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Two Freedom Tricks


Here are two tips that can help you have more freedom in Smalltown USA.   Here is a way to get extra good value, if you are looking to increase your freedom by escaping the crowded frenzy of gridlocked cities.

The three most important foundations of good real estate are… “location, location, location”.  The best way to get good real estate value is to put property BEFORE there is a change in its location.  The annals of history are filled with stories of investors buying land before the public knew that a railroad line or factory or airport or shopping center or some new economic venture was about to come in.

For example, our nearest shopping town, West Jefferson, was formed when the Virginia-Carolina Railroad decided to run a line through Ashe County.  Those in the know people purchased land where a station would be and in 2015 incorporated the town with boundaries extending one mile in each direction from the Virginia-Carolina Railroad depot.

The value of location changes with any shift in a land’s utility.

In the past, “good location” meant access to foot traffic or people or crowds.

If you want to open an ice cream stand, you want a location like this Albanian beach rather than…

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A popular beach in Albania.

something like the most remote cabin we have at our farm.

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The primitive cabin at Merrily Farms.

A lot of us want to get away from crowds, be remote, but still connected.

This is possible because technology continually changes the meaning of “good location”.

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This is the road to our Blue Ridge house.

Our home in North Carolina is remote.  At a time there can be obstacles to getting to our house.

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Our covered bridge during construction.

Before we installed three very large drains, we could not even get in or out, when Little Horse Creek flooded.

The bridge is secure now, but honestly it does not matter so much because of our broadband.  In today’s connected world… a good location is defined as much by access to broadband as it is to foot traffic.

Our local telephone company installed fiber optics throughout the area.  This changed everything.  We get 45 Mbps, up and down, for $45 a month at the farm.  We could have a Gbps (for only $200 a month) if we wanted or needed that much bandwidth.

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Such great broadband is currently not norm in rural America.  

A Wall Street Journal article, “Rural America Is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age” (1)  tells how high costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy.

The article says:  Delivering up-to-date broadband service to distant reaches of the U.S. would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, experts estimate, an expense government, industry and consumers haven’t been willing to pay.

Counties without modern internet connections can’t attract new firms, and their isolation discourages the enterprises they have: ranchers who want to buy and sell cattle in online auctions or farmers who could use the internet to monitor crops. Reliance on broadband includes any business that uses high-speed data transmission, spanning banks to insurance firms to factories.

About 39% of the U.S. rural population, or 23 million people, lack access to broadband internet service—defined as “fast” by the Federal Communications Commission—compared with 4% of the urban residents.

This is changing.  Many local phone and electric companies are planning to bring increased bandwidth into rural areas.  Some big communications companies are working on lower cost technology, such as AT&T’s AirGig system now being tested.

AT&T stated a couple of years ago that it has technology “ready to go” to deliver the high-speed wireless broadband via satellite dishes attached to DirecTV customers’ homes.  They have also started field trials for a system (they call AirGig) that uses low-cost plastic antennas placed on power lines so that the existing infrastructure is a guide for broadband signals.  The power lines don’t carry the signal, and no electrical connection is needed.

Freedom Tip #1:  When investigating areas for real estate potential, look for upcoming changes in bandwidth the area.  Check with local phone companies, and the big companies to see if bandwidth increases are planned.

If not, then consider the second freedom tip.

Freedom Tip #2:  Turn problems into opportunity.   Bring in extra bandwidth.

An NPR.org article “Widening the Internet Highway to Rural America” (2)  tells the story of how a man in West Virginia brought wireless Internet into his community.

He put on a climbing harness, shook back his aversion to heights and scaled a tower on a hill at the geographic center of the state to put a microwave dish on top.  The dish receives a wireless signal from another tower 10 miles away and redistributes it to the homes nearby.

The man and volunteers started their network with about $10,000. It costs very little to keep it running.  West Virginia Broadband leases dish space on most of the seven towers it uses for $1 a year. They buy their bandwidth — the wireless signal — from a wholesaler for about $600 a month, and buy surplus equipment on eBay.

The voluntary donations from the 100 or so people who use the wireless service more than cover the expenses. Members are asked to contribute whatever they feel it’s worth.

West Virginia Broadband, is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization that provides Internet service to residents and businesses who were trapped in the slow-moving world of dialup.

This creates three opportunities.  First, there may be profit in running such a co-op.  Second, even if it’s non profit, the broadband can dramatically change the value of the surrounding property.  Third, it offers a chance to buy real estate at a low price, before bringing in the increased bandwidth.

There may be a fourth, invisible but enormously important benefit.

The NPR article said: “When you have a community effort like this, the members of the community feel a sense of ownership.  We may operate [the network], but it’s held in the trust of citizens of the community.  It’s for the public benefit and for the public good.”

The cooperation may unite the community and make it a friendlier and better place to live.

Problems can create opportunity.  The problem of crowded cities, pollution, traffic jams and increased crime create an opportunity in Smalltown USA, for those who want to move.   The problem of inadequate bandwidth creates opportunity who look for upcoming changes in broadband or those who may want to bring the change to the land.

Gary

(1)  www.wsj.com: Rural America is stranded in the dial up age

(2) www.npr.org: Widening the Internet Highway to Rural America

 

Technology and Dickens


Like something out of a Dickens novel, technology brings the best of times and the worst of times.   For example, America has been the breeding ground, growth place and exporter of some really great innovations such as the internet.   Ironically this really valuable export is threatened by America’s worst export… “extra territorial jurisdiction over financial affairs”.

Those who learn how to spot and embrace change have the best change of gain with extra profit.

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The Internet, a great American export threatened by the worst export in the world.

Extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is defined at Wikipedia (1) as “the legal ability of a government to exercise authority beyond its normal boundaries”.

