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El Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) in Cuenca, Ecuador

Real Estate in Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 05, 2024

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in Ecuador by researching the local real estate market and consulting with a local real estate agent. It is important to consider the location, size, and price of the property. Additionally, it is important to research the local laws and regulations regarding foreign ownership of property in Ecuador. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Ecuador, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own property within 50 kilometers of the border. Additionally, foreigners are not allowed to own property in certain areas, such as military zones or national parks. Houses in Ecuador typically include basic amenities such as running water, electricity, and sewage. Many homes also include air conditioning, internet access, and security systems. Additionally, many homes in Ecuador have access to public transportation, shopping centers, and other amenities.

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How do I find a place to live in Ecuador?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Rentals in Salinas: You might also consider Porto Lucia if you are interested in Salinas. Much more tranquil than malecon de Salinas yet still in Salinas. If you prefer ocean front living at a budget price there are a few condo options available most are rented fully furnished. Walk to largest shopping center & next .to yacht club & marina. Look on Google maps for location. Hope this helps as an option, most expats do not know about this location when viewing Salinas," remarked one member in Salinas.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

El Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) in Cuenca, Ecuador

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