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    Default To people that lives in DR please advice

    Hi to all and thanks in advance,

    My board name is Marielis. I am thinking about moving to DR and would like your opinion. Will try to make a very long story short.

    I moved from Florida to Puerto Rico to live with my mother and siblings after got very sick. After three years of pain and suffering I finally were able to be treated by a great doctor that has been helping me a lot. Now I am trying to become independant again.

    Due to my illness I need help cleaning, washing my clothes and more than anything else cooking...need to follow a special diet rich in vetables specially green ones.

    Since my income is quite limited and it would be impossible to pay house, utilities and domestic help here were I live, I was thinking maybe I could live in DR.

    If I move I would need to be close to supermarkets, good hospitals, etc. if possible not too close to high traffic roads.
    would also need a one bedroom apartment in a quiet neighborhood, good electricity and water supply. also telephone and regular internet connection.

    My questions for you:
    What would be the minimum amount of income I need to be able to afford the mentioned above?

    What neighborhoods should I look at?

    If I choose to move for let say two month, where may I rent a place? and

    how do I find domestic help that I can trust in DR?


    Thank you so much for your help!!

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    Default Cleaning angels!

    You can find domestic help for very cheap down here, for about 3000 pesos (around 60US$, sad but true) you can have a lady working for you Monday – Saturday (Sundays are usually their day off). She can sleep at your house if you have a “cuarto de servicio” or come in everyday, but they do prefer to stay over (to avoid having to pay transportation everyday). She will do everything from cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing, shopping, and keep you company. The best way to find one is by recommendations, find a friend here who has a cleaning lady and they usually have a sister or cousin that are looking for work! If you’re as lucky as I was, you can find a young lady who will have your house sparkling clean and someone you can really trust! For the apartments you would need to look at the local newspaper online!
    Listin Diario, Diario Libre, Periodico Hoy.

    Good Luck!

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    Don't mean to discourage you but Santo Domingo is one big traffic jam. I would say it's almost impossible to get to a supermarket or hospital without having to get into traffic jams. Yes, there are quiet neighbourhoods, but as soon as you leave them, the noise starts. My best guess for housing would be around RD$8000+ unfurnished and RD$10000+ furnished for something relatively small, if you want it close to the commercial areas. I personally would recommend looking into Bella Vista, Los Cacigazcos, Los Prados, El Millon, Evaristo Morales, more or less those areas. They've got several supermarkets (El Nacional, Multicentro, Bravo, La Cadena) close by and are relatively close to hospitals. As for renting out an apartment only for a couple of months, that might be more complicated. Due to the insecure economy right now, not many people are willing to do that.

    My suggestion is keep posting on this website and I'm sure that someone will pop up with an option. Also give an idea of how much you have available to spend on rent so that you can narrow it down a bit. As for extras (telephone, internet, etc) that is always negociable with the owner and in this country everything that's related to communications is very advanced.

    Hope this helps!

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    Marielis,

    I suggest you do more research on the D.R. even visit for a short while, before you submit yourself to the rigors of life here. Even for unchallenged people a support structure of friends and family is needed to survive comfortably. It would be difficult to fill all your needs here, ("close to supermarkets, good hospitals, etc. if possible not too close to high traffic roads. would also need a one bedroom apartment in a quiet neighborhood, good electricity and water supply. also telephone and regular internet connection"). There are two strikes against you already on your wish list, the country has poor electrical and water distribution. Again, do more research.

    I wish you good luck, whatever you decide.

    Regards,
    PJT

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    Default How can you!!

    Quote Originally Posted by KateP
    My best guess for housing would be around RD$8000+ unfurnished and RD$10000+ furnished for something relatively small, . I personally would recommend looking into Bella Vista, Los Cacigazcos, Los Prados, El Millon, Evaristo Morales, more or less those areas!
    I believed she said that she can not spend too much money. How can you recommend thoses places to live, specially El Millon to someone that off the bat said that she is looking for something cheap. There are nice homes for much less than the 8,000 pesos that you mentioned. How do I know?, because I rent a very nice 3 bedrooms house in a very nice neighborhood, that happens to be very quiet and it's near everything for much less than that, much less. That there are apartment and houses that are more expensive, or course, but she DID mentioned that she has a limited income. Just like I am renting so low, there are others that are renting for even lower. My friend is moving this week to a 3 bedrooms apt for less than 4,000 pesos. Marielis, you can get a very nice apt for much less than 8,000 pesos. They are there, you just need to be patient and you will find it.

