Because of big value changes, in a moment we’ll look at real estate value in Smalltown USA compared to Ecuador property.
First, the three Ecuador longevity secrets.
Secret #1 is a restricted diet with a reduced caloric intake.
Secret #2 is live with ritual! Those who live extra ordinarily long lives seem to share this common trait. Whatever they do they do in moderation, in a very similar way and with great gusto. For example, if they drink an ounce of whiskey every day, at six o clock, they do not do this at five some days and eight others. They do not have a half ounce one day and two another. They tend to have one ounce at six p.m. every day. This instills discipline, keeps life simple (very important) and allows the body to get used to doing whatever it is it has to do.
Take Chris Mortensen one of the oldest documented men in the 1990s who at 113 said of his weekly cigar, “If you take my weekly cigar away from I am going to die”. The anticipation and ritual of whatever pleasure he received from this was far more life giving than the stress. The world’s oldest documented woman in the 1990s, Jeanne Clement, at age 122 drank cognac and ate a pound of chocolate a week (but never two).
One good ritual is to do EZ exercises that keep all the muscle groups flexible… such as the sun salute.
You can see another example of the Sun Salute See http://www.garyascott.com/images/sunsalute.jpg
Ecuador shamans also exercise their legs. One thing I do when meeting an Ecuador shaman is observe his legs. My experience is that the most knowledgeable taita yatchaks exercise their legs. They believe them to be man’s root to the earth… channels for the earth energy.
I also notice that they walk barefoot a lot.
This taita yatchak is very elderly but his leg muscles are still highly developed and he is easily walking on rocks.
So… whenever we can, Merri and I take off the insulation between us and earth and walk barefoot.
An EZ leg exercise taught to me by an Ecuador shaman is called the Llama Walk.
helps strengthen the legs.
Bend one knee to touch the heel of the other foot, but…
do not perform too many to start. Otherwise you may have some very sore legs the next day.
Remember start EZ.
Longevity Secret #3 is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed. One of the most important features found in societies where residents are long lived is that old age is revered.
People at age 100, even 110 can still active and working!
I collect stories of long lived people… such as Max Zimmer of Los Angeles who came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill. At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business.
This is one reason why Merri and I focus on turning passions into profit!
Having something fun and interesting to do every day that also erases financial worries makes it fun to remain alive.
The greatest asset of all, is the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth. This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.
Today’s message was posted much later than the norm because all last week we were in Oregon helping my sister and daughter get my mom out of the hospital system where she has been since April. We were pretty busy taking her to assisted living homes, buying her new furniture and getting her moved from her house of 42 years to her new apartment. We managed to get this all in and send my message at its normal time, but finally yesterday the Portland-LA-Cincinnati-Tri Cities trip threw us off schedule.
I mention this because I am sure that many of you who love Ecuador (or the idea of living abroad) have many ties (as we do) here in the US. So it takes time to make your move or the best you can do is to live abroad (as we do) part time.
Though we have always lived a global life, last February I wrote in an article Ecuador Shamans & Truth, why Merri and I are redirecting some of our focus back to the US from Ecuador.
Never Fear! The US, especially Small Town USA, is a great place to be. Fortunately we sold all of our Florida property at the top of the market, in March 2007, so since this spring we have been looking to buy back a winter home.
There have been some substantial changes in real estate value since 2007 as you will see below.
We find that Florida real estate prices are still falling!
Merri writes about this process and one house we have been tracking.
This house is in Winter Haven, Florida.
On the Road again…
For all of you out there who continue to ask, “Bought anything yet in Florida?”…the answer is NO.
We’ve had a few blips on the screen with necessary trips to Oregon for Gary’s mom and courses that we’ve conducted plus our daughter, Francesca, home from Africa for a visit. Then Jacob, just finishing up law school, came over to NC for the summer.
It’s been a busy time but a good and productive one…but absolutely no time for house hunting.
We really are serious about buying that home on the lake in Florida…and we do have to have it by November. I’ve been feeling guilty and a little nervous because there was no time to spend on the search.
