Estimate what you think you will need to spend each month, and then "Double IT"!!!!!!!!
Those who say you can find a furnished 3 bedroom apt', here in SD for $500 US dollars are RIGHT!
You just wouldn't want, or be safe, living there.
If you estimate $1,000 US a month, in a good area, you will be much closer to the mark.
Furnished Apts. are much harder to find, and much more expensive.
Dominicans know that their furniture in a rental unit will not be well taken care of, and charge accordingly.
Many will rent ONLY to foreigners for that reason.
"Deposits" are usually 2 or 3 months rent.
Most rentals require a "Fiador", which is like a "Co Signer".
A very solvent Dominican citizen that will be held legally responsible to pay the rent if you don't.
Please forgive my ignorance, but how does a family make it on RD$7,000-10,0000/ month?
Professional opportunities for (...) my wife?
I find those income brackets really out of sink. What is then considered a middle or upper middle class income? The tax structure seems quite regressive for those earning what I would consider a good living. There is definitely a disincentive to make more and there is an incentive to evade by reporting less.
you can use a search funcion to see past threads on what is considered middle class in DR. you don't want to start this subject here, really, it's like poking your nekkid ass at a nest of hornets, you're gonna end up needing a rectum transplant
to put it simple the brackets are for annual income. note that the highest bracket is capped at under 900k pesos a year which is not even 2k dollars a month. i would consider this kind of money lower middle class. you are budgeting to SPEND twice as much...