Following Election – Interest in Moving/Investing in Ecuador Peaks

Below is an article Tom published on his LinkedIn page on November 9, 2016.

Change multiplies uncertainty. Now, as greater uncertainty comes into play, US Citizens and International Investors seek ways to hedge existing bets on the direction and volatility of the US and World economy.

The labyrinth of unknowns instantly created by the results of the latest election cycle have brought “thoughtful pause” to many of us looking for a safe, solid ROI and a high quality of life today and through our retirement years. After being blindsided by bubbles and bailouts, we seek presently-undervalued real assets that will maintain or increase their value despite, or as a result of, the ups and downs around us.

Ecuador has been described as Costa Rica with real estate prices 40 years behind the curve. Ecuador recently received a HUGE upgrade in terms of infrastructure (new roads, new hydro plants, new refinery, new airport) and international recognition as the world’s highest-value retirement destination by CNBC, Forbes, International Living Magazine and the New York Times. The official currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar and its two main cities of Quito and Guayaquil are a short (4 hour), direct flight from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale (via Jetblue). Ecuador’s time zone coincides with either EST and CST depending on daylight savings time in the US, making it a viable base for the digitally mobile worker.

Despite all the recent attention and upgrades, Ecuador still has many undeveloped beachfront destinations. You can still have large undeveloped beachfront lots at prices ranging from $35,000-$100,000. Investors can still find large parcels with beachfront at very low prices such as this property we will soon be announcing near the surf town of Canoa:

29-Acres of Gorgeous Beachfront for Sale

This gorgeous property has a brand-new concrete road designed and built complete with a bike-lane by a national government focused on developing tourism along its coastline. Here is a look at the road and the property looking to the north:

Gorgeous beachfront property for sale in Ecuador

 

For those looking to move down soon or buy now and rent until retirement, beachfront condos can provide exceptional value and appreciation. New condo projects are just beginning to become available for the forward thinking retirees and investors along the beaches just outside of the busy cities. One example is our Ensenada del Pacifico project located in San Clemente, Manabi that is now nearing completion. Demand for the first phase of the project was strong and only two units are available as resales at only $154,000. The majority of the project was sold prior to completion.

Beachfront condos for sale in Ecuador

Click here for the listing

And for those seeking a quiet single-family home on or near the beach, we have a number of house listings well-under the $200K mark, including a newly constructed 2 bedroom/2 bath beachfront home in a stunning location:

Beachfront home for sale in Ecuador

Click here for the listing

With the ups and downs of the US and World Economy, purchasing tangible assets in Ecuador in the form of land, investment, or an income-producing vacation property that is presently well-undervalued in the global market might be just the right move for you.

If you are looking for more information about Ecuador for retirement, investment, or both – enter your email by following the link below so we can send you our “Know Before You Go” guide that reviews each town on the Central Coast and provides vital tips for the foreign traveler planning a visit:

"Know Before You Go" trip guide

“Know Before You Go” Guide

Also, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to questions like, “Can foreigners own clear title to property in Ecuador?”:

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Beachfront condo for $55K

UPDATE: So, about an hour after publishing this post (not exactly a trivial accomplishment with an active baby that is WAY too enthusiastic for opportunities to pound my keyboard and smudge my screen…), Tom tells me that this condo unit is rented by an American couple for the next two years. Anyways, probably a good investment strategy for the owner as beachfront prices are definitely on the rise and it makes sense to hold onto and rent out properties as they increase in value. One thought is that if you want a good buy and aren’t in a hurry to move in, you should lock in this price with the owner now.

 

If you are looking for a simple and affordable beachfront purchase, here is a really
good deal that’s currently available in Crucita: $55K for a 2BR/2BA beachfront condo.

