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Ecuador Patience


There is extra opportunity in Ecuador for those with patience.

This chess set started me thinking about patience.

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This is a time of great opportunity…  perhaps the greatest in 40 years…yet not without the bravery to accept risk… and several other qualities…. patience…  flexibility… resilience… tenacity… acceptance and a bird’s eye view to see the big picture.

In a moment… we’ll look at some Ecuador real estate and see how patience works there.   First a true and recent story… about patience and chess.

Having lived a wandering life… I have not accumulated a lot of stuff in the years I was moving around.   In fact only one material thing survived  my decades in Hong Kong and Europe… this ivory chess set.

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I am not even sure why I lugged the wooden, silk lined box through so many countries.  For years I did not even play… but I kept the set and now it’s a treasure to me.

The set is a little battered.  Our five children each had a go at it one time or another.   A couple of the rooks are minus their ears.

Overall however this is a lovely set…  4 inch, pure ivory… no longer possible to import.  I love its feel.

Our friend and farm manager, Richard Goebel, and I have a continual, running game.  The board sits in our hallway and as Richard or I pass through we stop for a moment… study and make a move.

Sometimes when Merri and I are traveling we are weeks between moves… but a game is always on the board.   Richard and I are pretty evenly matched.  Usually there is no  winner… just a loser… the one who made the most current stupid error.

Recently it was my turn at stupidity, (aghhhh).  Early in the game, I gave up my queen.

Carelessness… pure and simple. I can offer nothing more.

I was instantly discouraged.  We both had nearly a full board but I was already missing my queen!  “How can I possibly win” I thought, “with such a disadvantage?”

I was about to give up when some quiet voice said, “No, keep playing.”

A few days later Richard stupidly gave up his queen as well.  That game dragged on for days but in the end the match was mine because of… patience.

This started me thinking about these seven qualities that can unlock enormous business and investing opportunity now:

#1: Bravery to accept risk

#2: Flexibility

#3: Resilience

#4: Tenacity

#5: Acceptance

#6: Bird’s eye view

#7: Patience

Thinking about patience reminded me of  John Milton’s poem  “On His Blindness.”

Milton is acclaimed to be one of the greatest English poets and I am not sure he was always patient.   Resilient yes… he was kicked out of university, lost wives and was imprisoned for his political views and went blind… yet managed to keep creating his incredible prose.

However  I believe that Milton understood patience… perhaps from his blindness because he ended his poem “On His Blindness”  (see the entire poem below) with this powerful reminder, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

The Chinese have an even more ancient saying:  “Sit on the river bank long enough and you see the bodies of all your enemies float by”.

Patience is important when buying real estate in Ecuador or anywhere.

Merri and I spent seven years tromping up and down mountains to buy our first hacienda (Rosaspamba) in Ecuador.

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Here Merri and I are building our first hut at our Ecuador hacienda… Rosaspamba.

We negotiated nearly a year to buy this building… that was a mess.

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fixed it looks like this…

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and is getting better because we are patiently fixing one floor at a time.

If a person spends time in Ecuador  and stays alert, he’ll see many incredible fixer upper bargains.

Just over a year ago, Merri and I bought the four story office building shown above.   We began cleaning it up and converting two floors into condos.

If one is not in a hurry, construction costs are low.

This was the third floor kitchen… another mess.

Here is the third floor now.

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This if fully furnished with…

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one bedroom and …

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office/den (or second bedroom)  and…

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balcony.   The kitchen now…

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looks great.  The hardwood cabinets had not been installed when I took this shot but are in place now.

We did not start fixing this floor until we dealt with the 4th floor… an even worse mess.  Patience, patience!

Before.

After.

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This is a loft studio with…

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great light and an open feel with…

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full dining area and…

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kitchen.

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These floors are among the highest points in the village and views from both units are the best around.  Mornings give…

the sunrise over Mt. Imbabura.

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Evenings offer sunset in the east on Mt. Cotacachi.

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Views are great at night with the village alight.

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and you can see the entire village…

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and both mountains during the day.

