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Real Estate in the Dominican Republic

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 09, 2022

Summary: People living in Dominican Rep offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Dominican Rep? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in the Dominican Republic?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"There are a variety of ways to find a place to live in the Dominican Republic. Property websites such as Encuentra24.com and RepDominicana.com offer a good selection of properties for rent or sale throughout the country. Social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Craigslist can also be used to search for available housing. Additionally, local and international newspapers, as well as real estate agents in the country, can offer insight into where and what type of property is for sale or rent. Lastly, those looking for long-term housing should consider getting in touch with the local tourist office which can provide details on rental and relocation services," remarked another member in Dominican Rep.

"I chose my neighborhood because it is located within walking distance of the Sea and one half block from the Metro/Subway. I found my apartment through a website named Sublet.com," explained one expat living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in the Dominican Republic?

"In the Dominican Republic, most expat homes or apartments are modern with air conditioning and usually have a terrace or balcony. The home or apartment complexes generally provide amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms and playgrounds. In addition, most expats choose to live in secure and gated communities. Apartments tend to be of a good size with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and have a range of features such as high speed internet, cable TV, and in-unit laundry. Finally, expat homes or apartments are typically furnished and can include appliances and kitchen supplies," explained one expat living in Dominican Rep.

"I live in a furnished 2 bedroom apartment. This is typical of the expats I have met. My next door neighnor have lived in their unit for ten years. They are from Canada/Germany," said another person in Santo Domingo.

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What is the average cost of housing in the Dominican Republic?

If you are thinking about moving to the Dominican Republic, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The average cost of housing in the Dominican Republic varies depending on the location and type of housing. Generally, rent prices tend to be lower than in many other countries while the cost of buying property is comparable to neighboring countries," remarked another member in Dominican Rep.

"I live in Boca Chica and rent a 3 bedroom for $440/month. It's on a very good well so no water bill. Electricity here is iffy, but the last 3 or 4 months have been great with no major outages," explained one expat living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

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Should I buy or rent a home in the Dominican Republic?

If you have not spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"Whether to buy or rent a home in the Dominican Republic is a personal decision that ultimately depends on your individual circumstances, budget, and long-term goals. Buying a home in the Dominican Republic may provide an attractive investment opportunity and provide you with greater control over your living environment. Additionally, you can look forward to having a home that you can call your own and enjoy for many years. On the other hand, renting a home allows for greater flexibility with no long-term commitment and is usually the more affordable option for those who don’t plan on staying in the country for an extended period of time. Ultimately, it is important to weigh both options carefully and decide which one best fits your needs and goals," remarked another member in Dominican Rep.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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