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The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

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This Island Offers You A Rich, Relaxing, And Truly Diverse Lifestyle (Even On A Pensioner’s Budget)

Plus: Recent Developments Mean It Has Never Been Safer Or Easier For Foreign Retirees and Investors To Stake Their Claims…

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

If you dream of white sands, warm turquoise waters, and year-round sunshine… but crossed the Caribbean off your list because you thought it was beyond your budget…

If you’re lured by a beach lifestyle but want more options for year-round entertainment—from upscale restaurants and international theaters to jungle trails begging to be explored and the chance to watch hundreds of humpback whales perform their tricks just offshore…

If you’d love the chance to live an easy pace of life in a nation that’s all about community spirit, embracing traditional values that hark back to 1950s America…

Then I have very good news for you: Now’s the time to revisit your dream… for we’ve found the Caribbean spot where you can afford to make it come true…

The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

From A One-Bedroom Apartment In Florida To A
Three-Bedroom Beach Home In The Caribbean…
The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

A fulfilling and active life here in paradise starts as low as US$1,115 a month…

Larry S. came to this Caribbean island from Ft. Lauderdale almost a decade ago. Back in Florida, he’d been renting an overpriced one-bedroom apartment that was a 10-minute drive from the beach. And, whenever he battled through traffic to get to those jam-packed Atlantic shores, he wasn’t free to walk his dog or enjoy a beer. Instead, he’d find himself handing over US$40 for a mediocre lunch. Larry soon stopped putting himself through the hassle.

But in his new life on this Caribbean island, just a two-hour flight from the U.S. East Coast, Larry was able to buy a three-bedroom home just off the beach. In two minutes, he can be on the sand to play with his daughter and their dogs—and cool down with a beer for just 50 cents.

For dinner, he can enjoy fresh lobster with fries, salad, and drinks for less than US$17… or a half-chicken dinner for less than US$6.

And the shores here are nowhere near as crowded as those in Florida. The area where Larry’s settled boasts miles of powder-sand beaches, many of which are deserted… offering true relaxation and escape.

A Rich And Active Retirement From US$1,115 A Month

The haven I’m talking about is the Dominican Republic.

The final landing place of Columbus and his crew on their grand discovery tour of the New World in 1492, today it’s a place where you can:

The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

The Dominican Republic is a classic Caribbean paradise, but with a large European and American presence…

  • Live well on US$1,155 a month (enjoying the extras you’d struggle to afford back home)…
  • Own a three-bedroom home just off the beach from as little as US$244,000 (or a loft-style apartment for less than US$100,000)…
  • Enjoy year-round summer-like weather—most days here are sunny with clear blue skies. The average high is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 73…
  • Embrace the best of Caribbean living but also have First World amenities and entertainment nearby…
  • Enjoy an instant welcome in a country that embraces (and rewards) foreign investors and retirees…
  • Take advantage of an easy path to residency—with the opportunity to acquire a second passport in just two years…
  • Access high-quality and affordable medical care (and cheaper health insurance)…

The Dominican Republic isn’t entirely new to Americans. The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

Honeymooners, spring-breakers, golfers, and couples seeking five-star luxury have, for a decade, been vacationing in the all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana…

Meanwhile, backpackers and adventurers trek through the jungle, race down white-water rapids, and let loose in the party towns of Sosua and Cabarete.

But that’s not the whole story of this island. Beyond the resorts and the jungles are eclectic fishing villages and towns offering a wonderful lifestyle to those wanting to stick around longer.

And now is your chance to join the next wave…

Why The Dominican Republic’s Time Has Come

I’ve been watching the Dominican Republic for more than a decade, waiting for the time it could join the ranks of our top havens in the world…

At last, I believe this Caribbean nation’s time has come.

With a stable government—and a steady economy that grew by 7.1% in 2014—today, it’s ripe and ready for expats looking for a safe and affordable option in the Caribbean.

What makes the DR so attractive right now? I put it down to three things:

1. Prices Represent The Best Value In The Caribbean

White sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, and year-round sunshine… it’s all possible on a small budget here…

From real estate to the general cost of living, it’s hard to believe you’re in the Caribbean. Prices across the board appear more Latin American. You could live well here on your monthly Social Security check alone.