View of the beach from the balcony

Here are the details:

  • Approximately 800 square feet enclosed
  • Located on the ground floor (no stair-climbing required…a good thing since this building has no elevator)
  • Balcony looking out onto the beach
  • Constructed in 2007. The owner is the architect who built the condo building as well as the new condos next door.
  • Basic appliances included (stove/refrigerator)
  • 24 hour security. On-site maintenance available
  • Parking
  • Access to the rooftop terrace for awesome sunset viewing
  • Access to common area of the new adjacent condo building which includes a swimming pool that overlooks the beach
  • Maintenance fees are $25/month
  • Note: this unit is currently NOT plumbed for hot water. The owner has one of those electrical “suicide” electrical heater units attached to the shower head. Those things do work; Tom and I have used plenty of them in our days in Latin America but one may nevertheless consider cutting in a hot water line and installing an on-demand gas powered water heater…

 

For more details and photos, go to: http://ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Condos2.html

Beautiful yet inexpensive beachfront lot – only $11,500!

People often ask what our least expensive beachfront land sells for. Well, the answer is $11,500.

In fact we currently have 2 adjacent beachfront lots listed at this low price. Each lot is 10 meters wide by 20 meters deep for 200 sq m or 2,152 sq ft total. These beachfront lots are located on the southern end of the quiet fishing town of San Jacinto. The lots are perfectly sized for building a small beachouse or to keep as an investment for the future. The lots back up to small a biological reserve and are about a three minute walk to the Portoviejo River.

We are asking $11,500 for each lot or $22,000 for the two together. You’re looking at a price of a little over $5 per square foot of beautiful beachfront land! Imagine finding those kinds of deals nowadays in Costa Rica or Panama!

Consider investing in Ecuador while the prices are still so low!

"Lots 10 and 11"

Learn more about these affordable properties: http://ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Lots10and11.html

July 2010 Ecuador Beachfront Condo Update

The Arena, Sol y Mar Condo project that we have been promoting and documenting as part of this blog has made major progress since our last update:

Ecuador Condo

The final floor was poured, the outside walls have been surfaced, and the inside walls are built!

ecuador beach condo

Here is a view from the 5th floor:

Ecuador Condos

and here is a view of the condos from the beach along the main beachfront road in Crucita:

Crucita Beach condos

There are now only 4 units left and prices are still very low.  Check out our Ecuador Beachfront Condos page for more info and updated prices.

Something New: Ecuador Video Discount Guides!

We have put together our first Video Discount Guide package and it is ready for you to download at:

http://www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Videos.html


Ecuador Videos

We have traveled the central coast of Ecuador (Manta to Canoa), negotiated special deals with hotels, restaurants, tour companies, shot hours of footage, and put together an essential resource guide.

We’ve condensed all this great information into one, instantly-downloadable Video Discount Guide Package so you can Get To Know Ecuador faster and more efficiently than anywhere else!

The downloadable coupons are serious:

  • $75 off a woman’s yoga and surf camp in Canoa
  • $150 off a personalized charter fishing package in Manta
  • 10-20% discounts on exclusive hotels
  • 10-20% off at excellent seafood restaurants and bars… to name just a few.

Check our webpage now to get the special $10 off intro price.

http://www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Videos.html

Download the Intro Video: Get To Know Ecuador Video Guide

or watch it right here:

Crucita Condo Update: The 8th and final story has been poured!

The Crucita condo building, Arena, Sol y Mar II has just had its 8th and final floor poured as of February 4, 2010. Construction on this beachfront property continues to proceed according to budget and is currently ahead of schedule. The completion date of the building is November 2010.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity to own your beachfront condo at a discounted preconstruction price! For all the details, floorplans and photos take a look at our Ecuador Beachfront Condos page.

Crucita Condo Testimonial

We wanted to share a testimonial we received from Bob Faske who purchased a condo in Crucita in November. Here’s what Bob had to say about his experience:

“In October 2009 I was lucky enough to find Tom’s website (www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com). I begged a few days leave from work to see Crucita and Arena,Sol y Mar firsthand in early Nov.

The town is well off the “beaten path” but the continual roadwork up the coast from Manta will change this soon. The town is a small fishing village with a wide sweep of beach, and popular with locals on weekends. My large room at Hostal Velodores was clean, convenient and reasonably priced (didn’t hurt that it was off-season)with free washer,(fitfull)computer access,and a near-empty courtyard pool.

