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Loja Condo for Sale


This Loja condo for sale is interesting because we have seen an upswing in interest in the Loja Ecuador real estate market.

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View from Loja Ecuador condo for sale.

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The paid advertisement below is for  a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo with living room, dining room, and kitchen.

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The kitchen has been upgraded with granite counters and extra cabinets.

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Total area for the apartment is 1,453 sq feet or 135 sq meters.

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It is located just 5 blocks from the central square in Loja.

The building was built six years ago.

The apartment has covered parking.

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The apartment is located on the second floor and there is an elevator in the building.  The apartment has a beautiful view of the city and it is located in a very safe area of Loja.

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There is a den with build in cabinets.

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This Loja Ecuador condo also has washer/dryer inside the unit.

The asking price is $110,000. For information, you can write to javier200@hotmail.com or call  561-306 0210.

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

 

LUXURY in Budget Friendly ECUADOR


Here is luxury in budget  friendly  Ecuador.

This is a paid advertisement.

Ecuador is a great investment choice with deeded property ownership in one of the most pristine and diverse Democratic Republics  in South America. Ecuador is a top tourist destination and tourism has doubled in just the past few years. Demand for property has remained strong while many world markets have suffered. Property is being purchased for retirement, investment, second homes, primary homes, and rental property. We have seen incredible price increases over the past few years, yet the real estate market is still VERY affordable . NOW is the time to purchase and get North American standards for South American prices.

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3500 sq. ft. custom home, just before final painting and landscaping

At  Grand Palmas, our lot prices start at US $21,900 , and LARGE Beachfront lots are priced at just $129,900!  With fantastic Pacific Ocean and/or mountain views , all lots will be fully serviced with private roads, water pipes, electricity, Internet and cell phone service. We feel that our area in Ecuador is positioned for some of the greatest appreciation in the country for some very compelling reasons, and it seems International Living, Pathfinder International, Live and Invest Overseas, Barefoot Wanderer, and Escape Artist (some of the leading foreign living and travel sites in the world)  agree  with us.

Ecuador has announced the addition of a 3rd international airport in Manta, on the coast, and it is scheduled to begin construction soon. That is in addition to the New airport in Quito which is now OPEN!  The highway between Ecuador’s capital, Quito, and the coastal city of Manta is nearing completion with 4 lanes!  Ecuador’s electrical systems are being updated and new fiber optic cable has been run along the coast in our area. Our stretch of coast in Ecuador is where the mountains reach the sea leading to dramatic scenery. We offer home sites a short walking distance from the beach with breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, truly beautiful mountain views and everything in between. All Grand Palmas sites will be ready to build your dream home for vacation, second home or rental.

www.grandpalmasecuador.com

A 1 day  Grand Palmas weekend conference is scheduled for February 15th 2014 in Orlando , FL. There is no cost to attend this 1 day seminar that will provide valuable information to anyone thinking of buying property or relocating to Ecuador. We have a great real estate team that will be at your service to answer all your questions and discuss available lots and cover many of  the questions that you may have. Please contact us today to reserve your spot for this educational and informative seminar. Tours will soon begin to show off our spectacular Pacific Coast area for those that wish to see more and visit Ecuador.

Please contact us for further information and tour schedule. Our office in Puerto Cayo  is open Monday – Friday directly on the 67 acre property , to welcome our clients and potential clients. Please schedule a visit. 


 Land is still very affordable in our area. Home sites start at only $21,900. We offer luxury custom home building services with U.S  and Canadian  standards and specifications. 
The cost of living in Ecuador is significantly less than in the US, especially health care costs and property taxes. My family, wife and I with 2 children , moved to Ecuador during the Summer of 2008 and found a wonderful location and community of people in Puerto Cayo. We  have been able to live very well on around $1250 per month ………..  That is only $ 15,000 per year for a family of 4. That includes a part-time gardener and house keeper. Luxury Living is well within your reach at Grand Palmas.  With community pool , clubhouse , tennis court , and many more amenities, you will be able to be as active and social as you wish .

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1600 sq. ft. home with roof top terrace

Some of our clients are ready to build their Dream Home and move ASAP.  While others have a 3 to 5 year plan . Lastly ,some buyers are excited about the low cost of such amazing lots and are purchasing for investment purposes.  Now is the time to buy!

The prices in Ecuador will do the same as what we have seen over the years in other Ocean front communities and Latin Countries ……….. “ They will continue to Soar “.

The cost of living in Ecuador is lower than most South American countries yet the quality of life is exponentially greater.  High quality assets provide more enjoyment and tend to appreciate. Even in bad economies, Ocean front land and beachfront communities are rarely affected.
Thank you for taking the time to view our information regarding  Grand Palmas and we hope you will stop by our web site.         www.grandpalmasecuador.com

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Our site is very interactive and will supply you with up to date  information that we hope you will find helpful. We hope to offer some new insights into why  Ecuador should be  everyone’s 1st  choice as a place to investigate before choosing to purchase property overseas. Making the decision to purchase property in a foreign country is not an easy decision  and there is virtually an unlimited amount of information available. I recommend that, if possible,  you take the time to make a trip to attend our  no cost , “2014 Ecuador Conference ” in Orlando FL . This is a 1 day event on February 15th .

Or visit our development, ask questions and see if the decision is right for you. We are confident that you won’t be disappointed.

Contact us today for complete details and to see our Promotions!
www.grandpalmasecuador.com

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

Tax Angles & Quantum Wealth


A reader asked the question about tax angles and the question led to thoughts about quantum wealth.

Yesterday’s message Quantum Wealth Evolution pointed out that when we do what we love we enjoy greater success.

Having tax efficiency is a big part of quantum wealth.

Below is one of the best ways to earn and legally avoid tax.

First, the reader’s question.

Dear Gary,  May I ask your opinion?

It used to be that owning income real estate in the US was the best tax shelter, unless one owned a business.

What, in your opinion, is the best type of investment today that provides a dependable income and a tax shelter? (if I can find the right investment type, I need to boost my income by ~ $1000 per month and yet have it shelter most, if not all, of this increase in income)

Thank you very much.