A budget of US$1,155 would provide for a good lifestyle, without having to watch the pennies as you might back home. With a budget of US$2,000, you could afford more entertainment, extra household help, and really feel like royalty.

I’m always conservative in preparing budgets, by the way. Everybody has different needs and priorities. But, for what it’s worth, one reader wrote to say that he lives the good life in Santo Domingo (the nation’s historic capital city) for US$500 a month. This gentleman owns his own property, so he is spared the cost of a monthly rental fee.

What about the real estate? As I mentioned above, prices start below US$100,000 for apartments. There are plenty of villas near the beach around the US$250,000 mark. And even the biggest dream mansions are a fraction the usual multimillion-dollar price-tag.

As an added bonus, investing US$200,000 in the Dominican Republic (a real estate purchase qualifies) means you can apply for citizenship after just two years. The country’s requirements for naturalization are significantly lower than other Caribbean countries.

The Caribbean As It Once Was Priced As It Used To Be

Granted a DR passport isn’t the best in the world, it allows you visa-free travel around most of the Caribbean region (and also Germany and Spain). And the second passport is good as a general backup and for peace of mind.

Rentals are well below other Caribbean destinations, too. Arriving in town, you’re probably going to need to rent for some time, at least. And, here, you won’t feel ripped off. Prices start at around US$450 for a one-bedroom apartment.

I should point out at this stage that the local real estate market is safer than ever. Up until recently, property titles were a shambles. Deals were made without much regard to the law. Investing here was a pure gamble.

Now, thanks to a major government initiative to clean up the real estate sector, the market has been given a shake-up. Titles everywhere have been cleaned up and put in order. Rights of possession have been abolished. Clear procedures exist—and are being followed—for the purchase of real estate.

Unlike the early expats who settled here, you’re coming in at a low risk in a fully regulated market.

Of course, this opportunity isn’t going to remain a secret for long. Like anywhere in the world, the sooner you get in, the better placed you’ll be to take advantage of affordable real estate prices—prices that are still bargain-basement by Caribbean standards.

2. The Established Expat Community Means Amenities And Services You Don’t Find Elsewhere In The Caribbean

White-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, warm turquoise water, year-round sunshine—you’ll find them in abundance here in the Dominican Republic… and, of course, pretty much everywhere else in the Caribbean.

Fun and activity abounds on this island, with a little something for everyone…

What sets the DR apart from other Caribbean islands and nations is its more sophisticated lifestyle—one that is strongly European. Santo Domingo, the oldest permanent settlement in the New World, boasts some impressive colonial architecture, along with modern shopping options, theaters, museums, and stadiums (béisbol is a national obsession).

It’s the best of island living with the opportunity to take in an opera… go to the game… get in a round of golf… indulge in some retail therapy…

Driving along Avenida George Washington—part of the recently upgraded El Malecón coastal highway on the edge of town—with its five-star hotels, casinos, and luxury condos, the feeling is more ritzy Santa Monica than Caribbean outpost. Meanwhile, El Conde in the Colonial Zone is the longest promenade in the Americas. You could lose an entire afternoon here weaving from café to boutique to colorful artisan stall.

You won’t have to worry about being the first expat in town. In our favorite town on the Samana Peninsula (which I’ll introduce you to in a moment), you’ll be welcomed by locals and expats alike. And you’ll enjoy a wide range of products (from patisserie-baked pain au chocolat to German salami to Swiss cheese) thanks to a diverse and multicultural local community.

In fact, if you love the thought of European life, but would rather be within a two-hour hop of the U.S. East Coast (and with better weather), then this could be the paradise you’ve been waiting for.

3. Developments In Infrastructure Make For Easy Living

Recently upgraded airports mean you can get to the Dominican Republic from the U.S. East Coast in two hours.

New highways have cut journey times out of the capital by half or more. No more getting lost down dirt tracks… or driving a painful six hours when you want to reach the opposite side of the island…

Best of all, this easier accessibility by both road and air has helped reduce day-to-day living costs. On parts of the island, food and grocery items have, over the last couple of years, fallen by as much as 30%. I can’t think of anywhere in the world right now that can boast the same.

