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International Club 2010


International Club 2010 Membership  $2,999 (Until January 2010)  Enroll here We just added four Salinas Ecuador real estate tours to our 2010 schedule. Mar 28-29. 2010 May 28-29, 2010 Sept 20-21, 2010 Nov 22-23, 2010 This increases the total number of tours and courses we will conduct and sponsor in 2010 to 56 and allows our readers to Enjoy extra savings with a multi tour six pack. Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more These four new south coast tours and this six pack tour price however creates a bit of a crisis here. As you can see above a six pack costs $3,099.  This is already a really low price for a tour that last up to 21 days (under $150 a day). But as you will see below, our International Club membership which allows you and a guest to attend up to 56 courses and tours in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999. Which would you choose… 6 courses and tours for $3,099 or those same 6 courses and tours plus 50 more for $2,999? "Duh," I said when this was pointed out to me. So our only solution is to raise the International Club membership to $3,500… still a terrific deal… but $501 more than before. Save $37,457…plus $501.  I will not raise the International club fee until January 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. International Club 2010 Attend our 56 investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses and tours in 2010 with one small enrollment fee. International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here Economic turmoil today will create more future prosperity then ever before…for those….who accept change and adapt. This is why we bring together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box..in a constructive…thoughtful way. Merri and I are in our 41st year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and quantum lifestyles. The importance of this sharing…by like minded souls…was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said: My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary…………..Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. Thanks to you I am so ready to move to Ecuador and begin a new life. I just have to figure out what I am going to do and how to do it……… I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices. This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year. This why I want to share how you can attend 56 of our investment, business, Spanish, real estate and export, courses, tours in 2010 worth $40,947. 20 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.  The ideas behind this program began 21 years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute! What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man. The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course! When you join our International Club 2010 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, “Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.” His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships. These courses somehow draw together like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true. In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening. Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending 52 courses that would cost $40,947 if all booked separately. See why and our 2010 schedule below. We started and have continued this program for 20 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth! We have more than doubled our courses in 2010… 56 courses and tours, two in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina, three in Central Florida and the balance in Ecuador.  Few club members actually attend every course and tour…  but you can if you desire. If you attend even a few of the courses, you gain considerable savings. For those not interested or unable to visit Ecuador, we have our North Carolina courses in the summer when it is cool here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and don't forget the autumnal beauty in October…. plus in Florida during the winter.  Each US course is attached to an Ecuador tour so you gain information in the US and then travel with others to Ecuador for experience (if you desire). Here are the 56 courses and tours you can attend free. Plus there is even one more savings you will see below. Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights. Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida – International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999 Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito Feb. 17         Travel to Manta Feb. 18-19   Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 20        Travel to Cotacachi Feb  21-22   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Feb. 25         Travel to Cuenca Feb. 26-27   Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999) Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 22-23    Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Mar. 28-29   South Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 12-15   Ecuador Export Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Apr. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) May  13-14     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749) May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) May  22-23    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) May  28-29    South Coast real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) June 24         Quantum Wealth North Carolina June 25-27    International Investing and Business North Carolina  ( $749 or couple $999) June 28-29   Travel to Ecuador and Manta June 30-Jy 1 Coastal Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) July 3-4          Imbabura Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) July 6-7          Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749) July 9-10        Cuenca Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Sept.   3-6      Ecuador Export Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Sept.   8-9      Imbabura Real Estate Tour  ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 11-12     Coastal Real Estate Tour   ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 14-15     Cuenca Real Estate Tour    ($499 or couple $749) Sept. 17-18     Ecuador Shamanic Minga  ($499 or couple $749) Sept 20-21      South Coast Real Estate tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.    7          Quantum Wealth North Carolina Oct.   8-10     International Investing & Business North Carolina ($749 or couple $999) Oct.   11-12    Travel to Quito and Andes Oct.  13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.  16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct.  19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Oct. 22-23     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov.    4-7        Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida ($749 or couple $999) Nov.    8-9       Travel to Quito and Andes Nov. 10-11       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 13-14      Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 16-17      Quito-Mindo Real Estate  ($499 or couple $749) Nov. 19-20     Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Nov  22-23      South Coast Real Estate Tour (($499 or couple $749) Dec.   3-5       Ecuador Shamanic Mingo  ($499 or couple $749) Dec.   7-8       Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec.  10-11    Coastal Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec. 13-14     Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) Dec. 16-17      Cuenca Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749) If you join the International Club, the entrance fee for 2010 is $2,999 (until January 2010).  Your attendance fees at all courses will be waived. You and your guest can attend courses worth $40,947. You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses is shown below. Arrival dates are always one or two days earlier. Please double check with us before booking flights. I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses which are valued at $40,947! International Club 2010 Membership Enroll here You may well wonder why I would make such an offer and ask why the cost is so low? Let me answer this question frankly and from the heart. First, it helps us do a better job for you. We feel greatly enriched when we can really help our clients improve their lives. We have learned through years of experience the best way to do this is to meet with you regularly. We can best help you learn how to improve your health and wealth through continual expansion of knowledge. Second, we gain enormous fulfillment from the many friendships we form through the years. Our friends have enriched our lives tremendously. Let me explain this in more detail. As a member, you will be part of our international family that meets intensively over the next year to examine ways we can make our lives better. Our goal is beyond just having money. Our goal is to have quantum wealth… good health… wealth and fulfillment through service. Though I give all course delegates my very best, I cannot help but to do a better job for those who come again and again. As we meet often; your particular wants, needs and desires become clear, and it is easier for me to point you in the right direction. Another phenomenon is that repeat delegates help each other! They get to know one another, help each other learn, share their insights, make contacts and gain more wealth. Out associates in Ecuador, are experienced business people who live or work and conduct our real estate and export courses.  They can also act as your local backup for the business. Lifestyle for Two. There is more! I have learned at my courses that many repeat delegates were couples. We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO!  You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.) Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you! Gary International Club 2010 Membership  $3,500 Enroll here

