A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)

Real Estate in Salinas, Ecuador

While enjoying some beach and vacation time, we checked out some of the local real estate prices here in Salinas, Ecuador. There are some exceptional deals.

Here are a couple of them:

House in Salinas Ecuador 65000 by Coldwell Banker

House in Salinas Ecuador $65000 (Coldwell Banker)

Beach House in Chipipe

Chipipe is right next door to the main beach area in Salinas, and is in a more exclusive area. And, of course, it has its own beach.

  • 2 story beach house within walking distance to the beach
  • 5 bedroom (1 down, 4 up)
  • 3 bathroom – plus service (maids) room with bathroom
  • Parking for 2 cars, large second floor balcony

Price: $65,000

Visit Coldwell Banker Ecuador for more information.

3 Bedroom Home in a New Urbanization

Puerta del Mar V Borgeto, La Libertad, Ecuador

Puerta del Mar V Borgeto, La Libertad, Ecuador

House under construction in a brand new development, called Puerta del Mar V.

  • Standard size is 65.6 sq meters (706 sq feet)
  • 3 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Living room, dining room, kitchen, porch
  • Laundry area, backyard social area
  • Small walled lot: 112.5 sq meters (1210 sq feet)

Home is inside of a development which includes social area with pool, BBQ and playgrounds. The development cares for garbage collection and telephone line (not always standard here in Ecuador).

  • Price: $31,065

  • 30% Downpayment: $9,319.50
  • Remaining 70% to be financed: $21,745.50
  • Monthly payment: approx $200/month

There are options to add extra bathrooms. Add a second and third bathroom for approx $1100 each. This increases the sq footage of the house.

Visit Borgeto for more information.

Rental Apartments

We tried to find costs and information on apartment rentals, but couldn’t. It seems everyone with an apartment or house only wants to rent as a vacation rental (daily or weekly) and not long term. Understandably, there is a lot more money in this format.

There are some pretty impressive condo developments going up on the Malecon. One we took a look at, Aquamira is quite nice. The 12 story building has just 2 units left unsold. A 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 2200 sq foot condo with sea view is listed at $185,250.

Do you know of any great sites for real estate in Salinas? Share them in the comments. Learn more about Salinas Real Estate Agents.

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Bryan is a journalist, photographer, expat and dad. He writes for Gringos Abroad (Ecuador travel & living) and Blogger Abroad (run an online business abroad). He also enjoys living in Southern Ecuador (South America) with his wife and daughter. Connect with Bryan on LinkedIn. Work with Bryan & Dena

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  • Rebeca Bueno de Sutton March 13, 2014, 1:36 pm

    VENDO LINDA VILLA EN SALINAS URBANIZACION SEVILLA 1
    BEAUTIFUL HOUSE FOR SALE IN SALINAS IN SEVILLA 1

    I am selling my lovely Salinas villa in a gated, secure community. I now I live in the UK.
    The villa is located in Salinas approximately 4 blocks from the beach behind the Hotel Barcelo. There is a nice, clean new market just across the street where you can find fresh fish, meat and groceries. You don’t need to go to the supermarket. The fish and seafood is the catch of the day! it’s so fresh!
    The villa has a lounge and dining area, kitchen, 4 bedrooms with air-conditioners, 3 bathrooms. At the rear of the villa is a utility room and an independent bedroom with bathroom, closet and a useful worktop with wall cabinet.
    The villa is furnished except for one bedroom and the separate suite.
    The development is guarded 24 hours has swimming pool, tennis court and garden area.
    Any information at my email: rebeca_bueno@hotmail.com
    Price: $82.000

    Contiene:
    Sala, comedor, de 4 dormitorios con aire acondicionados y 3 banos completos, casi amoblada, un anexo con bano completo, closet, anaquel y meson. Lavanderia cubierta y cerrada con instalacion para lavadora. La urbanizacion esta ubicada a 4 cuadras atras del hotel Barcelo y se encuentra al frente del Mercado. Tiene guardiania dia y noche, piscina y cancha de tennis.
    Cualquier informacion a mi e-mail: rebeca_bueno@hotmail.com
    Precio: $82.000

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  • Nancy March 5, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Totally agree with the previous comment regarding Agent Amy Prisco (now at Remax) in Salinas who does not play the “bait and switch” game unlike the leading Craigslist advertiser of Salinas properties who keeps showing old ads to bait you. Amy is very competent and honest. I am a real estate broker in Manhattan and have done a lot of leg work on my own in Salinas and surrounding areas. AMY PRISCO tells it like it is… Please do not venture into any real estate dealings in Ecuador without a reputable, competent Broker. The industry is not regulated there, “also licensed in the USA” watch out! That is a very broad statement. I have done some research here in the US on some of the characters portraying themselves as “international” Agents. Scary!.

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  • Ron Watral March 1, 2014, 8:39 am

    You want the name of a GREAT real estate agent in Salinas? Try Amy…alprisco@gmail.com. She’s wired in every where and is fantastic!!!! An ex-pat, lived there 7 or 8 years, teaches Spanish and a real “go gitter”! Tell, her “Ron sent me.”

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  • Maria December 31, 2013, 10:11 am

    Hello everyone,
    After doing so much research in so many different countries and getting so tired of reading about the schemes
    of some realtors who even increase the asking prices of the properties (Ecuador)we decided do buy elsewhere.
    We did the deal through the internet and my husband just visit that place.
    We bought directly from the developer at pre-construction prices.
    The developer allowed my husband to stay in one of the hotels he owns for free (except the food).
    Then he took my husband into his home (his father in law was there but his wife was out of the country)and he cooked for him.
    They also took him out for dinner once.
    We wanted the ocean with turquoise waters, white sand, palm trees, markets, restaurants, coffee shops, banks, pharmacies, hospital, etc….and we found it!
    We have the ocean and we have the mountain!
    The price so was good that we ended up buying 2 condos!-After all we have 2 adult children!
    Why aren’t I naming the place?-To avoid the “real estate wolves” to move there and cause the prices to increase!
    Pray about it and ask the Lord to help you find it!
    That’s what I did!
    By the way: the ambassador of that nation has been so kind to us that they even sent me coffee!
    No, it’s not Costa Rica because my husband didn’t like the dirty beaches and the dark sand (only Playa Conchal had white sand).
    My point is: keep searching and you will find the tropical place you desire!
    Maria

