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Remarkable Quito Condo for Sale


See details on this condo in Quito Ecuador for sale.  Remarkable Quito location and outstanding view.  Remarkable price for a Quito condo.

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Click on image of view from this Quito condo to enlarge.

For price of this Quito condo for sale, full details and pictures click here.  QUITO CONDO

Gary

Ecuador Export Tours

Enroll in Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour.  Roberto is our Ecuador rose supplier and has led export tours for over a decade.

Enroll now.  There are just six spaces available for the three day tour April 5-6-7, 2016.

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The ultimate asset is the ability to have a global business. Here are two fishy export ideas…

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that delegates will see on our upcoming Ecuador export tour.  Carved wooden fish and…

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Ecuador seafood. For example Ecuador is one of the largest seafood exporters in the world.

One powerful way to gain this freedom is to know how to earn anywhere in the world. This is why we have asked  Roberto to conduct his Import/Export courses.

Here is what one delegate wrote after attending the Ecuador export tour:

Gary, The coffee I brought home, Rio Intag, is really good. I took the suggestion to use a French press and it is SO good. I inquired at some local coffee shops and they are interested in getting some samples; however, they roast their own beans, so I would need to bring back ‘green beans’. Would that be possible and does this idea have any merit for Import/Export? I noted that the Café Tostado En Grano that I brought home is ‘100% Arabica and is shade grown under native trees’. If it is Organic to boot and perhaps ‘fair trade’, I think I could do a pretty good business with it. Thanks.”

Another Ecuador export tour delegate wrote:

Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful 12 days. Lisa and I had a great time.  Lisa’s mother got her flowers today and she says they are spectacular.

I have asked the flower supplier about importing them here to Atlanta for central distribution.  We are also investigating importing the wooden mini blinds we saw in one of the houses for sale in Cotacachi.  Thanks again for a great experience. Cheers,

One reason these courses are helping so many delegates earn income is Roberto’s experience in getting Ecuador products and selling them in the US.

Roberto is a licensed Ecuador exporter and has an extensive background in import/export and offers a full Ecuador export logistical service.

You’ll see Ecuador art like this water color.

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Tour delegates meet great wood carving masters.

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One can see work like this and incredible antique desks, tables and chairs.

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See almost every type of leather product that exists!

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Plus all types of flowers

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Attend Roberto’s Ecuador export course and receive our course on how to market products on the internet FREE.  Click here  Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

When you enroll in Roberto’s tour I will email you our “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course” (offered at $299) free of charge.

See a myriad of Otavalo scarves.

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There are so many wonderful designs….

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colors…

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textures and…

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uses of Ecuador textiles from ponchos to…

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hammocks to…

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sweaters to…

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art and handicrafts to…

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reed furniture… musical instruments and rugs and mats.  The experience stimulates funky business ideas.

Join Roberto Ribadeneira April 5-6-7, 2016 but go ahead  now and receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

The tour visits the markets, famous and obscure where hand made, on one of a kind crafts are sold.

Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.

Over the past 15 years, Roberto has been buying and selling Ecuador exports to create this tour that helps potential exporters  really experience the Export Trail.

You can find ways to increase security, independence, freedom, wealth and well-being while helping this very deserving country and its indigenous people.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and opportunities for a new business.

Small at home export businesses can set us free.

The first benefit of an Ecuador export businesses is the beauty and serenity of Ecuador.  When in Ecuador Merri and I greeted each dawn with a walk through gentle Cotacachi, a village filled with peace.  Here is one of the many lamp lined avenues shining in the morn.

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What a great business to enjoy this and make money as well.

There is such satisfaction in having a business that allows us to travel and live in places we choose. Such freedom..such fun not to mention the profit arising each day and finding yet more money rolling in.

Join other like minded souls this year in Ecuador to learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through Ecuadorian exports.

See opportunity everywhere in Ecuador.

In wood products.

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Wood carvers in San Antonia de Ibarra.

In art

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This ancient Ecuador art form painted in sheep skin evolved from drum making.

Meet the friendly vendors in Otavalo market, young and…

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old.

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See textiles used in so many different ways.

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Textiles on purses.

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Textiles in ponchos, scarves and skirts, plus Panama hats original to Ecuador.

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Textiles as head dress and…

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beads as well as designed clothing.

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Hand made designs everywhere.

You’ll go to the high Andes. You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items. You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and salability.

Over the years Roberto has combined his knowledge and experience with contacts to create an export support service that can look after every part of your Ecuador export process.

Visit Ecuador’s best product markets like…

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Otavalo market and meet the artisans

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so you can bring Ecuador exports to your world.

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Join Roberto Ribadeneira April 5-6-7, 2016 but receive our emailed course on how to have a web business free now.  Save $299.

Enroll now. $799  Couples $999.

New Salinas Beach View Project


Here is information sent to us by Amy Pinoargote about a New Salinas Ecuador coastal project.

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Gary, We have a good project that just came on the market in Salinas, the Costa de Oro section, where Gerardo and I were partners in Spondylus 2 a few years ago.  We still live in that complex and since we built the project, several other 6 to 8 story buildings have gone up, several luxury (by Ecuadorian standards) single family homes have gone up and a townhouse complex just off beach is well under construction.  It is looking like the fastest developing area in Salinas.

Some of the key reasons for this growth are that the area is residential, so it does not have the noise level that the Malecón does.  The project is located about 1/2 a mile from the mall, about 1 mile from the Supermaxi plaza, about 1 mile from La Libertad and a few miles from the Salinas Malecón, so it is still convenient to everything, even if one does not have a car.

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Satellite image of project start

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My brother-in-law just broke ground on a 50,000 square foot (5000m2) plot, which has the front tip of the property fronting the beach.   The vast majority of the land in the plot is not beachfront, but the lot does have frontage and a direct access point to the beach.  A few of the units will have ocean views.  The project is just a few lots down the beach from where I live.  We are not partners this time around; we are handling the sales and marketing.  The project is called Spondylus Costa de Oro and will have 8 buildings, with 6 units per building.  Each building will have ground level parking under roof, and then on floors 1, 2 and 3, two condos per floor.

