Maribel Crespo of Ecuadorable Homes recently helped me lease a wonderful home in Cuenca. I worked over 30 years in commercial sales and leasing in San Diego and Napa, California in very stressful and competitive markets. I have worked with some very competent and excellent agents. I would put Maribel Crespo among them. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She is punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. Maribel helped me with every aspect of the moving experience including recommending competent movers, handymen, painters and assisted me with connecting to an internet service. She is an excellent agent and I know what a remarkable business woman is and Maribel counts among the best.

Recommended by Rebecca Lockwood:  adventuregirlecuador@icloud.com

My husband and I came to Ecuador from the US for a 3-month reconnaissance trip to identify a community where we might like to settle down. We liked Cuenca very much and, days before the end of our trip, on the recommendation of a US expat, we took a quick tour of Cuenca condos and homes with local realtor, Maribel Crespo (Maribel@ecuadorablehomes.com, 098 484 7855), who showed us a home in the countryside that was a very good fit, given our particular requirements.

In addition to speaking excellent English, we found Maribel to be efficient, honest, reliable, resourceful, with a quick mind, and always “simpatica” personality, and a total commitment to customer satisfaction regardless of wealth or the size of the purchase. The home we liked was listed by another real estate agent so her commission was relatively small; however, Maribel was able to match us with that home within about 3 hours. It was simply delightful to work with Maribel.

When we later decided to delay our move to Ecuador substantially, Maribel Crespo went the extra distance to help coordinate fit-out of our newly-constructed new home with appliances and accessories, and minor fix-up, as needed for rental. And once the home was ready, she found a suitable tenant even before we had it formally listed.

We highly recommend Maribel who provided invaluable assistance to us as we prepared to move to Ecuador.

Contact information: Maribel@ecuadorablehomes.com 098 484 7855

Recommended by Amy O’Connor and Ray Wheeler:  integrated100@gmail.com

Maribel is the most experienced, professional and competent real estate agent we have worked with in our 3 years in Cuenca. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Whether you are looking to rent or buy, she is the agent to call.

She returned my calls and emails promptly, listened to what we needed, and then was persistent in finding exactly the right place for us. We searched in Cuenca as well as communities to the north (Paute, Gualaceo), and to the south in Yunguilla Valley. And even when we didn’t find something right away, she kept looking on our behalf and kept initiating communication with us. Finally, through her most excellent connections, she found us the perfect place.

When we first started looking, we thought we would have to work with several agents to see all their individual properties. And for the most part that would be true – and it was exhausting and frustrating to deal with all those agents who had a variety of work ethics and maybe they showed up and maybe they didn’t. But when we happened upon Maribel, she is so well-connected that she not only showed us her listings but has already negotiated arrangements with other agents to show their properties too. A big time-saver for sure.

She lived in the USA for many years and knows what renters and buyers who come from the USA want. And she delivers.

She was also available for help after the contract was signed with setting up utilities, security system and more. Service with a smile.

I highly recommend Maribel for all your real estate needs.

Recommended by Deb Miller:  debjmiller9@gmail.com


For real estate sales, purchase, or rentals both within Cuenca and surrounding areas, you can’t find a better resource and agent than Maribel Crespo. She was more than patient with my requirements – she was truly interested. Her excitement about daily prospects no doubt helped find the perfect place for me. She has an incredible positive attitude, vast connections throughout Cuenca and beyond, maintains a highly respected working relationship with other realtors, and exhibits a deep knowledge of real estate matters. For those that require local language help, she is bi-lingual (Spanish/English). I was impressed by her professionalism, knowledge of many areas, and genuine friendliness. Now that I found her, I would have no other agent handle my real estate business. Do yourself a favor and contact her if you’re looking for just the right place or need to find a motivated buyer.

Recommended by Michael Miller: boolacalaca@gmail.com


Thank you for all my friends and clients who voted for me for Best Realtor 2017!

Thank you to the readers of Gringo Post who selected me as the Best Real Estate Agent in Cuenca 2014!!!!


Recently we made a 3 week trip to Cuenca to purchase an apartment property. After reading through recommendations on this site we contacted Maribel to help us through the process, and she was extremely helpful with her guidance and involvement. She helped identify other potential alternative properties, provided us with considerations we had not made, and coordinated with the sellers for access to view the properties. Maribel was very responsive, detail oriented, and her communications in English and Spanish helped us navigate the real estate process in Cuenca. Should we be in the position again of purchasing property in Cuenca we would work with Maribel again without hesitation.

