Relocate to the Dominican with Casa Linda

Relocate to the Dominican with Casa Linda

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Ready to Relocate To the Dominican?

Are you ready to start a new, exciting chapter in life that allows you to escape the chill of winter and the insane pace of western living? Have you always dreamed of escaping to an island paradise? No matter what your walk of life is, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to start fresh and enjoy life to the fullest. With incredible weather, affordable housing and the best infrastructure and economy in the Dominican Republic, as well as a world-class medical system, it’s no surprise the DR is one of the top countries for expatriates to settle down in. Learn more about relocating to the Dominican below!

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Moving Doesn’t Need to Be Hard

It’s no secret that moving abroad can be a tricky process, but fortunately, relocating to the Dominican is actually fairly easy thanks to the government’s preference for attracting more high-end tourism and homeownership. If you plan on relocating and working in the DR, however, you will need to ensure you apply for a Visa de Negocios or a Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales depending on the type of work that you are planning to do. It is important to note that all official documents must be translated into Spanish prior to you submitting them. A criminal record certificate will need to be obtained before applying for your visa as well.

If you plan on retiring to the DR and leaving hard work behind, you will still n for a residency permanent, which allows you to stay full-time in the country. To obtain residency, you’ll need to be able to show proof of your identity and confirmation of your citizenship for your Visa de Residencia. This visa includes a statement of financial solvency, a medical history statement, and a letter from a national of the Dominican Republic, all of which help vet you as a safe applicant for the government. These documents, along with a letter expressing your interest in obtaining residency are all addressed to the Consular Section, and then once translated to Spanish, are submitted to the Dominican Republic Embassy or consulate that is located in your home country. The same package of documents must then be resubmitted to the Consulate in Santo Domingo once you arrive in the Dominican Republic.

While all of these steps may seem a little overwhelming at first, the good news is that there are many agencies in the DR that are able to help you with the paperwork and assist with all the documents needed for your residency. We are happy to recommend reputable agents to help you navigate the residency process and make your move stress-free.

Settle Down with Casa Linda!

At Casa Linda, we know that finding the right home is one of the most important pieces when it comes to building a life abroad. Casa Linda offers newly built custom villas with ten different floor plan options, starting as low as $185,000 USD. If you’re ready to make the leap to island living, we’re always here to help.

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Citizenship by Investment: What You Need to Know

Citizenship by Investment: What You Need to Know

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Are you one of the many families across North America and Europe that are looking to make a change, shake up your day to day and relocate to a tropical paradise? Whether you’re coming up on retirement and want a change of pace to settle into or are a savvy investor that’s eager to make the most of relaxed property investment rules, the Dominican Republic is the perfect Caribbean escape to call home. With endless beauty, a vibrant community of fellow expatriates waiting for you, and countless ways to explore, there’s no better time to take the leap and make your dreams of beach living a reality!

For over 25 years, Casa Linda Quality Communities has been one of the Dominican’s trusted builders on the northern end of the island (just outside Cabarete). We’re thrilled to welcome newcomers to our beautiful piece of paradise, and to help you settle into your new home with ease. Below, we’ll chat about some of the logistics to have in mind if you’re planning on making a permanent move to the DR. Read on to learn more!

What to Expect When Living in the Dominican Republic

There’s a reason that many retirees and expats from all over the world choose to relocate to the Dominican Republic. Alongside it’s attractive low cost of living, the DR also boasts exceptional infrastructure, a stable government/economy, and a world class healthcare system that treats you to unbeatable medical care when it matters most. With plenty of familiar shops, service widely available in English as well as Spanish, and a bustling culture that’s always ready to welcome you, you may be surprised to find that paradise is a lot like your home country…only better!

Residency Requirements

If you plan on staying in the country permanently, you’ll need to be aware of the various rules pertaining to residency and remaining in the country. When you first come to visit, you can stay in the country for up to 60 days at a time (extendable to 120 days). If you wish to stay longer, however, you’ll need to take a closer look at residency requirements. First steps towards residency include:

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Obtaining a Residency Visa

Residency visas are obtained in your country of origin and are stamped into your passport. Once received, you will have 6 days to enter the DR and move toward the next step in the process.

Obtain A Provisional Residency

While most people may be aware of the “standard” provisional residency visa that requires you to re-apply for a visa year after year for 4 years (after which you can apply for permanent residency), one of the lesser-known ways to achieve citizenship in the DR is citizenship via investment. Unlike the standard process mentioned above, citizenship via investment can actually fast-track the application and have you acquire your citizenship in a year. To qualify you’ll not only need to pass a detailed health exam and background check but will also need to make a sizeable economic contribution to either a government fund or approved real estate transaction.

In the case of purchasing real estate, your home must be a government-approved option for investment and must be at least $200,000 USD in addition to a $25,000 USD fee for the main applicant and $10,000 USD fee for spouses. After purchasing the home, ownership must be maintained for a minimum for 4 years, at which point it may be resold.