Where we had huge walls we said…”How about windows with a view instead?”   The builder  figured out what height was needed to see Mt. Cotacachi and simply knocked the window openings in the walls. Then he built hardwood window surrounds that frame this view.

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The bathroom includes a full tiled bathtub and spa shower like this.

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The king size sleeping nook has this view also and is fully curtained…

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with full hardwood closets.

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These units are available for rental on a three, six or 12 month lease, by the way. Send me a note at gary@garyascott.com

Anyone can have a nice place like this but to get one with great value requires patience.

Patiently fixing up this  property will provide us with some nice extra profit with good value because we were patient… in buying… in fixing.

We  did all this slowly… from cash flow… patiently so we developed value.

I have been using patience to look for real estate in Florida as well.  After months of scouring the state… looking at hundreds of listings we made our first offer… at about half the already reduced asking price.

This is where patience and the never ending quest for value comes into play.

Value is really hard to understand in the real estate and equity market now because the bubble of 2007 created many false illusions.

The values of a house are twofold… the value of a roof overhead and the value of whatever price it can be resold.

These are unpredictable times.   Basing a potential resale on previous inflated bubble prices can be a great error.

Tomorrow we’ll see how,  after months of searching Merri and I are using patience to make our first offer for property in Florida.

Join us at a course our tour in 2009 in Ecuador or North Carolina. Here is our future 2009 courses

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

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June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

These are great reminders that at times, patience is a most important quality in investing, business and all of life.

On His Blindness
John Milton

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,—
Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?
I fondly ask:—But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: God doth not need
Either man’s work, or His own gifts, who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at His bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:—
They also serve who only stand and wait.

Ecuador Tickets to Galapagos


Ecuador Tickets to Galapagos

The ticket to a good Galapagos Ecuador tour is to select a premium boat for the cruise.

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The ticket to a good Galapagos cruise in Galapagos Ecuador is a first class yacht like the Galapagos Yacht Galaxy above.

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Dining on the Galapagos Galaxy.

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Galapagos Galaxy Accommodations.

See the special Ecuador tickets to the Galapagos that save up to $658 here.

I have heard amazing stories from readers about Galapagos tours… good and bad.

Most stories are really positive…  but one point is clear.  There are some bad boats that cruise the Galapagos.  Tickets on these cheaper Galapagos boats are not bargains at all!

You can look for good deals on Galapagos tickets… but look for them on first class yachts…  not second or lower tier cruises.

This is why I always send readers to Haugan Cruises, a company run by our friend, Kjetil Haugan.

The ticket to finding a low cost Galapagos cruise, if your schedule is not rigid, is to look for cruises that are not fully booked. If you can book your ticket on short notice, you can sometimes save thousands.

For example, Fernanda Borja the head of Haugan Cruises Galapagos ticket desk just sent me this note.

Dear Mr Scott,  I wanted to let you know our specials for Galapagos tickets and cruises now:

We have chartered the MY Galaxy, is a First class yacht and at the moment we
have some specials:

June 06-13 (8 days)
Special rate per person $1895.00
June 06-09 (4 days)
Special rate per person
$795.00
This is a very special deal we have right now for all of your clients

June 23-30 (8 days)
Special rate per person $2195.00
June 23-27 (5 days)
Special rate per person $1345.00
June 27-30 (4 days)
Special rate per person $1060.00

You can see more on the MY Galaxy here.

Galaxy Yacht
Category: First Class
Departures: Saturday and Tuesday
Capacity: 16 passenger

Facilities and Accommodation.  The Galaxy Yacht gives a great option to visit the Galapagos Islands.  The yacht offers  4, 5 and 8 days cruises with quality service, excellence and security.

Guest accommodations on this Galapagos yacht include  9 luxurious and comfortable double cabins with lower beds and outside views; 3 on the lower deck, 3 on the main deck and 3 on the upper deck, private bathrooms cold-hot water, air conditioned.

Facilities include a dining room, bar and lounge, TV and DVD, library and sundeck.