Current Samples From The Local Property Market

  • On the beach, a newly-built one-bedroom apartment in a gated community with two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa, pool bars, and a full hotel management service should you wish to rent your property full- or part-year. Price: US$149,500.
  • A four-bedroom, four-bath luxury penthouse in a gated community three minutes from the beach. Built over two floors, the top floor has a master suite with rooftop terrace. Price: US$200,000.
  • A four-bedroom villa, a six-minute walk from the beach and charming fishing village, set within a small gated community. Covering 205 square meters, all bedrooms are en-suite, and it has a private pool. Price: US$265,000.
  • Ecological villa with solar power and rainwater collection system. Within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, the three-bedroom villa with its own pool is part of a 12-villa development. Price: US$349,000.
  • Close to the beach, this four-bedroom villa is in a high-end area of town. Set in tropical gardens and fully furnished to a high standard, it has a track record of high-yield rental from US$285 to US$450 per night. Price: US$660,000.
  • Ocean-view house (on its own hill), 15 minutes from the beach, with 360-degree views of coast and mountains. Area is 305 square meters with two bedrooms, large open-plan living and dining area, infinity pool, and separate maid’s quarters. Price: US$795,000.
Generous Tax Incentives—And Easier Residency—
For Qualified Retirees

As a rule, I never recommend choosing your new home overseas based on its tax laws. But when an attractive haven also offers generous tax breaks, it certainly helps to sweeten the deal. Down here in the Dominican Republic, lowering your tax bill means more disposable income, so you can pursue all the things you enjoy.

For the foreign retiree, it’s hard to beat the advantages of the Dominican Republic.

The local population embraces both visitors and expats as part of the community…

In addition to the low cost of living, proximity to the U.S. East Coast, high standard of health care, and great opportunities for outdoor adventure, culture, and leisure, the government is welcoming of foreign residents and has in place a list of incentives for qualifying retirees.

If you can show proof of a monthly pension of US$1,500 (plus US$250 for each person you bring with you), you can qualify for provisional residency in just 45 days.

Then, under Law 171-07, you can enjoy:

  • Tax-free receipt of your pension income…
  • Tax-free import of your household and car…
  • 50% reduction on property tax…
  • Exemption of taxes on the payment of dividends and interest (generated within the country or overseas)…
  • 50% exemption on mortgage-related taxes…
  • Exemption on the payment of taxes for household and personal items…
  • Exemption from taxes on property transfers…
  • Partial exemption on vehicle taxes…

Sample Monthly Budget For A Couple
Living On The Samana Peninsula

Rent

US$450

Unfurnished, mid-range, one-bedroom apartment
Gas

N/A

Included with electricity
Electricity

US$95

Water

N/A

Included with electricity
Landline telephone

N/A

Included with cable
Internet

N/A

Included with cable
Cable TV

US$90

Basic groceries

US$275

Basic items for a couple
Entertainment

US$245

Eating out twice a week (for two), local drinks twice a week (for two), movie theater trip twice a month (for two)
TOTAL

US$1,155

Sustainable Energy—A Major National Plan

Also helping drive down the cost to the retiree in the Dominican Republic is the government’s effort to reform its energy sector from a heavy reliance (90%) on fossil fuels by capitalizing on its abundance of renewable energy sources. The government plans to derive 25% of its energy from renewable sources. To this end, generous tax incentives are offered to those who invest in sustainable energy developments and projects. This explains the number of eco-style villas you’ll see on the market—particularly around the Samana Peninsula.

Not Ready To Retire? The Red Carpet Awaits
Investors And Entrepreneurs, Too…

With its central location in the Americas, a fast-developing infrastructure, and a generous package of tax incentives, the Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the Caribbean region to do business.

The government welcomes foreign investors to its industrial free-zones. If you have a business to transplant or are looking to set up your own business in a tax-friendly, benefit-laden location, you owe it to yourself to investigate the opportunities here—especially if your work falls under any of the following categories: telecommunications, infrastructure, renewable energy, agribusiness, call centers, software development, manufacturing, or tourism.

Start up a business in a free trade zone and, thanks to Law #8-90, you’ll qualify for a 15-year exemption on all:

  • Income taxes…
  • Corporate taxes…
  • VAT…
  • Municipal taxes…
  • Exports tax and duties…
  • Incorporation and capitalization taxes…
  • And more…

But you don’t have to be in big business to take advantage of the Dominican Republic’s tax incentives.