The definition also says: “for the claim to be effective in the external territory (except by the exercise of force), it must be agreed either with the legal authority in the external territory, or with a legal authority which covers both territories”.

This is a complicated issue because concepts of jurisdiction have not kept pace with technology.  Political borders are often very ancient. Take France as an example. Much of the territory that encompasses today’s France was known to the Romans as Gaul.  Barbarian raids by the Germanic Franks led to Frankish kingdoms for hundreds of years till Charlemagne.  Medieval kingdoms of France emerged after Charlemagne and remained for many centuries until the French Revolution. Then there were republics, empires, the Vichey rule and finally France (the 5th republic) as we know it today.   Wave after wave of technology from Roman roads to German tanks and airplanes challenged France’s jurisdiction.

This is true everywhere and increasing amounts of new technology have increased this type of jurisdictional challenge.  Governments everywhere try to keep pace.  Canada, for example, exercises extra territorial jurisdiction on the International Space Station or when crimes involve nuclear material.  Many governments claim extra territorial jurisdiction relating to terrorism financing.

Some extra territorial jurisdiction can threaten the entire world. 

In France, the Code pénal asserts general jurisdiction over crimes by, or against, the country’s citizens, no matter where they may have occurred.  This is good in many ways. Murder a Frenchman in Australia and the French can charge you.  Australia would probably cooperate because murder is a crime in Australia as well as France.

The potential for complication is shown in a Wall Street Journal article “Internet Censorship à la Mode” (2) that tells how France is trying to block Web searches on computers around the world.

The article says: France’s privacy regulator, known as CNIL, last week fined Google €100,000 ($112,000) for not applying Europe’s “right to be forgotten” across the search engine’s global network of sites.

A European ruling allows people to force search engines and social media sites to remove links to sites that “appear to be inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive”.  Based on this regulation, Google delisted over half a million links from the European versions of its search platform and filters location search results so searches in Europe can’t find delisted links at the American google.com, etc.

However the link would be accessible to someone in the U.S. and France wants a world-wide delisting. The French are trying to compel Google to remove links globally.

The article points out some flaws in this application of the law.  “Not only does this erode freedom of speech in principle, it limits the ability of non-Europeans to vet French prospective business associates or German job applicants.  It also sets a precedent for other regimes to attempt the same censorship.  China could block search results relating to the Tiananmen Square massacre globally.”

This is how a good, old, concept-protection against murder-threatens another good, old, concept- freedom of speech-when applied to new technology.

Regretfully the United States applies extraterritorial jurisdiction to U.S. personal tax laws and this may be America’s worst export.

The beginning of America’s application of  control over financial information is hard to determine.  Perhaps Al Capone’s conviction for tax fraud turned American law enforcement onto following the money.  Another important evolution was one I have been able to follow for over 40 years.  In the 1970s The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) and American Institute Counselors voluntarily consented to an injunction that stopped them from offering an inflation fighting  program that had been created to take advantage of US tax law.  There was no admission of wrong doing.  AIER and AIC were (and still are) Massachusetts based, non-profit corporations. The consent was made to avoid the tremendous cost of extended litigation.

The injunction stopped an investment program that consisted of charitable donations to AIER and the sale of contracts recommended for purchase by AIC.  This was a complicated investment.  Contracts for gold  related  assets held at Swiss Credit Bank in Zurich were sold by a Liechtenstein corporation and a Swiss corporation that were both wholly owned by a Swiss  charitable  foundation.

The injunction required an audit of financial statements for AIC and AIER and the various European corporations, foundations and trusts.  This is where a problem began as the SEC tried to follow the money.  Swiss law then made it illegal for the bank to release the client information.  The SEC used force rather than agreement to apply extra territorial jurisdiction.  The SEC threatened to confiscate the assets of the Swiss bank in New York if the requested information was not surrendered.

I was around to see this loss of Swiss protection and have watched a continual erosion of privacy since.

Technology continually changes how we work, bank and invest.

New technology, as well as the use of extra territorial jurisdiction, has eroded privacy.  In the 2000s both the largest and second largest Liechtenstein banks had employees who took client data electronically and sold it.  The buyers included foreign tax authorities.  Employees of Swiss banks did likewise copying thousands of files of wealthy clients.  Some simply gave the data away.  Others sold the information.  The end result was private information being in the hands of many tax authorities including German, French, British and the US.

More recently a leak of over 11 million documents at the Panama law firm of Mossack Fonseca exposed hidden financial dealings of hundreds of politicians, public officials, fraudsters, drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars around the world.

Since I began traveling, investing, working and living globally in 1968, technology has continually improved productivity, increased freedom and made life easier in many ways.  Today it is easier to invest, do business and live anywhere you choose.   A great deal of this ease is due to US exports of technology.  Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon.com all grew from the USA.  The downside is that these valuable resources also reduce our privacy dramatically.

Look for and think about ways new technology can change the world.  Embracing and investing in such change is a great path to profit.

Gary

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraterritorial_jurisdiction

(2)  wsj.com Internet censorship a la mode

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What Should I Sell in my Online Business?


Why not add an online business?

That was my thought in 1997 when I met with David Cross in Copenhagen.

Our website originally was expected to be an extension of our print publishing business.

Little did I know then that it would become the entire business.

David was a meditation teacher in Edinburgh, Scotland who taught our son, Jake, the art of meditating when Jake was at university there.  We first met David in Edinburgh, and after talking he ordered our “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” course then in print… (now online).  He studied this and published his own report.   One reader of the report had a new internet server business and was so impressed that he hired David to work for him in Sweden.  In the process of rising to become the managing director of that firm… David started our website (and is still our webmaster as well as business partner now).  During one business meeting in London, David met our daughter Cinda. ‘Love at First Sight.”

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David Cross and Dr. Cinda Scott-Cross (DVM).

