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Mindo Real Estate Special


Here is a Mindo real estate special.

Merri and I spent most of yesterday in Mindo looking at lots in the Aboretto project.

Here we are overlooking a lot in this lush environmentally sensitive development.

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Gary & Merri Scott with Carlos Tobar and Swen Lorenz developers at Arboretto.

I’ll do an entire update on the project in a few days, but want to point out what could be a special opportunity for the right person who loves nature like we do.

The builders of this first house built at the Arboreto project in Mindo.

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House in Arboretto on the…

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San Antonio River had to leave Ecuador due to a medical emergency.

They have dropped the price substantially and I believe this represents an incredible value for a person who wishes luxury in a remote, cloud forest environment.  Mindo is one of the top rated in the world for birding and the butterflies, flowers and humming birds are exquisitely beautiful.  We had sun, clarity, beauty, sounds of the roaring river and a perfect day here in the semi tropical cloud forest of this protected area.

Check the Mindo section at the February 2011 Ecuador Multiple Listing Service here.

Gary

Mindo Real Estate Economic Shift


I just emailed a message on Mindo Real Estate and how the biggest economic shift in history – “Trading Down” – is moving into Phase II. This evolution can make you rich… or poor.

This transition will have a huge… positive impact on real estate in the USA and Ecuador.  We are looking at a different Ecuador property each day in this five part series.

There was a picture and link to a Mindo property special.  The link was broken

Here is the correct link to this Mindo Real Estate Special

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Gary

This series is formed from excerpts of one small part of my latest report Running Risk – How to Profit in Risky Times.


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The Huge 2019 Risk

Here is a huge risk that could explode in 2019.

I hope I am wrong… but the numbers are clear.

According to Treasurydirect.com, (1) as of December 27, 2018 the cost of interest on the total US public debt of $21,845,329,154,412.01.  Tht’s 23 trillion and 845 billion dollars.

This is not a theoretical problem for the future.  This is not something that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.  This is a problem in the here and now for you and me.

Rising interest rates create a massive problem for every American.

US debt

The good news is I sent a note like this last year ad I was wrong.

Last year when I sent that note the debt was $20,467,375,664,755.32 (20 trillion+).  The debt has increased almost 1.4 trillion dollars in 2018.

This is good news and bad… the rock and the hard spot.  The bad news is that the rock (US federal debt) is getting bigger….harder to miss.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in 2010 (the debt then was a bit over 14 trillion then) that, under law at that time, debt held by the public would exceed $16 trillion by 2020, reaching nearly 70 percent of GDP.

The $5 Trillion Error.

They sure goofed on that.  Here we are… only in 2019 and debt has shot past 21 trillion.

How could the CBO be so wrong? 

The CBO screwed up because they could never imagine that the Fed would push interest rates so low… and keep them there.  The interest rates are so low that the government has been able to borrow more than imagined and still afford the interest.

For example, US Federal government interest last year amounted to around $483 billion on the 20 trillion of debt.  Yet in 2008 on debt of only $9,229,172,659,218.31 (9 trillion +) the interest that year was $451,154,049,950.63 (451 billion +).

Interest payments in 2017 were 7% higher than they were in 2008.  Yet the debt is over 100% higher.  

Very low interest rates have helped the government borrow.  Low interest has also helped the US stocks reach all time high prices.

Now US dollar interest rates are rising.  In 2018 the interest costs were 8.2% higher than in 2017.   Yet the debt increase was only 6.7%.

The government will resist raising rates because it will ruin their budget, cause a collapse of the stock markets and destroy the US dollar.

Here is the very hard spot.  

Rising interest rates, will create an almost unimaginable debt crisis.  If government interest goes to 6% it is like the $20+ trillion national debt  rising to 40 trillion!  Unless there are some huge tax increase the interest payments are not sustainable.

A tax increase?  Last year’s tax act reduced, not increased, revenue.

Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit in your savings despite America’s deficits, debt and currency risk.

Fortunately there are secrets that will allow a few to live much better, free of debt and worry despite the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power.   My wife, Merri and I, have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information.

Let me share the basics of this data and how we can be of help through 2018.

The first fact behind this secret is that things are really good in the western world.  Despite many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever.   To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in the new economy, as it changes and becomes new, again and again.

Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years.  Each has allowed us to always stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer.  We are in another transition right now and want to share why and what to do so you can stay ahead and live a richer, independent life through 2019 and beyond.

A falling US dollar is one of the greatest risks we have to our independence, safety, health, and wealth, but also brings a window of huge profit as I explain below.   Though the greenback has been strong for a number of years, its strength is in serious jeopardy.  The growing federal deficits increase the national debt and this with rising interest rates propels a growing debt service.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed 25,000, the U.S. national debt passed the $20 trillion mark.

The problem is that the Dow will come back down.  National debt will not fall.

The double shock of money fleeing Wall Street and US debt skyrocketing, will destroy the purchasing power of the greenback.

Go to the store even now.  Statistics say inflation is low, but buy some bread or, heaven forbid, some fresh vegetables like peppers or fruit.   Look at the cost of your prescription or hospital bills.  Do something simple like have your car serviced at an auto dealer.  Look at the dollars you spend and you’ll see what I mean.

The loss of the dollar’s purchasing power erodes our independence, our freedom and our savings and wealth as well. 

At the same time, low interest rates by big banks and higher health care costs soak up the ever diminishing income and savings we have left.  According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions in America are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress.

Yet there is little we can do because these institutions are in control.

Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell.  Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care.  Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice.  The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.

Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs.  They pay almost nothing on our savings.  They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents.  Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat.  Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back.  Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.

These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if  we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job.  Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of  legal rights.  The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.

Big business has also usurped our privacy.  Internet companies sell our personal data.  Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements.  The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas.  There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”

The glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed… or so it seems.  The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become flawed or broken.