Retire With Ecuador Real Estate Value & IRAs


One great reason to retire in Ecuador is the real estate value. Plus you can own Ecuador or other overseas investment and retirement real estate with your IRA.

Retirement costs of in Ecuador are low because the cost of a home and utilities are so low.

There is great value, plus enormous beauty in the Andean and coastal countryside.

The wonderful crafts markets of Ecuador create export opportunity to supplement income when you retire in Ecuador.

There is so much beautiful property and…

homes seem so inexpensive like these houses at San Miguel (under $100,000) and…

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Primavera condos (under $46,000) that…

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it becomes easy to misunderstand value. Take for instance Ecuador’s empty beaches.  This is a shot of a wonderful coastal land in Ecuador.

What is this property’s value?  Prices on some Ecuador beach property are really low!   When you find a beautiful piece of property like this at a really low price, how can you lose?

Here is how you can see your Ecuador retirement wealth shrivel.

Our friend Todd Smith recently sent me some photos of a trip he made down California’s coast.

Imagine buying land on the beach in California 30 years ago.

You couldn’t miss.

Right?

Todd’s photos reminded me that you can.  Todd photos was scripted with this text:

If you ever want to get away completely, visit the Lost Coast of California.

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In Humboldt County, head south on Rt. 211 from Fortuna, towards the ocean.

You’ll follow a winding, narrow almost-one-lane road for about 30 miles before you reach the Pacific, and you’ll be lucky if you pass a single car.

Be sure to fill up before you go because you’ll be almost completely on your own.
a coastal island in the trees.

The Lost Coast gets it’s name from the fact that Rt. 1 and Rt. 101 completely bypass this section of about 100 miles of shoreline.

Except for signs of ranching and an occasional hamlet you would think you were the only person on this lovely, godforsaken planet.

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See all of Todd’s photos of the lost coast.

What value does this California real estate have…

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beyond building a barn?

