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    I haven't done any PEX installs in the DR yet, but plan on it. I have in the States and I use PexUniverse.com for direct ship. When I start in the DR I will just use them and have them send to a shipping forwarder.

    PexUniverse prices are the best out there, quality is excellent and none of it really weighs that much. For me, shipping it in is much preferred then driving all over trying to find the right fittings/manifolds.

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    Elgator, You will be doing the same thing I have been planning for the last 3 years. I have visited many possible locations for my modern white cement house. La espanola is very nice location. I was there in August and spoke to a very nice lady who took me around and showed me several locations. The building regulation came up and I did had some questions that needed more information. Bottom line, the place is very secure but the their fees were a little high. I have decided not to build there and my search still on. My new favorite place is Las galleras. I was able to reach many foreigners living there and have the inner scoop in how things get done there. In my 20 years of experience in visiting the DR this is location has left me with the most confident options for my project. Members giving feedback to your post are righ on target. I have a very strong background in the construction industry and I do speak spanish like a native speaker. For me, It would be a very hard task to build my beutiful modern beach house. However, I will not give up on my dream. Please be careful with who you hired. I have been burn many times by people I have known for many years.

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    10/11 yrs ago I built...

    I had a good Fr/Cdn guy who has a great reputation.
    We were on the same wavelength...

    In these days of video calls, you can monitor construction from afar.

    Before you all throw things at me...
    I visited every 4-5 weeks and conversed frequently

    It all turned out well... better than expected.. no surprises/disappointments
    I may have been lucky
    But getting a good builder is paramount.

    I'm not suggesting you follow my lead - but it is possible
    All the builders aren't dunces

    BTW... 3 bdrms... 3 1/2 baths... garage....

    3 pods... master... 2 bdrm.... main living area...

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    A few years ago a friend of mine built a house in Sosua with a reputable contractor. He had a lawyer approved contract with with the builder. When the house was built the contractor said he ran over budget and demanded an extra $20,000. My friend who had a contract refused. So the contractor froze my friend’s bank account which can easily be done without any proof in this country and told my friend that he would keep his account frozen until he got to $20,000. Since my friend had a large amount of money in his account which he couldn't afford to have frozen for an indefinite period of time he reluctantly paid the contractor the extra $20,000
    You are initiating an adventure that you that you may not be prepared for.
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    A few years ago another friend of mine wanted to build a hotel in Sosua. He hired the most reputable contractors he could find. With the $100,000 down payment the 2 partners who were his contractors, bought themselves an expensive SUV each.
    Consequently they were short of money to begin the project and asked for more and more advances.
    The project stalled followed by years of litigation.
    My friend lost several hundreds of thousands of Dollars and the project was years behind schedule before it was finally finished.
    This man had lived in the Dominican Republic for quite a few years and thought he was accustomed to the usual business shenanigans in this region. This is why he gave the contractors only a small down payment of $100,000 to get the project started which was only a small fraction of the total cost of the hotel.

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    The lesson here - do not keep a lot of money in a Dominican bank - if it's not here then no one here can get their hands on it.

    Periodic payments for house construction should go through a lawyer. You transfer from your foreign bank to the lawyer's account, they pay the builder getting the requisite receipts/signatures. You then have a documentation trail from start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasj View Post
    A few years ago another friend of mine wanted to build a hotel in Sosua. He hired the most reputable contractors he could find. With the $100,000 down payment the 2 partners who were his contractors, bought themselves an expensive SUV each.
    Consequently they were short of money to begin the project and asked for more and more advances.
    The project stalled followed by years of litigation.
    My friend lost several hundreds of thousands of Dollars and the project was years behind schedule before it was finally finished.
    This man had lived in the Dominican Republic for quite a few years and thought he was accustomed to the usual business shenanigans in this region. This is why he gave the contractors only a small down payment of $100,000 to get the project started which was only a small fraction of the total cost of the hotel.
    Both of these contractors that you refer to as "reputable" were not in any way reputable if they screwed your friends out of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom0910 View Post
    Both of these contractors that you refer to as "reputable" were not in any way reputable if they screwed your friends out of money.
    Plus the OP asked about Hisp Res, not about every tom, dick and harry that calls themselves a builder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    The lesson here - do not keep a lot of money in a Dominican bank - if it's not here then no one here can get their hands on it.

    Periodic payments for house construction should go through a lawyer. You transfer from your foreign bank to the lawyer's account, they pay the builder getting the requisite receipts/signatures. You then have a documentation trail from start to finish.

    Bingo. The builder should also clearly state his expected profit from the get go. Money is released and builder is paid in stages.

    Giving 100K to start a project is crazy to me.

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    Many thanks to all of those who posted replies Some incredible feedback. The truth is, I have shifted gears. I was originally interested in either building a villa or purchasing a beachfront condo. And I think I have found a unit that is just right for me. It is right on the beach, at the end of Playa Alicia. Los Balcones. The size is to my liking, 1 BR, 1 bath. Walking distance to Sosua Beach and Playero Supermercado. It is in excellent condition, though I would want to do some sprucing up in the kitchen. I definitely would invest some additional money in some improvements. I am in the process of working with an agent and submitting n offer.

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