America’s infrastructure is in shambles.  The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons.  The 2.2 million people currently in  jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years.  60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups.  Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering.  Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans.  Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

America’s middle class is shrinking.  Nearly  half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now.  In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group.  How can we regain our freedom, our happiness and our well being in such a world?

What can we do?

Gain a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle. 

Merri and I will celebrate our 50th year of global living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles.  Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:

#1:  Global micro business income.

#2:  Low cost, natural health.

#3:  Safer, more profitable, investments that take little time or cost to buy and hold… so you can focus on earning more instead

Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits.  They focus only on health or on earning more or on better, easier investing.

28 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits.   The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.

Join us for all of 2019 NOW.

The three disciplines, earning, health and investing, work best when coordinated together.  Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.  However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.

We start with better lower cost health care.

Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”.   Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

I have created three natural health reports are about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive this free as club member and save $59.85.

Club members also receive seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • “International Business Made EZ”
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”

This program is offered at $299, but is available to you as a club member free.  You save $299 more.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

There are seven layers of tactics in the Pi strategy.

Pi Tactic #1: Determine purpose and good value.

Pi Tactic #2: Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.

Pi Tactic #3: Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.

Pi Tactic  #4:  Use trending algorithms to buy sell or hold these markets.

Pi Tactic  #5:  Add spice speculating with ideal conditions.

Pi Tactic  #6: Add spice speculating with leverage.

Pi Tactic  #7:  Add spice speculating with forex potential.

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:

#1:  Current book to price

#2:  Cash flow to price

#3:  Earnings to price

#4:  Average dividend yield

#5:  Return on equity

#6:  Cash flow return

#7:  Market history

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $99 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $99.

Profit from the US dollar’s fall.

In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

Club members receive a report about opportunity in the  current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

This report sells for $29.95 but when you become a club member you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Platinum Dip 2019” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

Now there is a new distortion ready to ripen in the year ahead.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Platinum Dip 2019”.   The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged precious metal speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Platinum Dip 2018” offers enormous profit potential in 2018.

The report “Platinum Dip 2019” sells for $39.95 but club members receive it free as well.

The $39.95 new “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere Report” is also free.

There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do.  There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential but also work well in disaster scenarios.

There are are specific places where you can reduce your living expenses and easily increase your income.  Scientific research has shown that being in such places actually make you smarter and healthier.  Top this off with the fact that they provide tax benefits as well and you have to ask, “Where are these places?”.

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes them special.  Discover seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar places of opportunity.

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not!)

The report is very specific because it describes what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing, right now.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning locally and globally.

This report is available online for $39.99 but International Club members receive it free.

Save $418.78… “plus more” when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $99 Personal investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”. Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”. Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Platinum Dip 2018”. Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.  All three free.

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#7: A year’s follow up subscription to the Purposeful investing course… Plus more.

These reports, courses and programs would cost $527.92 so the 2018 membership saves $117.92.

Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons 2019 at no additional fee.

Click here to become a member at the discounted rate of $349

Gary 

(1) www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current

 


Mindo Ecuador Cloud Forest Opportunity


There is a Mindo cloud forest opportunity for the next .

Merri’s and my Hacienda Rosaspamba is 962 exquisite acres of Ecuador cloud forest near Mindo.

Our home is really remote…down that trail to this point.

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We love this land because we can grow everything… from blackberries to grapefruit!

This is why I am happy to send this advertisement and a special offer for the next phase of the Aboretto cloud forest gated community near our Ecuador hacienda from Swen Lorenz who writes:.

A first-come opportunity limited to just 5 readers

The insider story set in one of Ecuador’s “secret” tourism locations,
on the brink of being discovered.

Become the neighbor (quite literally) of an international investment expert who bets his own money that Ecuador will be the next investment red hot destination ….

… and get in at a $3,500 discount (first come first served).

“Until November 15th 2010, an unbelievable 100% refund offer applies if you are not delighted with your purchase (visit by 15 Feb 2011).”

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–    The project is located in a National Park that is “one of the best kept secrets in Ecuador” (Travel Monthly).

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–    Managed by a developer who has a proven track record for quality.

–    The homes are approved by a US construction expert with 25 years of hands-on experience, and are built to international standards.

Dear Reader,

My name is Swen Lorenz, I am an international investor and author of two investment books. I have been writing about international investing since 2004, with published articles in more than 40 publications in 7 countries. Some of you might have come across my investment blog, www.undervalued-shares.com.

On the surface of it you would probably expect me to live in New York, London, or Hong Kong – or some other major financial capital where banks, hedge funds and investment firms keep their headquarters.

Indeed, I have lived in two of these major capitals and set up a successful fund management company in the third one. Besides that, I have spent my life traveling extensively and have been lucky enough to tick many of the world’s best-known tourist destinations off my list. The Ginza district of Tokyo, the Victoria Falls in Zambia and the amazing landscapes of Patagonia – been there, done that.

Yet, despite all the glitzy destinations that I have often frequented, I’ve lost my heart to a small country in Latin America.  Ecuador.

It’s a place that most people would have a hard time finding on a map. Certainly, this isn’t the country that your average investor would look at. Too remote, too small, and not enough available information. And how would one possibly find local people that you know you can trust to do a good job for you?

These perceptions are going to change over the coming years, driven by developments such as the new international airport in Quito, the unstoppable growth of eco tourism, and the growing affluence among Ecuador’s 12 million people. Ecuador is gradually becoming a credible and attractive place to do business in. As a matter of fact, a friend of a friend has just now started to build a new $10m hotel in Ecuador. He is so confident about Ecuador’s prospects that he is literally betting the farm on it.

The difference between how the country is still perceived by most and what I experience on the ground, couldn’t be any bigger. E.g., the outside world still believes that Ecuador is a risky country to even set foot in (let alone invest in!). Yes, there is the occasional wobbly moment, such as the recent police riot when President Correa dared to cut the pay of over-paid public servants. Yet, these instances are simply a part of a country maturing and the foreign press makes it look like a much bigger deal than it really is – the whole thing was over within a day. I have more than 15 years of experience of investing into emerging markets, and Ecuador is a safer bet than most countries that are peddled by the mainstream investment media. Gary also recently wrote an interesting piece why now is the time to buy in Ecuador.

