you who are subscribers and have not yet been to Ecuador, maybe you can
think of doing something like a Home Exchange.
Renting an apartment here in Cuenca is easy if you know what you are
doing and can speak fluent Spanish. But if you can’t speak
the language, then you need to be taken by the hand by a bilingual
service. There are some wonderful apartments either furnished or
unfurnished available in this beautiful city.
not that many houses with gardens available for rent, and generally if
there are, they are usually taken very quickly. Houses generally
require a long term rental.
bedroom fully furnished apartments are available for short term
rentals. The larger apartments that are furnished sometimes require a
longer stay with maybe a minimum of a few months.
the larger unfurnished apartments are long term rentals and they
generally like to be rented for a minimum of 6 months. One thing
you must remember about renting, or even buying properties here, is
that most of them do not come with a stove, cook top or refrigerator.
The majority of unfurnished apartments certainly do not supply these
apartments generally do.
when being taken out with a Realtor there is a property showing fee of
approximately $15 per hour. Now before I hear you say “What
on earth for” well, unless you can speak fluent Spanish and
have your own car so that you can drive around, and know where you are
going, then you will require someone to take you through the process.
You are paying for the time and services that they will give you plus
the usage of their car and the arrangement to meet owners of the
being in a new country, not knowing the language, not knowing the areas
etc. This can all become very daunting. It does not have to be like
this at all.
local colleagues and I have been taking many new foreigners out looking
at rentals and also properties to purchase. I am now getting to know
the areas quite well and seeing the good and the bad of rentals and
can rent a beautiful unfurnished apartment for about $350 per month.
This does not include utilities such as water, gas, electricity,
internet or cable TV. Then there are also monthly apartment fees which
the tenant is required to pay. This can range from $40 to $60 or more
dollars a month and depends on the area and the building that you are
Some apartments are rented with the utilities included such as gas,
electricity, water, TV cable and internet and in some cases the monthly
great one bedroom fully furnished apartment overlooking the Tomebamba
River comes complete with everything included for $450 per month.