But What If I Get Sick?: Addressing Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

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There are many questions to be asked when considering moving to the Dominican Republic. Inevitably, one that tends to come up over and over is the topic of healthcare. Since many of the Canadian and American residents looking to relocate to the Dominican are either nearing retirement or are already retired, knowing that there is reliable and readily accessible health care is a very real concern.

Though we wouldn’t recommend moving if you are already sick and looking for a progressive, experimental treatment, for most illnesses and emergencies, you’ll find that the Dominican health system is more than adequate. Continue reading “But What If I Get Sick?: Addressing Healthcare in the Dominican Republic”

Condo Fees: How do they fit into the Purchase Price?

 

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When doing the calculations behind your home hunting budget, do you include monthly condo fees? Many townhouses and apartments are “condominiums“, meaning that in addition to paying for your individual unit in terms of mortgage, maintenance, taxes and utilities, you also need to pitch in for the maintenance of common areas. This refers to elevators, lobbies, hallways, parking, and more if you are in a multi-unit dwelling; lawn maintenance, roofing, garbage disposal and more if you are in a townhouse complex.

 

These items are paid for communally through the condo board, which is comprised of and run by the residents of the condominium. But where do these fees fit in during the home hunt?

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Expat Living in Bavaro, Dominican Republic: A Day in the Life

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I’m sure many of you are curious to know what an average day looks like when you are living the expat life in the Dominican Republic. Though everyone shapes their days according to their own interests, habits, and needs, my husband and I like to spend our days in the following manner:

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The Practical Side of the “Snowbird” Life

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Canada brings to mind many wonderful things: bountiful forests, plentiful rivers, breath taking mountains, and urban landscapes. The snow, however, is not considered a plus for everyone. While those who enjoy winter sports might revel in every snowfall, for many people it’s just a hassle. The unsafe driving conditions, constant shoveling, and piercing cold definitely is not the general populace’s “cup of tea.”

 

That’s why there’s no surprise as to why thousands of retired Canadians spend the cold months abroad in some tropical paradise like Florida or the Dominican Republic. Known as the “snowbird” life, as you migrate along with the birds for the winter, it’s a good way to spend your retirement.

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Dominican Republic like a Local

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Living in a new country means learning all kinds of things- from where to buy the freshest vegetables to how to get a better internet plan. However, by the far the most interesting and satisfying lesson is that on local traditions. Becoming an expat means bringing your own culture and traditions and adapting to the ones that you encounter in your new home.

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How to Boost Your Curb Appeal for a Winter Listing

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Selling your home in the winter can be hard – it’s no wonder that it’s considered “slow season” for real estate professionals. Between the cold, long nights and the lack of colourful landscaping, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine hosting delightful BBQs out on the patio or even reading a book by the bay window.

 

However, just because you’re selling in the winter, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to make an effort to increase your home’s curb appeal. Actually, investing the time and effort can make an even more noticeable difference than during other seasons, making your property stand out from others on the market.

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How to Plan a Dominican Vacation Outside a Resort

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The Dominican Life is truly something wonderful, however it’s difficult to really get to know it when you are living the all-inclusive life within a resort. Planning a Dominican vacation outside a resort is where the real fun is. Not only do you get more flexibility to discover what the country has to offer, but you also get to meet the amazing people who live there, natives and expats alike!

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Why a Family Vacation is a Better Christmas Gift Than Any Toy

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Wondering what gift you can get your family members that will really make a difference to them?

Easy. A family vacation.

 

Whether it’s a trip to Mont Tremblant for some skiing and relaxing in the chalet afterwards, or is a tropical getaway to a Caribbean island, a family vacation is a much better choice than the newest iPhone or a set of Pet Patrol toys.

 

Here’s why:

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Why Canada’s Real Estate Situation is Different Than America’s a.k.a. Learn to Love Those Mortgage Rules

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Real Estate was almost always seen as a good investment. That is, until the economic crisis in 2008, when American real estate plummeted, and thousands of people foreclosed on their homes. That’s bad enough of a situation to scare nearly anyone from considering real estate as a sound investment. However, remember that the Canadian real estate market is much different than the American pre-recession market, and different still from the current American market.

 

 

These differences are what kept our real estate prices from dropping along with that of our American neighbours. Interested to see?

 

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Why I Won’t Be Shopping at the Mall this Christmas

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Kitchener Waterloo is where I do my Christmas shopping. Does that mean that I’ll be fighting for parking spots at Conestoga or Fairview Mall? No. I’m shopping at small, independent shops and local makers this Christmas, just like 58% of Canadian consumers.

 

Shopping local and independent is something that I try to do all year around. Visiting local boutiques, shopping at the Farmers’ Markets and buying directly from producers is a lifestyle decision that I work hard at fulfilling. But with Christmas coming up soon, I’m more committed than ever to buying quality items from local spots.

 

Want to know why?

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