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See a test below that can help you understand “How You Learn Best.”

When you visit or move to a new country like Ecuador, there are many things to learn… new places… sights, sounds, customs… as well as language.

Having just spent nearly a month with two of my newest grandchildren… I can see why so many people have problems learning Spanish… or learning anything for that matter.


Here our grandson, Leo, is teaching me about how to learn via his … everything in mouth trial and error technique.

The ability to keep learning is more important than ever before. Rapid change means we have to keep learning to just keep up… much less retire from the rat race.

This is why we have been increasing our focus on Super Thinking + Spanish through Frequency Modulation where delegates learn Spanish in just three days.  (See our upcoming May courses in Canada and Mexico).

Super Thinking is the important part of this course.  Learning Spanish in such a short time is the tool that proves what a powerful shift in learning that Frequency Modulation can create.

Of course learning Spanish is useful because Spanish it is the third most spoken language in the world. (According to the Krysstal site)

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And of course it is especially useful in North America because such a large part of the Spanish speaking population is nearby in the faster growing portions of the Americas.

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Countries in dark blue are Spanish speaking. The light blue shows where Spanish is most important.

How is it possible to learn Spanish in just three days?  This note from a delegate at our last Super Thinking + Spanish course  helps explain how this is possible.

Hello Merri and Gary,  Just had to express my wonder and pleasure coming from the Super Learning and Super Spanish class in Mount Dora;  it was absolutely fantastic!!  You both have such a wealth of knowledge and expertise, I feel fortunate to have found you; I really mean that.  Someone said “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  You appeared.

I have been amazed at how my head keeps pulling up the correlations we learned.  Every time I see words I’m trying to put them into Spanish.

I did have the opportunity today on a flight to experiment some with a Brazilian lady.  We each caught a few words.

I am saying all the English words, then repeating them in Spanish as we did in class.  I have a home in Mexico where I will be able to do a lot of practicing in May.  There is a gardener who has always tried to communicate with me; I will be practicing with him and the maid, then on to the “streets”!  My granddaughter also was tutored for a year in Mexico; we will be conversing also.  I’m very excited about this.

The July Writer’s Camp in July will be as good I know.

Muchas gracias por trabajo fantastico.  Instrutors es excelente y patiente para estudentes.

(now as you said – these two sentences may not be completely correct, but I know you will know what I’m saying…and that’s all we really want to do!)

This is the key to learning Spanish in three days.  The course gives delegates the ability to communicate in Spanish so they can create sentences every single day.

A study for the CIA on how to help people learn second languages showed that the key to learning was “the willingness  to speak a language even though one was bad at it in the beginning”.  In short  those who learn the fastest and the best were those who applied trail and error to learning a language.

Enter Leo and Matilda our grandkids. Dada.  Maa Ma.  Is this perfect English?  Not a bit but do you think it will communicate?   Mom and dad will go bananas when they hear this first attempt to communicate.

The willingness to speak a new language even though not perfectly is the key to learning.   Plus what is perfect?  As languages evolve,  isn’t it a bit silly to worry about perfection when “How R U” and “TQ” (Thank You) and “cool” “awesome” “I am 4 U” and other such short cuts are now accepted forms of communication?

The cool awesome thing about Super Thinking + Spanish is that it prepares you to communicate in just three days so you do not sound bad at all.  Your three day Spanish is very eloquent and allows you to apply trial and error after the course in three different ways… speaking words you read and hear in your lessons…   creating Spanish sentences that get your point across mentally in a technique we call “detouring” and by creating sentences daily. When you memorize a sentence you quickly forget. When you create a sentence, it is yours forever!

There is a fourth dimension to learning that every person can apply differently depending on how they learn so we want to share the test below.  It can help you understand better how you specifically learn but first may I remind you that at the root of all scientific discovery is trial and error.

Trial and error IS the root of all scientific application… so much so that many higher education facilities now teach improved problem-solving skills in special events such as the Science Olympiad  as explained (linked below) at the New Mexico Tech a scinece and engineering research university.

Application of problem solving skills as a long term endeavor.
Education is the importance of trial and error.
Emphasis on experiences rather than memorization.

We can apply trial and error in different ways and learn in different ways. Understanding how we learn best can help us be more effective!  Here is the test at the selfgrowth.com site.