Casa Linda Quality Communities: Luxury Living in Paradise

Looking for affordable luxury living in paradise? Casa Linda has you covered! Our villas offer you plenty of comfort and freedom to customize and are located in a safe gated community that grants you peace of mind and convenience.

Residency in the Dominican Republic offers the best of both worlds to anyone looking to experience paradise without ever having to sacrifice on the quality of life, and we’re happy to help you leave your dream sunny lifestyle in style! Contact us today to learn more!

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Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic: Basic Breakdown

Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic: Basic Breakdown

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Are you and your loved one on the hunt for the perfect locale to retire and enjoy long sunny days, warm weather, and endless white beaches? Finding a new country to settle down in can feel like a daunting process for prospective expatriates, but, with the right information, making your decision can become much easier. At Casa Linda Quality Communities, we’re here to make retiring in the Dominican Republic straightforward and exciting. In addition to offering luxurious villa living, our team of experts is here to assist you with making the move simple.

If you’ve been trying to find the perfect place to call home, we’re happy to show you how you can live the affordable lifestyle you’ve always wanted in paradise. Below, we’ll break down some basic expenses you’ll encounter when moving abroad, and what they might look like for you in the Dominican Republic. Read on to learn more!

Housing

The number one priority for anyone relocating to a new country is securing, safe, affordable, and comfortable housing. Thanks to the overall low cost of living in the Dominican Republic, purchasing a dream villa can easily be done on a wide variety of budgets, with Casa Linda offering exceptional floor plans that start as low as $199,000 USD. When you need to extend your dollar without compromising on the luxury of your home, the DR is the perfect fit!

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Utilities

As with your current living situation, you can expect to pay for standard utilities when arriving in the Dominican. However, unlike at home, you’ll spend significantly less! Basic utilities like water, electricity and garbage are about $60 USD a month, and broadband internet connect averages around $50 monthly as well.

The one thing you’ll kind in mind is that, in spite of the DR’s strong infrastructure, power outages are a common occurrence in the DR, so purchasing a backup generator will go a long way towards minimizing any disruptions.

Food and Groceries

One of the best parts of moving to the DR is that you can expect to spend far less on food, both for groceries, as well as when eating out. Thanks to a bounty of fresh produce and food options on the island, your weekly average for groceries will typically be much lower than you are used to. For those who love to eat out, you can relish the fact that dining is generally much cheaper as well!

Healthcare

Alongside housing, healthcare is one of the biggest concerns for expatriates. You’ll be pleased to learn that the Dominican Republic has exceptional healthcare that is incredibly accessible, as well as affordable, meaning you’ll never have to worry about your quality of care. With state-of-the-art facilities and services available in both English and Spanish, you can rest easy knowing you’ll always have the help you need when it matters most.

Ready to Learn More About Budgeting For Life Abroad?

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Building a Home in the Dominican Republic

Building a Home in the Dominican Republic

Building a Home

IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

By Vicki Tetley

My name is Vicky Tetley, I am originally from Canada. My husband, Dave, and I are currently going through the process of becoming a DR homeowner.

We recently became DR property villa owners in Casa Linda, follow us through the creative process, construction site, and legal steps of our buyer’s journey. 

Picking Your Materials

Once you meet with the Architects and your lot reservation is signed, the next step is to choose your materials. We’ve selected the colors white and gray for a modern look, we’ve selected the tile that offsets that as well.

The selection process was very easy, we focused on a clean modern look for our villa. Janine and Indiana will make this easy for you they’ll send you a sheet of some of the selections before your visit, to the showroom. Many of these items can be picked in advance and that leaves a good time to look at the ones you want to see, touch, and feel in the showroom.

Meeting at Construction Site

If you have the opportunity to be here during your construction, you can arrange an appointment to come see your villa in person escorted by the construction team, so, don’t wear flip-flops, bring some running shoes, if you want to do this because it’s not safe to go on flip-flops on site.

At the moment I came to visit, they were just placing the plaster that covers all the blocks. Once the plaster is ready the next process is to paint the house, start cleaning all around and place the floors. So very soon the house would be ready. The construction manager and team are there to help you at any time to ensure you’re happy with your home.

Final Contact of Sale

This is the final document that will be registered ath the DR land titles office. SIgning the contract will be the detrimental step to close the process before your keys are handed.

Thank you for keeping up with our buyers’ journey I can’t wait for the villa turnover where we’re finally moving in. We look forward to you being there with us.

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 on Youtube: “Buying Real Estate in the Dominican Republic”.

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Who Buys in the Dominican Republic?

Who Buys in the Dominican Republic?

Who is the Typical Buyer

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Colleen Valerio

Certainly, from the people that I’ve at least sold to, most of our buyers come from cold places, although we get a lot of buyers from Florida, which is always amazing to me, having said that, our buyers are mostly Americans and Canadians. There are tons of Europeans too.

Find out all traits that our owners have in common below:

TRAIT #1: Adventurous, Well-Traveled

I can usually tell fairly quickly if someone’s going to be a good fit here, and if you’re not, I’ll tell you because we want you to be happy. People tend to be from cold climates. They tend to be adventurous. They tend to be well-traveled. They are looking for something different.

