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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Real Estate and cost of utilities in Quito, Ecuador. August 2014.

For the last 5-7 years Real Estate prices in Quito gone up dramatically, almost doubled. However there is big difference having real estate in US and in Ecuador: property tax and association fee. Unless you manage to buy in gringo's development or in the areas where Ecuadorians with big money live - associations fees,alíquota, are much less here in Quito, usually in between $15 -$150, depends on location and amenities provided. In my North Quito neighborhood alíquota typically in between $50 -$70. 
Property taxes are less as well, also from $20 to a few hundreds, depends how big your dwelling is and where it's located.
There is no home owners insurance in Ecuador, if something happens - you are on your own.

Utilities:
In Quito you don't need heating and air-conditioning.
Electric bill for the most families: $10 - $20, water: $10 -$20,
gas: $5 - $15 centralized
land line cost: $8 basic and one cent per minute after few hundreds of allowed free minutes.
Cable $18 - up to almost one hundred $$ 
Internet $20 - few hundred $$



Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent. 
For booking, pictures and more info 
http://quitorental.blogspot.com  


Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
http://quitorental2.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Crime in Ecuador VS crime in other countries. Quito,Ecuador. August 2014.

On Tuesday, August 12 2014, an American expat couple experienced a home invasion, robbery and the wife was kidnapped and taken from Vilcabamba to Cuenca.
Both of them suffered multiple bruises and swelling from being bound as well as struggling with the kidnappers.  She suffered bruises and mild contusions on her face, in addition to bruises on her arms, wrists, and legs and a broken foot.  

It's a matter of comparison, there were similar case in the beginning of 2000s in Quito. Some Russian guy befriended Russian family who just arrived to Ecuador. He got an impression that the family had money and killed them to get access to the money. At least "Vilcabamba couple" is alive. They are lucky that their "good friends" weren't some criminal Russians.

When I reported Vilcabamba story to my daughter who lives in Minneapolis, she mentioned accident that recently happened there.
"Two 21-year-old men are in critical condition after allegedly being lured by women to a location in Fridley, Minn.
Police say the two were at Two Stooges Sports Bar in Fridley until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. They met two women who asked them for a ride to the area of University Avenue and Mississippi Street. When they arrived, two men ambushed McCollum and Yani and stabbed them multiple times before taking off with the women.
McCollum was only able to provide a limited description of the suspects due to his injuries. The victims were taken to the intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where they both remain in critical condition."
As far as I understand, Vilcabamba couple not in intensive care and not in critical condition, they are lucky that their aggressors were not from certain "hoods" of Minneapolis MN.

Ecuadorians are not as aggressive as some people of other countries. Even in a crime scene Ecuadorian criminals would give their victims a break. Just compare these three stories.   


more on a subject here


Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent. 
For booking, pictures and more info 
http://quitorental.blogspot.com  


Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
http://quitorental2.blogspot.com

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shopping at a farmers' market in Quito. Ecuador 2014.

My North Quito apartment is strategically located. I can walk to the shopping mall, to the neighborhood supermarket and I have not one but two farmers markets within walking distance from my apartment building. 
Ecuadorian farmer markets are not regulated as much as in nanny states, so besides produce they sell fish, poultry, pork, eggs, farmer cheese and other perishable food - without refrigeration! and consumers are still alive - imagine that!
Shopping at farmer market and neighborhoods little tiendas is a lot of fun and it saves me money.

Here is my shopping at Ofelia farmer market done in August.
I paid $24 for the food listed below

30 eggs                                   
green peas                             
three little limes                      
10 small bananas                  
five apples                             
fish steak - one pound
shelled shrimp  - one pound
pork - two pounds       
farmer cheese - 500 gr          


Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
We have a 2 bedroom, 1 bath totally remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent. 
For booking, pictures and more info 
http://quitorental.blogspot.com  


Rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
3 bedroom, 1 bath remodeled
Colonial Quito, furnished apartment for rent.
For booking, pictures and more info
http://quitorental2.blogspot.com