 2-4-1 tours this May and June.

Economic downturn?

Yesterday’s New York Times article entitled “Jobless Rate Hits 8.5%; 663,000 Jobs Lost” said:

The unemployment rate reached its highest level in a quarter-century after 663,000 jobs were lost in March, the 15th consecutive month of job losses.

Yet our Ecuador and other businesses are expanding so fast that I can barely keep up. More and more readers are wanting to know… “How do you increase affluence like this when so many are losing it?”

This created the 2-4-1 concept that offers a special opportunity for you.

I cannot be in two places at once but I can make to possible for you to gain all the information I know and see what I am talking about for yourself by visiting Ecuador.

For example we have three Ecuador tours scheduled for May 2009.

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24

Merri and I will not be on these three tours and we do want to meet you. So to make sure we can meet, we will let you attend these either one of the May real estate tours free if you enroll in one of our three International Made EZ  courses, in July, October or November.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose either May real estate tour free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

There is no need to  hurry either. If you are not sure about attending two tours,  sign up and attend the real tour now… then we’ll knock the tour fee off our IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web course fee later.

You can also still take advantage three course discount as well.

For example, if you choose to attend all three of the May tours… both real estate and the Amazon herbal tours, then you can attend our July, October or November course free.

You can see some options below.

These three May 2009 Ecuador real estate tours are hosted by Alberto Verdezoto (a long term friend and guide as well as an expert on herbal medicine from the Amazon) and our staff.

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Here is Alberto leading our last real estate tour on the coast.

You could not be in better hands.  Alberto was in the Ecuador travel business for more than 10 years and has been our main real estate researcher for three years. He has helped us find most of the good Ecuador property deals and is doubly helpful because he bargains down the price!

Here is Alberto (left) leading our staff at International Living’s Ecuador seminar in March.

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On the coastal real estate tour,  you’ll see these houses near the beach for $19,500.

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Here is an interior shot.

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Plus on the Imbabura – Cotacachi real estate tour we’ll see these excellent houses.

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with these views and…

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with top quality finish.

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Plus on the Imbaburra – Cotacachi real estate tour we’ll look at (unless it has sold) a really well organized 12 acre avocado farm just minutes from Ibarra.  The owner has returned to Loja.  Here is the entrance.

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the main  house.

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inside living room and…

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kitchen.

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Here are both houses from the rear and…

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the back garden.

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Here, in front of the houses, is the fruit… the cash generator.

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The avocados are flowering for their first crop.

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We are told they will offer a $50,000 a year income after two years… $25,000 potential this year. (Be sure to check this out as we are not avocado farmers so cannot discern the truth.)

Asking price with these two houses, land and crops is $260,000.

You can enroll in one, two or three of these courses below

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

Take Two for One. Attend any of the three courses below and select any one of the tours above free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

Or sign up for two or three of the May 2009 tours and attend any of the IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web FREE.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

Learn about our July 2009 Ecuador export tour 2-4-1 deal here.

You can read the entire article “Here’s to the Death of Broadcast” at
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1887840,00.html

Cotacachi Hotel Suite


You can live for a month in our Cotacachi hotel suite and save.

We offer a Hometel at our Cotacachi hotel Meson de las Flores so you can enjoy Cotacachi room rates… at a ridiculously low $32 a night… including a full served breakfast, free broadband and free calls to the US, Canada and Europe.

Now there is a Homesuite opportunity at our Cotacachi hotel as well.

Here is Meson.

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We have one suite in the hotel which starts with an outdoor dining area on a covered balcony.

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The views are fantastic.

Mt. Cotacachi in one direction

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The cathedral is straight ahead, across the street and at eye level to the suite.

These are all shots I have taken from the balcony.

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I love to sit in the dawn, work to the glow of my computer…(we have great wireless broadband for hotel guests)…and free phone calls to the US, Canada and Europe and watch the sun rise.

First, the dawn makes the Cathedral glow.

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Then Mt. Imbabua comes alive.

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This all happens around 5:30 am so many miss it…but for late sleepers, the views at dusk are a treat as well. Here is the moon just starting to rise.

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Up and away!

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You can also watch all the activity in the courtyard two floors down.

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So we enter the suite into the living area.

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There are two sofas and a desk for working if you choose.

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All the floors throughout are hardwood.

The next room is for sleeping. The bed, on the “World’s Most Comfortable Top Ten” list, is king size.  Merri and I have rented this suite for the last two years and made this so…pillowtop mattress…with 300 thread count Italian sheets we hand carried to Ecuador.

The four poster bed frame was given to us by friends who shipped it from the Seychelles (after their plantation there was burned down). The bed posts are made from a rare coconut called “Coco del Mar”.  Once only Royalty in the Seychelles was allowed to have “Coco del Mar”…under penalty of death we were told.  Whatever…be sure…this is not your normal, run-of-the-mill, hotel bed.