I’ll answer the tax question in a moment.  First, let’s outline the history behind the answer.

Recently a friend, Don Mahoney, sent me this note. Don, Merri and I go way back… over 20 years.  We do not see each other very often.  It’s funny.  Our paths seem to always narrowly miss… yet we always seem to be on the same track.

Don wrote:

Might I beg a favor?

Dear Family and Friends,

I have embarked on a very challenging journey and would like to ask your help. I’ve bought a house in upstate New York. It’s a historic house, known as The Andrew Mann Inn in the Town of Unadilla, New York, in Otsego County, on the Susquehanna River. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built around 1795 by an architect named James DeCalvin, it was designed to be an inn to serve the Catskill Turnpike, which terminated in Unadilla. Apparently it was one of the first homes built in the area.

The reason I’m asking for help is that the house is now in utter disrepair, and if nothing is done within one or two more years it will be beyond saving. Some parts of it are already beginning to collapse. Some parts are even unsafe. I figure it will take a good three to five years and a few hundred thousand dollars to renovate it. The banks won’t loan on it and there is virtually no state or federal money available (wonder why?). So I’ll have to pay cash on the barrelhead for every nail.

So I decided I’m not too proud to ask for help. Whatever I get I get. The local media has said they’ll cover it when I get up there from Florida, so I’ll probably get a little support from the area. It’s a magnificent building, and dates almost to the Revolutionary War. I invite you to take a look at the website, and if you’re in the area, dew drop inn. My friend, Cuban artist Frank Monteavaro, is coming up to help, so he’ll be in the West wing with a working studio. He does everything from painting to sculpture, so it should be interesting. I may set up a little coffee shop while we’re there, too.
Anyway, if you can help with $5 or $10, it’s only a minute to put it through the website, and it goes straight into the house fund.

The whole story and photos are on the website, so drop in and take a look. It used to sit on the main route west from Catskill and Albany. At one point it was the frontier, until development went past it. You can almost hear the horses and wagons that used to pull up there. Ghosts still dancing the minuet in the ballroom.

Thanks for reading, thanks for looking if you do, and many thanks if you donate a couple of dollars. You’ll be helping to put some local craftsmen to work, so they thank you too!  All help is welcome, all media is welcome.

www.AndrewMannInn.com

Thanks again and best wishes,

Donald Mahoney and family

My reply to Don gets down to the essence of quantum wealth… doing what you love… and being tax efficient.  This provides the perfect answer for the reader who wants to reduce tax and earn an extra $1,000 a month.

I replied:

Don,

Way to go!  You are as crazy as I am.  And it seems we keep moving along similar tracks.  Can’t resist old places. We have seminars in them… the old Bel Mido in Tampa… Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock…  Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire are a few. Now we have our Florida seminars in the Lakeside Inn… built and in operation since 1860… a record.

Some delegates hate this… the mustiness and creaky boards.

Yet we cannot get enough of it… restoring the history.

We are currently redoing a big old place… (not so old as yours) in Umatilla, Florida. We have done this all our lives.

I was originally hooked when I bought this old manor house called Forwood near Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire.

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Princess Anne was our next door neighbor at Gatcombe Park. She nearly killed me one day. I was jogging She was riding. There was a blind corner.  Construction there began in the 1500s and ran into Victorian… what a mishmash.  And the cost of Cotswold Stone for the roof. Ahhhh!

Then we redid a 100 year old house in Naples, Florida…. one of the first ten built there.

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We lived there and fixed slowly almost 20 years.

Then two old Blue Ridge farm houses…

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on a creek. We still have this one.
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that emerged from this.
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The crown jewel though has been the 180 year old colonial hotel in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

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This is going strong and profitable…

You would have thought that would be enough but… no… we are doing it again… restoring a 16 acre estate… orange grove and all…we are beginning to look really good here now…

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in central Florida.  This one is not so old… but was a wreck anyhow.

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Sometimes we cannot understand ourselves!  Doing these crazy things but an old friend once wrote to me and explained when I told him about our latest restoration venture: “I love the metaphor. It echoes your and Merri’s stated love of old things and bringing them into service!”

Maybe that’s it… bring old things back into service… old houses. ancient knowledge about better living… even old hotels to live better in.  There is a bug… more than a cockroach… in our bonnet somewhere.  Plus it is fun and pays its way as well.

Anyway, there you have it… we have old places in North Carolina, Florida and Ecuador right now…. all brought from wrack and ruin to serving quite well.

Yours is a worthy cause and I’ll write about this if you like in our Smalltown USA focus.  We have a over 20,000 readers so perhaps it’ll help.

Any ideas on what to say and coordination welcome.

Regards,

Gary

Merri and I love fixing up old places… finding good bones… restoring the flesh and adding our touch. Obviously Don Mahoney does as well.  This is a great way to earn extra income if you love real estate and bring old things back into service.

And the US government in its infinite wisdom has made the process of doing this tax free.

I have told each of my children… if they love the idea that the most tax efficient way to live is to buy an old house… live in it and fix it.. then sell it after two years.  Capital gains (up to $250,000) on your residence is tax free.  Where else can you earn $125,000 a year and not owe a penny of income or capital gains tax?

A variation in the theme is to do as we have done in Ecuador. Buy an old hotel or B&B… live in it… fix it up and rent.  You have some tax to pay then… but  not that much.

There are three keys in the beautiful melody of this theme… love…  value and tax savings.

If you love fixing up… there are incredible values on the real estate market now. It is difficult to sell new homes in good shape… much less places with problems.  You get extra low prices and yet can increase value dramatically with your energy and a can of paint!  Few outlays bring as much return on investment as a small… a few bucks a gallon… investment in Sherwin Williams, Behr or Valspar.

The tax benefits are a great added bonus.

Flexibility is another big benefit for those of us who love to be fixer uppers. Here we are…Merri and me… in our North Carolina heaven… our Florida lakeside grove and in Ecuador in the mountains and on the sea.  You can do what you love and earn… tax free or on a low tax basis almost anywhere!

