Category Archives: Renting in Cuenca

Here you will find articles and information relating to the renal market in Cuenca, Ecuador. As you are looking for your rental property in Cuenca, there are many thing that you will need to know and we are here to help. We are working hard to provide the best market information to our clients in order to help you find your apartment, house, or condo with no-hassles.

Building a New Cuenca

Visitors to Cuenca lately can’t miss all the construction going on around the city. In 2012, Cuenca is spending more than $20 million on infrastructure and road improvements. What’s being done, in a nutshell:

–Nuevas Veredas: This is a project to put down new, smooth, walkable sidewalks along Mariscal Lamar in Centro. It started in May and will continue through the end of the year.

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Cuenca: Still The Right Choice

As Cuenca celebrates its 3rd year of being International Living’s #1 retirement destination, many prospective residents are asking if Cuenca is still the right choice. Now that it’s such a known destination, wouldn’t it be better to go somewhere else? We don’t think so. Cuenca is popular for a reason, and a life in Cuenca is still the right choice. Here’s why:

1. Cost of Living remains low

Cuenca is a low-cost living environment, especially compared to cities of similar size in other countries. For less than $2,000 per month, you can live in comfort here. You can afford a quality apartment in a good neighborhood, eat out regularly, take part in local entertainment offerings, and see top-notch medical professionals. It’s true that Cuenca isn’t as cheap as it was five years ago, nor is it Ecuador’s cheapest city. However, even accounting for recent price increases on the basic necessities, Cuenca is still very affordable.


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4 Ways A Cuenca Life Saves Your Money

One of the most frequent questions people ask us on their way to Cuenca is “What do I need to spend to live well in Cuenca?”  Today we’re going to look at the question from another angle – what DON’T you need to spend to live well in Cuenca.  Here are four key ways a Cuenca life saves you money:

#1 – Goodbye, Vehicle Expenses!

Most people in Cuenca don’t have a car.  They use taxis or take the bus.  A bus ride is 25 cents – 12 cents if you are a resident certified senior.  Taxis are $1.50 for short rides, and $2 – $3 for longer or rainy day rides.  If you spend more than $100 a month in local transport expenses, you’re really getting around!

Compare that to what you might spend at home.  There’s the cost of filling up the tank, parking fees, and maintenance expenses.  Annual insurance, registration, and vehicles taxes are another pretty penny.  When you move to Cuenca, you can leave those expenses behind for good.


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Think Twice Before Bringing Pets To Cuenca

We vividly remember helping our downstairs neighbor bury his beloved cocker spaniel last year.  The dog had fallen victim to distemper, a common Ecuadorian disease we have almost eradicated in the States.  As a result, the dog hadn’t been vaccinated against distemper and was gone in less than two weeks despite multiple trips to the vet.

Why bring this up?  An increasing number of our clients are telling us they plan to bring their pets with them when they move to Cuenca.  While in the US some 61% of Americans routinely travel with their animals (according to the June edition of Prevention magazine), an international move is just not comparable to a weekend getaway in the States.  Having grown up with animals ourselves, we get why people want to travel with their pets … but we still ask anyone thinking of bringing their pet to Cuenca to think twice before they travel with their beloved cats, dogs, rare birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, or pet rats.  Here’s a short list of why:

Different Pet Culture

Cuencanos have a very different pet culture than what is found in the United States.  There are no city-wide leash laws or PooperScooper rules here.  Pets are rarely spayed or neutered.  Exotic pets are extremely rare, and guinea pigs are a local delicacy.  Unpopular local animals (such as yappy dogs or wandering cats) will be poisoned without regret by the neighbors, even if they are normally kept in private yards.


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Rental Demand Continues in Cuenca

Wow. . . This last month has been a bit of a shock to us. We have been busier than expected and even as the show birds head north, rental demand remains hot. We have had record numbers of requests from both new and repeat clients needing our real estate services. While we are not able to take on every client that contacts us (more on that below), we are still helping many people into some of the city’s highest-quality homes.

Our focus on quality helps us shorten the apartment hunt for the clients we are able to help. Finding quality rentals is still possible but even more than in the past, good properties move quickly. It’s the duds that linger, and many people we have spoken to recently know this first hand. Caught in the part time realtor trap, they’ve been shown dozens of sub-par properties. We spoke to a couple the other day who had visited 22(!) unacceptable properties, partially because some realtors will gladly show you properties day in and day out for $10 per hour with no concern about ever finding you the right place. It’s fine if you want a budget real estate tour but awful if you are serious about finding a rental.