As you’ll see below for upcoming offers these special Galapagos cruise deals above are about half price. Few will be able to get Ecuador tickets to go on a Galapagos tour as soon as June 6, but Maybe June 23rd?   We’ll add discount Galapagos tickets on first class cruises as a regular feature to give you as much advance warning as we can.

These prices do not include airfare to Ecuador or the ticket to Galapagos.

Learn how to save on Ecuador air tickets here.

Air tickets, hotel rooms and cruises all have one factor in common.  If not sold they are worthless the moment the flight, night or cruise begins.   As the event nears… the price of the ticket falls if the room, cruise or flight is not filled.

Here are special deals that Haugan Cruises has for all clients who want a Galapagos cruise at more normal fares.

First Class Yacht Athala
SPECIAL 2 X 1 DEAL:
September 01-08 / 26-03 October
Rate for the cabin $4190.00

Note that there is an even better savings because there is an added special 10% discount for Ecuador Living subscribers.  A $119 membership allows subscribers to save as much as $400 on this one benefit alone.  See how to subscribe here.

There are also special deals with flight ticket included.

September 08-15 / 15-22 / 22-29 (8 days)
December 08-15 / 12-19 (8 days)
Special rate per person $3190.00

Again the 10% special discount applies for Ecuador Living subscribers.

OTHER OPTIONS WITH SPECIAL RATES include:
June 27-04 July (8 days)
Special rate per person $3190.00

Ecuador Living subscribers knock 10% from the above rate

July 04-11 / 07-14 / 21-28 (8 days)
August 22-29 / 25-01 September
Special rate per person $3690.00
Family departures, children up to 16 years, pay $2095.00

August 22-29 / 25-01 September
Special rate per person $3690.00

July 04-07 / 11-14 / 25-28 (4 days)
August 08-11 / 15-18 / 22-25 / 29-01 September (4 days)
December 12-15 (4 days)
Special rate per person $1930.00

July 07-11 / 21-25 (5 days)
August 11-15 / 18-22 / 25-29 (5 days)
December 01-05 / 08-12 / 15-19 (5 days)
Special rate per person $2290.00

Ecuador Living subscribers knock 10% from the rates above and below.

First Class Yacht Nina

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Galapagos cruise yacht Nina.

SPECIAL 2 X 1 DEAL:
September 01-08 (8 days)
Rate for the cabin $4390.00

SPECIAL DEAL WITH FLIGHT TICKET INCLUDED:
September 08-15 / 15-22 / 22-29 (8 days)
December 01-08 / 08-15 (8 days)
Special rate per person $3390.00
Special discount for Gary Scott clients 10% from this above rate

OTHER OPTIONS WITH SPECIAL RATES:
July 07-14 / 14-21 / 21-28 / 28-04 August (8 days)
Special rate per person $3890.00
Family departures, children up to 16 years, pay $2195.00

August 11-18 / 18-25 / 25-01 September (8 days)
Special rate per person USD 3890.00ate

October 13-20 / 20-27 / 27-03 November (8 days)
Special rate per person $3490.00

For more information or further assistance on Galapagos Ecuador tickets and cruises contact  Fernanda Borja at fernanda@haugancruises.com

Haugan Cruises-Columbus Travel
Phone: (593-2) 223 5095 / 255 4080/254 7587 / 252 3223 ext 110 or 111
1-877 436 7512 / 213-8144567
Fax: (593-2) 254 0427
Mobile emergency phone: 593 8 44 89 593
SKYPE: columbus-fernanda
www.galapagosisland.net
www.haugancruises.com

Free Galapagos Cruise Tickets

Kjetil Haugan not only runs Haugan cruises and the Athala and Nina but is also the developer of Vistazul condos.

Here is the Athala.

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One of the most luxurious Galapagos cruises.

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Buyers of a Vistazul condo can have a Galapagos cruise free.

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You can get details on the condos here.

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This free Galapagos cruise can be on Kjetil’s newest boat the Nina as well.

For more details contact Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Gary

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Ecuador Beach Condo Update


Vistazul beach condos offer great value.

