Monthly Archives: September 2010

Cuenca Remains Quiet As Ecuador Makes Headlines

As you watch the news tonight, the police strike in Ecuador is a leading item.  The staff at Cuenca Condos has already fielded a number of calls to check on us, and we appreciate your concern for our safety.  All we ask is . . . .

. . . please save it for a real emergency.

We don’t want to make light of the national situation, but it is time to point out that nothing is really going on here in Cuenca.  We’re well out of the limelight and well out of the action here.

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Property Management Letter

Hello Friends,

Our last blog article told the story of tenants who were plagued buy maintenance and utility problems in their rental home.  Many of our subscribers were surprised by this struggle and asked us why the property manager did not take charge and resolve these issues.

At first we found this amusing but we soon realized that many new residents and those considering making the move to Cuenca, Ecuador are not aware of this simple fact;  Property managers in Cuenca are a rare breed!  If you are a renter in Cuenca, 90% of the time, the owner of your rental will be the closest thing you have to a property manager.

“So what… can’t I just call the owner?”

You can and should call the owner of your rental or the assigned property manager if you have one but here are some of the problems you might encounter.

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Cuenca Condos Property Management Service

Cuenca Condos is responding to a need that is pervasive throughout the rental market in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Many of our clients are requesting a higher level of service than what is generally available and  quality standards that many Ecuadorian owners are not able or willing to provide.

The process of finding a quality condo, apartment, or house can be difficult, so to bring our clients the comfort and quality they deserve, we are announcing our Property management service.

What you get with a Cuenca Condos managed property:

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Newsletter September 10th

Hello,

This week we are featuring a story which exposes some of the problems that can arise if you don’t have a competent rental agency looking out for your interests. This is a “buyer beware” story so please read this post and see how what seemed to be good low cost rental turn out to be a nightmare.

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Recently, the staff at Cuenca Condos got the opportunity to help a friend deal with an ongoing water leak in their apartment. A damp wall that had been complained about for months turned out to be the source of both sickness and destroyed plasters. Though not one of our listings, we were happy to help get to the bottom of the issue . . . after four months of fighting with the landlord, it was about time!

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Some Cuenca Homes Have Surprises In Their Walls!

Recently, the staff at Cuenca Condos got the opportunity to help a friend deal with an ongoing water leak in their apartment.  A damp wall that had been complained about for months turned out to be the source of both sickness and destroyed plasters.  Though not one of our listings, we were happy to help get to the bottom of the issue . . . after four months of fighting with the landlord, it was about time!

Who knows how long this mold was here?

The truth of the matter is that many “great deals” on rentals in Cuenca are hiding secret problems that will come back to bite you later.  Unless you have worked with a good rental agency in Cuenca, you will be stuck with your “great deal” and leaking water pipes!

Paying for every gallon - Ouch!

Water systems and electrical systems are simply not built to the same standards in Cuenca that you would find in the United States.  This is not to say that there are not good quality apartments in Cuenca – just check our listings – but merely to say that there isn’t a strict building code in place.  This is doubly true for older structures. (more…)

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What’s Behind Finding A Great Rental In Cuenca? HARD WORK!

Cuenca rentals have an international reputation for being a good deal.  Thousands of pages have been written for those who want to retire in Cuenca about the affordable housing opportunities here in Ecuador.  However, people arriving in Cuenca now that Cuenca is on the map are finding that apartment prices aren’t on any set system of affordability.

This isn’t to imply that you can no longer find good values on apartment rentals in Cuenca.  We at Cuenca Condos think that we offer our clients excellent value on our apartments in terms of their location, size, and amenities.  Yet do you have any idea how long it has taken us to find our portfolio of quality listings?  Buy one of us a beer sometime and we’ll tell you about it!

The fact of the matter is that you can run all over town  and out of 10 apartments, maybe you will find one that is a great value in a good location with nice furnishings.  It is a little easier to find good unfurnished listings, but we know that many of our first-time clients aren’t necessarily coming to Ecuador with a house full of furniture. (more…)

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