David also met executives of International Living and went on to become Chief Internet Consultant for Agora Inc. one of the largest online marketing companies in the world.

David has since built an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many businesses and individuals to success in their business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period and helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009.

Myles Norin, the CEO of Agoras wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

David hails from England and now lives on a small farm close to Mount Hood in Oregon with our daughter, a veterinarian, their five children and a menagerie of animals. When not marketing or brainstorming you’ll find David following a dream of self-sufficiency for food, power and water within 10 years, tending the land and caring for the farm and animals.  David is also an engaging and knowledgeable speaker with many amusing anecdotes from his work and travels over the years.

Not surprisingly, our efforts with David have intensified over the years so he is developing an updated internet business course for readers (to launch this spring). Here is his newest report.

What Should I Sell in my Online Business?

By David Cross

One of the shortest legitimate routes to increase your income is to start your own business and in my opinion, an Internet-based business is a great way to do that. You can start an Internet-based business anytime, anywhere and with very little up-front risk or investment. But knowing how to get started can seem confusing – even overwhelming – and this feeling alone may be enough to put you off even starting. At this stage many people put their ideas back on their mental shelf and continue with their life as it was before the idea to start a business first popped into their head.

I am currently working on a new course that we will publish this spring. This is a practical, hands-on guide and series of lessons to help you create your own online business in 1 month (in reality you could start it all in 1 week). The course guides you through all you need to get started including marketing your product or idea, setting up your website, shopping cart and payment processing, social media…everything you need. In fact I’ve designed it to be almost as good as having me sat at your side to guide you through everything.

One of the most common questions I am asked about starting an online business is, “Yes, but what would I sell?” You may have given some thought to this question and decided to look for a company with products that you can sell at a commission through an affiliate program or as part of an multilevel marketing system. That is definitely one way to get started or to add additional products to your inventory of things to sell.

When starting a business (online of offline) and looking for the type of product or service to sell, people often look in a new area…something that appears interesting or cool. It may be something you’ve always wanted to try your hand at or it could be a hobby you are enthusiastic about. It may be something you’ve seen others succeed at or a dream you’ve always had. For example, you may love great food and have a burning desire to open a restaurant serving that type of food.

One Step at a Time

Although many people look to start a business in a completely new area, you will generally have a faster track to success in your new business doing something that you already know about and ideally, the business you start should be no more than 1 step removed from what you already know.

Let’s assume you are a small business accountant. You help businesses prepare their taxes and you advise and counsel them on ways to maximize profits and reduce their tax liabilities. You notice that you have a lot of clients who run restaurants. As you are an enthusiastic cook and have a good palate for fine food and wine, when deciding what business to start you may find yourself contemplating starting a restaurant. After all, you’re a good cook and you’ve many clients in the restaurant business already so, why not you? But your experience is not in running a restaurant and it’s quite a stretch from advising restaurant owners on how best to structure their taxes to actually running a restaurant yourself.

If you instead decided to publish a guide for restaurateurs on tax saving tips then you’d be focusing within a proven niche. You could then expand this series into small business tax guides for other types of businesses – hair salons, health clinics, car mechanics and printers…all local businesses and all wanting to find ways to reduce their tax liabilities.

But suppose you think that you have no area of expertise? People often say they have no specialist skill, maybe they’ve worked for 25 years in the same business or have raised a family and say, “Who’d buy that?!” You gain a lot of skills in 25 years of any job and if you’ve successfully raised a family you’ve years of skills of balancing many plates on many sticks. There are many young parents who would love to benefit from your experience.

And in addition to the time spent working and raising your family, what hobbies do you have where you have gained specialist skills? Are you a good gardener? Are you artistic? Do you have particularly good handwriting? Is that a skill you could pass on? Would someone pay you for that knowledge? Heck, I’ve always wished I had remotely legible handwriting, let alone “good” handwriting! (my wife to this day loves the little notes and letters I give here and still says, “What does that word say?!”)

The skills and unique knowledge you have to share need only to be connected to people who have a need and you can sell the knowledge and skills you already possess. It’s marketing that connects buyers with needs to sellers with a way of fulfilling that need.

Narrowing it Down

To help narrow-down what you could sell online, start a list of things you are good at, skills you have, hobbies, interests you have, jobs or career paths you’ve pursued and any ideas you may have for a business – even if it’s not in one of these areas. My list off the top of my head may look something like this:

  • Chef/Cooking
  • Marketing
  • Self-sufficiency/small-scale organic farming
  • Global traveler
  • Voiceover
  • Meditation Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking
  • Internet business
  • Open a restaurant
  • Start a rock band
  • Podcast
  • TV show host

Your list may contain some or none of these items but make your list and then add a second column, which we’ll call “Rating”. Into this rate on a scale of 1-10 your level of expertise in each area. Add a third column called “Valuable?” and rate whether that skill is valuable…something someone would buy. In this case “Skill” also means knowledge and career experience. Remember that if someone has a need for that skill, knowledge or information and if it can help save them time, make money or improve their life then you can note down its value in the Valuable column.

Add two more columns; “Hobby” and “Fantasy”. Is this a hobby – something you love doing even if you’ve never made any money from it and the final column, “Fantasy”. This is a check for dreaming versus doing. For example in my list I’ve got “Start a rock band”. Whenever we sit down with friends for pizza and beer we’ll always delve into our extensive music collection, play our favorite songs and then come up with band names and sketch our world tours. It’s fun, but ultimately it’s really a mental fantasy. I love music but realistically I’m probably best off not starting a rock band. I am going to add “Open a restaurant” into the “Fantasy” column, too. This is not designed to quash your dreams, simply help hone what has a real possibility of becoming a business for you versus something you love playing at. (I imagine if Gary Scott drew up this list he’d put playing the flute and painting into the “Fantasy” column).

