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Friday, June 08, 2012

Gringa Expat Rents Nice Apartment In Cuenca Ecuador for $200! (Part 1)

In this interview (Part 1 of 2) we show our readers that honest Ecuadorian Landlords will still rent to gringos at the Ecuadorian rental rate…even in Cuenca!
Our purpose is to encourage younger families and those on a smaller retirement income that it is still possible to start a new life abroad and live well in Cuenca Ecuador.  However, anyone can do it if they are so led. If interested in finding a local priced rental click here!
Yes, it’s still possible to rent from Ecuadorians at Ecuadorian rental rates!!! But, as we show in the video, you will not find these lower priced rentals going to an English-speaking rental agency. In fact we know personally most of the rental agencies that speak English will raise the rental price when they see a gringo coming or hear a gringo accent. 

You probably will not get these rental rates by staying confined to the gringo caf├ęs and English-speaking hot-spots in Cuenca. You probably won’t find these local rentals by demanding 24 hour security and river views, but you might get these amenities as an added bonus, like Karina did, as seen in the video above.

As shown in the video, our friend rents in a decent Ecuadorian neighborhood, at the Ecuadorian rental rate and lives in a nice (1,500 sq.ft) 3 bed/2 bath apartment. Sorry but she did not want us to take photos of the inside of her home, but it's new, has a view, and is nice. 

The Spanish speaking resources we list in the DIY Guide have local priced rentals as well.  But, you may have to weed out the ads that are targeting gringos (pricing to foreigners) and those that cater to the gringo demands such as river view +24 hour security guard, 5+ bedrooms, 4 baths very large places (near 3000 sq. feet) in some cases, and furnished w/elevator.  (See this video with real estate broker, Macrina Serano ). To be sure, you will not find all that for the local price and you shouldn’t expect it.

 As we discuss in the guide, however, you should always negotiate, never just pay the asking price.  I know everyone always says that, so we will be issuing a free ebook soon on how to do just that.  Buyers of our DIY Cuenca Landing Guide will automatically receive this negotiation ebook for free.  This is to thank you for your support of this blog and to add value to your patronage and readership.

Cuenca Has Different Priced Rents Depending on Your Needs and Wants
There’s different priced housing for different types of needs and wants and that is what it all boils down to.  

Remember now, Karina has both the secure building, plus the views and her rent for a nice three bedroom two bath apartment in Cuenca is $200; she met her needs and wants through going local; she rents at the local rental rate; she has learned a bit of Spanish in the nine weeks she has lived here and she has made some wonderful Ecuadorian friendships, and that means a lot to her. See video for more.

Here is part two of this interview with Karina

If you want some assistance with finding a locally priced vacant long term rental see http://300dollarcuencarentals.blogspot.com/


  1. Hi Angie,Frank and Karina Your post is great...Karina Congratulations on a great apartment find your views are great and your Landlord family sounds like very nice people Best of luck with your new life in Cuenca...Looking forward to part 2 of your post...Joseph

  2. Thanks Joseph. We like encouragement...Gives us a reason to keep going...

  3. Your blog is thus informative … carry on the nice work!!!!


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