Real estate has two values… the value for you as a user… and what someone else will pay for it.

If you retire in Ecuador and want to live in an isolated place in the mountains or on the coast… great. You can find some incredible real estate values.

If you buy to resell and plan to profit… beware! Some Ecuador real estate will appreciate dramatically as pressures of modern life shift agricultural land to residential, recreational or commercial.

However some beach property and mountain land like this…

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in 10, 20 and 30 years from now will look like this.

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The value will have increased due to inflation but great appreciation is not likely.

Investors who are ready to retire in Ecuador should look closely at the likely time frame of land appreciation.  Be careful to make sure that your retirement liquidity needs do not come before appreciation.

You can also buy Ecuador real estate through an IRA… if you or your family are not going to live in or use the property.

This site has been helping people retire in Ecuador and to invest their IRAs abroad for years.

You can own real estate in your IRA, including non-U.S. real estate. Over the years, advisers have wrongly convinced many people they cannot own real estate, as well as a number of other alternative investments, inside their IRA’s or other retirement plans. Nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, the IRS allows a great deal of flexibility when it comes to investing the assets of your retirement account.

The trouble comes if you don’t have a “self directed” IRA or if you work with a custodian who imposes his own investment restrictions. Most of these restrictions have nothing to do with the code governing retirement accounts but are instead employed to make life easier for the custodian.

Here is what is allowed:

• Raw land

• Condos

• Office buildings

• Single-family homes

• Multi-family homes

• Apartment buildings

• Improved land

The IRS defines prohibited transactions and self-dealing that you cannot do in your IRA.  Your retirement plan is meant to benefit you at retirement… not earlier so you cannot directly or indirectly, deal with yourself or a family member.

You cannot lend money, extend credit, or furnish goods, services, or facilities to yourself or a disqualified individual. In other words, you can invest in any type of real estate you want as long as it is an investment and not for your own use currently.

However if you find your dream Ecuador retirement home  that you want to live in when you reti you can buy it in the IRA, rent it for now and take it as a distribution from your plan when you retire.

You can have a full report and contacts with a custodians who can help you own Ecuador real estate in your IRA.   Subscribe here.

IRAs at Jyske Bank

It is now easier to invest your liquid IRA funds safely overseas as well.  Jyske Global Asset Management can invest your IRA investments offshore in coordination with GoldStar Trust!

This makes it easier for you to give your IRA International investing and currency diversification.

Here is how the JGAM IRA plan works.   Your US custodian will be GoldStar Trust in Texas. Your offshore custodian bank will be Jyske Bank in Copenhagen (Denmark).  Jyske Global Asset Management will be your asset manager.

This setup is in accordance with IRA regulations. JGAM sends quarterly and annual statements as well as standard IRA statements from GoldStar Trust.

You can get further details from Thomas Fischer at JGAM. Email Thomas at fischer@jgam.com or call toll-free in the USA at 1-866-602-5426

Gary

Join Merri and me with Thomas Fischer at our North Carolina farm this July or October for our International business & investing seminars below. Learn more about early retirement and Ecuador.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Or join us in Ecuador and learn more about living and retiring in Ecuador.

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

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

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

Ecuador Dentists & Doctors Care


Ecuador dentists and doctors care.  This is so important… I know.

Ecuador dentists and doctors cost much less than in North America… yet there is something more about the dental – medical system in Ecuador.  The system allows Ecuador dentists and doctors enough time with patients to express their care.

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May I explain.

A reader just sent me this note about Ecuador dentists and doctors.

Gary, I moved to Quito in retirement three weeks ago.  I had occasion to need a doctor yesterday and was surprised to find that he did home visits, something long forgotten in most of North America. As it turned out, he was not an ordinary doctor. He was a very special person as well.  This doctor is head of internal medicine and hemotalogy at a Quito hospital; but due to his love of people, he takes time to do house calls.  When he arrived we sat and chatted to get to know each other, in Spanish with the occasional English word thrown in.  Then he did his medical check, etc.  I felt that I was with a caring human being who was a doctor.  I can only remember such a thing almost 60 years ago in the little country town I lived in.  Let me say that I feel well cared for.  Best wishes,

Ecuador dental and medical practices suit Merri and me perfectly.