In Part 3 of the Self Improvement 101 course by David Riklan at that site says (bolds are mine):

Part 3:  How to Immediately Determine Which of the Top 3 Learning Styles Will Work Best for You – by David Riklan says:
Today’s section (Part 3) focuses on the different ways in which we learn.  By figuring out your most appropriate LEARNING STYLE(s), you will be able to determine which type of self-help you’re best suited for.

 The three major learning styles defined by psychologists include:

Visual Learning
Auditory Learning
Kinesthetic Learning

 You’ll certainly be able to learn more effectively by understanding which learning style works for you.  But don’t believe that you’re limited to just one!  In fact, mostly all of us use a combination of styles.  It is important, however, for you to be part of an environment that makes the most of your learning ability.  

VISUAL LEARNERS (approximately 65 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their eyes. This includes looking at visual images or reading text.  Visual learners usually prefer graphics, illustrations and charts.  They are able to remember details and ideas in picture form, typically what they’ve seen before. 

AUDITORY LEARNERS (approximately 30 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their ears. This includes listening and talking.  Although easily distracted, auditory learners learn by memorizing sound.  For instance, they learn instructions by repeating them over and over again, even in silent form. They often like background music to block out interrupting noises.

KINESTHETIC LEARNERS (approximately 5 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting meaning through touch and movement.  Kinesthetic learners learn through physical interaction; most are young children.  In essence, touching is a way of seeing.

So, which of these three styles is most effective for you?  If you’re not sure, here is an exercise to help.  Read through the following examples and note down how many apply to you personally.  By counting how many check marks you have in each category, you can determine the type of learning that is right for you.


—Reads or watches TV to relax.

—Tends to remember people’s faces but not their names.

—Gets distracted by untidiness when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by reading the book.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it looks.

—Solves problems most easily by writing out possible solutions.


—Listens to music or the radio to relax.

—Tends to remember people’s names but not their faces.

—Gets distracted by noise when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by purchasing the audio tapes.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by sounding it out.

—Solves problems most easily by talking through possible solutions.


—Does a physical activity or plays a sport to relax.

—Tends to remember people by recalling things he/she did with them.

—Gets distracted by moving people when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by going to the seminar.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it feels.

—Solves problems most easily through hands-on experience.

If you have a high score for visual learners, then I recommend you utilize visual presentations like illustrations, slides and videos. If you see that you are more of an audio learner, then audio sources like tapes or lectures will suit you best. If you happen to fit under the kinesthetic category, then a kinesthetic or hands-on approach to learning will help.

Certainly it is possible to score evenly across all three.  This shows that you are able to learn well using either the visual, audio or kinesthetic learning styles.  Congratulations!

The knowledge you gain about yourself from this test can help you improve your ability to learn through trial and error.

In these times of rapid change… this ability to keep abreast and get ahead of change can be the most effective step in moving forward in any career or situation that you desire.


Learn how to use Super Thinking to earn through writing at our two new Writer’s Camps.

My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador

My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador.

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An Ecuador condo with this view is $24,000 less than I quoted.  See my screw up below.

First, we continue our series on how to earn as you write to sell so you can earn in Ecuador or wherever you live.  Today we look at how momentum in marketing and self publishing brings success.

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We live in a competitive world.  To earn through writing you need to expose your publications and build momentum via a growing readership.  Even if you are just writing without a financial agenda… you need readers.   Writers compete for reader attention with exposure.  The writer with the greatest exposure will gain the most sales if the publication is focused and communicates well.

A good focused publication is always the first key.   Self publishers do not market, to legitimize their work.  Publications speak for themselves, if they are tuned to the times and deliver a message, they will speak for themselves.   There is an audience for every book written so if the book is focused, speaks well and is exposed, it will do well.

However before a book can speak it must get into readers hands in a way conducive to reading.  Publications need initial and regular followup exposure to build momentum.

Here are three ways to gain readership that builds  momentum… through events,  through social media and through search engine optimization.

One way to start and build momentum is through events.

James Redfield for example used personal visits to bookstores supported by speaking at church events to build the momentum of his self published book “The Celestine Prophesy”.  The momentum Redfield created turned this book into a best seller for three years.  Redfield is a quiet sort and let his book do much of the talking but he did work hard to get the momentum going.  See an interview where Redfield explains this below.  See Redfield’s website here.

The business end of self publishing can be enormously fun, but requires effort on the self publishers part.   Take Hugh Howey as another example. Hugh is a top selling self publisher but he really works hard to keep the momentum of his success building.