See more about this idea in Ecuador.

Real estate in Ecuador can also offer tax advantages. See a Mindo Ecuador house for sale here.

Gary

How We Can Serve You

Ecuador Singles


Ecuador Singles are very safe in many parts of Ecuador.

A reader recently sent this note. Hello Gary,  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all your emails on Ecuador.  I would love to visit you when I have some funds available, and because of the economy my funds are non existent for travel now.  I have been told by several people and particularly by a Panamanian friend (female), that Ecuador is very dangerous because of the Colombian drug situation.  Crime is big and is it dangerous for a single female such as myself, to go there.

Here is my reply.  There is a popular misconception that Ecuador is a dangerous place.

This is like saying New York City  is a dangerous place.  Sure there is danger in some parts of New York. My research suggests that if you are in Manhattan and go to East and Central Harlem it can be a bit sketchy. Ditto for Washington Heights.   In Brooklyn, East New York, Brownsville and Crown Heights may not be good places to stroll at night.

Yet overall New York City has the lowest crime rate among the ten largest cities in the United States.  Since 1991, the city has seen a continuous fifteen-year trend of decreasing crime.

Then there are those who know what to do and are safe even in dangerous places. One site I researched said of East Harlem:  I have an uncle, who lived with his wife in one of the housing projects in East Harlem and manage to raised three children there since living there in the 80’s and 90’s. But he just moved out about a year ago. He said that the changes in the area got much better after the 2000’s. He said, he would stay, but they already had saved enough money and already buy property in Puerto Rico.

This is true of Ecuador as well. There are places you won’t find me walking around and I pretty well know what to do… how to look out.  I have only been robbed three times in 41 years of global travel… once in London and twice in the US… all at home or within two blocks of home.

Yet many parts of Ecuador are far safer than in North America.  We have dozens of single women readers who have moved from the US and Canada now living in Ecuador and have never heard a single complaint. They are probably safer in Ecuador than in most US cities.

I have written about this extensively at this site. If you have concerns please search the phrase “ecuador crime” at this site.  You will see numerous recent articles we have published.

There is also a good BBC article about crime in South America.  You will notice that the article does not mention Ecuador as one of the high crime areas in Latin America.

Ecuador has always seemed like a very safe place to us. We have taken thousands of people to Ecuador and though groups and tourists are always targets for crime… wherever they travel in the world… we have never experienced a violent incident.

From a security point of view one has to be on the lookout for pick pockets in tourist areas but other than that our thousands of readers who have visited Ecuador report few problems…  as mentioned not one incidence of violence.  We advise people at this time not to stay or visit the area of Mariscal Sucre nor go anywhere near the Colombian border or in the province of Esmeraldas.  Crime in Guayaquil in the 14 years we have been there was once bad but due to government measures is not as bad now.  Parks in Quito have trouble with theft and the like and it is good to just avoid these areas.

Our site covers our thoughts on risk extensively.

Here are links to just a few of the numerous articles we have posted about Ecuador safety.

www.garyascott.com/2008/12/02/3062.html

www.garyascott.com/2009/05/09/4944.html

www.garyascott.com/2009/03/08/4115.html

www.garyascott.com/2008/12/04/3072.html

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www.garyascott.com/2008/11/22/3001.html

www.garyascott.com/2009/08/22/6303.html

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

This complete service includes our staff being able to provide personal responses to your questions about Ecuador crime.

You can subscribe here

Other services offered include scanning Ecuador newspapers looking for unique properties and put our subscribers directly in touch with sellers … thus avoiding brokerage fees.

We also help our subscribers by asking developers (since we are not brokers and do not to accept real estate commissions) to provide discounts to our subscribers if they buy property.

For example, one Quito property seller is offering a $10,000 discount to our subscribers on a spectacular Quito condo.

In another example there are 4 buildings at Primavera II in Cotacachi. The first building has condos at $46,500.

Ecuador Living subscribers can subtract 2% off most of the prices of most new units at Primavera.

In another case the Vistazul condos north of Manta provides our subscribers a $10,000 savings plus a free Galapagos cruise.

Helping subscribers find real estate is only one part of our service.  If you have an interest in traveling, investing, living, buying property or doing business in Ecuador a subscription to Ecuadorliving.com brings many benefits.

One huge benefit in using our service versus relying on brokers or travel agents is that we are not trying to sell real estate. For our modest subscription you get our honest opinion based on 40 years of international business and 13 years of living, traveling and doing business in Ecuador.

Ecuador Living subscribers gain access to our extensive contacts plus share the input from over 18,000 subscribers who continually let us know what they see hear and experience good and bad. We conduct real estate tours to help our subscribers learn Ecuador’s real estate market in the most efficient way.

There are three sources of more than 1000 pages of free information about Ecuador please see www.garyascott.com and www.successguidelines.com/ecuador_real_estate/index.htm and www.ecuadorliving.com

Our Ecuador Living service goes beyond this free information.  You can subscribe here

Regards,

Gary

Join us in Ecuador or Florida or Both. See the best Ecuador property for you.  Find the best real estate offers.  Know more of Ecuador. To help you experience a bigger adventure in this wonderful nation, to broaden your horizons, to expand your awareness of all Ecuador offers, we are providing deep discounts in 2010 for those who sign up for multiple tours.

Join us at our upcoming courses and tours.

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

Join us in 2010. See our winter Ecuador real estate tours below.

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

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

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.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

6 seminars courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,999

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Ambato Ecuador Real Estate Tour


Ambato Ecuador Real Estate Tour Free

A recent message contained an advertisement for Ambato apartments and condos for sale.

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Ambato Ecuador condos and commercial shops… Ecuador income producing property for sale.

Ambato is one of Ecuador’s important cities but has been largely ignored by expats.  This gives readers a chance to have income producing real estate at a lower price than you’ll typically find in Quito, Cuenca or Cotacachi.

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These are Ambato condos and income producing properties with this view.

