Casa Linda Villas Are Built With Your Needs In Mind

Casa Linda Villas Are Built With Your Needs In Mind

Casa Linda Villas:

builT WITH YOUR NEEDS IN MIND

Make the best choice for your future by choosing a beautiful Casa Linda villa in the Dominican Republic! Casa Linda offers several impressive villas that suit the different and diverse needs of our residents and visitors. Casa Linda villas are built with your comfort and happiness at the forefront of our vision. If you’re ready to live your best life in a safe, consistently sunny country, here are some important things to consider before you choose your home.

Sizing Options

Casa Linda villas come in a variety of sizes that support different needs. If you want to set up a home that accommodates several guests, look no further than our multi-master villas like the Villa Dolce Vita or the Villa Atlantis. These luxurious and affordable villas include up to 4 master suits so that you and your guests can live comfortably.

The Villa Dolce Vita includes 4 bedrooms, each with a built-in full bathroom, as well as a half bath in the house. The smaller option comes with 3 bedrooms, each with 3 built-in full bathrooms, as well as a half bath in the home. In addition, these villas include guest suits for any visitors, making sure your guests’ stay is as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Our smaller, more comfortable villas are a better option for those who are less interested in entertaining large groups in their home. The Casa Linda Villa Sunset is an excellent example of a cozier villa. The villa features an ample living space of 1,156 square feet, with an outdoor bar and bath. The lot is also large, with an impressive space of 5,382 square feet. This space features 2 bedrooms and the option of 2 or 2.5 baths. This villa also includes a beautiful 8,000 or 9,422-gallon swimming pool with a sunbed area for all your sunbathing needs.

There are several other sizing options available to you and as home builders, Casa Linda also offers customization options, no matter your specific vision. Whether it’s a cozy, smaller villa, or a large, spacious, multi-master bedroom home, we’ve got you covered.

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Beautiful Weather Every Day

Looking for a beautiful home in paradise? Our elegant villas are the perfect place for you. Located on the stunning northern side of the Dominican Republic, this beautiful part of the world enjoys an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) year-round. Living in Casa Linda villas means that you get a tropical island experience with the added benefit of safety and convenient amenities.

Comfortable and Convenient

Casa Linda villas are located close to an international airport for travel convenience. A larger, Walmart-sized store is also close by so that you can get all of your shopping done efficiently without having to travel too far. Essential services like hospitals are also available nearby to all our community members.

Travelling for those who cannot drive is also available to all Casa Linda members. Casa Linda is happy to serve you with our shuttle bus that works all day, every day to take you from point A to point B safely and comfortably.

Healthy Lifestyle

Residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes the comfort of the beach and its water sport opportunities. You can spend your morning having breakfast in your backyard, taking in the lush greenery that surrounds your villa. Then, take a trip to the beach where you can enjoy paddle boarding, kiteboarding, and windsurfing, all in the warmth and sunshine of the Dominican Republic.

If you are interested in waterpark activities, we offer a wonderful waterpark with a jacuzzi, a lazy river and fun features for children.

Casa Linda communities also has a strong focus on good, nourishing food. Restaurants with healthy food options on their menus are readily available in the area.

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Fast Facts For Buying Property in the DR

Fast Facts For Buying Property in the DR

Fast Facts 

for buying property in the dr

Are you getting ready to plan for the next phase of your life and embrace an adventure like never before? Settling into expat living is one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to make the most of retirement, embark on a new adventure, or even expand your business horizons in a new environment. The Dominican Republic is an incredible place to experience all that life has to offer and to start a new lifestyle full of sunny days, endless ways to explore, and plenty of fun just waiting to be had!

At Casa Linda, we’re happy to help expatriates from all over the world find their perfect fit in paradise. As a luxurious private community located in beautiful Cabarete on the north end of the island, Casa Linda is an ideal spot to settle down and explore life like never before. If you’ve been contemplating making a permanent move to paradise, the Dominican Republic is calling! Below, we’ll cover some of the most common questions asked when it comes to buying property in the DR. Read on to learn more!

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Does the DR welcome Foreign Investment

Yes! As many prospective expatriates will find, not all countries are overly welcoming when it comes to the prospect of allowing foreign investors to purchase a property. The Dominican Republic, however, is extremely friendly towards foreign investors and makes it simple to purchase your dream home in paradise, with no restrictions being placed on foreign investors.

How Does the Dominican Republic Govern Real Estate Transactions?