You will end up with a list something like this:

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I used a spreadsheet for this but a napkin works fine. Spend more time on getting the ideas down rather than worrying about how it looks. I’ve sorted my list so that the areas in which I am most skilled, valuable, non-fantasy items are at the top. The ones at the top in which you are most skilled, that are valuable and aren’t a pure hobby/fantasy are the areas that may be good to start developing your business in.

Your list will differ. And what I may put in my hobby/fantasy column you may put in your top skill level and with a high Valuable rating. Your list will differ and you will be able to rate your skills and ability to profit Also a note about hobbies. It’s possible that you’ve a high skill level in one of your hobbies and that could be profitable for you. And if you are an accomplished artist with a bluegrass band please don’t think the idea of this list is to poo-poo artist pursuits; it’s not. The idea of this list is to help you home-in on the skills, knowledge and experience you have that you could market.

Save your list. In the next article we’ll discuss more about what to do with this list to take the next step in profiting from your knowledge, skills and experience. One way to profit from your unique skillset is through writing about it and self-publishing. Here, Gary shares with us details of a forthcoming course this summer…

Micro Business Power on the Net


There is micro business power in narrowband on the net.

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This is the last day left to order Ecuador valentine’s Roses.

There is such power in broadband that we are seeing events taking place right now… that will dramatically change our lives… and could bring an era of incredible peace… or war. I am still trying to absorb the big picture, but whatever comes… expect some really big change due to events in the Middle East.

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Photo from Times article below about Tunisa demonstrations for democracy.

One lesson we can gain from… for sure… is about the power of broadband and how we can convert this to narrowband for profit.

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High tech revolution… mostly.  Photo from Times article below about Tunisa demonstrations for democracy.

Let’s look at the evolution of revolution in a phrase.

“Storm the Bastille”

“Grab the radio station”

“Take over the TV”

“Shut down the cell phone system and the Internet.”

That’s the evolution of power.

When the French stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris on the night of July 14, 1789 they symbolized the power of the middle class. This fortress represented Royal authority in Paris and its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and became an icon of the French Republic and began the shift of authority to the common man.

Since that time… slowly slowly democracy has continued to spread.

The lesson we can benefit from is how the masses have used technology to exert its authority…  from ladders to breach a fortress… shifting to broadcast and the radio… then TV and now democracy has a new weapon… broadband.

We can use this potent political instrument in our micro business as well.

A Times magazine article last week entitled “Tunisia’s Nervous Neighbors Watch the Jasmine Revolution” by Vivienne Walt reviewed the importance of the Internet and Mideast revolutions that began in Tunisia when it said (Bolds are mine):  No bomb exploded announcing the start of the Jasmine Revolution, and in the end, there was no iconic figure — no Nelson Mandela or Vaclav Havel — to declare its stunning victory. Instead, the fuse for the Arab world’s first successful popular uprising was lit when a small-town Tunisian policewoman slapped a fruit seller.

The four-week revolt leaped from town to town until it engulfed Tunis. El Général’s song “Rais Elbled” (“President of the Republic”) became the protesters’ anthem, with thousands in the streets belting out its angry lyrics: “Mr. President, your people are dying.” The Jasmine Revolution, named for the national flower, needed no leaders to rally the protesters or organize the demonstrations. Instead, the revolt was refueled by a steady stream of anonymous text messages, Twitter and Facebook updates. Documents posted on WikiLeaks, in which U.S. diplomats cataloged the corruption at the highest levels of government, deepened the rage. Mobile-phone videos posted online documented the government’s brutal response, including the police beatings and the shooting of some of the 100 or so protesters who died.

Whatever happens next, Tunisia is already the stuff of history. Revolution is rare in the Arab world, which has for the most part remained untouched by democratic movements and economic change.

The Jasmine Revolution unfolded on live television before an Arab audience — THANK YOU AL-JAZEERA, read one banner at one demonstration — that could hardly have failed to grasp its significance. Bouazizi’s martyrdom inspired several copycat immolations in Algeria and at least one each in Mauritania and Egypt. In Algeria, where protests by jobless youths predated those in Tunisia, there were attempts to replicate the Jasmine Revolution’s use of social networks and YouTube.

Arab commentators wondered which tyrant might follow Ben Ali into exile in Saudi Arabia: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi? Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak?

Even before I could get this message written Mubarak in Eygpt had agreed not to rerun as President and Jordan’s king Abdullah on Tuesday, February 1, dismissed his government and appointed Maarouf Al Bakhit, an ex-army general head the country’s new government.

By the time you read this… more governments may have fallen in the Middle East… all removed by the power of the internet and cell phones!

Egypt tried to stop the power of the internet.  A New York Times article on the subject stated:   Internet and cellphone connections have been closed or restricted in Cairo, Alexandria and other places, cutting off social media Web sites that had been used to organize protests and complicating efforts by news media to report on events on the ground. Riot police took to the streets of Cairo before the Friday noon prayers that in many parts of the Islamic world have been a prelude to unrest as worshippers pour onto the streets.

The protests have underscored the blistering pace of events that have transformed the Arab world, particularly among regimes that have traditionally enjoyed the support of successive administrations in Washington.

The police presence in Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast was strongest in the center of the city. At the Sidi Bishir mosque outside the center of town, a dozen men wore Egyptian flags wrapped around their shoulders. With cellphone and Internet connections down, activists across the city tried to determine the extent of arrests overnight by security officials.

Organisations that track global internet access detected a collapse in traffic in to and out of Egypt at around 10.30GMT on Thursday night.

The shut down involved the withdrawal of more than 3,500 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routes by Egyptian ISPs, according to Renesys, a networking firm. Only one ISP out of 10, Noor Data Networks, appeared largely unaffected. It connects to the outside world via an undersea cable operated by Telecom Italia.

