How To Find Ecuador Real Estate (6 Sources)

Posted in: Ecuador Real Estate, Living in Ecuador

find ecuador real estateAre you looking for real estate in Ecuador?

In this post, you’ll find 6 sources of Ecuador real estate – that don’t involve individual real estate companies.

Even if you decide to use a real estate agent, it is important that you know the market.

  • What are other properties selling for?
  • What’s the price difference between downtown and just out-of-town?
  • What features are standard? Extra?
  • Is there a difference in English and Spanish real estate listings?

These sites will help.

How to Find Ecuador Real Estate

Here are six sites that you can use to find real estate across Ecuador. They are listed because they publish both private and agency listings. They are all searchable by city, province, type of property and price. There are more than 30,000 unique listings available across these six sites.

Are we missing one? Please share it in the comments below.

Looking for an agent? Learn how to choose an Ecuador real estate agent.

6 Sites For Real Estate in Ecuador

Fair warning: These sites are like going down the rabbit hole. It is very easy to lose hours (even days) looking at all the options and dreaming about your new place. In preparing this post, I spent hours just looking and dreaming – and we aren’t even in the market for a place. There are some amazing places available.

Ready to get started? Lets go!

1) Craigslist – Quito (Covers all of Ecuador)

This strong classifieds site has one version for all of Ecuador. The Quito sub-domain covers the whole country. In the top right corner you can choose from either English or Spanish. This is a good site for seeing the latest properties available. You can check new listings every day – and know that they are still available. Some real estate sites keep expired ads up just to have something to show.

Along with the typical classifieds categories (community, services, for sale and jobs) there is a strong housing category. Housing covers the following sub-categories:

  • apts / housing
  • housing swap
  • housing wanted
  • office / commercial
  • parking / storage
  • real estate for sale
  • rooms / shared
  • sublets / temporary
  • vacation rentals

So while it does cover the whole country, and will require some sorting, it is very active. Today there were 19 new listings just under the housing category, with many of them in English (or translated into English).

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Craigslist Ecuador

2) PlusValia.com 

One of the stronger real estate sites in Ecuador with 22,000+ listings. The search feature is strong and easy to sort. There are just four search fields on the homepage: location (zone, city, province or project), type of property (house, apartment, land, commercial or other), type (rent, sell, transfer or vacation) and price (with a sliding scale). As each variable is chosen, the number of matching properties automatically adjusts.

This is one of my favorites for searching and dreaming…

Website: http://www.plusvalia.com

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PlusValia.com – Ecuador Real Estate

3) Vive1.com

This is second only to PlusValia in selection of real estate in Ecuador. When this post published, the site listed almost 6,000 Ecuador real estate listings. Vive1.com covers all sectors and cities in the country.

The following is a partial list of the cities/regions represented on the site (and the number of real estate listings in brackets). The first number are properties for sale. The second number are rentals available.

  • Ambato (41) (2)
  • Atacames (20) (6)
  • Atuntáqui (9) (1)
  • Bahia Caraquez (16) (3)
  • Cotacachi (2) (0)
  • Cuenca (800) (66)
  • Guayaquil (386) (120)
  • Loja (34) (0)
  • Manta (45) (14)
  • Mindo (4) (0)
  • Playas (3) (1)
  • Quito (2687) (958)
  • Riobamba (13) (1)
  • Salinas (26) (7)
  • Santa Elena (5) (2)
  • Vilcabamba (1) 1)
  • Yunguilla Valley (7) (0)

Total Listings on Vive1.com: 5,844 (For Sale: 4,579) (For Rent: 1,265)

The categories are divided as follow:

  • Residential [Vivienda]
  • Land [Terrenos]
  • Commercial [Comercial]
  • Rural [Rurales]
  • Buildings [Edificio]
  • Industrial [Industrial]
  • Tourism [Turismo]

Vive1.com is run by GrupoCentrico and currently only represents Ecuador real estate. They also produce PatioTuerca.com (both here in Ecuador and in Panama) a used car site.