There are many factors that make Ecuador an interesting investment location to investigate. I have invested quite heavily into the country already, but unusually, I’ve also made this particular investment area my home.

You are probably wondering how this all came about?

What took me to Ecuador?

A few years ago, I came here on holiday. And instead of lazing away on the beach, I ended up starting a school project over here. We entrepreneurs just never stop thinking!

The school was a charity project that since then has helped dozens of Ecuadorian youngsters to improve their job qualifications. We have even had a visit from the UK’s BBC TV. The education arm of the United Nations once sent a representative to inspect the school and they called it “the best such program (they have seen) in Latin America.”

Initially, because of the school project, I came back over and over again.

Every time I came back, I grew to love it more. Now I am essentially ready to not even leave anymore. I have so many friends over here, that the country truly feels like home (and that’s despite me still not being properly fluent in Spanish because it’s so easy to get through with “Spanglish”).

Having traveled the globe, I’ve found Ecuador to be one of the world’s best places to settle in. The people are amazing and quite different from other countries in Latin America (they are the friendliest I have encountered in any country). Prices for day-to-day living are low. That’s on top of the fact that real estate offers great value. And it took me just 21 minutes to get the application for my residency papers done – so Ecuador makes for an easy transition, too.

The strange thing is that few people would have even heard of Ecuador – unlike Costa Rica, Belize or Croatia – countries that were also once considered too remote and too ‘exotic’ (or risky). However property prices in these places soon spiraled upwards because of American and European investors moving in. It’s for that very reason that you can still invest in Ecuador right now for a price that is just so much more attractive than investing elsewhere.

So if you have ever wondered if it’s worth owning a piece of land in Ecuador, then keep reading. Here you’ll get the insider’s view of someone who has actually done it, using his own money, and who is savoring living the life of an expat in Ecuador. Welcome to my life.

Why you, too, should consider Ecuador

It’s a fact that Ecuador is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. Personally, it makes little difference to me whether a country has 100 or 1,000 different species of butterflies, birds or orchids. There is a point where you can have biodiversity coming out of your ears.

But what I do appreciate about Ecuador is:

–    Clean fresh air, with lots of birds, wildlife, and green spaces all around.

–    High standard of local and international cuisine and tasty, nutritious and diverse fruits and vegetables galore. A feast to the eye and palate, and eating healthily extends your life, too.

–    Owning a bit of land that makes you feel you have a small bit of paradise to yourself, and to do so at a price that by American or European standards is cheap.

–    The opportunity to learn a new language by simply going about everyday life and picking it up (and one day I definitely WILL be fluent!).

–    The chance to make friends from all over the world.

–    Extremely cheap labor, e.g. having a maid for $300 a month.

–    A place to set up a new business without being dragged down by silly, out-of-control regulation (and a community within the property development who can provide all manner of helpful tips – including those you can get from myself)

–    The option to build a house just how you like it, i.e. lots of useful features that blend in with the environment, but without bureaucrats telling how you have to do it.

–    Making an investment that is so attractively priced to begin with, that its value can literally only go up.

–    And the list goes on and on and on….

You know about Ecuador already, and you are looking for a specific opportunity to make an investment and (potentially) create a new life for yourself.

And this is usually, where the difficulty starts.

The stuff that glossy brochures do not tell you about

I don’t even want to imagine how many foreigners (Americans, Europeans, Australians, etc) have come to Ecuador (and other places), put down money for a piece of land or even a house – and ended up utterly disappointed, with their dreams in shatters and their money partially or completely lost.

It must not be forgotten that Ecuador is also a developing country, a place where you need to know your way around or else you’ll end up in the hands of shady operators. I know, because I have seen it happening.

As a matter of fact, in some way I have even been affected by it myself. Not because someone did a runner with my money. But the developers that I hired to build my own house ended up running into liquidity problems when the banking crisis hit.

I set up my first business when I was 15 and have never been employed in my entire life, which is why I know that too much success can also kill a company. Over-expansion at too early a stage is a killer for thousands of young ventures every year. Stretch yourself too thin, and as soon as some unexpected external event happens, you end up finding yourself in hot water financially.

There I was, having chosen a developer who:

–    Delivered the architectural plans on time and just as I had wanted them (I only had to do very minor tweaks).

–    Finished construction on time and 10% below the budgeted costs (I got money back at the end – unheard of!).

–    Created a house for me that during the first one and a half years of using it, has had only very minor problems that all got fixed as soon as I pointed them out.

And still, I had to watch this developer run into deep financial problems. These were the people that I had wanted to hire for my future real estate investments in Ecuador, and instead they faced going bust.

Luckily, in every problem also lies an opportunity.

Instead of hiring the developer for future projects, I simply bought out one of the partners, injected the necessary cash myself, and instigated a restructuring aimed at putting the company back on the road – with a view to eventually making it bigger and better than ever before, and with the ambition to turn it into the best eco home developer in all of Ecuador.

It’s because of me having stepped in to save this high quality, but cash-strapped developer from the brink, that I can today offer you an extraordinary opportunity. It’s one that I guarantee will not be repeated once the first 5 investors have signed up.

Read on if you want to find out how to be one of those 5 insider early birds.

Buy at a price from where it can virtually only go up

There are a couple of fundamental truths that I believe in when it comes to investing.

One is, that pristine nature will only ever get scarcer on this planet (therefore prices can only go up).

Secondly, tourism is the world’s largest industry and it will only keep growing. Make sure that your property investments benefit from tourism! And tying in with my first point, ideally invest into property that benefits from eco tourism. The World Tourism Organization estimates that ‘nature tourism’ is growing at 10-30 per cent growth per year. That’s much faster than any other part of the global tourism industry.

