Group Land Buys

This page last updated: 20 May 2019

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

This results in more raw vegan-owned 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."

Participating in a group buy provides these benefits:

  • Your name on the land title as a co-owner. Ecuador has a secure 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. We do a thorough map and title study on each land to prevent future boundary or ownership disputes.
  • A personal 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. 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.
  • A legal contract between you and the other owners, to prevent future problems. This includes land use, shared property expenses, dispute resolution, and other important clauses. See a sample.
  • A percent ownership of the property. For example, if you buy a share in Fruit Haven 3, you have a 5% ownership of the property.
  • A share in the property development fund. This is included in the share price. The property development fund includes shared property expenses like taxes, boundary marking, water system, and path and trail maintenance. It also includes maintenance of a "community area" with house, workshop, internet, etc, so that owners 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.
  • Questions? Read the FAQ.

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:

Fruit Haven Area Map

Land Available

Stages

Read about "stages" to determine the current situation with each one of these available properties.

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. (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.

Documents

Trustee Bylaws: Rules that concern trustees (owners) in a group buy. Document is titled as FH3, but the same basic template we are using for all Fruit Haven properties.

Community Bylaws: (Last revised May 17, 2019) Rules that concern the community area of the property. Separate from the trustee bylaws, these can change and be added onto by the community for smoother operation, but cannot contradict the trustee bylaws.

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 which we are working on getting finalized by March to be signed and notarized. All future FH properties will use variations of this contract template.

Fruit Haven 5

Stage 1. Along the river, bordering Fruit Haven 4, this property is around 11 hectares. The same person owns both FH5 and 6 and he wants to sell them together. The price of FH5 is $56,000 USD. This property has 2 fish ponds, plenty of water from a big stream, a large 5-bedroom wood house, kitchen/dining room, living room, and storage/bodega. There are also several sheds / auxiliary structures. A stream runs right in front of the house. There is a manual sugarcane juice press included with the house. We would be looking for someone (or several people) to purchase this property up-front so that we have time to organize a group buy without risk of the owner selling it to someone else. Then, it can be re-sold to ~15 group buyers, and the original buyers can earn an easy 10% commission on their investment and keep a share for themselves if they want. Contact us if you are interested and we can provide more details.

See pictures of the FH5 property: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1W-zo9UCWRjtU3WYag_jmYhKAqkAi7eCi

See a walk-through video of the FH5 property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MrDEfzpa7o

See the area map of FH1-6 properties: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1miLVQynX1cQR3eksH3ME7wUN16jMnSAa

See a simple description of share prices and personal homestead lot sizes for FH5 and 6: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X_0kg0iyOGDUvotQOSldLy9u7BHg6N1U

See the draft of the property development budget and share prices for FH 5: Click here (Updated May 13 2019)

The first tab is the budget for both properties. The second tab is the proposed share sizes, prices, and land allotments. The rest of the tabs are breakdowns of each budget item, but they are only completed for the FH5 tabs. You will need a spreadsheet program or app to view this file.

Note: We currently have enough seed investors to buy FH5. If you are interested, you must act soon (we'll need your power of attorney and funds by the end of May) or else you may have to wait 6-12 months until we open it up for more people to buy in. Those who have confirmed interest in buying, also must act soon in getting us the information necessary to prepare the power of attorney document and wire their funds, because anyone who delays may lose their spot as a seed investor.

Fruit Haven 6

Stage 1. FH6 is about 23 hectares; it is pasture and forest with a big stream running through it. It borders FH3, 4, and 5 (see map above.) There are no structures (aside from a run-down shack.) Access will be via the access road through FH3 (green line on the map.) There is a lot of flat land on the southern half of the property for personal lots, and some great views of the valley. The northern section is a bit steep and has the stream running through it. The price is $44,000 USD, and it must be sold at the same time as FH5 because they have the same owner and he is selling the 2 properties as a pair only.

See pictures of the FH6 property: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-6-VUlrgHhL230EnSB-cXR9UFlIDamcA

See a walk-through video of the FH6 property: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSrWCG_iYo0

See the area map of FH1-6 properties: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1miLVQynX1cQR3eksH3ME7wUN16jMnSAa

See a simple description of share prices and personal homestead lot sizes for FH5 and 6: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X_0kg0iyOGDUvotQOSldLy9u7BHg6N1U

See the draft of the property development budget and share prices for FH 5/6: Click here (Updated Feb. 12 2019)

The first tab is the budget for both properties. The second tab is the proposed share sizes, prices, and land allotments. The rest of the tabs are breakdowns of each budget item, but they are only completed for the FH5 tabs. The FH6 tabs have not yet been completed. You will need a spreadsheet program or app to view this file.

Note: We currently have enough seed investors to buy FH6. If you are interested, you must act soon or else you may have to wait 6-12 months until we open it up for more people to buy in. Those who have confirmed interest in buying, also must act soon in getting us the information necessary to prepare the power of attorney document and wire their funds, because anyone who delays may lose their spot as a seed investor.

Fruit Haven 3

Stage 3. This 66-hectare property is now a part of the Fruit Haven project. Currently there is one lot for sale. It is a 1.5 hectare lot for $9k plus closing costs. Click here for more info. (Update 19 May 2019: There is an interested buyer and closing is scheduled for the end of May.)

Fruit Haven 1

Stage 3. The 5% share has been sold; there are currently no shares of FH1 for sale.

Fruit Haven 2

Stage 3. The two recently-listed 5% shares at Fruit Haven 2 have been sold. There are currently no additional shares of FH2 for sale.

Land in Nearby Areas

These lands are not directly adjacent to Fruit Haven 1-6, but they are close by in the same region. The numbering starts at 10, in case we buy more properties nearby to FH 1-6 and wish to keep the consecutive numbering.

See: Area Map

Fruit Haven 10

Stage 1. 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 1-6 are on the east side. The land-only price is $42k. The property is mostly flat and gentle slope. Click here for more info! Contact us if you'd like to buy this property up-front to sell to group buyers and make a 10% commission with other benefits. Note that this property will only be available at this price for a short time, as the road is almost finished (due to be complete in June) and then the seller will likely raise the price to $80k or higher.

Note: As of April 23, this project has 2 interested seed investors.

Fruit Haven 11

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.

Terra Frutis 4

Stage 1. (2 seed investors confirmed, waiting for closing.) This is a lot adjacent to the Terra Frutis community. Since there are 3 lots already, this one is denominated as TF lot 4, though the Terra Frutis folks may choose any name in the future. 45 hectare lot, asking $120k. Looking for seed investors to get started. Has 4-5 hectares flat and gentle slope by river, planted with fruit trees and a big house. Comes with sugar cane juice press. Multiple out-buildings including wood shed. Has marang, papaya, cacao, rollinia, almirajo, other fruit trees planted. Behind the house there is a hill, then beyond that there is flat land but we have not surveyed it yet to know how much or how accessible. This is a beautiful riverfront property, the owner has worked the farm for many years and is now selling it so he can retire and move to Spain. Pictures here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1teo_Oinyl7FKAdFzOVpCm3KpnFBykSTu

Other Info:

  • 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.

Other Investment Opportunities

Click here to view additional investment opportunities in Fruit Haven.

Existing Fruit Haven trustees: Check out the new Homesteaders' Hub page.

It is currently in development but will soon become a portal for managing and developing your homestead lot, as well as providing support services while you are living here, for example: Ordering materials to your lot, requesting work, and even ordering wholesale fruit.