Cuenca Landlord Apartment Walkthrough And Interview Joe (1)

From Cuenca Expat to Landlord: Apartment Tour & Chat with Joe

Discover the allure of Cuenca through the eyes of Joe, an expat landlord who’s made this city his home. In this exclusive interview with YapaTree, we take you on a journey through his beautifully furnished apartment and sit down with Joe to uncover his experiences, insights, and tips for those considering life in Cuenca.

Apartment Tour

When it comes to exploring a new place, having a comfortable and inviting place to call home is a crucial part of the journey. Today, we invite you to step into the heart of Cuenca, Ecuador, as we take a tour of a one-bedroom condominium in Calle Larga, accompanied by the property’s owner, Joe.

Welcome to the Apartment

As we enter the apartment, Joe extends a warm welcome. He expresses his gratitude for our interest in exploring what this small, yet fully furnished, one-bedroom condominium has to offer. The property is nestled in the middle of Cuenca’s el Centro district, offering a vibrant urban experience.

The Peaceful Garden

One of the highlights of the apartment is the tranquil garden. Beyond the sliding glass doors, a lush garden greets residents. It provides a serene and aromatic setting, offering an escape from the bustling streets of Central Cuenca. Joe emphasizes the pleasant aroma of blooming flowers, which adds to the unique & inviting living experience.

Comfortable Living Room

Moving from the garden to the living room, we discover a pull-out couch that can comfortably sleep two guests. This space is designed to offer an ideal vantage point for enjoying the TV. The kitchen is seamlessly integrated, complete with a wine rack, providing an elegant touch for wine enthusiasts.

Modern Amenities

Joe takes us through the convenience of the apartment, showcasing modern amenities. He reveals a washer and dryer tucked behind a discreet door. A microwave and refrigerator are thoughtfully placed nearby, streamlining daily routines.

Abundant Natural Light

With its floor-to-ceiling glass wall and sliding door, the apartment is bathed in natural light. The layout ensures privacy while creating an ambiance of comfort and relaxation, thanks to carefully placed plants and flowers.

The Cozy Bedroom

Our tour continues as we explore the bedroom. While it’s a one-bedroom unit, it offers ample space thanks to the wardrobe with three units below and three above. This thoughtful design caters to a variety of lifestyles, accommodating individuals or couples comfortably.

Boutique-Style Bathroom

The apartment boasts a boutique-style bathroom, custom-designed by an interior decorator. The commitment to maintaining a boutique ambiance is evident throughout the apartment. Every detail, from furnishings to decor, contributes to the overall appeal.

Interview with Joe: Life as a Cuenca Expat and Landlord

After our tour of the apartment, we sit down with Joe, the owner and landlord, to delve into his experience as an expat and landlord in our beloved city of Cuenca. Joe’s journey to this beautiful Ecuadorian city is one of adventure, warmth, and discovery.

Choosing Cuenca: Consistent Weather

Jason, the General Manager of YapaTree, kicks off the conversation by asking Joe what prompted him to make the life-changing decision to move to Cuenca. Joe’s response reflects a sentiment shared by many expats in Cuenca – the allure of year-round stable weather and a snow-shovel-free life. He emphasizes that the consistent climate and the absence of harsh winters were significant drawcards that initially piqued his interest.

The Cuencanos: Warmth and Friendliness

As the conversation flows, Joe elaborates on the key selling point of Cuenca: its people. The Cuencanos, he explains, are the true gems of this city. Their friendliness, willingness to help, and genuine interest in connecting with newcomers create a welcoming atmosphere that sets Cuenca apart. Joe’s own experience mirrors this sentiment as he speaks fondly of the locals and their readiness to engage in conversation.

A Decade of Betterment

A decade into his journey, Joe shares that every year in Cuenca has been better than the last. Retirement has given him the opportunity to embrace a new way of life, unburdened by the hustle and bustle of his former home in the United States.

A Jubilado’s Future

Jason then inquires about Joe’s future plans. With a contented smile, Joe reveals that he’s here for the long haul. In Spanish, he uses the word “jubilado” to describe his current status – fully retired and content. His focus has shifted entirely to Ecuador, and he’s in the process of becoming an Ecuadorian citizen, cementing his commitment to this city.

