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The greatest thing that we can say about buying land with the guidance of Tom Saunders is that there were really no surprises and we were well prepped for what to expect throughout the process.  I think the most difficult part of any deal in life is matching expectations to reality.  Although sales is important, solid servicing separates the Saunders from the rest of the herd.  In this light, they have a history of providing us with timely suggestions, observations and general information re: activities which may be influencing the value of our purchase.  Their personal experiences as successful land owners and facilitators for sellers and buyers has served them well.  We have joined the ranks of satisfied customers and are looking forward to working with them through the construction phase on our property.

Mike and Linda Dexter (February 2013)

Olympia, WA

I found my little house inside the condominium development of Arena, Sol, Y Mar in Crucita on the web, while I was searching for retirement property in Ecuador. 

I flew into Quito to meet Rafael Andrade, the civil engineer, in September, 2010. We flew into Manta and taxied to Crucita the following day.  While staying at my house in Crucita for several days, I met Tom Saunders, his lovely wife, Lynn, and newborn son, Kai, along with Carlos, the architect.

We made trips to the city of Portoviejo to consolidate the closing paperwork on the purchase of the house and shop for household items. Portoviejo is a shopping mecca to purchase nearly anything under the sun.  

I fell instantly in love with the small and developing fishing village of Crucita, which felt somewhat rudimentarily lost in time compared to life in the United States. The locals were exceptionally friendly with many restaurants providing savory foods at very reasonable prices.

From the balcony of my house, I enjoyed watching paragliders fly down from the hills and the waves roll in from the clean waters of the sea with a temperate climate and refreshing breezes. I took short walks frequently to the park and into town to admire the ingenuous culture of Ecuadorians.

I visited the condo buildings with their breathtaking views of the ocean and town of Crucita. The condominium construction is truly a remarkable feat with an immense amount of materials and labor. I invite any prospective buyers to contact me.

Tom was undoubtedly the best agent I ever had, who called frequently and emailed answers to my many questions. Rafael was legally knowledgeable about the purchase process and sophisticated in dealing with the notary and land registry offices in Portoviejo.

I would like to thank everyone above for all their assistance in making my trip so enjoyable and property purchase successful in such a professional manner. I look forward to returning to see all of them soon and live happily in Crucita.



Darlene Brock (November 2010)
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

We would like to recommend Tom Saunders without any reservations based on his services to us with both the purchase and sale of beachfront properties in Ecuador. We met Tom and Lynn in 2010 while searching for our retirement destination. They provided us with a gamut of options from completed homes to bare lots and gave us a very honest and realistic representation of what would be involved in purchasing existing construction versus building a custom home. They guided us through each step of the purchase process of our beachfront lot. When our retirement plans changed for personal reasons, Tom enabled us to resell our lot through them from the US. We have been impressed by Tom's transparency and integrity throughout our business dealings and for making us feel very much at home in Ecuador with their warmth and kindness.

Bob and Claudia Dutkiewicz (April 2013)
Phoenix,  Arizona

Recently I took a trip to Ecuador to look at some property to buy. When planning my trip I researched a few different areas of the country and realtors in Ecuador. I contacted 4 or 5 people there and decided to visit the Crucita area where Tom Saunders and his wife Lynn live. My experience with them and was great. They are fluent in Spanish and English and helped with everything from start to finish. Flights, transportation, lodging, food, you name it. I flew into Quito and they suggested a local Hotel that they had stayed at. The next day I had someone waiting for me at the airport in Manta when I arrived who took me to my hotel in Crucita. I had a great stay at a Hotel for 14$ a night which included breakfast. They arranged tours of local properties for sale, answered all my questions and helped with sightseeing and tours of the local area. After I left Curcita, they helped with lodging and transportation to the Isle de la Plata area and my then transportation back to the airport in Manta.

After visiting I decided to buy 2 properties in the Crucita area and they arraigned help for me from Local attorney who completed the purchases. The process of buying property was clear and complete thanks to the help from Tom and Lynn and when I left Ecuador the help didn’t stop. They helped complete the buying process and are helping me plan and build on one of my properties. They offer a complete service from start to finish.

I couldn’t have had such a great vacation and buying experience with out their help. They made me feel welcome and at home in Ecuador. I highly recommend Tom and Lynn Saunders and for your next trip to Ecuador.  

Sincerely, Andy Yearous (April 2012)
Wadena, Idaho

On a 0 to 100 percent scale I would rate Tom and Lynn Saunders performance in enabling my wife and I to live in Ecuador for 6 months in two excellent locations along the coast as 101%. They both went the extra mile to insure we were thoroughly informed, prepared, and ready to begin an exciting new venture.
They are a fine couple and complement each other perfectly. They are to us so much more than real estate agents, Tom and Lynn are friends who we treasure for who they are, as they are excellently suited for what they do.  Without proper preparation, U.S. citizens can experience shock when departing the friendly, safe and comfortable living enjoyed in the U.S. and this is where Tom and Lynn can make the difference between an adventure of a lifetime or a nightmare.  They do so much more than just renting one a place to live. They insure your arrival is planned with a dependable taxi driver who knows you by name. Their web site is an abundant source of valuable information availabe nowhere else online. Both Tom and Lynn are available to answer any and all questions one may have and more importantly, they will give you information on topics and cultural variances that you may not even be aware of. And lastly, they will not desert you after you sign a lease. It is at that time they go the extra mile, after the lease is signed.

Richard and Elizabeth Rohrbacher (December 2012)
Palm Desert, California

From the initial contact to the completion of our purchase of the condo, Tom and Lynn Saunders were very helpful and honest throughout. They went out of their way to make sure everything was taken care of, and done properly to ensure a pleasant and comforting transaction. Ecuador has so much to offer, and is making progress in such a positive fashion we continue to be pleased with our choice to invest and enjoy this wonderful country.

Jess & Angela Juettner (November 2011)
Kamloops, BC Canada

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