Northern Dominican Paradise with Casa Linda

Northern Dominican Paradise with Casa Linda

Are you tired of dreaming of living in an island paradise and ready to make it a reality? Feeling a little worried that it might be difficult to find an affordable home and relocate to a new country? Casa Linda has you covered! Nestled in the heart of the northern end of the island right by the popular destination of Cabarete, our community gives you the chance to experience the wonder of island living as well as the perks of living in one of our customizable villas. For nearly 30 years, we’ve helped expatriates just like you start their new life abroad and settle into island living. Learn more about the realities of living in the northern Dominican Republic below!

Kiss Jack Frost Goodbye

If you’re looking to escape long winters full of snow, ice, and the many inconveniences associated with month after month of cold weather, we hardly blame you! Fortunately, for snowbirds looking to make a more permanent shift to sunny days and warm temperatures, the Dominican Republic is the perfect fit. The DR experiences almost 300 days of sun each year and average daily temperatures of 85°F (25°C) making it ideal for anyone who’s had enough of chilly days and endless time spent shovelling after snowstorms. If you’re ready for sandy white beaches and golf courses and tennis courts that are open all year, say hello to the Dominican Republic!

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Quality of Living

It’s no surprise that one of the biggest concerns when moving abroad is ensuring that you’ll have a similar, if not better quality of life than you are already accustomed to. Thanks to the low cost of living, stable government and superior infrastructure in the Dominican Republic, you can expect to live comfortably for less. With more and more people choosing to make a permanent shift to working from home as well, the DR has become a popular hub for individuals looking to enjoy the perks of island living while working abroad.

Casa Linda: Affordable Luxury

Buying a home in the Dominican Republic makes it easy to fulfill your island living dreams. Casa Linda offers a secure, welcoming, and active community for you to settle into. With team custom floor plans to choose from and homes starting as low as $185,000 USD creating the perfect space in paradise is easy and affordable. Choose from villas that are two-bedroom bungalows all the way up to spacious four-bedroom homes, and enjoy your very own swimming pool to cool down during summer days. Our exclusive community offers amenities such as a VIP beach club, full-time security, and a shuttle bus, meaning you’ll always have access to plenty of perks to make your time on the island as enjoyable as possible.

If you’re ready to leave winter behind and join the thriving ex-pat community in northern DR, it’s time to contact the team at Casa Linda. Let’s get started on building your dream home, life in paradise is waiting for you!

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5 Reasons People Choose to Move to Cabarete

5 Reasons People Choose to Move to Cabarete

Have you been yearning to make your dreams of relocating to a tropical paradise a reality? With more and more businesses shifting to a work-from-home format and an increasing number of people reaching their retirement years, there is more interest in embracing expatriate life than ever before. As a preferred destination for those looking to escape the fast-paced nature of western living as well as cold winters, the Dominican Republic, is home to a thriving community of ex-pats from all over the world. Casa Linda Quality Communities is proud to welcome you to our incredible “backyard” and to share the many reasons people choose to call the Dominican Republic, and more specifically Cabarete, home. Learn more about the benefits of living in Cabarete below!

Paradise is Calling

Located on the northern end of the island, Cabarete is nestled in the heart of the Puerto Plata Province of the Dominican Republic. Home to countless beaches, a renowned dining scene, and plenty of other perks, Cabarete is also close to an international airport that makes it easy to come and go as you need and offers shelter during the Caribbean’s infamous hurricane season. As a popular tourist destination as well as a settling location, Cabarete has become a hub for an ever-growing international community, alongside the welcoming nature of Dominicans. People who choose to live here love the sense of adventure, the natural beauty of the area, as well as the many perks of living in a tropical paradise. Such perks include:

Better Weather

Never shovel again! One of the biggest perks to relocating to the island is the warm temperatures and lack of snow, all year round. In the DR, daily highs average approximately 85°F, and with nearly 300 days of sun each year, cold weather is well behind you! Pack your SPF and sun hats and get ready to work on your tan from the comfort of your very own private villa!

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Adventure Around Every Corner

The Dominican Republic truly has something for everyone, no matter your preferred style of relaxation or adventure. From high octane activities like deep-sea fishing, parasailing, or speed boating to relaxing on a VIP beach with a cocktail, there are endless ways to enjoy and explore your new home in peace.

Life At Your Pace

Are you tired of feeling burned out at the end of every day? Wish you had more time to take things slow and unwind? In the Dominican, the ‘Life Tranquilo’ (easy-going) is king! Though it might take some adjusting (expect things to run considerably later than they do elsewhere), many newcomers find themselves increasingly relaxed by the island’s slower pace and able to refresh themselves with some seriously deserved downtime!