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Life In Cash Based Cuenca

One of the more unique daily challenges that our clients face when coming to live in Cuenca is adjusting to life in a cash based society. Most of North America and Europe is a plastic payment society. If you want something, you swipe your card. If you’re old fashioned, you write a check.

In Cuenca, you pay cash.

To be fair, there are a number of restaurants and businesses that take credit cards. Unfortunately, many of them charge an extra fee for this service – it could be anywhere from 3% to 8% of the total bill. This is in addition to any foreign transaction fees that your credit company may be charging you. The net result can be an extra $15 to $25 in fees for every $100 you put on your credit card in Cuenca.


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How To Tell If Your Wife Is Cheating On You In Cuenca

Step 1: Visit a number of websites offering real estate in Cuenca

Step 2: Discover your wife in front of a house pictured on another realtors website

Step 3: Accept this as hard evidence she is cheating on you

Step 4: Get a divorce

Alternatively … realize that some people just can’t keep their hands off a good thing, and have stolen multiple pieces of content from your web page.

Hi there! It’s the Cuenca Condos team here, and as you’ve probably figured out, we’re not being 100% serious with this post. What we are 100% serious about is letting you know that we’ve been finding our content and photos all over the web. These are photos that clearly can’t have been taken by anyone else, since we see ourselves reflected in the mirrors and windows, and the Ecuadorian wife standing outside of the house.

We know that the real estate and rental market in Cuenca is hot. A lot of people want a slice of the business … but they aren’t willing to do the work. It’s easier to steal than to do the right thing, and frankly that’s just sad.

We’re living proof that if you provide an honest, ethical service, you can have a good business here in Cuenca. We know not everyone likes us or agrees with the way we do business. That’s fine. We go to bed each night and sleep soundly, knowing we’ve tried our best to do right by our landlords and tenants in a culture that doesn’t always make it easy.

If you are interested in one of our properties and want to work with us, accept no imitations. Contact us directly:

Benjamin Wheeler-Harsh

Phone: 08 085 0174


Or reach out to us on our Facebook Page and on Twitter.


The Cuenca Condos Team

“Often Imitated, NEVER Duplicated”

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Rent or Buy in Cuenca?

For most of us, deciding to become an expat in Cuenca is an easy choice.  Great prices, nice people, and year round good weather are all things that are hard to resist.  But moving to Cuenca, Ecuador is only the first of many decisions you will face on the way to establishing your new home abroad.  In this article we will discuss one of the most important decisions you will have to make when you arrive in Cuenca:  Rent . . . or Buy?

The real estate market in Cuenca, Ecuador is very different from real estate markets in the United States or Europe.  You must make sure you have a solid game plan in place so you navigate these new waters safely.

Both the rental and for-sale markets have advantages and disadvantages to you as a new arrival.  Let’s consider some of the Pros and Cons:


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What Makes A Cuenca Neighborhood Great? – Part 1 – Safety

“Is this neighborhood any good?” is a common question that we receive here at Cuenca Condos.  We get it – you don’t want to end up in a crummy part of Cuenca, or stuck in a dangerous area where you’re not going to feel safe.  That having been said, how can you judge a neighborhood in Cuenca?

We’re not going to leave you guessing.  We’ll be doing a series over the next few months on this theme, covering issues of neighborhood safety, medical care, restaurant options, tienda prevalence, entertainment options, access to transport, green space/parks, and air quality for some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Cuenca.

Stay tuned, and welcome to this week’s feature issue:  Safe Neighborhoods in Cuenca.

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How much does it cost to furnish a rental in Cuenca?

A common question we get is, “How much will it cost to furnish a rental in Cuenca?” We hear this constantly from our rental clients, so now we are going to share the answer with everyone. While it may appear to cost a few thousand dollars to purchase furnishings for your rental, the true answer to this question is “Nothing.”

You may find it hard to believe, but buying furniture for your apartment, house, or condo in Cuenca can actually save you tons of money.

Rental prices for unfurnished units can be as much as 50% lower than an equivalent rental that comes fully furnished. Let’s do the math.


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