What To Know When Investing in a Home in the Dominican Republic

What To Know When Investing in a Home in the Dominican Republic

Are you ready to take your first steps towards home ownership abroad? Whether you’re looking to invest in a dedicated winter property that allows you to escape the chill of the colder months, or want a permanent home to call your own in paradise, the Dominican Republic is an ideal location to put down roots and plan for the future. Unlike many other tropical locales that can make it exceedingly difficult for foreign nationals to own property and reside overseas year-round, the Dominican is remarkably welcoming towards ex-pats making it a favourite amongst retirees, veterans and even foreign entrepreneurs.

With sunny weather over 300 days a year and soaring temperatures, an affordable cost of living, vibrant local culture, and endless ways to explore, it’s no wonder the DR is a favourite location for expatriates from all over the globe. If you’re ready to stop dreaming and get a head start on planning your life in paradise, Casa Linda is here to help. Read on to learn more.

Choosing Where to Relocate

If you’ve been considering a move abroad for some time now, you’ve no doubt discovered that there’s no shortage of locations to choose from. While each country will have its own perks and benefits to settling, few are able to hold a candle to the advantages that the Dominican Republic gives to homeowners. In addition to the natural beauty around every corner, you’ll also find one of the stablest governments and economies in Latin America, as well as solid infrastructure that makes it easy to access daily essentials like high-speed internet, phone lines, cable television and more. Simply put, moving to the Dominican affords you high quality of life at a very affordable cost.

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Investing in Property

Purchasing a home in the Dominican Republic is a fairly easy process for foreign buyers thanks to the government’s friendly attitude to external investors. Financing is straightforward with a minimum deposit of 30% being required to begin. Mortgage terms in the DR last for 20 years and have higher lending rates (4% to 7%) than the US or Canada, and you should be aware that property purchases are typically required to be handled in person.

Embrace Island Living With Casa Linda

Located on the gorgeous north end of the island near Cabarete, Casa Linda is an exclusive gated development that features stunning villas and a bustling community of friendly expats from all over the globe. With floor plans starting as low as $185,00 USD and ranging from two-bedroom and two-bathrooms, all the way up to 5 bedroom homes, there are endless ways to customize your space to meet your exact needs.

Contact us today to learn more about purchasing a home in the Dominican Republic, including how Casa Linda can help you get started on the path to paradise!

Custom Paradise with Casa Linda

Custom Paradise with Casa Linda

Do you dream of spending the rest of your days in a tropical paradise that’s full of sun, warmth, and free from dreary winter months and the hustle and bustle of city living? If you’ve been dreaming of starting a new chapter in paradise, there’s never been a better time to start making your dreams a reality in the Dominican Republic. As a popular and trusted settling location for expatriates from all over the world, this tropical haven is the perfect place to embrace island living with over 300 days of sun each year and daily temperatures that average 24°C/82°F.

Residencial Casa Linda is proud to be one of the most trusted home builders on the island and partners with buyers from all over the world to create the villa of their dreams. Our exclusive gated community is located near Cabarete on the northern end of the island and features homes that begin as low as $185,000 USD. Learn more about homes with Casa Linda, as well as the many ways you can customize, below.

Villa Living Made Reality

Have you always dreamed of retiring on an island with a luxurious villa to call your own? You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to bring that into reality, all without breaking your budget! Crafted from high-end materials, our homes are designed to leave a lasting impression as well as meet each of your needs and cater to your sense of style. From quaint 2-bedroom bungalows that to 5-bedroom villas big enough for the whole family to visit and enjoy, Casa Linda’s properties make it easy to feel perfectly at home.

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Built To Your Needs

At Casa Linda, we know that no two buyers are the same. That’s why our build team strives to provide you with ample opportunities to customize your design and include the features that matter most to you. From adding extra bedrooms to aesthetic features, or even a guest house for when the family visits, we strive to meet your needs, every step of the way.

