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Real Estate in Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 02, 2023

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:

"Can only afford to rent a room so I rent from another Californian (a blessing) in a mostly quiet building of other North Americans. It is a condo. Met the dear lady I rent from at church," said one person in Cuenca.

"We are in Puerto Cayo. It is small and I mean small. There are no shopping for groceries or luxury items. It is quiet and on any given day, I am the only person on miles and miles of beach," said one expat who made the move to Puerto Cayo.

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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.

Street Tres de Noveimbre in Cuenca, Ecuador

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