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Hugh Howey with our grandson Garren at a Comicon event. He is building momentum through events.  Though Hugh has sold millions of books and his readers love him, he still attends many events all over the world to increase exposure of his books.

Before Taiwan, Hugh was in Turkey, Germany, Finland, Spain and all over the USA.   He  has many events ahead in the USA as well as trips to London and South Africa… all to keep the momentum of his book sales growing.

Hugh Howey has created quite an amazing self publishing story you should hear.

In 2011 while working at a book store, Hugh typed out a short story “Wool”, during his lunch breaks.  Soon this publication was earning him over $100,000 a month on Amazon.  He  has sold over a million books at Amazon but to sustain and build upon this effort he spends more time attending events globally than ever before.

See my interview with Hugh on how to gain momentum in self publishing below.  See Hugh’s website by clicking here.

Social Networking Builds Momentum

Then take a look at an interview with my sister Sandra who has built a website on art that has over 2 million visits.  She uses only social media.  See a link to this interview below.

Social networking is simply one more way to develop a list and expose your publications.

My sister, Sandra, is an artist and started using social networking to build momentum with readers focused around arts and crafts.  She now has:

Twitter-1126 followers
Facebook home page-260 friends,
Life Imitates Doodle fanpage: 94 (She just launched this two nights ago)
Flickr-775 followers; 1,030,079 page views
Google+-565 followers
Life Imitates Doodles Blog-608,174 page views; 521 followers

Her site is http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/

Search Engine Example

One way Merri, David and I maintain momentum in our website and ezine activity (which leads to sales our courses, reports and books) is through search engine optimization.  Our focus is on self publishing, Ecuador and value investing.  Here are examples of typical headlines we use and the Google rankings we gained.

For example, yesterday I tested how well our recent articles on stock market values and Ecuador farm tours ranked at Google.

We ranked #3 for the phrase “Ecuador Farm Tours”.

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Our Major Market Value article ranked #1 at Google.  Our emerging market article ranked #1 and #2.  The title of our article yesterday on search engine optimization  ranked #1 a Google.

Plus I am sure that many of the Valentine roses readers enjoyed this year because our article had a Google first page ranking for the phrase “Ecuador Valentine roses” and our images were ranked #1 as well.

All of these rankings help lead readers to our site.  This leads them to sign up for our free daily ezine and this builds the momentum of our messages.

Learn more about Search engine optimization from our webmaster here.

Knowing how to start and build momentum is an important part of successful self publishing.  There is an audience for every book written and if you create a well focused publication that speaks well, use the three tools above to build momentum.  When exposed, your publication will do well.


Learn the business end of self publishing as well as how to write to sell with our self publishing course.

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

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Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.


James Redfield

See a video of how James Redfield marketed the Celestine Prophesy

Cotacachi, Ecuador with a Reduced Price

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Escape to the mountains and enjoy a million dollar view from your own, modern and open condo at Jahua Pacha 1.2 miles from Cotacachi.

Watch the sun rise from your own balcony.

2 Bedrooms.


Master Bedroom.


Second bedroom.

There are 3 fireplaces and a grand room with… 


vaulted ceilings.


Granite and tile throughout, including a Jacuzzi shower and tub.

There are 2 bathrooms.

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Master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.

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Bathrooms have tile floors and surrounds.

A sun room offers a 3rd bedroom option, den or TV room.


Over 1,800 square feet of (183 m2 ) of lovely living, complete with dishwasher and double door refrigerator.


View from back of condo.

Walk to Cotacachi or a short taxi ride into this unique village.

Owner is selling partially furnished due to health issues and offers this fantastic condo for $125,000.

The new top floor units are selling for $159,500 unfurnished.

This condo was for sale at $149,000 but due to illness the owner must get a quick sale and has lowered the price to $125,000 with a number of upgrades, all light fixtures, a 2 door refrigerator (that was $2,997.00) and partially furnished.   I featured this condo in yesterday’s post but failed to show the reduced price, so here you have it… a $24,000 savings.



May consider partial trade for property around the  central coast.  Contact Joan at joan_zook@yahoo.com  for further information and additional pictures.

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.


See more on the how you learn at Selfgrowth.com

See Spanishlguist.com for details on Spanish speaking coutnries.

See the Krysstal site here

See more about the science Olympiad here