Because of Ecuador’s  growing real estate market, you can enjoy an Ambato, Ecuador real estate tour free.

Yesterday’s message on Cuenca real estate showed how much global attention Ecuador real estate is gaining.   As the Ecuador real estate market booms, we are doing as much as we can, as a small company, to help our readers gain an entire view of this wonderful Andean country.  We have added Ecuador real estate tours in three new locations and expanding our staff and contacts throughout Ecuador.

For 2010 we have added Cuenca real estate tours, Quito/Mindo real estate tours and south coast Ecuador real estate tours as well as the Imbabura real estate tours and Ecuador mid coast real estate tours we have conducted  for several years.

We have been conducting Ecuador real estate tours about a decade longer than anyone else…  yet it takes time to develop a structure to provide Ecuador real estate tours everywhere so when Eddie Santamaria, the Ecuadorian living in York who placed this ad suggested offering a tour to see his condos and apartments.  We thought, “Why not?” and suggested he offer a tour after our January Cuenca tour.

Eddy replied:  I believe that Ambato provides great opportunity.   Let’s do this:  Tell me what the expenses, for a van and driver are and I will pay for them.

I can make arrangements with Hotel Ambato so everyone is well taken care of with no money coming out of their pockets, including your staff.

What I mean is that I will pay for all of their expenses.  This means that from now on, you can market to all your readers that the tour includes “Ambato tour” with all expenses paid.

Another: If as a result of the tour, any one of those people attending or because they were referred to me and He/She purchases the whole unit, I will give you 3% of the sale.

How does the above sound to you?  Please let me know.  It will cost the delegates  nothing and they get everything.  And, do not forget, “I” will be there along with them.  Also, I will make myself present in Cotacachi or San Clemente so you and I can discuss the trip to Ambato.  I’ll do this again in January.  Eddie.

So we agreed except for one thing. We do not accept commissions! So we have asked Eddie to give any delegate or Ecuador Living subscriber a 3% discount on any property purchased.

If you wish to attend this free tour, contact me at gary@garyascott.com

Gary

Here are our upcoming courses and tours.

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

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Eddie’s Ambato Real Estate Tour will be January 25 – 26, 2010 right after our Cuenca real estate tour.  See below.

Join us in 2010. See our winter Ecuador real estate tours below.

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

Eddie’s free Ambato real estate tour will be January 25 – 26, 2010.

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

Join us in February or March.

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

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.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

6 seminars courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,999

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

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

Join us in Ecuador. We can help you see Ecuador real estate.

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

Join us in 2010. See our winter Ecuador real estate tours below.

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

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999

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.
Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.
Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour        $499 Couple $749 or discounted fee for multiple tours below.

Enjoy extra savings with our special early bird fees (if you enroll in November 2009)

2 seminar courses & tours $949 Couple  $1,399

3 seminar courses & tours   $1199 Couple  $1,749

4 seminar courses & tours   $1,399 Couple $2,149

5 seminar courses & tours  $1,599 Couple $2,499

6 seminars courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,999

(Be sure to show in the comments section which courses and tours you are attending)

International Club attend up to 52 courses and tours in 2010 free.

See our entire 2010 seminar and tour schedule here

Ecuador Real Estate Tour Update


We will announce our 2010 Ecuador real estate tours and other seminar schedule this upcoming Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

Do not miss that message as we have 52 seminars and Ecuador real estate tours scheduled in the new year… with many new benefits that make it easier, and less expensive, for you to learn and enjoy everlasting fulfillment and wealth.

Here is the balance of our 2009 Ecuador real estate tour schedule…  plus Blaine Watson’s Beyond Logic and our last Ecuador Shaman Mingo of the year.

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour (SOLD OUT)

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 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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Here is Blaine Watson teaching his February 2009 Beyond Logic course.  He will teach this course again in Cotacachi in December.

We have been conducting Ecuador real estate tours for a decade longer than any others.   Our success has grown because we do not accept commissions on Ecuador estate shown on these tours.   Our goal is to help you know how to find the best deals on  Ecuador real estate.

The pictures below show how we help delegates get an overall view of the Ecuador real estate market.

Delegates see two and three bedroom Andean condos like this.

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with views like this…

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In the $50,000 range.

Large square footage, fixer upper’s like this…

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with large gardens and …

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this view are offered at…

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$30,000… asking.

Delegates view houses on agricultural acreage like this with…

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rental houses and crops…

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in the…

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$79,000 range.

Pure agricultural land with great views is shown.

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We see luxury townhouses at $75,000

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We view mansions…

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inside and…

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out.

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Gated communities are visited.

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Coastal land, houses and condos on the beach… near the beach and with views are seen.

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We see beach front penthouses with these views.

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Ultimate luxury…

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Ecuador beach properties are…

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seen.

Plus rustic houses with…

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perfect beach position are found.  I am told that a delegate purchased this house on our last tour.

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Here it that rustic house, on the right of Merri and me walking the beach with a friend and our hound.

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These brand new beach view condos are $89,000 (some of these nits are mine and are $79,000 for Ecuador Living subscribers).

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We see luxury condos but also rustic beach B&B opportunities like the one below at $60,000… asking.

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We’ll even see commercial Ecuador real estate opportunity like this hotel… and

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even this Ecuador golf course on a lake that is for sale with…

two restaurants.

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with 144 seats and…

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rental units on…

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this lake.

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We hope to serve you well with Ecuador real estate.

Gary

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

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

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

This course can help you create your own internet business.

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

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

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

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

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

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

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

Head south to Ecuador!

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour (SOLD OUT)

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

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

Global Investment Advantage


The big advantage to global investments is that the sun always shines somewhere.

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Follow the sun… and the opportunity… like this (a Galapagos Ecuador sunset actually).  There is opportunity here.  See why below.

Ecuador real estate offers great opportunity, but lets expand our investing view globally… then we’ll see more Ecuador real estate.

Recently, on the anniversary of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, Ben Bernanke said that the US recession is probably over but the economy will remain weak for some time due to unemployment.