Combine increasing scarcity and increasing demand, and you get:

–    Rising capital values.

–    Great rental potential.

–    Joy of ownership (it comes thrown in as a bonus).

That’s why I took notice when I was first told some details about this particular area. It was an eye opener. Here was a place that was just destined to take off as a tourism destination.  On top of that, this particular development is set within a national park!

As the San Jose Mercury News put it into their 2 May 2010 edition:

“Mindo is an easy-access epicenter of biodiversity in northwestern Ecuador teeming with hundreds of orchid and bird species, all framed by spectacular Andean scenery in a cool, temperate climate. …. Mindo is well-known in birder circles.“

Once you look at it in detail, the Mindo opportunity immediately makes sense. This is a project that will appeal to a large audience, not just to the bird watchers who were the original pioneering tourists in this area.

–    The right mix of being remote enough to be a real get-away-from-it-all, while still being easy to access. From Quito it is only a 50-mile drive on a high quality road, with restaurants and shops along the way.

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Map of Mindo and its surrounding areas.

–    Set within the Mindo-Nambillo Forest Reserve, a visually stunning protected area that has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

–    A fast growing local tourism sector. To speak of this place growing by leaps and bounds is no pipe dream, it’s already happening. That includes both Ecuadorian tourists and international visitors.

–    The number of activities available to you locally is increasing rapidly. Bird watching is what Mindo first became famous for, but it’s now becoming an eco and adventure holiday haven, with clean rivers to swim in, fresh food in restaurants where you can watch hummingbirds from your table, trails for hiking and trekking, rivers for tubing, and countryside lanes for biking. You can go horseback riding, treat yourself to some time in a Spa, visit butterfly farms, enjoy fresh trout in hosterias or go for walks to study flora such as orchids. You can also volunteer and participate in the local community; for example, one of the residents of Arboretto teaches English in the local school. Families, retirees, adventurers, writers looking for a quiet place, and anyone looking for a better lifestyle – Mindo suits many needs.

–    It’s a tucked away location that offers the opportunity to own a piece of land and build a house in a place that is quite simply a little bit like paradise on earth.

Set within this gem of an area, it is a project that is probably best described by simply showing you a couple of photos:

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Arboretto Reserve Valley

And this one…

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San Antonio River

And another one….

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Mindo is one of the leading bird areas in the world.

Can you already picture yourself here?

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This is a valley that has its own small stream running through it. To the back, there is the nature reserve (= off limits for development) of an award winning eco lodge. To the side, there is 5 km (3.5 miles) stream, the San Antonio River, which is born from the junction of several underground sources within the nature reserve (no industrial farming or agriculture to pollute its waters).  It’s a 15-minute drive from the town of Mindo, the small but growing hub for tourism in the Mindo area.

Mindo withstands a thorough investigation of the usual key facts:

–    The benign climate is virtually the same year-round; a comfortable range of 60ºF – 75ºF (15ºC – 24ºC )

–    You don’t have to fear nasty stuff like malaria. It doesn’t exist in this area because of Mindo’s altitude, which does not allow Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes to thrive.

–    There are local doctors, and for anything more serious you can easily get to first world medical services in Quito (at third world prices).

–    The authors of the Ecuador.com website put it like this: “The village of Mindo has a fairly large population and a well-developed infrastructure, including electricity, drinking water, sewerage, telephone lines and a small health center. It is a great place to spend time whilst exploring the surrounding cloud forest.”

–    Mindo offers you the chance to be creative when it comes to living your life, e.g. you could volunteer at a local school, start a workout program to get really fit, or simply pursue your hobbies while not spending more than $5 on a lunch in a local restaurant (and for $20 you can eat in a top class hotel restaurant).

Nestled in this valley is a high quality unpaved road that offers access to a total of 36 lots. The project was from the very beginning planned as a high-end eco haven, a place where foreign investors can purchase a piece of land and have a local developer take care of …

–    Maintenance of land (for those who like to own it as an investment and a potential retreat for later).

–    The construction of houses (for those who want to strike while the iron’s hot).

–    The local management of the entire project (to make sure everything remains in order for the community of owners).

When I first visited, this project was already well beyond the mere planning stage. With a road there, the construction of the first model house well underway, and meticulous planning for the all the various details drawn up, it seemed like nothing could potentially stop this project.

Nothing, except for the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the biggest banking and credit crisis of living memory!

That’s the one thing that no one had seen coming.

In early 2009, the too fast expansion caught up with this particular property developer. Work in the project slowed down, and the company needed a restructuring of its funding sources. And that’s exactly the kind of work that I like to do.

Fund raising, structuring corporate transactions and helping with turnarounds is just my area of expertise for the last decade.

E.g., back in 2008, I helped restructure a failed consumer goods company in a developing country that had also expanded too fast and ran into liquidity problems. Under my stewardship, the company reduced staff by more than 50% and cut away a lot of slack. Today, the operation is not only 4 times bigger than it was before it got into trouble, but is now on a firm footing too.

This project in Mindo simply deserved to get a fresh start, which is why I decided to step in. I simply bought into the company so as to help make things happen.

Introducing a company that is now fully equipped to help foreign investors to realize their dream

ADVENTO S.A. is the property developer behind the Mindo project. Compared to other restructuring cases that I have been involved with, ADVENTO was actually a fairly simple case. All the papers and accounts were in pristine condition. The plans for the projects were top notch. And the day-to-day management team is led by the best manager that I could possibly imagine for a company like this (more about him later). The primary issue was a lack of liquidity during the banking crisis. Demand from investors had dried up just as much as the availability of funding had also became extremely restricted. This required putting fresh capital into the company and paying off some loans and debts.

Today, newly positioned ADVENTO is in perfect shape:

–    The company does not owe any money to suppliers, clients or other outsiders. A lot of financially instable fly-by-night real estate operators faltered during the crisis. We are a solid partner, full stop.

