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Century 21 Juan Perdomo chosen as 3rd Top Producing Office in the Caribbean

The numbers are in! Century 21 Caribbean is pleased to announce the top producing offices and agents for 2016 in the Caribbean region.

We also want to take this opportunity to share an exciting expansion of the Awards program for CENTURY 21® Caribbean, Bermuda, and Bahamas. This restructuring is designed to recognize the exceptional achievements of our agents on several different tiers.

Help us set the standard for sales performance and service throughout CENTURY 21® Caribbean, Bermuda, and Bahamas.
The criteria for the awards program is outlined below.

Cheers to success!

Top Producing Offices

Recognized by the White House as an emerging global entrepreneur, Kirk-Anthony Hamilton has the mission of turning Jamaica into a Business Destination.  And maybe, that transition is already happening! The proof is in the recent production in sales from the CENTURY 21 Heave-Ho Properties office and its agents. Congratulations on continuing to strengthen the Jamaican market and taking advantage of new trends! According to a recent 2017 report, the real estate trend in the Cayman Islands is in a state of continuous growth. The unceasing stream of tourism and infrastructure development is producing a lucrative  and positive outlook of investment opportunities for 2017 and onward. Well done to the CENTURY 21 Thompson Realty office and its agents for capitalizing on this opportunity!
Sosua is considered one of the most desirable locations for property investment for North Americans – according to the New York Times report on Real Estate in the Dominican Republic.  It’s beautiful beachfront homes boast comfortable amenities and spectacular views. It can only get more exciting for Sosua real estate! We would like to congratulate CENTURY 21 Juan Perdomo and its agents on an impressive 2016! Home to one of the 21 best beaches in the world, it is no wonder that domestic and foreign demand for real estate in Curacao is growing. Curacao is becoming a Destination Nation in the Caribbean with only positive projections for 2017. We send a big congratulations to CENTURY 21 Number One on taking advantage of its islands’ popularity and turning that into success for its office and agents!

Best Agents at Century 21 Juan Perdomo

Margarita Van Damme CENTURY 21 Juan Perdomo Dominican Republic Martine Haase CENTURY 21 Juan Perdomo Dominican Republic

Andre Agassi to play in the Dominican Republic

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Former super tennis stars, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Ashley Harkleroad and will be in the Dominican Republic to participate in the Encounter of Great Tennis Masters – General Insurance Cup. Participating for the DR will be top women tennis player, Francesca Segarelli. The exhibition matches will take place on 19 October at the Parque del Este tennis installations.
The exhibition has already been staged in different countries in Latin America and Europe. The event is promoted by Eventos A.L.P and Kaeco. It is sponsored in the Dominican Republic by General de Seguros, Tricom and the Dominican Tennis Federation (Fedotenis).

Article taken from http://dr1.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=7654

Cabarete affordable beachfront condo for sale

From your sofa to the ocean in 60 seconds flat. This nice second floor condo boasts beach views and luxury living at an amazing low price. The unit features granite kitchen counter-top and backsplash, imported Italian porcelain tiles, and natural stone in the bath. The complex includes pool, jacuzzi, security and generator. There are few comparable at this price point. Apartment comes full furnished. Price is negotiable.

Check the virtual tour of The Victorian residential or the full listing with details here.

Well decorated villa for sale in Sosua

This house is located in a country-styled gated community, only a few minutes from the town and the beach. It is beautifully decorated and maintained. Comfortable design, big patio, extra kitchen outdoor poolside kitchen. Manicured garden. Great view of the hills. The community offers stability, a tennis court, and 24 hr security. Completely furnished and equipped. A Century 21 exclusivity.

More about this property here.

Wyclef Jean & The Ilegales in concert in Puerto Plata

Wyclef Jean Puerto Plata

To increase its entertainment offer, the Puerto Plata Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club facilities will host a concert featuring the internationally renowned singer Wyclef Jean and the group The Ilegales, representing local talent, on Saturday October 12 at the Center Court area of this enclave, located in Cofresi, Puerto Plata.

The presentation will be hosted by the Vacation Club hotel, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, dedicated to the members and guests who are staying at the resort, who will be able can enjoy the show for free.
 