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Vive1 Ecuador Real Estate, Covering areas such as Salinas, Cuenca, Cotacachi and Quito

4) MercadoLibre.com.ec

This general classifieds site includes a real estate section. You can also find furniture, home furnishings and automobiles here. Covers all of Ecuador.

This site seems to be more private sellers – which means you might find better deals. It is almost exclusively Spanish. The search feature is very good. I like this site because the great photos provided by most vendors.

Website: http://www.mercadolibre.com.ec/

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MercadoLibre.com (Ecuador classifieds)

Ecuador news5) Ecuador Newspapers

Each major city has at least one daily paper. By checking the local classifieds of the area you are interested in, you can save lots of time in searching. Find homes in the area of Ecuador where you want to live.

This option is going to take a little more time. There are 30+ daily papers in Ecuador. To help, we’ve created this listing of all the daily papers. To find real estate listings, visit the specific newspaper, click on “Clasificados” and then search for either “bienes raíces” or “inmuebles”. From there, you can sort based on province, type of real estate and and sale or rental.

Find Ecuador real estate in local newspapers.

6) InmoEcuador.com

InmoEcuador.com is one of 13 country-based real estate sites run by InmoMundo.com. Other countries include: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, España (Spain), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Túnez (Tunisia – North Africa).

While the whole country is covered, it has less properties than some of the other sites. As I write this post, it has 62 listings for Ecuador. I included this in the list with the hope that it will grow over time.

Website: http://www.inmoecuador.com

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InmoEcuador.com

Another site that I have played with is El Portal. As I wrote this post, it had just 9 listings (which is kind of useless). The majority of listings are for sale, but there are some rentals. Covers all of Ecuador.

Looking for a real estate agent instead? Check out these real estate agents in Salinas and Cuenca.

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There you have it. Six huge resources for finding real estate in Ecuador.

Now it’s your turn

What sites and sources do you use to find real estate in Ecuador? Please share your tips and experiences in the comments below!

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Bryan Haines

Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

34 comments… add one
  • Dave Anderson Dec 5, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Thank you for the great list of websites for finding listings and real estate in Ecuador. I agree that it is always important to find out what the properties are selling for and where they are located. Location plays a huge role in the industry. Most people want to be living in a town of close to one to be able to have restaurants close by. Also the closer you are to the city the lower transportation will cost you in the future.

  • Janet LeBlanc Dec 1, 2016, 3:08 pm

    I haven’t been through all the comments, but if nobody has suggested OLX.com that should be on your list. They have many more listings than Plusvalia and Vive1 most of the time.

  • Mark Christmore Oct 12, 2016, 4:50 pm

    I M INTERESTED IN BUYING PROPERTIES FROM YOUR COMPANY.

  • Salbell Eco Entrepreneurs Sep 19, 2016, 7:02 pm

    It is useful your guide ¨How To Find Real Estate Ecuador¨. When we are looking for sites to publish our announcement ECUADOR THE BEST COAST * Great Real Estate Business Opportunity¡; besides the ones you mention, I found interesting the following pages: http://www.locanto.com.echttp://www.olx.com.echttp://www.anunico.echttp://www.expatads.comhttp://www.easyexpat.com

  • Margoth Jul 21, 2016, 9:30 am

    Are You looking for apartments In Cuenca Ecuador ! Check out my site in Craiglist for Big Apartments in Ecuador. If anything Contact me at the number above.

  • Ben May 17, 2016, 11:22 am

    Would love to be included in your list. We have over 2000 listings and the site is completely bilingual. Thanks.

  • Ted Hayes Nov 4, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Hi Bryan, I have a high end 4 bed penthouse for sale in Salinas in the newest building Aquamira and would like to know if you can recommend a reputable Real estate broker
    Ted

  • Max Sand Dec 25, 2014, 7:53 am

    HI Bryan,
    Thanks for this post. I’m looking to buy a property around Banos to build a house on and what i have been doing so far is walking the outskirts of Banos looking at spaces that look good to me and have nice views of the mountains. It’s hard to find out who owns the properties or even if they might be for sale. So these sites you have posted will definitely save me a lot of shoe leather. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Pablo Jan 20, 2016, 12:33 am

      Max,
      Would love to know how it all worked out for you?
      Did you end up purchasing the property? My family and I are considering something similar. It would be great if you are open to sharing your experience. Thanks!

