Posted on May 26, 2020
• 2400 sqft , 3 bath , 3 bdrm 3 story – FOR SALE USD219,900 .
in Estrella Del Mar, Bavaro
This is a 3 bedroom spacious Penthouse unit in a recently built condominium complex completed in 2014.
Has 3 patios and is fully furnished. You will be amazed at how immaculate this is and well maintained.
There 2 large swimming pools, 2 BBQ gazebo areas, gated 24-hour security, and it’s own water filtration system!
The beautiful white sandy El Cortecito Beach is just a 6 min walk where you can enjoy fresh tropical drinks while enjoying the ocean.
Cortecito Beach blends tourist facilities with small-town charm.
Take advantage of its plentiful amenities, try water sports and wander the town, before catching sunset in one of the beachfront bars or restaurants.
Only 20 min from the international airport Punta Cana.
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Updated on May 13, 2020
Since opening in the mid-1970s, Casa de Campo has been a luxury retreat away from the limelight for the rich and famous. In fact, the origin of Casa de Campo was nurtured from the appeal of Hollywood as the property began as a 7,000-acre sugar plantation owned by Gulf Western Films, which also had Paramount Pictures listed among its fashionable assets.
Casa de Campo also became known as a playground for celebrities. The list of famous visitors over the years is a virtual “Who’s Who” of the well-known: fashion icon Oscar de la Renta, Frank Sinatra, J-Lo and A-Rod, Jay-Z and Beyoncé,
J-Lo and A-Rod Beyonce and Jay-Z
Even three golf loving U.S. Presidents (George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton). Sports superstars Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter both hosted bachelor parties at the resort. Jim Clark, founder of Netscape, was joined by actress Naomi Watts and Sir Richard Branson for his 70th birthday party. Talented golf loving actors Dennis Quaid and Bruce McGill were also both recent guests and teed it up on Teeth of the Dog during their visits. Caribbean-born singer Rihanna hosted an Instagram photo shoot at the same site. The seaside villa also was the set for two episodes of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” as well as the final two episodes of 10th season of The Bachelorette. Many other famous people call Casa de Campo their home away from home as well several among them using this community as their primary residence.
The options range from 3 to 11 bedrooms with stylish living areas, a private pool as well as myriad creature comforts. From secluded Garden Villas showcasing the area’s abundant flora to the tranquil splendor of the Caribbean coast in an Oceanfront Villa, each style offers a variety of traditional or contemporary designs.
LUXURY GOLF COURSES ARE JUST THE BEGINNING Famous golf designer Pete Dye was contracted in 1982 to a build a championship golf course. Mr. Dye knew immediately he had a special locale on which to build his masterpiece design. Especially using the This location provide the unique and mesmerizing sea-hugging shoreline allowing his creation of the “Heaven 7” – a septet of spectacular hard holes against the craggy coral formations rising out of the cobalt Caribbean Sea.
The rave reviews for Teeth of the Dog have not stopped since it was created by Dye’s significant genius. It is the only layout in the Caribbean to be ranked in GOLF Magazine’s recent “Top 100 Courses in the World.” This seaside jewel is one of only 37 courses to be included every year in this coveted ranking since the list’s inception in 1983. Put your skills to the test by scheduling tee times at one or all three world renown courses: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. https://www.casadecampo.com.do/golf/
ALTOS DE CHAVON Altos de Chavón is a re-creation of a Mediterranean style European village located atop the Chavón River in La Romana, Dominican Republic. It is the most popular attraction in the city and hosts a cultural center, an archeological museum, and an amphitheater. The project was conceived by the Italian architect Roberto Copa, and the industrialist Charles Bluhdorn
Frank Sinatra inaugurated Altos de Chavon Amphitheater during the HBO special Concert for the Americas. A Roman-styled 5,000-seat amphitheater hosts 20th century musical acts https://www.casadecampo.com.do/experiences/altos-de-chavon/
Narrow, cobble-covered alleyways lined with lanterns and shuttered limestone walls yield several good Mediterranean-style restaurants, a number of quaint shops featuring the diverse craftwork of local artisans, and three galleries exhibiting the talents of students from the on-site design school (La Escuela de Diseño, an affiliate of Parsons School of Design in New York City). Notable attendees of the Altos de Chavón Design School have included Lisa Thon and Mía Lourdes Taveras López.
MARINA AND YACHT CLUB The heart of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas’ ocean playground is the Marina—the vision of Gianfranco Fini and Piero Giacosa. Inspired by the quaint seaside villages that dot the Mediterranean coastline. The Marina is more than just a place to moor, it’s an entire community for sport fishermen, yachting enthusiasts, and landlubbers alike.
Chase the horizon by sailboat, catamaran, or charter boat. Dive beneath the surface to snorkel dazzling underwater realms.
