group land buys

This page was last updated on May 15, 2021
Scroll down to “Land Available” to see lots for sale.

At Fruit Haven, we encourage people to become a part of the change and buy their own land.

This results in more permaculture land for growing fruit forests and living sustainably. A great way to advance our mission, and to help you own your own land. Food-producing tropical land is a great investment that holds its value better than almost anything else. Plus, it gives the ultimate economic and survival security to you and your family – if it ever became necessary, you always have the option to “live off the land.”

Participate in a group land buy at Fruit Haven and you get:

(click on each title to expand)

Your name on the land title as a co-owner

Ecuador has a secure land title system and as a foreigner, you only need a valid passport to buy land. You do not have to be present here, you can purchase remotely if you wish, via a limited power of attorney document. We do a thorough map and title study on each land to prevent future boundary or ownership disputes.
As a co-owner, you have a percent share of the property that is indicated in the title and the property registry certificate. For example, if you buy a share in Fruit Haven 3, you have 5% ownership of the property. The contract between owners (see below) ensures that you have a 1.5 hectare private homestead lot (in the case of Fruit Haven 3.)

A private homestead lot

Depending on the size of your share, you will receive a mapped and marked portion of the land that is legally tied to your name via the contract between property owners (see below). Here you can build your house, plant fruit trees, etc. We also offer remote management of planting and construction in case you’d like a cabin and fruit trees but aren’t able to come here right away to have it done yourself. Click here to see a guide that helps Fruit Haven owners explore the options for developing their lots.

Legal contract between you and the other owners

 This includes land use, shared property expenses, dispute resolution, property development fund contributions, defining private homestead lots, and other important clauses. See a sample.

A share in the property development fund

The property development fund includes shared property expenses like boundary marking, water system, path and trail maintenance, and property taxes to the local government. It also includes maintenance of a “community area” with house, workshop, internet, etc, so that owners can have a “home base” while they are working on developing their homestead lots, and so that guests and volunteers have a place to stay. The community area can also be used to host retreats and events.

The contribution to the initial development fund for each property is included in the share price.
After the initial development period is completed, each owner should expect to contribute to the fund every 1-2 years based on a budget that is discussed and decided upon by all owners. This usually ends up being $300-$500 per year per 5% share of ownership of the property.

Questions?


Read the FAQ.

Area map of communities

Wondering about our policy on pets and domesticated animals?

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Learn about why we chose Southeast Ecuador for Terra Frutis and Fruit Haven:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ieRyQnnWPQ

Learn about owning land in Ecuador:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL4KAyGnMA

Learn about the basic structure of Fruit Haven group land buys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCL5RAG5tUY

Fill out this questionnaire to be approved to participate in any Fruit Haven group land buy:

Trustee Questionnaire

 

Fruit Haven area map

Land Available

Select one of the Fruit Haven properties below to see which lots are available.

Stage 3. There are currently no shares of FH1 for sale.

Stage 3. There are 2 shares in FH2 for sale.

  • Lot 6 with 5% share of property ownership includes a house and a food forest on a 0.84 hectare /  2.07 acre lot, asking price $60k USD.
  • Lot 11 with a 5% share of property ownership includes a 0.75 hectare / 1.75 acre lot, asking price $15k USD.

Click on those links for more info on each lot.

Stage 3. There will be 3 5% shares of FH3 for sale in the coming months, stay tuned. They will be 1.5 hectares each and will cost $20k USD. Bitcoin also accepted. Contact us for details.

Stage 2. This is a group buy opportunity of a 23.5-hectare lot, also next to Fruit Haven. This lot is riverfront, closer to the road and civilization, and more ideal for people who are older, have children, or have other accessibility issues. Or simply for those who don’t want to be out in the boonies. Click here for more information.

FH4 will offer 5% shares for around $10k-$20k USD each (depending on lot location and other factors), 0.8 hectares of land per share. Share includes land purchase and 3-4-year property development budget. After the 3-4 years, owners should expect to pay $300-$500 per share per year to cover basic property maintenance.

We have purchased the FH4 property with a group of seed investors. Expect lots to be for sale later in 2021.

Stage 1. Click here for more info. This is a group buy opportunity of a 7.85 hectare farm, next to Fruit Haven 3. This lot is up in the mountain like FH3. It is ideal for people who prefer remoteness and don’t mind a 20 minute ATV drive on Fruit Haven Road to arrive at the property. We plan to install internet, running water, solar electric in the community area. We have purchased the property and are in the process of adjusting the map. More details later this year.

Stage 1. This is a group buy opportunity of a 27.8 hectare property next to Fruit Haven 7 and Fruit Haven 3. We are looking for a seed investor (or a small group of seed investors) to purchase the property up front and re-sell the shares as a group land buy. Click here for details.

Stage 2. FH9 is a 31.5 hectare property next to Fruit Haven 8 and Fruit Haven 7. The property was recently purchased by seed investors and we will soon announce the division and lot sale plans. Click here for details.