Below are just a few of the many ways you can customize your home:

  • Choice of building materials, as well as color and style of cabinets, doors, floor/bath tiles, and more.
  • Choice of pool shape and size of a complimentary sun-bed area
  • Infinity, saltwater, or mirror pool
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Jacuzzi
  • Swim-up bar
  • Living wall
  • Additional lot size
  • Outdoor palapa
  • Outdoor kitchen, and more!

When it comes to designing your dream life in paradise, your home should be the ultimate source of comfort and enjoyment. Learn more about creating your custom villa with Casa Linda by contacting our team today!

Discover Villa Harmony at Casa Linda

Discover Villa Harmony at Casa Linda

Are you ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Casa Linda? If you’re tired of dreaming about island living and want to make a permanent move that allows you to enjoy yourself to the fullest each day, the Dominican Republic is waiting to welcome you with open arms.

Known as the crown jewel of the Caribbean, the Dominican has over 300 days of sun each year, averages temperatures of 28°C/82°F and offers endless ways to explore and enjoy your new island home. Learn more about life in the Dominican, including Casa Linda’s available homes, below!

Your Perfect Paradise

When it comes to choosing the perfect location to retire abroad, there’s no shortage of options to consider. While popular locations like Mexico and Belize have their share of benefits to offer, the Dominican manages to offer unbeatable combinations of perks that make it a natural choice for savvy investors across the globe. In addition to jaw-dropping beauty, the DR is home to a stable government and economy, low cost of living, advanced infrastructure, and looks favourably on outside buyers. This means that, along with seeing your dollar go further, you’ll have far fewer headaches when it comes to buying a home, as well as pursuing residency down the line.

Budget-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that housing is available at multiple price points, and with trusted developers like Casa Linda focused on creating stunning villas that enhance your experience, you can invest with confidence.

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Peace of Mind for Today and Tomorrow

Alongside affordable housing and cost of living, healthcare is one of the top priorities for expatriates looking to move abroad. For those concerned with healthcare, you’ll be relieved to learn that the Dominican Republic is home to a world-class healthcare system that provides exceptional medical services in top-tier facilities. With highly trained professionals that offer care in English as well as Spanish, ensuring you have the help you need is never a point of concern

Residencial Casa Linda: Island Living At Its Finest

Casa Linda is located on the northern end of the island, right by the popular beach community of Cabarete. Our exclusive development features plenty of luxurious perks like 24-7 security, a VIP beach club and private restaurants, and offers homeowners the choice of ten different villa layouts to choose from, with homes starting as low as $185,00 USD. Take a look at one of our standout models, Villa Harmony:

Villa Harmony is a spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath bungalow that is perfect for couples that like to entertain within their home. Each of the large bedrooms features its own ensuite, with the master opening to an outside terrace, and the fully kitted chef kitchen makes whipping up delicious meals a breeze. Starting at $366,700 US, Villa Harmony has endless ways to customize to make the perfect fit.

Ready To Say Hello To Island Living?

Contact us today and let’s get started on the design and construction of your tropical dream home!

Villa Vestra and More at Casa Linda

Villa Vestra and More at Casa Linda

Have you been dreaming about transitioning from snowbird life to making a permanent move to an island paradise? If you’re ready to kiss winter goodbye forever and bask in over 300 days of sun each year, the Dominican Republic is the perfect destination to embrace beachfront living. With breathtaking views, a stable economy, and a vibrant ex-pat community, you’ll find settling in is easier than ever. Learn more about life in paradise below!

Welcome Home

Did you know that the Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations for retirees and expats when it comes to choosing their home abroad? Beyond having plenty of natural beauty to enjoy, the DR has plenty of practical perks that make relocating ideal. For those looking to make a solid investment in a full-time or vacation property, the Dominican government’s open attitude towards foreign buyers makes purchasing easy, as does the lower cost of living. With housing available at multiple price points and a stable overall economy that makes it easy to invest confidently, new residents will enjoy countless benefits thanks to the Dominican’s advanced infrastructure including high-speed internet, cable television, reliable electricity and more.