Maybe this is your year to catch and release an extraordinary, trophy-worthy blue marlin. Race between the waves towards smaller, out islands filled with native wildlife. Your chances for unforgettable experiences are as endless as the sea itself.
A cornerstone of this elite community not to mention accessible to every resident who owns a condo or villa in Casa de Campo. https://www.marinacasadecampo.com.do/
POLO GROUNDS Equestrian activities include world renown polo fields. There are few places in the world where you can experience the thrill and the majesty of polo like Casa de Campo. Our polo facilities—which include three playing fields and one practice field—are among the best in the world.
Beginners and experts alike can take advantage of equipment, group instruction, and personalized training. Guests can also hire ponies for stick and ball tournaments, a fantastic and entertaining activity for families. Regular polo matches are played all year long three days a week, and from January to April, Casa de Campo is home to the most important polo event of the region: Polo Challenge.
SHOOTING CENTER For an authentic in-the-wild shooting experience, look no further than Casa de Campo. The shooting facilities include an onsite 245 acre Shooting Centre, with over 200 stations for trap, skeet and sporting clays and pigeon rings. Casa de Campo’s shooting center also includes a 110 ft. tower that projects sporting clays—one of the largest in the world, as well as “Rancho Peligro”, a wild bird reserve outside of Casa de Campo where “Driven Shoots” take place.
Shooters of all ages and skill levels will be delighted by the flexibility of the layout and the realistic conditions that simulate shooting wild game in their natural habitat. The course has been designed so shooters can progress from station to station in tournaments or individually for a challenging and exciting activity the whole family can enjoy. “Casa de Campo’s shooting facilities are considered by many to be among the best in the world.”
These are just a few highlights of the amenities that are at your doorstep when you decide to call Casa de Campo your home or home away from home retreat. Let us explore together how to make that dream a reality by using our expertise of living and working here for over 10 years.
Our unique knowledge will help you identify your needs and desires thus allowing a smooth transition of becoming a property owner in the most elite community in the Dominican Republic.
Visit our web page to find out more www.fullservicerealtydr.net
Updated on April 25, 2020
After you have read the first article we posted about Rescateme an Animal Rescue non-profit organization, you may come to realize that we at Full Service Realty are committed to doing our part in animal rescue efforts as well.
My partner Krystal Gorham has temporarily adopted a beach dog. She has affectionately named her Sandy. Seems very appropriate do you not think?
Sandy was abandoned in the past year, but has managed to stay alive through her cunning and cautious temperament. She was spayed at one point, since we have noticed that during the past year watching her trot up and down the beach for these past 10 to 12 months she hasn’t become pregnant. We estimate her to be about 3 years old. But in overall good health so far thankfully.
Krystal knowing full well that the pickings are very slim here now with virtually no one sharing meals with this kind animal due to the Corona Virus. Sandy depended on the kindness of strangers mostly tourist before this crisis evolved.
Therefore, Krystal decided to purchase a couple of bowls and put out some food and water directly in front of her condo which is located on the beach.
It didn’t take long for Sandy to notice and start hanging around. LOL>
So, we now have a temporary mascot for Full Service Realty per se. Amanda our sales associate, who volunteers no less than 2 days a week at Recatame, and on many occasions so much more time than that —- has committed to finding Sandy a new home.!
The options she is entertaining is finding Sandy a new home back in the North America. Whether it is in the United States or Canada!
When the shelter in place ban is lifted, Sandy will be taken into the clinic given a full examination and begin her immunization schedule to qualify for international travel.
We are going to sponsor this effort for the right candidate who will need to qualify through a screening process. Once this happens Sandy will be fully rescued and find a new life with her new family. Keep in mind Sandy loves the beach and the water!! LOL
If your interested in learning more about this particular cause please contact us through email to arrange for more details.
Furthermore we are asking that if your looking for a good cause to support as an animal lover please contact Rescatame directly to learn more about the organization and their efforts. At RescataMe PuntaCana there are no obligations or minimum contributions for donations or sponsoring. The amount of the monthly donation is your decision, for us a onetime donation of $10.00 dollars is a blessing as well. Every little bit helps.
Everyone should really donate only what can be afforded. The monthly costs for food and medical care are of course different for each animal, but on average they go from $20 to $50 each, but please take this as a guideline only and not as a compulsory monthly sum! This can be done as a family or a group of friends by committing to a joint monthly sponsoring if you can afford it and your heart compels you to do so. Volunteer work is also greatly appreciated. Getting more people on the ground here to create a solid base is always welcomed.
I would invite you to follow the links provided below if this speaks to you personally. There is no better organization to support when it comes to animal rights and care.
Posted on April 22, 2020
Here’s What the Experts Have to Say
The overall experience will look and feel quite different once the world begins to reopen, but people can still count on the positive impacts of travel and real estate.