The government is fully committed to tourism growth. It recognizes the potential in its coastlines, its jungles, and its historic capital city. Its big agenda is “sustainable tourism,” and it’s rolling out the red carpet to those willing to help boost its tourism efforts and accommodate visitors in town…

Honest Advice Appreciated

“It actually exceeded my expectations. Informative, concise, honest and useful.
For anyone thinking of
making a move.”

Daniel Barber, United States

Start a tourism business here—a boutique hotel, a tour business, or dive shop may qualify—and, under Law 158-01, you’ll receive tax breaks for the next 10 years on income taxes, VAT, real estate transfers, property tax, import duties, and more. All while living in one of the world’s warmest, safest, and friendliest havens…

By way of warning, I’ve seen these types of government incentives before. They don’t last. Fifteen-year tax breaks shrink to 10… then five.

Likewise, those real estate prices will go up. With improved highways and upgraded airports with more international flights, visitors are already starting to see beyond the usual hot-spots… and make their way to the lesser-known (lower-priced) towns and villages…

Now is the time to get down here and explore all the Dominican Republic has to offer.

And, I’m delighted to announce that you now have a chance to do this, safe in the company of experts and expats who can help turn your overseas living, retirement, or investment dream into reality…

Live and Invest in the
Dominican Republic Conference
June 10-12, 2015
Crown Plaza Hotel
Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicJoin us for three days in the Caribbean’s
most historic and cosmopolitan city…

This year, we’ll host our first-ever Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic event.

This June 10-12, my network of local and global experts will convene in Santo Domingo, the city that holds the honor of being the oldest permanent settlement in the New World.

Every corner here seems to boast a stunning vista, some of Mother Nature’s best…

With its cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial buildings, its feel is strongly European… and it has the café culture and general air of sophistication to back it up.

Here at the Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo, just minutes from the city’s Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ll gather under one roof to walk you, step-by-step, through everything you need to know about making the Dominican Republic a part- or full-time home… or a safe place to plant an investment flag…

Join us in Santo Domingo this June and you’ll:

  • Get the full story (warts and all) on living here from our team of experts and expats…
  • Have the opportunity to have all your questions answered, in person, by professionals who are up-to-date on the latest laws regarding immigration, buying property, setting up a business, etc…
  • Soak up the atmosphere of this city (and beyond) in person, and get a picture of what your life could be like if you decided to move here part- or full-time…

Knowledgeable, Accessible Speakers

“There was a good variety of presenters and exhibitors. All were knowledgeable and capable speakers. Access for separate conversations was very much appreciated and helpful.”

–Christopher Goodwin, United States

You’ll hear from our realtors, tax lawyers, international bankers, immigration attorneys, and other experts during conference hours. But you’ll also get to pick their brains in Q&A sessions and chat with them informally during coffee breaks or over evening cocktails.

Many of these experts—and all our expats—live in the Dominican Republic, are passionate about the country, and want to help you fulfill your dreams for your new life overseas. They aim to give you the whole story—warts and all, as we like to say. Because, naturally, no place is perfect…

One thing you need to remember about the Dominican Republic is that, despite all the developments in infrastructure, its sophisticated capital city, and its five-star resorts and world-class golf courses, it is still the Third World. You’ll find out what challenges this presents for day-to-day living. All this is to make your move as smooth as possible and prevent any big surprises later down the line—potentially saving you a lot of time, money, and frustration.

There’s nothing like being on the ground to get a true feel for a place. And no amount of armchair reading or Internet research can provide you with the same knowledge and personal insight that you get from being in the room with experts who are up-to-date on all recent developments, as well as expats who have already gone through an international move… and are ready and willing to share their experiences.

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Introducing The
“St. Tropez Of The Caribbean”

Over the three days of the event, we’ll be based in Santo Domingo. And, while you may fall for the charms of the capital itself (and be tempted by its attractive fixer-upper opportunities), there’s another exciting area of the country that will come under the spotlight during our discussions…

Two hours northeast of Santo Domingo, across the newly laid highway to the Samana Peninsula, is the little beach town of Las Terrenas. This is the area we’ve identified as offering the best expat lifestyle in the country, as well as plenty of attractive opportunities for the investor.

