Buying Property in South America: Ecuador, Columbia, & Argentina

Posted on April 15, 2021. Filed under: Buying in South America, Informed Investor Alliance, International Properties, Summer fun | Tags: , , , |

Thanks to our Global Committee for bringing together speakers from National Association of Realtors and South America today for some online networking. It was really neat to interact with people across the country and across the world through our Zoom webinar. The Internet continues to bring us together so we can collaborate about buying and selling across the country. As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), I’m excited to bring you this great info 🙂 You can certainly click around this blog as well as our YouTube channel to learn about buying property in other areas including Jamaica, Spain, Iceland, and Costa Rica.

First of all, if you’re considering moving to the US, and wondering which US states have the most foreign purchases, here’s a map to help you:

California is only 2nd in line behind Florida, with 15%. This makes CA a great place to call home for both investment, and immigrant opportunity angles. But we’re here to talk about South America…not Cali.

Buying property in Ecuador

Adrian Rodriguez welcomes us to Ecuador – discussing the tropical climate and beautiful beaches, as well as the fact the economy is strong in Ecuador. You can purchase using US dollar, which always tends to make things a little more comfortable – especially if this would be your first foreign purchase.

Ecuador offers fun festivals such as Corpus Christi, where you’ll find native foods, fireworks, and fun. Carnaval is another yearly celebration that brings tourism and fun.

Infastructure for health and medical is strong, which adds to the booming economy. Business opportunities are aplenty as well. Cost of living is also affordable, which makes it a popular spot for vacation homes as well.

Tourism activities include:

  • Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Music festivals, including Opera
  • Art festivals
  • Machu Picchu

What is the cost of living in Ecuador?

Wow, pretty affordable! Adrian said a monthly food budget of $100, and a monthly vehicle budget of $100 will have you eating and riding like royalty. A couple things that foreign buyers should know about purchasing property in Ecuador: Foreign owners must own 5 years before cashing out, and there is a 5% tax upon selling.

If you’d like more info about buying property in Ecuador, comment or contact us – we can connect you with Adrian for a Zoom meeting to answer all your questions 🙂 Now, let’s move on to Columbia…

Buying Real Estate in Columbia, South America

Andres Fernando Correa shared some great info about owning property in Columbia with us today. Columbia has SO much nature from birds, to fruits, to frogs…. you’ll find a plethora of bright and beautiful varieties here! The country is basically split into regions, here’s a graphic of them all:

In order to buy property in Columbia, you can use your US Passport, but if you’d like to STAY there longer than 180 days.. you’ll need to purchase at a certain price. Mompox, Santa Marta, Cartagena are some of the Caribbean region popular cities. Here’s a little more about all of them:

We know, you are wondering what region of Columbia is the coffee region… where all the famous coffee is produced???! It’s Andina! Andina is mountainous, hilly, and has mild and cold weather due to the high altitude. It’s great for ‘the coffee belt’. Andina is also well known for cycling, and has a popular pastime of biking with award winning teams. Tourists also enjoy horseback tours, birdwatching, rafting, and other outdoor fun.

Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon? The jungle of Columbia has wildlife, plantlife, water features, and history to explore.

But let’s talk about Columbia real estate, not just all the fun things to do and see. One important thing to know is that a real estate broker in Columbia is NOT required to have any licenses or education, so buyer beware. You’ll likely want to work with a company you are already familiar with. One of the most popular ways investors are buying property in Columbia is through Social Housing projects. With a lot of developments currently under construction, you can buy a portion of a development in Columbia for as little as $20K. Here are some of the most popular Social Housing projects to explore:

Other popular housing opportunities and developments in Columbia are senior living, shopping malls, strip malls, and tourism clusters. No matter what type of property is your ‘sweet spot’, Columbia has something for you. Remember, just reach out if you’d like a consultation about what type of investment in Columbia may be the best fit for you 🙂

Now, let’s travel to the south of South America for some information on Argentina.

Learn About Argentina Vacation Homes & Property

Argentina isn’t just about the sports and football teams. Santiago Arnoldi presented for us today, and shared all about Argentina. Argentina is located at the bottom of South America, and they have a smaller population. Argentina is a diverse country with residents who have immigrated there from all over the world – including Spain, Australia, and France.

Health and education are both strong in Argentina. Argentina is also rich in tradition and smiles. The culture and community enjoy coffee, matte, and regular BBQ’s – they are a social bunch! Top that off with all of Argentina’s famous wine & olive oil, and you have a perfect place to retire or vacation.

What cities in Argentina are popular for vacation homes?

Buenos Aires is one of the most popular cities in Argentina, with 2.9 million people. You can find a detached 3 bedroom home with a private pool in the metropolitan areas of Buenos Aires for around 300K, and you can get condos or flats in the city for around 400-550K USD. Here’s an example:

Another popular city in Argentina is Rosario, where you can get beautiful homes for the 150-300K range.

Other cities that are growing and great to buy property are Cordoba, Mendoza, and Patagonia.

One thing you need to know about buying in Argentina is they aren’t big on loans. Banks don’t really offer them. Most properties are bought with cash, or private loans, so you’ll want to plan for your financing well in advance. If you’d like to be introduced to some ways to buy property in Argentina, don’t forget to comment or contact us so we can put you in touch with Santiago to show you the ropes.

Please think of us if you’re a US citizen looking for an introduction to buy a foreign investment property anywhere in the world. The CIPS designation allows us to connect you with the best of the best, and you’ll want the highest level of service when you’re making such a large investment in a different country. Happy world traveling!!!

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