The outbreak of coronavirus and its rapid spread around the world have had an unprecedented impact on both. There are a few airlines still flying, including rescue flights to repatriate people to their home countries, many carriers have all but shut down for the time being. Real estate acquisition has significantly slowed as well for the moment.
In short, the travel and real estate industry has never faced panic, change, and disruption on this scale.
In search of insights about how coronavirus is likely to change the way we travel and buy real estate in the future, we have talked to experts in the fields of aviation, hospitality, cruising, finance, and even epidemiology. We have also reached out to our own clients to gain their perspectives about expectations of selling and buying real estate.
While some provided predictions and projections, the one thing that almost all of them said to expect is a lot more uncertainty for some time to come. Real estate is still a solid investment and depending on your needs and resources can be a safe haven for many in these difficult times.
Travelers need to focus on health for themselves and others.
Several doctors concur that the pandemic will force consumers to factor health concerns into their travel choices even more than before. They recommend checking verified apps like — Outbreaks Near Me — to take proper precautions before traveling to a new destination.
Full Service Realty D.R. cautions along with the experts against people heading into active hot zones, even if you’re immune, because you don’t know what kind of lockdown you might be subject to if cases suddenly increase upon your return. Thankfully, here in the eastern province of the Dominican Republic we have been relatively pro-active and diligent in our prevention and containment of the virus.
“Many countries, and even some U.S. states, now have mandatory requirements for visitors to isolate for two weeks. This should be factored into travel planning for the moment.” “If a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, depending on the safety profile, it would be worth considering even if you’re not venturing far from home.”
We do not recommend travel for anyone until these bans are lifted and the transportation industry demonstrates clear protocols to secure your safety while traveling. In the meantime, you can actively plan your strategy to locate an isolated or secure property in a Caribbean paradise that is sustainable in the worst of times.
Finally, experts state that everyone should start thinking about how their travel plans might impact the health conditions of the places they visit and or plan to live either part time or permanently. “As much as we think about our own health when we travel, we should have compassion through awareness that we may inadvertently bring the virus with us,”.
Air travel will restart slowly, domestically, and with social distancing.
Aviation experts expect that the travel industry, much like the rest of the economy, will rebound as various cities, states, and regions confront different challenges. “You can expect airlines to begin with flights out of their most important hubs and cities where public health conditions are best and demand is strongest,”.
“That means obviously that less choices for passengers as the number of airlines shrink and the number of flights are reduced. Passengers will also opt for more direct routings to avoid having to pass through extra airports on layovers.
“Once the all-clear is given, it is anticipated that public health officials will still encourage social distancing.
Airlines may also require proof of good health before allowing passengers to fly. “In terms of boarding, airlines might limit the number of people down the jet bridge at any given time,”
Most people will likely want to stick close to home for a while. That is also due, in part, to the economic impact on travelers’ wallets. Incomes have been hurt and disposable wealth damaged, so how it will play out is another part of the whole ‘what if’ situation we face.”
That might have some people considering flying private or charters for the first time. The travel industry is entering a two-year period where travelers won’t want to touch anything and will require space.
Crowd-free, hassle-free travel is the way of the future. Private aviation firms have seen a dramatic increase in interest from both personal and corporate clients for private plane charters with social distancing measures in effect.
Travel, hotels, property rentals and sales face slow times ahead.
“There will be several phases to the travel and real estate recovery, and it is all about adapting to demand. In the immediate term, with social distancing and travel restrictions, hoteliers should focus on the needs of their local community, assisting the medical community and local government to help with housing essential workers.”
If all goes well, experts say the U.S. hotel industry will be back at 70 to 80 percent of what it was before coronavirus by this time next year. However, there will be fewer hotels in operation, and many fewer hotels in development. Travelers might also see hotels opening only a fraction of the rooms they have and looking for technological solutions to replace staff and save on cash.
During both 2019 and 2020 to date, hotel occupancy was at a 40-year high. Even so, room rates remained relatively cheap. There will be room rate discounting to stimulate travel. During economic downturns, it normally takes hotel rates twice as long to recover to pre-downturn levels as it took them to fall to their lowest point. So, be on the lookout for deals for several months, if not years, to come.
Travelers and potential property buyers will likely consider staying in someone else’s residence rather than a hotel. Vacation rentals may be less negatively impacted, but hotels will be touting their cleaning standards and the dedication of their staff to ensuring guest safety and security. It will be much more difficult for Airbnb and other short-term rental groups to establish and enforce standards across thousands of independent hosts.
The local rental and real estate market in the eastern Dominican Republic is made up of thousands of individual owners who might decide to reenter the market at times of their own choosing.
By contrast, hotels will welcome back travelers the moment they are allowed to do so, and probably priced better than people have seen in years.
Travel Agents and Independent Hosts offer personalized services minimizing risk.
