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Guayaquil, Latin America’s New Hidden City!

I found this informative and positive post about Guayaquil which is quite refreshing. In this article, Mr. Tom Kadala (www.researchpays.wordpress.com ) touch on the fundamental reasons why Guayaquil is a ‘hidden treasure’ for investors and highlights the key drivers that will soon make this former sleepy town on the west coast of South America into an extension of New York City.

Guayaquil, Perla del Pacific – (Pearl from the Pacific Ocean) –due to its privileged location on the Pacific coast facilities all trades and businesses; also it is an strategic hub for the global economy of Ecuador, Latin America, EU and USA.

I agree that Guayaquil has good potential, and it is going towards a modest business friendly environment. It is easy to fly in and out of Guayaquil airport and airport procedures and security is much better in Ecuador.

The biggest limiter for Ecuador is its size, but the best things are: the geographic location, and its industrious, entrepreneurial, courageous, and determined people. I believe Ecuador is becoming one of the most important and successful countries in all of South America over the next five years.

Thanks Tom Kadala for you insight view on Guayaquil!

Tom Kadala

Known mainly for its prehistoric inhabitants, the Galapagos Islands located off the coast of Ecuador has always overshadowed its bustling port-of-call, the City of Guayaquil.  To attract some of the 450,000 annual tourist that bypass the city on their way to the Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil’s long term Mayor, Jaime Nebot, has been busy rebuilding his city hoping to convince some of these visitors to stay a night or two longer.  New roads, malls, conference facilities, and two ambitious proposals to modernize their port facilities to world class standards has started to turn heads.  For investors who dig deep into the numbers, they may be pleasantly surprised to find a growing middle class grounded on socialist beliefs but ready and able to respond to international business demands.  

In mid-September of 2012, Guayaquil’s mayor and his entourage presented their case to investor groups in New York City.  Mayor Nebot openly solicited…

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IMPORTANT NEWS: New Real Estate Regulations in Ecuador as December 2013

SUPERINTENDENCY OF COMPANIES REGULATIONS FOR THE OPERATION OF REAL ESTATE COMPANIES

 

Source: SUPERINTENDENCY OF COMPANIES

Resolution No. SC.DSC.G.13.014 of the Superintendence of Companies comprising the Regulation for the operation of companies that carry out real estate activities was published in Official Register No. 146 on 18 December, 2013.

In accordance with the Regulation, it is mandatory for companies whose corporate objective is real estate activity in any phase (promotion, construction, marketing etc.) and that receive money from clients in advance to delivering housing and buildings to comply with the following:

  • To own the land on which the project will be developed or to hold the fiduciary rights in the trust that owns the land.
  • To obtain the necessary permission for construction from competent public bodies.
  • To possess an economic budget for each project. This must include the duly assessed financial projection, estimated time of completion of the project, the sale price of each housing unit, and the parameters for achieving the break-even point and profitability.
  • To sign and comply with promissory purchase/sale agreements establishing price, payment conditions, closing date and deadline for signing the public deed, and to sign the final deeds of sale.
  • To follow the requirements of the Superintendence of Companies and comply with all provisions issued by it.
  • If companies carry out their activity through a Escrow Business Trust, they must also comply with regulations issued by the National Securities Council.

The Resolution also establishes that for the development of real estate projects that require “financial resources from promissory purchase/sale agreements for such project’s property units, before entering into the agreement a Fiduciary Escrow Trust must be created allowing a fund and trust manager to manage said resources”.

Companies who carry out real estate activity are, among other things, prohibited to enter into private preliminary reservation or promissory sales agreements; to sign more than one promissory sales agreement for the same asset; and to designate money from a specific real estate project to other real estate projects.

The Ombudsman will receive complaints regarding discriminatory or inequitable clauses, without prejudice to complaints made before the Superintendence of Companies and relevant legal action.

The Superintendence of Companies will carry out inspections to verify compliance with the current regulations by real estate companies. In the case of observations, the Company will have five days to give its view on the matter. If the Superintendence of Companies considers that the Company is involved in one or more grounds for intervention, it will proceed to “declare a state of intervention in the company and appoint an intervention supervisor”. The supervisor will issue a report regarding the general situation of the company. If the company cannot apply corrective measures to overcome a negative situation that presents risks to its clients, or if said measures are not complied with within the given deadlines, the Company may be declared dissolved.