Real estate transactions are governed by the Land Registry Law of amendments. A new Land Registry Law was enacted in 2005, and oversees the steps involved in purchasing a home in the DR:

  • Selection
  • Offer of purchase
  • Offer Acceptance
  • Deposit and due diligence
  • Contract of sale
  • Balance of funds
  • Deed of sale
  • Ownership

Is Buying Land in the DR Difficult?

Buying property in the Dominican Republic is a relatively straightforward process, provided you stay on top of all requirements and work with the right legal team. At Casa Linda, we seek to make the buying process even easier by giving you access to buyer resources that clearly detail the buying process and make it easy to navigate each phase with confidence.

Are There Any Closing Costs or Tax Liabilities?

Yes. Buyers can expect to pay approximately 5% of the total sale price for taxes and closing costs. This 5% encompasses a transfer tax of 4.48%, document taxes, as well as stamps for registration and tips. Taxes are expected to be paid before recording the purchase at the title registry office, but you can take comfort in knowing that property taxes in the DR are incredibly low, meaning you can expect to save in the long run.

How Do I Ensure I’m Protected When Buying in the Dominican?

The reality of buying abroad is that, without the right information and legal team on your side, you do incur a certain amount of risk. With that being said, if you partner with a vetted community like Casa Linda, as well as a skilled attorney, you can remain confident that you’ll be protected throughout the buying process.

Paradise is Closer than You Think

It’s time to stop dreaming of paradise and make your new life on the island a reality! With 10 luxury floor plans and breathtaking villas waiting to welcome you home, Casa Linda Quality Communities is here to help you start your new life in the Dominican Republic. Contact us today to learn more!

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Enjoy Your Perfect Getaway With These Dominican Republic Favourites

Enjoy Your Perfect Getaway With These Dominican Republic Favourites

The Perfect Getaway

in the DR

Ready to enjoy some much-needed R&R in the Dominican Republic? Casa Linda has the inside scoop on fun and relaxing things to do so that you can make the best of your vacation. From beachside walks to water skiing to lounging by your very own pool, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn how you can make the most of your Dominican Republic vacation today!

Explore The Beautiful Northside

Vacationing on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is the best way to experience this beautiful, sun-soaked country. Averaging 28°C (82°F), this side of the country is free from any extreme weather, making it the best vacation destination. Not to mention the endless perks that come with choosing the beautiful north coast of the Dominican Republic for your holiday.

The north coast is also home to a bursting ex-pat community that is welcoming to all visitors. Diversity is a significant part of the north end of the country. As the #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean with a whopping 6,187,542 visitors annually, the Dominican Republic is a must-see for vacationers all over the world. With residents and vacationers from diverse backgrounds, you are sure to make valuable connections that will last a lifetime!

Enjoy Your Own Dominican Republic Luxury Villa

Find your home away from home with a stunning north coast villa! Villas on the north end of the Dominican Republic are fitted with their very own pool. You get to choose from a wide selection of villas depending on your needs and desires. Bring the whole family on a journey to paradise with villas that help keep you cozy and at home, and features that keep everyone happy.

Choose your very own pool and villa features that work for you. You can get as large of a space as you need, whether you are opting for comfort or going for something with a more luxurious feel. With Casa Linda villas, you can vacation your way.

Enjoy Your Local Waterpark

Enjoy the benefits of your local waterpark located right inside Casa Linda villas. It’s a family-friendly way to have fun and relax. Our waterpark has something for everyone, including a lazy river, an area for kids, and a current machine. Looking to enjoy a drink while you swim? The waterpark features a swim-up bar for you to enjoy, as well as a calming jacuzzi! Want to take a break from the kids? Our adults-only pool gives you the time and freedom you need to enjoy some time away. With sunbeds and a lounge area, soon our Waterworks waterpark will have you forgetting all of your worries!

Adrenalin-Pumping Fun

Take a walk on the wild side with some high-adrenalin activities! Enjoy surfing or waterskiing on one of our world-class beaches. Learn the ins and outs of the island by hiking the beautiful landscape. The Dominican Republic offers a massive selection of exciting activities for you to enjoy, no matter your taste or preference. With these action-packed adventures on the horizon, we know you’ll find something that suits you perfectly.

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Costs of Living in the Dominican Republic

Costs of Living in the Dominican Republic

Costs of Living

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By Colleen Valerio

So, what does it really cost to live in the Dominican Republic? What are the fixed costs? Whether you come for several months of the year or move here permanently, what are your static costs and variables?