–    I have reviewed all the plans and projects, and what little tweaking there had to be done to get the projects up to scratch, has been done.

–    We have an experienced, US based construction expert on board who advises ADVENTO using his decades worth of insights into construction.

With all this being in order, I am now more than happy to stick my neck out and personally throw my weight and name behind the Mindo project.

Here is how it will work…

Not just a piece of land, but a package for a new life (and a good investment thrown in for good measure)

We have polished the “Mindo Arboretto” project (Arboretto comes from the word “Arboretum”, or a botanical garden). We have thought of every single angle that there is to think of.

We can now offer a choice of 6 different villa models, on a choice of three types of lot.

– The lots choices are:

– Riverside view (set beside the San Antonio river).

– Canopy view (set high up in the valley so as to benefit from a view).

– Base lots set lower in the valley offer a great budget conscious choice and all that set in pristine nature.

There is not a single lot that isn’t desirable, they are simply different in what they offer and those who come in early have all the choice in the world.

The available villas range from 2 bedrooms/1 bathroom as the smallest (and most popular) option. Here are computer renderings of…

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the two…

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bedroom house for $97,576.

Homes range up to a…

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full-fledged 4 bedrooms…

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3 bathroom…

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house that leaves absolutely nothing to be desired as this computer generated rendering shows.

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We named our villas after local flora and fauna:

– Bromelia (Bromeliad) and Quinde (Tree Frog) are single story options.

– Helecho (Fern), Orquidea (Orchid), Colibri (Hummingbird) and Mariposa (Butterfly) have 2 storeys.

The lowest-price option is $97,576 for a 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom villa including a base lot. For quality construction set within such a professionally developed project, you’ll be hard pressed to find a comparable offer.

If you want to look at the other end of the scale, for a price of $222,311 you get the 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom Mariposa villa including a plum riverside lot.

What ever you choose, the homes provide a suitable option for most needs  – as well as great value with peace of mind quality. The interiors are…

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modern and first…

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class as…

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well as shown in these computer generated renderings.

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Additionally, all of the houses can be tweaked and customized so as to accommodate individual preferences.

On a like-for-like basis, you will be hard pressed to find such quality construction at this price in Ecuador.

These prices will be adjusted upwards, as the project consolidates with further building.

Further details can be found on the website: www.Arboretto-Mindo.com

We invite you to come to the project to see and experience for yourself.

All the other factors necessary for a successful property development are either already in place or have been planned out and will be built within the space of the coming 12 to 18 months:

Access roads (two thirds of them are already built)

–    Electric grid (already in place for a part of the lots)

–    Hiking trails on the land of the development

–    Garbage classification facilities (for recycling)

–    Water distribution grid

–    A shared parking space

–    Public lighting

–    Landscaping of the communal areas

There even is an initial, fully furnished home that has been finished already and which anyone who wants to get a feeling for spending time in Mindo can have a closer look at. The other house-types offered will be quite distinct from this model house, so you truly are spoilt for choice – and you can get a first-hand impression of the quality of materials and craftsmanship by visiting the project’s model house.

This project is already well advanced, and our recent tweaking has turned it into a proposition that I am so convinced of, that I have bought a lot for myself. As one of my associates said when inspecting the project before I bought into the company: “How many quality developments can there be in the world that are set within a protected National Park!”

Needless to say, we have virtually everything in place already to make this work for you. I believe in efficiency, and we have already done 99% of the planning that is necessary for a seamless project. Provided of course, this kind of “haven set within pristine nature” is what you are looking for.

All the lots come with a set of covenants that are registered to the land, and that only allow for development that is in tune with the surroundings. This in turn protects those who buy into the project for its stunning features.

And to be frank, if you absolutely don’t like the overall concept of an eco community of internationally minded home-owners in a nature reserve, then please simply look else where. I am convinced of the overall concept as it stands now, and I don’t want to see brash condo buildings in an area where I believe small individual nature-respecting houses are the way forward.

There is already a clear vision in place, and it’s one that I believe will appeal to a discerning audience. Obviously, if you like inner city apartments, then Mindo Arboretto is not for you. If you don’t like Spanish-speaking countries, it’s not for you either. And if you believe that a rural community in Ecuador has to have a McDonald’s, then please for heaven’s sake stay where you are! We prefer home-made Patacones to food from chain restaurants owned by anonymous corporations.

Everyone else who has so far found this interesting, keep reading!

A clear deal with a clear deadline (and QUALITY written all over it)

Since I am putting my (carefully built) reputation on the line, I want this project to become a success for its owners and investors.

For me, Mindo is the best opportunity to propel ADVENTO (the development company) into the next league. If Mindo Arboretto goes well, ADVENTO will have the gates wide open to expand into other areas in Ecuador and become a premier provider of real estate services to a demanding foreign clientele. For you, this means that you will benefit from being part of a standard-setting development.

I’d even like to underline just how much this is thought out to be a project for a clientele that is asking for quality. A rare commodity in Ecuador.

You can easily find a dozen other projects in Ecuador that will look like a bargain on the surface.

Someone might offer you that beachfront lot for $5,000 (and a three-course lunch with French wine for $1.50), and others will promise you a full set of infrastructure for a bargain price that sounds too good to be true. But remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is (and there is a long list of failed projects in Ecuador and elsewhere in Latin and Central America).

Again, I can back these claims up with more than just words and promises. There is a tangible track record.

ADVENTO has been hired by a large investor into Ecuadorian property – to help them sort out the mess that their inexperienced local partners had caused. This is because ADVENTO has the inside view of what can go wrong. When you’re working with a company that other developers come to,  you can be confident that you’re in experienced hands. That’s why I can ensure that you won’t have to deal with the problems that so often blight other projects in Latin America.