Darin Anderson


If you are looking to rent or buy a property in Cuenca or its surrounding locations, I wish to highly recommend Maribel Crespo of Ecuadorable Homes to help you with your search. My sister and I first met Maribel in December, 2013 when we made an exploratory tour to Cuenca and hired her to give us a real estate tour of the city. A native of Cuenca, Maribel knows the city extremely well and she helped us to familiarize ourselves with the various sectors before we located here. After our move in September, 2014, Maribel showed us several rentals and throughout the process, she was very professional and actually listened to what we wanted. When I found out I would have to move again in October, 2015, Maribel was one of the first persons I contacted to help me find an apartment. She is very effective, but not pushy, and she really shows you properties that fit your needs, not just the properties she would like to rent or sell. And, due to her numerous contacts in Cuenca, she is often able to find properties before they come onto the real estate websites, a real plus in the very competitive market in Cuenca. I have friends who have both purchased and rented properties through Maribel, and they have all been extremely satisfied with the process. An added plus for most gringos is that Maribel lived in the US for many years and her English is excellent. I would recommend Maribel without reservation to anyone wishing to find a home in Cuenca. Her website address is www.ecuadorablehomes.com, but not all of her properties are listed on the website. So, you should contact her directly by email or phone for all of your property needs.

Marcia Glen


To Whom It May Concern:

We are happy to provide a positive referral on behalf of Maribel Crespo as a real estate representative in Ecuador. In her efforts to represent the sale of our Ecuadorian property, we found her to be consistently knowledgable, professional, courteous, responsive and prompt in all her dealings with us. She is sensitive and considerate of the different cultural perceptions that incoming North Americans have in regards to real estate vis-a-vis Ecuadorians. She offers good advice and counsel in dealing with the complex Ecuadorian real estate environment. Without hesitation, we recommend her as a reliable agent.

Roger and Suzanne Yazell


I too would like to recommend Maribel Crespo as an excellent realtor for anyone who wishes to rent or purchase a property in Cuenca. Maribel is one of the most effective realtors that I have ever encountered. The main thing that separates Maribel from other realtors whom we have encountered is her ability to listen to our needs and then work very hard to find just what we asked for. We had encountered other realtors in Cuenca on a previous trip who were more interested in what they wanted to sell rather than what we were interested in. They were not prepared to show us properties that we were interested in, even though we gave them information about our desires prior to meeting with them.

This summer Maribel spent time showing us exactly what we were looking for. We found the property we were interested in and Maribel guided us through the complete process. Since we are not moving to Cuenca for a year, Maribel was able to find tenants for one year and has managed the property in our absence.

If you are interested in a real estate experience that is truly unique and free of stress, please contact Maribel Crespo at http://www.ecuadorablehomes.com/, phone 098 484 7855, email: maribel@ecuadorablehomes.com.

G Pollice

Real Estate Expert!
If you need excellent and professional real estate services in the Cuenca area, whether for a short term apartment rental or to buy your dream home, you would do well to have Maribel Crespo (of Ecuadorable Homes) represent you. She is highly recommended by the folks at International Living where I met her at their expat conference in Quito. She arranged and led a fun and informative 3-day guided real estate tour of Cuenca, including van transportation, hotel accomodations and meals, where our group got to see many different types of housing available to rent or buy. Thanks to her savvy knowledge of market trends and locations, I was able to soon buy my new townhome in a quiet and safe condo complex, where I now live with my two cats. Maribel also arranged for me to have rental furniture delivered just before I left California and moved in, and also helped me to find the resources necessary to successfully settle in. She is a licensed bilingual real estate agent who understands the entire process of helping expats and locals to rent, buy, sell and/or relocate. She enjoys helping people and is always available to quickly answer your questions, and I observed where she is held in high esteem by her community. I strongly encourage you to contact Maribel so she can make your real estate dreams come true! Recommended by Bartley D’Alfonso at bdalfonso.ec@gmail.com on August 13, 2014

“The photos taken by Maribel Crespo of our penthouse condominium in Cuenca were so appealing that I wanted to buy it! Maribel went to extra effort to stage our apartment for the photos and she consulted us on what to include in the sale of the property. The listing on Ecuadorable Homes generated interest from the time the listing posted. The property sold in 3 weeks, in part because Maribel advised us on the current market in Cuenca and helped us set a price that generated a good return on our investment. The buyer is very happy too and is set to benefit from the continued appreciation of this special riverfront penthouse.”