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    Default To Juanita, Kate P and PJT: Thank you!!!

    Hi,

    Thank you so much to you all. I was afraid no one would stop by to answer my post...glad you did stop by .

    Juanita, very good information. The domestic help, you said, can be found cheap at about US$60.00, is this weekly salary? Do I need to provide insurance (health or unemployment) or any other benefits?

    KateP, you brought up very important issues. How bad are the traffic jams, like one hour bumper to bumper thing all the time or are days and hours where there is almost none? You see where I live I learn not to go anywhere around 3:00pm to 4:30pm, would it be possible to do something like that in DR? I would rather have an unfurnished apartment probably around $US300 monthly Do you know if when rentig the basic contract is for a year? and last, when you said that telephone and internet are negotiable, does this means that it could be included in the rent?

    PJT yes am doing more research and I would go one or two times before making a decision. Those are very good advices that I HAVE to follow or would be heading for trouble. PJT you mention that DR has poor water and electricity distribution, does this mean that there are areas where the water/electicity is good and in some areas it is bad?
    if so, in what areas it is good or where should I be looking for to get the best possible service?

    At this point I am just deciding if moving to DR is financially possible and you all have helped me a lot, can'nt wait to see the answers to this new set of questions. If it is financially possible then the next step would be if it will benefits my health, last for how long will I move a year...for ever (doubt it . Then, if dicide to move the real research will start...

    Thanks! Muchas Gracias!!!

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    Ok, let's see if I can do this in an organized way. The traffic jams are worse from 7:30am to 9:00am, 11:30am to 3:00pm and 4:30pm to 7:00pm more or less. So in short, the only time you can get around without any traffic is after 10:00pm basically. There are just too many cars and not enough streets. Add in all the potholes and you've got one major mess. That's why I'm desperate to move to Punta Cana. There's almost nothing there but at least there's no traffic. Peace and quiet...ahhh...

    As for the rent, with US$300 you'll do fine. That's almost double what I pay and I live in a good neighbourhood but in a small apartment. One important detail is that foreigners are the preferred tenants in this country because we have the reputation of paying on time. So use that to your favor. Like I said, you can negociate to be added to the rent the building maintenance (varies according to the building but usually is around RD$400-800/month), electricity (a bit more complicated), water (easy), cable (pretty easy) and telephone (if you're lucky). Normally the contracts here are for 1 year but with the economy like it is, there are lots of apartments available and some people might be willing to accept that. Another important detail is that they'll probably charge you from 1-3 months deposit and if an agent found the apartment for you, you might end up paying the value of 1 month's rent as commission. All depends on the owner and your luck. Like I said, I would suggest asking DR1 people for help in finding an apartment. A friend of mine has a furnished one but she's asking US$550 for it... might be an option...

    Good luck!

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    Default thank you!!

    Hi,

    Thanks Miguel that sounds very good, I appreciate your advice.

    KateP thank you so much for answering my second post so promptly.

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    "Juanita, very good information. The domestic help, you said, can be found cheap at about US$60.00, is this weekly salary? Do I need to provide insurance (health or unemployment) or any other benefits?"

    Ahhh! US$60 is the monthly salary dear! You don't need to provide anything else than the food she eats when working at your house, that is it! You have to understand that the ones are employ are mostly poor girls coming from Haiti looking for a better life. Of course if you employ one referred to you by an agency it will be more expensive. And for this I try to help mine in different ways; I buy her French/English study books, clothes, diapers, milk and medicine for her baby and extra cash if I have her do some extra work! Also this fall I plan to pay the inscriptions for her to take some classes on weekends. Every December she gets double pay and a raise! That should cover it!!

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    Default To Juanita

    Wow, $60.00 a month! What you are doing to help her is admirable...if I decide to move I will do the same.

    Thanks!

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