Travel agents and Independent hosts had become more of a niche in recent years, as most consumers simply booked travel themselves online. Many of those agents and hosts focused their practice on business and luxury accounts. Given the fast-changing nature of the current crisis and the difficulties some travelers encountered getting home, many people turned to the experts to have an advocate in their corner if and when things went wrong.
“Even people who didn’t originally book with travel advisors turned to them for help” during the coronavirus outbreak. The local advisory teams implemented action plans, that provided real-time updates from operators on the ground as well as State Departments and the CDC.
Travel and Independent Host Advisers On-Site
“In a post-COVID world, people will now value the local experts for their connections and guidance that go beyond destination and product expertise.
Having a real-life person at the destination location to assist [you] underscores the significance of human connection and the reassurance of knowing someone has your back locally,”
Full Service Realty clients are receiving just that from our team. Contact us today to establish the local connection you can count on. From the moment you plan on leaving, until you return or relocate here as an expat.
We look forward to answering all your questions.
Updated on April 18, 2020
Animal Rescue in the Dominican Republic
Being an animal lover myself it was quite a shock during my first couple years living here and while learning and adapting to the Dominican Culture. I was frequently observing cruelty and a general lack of compassion towards animals here. It was difficult to understand.
I did not have a complete understanding of the language at that time either in order to ask the questions regarding this attitude, which seemed to be a complete lack of compassion for animals. I am not saying that all Dominicans share this characteristic, but I was encountering more acts of cruelty than one would expect. So, I started investigating for myself what is really happening here.
So let me set the stage and context for you in this theme. For some, well for many people there are so many other pressing issues that need to be focused on — humans first. While stray animals go hungry, so do many Dominican citizens, pushing animal welfare to the back of the line. Therefore, many hurdles exist for foreigners in trying to gain local support for animals and their welfare.
It is extremely difficult to speak about animal care in a third world country or a developing nation when there are so many poor people trying to find a daily meal themselves. Like any social problem, educating the younger generation is one of the best ways to implement change. Gaining support for educational programs on animal rights has proved almost impossible.
Many educators close their doors and their minds when they are approached. Remember they are already fixed in their opinions and deal firsthand with hungry children and therefore they have no time or compassion for stray animals.
So a group of people from various locations around the globe formed RescataMe.org. It is the only government registered non-profit animal rescue organization in the touristic zone of Punta Cana. They have been instrumental in reducing the overpopulation, and abuse of stray animals here in the zone.
Through their continued educational work, the Dominicans have not only taken much more responsibility for their own, but also the stray animals by sharing their meals with the strays. A great achievement witnessing this, believe me. At RescataMe PuntaCana there are no obligations or minimum contributions for donations or sponsoring. The amount of the monthly donation amount is your decision, for us a onetime donation of $10.00 dollars is a blessing as well. Every little bit helps.
Everyone should really donate only what can be spared. The monthly costs for food and medical care are of course different for each animal, but on average they go from $20 to $50 per animal. Please take this as a guideline only and not as a compulsory monthly sum! A family also or a group of friends can take over a joint monthly sponsoring if you can afford it and your heart compels you to do so.
I would invite you to follow the link below if this speaks to you personally. There is no better organization to support when it comes to animal rights and care.
Here at Full Service Realty D.R. we are in complete support of this program and one of our realtors has been committed to this organization since the day she moved here. Volunteering no less than 20 hours weekly to the direct care of stray dogs and cats. You can imagine what her home looks like. LOL.
Amanda has a pure heart of gold and it is a pleasure working with her these past 6 months and witnessing the dedication she has placed for this cause. We hope that this quick overview prompts you to take a look at Rescatame.org and it inspires you to become involved as well.
Updated on April 15, 2020
My Top 10 Favorite Things to Eat in the Dominican Republic.
I will begin by saying everyone’s tastes are different…
So you may very well look at some of my choices and respond no way are you serious??
This is normal and was the same for me until I opened my mind and my stomach to new possibilities.
Living here the first two years was a real challenge as I was starting a new business and was trying to control costs…
My twin boys (14 at that time) who accompanied me here in 2011, had some real challenges as well in relation to finding foods they would eat?
But budgets and desires didn’t usually agree during those initial years. It did however present some interesting lunch and dinner conversations to say the least. We did a tremendous amount of experimenting through trial and error, which eventually formed our top 10 list.
This rich stew is commonly made up of different meats including beef, pork, goat, chicken; alongside plantain, yams, pumpkins, and other roots. It is usually served with a side of white rice and avocado. I add some hot sauce to spice it up a bit more. As an African gift to the continent, many Latin American countries have their own version of Sancocho, but be assured that Dominican sancocho, and its thick broth and seasoning, is truly like no other.
You can find great Sancocho almost anywhere on the island, especially in chilly mountain towns (such as Jarabacoa). The more authentic versions are made in the local comedores, typical restaurants, or a kind neighbor’s house. Many are eager to share their meals to obtain your opinion on how good it is!!