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Start of project.

Several units have been reserved.  Right now the pricing is $105,000 per unit, buyer takes their pick of any available unit at that price.

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The price applies to Ecuadorian and foreign buyers alike.  There is a standard payment plan for cash buyers.  For Ecuadorian buyers the developer will accept financing with several different banks, but mortgages are pretty much available only to Ecuadorians.

From what we are seeing, the greater Salinas area is getting virtually impossible to find anything with direct beach access or within a block or two of the beach for around $100,000 so this is a well priced project.

Amy Pinoargote

To get plans, pricing, renderings and locations email me at gpinoargote@yahoo.com

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence. Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

Learn Spanish in 3 Days – Cuenca Course – September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016

Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster.  We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 30, October 1-2, 2016.  

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Rick Brown teaches 3 Day Spanish in Cuenca Ecuador.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador, over the  September 30 – October 1 -2 weekend.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course and Cotacachi  Ecuador Export Tour October 4-5-6 or an individual tour.

Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings.  Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.

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Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.

This course really works!

An M.D. who attended wrote:   We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience.   I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties.  Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful.  I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful!  Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks.  We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.

See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.

There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills.  Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.

In just three days?  Sound too good to be true?

This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.

The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The course integrates the use of music with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.

Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words.  To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.

Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1:  All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical,  just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.

Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns.  This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.

There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.

By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away.  This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective. 

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.   This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning.  In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Gary

Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar. 

“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky

Another wrote:  Thanks for the Spanish course.  This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.  I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.  The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.

Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote:  The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language.  Again, Thanks for the experience.

One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!  Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!

Another wrote: Thank you!  We  always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?

Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words.  This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.

Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish.  As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish.  Thank you again for a Super Workshop!  With love and blessings,

Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me.  I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.

I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving  and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”..  Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me.  As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.

Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.

I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that?  With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many.  I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Another:  We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol.  We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood.  We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.

I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands.  John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously.  Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below.  Es en BUENO sugestion!!!  I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.

Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us.  It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar!  I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely.  The outcome is even better!  Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.

John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th.  Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion!  Gracias y Abrazos,

Another:
  Muchas gracias para la informacion!  I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!

I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall.  Con mucho apriciar,  P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.

One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary,  I have sent a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!)  Muchas Gracias!  Tiene an excellante dias.

One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri!   Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.

Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien!  Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,

Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you!  Saludos!

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Rick Brown has created his own programs attending a one year Super Spanish training program from Merri and me. He has now been teaching this course for five years. He has moved to Cuenca Ecuador and teaches this course once or twice a year.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

The Course will be conducted at the beautful  American run B & B in Cuenca.  

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.  Click to enlarge.

The Cuenca Inn B&B is located just outside the city center and is in a large home well back from the road, so you have maximum peace and quiet.

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View from near Cuenca Inn B&B.  There are plenty of very inexpensive taxis into the center of town.

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It has large luxury guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs.  There is  a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.

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TV room for guests.

A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.

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There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard  that we all enjoyed.  The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home.  Internet/WIFI is good and Magic Jack is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.

Delegates can  sit round the fire pit enjoying conversation.

The Inn’s manager Bill Dixon attended one of Rick’s first Super Thinking / Super Spanish courses prior to moving  to Cuenca.  He believes this was a really good investment on his part as he acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.

Cuenca Inn is offering a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca to course members .  You can make reservations or get further details  from Bill Dixon at billdixon700@hotmail.com.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Enrollment for one $275.   Enrollment for a couple $499

Save $148 when you enroll in Cuenca Super Spanish Course April 1-2-3, or October 2016 and Ecuador Export Tour April 5-6-7 or an individual tour.

 

Manta Coastal Condo for Sale


Here is an advertisement for a Manta condo for sale.

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Front view of NEREA building in with ocean view Manta, Ecuador.

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN MANTA, ECUADOR

New 1Bedroom / 1 Bathroom Condo. “NEREA” is voted best new building in Manta: location, quality of design and construction.

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Front view with unit on 3rd floor.

This 3rd floor unit is 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean- watch the beautiful sunset from your balcony!

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Kitchen with built in hood, gas stove, and oven. Beautiful cabinets and tiles.

Unit comes with a beautiful kitchen with built in hood, gas stove and oven. There are 2A/C units (12000 BTU- Electrolux): one in the Bedroom, other in living room.

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Kitchen bar. Doors to bathroom and bedroom.

Bedroom contains two beautiful large wooden closets.

Bathroom has shower sliding doors and beautiful sink.

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Bathroom

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Living room with balcony.

Ceramic tiles line the bathroom walls, kitchen, as well as throughout the unit. Stunning light fixtures included. Electric water heater is provided as well as underground parking and separate storage room.

Included also is a shared washing machine and dryer for 1 BR unit owners only.

Security guard on site 24 hours for your protection. Relax in the beautiful outside pool area or venture to the boardwalk (“Malecon”) and downtown Manta. Low HOA fees!

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Swimming pool with whirlpool and sauna.

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NEREA building lobby.

Total square footage including parking and storage :86.43 m2 (930 Sq ft. ).

This makes a great rental opportunity as the unit will be sold only with a registered Manta realty company.

Asking price $79 K, including company. Payment can be arranged to US bank.

Act quickly, this one won’t last long!!

Please contact Peter Luebbert for more information: pluebbert@gmail.com

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence.  Always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent, become familiar with Ecuador before you buy.

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Learn about Ecuador beach real estate and small Ecuador farms for income on an Ecuador farm and real estate tour.

