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    Default Live in Sosua rent free in big villa.

    I own a large villa in the Sosua area that is for sale. However, I am presently out of the country and do not intend to return to the DR except to close the sale. The people who were suppose to watch my villa did a terrible job, and I need to find someone to take care of it while I am out of the country.

    I am willing to let somone (or a family without children) live in the house rent-free provided they take basic care of it while I am away. By basic care, I expect the house to always be in "show" condition when the real estate people bring clients by to to see it, the guarden should be maintained and the pool clean. I have a guardener to do most of this, so basically the person will just have to ensure the gardener is doing his job. As anyone who lives here knows, many Dominicans require motivation to work and my absence has resulted in a lack of motivation.

    The ideal candidate will have experience house-sitting before. I am a very busy person and do not want to have to listen about any problems on a daily bases. I would also expect some sort of a refundable security deposit, or very good references. I would expect contact with myself to be done by email most of the time as I am traveling a lot and unable to take calls most of the time.

    Please PM if interested and let me know a bit about yourself.

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    How long a period of time are you talking? Why no children? Even if they are well-mannered? We have a large home (2400 sf) in Connecticut that is well-maintained and we work very hard at upkeep, including making our children pitch in and help. I could send photos of our home so you can see, if you'd like. We're looking for a place to stay this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clevine
    How long a period of time are you talking? Why no children? Even if they are well-mannered? We have a large home (2400 sf) in Connecticut that is well-maintained and we work very hard at upkeep, including making our children pitch in and help. I could send photos of our home so you can see, if you'd like. We're looking for a place to stay this summer.
    Sorry, everyone things their own children are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newton
    Sorry, everyone things their own children are great.
    I would email Escott who posts on this board to see if he knows anyone.
    He lives in Sosua, has a few properties and knows lots of people.

    I would trust his judgement if it was me looking for a house sitter.

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    Default Location?

    It would be good to know where in Sosua the house is located, so as to know if the candidate needs a car to get to and fro.
    I agree that Scott knows who most of the good people are here in town.
    BTW: I think it's a very generous offer and I wish you all ther luck finding the right people.
    Marco.

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    yes, where exactly is the house? I would know some people I work with in Sosua who might be interested in. Do they have to pay for power, other costs? If yes, how much is the average power bill for that house? Please post more details or PM me.

    quaqualita

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    It would be good to know where in Sosua the house is located, so as to know if the candidate needs a car to get to and fro.
    I agree that Scott knows who most of the good people are here in town.
    BTW: I think it's a very generous offer and I wish you all ther luck finding the right people.
    Marco.
    I do not want to post the location on the message board, but yes, you would need a car.

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    Default Allow myself to introduce myself

    My name is Salim. I am 43, native Californian, and a self-employed computer consultant. I've been toying with the idea of spending some time in the DR for years. I'm very interested itn the house sitting opportunity. I speak enough Spanish to be understood by the very young and the intoxicated. Please let me know if you'd take me under consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Salim Bilal
    [email protected]

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    Default Sosua rent free in big villa

    Hi

    Myself and my girlfrend moving over from UK probably in June. We are waiting for sell house before we moving over.I am 38 years old, she is 27. I am menager of a public house, she is asystent menager in a restaurant. We are very interesting in your villa and more than willing to put a deposit down.

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    Default Not a good idea !

    I am not the resident board expert by any means but I do know what we experienced when we purchased our home in Sosua last year.

    We went to Sosua with a particular house in mind after seeing pictures of it on the internet. After viewing the home, my wife was devastated. It was amazing to see how a house could deteriorate in just one year. The owner lived out of the country and had a friend live there for free until it was sold. The pit bull in the back yard took care of the landscaping. The kitchen cupboards were chewed by the other two dogs who had the run of the house. Ripped screens, broken windows, ruined furniture, walls and doors could be found in every room of the house. Broken roof tiles also caused major water damage and stains on the ceiling.

    We encountered this same scenario after seeing several other homes as well. One tenant asked me what I thought of the house after a viewing. Since I knew about his "live for free" arrangement, I told him that I absolutely loved it and that I would be making an offer. I lied because this house was also in very bad condition. He called the real estate office every day for a week!

    Most people who you find are not going to be motivated to help you sell your house because when you do, they will be out on the street. You would be better off paying a reliable property management company to oversee the property until the house is sold.

    You might want to give Dean Brown a call at Century 21 in Sosua. He may know of someone to oversee the property.

    Just my not so humble opinion.

    Alex

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