Can you rent a fully furnished apartment in a gated complex, in a good Medellín neighbourhood, (two bedrooms, pool, gym, sauna, steam room, 24/7 armed guards, ground rent and utilities included, + a cleaner), for only $500 USD?
The answer is yes but you will need to be persistent, dogged, determined and lucky!
One way to try if you are coming over on a tourist visa for upto 180 days, is to pick off Airbnb apartments, with long vacancies, in areas adjacent to the most popular areas like El Poblado and Laureles etc..
That way you negotiate direct with an owner and offer them a a long term deal, it’s a win-win for both parties.
If you are here without a visa don’t bother trying to go for unfurnished long term rental. Take time to get your feet in the ground and maybe then think of upgrading to a bigger pad or buying once you have found a good lawyer, learnt the lingo and have a good accountant!
Good luck and happy flat hunting!