Las Terrenas, and its surrounding area, is a place that needs to be seen firsthand to be believed.

Recognizing the potential of the Samana Peninsula, former President Leonel Fernández focused his attention on developing the area during his two terms in office. Thanks to his government, the new highway from the capital, Santo Domingo, was completed while a massive marketing campaign launched the peninsula as the “St. Tropez of the Caribbean.”

Still, the lesser-known town of Las Terrenas has managed to keep its traditional feel. Today’s expats can appreciate this Caribbean beach town with its charming European influence… along with a first-class hospital, well-stocked supermarkets, and international schools that you don’t normally expect to find in a Caribbean outpost.

Las Terrenas: Spectacular Beaches And Vistas

“Home to the country’s most spectacular beaches and lush, mountainous landscape, the Samana Peninsula is considered by both locals and visitors to be the most beautiful
part of the Dominican Republic.”

Fodor’s Travel

Untouched Beaches And Coconut-Covered Mountains

“When foreign tourists head to the Dominican Republic, they go to one of three places: Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, or Santo Domingo—and that’s why you should head to the Samana Peninsula! Equidistant from Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo, this North Coast peninsula boasts untouched beaches, soothing azure waters, and coconut-covered mountains that march down to the sea.”

International Business Times

Las Terrenas—Standing Apart
From The Rest Of The Caribbean

Doug and Helen, a couple from the U.K. (whom you’ll meet in person in Santo Domingo in June), traveled the Caribbean—from the Bahamas to St. Lucia to the Caymans and beyond—before this little town on the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula took them by surprise.

Authentic French, Italian, and Caribbean cuisine is ever-present in our
top destination choice here,
the expat beach town of Las Terrenas…

What set Las Terrenas apart from its neighbors, Doug says, was the immediate sense of the Caribbean as it used to be. Here the couple found the irresistible combination of pristine beaches and turquoise waters, a charming European-influenced town, an impressive infrastructure and first-world amenities, and people who truly cared for each other and were genuinely welcoming of newcomers like themselves…

And, of course, there were the prices. Far from the multimillion-dollar price-tags of most Caribbean islands, this was the Caribbean of 50 years ago… at prices long since forgotten in places like Barbados, Antigua, and Bermuda.

Doug recognized an opportunity when he saw it. He put down cash for a plot of land on the first day he saw it and, over the next few years, built the couple’s dream home. Completed in 2007, their 450-square-meter home (with swimming pool), along with the original plot of land, cost just US$375,000.

Ten years on, Doug and Helen couldn’t be happier with their new home. (In 2013, they turned down an offer of US$850,000 for the property.)

Rental Opportunities On The Samana Peninsula

Most tourists have been visiting the eastern shores of the DR with its all-inclusive options for the past decade. Prices on this coast, particularly around Punta Cana, a top attraction for honeymooners and spring-breakers, have risen accordingly. And those early-in investment opportunities are long gone.

While the Samana Peninsula has managed to remain off the radar of most U.S. visitors, it has its fanbase among Europeans, Canadians, and wealthy locals who flock here for Carnaval, Easter, and other big holidays. Visitor numbers are on a steady increase in the region. Latest reports show that 4.7 million visitors landed here in 2014—a 9.6% increase on the previous year. And 96% of those tourists said they plan to return to the Dominican Republic.

All of these visitors need beds, of course. Luxury apartments and villas are snapped up by the night, week, and month. Visitors pay as much as US$500 a night for a villa with a pool… or US$250 for a luxury condo. And you can get in here for as little as US$100,000… and buy a villa from between US$250,000 to US$500,000. You can also find multimillion-dollar properties, of course. And, these are usually a bargain compared with the cost of similar properties in other Caribbean markets.

Las Terrenas continues to go from strength to strength and the future looks bright…

  • New bars, restaurants, and shops open weekly around town. The vibe is of a burgeoning economy—a positive place, alive with local and international residents.
  • A US$250-million-dollar development is planned between El Portillo and El Limon that will include villas, houses, hotels, shops, and sporting facilities. The land purchase has been agreed and the building is due to start in 2016.
  • Construction on an 18-hole golf course is set to recommence in the summer of 2015 and be completed within two years. This is the first for the peninsula. When complete, it will save local golfers the current one-and-a-half-hour journey to the closest golf course.
Get Your Overseas Retirement Plan
Off The Ground In Three Days

The long, white-sand beaches in the Dominican Republic qualify as some of the most beautiful in the world…

Spend three days with us in Santo Domingo this June, and you’ll walk away with all your questions answered (and answers to questions you don’t even know you have).