Here is an update.

These condos offer great value and come with a club membership at Palmazul Boutique Hotel & Spa.

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This is the Palmazul Boutique Hotel and Spa which is also the Vistazul club house right at the condo project.  You can enjoy massages, swimming pool, tennis.

There is a children’s play ground and…

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Here are children of two of the first families with children who have condos at Vistazul.

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You can enjoy fine dining overlooking the beach.

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There are also several Vistazul condo resales offered at $89,000.  The benefit of these resales is that the units are finished. You can move in or begin renting any time… right now.

Here is an update on the Vistazul project.    Units 101 t0 1o5 are  now 60% complete and 103 is available as a resale at $89,000 including club membership.

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Here is the front of units 101 to 105.

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Here is unit 102 that when finished and ready to move in will be available at the same price… $89,000. (or $79,000) for Ecuador Living subscribers.

Here are the unfinished units in Building two…

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and six.

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Here is the site plan.

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Every unit has a sea view from the roof and of course great sunsets.

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Let me walk you around the project with these pictures so you can tie the units and progress to the sketch above.

Here is a shot from the Palmazul hotel which is also the condo development’s clubhouse which sits right on the beach.

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The first building you see on the left is Block #1.  This block is 133 steps to the beach…just a bit over the distance of a football field.  I counted the steps myself!

Block #3, is  done.  There is one resale here at $89,000.

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Phase one of the project has 38 units in total.

Learn how to subscribe to Ecuador Living and save $10,000 and much more.

Kjetil can be reached at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Patience is a great virtue in business and investing.

Gary

Join us at an upcoming Ecuador or North Carolina conference or tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Ecuador Property & Water


Ecuador property values are dramatically affected by water supply.

Some parts of Ecuador have great… even special waters like Chachimbiro Thermal Springs which are just over the mountain from our El Meson hotel in Cotacachi.

This is a wonderful natural place where we can celebrate and immerse ourselves in the pure water of Ecuador. When we visit the waters of Chachimbiro early morning weekdays, we are the only people there.

Cotacachi has good water as well… that comes from springs fed by the ice from Mount Cotacachi and Mount Imbabura.

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Our hotel staff at Meson de las Flores ozonates the hotel’s water  supply so Merri and I drink out of the tap.

Plus there are numerous lakes near by like Lake Cuicocha.

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and high mountain lakes.

Lake Donoso is above Cotacachi at 12,000 feet.

However, in general, the water service quality in Ecuador is suspect.

Water supply services are often interrupted and are well below standard, particularly in poor outlying areas.  According to Wikipedia in 30% of the urban areas, there is no treatment of superficial potable water. 92% of waste water is discharged without any kind of treatment.

The outlook for improvement is not great either.  According to a 2004 sustainability study only 13% of the water systems are considered sustainable.

So when looking at Ecuador property, but sure to check the availability of water.

On Ecuador’s coast for example many villages do not have a piped water system. Water is delivered in trucks like this.

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The water delivered in this way is pretty good and inexpensive (drivers are not paid a lot and obviously not much is spent on the trucks).  However water sources are always worth checking.

Don’t rely on what you are told on paper either. Make sure the supply is real. We made an offer on one farm… being told there was a huge water supply.  We were shown the papers proving the supply existed and we hiked up to see the enormous beautiful spring itself.  However,  further research showed that the local community had always objected and had disturbed the pipeline.

This is one reason I like the Vistazul condo project. They have their own wells and have placed a huge water tank at the top of the cliffs behind the condos for excellent water pressure.

Here are delegates on our last Ecuador coastal real estate tour going over to look at the Vistazul model which is 75% complete.

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For more details on the Vistazul beach condo project contact  Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

This is one reason I also like the Arboretto Mindo property project developed by Dr. Andres Cordova and Carlos Tobar.

Water in this area is plentiful plus Andres and Carlos have made a great effort to make this a successful green project that is in tune with the environment and the water. The Mindo Project has now taken a qualitatively superior dimension and is poised to become a statement project for Ecuador and beyond.