According to BGPMon, another networking firm, 88 per cent of Egyptian internet access was successfully shut down, however.

Renesys speculated that the apparent anomaly of Noor Data Networks may be a result of the fact it provides services to the Egyptian stock exchange.

BGP routes are one of the most vital parts of the internet. They most used by ISPs so their networks can exchange information about how to best route the packets of data that make up all internet communications.

Modern technology and broadband gives power to the little guy.

This is helping the cause of democracy in the Middle East.

We can use the same power in our micro business.

A reader recently wrote:  Good morning, Gary:  If you haven’t already, you need to read “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More” by Chris Anderson. It explains and applies the principle you mentioned in today’s Ecuador report, to internet applications. It is why Wikipedia has more data with better accuracy than the Encyclopedia Britannica.  I thoroughly enjoy your reports and look forward to personally investigating Ecuador and other South American refuges.

I replied:  Thanks.  Yes, I love this book and first wrote about it back in 2007. Take a look in our archives as I wrote back then:

This is the era when small is big. Chris Anderson describes this in his book “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More”.

The last marketing era was dominated by broadcast. This was a distribution system where it was most efficient to send one message to millions of people.

The internet has introduced the era of broadband where it is most efficient to send millions of messages to one person each. This plays exactly into the hands of the small self publishing business because it allows you to earn from many small niche products where no big corporation can afford to compete.

For example at one of my websites alone that focuses on multi currency investing has 21 earning sources.

All of the sources are small, some as little as a few hundred dollars a month. Yet added up so far this year (in the first 10 months) that one website has earned $159,090 from orders that came direct off the internet. That’s better than an extra $15,000 a month of income…enough to buy quite a few groceries despite inflation.

Back in the 2000s, this idea of broadband helped form one of my business goals… to understand the ramifications of the shift from broadcast to broadband.

Through this search we have learned a lot about how to build a micro business.   Our thinking has evolved into a new business model that we call… narrowband.

Narrowband uses SPecific phrases to attract potential customers with SPecific needs and then develops an intimate relation with that customer via SPecific solutions.

Learn more about the rise of the SPecific man… and or woman and SPecific business here.

Whatever this sudden change in the Middle East brings… good and bad… one thing is clear…  technology… the internet… cellphone… social networking and broadband have changed politics forever… and business as well.

Knowing this can help you gain security and extra income with your own micro business that uses the power of the net.

Gary

Learn about how to use narrowband in business and investing at our upcoming International Investing and Business Conference February 11, 12, 13 in Mt. Dora, Fl.

Read the Times article Tunisia’s Nervous Neighbors Watch the Jasmine Revolution

Small Green Internet Business


Here is why a small green internet business can be so valuable.

Imagine having a hobby… that you enjoyed… was a lot of fun and that always paid for your cost of living and lifestyle.

Wouldn’t that be worth pursuing?

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Does this look like work?  Delegates on a our Ecuador tour.  In a moment we’ll see a link to Ecuador business ideas.

Having your own small business for extra income is more important now than ever before.

Over the past decade, this site has regularly recommended that one of the best ways to create wealth is…  having your own business.

This idea makes sense!  Government spending almost assures inflation.  Inflation hurts those on fixed incomes, new entrants in the job market and salaried workers the most.   Business however always adjust for inflation…. so your own business protects your spending power.

The excerpts below from a March 2010 Atlantic Magazine article “How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America” By Don Peck shows the concern:  The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar men. It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come.

How should we characterize the economic period we have now entered? After nearly two brutal years, the Great Recession appears to be over, at least technically. Yet a return to normalcy seems far off. By some measures, each recession since the 1980s has retreated more slowly than the one before it. In one sense, we never fully recovered from the last one, in 2001: the share of the civilian population with a job never returned to its previous peak before this downturn began, and incomes were stagnant throughout the decade. Still, the weakness that lingered through much of the 2000s shouldn’t be confused with the trauma of the past two years, a trauma that will remain heavy for quite some time.

The unemployment rate hit 10 percent in October, and there are good reasons to believe that by 2011, 2012, even 2014, it will have declined only a little. Late last year, the average duration of unemployment surpassed six months, the first time that has happened since 1948, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking that number. As of this writing, for every open job in the U.S., six people are actively looking for work.

All of these figures understate the magnitude of the jobs crisis. The broadest measure of unemployment and underemployment (which includes people who want to work but have stopped actively searching for a job, along with those who want full-time jobs but can find only part-time work) reached 17.4 percent in October, which appears to be the highest figure since the 1930s. And for large swaths of society—young adults, men, minorities—that figure was much higher (among teenagers, for instance, even the narrowest measure of unemployment stood at roughly 27 percent). One recent survey showed that 44 percent of families had experienced a job loss, a reduction in hours, or a pay cut in the past year.

The Long Road Ahead

Since last spring, when fears of economic apocalypse began to ebb, we’ve been treated to an alphabet soup of predictions about the recovery. Various economists have suggested that it might look like a V (a strong and rapid rebound), a U (slower), a W (reflecting the possibility of a double-dip recession), or, most alarming, an L (no recovery in demand or jobs for years: a lost decade). This summer, with all the good letters already taken, the former labor secretary Robert Reich wrote on his blog that the recovery might actually be shaped like an X (the imagery is elusive, but Reich’s argument was that there can be no recovery until we find an entirely new model of economic growth).

Historically, financial crises have spawned long periods of economic malaise, and this crisis, so far, has been true to form. Despite the bailouts, many banks’ balance sheets remain weak; more than 140 banks failed in 2009. As a result, banks have kept lending standards tight, frustrating the efforts of small businesses—which have accounted for almost half of all job losses—to invest or rehire. Exports seem unlikely to provide much of a boost; although China, India, Brazil, and some other emerging markets are growing quickly again, Europe and Japan—both major markets for U.S. exports—remain weak. And in any case, exports make up only about 13 percent of total U.S. production; even if they were to grow quickly, the impact would be muted.