Finding this recipe was a godsend and it didn’t take long for it to become a mainstay in our meal planning.
These fried plantains are a popular staple on the island. Tostones are usually eaten as a side to many dishes, or on their own. Frying them is just one of the many ways you can cook plantains and they can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Plantains were originally brought to the island from Africa (by way of Southeast Asia) during the colonization period and have been an essential part of Dominican cuisine ever since.
The most traditional way to eat them? With some fried Dominican salami and a chilled beer. You can find a plate of tostones practically anywhere on the island from your local comedor (local deli/diner) including upscale restaurants.
3. Yuca (Cassava)
Yuca is the root of the cassava plant and even though it’s relatively underrated in Western cultures, it is actually a popular staple for millions of people around the world from Nigeria to the Dominican Republic. You can’t visit DR and miss out on trying this crop which was deemed sacred enough to have its own deity for the indigenous Taino.
With a particular, nutty flavor, the yuca is a versatile and healthy ingredient that will satisfy your appetite and your taste buds during breakfast or dinner. You can find the root crop at any supermarket and pretty much any hotel buffet, restaurant, or comedor. Eat it with salami, eggs, cheese, or with a dip.
Types of ways to Eat Yuca:
- Casabe: The native Tainos of the island used to grate yuca and turn it into a hardened flatbread called casabe.
- Boiled with caramelized onions on top.
- Fried (like tostones above).
- Mashed like potatoes.
- As a base flour ingredient for various dishes (like wheat flour).
4. Freshly Caught Fried Fish on the Beach
- Feasting on fried fish with morro, tostones, and salad in Playa Macao
- Disclaimer: This is not only food for your plate, but it’s an experience for your soul. For this one, I’ll ask you to picture yourself at a beach with water of different shades of blue, the sound of those waves crashing on nearby rocks, and the sun warming your skin. You sit on a table under a parasol and below you: A plate of fried fish (usually seabass, snapper or grouper) with tostones, rice, and salad.
- Usually paired with a Presidente beer or a freshly cut coconut.
- Although you will find pescado frito(fried fish) with tostones in almost any coastal town. Some of the TOP beaches to enjoy this beautiful experience are:
- Esmeralda Bay
- Playa Blanca
- 5. Pastelitos & Empanadas
Two savory and inexpensive snack options to offer at a party, or to eat for a quick breakfast at the empanada vendors in the corner of pretty much any street anywhere in the country.
The difference between the two is that empanadas are the shape of the half moon, and pastelitos (pictured above) are round. It is also more common to find baked pastelitos and fried empanadas. Different restaurants, bakeries, and vendors get creative with the filling; you can find some with different kinds of meat, cheese, eggs, or vegetables.
Perfect finger food when you in rush or don’t want to fill up on food saving room for a cold beverage!!
6. La Bandera
You can almost surely knock on the door of a Dominican family around lunchtime at any given day and the odds are that they’re having La Bandera.
This meal is made up of rice, beans, meat, salad with avocado, and sometimes a side of tostones or fried sweet plantains. Sounds like a lot? Well, it’s supposed to be a filling meal for the hardworking Dominican people. The culture here is to eat a hearty meal during the day an take a fine siesta before returning to the laborious work that provides their livelihood.
La Bandera means ‘the flag’, which shows how popular this meal is in Dominican households. Moreover, the ingredients are a fusion of our cross-cultural criollo influences. Hence, why this plate is often referred to as “comida criolla“.
You can easily find La Bandera in your Dominican neighbor’s house, a comedor (local deli diner), or any restaurant that sells typical Dominican food.
7. Rice with Pigeon Peas and Coconut
Experience the authentic flavors of the Dominican Republic with this Rice and Pigeon Peas with Coconut recipe (called Moro de Guandules con Coco in the Dominican Republic). Here, tender grains of extra-long rice are cooked with plump pigeon peas, traditional spices and creamy coconut milk for a rice dish that steals the show on the dinner table. Passed down through generations of Dominican cooks, this recipe captures the essence of the island. Key GOYA products make it easy for everyone to make at home.
8. Chimichurri Burger
Chimichurris is a Dominican hamburger characterized by the addition of numerous spices to the meat patty, such as oregano, garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. It is usually not prepared at home, but bought from street food vendors. Like most burgers, chimichurris is served in a bun and topped with a variety of ingredients such as mayonnaise, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, and onions.
This particular meal was a lifesaver during those early years with my twin boys!!
9. Puerco Asa’o (Asado)
Last, and certainly not least, the roasted pig is a treasured staple during the most festive celebrations, especially for dinner on December 24th and 31st.
Since the very beginning, indigenous Tainos had enjoyed barbecuing their meat, including pork which was brought over by the Spanish colonizers. This cross-cultural tradition was passed down from generation to generation and is kept very much alive today. You will find the traditional roasted pig or ‘puerco asao’ in almost every Dominican table during the Christmas season.