Here are plans for houses on water at the project.

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Arboretto also has a wonderful river flowing through it.

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For more details on water at the Arboretto Mindo property project contact  Carlos Tobar at cetobar@yahoo.com

Here are more shots of Lake Donoso… water…  recreation…. sport.

Ecuador is a land of great beauty.  There is plenty of water but…

be sure that some of that water is…

in the area…

where you buy.

We have been recommending investing in water for the past ten years or so. Water is important. This belief has good numbers to support it.

  Investments in water have outranked most other investment sectors.

  There are other solid reasons to invest in water:

 The first is obviously supply and demand. Water will become scarcer in the future because there is a growing global population that will consume and pollute more water.

Increased government regulations about water create opportunity.

Opportunities exist in many areas of the water industry from bottling to replacing water infrastructures to water line and water main replacements that create growth in pipe companies.

The increasing demand, reduced supply and enhanced value of water worldwide is a most basic fundamental even more important than oil!

When you invest in real estate… in Ecuador… or anywhere check the water supply before you buy.

Gary

Learn more about Ecuador real estate and investing in water at our courses and tours.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 4-8  Ecuador Export Tour

July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

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Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador

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Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Ecuador Beach Condo Party


An Ecuador beach condo party could create a free Galapagos tour for you.

There has been a lot of bad economic news the last year.

A New York Times headline last week announced:

U.S. Economy Contracted at 3.8% Annual Pace in Fourth Quarter

Though the Commerce Department’s preliminary figure for gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2008 showed the greatest decline in more than 26 years, economists had forecast much worse.

The bad news is not for everyone. Life is good down here on the Equator.  A recent message Ecuador Business Passion explained why our Ecuador business is growing by leaps and bounds almost every month.

So it is not a great surprise that I can now announce that the Vistaazul Ecuador beach condo project is sold out…almost.

Originally the project was planned for 62 units at three price levels.

We announced this a year ago and as of yesterday all, but two of the low priced units were sold… and the two had been sold… but the economic correction has caused some buyers to back out.

This calls for a celebration and in fact Vistazul owners get to participate in an almost unbelievable celebration. I’ll explain in a moment. First let me share one more opportunity.

Merri and I have have spent the last week relaxing at Vistazul.  While there, I spent considerable time with the developer and owner of the project Kjetil Haugan.

When Kjetil began this development a year ago, our advice was that readers would be especially interested, if he could keep the price for a 1,200 square foot unit with beach views below $80,000.

He followed that recommendation and we were right. The entire project was purchased almost entirely by our readers.

So while on this trip, Kjetil listened to two more recommendations we made which were:

#1: Hold off on the higher elevation higher priced units…for now.
Building costs are higher on the upper units and I believe the success at Vistaazul has come from keeping prices affordable.

#2: Build more of the lower priced $79,000 units. Prices, due to inflation, have risen and recent units were offered at $84,900.  However there was space for five more units at a lower level (but nearer the beach).

He agreed.  Keeping with the plan of spacious and lush gardens did not give Kjetil much additional room…but he has added five more condos….and dropped the price to $79,000.

Here is the site plan.  Please excuse the rough sketch but I wanted you to understand what is happening.   This sketch is all I have.

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This leaves seven units for sale..the two not sold and the five new Kjetil has added which will be block six.

Let me walk you around the project so you can tie the units and progress to the sketch above.

Here is a shot from the Palmazul hotel which is also the condo development’s clubhouse which sits right on the beach.

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The first building you see on the left is block one… seven units in all. Merri and I have units in each block.   Unit 102 is ours.   Units 103 and 104 belong to our daughters, Fran and Ele.  This block is 133 steps to the beach…just a bit over the distance of a football field.  I counted the steps myself to see.

Here is a close up of block one from the front.

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from the back.

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Block one is finished, waiting only for final trim and landscaping.

The block you see behind and slightly to the right  is Block 5.

Here is block five in more detail…about 75% complete.

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Merri and I have block 503.

Block three, like block one, is mostly done. Here is block three.

