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Ladybug10er replied to the thread thinking about moving to DR on the Dominican Republic forum on August 30, 2014:
gjones initially posted:
We are thinking about moving to the Sosua or Caberate area and would really like any input that can be given. Health Care, Gated communities, internet, phones, mail,utilities and can you buy and ship there? We have lived abroad before in the south pacific so we know what it is like to be out of the us and island time. Thanks for any help that you can give. We are looking at the DR and Puerto Rico
Ladybug10er replied on August 30, 2014 with:
Check out Lots of helpful info there. We are going in sept for 2 weeks to check out the north coast of the DR and see if and where we would choose to retire. I have received a lot of helpful advice on this we page. You can see some of the replies I received under retiring in the DR. Feel free to PM me any questions you might have. I may be able to help you if not now after we return the end of Sept. I am sure lot of your questions are the same as mine
gjones replied on August 29, 2014 with:
We are really interested in the DR but want to live in an expat area. This will be a retirement place for us. Any help or ideas from someone that lives there or has lived there would help. Thanks
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rpagan0203 replied to the thread Retiring in DR on the Dominican Republic forum:
Ladybug10er initially posted:
My husband and I are from USA but are thinking of retiring to the Sosua area. After reading many articles on the DR. I was wondering if the Dominicans even want people from other countries to retire there. We live where we have extremely cold winters and would love to live some place tropical. We have vacationed in the DR and think we would like to live there if we would be accepted thanks for any advice. We are planning a 2 week stay in September to look for possible areas where to live.
rpagan0203 replied on August 27, 2014 with:
That's great. I hope you have a good time and find what you are looking for. I still have to try and convince my wife, but I am encountering a brick wall. Good luck to you Ladybug.
Ladybug10er replied on August 27, 2014 with:
Ray, I did talk to Barry on the phone. He does tours with no obligation to buy. But you stay for 4 nites there. So you pay for the lodging, your food and his expenses. If you look at the videos on his page it will show you exactly what his tour is. He is a realtor through Remax. We are going for 2 weeks in Sept and already have our lodging booked by Puerto Plata. Will let you know if I learn anymore
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CelesteP replied to the thread looking for english speakers in santiago on the Dominican Republic forum on August 24, 2014:
ishwri initially posted:
hello, i will be moving to santiago next month, im interested in meeting people that can speak english.
CelesteP replied on August 24, 2014 with:
Hi. My email is Skype: perceleste
ishwri replied on August 23, 2014 with:
ok, can you message me your contact info, we will meet once im there
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Sereno replied to the thread Dominican News. on the Dominican Republic forum:
Sereno initially posted:
We all know that news associations spin things. This one of several that I look at; cause it's in English and easy for me. I do scan others too. Reading and learning is a mixed bag here and I sometimes don't know what to make of what is going on. We are in a major drought but the money spent on other projects and not the basics just has me shaking my head not understanding why the basics are not addressed. Yet high cost of unnecessary projects that require other country's to do is the normal way of doing business.... for the "kick backs" to a few. It now is a problem of WHAT needs the priority and get done. Riots in some areas and many without water at all. Not to stir the pot, just my opinion. You that live here add yours and let others know along with the "news". BTY. NO one tells us the real reason for no water. NO one. I send my own people out to learn. "It's NOT MY fault!". The always heard Dominican chant. Sorry for my rant? No. It's sharing and learning experience. ; Sereno
Sereno replied most recently with:
Of course coal fired electrical plants ARE my first choice to solve the problem in the D.R. (you DO know that I'm kidding.) I really don't see what the problem is here in this article. So what's the big deal over a BILLION dollars discrepency? Dominican Republic court halts construction on US$2.4B coal-fired power plant Santo Domingo.- The Superior Administrative Court (TSA) on Wednesday ordered the suspension of the call for tenders to build two coal-fired power plants, until a challenge of the process is heard. Presiding judge Delfina Leon ruled a request for an injunction submitted by the Gezhouba Group Company Ltd., against the State-owned Electric Utility’s tender committee, Odebrecht Tecnimont and the Government Purchasing Dept., in addition to a challenged filed by Consorcio Impe. The judge ruled that the CDEEE’s call for tenders for the power plants’ construction “generated an inconsistency with the value approved by the General State Budget.” It notes that although article 52 of the call for tenders sets the maximum value at US$1.5 billion for the work, the documentation reveals that it was assigned for US$2.4 billion, an inconsistency which the records provided doesn’t justify.