My mom is 86 and has been a true blue allopathic patient her entire life.  She has always believed in the American medical establishment.

Now that system is letting her down. She has been in and out of the hospital for the last month.   The health insurance that she has paid for has trapped her in a truly horrible, disjointed, unconnected, non caring system where the treatment she has received has actually diminished her health.  The hospitalization has left her more ill than the original problem.

The total lack of continuity and care clashes with the note above about the care of Ecuador doctors and dentists.  The system she has is so bad that for weeks no one doctor ever saw her twice in a row.

The hospital has made so many mistakes, has been so uncaring and so disorganized… that my daughter and sister have made sure that a family member with her 7-24.   We are afraid to leave her in the hospital alone!

When my son-in-law emailed the picture above of my mom and our grand daughter, Sequoia,  I realized that Sequoia and the entire family being with her…. our care is the most powerful medicine mom has been getting.

Care heals!  Care is the glue that holds the healer – patient relationship together and makes the difference between a place of healing and a cold, hostile, dangerous atmosphere.

We have regular comments from readers who use Ecuador doctors and dentists. They are so surprised not only at the low cost… but  the care!

This is not to say that all Ecuador dentists and doctors care. There are some bad Ecuador doctors and dentists like anywhere else in the world.

This is not to say that most North American dentists and doctors do not care. The majority of doctors and dentists in the US do care!

Yet American patients and practitioners alike are stuck with many negatives in the system that neither can do much about.  Nor can it seems the politicians help either.  American health care reform has been stalled for decades and the problems are likely to grow as 60 million baby boomers retire.

Ecuador’s dental and medical system is not so influenced by the problems that the US has with pharmaceuticals, litigation and insurance.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are plenty of pharmaceutical and surgical procedures used in in Ecuador.   Yet these modalities are not so overwhelming in the medical system.

Perhaps it is because the majority of Ecuador’s population are indigenous.  Their culture has relied much more on lifestyle healing rather than symptom intervention.    Perhaps this makes most of Ecuador’s medical profession more open to alternative and complimentary healing modalities.

Health insurance is not the norm…  so the medical system is not stuck with insurance adjusters as middlemen between the patient and  healer.  This leaves Ecuador dentists and doctors with more time to spend with patients rather than paperwork.

There is very little malpractice litigation in Ecuador  so MDs and dentists are not stuck with the huge insurance premiums that can force US doctors and dentists to crowd in more patients.

No system is perfect.   Humanity’s growing population and the Western materialistic lifestyle rewards systems. So most of the time we are stuck with systems for almost everything we do… including health care.

The best way to enjoy health care is to avoid it… yet when we cannot it is good to know that in Ecuador, the health care practitioners do care.

Read more Ecuador Dentist & Doctor Reports

Gary

There are great business opportunities in medical tourism and we’ll look at how to develop an internet driven medical tourism business at our North Carolina July 24-26 seminar.

Learn how the internet era can help you increase your freedom with  your own global internet business operated from Ecuador or anywhere.

At the seminar we help you learn how to get good rankings for your business.

For example our Garyascott.com and Ecuadorliving.com sites have first page Google rankings for many Ecuador search phrases including the phrase “Ecuador Banking” and…

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and “Ecuador Attorney”.

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plus many others like “Ecuador Real Estate”,  “Ecuador Beach Property”, “Ecuador Exports”, and many many more.

At our seminar we’ll study how to get and monetize rankings.

Our rankings do so well, that according to Alexa.com our garyascott.com site’s traffic rank is in the top 20,000 US sites. Out of tens of millions.  Here is a recent Alexa report.

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Our webmaster, David Cross, will join us at the July seminar.  David is chief internet consultant to some of the largest internet marketing companies in the world.