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  • Hector G. Quintana December 29, 2013, 10:29 pm

    Bryan,

    In correlation with your policy for accuracy on your site, I want to mostly concur with the words of Susan in her commentary. As a 30 year real estate veteran, with 25 years of transactional real estate history in Ecuador, vetting professionals is essential. It is more than just about a piece of paper, in an unregulated industry, where the Law of Commerce, the governing law for commercial enterprise, does not even recognize the need for real estate licensing. A potential client needs to interview the real estate professional, ask qualifying questions and maybe take the top 3 real estate candidates out into the field for a “test drive”. The proof is in the field market knowledge, inventory availability and marked levels of professionalism. If possible, at least one step of the interview process should take place at the office of the real estate agent. Does it seem like a “fly-by-night” low-rent location, or is it in a professional setting, with a clear sense of quality and permanence. As examples, both Coldwell Banker and RE/MAX, household names, had operations which folded up shop in Salinas. Ecuador. The RE/MAX brand is now back for round two, under different management, as pointed out by Susan. Additionally, it is not just good enough to “listen to opinion”, but rather one must get client testimonials, preferably through direct access to previous clients for each of the real estate professionals considered. Also, the testimonials by all parties commenting should be publicly offered. When you are an industry leader here and the competition cannot rise to the same level, the preferred tactic is “back room character assassination”. In other words, if the competition cannot rise to a certain level, they try to drag everyone else down to their level. So, be leery of back room commentary and ask, “If it is true, why not go public with it?” It is the wild, wild west of real estate here in Ecuador, like in many other parts of the world. A perspective buyer or seller should treat this as a serious jib interview process and not be driven by the wives tales of bar room chatter.

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  • Susan December 29, 2013, 11:21 am

    Hi Bryan: Always great to see your blog :) Just an update on Real Estate in Salinas! Amy Prisco; our first expat licensed as a CBR corredor de bienes raices — real estate broker in Ecuador, she also sits on the Guayaquil Board of Realtors; is now the owner and operator of the new Salinas RE/Max International (formerly Ecuador-Realty.com). Her office is located 2nd street from the Salinas Malecon, the block behind Coco’s Hostal and open 7 days a week. Amy, originally from the northeast, has been in Ecuador for 8 years and is a highly resepcted member of the community and also the chief US Consular Warden for the Salinas area. She is fully bilingual (her Masters degree in Spanish is from the prestigious Middlbury College) and she is also an MBA. She has experience in handling closings on communal land purchases, as well as being the licensed real estate broker called on by others after they have been “taken” by those individuuals of a less scrupulous nature. her office number is (04) 277-1110

    Some things to look for in any real estate professional you may chose to use:
    * Are they licensed with a CBR — what is the number? Do they respect the laws of Ecuador and their fellow professionals enough to take the course, invest in the future of the profession, and place themselves in a position to be policed by their peers for their ethics? — if not, why not — the usual arguement is they don;t feel the rules are strong enough to “catch wrong-doers” — that should give you pause!
    * Does the licensed professional speak Spanish? not their secretary or assistance — the person you will be out with and who will be reveiwing the contract with you and who will sit with you to negotiate — if not, how can you negotiate your contract with a Spanish speaking seller? how will you communicate with your Notario? and who else will be made privy to your personal information?
    * Does your licensed real estate person invoice you on everything? They should! There should be no added fees you have to pay “right now in cash or by check” to get something done. You should have a receipt for everything when you hand over any cash or check — right then and there, not tomorrow, not later, not at the bar that evening. Yes this is Ecuador, no we do not “do business that way”. There are a million stories all over Salinas of a particularly nice and pretty and popular lady realtor who’s assistants took rent deposits and deposits for purchase of property and then dissappeared to Quito. The nice lady realtor claims she has no responsibility since they were merely working at her office “but she’ll see what she can do” — and without a receipts the injured renters and buyers are pretty much out of luck to the tune of over ten thousand dollars.
    * Does the real estate person even have an office? Does this person have a real office where you can see them — or do they live in their girlfriends house and work out of the closest bar or breakfast restaurant that has Wifi. These days you can have a really nifty website and make up awesome testimonials — but it is all smoke and mirrors. Having a true brick and mortar business proves at least some sense of stability. So does having a RUC (tax ID number) and the required receipt book with that RUC number printed in it: the book is an old fashioned receipt book with a carbon paper — ask to see it. If they don’t have one to show you, don’t use them. We have another “professional” here on the coast who has a fabulous website, great listings (that really do not exist) and a strong physical presence — charges $100 an hour for her consultations — but a RUC? the jury is still out.

    And DO ask around — Your fellow expats are your best source of information esepcailly the ones who have made a purchase — find out who they used, who they would use again and who they would chose to use if they had to do it again. And talk to the local bartender or restaurant owner or innkeeper to see what they have to say. These are the people who hear everyday what is happening in their town and to their fellow gringos. And most of them were not always in the hospitality industry (they were upper level executives and attorneys among other things before they moved south…go figure!).

    Most of all — take your time — look around and CAVEAT EMPTOR! Buyer…be aware …before putting down your money. Ultimately, it is your responsbility.

    Thanks for the opportunity to write on your website and have a great 2014!