Sereno replied most recently with:
I'm happy that you had a good laugh Lt. ;) Now for some better news IF I read this correctly. BUT... it states that the new tax can not go into effect but then it states that 2 others are needed to stop it but then... I get SOO confused at times. (make that most of the time.) ------------------- Government’s planned Web shopping tax loses a court round Santo Domingo.- The Customs Agency (DGA) cannot charge the tax online purchases less than US$200 starting August 15 announced by the government, states a court ruling handed down Wednesday. The decision by the Superior Administrative Court (TSA) orders Fernando Fernández director cannot charge the t ax until a judge hears at least two requests for a restraining order. "The application of the measure was suspended, the Court made the decision at the start of the hearing with a statement read by the Secretary of the Court," said Laura Castellanos, spokeswoman for Dominican Republic Couriers Association. Several civil society groups have filed challenges to the proposed tax on Web shopping in the various courts. ------------------ Since my wife travels about once a month we now order (more) stuff to be sent to hotels where my wife stays and she mules it back. I really wonder what that article said. 8/
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Ltindal replied to the thread Purchasing Properties in the Dominican Republic - Las Terrenas. on the Dominican Republic forum:
CasaHolandesa initially posted:
Located on the island of Hispaniola is the beautiful country of The Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is well-known as one of the most exotic Caribbean vacation destinations, and thousands of people visit here every year. However, more and more people are purchasing homes and villas on the island nation, because they enjoy the friendly people, excellent weather and incredible beaches. The Dominican Republic features more than 1,000 miles of beach front real estate which explains why so many people are purchasing homes here. There has even been a recent influx of Canadian buyers, purchasing homes for the sole purpose of having a comfortable place to stay when they visit. Many of these people won't live here full time, until after they retire. However, they realize condo or villa on the beach is a great investment for a few different reasons. First off, foreign buyers never need to rent a room when they come to the Caribbean country to visit. This is a great incentive, but there are others which influence people's decision to buy. In many cases, there are no title transfer taxes or annual taxes when a foreigner purchases a home in the Dominican Republic. This is not always the case, but it is possible to own a property in this beautiful country without the threat of taxation. The capitol province of Santa Dominga offers small homes, condos, villas, and even farm land as viable options. While the area Samana more than one million people is the most densely populated area of the country, there are other areas such as Peurto Plata and La Romana that also offer great real estate opportunities. A Growing Economy Another reason to invest in a property in the Dominican Republic is the growing economy. This is due largely to the free trade zones offered here. Agriculture was once the country's main supplier of jobs, but the service sector is now number one. This is largely due to the ease with which foreign goods may be landed and handled without intervention from customs. The Dominican Republic is already home to the second largest economy in the Caribbean, with more than $1 billion in revenue generated by tourism. As the economy continues to develop, land purchased here now is sure to appreciate in value. Another factor contributing to the Dominican Republic's growing economy are the remittances being sent here by foreign workers. The Dominican Republic is the birth place of many professional baseball players. When these gentlemen receive large contracts, they typically provide for their less fortunate families back home. Though there are other remittances coming into the country, the vast majority of these funds are generated by Major League Baseball players. More than $1.5 billion dollars are sent to the Dominican Republic annually, with 75% of these funds coming from the US. A Home Away From Home While property bought in the Dominican Republic is great monetary investment, the best reason to purchase here is to have a familiar place to stay during visits. Hotels can be expensive and inhospitable. There's nothing like having a place to rest and relax during a wonderful vacation to the Caribbean Nation of the Dominican Republic. Of course, the biggest attraction to the Dominican Republic are in the Provence Samana en special Las Terrenas, the beautiful beaches. The pristine, blue water and sugar white sand compose some of the most beautiful real estate in the world. This is the reason so many people choose to buy a second home in this country, but there are other amazing tourist attractions. Lago Enriquillo is a huge salt water lake which doubles as a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve. Visiting this paradise is like seeing zoo animals in their natural habitat. Another great attraction is the Mount Isabel de Torres. This sight gives visitors the opportunity to ride a cable car to get a close perspective of the Christ the Redeemer statue. A second home close to the beach is a great place to spend vacation or an entire retirement. The Las Terrenas performs well in terms of value for money for Dominican Republic real estate, Las Terrenas, as well as the predicted rental income derived from any country - The economy in this developing country continues to grow, and so does the value of the homes here. From small homes to elaborate mansions, the Dominican Republic in Las Terrenas offers a plethora of opportunities to invest in a second place to stay. The Dominican Republic should certainly be kept in mind when anyone looks to purchase foreign properties, because this nation has so much to offer. Robbert Korenhof La Casa Holandesa en El Jamito
Ltindal replied most recently with:
Don't be fooled by the Bull$hit post titled, "Purchasing Properties in the Dominican Republic". You will face as many as a few dozen problems here. There's a reason why DR is a 3rd world country. Don't risk your life savings having to discover this after you buy a property in DR. This country is not ready for prime time.