Gary

Ecuador Agricultural Real Estate Tour

For current Ecuador Agricultural Real Estate information send me a note at gary@garyascott.com

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Ecuador coffee farm entrance.

The original owner spent two years searching for the perfect location to duplicate the exact terrain, altitude and growing conditions of the most successful coffee farms of Boquete, Panama and Columbia.

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Terrain and coffee plants.

After walking with an altimeter in hand and talking to reclusive indigenous farmers, this region was discovered with all the perfect conditions to cultivate exceptional Arabica coffee trees.

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Owners house with roof terrace.

This is a micro climate, blessed with abundant rainfall, in clean mountain air, bounded by a clear trout filled year around rushing river, protected from extremes of wind and large temperature fluctuations,  perfect for growing coffee.

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Open drying patio.

It has 11 hectares planted (manageable for a single owner), with approximately 50,000 Arabica, varietal Caturra (self pollinating) coffee trees which  are perfectly distributed over a hillside interspersed with a variety of fruit trees for shade.

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Oranges grown to protect coffee trees.

No problem selling this crop for top dollar due to its proven high quality.  The coffee sales last year grossed $70,000 so after $25,000 expenses, $45,000 was the net income.

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Coffee beans.

As well, an experimental 1 hectare of Geisha varietal.  Geisha is considered to be one of the finest coffees in the world and garnered the highest auction record in coffee history, fetching $170 per pound in 2010.  The first harvest of this varietal is expected in about 2 years.

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Coffee plants grown in greenhouse on farm.

This Andean  location provides an ideal environment for coffee growing without damaging the unique habitat of many species of birds.   Arabica coffee trees are a major source of oxygen production.  Each hectare produces 86 pounds of oxygen per day which is 50% of rain forest habitat.  Ecuador is a biologically diverse country with an abundance of birds, amphibians, reptiles and butterflies.  Inca Mountain Coffee Farm is ecologically in harmony with its environment.

The Arabica coffee trees are 6 years old, providing remarkable yields, allowing for continuous flowering and two annual harvests (major harvest Feb-Jun and minor harvest Oct-Nov).

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Covered drying patio.

In the yearly Golden Cup competition, coffee from this farm was a finalist in 2011.

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Seasonal worker harvesting coffee.

Owner’s house – 900 sq/ft, 2 bed, 1 bath, with lots of marble, built in cabinets in both bedrooms and upper roof porch

Caretaker’s house – divided into multiple rooms with bathroom

Land line phone installed and operational

110 and 220 volt electric lines

Equipment:  2 coffee bean pulpers with 2 water tanks, 2 weed whackers, misc. tools, scale for weighing coffee bags

1 large uncovered drying patio and 1 covered drying patio

2 full time highly experienced workers – monthly payroll is $650 (plus more during harvest for seasonal workers)

Average yearly expenses:  $25,000 (all payroll, fertilizer, harvesting expenses, utilities, taxes)

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This clean mountain river that runs year around with trout.  Also, access to mountain water for farm irrigation, though it is rarely needed.

Farm is fenced along road.

You can set the date for your own tour.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

Case Study #3:   This third case study shows an American who has created a   large Ecuador agri operation. This is the farming operation set up by Young Living Essential oils.

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After creating a marketing system for the oils and farming in the USA, Gary and his wife…

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moved to Ecuador… began a large farming operation as well as…

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there own processing and a health spa.

Ecuador is a perfect place for many types of agriculture… large and small.  Find your farm in the safe and efficient way on an Ecuador Agricultural Tour.

For efficiency and logistics this tour is strictly limited to 15 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

You can set the date for your own tour.

The Ecuador farm tour fee is $799 for single or  $999 couple.

 

Florida Waterfront Condos


For more details contact Anne Busse Gandt at anne@cc-properties.com

Here are excerpts from a slide show about this development showing one of the six models starting at $200,000.

Click on photos to enlarge

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For more details contact Anne Busse Gandt at anne@cc-properties.com

Manta Ecuador Good Value Condo


Here is a Manta Ecuador Good Value Condo.

Owning real estate abroad is one way to diversify for safety and  to preserve purchasing power.

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Ecuador real estate is in the second phase of a growth curve.   When Merri and I arrived over 15 years ago and began researching and buying real estate the prices were so low and value so high it was almost unbelievable.  We saw fully developed beach lots for $2,500…  12 acres on the beach for $18,000… coastal condos for under $20,000.  We bought wonderful land at below $100 an acre… then.

In this second phase, prices have risen but there are still bargains of extreme value like this condo in Manta.

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This is a spacious apartment with a large terrace overlooking  Manta.  This unit is 30 meters ( 33 yards) from Playa Murcielago in the best part of section Umiña.   This is a  jewel with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, (1 with Jacuzzi).  One of the bedrooms even has a private porch on the side.

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There is a separate laundry room.

The total living area is 280 m2 (appx. 3,000 square feet) plus a two car garage and storage, with a total over 300 m2.

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There are two  entrances to the apartment.

Most rooms have A/C.

The condo has five apartments total. The entrance has electric gates and 24 hour live security plus the apartment is very well maintained.

The asking price of  $175,000  works out at $ 580 per m2 or less than $55 per square foot.

For more details contact Jean Marie Butterlin at jean@ateamecuador.com

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2016 Schedule

How to Have Real Safety

Regain Real Security

There is a path to true security.

I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake.  Almost!

The supposed error?  Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.

The girl was pretty and blond.  Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school.  Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end.  Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California.  I started traveling the world.  Never saw her again.  I hope her life has gone well.  But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart.  Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path.  Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road.  Traffic was no problem, not many cars.  Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.  There we passed an old clapboard candy store.  I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees.  Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile.  There was Terry’s house.

I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost.  There were dozens of paths made by who knows what.  Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school.  I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir.  Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans).  I was home!

Sweet simplicity, that dream.  Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky.  Pure innocence.

My tragic error was looking back.  I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots.  Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage.  McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers.  The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys.  Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.  Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?  How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast?  Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines?  Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends?  How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought.  “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.