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Merri and I have unit 303 and 305. We are getting ready to furnish these for rental along with units 102-103 and 104.

Block four is in the rear of the project and is about 25% complete. Here it is. Merri and I have block 403.

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Block two (we have unit 207) and the new block six  are about to begin.  Kjetil has a crew coming in to finish and the balance of the project will take nine months.  Two units in block two are unsold and now there will be the five new units in block six.  This will create a project of  38 units in total.

There is also a re sale available… but this is priced a bit higher…as you can see below.

Now for the celebration… and the condo owners have quite a bit to celebrate…   an entire project started, sold out in a year and targeted for completion nine months from now. A success in the worst economic times in decades.

Kjetil and his wife not only own the Vistaazul project and the Palmazul Hotel (which is also the Vistazul clubhouse)… they also are the largest Galapagos tour agents and own two amazing Galapagos cruise boats. See Haugan Cruises to see their vessels.

An eight day tour on these luxury Catamarans costs as much as $4,390 and a four day cruise $2,230.

Condos owners are lucky because to celebrate the success at Vistaazul Kjetil is giving a four day party… on his boat… in the Galapagos… FREE to condo owners.

We are not sure of the date yet.   The normal price of such a tour is  $2,230.   Yet Kjetil has set aside his  yacht Athala for four days and is inviting condo owners (one person per condo owned) to enjoy the this Galapagos cruise.   This is a $2,230  savings.

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Buyers of the last six units can also join the party.

There are no tricks either. These cruises include all meals, all guided trips, soft drinks, coffee, etc.

There is even more.  Kjetll knows that not every owner can come on the dates that will be set… Those who cannot will not have to miss the party either.   Kjetil will provide them… on a space available basis… with a free four day Galapagos cruise as well.

That is value… a condo just yards (I stepped this off.  Unit one is 133 steps to the beach) from the beach… $79,000.  Club membership in Palmazul… normally $5,000… waived… plus a free Galapagos cruise.

Kjetil can be reached at kjetil@haugancruises.com

I have mentioned before…but want to add once more that I have no financial interest in Palmazul or Vistazul other than as property owner myself.  I am not paid a commission  nor any financial remuneration for the sale of these units.  I am an condo owner myself and gain as the project becomes more popular.  Otherwise I gain no compensation whatsoever when these units are sold.

Units available are:

Unit #     Details     Price         Club          Total price

201          Resale  $84,500     $5,000      $89,500

205         New     $79,000     Waived       $79,000

206        New     $79,000      Waived       $79,000

601        New     $79,000      Waived       $79,000

602       New     $79,000      Waived       $79,000

603       New    $79,000      Waived       $79,000

604       New   $79,000       Waived      $79,000

605       New   $79,000      Waived       $79,000

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi and on Ecuador Coast in March.

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

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

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

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

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

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

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

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

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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

Ecuador Business Passion


Ecuador offers the  opportunity to add the power of passion in a new business that allows you to live anywhere in the world.

A recent message looked at the low cost of Ecuador living and warned about loving in Ecuador because it is so easy to fall in love with the people and the country here in Ecuador.

There is so much here as this shot of Crucita, Ecuador shows …the warm-but-cool enough-to-sleep-under-blankets weather… the wide empty beaches… the clean ocean… the sweet people… the simplicity of life.

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This could be a good time to return to this simpler way of living because the economic correction up north is breaking down  the old complex order there.

We see this economic shift every day now.

A New York Times  article last Wednesday entitled  Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy by Catherine Rampell says:  Companies across the board are resorting to mass job cuts, suggesting that employers expect a long downturn.

Another article said:  Microsoft Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs  The announced cuts, about 5 percent of Microsoft’s work force, are fallout from a slowdown in sales amid the global recession.

We see economic problems in Ecuador as well.

We were just informed that the rose grower who has been supplying us has gone bankrupt here.  The US bought 30% less roses than the year before.  This is hard for the Ecuadorian workers who will be left without jobs.  The agent who handles our account is looking for another source of roses but we are not processing rose orders at this time until we find a sure source.