Wyclef Jean, who recorded with Shakira “Hips don’t lie”, has also worked with artists such as Pitbull, Santana, Eric Clapton, Queen, and others group like Aventura, has promised to present a sensational concert in Puerto Plata for the Dominican public. He will be pllaying the biggest hits of his discography.

Welcome to the Dominican Republic

This is the first post on the Century 21 Juan Perdomo blog. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be presenting you nice articles about the culture of the Dominican Republic, as well as real estate news and offers.

In the meantime, you can have a look at the video we have selected for you. It’s about Puerto Plata, the main city in the province with the same name.

Effect of recession on tourist properties

Many countries enjoyed a real estate boom between 2003 and 2007. And as such, after the storm comes peace: in 2008, one of the biggest recessions of the century was kick-started. Property prices dropped in many cities, especially those located in tourist areas. In the case of the Puerto Plata province, many of these apartments and houses are secondary houses for foreigners, making them the first to be put up for sale when their owners lose their jobs or are in need of cash flow.

As a consequence of a recession, the sale volume decreases, sometimes down to 80% of what is was before the recession, and the inventory of properties on the market for sale increases. In part, prices are determined by supply and demand, and since there is a surplus of properties on the market which is not selling, the owners in bigger need are forced to lower their prices. This lowering of prices drags those who did not want to sell with such urgency too, for if they would wish to sell they would have to hope for less, because there are more attractive prices available.

Tourist properties in the Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete areas were affected by the recession that started to show in 2009. Poor real estate activity during the 2008-2011, and as a consequence, also big opportunities for buyers seeking the same properties as before, but now being able to pay prices lowered by an average of 20%. In many cases, these owners were willing to sell at a price 30% to 40% under the original price, accepting a great loss.

The majority of tourist property sales made in 2012, which were relatively few, were done under big discounts. This is still happening in 2013, but less frequently because such underpriced inventory is being sold. Therefore, we are seeing a return to prior market values.

It should be noted that some of the new projects developed over the last few years did not suffer such a harsh drop in sales prices for they were new products and the developer often had no urgent need to sell. Plus, some of these products already had competitive prices.

Now is a good time to buy properties that have been up for re-sale for some years. A big part of these properties sold between late 2012 and the first month of this year, but some good offers still remain. In addition, many of the owners who are motivated to sell offer financing options for several years under low interest rates.

Market Opportunities

This scaled effect is not applicable to properties outside tourist areas, due to the fact those properties are usually occupied by their owners or renters, and do not remain vacant most of the year, as is the case with tourist properties, which are used by their owners only on vacations.

This effect only took place in the south of the United States, for because of its warm weather, many North Americans have a second property.

Neighborhoods: How to find that Perfect Fit

You’ve heard it – we all have – when buying or selling a home: “Location, location, location!” But what does that really mean? For some, it is the proximity to certain features of an area or locale. For others it is a view or access to water. Some prefer areas where properties are larger, for others it means places where there is access to entertainment or work, schools or healthcare. But, in many cases, it all boils down to one word: Neighborhood.

For some, when the word “neighborhood” is mentioned, it is a ticket to time-travel to their youth – complete with images of playing with friends in the cul-de-sac or street close to home, and mom calling kids for dinner. Sometimes it is the house, sometimes the other homes, the street, features of the landscape, proximity to the town center – however you slice it “neighborhood” is a powerful word. It speaks of cohesion, a sense of community, even of family. And it certainly can be part of how we shape our identity.

An attractive neighborhood can drive up the value of a property. The personality of a neighborhood shows up in the homes, yards, streets, schools, parks and stores that service the area. Neighborhoods also have life cycles – some are on the rise, while others seem to struggle, some are in transition, waiting to see who moves in to tackle whatever challenges might be facing the area. Places where homeowners are willing to interact and talk with one another can take on even difficult issues like crime, vandalism and litter or fun things like holiday celebrations and garage sales.

Neighborhoods are loosely defined; sometimes geography comes into play, or divisions created by roads or traffic flow. A neighborhood is a localized area within a larger city or town that often has its own social interactions where common values are expressed as individuals and groups of people interact. Chances are that when you find that perfect home, it is not going to be on its own – it is going to be in some neighborhood, and that neighborhood will affect your quality of life.