How much will you save on maintenance costs if you don’t have the road washed away the first time you get a bit more rain than usual? Or how about tripping up on electrical cables that commonly run along the ground? That international standard of work and materials in Arboretto Mindo, ultimately increases the value of your investment and it maximizes your rental potential. In the end, spending some money on quality right at the beginning is cheaper (and a better investment) than having to deal with problems later on.

High quality infrastructure development – ranging from functioning water supply to a reliable electric grid and finishing off with communal facilities such as a pool – simply come at a certain price. ADVENTO has experience in sourcing the best value solution available on the Ecuadorian market, balancing quality and durability with price. The company researches thoroughly and negotiates tough with suppliers. But still, a quality project done with careful planning and designed to deliver what it promises, can’t be done for the price that sometimes you might see advertised elsewhere. I don’t want to mention names, but just looking at some of these offers I can tell you straight away that who ever falls for them, will end up disappointed and feeling defrauded.

Again, I have experience with this as I am myself living in a house that ADVENTO built. The house was more expensive than what I would have paid in other developments. In the meantime, I have learned just how much it increases your quality of life if you don’t have to deal with all sorts of constant problems that we in the U.S and Europe just don’t expect, but are the norm in Ecuador. In the end, spending some money on quality right at the beginning is cheaper (and a better investment) than having to deal with problems later on.

And what I offer today specifically, is this:

Take the first pick of the available base lots in Mindo Arboretto, and purchase one for $24,500 (instead of the $27,000 that they will cost after the initial launch). This price will include the costs for the deeding process. It will take approximately six weeks to get your deed delivered (in the meantime, your funds will stay in a lawyer’s escrow account). Getting the deeding done is an extra $1,000 in value. You can choose any one of the available base lots and you get $2,500 off.

And not forgetting our no risk, 100% refund offer if you are not delighted with your purchase. You have until 15th Feb 2011 to visit Arboretto-Mindo after your purchase, and if you decide it is not for you, you will receive a no-quibble refund within 2 weeks. This offer applies for purchases until and including Nov 15th 2010 only.

To give you a yet clearer idea of what exactly you can buy into, I have prepared a number of documents to be ready for you:

–    Photo Brochure about the Mindo Arboretto Project, including renderings of house types.

–    Layout of project, lot numbers and available lots (incl. prices)

–    Map of the Mindo area

–    Quick overview of the process how to buy and sell these lots, and information about the future management of the project’s communal parts.

–    An English translation of the real estate registry deed that you are going to receive.

–    An English translation of the covenants that are attached to each lot so as to make sure all lots will stay in line with the project’s overall spirit, e.g. restrictions on not being able to build more than 2 storys.

–    Purchase Form to order your lot

You might also want to check out the following two websites:

–    ADVENTO corporate website, www.advento-sa.com

–    Mindo Arboretto project website, www.arboretto-mindo.com (This website gives full details of all the lot types and villa models).

You can see how we have put a lot of effort into getting this right – not the least as I want to demonstrate that investing in Latin America does not necessarily mean having to deal with delays and problems.

None of this would be possible, by the way, without the work of ADVENTO’s general manager, Carlos Tobar. I am a little proud of having Carlos as manager, which is why I just wanted to share his CV with you:

“Carlos is a suma cum laude with an MBA from George Washington University. He worked for over 7 years at Sumitomo Corporation del Ecuador S.A., where he held the position of Business Development Manager. He also worked for over two years at Citibank N.A., where he held the position of Financial Institutions Relationship Manager and Financial Information Manager. At ADVENTO, Carlos is the Managing Director. He oversees and manages each ADVENTO development, as well as those of our partner contractors. Carlos is in charge of contracting, purchasing, controlling and implementing the different phases of the communal development, as well as communications with all lot owners.“

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Carlos Tobar

In other words, he is a guy who is used to managing such tasks – and besides that, he is also an extremely friendly chap that I am sure you will enjoy working with. Besides, he speaks perfect English (and if you like, you can converse in French with him as he grew up in Geneva as the son of a diplomat).

If you have any questions left, you can simply email me (swen.lorenz@undervalued-shares.com) or our general manager in Quito (carlos.tobar@advento-sa.com).

Both of us will be happy to share our entire knowledge with you, not just about Mindo but also about all other aspects of living in Ecuador.

Speaking of which, you might be interested to hear that a good part of the infrastructure for the project is actually already in place. Most lots already have road access. The road has been built in such a way that it is protected against the run-off of rain, and the bit of the road that leads along the stream is specially protected against a river swell. As you can see, this project isn’t the kind of pipe dream that other developers are peddling. It’s already happening, and it’s all been carefully planned so that there are no nasty surprises with maintenance at a later stage.

Of course, there are some problems that we cannot solve. The bumps in the public road leading to the project. The fact that when going to Quito, you currently still have to go through the old airport. And personally, I find it terribly annoying that the news stands in Quito aren’t capable of providing a crisp copy of the Financial Times every morning.

But that’s all part of the deal. If it wasn’t like this, Ecuador would already be priced like Costa Rica or Croatia. And actually, for most of these small problems I can already see the solution on the horizon. The new airport in Quito is now on schedule for a November 2011 opening. The Financial Times is luckily enough available as a pdf version for download. And some day, the Municipality of Mindo will have the funds to upgrade the local road system – something that will in turn help them increase their tourism revenue.

By that time, land prices are likely to have risen further. That’s why I believe now is as good a time as has ever been, to gain a foothold in Ecuador. And to do so in one of the natural reserve treasures of the country, where tourism is bound to continue to grow by leaps and bounds. In a way, you will even contribute yourself to keeping this area pristine. Part of the project is a 95 acres private reserve that will stay protected for eternity, and which you as a lot owner will always have on your doorstep.

All this comes together to form a package that I believe, provides for a perfect start into a better, healthier and happier life. There is no better time to embark on a journey to such a new life than now. All you need to do, is drop us an email to get the ball rolling.

For everything else, you can count on us as your local support team.