You’ll finally have a clear picture of the steps you’ll need to follow to get from where you are now to your dream lifestyle overseas.

Over three days, we’re going to leave no stone unturned.

We’ll talk through the big picture issues—things you’ll need to consider no matter where in the world you plan to relocate to. For example…

  • How much you’ll need in your bank account to retire overseas…
  • Whether to rent or buy your new home overseas (and whether you should sell or hold your current home)…
  • Important personal circumstances to consider (including your state of health, your willingness to learn Spanish, your family situation)…
  • How to organize your household for shipping—and what you really need to take overseas?
  • Do you need to speak the language before you go? Or could you get by in English?
  • How to easily (and affordably) stay in touch with friends and family…
  • Can you bring your pets? What about quarantine?

Interesting Investment Opportunities

“The seminar met my expectations and more. It was engaging and extremely informative. It opened me up to investment opportunities I never considered before. Thank you for such an informative and well run conference.”

Natasha Harris, United States

You’ll also hear from local realtors on:

  • What you need to know as a foreigner buying here (the property market has been shaken up in the last few years and is safer than ever)…
  • Updates on the current property market in Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas, and beyond…
  • Your financing options (mortgages are available to foreign buyers here, often as much as 70% loan-to-value)…
  • Specific buying opportunities, including apartments, condos, and villas…
  • What the rental market is like and what you need to be aware of as a tenant…

You’ll also hear about real estate investment opportunities, including:

  • Buying property for rental income (with visitor numbers growing steadily, your options are many)…
  • Opportunities in agricultural land (including honey farms—an interesting option for diversification)…
  • How to take advantage of the tourism law and other tax incentives for investors…

Our immigration attorney will take you through:

  • The various types of visas on offer…
  • The process of applying for residency (how long it takes, associated costs, the paperwork you’ll need to provide)…
  • The path to citizenship and getting your DR passport…
  • The benefits of acquiring residency, citizenship, and a second passport…

On the business front, you’ll hear about:

  • Opportunities for investment in free trade zones…
  • The laws around incorporating in the Dominican Republic…
  • How to take advantage of tourism and foreign investment incentives and enjoy tax breaks for up to 15 years…
  • The economic outlook for the next decade—where the Dominican Republic is headed…

You’ll also get the low-down on the country’s health care system (quality care is available here at a fraction of the cost in the United States).

And, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about your international tax bill… so you understand your local dues as well as your Stateside obligations. We’ll also cover the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion that allows you to earn up to US$100,800 free of U.S. tax.

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Everyone Here Is Like One Huge Family

Todd Schlosser first came to the Dominican Republic 10 years ago from Ohio. His plan was to rent a house for a few weeks with a friend in resort-filled Puerto Plata. But after a couple of weeks of loving the active lifestyle, the cheap costs, and, more than anything the Dominicans themselves, Todd also decided to stay…

Like many who fall in love with the Dominican Republic on vacation, Todd knew the touristy area he visited was no place to build his idyllic new life. He asked around, took buses to visit new towns, and finally found Las Terrenas.

The friendly and welcoming locals are always happy to help neighbors, no matter where they’re from…

In his mid-40s and not ready for retirement, Todd wanted to build a business of his own. After a series of business misadventures, he opened a local mail forwarding franchise, CPS Las Terrenas. Mail forwarding is an invaluable service for expats and was sorely needed in the region before Todd pinpointed the need.

The business fits his current lifestyle perfectly. Todd is a people-person, he doesn’t like regular hours or to be in an office all day, and he has a young family he wants to be home to enjoy. His franchise allows him some freedom, loose hours, and to meet every new expat to come to Las Terrenas, making new friends as soon as they arrive.

Todd describes the country as a cliché of 1950s America…

“Everyone here is like one huge family. People here are hospitable and courteous, but not in the obligatory way that I think we Americans are. These people are far from rich, but no one goes hungry because everyone looks out for each other.