This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades.  This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.

By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now.  That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.

This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world.  It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.

That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.

I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun.  Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.

We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.

“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”

This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.  This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness.  Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions.  If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.

Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together

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Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.

Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.

In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.

To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.

Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.

  • Three common sense ideas:   Avoid lines.  Go where you are a name not a number.  Decide who you are and what matters to you.
  • Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
  • How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
  • Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
  • How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
  • The value of time in investing and life.
  • The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
  • Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
  • The next great fuel.
  • Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
  • Investing in Demographics.
  • Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
  • Hidden Inflation .
  • How to protect against pension loss.
  • The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
  • How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
  • How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.

Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.

In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.

International Club members receive all the online seminars free.

In addition club membership includes:

  • Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
  • Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
  • Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
  • International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
  • Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
  • Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
  • Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
  • One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
  • One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking  lifestyles for over 30 years.  The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:

My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group.  You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon.  You made us all feel so welcome and cared about.  You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport.  They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it.  Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary.  Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life.   I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club.

Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year?  Join us online.

Club members receive everything we offer in 2016 and 2017.

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Gary

More Ecuador Beach Condos


I have spotted an interesting Ecuador expat real estate trend that is putting more very nice Ecuador beach condos on the market.

Merri and I have made fortunes over the years by spotting value in real estate.  A recent message at this site shows how Ecuador beach condos are often a tenth the price of Miami even though Miami condos are often half the price of condos in Columbia and Brazil!

Ecuador coastal condos offer extreme value.

There are a growing group of our readers… and I suspect expats overall who followed us to Ecuador early on.  They bought a condo… moved in… have grown t0 know the area and want to expand.    They love Ecuador and have decided to have a their own house.

This appears to be the case around San Clemente where a number of the Vistazul  condo owners are now reselling their units and building larger homes.

One reader sent this note.  Hi Gary, Shirley and I would like to have our condo # 501 for sale on your real estate listing service.  We wish to build a larger home for ourselves with 3 bedrooms. Thank you , Kind Regards Larry

This shift to growth means that two condos in the Vistazul condo project are for sale.  I have suggested that the owners share the ad below.

Gary

San Clemente Ecuador Beach Condo Unit 401 for Sale

Located by the sleepy fishing village of San Clemente, Vistazul is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful developments on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.  Currently it consists of 38 identical condos like those shown below.

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Vistazul residents enjoy the use of spa and swimming pool at the Palmazul Hotel across the road, walking along the beach each morning as the local fishermen bring in their catch, and viewing spectacular displays of color each evening as the golden sun slowly sinks below the blue Pacific.

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View, view, view.  Although all the units at Vistazul occupy the same grounds and have the same floor plans, for many it’s the views of the ocean and sunsets that bring color to the palette.

Units in blocks 3, 4 and 5 at the back of the Vistazul development have the best views simply because they are located highest up the hill leading back from the ocean.  And of the units in these three blocks, none has a better view of the ocean and sunsets than unit 401 which looks down directly through the center of the beautifully landscaped Vistazul complex with no other units close by to interfere with the view.  Consequently, if it’s view that you want, this unit has one of the best views in the entire development.

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Below are pictures of the front of unit 401 during construction, what the back of all the units look like, (again during construction), and the kitchen of unit 401 showing the granite countertops and bar before any appliances were installed.  Note that 401 is an end unit which has extra side windows both downstairs and on the upstairs master bedroom, opening up these rooms and letting in more light.

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All the current 38 Vistazul units have the same floor plan with 1,290 square feet of living area on the first and second floors plus an additional 645 square feet of roof terrace.  The roof terrace has a 3 foot railing around it and many residents cover their terrace with an inexpensive ‘ramada’ (thatched roof which keeps off the sun under so they can sit, eat, or sleep outdoors).

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Included in the $98,000 asking price are the following items:

•    Refrigerator with ice maker, washing machine, and bottled water dispenser;
•    Three air conditioners (one downstairs, one in each upstairs bedroom);
•    Two room dehumidifiers on rollers that can be moved from room to room;
•    Queen size bed in master bedroom;
•    Three large ceiling fans downstairs plus a ceiling fan in each upstairs bedroom;
•    Attractive light fixtures throughout the unit;
•    Patio table with four chairs used for eating plus two bar stools for the granite bar;
•    Dishes, cooking and eating utensils; sheets and full set of bedding items; brooms, mops, laundry cart, and other cleaning items; bathroom items and mirrors; etc.

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This is the only unit in Vistazul where the owner has installed solar film on all the East-West windows.  Solar film blocks 97% of UV rays and solar heat from pouring in through the windows before noon and after 3 pm, thereby reducing your air conditioning needs and electric bill.  It also makes all the colors brighter when you look out your windows.  (The blues are bluer, the greens, greener; etc.)  In addition, the owner has installed drapes on all the windows to block out the early morning and mid-afternoon sun.

If you want to either rent or live in the unit yourself, the only ‘necessity’ you probably would want to buy would be a downstairs living room set (couch, chairs, and coffee table), television, and arrange for Direct TV service.  The unit receives four or five bars on the Vistazul Internet.  Currently a number of owners have bought their units to rent and are enjoying a high return.  Vistazul has an Administrator who will rent and manage your unit if you so desire.

For more information please contact Roger at rosenwalds@hotmail.com.  Thank you for your interest.

San Clemente Ecuador Beach Condo Unit 501 for Sale

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View from Vistazul unit 501

Unit 501 shares the same features as the unit above, plus the owners, Larry and Shirley Humphrey, added the following improvements.

1)      Built a nice patio and garage for motorcycle and storage plus added storage under stairs.

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2)      Changed all the wood windows doors etc. to aluminum

3)      Changed all the wooden railings to aluminum

4)      Changed the front steps from wood to cement steps with non slip ceramic tile on them

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Unit 501.