December 19, 2013

MLS Services in Ecuador…. is free!

Multiple Listing Service in Ecuador, there are many of them for free and with great online services.

Others will tell you that they are not available mainly because they are still making a profit out of gray “pocket listings” or marking up the For Sale By Owner properties.

Ecuador has no restrictions on foreign investment in real property; you can buy real estate the very same day of your arrival using only your valid passport as identification

You can check my Personal adds on free Multi Listing Services in Ecuador:

Luxury Condos in Olon

Oceanfront Condos – Club and Marina

Pre-Venta Departamentos de Lujo en la Playa de Olon

Legal Real Estate and Development Transactions in Ecuador:

When informal business transactions were first recognized in Ecuador, the discussion focused on inefficient public institutions, cumbersome registration processes and a general distrust of the government – all factors that spur the creation of a market outside a country’s formal structures – does days are gone, Ecuador Real Estate Law enforcement is making its way into this new emerging economy.  If you put together all these new changes with a stable US Dollar economy, Ecuador becomes a great property investment location to live and retire.

Use to be that many locals and foreigners depended on informal Real Estate employment or businesses for a living, but informal employment has had serious consequences at the levels of both the individual and society. Beyond earning levels, informal employment makes OWNER, BUYER, AGENT ‘s basic legal rights vulnerable and difficult to defend.

The only real problem you may find will be the language barrier, there is a straight forward solution: translation services or bilingual proof services. Remember, there are many local Ecuadorians Professionals that speak English and Spanish fluently.

Do Not Pay Buyer’s Agent or Finder’s Fees!

Ecuador is in the process of strict regulation of its Real Estate Market and Development. For many years, Real Estate Developers, Service Providers, Agents, Locals and Foreigners Vendors, For Sale by Owner….. transactions have been mostly cash transfers due to the relaxed nature of informal transactions.

The Ecuadorian law is enforcing and updating its Real Estate Laws, this will improve the overall Real Estate Service Industry and Development. Important for you to know: Ecuadorian Law estates that the Seller pays a sales commission to the listing agent, then the listing agent splits that commission with the agent bringing the buyer to the transaction much like in the US.

How should you go for assistance?

For consumers or legal claims, any local Ecuadorian Legal Attorney or Buffet will be able to help you out, now just be aware of: ANY ATTORNEY THAT ASK YOU FOR MONEY ONLINE, there is no reason for a professional to request any money until you have verify with third parties of their professional background. Like in USA or Canada, you will find many scams online.

The following links will provide you with details on Ecuadorian Laws and the government institutions to go in case you encounter any problems while doing Real Estate business in Ecuador:

Law for Real Estate Agents of Ecuador

Consumers Protection Law of Ecuador

Government Ministry of Industry and Productivity: Consumers Protection Program

Government Office for Peoples Defense

English Post on Ecuador’s New Consumer Protection Law

ECUADOR and Latin America, do we know why they have done better during our on going crisis?

The actual performance of the region’s economies is surprisingly strong particularly when compared to past crises. China’s sustained demand for the commodity exports of the region and the timely monetary action of the IMF liquidity provisions, are two external factors that are undoubtedly part of the explanation.

However, internal factors played a major role too including greater macro policy resilience and the financial sector reforms in most countries over the last decade. One over looked factor is the contribution middle class consumption has done to the region; Latin America middle class is not the stereo typical one, they will be closer to poverty class in standard societies, and they also have limit access to aggregate demands that will condition micro economic growth, therefore domestic demands have allow this economies resilient to global crisis.

Future challenges will be: to secure domestic financial development against political pressures for short-term gains, to pressure the local financial sector as a market player while maintaining sound lending practices, and to adopt real government policies to sustained macroeconomic stability.

As for our self, if we are looking for new horizons to develop careers or retire while still contribute to society; this country will be a great opportunity to put in action collaborative strategies for development.  A good starting point to contribute to real wealth and welfare should include strong education systems and investments in order to organize economics and promote better incomes distribution. Let´s make a better world for our next generations.

I will like to invite you to watch the following video

 

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