The July seminar will focus on the essence of a successful internet business, plus those who attend this course can have our emailed course “Tangled Webs We Weave, How to Have Your Own Internet Business” FREE.  (or you can choose our email course on multi currency investing instead).  You save $299.

Learn more at Tangled Web

This seminar  is July 24 to 26 here in the green and cool North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

Half this course is about international investing and Thomas Fischer at Jyske Global Asset Management helps me conduct this portion of the course.  The other half is about how to develop your own business. Merri and David help me with this.

Here is a special offer. If you enroll in the July 24 to July 26 course, I sign you up for one of our two emailed courses free. This is up to a $299 savings.

Join me and Thomas Fischer from Jyske Global Asset Management in North Carolina to learn more about economic trends and David Cross our webmaster to learn how to have a global internet business.

We’ll have lunch at the farm and enjoy the cool summer mountains. Here’s a shot of our front yard.

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Thomas Fisher speaking to our delegates at the farm.

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Delegates enjoying a private conversation with Thomas Fischer during a coffee break at the farm.

Join Merri and me with Thomas Fischer of Jyske Global Asset Management and our webmaster David Cross in North Carolina July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Vilcabamba Ecuador Small Hotel


Madre Tierre is a small Ecuador hotel in Vilcabamba. Here is the entrance to this small Ecuador hotel.

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We have been sharing this series on Small Ecuador Hotels.

There is an Ecuador small hotel business opportunity in Vilcabamba now.  This message reviews this opportunity in a moment.

First, the subject of Social Security rules about working and owning a business abroad (that could reduce Social Security) and Ecuador’s new asset reporting regulation has sent many of you to the keyboard!

Yesterday’s message on Ecuador & Privacy raised many questions that I cannot answer personally.  As a financial publisher I cannot give individual legal or investing advice.

I can answer tax questions in general if I send the reply all readers. For example, one reader just ask: Gary, Re the continuing discussion of foreign & domestic taxes,

In the 1980s, my husband was working for an American corporation in Saudi. One incentive – at least back in the day – was that income earned there was exempt from US taxes unless the employee broke the contract and left early.

I realize that the situation of being an employee is different from being a business owner or being self-employed.  And I have no idea whether the arrangement described above applied to all US companies or some (the corporation in question was Bechtel).

That said, if earnings are taxed in the country where they are earned and then taxed again in the country of residence or citizenship, this constitutes double taxation – kind of like getting taxed on your income tax refund. Do your tax experts have any comments on whether international law allows or prohibits double taxation?

The answer is that there are tax treaties between the US and many countries, including Ecuador, so if you reside outside the US and are under another tax jurisdiction in another country, then you do not have to pay double tax.

In many instances there are even tax benefits… called the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. The IRS code says: If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to $87,600 of your foreign earnings. In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts.

There can be even greater tax benefits when you have a correctly structured business abroad. This is explained in the tax portion of our Tangled Web… How to Have an Overseas Business course. Joe Cox wrote the tax portion for me and the excerpt below explains how the benefit can be achieved.

The excerpt begins: Seven Taxing Levels

International business people have at least seven levels to choose from when they start their international business:

#1: Sole Proprietorship
#2: U.S. Corporation
#3: Overseas International Business Corporation or Limited Liability Company or Limited Partnership
#4: Foreign Sales Company
#5: Overseas Trust with Overseas Company
#6: Multiple Overseas Corporate Structure
#7: Overseas Corporate Structure with Genuine Non U.S. Shareholders

Over the duration of this course we will review all of these structures and when each works best. But whenever it is possible to attain, the seventh structure is always the best from a tax point of view.

This generally is the best from a business point of view as well because it means you have someone abroad helping you with your business.

Merri’s and my new business in Ecuador was this situation. We created a business using partners who will help us build the center, run it and provide the valuable knowledge.

This assistance is invaluable. We could not do this business (which I believe will so well as do good for the clients and community) without their help and involvement.

