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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Quito

What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Rent, learn, then leave. Keep in mind I have no business interest here so I am just being honest. You can deposit money into your bank acct & if want to know your balance after your deposit they charge you a fee, service in Ecuador is terrible. Ask for a roll of quarters, & be refused! No reason, just be told no.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

Condo, yes

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Local realtor

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower cheap price, cheap quality, craftsmen are complete idiots!

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guest
Mar 29, 2011 19:24

Sorry this person has had bad experiences in Ecuador. I live in Cuenca and have been surprised at some things I've encountered here that don't make a lot of sense, but, that's true in any new culture. Overall, the weather is wonderful, the prices remarkable, for things that really matter these days, and the Ecuadoran people are friendly and welcoming overall. I do agree that one should visit before moving, but, that's just plain common sense. My home is remarkably well crafted.

guest
Apr 12, 2011 14:20

I live along the Coast and like other people's comments here, I have experienced things in daily life that don't make much sense. I can go with the flow or leave Ecuador. But I came here in order to experience these differences and to have my eyes and mind opened with other cultures. That certainly is happening! I have had extensive work done on my home and with due diligence in hiring and yes firing contractors, I am satisfied with the beautiful work done for me. For the most part, I got what I paid for...the same as in the USA. I work at favorably comparing the USA with Ecuador and over the years, I have found much more pros than cons, which is one of the reasons I am still enjoying Ecuador. As in the USA or here, communication is an absolute must.

dksuttle
May 11, 2011 11:02

I agree completely with most of what you say but I still love the place and plan to stay.

guest
Aug 10, 2011 21:19

You take "you" with you whereever you go...

guest
Aug 11, 2011 18:25

Wow! Painfully honest ...

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