Monthly Archives: October 2010

They Went It Alone

Some people we talk to have the mistaken impression that working with a rental agent in Cuenca, Ecuador means that you end up paying a higher price than by working directly with the owner of a property.  Frankly, this is just not true.  The little old Ecuadorian woman who you are sure is nice and trustworthy is just as likely to rip you off as any thief on the streets.

While we can not vouch for other rental agencies or those who dabble in real estate part-time, we can tell you that the most important part of our job is making sure that the prices we offer to our clients are within market norms.

We hate seeing fellow Expats get taken advantage of and this week we saw yet another example of this, which prompted us to write this article.

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The Legend Of The Pet Friendly Rental

O hark ye well, my tale to tell,
about a Cuenca place to dwell
They came in droves, down from the North
A new life in Ecuador was theirs henceforth

They brought the dog, they brought the cat
A weasel some thought was a rat
They looked high and they looked low
Why did landlords all say no?

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Imaginative Renters Get Great Value

Finding a rental property in Cuenca, Ecuador that fits your needs can be difficult.  Many times you will find rentals that are available in older apartment or condo buildings, but these structures often come with their own set of problems.

For those with a little imagination and the desire to get a great value on a rental here in Cuenca, new buildings offer an unique opportunity.  As you look at the photos below you can tell why we say that some imagination is needed to envision the finished product, but, for those who can, the best rental values in Cuenca are the rewards.

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How to find a rental durring the peak season in Cuenca, Ecuador

The peak season for travelers from the US, Canada, and Europe to Ecuador is on the horizon and as a result it is more difficult than ever to find listings that stay on the market. If you are planning to arrive in the next month or so please contact us in advance so that we can secure a rental for you before you arrive. If you are already here, let us know your requirements and we can do the searching for you.

If you are really serious about getting a good rental this fall in Cuenca, Ecuador you will need to:

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Buying Furnishings In Cuenca, Ecuador

Unfurnished rental properties can represent some of the best deals on the market in Cuenca in terms of price per square foot.  However, many of the people who are inquiring about apartments with us seem to be afraid of the empty space.  In Cuenca, unfurnished means no kitchen appliances, no furniture, and no linens.  Yet, rather than being a daunting process, it is easy to furnish your own apartment, house, or condo in Cuenca, Ecuador.

In terms of costs, expect to pay far less than in the United States.  Basic appliances – oven, stovetop, refrigerator, washer, and dryer – will cost $2000 – $3000.  A bedroom set can be had for $500.  Depending on how many bedrooms you choose and the number of other rooms in the house, you can comfortably equip yourself for $5000 – $6000, right down to the teaspoons in the kitchen.

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Ecuador Plunged into Chaos? Not Cuenca!

After a day of police protests in Quito and Guayaquil, the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, returned to the Presidential Palace. Already, the country is settling  back into normal activities.

“The Quito airport re-opened overnight, and there was no sign on Quito’s streets Friday morning of the rebellious police who had thrown the country into chaos the previous day,” reports the Associated Press.

Thrown in chaos?  That seems a bit strong.  Based on reports from people on the ground in Quito, most of the city was not affected by the protests.  Many citizens were worried and some began to leave Quito, but once it was realized that the situation was not escalating, people returned and resumed their normal routines.

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It Was There, But You Missed It

Since we opened the doors of Cuenca Condos, we’ve seen a lot of apartments in Cuenca come and go. The speed that apartments rent here surprises many of our clients coming from the depressed real estate markets of North America. While a good rental listing might be on the market in the States for several weeks, good apartments, condominiums, and houses in Cuenca, Ecuador will be gone in a matter of days or even hours.

We’re really not kidding!

Until this week, our record had been 48 hours.  We had a beautiful three bedroom condo in a newly built, security-controlled building near the University of Cuenca on Remigio Tamariz.  The custom cabinets had recessed lighting, the hardwood floors were newly installed, and each of the two bathrooms was impressively tiled.  Unfurnished, it could have been yours for $350 per month.  But it was someone else’s in less than 48 hours.

That’s okay, you say.  You wanted a furnished place anyway.  You probably checked out listing numbers CR#0013 or CR#0010.  Both were gone in a week.

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