The Move to the Mountains: A New Adventure

The conversation takes a turn towards Joe’s living situation. Although he owns an apartment in the heart of Cuenca, he doesn’t reside there himself. Instead, he’s opted for a different experience in the mountains near Cuenca. Joe explains that they initially settled in Challuabamba, but the COVID-19 lockdown prompted them to seek a more spacious and serene setting.

Integration and Language Learning

Their quest led them to a beautiful spot in the mountains overlooking Misicata and a valley. The rustic charm of the area, with its combination of brick and wood construction, captured their hearts. The decision to move there was, in part, driven by the desire to immerse themselves in a less touristy and more authentically Ecuadorian environment. Living among locals and being part of a tight-knit community has also accelerated their Spanish language learning, fostering a deeper sense of connection.

Embracing Real Estate: Becoming a Landlord

Jason reflects on how this move to the mountains has likely contributed to Joe’s ability to make friends and integrate into the local community. Joe concurs, noting the openness of the people and their willingness to welcome newcomers, especially those who have chosen to raise their families in Cuenca.

The discussion then turns to Joe’s role as a landlord and property owner. Jason inquires about the motivations behind Joe’s decision to purchase the apartment in Calle Larga. Joe explains that the opportunity presented itself while the property was still under construction. He describes the initial uncertainty of buying a Cuenca property based on blueprints and architectural plans. However, as fate would have it, the apartment became available after its completion, and Joe decided to seize the opportunity.

Creating a Turnkey Experience

Joe’s decision was influenced by a desire for diversification and a solid investment. He wanted to make the most of his retirement funds and saw the rental market in Cuenca as a promising avenue. The practices of local banks at the time further motivated him to invest in real estate. For Joe and his wife, it was a conscious choice to fully embrace their new life in Ecuador and not keep one foot in the United States.

Furnishing for Comfort

Jason also touches on the meticulous furnishings of the apartment. Joe’s decision to furnish the property with high-quality items wasn’t merely an aesthetic choice; it was a strategic one. He aimed to create a turnkey rental opportunity for expats who might be arriving with little more than a suitcase. Joe’s extensive experience in sales and marketing taught him the importance of understanding the client’s needs, and he wanted the transition for new arrivals to be as seamless as possible

Finding the Right Tenants

One of the key factors that have contributed to Joe’s successful journey as a landlord in Cuenca is his ability to find the right tenants. Esteban, the Rentals Facilitator at YapaTree, plays a crucial role in this process. Joe emphasizes the importance of qualifying tenants effectively. In a city as diverse as Cuenca, it’s essential to match the right tenant with the right property. Joe notes that some tenants don’t initially know what they want, and this is where the expertise of the landlord and facilitator becomes invaluable.

Esteban highlights the significance of straightforward communication in this process. Tenants are encouraged to ask as many questions as they have during the first property visit. This initial dialogue sets the stage for a smooth and satisfying rental experience. It’s also crucial when it comes to pets. In Ecuador, there might be different perceptions of pet sizes, so sending photos of your pet can help eliminate misunderstandings. Joe, himself a dog lover with four Golden Retrievers, understands the importance of accommodating pets when possible, but clear communication about pets is essential.

Making a Home in Cuenca

Joe’s journey as a landlord and expat in Cuenca showcases the unique opportunities and experiences that await those considering a move to this city in Ecuador’s sierra. His story emphasizes that Cuenca is not just a place to live; it’s a place to call home. The warmth of the Cuencano people, the stable climate, and the scenic beauty make it an attractive destination for retirees and expats.

For potential expats sitting on their couches, contemplating a move to Ecuador, Joe offers some sage advice: “There’s Cuenca, and then there’s the rest of Ecuador.” Cuenca stands out for its welcoming atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for those looking to embark on a new adventure in a foreign land. Speaking even a little Spanish and having a willingness to learn can go a long way in establishing a fulfilling life in Cuenca.

Wrapping Up

Joe’s journey as a landlord in Cuenca, is a testament to the opportunities that await those who choose to make this lovely city their home. Whether you’re considering becoming a landlord or looking for the perfect rental property, Joe’s insights, along with the expertise of the YapaTree team, can guide you on your path to discovering all that Cuenca has to offer.

For current property listings and investment opportunities in Cuenca, visit YapaTree’s website. If you have any questions or need assistance with your relocation plans, you can reach out to Jason and the YapaTree team at [email protected].

Thank you for joining us on this journey through the life of an expat landlord in the heart of Cuenca.

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