Most recessions end when people start spending again, but for the foreseeable future, U.S. consumer demand is unlikely to propel strong economic growth. As of November, one in seven mortgages was delinquent, up from one in 10 a year earlier. As many as one in four houses may now be underwater, and the ratio of household debt to GDP, about 65 percent in the mid-1990s, is roughly 100 percent today. It is not merely animal spirits that are keeping people from spending freely (though those spirits are dour). Heavy debt and large losses of wealth have forced spending onto a lower path.

So what is the engine that will pull the U.S. back onto a strong growth path? That turns out to be a hard question. The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who fears a lost decade, said in a lecture at the London School of Economics last summer that he has “no idea” how the economy could quickly return to strong, sustainable growth. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, told the Associated Press last fall, “I think the unemployment rate will be permanently higher, or at least higher for the foreseeable future. The collective psyche has changed as a result of what we’ve been through. And we’re going to be different as a result.”

One big reason that the economy stabilized last summer and fall is the stimulus; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that without the stimulus, growth would have been anywhere from

The economy now sits in a hole more than 10 million jobs deep—that’s the number required to get back to 5 percent unemployment, the rate we had before the recession started, and one that’s been more or less typical for a generation. And because the population is growing and new people are continually coming onto the job market, we need to produce roughly 1.5 million new jobs a year—about 125,000 a month—just to keep from sinking deeper.

And even within industries that are likely to bounce back smartly, temporary layoffs have generally given way to the permanent elimination of jobs, the result of workplace restructuring. Manufacturing jobs have of course been moving overseas for decades, and still are; but recently, the outsourcing of much white-collar work has become possible. Companies that have cut domestic payrolls to the bone in this recession may choose to rebuild them in Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Bangalore, accelerating off-shoring decisions that otherwise might have occurred over many years.

New jobs will come open in the U.S. But many will have different skill requirements than the old ones. “In a sense,” says Gary Burtless, a labor economist at the Brookings Institution, “every time someone’s laid off now, they need to start all over. They don’t even know what industry they’ll be in next.”

“We haven’t seen anything like this before: a really deep recession combined with a really extended period, maybe as much as eight years, all told, of highly elevated unemployment,” Shierholz told me. “We’re about to see a big national experiment on stress.”

Those of us who start and own small businesses do not have to join the stress.

The changes that brought on the recession and unemployment also created opportunity for those who embrace change and innovate.

The Atlantic article also said:  Ultimately, innovation is what allows an economy to grow quickly and create new jobs as old ones obsolesce and disappear. Typically, one salutary side effect of recessions is that they eventually spur booms in innovation. Some laid-off employees become entrepreneurs, working on ideas that have been ignored by corporate bureaucracies, while sclerotic firms in declining industries fail, making way for nimbler enterprises.

In with the new… small… fun… innovative businesses. Out with the old… big…complicated, stressful work.

Here are three tips for success with your own small business.

Tip #1:  Live beneath your means. Start small… build upon existing skills and grow in relationship to your situation.

Small beginnings are nature’s way. Most businesses start with a learning curve. During the beginning and in the initial learning period, it is essential to remain small as you err. Once lessons have been learned, the business can grow using business evolutionary cycle.

The small business evolutionary cycle is:

#1: Get an idea

#2; The idea leads to enthusiasm.

#3: The enthusiasm leads to education.

#4: The education leads to action.

#5: The action leads to profit or loss but also more ideas.

The cycle repeats and this is the way that businesses should grow.

This is why one of the favorite workshops I teach is “Early Wealth” for kids. This is sometimes conducted before other adult courses and sometimes presented to groups of school kids.

They love it and soak up the information on how to attain wealth.

The course begins by showing a dollar bill and a candy bar and letting the kids choose which they would prefer. Some choose the candy, others cash. But twenty-six more dollar bills are taped to the first and they then unfold. Now the kids see twenty-seven dollar bills dangling before them and they are asked to choose again. Kids are not stupid. They take the twenty-seven bucks and in the process learn the power of compounded interest.

If they take a dollar and put it in the bank, even at a low interest rate it grows to twenty-seven by the time they reach age 65.

Many of the parents at this workshop tell me they wish they had had this when they were younger as I point out the importance of starting early.

This chart shows that a person who saves $4,000 a year for ten years ($40,000 total) from age 19 to 29 and leaves it earning 8% per annum compounded will have $1,097,285 at age 65. This is compared to a person who saves $4,000 a year ever year from age 29 to 65 ($148,000 total) has only $877,264.

Then we have the banker’s race. Two children are selected, one a large boy, the other a small girl. They race as they drag a fifty pound bucket of mud. Each selects five bankers. The difference is the girl has been good and saved money so her five bankers help her pull the bucket. The boy, who has been bad and borrowed money has to drag the bucket and his five bankers. You can guess who wins the race.

These lessons  are based on the expectation that a social code will be adhered to… that rewards capital.  Those who are frugal, save and invest will enjoy greater financial security then those who just spend.

Tip #2: Expect inflation. Save and invest in a business…. your own or someone’s else’s… not cash.

Government’s globally now and throughout history have tended to cheat on this economic honor system… as they are doing so badly now.

For example, the US government… already deeply and growing deeper in debt has initiated a new program to help American borrowers who have been clobbered by falling home prices, the government has created a new plan to help those who own property that is worth less than its mortgage.   The plan has several strategies including requiring mortgage servicers to consider cutting a loan’s principal if it is up to 15% more than the home is worth.

Because additional debt is most likely to deteriorate the value of the dollar, those who lived above their means… or speculated on real estate or bought real estate they really could not afford are being rewarded.  So too are banks who did not vet their borrowers carefully enough.