5)      Installed privacy screens on the terrace.

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6)      Installed an oven in the kitchen.

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Kitchen in unit 501.

7)      Installed two air conditioners 18000 BTU in master bedroom and a 12000 BTU in the living area.

Price $110,000.

For more information please contact Larry Humphrey at larry@sanclementeecuador.com

Vistazul is where Merri and I purchased our condos and continue to maintain a penthouse at the Palmazul boutique hotel which is the Vistazul clubhouse as well.

Learn Spanish in three days on Ecuador’s coast

Gary

Ecuador Coastal Condo Value


Here is an Ecuador coastal value.

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Ecuador coastal condo.

This site regularly reminds investors that the three most important investing fundamentals are:

#1: To fulfill your purpose.

#2: To invest in what you know.

#3: To find value.

This is why we encourage investors to look at Ecuador coastal real estate. Despite rising prices and inflation, Ecuador coastal real estate still offers one of the best beach values of anywhere.  The Ecuador coastal condos below are priced so well, I asked twice… to be sure I was not making a mistake.

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This Ecuador coastal condo is large.  Actually it is two five bedroom condos each over 2,500 square feet.

Before we take a look at this condo here is a short reminder that Easter is near and fresh Ecuador lilies are available.

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See details on Ecuador Lilies for Easter here.

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This Ecuador coastal condo below is for sale… has great views and offers stunning value.

How to See Value

The March 1, 2012 Bloomberg Business news article entitled “Foreign Buyers Heat Up Miami’s Condo Market”  by Roben Farzad shows why Ecuador beach property represents such a bargain when it says:  In 2008 and 2009, with prices and the economy tanking, Miami’s new high-rises ended up with so many condos in foreclosure—and unoccupied—that a fishing boat captain said the city looked like a luxury war zone. Today the canyons of downtown, South Beach, and route A1A are hot again as international buyers rush to acquire pied-à-terre in what has long been considered the gateway to Latin America. Across the city, home sales jumped by a record 46 percent last year, the Miami Association of Realtors reports. And median monthly rents are up by 30 percent from 2009, to $1.97 per square foot, according to Condo Vultures, a Miami real estate consulting firm.

At least two dozen condo projects have been announced in the past 10 months, says Peter Zalewski, a principal at Condo Vultures.

Latin Americans, Europeans, and Asians, who Zalewski says represent as much as 80 percent of new buyers in the area, are willing to plunk down deposits of more than three-quarters of the price.

Zalewski predicts that Miami’s downtown condo market will reach full occupancy early next year, compared with 8 percent vacancy now—even as 4,500 new condos become available across South Florida. “The speculator seeking riches has always been the common thread in South Florida’s boom-bust cycles,” he says. “The only change today is the extent of foreign investors with strong currencies flooding in.”

That article included this review of new beach condo prices in Latin America.

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Based on these figures… the Ecuador coastal condo below is less than 1/6h Miami prices… about 1/9th Bogota prices… 1/15th Sao Paulo and 1/19th Rio prices.

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This Ecuador coastal condo has great patios and is offered at about $72 per square foot.

Jean Marie Butterlin head of the Ecuador Ateam on the coast sent this note about an Ecuador coastal condo near Salinas.

Here is a nice deal!

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This is a house in a private residential community in Capaes, near Salinas.

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The house comprises two 2500 Square foot condos.

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Each condo has 5 beds, 5 baths, covered garage, large kitchen – full (fridge, stove, micro, etc), large laundry room with W/D, a large full suite for guard and help.

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some…

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interior views.

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Price $180,000 per unit.

For more information contact Jean Marie at jean@ateamecuador.com

Learn Spanish in Three Days!

Gary

Read Business Week article Foreign Buyers Heat Up Miami’s Condo Market

 

Ocean Front Condos Canoa, Ecuador


See this paid advertisement for Ecuador ocean front condos below:

Ocean Front Condos For Sale On A Secluded Beach in Canoa, Manabi, Ecuador

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View looking south to Bahia de Caraquez.

Playa Azul is a small complex of 14 condominiums for the discriminating buyer who is looking for a beautiful condo on a nice secluded beach.  Our commitment is to provide people with the opportunity to sit by a beautiful infinity pool that will appear to flow right into the Pacific Ocean. Peace & quiet is what our condo projects are all about.

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View from second floor Condo

Playa Azul will feature 14 – 1000 Sq. Ft. 2 bedroom 2 bath condos overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The complex will feature the same beautiful infinity pool that is being built at Playa Dorada.

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Beautiful infinity pool and condos that I am building now at Playa Dorada that will also be built at Playa Azul.

We have just purchased one of the finest pieces of ocean front property on the Pacific Coast Highway between Bahia and Canoa.

We will have over 3000 Sq. Meters with 200 foot of ocean front to build 14 units all facing the ocean.

Your living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom will all have an ocean view. Even the master bedroom shower will have a window that opens to the ocean.

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Entrance to Playa Azul.

My first project Playa Dorada and Playa Azul are located just 15 minutes North of Bahia and just 5 minutes South of the popular tourist town of Canoa.

We also have just received great news. We are getting a golf course in Bahia (another welcome addition to the growing infrastructural of our area).

In the last 2 years we have seen ocean front property go from $25 per meter to $65 per meter and the demand is greater than ever.

So we can not stress enough the importance of getting your spot on the beach before the prices are in line with Costa Rica and Panama. 



With ocean front prices rising so fast, it will be impossible to offer these condos again at this price. If you are serious about having a ocean front getaway or a beautiful retirement condo Now is the TIME!!!

We are located 1  1/2 hours North of Manta Airport that will soon be getting International flights from the U.S. Also just 10 minutes from here is the San Vicente Airport that is under renovation and will be getting regular scheduled flights from Quito. They have extended the runway and are almost complete with the Arrival Departure building renovation. 
We are also getting a new Shopping Mall in Bahia that will be a very welcome addition to all who live here. Bahia’s growth had always been held back by the lack of a bridge across the Chone Estuary.