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Exceptional Quality of Life

Whether you need dependable healthcare to address current concerns or simply want peace of mind for the years ahead, many expatriates are pleased to learn that the Dominican Republic is home to a world-class healthcare system that provides exceptional medical services out of state-of-the-art facilities. With highly trained professionals that offer care in English as well as Spanish, and lower costs for procedures and medication, ensuring you have the help you need is easy.

Meet Casa Linda, Your Source for Island Living

Nestled on the northern end of the island, Casa Linda is an exclusive villa community that offers residents enhanced privacy and safety, a vibrant community of peers, and stunning homes at price friendly starting point. We offer ten different villa layouts with plenty of variety between styles and designs starting from as low as $185,00 USD. With sizes ranging from a two-bedroom bungalow all the way up to a five-bedroom villa, there’s no shortage of ways to make sure you have ample space. Take a look at one of our standout models, Villa Vestra:

Villa Vestra offers you the choice of 2-3 bed and 2.5-3.5 bath and starts at $249,900. The Vesta floor plan was designed with views in mind and affords plenty of opportunities to take in the natural beauty that surrounds you. With your very own private pool, large entertaining area, covered terrace, and endless options to customize, Villa Vestra might just be your perfect fit in paradise!

Ready To Say Hello To Island Living?

Contact us today and let’s get started on the design and construction of your tropical dream home!

Fun Facts About Life in the Dominican Republic

Fun Facts About Life in the Dominican Republic

If you’re in the process of getting ready to move abroad, you’re liking feeling a unique mix of excitement and exhilaration. Embracing expatriate life is a big decision, and settling down in paradise is cause for celebration all around. For nearly 30 years, Casa Linda has welcomed adventurers to the Dominican’s sunny shores and helped them find their perfect house in their island home. From custom villas designed to meet your every need to a safe and exclusive community that makes it easy to find your next adventure, life with Casa Linda is simple. Below, we’ve covered 10 fun facts about the Dominican Republic. Read on and learn what life is like on this beautiful island paradise.

1. Meet the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic is frequently referred to as the “Crown Jewel of the Caribbean” and for good reason. Beyond the endless miles of natural beauty, the Dominican also boasts the strongest economy and infrastructure in Latin America and is the most visited nation in the Caribbean. Each year, the island welcomes approximately 5 million guests to its shores!

2. Beach Lover’s Paradise

If you can’t wait to spend your retirement soaking up the sun and getting sand beneath your toes, you’re in luck! The DR is home to over 200 beaches, and 800 miles of coastline just waiting to be explored.

3. Unbeatable Weather

Snowy days and cold weather be gone! The DR gets over 300 days of sun each year, and the northern end of the island, where Casa Linda is located, is sheltered during hurricane season giving you extra peace of mind.

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4. Easily Accessible

Due to the Dominican’s vast popularity among tourists and expats alike, the island has multiple airports and receives direct flights from over 26 countries, 64 cities, and 90 different airports across North America and Europe. This is particularly advantageous for those looking to relocate permanently, as it makes visiting friends and family back home a breeze!

5. Currency and Language

The official currency of the DR is Pesos, but US dollars are used frequently as well. Similarly, the official language of the Dominican is Spanish, but due to the island having a large expat community, English is increasingly common as well.

6. State of the Art Healthcare

A lesser-known fact about the DR is that it is home to an exceptional healthcare system that is both highly affordable and reliable. The island has several world-class hospitals and medical facilities, as well as highly skilled medical professionals that offer treatment in both English and Spanish.

7. Island Time is Real

If you’re used to punctuality, you may have to adjust your expectations if you plan on staying in the DR for the long term. Dominicans are notoriously easygoing and work on their own time schedule…which is notoriously late. This laid-back nature is simply all part of the life tranquilo!

8. Delicious Exports

Are you a fan of coffee, chocolate, cigars, or rum? You’re in luck! These are some of the Dominican’s biggest exports, meaning they’re readily available to you on the island.