“When a Dominican offers you something it isn’t an empty offer. I have been offered plates of food in every house I’ve ever stepped into here—not just offered, but served! As soon as I sit down, there’s a plate in my hands, whether I want it or not.

“If I’m working outside, some stranger may see me and bring me a plate or a cold glass of something for no other reason than they want to help. They want to be nice, no matter who you are. It’s humbling.

“No one here has much, but whatever they have, they also want you to have. Charity is something that isn’t done by a church or an institution: It’s done every day by every single person living here. If there’s a community member in bad shape, everyone pitches in to help him out and shares responsibility. Rather than soup kitchens, we have neighbors.

“Blow a tire in Ohio and no one is stopping for you. You better have AAA or hope a cop spots you, otherwise you’re stuck. If you pop a tire here, within 30 seconds there’s a handful of people over to help who don’t expect anything for their trouble. That is unusual in Latin America. In my experience, locals usually want a payoff from a foreigner in a tight spot. Not here.”

Be Part Of This Small Group Of Like-Minded Adventurers

One thing we often pick up from attendees who come to an event like this is a great sense of relief that they are no longer alone.

Helpful Professionals And Expats

“It was my first seminar, and I was so impressed by the quality of how it was run as well as the carefully chosen topics. I was not sure what to expect and I am more than satisfied. I was able to talk to professionals and expats. I am going back with a treasure of information.”

–Valerie Boquet, United States

Right now, you’re thinking about making this big leap to a new life overseas… but you may feel like you’ve nowhere to turn… that friends and family aren’t so supportive of your ideas.

On the ground in Santo Domingo for our Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference, you’ll be surrounded with like-minded folks all looking to start a new life overseas—many with the same hopes, dreams, and fears that you share.

Lifelong friendships are made at our events. Conference attendees often go on to become neighbors in their new homes. Once you realize you’re not alone—and that you’ll have so much support on your move—everything seems achievable.

And an in-country event like this is a lot smaller than our annual Stateside Retire Overseas event that can see hundreds in the room at any one time. Here, you can’t possibly get lost in the crowd. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to network with our experts… the people who you can later call on to help with your international move.

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Depth Of Information

“We were truly blessed to have the advantage of [your] experience, networking, business connections, and organization to offer a conference that offered the best and brightest minds from all over the world on a vast number of subjects. I was amazed at the depth of information. The speakers were generous in their advice. I will continue to use the connections established at this conference. I now have a better understanding of [the country], warts and all, that will lead me to comfortable decisions.
Thank you.”

Barbara Petrohan, United States

Of all the places where we’re sponsoring events this year, I’m particularly excited about this one. The territory here is still so relatively undiscovered, still idyllic, and still hugely undervalued.

I hope you’ll take me up on this opportunity to see the Dominican Republic in all its glory… and consider all your options here under the guidance of a professional team.

Remember, we’ll have experts on hand to help you with every possible endeavor. The conference is action-oriented. Based on past experience, some attendees will begin the visa process during the event… or open a bank account… or even buy a home.

And, best of all, our team of experienced expats is standing by to tell you about the day-to-day life that awaits you in the Dominican Republic.

Nowhere else could you get this level of in-depth information and hands-on help under one roof.

The full, list price of this year’s only Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic event will be US$1,095 per person and only US$1,595 for two. (Yes, if you come with a spouse, friend or associate, the second person attends for less than half-price.)

But frankly, there’s no need to pay that much…

A One-Stop Move
Overseas Shop

 “Seminar is highly valuable as a one-step resource for accurate information and making personal contacts.”

 –William Tallmadge,
United States

When you sign up now, you qualify for the Early-Bird discount. This will slash the cost of admission to just US$845 for one person, and only US$1,095 for two. In other words, your guest attends for only US$250.

And chances are, you’ll be eligible for an even-better discount, in addition to these Early-Bird discounts.

For starters, if you’ve ever attended an event with us in the past—anywhere in the world—you qualify for an automatic US$100 discount.

And on top of all that, you can pick one of the following additional discounts.

