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    Talking Two new arrivals to DR

    After visiting DR several times and reading this message board a lot we did the move.
    About one month ago my wife and I came here from Canada.
    Our Cedula was not difficult to get, thanks to the friendly and professional help of Graciela Fermin (thank you for recommending her Scott). His husband was waiting for us at the airport and they helped us a lot when we arrived, bringing us to Santo Domingo two times to get the Cedula.

    Getting a good and not expensive place to live was not easy.
    The first place we got was a slum in front of the "Rancheta Alexia", near Plaza Turisol, in Puerto Plata.
    Diane Pellerin (who at first sight seemed a nice person) rented it to us for $ 6000 plus $ 1000 for water and electricity bills.
    After some weeks there we decided to move out for good.
    Using some of our newly acquired Dominican relations we got a nice three bedroom department on the Malecon (unfurnished) for about the same money that we paid to Diane for her slum.

    The second day I was here I looked for a wireless Flash 3G Internet connection, but I didn?t imagined it was going to be so hard to get it.
    Three weeks later, after half a dozen unsuccessful visits to the Verizon store in Puerto Plata I realized that they were not going to get the connection cable for connecting the phone and my notebook ever, so I had to travel to Santiago to get the cable by myself.
    Things were not very fast in the Verizon store in Santiago; since the cable was not properly catalogued in their systems and I had to wait several hours to get it.
    But finally I got my wireless Internet connection working.

    Other milestone was finding cheap land, at Dominican prices. After trying the Puerto Plata real state business we found a Dominican friend who helped us to find real state by proxy and finally we got our finca in Maimon.

    We still have ahead of us many tasks:
    Fishing out our stuff (including our truck) from the Aduana is the next one. After I finish it I will tell here how things were.

    Other difficult task is building our house. After speaking with many "ingenieros" I developed an allergic reaction to these blood suckers and decided to use they only for drawing the housing plan but build using a "Maestro", since I found a good one who is not trying to put his hands in my pocket too deep.

    Spanish is my first language, so please ignore any mistakes in this message.

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    Hey, welcome. I would love to see your finca! I have been landscaping and planting on a piece of property I plan on building on for a year and have had nice crops already for my eating pleasure.

    Welcome and keep us informed about how you are doing. If there is anything further that you need give me a call at 223-1178. Would be happy to help if I can.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Thank you Scott, we plan to put lot of frutals and cocoteros in our finca.
    I'm sure you can get lot of good food from the land here, my wife is an avid gardener so that will be no problem.

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    Good choice on the lawyer. Graciela is my lawyer also, although have not needed her for a few years, I have to say she was the only lawyer I met who spoke frankly, told me how it is, and when I had a business partner from hell was honest on the situation.

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    Thumbs up I agree about Graciela

    Agree about Graciela, I had experience of her as well and she is my lawyer too, always honest, direct and tell as it really is. Great person and very professional lawyer.

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    He helps definitely but all I have ever heard about that nice lady is nothing but a bitch lining her pockets. She has no class!

    Wish I were in your shoes looking for a place to build.

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    Who? Graciela?

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    Default Carina,

    Quote Originally Posted by Aguayo
    Diane Pellerin (who at first sight seemed a nice person) rented it to us for $ 6000 plus $ 1000 for water and electricity bills.
    After some weeks there we decided to move out for good.
    I am quite certain Wud means Diane.

    Gregg

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    Ok.. I got a little surprised, because the times I have had to do with Graciela, for residency, setting up business etc she has been very professional, very honest with time schedules, laws, costs... always in time etc etc.
    I am very pleased with her..

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    Wud got me also. Thanks to Fireguy I got my head back on

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