The tax key is that any business owned 50% or less by a U.S. person and 50% or
more by non-U.S. persons pays no U.S. tax. Such a company does not have to even file a U.S. tax return.

This is a complicated law, filled with land mines and I would not hope to understand or explain it all. Instead in this lesson I have asked my tax attorney to explain the legal aspects of this tax law. I will add my comments along the way to help you understand more in lay terms.

Essentially CFC law aims at stopping investors from putting money into an overseas corporation and not paying tax. This is because in general overseas corporations that do not do business in the U.S., do not have to file with the IRS and never owe U.S. tax. Subpart F of the Internal Revenue Code aims to stop investors from simply putting capital and investments in overseas companies and thus avoiding tax on the income from these investments.

Essentially the law creates three concepts. First, it creates the concept that income such as rents, royalties, interest, dividends and portfolio income are unearned and are different from income earned by business activities in a company.

Second, it creates the concept of when an overseas company is controlled by an
American. An American is any U.S. citizen, green card holder or resident.

Third, it creates the concept that if an overseas company is controlled by an
American, then that American has a personal tax liability on parts of the unearned income earned by that overseas company. You can see in Joe’s outline below as he clarifies the specifics in great detail.

Foreign Corporation Tax Issues by JOE B. COX, ESQ.

A. CONTROLLED FOREIGN “CORPORATIONS (“CFC”)

1.  The principal purpose of Subpart F of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) is to frustrate U.S. taxpayers’ attempts to defer the U.S. tax on income falling within Subpart F.

2.  Generally, Subpart-F income is “portable” income, which can be manipulated by U.S.

Taxpayers through the use of foreign corporations.

Gary’s Comments: This is one of the most interesting areas of tax law for the international businessperson. This outline will explain why sharing my business with Ecuadorians will create a tax paradise.

End of Excerpt.

Do not be confused.  Income tax planning does not necessarily create good Social Security planning.  If you have not reviewed your Social Security regulations and you plan to live and work abroad… see a tax attorney about this.

I have reviewed these rules with both my attorneys in the US and Ecuador.

My US attorney and very good friend, Joe Cox wrote:  Gary, I have set it up so my personal assistant April Barza can answer calls and e-mails and schedule a no obligation, no fee conference call on the questions that come out of your newsletter or seminar.  I would not want to give the government of Ecuador a listing of my international holdings.  I would think they would have no security with that information.  Joe.

You can reach Joe Cox at jcox@coxnici.com or his personal assistant April Barza at abarza@coxnici.com

You can reach my Ecuador attorney, Floridalva Zambrano, at FLORIFLORI58@YAHOO.ES

Back to small Ecuador hotel opportunity in Vilcabamba.

Recent messages have looked at Vilcabamba real estate.

When we began investigating Ecuador back in the mid 1990s.  Joseph Garzozi, the Ecuador Economic Consul in Miami was one of the first people we visited.

One of the places he recommended we visit was the village of Vilcabamba.

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The Madre Tierra restaurant at this small Ecuador hotel.

I researched this Ecuador village and became fascinated with the fact that some of the residents there lived to extreme ages.

Further research brought us to an article written in the January 1973 National Geographic entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (then USSR), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba, where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100. The article compared this to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, still work and participate regularly in the community.

This greatly peaked our curiosity and we started looking for ways to visit this valley.  This was easier said then done.  One reason the population was long lived was because they were isolated from the rest of society. Few people knew how to get to Vilcabamba.

Finally we found a national guide, Eduardo Quito, who could take us.   We flew to Cuenca where we met Eduardo and then drove south along the Andes for an entire day to Loja.   A Quito Loja flight would have been faster but we wanted to see this part of the world.

We spent the night in Loja and Eduardo drove us next day to Vilcabamba where we stayed at a small hotel, Madre Tierra.   This small Ecuador hotel was owned at that time by an Ecuadorian, Jaime Espinosa and his French Canadian wife.