But now with the new longest bridge in Ecuador complete and the coastal highway now connecting Bahia with the North coast, we are now in one of the hottest real estate markets of Ecuador. Also what makes our projects so inviting is the beautiful wide secluded beaches along with our small complexes of Condos.

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Looking North to Canoa

This gives everyone a peaceful place to relax without 100 or more owners sharing 1 pool.

We are featuring handcrafted solid hardwood doors, windows, cabinets and closets built by one of the best carpenters on the coast of Ecuador. We are also featuring quality tiled floors and porcelain counter tops.

At $95 per sq. ft., you will be assured your investment is solid.

We sold out Playa Dorada in 60 days and anticipate Playa Azul selling just as fast when everyone can see the quality, location, and security we have created at Playa Dorada. 
Everyone who bought a condo in our Playa Dorada project has already earned $20,000 equity in just 8 months.

Beginning in December of this year we will have Playa Dorada 2 Bdrm 2 bath Condos ready to rent. This will give you the chance to see our project and reserve your spot in the future for a Playa Azul Condominiums just a 10 minute walk north from Playa Dorada. We can pick you up at the Manta Airport and provide you with a real estate tour so you will know the market and be confident that your investment at Playa Azul is the right choice.

These condos can also be managed as vacation rentals if one chooses. We will have a web site that will feature open booking dates and the ability for people to reserve with Visa or Master card. The path between Ecuador’s capital, Quito , and the coastal city of Manta is nearing completion with a new 4 lane concrete highway.

Here at our property the new four lane concrete highway with a bike lane from Canoa to San Vicente is nearly done.

The bridge that will link Bahia De Caraquez and San Vicente is completed, and upgrades to Ecuador’s electrical systems are being done, along with a new fiber optic cable that will be activated soon. We have hi speed internet and direct TV that has all the U.S. channels.

There are also over 240 channels from around the world with a one time installation fee of $220 and no monthly payments.

The weather here from May to Jan. averages about 72 degrees with a slight overcast. Jan. to April runs 80 to 90.

After living in the Caribbean with hot humid weather year round, I find the weather here on the coast to be one of Ecuador’s best features. 
So now it’s time to ask yourself.

You can have the Pacific Ocean at your door step with miles of quiet beaches and a beautiful infinity pool.

Here is some general info about myself and the area. I’m a custom home builder from Gold Beach, Oregon and moved here over 3 years ago to escape the poor economy.

I have since married and work with my Ecuadorian wife, Elsa, making Playa Dorada and Playa Azul a little piece of paradise. I have always built high quality custom beach homes and will never cut corners to pad my wallet. It is more important for us to offer a good price and have new found friends and neighbors.

I do not use realtors and I pass that savings on to my buyers, we have an excellent lawyer here in San Vicente that gives us all a very fair price on closing costs and you can trust that what I have to offer is what you will receive.

See the newest condos being built in Canoa by Brent Carlson  click here.

For more details contact me (Brent Carlson) at bcarlson22@ymail.com

See how to learn about Ecuador in the USA and more as you save

2016 Schedule

How to Have Real Safety

Regain Real Security

There is a path to true security.

I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake.  Almost!

The supposed error?  Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.

The girl was pretty and blond.  Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school.  Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end.  Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California.  I started traveling the world.  Never saw her again.  I hope her life has gone well.  But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart.  Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path.  Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road.  Traffic was no problem, not many cars.  Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.  There we passed an old clapboard candy store.  I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees.  Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile.  There was Terry’s house.

I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost.  There were dozens of paths made by who knows what.  Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school.  I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir.  Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans).  I was home!

Sweet simplicity, that dream.  Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky.  Pure innocence.

My tragic error was looking back.  I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots.  Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage.  McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers.  The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys.  Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.  Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?  How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast?  Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines?  Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends?  How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought.  “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.

This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades.  This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.

By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now.  That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.

This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world.  It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.

That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.

I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun.  Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.

We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.

“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”

This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.  This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness.  Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions.  If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.

Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together

value

Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.

Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.

In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.

To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.

Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.

  • Three common sense ideas:   Avoid lines.  Go where you are a name not a number.  Decide who you are and what matters to you.
  • Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
  • How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
  • Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
  • How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
  • The value of time in investing and life.
  • The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
  • Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
  • The next great fuel.
  • Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
  • Investing in Demographics.
  • Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
  • Hidden Inflation .
  • How to protect against pension loss.
  • The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
  • How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
  • How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.

Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.

In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.

International Club members receive all the online seminars free.

In addition club membership includes:

  • Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
  • Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
  • Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
  • International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
  • Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
  • Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
  • Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
  • One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
  • One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking  lifestyles for over 30 years.  The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:

My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group.  You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon.  You made us all feel so welcome and cared about.  You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport.  They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it.  Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary.  Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life.   I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club.

Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year?  Join us online.

Club members receive everything we offer in 2016 and 2017.

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Gary

Learn how to place Ecuador rental advertising

Learn how to place Ecuador real estate for sale ads

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Bahia Beach Condos


Here are four Bahia beach condos for sale.

These four condos are left in the nicest building on the Ecuadorian coast in Bahia de Caraquez and there is a very special deal for EL subscribers and Ecuador real estate tour clients.

bahia-condos

The head of Ateam Ecuador, Jean Marie Butterlin, lives in Bahia and sent this note.

There are four condos left in the first apartment building to be built in Bahia for 15 years. They are scheduled to be finished in December  2011.  Our tour clients  who bought early at pre-construction prices are already enjoying a 20% rise in the value of their property from a year ago.  There are five of our delegates who have already purchased units here.

Many Ecuadorians also have units which is a good sign that the price is right as the locals know best the market price.  I always like to go to the restaurants where I see a lot of locals.  The same is true when buying real estate. I look where the affluent locals are buying property.