      • Christopher j Aug 19, 2016, 5:03 pm

        Hey Pablo were and your family still looking to do this?

  • Marie Oct 20, 2014, 10:34 am

    Don’t forget to check smaller websites in specific locations such as Cuenca Properties which cater to specific profiles. We found our home through this website and are very pleased.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 20, 2014, 10:55 am

      Thanks for sharing this info Marie. The sources in this post all have national coverage. We’ll be covering specific areas in future posts.

  • Jane Oct 13, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Brian,
    wrote a long comment yesterday, giving additional web sites and sharing some experiences of the virtual digs search 🙂
    Something is wrong with it? Why has it not been published?
    This is happened to me before, on a few occasions, which is why I stopped sharing information

    • Bryan Haines Oct 13, 2014, 2:23 pm

      We have an aggressive comment spam filter which catches hundreds every day (we have filtered more than 200,000 in the past 5 yrs).

      If there were many links in the comment, it likely was auto filtered / flagged as spam. Unfortunately there is no way to recover the comment because the spam folder has been cleared. If you still have the content, I would be happy to publish it.

      Sorry for the mistake.

      • Jane Oct 13, 2014, 2:31 pm

        Well, there are 3-4 links to the big web sites not listed in your article
        There are some observations, which may be interested EVEN to you, as they would
        be good for updated your listed sources
        There are reflections on how the virtual search works.

        Because of my former experience at your blog, I do have a copy of my post and can email it

  • Scott Stacks Sep 7, 2014, 11:57 am

    Bryan
    I was wondering how much leeway there is between an asking price and a price that is finally agreed upon, My wife and I are planning to visit again this December and my Spanish isn’t good enough to be able to barter with a seller.
    Thanks Scott

    • Bryan Haines Sep 12, 2014, 11:53 am

      This is impossible to answer. It depends on the asking price, your budget, and the urgency (both theirs and yours) for a sale. It would be different on each transaction.

  • Gerardo Salazar-Borja Sep 3, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Bryan,
    Thanks for your informative web site! Although I am a native Ecuadorian I have lived in the States since the age of 4. Still it was always my intention when life allowed to live part of the year in Ecuador, it would be fulltime if the rest of my family were not in Philadelphia. About 5 years ago I was fortunate to be introduced to Cuenca Real Estate. They worked with me until I found the home that I was looking for, worked with me through the buying process and since I am not there most of the year manage and rent my property. They are helpful, professional and could not recommend them highly enough.

  • Al Timm Sep 2, 2014, 12:20 pm

    Thanks Bryan for all your work to help us!!
    I appreciate it! :))
    Spot on ref. to “tiny group”
    I’ll be spending time to do more exploring. :))
    Al

  • Christine Ritchie Sep 2, 2014, 9:47 am

    Hi Bryan,
    I am planning to come to Cuenca to study Spanish and live for a period of 2-3 months. Many of the apartments listed say “no short term rentals”. Is there a rental resource for those of us wishing to stay for shorter periods of time?

    Thanks to you and Dena for your informative and inspiring Newsletter and Blogs.
    Christine

    • Bryan Haines Sep 2, 2014, 11:36 am

      There are some short term rentals on these sites – but not many. You might check FlipKey – we’ve had good success with this site.