This, however, creates Ecuador opportunity in three ways.

First, the global economic problems means you an live in Ecuador for less! I am dong as series of interviews with couples who have moved to Ecuador and the common theme is that they can live well on less than $1,000 a month.

One Canadian couple who have moved to Vistaazul told me yesterday, “Our Canadian retirement pension pays us $2,300 a month. We live on $700 a month and save the rest!”

Living at Vistazul is not a sacrifice either! Here are some shots of the view I enjoy when I run my internet business from our Vistazul apartment.

I usually start at 6 am in the morning on my balcony… enjoying surf sounds and the ocean breeze.

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Our living room enjoys the same view…  as does…

ecuador-passion our bedroom.

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You can learn more about low cost, Ecuador, beach-front living, in brand new condos at Vistazul from Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

Second, this economic shift creates new Ecuador business opportunities. The end of one order begins a new way of life served by new businesses.  For example, our business is booming.  Our sales are up 52.89% in 2008 over 2007.  Our January 2009 sales are up 101.63% over January 2008!

Why, when so many businesses are slowing down everywhere, do some thrive?

This new opportunity comes from the third economic benefit…  a growing social-economic  awakening that makes life and business more fulfilling. I see this in the way our readers write to me.  Many more people are asking “How can I do more… help more…  feel better?“… rather than “How can I have more?”

They have more concern about  passion in business rather than just money.

We can see the power of this business passion in another recent message that outlined how our daughter Eleanor has excelled in what others call tough times.

She has built a London performing arts school that she bought into one that specializes in getting students auditions and roles in London West End shows.

Ele started as an entrepreneur early.  She is just 27 years old and her school is a franchised operation…one of about 600.  She is one of the youngest owners yet has one of the top ten busiest schools.

The reason for her success is the enormous energy and passion she puts into her business.  Another reason for  her success is she has a growing reputation for getting her students professional roles in the London theater.

She currently has eight of her students working in London’s West End.

Two are in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium on Argyll Street.

Two are in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Savoy on the Strand.

One is  in Disney’s, Lion King, at the Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street.

One is in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

This success has come because she has such passion for her work that she gives free extra talent lessons.  She brings students to her home and coaches them for the auditions and works with them personally.

This new business passion attitude is seen in an email that Ele just sent to us.

Hi Dad,  Just to let you know I had another kid get into the new hit musical ‘Oliver’ today.  This boy was in trouble at school and had to leave and was going down hill…I met him while walking my dog Jack (his mum walks with me in park) and noticed he had a great face for the performing arts..so I said would he like to come for some free classes at mine which he did and he had a great voice.

I then worked with him over several months and put him up for Oliver. He then had 3 recalls and finally I got the call to say he got the part today!! Hopefully this will now  give him focus when before he was getting bored and frustrated at school.

Also I have 4 Chinese/Filipino students with a final recall on Wednesday for the King and I at the Royal Albert Hall – fingers crossed!

I’m enjoying this side of my work so much that I’m thinking about starting my own children’s agency but with a difference whereby my students get personal one on one coaching from me in preparation for the auditions. No other agency does this..they simply just tell a child when and where the audition is. Anyway lots to research but exciting anyway!   Hope you’re having a good day.”

So remember the following points during this economic correction.

#1: If the global economic contracts 20%…this is terrible.  More than 20% of businesses fold.  This leaves 80% of the businesses working and in better fundamental form.  Labor is easier to find.  More than 20% of the competition is gone.

#2: Do not be afraid to embrace this  changing perspective…away from materialism.. Do not fear looking for greater meanings in life and business.  This is good. Our world… our environment… our society needs this help from business… to move towards authenticity… integrity… towards true help and service.

Turn your passion into profit.  It may be easier t do in Ecuador but wherever this works for you… do it for the fun the fulfillment and the good of humanity as well as the profit.

Gary

Join us in Cotacachi in February when our courses focus on how you can develop your own business passion.

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

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

Sheri Clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley. Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead. Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

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

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

Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

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

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

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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