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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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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Healthy Living in the Dominican Republic: Healthcare in the DR

Healthy Living in the Dominican Republic: Healthcare in the DR

Are you one of the many couples considering making the leap to a permanent expatriate lifestyle? Whether you’re approaching retirement or simply need a change of pace, relocating to the Dominican Republic is a wonderful way to make the most of your new chapter in life. With dependable infrastructure, stable government, plenty of perks for foreign investors, and (of course) beauty as far as the eye can see, it’s no surprise that the DR is a popular destination for expatriates. As a trusted builder on the northern end of the island, Casa Linda Quality Communities is proud to welcome countless newcomers to our beautiful shores and helped you embrace the “life Tranquilo” (laid back and easy going). We know that moving abroad is a big decision, and our team is always here to support you in achieving your dream slice of paradise!

Below, we’ll tackle one of the most asked about aspects of relocating to the Dominican Republic: healthcare. Read on to learn more about this important topic!

Health Matters

While there’s no shortage of details to consider when choosing your new home abroad, it’s easy to see why healthcare is typically at the top of everyone’s list of concerns. Having access to quality care plays a huge role in determining our overall quality of life, and for those with existing health conditions, or concerns for the future, knowing that you’ll have the help you need when it matters most brings priceless peace of mind. Fortunately, in the Dominican Republic, you’ll. Never have to compromise when it comes to healthcare.

World-Class Medical Care

Contrary to a popular point of confusion, the DR is home to exceptional healthcare despite being a smaller country in the Caribbean. The Dominican government has prioritized the healthcare system since 2001, and their medical care has consistently evolved into the world-class standing we have today. The Dominican now has a reputation as a leading medical care provider with highly trained doctors and state-of-the-art facilities designed to treat all levels of need. In short, not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind here where it counts the most.

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Affordable Insurance

While most basic healthcare in the DR is offered free of charge, healthcare insurance is available from many different providers to assist with any procedures, prescriptions or additional needs that are not covered. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them the perfect choice for part-time residents as well as those looking to make a permanent move.

Existing Prescriptions

For those who are concerned about being able to fill current prescriptions, you’ll be happy to know that doctors here prescribe the same as other places in the world, and our local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. If you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still be able to receive service in English at many pharmacies.

Relax in Paradise

Are you ready to discover life in the sun? Contact Casa Linda today to learn how you can get started building your dream home!

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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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Tips for Moving Abroad: Preparing For Expatriate Life

Tips for Moving Abroad: Preparing For Expatriate Life

Tips For Moving Abroad:

preparing for expatriate life

Have you decided to embrace the adventure of moving abroad for good? Relocating to a tropical paradise is an incredible way to shake up your normal and make your dream of slow days with plenty of sun a reality. At Casa Linda, we know just how exciting, as well as how overwhelming it can be to prepare for life in another country. For nearly 30 years, we’ve welcomed people to our beautiful corner of the Dominican Republic and helped them find their dream home in the Caribbean. If you’ve been getting ready to make the leap to expatriate living, but aren’t sure what all you need to cover before leaving your home country behind, below are a few tips to help you get ready to transition. Read on to learn more!

Check Your Passport

It may sound silly or overly simplistic, but you might be surprised to learn how often people forget to check the expiry date on their passport before leaving home. You’ll want to ensure you have at least 6 months remaining on your passport, and we recommend you consider renewing your passport ASAP if it is set for expiry within the next year.

Get Your Long Term Visa

Most countries, including the Dominican Republic, will have strict rules as to how long visitors and non-residents can stay per visit. In the DR, you are limited to a maximum of 3 months. In order to stay longer, you’ll need to prepare to apply for a temporary resident permit, which is valid for up to 1 year and can be renewed for a total of 4, at which point you can apply for permanent residency.

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Begin Your Transition Early

There’s no shortage of details to handle when moving abroad, and the sooner you begin preparing the easier it will be to make the leap to your new life. Cancel any relevant memberships, set up mail forwarding and alert all necessary parties that you will be relocating to minimize disruptions.

Sort Through Your Belongings

If you plan on relocating permanently, you’ll want to lighten the load of what you need to bring abroad. Pair down your belongings to the essentials to reduce moving costs. You’ll also want to take this opportunity to make copies of important documents like your birth certificate, passport, etc.

Plan Around Pets

Bringing Fido with you? Ensure you have all of the necessary documentation before you go abroad to avoid complications and to keep everyone safe while travelling.

Know Your Timeline for Housing

If you’re building a new home on the island, you’ll want to have a set plan for when your new villa will be ready. At Casa Linda, we understand just how important it is to know when you’ll be able to settle in, and we work closely with our homeowners to design a construction plan that’s best suited to their vision, as well as your ideal timeline.

Ready to Move to the Island?

If you’re ready to stop dreaming about life in paradise and start living it, Casa Linda is here to help. Contact our team today to learn more!

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