House Hunters Ecuador: Watch Our Full Episode in Cuenca

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Real Estate, Living in Ecuador

house hunters ecuadorIt’s been three years since our House Hunters Ecuador episode originally aired. And just last week we got network approval to publish it on our YouTube channel.

Our episode is just 1 of 14 filmed here in Ecuador. See all 14 HHI Ecuador episodes. Many of our readers have cited House Hunters International as having helped/influenced them in determining the country (and area) that they eventually move to.

Although it’s a little embarrassing, we wanted to share this video with you. It’s part of our story of life here – so here it is:

Our House Hunters Ecuador Full Episode

This episode features many aspects of our life in Ecuador when we first moved.

Update (November 15, 2015): The publisher decided to remove the video from our channel. While it isn’t available on our channel anymore, you can see it on Amazon Prime. Sorry about that.

More reading: Learn more about retiring in Ecuador. Check out this set of the best Ecuador living and travel books.

House Hunters International isn’t without controversy. Some viewers are offended that the shows are actually reenactments. Others view HHI as the reason for inflation in their target/new country. We address some of these concerns in our Behind the Scenes post. Something to remember is that HHI covers countries around the world. It would be hard to blame a television show on affecting inflation in all these area around the world.

A quick tally of their 77 seasons, shows a current total of 800 episodes since 2006. Have the 14 Ecuador episodes really damaged the country that much?

What Do You Think?

Does HHI do more damage than good? Or do you see it as a light-hearted travel show? Please share your comments below!

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Meet the Author

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).

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  • Jennie Apr 13, 2015, 2:42 pm

    To: MaryAnn Saffery: where in Mexico? is it safe? how much to rent? what kind of houses or apts are there?
    any views? I never considered Mexico, heard it was unsafe… Tell Me more…. we just started looking in Costa Rica, and Equador…. would love to hear from a real person and not a salesperson… thanks… Jennie

  • Judy Apr 9, 2015, 6:49 pm

    Hi MaryAnn, where in Mexico do you live? What then is the cost of a apt. furnushed ?

    Thank you

  • Allen Apr 4, 2015, 7:37 pm

    I’m considering a possible move to Ecuador after I get my network business on line and stable, and I’ve done more than a bit of research on the col in Ecuador, and I readily agree that HHI really didn’t represent the rental cost of living very well at all, which so far I’ve found to be quite less than represented here.
    However having said that . . that could well be a good thing . All too often, countries that become popular places for ex-pats soon balloon from very affordable to just barely so.

  • Todd Apr 4, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Good show. How did you like Canada since you been gone so long ha ha

  • Noel Apr 4, 2015, 3:24 pm

    What would be the current rental prices of the apartments you looked at in the program?

  • Mike Bluett Apr 4, 2015, 2:05 pm

    I absolutely agree with Gary Jones. The prices in this video for an unfurnished apartment (with the exception of the first) are exorbitant even for Cuenca. They are Gringo prices and not what the locals pay. For $750 a month I would expect a penthouse with a great view, a large balcony and completely furnished with nice furniture and including utilities and aliquota.

  • Bev Anne Apr 4, 2015, 12:20 pm

    Those homes were all modern apartment buildings — nothing that was typical. I felt that it gave a very false impression of the city and where people live. I realize that prices have gone up some since we lived there but we didn’t pay anywhere near that much for our apartment — and it was much nicer than any shown on the program.

  • Gary Jones Apr 4, 2015, 10:15 am

    Being new to Ecuador myself (I live in Cotacachi) I was surprised at the contradiction between saying that the cost of living in Ecuador is a big factor and then showing an apartment at $750 a month. My own research showed that what you actually ended up renting, a new apartment at $250 a month, is far more typical in Cuenca. I think the show would have given a much better and more realistic impression of Ecuador had they stuck to the truth.

    • MaryAnn Saffery Apr 7, 2015, 2:53 pm

      I was amazed at how modern the apartments were, but shocked at the costs. I’m living in Mexico in a beautifully decorated, furnished (includes dishes, pots & pans, linens) and all modern appliances including a washer & dryer, 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with a 2 car garage and huge yard for much less than the prices quoted for Cuenca, Ecuador and my rent includes the gardener and a handyman. And I kept my car! I was considering Ecuador but now I’m glad I chose Mexico.

  • Doug DuBosque Apr 1, 2015, 5:14 pm

    Very timely! I was contacted by HHI yesterday, said I had no interest in “unreality” shows but would pass it on to friends here in Uruguay with mailing lists or sites. I haven’t heard back from one, but the other three responded immediately, and negatively. I think the deal-breaker for me was their promise to “place the country in a fabulous light,” which screams “International-Living-style hype” to me.

    I expect it’s worse in Ecuador, especially Cuence given the hype, but we’ve been here since 2009 (after almost three years in Mexico), and have seen our share of people leaving (two tonight in fact; I have the power of attorney to complete their house sale in a few weeks). I doubt HHI would have much impact on prices here (their show would feature Pocitos in Montevideo or Punta del Este, two expat-popular and upscale areas), and though they contributed, I’d say the growth of gringo numbers in Cuenca is what really has created price pressure.

    Here’s how I responded, and my friends’ responses: http://mydayinuy.com/?p=3664

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