    Susan

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  • Maria August 29, 2013, 10:46 am

    APOLOGY
    I want to apologize to Mr.Fuentes and to Mr. Marcos Durengo.
    I got confused when I got 2 different emails one after the other with the same title ‘Luxury Condos”.
    The pictures were very similar (living room) and even the colors and windows were identical!
    I didn’t even realize that the last email was sent from someone else.
    It was about a different building.
    Maria

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  • Maria August 29, 2013, 10:01 am

    Brian
    Please delet my comment because I’m trying to figure this thing out.
    It looks like I got 2 answers from 2 different people and the pictures are not about the same project.
    Thanks
    Maria

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  • Maria August 29, 2013, 9:27 am

    –Removed August 29, 2013 at commenters request–

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  • Angel Fuentes August 27, 2013, 11:21 am

    Hi for everyone, I read this blog and I can guide you in the purchase of apartments in San Lorenzo, Salinas. We have a new resort style luxury building called Bay Point Apartments, of course beachfront.

    Our builder is the Engineer L. Amador, who has over 30 years experience in this type of luxury buildings. It highlights their buildings in Chipipe sector: building Playamar, Building Plaza, Playa Sol, the building Navengante 1 and Navegante 2, and building Olympus.

    Its buildings on the Malecon in Salinas are Building El Mirador, and building Girasol.

    In San Lorenzo, Salinas: Casamagna One building and CasaMagna Two building, also the building Vistamar.

    This new building we sell is Bay Point Apartments, with apartments of 3 and 4 bedrooms, all beachfront luxury fully finished.

    We will have a social area of 2000 square meters including a private pool of adults, children’s pool, jacuzzi, gym with sea view, cinema room, steam room, bathrooms for men and women, area warehouses, block of 7 garages levels with its own elevator, park playgrounds for kids.

    You can see more of the project in http://www.baypoint.com.ec, if you want a quote with payment options can do so by writing to my email afuentes@baypoint.com.ec

    We offer the best of the best in Salinas.

    Regards,

    Angel Fuentes

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  • Barb Conn May 20, 2013, 11:53 am

    I know I just arrived late to the party, however, I do have a question about medical doctors. I am 41 and have some medical problems, including autoimmune disease which requires steroids and pain medications. My diabetes was made worse by the steroid use so I use a lot of insulin. I am a diabled nurse so I have a bit of medical knowledge, but my concern is what kind of medical care and how will I get my medications if we decide to retire to Ecuador? We have been looking at the Salinas and Cuenca area. Any info on healthcare would be appreciated

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  • Tomas Sanchez March 27, 2013, 5:43 pm

    Bryan and the Forum Group: I am going to beg everyone’s indulgence, without much right to do so. I do not frequent this or any other similar forum site. On the rare occasions I visit this forum, I lurk, rather than participate. Even worse, I generally do so from the computer of friends who occasional visit the site. Two ways to look at this. You can think, “Then why should we bother indulging you?”. Alternatively, you might want to think, “If he never participated before, what can be so important to finally be posting now?”

    If you are in the latter group, here is the answer. From my limited experience on the site and listening to others, Bryan has made a real effort to keep this a legitimate, clean and accurate forum. My personal experience, arising directly from a post on this forum, I believe merits some consideration. Please, while I prefer to keep matters of my personal career and employer private and separate, my professional background is predicated on extensive due diligence. Due diligence is something I do well and often.

    I am considering a permanent relocation to Ecuador. A sort of retirement, if I decide to go in that direction. A friend of mine noted a lead on your forum and suggested I read it. I did, while glancing over my friend’s shoulder. Seemed reasonable. Someone was offering to help and guide folks thinking of relocating to Salinas, Ecuador. I am a coastal guy. Salinas is “on my list”. The gentlemen presented himself as an independent source, at least on the forum. I did, from the onset, note something a little out of the norm. The gentleman did not want to discuss specifics on the forum, but asked us all to contact him by email. I though his reasoning was a little weak, but I did as suggested and contacted him by email.

    On the forum, he had identified himself as Mark. I subsequently came to know him as Max. I further came to realize, as part of my due-diligence process, that he had addressed himself by yet a third different name (last name change, this time) to a third party. All were different email addresses, but all linked to the same persona.

    First, revelation from Mark/Max. His recommendations for help in identifying a real estate agent weren’t so neutral. Seems that his wife is a real estate agent, affiliated with the company he was promoting, via private email only. In fairness to Mark/Max, he admitted early on that his wife was in real estate. None of this would have made me write this message.

    However, in the course of 3-4 emails, Mark/Max made many statements and allegations, as though speaking from a position of authority. I came to recognize that Max, and his realtor wife, hardly even knew Ecuador or the Salinas market. My due diligence uncovered one erroneous statement after the other, regarding the market and, especially, regarding the claims Mark/Max had made, with respect to the specific real estate company, which his wife represented. I wondered how many others would have done the extensive due diligence. For one, I am fully bilingual. It helps.

    Amongst the most exaggerated claims was that said real estate company controlled 90%-95% of the real estate listings market, in the Salinas area. At face value, the statement seemed bold. A random due-diligence search of my own home market and that of several other major metro areas in the USA easily fund that top companies generally controlled between 10%-15% of the market. Someone claiming to control 90% or more of the tiny Salinas market, better be able to produce proof. Instead, my independent research showed that the company touted by Mark/Max maybe controls 5% of the local Salinas market. Worse yet, I have significant evidence that suggests that at least two companies, maybe more, control a larger share of the market than the touted company. In the case of one of these two other companies, a clearly much larger market share.

    The allegations and assertions went on and on, yet, one by one, they all fell like a house of cards, with even basic due-diligence.