Life on the Island Doesn’t Need to Be a Dream!

Are you ready to move to Cabarete? Casa Linda Communities is here to help! We’re proud to offer 10 unique villa floor plans with prices starting as low as $185,00 USD. With high-quality craftsmanship and affordable living readily available, your dream home in paradise is much closer than you think! Contact us today to learn more!

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Cabarete is Calling!

Cabarete is Calling!

Close your eyes and think of paradise. What do you see? Can you hear the call of the ocean, smell the salt on the waves, and picture waking up day after day in a sunny, warm, destination that allows you to live life to the fullest? As the most visited destination in the Caribbean and one of the most in-demand areas for ex-pats from around the globe, the Dominican Republic is home to incredible beauty, affordable living and plenty of perks that make it the perfect escape for those looking for a fresh start.

For nearly 30 years, Casa Linda Quality Communities has proudly welcomed expatriates from all areas of the world and all walks of life to our wonderful slice of heaven and helped them find the perfect custom villa for their new life on the island. Nestled on the northern end of the island, right near Cabarete, our development gives you everything you need to feel at home and settle down in paradise. From stunning villas to a private beach club and no shortage of activities to take part in, the DR has everything you’ve always dreamed of and more! Learn more about life on the island, including the many activities available below!

Cabarete Community

Tired of endless cold winters? There’s no need to worry about that here! Cabarete is known for soaring temperatures (28 degrees Celsius on average) all year round, and, thanks to the north end of the island is sheltered, it is free of the inclimate weather that can often be experienced elsewhere during hurricane season. Thanks to one of the island’s major international airports being located just 11 miles away from Cabarete, the town is a favourite among both snowbirds as well as transplants and features numerous well-known beaches and jaw-droppingly gorgeous views for everyone to explore. Despite its size, Cabarete is a town with big heart and plenty of culture, meaning that newcomers often have no problem fitting right in and feeling at home from the very start.

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So Much to See

As many of Casa Linda’s ex-pats will happily tell you, settling in doesn’t always mean slowing down! Whether you’re a retiree that wants as many days of relaxation as possible or the kind of personality that always needs to be on the go, you’ll find that there are endless ways to explore your new home and make the DR your own. From sipping locally made rum on the beach to exploring coffee factories or taking part in popular sports like deep-sea fishing and more, you’ll always find something to keep yourself entertained!

Affordable Island Living

We know that the prospect of moving abroad and finding a new home can sometimes feel daunting. That’s why the Casa Linda team has striven to create an exclusive gated community that allows you to build the perfect custom fit and settle in sooner than later. Our floor plans make it easy to find a layout that’s suited to your needs, and with plenty of opportunities to customize, your dream home is closer than you think! From installing luxurious infinity pools to sprawling gardens, guest houses, and more, our builders are here to shape every aspect to your specifications. With prices starting as low as $185,000 USD, there’s never been a better time to buy in the Dominican!

Learn more about purchasing your dream home abroad today by contacting our team now!

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Things to Consider When Buying Foreign Property in The DR

Things to Consider When Buying Foreign Property in The DR

Things to Consider

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By Colleen Valerio

As an ex-pat, I saw the Dominican Republic as the best balance in the title system and security of investment, which were key elements for me. Fortunately, this country offered that and much more. I am very comfortable and happy with the security of the government and how it’s invested in trade agreements with North America.

But, is that it? Many things need to be taken into account when buying foreign property. Therefore, we prepared a shortlist of what we’ve determined to be the most important:

Government

The first and foremost thing that I think is important is you need to check out the government. What is the government? Is that a stable government? When was the last time it had a coup? What’s its stance on drug lords? What’s its stance on crime? What are the crime stats? What are they doing about it? Are they investing in their people? Are they foreign investor-friendly? Do they want you to come to someplace? Say they do but they make it tough on you when you get there. Also, check what the government’s infrastructure is like as it pertains to you as a foreigner and the second one if you’re buying property, what is the title system?

In many countries you don’t own it, you have a life lease or a bank trust. I know that that’s okay for some people. I want to own it. Here, in the Dominican Republic, they’ve based the title system, very much on the Canadian title system. They redid it a few years ago and went back and resurveyed the entire country to make sure that they had done it properly. These were really big signs to me that they were looking for foreign investment here and they were willing to do it.

None of us want to pay tax. We all want to pay as little as possible and keep that money in our pocket. This country makes it easy and simple. In addition, when you own real estate you have the same legal rights as a Dominican citizen when you buy. If we end up in a dispute say in court or something you have the same legal rights as a citizen here, which is another one. Residency is another large thing to consider. If you’re going to spend several months in any country, most countries expect you to have a residency status of some sort. Dominican residency it’s a simple process, they’re looking to see that you can support yourself. When you live in the country they want to make sure you don’t have a criminal record, that you don’t have AIDS or hepatitis C.