The government’s explanation for this additional spending is that the cost to taxpayers is less than the cost of not doing something.

Yet the simple reality is that these rewards are at the expense of those who have saves and lives beneath their means. Those who will be punished most are those with fixed incomes and cash.

This is not just a US phenomenon either.  Governments are going deeper into debt everywhere… spending money that does not create goods.

Warren Buffet recently commented on this when he purchased a railroad for $27 billion.  He said: Cash is always a bad investment. When people said cash is king a year ago, that [was] crazy. Cash wasn’t producing anything, and it was sure to go down in value over time. And then you always want to be sure you have enough. It’s like—like oxygen—you want to be sure it’s around, you know. But you don’t need to have excessive amounts of it around. We will always have enough cash around. But anytime we have surplus cash around, I’m unhappy. And we found a chance in the last year, thereabouts, to deploy [it]. We came in with something over $40 billion in cash. We have got about $20 billion now, and we’ve had some earnings. So, we’ve put a lot of cash to work. And I like that. I’d much rather own a good business than have cash. . . . [BNSF] is not a bargain, but it’s a good asset for Berkshire to own over the next century.

You can say all assets are a hedge against the dollar. All you know is that the dollar is going to be worth less 10, 20, 30 years from now. I say “worth less.” Not worthless. You want to watch that. [It’s] true of almost every currency I can think of.  The question is how much it depreciates in value. But cash is not a place. We’ll print more of [it] in relation to the amount of goods that are moving. If we dropped a million dollars of cash into every household in the United States today, everybody would feel very good except the people that invested in things that were denominated in dollars.”

Yet most of us don’t have an extra $27 billion lying around.  In fact many of us may not have enough cash to convert into inflation fighting assets.  Instead we need more income.

These facts alter the way we must live and invest… with a shift towards holding inflation fighting assets… like a small business.

Fortunately science and technology has truly set us free.  An internet business can help us earn income.

Golden Income.

Plus isn’t the goal here to enjoy life… without living beyond our means?

An internet business can help us turn our passion into profit and earn income in enjoyable ways.

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For example I love to write.  My internet business allows me to do so in places I want to be.

Here I am with our hound working at our Florida home.

Technology has destroyed the limitations imposed by time and space and an internet business gives us freedom to earn and be mobile. We no longer have to be stuck in one place.

I can sit in my office in North Carolina and work.

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with this view. (You can see that my hound dog wants me to hurry up and get out on the mountain!)

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Or hike into our Blue Ridge forest and work.

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You can see that now she is happier!

Or visit Ecuador’s beaches and work.

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Tip #3: Look for and solve problems that are important to you.

For example if environmental problems are important to you,  think about sustainable farming.   America only has two million farmers.  Their average age is 55.  Sustainable farming needs small-scale, local, organic methods rather than petroleum-based machines and fertilizers.

There is a dramatic demand for more small sustainable… small  modern farmers… small business people who become skilled in heirloom produce and new ways of marketing.

This is one reasons why I have been posting messages about EnviroSafety Bio Wash and farming.

This is a good idea for Smalltown USA which is one reason why we now have a Florida orange grove business and a North Carolina sustainable forestry business. We are to test bio wash on citrus growing and fighting greening.  See more here at Bio Oranges

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This also offers a great Ecuador organic farming idea. See more here.

Join Merri and me and our webmaster, David Cross, and Jyske investment adviser, Peter Laub, to learn more about business, investing, health and Ecuador this June at our Quantum Wealth  seminar where we share ways to invest, do business and live that protect wealth as they bring joy, satisfaction and better health.

Gary

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This is a time to check out internet business opportunities such as the seven business ideas below.

Merri and I enjoy having an international internet business.

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This recent ranking from Alexa.com shows how our site is in the top 16,000 web sites in America, top 8,000 in Canada and top 500 in Ecuador.  There is more… as you’ll see in pictures below how the recent recession has caused our internet business to grow.  So you can do the same… earn more as others seem to earn less.

Our sales have doubled since the recession began and our list of readers has increased over 100% also.

Knowing the philosophies that we follow to prosper from change can help you invest better and can help you create an internet success if you desire.

The Western economy has changed… probably forever.  The old ways are gone and those who held jobs… or still have work in the private sector have lost the most.

The economy will recover… in numbers yes… but the way people earn and work… and how the money is distributed and to whom especially… has been profoundly altered.  This is especially true in value added countries like Canada… the USA and most of Europe.

Excerpts from a recent New York Times article entitled “After Escaping Jobless Rolls, Trauma May Linger” by Michael Luo helps explain why:

RALEIGH, N.C. — Antje Newby went back to work in September, but she has still not escaped the burden imposed by nine months of unemployment.

Antje Newby, working again, said, “We’ve got financial impact we’re going to deal with forever.”

Tom Newby stays home in part to help his children adjust to their move from in the Detroit area.

Mrs. Newby and her husband were forced to walk away from their home in suburban Detroit and are now living here in a rented house with their three children. They are bracing for a huge tax bill in the spring because of early withdrawals they made on her 401(k) and taxes they still owe on unemployment benefits. Their credit is in tatters, and their 16-year marriage showed cracks they are still trying to repair.

The wound of unemployment, as her family has learned, is not cauterized so quickly, and lives do not simply go back to the way they were.

Interviews with more than a dozen people who were out of work at least a half-year during the recession and have now landed jobs found many adjusting to new realities. Some of the changes are self-imposed; others forced upon them. They include grappling with newfound insecurities and scaled-back budgets; reshaped priorities and broken relationships. In some ways, it is equivalent to the lingering symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

One person interviewed said, “If the rug is pulled out again, I’m not going to survive”.