    I don’t wish to embarrass this party, on this forum. I just want to make sure this forum retains the integrity which Bryan has apparently attempted to establish. As such, here are a few things I learned along the way, in conducting my own due-diligence of the real estate market in Salinas, Ecuador:

    1. No one company controls the whole market, or vast majority of it.
    2. Two companies, an internationally recognized brand name and a very uniquely run, private boutique firm, seem the most dominant, organized and readily able to produce tangible proof of their assertions.
    3. “For sale” signs and their general territorial markings are a horribly poor barometer of market share. Apparently, a vast majority of Ecuadorians prefer not to publicly display “for sale” signs. A wide array of reasons exist, which even had me convinced as being sensible, after originally being skeptical.
    4. The Internet is a poor resource for “truth in marketing”, when it comes to real estate in the Salinas market. The very company touted by Mark/Max actually had a property listed on their website for twice the real price. That’s quite a potential profit margin. I know this to be fact, because I talked to several property owners personally, with two friends in the region serving as spotters and locating a cross-section of properties, on different real estate company websites. It was quite a process and these two wonderful human beings deserve my appreciation. I spoke with the owner of the property. Their true list price was half that reflected on the touted company’s website.
    5. I, personally, will be interviewing a minimum of 5 companies/agents. I think getting comfortable with someone, in person, is the only way to find the right agent for you. I am likely leaning towards working with the two aforementioned companies to which I alluded, with one serving as backup to the other. Still, I am going to do some more research.
    6. Lastly, likely the best course of action and the one most likely to conclude my decision on what real estate company to work with, if any, is to go out in the field with various agents and see what they have to show me. I think it would likely be a good method to separate real inventory, from something less. Keep in mind, I have discovered some listings will be open listings, rare here in the USA. Meaning some properties can be shown by multiple agents. At that point, it becomes about personal observations of service and trust, for each of us to make our selections.

    At the end of the day, I don’t know how many folks responded to the initial posting from Mark/Max. I certainly don’t know how many heeded the advice. I am not here to condemn or praise said advice. Only to observe that my due-diligence led me to very different conclusions than what Mark/Max suggested as fact. Perhaps they were also genuinely misled by the real estate company, in question. Perhaps…something else, altogether. Either way, nothing should replace some personal due-diligence. Not what Mark/Max says, not what I say, nor what anyone else might say. Do your own personal digging and find the fit that is right for you. Also, please try to remember, it is always curious when someone only wants to whisper something in your ear, rather than deal with it openly and publicly, especially on a public forum.

    TS

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  • Jonathan March 9, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Mark is correct in almost 100% of what he says… I would say that there is not MLS here in Ecuador and if you use Coldwell or ReMax you will only see what they have listed… which is not much because the people selling do not want to pay the high commissions. Easier to find a local to communicate for you and never have the seller never see your face if you are a gringo, because the price goes up instantly.
    I live in Salinas for almost 2 years now and I love it.

    There really is no BEST lawyer for immigration or best real estate agents. In fact you do not need a lawyer at all for either. I have my residency since March, I have purchased property and am presently constructing as well. All these without the hep or requirement of a lawyer.

    Correa just changed the law, so you will have to use a licensed real estate agent very soon, or use the old route and afterwarda get a licensed real estate agent to sign off on the sale (of course paying them something for their signature will be required).

    Purchasing in Salinas is easy, it is cheap and there are a lot of places for sale and rent here. Just do not rely on traditional real estate companies.

    Also Mark is correct there are a few on here spreading misinformation.. especially guy claiming there a squatters rights here (not true), not like in Costa Rica. Ecuador promotes foriegn ownership.

    You can retire here and get your residency very easy and quickly with only having to prove $800 / month of income from some source (usually government or private pension). Also you can simply buy your residency for $25,000. Put the money in the Central Bank (called a policy) and bam… your an Investor with residencey.

    Beware of quick money schemes here… so many expates/gringos have been burned thinking to make a quick buck with exporting of fish, lumber, etc…. Everytime they get burned, have not met a single gringo yet that has made a dime by partnering up with a local.. but have seen a lot of tears flowing or lost fortunes.

    There a few businesses here as well owned by Gringos that are doing well.. the newest is Common Grounds, great breakfast place that just opened. SIN Bar.. great meet and greet place and a few others.

    I recommend you stay away from Hostal Aqui… wierd bunch over there. One day to the next you really don’t know what your gonna run into with those guys.

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  • Stephanie C March 4, 2013, 9:30 am

    Hello Bryan, Congrats on the blogsite. It’s really a small world; I was searching around and here you are. We have your family’s HHInternational segment saved on our DVR. Your story sparked our interest in Cuenca. I’ve recently returned to the US after 2 years of living in JBR, Dubai and now we’re looking for a more permanent location for retirement. What is your experience with Black expats, if any, that have relocated there?

    gaetan says:
    September 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm
    gated comunity – you’d be better off in MAURITIUS – Whites are previledged. You will have black servants and Indians cheap labor. Check REMAX MAuritius -

    Unfortunately, there’s always a person or group of people who believe that by being condescending or oppressive, that it makes them a “previledged” race. Many of these people are just accepting these conditions to survive. Just a note to those of that mindset, “I’m a Black American who’s not going to be your servant nor your doormat.” Respect and kindness can elevate and take you where no skin color nor money can.

    We’re looking forward to exploring the possibilities.
    Thanks much Bryan.
    Continued happiness to you and your family, Steph

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    • Bryan Haines March 4, 2013, 11:09 am

      Hi Steph – yes, there are some black expats. We have friends here from Canada, the US, Jamaica and the Caiman Islands. In Cuenca, the majority of expats are retired white people. I haven’t heard of race issues but maybe another reader can help.

      Thanks for your comment!

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  • Maria Ferreira February 5, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Just one more question:
    If we fly from Toronto to Quito, then are we supposed to fly to Salinas or drive?
    How far is it?
    Thanks again.
    Maria

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    • Bryan Haines February 5, 2013, 6:25 pm

      You can fly as far as Guayaquil (on the coast) – then you’ll have to drive. It is a few hours drive from the Guayaquil Airport.

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    • Rebeca March 5, 2013, 10:08 am

      Hi Maria,
      I have decided to sell my beautiful villa in Urbanizacion Sevilla 1 in Salinas. Sevilla is a gated community with tennis court and swimming pool.
      If you are interested my email is rebeca_bueno@hotmail.com
      No agents are involved.

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  • Mark February 4, 2013, 5:31 pm

    We are Canadians from Ontario that have just returned from Ecuador having traveled the entire county and having spent 10 days in Salinas. We are in the process of buying a property in Salinas. If you have questions about Ecuador, …. particularly Salinas or about real estate agents there, or the process of buying a property, email us. Unfortunately, like many blogs, there is a lot of disinformation on this site and we’ll be happy to tell you who you can deal with honestly and explain the process to you.