He said, “From a technical perspective, the recession is very likely over,”  He said the consensus is the economy is growing yet added that the economy would still feel “very weak” to Americans concerned about job security.   The stock market was not impressed and Wall Street fell  lower.

According to Jyske Global Asset Management, (JGAM) retail sales jumped 2.7% in August, the fastest rise in more than 3 years, but much of the spending came from the “cash for clunkers” boost and “back to school” month related sales. They question if Bernanke is correct.

JGAM also pointed out that the US dollar continued to slide hitting a 2009 low at 1.4748 to the euro while gold rise above $1,000 oz.

JGAM’s managed portfolios have performed very well.  Year–to-date they have risen between 8.7% and 28.7% depending on the risk profile and portfolio.

What can one do?

First, remember that the sun always shines somewhere as evidenced by a September 17, 2009 New York Times article entitled “Recovery Picks Up in China as U.S. Still Ails” by Keith Bradsher.

Here are some excerpts:  Investors’ interest in the real estate market is picking up as economic growth returns across the Chinese economy.

Just eight months ago, thousands of Chinese workers rioted outside factories closed by the global downturn.

Now many of those plants have reopened and are hiring again. Some executives are even struggling to find enough temporary staff to fill Christmas orders.

The image of laid-off workers here returning to jobs stands in sharp contrast to the United States, where even as the economy shows signs of improvement, the unemployment rate continues to march toward double digits.

In China, even the hardest-hit factories — those depending on exports to the United States and Europe — are starting to rehire workers. No one here is talking about a jobless recovery.

Even the real estate market is picking up. In this industrial town 90 miles northwest of Shanghai, prospective investors lined up one recent Saturday to buy apartments in the still-unfinished Rose Avenue complex. Many of them slept outside the sales office all night.

“The whole country’s economy is back on track,” said Shi Yingyi, a 34-year-old housewife who joined the throng. “I feel more confident now.”

The confidence stems from China’s three-pronged effort — a combination of stimulus, liberal bank lending and broad government support for exports.

The Chinese Central Bank said the country’s economy surged at an annualized rate of 14.9 percent in the second quarter. The United States’ economy shrank at an annual rate of 1 percent in that period.

“So often China and the U.S. are mixed together as being in the same situation, and that is totally wrong,” said Xu Xiaonian, an economist in Beijing with the China Europe International Business School.

But with more economic planning than the United States, China has been able to disburse its stimulus much faster, turning it into new rail lines and highways.

The state-controlled banking system here — which breezed through the global financial crisis with minimal losses as American financial institutions reeled — unleashed $1.2 trillion in extra lending to Chinese consumers and businesses in the first seven months of this year. That money is financing everything from a boom in car sales, up 82 percent in August from a year earlier, to frenzied factory construction.

To be sure, not all the laid off workers throughout China have been hired back.

“Some plants reduced worker numbers by 20 to 30 percent, now they hire back 10 percent,” said Stanley Lau, deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, which represents export-oriented factories employing 10 million Chinese workers.

Global investors can kill two birds with one stone… invest in a faster growing economy and diversify out of the US dollar by investing in Chinese equities.

One way to invest in China is with the Jyske Invest China Equities Fund. This fund is available to non US residents and can be contained in portfolios of US residents managed by JGAM.

Jyske Invest recently wrote at its web site:

Market Comments, Q2 2009

Still signs that the economy will improve. For the second quarter, the fund generated a return of 38.01%, outperforming the benchmark by 0.21 percentage point. For the year to date, the fund posted a return of 40.71%, underperforming the benchmark by 1.38 percentage points.

Review

Over the past quarter the economic indicators continued the good trend. The PMI indicator, reflecting the general economic development, has now increased in six out of the latest seven months. When the PMI indicator is above 50, it is an indication that the economy is growing, which was the case in the past three months. The improvement of the economy has occurred earlier than expected.

Consumption indicators also show a positive trend. This is clearly reflected in the fund’s equities within consumption. Prices of several of the fund’s producers of sport equipment and cars such as China Dongxiang and Dongfeng Motor increased in particular.

There are clear indications of a turnaround in the real estate sector. The number of transactions increases sharply and the number of unsold apartments is on the decline. Our allocation to Chinese real estate companies has been high, which had a favourable impact on the relative return.

Outlook

We expect the favourable economic development to continue into the last six months of the year and that the government will continue to pursue a relaxed policy. The risk is that the policy is tightened again, which will adversely affect the equity market.
The market is no longer undervalued. Perhaps the valuation is fairer. A positive economic development and increasing earnings must drive equity prices higher now. The development in earnings estimates will be followed closely.

Jyske Invest adds that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. The value of and return on your investment may fall, and you may not get back the full amount invested.

The fund invests chiefly directly and indirectly in equities issued by companies which are based in China including Hong Kong or which pursue more than 50% of their activities (by sales or production) in China including Hong Kong.

Risk factors

The fund’s investments have a high risk profile and may see substantial fluctuations in the market value of the fund’s assets. The objective is to obtain a higher average return over time.

Performance of the fund for the last five years is below:

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Returns by year.

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Recent major investments.

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An ETF traded on the New York Stock Exchange that investors can use to invest in China is the SPDR S&P China Fund (symbol: GXC).  Any investors can buy this through Jyske or most stock brokers.

This fund aims to track the S&P Citigroup BMI China Index, a market capitalization weighted index that defines and measures the investable universe of publicly traded companies domiciled in China.  This is an easy way to hold the equivalent of a broad spread of Chinese shares.

Here is a chart from finance.yahoo.com showing the movement since inception of this ETF.

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For investors who want to invest in the Chinese yuan but not the Chinese stock market the WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund  Investment ETF  is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: CYB).

This ETF  seeks to earn current income reflecting money market rates in China, as well as provide exposure to the movement of the Chinese Yuan relative to the U.S. Dollar.