    • Sean Sep 19, 2014, 2:39 pm

      You could try airbnb.com too

  • Gerald & Laurie Brokate Sep 1, 2014, 10:02 pm

    Hello Brian,
    As usual we love your posts. I would only suggest that if you want to give the potential buyer or seller and really fair assessment of what is available in the market it would be a shame to provide other web sites such as MLS-Ecuador.com some exposure as they are for the most part professionals who Should know the market. My Wife and I are both real estate agent-No part timers or newbees to the business and have a really strong grasp on current market conditions.
    Thank you so muck
    Gerald & Laurie Brokate

    • Bryan Haines Sep 2, 2014, 7:03 am

      Hi Gerald & Laurie – I didn’t include this site because it is dead. It looks like they had a strong start, but then lost interest and let it die. They haven’t blogged in more than 8 months (Dec 17, 2013) – and they haven’t sent a newsletter in almost 7 weeks. Because they don’t date their listings (bizarre) there is no way to know if there have been any new listings in recent months. And I dislike that there is no “About” page to disclose who is actually behind the site – or pricing page to show what it costs to be involved. Also, their social networks are ghost towns with almost no followers and even less updates.

      We included only active, national sources of real estate.

      If you have a site, please feel free to list it in your comment. Where are you selling real estate?

      • Ben May 17, 2016, 11:28 am

        Hi Brian. We haven´t particularly focused on social media or blogging, and I appreciate your comments about that, but the content on our site is the real estate listings. We average about 25 new listings a week and have over 200 active members. I assure you the site is not dead. Our newsletters go out every 2 weeks, which is where we focus on providing updates.

        • Bryan Haines May 17, 2016, 1:30 pm

          Hi Ben – glad to see that you’re back.

          When I wrote the post (and above comment) the site looked abandoned. But your 2000 listings is solid. It looks like most of these are active, although you include both “Sold” and “Pending sale” listings among the rest. How many active listings do you have?

          I find your branding to be inconsistent. This raises flags for me. Without an about page that details info about the company, owners, and staff, I can’t list it.

  • RON Sep 1, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Great intentions but NONE o f them are U.S. (English) user friendly. They really suck!!
    In the process of closing on two properties in Salinas…Spondylus and Torre Nautica…and looking for more…a house for us and the dogs… but this hasn’t been at all helpful but do appreciate what you are trying to do. I am working on something related that perhaps we should talk about. Are you going to be in the states again soon? or…We are planning to make the big move to Salinas sometime between Jan and March of next year. Where are you guys located????? Maybe we can do lunch.

    • Bryan Haines Sep 2, 2014, 6:49 am

      You do realize that these are Ecuador listings – where Spanish is spoken, right? 🙂

      To find real estate that is marketed to the masses – not a tiny group of wealthy foreigners – you’re going to have to either look in Spanish or hire a translator, an agent, or a friend to do it for you.

      We are from Canada and don’t travel home that often – we were there in January. If you would like to chat about your project, you can contact me here.

      • Max Dec 25, 2014, 8:51 am

        Interesting comment from Ron. I sometimes wonder at some of the posts people leave on your blog and think ‘are these folks really ready to move to Ecuador?’. This is a Spanish speaking country as you said in your reply. People from the USA considering moving here really need to get some basic Spanish under their belts first or they will be overwhelmed. I had a good laugh on your ‘electric shower’ blog at the guy who said not having a hot water shower would be a deal breaker for him on moving here. :). If you’re coming here to live you had better be flexible in your thought processes and have an adventurous spirit and be will to adapt to the culture here. If you’re a Republican from the USA then this is definitely not the country for you.

  • Gerry Sep 1, 2014, 3:16 pm

    word of mouth…Knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone.

  • David Grant Sep 1, 2014, 10:53 am

    Great post, thanks for the information. Adding to Andrea’s comments, is there a method to find out how much properties have sold for?

    • Bryan Haines Sep 1, 2014, 3:14 pm

      I haven’t seen anything official. I think word of mouth is about as good as it gets. The values are seldom accurate at the municipal registry.

  • Andreas Wiedenfeld Sep 1, 2014, 7:06 am

    The focus of your article seems to be how to buy. Something that would be important to me at least is how long are properties on the market before they actually sell, what are the hoops seller have to jump through, what are the land mines associated with selling, what areas and types of properties take longer to sell, what areas and types of properties are impossible to sell etc……

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