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    • Bryan Haines February 5, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Hi Mark – I would love for you to share your experience in the comments on the site. If you feel something is incorrect, you’ll be able to help more people by posting publicly instead of direct emailing readers.

      Bryan

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      • Mark February 7, 2013, 10:59 am

        Brian, I appreciate your request. Unfortunately, some realtors in the Salinas area are using your site to diseminate false information about themselves. I don’t want your site to turn into a posting battle over what are the real facts that we were able to ascertain while in Ecuador ….that is unfortunately in direct opposition to what a number of these realtors or people posing on behalf of the realtors are saying on your site. I am happy to share this with you or anyone else privately, again without turning your site into a posting battle. Canadians that are on your site deserve the same kind of accurate information that you and your wife post, unfortunately that is not the case with many postings and there is a lot of disinformation. That is why I ask that anyone that is interested in accurate up to date information on Ecuador and particularly the Salinas area, contact my wife and I privately at markthespot000latitude@gmail.com and we will be happy to share real information on realtors, attorneys, the buying process, information about Salinas and the surrounding areas, restaurants, hotels, shopping and where to shop, good dentists, real current living costs and the various different beaches that make up the greater Salinas area, etc.

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        • Mark February 7, 2013, 11:02 am

          Correction our email is markthespot000latitude@gmail.com Mark

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        • Bryan Haines February 7, 2013, 9:08 pm

          I understand you wanting to avoid an online battle – and I respect that. Would you be interested to write a piece about your experience buying real estate in Salinas? This post (that these comments are on) are unique in that we allow commercial promotion. As a general rule we don’t allow that on other posts. If you wanted to write about your experience, it would help thousands of people. We don’t allow unfounded slanderous claims to be published. If you see specifics that are on the site, please let me know and I’ll look into them. We don’t want to be responsible for spreading bad info – in fact, we work very hard to keep the site clean.

          Let me know.

          Bryan

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          • Mark February 13, 2013, 12:32 pm

            Brian, here is some information that should be helpful to anyone considering the Salinas area.

            Salinas is located in the Southern portion of Ecuador on a protected coastal bay. From all the beaches we saw in Ecuador it is the most resort like with a very active Malecon (esplanade) with shops, restaurants, ice cream stores, pizza,, etc. Essentially, the Salinas area is made up of three areas; San Lorenzo on the Northern end of the beach, then Salinas beach itself, and then Chipepe on the Southern end of the beach.

            San Lorenzo is a quiet part of the Malecon. At the most Northern point it is made up of resort style condo buildings, then very large private homes along the ocean coming South towards Salinas, then additional tall condos behind these private homes and ending at the beautiful and upscale Barcelo hotel. San Lorenzo has a very quiet beach. Most of the condos and homes in this area are owned by wealthy Ecuadorians who come for the weekend or vacation and these condos are rarely for sale. You need the right real estate agent to get one.

            Salinas is where the main part of the Malecon exists; it’s the main beach with fabulous long walks on the sand, swimming, jet skiing, tubing, parasailing and a beautiful yacht club. We think that Salinas is a bit a mix between Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach in Florida. The shops are mainly restaurants, ice cream stores, clubs and beach clothing stores. During the weekdays it’s relatively quiet, but at night everyone comes out to go to the restaurants and walk the Malecon . Starting on Thursday’s……Ecuadorians from all over the country come to Salinas for the weekend. It gets very very busy along the main Salinas Malecon with a Carnival type atmosphere which can go on into the wee hours with dancing on the beach, etc. There are more ex-pats that live in the main Salinas beach area.

            Chipepe is on the Southern end of the Salinas beach just after the Yacht Club. This is a quiet long beach with tall condo buildings. Most of the condos here are owned by wealthy Ecuadorians who come for the weekend or vacation and these also rarely come up for sale and again you need the right real estate agent to get one.

            Essentially the Malecon area is a “skin”. As you go back behind the tall condos, hotels and shops it becomes much different looking. There are great restaurants and shops but they are not at all resort looking like the Malecon. We found a great restaurant a few streets back for lunch. Lunch consists of a choice of soup (chicken, shrimp, vegetable, etc) , and a main course (chicken with potatoes, fish with vegetables, etc.). So filling that two can eat one meal and absolutely delicious for $2.75 And then there is Dollar Pizza, outstanding thin crust Pizza for $1. a piece.

            Although the population of Salinas itself is 50,000, it grows to double that on the weekends. But when the weekend is over it reverts back to being like a very small village. In a matter of our first 4 days in Salinas we met more good friends than we have in 4 years elsewhere. You will actually run in to the same person 3 times in one day. The Ecuadorian people are very friendly and welcoming and some of the nicest people we have met any where; we simply fell in love with them. Interestingly enough the expats that have moved to Ecuador have become as friendly and wonderful as the Ecuadorians.

            Although Salinas is relatively small, it doesn’t at all feel that way because it is contiguous with La Liberdad, which is much larger city. La Liberdad has many great shops and places to go to. But it is a port town where all the Ecuadorian tankers wait out in the sea to come in and be filled with Ecuador’s #1 export… Oil. So La Liberdad is not the resort type look of Salinas. However, it does have the newest Mall, with most everything you’d expect in a mall and a food court that would be similar to what we are accustomed to. There is also a new Supermaxi supermarket on the way to the mall; less than 10 min from Salinas.

            Ballenita (pronounced Biyanita) is a bedroom community…. about a 10-15 minute ride from Salinas. There are some condo buildings in Ballenita but it is mainly private homes. Punta Canero is a developing area on the main ocean to the South of La Liberdad with condos and private homes. A lot of Americans and Canadians like this area.

            Unleaded regular fuel is $1.48 a gallon, it cost $16.00 to fill our car. In terms of food, not everything you are accustomed to is available in Ecuador, but there is usually an alternative you’ll be happy with . It is absolutely critical that you drink only bottled purified water and vegetables must be cooked. Cabs are very cheap; $2.00 to the mall, etc.