This blog focuses on the bigger costs that owners and long-term renters face, like house or medical insurance, condo security and how often can you afford to eat out in the Dominican Republic! Find out more about those expenses below:

Security

Security is the biggest cost of any part of any subdivision / condo fee because it’s human cost, meaning their actual wages. In the case of a villa development, there’s a large periphery that you need to secure and this is a great thing. The reason why we have security is that many of us do not live here full-time. It’s having someone take care of your property when you’re not here. Projects like Casa Linda have a big administration component with a lock up and leave system so that when you lock that door and leave to the airport, someone’s taking care of your house during your absence.

Many securities are trained in CPR. They’re there for whatever problems you may have on-site. They’re going to notice if something’s wrong at least on the outside of your villa. We also have properties where they look after the inside of your house or your condo. This is a very safe country. We have a very low crime rate and a very high, happy active living rate here.

 

Utilities

For utilities, swimming pools need to be looked after. Your water bill, and often the cable, are possibly included in your monthly building fees; It depends on the building. But anywhere between two and five hundred dollars a month depending on the project.

There are some fixed costs which we told you about. But a lot of them like, utilities are based on your usage of there is no different than where we come from.

Insurances

There are several kinds of insurance and they’re up to you whether you want them or not. One is medical which is very inexpensive. My husband and I pay less than $2,000US a year for full coverage. Unfortunately, he’s had to use the medical system here quite a bit, he has chronic kidney stones. He often spends time in the hospital, has had several surgeries and different procedures, and we’ve been presented with a bill for less than $10. When we leave after a four or five-day Hospital stay, we find the medical coverage here excellent, very inexpensive. It does cover some dental as well, and some prescriptions, too.

Another insurance would be house insurance. That this is the one I find a bit higher than what I’m used to. I pay about $1,600 a year to ensure my 3-bedroom house and all of its contents. It is insured for everything including earthquakes, hurricanes, which we don’t get here, but because it’s countrywide coverage, we are insured for pretty much anything you can imagine. Some people here, choose not to have house insurance because most houses are made out of solid concrete, so what’s the worst that’s going to happen? So, it’s really your choice!

The other insurance would be auto insurance. If you buy a vehicle, we pay everything that’s under $2,000 a year. Here, auto insurance is different: it follows the car, not the driver. In some places, it depends on the age of your vehicle and the replacement value. We have paid as much $2,000 as year. We’re down to about 1,200 because our vehicle is getting a little older. Every year, when we go back to Canada, we cancel the insurance and reinstated and that’s for full coverage.We’ve had a few incidences here where someone ran into us, and we had to get some bodywork. They’ve given us a rental car, while they fix the vehicle. 

So, the insurance here I think it’s better than what I’m used to. We get all the same services and coverage.

Overall, I do find the cost of living less in the DR, particularly, it’s a much more social lifestyle here. We do a lot more, we have more friends, and we have more time for friends; people make time for each other here. So, if I go to a restaurant like “El Bergantin” in Canada, you better give to a $200US bill minimum; here I’ll spend $50US.

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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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.

Cons of Living in the DR

Cons of Living in the DR

Cons of Living in the DR

as an expat

By Colleen Valerio

Are you interested in moving to the Dominican Republic or buying a property, but every source online seems to be only about beaches or sunsets? What elements are challenging when it comes to adapting to a new culture? We want to talk about those not so enjoyable elements about Dominican Society.

The DR is a developing country; it’s not a third-world country anymore, not by a long shot. But there is no perfect place, and we do encounter some challenges, one of them is driving. In Italy, driving is crazy too. Coming from such a North American environment, where everybody follows the rules and lights matter and you turn your signal light on.

It’s been 14 years and I’m still driving along with my husband going seriously, like what did you just do?! That would be for me, the biggest one. People don’t follow the rules. There are too many motorcycles, a lot of traffic. There are options if you don’t drive like the public transportation system. There’s a bunch of different ways of getting around here and inexpensively. Some owners that don’t drive have their cab driver on speed dial, who picks them up right at their house door. I just wish they would just follow the rule and, oh… the horn is your friend!

There’s something called “guagua”. We stand out on the road and a little, twelve or twenty-four-seater van drives up, and you just hop on, and takes you however far you want to go. Also, “carritos” are a dollar to drive from Sosua to Puerto Plata; these are actual cars that everybody kind of piles in; I wouldn’t recommend that.

For Casa Linda owners, we’re really lucky because we have a shuttle bus. The shuttle is on a schedule, it drives between Sosua and Cabarete all day every day. It goes to the grocery store, goes to the beach. There are lots of ways of getting around if you don’t want to drive.

This is such a tourist-based country, obviously tourists like clean streets, and whenever there is still a component here where they’ll be on the back of their motorcycle eating out of their Styrofoam container and huck it off the side, and just drives me crazy. On the bright side, I find that it’s getting better and there’s all this, governmental awareness.