For more information US investors can contact Thomas Fischer at Jyske Global Asset Management at fischer@jgam.com

Non US investors contact Rene Mathys at Jyske Bank Private Bank at mathys@jbpb.dk

Investors in China and/or the yuan should exercise caution and recognize that there can be short term volatility.   There are huge amounts of borrowed dollars invested in China and any time there is a wave of fear or profit taking this thinly traded market and the yuan can drop rapidly.  For example in August 2009 18.4%, or nearly 500 billion yuan of the funds in the market were pulled as investors locked in profits on the Chinese stock market.

There had been months of gains, so the sudden pull back was not surprising as doubts about valuations and the sustainability of the economic recovery began to grow with rising prices.   Shanghai’s stock market declined 21.8% in one month.  There can be sudden and sharp pressure any time investors turn cautious.  However after the 21% drop in this market, autumn may be a better time to buy.

There is an Ecuador agricultural opportunity… in the Galapagos.

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Here is an aerial view.

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Stay tuned as I’ll introduce this in an upcoming message.

Gary

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

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

This course can help you create your own internet business.

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

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

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

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

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

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

To make this offer even more compelling,  I am giving everyone who enrolls in our Ecuador International Business & Investing seminar in November all three courses, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,”  “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.

Head south to Ecuador!

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Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

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In Cotacachi the weather is always Spring like.  Here is the village plaza near our hotel Meson de las Flores.

Join us with Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management in Ecuador. Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business at the seminar.

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

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Let our friendly staff at Meson de las Flores serve you.

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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This shorts weather photo was taken from our beach penthouse in February.

December 6-8 Beyond Logic Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

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

Read the entire article “Recovery Picks Up in China as U.S. Still Ails” here

Ecuador Investing & Business Idea


Here is an Ecuador investing and  business ideas for Ecuador or anywhere you live.

In a moment, I am going to show you how to own this 16 room hotel in Otavalo for almost nothing… maybe even free.

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First let’s look at a business idea for this hotel… rootlessness… a growing global problem.

Problems create opportunity so there is business opportunity in rootlessness.

Technology has given mankind the ability to work, live and invest globally… a wonderful benefit.   Yet this mobility has created a problem as well.

One of my messages many years ago (2002) outlined that there would be a growing market for friendship in this modern era.

That message said: The market for friendship has to grow because technology has made society so  mobile. I for example have lost nearly every single really good friend from school.  I haven’t seen most of the friends I grew up with for forty five years. I imagine they still live in Portland, Oregon, but maybe not. They might all have become travelers like myself. Out of a six pack of school buddies, Steve is the only one with whom I keep in touch.

When I moved to North Carolina, I visited the local car mechanic named Jay Dee to have some work done on my 1986 Suzuki Samari Jeep. This is the perfect farm car but often needs work.  Jay Dee’s garage is a barn by his house and local people sort of collect around that barn to shoot the breeze, spit a little tobacco and talk over old times. “Remember old Johnny Blevins and that time he threw you in the creek,” one of them might say. “Well darn that must a been fifty years ago.”

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My Samari… 23 years old and only 62,000 original miles.

I love being with these wonderful mountain people and their easy going, friendly ways. They have such deep roots and ties and are comfortable and at ease with their friends. They know who they are, where they are and who their friends are because they have been with them their entire lives. These people aren’t hanging around Jay Dee just to get their cars fixed. They are enjoying a ritual of friendship that has united them since they were kids.

I love this! My friendships are scattered and far flung all over the world. I sometimes don’t get to see my friends for years!

A huge segment (much of the wealthiest) of the population no longer lives where they were brought up. They have lost touch with their roots.  The more technology removes us from our origins, the more the market for togetherness and friendship grows.

Friendship is an extension of togetherness and can develop around many themes. For the mountain folk of North Carolina or anyone who remains rooted in their birthplace the theme is mostly “down home”.

These friendships are tight and if you have ever heard the phrase “You ain’t from around here are ya, boy,” you have experienced the reverse side of this type of friendship. The implication is that with these long term, locally based friendships, the only way to be a friend is to have been there for years.

Some of the years I lived in Gloucestershire, England were spent in a tiny village named Chalford. I lived over  a local pub there, “The Mechanics Arms.” Though I was a newcomer to the area I was accepted as an old timer because of family ties. One man in his sixties, who visited the pub every night however wasn’t quite part of the crowd.

Many of the locals talked about him as the new man in town. I was surprised later to learn he had lived in Chalford for nearly thirty years!  The locals would always view him as less trustworthy because he had not been born and raised there. Childhood experiences were the basis of their deepest friendships.

Many of us will never have this type of long term familiarity friendship.We have moved around too much. This creates markets for many types of new friendships.

Networking is a form of business friendship. The theme of the friendship is scratch my back and perhaps I can scratch yours or we will both be better off scratching each others’ backs. Such friendships can be local, state or country wide or as mine span the globe. They can be very informal or very formal.

The market for formal friendships has already exploded.  Incredible growth of support groups such as AA are a sign of the momentum in the friendship market. Such groups offer a format for formal friendships and range from disease support groups to abused support groups. Each offers an organized way to have friends. The growth of these groups is not because there are more problems than thirty years ago. The growth is because of the increasing market for friendships.

We can see this trend spreading everywhere. For example one telephone company has recognized this growing trend and has successfully built its business around the idea of calling “family and friends.

This thought (that a market for friendships would grow) was correct.  We see this on the internet with one of the biggest trends being social networking sites.

A recent New York Times article, “Invisible Immigrants, Old and Left With ‘Nobody to Talk To” by Patricia Leigh Brown reveals a sliver of this problem.

Here is an excerpt from this article:   They gather five days a week at a mall called the Hub, sitting on concrete planters and sipping thermoses of chai. These elderly immigrants from India are members of an all-male group called The 100 Years Living Club. They talk about crime in nearby Oakland, the cheapest flights to Delhi and how to deal with recalcitrant daughters-in-law.

Together, they fend off the well of loneliness and isolation that so often accompany the move to this country late in life from distant places, some culturally light years away.

“If I don’t come here, I have sealed lips, nobody to talk to,” said Devendra Singh, a 79-year-old widower. Meeting beside the parking lot, the men were oblivious to their fellow mall rats, backpack-carrying teenagers swigging energy drinks.