            This is just an overview and I can answer more specific questions about real estate agents, where to look, the name of one of the best real estate/visa attorney’s in the country… which is critical if you are considering buying, etc.. If you email me specifics questions about real estate agents, attorneys, or other questions about the area I will be glad to help.

          • Bryan Haines February 13, 2013, 1:20 pm

            Thanks Mark – this is very helpful for anyone thinking about living in Salinas.

    • Maria Ferreira February 5, 2013, 4:57 pm

      My head is spinning.I’ve been all over the world (in my laptop).
      I’m not even sleeping well.I keep asking the Lord to guide us.
      We love Costa Rica but the Real Estate in Ecuador is much cheaper.
      I’ve been watching videos about Salinas and I really like that place!
      The problem with us is this: my husband will be able to retire next year (February) so he has 2 options; to retire or to work a while longer.
      If we wait to sell our house here, we will have more money to invest in a condo or house in Ecuador or Costa Rica.If we buy it now we won’t be able to afford what we really like.
      Well, you said you traveled all over Ecuador and you are going to buy property in Salinas.It means it’s your favorite place!-It looks like it’s mine too!-LOL!
      Besides the condos that are beachfront did you see something 2 blocks away from the beach that you liked?
      I know they have Ballenita, la Libertad, etc…and they also have beachfront property there.
      Tell us about your opinion, please!

      Reply
    • Rita Moon February 23, 2013, 9:11 pm

      Hi, we just retired and are very interested in moving to Ecuador. We would like to purchase a home or possibly a condo. Can you send us information and instructions are living there. Are Americans welcome?

      Reply
      • Rebeca March 5, 2013, 10:06 am

        Hi Rita,
        I have decided to sell my beautiful villa in Urbanizacion Sevilla 1 in Salinas. Sevilla is a gated community with tennis court and swimming pool.
        If you are interested my email is rebeca_bueno@hotmail.com
        No agents are involved.

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    • Dan January 7, 2014, 6:58 pm

      I am a candian from Ontario now living in Alberta. Althoough I am not very old(41) I have just about had it with the North American rat race. I am very interested in purchasing real estate in Salinas and would love to know your thoughts and experiences and especially if you can recommend someone honest to deal with as far as purchasing property goes.

      Thanks

      Dan

      Reply
    • Doug and Melinda March 5, 2014, 11:48 pm

      Mark If this gets to you can you respond. We are from Ottawa and are considering a move to the Ecuador. Can you give us some info assistance. thanks Doug

      Reply
  • Maria Ferreira February 4, 2013, 8:26 am

    My husband and I are doing some research about a place to retire.
    I was checking Costa Rica and honestly I was surprised about the real estate prices.
    In a country like that I thought we would find less expensive homes.
    In Jaco they had 1 bed condo for 75.000.00 and really old.
    With that money we can buy something new and beautiful in Ecuador.
    I’m enjoying reading all these comments and taking notes.

    Reply
  • Zen Global November 26, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Hector Quintana is an US born fully bilingual Realtor and investment consultant with 24+ years experience doing transactions in Ecuador and 29+ years in the Global Real Estate Investment field. He knows Ecuador very well, especially the coast. He operates out of Salinas, and has the highest coastal inventory along the coast. Contact numbers are 0985229631, 0992907522, 786.220.4987 (USA) and email hgq@zen-global.com.

    Reply
  • Mike Bristow September 17, 2012, 6:39 pm

    Hi i am in northern ontario canada. Looking for real estat in Ecuador. Am trying to come there in the late fall to have a look. Any agents or info on real estate, flights that you can send me would be appreciated. Thanks

    Reply
  • Max Albin June 6, 2012, 9:56 am

    Hi Stefania…..My wife and I are also from Toronto. Yes, grandparents are from Romania. Have not been to Ecuador yet. Hoping to go in the fall….Salinas looks very nice. Want to check out other areas too. Maybe we can meet…..do you have an email and phone #. Regards. email us at maxalbin@rogers.com

    Max Albin

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    • Gabriel October 10, 2012, 9:58 pm

      Do you know any Romanians that are living in Ecuador? I am Romanian also.I want to visit Ecuador. Please let me know.
      Thanks

      Reply
  • georgeta nedelcu February 15, 2012, 10:18 pm

    I’m interested in a gated comunity in Salinas ecuador a house of 3 bedr .I need to know the cost like fees.& prices also

    Reply
    • Stefania Patraulea May 29, 2012, 5:59 pm

      I’am interested too! If I am not wrong you are romanian. Me too. Nice to meet you on line. Writing from our country or other?I reside in Toronto and I and my husband are thinking of Salinas as a good retirement environment.Have you ever been there?It looks like a beautiful place.

      Reply
      • Gabriel February 4, 2013, 9:25 pm

        Hi Ștefania, putem comunica direc pe e-mail dacă vrei. Am găsit pe cineva in Ecuador si este foarte comunicativ. Putem vorbii mai multe pe e-mail la sburatura@yahoo.ca Numai bine.

        Reply
    • gaetan September 30, 2012, 5:35 pm

      gated comunity – you’d be better off in MAURITIUS – Whites are previledged. You will have black servants and Indians cheap labor. Check REMAX MAuritius -

      Reply
    • Gabriel October 10, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Do you know any Romanians living in Ecuador? Looking to visit.

      Reply
  • joe brennan December 10, 2011, 7:54 pm

    looking for stand alone home must be beech front 3 bedrooma 2&1/2 bath 1500 sq ft north or south of salinas prefer furnished under 200k

    Reply
  • ROBERT FARINA October 31, 2011, 8:08 am

    I saw ad on your website a house for under 32000.00 in Puerta Del Mar.Where is
    La Libertad located?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Zen Global February 4, 2013, 3:44 pm

      La Libertad is a beach town located right next to the resort town of Salinas, but with out “resort” prices, with a fastest growth, higher commercial and touristic investments, home of 95% of the best medical facilities and the only mall in the whole Peninsula area. There are good quality homes and condos, more affordable than in Salinas, some oceanfront, some walking distances. Further info, maps and pics about La Libertad can be obtained emailing nr@zen-global.com

      Reply
  • Paul October 30, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Be real, if you buy a house anywhere in Ecuador and don’t live in it, it will likely be taken over by squatters. I own property in Ecuador, and am married to an Ecuadorian who has our property in her name. Protection. Also better be ready for political instability, not nice. And, my family who again, are Ecuadorians have had government agents enter their homes just to see if they don’t have “too much” home for them. Possibility of government take over is there via Correa. Beware!

