Expat Prep: Our Checklist

Making a list, and checking it twice…

Las Palmas Ecuador

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When you do something you’ve never done before, sometimes, you just have to “feel” your way through it.

And it’s one thing to buy a new house, or a car, or change jobs where you are, but when you’re preparing to do all those things in a country 6,000 miles away, the concept takes on a whole new meaning.

Today, Dana and I find ourselves 42 days out from a move that includes all those things and much more.

For the last five months, we’ve worked long-distance with Gary and April Scarborough at www.laspalmasecuador.com  to buy property and build a home from the ground up in Puerto Cayo. It’s a matter of days now, before the home is complete, and for the most part, it’s been easier than building a house where we were on site.

Funny thing is, the house building was the easy part. Now, with 42 days and counting…

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Las Palmas Hires Strategic Marketing Staffer

This media release was distributed today by Gary & April Scarborough, owners/developers of Las Palmas, Ecuador. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Las Palmas Ecuador

LAS PALMAS ADDS STRATEGIC MARKETING STAFFER

FOR RELEASE: October 8, 2012

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Gary Scarborough – gary@laspalmasecuador.com

PUERTO CAYO, MANABI, ECUADOR – Las Palmas developers Gary and April Scarborough formalized their targeted efforts to grow and expand Monday with the announcement of Steve Watkins as their new director of Marketing and Brand Development.

Watkins, 46, is a long-time communication and marketing veteran who specializes in brand development and new-media initiatives.

As a part of the Las Palmas team, Watkins will be responsible for brand development and consistency, social media and web management and all advertising initiatives in a campaign promoting the 38-lot Puerto Cayan community.

Gary said the decision to create a formalized structure for Las Palmas promotions is a strategic effort he expects to pay immediate returns. The timing is right to put the development before a global audience of interested expatriates, he said.

“April and I…

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New House Pics from Puerto Cayo

It’s been a while since we’ve received photo updates on our home in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador, so we were thrilled to get a few last night.

Fifty-seven days and counting…

Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

View of the facade from the southwest. Love the balcony.

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Facade view from the northwest.

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View from the 3rd-floor rooftop looking southwest.

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The back of the house and view from la Ruta del Sol.

Morning Update – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Published today by friends at http://www.southofzero.com

South of Zero

WHAT!!! I apologize to SOZ readers, the House Hunters International episode that aired tonight was not about Ecuador. I’m just as disappointed as you are. We’ll put out an alert when it eventually airs.

TV ALERT – The latest episode of House Hunters International featuring Ecuador premieres tonight on HGTV! This time the crew travels to Puerto Cayo, a quaint fishing village and popular surfing spot located next to Parque Nacional Machalilla. Like many expats that come to Ecuador, Gary and April Scarborough first settled in Cuenca, but after a couple of years decided they wanted to be a little closer to the lifestyle of the local culture. The kids just wanted to live on the beach. Gary, who once owned a construction company in Atlanta, saw an opportunity to contribute to the developing community of Las Palmas. They spent several days filming background in Cuenca and their search…

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