9. Friendliness

Dominicans are known to be incredibly kind and welcoming, making it easy for outside visitors to settle in and feel at home.

10. Thriving Expat Community

If you’re worried about feeling out of place when first landing in the Dominican, you have no need to be concerned. With plenty of fellow expatriates on the island, you’ll have no problem finding new friends to relate to and build a new community with.

Ready To Start Your New Life?

Let’s talk! Contact Casa Linda today to learn how your dream of island living can become an easy reality.

Snowbird Settles South: Embrace Your Life in the Dominican Today!

Snowbird Settles South: Embrace Your Life in the Dominican Today!

Are you ready to say goodbye to dreary winters once and for all? Tired of going back and forth between holiday homes and reality every year? If you’re ready to make the leap to transition to full-time island living, the Dominican Republic is here to open you with open arms. With average daily temperatures of 28°C/82°F, endless sunny days, and a northern part of the island that’s sheltered during hurricane season, there’s never been a more perfect time to call the jewel of the Caribbean home.

As one of the most popular tropical locales among expats from all over the world, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to start a new life in paradise, with a low cost of living, breathtaking villas available from as low as $185,000 USD with Casa Linda, a world-class healthcare system, and jaw-dropping beauty waiting to greet you around every corner. If you’re one of the many snowbird couples ready to make a more permanent migration, Casa Linda is here to help. Below, we’ll cover a few of the basics when it comes to one of the most important parts of your journey: gaining permanent residency. Read on to learn more!

What is Permanent Residency

If you’ve been a regular winter traveller for quite some time, you’re likely not totally unfamiliar with the concept of permanent residency compared to visitors visas and the like. Where visas will allow you to stay within the country for a set amount of time, gaining PR status means you are entitled to stay within the country indefinitely as a legal, full-time resident. PR status is particularly important where homeownership is concerned, as those with PR status are afforded additional privileges that visas simply do not cover.

Why Gain PR Status?

While getting your permanent residency isn’t a necessity right away, especially if you plan to transition to full-time island living over a longer period of time, if you’re aiming to truly make the shift to residing on the island at all times, you will need to pursue residency in order to remain in your home legally past the typical 3 months allotted by a visitor’s visa.

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PR 101

The following is a basic rundown of the PR process. For those looking for a more in-depth overview, please refer to our resources here.

If you’re planning on pursuing a residency in the Dominican, you can rest easy knowing that, though it is an involved process, it’s fairly straightforward, especially if you have a good legal team on your side. Timeline-wise, your first step will be to obtain a residency visa which allows you to apply for temporary (provisional) residence upon arriving in the DR (NOTE: you must do so within 6 days of arrival). A provisional residency allows you to remain in the country for up to a year at a time and permits you to work while residing in the country if necessary. Your provisional resident can be renewed for up to a total of 4 years, at which point you would typically be eligible to formally apply for PR status.

One of the more complicated parts of the process is staying on top of the many documents that you are required to submit with your application. The required forms are intended to prove that you are capable of being self-sustaining, have good physical health, and have no criminal record. Documents you will be expected to submit include:

  • Bank statements for the last three months.
  • Two frontal photos (2×2).
  • Lab Test (HIV, drug test) and a letter from a doctor stating that you do not have communicable diseases. For those already in the D.R., we provide information on facilities that perform the medical test and provide the medical certificate.
  • Birth certificate (apostille or legalized).
  • Certificate of good conduct from the police (apostille or legalized).
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Provide the required documentation according to the visa category. (Work, retired, investment, married to a Dominican or a resident; proof that you have been living in the country for a long period). If you are a missionary or NGO you will need a letter confirming your status from your organization.

It’s important to note that you must pay attention to all details on the above documents and ensure that they are sent to the right locations in order to avoid complications. Partnering with a legal team can help expedite this part and make sure you avoid costly mistakes when submitting.

Want More Information?

Casa Linda is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about purchasing your dream home in paradise, PR tips, and everything in between!