|It is possible
to spend 3 months a year here on a visitor’s visa without any special visa
or legal expenses. Forget the much advertised $1,400 investors visa. It
is now very much a thing of the past and to qualify for an investor’s visa
you must now be prepared to put up $25,000.There are other attractive visas
available for retirees and other classifications and I would be happy to
recommend excellent, honest and reliable lawyers in Cuenca who specialize
in immigration and customs issues. They also have an English speaking attorney
on their team so instructions and information are always crystal clear
to the non Spanish speakers. They can take care of all the legalities
including title insurance for your purchase so are an invaluable asset
should you decide to actually move here to live.
I also recommend
that prospective property purchasers look around the general area and not
be fixated on Vilcabamba property. There are stunningly beautiful valleys
and mountains all over the Loja province. Pueblos like Malacatos,
Taxiche and Landangui are so close to Vilcabamba they share
the same health promoting energies but are, generally speaking, spared
the hordes of backpackers and noisy revellers that can make peaceful living
difficult at times. Sometimes too, the prices can be a little cheaper.
mind all the above and making sensible decisions, I still believe this
valley to be one of Natures´ most beautiful and healthy places to
live. I am always glad to help you in your search for the perfect
spot however, it is impossible to tell you what is available for
sale today and expect it to still be on the market if you are planning
your trip weeks in the future. As anywhere else in the world ¨hot
properties¨ tend to sell very quickly. Occasionally I hear of something
coming up for sale on a certain date and can alert you but be prepared
to hop on a plane and hightail it out here or arrange for a lawyer here
in Ecuador to have power of attorney to act on your behalf.
At this time
I have exclusives on 2 of the best properties in the area that will come
on the market in February. One, a large western style home is in the heart
of Vilcabamba (only 2 blocks from the little park and church in the
centre of the pueblo). It is a 6 bedroom, 3 bath home currently rented
as 2 separate apartments (one on each floor) with separate entrances.
There are separate kitchens and dining rooms in each apartment,
also hot showers and Western style kitchens. A charming, courtyard complete
with beehive bread oven makes a wonderful entertainment setting and, with
all this including a secure carport behind security walls, the property
is a natural for a time share operation, bed and breakfast business or
a luxurious private residence.
As rental income
property you can keep one unit for your own use and rent the other out
ensuring there is always someone on the premises to guard your investment.
Due to family
illness the price on this property has been lowered to a mind boggling
$98,000 (USD) for a quick sale.
is, I believe, the best buy in the area and one of the most spectacular
mountain top properties I have ever seen. Combined with an unbelievably
low price this property is such a one of a kind opportunity. It will,
in my opinion sell (like the Vilcabamba house) in a matter of days
after it hits the market. 5.13 gorgeous hectares of mountainside, plenty
of water (of paramount importance in this part of the country)
of the town and surrounding countryside. All combine to make this
a once in a lifetime opportunity. Priced at only $60,000.
are being reluctantly sold by their different owners for a variety of personal
reasons and would not normally even be offered to the public.