Janin replied most recently with:
@ Mr. Korenhof This forum is NOT a RE page for your paste & copy text. You can market your property with some of the dozens of RE agents in LT. Janin
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Sereno replied to the thread EVERYONE! What happened today to make you feel good! on the Dominican Republic forum:
Sereno initially posted:
Let's try a thread about anything that made me/you feel good today. It does not matter how small or perhaps trivial. What made you smile? I'll start cause I can. (that made me smile.) We have birds nesting all over our property and so much fun to watch. One poor bachelor Mockingbird sings his heart out starting at dawn to dusk trying to find his mate. He is 15' from our porch and his songs are beyond words. We have Doves, Woodpeckers, other Mocking birds and Herons nesting with hatchings all within sight. Simple things that we can watch and make us smile every day. Please tell us what made YOU smile today. Please? sereno the timid.
Sereno replied most recently with:
Another one bit the... water? With the drought instead of keeping our horse water containers full with 5 gallons, we only put 3 gallons in. On average a horse needs 5 gallons per day but since they each have 5 gallon containers in their stalls and in the pastures we cut back some. Hauling water out to the pastures is not fun. All water containers are changed every day. The side benefits of this is that since the container is two or more gallons below the top is... we gain insect and rodent control. In the last month we have found 3 drowned rats and one very large tarantula. Picking the rats out is no problem but that spider set my nerves on edge so I had one of our guys fish that out.... it was still alive.... thank you very much. This is only the second tarantula that I've seen here in over 15 years. I hope not to see another again. A warped smile but.......... still a smile. :)
Sereno replied most recently with:
Happy packing! I hope that you are head in your class. If NOT... stop packing. lol ;) Sereno
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Planner replied to the thread Coming To Sousa on the Dominican Republic forum:
lettie100 initially posted:
I am planning to spend 6 months in the DR starting 11/1/14. I have secured an apartment in Sousa (Trade Winds). I have vacationed in Puerto Plata many times but never longer than 30 days. My question is do I need to apply for a Visa? I would prefer not. Also will I be taxed on personal items that I may bring or have shipped and what is the best and cheapest way to ship? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Lettie
Planner replied most recently with:
You won't need a special visa but when you leave you will pay an overstay fine of less then 2,000RD. As for bringing stuff with you the best way not to pay duty or tax is to bring it with you. Shipping means you will pay tax and duty on it! And it will not be cheap. So may not be worth it! What kinds of things are you thinking to ship?
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Lee offers ten tips for people contemplating a move to Central or South America. (Continue)
biscaynebay replied most recently with:
excellent advice,!
musicman1955 replied recently with:
Thanks, this is great information and it is what other expats have told me as well. Live with the locals! Jim Sault Vermonter
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jbouquet replied to the thread please help! on the Dominican Republic forum:
jbouquet initially posted:
I am planing on moving to DR and I want to know about the cable company what channels i can find over there like HBO CINEMAX etc...
jbouquet replied most recently with:
lollll thanks, by the way with antenna I have no problem to it, I used to my parents are haitians and I used to go to Haiti and DR for summer.... for language I am fluent in French
Sereno replied most recently with:
I was a master TV flipper in the U.S. But here with over 200 channels I stopped. Yes. MOST cable companies have HBO and just about all the movie channels and learning how to adjust the language button you can get in English, Spanish, German, French... and sometimes just one of the above with no choice but it's a great time to learn a new language. Most companies have Fox and some other programing at a higher add on cost. (Ah... some that your brother might enjoy when no one else is around.) Rest assured. Unless you are way out in the campo where only roof antennas get local; you and your brother can have more then enough TV choices. FOX? (never mind.) Next case please. Sereno
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Sereno replied to the thread Horses and all for sale! on the Dominican Republic forum:
Sereno initially posted:
This breaks our hearts but we need to consider what is best for our horses and find them new active owners that love a Paso Fino ride. The smoothest ride on earth. I will not list everything but all is for sale. 3 EXCELEANT Paso Fino's Well known stallion, a good breeding mare and a gelding. NO papers but well known on the N. coast. 2 horse trailer in "as new" and better condition. 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with 55K miles loaded with class 4 tow and off road package plus more. She is a mover. ALL the trailer/car equipment to be safe and comfortable. Three very good saddles and lots of tack. LOTS of tack. Package price to get going and ride on some well trained and great horses with top of the line equipment. I'm not going to barter. Price: U.S. $35,000. IF you want the 2013 Overland with all the options instead of the 2000 Jeep. U.S. $90,000 for the package. YOU WANT MORE? Our whole place with two pools, 2 guest apts., main house, pastures and all. Do you really want to know the price? Thanks. Small finders fee apply.
Sereno replied most recently with:
OK... now that I've had several. I HAVE A REAL ESTATE AGENT AND I DON'T NEED ANYMORE. UNDERSTAND? If you are an agent that has a possible client... I have no idea why you would since you know nothing about my place. Then PM me FOR MY AGENTS INFO. So tired of trolls.
Sereno replied most recently with:
ROFL Janin. Then you need a new halter. I have a few and you just have to pick you package from above. :D
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