Suspiritos is one of the simplest Dominican desserts made with a combination of egg whites, lime juice, and powdered sugar. The name of this dessert can be translated as meringue kisses. When prepared, suspiritos are consumed immediately, and they are regularly served at birthdays and baby showers.
Apart from the basic version, there are also varieties prepared with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.
What is your top 10 list of favorites is anyone’s guess?
But there is only one way to find out.
Experiment for yourself and create your own top 10 list.
Posted on April 13, 2020
Thinking About Moving to the Dominican Republic?
Full Service Realty is here to Help.
There are many questions to ask yourself as you investigate the possibility of relocating to the Dominican Republic.
Information is everywhere. Who do you trust as that source…?
I say trust yourself first!!!
You have managed to get yourself this far in life. Take the next step – but do it with caution by taking the time to investigate everything you find important. Listening or acquiring information from other people isn’t a bad thing. You just need to filter your source of information and verify it with some due diligence.
But no matter what, decide for yourself is this what I want?
Let’s start there. What do you want?
Create a list of things you NEED first.
- I need the beach?
- I need warm weather?
- I need an income?
- I need to retire?
- I need entertainment?
- I need sun?
This is critical for your own piece of mind. Those needs are different for everyone, obviously. Once you take the time to answer for yourself what it is that you need first then you can move onto the desire’s or wants column.
What do you WANT?
- I want a fresh start?
- I want to wake up to the sound of waves?
- I want to live a more healthy life?
- I want to escape the crazy media?
Again, it is a different list for everyone.
This is just basic advice for all. However, it is something that most would agree is the logical process of identifying what you need and want and put that down on paper to organize your thoughts.
Then clarify your budget and your expectations on how you can meet that in best case and worst-case scenarios. Burning bridges and taking a leap in faith on following your dreams is never an easy thing. I could write today about my experiences and that is good for many readers who are inspired that way.
However, today I am trying to encourage you and many like you to begin by taking the advice above. Create those lists on paper… If it takes you only 10 min or 10 days or 10 months get in down on paper and put that paper on your mirror in the bathroom!! Create the vision/dream/reality -board- that begins each morning to build that subconscious foundation that will follow you throughout the day.
Add to that visual board / list as many times as is necessary. Create it yourself by answering the questions that puts your needs and wants first – in order to drive you forward.
When you have sufficiently answered all your own questions take the time each night to brainstorm how you are going to put together a real plan to make it happen…
One thing for sure nothing happens without action and my greatest successes have always come from creating at least 3 formal action plans… A, B, C. 1, 2, and 3. Seems logical right? You wouldn’t believe how many people do not get this basic idea and formalize it by writing it down. It wont happen by itself. You must do this for yourself.
Now if you have a photographic memory and don’t need to write things down that’s perfect…. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE OF THOSE BRAINS… do yourself a huge favor and just follow this advice.
CONFIRM THE INFORMATION>>>
Find yourself at least 5 different sources that you can adequately trust to validate the answers you need. Use your instincts here. Ask those questions to each source and bounce your plans off to them if they are inclined to listen. There are some out there who are genuinely just trying to help. But nothing in this world is for free, everyone wants something. Including me.
I am looking to help others first and foremost because I believe that many people for the most part are just like me, willing to help and hoping that what comes around goes around. I do take pleasure in helping others and don’t take my word for it just because I am writing it. Investigate me through social media and investigate by asking others, then again trust your own instincts.
Helping others does come natural for some people. I personally feed off positive energy. That is what drives me. Maybe I need something from you someday… It is never expected!!!
One thing I have learned through many years of experiences is never to expect anything from anyone unless your paying for it. That is a whole other subject. When you pay someone, it falls into the reciprocation for consideration column. When you offer your help for free it’s because you genuinely are trying to connect with people lending a helping hand.
LENDING THAT HAND NOT GIVING IT —- LOL…
I have a fantastic team. So, if I can’t answer your question, I take as a challenge to get that answer – it just the daily process of learning that has carried me this far. Read some of my previous blogs.
Get to know me or my team through communication. Ask those questions and verify our responses. Trial and error have always worked for me.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!!
Posted on April 9, 2020
What is a Day Like in the D.R. during Corona Virus
I suppose I should start by saying it is obviously different for everyone. Depending on your location and resources. True for everyone everywhere. Personally, I am in a very secure expat retirement community located between two resort hotels which are obviously unoccupied during this global crisis.
Therefore, the beach and ocean are empty on both sides of our resort community. There are many areas just like this throughout the island. Many communities in this tourist area have the same situation. Meaning those expats who don’t live here full time are elsewhere, and those who do live here full time are in isolation but at least able to enjoy the amenities while using safe practices and social distancing.
