Would You Trust A Guide Who Had Never Even Been On The Beaten Path, Let Alone The Unbeaten Path?

“Stay out of my territory,” Walter White warns a rival in Breaking Bad.

It might seem odd to follow the advice of a criminal kingpin, but Walter White is right. Sticking close to your own territory and area of expertise is something every REALTOR® should do. Continue reading Would You Trust A Guide Who Had Never Even Been On The Beaten Path, Let Alone The Unbeaten Path?

Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

I spent the weekend at the V Symposium Caribbean Genealogy and History (V Simposio Caribeño Genealogia e Historia) , held this year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This gave me a chance to check out the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. Locally known as “Catedral Primada de America”, this is one thing you don’t want to miss when you visit Santo Domingo. Continue reading Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

5 Things I did Right in Punta Cana

I must have done something right in my ten years here, right? I must have made some good decisions. Well, I wouldn’t have fallen so in love with living in the Caribbean if I hadn’t had some good times. And there have been LOTS of good times.

So these are the things I’m proud of. Continue reading 5 Things I did Right in Punta Cana

Scandals in Paradise

Gossip. I had no idea this was the most popular form of entertainment among the local resident expats here in Punta Cana before I made the move, although I suppose I should have had an idea since I am fully aware of how small-town gossip works. I didn’t realize it immediately, most likely because I was too busy trying to get my business up and running. Once the business took off, the floodgates crashed open and we were quickly thrown into the scandalous gossip headlines, updated and re-told daily. Continue reading Scandals in Paradise

Giving back to the community with GiveBack Homes

Having a business in real estate brings satisfaction in many ways. When I find my clients their perfect match I can leave work at the end of the day happy that I have helped someone make their dreams of owning a home in the Caribbean a reality. As a REALTOR® I also feel a huge responsibility and every transaction I make is also an opportunity to make the area we live and work better, as our client’s investment brings more possibilities and also more money to the local area and the people living in it. When I found out about the GiveBack Homes initiative, I saw a great scheme that helps real estate agents use their business and the homes they sell, to help others who could only imagine being able to enter the office of an agent, let alone purchase their own home.

GiveBack Homes was established in 2013, by Blake Andrews, who saw a chance for Real Estate Agents to connect to families in need of safe homes, particularly in the USA, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti. GiveBack Homes provides a portal in which agents can contribute financially and also by volunteering their time at local and international Build Trips. They also help agents to organize fundraisers and community events to spread the word about the fantastic work they do.

As the first member in the Dominican Republic I am proud to represent not just the properties I list, but also the GiveBack Homes initiative to my clients, and the response has been amazing. So next time you think about buying a home, why not check to see if your agent is part of GiveBack Homes, and with your purchase, you too can help those in need to find their dream home. Current projects can be viewed on the GiveBack Homes website where you can also check out my profile, www.givebackhomes.com.

Punta Cana: A Lawless Wild West

I have been selling real estate in Punta Cana for more than a decade. I remember working in the New York property market for a couple of years. In New York agents and office workers, were required to adhere to the highest ethical standards, and we were forbidden to refer clients to landscapers, architects, painters, decorators, and finance companies for a fee. Even the suggestion that we had bent the rules and could benefit from a kickback would lead to immediate termination.

The market in Punta Cana is very different. Continue reading Punta Cana: A Lawless Wild West

Why Do Punta Cana Expats Complain So Much?

I find it curious that so many people here seem to make a habit of bashing Dominican culture and even Dominican people in general, expressing negative views about almost all aspect of Dominican society and life in the island.

It makes no sense for an expat to move to a warm, cheap country, with far fewer resources and lower standard of living, and then spend their days complaining about how backwards things are. Continue reading Why Do Punta Cana Expats Complain So Much?

Punta Cana: 5 Photos To Fuel Your Travel Inspiration

Punta Cana is a place like no other and offers incredible scenery, beaches, surf, kind and welcoming people, flavorful food from street vendors and fine dining restaurants, and prices that are easy on the wallet…if you know where to go. It’s a place where you can relax by the pool or seaside, and experience adventure. Continue reading Punta Cana: 5 Photos To Fuel Your Travel Inspiration

7 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to Punta Cana

Living on an island in the Caribbean surrounded by beautiful golf courses and picture-perfect beaches sounds like a dream. Wake up, enjoy a cup of Dominican coffee, freshly picked fruit, walk along the beach and maybe go for a swim to cool off. This is paradise. This is a dream come true.

But this might not be the dream life for everyone. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t pick up and move to Punta Cana- God knows we have way to many complainers in town. Continue reading 7 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to Punta Cana

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