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Ecuador real estate should always be purchased based on experience and real estate knowledge.  

We always recommend visit first, rent second and buy third.  This is first because Ecuador is not for everyone. If you buy and change your mind, even if you resell for what you paid… the government charges you 5% to take your money out of Ecuador.  Second good real estate buying requires experience.  Merri and I lived in Ecuador for five years. We traveled the entire country looking looking looking at real estate before we made our first purchase.

This does not mean that Ecuador real estate is not great value, it is… but good prices come from god buying and good buying comes for know what prices are in many parts of Ecuador.

A reader recently sent me this note:  Gary, it seems the RE Bubble is about to burst. Ecuador Real Estate prices are trending down according to developers, real estate agents, and market experts. Since 2007, real estate prices nationwide have averaged an 8% annual rate of appreciation, even faster in Cuenca. Right now a record number of properties are on the market and sales are slow.

I would certainly question anyone who calls themselves a market expert and be very suspicious of statistics.  The Ecuador real estate market is more efficient than it used to be but still enormously fragmented and disorganized.

Having said this I have had three advertisers send me a note saying they are dropping prices on property they advertised.  This has not happened before.

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Knowledge Needs Action

Our newest self publishing course 303 is based on action.  Knowledge without usefulness brings sadness rather than joy.  Ignorance is bliss in a way… better than the burden of useless knowledge that causes fear and that can inhibit success.

65th octave

That is why it is fitting that the lessons we gain publishing my novel the “65th Octave” at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing will be part of our newest course “Self Fulfilled – How to Self Publish 303”.

I wrote the 65th Octave because in my first decades of global investment research I unearthed five golden investments that were among the century’s best. Some readers made millions. Yet a haunting question gnawed at me. Information I gave delegates was the same, yet some investors earned fortunes, others made only a little and some lost!

“What was the difference between those who won and those that failed?”  This question haunted me.  Finding the answer became an obsession! I reviewed thousands of economic experiences, talked to portfolio managers globally, even trekked jungles, through deserts and climbed high mountains to ask economic questions of wise men, Christian ministers, Incan Yatchaks, Andean Shamans, African missionaries, Hindu pundits in India, Sufi masters of Baghdad and Buddhist Llamas from Brazil.

The realities I saw could not be sent to my readers as fact so I spun what I learned into a novel, “The 65th Octave”. My goal was to make the process of understanding abundance and to make affluence entertaining.  I threaded pieces of my research and years of experience into a story so readers could learn ways to fill their day-to-day business and investment activity with greater success, deeper social meaning and fulfillment without trying.

The 65th Octave, is an economic-thriller with a holistic quantum scientific twist. Robin MacAllen, is a global consultant who lives in Florida and protects big banks and big investors from scams.  His friend stumbles onto an unbelievable con in England and is kidnapped. MacAllen travels from Florida’s Everglades to a mysterious Celtic Isle and into the heart of England’s mystic lands to help.  The story takes a quantum twist when Robin is attacked by invisible, mystic forces. He enlists the help of two Seminole Medicine Women, Talking and Silent Panther to fend off the attacks. They reveal an ancient cult, 65 controllers secretly taking over the financial world, cornering gold, stock markets, currencies and political power. Beset by metaphysical attacks and chased by Florida’s most corrupt sheriff, Jimmy Ray Burnett, Robin learns Golden Words to beat the controllers and liberate his friend. This story entertains as it shares deep economic wisdom derived from my years of working with investing gurus and shamans.

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 30 of the 65th Octave.

The Victorian Manor House had a long oak-lined entrance and heavily wooded grounds. The interior genteel and elegant. Firelight, snug in the room’s dim mahogany comers, flickered and danced in the empty bar. Golden tints reflected on a rich patina of wood and cast and recast the fire’s mystical message; its lively illumination mellowing winter’s melancholy.

A light supper of barley soup, assortment of cheese, pickles and fresh Irish soda bread sat waiting for Talking Panther and Silent Panther.

Robin heard footsteps, and saw Talking Panther descend the ornately carved staircase, walking past a line of seascapes framed in heavy gilt. Each hung perfectly on the paneled walls along with objects of seafaring memorabilia.

She joined him at his table and began to eat without saying a word.  “Is Silent Panther okay?”

She put a small piece of cheese in her mouth and continued to chew slowly. When she finished, she replied, “She  is fine, protecting your thoughts. She must be very much in the spirit world to do this. The physical world, this food and drink, are not for her right now.”