With best wishes from Ecuador,

Swen Lorenz

P.S.: Would you like to meet me personally to discuss this opportunity? I am regularly in Quito and Guayaquil, and can often be found passing through the US and several European capitals. Feel free to drop me a note and see if our paths cross! I have a hectic schedule but I making a real effort to turn Mindo into a community of interesting and diverse people, and I always strive to make time for a coffee or for lunch with like-minded investors.

P.P.S.  There is a time limit to reserve! The $3,500 discount is available to the first five buyers who send their deposit.  This offer expires in three weeks…  November  9, 2010.

Deal not final until you come and see. You then have until February 15, 2011 to visit the project. Upon your visit by this date you can cancel the reservation for a full refund.

Special note from Gary Scott:

The global economy is entering into phase II of the biggest economic shift in the history of mankind. This evolution in trade and productivity will hugely benefit real estate in Ecuador as well as the US. See part II in a series on why here.

See the Mindo property and learn more about life in the cloud forest  at the NEW tours created by Jean Marie Butterlin.

Jan. 29-30    Mindo Exploration of Life in a Cloud Forest  ($249 or $299 for two).

See how to attend this tour and 50 more free.

Mindo Real Estate For Sale


We have written many times about the Arboretto residential project (see below) in Mindo Ecuador.

See the latest updates and special opportunities with Mindo real estate for sale here.

We have found that many readers, especially those,  searching for warmer climates,  like this project.

Those who do, may find the paid advertisement, sent by Brian Kearney, below of interest.

Gary

Paid Advertisement

Unfortunately, my wife and I need to leave Ecuador urgently to return home to look after an incapacitated family member who has no one else available to provide the proper care and attention required.

This means we must sell two blocks of land, No 24 and 25 in the San Rene sub division development.

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San Rene is situated next to the Arboretto project.

Each block is approx 50,000 square feet (over one acre), with river frontage at one end to the Mindo River.

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The other end is nearby the access road to the Arboretto Mindo Development.

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Here we are on the lot.

This is exactly the same ecological area as Mindo itself and is only about 3 miles from the start of the Mindo Development.

Each block has capacity for two houses without interfering with the eco system or each other.

I am asking $40,000 for each block.  The assessed formal land value by the Council is US $59,900 for both blocks.  Will sell as one or sell individually.

Please contact me, Brian Kearney, at bklkbklk79@gmail.com

END OF PAID ADVERTISEMENT

We have not inspected or visited the property in the advertisement above nor do we know the advertiser.  Interested parties should use all normal caution, take care with all due diligence and use an independent attorney in all purchases to check title, contracts and all aspects of the purchase. We highly recommend that interested readers always visit and inspect any property and/or construction before purchasing.

Carlos Tobar our Quito Mindo tour director is making arrangements for delegates on our February Quito Mindo real estate tour to visit the property above as well as  the  Arboretto Riverside Villas project shown below.

More on Mindo

Mindo has an altitude of 5,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level and a temperate climate.

Mindo Ecuador is one of Ecuador’s beautiful areas. Merri and I purchased (and still own) our first hacienda Rosaspamba near Mindo .

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Here is a shot of the cloud forest near Mindo taken from our front yard at Rosaspamba.

Mindo is one of best places in the world to watch birds.  Mindo sits in a cloud forest only an hour and a half from Quito.

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You can watch the clouds walk across the tree tops in the Mindo cloud forest.

Due to its critically important role in the conservation of numerous rare and endemic species, Mindo was designated South America’s first Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International in 1997. Mindo is an area of historic ornithological studies, where early collectors and ornithologists discovered or collected many species.

Mindo lies within the Chocó Endemic Bird Area (EBA) and Chocó Biogeographic Region, which is considered one of the world’s richest biogeographic areas.

This area supports the largest number of restricted-range birds of any EBA in the Americas, over 50 species being endemic to the area.

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The Cock of the Rock often observed in Mindo and Intag.

Mindo is also home to the greatest number of endemic montane birds of any place in the world (Birds of Ecuador, Ridgley and Greenfield).
2000-2005 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) – sponsored by the Audubon Society.

Mindo has been among the top three highest bird counts in the world for the last six  years. This is with over 2,000 locations participating. Each location is a 25 kilometer radius, and the count lasts for 24 hours. Mindo had the highest count in the year 2000 with 350 bird species recorded, and in past years has exceeded the 400 bird species mark.

Just 45 minutes west of Quito, Mindo has a rapidly growing tourist industry based on Ecotourism in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. Birdwatching is especially famous in Mindo as well butterflies, orchids and bromeliads.

Mindo offers many other activities beyond  birding.  There is tubing on the rivers, horseriding through the forest , hiking, gliding through the forest canopy  suspended on a zipwire.   Mindo has a rich variety of wildlife, a butterfly farm, and a huge variety of flowers… especially orchids. All this is serenaded by tropical sounds… frog concerts Bird songs parrot flock sing and katydids hum at dusk.

When in Ecuador, Mindo is a must-see.  The climate is warm all year round.  The wettest months are January and April,

At all times though, you’ll see hummingbirds and tubing is best in January through May when water levels are high.

Rain does not stop visitors because the temperatures range from 60ºF to 75ºF.   Rain storms are common throughout the year,  a benefit in a world that is increasingly starved for water.   The climate is driest from May – September.  July – October are the busiest months for overseas tourists, but weekends and national holidays throughout the year find many Quiteños in Mindo.

Delegates on our Quito Mindo tour visit the Arboretto Riverside Villas (ARV), a novel concept in ecotourism presold villas.   ARV is made up of 36 custom homes, to be built within an extension of 25  acres.   Carlos Tobar, our Quito Mindo tour director is one of the developers of this project and has built the first model home, which delegates visit during the Quito Mindo tour.

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Prices start at $150,000 for a 1,300 square foot custom home built on a lot of an average of 10,000 square feet.