So, lets begin what are my perceived negatives being here during this situation?
Lack of physical interaction with my social groups. Yes, I am personally safeguarding myself and my family by following the rules of isolation limiting contact with others. I do not want to expose them or myself to the risk of contracting the virus.
When I do go out to restock our supplies, I use the mask like everyone else. Washing my hands before and after, wearing gloves in public places, keeping distances as much as possible, and returning home to immediately take a shower or a quick dip in the ocean… Nothing like salt water to neutralize any bacteria or germs. LOL.
What I believe I miss most during this global event is just meeting new people from around the world. On average I would meet no less than 10 new people each week in casual settings around town. Whether at the coffee shop, restaurants, on the various beaches in the zone, here at the pool, or the local watering holes. During those interactions I would explain casually what I do here in the Dominican Republic. Recycling company, environmental auditing, pig farmer, bar owner, and real estate management company. You must be diversified. Rule one as a sustainable business owner.
Business is slow because everyone and everything is closed except for the essentials.
Cabin fever doesn’t really exist for me because I spend plenty of time at our pool or on the beach or visiting my mother who lives here as well in the same resort community.
Not being able to explore new areas on the island currently. Yep that’s a big one for me. So, although my CABIN is different than most, I guess there is that.
So, lets now focus on the positives.
Plenty of time to spend at the beach or at the pool or at my mothers place, which she is loving by the way. Having me around daily for lunch or dinner has its pluses and minuses. I have gained a few pounds.. Shouldn’t that be in the negative column. LOL>
My morning routine is basically the same, off to the beach or take a jog around the community, then visiting my mother to share a coffee. After that its back home onto the balcony to catch up on some news and emails.
I have more time to learn about things I had been putting off before, doing some research on new business models that are critical no matter the global situation. Opportunities are forever present if you look at it from a logical standpoint of problem vs. solution. Solutions exist if we just use some common sense. Decisions are necessary some more difficult than others.
Moving on we have great security here, its never really been a concern of mine during the 10 years I have lived on the island. But let’s face it in difficult times people need to take additional measures for security. That is true anywhere you are.
Food supply, this is a great positive here. Fruits and vegetable are plentiful. Everything here grows all year around. Seasonally things come and go but its all fresh and there is an abundance. Fresh coconut, pineapple, limes, avocados, mango’s, etc. The supply line here is direct and intact.
The culture is one of sharing and caring. Especially if your known to the locals as a person with a good heart. I have always said you reap what you sow. I have sewn strong threads in this community, and this has had its amazing benefits shining brightly these past two months. I have been blessed. People I haven’t heard from in years reaching out asking if I am well, how are you doing? You need anything? Genuine concern and care. Can’t put a price tag on that my friends.
That’s it in a nutshell as they say… I wish nothing but the best for everyone no matter where you are.
I hope you find this short blog inspiring and if you have any questions you can always reach out and I promise I will respond. Because the way I see things we are all in this together and helping others anyway possible is the only way to succeed.
Updated on April 8, 2020
Pros and Cons of Retiring in Punta Cana
Retirement at last… Now what?? Many people consider leaving their hometown, comfort zone, etc…. and trade it in for a more relaxing environment. The option to go somewhere warm and tropical is attractive and exciting. There is so much to contemplate. Change for some isn’t easy and creates a lot of anxiety. However, the idea of entering into a new chapter in life is equally stimulating offering you a well-deserved reward, for most which is decades of work…
Tropical destinations such as the Dominican Republic are highly sought after, and for many reasons. I will discuss just a few of the pros and cons of retiring in the Dominican Republic so that you can contemplate the idea if this is on the right place for you to spend your retirement days. What I highly recommend is spending at least 3 months here first to truly investigate what daily life holds for you and your spouse or loved one. Believe me when I say Island fever has its pluses and minuses. But by doing your due diligence you may discover this is the perfect place for you to retire!!
Pro: Warm, Tropical Climate
If you are content and happy laying on the beach or by the pool with a cold beverage in hand year-round, the Dominican Republic may be somewhere that you want to further look into for a retirement home.
In addition to a warm climate, the Dominican Republic is also home to tropical parks. If you are an avid outdoor adventurer, you will have plenty of new spaces to explore at your own leisure. The options are endless depending on your level of mobility and your zest for new experiences.
Con: The Heat Doesn’t Go Away?
While the warm tropical climate is appealing to many, it is not for everyone. The weather in the Dominican Republic averages a temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This is definitely a warm average! If your body does not thrive in warm climates, this may not be the place for you. But if you don’t mind the temperature then this is the place. What many do not know is if you want to take a break from that on the island all you have to do is travel to the mountains. During the summer or winter months the mountains offer a completely different environment that averages 10 degrees cooler. Yes 10 degrees cooler. Constanza is agricultural town which produces nearly 20 percent of the vegetable that reach the markets of Santo Domingo and the eastern half of the island. Many expats travel there frequently as a change of pace from the beach. Waterfalls and hiking and experiencing farm life in the mountains of Constanza is an experience that I highly recommend. In fact there are quite a few people from various countries that have chosen this as their retirement destinantion.