While exploring the condo site next door,I not only met the friendly yet diligent construction crew, busy forming the 6th-floor columns, but was able to meet the owner/engineer Sr. Raphael Andrade, who was most gracious in explaining the floor plan, construction technique,and purchasing process; we spent several hours together in Portoviejo with the notario completing the promesa de compre vende,securing me a phone chip,and admiring Mercedes engineering. He also contacted me later to note a math error that would give me a slightly lower price!

Sr. Carlos Fuentes, the project’s architect is on site daily; Sr. Andrade visits as often as possible (weekly) from his home in Quito–his family will enjoy the top-floor penthouse, a fact that reassures me strongly about the quality of consruction and amenities.

I must commend Sr. Eduardo Iglesias and his wife Paola for their hospitality and knowledge of the area, and thanks to Tom again for long-distance guidance in finding this wonderful spot. I’m looking forward to spending many fine days in Crucita at Arena,Sol Y Mar II!”

Bob Faske
West Palm Beach
bobeff@bellsouth.net

January 2010 Condo Update

Construction of the beautiful beachfront condos in Crucita progresses according to schedule. Rafael, the lead engineer just informed us that the 7th floor was poured this month. The 8th and final floor will be laid during the beginning of February.

The amenities for the condos are impressive:
  • Pool and jacuzzi
  • Elevator
  • Private, gated parking
  • Exercise room and game room
  • Restaurant/bar
  • On-site guardian and maintenance person, available 24 hours
  • Walkway access to the terrace of the adjacent condo where folks get together to grill, sun-bathe, sip a cocktail as they marvel at another beautiful sunset.
  • Back-up generator to keep water flowing and the elevator running in case of a power outage
Maintenance fees for all these services will be $20/mo.
Each condo is 91 square meters or 980 square feet with 2BR/2BA. There are 2 condos per floor, both with expansive ocean views. If you want one large condo, you could buy two adjacent condos and ask Rafael to join them and personalize your floor plan!
As of last week, there is still one condo available on the 5th story, the best view remaining as the 6th story condos have already sold. The 7th story (and uppermost) will be a penthouse suite for Rafael and his family (lucky dogs). For January and February prices and current availability please visit our condo page at: http://www.ecuadorbeachfrontproperty.com/Condos.html
Pre-construction prices continue to increase as the project nears completion so if you are interested, the sooner you act, the more money you will save! Once completed, these will be THE premier condos in Crucita and will make for an excellent investment.
Views of the beach directly in front of the condos
Send us an email with any questions or to reserve your condo! Rafael has completed purchases from the US so you can jump on this deal without having to wait for a trip to Ecuador.
tom at ecuadorbeachfrontproperty dot com

Condo updates – New photos as of Dec 5th, 2009!

Here are the latest photos of the Crucita condominium project taken just 5 days ago as the 6th story floor was poured. Construction progress is marching on at a steady clip and is very much on schedule.

Here are the workers prepping the rebar for the base of the sixth story:

Here is a view of the sixth story from the top of their first condo project:

and here is the view of both projects from below. Interest is building as the project gets closer to completion and so now is the time to get a new condo. See our Condos webpage for more details, photos, and pricing information.

Beachfront Condo in Ecuador for Christmas anyone? Prices start at $57,077!

Condo price and sales update

Lynn and I took a moment recently to pause for Thanksgiving, visit with family, and get caught up on things. We’re in Texas now, after having made our way from Chicago to Mobile, AL on the inland waterway system! It felt great to head south toward warmer climes… but the cold weather lately has us missing Crucita!
We’ve had continued interest in the Crucita Condos and I’ve updated the Condos page. The prices have risen a bit as the construction continues and I suggest getting in soon. Three units are sold and two are reserved under contract as I write this on December 1, 2009.
I’m posting the floorplans for the Condos here so you can get an idea of just how much space is available. There is still time to work with the architect to customize these plans if you have a different layout in mind.
Eduardo has been doing a great job showing visitors our available lots and the condos. I also recently updated our Services page with info on staying with Eduardo and Paula while you’re in town at their condo. They offer full service dropoff and pickup transportation from the Manta Airport and are happy to show you around Crucita, Portoviejo, and Manta. Get in touch and plan a trip!