She reached for another piece of bread. “But I am hungry, and in hunger we should always eat. We have not been alone when we have eaten before; we have always been with other people, or have had to talk. Now that we are alone we can simply feel one another. There is no need to speak.”

She placed her bread on a plate and continued speaking. “When alone, we always eat slowly and in silence. In this way we honor the spirit of our food. You could not have known this. But you will learn more about it from the Golden Words. The words will help you know how to live in the present so you can tap into the unbounded intelligence of nature. Our Grandfathers will share all of this through me. But first let’s eat.”

The soft rhythm of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons echoed faintly from a distant room. They ate in tranquil silence, tasting their food, hearing a fire crackle and being enveloped by the warmth of the fire.  Their connection strengthened and they found an intimacy that hadn’t been there before, and that they knew would never leave.

Talking Panther finished eating and shifted her chair to face the fireplace. He could barely see in the now dark room but realized her eyes were closed. He waited. When she said nothing he rose and poured himself a snifter of brandy.

Talking Panther suddenly spoke up. “Robin, the need for alcohol will pass shortly. To understand the Golden Words, your mind must be clear and sharp. I will explain later what eating and drinking have to do with the Golden Words. It really would be better to not drink this now.

“The only difference between an illiterate man and a scholar is education. Not all scholars are wise, though. The difference between a scholar and a wise man is truth. But not even scholars who have heard truth are wise. The difference between a fool and a wise man is action. The key to action is knowledge, knowing. Our silence needs to rest in truth. This leads to action harmonious with the forces of nature. Many men hear truth but fail to understand it or know it.”

The blank look on Robin’s face prompted Talking Panther to continue. “The Golden Words will give you an education in truth and the laws of nature. The key to using this truth is understanding, and it is understanding that leads to action. You will gain truth, but will have to act to apply that truth to your own existence.”

She closed her eyes again as she spoke. “If I tell you how to ride a bicycle, you can learn all about it. You could learn all the truths of how to ride that bicycle, the details, the techniques, what to say, do, wear. But will you then know how to ride the bicycle?”

“I could still break my neck trying,” he replied.

She opened her eyes, looking directly at him and asked, “What must you do to know how to ride?”

He thought for a moment. “Ride,” he said.

She leaned closer to him now and her voice lowered to almost a whisper. “Exactly! You have to ride, to have the action of riding. You have to act so you can combine your thoughts and your actions. Until you do this, all you have are thoughts. Thoughts without truth and action are like a rudder without a boat, a compass without stars.

“Thoughts are the source of action, but in our present world they are rarely united with action. What we call knowledge is just speculation. We speculate about the panther’s roar, but until we meet him face to face and feel his hot breath and experience his malignant claws, we do not know the panther. Knowledge that has never been turned into action through experience is just speculation.

Take a tip from Talking Panther and dig deep into the Self Publishing with us as we test our next evolution in self publishing and share it in “Self Fulfilled How to Self Publish 303”.

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Head Start Publishing

Merri and I have been early adapters in the self publishing field for over 45 years.   When we see the glimmerings of a really new, powerful idea, we do our best to get a head start and immediately jump on board.   This is the way to maximize profits and establish one self as a leader in new technology.

What’s Next? – Huge Profits For the Early Adapter – Be a Micro Amazon.com

The goal of “Self Fulfilled – How to Self Publish” is to help readers get into the very beginning of new trends.  The internet has created the broad band era where smaller is bigger.

We are in a perfect position to help because we have self published for 45 years and developed the 7P fundamentals of publishing that always work:  Reach, Engage, Focus, Monetize.

Whatever change takes place in the publishing world,  the 7Ps create opportunity for micro businesses.  The 7Ps identify, reach, engage, focus and solidify buyers at a profit.

These 7Ps are: Passion – Problem – Person – Product – Prospecting Path – Promise – Presentation.

The Ps are really important to any writer, publisher or micro business because they transcend all forms of technology.  They are a constant in an ever changing world.

The 7Ps reflect an immutable logic that worked in paper direct mail before computers.  The 7Ps worked with computerized Cheshire labels.  The 7Ps worked  with jet printing on envelopes and personalized emails. They work for websites and blogs.  They work at Amazon.com.  Our Writer’s Camp and online Self Fulfilled delegates and Event Full subscribers are using the 7Ps successfully right now at Amazon.com and in numerous micro businesses.

The 7Ps will work even better in this next communications revolution.

Learn how to get in early on the next self publishing technology using the 7Ps.

Changes are taking place in the internet world.  They will not shift overnight.  No one is totally sure of the end product… but that change is starting now.

This is a new exciting era for writers.