Here is a picture of the building taken on Oct 10th.

bahia-condos  

Here is the view from the unit I purchased on the 5th floor.

bahia-condos  

The building is situated on the Malecon at the very end of the Bahia peninsula, with views on the ocean, the bay, the bridge and the city.  There are only 4 units left ranging from a 2 bedroom 967 sq.ft 2nd floor priced at $80,522  to a 5 bedroom 4th floor 2,690 sq.ft  priced at $256,120.

The 2d floor apartment is priced at $83.26 per square foot.

This is 2.5 times cheaper than any new construction building that I know being sold right now in South America on a sea front/malecon.   On the Columbian coast, for example, prices are running at well over $200/sq.ft and in Brazil around $650 to $800/sq.ft.

The owner/contractor of the building is giving EL subscribers and our tour clients a special $10,000 discount for these units that will be finished at the end of this year.  (The prices above include the special discount provided to our clients.)

An additional 4% discount is also available if a 90% down payment is made at time of purchase.

Amenities range from :

–       own potable water with a state of the art desalinisation plant

–       own power generator

–       2 pools and jacuzzi on the roof

–       outside glass elevator facing the ocean.

–       hotel type entrance with a concierge

–       24h/7 security guard

–       Coffee shop in building (rent will pay part of the HOA)

–       Pre-wired A/C

–       High end hard wood kitchen cabinets and vanities

Jean Marie

Ecuador Living Club members can obtain the $10,000 discount and full details at their password protected site by clicking here.

See how to get an Ecuador Living Club password here.

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2016 Schedule

How to Have Real Safety

Regain Real Security

There is a path to true security.

I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake.  Almost!

The supposed error?  Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.

The girl was pretty and blond.  Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school.  Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end.  Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California.  I started traveling the world.  Never saw her again.  I hope her life has gone well.  But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart.  Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path.  Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road.  Traffic was no problem, not many cars.  Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.  There we passed an old clapboard candy store.  I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees.  Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile.  There was Terry’s house.

I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost.  There were dozens of paths made by who knows what.  Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school.  I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir.  Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans).  I was home!

Sweet simplicity, that dream.  Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky.  Pure innocence.

My tragic error was looking back.  I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots.  Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage.  McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers.  The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys.  Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.  Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?  How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast?  Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines?  Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends?  How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought.  “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.

This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades.  This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.

By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now.  That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.

This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world.  It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.

That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.

I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun.  Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.

We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.

“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”

This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.  This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness.  Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions.  If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.

Bring Value and Purposeful Investing Together

value

Join us to learn how to make safety and profit easier and less time consuming so we can focus on our individual purposes in life.

Become an International Club member and join like-minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box for better health, greater income and safer, more profitable investments. Share ideas on how to add value to everything and make 2016 -2017 your best years yet.

In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.

To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online including the seminar “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.

Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.

  • Three common sense ideas:   Avoid lines.  Go where you are a name not a number.  Decide who you are and what matters to you.
  • Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
  • How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
  • Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
  • How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
  • The value of time in investing and life.
  • The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
  • Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
  • The next great fuel.
  • Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
  • Investing in Demographics.
  • Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
  • Hidden Inflation .
  • How to protect against pension loss.
  • The Silver Dip 2016. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
  • How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
  • How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.

Club membership is for an entire year and the recorded seminar is just one high point.

In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.

International Club members receive all the online seminars free.

In addition club membership includes:

  • Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
  • Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
  • Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
  • International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
  • Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
  • Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
  • Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
  • One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
  • One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking  lifestyles for over 30 years.  The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:

My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group.  You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon.  You made us all feel so welcome and cared about.  You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport.  They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it.  Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary.  Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life.   I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.

I invite you to be a member of the International Club.

Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year?  Join us online.

Club members receive everything we offer in 2016 and 2017.

Annual International Club (one year) Membership  $1,199

Annual International Club (one year) Membership four quarterly $375 payments

Gary

Learn how to place Ecuador rental advertising

Learn how to place Ecuador real estate for sale ads

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.

Pivotal Economy & Bahia Ecuador Condos


New construction update in Bahia  Ecuador as of August 2011.

bahia-condo-construction

A Bahia Ecuador dream for tougher times.

This last week has been pivotal in the global economy.  Congress is likely to raise the debt ceiling and reduce its expenditures… but this will not solve everyone’s economic woes.  If Congress agrees to this plan today, the plan is to reduce… not eliminate debt.  Can the plan be fulfilled?  Plus the reduction of spending (as much as it is needed) may slow down the economy. This is how economics should work.  But out of work voters usually fail to see the balance in such philosophy.

The problem cuts even deeper.  America has been seen as THE rock… the solid, concrete foundation of a sometimes shaky economic world.  This global perception may have been flawed… but in economics, perceptions count for a lot.  People will work… when they expect to be paid.  Investors will take risk when they expect there is a chance of profit.  Sellers will accept paper money if they expect it to have purchasing power later.

So belief in the American dollar brought global financial stability even if the belief itself was awry.

The Congressional mayhem of the last week has shone such a harsh spotlight on the US and the greenback… that even with a plan… the world will have changed… maybe for good…maybe not… but either way that change will bring pain to a lot of people.

The New York Times summed this up in a July 31, 2011 article entitled “In World’s Eyes, Much Damage Is Already Done” by David E. Sanger.  Here is an excerpt:  With the deal reached Sunday night, the United States has a good chance of escaping the debt limit showdown with its credit rating intact.

The United States government may not be so lucky with its reputation.

Even before negotiations went down to the wire on Sunday night, the bitterness, division and dysfunction that resounded around the world in recent weeks as the United States veered toward default did more than just fuel a perception that Washington is approaching Japan-like levels of political gridlock. Among foreign leaders and in global markets, the political histrionics have eroded America’s already diminishing aura as the world’s economic haven and the sole country with the power to lead the rest of the world out of financial crisis and recession.