  • Existing Overseas Retirement Letter readers will save US$50.
  • Members of Global Property Investor’s Marketwatch save US$150.
  • Overseas Retirement Circle members and subscribers to Simon Letter save US$100.
  • As always, our Personal Consulting Clients and All Access Pass members (and their guests) come free!

Here’s what’s included with the price of admission:

  • Admission to all presentations…
  • Complete access to the restricted exhibit area…
  • Expert personal consultations…
  • Formal and informal Q&A sessions, breakouts, and workshops…
  • Introductions to reliable real estate sources, business contacts, fellow expats, and professional legal resources…
  • Access to attendee-only (optional) pre-conference and post-conference real estate tours…
  • Access to optional cultural, craft, and sightseeing tours…
  • Coffee breaks and snacks…
  • Welcome cocktail reception and all sponsored events…
  • Seminar materials, notebooks, and handouts…
  • Downloads of all conference presentations after the event is over…
  • A complete set of professionally produced conference recordings…

Reserve your seat today by contacting our conference coordinators by email, or by calling them at 1-888-627-8834. They’ll have you booked and ready to go in minutes. If you’d prefer, you can use our convenient Online Registration Form.

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Free, Exclusive VIP Service:
The Biggest Incentive Of All To Sign Up Today

To celebrate our first Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference, and to thank you for being part of it, I’d like to sweeten the deal.

If you’re among the first 25 readers to reserve your seat in Santo Domingo, I’ll upgrade you to VIP status, completely free of charge…

Here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

  • VIP Transfer Service: Let us get you from the airport to your hotel—it’s a terrific service when landing on your own in a foreign country.
  • An invitation to join us for the private VIP Networking Cocktail Party (where you’ll be able to meet and speak personally with key speakers and expats)…
  • Reserved, VIP Front-Row Seating: Get the most of all presentations with exclusive, front-and-center seating in the event room.
  • free copy of my latest book, “How to Buy Real Estate Overseas”…
  • Elite, VIP Concierge Service: We’ll take care of your every need, from the moment you register until the closing ceremonies. Whether you want to arrange a trip to coffee country or a trip to the beach, we can get you there.

As a VIP, we’ll put our conference staff at your disposal for the entire event, to make sure you get the maximum value out of every minute. VIP status brings an unparalleled level of support.

And your VIP service will start today. We’re right here to assist with hotel bookings and airfare recommendations, and we will help you lay the groundwork for whatever you want to do or see while you’re in the Dominican Republic.

This VIP offer is a first-come, first-served opportunity, strictly limited to 25 people.

So I urge you to sign up now, to be among those first 25. Contact our conference coordinators by email, or call them toll-free at 1-888-627-8834, to get your name on the VIP Registered Attendees List.

Or you can register online here. Either way, feel free to contact our conference coordinators with any questions about your VIP status.

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Warning: You May Never Want To Leave!

Golfing, fishing, boating, and much more… you’ll never want for hobbies or activities living here…

A common theme among expats I’ve spoken with in the Dominican Republic is that, without any previous intention of starting a new life overseas, they came here first on vacation, and, when it came time to return home, they didn’t want to leave.

Remember Larry from Ft. Lauderdale? His adventure started when he visited Puerto Plata on vacation. By the end of his stay, he was in love with the island. But he knew this stretch of saturated coastline wasn’t for him in the long-term. Touring beyond, he found himself on the Samana Peninsula and completely fell for the charms of Las Terrenas. A decade on, he and his young family are living the good life at the beach and his personal training business is thriving.

I share all this by way of warning. Join us on the ground in Santo Domingo in June… take a few extra days to scout out the Samana Peninsula…and you may find yourself in the same boat as Larry… and countless other vacationers who went on to put down roots in the country.

Only, you’ll have the benefit of being here, from the start, with the people who can help you realize your dreams of living or investing in this irresistible haven.

If you are at all captivated by the Caribbean lifestyle, you owe it to yourself to give the Dominican Republic a look. And you need to do it now—before the best opportunities disappear.

I hope to see you in Santo Domingo in June.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Peddicord

P.S. Since this is our first-ever event in the Dominican Republic, I expect seats to fill fast. To avoid disappointment, I urge you to reserve your place today… and you’ll also be guaranteed the best price. And, remember, the first 25 to respond get to enjoy all of our VIP perks…

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