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    • Zen Global February 4, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Ecuador is not a communist country as it is intended to be portrayed by the MSM. It becames a progressive democracy, which irritates the wealthy as taxes didnt used to be reinforced. Now tax collection is funding all the public works, national industry, education reform and healthcare developments.

      Reply
  • Domenick October 15, 2011, 1:08 am

    For cheaper beach houses Id head a bit more north of Salinas to the towns of Ballenita or Punta Blanca… But Salinas is great for oceanview condos… good luck, Dom

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  • peter george September 29, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I’m interested in the home near Salinas by the beach $65,000 Do you any pics of the inside and view from home to beach.Also,what air line do you suggest that has the best deals.Do I fly into Guayaquil?? Thanks for your time. Peter

    Reply
    • Bryan Haines September 30, 2011, 8:30 am

      Hi Peter, I wish I could help you, but I can’t. I posted this just to share an example of whats available. I really don’t know anything else about it. You can contact the agent (Coldwell Banker Ecuador – there is a link under the listing) for more info.

      About airlines, we’ve always flown American Airlines and into Guayaquil Airport. I’m sure there are other great airlines, but flying from Halifax, Canada – they have the best routes/rates.

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      • Leon December 28, 2011, 9:20 am

        I own a rental property in Salinas and travel there a few times a year from New York. To go non-stop I use Lan Ecuador (red-eye) or Aerogal (red-eye). They both leav around 11:30pm and arrive in Guayaquil around 6am. Other airlines that go to Guayaquil are American (stops in Miami), Copa (stops in Panama), and AviancaTaca (stops all over the place befoe you get there). No.# 1 choice is LAN but their prices are also always highest.

        Note that an international airport is being built in Salinas and is almost complete. ~Leon

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    • Guido October 28, 2011, 10:54 pm

      I have a property for that price in Salinas! my email is bdrllc@hotmail.com

      Reply
  • Julia P Lopez September 13, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Are there any Bar/cafe’s for rent or sale in the Salinas area?

    Reply
  • Bonnie July 29, 2011, 9:54 pm

    reading some of the comments i was so delighted to see that Amy Prisco was in Real Estate in Ecuador. I met Amy several times when she was in finance in New York and she is absolutely a delightful and honest person. I hope I meet up with her there one day as my husband and I have been quite intrigued in purchasing a home possibly in Salinas, and that also was as a result of the House Hunters International.
    Bonnie

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    • Carol August 26, 2011, 7:32 pm

      Hello, we are looking for someone (like Amy) to help us find a short term rental condo in Salinas. We would like to be on the beach and to see some choices on line. HHI had so may buildings with rentals, but I cannot find a contact.

      Reply
  • Jerry Cullen July 3, 2011, 9:02 am

    I ran across your column while researching Salinas…your response to John about the folks at Coldwell Banker may or may not be true…I would like to point out that Coldwell Banker is a franchise, owned by Cendant Corp as is Century 21 and ERA…and as such each office is owned and operated by the Franchisee and since there is not much in the way of licensing laws in Ecuador the Cendant Corp has become much like the Enron Corp.of Texas (as in oil)…John could be right.

    Respectfully,

    Jerry Cullen

    JC Cullen and Assoc.
    Brooksville, Fl

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    • Bryan Haines July 3, 2011, 4:53 pm

      Thanks Jerry. Understood about the franchise structure. My point is that seldom is a national company (or franchise) a group of thieves. Hardly makes logical sense, does it? Of course, people are people and there will always be someone who is dishonest – but sweeping comments including hundreds of people doesn’t seem fair. What do you think?

      Having lived here for two years we see that Ecuadorians are not sharks waiting to devour every foreigner, but rather an amazing group of tolerant and patient people – especially with us foreigners. There are always exceptions, but the rule is that the Ecuadorians are honest, patient and respectful. I wish the same could be said for the majority of foreigners.

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      • Jerry Cullen July 4, 2011, 8:55 am

        Happy 4th Bryan,

        I agree….it usually is the case…here where I,m at and there where you are at…I will be moving to Salinas in a couple months an I’m sure we will meet once I get moved.

        Jerry

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        • Bryan Haines July 4, 2011, 9:04 am

          Appreciate your input on this topic. Agreed – I’m sure we’ll meet up once you’re settled.

          All the best on your plans!

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    • Eduardo J. Estrada January 6, 2012, 9:43 am

      Hi Bryan and Jerry:

      I’m the guy in charge of international relations at Coldwell Banker in Guayas and Santa Elena provinces.

      A good friend and customer alerted us to the original comment by John Smith. We’ve never had a customer by that very generic name and surname, so he should have no gripe with our company. His comment seems more a part of a campaign started by someone interested in damaging our good name in order to scare customers away from us.

      We are a company that abides by the law (we do have a real estate law in Ecuador, although it is seldom enforced by the authorities). Furthermore, we also abide by the code of ethics of the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Guayas Province, which still has jurisdiction in Santa Elena until the provincial association is formed. We also abide by the even stricter code of ethics of Coldwell Banker, which would promptly withdraw the franchise if we violated it.

      Salinas, as well as the rest of Ecuador is awash with expats who are performing as real estate agents and brokers illegally, many don’t pay any taxes and charge double commissions arguing that sellers don’t pay commissions. But none has been persecuted for doing business illegally and taking it from companies like us, who do pay taxes and charge only legal fees.
      One customer complained that we charged for visiting properties. Unfortunatelly we had to start doing so after being used as tour guides by many “customers” who did not really want to buy anything.
      When a customer whom we have charged for the “tour” buys or rents, he gets his money back, but otherwise we can at least cover expenses and part of the time lost.