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Neither by the way is the ceiling. We are told by the previous owners that the name Meson de as Flores (Meson is not a Spanish word).  It came to be because the Ambassador to France used to almost live here.  This was his “Maison of the Flowers” which became corrupted into translation.  That Ambassador donated a special antique (this all happened a long time ago) pressed a tin ceiling…quite beautiful…and rare.

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Finally we reach the third room..a more than king size bathroom and closet.

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Merri and I designed it, because  she loves baths. I’m a shower sort of guy…so…this is why we have great marriage and a Vichy Spa Shower.

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The closets and cabinets, like the floors are all hardwood…

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..the real stuff.no veneer or engineered flooring here.

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Our normal Hometel program lets guests stay for 31 nights at a low rate of $32 a night.  Merri and I have rented the suite for the last years so it was not available.  Now that we have finished a loft studio nearby where we are moving we have added this suite of rooms to our hometel program and at only $19 a night more.  You can read about our hometel program below and sign up for $999 for a month (31 nights).  You can choose the suite instead at $1,588 for the month or $1,688 for a couple.

To reserve the suite, first check availability with Merri at merriscott@live.com

Hometels including the suite were fully booked through March 2009, so please contact us with your dates.

Once you have cleared availability, simply sign up for the hometel and put your choice of the suite in the comments section. We will charge the $1,588 instead of $999 (or couples price).

See the hometel details below.

Order the regular hometel here $999 Single, $1099 couple order here.

Meson de las Flores is offering a Hometel program in Cotacachi Ecuador where you can enjoy Ecuador at very low costs for a month (or longer) at a time

Here are some snapshots of the Meson de las Flores Inn. Our Land of the Sun Foundation took control March 1, 2006 and created the Hometel program so readers can stay here at a monthly rate of $999. (This low fee helps humanitarian and charitable causes).

The monthly price includes a wonderful served breakfast of just squeezed juice, bacon or ham and eggs, bread, ripe fruit and cereal. Lunch and dinner are extra at $5 for a two course meal if you choose to dine at the hotel.

We have free wireless broadband for your laptop or a computer you can use, plus a VOIP phone system so you can call the US, Canada or Europe at no charge.

We have also installed a far infrared sauna for your health and enjoyment.

The entrance of our home (and we hope yours) in Cotacachi is a bit more than 60 steps to a magnificent cathedral and park.

Here’s the park!

Cotacachi is quiet and peaceful and once inside Meson you feel the flavor of its colonial past. The foundations of this building were started here over 180 years.

The inner courtyard is open and this (plus an inside dining area) is where we serve meals. We have an excellent chef trained in Andean nutritional skills. Meals are delicious and those who stay rave about the food.

We have a full professional kitchen where we produce delicious, nutritious and energizing meals drawn from the Andes’ volcanic soil.

Everywhere you turn you see stunning views from the hotel. The hotel is nestled between three mountains. This is Mount Imbabura.

Five minutes away is La Mirage a Relais and Chateuax Spa.

20 minutes away is a national park and crater lake for picnics and in pure air and nature take you along nearby along Cuicocha Crater Lake. Cuicocha was formed by a massive volcanic explosion 3,000 years ago. You picnic on a carpet of grass by pure, azure, 600 foot deep waters amidst breathtaking scenery. There are numerous trails for hiking and horseback riding.

Here’s Merri, our hound dog Ma and me at the lake.

Less than an hour away is Chachimbiro Thermal Springs (picture below) you soak in the wilds of its mineral waters.

Locals knew of pools of healing waters since pre hispanic times, but the majority of these medicinal thermal waters began to flow after an earthquake in 1868. They come from a volcanic complex that has existed 10,000 years and flow at temperatures ranging from 92 F to 132 F.

The chemical composition makes them among the best healing waters in the Americas as they contain chlorides, sulfides of iron, copper, fluorine, bromine and iodine. They act as a digestive, purgative regulator, stimulant of the cardiovascular system, diuretic and a central nervous system stimulant.

This is one of the most famous craft areas in Ecuador and there are numerous markets all within a few minutes ride (taxis by the way are very inexpensive) from Meson. Shopping markets include: Otavalo, world-renowned for its large, varied indigenous market. Throughout the week, there is an abundance of traditional weavings and handicrafts to be found.

Cotacachi is famous as the leather village and specializes in all types of leather wear. The main street is lined with shops selling belts, jackets, bags, vests, suitcases, saddles and more. There is an abundance of products allowing you to find what you are looking for – all at amazingly cheap prices.

San Antonio de Ibarra, is famous for wood carvings and furniture. The tradition of craftsmanship developed by the population of San Antonio dates to the 16th century and includes sought after wooden religious art and altar pieces that are shipped worldwide.

