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About Expat Realty Cuenca


Hi! My name is Isaac May. I’m the owner of Expat Realty Cuenca. Thank you for visiting!

If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve struggled to find your new home here in Cuenca. It’s not easy, especially if you don’t speak much Spanish. And it’s not just the language barrier. There’s the Ecuadorian bureaucracy to deal with as well.

I’m fully fluent in Spanish, so I can walk you past the language barrier. And I’ve closed many deals here in Cuenca, so I know what needs to happen to slice through the bureaucracy for you as well.

And I do it with integrity, honesty and a strong work ethic. I ensure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed so that you enjoy a pain-free purchase process. That’s especially important here in Ecuador, where the slightest mistake or omission can delay a closing.

A Little Bit About Me

Isaac May and his wifeI moved to Cuenca in June 2011. Since then, I’ve lived in several different areas of the city, so I know the personality and vibe of each area. I also lived in various parts of Ecuador and can tell you Cuenca is where you want to be!

I quickly became bilingual after meeting the woman who is now my wife. During my years here, I have developed many local contacts, both Cuencanos and expats. So if I don’t already have it listed, I likely know someone who can find the house, condo or rural property to suit the lifestyle you want to enjoy here in Cuenca.

What My Clients Have to Say

Below are testimonials from our satisfied clients.

“I’ve known Isaac for years and he has helped me numerous times with real estate and other municipal challenges. After he sold a condo for me, his diligence in filing all of the documents for taxes, utilities, etc showed a real dedication to doing his job right. He really knows “the system” in addition to the real estate environment and community. He’s a great guy and super easy to work with, so contact him when you need a real estate professional.”

Don Holmes:  [email protected]


“We recently used Isaac to list and sell our property in Cuenca. We were very impressed with his professional manner, work ethic, responsive communications and realistic take on the current market.

He put our property on several sites, posted flyers, and networked with other realtors to give us the best advantage to sell our place. We had to leave before we closed, however we gave Isaac a power of attorney, and he handled everything to conclude the closing in a smooth, professional manner.

If you are thinking of buying or selling you should meet with Isaac first. He has been involved in real estate in Cuenca for several years so he understands the market trend. He is very positive and was a pleasure to work with.”

Mick Mekkelsen: [email protected]

“When I decided to look for property to buy, I wanted to work with an American who would understand language and cultural nuances, but also someone with deep ties to the people of Cuenca. Isaac met these requirements (his lovely wife Paz is a Cuencana and he has lived here for many years).

Isaac was able to give me information and guidance all through the purchase process, the closing, and well after – helping me with things like registering the property and getting utilities changed over to my name. He offers services well beyond that of a typical realtor, including putting me in touch with others in the community whose services I need to employ now that I’m a home owner here in Cuenca.”

Joyce Cymerman:  [email protected]

“We recently used Isaac May from Expat Realty Cuenca to sell our condo in Cuenca. Isaac is a true professional! He understands the Cuenca market and is realistic when appraising properties. Isaac is bilingual and as a result he can effectively communicate and navigate the complexities of selling and buying in Cuenca. Most importantly he is honest and a person you can trust. We would recommend Isaac whether you are buying or selling property.”

The Marquarts: [email protected]

“My wife Enid and I worked with this individual (Issac) to sell a commercial property we purchased and remodeled for resale. The experience we had with him was excellent in all areas that he assisted us, right up to the completion of the sale which went very successfully.

We had left Cuenca and gone back to the States and Issac was monitoring the property and even running some administration duties for us while we were not there and the manner in which he handled business was exceptional. I have a very high standard in business and I cannot say enough good things about this individual. Bottom line is if you’re seeking an English speaking, conscientious, professional individual who you can trust, I really don’t think you will find anyone of his caliber in the Cuenca area. He bent over backwards to assist us in a professional manner with our best interests in mind and he found us the right buyer in a market that is not always considered fast moving. He has much experience in working with Expats and knows all the legal stuff to ensure no issues at closing.

We highly recommend him for anyone with a higher standard that wants to know their interests are being represented in the most professional manner desired. Great person as well, high integrity. Two thumbs up across the board for this guy.”

Robert H Roder: [email protected]

“Working with Isaac to purchase our new apartment has been an excellent experience. From the very beginning Isaac was very responsive. He listened to all our requirements and showed us a variety of properties that fit our needs, even those listed by other agencies when necessary. He is a great communicator that helped us understand the purchase process and was always willing to answer any questions we had. He even took us to our chosen property at all hours of the day and evening so we could see it at different times of the day. When we were ready to make an offer on our property of choice, Isaac represented us entirely, protected our interests and negotiated on our behalf to get us the best price possible. He even went above and beyond getting us a senior citizens discount on the purchase tax through a tedious process that only a fluent Spanish speaking professional could navigate. He was very friendly, eager and willing to help us with all aspects of the property purchase. Isaac even went above and beyond to help us with post-sale process such as inscribing the property and taking us to change the names over at the water and electric company.

If you want to work with a professional who will go the extra mile for you when buying a property in Cuenca, we believe Isaac is your guy.”

Thom Guzman:  [email protected]

“We met Isaac several months, vie email, before moving to Cuenca. We reviewed his website and others to get an idea of the housing market in Cuenca. Just prior to our move, we contacted Isaac with our needs and want list. Upon our arrival Isaac had apartments lined up for viewing, all were “right on” and we made a decision that same day. Isaac, thank you for a seamless and non-stressful move.”

Brian and Freda Keller



How to Reach Me

I look forward to learning more about your needs so that I can find the perfect house, condo or rural property for you.

You can contact me using the form here.

Or you can skype me at isaac.j.may (if you’re using your smartphone, tap on my name to start a Skype call with me).

Or give me a call at 099-973-0658 (tap on the number to call me if you’re reading this on your smartphone). If you’re calling from outside Ecuador, the number is +593-99-973-0658.

I’ll arrange a time to meet with you.

If you already have a property or two that interest you, let me know in your message or call.

It won’t be long before you’re cracking open a bottle of champagne to celebrate your new home!

Be sure to read the article below for important information regarding the legalities and process for purchasing property in Ecuador:

Real Estate 101: Everything you need to know about buying property in Ecuador

  • Expat Realty Cuenca

    Lorenzo Piedra & Pichincha
    Cuenca, Ecuador


    Skype - isaac.j.may