Ownership Status

The DR makes it very simple and accessible to get a proper residency status to be able to live here full-time. This does not affect your citizenship in any country that you come from. It just means you’re allowed to live here. If you choose to become a permanent resident after, you can go on and become a citizen of this country, which brings me to the other thing that I think people need to consider particularly in third world countries is security.

Check out our video on all things to consider when buying foreign property:

Security & Crime Rate

We recommend being in a gated community for several reasons. One is most of the people that buy here don’t end up living here full-time, not away, or maybe even ever. So, you know, when I have a property in Canada, someone checks on my property, when I’m not there, it’s advisable to leave any property sitting on looked at for months on end because even if it’s not break-ins, that’s going to be when your toilet backs up when something goes wrong, you know, and your insurance is null and void. So we always recommend being in a gated community, somebody’s watching your property here too.

This is a very safe country. Crime is another key thing to consider. What is the crime rate? Is it safe to walk down the street in the middle of the day or the middle of the night? Anything here is petty crime. Every country has some crime but here, it’s going to be you come home and your laptop’s gone, but the truth is this is what a gated subdivision does to protect you from those things as well. But the safety factor here is, it’s very safe. I’ve been here for 14 years and have never had a problem, my grandson lives here. It’s a very safe country, but we still recommend that you are in a gated community. 

Also, the guards where we live they’re trained in CPR. They are trained for when renters are renting there, should we have domestic disputes. There are all sorts of things that can happen when you have 300 houses all put together.

Resale Rate

The other thing about investment is, look at resale. How long does it take to sell? If you buy it, it’s great, but if it takes five years to sell your house or your condo moving forward. That’s a problem. Check out what resales are doing. Check out the economy, check investment coming into the area. You want to be in a place where other money is coming into the area that you’re in. What’s nice here is it’s been just a nice steady incline since I came 14 years ago, which is great.

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Medical

What I think is important, is medical: We’re not getting younger! Having very good medical services, being able to get your prescriptions, you want to be able to find a doctor that can communicate with you and speak English and have the proper field, access to tests, and that you can communicate back to your country’s doctor. Should you go home for the summer? These are all really important things that people don’t think about because they’ve fallen in love with the beauty of the place, but I always have to stop and turn them around and say, yeah, but you got to think about this.

Community

I always hear about people, we bought this little house and this little town and wherever and I’m like, what are you gonna do? You know, what do you do? I like my quiet, but I also like having friends. Where we live at Casa Linda, the doors are open come on in.  If it’s closed, leave us alone. So it’s a very active, very welcoming community full of people who have a diverse group of interests. So whatever you’re into, you’ll have someone that’s doing it too. But that’s the nice part about being here is, it’s such a diverse amount of real estate condos over there. You want to be on the water. You can always sell your place and buy-in another place. You have a lot of diversity here, and that’s the beauty of the North Coast. 

If you are planning for retirement or seek a home base with a lower cost of living, it’s time to check out the Dominican Republic! 🌴 Learn more about Dominican features and amenities through our video series “Buying Real Estate in the Dominican Republic”. 

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Colleen Valerio, Marketing Director

Originally from western Canada, Colleen came to the DR over 15-years ago. She has been helping buyers find their tropical dream homes ever since.

Facts To Consider When Purchasing A DR Property

Facts To Consider When Purchasing A DR Property

Facts To Consider

when purchasing a dr property

If you’ve been considering making the leap and moving abroad to celebrate your retirement years, enjoy a change of pace, have a dedicated vacation home for when you snowbird over the winter, or invest in a rental property, the Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to settle down. With miles of white sandy beaches, average temperatures in the mid 80’s, and over 300 days of sun each year, those hoping to escape the cold will love life on the island.

At Casa Linda Quality Communities, we’ve welcomed expatriates from all over the world to our exclusive gated development just outside of Cabarete on the north end of the island. We understand that the prospect of buying a home abroad can feel a little daunting, so to help you feel more confident and avoid costly mistakes, below we’ve compiled a shortlist of aspects to consider when purchasing in a foreign country. Read on to learn more!

Quality of Living

When it comes to choosing your new home, there’s far more that goes into the decision than just picking a home. One of the primary concerns for expats, and rightfully so, is ensuring that their new country of residence will offer comfort, safety, and security. The Dominican Republic gives residents all three and is a remarkably safe place to call home. With a world-class healthcare system in place, you’ll also have the added peace of mind of knowing that you’ll always be taken care of.