In this country of twittering youth, Mr. Singh and his friends form a gathering force: the elderly, who now make up America’s fastest-growing immigrant group. Since 1990, the number of foreign-born people over 65 has grown from 2.7 million to 4.3 million — or about 11 percent of the country’s recently arrived immigrants. Their ranks are expected to swell to 16 million by 2050. In California, one in nearly three seniors is now foreign born, according to a 2007 census survey.

Now let’s look at this 16 room hotel in Otavalo that you can have for almost nothing… maybe even free and how it could offer a business that solves this problem.

First, let me detail the hotel and why a fabulous bargain has come up… and how this hotel can fit into the friendship market.

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hotel for sale in Otavalo.

The owners have had this on the market for a number of years at one million dollars. We thought this price was too high and never wrote about it.

Earlier this year they dropped the price to $750,000 and offered us $150,000 commission if we sold it. I wrote then:  The owners offered us a $150,000 commission to sell the hotel. We are not brokers and do not take commission so our reply was “cut the price for our readers”!  This would place the price at $600,000… an interesting value.

$600,000 may have been interesting but the owner now just emailed us and dropped the price to $495,000.  This places the price beyond  an interesting value into the bargain range.

Plus the owners again offered us a commission.  We do not take commissions so whatever (how much commission was not clear) amount they would pay could be deducted from this price.

This makes the hotel a real bargain.

At $750,000 the commission of $150,000 was 20%.  We don’t know of course about the commission, and I didn’t want to wait to verify this because this hotel is valuable, beautiful and it could  work out at about $35 a foot on the building and leaves you the land (which right next to Otavalo market is worth a lot).

Yet there is more. I believe you can get the land and the 16 room hotel for almost nothing.

I’ll explain how below.

First: the hotel details. The hotel is right next to Otavalo Market, one of the largest tourist attractions in Ecuador.

The property has these characteristics:  Appx. 30,000 sq. feet of  land and 12,000 sq.  feet of  building in 3 apartments and 16 hotel rooms.

Property Details:  The property consists of approximately 30,000 square feet of land, with trees, gardens and many types of exotic birds.  The gardens…

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are large… well groomed and…

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have a wonderful patio.

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Ma too likes it there.

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There is approximately 12,000 square feet of solid brick and cement construction.

On the property, there is plenty of room for expansion and development, especially in a town where there is absolutely no land left to develop.  The building is built in the old colonial style with finely crafted hardwood arched windows and doors, rustic floor tile and traditional clay-tiled roof.  The building is constructed according to U.S. anti-seismic standards.

The owner claims this is one of the best built constructions in Otavalo—and one of the prettiest in the city!

The building boasts excellent water pressure on all four floors. (Please don’t pooh pooh this quality!) The building has a powerful, propane gas-fueled boiler system capable of producing up to 700 gallons of hot water a day.  With access to the land/building from two streets, the property has frontage on 3 streets, which have been newly paved by the City of Otavalo.

Characteristics:  16 rooms, large social area (restaurant), large working kitchen, two medium-sized apartments, one large penthouse apartment, small building in back (approximately 250 square meters) that serves as a laundry room and storage facility, which also has a full bathroom and a working fireplace.  This could easily be converted into a small rental property.  Adjacent, yet private, to the main property, and which consists of 350 square meters of our total property, is a working area and parking garage (which can accommodate approximately 6 cars), with clothes lines, and general storage area.

First floor: Consists of large working kitchen, with back door exit to outdoor enclosed pantry/food storage room, laundry area and herb garden.  There is a large dining room (approximately 2,500 square feet) with excellent working fireplace, and space to comfortably entertain 60 or so people.

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Reception.

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Restaurant is beautiful also.

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The dining room leads outside onto the tiled patio and garden where there are tables and chairs for serving and relaxing, and this area may be used to accommodate another 30 or so people.  Also on the first floor there are 8 rooms which have served as hotel rooms, each 55 X 45 feet  in size with large bathrooms.

All rooms face out into the garden and the property is in front of Mount  Imbabura.   Hundreds of hummingbirds and exotic birds roam the grounds.

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Patio seen from one of the three apartments.

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Hotel room…

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shots.

Second floor: There are two spacious apartments, each about 1,100 square feet in size, with glass windows looking down onto the garden.

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Apartment #1 view…

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Apartment#1 bedroom.

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Apartment #1 Living room

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and kitchen.

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Each apartment has a large bathroom and a kitchenette with small balconies in the back.  Also on the second floor there are 8 more rooms, equal to the rooms on the first floor, that open onto a balcony over-looking the garden.

Apartment #2 living room

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Bedroom.

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bathroom.

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Third floor:  There is a very large “penthouse” apartment, approximately 2,250 square feet with large glass windows and a large balcony overlooking the garden.  This apartment has one bathroom with a small adjacent room that may be converted into a sauna, large spacious kitchen and living room, two large bedrooms, and a large working fireplace.

Penthouse…

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Penthouse.

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Penthouse fireplace.

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Kitchen.

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Penthouse bedroom.

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Extra room.

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Penthouse bedroom #2.

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The Roof: The penthouse apartment has stairs that lead to the roof, where there are two 5,000 gallon reserve tanks for storing water (if needed), as well as more storage space.  As stated before, there is excellent water pressure on all 4 floors.  Also includes a solar hot water system which connects into the boiler system.

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Two 5,000 gallon water storage tanks…

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plus solar water heater.

This is an excellent facility with wonderful grounds in a high priced area..

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Let’s look at the owner’s explanation of why they have lowered the price… then we’ll see how to get this hotel for almost nothing.