When you are considering a property, especially with a family, you might want to familiarize yourself with the various neighborhoods in your target area. The best way to determine if a neighborhood will live up to its reputation is to spend time there. If you cannot explore an area in person, ask your realtor or use the internet to do research. Visit the chamber of commerce for the town, and find the local newspapers online. Talk to people who have lived in that region and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions: what do they like and/or dislike about an area, and why?

Issues like faith, politics, or tolerance for diversity are also revealed as you experience the climate of a neighborhood. These big issues are “timeless” – they permeate the day-to-day life as you walk to and from your home, as you work on projects and even decorate in and around your home. Explore the neighborhood around holiday times if you can and notice the details. How many cars are on the street? How do the outsides of the homes and buildings appear to you? Are there kids and families, and is that important to you? Do people seem to entertain and have friends and family about? Or do the houses seem empty and people celebrate in some remote locale? New Year’s, July 4th or other times – is it an endless party, or a tranquil enclave? Answers to these questions will aid you in finding a neighborhood that is right for you.

Taking enough time when you visit neighborhoods can be difficult, but worthwhile. If you can get to the area where you will move, try to mimic your own daily routines as you explore. If it is a work day, seek to drive the streets around the times that you might leave and return from work. Have meals in local restaurants and visit the grocery stores during the time of day that you might shop. Notice the details and sense how you feel in these places. If you will commute to work from the new neighborhood, try driving the route. Keep a record of your experiences and feelings, as they might help you to clarify a tough decision. Try having coffee and reading the local paper in a place with people your own age and see who is there. If you run, bike or play a sport, try to find out where you would do that in this new area. It is your lifestyle, and your neighborhood should fit that.

Drive around and notice the gas stations and schools, scheduling your trips when you might be seeing parents drop off or pick up their kids. Parents of preschoolers might want to explore the local parks and take some time in them to determine the level of use and how comfortable you feel there with your children. Whenever possible, talk with people and see what they enjoy about living in the area. If you are a person of faith, you will probably want to inquire about houses of worship, and possibly attend a service. Be sure to drive the streets of your neighborhood at night. Is there adequate parking? Do you feel safe? How are the noise and light levels? Who is on the streets? You should feel comfortable with the answers to these questions.

Wandering the streets as a “tourist” in what might be your new town or neighborhood is not the same as living there, so you might want to slow yourself down and seek to experience the mundane. Try using the library, working out at the pool, community center, or gym. Go to the equivalent of places where you or family members frequent in your current home. Pop into the dry cleaners or Laundromat, corner store and pharmacy. Go to a post office or a bank, ask for help at a hardware store, locate town hall, and find the courthouse or police station. You might never need these services, but familiarizing where they are in relation to your target neighborhood will help you to understand the people living in the area and give you a sense of who they are. While you might not feel comfortable in these places now, you should be able to imagine yourself coming back again and again, and seek to find a neighborhood near to places where you feel the greatest sense of potential or possibility.

There are those who enjoy a challenge – they purchase homes or properties in neighborhoods that are “less desirable”. While the home may be just what they were looking for, the neighborhood is not. Overcoming the obstacles of a neighborhood that is not to your taste can call a person or family to reach further and deeper than ever before. When this is the case, consider your ability to communicate with those around you, and try to understand the climate for change. Perhaps the change starts with you. This is a risk, but you know it going in. If you have done your due diligence in exploring the neighborhood in advance, then you can decide whether you will be involved in the development of the neighborhood or “wait it out” in a more passive way as the neighborhood changes about you.

Discovering a neighborhood is “finding yourself” all over again – it is a chance to rekindle what is important to you. In fact, you might find that you have a neighborhood where you will live and another neighborhood in which you will work – and they might be close or far apart. You may have other neighborhoods where you shop or find your entertainment – but when you plan to move to an area, take the time to see beyond the minutes to work or school. Seeking out the soul of neighborhoods can ground you in a place and help you to understand where you fit in and how you can make a difference.