Today, I finally had a tiny bit of time and jumped right back in.
Here’s what I discovered, of the original 21 we were considering from April, only one is sold or for some reason is off the market….nothing really lost there for sure.
The others have dropped in price since I’ve been looking $50,000, $70,000, $100,000, $300,000 and one a whopping $495,000!
Hey, I ceased berating myself for not spending enough time on this situation.
Here’s one below which we will not be buying as Gary would rather be on a smaller lake rather than this extremely large lake but wow is it beautiful and look at the price!
We looked at it in April and thought the neighborhood was charming, wonderful for long private walks (Interlaken) and it has a feeling of being a settled neighborhood. We loved the features of this house with its guest quarters (something high on our list), boat dock, and ambiance.
When I first spotted it, it reminded me of a house that we knew and loved tucked on a hillside in the French Rivieria…charming, low key and so so pretty. (Actually, I fell in love with this house at its original offering price of $599,000.)
Lake view and dock.
It’s in Winter Haven in Central Florida which offers proximity to Tampa Airport (an excellent small airport with kindness and frequent flights) and not too far from Orlando Airport. The town of Winter Haven is filled with lakes and seems very pleasant. The county boasts 554 lakes and the famous Chain of Lakes…16 navigable together. Winter Haven is also 146′ above sea level. SmallTown USA with less than 25,000 people.
The house is situated on huge corner lot with 13,000 + sq.’ and the house (although not huge) has that wonderful guest quarters!
Here it is…straight out of a James Bond movie…at the new this morning’s price of $369,000 which probably could translate into $299,000.
I believe this is good value.
View of the lake from one of the patios.
I like the broker a lot, Christiana Bulow, who sent it to me. She is very good about listening to what you like, and then sending you EVERY single listing in your area of choice that fits your requirements. Also, you can just click on your “Favorites” and she’ll keep those and do exactly what she did this morning, send me one of my Favorites with a Reduced Price! It’s fun and helpful to just look at each one of them…I saved this one on her easy to use system back in April…also from a distance this helps to learn a lot.
Her service is a concierge service…very unique and interesting…which offers a number of great details including a free moving truck, free termite inspection and a Buyer’s Guarantee.
You can reach Christina Bulow: Christinafirstname.lastname@example.org Her phone # is (863) 207-3929.
Maybe you’ll love this one…sorry we do love it and of course Gary loves the price but it’s the wrong situation for us…so I’ll keep looking and report back! Merri
Here is the change in value we need to consider now. In 2007 the house above would probably have cost a million dollars. Since 2007 real estate prices in Ecuador have risen as they have dropped in the US.
This is not to say that Ecuador no longer has good real estate value. More work in finding good prices on Ecuador real estate is required. For example yesterday’s message South Ecuador Beach Property looks at how to have a beach condo for $35,000. Yet this is a riskier start up way to own real estate.
This is not to say that Ecuador does not offer a much lower cost of living… better climate… a happier gentler lifestyle… just one must continually examine value… and now Florida real estate prices may be comparable to real estate prices in Ecuador.
Whether you head south to Ecuador or just to Florida we wish you longevity and good value!
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Here are comments from one group who just conducted a seminar at our hotel in Ecuador wrote about the way we help: Wow. We had such an amazing time in Ecuador. That includes me, my colleague Jackie, the instructors, and all of the attendees. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, and really, we owe it to you and El Meson for making it all run smoothly. We felt so welcomed and well-treated. Thank you.I’d also like to say that both Mauricio and Alberto went out of their way to make sure we felt comfortable. The bus was always there for us when we were to leave, they hopped to it whenever we wanted to plan something, they made suggestions for things to do in town, and were very gracious and pleasing to be around. Mauricio was particularly helpful when it came to making trips to nearby villages. He was open and sharing with information about the ceremonies and ways of life of the Kichwa, and always willing to answer questions. What a privilege for us, and a real delight. I’m hoping we’ll get to stay at Meson again some time. Thanks again.
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