Hello Merri and Gary,  This is Margaret from Ali Shungu in Otavalo. I have been living up here on the mountain for about 6 months full time, going back and forth to the Hotel.  I feel better up here in my little house with my projects.   I have been recovering from an illness and have been in the hospital in Quito. They said that if this diverticulitis does not clear up, and it has been bad for about 6 months with 3 months of vomiting, fever, etc.,–that I will need an operation to remove it.  I’m drinking all kinds of herbs and aloe vera cactus and only boiled simple foods, and hoping to heal without an operation.  Did 2 rounds of antibiotics, might have to do more…….I will say though, that the hospital bill was not that bad in Voz Andes for all the tests that I had and treatments, etc.   I will now take care of myself more, and do more praying!  I might need intravenous antibiotics but I do not want to go back to the hospital in Quito.

There you have it… a owner whose health no longer allows them to run the hotel nor wait out a high priced buyer.

Here is how to get this 16 room hotel for almost nothing. I believe that the three apartments, if separated from the hotel and sold on their own, are worth near the price of the hotel.   I do not know the Otavalo real estate market so well…but I have seen the apartments and penthouse and they are exquisite.

If they are and if you can buy this for hotel in the $400,000 range… this means the 16 room hotel, the grounds and the restaurant are almost free.

This will require some negotiating, some work and legal work  (Ecuador lawyers are not very expensive)… but could provide one heck of a deal.

We have put our Ecuador Living subscribers in touch with the sellers.  To gain this contact information you can subscribe to Ecuador Living here.

If the hotel is not under offer, we’ll show it on our upcoming October Andean Real Estate tour.    See tour details here.

Merri and I are not involved financially in any way with this offer.  We have not looked at the hotel’s financial accounts, legal situation, titles, nor had an engineering inspection, so be sure to take all normal precautions if you are interested.  Especially look at the labor obligations you’ll absorb.

Our recommendation for those who are interested in Ecuador is to come visit first… look around… rent and stay awhile… before you buy.  One reason for this recommendation is that when you are here awhile you’ll see bargains… like this and I believe for the reasons stated that Hotel Ali Shungu is now a bargain.

Now let’s see how this creates opportunity from the problem of rootlessness.

Americans and Canadians are flocking to Ecuador.  I know.  Our Ecuador Living business is going wild.  The subscription pace has almost doubled recently and the request for rentals in this area has skyrocketed past our ability to keep up!

The demand is especially strong at the lower income level… those who are retiring and can no longer have a decent life in Canada or the US… especially in places where there is winter sun.

There people are isolated… often not speaking Spanish and with little to do.   So Turn this hotel into a residence for gringos. Provide free internet… US papers…. weekly Spanish lessons… a support program… group tours, travel assistance etc.

There is one more value.  Yesterday’s message How to Make Money in this Multi Currency Era explained how, due to the falling US dollar, Ecuador real estate has become a 10% better value since this last February.

Gary

The greatest asset of all is the ability to earn globally in many currencies.

This is why we are providing a special three for one offer with our  course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business that can help you create your own internet business.

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

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

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

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

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

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

To make this offer even more compelling,  I am giving everyone who enrolls in our North Carolina or Ecuador International Business & Investing seminar in October or November all three courses, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,”  “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.

Join us with Jyske Bank and my webmaster David Cross in West Jefferson North Carolina. Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business at the seminar.

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina with our webmaster  David Cross & Thomas Fischer of JGAM

Or head south to Ecuador!

October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Join us with Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management in Ecuador. Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business at the seminar.

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

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

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Ecuador – Florida Lake Property Comparison


Ecuador and Florida real estate offer value that can help turn the economic correction into profit.

Recently Merri and I found ourselves becoming more focused on investing in Florida. I explained why at Ecuador Shamans & Truth.

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Ecuador and Florida property on lakes can offer great value.  Our recent real estate tour visited this Ecuador lake.

We have zeroed in on several areas all around Lakeland,  Florida (our son-in law-daughter and grandson are there). We will be looking again at the end of the month.

Our main goal so far has been visiting… feeling…. looking a a few properties and lots of numbers to understand where the real estate market is now.

This search has given us a chance to compare Ecuador real estate with Florida real estate.    Both appear to have great value… but Ecuador real estate is still much much less expensive.

Take for example one Florida lake house that looks especially good to us at this stage.  It is a troubled property, 3,200 square feet on three acres on a lake in a very nice area.

This 20 year old house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, fireplaces, hardwood floors, barn, 10 years old, tile roof cathedral ceilings, spa room, salt water swimming pool, and rental apartment inside house, balconies overlooking lake, all fenced irrigation system, mature trees, sandy beach, a nice 2 bedroom guest house and a barn.   The land has 160 feet of superb lake front.

This house was on the market originally at 1.4 million dollars and was offered at auction for 1.3 million in October 2006.  There was no bid at that time. The property has now been foreclosed and is bank owned.  The last listed price was $850,000.

What a bargain… barely its original sales price.

Compare this with the Ecuador lake house that I recently wrote about.

The Ecuador lakefront property for sale sits on  5.43 ares with a 2,895 square foot 1970s built house on San Pablo Lake in Otavalo.

The land is zoned for business, home, or a lake house and is fully furnished and was built in the 1970’s  with  4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 living rooms, 2 dining rooms, kitchen/nook area, game room, porch and balcony. The  caretaker quarters are attached, plus a garage (for boats and car). The land includes 900 plus feet of lake front.

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Compare Ecuador lake property:  2,895 square foot house on 5.43 acres on San Pablo Lake, Otavalo with 900 feet of lake frontage at $250,000 asking…

with the Florida lake property: 3,200 square feet on 3 acres with 160 feet of lake frontage at $850,000 asking.

Ecuador real estate offers twice the property at a quarter the asking price

This Ecuador lake property has fruit, pine, eucalyptus and palms.

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B-B-Q  on San Pablo Lake property for sale .  The asking price is $250,000.

CONTACT:

Mrs. Monica Arcos
Orlando, Florida
Telephone: 407-328-4777   (leave message)  or

e-mail: pportb@hotmail.com

or

MonkeyArcos@Gmail.com

In these times of change and turmoil understanding real value is harder than before. Comparing Ecuador lakefront property with Florida lakefront property can help us see value within value so we can turn the current downturn into opportunity.

Gary

See Ecuador lake property on our upcoming Ecuador real estate 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

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.