Country Stability

Buying a home is a major investment regardless of where you purchase. Ensuring you purchase in a country that has a stable economy and political system is one of the best ways you can look after your investment for the long term. The Dominican Republic has the stablest economy in the Caribbean and a dependable government that is focused on improving the quality of life for all residents, including foreign investors.

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Will You Actually Own the Property?

Each country has independent rules and economic structures where foreign property ownership is concerned, many of which are designed to keep your property under ownership by the government. This can cause issues where inheritances and even asset allocation are concerned as, in the event of a major change, there will be multiple hoops to jump through. In the Dominican however, this worry is alleviated as you are the full owner of your property and have all rights associated with ownership.

National Tax Structure

Similar to above, most countries will have their own rules where taxes and foreign occupants are concerned. Oftentimes, outside buyers are heavily penalized both when purchasing a home and during subsequent years via property tax etc. The Dominican has a low tax rate and is very fair to foreign investors, alleviating extra strain on your bottom line.

Community

Finally, one of the most important components to feeling at home is having a well-established and friendly community to settle into. As a destination of choice for expatriates from all over the world, the DR is home to a vibrant community that will eagerly welcome you in and help you feel settled in no time!

Are you ready to learn more about relocating abroad? Casa Linda is here to help! Learn more about living in the Dominican Republic by contacting our team today!

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Six Frequently Asked Questions About Living in the Dominican Republic

Six Frequently Asked Questions About Living in the Dominican Republic

Six Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you and your loved one eagerly planning your retirement? Congratulations! Retirement is an incredibly exciting accomplishment and gives you the chance to enter a new stage of life with plenty of time to explore your passions and undertake a new adventure without the stress associated with full-time working. Many couples opt to use this newfound freedom as an opportunity to travel abroad and even permanently relocated to a new, warmer location. As one of the most popular destinations for expatriates from all over the world, the Dominican Republic is a safe, stable country that offers plenty of benefits for couples to enjoy once they settle down. With miles of white sandy beaches, daily temperatures that average 85°F (28°C) and a welcoming community that makes it easy to feel at home, it’s no wonder that retirees love the Dominican Republic. Casa Linda is happy to welcome homeowners to our beautiful “backyard” and help them settle into life in the Dominican Republic. Learn more about retiring in the DR, as well as Casa Linda’s villas, below!

Peace of Mind in Paradise

Moving abroad is no small feat, and (understandably), one of the biggest concerns facing any expatriate is finding a new location that’s safe, affordable, and allows you to live life to the fullest with minimal concerns. The Dominican Republic is a safe and stable country that allows you to settle in comfortably and feel confident in your decision to move to the Caribbean. As one of the safest locales in the Caribbean, you can expect to live much the way you would at home, and when using the same general precautions you would anywhere else (i.e. avoiding walking around late at night with valuables, locking things away when not home, staying alert in new areas, etc), you’ll be just fine in your new home. For added security, Casa Linda Quality Communities feature 24/7 security on-site and diligent staff that is always ready to help if you need us. Simply put, when settling down in our communities, you’ll have everything you need to feel at home.

As far as economy and political structure, you can rest easy in the knowledge that the Dominican is incredibly stable. The Dominican Republic has a dependable government that, over the past 20+ years, has focused on growing the country and ensuring that all residents have access to vital resources. With economic and political stability, as well as dependable infrastructure all a hallmark of life in the Dominican, it’s no wonder that the country is a preferred place for those looking for a new place to live.

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Healthcare You Can Count On

Your personal wellbeing is important, and so it’s completely understandable that expatriates are highly concerned with relocating to a country that has a medical system that is up to date and able to provide them with quality care at affordable rates. Fortunately, the Dominican not only offers dependable healthcare but is home to a world-class system that includes state-of-the-art facilities and leading experts that provide care in both English and Spanish. Best of all, many new residents are pleased to find that healthcare here is extremely affordable and wait times for procedures are typically much faster than what you’re accustomed to back home.

Sunny Weather All Year Round

If you’re tired of long, unrelenting winters and are looking forward to settling into a much warmer locale, the Dominican Republic has you covered. With over 200 days of sun each year and daily temperatures that are sure to put a smile on your face, you’ll be able to wave goodbye to snow and colder temperatures in no time.

Choose A Casa Linda Villa For Your Next Home

With 10 floor plans available ranging from 2-bedroom bungalows to large homes featuring up to 5-bedrooms, there’s a custom villa available in Casa Linda for everyone. Each of our custom-built homes includes your very own swimming pool, landscape services, and plenty of options for customization. Relax in a professional community designed with your comfort in mind, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the island, one day at a time, all with the help of our talented staff.

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Casa Linda is one of the most in-demand gated communities in the Dominican. Find out why we’re the perfect fit for you by contacting our team today!

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