TRAIT #2: Tired of cold

Generally, they just want to get out of winter and that is always a common denominator. Why do they come here? Full-time? Part-time? Most of our buyers don’t move here full-time. Most people buy pre-retirement so they can pay for it. Still there working with people. Many let their properties rent and we´ll caution you.

Rental is because you want to cover your costs, not because you think you’re going to get rich and I can tell you honestly, 10 years ago people made a lot of money on the rentals. Now, there’s a lot more competition Airbnb happened and that changed the scope and face of rental.

All of our owners are part of property management companies that are on Airbnb, Expedia, Trip Advisor, they’re doing marketing project levels. I always say, if you make a lot of gravy, that’s great, expect to cover your costs, these are vacation homes, not investment properties. You want to have an investment that’s a whole different realm of opportunity. You’re buying here because you want to. 

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TRAIT #3: Pre-Retirement age

Our buyers are between 50 and 70 years old, usually, and looking towards retirement and what’s been really kind of a gift for us is this business has been engaged all around. We’ve made friends from all over, but what’s been cool is watching the progression from the time where they bought where they still worked, then seeing them come more often to where all of a sudden, this property becomes their primary residence.

The other thing that it’s important to know is as you’re getting older your body doesn’t work so well anymore. If you are 62, 14 years from now, the knees hurt, the hips aren’t so good, the heart condition is not at its best.

What’s important to know is that the medical care is here, and, they work with your doctor from the place you come and they find specialists to help you with whatever condition, so you can get old here. People think I got to go back forever, but you can have a full-time nurse here. Do you need home care? This is the place to do it; It’s better to be elderly in the Dominican Republic where climate is not as rough for the joints.

TRAIT #4: Sense of community

I once had a client who said something that I thought was so incredible I have never forgotten. It went “I want to choose who I grow old with”. I said: “what do you mean?” and she said to me: “I want to have my court group of friends to be together, for when I get old because your kids are always around you but they have their own lives”. Then I realized that I’ve been doing that for 14 years with all these buyers.

This is a great place to have friends to be with you as you get older, you’re stuck with us forever and that is something people don’t think about when they buy here, again, back to the community. 

So, we’ve seen this happen time and time again. However, I also see it as us. We used to spend as much as 11 months a year here. Now with grandchildren, we’re going home for 4 months a year during the summertime. So, what is cool I guess is that you have a massive amount of flexibility and you can do what you like. 

 

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.

Why Do People Retire in the Dominican Republic?

Why Do People Retire in the Dominican Republic?

Your Perfect Villa

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Paradise is calling, are you ready to answer the call? If you’ve been itching to leave behind the mundane and lead a life full of adventure and tranquility, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to discover more. With long sunny days, constant warm weather, and plenty of culture just waiting to be explored, Casa Linda Quality Communities is proud to welcome expatriates to our little piece of heaven. Located in beautiful Cabarete, we feature 11 customizable villas floorplans to choose from and make it easy to settle into your new home.

If you’ve been yearning to take the leap and embrace island living, but aren’t sure why you should consider the Dominican Republic, we’re here to help! Below, we’ll cover the many reasons people choose to relocate to the DR find out more by reading on!

Low Cost of Living

It’s no surprise one of the biggest questions facing anyone looking to move abroad is how to afford their new lifestyle without ever having to compromise their comfort and safety. Fortunately, the Dominican Republic is remarkably affordable and makes it easy to maintain, if not enhance your quality of life, without ever overextending your budget. From more affordable housing to cheaper groceries and entertainment, cost-effective infrastructure, and more, building the life you’ve always wanted is cheaper than you think!

Growing Expat Community

No one wants to be alone in paradise! Over the past few decades, the Dominican Republic, and specifically Casa Linda’s communities, have become a hotspot for expatriates from all over the world. For those worried about making new friends and settling in, you can rest assured that your new neighbors will be vibrant individuals full of experiences, shared history, and familiar backgrounds that make it easier than ever to feel at home.

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Advanced Infrastructure

Worried about giving up your important comforts like high-speed internet, reliable electricity, and telephone services when moving abroad? Get ready to breathe a sigh of relief! The Dominican Republic has some of the best infrastructures in Latin America and makes it easy to maintain your standard of living in comfort.

Simple Retirement Process

Tired of reading page after page of FAQs and legal information where immigration and retirement processes are concerned? The Dominican Republic is incredibly welcoming to foreign investors and expatriates, making it simple to retire abroad. With a straightforward residency process, affordable housing, and very few barriers to foreign ownership, settling here is easy and headache-free.

A Sense of Adventure

One of the best things about moving to the Dominican Republic is that you’ll never run out of new things to experience and explore. Whether you’re looking forward to relaxing on the beach, hiking, surfing, or taking in all the many sights that the DR has to offer, there’s always something new to see and countless ways to enrich your life in paradise!

Contact Casa Linda Today

Looking to make the change but need more information? Casa Linda has worked for over 20 years to help people like you live happy lives in the beautiful Dominican Republic. Contact Casa Linda today to learn more.

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