If you are buying real estate in Ecuador, the first thing you should do is find a qualified attorney. If you don’t speak
fluent Spanish you will need to make sure the attorney speaks English.
The attorney will reearch the property history and papertrail. No money should change hands until that attorney tells
you the title is free and clear.
The purchase process in Ecuador is as easy as it gets…
As you can see, it’s possible to close quickly if you have the cash. One of our correspondents living in Ecuador made an
offer on a house at 2:00 p.m., and closed by 5:00 p.m. on the same day.
Closing in Ecuador is a transaction only between the buyer and seller. The notary does not hold escrow or disburse
funds. Some attorneys however.
These are used for holding escrow and disbursing funds. This is very convenient if you don’t yet have a local bank
Foreigners need permission to own real estate within 50 kilometers of international borders. Permission is also needed
within 50 kilometers of coasts. Owning real estate in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands is prohibited.
The most popular beach town in Ecuador, Salinas is an expat and digital nomad favorite.
Salinas is a relaxed and friendly place to live and retire. Life here revolves around the beach and the outdoors.
Salinas is a popular tourist town. This means prices here are higher than elsewhere along the coast. The plus side to
this is rental potential. If you are planning on a part-time retirement in Salinas, you can rent out the property for
some extra money.
Cuenca is a city of close to 400,000 people. Like all cities of this size there are
good and bad neighborhoods.
The following neighborhoods are popular with expats and have the reputation as being the safest places in the city.
A very popular expat neighborhood. El Centro is (unsurprisingly) in the center of Cuenca. The perfect place for retirees who like to be out and about. You are close to
restaurants, bars, museums, and the best of Cuenca. There are also plenty of green areas to relax,
Space is at a premium here and prices are higher than elsewhere in the city. Pollution and traffic are higher too. This
is the compromise for the location.
This is the number one expat neighborhood in Cuenca. Full of condo buildings and gate communities, expats living here
enjoy facilities similar to in the United States. This is a quiet place to live, away from the bustle of the city.
Ordonez Lasso is a fast-growing area with plenty of new construction projects. Many of the cities expat meetups take
Loja is a small city in the Andes, and one of the last places where you can still find the authentic Ecuador. The expat
invasion has not made it here, and the city is all the better for it.
Loja is a quiet and clean city, with plenty of green spaces. There is a nice historic
center, and a backdrop of rolling mountains. The weather is a pleasant 73 degrees all year.
The real estate market here is not as developed as in other cities. You will need to come to Loja and spend some time
getting to know the region. As a result, you can find some real bargains here. If you are retiring to Ecuador on a
budget, Loja is well worth a look.
We give a lot of virtual ink to Latin America… And for good reason. This region checks three of the most important boxes on most would-be retiree and expat wish lists… First, it’s nearby to North America, making it easy and affordable to come and go. At home south of the border, you can return north to visit family and friends as often as you’d like… and they can come spend time with you in your chosen Shangri-la. This part...Read more