Pro: The Dominican Republic is Rich in History
If you are a history buff, you will love spending time learning about the history of the Dominican Republic firsthand. Rich in Spanish heritage, the Dominican Republic has an intriguing history that will leave the history buff wanting to learn more. From learning about early settlers to languages and religions, there is a lot to explore!
The Dominican culture is a true gift to anyone who enjoys friendly and thoughtful people who seem to always be laughing and smiling. The energy here is wonder to experience and was one of the main reasons for me personally that I could not escape.
Pro: Low Cost of Living
When thinking about retirement, often finances are a restraining factor. If the Dominican Republic seems like an attractive option, you may not have to worry about finances.
A one-bedroom apartment in a local town would cost you around $500 a month and if you opt to live outside of the city you could save a little more. Apartments outside of the city center will only cost about $350.
Even if you wish to live in Punta Cana, an apartment will only cost about $700. This is an incredible price for the eastern and southern tip of the island! In the heart of the well developed tourist zone where expats from all over the world frequently visit and live full time.
Pro: An Easy Process
If you are retiring, you probably do not want to deal with a long drawn out process. Luckily, the process for retiring in the Dominican Republic is fairly simple. According to investoopedia.com, any person can retire in the Dominican Republic if they can show proof of a monthly pension as well as $350 for each person traveling with them.
In addition, the process only takes about 45 days. If you make the decision to move now, you can be in the Dominican Republic in no time! If you have any additional questions regarding buying in the D.R. Full Service Realty D.R. is here to assist as well.
Con: Being Away from Family and Friends
This is probably the biggest con of retiring in the Dominican Republic if it applies to your unique situation. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of living in a tropical oasis so you may be a lot further away from family and friends that you are used to seeing frequently.
However, you could always take a trip back home to see them whenever you see fit. Even better, your family and friends would have a great excuse to vacation to see you of course!.
We hope that we have helped make your decision easier by laying out just a few of the pros and cons of retiring in the Dominican Republic. For more information about the Dominican Republic, click www.fullservicerealtydr.com
Updated on June 21, 2020
Top 5 Reasons to Buy in the Dominican Republic
1. Expansive Beachfront Bargains!
Across the world, beachfront real estate remains in high demand. In fact, in most locations is also comes with a very high price tag. Currently this is still not the case in the luxury market of the Dominican Republic. Beautiful villas and oceanfront condominiums are still within the reach of many real estate investors. Compare for yourself and you will discover how this market stacks up against other island nations. Our portfolio of price options and locations in the Eastern Region has many options and price points to choose from.
2. Rising Tourism Means More Real Estate For Sale!
Tourism continues to grow in the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, the quality of tourism is also rising with the numbers. In 2019, we had over 6.3 million visitors: “While sun and beach remain the country’s most sought after attractions, the Dominican Republic continues to expand its competitive offerings in the tourism marketplace. Offering all the following adventurous excursions, authentic cuisines, and exciting entertainment. The country prides itself on offering something for every type of traveler and budget. ” As you can see, there is a lot to get excited about the growth in the investment property within the tourism market! As tourism continues to rise more and more businesses continue to thrive. Driving demand for housing and creating wealth in the touristic zones. Better services mean higher demand for real estate to be close to those service centers.
3. Strong Rental Yields!
Tourism is also changing the face of the rental market in the Dominican Republic. As a result, many visitors now seek apartments, condos, and villas for their vacation stay and in many cases relocating to live permanently after they experience firsthand what Dominican Living offers. In short, they want to have a more authentic experience of what life is like in this beautiful country. As a result, tourism is rising much faster than the number of available units in the commercial sector. This is helping to create a great opportunity for private owners to achieve strong yields.
4. Long Term Capital Growth Potential!
Prices are low, tourism is growing, the economy is growing, and yields are good. As the economy grows, the market’s stability improves. With continual infrastructure upgrades, eyes are quickly turning to this beautiful country. This cycle is known to push up real estate values by a considerable amount over the long term.
5. Professional Help is Close at Hand!
The Full-Service Realty D.R. team has the experience with more than 15 years living here full time and the onsite knowledge specific to our market and the surrounding areas. You do not have to experience the learning curve most encounter when they try to make the transition to owning and or renting property in this island paradise. Let our team guide you along that journey and you will experience for yourself what sets our company apart from the those who are only interested in commissions. We know through personal experience who can be trusted and where to conduct business. In the end it is always your decision on who you want to work with. Take the time to investigate and get the facts… Verify before you decide on who you want to work with as our team has done all along.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!!
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