Lizz Drummond

My husband and I came to Cuenca on our exploratory trip in December 2012.  Despite the short notice and it being during the holidays, Maribel made time for us and drove us around to give us an idea of properties for purchase and rent.  Once we moved here in October 2013, we contacted Maribel right away, and began looking for properties….Maribel had remembered our criteria from the year before and immediately showed us a property which was too good to pass up…we ended up buying it, although we had intended to rent at first.  Throughout the process, Maribel was available to us immediately, by e-mail, by phone, and in person.  She held our hand, explaining the processes in her impeccable English.  We highly recommend Maribel (in fact, relatives of ours are going through the process now to purchase two properties from Maribel) for her work ethic, her non-pushy demeanor, her expertise, and her loyalty.   Maribel did not stop helping after we bought the property…she put us in touch with an electrician, a plumber, a handyman, a locksmith, and even helped translate for us when we hired a maid.  Moreover, Maribel was helpful in locating a tailor and most recently, a general physician.  She is very well-connected and highly regarded in her field, as well as in Cuenca.  Thanks Maribel, for helping make our house a home and being genuine throughout the process.

Deepa Aggarwal


Maribel recently sold a condo for me in Cuenca and handled the entire process beautifully! She managed each step efficiently, professionally and with grace. Within 24 hours of listing she posted photos and details on her website. She priced it correctly and actively marketed and showed the property. When the buyer was ready she smoothly managed the process to closing in just a few weeks. Her business practices were in direct contrast to the expat realtor I’d previously listed the property with: He priced it way too high, took 6 weeks to post it online and in 6 months showed the place only twice. Maribel is a STAR! I am so grateful to have found her!

Sheila Donnell

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I would like to make a long over due recommendation for Maribel Crespo, of Ecuadorable Homes here in Cuenca. I had the pleasure of meeting Maribel in the Spring of ’12. On that exploratory trip, Maribel showed me a large number of properties. I made a decision on one of them, but responsibilities back in the states caused me to put my plans on hold. On Christmas I got a nice greeting from Maribel, and she mentioned the owner/ builder was still interested in doing business with me. Maribel had set me up with a wonderful attorney team on my initial trip, and a deal was made long distance. This was a new construction project, so all manner of decisions had to be made. Through email she sent me pictures of choices to be made in the construction faze. It helps that Maribel has such wonderful taste. She pointed me in the right direction on numerous choices. She dealt directly with the architect and the builder. She was at the building frequently while it was being constructed. I was not fortunate enough be bi- lingual, so I was blessed to have Maribel there as an intermediary. She speaks flawless English. When I arrived back in the Spring of’13, all was had been contracted, and Maribel again aided me in last minute details that all new construction projects incur. I am more than happy, and confident to recommend Maribel for her expertise in the Real Estate field, and all things Ecuador. She also has contacts in every area you will need to make your house, your home!

Neil Nagle


We first met Maribel on our exploratory trip to Ecuador in 2011. Once we decided to come to Cuenca, we sent a very detailed “wish List” to Maribel and asked her to find just the right condo for us. She found exactly what we were looking for, skillfully handled all arrangements for us while we were still in the States, worked with our landlord to arrange for new floors and new double-pane windows to be installed, and made the entire process easy and painless. She speaks perfect English, is punctual, reliable, well-connected in Cuenca, scrupulously honest, accessible, and is always upbeat and positive. She is a delight to work with on both a personal and a business level, and we and numerous friends who have engaged Maribel highly recommend her!

Karl and Brenda Sweetman


Maribel Crespo had the listing  on my condo just a couple months, showed it a number of times, and was wonderful about keeping me up to date. She also voluntarily helped me with condo payments and taxes.  She went above and beyond and was exceedingly professional throughout! I would recommend Maribel Crespo as a real estate agent!

Sheila Donnell


During my time in the U.S. Army I came across a compliment that was used if some one did something extraordinary. It would be said that the person went ‘over and above the call of duty.’ You, Maribel, have done that for me. I deeply appreciate the time and effort you have taken to help me out.

Marty Marzolf



We would highly recommend Maribel Crespo to help you find something to buy.  She is from Cuenca, speaks English and is very knowledgeable and competent. She helped us find our condo which we bought last winter.

