Ecuador: The Unvarnished Truth

In Ecuador, you can have it all…but it doesn’t come without sacrifice.

At times, International Living is accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses… of overlooking the bad and omitting the blemishes. If you’ve been here in Quito the past few days, you surely would not agree with that.

Because the expats who live here have come out into the open and are telling it like it is. No holds barred. The unvarnished truth and then some…

I’m Suzan Haskins and I’ve been reporting to you these past three days from Quito.

To say it’s been eye-opening is an understatement. I live in Ecuador and have been doing so on-and-off for the last 12 years. But even I learned so mucho mas from the speakers at this event about Ecuador that I didn’t know before.

This is one of the most hospitable countries on the planet where, we learned, everyone from the president and the government on down are welcoming foreign retirees and expat families with open arms. But there are some surprises beyond the welcome mat…

The final panel discussion was particularly telling, with the audience throwing random questions at the panel. They were asking about the challenges to living in Ecuador, the up-and-coming destinations no one talks about, personal safety issues, importation rules, and more—like…can you drink the water… can you bring or own firearms… what will be the effect of any possible future inflation rates on retirement nest eggs… what if you have asthma or allergies… is Ecuador for you?

In another session, we even learned about how to import your household goods. Like when to start the process and how long it takes. (And importantly, how much it costs.) What can you bring? What must you leave at home?

You can learn what we’ve learned. Should you want to listen in to any and all of the presentations, introductions, or panel discussions from this conference, you can. I’ve sent you details about how to do just that and I’ll do that again here, at the end of this report.

How Patrick Found his Paradise…

But first… I want to tell you about one of the most inspiring speakers on the roster today…

Patrick Robinson has a Burl Ives countenance, down to the deep, distinctive voice. (The problem is, he says, “I’m starting to look like him!”)

Living on the island of Maui in Hawaii (the most expensive and overtaxed state in the union, according to Patrick) he made a snapshot list of what the perfect society might look like: Plenty of water, good weather, mostly agrarian, enough exports to support the population, but not to be dependent on those exports, a stable non-dictatorial political environment, and sweet-natured people that were welcoming of foreign immigrants.

The more research he did, the more convinced he became that that place was Ecuador. One part of Ecuador in particular jumped out at him. But still, he wasn’t sure he should go off on this adventure. After all, he was more than 80 years old at the time. And that was six years ago!

“Did you ever wonder why people are so afraid of change?” he asked. He weighed the risks versus the rewards, the challenges against the benefits… At his age, could he do it? Uproot and start fresh?

He struggled with the idea, he admits, but he knew he had to make a change. Hawaii was just too expensive…and Patrick plans to live for many, many more years.

After a gentle push from a young friend, he found himself in Ecuador’s lush, green Vilcabamba, also known as the Valley of Longevity.

“And I knew I had found my home,” he said. “Most importantly, my expenses are now one-fourth what they were in the U.S.”

Today, Patrick Robinson is living happily in Vilcabamba where he writes about the secrets to healthy, happy living. (“Vilcabamba has the best water in the world,” Patrick says, “Just Google it and see if I’m not right.”)

From his office window he enjoys a bucolic view of sleek stallions grazing an emerald-green pasture, a quintessential babbling brook and wildflower-strewn mountains in the background.

“The rewards far outweighed any possible risks,” said Patrick. If he can do it at 80+, so can you…

Nothing to Fear (and Much to Gain), But Proceed with Eyes Open…

Some of the presentations over the last three days have been about real estate. And nope, no one is trying to sell anything. Local experts (attorneys, real estate analysts and more) have explained how to go about properly and safely buying property in Ecuador.

(By the way, everyone noted that real estate prices in Ecuador have been rising in the past year or two, but they’re still among the lowest in the world—especially for beachfront property.)

International Living correspondents and expats from all around the country have profiled their favorite places in Ecuador (Cuenca, Cotatcachi, Vilcabamba, Loja, Quito, Salinas and many coastal locations, in case you’re wondering) where living is carefree and costs are low.

They’ve shared some extraordinary property picks, too—like a popular beach town where you can buy a seven-bedroom home for little more than $100,000. Bed-and-breakfast, anyone? Or a pretty three-bedroom/three-bath home across the street from the ocean on a huge lot with room for expansion of land…with a Jacuzzi…for just $179,000.

You can easily build a home in Ecuador for $30 to $50 per square foot. And of course, you can spend more—it totally depends on your tastes, needs, and the level of style you’re after.

If beach living is more your style and you prefer to rent instead of buy, you’re in luck. Amy Pinoargote offered an in-depth tutorial on renting in Ecuador: How to find rental properties, how to determine the amenities included, what renters typically pay for and what they don’t (utilities, homeowners fees, etc.).

Step-by-step, she and others explained your obligations, responsibilities, carrying costs, fiscal benefits, and more…as either a purchaser or renter of real estate in Ecuador. Thinking of buying a property you can rent when you’re not there? We learned all the pros, cons, and details of that, too.

Word to the Wise: Do Not Buy or Rent in Ecuador Without These Tips and Strategies

Here’s just a sample of real estate analyst Margaret Summerfield’s “must-do” checklist for buying property in Ecuador (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter):

  • If you do nothing else, get the right attorney working on your behalf. Margaret explained how to choose one, the four traits they absolutely must have, and where to find one that meets all these criteria. (Local attorney Roberto Moreno made several presentations over the last three days—you must hear what he has to say about changing residency issues, buying real estate, doing business, banking in Ecuador, and more…)
  • What you don’t know about title insurance can come back to bite you. What issues are not covered by title insurance? Margaret outlined six exclusions—knowing what these are can save you from a world of annoyance and inconvenience later.
  • There are three issues that absolutely must be addressed in your sales contract. And five steps that must not be neglected during your title search. Did you know that the number of legal permits required for real estate projects in practically every country has recently increased? What are the five permits, approvals and processes you must verify?