One of the best weaving villages in Ecuador is Peguche. This village is far less known than Otavalo but the better tapestries are woven here. They have weaving demonstrations including how all natural dyes are made.

Traditional Masapan art made from hardened bread dough craft making is a cultural expression of the rural zone of Calderon, which has been passed down for generations. Now we have one of the descendants of this ancient craft who is offering it in a nearby village to us…just 7 miles away. The masapan crafts are original products, multicolored and perfect for decoration. All products are hand made with quality prime material that is non-toxic, to protect health and the environment.

We have a Spanish teacher who lives near the hotel and offers both group and individual Spanish lessons at very low prices.

You also enjoy very comfortable king size beds (with 380+ thread count sheets), balcony and daily maid service. Every room has a large balcony. Laundry is extremely inexpensive.

Medical services are excellent. Some residents more than pay for their stay just having dental work completed.

In addition the weather is wonderful! Ecuador is a land of intense sun, but the Andes climate varies according to altitude. Cotacachi sits at 7,800 feet, so the temperatures range between mid 40s (at night) and mid 70s during the day. Because there is no industry for many miles the air is clear and the stars at night spectacular!

This is a small community (10,000 people).  The people are warm, sweet and friendly, no traffic jams, no pollution…to us an almost perfect place to live.

Finally your contribution by living here helps support the programs of the Land of the Sun Foundation (See www.landofthesun.org ). The hotel was purchased with charitable contributions and all proceeds from the hotel goes to charitable causes. To date we are offering free English lessons in the community, a soup kitchen for the homeless, a children’s lending library, medical missions, medical help, higher learning for the indigenous, and computer gifts. Being a part of these wonderful programs adds one more fulfilling dimension to living here with us at Meson de las Flores.

We love our home here and hope you will share Ecuador with us.

To make your reservation, simply choose the order form below.

Remember that time is money and in this case, timing your visit to Ecuador is money and convenience!

Details of the $32 a night hometel program are here.

Gary

Join us in 2009.

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Multi Currency investment Seminar Naples Florida

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for three courses in any one month.

Cotacachi Real Estate For Sale


Cotacachi and Ecuador real estate prices are becoming higher. Construction material, cement, steel and wood have been skyrocketing in cost.  Plus new duties imposed on imports such as pipe are raising material costs.

Our recent Cotacachi real estate tour looked at a number of Prima Vera II – to IV condos for sale from  $46,500 to $54,500. Here is one of the four new Prima Vera blocks.  This is Prima Vera III.

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Bulding costs have forced the developer to raise prices on each building.  The units are identical but each block has a higher price.

Here are the prices now for these Prima Vera units.

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Prima Vera IV & V

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Prima Vera IV & V

There are 13 units left here at the old prices.  Learn here how to view the pricing and receive a 2% discount on the purchase as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

While viewing these condos we talked to American owner Bill Daily about the cost of living in Cotacachi.  He and his wife live in a Prima Vera III first floor unit.

Here is Bill and his wife Jo.

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This is their condo…with a comfortable view balcony

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Two bedrooms.

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One bedroom is used as an office…

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plus a full kitchen.

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Here is their living room.

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We asked Bill about utility costs and he told us that property taxes were $38…a year.

Propane is $2.50 for 20 gallon bottle for cooking, heating and hot water.  They use about $5…a month.

Water is $6 a month, electricity $20 a month….broadband $49…condo fees $100…so in all there basics are about $185 a month.

Until next message,  good living wherever you are.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi in March when our courses focus on health and wealth.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in March 2009, I

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March course and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Cost of Living is Low


Ecuador Cost of Living is low. The $700 solution.

Ecuador’s cost of living is low.

This is a great day to look at Ecuador coastal cost of living because our friends Larry & Shirley Humphrey just moved into their new condo at Vistazul!  They are the first residents there.

Here they are at Palmazul, their club house, (133 steps from their condo) using the broadband.  Eventually they’ll have broadband in the condos but the units are not yet completed (completion of the last units is scheduled for November 2009).

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Since Merri and I are only part timers in Ecuador, I continually ask readers who have moved full time about Ecuador’s cost of living.

Recently our message entitled Cotacachi Cost of Living showed how Bill & Joe Daily live in Cotacachi on about $700 a month.

Another message Cotacachi House and Condo Rentals shows how Lee and Peggy Carper live for even less.

So I was not surprised when I spoke with Larry and Shirley that they told me it was costing them about $700 a month to live (without rent).  Their comment was, “we receive over $2,000 from our Canadian pension, live on $700 and save the rest.”

We could call $700… the Ecuador cost of living solution!

Yet low cost living is not even near the biggest benefit of living in Ecuador quoted to me by residents here.  A more relaxed lifestyle is often number one.

