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    Smile Another Happy House Buyer

    Many thanks to everyone in the Forum that has provided advice about buying a house in the DR. My wife and I purchased a house in Casa Linda which will provide a welcome respite from the 'Great White North' during the winter. We determined to buy a house in the Carribean about a year ago but didn't know where.

    We had spent time in the Carribean over the past 10 years and were reasonably familiar with the various islands. Over a period of about a year we collected information on Roatan, Belize, Bocas del Toro in Panama, Costa Rica and finally the Dominican Republic. So why did we settle on the DR? All of the areas we looked at had their advantages and disadvantages but ultimately the decision was based on firstly, the people, and secondly the long-term interest we could maintain as a result of size and heritage. We concluded early on that as wonderful as the sun and beach might be, on the long-term we needed somewhere that would maintain our interest over the years. That dictated a long and interesting history that we could relate to, a size and infrastructure that supported exploration, and a people that would allow us to feel welcome in their country. The DR won hands down on all counts.

    The process of finding and then buying our house (which has been named Casa Para Mi Amor) was easy relative to some of the experiences we have seen on the forum. Our experience was somewhat similar to Jan and Doug who found the right people early on that made the process 'a piece of cake'. That had been preceeded by hours and hours on the web and of course travel in the DR itself. Our realtor was Jim Belair with American Realty DR who spent an incredible amount of time showing houses and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of one area over another. We settled on Casa Linda because it is close to Sosua/Cabarete but still with quiet when wanted and has the basic infrastructure for maintenance etc. while we are in Canada. When we got to the point of needing a lawyer, Jim recommended Christoph Sieger with Guzman Ariza, and he was excellent. Our first stay in our new house will be during February and March and then after retirement for about 5 months a year. While not there we hope to at least cover our expenses by renting it out and I built my first website to advertise the rental (http://www.caribholiday.net) So now the adventure begins. Again - many thanks to all who provided advice on the forum.

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    Congratulations on a successful conclusion to your long search. Look forward to meeting you when you are in Sosua.

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    Default Congratulations!

    Wishing you the best of luck with your new home.

    JD

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    Hey, Bob - Glad Doug and I got some backup of the ease in buying in DR if one does plenty of homework and network with the right people.

    You should request moderator to add your thread to the "sticky:Newbies..." thread that puts buying real estate all in the same post. Apparently, there are alot of lurkers reading it because we get PMs routinely from people wanting more information.

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    Congratulations on your new home! We wish you all the happiness in the world! Hope you enjoy your new home for many, many years!
    John

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    Welcome. Now you'll have even more questions. Another job well done by Mr. Belair.

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    Welcome to you. Plan on coming to my Easter DR1 Bash at Rockys Bar/Restaurant in Sosua to meet our large DR1 family on the North Coast and the entire country.

    Glad you found a home that suits you and your needs. That is what it is all about here.

    Kindest regards,
    Scott

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    Default Welcome to CL.

    Hi Bob,

    Congrats on your purchase. Your house looks very good. Stop by my house end of feb for drinks. You know where I am.


    ecarignan

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    Default Welcome!!!!!

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new home. Saw your pictures and it is lovely.

    Warning: The more time you spend in Sosua the more you'll crave to be there. It is almost like an addiction - just can't get enough.

    Hope we can all meet one day. We're not in CL but almost across from you, at Playa Laguna (Escondido Bay). However, Eric, Jan and Doug (and others) have places there (I'm sure you already know that) and they are truly wonderful people to get to know.

    Congrats from one Canadian to another
    Anabela (palmas)

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    Default WOW! Talk about hospitality

    Many thanks to all who have welcomed us to the DR. Had a few e-mails with Eric, Jan and Doug and sure looking forward to meeting everyone.

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