Smart self publishers can begin earning quickly with no obstacles between their publication and the reading public.  New technology provides self publishers with the following benefits:

* Printing, shipping and disposal (of unsold books) costs eliminated.

* Shelf space unlimited and almost free with no capital costs.

* Increased sales volume. Kindle owners buy more books than print readers and will spend weekly to get new chapters rather than entire books.

Get a great head start on earning income through the the evolving online self publishing process that we reveal in our course.

Technology favors self publishers today.  Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing, smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new, quick earning potential for self publishers.

“Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”  teaches our proprietary step-by-step plan for getting your publishing business going… full or part-time… right away.

Here are just a few of the subjects you learn in Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher:

* How you can start earning quickly  with a very small amount of money even if you do not write full time.

* 11 steps to creating the perfect product, including how to review ideas, test focus, and aim at markets.

* How to gain 1,000% returns on some of your publications.

* How to choose a format—book, newsletter, list, audio or video—that suits you and your audience.

* Frequently committed marketing mistakes and how to avoid them (plus, you’ll get samples of winning marketing pieces to study).

Gain practical publishing ideas and case studies.

For example, you’ll learn about a pilot who published a book on the best airport cafés (suddenly all his flying became tax-deductible!)… how one couple who loved an island wrote a guide on the place and made enough money to buy a home on the beach there… and how another couple made millions with a simple legal idea.

What’s Your Passion: Travel and Tourism?

A client of ours amassed a fortune by starting travel guides for cities. He started with Sarasota, Florida, publishing a simple booklet with attractions, restaurants, etc. and plenty of advertising. Then he moved onto Naples, and on and on,until the whole state of Florida was done.

He didn’t have to put much work into the booklets as he could carry over plenty of generic information from booklet to booklet. But there were plenty of advertisers and plenty of people who wanted to obtain these booklets.

You learn:

* How to set up a computerized fulfillment center even if you’re computer illiterate.

* How to turn advertising dollars into a fortune by creating winning ads, direct mail pieces, and getting thousands of dollars in free publicity.

* How to use your computer and the internet to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in printing and postage.

* How to control inventory, check ad results, and keep overhead down.

* 11 financial hazards to avoid and tricks to stay profitable without a daily accountant.

* My secret pricing strategies that will help you sell more units of your product.

* How to define and target your internet market, and start getting visits

* How to develop your website

* The top 10 internet tips to use and the top 10 traps to avoid

Why This Unique System Is Guaranteed to Put You on the Road to Publishing Success

In “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” Merri and I give away every publishing secret we know to write to sell for a solid income.

Why we’ll add the Self Published Kindle 202 & 303

Our self publishing course is updated regularly.  No course on self publishing can remain valid for long in this era of rapid change.  The course is based on our actual the trial and error experiences that Merri and I have had for the past 45 years… and continue to have.
We are continually adapting our business as the industry evolves.  Our course helps readers evolve with us.

To help you start, I have created a special offer… our course on how to be a self publisher, our course on how to use the internet and a website in your business  and three bonuses for you.

Bonus #1: Get the 50 minute Video Workshop worth $99 “How to Start Your Own Internet Business” presented by our webmaster David Cross.

Bonus #2: Get FREE, the $299 online course “The Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have an Internet Business”.

Bonus #3: Our Super Thinking Workshop in an MP3 file so you can listen on your computer, burn a disk or listen on you Ipod or in your car. This workshop is a $199 value.

Bonus #4: A special report only available to those who enroll in “Self Fulfilled” entitled  “Three Secrets for Creating Publishing Ideas”.

Save $597 total.

Self Fulfilled Special $299

GUARANTEED. We’ll Accept All the Risk!

We completely guarantee the program.

Order Self Publishing: Your Complete Business Plan for becoming a self publisher and take a full 30 days to put it through its paces. That way you can follow my simple process and start seeing the results for yourself.

If you’re not completely convinced that this information is so powerful that it can help you quickly develop income through writing to sell—all you have to do is let us know and  you’ll receive a complete refund of every penny of your investment.

Fair enough?

Our publishing business has brought us more wealth, satisfaction, fun and friendship than we ever imagined possible. And now we want to share our knowledge and secrets with anyone who has a desire to experience this way of life.

Whether you are an engineer, doctor, housewife, business owner, or retiree… self-publishing offers a way to make a six- or seven-figure income by turning your passion into profit.

Don’t miss this special opportunity.  Order Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher today if you want to cash in on the satisfying, profitable and exciting lifestyle that publishing can bring despite and in fact because of trouble in the world.

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Gary Scott