Remember Amway? I’m sure it’s still around but these days they must have adopted a new operational model.
Decades ago, it was customary to be invited over to someone’s house for a “get together”, often cocktails and snacks.
“We’re having a few friends over and we’d like you to join us on Friday night.”
After a drink or two and some nice conversation, they pounced! The ambush had been set and you were now trapped in their living room as they brought out the easel and began drawing circles with magic markers explaining how selling Amway’s soap products from your home would make everyone a lot of money.
You had been drawn in by their friendship and were then ambushed by their secret agenda. I am reminded of this now because of the tactics used by some of the folks now selling various real estate products here on the coast. Their model operates in a similar fashion, cruising the web for newly arriving “friends” to simply make a sale or engage them in a rental contract.
They will call it marketing, although from a couple of recent emails I’ve received, others have felt deceived. One recent email referred to these folks as “circling sharks” waiting to gobble up the new arrivals.
“I’m afraid to post anything on any of the forums anymore as I get pounced upon by these circling sharks.”
Most folks do not have a secret agenda but the few that do must reveal themselves, at some point, to make the sale. After the contract is signed…the friendship is usually over. They are busy cruising the expat waters for more “new friends”.
From what I’ve seen, it’s tough to earn a living here in Ecuador and if you have come here to make your fortune…it ain’t easy! You must be very aggressive and those who are the most aggressive will likely survive. Those coming to retire will most certainly need a place to live, whether one rents or purchases and must navigate these real estate waters with care.