Steve & Susan Rigney


Hi Maribel. Hola from Chicago.

We enjoyed meeting you, and we appreciated the tour. It really helped us get a feel for Cuenca and the real estate situation there.

We’ll be in touch!

 Randy and Traci


Coming off a bad experience after using the services of another real estate person. Maribel Crespo from Ecuadorable homes was recommended by a good friend.  She is a true professional,speaks perfect english,listens to your needs and showed me,many apartments that exactly fit my needs.  She handled all of the legal issues,and every point was clear to me and my landlord.  She returned messages within minutes,and was always on time for appointments.  I live in a great apartment,and could not be happier.  She’s the right person for anyone coming to a new city and country


Martin Feinsilver



Maribel Crespo from EcuadorableHomes is a gracious lady and a true professional, who found for me my rental condo at the Palermo. She spent a great deal of time with me, and brought me back to see the condo again when I wanted to refresh my memory a few days later as to whether or not this was in fact the condo of my choice, and how I might imagine furniture layout as well. Maribel setup an appointment and provided translation between myself and the son-in-law of the condo owner, and arranged all the negotiations, copies of the association governance in English and the lease signings, as well as arranged the monthly rental payment with the appropriate bank. She provided transportation, and did a thorough job of responding to all my questions related to the Palermo. What I particularly appreciated from Maribel was the fact that she did not steer me toward properties that did not match the criteria I had set out for her in what I was seeking. I very much enjoyed working with her, and appreciated that she was not pushy in attempting to foist a sale or rental on me.

Maribel also has experience in helping in the purchase of property and businesses, serves as a financial consultant, and can be helpful with the assessment of property value.


James Mola


Maribel helped us find the perfect condo in Cuenca and then helped us through each step of the purchase process. Now she has helped us find our second home on the coast. We turn to Maribel to give us good advice and introduce us to people who can provide us with additional assistance.


Bob Cox


Maribel has been an absolute delight and has surpassed our expectations in virtually every way.  Punctual, informed, courteous, committed and effective are just some of the professional adjectives I would use to describe her.  On a personal level she has surpassed our expectations many times by doing things far beyond what one would expect from a realtor.  She has, in fact, helped us with countless things outside the normal with helping us with information on schools, banks, lawyers, design firms and the many unanticipated details that an American who is purchasing and moving to Ecuador would run into.  Beyond all these wonderful superlatives Maribel is also fully bilingual and, having lived many years in the states, has a robust understanding of foreign wants and needs.  We have unhesitatingly referred potential clients to Maribel and will continue to do so because we believe in her and have every confidence that you will as well.
Derek and Clara Estes
Chicago, IL (Cuenca residents in waiting)

Maribel Crespo from EcuadorableHomes cares, is knowledgable, and will really find the best for your special requirements!


Janice Ruffolo


Ken and I want to thank you for your time and effort in familiarizing us with the market here in Cuenca.  We have enjoyed out 7 weeks in this beautiful city and look forward to returning next year.   We value your thoughts and assistance in finding a rental.

We return home with so many good memories to savor and share with our friends and relatives.


Jane   and  Ken Patterson


Hi Maribel,

We wanted to let you know we made it back home safely and without problems. More importantly we wish to send you a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all your kindness during our Cuenca, and environs, visit. Your city is very beautiful. The countryside is beautiful.

It was a fabulous trip that exceeded all of our expectations. Your thoughtful, and most likely very time consuming, planning is greatly appreciated. Again, we want to thank you for putting together such a complete tour. Showing the city first certainly should help you to sell the properties. For us, understanding more of the city has helped in our decision process.

Best regards,
Alan & Annie Anderson
St. Augustine, FL


Good evening Maribel,

Just wanted to send you a short note about the trip and your services so far.  The direction you have taken the tour has been outstanding!   Allowing people to get a good feel helps them become More confident to make a buying decisions.

Timothy Corral



¡Hola, Maribél!,

Please, no thanks are necessary. You are a wonderful ambassador for your country; you made me fall in love with it.

Thank you, Maribél, for the heartfelt introduction you gave us to Cuenca, it was extraordinary and wonderful!


The Eric Berendt Studio


Thanks Maribel,

I wrote Dan saying your tour was the best that I have been on since I started going to these conferences.  I hope to return the second week of October.

Lee Pettay