The new head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, seemed to give voice to that concern when she noted on CNN that in the past there was always “a positive bias towards the United States of America, towards Treasury bills.” The events of the past few weeks, she said delicately, are “probably chipping into that very positive bias.”

“Even if the deal passes muster with the credit rating agencies, there is still a huge problem,” he said.

“The problem is that we need both a fiscal strategy and a growth strategy,” he said. “And what you hear around the world is that no one is convinced we do — that we have a pathway to making the debt sustainable and to dealing with everything from our infrastructure to our education system. It seems obvious to everyone that we haven’t done anything, but veer around to avoid catastrophe.”

This exposure of the economic and political cracks in the global economic system would be bad enough if it were just the USA that has lost its luster… but Japan and Europe have been caught in the same spotlight all at the same time.

This can create a panicky feel and panic leads to stampedes… never a good thing especially in an already weakened global banking system.

What can one do?  The answer to that has not changed… invest in multi currencies…  in good value equities… in real estate… commodities… have your own micro business and… live in places that you love with a lower cost… like Ecuador.

These options mean that you do not have to feel the pain of a global economic shift.  In fact on can live well… even better than before for less in many places like Bahia.

For example the first new condo construction for more than a decade began in Bahia last March (2011).  Here below are some notes from these new projects from Jean Marie Butterlin:

This project is on the Malecon and will contain 23 apartments facing the ocean, Chone Estuary, and the new bridge.

bahia-condo-construction

These 23 units are well on their way as this Bahia dream becomes reality.

June 2011 saw a second smaller nine apartment building started also on the Malecon. These units are closer to the center of Bahia and have bay and bridge views.

Last week another nine unit building was started near the second smaller building.

bahia-condo-construction

Nine new units sold out before construction began.

These new units are good because the real estate market in Bahia has become really tight. No new buildings were started  for 15 years.   Now these three buildings have all began in just 5 months.  The second smaller building sold out before it started.  There are only  two apartments left on the other nine project. These apartments are priced at $110 per square foot and are on the first and second floor.

The 23 unit building at the end of the peninsula has just four units left at prices ranging from $93 per square foot for a  first floor apartment to $112 per square foot for a 7th floor unit.  Two of the condos are 1,300 square feet. One unit is 2,700 sq.ft and one 1,680 sq.ft .

We have been told by reliable sources that this building will be completed in December and will be the most luxurious project on the entire coast from Salinas to Esmeraldas.  Jean Marie.

Bahia Terrace dining

View along the Bahia malecon looking toward the 23 units condo building.

Ecuador Living Club members can get contact information for the six remaining condos at the club password protected site. Click here.

One reason why Bahia Ecuador is so much in demand is explained by this note from Jean Marie Butterlin who lives in Bahia with his wife Pascale.

Ecuador, Longevity and Arte de Vivre

By Jean Marie Butterlin

How to add years to your life and life to your years in Ecuador.

One of the reasons Pascale and I love Ecuador is its closeness to the Latin culture, that is in our roots.

In our DNA, the Latins (French, Italian, Spaniards, South Americans)  is a gene I call the “Art de Vivre” or the Art of Living which flows through the Latin history.

I believe that the art of living is a factor that is linked to the great longevity enjoyed by the people of Ecuador. Bahia in particular is an area where one can enjoy this kind of living because of its slow pace… lost costs and sublime weather.

This art is difficult to define but I will try to give my version of it and how Pascale and I live it ourselves in our daily lives here in Bahia.

The artist of a joyful life takes time to enjoy the most important things in life. The artist avoids rushing. The artist has rituals… like dining instead of eating in a hurried way.

Before breakfast, we enjoy sipping our expressos or capuccinos on our terrasse, enjoying the sun getting up, 15 minutes of pure pleasure!

Bahia Terrace dining

Bahia Coffee shack on the Bahia Malecon... perfect place for a cool drink or a cafe con leche.

Breakfast is never hurried and lasts at least 30 to 45 minutes. This is our main meal of the day.

We bake our own bread using ancient whole, organic grains like spelt, quinoa or amaranth. (no allergens, glutens, pesticides ).

Lunch is a special treat.  We usually cook for a couple of hours after having gone to the mercado choosing fresh produce and fruits.  No TV is running, just some nice music, again on the terrasse overlooking the bay of Bahia.

We spend at least one hour for lunch if not more and we talk and exchange and about life.

Having the time to prepare exquisite food and to savor it is all part of the Arte de Vivre.   A nice Cabernet in a Waterford or Baccarat glass adds to the pleasure.

The Romans called it “Carpe Diem”, enjoy the day or the moment.  Ecuadorians call it “Disfrute la vida”  an epicurian way of life with a Latin touch.

All Latin countries have some of these habits and rituals from Rome to Madrid, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

We enjoy especially eating all our meals on our outside terrasses, either in Spain or in Bahia.   In Spain even though we have 312 days of sun where we have our second home, we can only eat outside 3 times a day during 5 months in the year.   In Bahia we enjoy eating on our terrasses 3 times a day 365 days a year!

Bahia Terrace dining

Gary and Merri Scott dining with friends from America and Norway on the La Piedra terrace.

This was a big plus in our decision to make Bahia our home.

When eating out we mostly go to place that have open terraces with a view.  Fresh air and pleasant views  are as important as the food itself.

We dress when we eat at home or when going out.  In Bahia we live mostly in shorts and T-shirts yet for dinner at home or out, we avoid being too  casual.  I enjoy Pascale being dressed nicely for dinner as much as the dinner itself.   This is all part of the Arte de Vivre.  Jean Marie Butterlin.

As the global economy pivots…many will feel pain as their purchasing power wanes.  Inflation and higher unemployment do not mean that our lifestyles have to suffer.

Special places like Bahia Ecuador can make sure we can enjoy the Arte de Vivre.

Gary

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In World’s Eyes, Much Damage Is Already Done