I want to buy a home with some land in Santiago De Los Caballeros. I am not one of the wealthy folk that can vacation in rich areas like Punta Cana or Puerta Plata. I'm broke and going to be paying this off for the rest of my life. A friend told me if I buy from here I'll be taxed heavily because I'm American, but if I have a Dominican citizen buy for me it will be much cheaper. Does anyone know if this is true? I already have been ripped off by "Aduanas" there. Everyone I speak to down there is trying to run game or get money. I have a friend who lives down there but he is extremely poor, doesn't speak any English, and definitely can't negotiate. If anyone knows how it really works from both sides, I would appreciate the help. Thank you.