Madre Tierra was a popular spot for Israelis  and other backpackers hiking along the Gringo Trail at that time.  There was a sign in Hebrew Letters that said “Shalom, Jaime’s Hideaway” and the room rate then was $9.00 per night for Israelis and $10 to $15  for all others.

The rooms were little thatched cottages sprawling down a steep hillside with rich gardens and killer views.  Breakfast and dinner were served on the terrace.

Backpackers were not very profitable guests.  It is hard to develop much revenue with $9 a night rooms.  Jaime and his wife were in the process of creating a spa.  They had just installed a spa, massage room, hot tub, steam and clay baths and special cold and water accupressure treatment.

They hired us to consult with them about how to upgrade their market so we spent an enjoyable day talking, thinking about how to get a higher grade of guest and enjoying the spa.

After working with the couple we headed back to Cuenca fully expecting to return to Vilcabamba with a group.

Then as the saying goes, “life happened.”  Vilcabamba is remote… an extra day’s journey when reaching Ecuador and this spectacular valley never worked into our plans.

However Vilcabamba did take off and we hear from many readers that they are moving or have moved to Vilcabamba.

We also heard that a retired actor and his wife had purchased this small Ecuador hotel.

Due to this background and the fact I am always looking for ways that readers can earn income in Ecuador, I perked up when I received the note below.

“Gary,  This is an emergency message for YOU and Merri.  You may recall that my husband and I own the Madre Tierra Hotel (Spa, Restaurant, craftsman
Conference/ballroom dance floor/theater Center) in Vilcabamba.  This is to
notify you, in case you have potential buyers or you would be interested
yourself to buy and/or make a commission, that we are putting the hotel, and
our home and guest houses, and our 360 degree view farm with mansion and
sugar cane mill, all adjacent and minutes walk to the village, up for
emergency sale.

This wasn’t an emergency until TODAY…as a family member has to go in for surgery tomorrow morning.

I do not want to handle the stress of anything else right now.  So I’m writing to tell YOU that we’d even be willing to sell both properties for the price of one.

In other words, this has suddenly become an illness, desperation emergency sale.

We left most of the main furniture there so someone could move in
immediately…and the hotel is turn-key  (World Travel Awards nominated it
for the third year in a row in the category of Best Hotel and Spa in Ecuador
category…it’s truly a paradise!).

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Here is the spa in this small Vilcabamba hotel.

Our six acre home/mansion with the most spectacular views of all time has three craftsman fabulous guest houses and stables, etc.   We are selling the 43 hectare farm that has a 360 degree view mansion and worker house and a working sugar cane factory, etc.

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View of the farm from the house.

We’ll take an offer from you or anyone and will offer a discount to any reader who comes down and stays at the hotel.

I have followed your work for many decades…and so appreciate you and
Merri.  Now, I’m letting you know about this…as I feel it would be a great
opportunity to add to your successes, and a wonderful deal for one of your
friends or contacts.

Perhaps you can find a buyer we’d love who would love owning our beautiful
properties as much as we have loved them. We know a lot of people would love
to live in the Valley of Longevity.   Again, these properties are adjacent
to each other and just minutes walk to the village…location location
location…the farm is located along the river (never flooded! And possible
for development or farming…)…has a pure water well and various
additional water sources available, too, and so much more.

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Madre Tierra conference room and theater.

Thank you for all you do for others and the world.  Much love to you both, Carol Rosin.

As mentioned I have not been to Vilcabamba nor Madre Tierra for at least 15 years. A lot appears to have changed and Madre Tierra appears to have dramatically upgraded its market.

This offers an opportunity for readers who live in or are thinking of moving to Vilcabama and want a business.  The seller offered a commission and we explained we do not accept commissions so this savings may help this make this a better deal for our Ecuador Living subscribers.

You read a full report on this offer with contact details as an Ecuador Living subscriber.

I have no updated knowledge of the property, income, profit and any buyer should use all normal due diligence in looking at this offer.

Regards,

Gary

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