Two common reservations we hear about Sucre’s suitability for longer-term visits and as an expat destination are poor internet speeds and a lack of apartment options. We’ve already notedthat Sucre’s Internet speeds have drastically improved of late. Now here’s our guide for finding an apartment or house in Sucre. Like any other city there are plenty of options – it’s just a case of knowing where to look.
There are a number of property rental sites with apartments and houses for rent in Sucre.
AirBnB designed to allow property owners to rent out their available rooms, apartments and houses. It’s a great site for finding places to stay, and one we’ve used it extensively during our travels. In fact many of the best apartments we’ve found while traveling were through AirBnB. There aren’t a huge amount of Sucre properties on AirBnB at the moment, but there are a few and it’s catching on.
Here are a few Sucre AirBnB properties we’ve written about before.
There are a number of dedicated apartment blocks scattered around the city.
Here are a few options:
Sucre has a number of real estate agencies, or inmobiliarias, who can help find apartments for you.
Three of the largest and most central are:
There is a full list of Sucre-based estate agents on inmobiliaria.com.
Local newspaper Correo del Sur runs a regular classified section which includes listings for apartment rentals.
Rent on many properties, particularly those targeted at tourists are carried out in a manner familiar the world over – you pay rent by the week or month and may be asked for a deposit which is returned at the end of your stay. However, another fascinating rental method is traditionally used in Sucre and you may occasionally see it being offered.
Called anticretico, the method works as follows. In order to rent a property, you pay a lump sum to the owner at the start of the rental period. You then stay in the property for the agreed length of time – at the end of which the owner returns all of your initial payment. So in effect you pay absolutely nothing for the rental! What’s more, a contract is usually drawn up transferring ownership of the house to the renter in the event that the lump sum is not returned.
Of course, there is a benefit to the owner too. Rather than receiving rental income, the owner is in effect receiving an interest-free loan and simultaneously bypassing the need to obtain approval from a bank. The owner can then earn money by using your lump sum to invest, start a business or simply earn interest in the bank. The threat of a loss of their property is a strong incentive to use your money wisely!
Before coming to Sucre we read online that a good way to find an apartment was to wander round town looking for buildings with an “apartment for rent” sign outside (in Spanish, of course). This advice doesn’t seem to apply any more; in 5 months I never once saw such a sign, and we had friends who spent an entire day walking around looking for one only to draw a blank. You may get lucky and find an apartment this way, but don’t rely on it.
Do you know of any other apartment options in Sucre? Let us know in the comments…