Stage 2. This 14 hectare property is down the river, in between Fruit Haven and Terra Frutis. Terra Frutis and FH10 are on the west side of the Rio Zamora, and Fruit Haven 1-3 are on the east side. The property is mostly flat and gentle slope. Click here for more info. All lots for sale are 0.5 hectares and are tied to 5% property ownership. Note that these lots are slightly more expensive than other current offerings because of the road access and powerline, making this a good option for people who prioritize access and amenities.

Lot 4 – $8900 – photos – Tunda forest – lots of them (useful to make fibers), a fair amount of jungle, big stream on boundary, slopes down to the stream, rocks, dense forest by stream. Easy power install because of vicinity to the power pole in Lot 5.

Lot 12 – $8800 – photos – Gentle slope like the others, forested area with a few big trees, lots of rocks, the part by the stream is steep but the rest is mostly flat.

Lot 13 – $8150 – photos – Forest/jungle, rocks, some notable trees, the part by the stream is steep but the rest is mostly flat.

Lot 14 – $8600 – photos – Big fallen tree, lots of jungle and brush, a few big trees, steep to get to the big stream otherwise gentle slope. Some big rocks and boulders.

Lot 15 – $8400 – photos

Lot 15, 16, 17, 18, 19: Same description as lot 14 (mostly identical).

Lot 16 – $8280 – photos

Lot 17 – $8210 – photos

Lot 18 – $8140 – photos

Lot 19 – $7920 – photos

Fruit Haven 10 – General Property Info

Stages

Read about “stages” to determine the current situation with each one of the available properties listed below.

Stage 1: We have found the property, and may have information such as: Owner, price, size, map, pictures, and features. We are looking for 1-4 people to buy the land as seed investors, so that there is no risk of it being sold to someone else and in the meantime we can organize a group buy. Once the group buy is organized, the original buyers re-sell it to the group-buyers, keeping a share if they want. They will typically earn a 10% commission for the risk they took in making the investment. The principal payment for the land from the group buyers goes into their property development fund share, and once that is paid in full, any excess goes back to the original buyers.

Read about being a Fruit Haven seed investor

Stage 2: We have found an investor who has purchased the property and we are now organizing the group buy. We are looking for people to buy shares. They will get their name on the title, a personal homestead lot, and a contract specifying land use and other details. At this point, the development budget is partially funded and will be fully funded once all available shares are purchased. (more info on this above.)

Stage 3: We have already organized and carried out a group buy. Now there are multiple owners, each with personal homestead lots, and the property development fund is mostly or fully funded. There may or may not be shares of this property available for sale.

Equipment Investments

10 investors purchased a Mercedes Unimog 416 dump truck with 3 cubic meter capacity. There are currently 2 shares for sale, for 10% and $1600 each. Email us for inquiries.

In 2020, we organized a group purchase of a Hyundi Robex R55-7 mini-excavator that we rent to various projects. If any shares become available for sale, they will be posted here.

Due to our many construction projects, there is occasionally an opportunity to purchase a gas or electric power tool and rent it to various projects throughout the year. When there is enough demand for a new tool, we will post it here.

Other Land Opportunities

Stage 3. Nearby community Terra Frutis is offering lots for sale as part of a group land buy of their community land. Read more about it. 

TFPP Map

Do you want to buy land but not be part of the Fruit Haven or Terra Frutis projects? No problem! You can still benefit from our administrative infrastructure and property management. Check out Liberty Homesteads.

Stage 2. A property near Gualaquiza, 0.85 hectares with a large house, separate large restaurant-sized kitchen and an additional 2-room wooden cabin with porch. We hope to find up to 6 people to buy into the title with a private contract specifying a timeshare arrangement. We can also sell the property outright for $150k or best offer. Stay tuned for details, or send us an email if you are interested. fruithaven.ecuador@gmail.com

Stage 1. This 9 hectare property, selling for $20k USD, is located in Sector Portón, about a 20 minute drive from Gualaquiza on the old route to Cuenca. Click here for more information, photos, and budget proposal.

Documents:

  • Legal Contract between Trustees: This is a sample template of the legal document that Fruit Haven owners sign (either in-person or via a power-of-attorney.) This document details land use, personal homestead lot, property management, and how to resolve various disputes between property owners. This is the current non-finalized version of the FH3 contract. All future FH properties will use variations of this contract template.
  • See the current Community Sovereignty Doctrine, that lays out the general organization and interaction between the community areas of different Fruit Haven Properties. Note that this document does not apply to your personal homestead lot.

  • Check out the by-laws that govern each community area. This example is the current Fruit Haven 1 community area bylaws. Each community area can make its own bylaws but they have to be compatible with the sovereignty document and the trustee legal contract. Note that these by-laws do not apply to your personal homestead lot, only the trustee legal contract does.

  • Power of Attorney document – The limited POA document that we use to administer your property on your behalf, in your presence or your absence.