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The key characteristic of these homes is their transparency and the way they are immersed in nature:

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Each house has its own outside Jacuzzi, that allows residents  to enjoy nature in the warmth of their own deck that projects into the forest.

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This project suits those who want access to a modern, city but desire  a more relaxed way of life in a smaller town and natural habitat.

This is just one more example of Ecuador’s diversity and our Quito Mindo provide an opportunity to experience the many facets that Quito and Mindo have to offer.

Gary

Quito and Mindo Real Estate Tour


Quito and Mindo Real Estate Tour.

Prices for real estate in Quito and the surrounding valleys are still low.  For example below you can see brand new 861 square foot three bedroom condos for $29,999.

Carlos Tobar, who is conducting our Quito and Mindo real estate tour, just sent me this note.


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Gary, Quito real estate offers outstanding quality, alternatives and value for expatriates visiting Ecuador.

The picture above shows a shot of the more modern, northern part of Quito, with the impressive Pichincha in the background.

The city is a world heritage renowned for its historic downtown, the largest Spanish colonial town in South America.  The historic colonial city center offers several real estate opportunities, nested in this most impressive colonial ambiance.

However, Quito is characterized as a city of diversity.  The city is over 30 miles long while not  much more than a few miles wide.

The north is more modern, home to most of the banking sector and large business, as well as the more expensive neighborhoods.  The south is more
commercial, with less expensive neighborhoods.  Quito also boasts its surrounding valleys such as the valleys of Tumbaco, Los Chillos, Calderon and Pomasqui.  Here is a map.

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Our Quito – Mindo tours will take us to see opportunities in old town Quito.  We will look at
properties in the northern business sector of Quito, such as these condos located in the
heart of the business, banking and hotel sector of Quito:

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Prices in a modern brand new building such as this are about $64,000 for a 572 square foot
condo.

The general floor plans of the condos are as follows:

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As you can tell, Quito offers both modern and classic architecture.  It also offers a wide variety
of prices, depending on what you may be looking for.

For instance, we will also visit this development:

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It is located in the Valley of Pomasqui, very close to the zero latitude “middle of the world”.

This energetic center was known even as far back as the Incas, and they were so drawn to it
that they were not satisfied until they made it part of their empire.

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Comfortable and quality town houses are available in this  complex
starting for US$ 29,999 for a cozy 861 square foot 3 bedroom unit.  Here we have a
few shots of the interior of these properties (the furniture is that of the model home but is not
included in the sales price):

The living room

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The dining room leading to the kitchen area

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The bed room comfort

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As part of our continuing tasting of the variety Quito has to offer, delegates who will attend the
Quito-Mindo tour will visit the higher end project as well, located where the new airport is being built.

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The project lies next to a renowned Golf and Country Club.

It boasts 3.5 acres of green communal areas, fresh air, a privileged micro-climate, in an
exclusive, high-appreciation sector.

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The project is made up of 99 lots to be sold in 2 stages.  Each lot owner will be allowed to build
a single home in each lot, sized 240 m2 or 300 m2 (approximately 2,550 ft2 and 3,200 ft2,
respectively), following general architectural guidelines set forth in the purchase documents.

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Lot prices start at $54,000 for lots that begin at 5,200 square feet.

Our Quito – Mindo tour also offers you the possibility to travel outside of Quito, to the north-
western part of the Province of Pichincha.  We will visit the Mindo area, known for its abundant
bio-diversity (just Google “Mindo” to find out more about this bird-watchers and ecotourism
paradise).

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Mindo is an ecotourism hotspot where nature enthusiast can find plenty of activities and enjoy
their natural surroundings.

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There we will visit the project Arboretto Riverside Villas (ARV), a novel concept in ecotourism
presold villas.   ARV is made up of 36 custom homes, to be built within an extension of 25
acres.   We have built the first model home in ARV, which we will be able to visit during our
tour.

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Prices start at $150,000 for a 1,300 square foot custom home built on a lot of an average of
10,000 square feet.

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The key characteristic of these homes is their transparency and the way
they are immersed in nature:

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Each house has its own outside Jacuzzi, literally allowing you to enjoy nature in the warmth of
your own deck.

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In summary, Quito and the Mindo area have a great deal to offer to those who are looking for a
modern, city life-style as well as to those of you who enjoy a more relaxed way of life in a
smaller town (without being out of reach of the big city).

This is just one more example of Ecuador’s diversity and this tour will provide you the
opportunity to experience the many faces that Quito and Mindo have to offer.   We look forward
to sharing this experience with you.  Regards Carlos.

Our January Quito Mindo real estate tour is full but there is still time to join this tour in February.

Enroll in our Quito / Mindo Ecuador Real Estate Tour here. $499. Couple  $749.

Join us at a seminar or tour to share ways to invest, do business and live that protect as they provide joy, satisfaction, better health and enhanced wealth.

Join us in February or March.Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Fl.

February 15-16 Travel to Quito and tour Quito

February 17     Travel Quito to Manta

February 18-19  Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

February 20 Travel Manta to Cotacachi

February 21-22 North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour

February 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour

February 25 Travel Quito Cuenca

February 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 2010

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

March 15    Travel to Quito

March 16 Travel Quito Cotacachi

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

March 19-20    Cotacachi Shamanic Tour

March 21  Travel Cotacachi to Manta

March 22-23   Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour

March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca

March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

March 27  Travel Cuenca to Salinas

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

There is one week left to gain the largest savings on our Ecuador tours.

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

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

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

Even Better.  Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010  (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $2,999.

The International club fee rises to $3,500 January 25 2010. Enroll in the International Club now at the original fee of $2,999. Save $501 extra before January 25, 2010.

Because holiday expenses often tighten the winter cash flow, you can enroll with three monthly payments… $1,025 in January… $1,025 in February and $1,025 in March 2010.

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 a guest of you choice can attend courses worth $40,947.You can calculate the savings as our schedule of all 2010 courses here.
International Club 2010 Membership $2,999 Enroll here