Margaret covered it all… She explained how to perform your own due diligence on any real estate agent or developer you meet, how to ensure you won’t get the shaft from your neighbors, how to protect your escrow money, and more.

And if you’re wondering where Ecuador’s up-and-coming place is… a 100-mile stretch of coast that offers tremendous opportunities… listen up. We learned how to follow the path of progress to buy undervalued beach homes, invest in properties that will return a nice rental income, and where to find good-sized parcels of beachfront for some very low prices.

What locale is Ecuador’s up-and-coming beach destination where the government is investing $60 million and plans to shine a big spotlight?

Those in the audience today learned all this and more…

How Can You Get Your Hands On these Tips and Secrets?

As you can see, there’s far too much information being shared here at the conference for me to share in this email. (After all, there are 34 separate presentations here—it’s hard to keep up.)

If you’ve an interest in Ecuador (or as emcee Dan Prescher says, you just want to be able to cross it off your list with impunity) you need access to the information being shared over these three jam-packed days in Ecuador.

So you couldn’t be here? That doesn’t mean you have to be left out.

There’s a way for you to quickly get up to speed with every one of the solutions, secrets, good-value ideas, money-making techniques, wealth-protection details, retirement recommendations, real estate advice and contacts, and everything else our attendees are gathering here live at the International Living 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Conference…

The Next-Best Thing to Being Here…

You can have every bit of the important information being shared here at this seminar—at a fraction of what the folks attending spent to be here in person …

You can have all the most important information and benefits from this event…

All of the things we’re learning here… the best path to legal residency in Ecuador and how to quickly and easily get an Ecuadorian passport if you so desire… how to drastically cut your expenses while improving your lifestyle… where to find the best doctors and hospitals, the lowest-priced private health insurance… how to qualify for the public health system, where for just $50/month on average, all your medical needs are covered—prescriptions, doctor’s visits, hospitalization, you name it—even optical and dental!

This conference really is a lifeline for anyone who’s concerned about stretching their retirement dollars or living far better on a reduced income.

And if you need to earn an income when you move to Ecuador, you’ll be happy to know that was covered, too.

Winton Churchill is the creator of a system that guides you to creating an income-earning online consultancy—using the career experience you already possess. Today he shared all the details of how to do exactly that. (By the way, Winton guarantees results.)

Your No-Risk Way to Learn What We’ve Learned This Week

Want to learn more? Here’s how you can:

  • We’re putting together a complete package of nearly everything that’s happening at this event. We’re making audio recordings of all 34 of the presentations.
  • We’re also making copies of the conference workbook, PowerPoint and visual presentations. And you get the complete dossier we gave to each attendee when they showed up here in Quito for the International Living 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference.

We call it our 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package. And we guarantee it will show you how to fast track your plans of moving to… or investing in… our #1 retirement destination—Ecuador.

Reserve the 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package at the Lowest Price Available Now.

The full price to attend this sold-out exclusive event was $1,095—but you can secure yourself a copy of the 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package for only $199…a mere fraction of what attendees paid to join us here in Quito.

To sweeten the deal, we’re throwing in a $100 voucher toward the next Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference. Use it to attend next year’s live program (or any future event or conference you may be interested in).

But, this is a limited-time offer only.

Once the 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package is available for download and the initial orders have been placed, we’ll increase the price.

The discounted price includes:

  • Audio recordings of all our Ecuador experts’ presentations
  • Copies of the conference workbook and PowerPoint presentations
  • Plus a special bonus report, titled: Modern, Affordable Ecuador: Six Destinations Worth a Look (This report is only available to conference attendees and to you…when you order the 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package.) We created this report specifically to deliver actionable information and real examples about life in Ecuador and the best destinations for expats to consider.
  • And a $100 voucher toward any of our future conferences anywhere, any time. There is no expiration date on this voucher!

Remember, we’ll only offer this low price until we have the recordings ready to deliver to you. At that point…we’ll charge the full price of $349.

There won’t be a more affordable time to reserve your copy. This special conference discount is only available until we’re ready to deliver the recordings to you.

I’ll send the information about how to obtain your 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package as soon as we’re finished editing the recordings, the handouts, the PowerPoint presentations, etc.

If You’re Not Happy With This Information… These Tips and Secrets… Pay Nothing

This is your best chance to fulfill your dreams in Ecuador, whether it’s to:

  • Enjoy a comfortable, secure (and utterly relaxing) retirement
  • Own a second home in the #1 Retirement Haven, on the beach, or in Ecuador’s glorious mountainous countryside
  • Start that business you’ve been dreaming about, or
  • Successfully invest in the most affordable real estate on our beat in the world’s most attractive retirement haven…

As I mentioned earlier, we guarantee that the information in our 2013 Fast-Track Ecuador Package will show you how to make your Ecuador dreams come true…whatever they are. If you don’t agree, we’ll return every penny you paid.

You have nothing to lose: You can call us and tell us the information didn’t help you. (Or don’t tell us anything. Just ask for your money back within 30 days of receiving your package.) We’ll give you back your $199. And your $100 voucher, good toward any future event, is still yours to keep.

So if you’re serious about tapping into the opportunities still available in the world’s #1 retirement haven, I urge you to reserve your Fast Track Ecuador Package now.

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