I could not agree more. Here I am with Ma in the Pamazul front yard… working hard.

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I am thinking.

Other times I take my lap top and enjoy the benefits of a broadband global business by working from my balcony… with this view… and the sea breeze… the warn sun and sound of the waves.

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This apartment on the beach is available for rent or sale.

Usually I quit working though for the sunset. Here is one sunset shot I took from one of our Vistazul condos.

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Good health comes in as a reason to live in Ecuador as well. Everyone walks more… eats fresher food.  A great article on Ecuador beach restaurants shows why.

Larry and Shirley are from Calgary and had a successful jewelry business there but the pace of life was ruining their health.  Since arriving at Vistaazul, Shirley has seen her weight drop 20 pounds and is completely off all the medications she needed when she lived up north.  Both tell me they feel so much better… so much more relaxed… filled with energy again.

Merri and I watch them enjoy playing in this surf every day.

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Some times alone.

Ecuador-cost-of-living Some times with the local kids.

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Some times with just the pelicans and sometimes…

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on this totally empty beach.

Style in Ecuador construction also offers some wonderful little things that one would never get in a condo up north… like this window trim.

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Each unit has its own special wood carving in the window.

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Gardening is another.  Here is one block of the Vistazul condos. They look a bit bleak now but not for long.

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Here are some of the flowers you see around Vistazul.

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So many shapes…

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colors…

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smells.

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Ecuador’s cost of living is so low that it is tempting to just plan to move there or buy right away.

We recommend that you rent and try Ecuador first before making a final decision.

The are two reason we make this suggestion.

First Ecuador is not for everyone. We love this Andean nation and have a lot of good to say about this but until you have tried living there you won’t know how you feel.

Second, you’ll buy better when you learn the ropes. An education is learning all the rules. Experience is learning all the exceptions to the rules.  There are many bargains in Ecuador but you are not likely to see them in the first days of your visit.    Being in Ecuador awhile will expose you to greater opportunity.

See low cost monthly Andean hotel rental plans.

See low cost monthly hotel rentals plans in the mountains and on the sea.

Regards

Gary

Join us for a seminar in Ecuador or North Carolina.

Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Imbabura Andean Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

International Investing and Business North Carolina Seminar

Ecuador Import Export Tour

International Investing and Business Ecuador Seminar

Ecuador Beach Condo Rental


We have Ecuador beach rental units for as low as $500 a week.

This is for first class apartments in one of the top hotels directly on one of the best the beaches in Ecuador with full facilities, pool, tennis, spa, broadband and an English speaking staff etc.

Here they are.   This shot from our penthouse in the hotel.

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These condos are not exactly on the beach.  They are 133 steps (I walked it off myself) from the hotel… less than two minutes walk to this exact spot.

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These are very nice 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom units.  Views are good. Here is our last real estate tour on the roof garden.

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A sunset I shot at the condo’s roof top garden.

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The 1,200 square feet includes a living room…

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dining area…

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and full kitchen down stairs.

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There are two and a half baths plus two bedrooms on the second floor.  The second bedroom is small, but…

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These furnished units rent $200 per night or $500 week.

Where can you rent on an exclusive, empty beach with warm water at rates like that?

Prices are about 10 times what we were paying when we came here ten years ago but they are still much much less than they are they are in north America… even with the real estate crash.

Brand new 2 bedroom condos are $79,000 on this clean empty beach.

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with water so warm you can enjoy the surf all day long… as I do!

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This is a property with a full facility club house. here are guests at our last real estate tour enjoying the warm coastal evening.

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A similar condo in Naples Florida, where we used to live, even today, would be ten times this or more.

If you wish to come and look for bargains. they are here.

We saw these brand new condos at $18,000.

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They are nice inside also.

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Yet having brought over 3,000 delegates to Ecuador we know what they want and in the last year no delegates has purchased on of these  low cost units.

We have clients come from all over the world, Thailand, Mexico, Uruguay, Panama and they all say the same. “Ecuador property prices are much lower”.  You will find few places of this quality on this type of location with prices this low.

Our premium service is called Ecuador Living … not Ecuador real estate.  While a large part of our service looks at Ecuador property, our real service is sharing 14 years experience of living in Ecuador. This year will be our 41st  year of living, investing and doing business abroad… so we really are quite experienced.  We have learned from thousands of dealings what most readers desire… so we can help the occasional reader look for the bargains… but we know what most readers will actually buy or rent  and we work hard to find it and make it easy for readers to own or rent.

In the case of Vistazul we were lucky to have a developer who listened to our suggestions and created an ideal place for our readers to call home on Ecuador’s beach.

We gain great delight seeing a community forming here and over the next week will share stories of some of the residents who are moving in.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi and on Ecuador Coast in March.

Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for our three courses in March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour