Q: Why the Dominican Republic and why Juan Dolio?
A: The DR is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean, and JUAN DOLIO is not only in one of the most beautiful areas of the DR but most importantly nearby Santo Domingo’s best private health care facilities, the Las Americas International airport, Embassies, business and entertainment district.
Q: Where can I find the best vacation or long term rentals? What if I am interested in buying property?
A: Juan Dolio Living SRL parent company of Juan Dolio Real Estate is a full service real estate company and has the largest listing of rental properties to fit your needs. Call to set up viewing and to discuss options.
Q: Is there a 24 hour medical clinic and pharmacy in the area?
A: Yes. Gal Medical Clinic. There are a good number of private hospitals in Santo Domingo located 45 minutes away.
Q: Is there a private school in the area?
A: Yes. The Villas del Mar school located in Juan Dolio has learning levels from pre-school through 12th grade. San Pedro also has a fine school located 20 minutes from Juan Dolio.
Q: Where are the banks located ?
A: Banco Popular in located in east Juan Dolio. BHD Bank is located on the main highway in Boca Chica. All other major bank branches are located in San Pedro.
Q: Are Cable and Internet services easily available?
A: There are a number to choose from depending on your needs.
Q: Are there professional meeting areas to hold business meetings or luncheons?
A: There are a number of conference rooms available in Juan Dolio. Call us for more information.
Q: Other than a taxi service, can I hire a driver at a daily, weekly or monthly rate to drive me to different destinations?
A: Yes. We have a recommended list of qualified candidates. Call us for more information.
Q: What overnight mail service do you recommend
A: Fedex has a same day pick-up. UPS has drop off services at the airport.
Q: Is there a major supermarket in the area?
A: While there are several small food marts in Juan Dolio, Jumbo, Iberia & Zaglul in San Pedro have the biggest selection of items.
Q: Can JDL recommend other services like a plumber, painter or handyman, home builder, architect? How about home cleaning services and childcare?
A: JDL can assist you with these and most of your relocation needs.
Q: Where can I find a good attorney and notary.
A: Juan Dolio Living has an in- house attorney and notary at excellent rates. There office is located next to La Brissa Restaurant near Banco Popular.
Q: How do I get to the Dominican Republic, and Juan Dolio?
A: Several major airlines offer regular service into Las Americas International airport located 20 minutes west of Juan Dolio & La Romana Airport, located 45 minutes east, serve Cities in the USA, Canada and Europe include airlines from Continental, United, US Air, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Spirit, AmeraJet Intl, Aserca, Pan Am World, British Air, Arrow, Air Europa, via Air France, Air Europe, Copa, Iberia .
New York – 4 hours
Toronto – 5 1/2 hours
Miami – 2 hours
Major European cities: 8-10 hours
Q: Can you use my cell phone in the DR?
A: You can use your cell phone from your own country; however, it can be quite pricey. It is better to buy a cell phone here, which you can buy for about $15 USD. The minutes are bought ¨Pay as you go.¨ You buy phone cards and charge your phone with minutes, (From $1 USD to $40 USD). Claro & Orange are the two big companies here in the DR.
Q: Can I get married in Juan Dolio?
A: Yes. We can connect you with a resort that offers marriage services. All official documents necessary for the marriage should be translated into Spanish before arrival), and an appointment should be made through the hotel to ensure the availability of a judge).
Q: Can I do my banking in U.S. dollars?
A: Yes. Major Banks offer U.S. dollar and Euro accounts.
Q: Is it possible to get a loan on Dominican Republic properties and if so what is the loan to value percentages ?
A: Banco Popular loans 80% of the value of the property, so expect to pay at least 20% down. Interest rate at time of this writing is 8.5% t o 10.5% USD and 14% t0 – 16% in Pesos with a Cedula (residency card):
1. Bank statements from last year (not required if banking with Banco Popular)
3. A letter from purchaser asking for the loan
4. Financial statement from accountant showing Net Worth
5. Appraisal done by bank appointed appraiser. Bank Manager accompanies. (+/- $150.00 USD)
Without Cedula: Provide the above plus…
1. Last income tax statement
2. International credit report
Q: What are the closing costs associated with the sale of property?
A: Taxes = 5% of sale price. Fees= Lawyer fee = 1%. There are no other closing costs.
Q: As a foreigner, will I have to pay taxes on investment earnings in the DR?
A: No. The tax laws are the same as in the rest of the Latin American region; you can rest assured that interest accrued on your bank deposits and investments are completely exempt from DR taxes.
Q: After I establish residency can I ship one container duty free?
A: After you establish residency you can ship one container load of household belongings “duty free”.. What that really means is that some stuff won’t be subject to duty. Keep in mind the packing and unpacking charges, the potential charges while your container waits on the dock to get unloaded, and what customs might say and do after looking at EVERYTHING.. This all adds up and it just might be better to leave it behind. These laws change, and have changed since I moved in with a container a two years ago. Most of us know the duties charged by customs vary with the wind. Bringing in motor vehicles, autos, motorcycles, etc. will almost always mean there is a duty and sometimes a high one. Do your homework on this and expect that in the end it will be worse than what you were told. JDL can provide a clearing agent to assist you.
Q: How can I receive my mail?
A: Mail may be picked up at either the post office or mail delivery service. We will gladly recommend the best services to you.
Q: Is it legal work in the DR?
A: Yes, with a working permit, or by working for a Dominican corporation through a contract.
Q: Where can I purchase household appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.?
A: There are many large appliance and furniture stores with-in 1 hours’ drive of Juan Dolio.
Q: Is there trash pick-up?
Q: Is pest control a problem? Are exterminators available?
A: No. Yes.
Q: Are there private hospitals and clinics with English speaking doctors and dentists in or near Juan Dolio?
A: Yes. There are two dental clinics in Juan Dolio with staff who speak English. Very good private hospitals and clinics located 45 minutes away in Santo Domingo we can also recommend.
JDL can tell you where to purchase fresh Swiss/German bread and pastries, the best pizzas and hamburgers, where to find a good auto mechanic, buy quality DVD movies, exchange currencies, where to get affordable golf and tennis lessons for you and the family, best health clubs, salons, what are the best tours to take, where to go horseback riding, scuba diving, fishing or cave exploring?
One thing we enjoy about Juan Dolio is that it is easy to get around. Most of what you’re looking for is available right here in Juan Dolio.
Contact: Juan Dolio Living – Phone 809 526-0988 info@JuanDolioLiving.com