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Now more than ever, investors want to diversify their portfolios away from stocks and banks and are looking offshore for new opportunities. International real estate offers a possible safe aven for our hard-earned money. This trend is building momentum, and is expected to continue for the next decade.

Fortune magazine's October 2005 cover reads “The World's Greatest Real Estate Investor (and what you can learn from him)”. The four-page cover story begins with the headline, “I'm Tom Barrack* and I'm getting out. *world's best real estate investor has made billions in the U.S. market. Now he's cashing out and buying overseas. Should you cash out too?” The article details Barrack's illustrious real estate career, and his amazing ability to predict market conditions. Barrack believes a 30% increase in construction costs will contribute to the deflation of real estate in the US, and that the bigger opportunity in real estate investment currently lies overseas.

The March 2006 issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine, Smart Money, features an article titled “At Home Abroad: International real estate offers diversification without fear of bubbles.” The article discusses why foreign real estate and REITs based on European and other offshore markets make attractive investment options.


80 million baby boomers are going to retire over the next 18 years. When seeking retirement property, baby boomers have expressed being near water as their number one requirement. Resort locations with views of or access to beaches will be in high demand.

The world-wide occupancy rate in resort locations is 80%, with $200 per night as the average daily rate. Resort real estate is one of the lowest risk, highest payoff investments available.


The Dominican Republic is one of the most stable countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, economically and politically. It is also one of the fastest growing Caribbean destinations. As a result, the Dominican Republic offers secure and profitable investment opportunities. As tourism in the country is steadily developing, this tropical paradise with its investor friendly taxation and ownership policies, attractively priced land, and availability of cheap labor offers the potential for extraordinary profits.

Simply stated, the Dominican Republic is the bargain-hunters dream for real estate investment. It's a market that has yet to be discovered by the masses. However, with improved infrastructures and a rapidly growing tourist industry, the secret will be out soon.

Even with the current world wide economic conditions, the Dominican Republic is holding strong and continuing to grow. Investment money is coming into the country from the US, Canada, Europe Russia, China, and other international markets.

MSNBC aired a feature on July 21, 2006 by correspondent Kerry Sanders titled “Small Island, Big Investment Potential: Caribbean's pristine Dominican Republic attracts wave of U.S. investors”. The article credits the surge of investor interest to several important factors, including the democratic government that welcomes foreign investors, an increase in direct flights from the United States, the visibility of Dominican baseball stars, and a great deal of recent good press. On top of these factors-and perhaps most importantly-land is available at bargain prices and labor is cheap.

Dominican Republic law is very friendly to foreigners: Law 21-98 of 1998 specifies that no restrictions are to be placed on the acquisition of land by foreigners, and that ownership would be certified by a notary public (In the Dominican Republic a notary public must have a law degree). Investors hold a certificate of title in the investor's name and are granted the same rights as residents.

Considerable foreign funds are being invested in the development of real estate projects geared towards travel and tourism. Resort communities of upscale villas and apartments are being developed to serve as vacation rentals or second homes. Real estate analysts predict this trend will continue well into the next decade.

For example, Donald J. Trump has just signed a partnership agreement with Cap Cana, S.A., in the Dominican Republic to develop a luxury resort valued at over two billion dollars. The resort will include a golf course, golf villas and golf lots, estate lots, a beach club, a condo hotel, and residences with ocean views that together will be called Trump at Cap Cana.

The average hotel occupancy rate in the Dominican Republic has been 74%-in the last two years. Currently there are only 70,000 hotel rooms in the DR, one quarter of what will be needed in the next 8 - 10 years to accommodate the projected increase in tourist visits.

Dominican Republic appreciation rates have been 20% annually. Fast growing regions may see appreciation rates as high as 50% in the coming years. Up to 90% LTV financing is available from both United States and Dominican banks, allowing investors to leverage their money.

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