If you’re out for dinner in the evening, you will notice at the end of one street called Pedro Clisante… There is prostitution. You will see the ladies of the evening, wandering around, not in your face and never to bother, but you will notice it. It’s a bit of a surprise to those of us that come from countries, where it’s certainly not legal. It isn’t something that is part of our life here, it’s just something you’ll notice in one part of one area of town.

So, it’s not a downside or negative, but one of the things I will caution people about is, this is different. This isn’t your home country as much as we always say. It’s like home only warmer because it really is. There are still cultural differences. It’s Spanish, you know, the waiters speak perfect English, almost everywhere we go. You don’t need to learn Spanish, which is too bad for me because, after all these years, I still speak terrible Spanish.

This is a different country; you have to be patient and realize that it’s not going to be exactly the same. If it was the same and you wanted that you’d stay. Here it’s warm and it’s lovely but it’s a slower pace. It’s the mañana mañana! The guys are going to show up to paint your pool: he says he’s coming at 1 pm, he might show up at 4:00. A whole different way, and it’s made me slow down.

At first, I had to be on it but I’ve changed especially when they love you and your family. One time our housekeeper which is like family brought this big root that even had the dirt off the end and she’s like put this in a pot and boil this for my husband’s kidney stones, and I said, wait a minute, what is this? She was no, trust me, and turned all purple, he drank it and felt better.

That’s a different way of life and you get flexible and easy going and you don’t stress about too much down here. We’re supposed to be talking about the negatives, but somehow, we’re talking about what we think is positive. I remember years and years ago, we decided to go for a drive or so we thought, we’ll meet up somewhere on this road. It was an hour and a half later on this dirt road, and we’re lost like crazy.

Then, this guy was standing on the side of the road and my husband’s Italian. So he gets up and he tries to talk Italian to the guy and like finally says, in English, are you lost? He was like the only English teacher within a 500-mile radius. He got in the car (which you would never do in Canada) and drove us back. He said, “Thanks a lot; I was kind of going to come down here anyway, so see you later”. I was like that was weird. But you know what? Those are real stories. And everybody that lives here has a story like that.

 

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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The Buying Process in the Dominican Republic

The Buying Process in the Dominican Republic

The Buying Process

in the Dominican Republic

Most buyers find the systems for purchasing real estate in Dominican Republic to be very similar to that of North America, so the process won’t seem foreign or strange.

Although the official language is Spanish, your property lawyer will speak English and explain all documents and processes thoroughly. Become an expert below, where we list each step on the Dominican’s buyer’s process.

The Dominican system is very similar to that of North America, all purchases are viewed equally under the law, so this means you have the same right as a Dominican as it pertains to real estate. Therefore, all parts to make a villa your own are divided in 8 main steps:

1. Choose a property

The first thing is to choose a property whether it is a new condo, resale, or new villa; whether you want to build or buy something already existing.

2. Offer of purchase

After you determine that, the first thing you need to make is an offer of purchase. This is considered a detailed offer that you prepare with your real estate agent and then presented to the vendor or developer.

3. Accepted offer
During the conditions of a sale, you might go back and forth a few times but eventually, the third step is an accepted offer. 

In the accepted offer the vendor agrees and signs off on the purchase price and conditions as set out in the offer of purchase. Then, you would need to go meet with the property lawyer to get in-depth instructions and information on how it all works from a legal perspective.

4. Due diligence

The fourth step is the deposit and the due diligence. As a buyer, now is the time to either completely pay for the property, send a deposit, or set up a staged payment, this is wired to your lawyer’s trust or escrow account. The money is held pending the next contract and completion of the lawyer’s due diligence on the property, which includes: clean title, condo fees, etc.

5. Contract of sale

The next step is a contract of sale, this document is similar to the offer of purchase but is prepared by the property lawyer in Spanish. It outlines the conditions of the sale. You are provided an English version of the document to sign off on.

 6. Balance of funds

The sixth thing is the balance of funds: you as the buyer send the balance of the monies owing unless it’s on a progress draw construction payments. Then the money is sent at scheduled intervals during construction.

7. Deed of sale

The seventh element is the deed of sale or “compra de venta”, this is the final contract that is used to convey the property from the seller to the buyer. In the case of a resale or quick sale, the law firm will go directly to this contract and skip the preliminary step of the promise of sale.

8. It’s all YOURS!
Lastly, the eighth step is Welcome Home! You as the buyer receive ownership of the property and the title is registered to your name. In the case of a company then a new company name is established with the buyers owning the shares of the company and that’s really it.

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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