      We have had good and bad customers, like any other real estate agency. We have served many well and we also have failed to satisfy a few, but the balance is on the positive side. Being a broker or agent has personal relations as a key element and empathy has a lot to do with serving satisfactorily.

      We are honest and we abide by the law as well as by two stict codes of ethics beside our own personal one.

      Our office is one of only two in Santa Elena province that have licenced brokers. All others, freelancers as well as “formals”, are unlicenced and therefore working on the other side of the law.

      Sincerily,
      Eduardo J Estrada

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    • Andy Bartello February 24, 2012, 9:53 pm

      I just purchased a place through Coldwell Banker in Salinas and Sebastian went above and beyond what any real estate agent has ever done for me. The closing went smoothly, the costs were as I expected. Nothing went wrong, I own it. Sebastian has dropped by my place a few times to see how things are. Sebastian at Coldwell Banker is an honest person and a real gentleman. The very next purchase I make will be with the help from Sebastian. Andy

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      • max albin May 7, 2012, 4:42 pm

        Andy, can you give me an email address for Sebastian? I am a Canadian looking to buy in Salinas. Thanks in advance.

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  • John smith June 27, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Don’t deal with coldwell banker real estate company in ecuador. Their dishonest thievies who take advantage of foriengers

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    • Bryan Haines June 27, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Hi John, thats a pretty big claim to make against a national company. If you would like to share a story, it would be helpful in backing up your comment, and can then help others who are here. Please feel free to share your experience in the comment section.

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    • James Greenwood January 5, 2012, 4:38 pm

      John:

      I’ve had a number of dealings with the Coldwell-Banker people at Salinas and they have been the only real professionals who have taken excellent care of me and my needs.
      Both the franchisee and the manager are licenced real estate brokers, the only two in Salinas! Amy Prisco has a provisional licence and she is the only other broker with a (provisional) licence in the whole area.
      All other brokers and agents in Salinas and neighborhood are unlicenced.
      The licenced ones have to abide by the strict code of ethics of the realtor’s association while the others only abide by their own moral values, whatever they may be.

      I have heard enough stories of unwary gringos being taken for a ride to recomend that those who come this way use only licenced brokers, as they are the only ones bound by ecuadorian law. If you go the way of the informals, good luck…

      James

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      • max albin May 7, 2012, 4:40 pm

        James, I am a Canadian looking to come to the Salinas area. Can you give me the email address of an agent at Coldwell Banker? Thanks

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      • Zen Global February 4, 2013, 3:57 pm

        There are no real estate licenses in Ecuador. There are real estate courses, which anybody can take but there is no National Licensing Board reinforced by the law. There were not even construction standards reinforced which the Government is working on at the moment.

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  • Jorge April 12, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Why is real estate so cheap in Salinas? Also is it safe there?

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    • Bryan Haines April 26, 2011, 4:22 pm

      Hi Jorge,I don't know that its cheap – but it is less expensive than the US. I think generally Salinas is safe. The weekends tend to be a party atmosphere and crime can increase then.

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      • RG July 20, 2011, 8:54 am

        I spent 9 days in Salinas and was able to roam around in every corner of the city. I never felt that the place is a dangerous one. I was for-warned about crimes in Ecuador and I really wanted to experience it myself. I did it also in La Libertad especially in the market area. I walked almost every street there within the two mile radius and I never felt threatened. In fact, with my limited Spanish, I found the locals very friendly. I ate a 14-inch fresh grilled fish with grilled plantain and ensalada or rice for only $3.00 beside the Pescado Market. Just don’t be showy with your wealth and you’ll be fine.

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    • Leon December 28, 2011, 9:36 am

      I am a New Yorker and have been visiting Ecuador for the past 11 years or so (my wife is Ecuadorian). I purchased a property in Salinas for my vacations, and I also rent the ground floor to vacationers from the U.S. and Canada.

      Real estate investments in Ecuador are not going to make someone a fast or high turnover because infrastructure development and progress in this country is very slow. It is also too far away to attract many vacationers from the USA and Canada, competing with the Caribbean and Mexico. Airline fares to Ecuador are generally over $600 for most of the year.

      In Salinas, where most vacationers come for the beach, you would think that improvements of the area’s facilities would come quickly: baths and showers on the beach, vendor stalls for selling souvenirs, nice side streets, etc. But this has not happened. The mayors do little to improve the town: electricity and water cutoffs occur in the busy season in this tourist town, and side streets are dirty. Things have not changed much since I first saw Salinas. ~Leon

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  • Jeff December 11, 2010, 9:59 am

    I'm glad you didn't write about the condo and the house I've been drooling over for months. As soon as I sell my house in Cotacachi, one of them's mine, if they're not both sold by then.

    Jeff

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    • shirley & jim November 2, 2012, 5:13 pm

      Hi Jeff … why are you selling your house in Coracachi? I hear that area is amazing!

      Reply
  • South of Zero November 4, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Hi Brian,

    I have three real estate companies (in addition to the Coldwell Banker that you mentioned) in the Salinas area on my list: Ecuador Properties, Mike Sager is the realtor. He was featured on the recent House Hunters International Salinas episode. There are no rentals listed on their website, however I think he my have some that are not posted online. Amy Prisco is a bilingual relocation expert in that area and owns Ecuador Realty, Inc. They list both sales and rentals. Bienes Raíces Ocean (in Spanish) has the largest inventory of properties listed by neighborhood. You may notice on their rentals (aquileres) that they will have two prices: temporada (usually this is month to month, but they may also list a weekly semana rate) or año corridor (basically the rate for a year’s lease, sometimes up to half as much.)

    Glad I could help, Mary

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  • Sue August 13, 2011, 2:15 pm

    hello… is that home still available???

    Reply
  • Bryan Haines August 14, 2011, 8:05 am

    I’m not sure. Have you checked with. The real estate agency?

    Reply

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