Another said “We’ve got financial impact we’re going to deal with forever.”

Many of the old rules of employment have been turned upside down. For example in the past people worked for the government for job security but expected lower pay. Now, according to the Cato Institute this has completely flipped and the reversal is growing:

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its annual data on compensation levels by industry (Tables 6.2D, 6.3D, and 6.6D here). The data show that the pay advantage enjoyed by federal civilian workers over private-sector workers continues to expand.

The George W. Bush years were very lucrative for federal workers. In 2000, the average compensation (wages and benefits) of federal workers was 66 percent higher than the average compensation in the U.S. private sector. The new data show that average federal compensation is now more than double the average in the private sector.

See the full Cato article below.

Yet at the same time there has never been a better time… with greater opportunity, for an internet business… if… you are choose a  business that flourishes with change.

We are in an era of global structural change… in economics… in society and in the way we work because technology brings us low cost administration, low cost access to data, low cost communication, and low cost travel, plus…
the opening of markets beyond logic that rely more on passion and experience than on efficiency and cost.

We looked at these economic and structural changes, and what to do about them in the international investing and business portion of our Quantum Wealth Seminar we conducted in Mt. Dora, Florida last week.

We saw how markets are shifting from materialistic needs to emotional needs.

Love-friendship-control-freedom-tradition-change-big answers-recognition and care are emotional needs that create expanding demand and business opportunity

The next generation is having more involvement in every step of the buying process.

Uniting the body and mind is an emerging market.

Natural physical health, fitness will expand but botox and insulin sales will also grow.

Mental health, retreats and spas prosper.

The health of the planet is becoming a more important business.

There is a shift of emphasis from GDP to GWB  (General Wellness Barometer Happiness Factor)
Business will operate with more passion.

We saw how these shifts create new opportunities for investment and internet business in seven areas.

Currency Distortions
Value Markets
Emerging Markets
Wellness
Water and Alternate Energy
Truth & Cohesion
Ecuador and Smalltown USA Real Estate

I call these seven areas the Magnificent Seven… these are the places where I am looking for opportunity and focusing our efforts now.

This focus has paid off.

This chart from Alexa shows our…

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traffic rank.  At times we are nearly ranked among the top 40,000 websites in the entire world.

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Over the month of March, we’ll look at each of these magnificent seven opportunities to see how they can help you.

Learn more about international investing in the magnificent seven at Jyske Global Asset Managers forex seminar in Laguna Beach this April . See details here.

Or join us for our next Quantum Wealth Seminar June 24 to June 27, 2010.  See more here

Gary

Or Join Merri and me or Ecuador Living’s staff in Ecuador in March 2010.

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This Alexa.com chart shows our that website’s reach at times is 4/100s of a percent of all websites.  That is a lot of reach for a tiny two person business.  More important… the trend of our ranking and our reach over 2007, 2008 and 2009 has been up and up.

Join us so we can help you enjoy prosperity from change as well.

Here is what one delegate at our Quantum Wealth seminar last week wrote:

Thanks mucho for everything.  Just so you know, we are in brain overload right now, thanks to you! Your course was awesome! So much to do! I am overwhelmed and going in a hundred directions!

March 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

March 17-18  North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

Mar. 28-29   Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour

The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.

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If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $3,500.  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
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Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
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Ecuador Real Estate Search


When you start your Ecuador real estate search, remember a thought that has been around for quite awhile…”Veni Vidi Vici.”

I came… I saw… I conquered.  The phrase is not “I conquered over the internet and then flew down”.

The biggest most important factor is first to come… The second is to look and see.   Then conquer.

Yesterday’s message shared a reader’s question at Ecuador B&B Search.

The reader also asked:  How much time would be needed to find a place and settle the purchase?  On average 9 days, or a few weeks?

Possibly in the first few years we`d be unable to visit for more than 5 weeks of the year.   Our biggest problem is for our employer to give us any time off from work .  It`s not possible to have any unpaid leave.  My husband thinks we need to go in 2 months because if we wait 12-14 months the prices may have escalated significantly .  What do you think?

Here is my reply.  I do not think this is a realistic plan. You should not be rushed to buy.  Better to take a year or two and use your vacations for trips. Look.  Get a feel of Ecuador and Ecuador’s real estate market… then rent or buy.

Merri and I spent six years, living, traveling and looking at Ecuador real estate before we made our first Ecuador real estate purchase. Good values are found by knowing the market… being available to buy and being able to make a good offer when a good deal comes through.

You’ll have a better chance of buying as a well informed buyer later than rushing to buy earlier when you are ill informed!

Merri and I recently bought an estate in Florida. This process took almost a year and we knew Florida really well to begin!  We had lived in Florida for more than 20 years and Merri over 30 years… yet  before we purchased we researched, traveled all over the state and look at hundreds of properties before making our first offer (which was turned down).

See more on how we buy real estate at Ecuador to Florida and at Value Investing Dairy to see the laborious process we used to find this house…

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with this view and…

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this waterfront.

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at a good value… we hope.

See how this process helped us buy our Ecuador Hotel Meson de las Flores in a 30 second decision…

Meson’s colonial architecture charms and welcomes you.

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based on seven years of research.

Here is Meson’s courtyard.

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Our websites and daily messages can help you learn the rules about buying Ecuador real estate.  Visiting… seeing for your self and experiencing Ecuador helps you learn the exceptions to your rules.  So use the intelligent order that was given to us so many millenniums ago.   “Veni Vidi Vici.” come… see… conquer. This is the way.

Gary

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December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour $499 Couple  $749

Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749
Jan. 21-22     Coastal Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749
Jan. 23-24    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749

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Feb. 15-16   Travel to and visit Quito
Feb  17         Travel to Manta
Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi
Feb. 21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour  $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida $749 Couple $999

Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour   $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour      $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
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