All posts by Jocelyn Hernandez Irizarry

I followed my heart and ended up in the Caribbean. Follow along to find out what happens next. I manage social media, and websites, and work in sales.

The Locals Always Know Better

Recently I had an experience with an estate agent visiting Punta Cana from Canada. She claimed to be taking a tour of the area to refer interested clients. She was friendly, courteous, and took lots of detailed notes on our closing procedures and taxes. Continue reading The Locals Always Know Better

Choosing a Punta Cana Realtor: The Part Time vs An Experienced Full Time Agent

Finding a full-time agent is a must in today’s battered market. The Punta Cana second home market is no exception. Continue reading Choosing a Punta Cana Realtor: The Part Time vs An Experienced Full Time Agent

Burning Out Under The Burning Sun

“Burnout in Punta Cana?!? Impossible!”

That’s probably what most people think. After all, living in a slice of tropical paradise with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters sounds about as relaxing as can be. Continue reading Burning Out Under The Burning Sun

Fabulous Investment Opportunity in Gema Lodge

A beautiful, modern, stylish two-bedroom condo in Punta Cana’s Cocotal Golf & Country Club can be yours for $135,000, offering a great investment opportunity: the apartment is currently rented weekly with incomes ranging from $1000 to $2500 per month. Continue reading Fabulous Investment Opportunity in Gema Lodge

U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming!

Passport changes are coming, and if you plan on traveling in the future — especially if you’re among the 49 million Americans whose passports will expire in the next few years — you need to know what passport changes are in store. Continue reading U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming!

Move to Punta Cana. Live That Caribbean Lifestyle!

When you think of paradise, what springs to mind? A white sandy beach, glistening turquoise sea gently lapping at the shore, swaying palm trees, for starters.

It’s no surprise, then, that Punta Cana appeals to many when they are looking to take the leap to living abroad. And with an easy residency process, it provides an accessible way for people to relocate abroad and invest in the local economy at the same time. Continue reading Move to Punta Cana. Live That Caribbean Lifestyle!

GivingBack To The Community With GiveBack Homes

Having a business in real estate brings satisfaction in many ways. When I find my clients their perfect match I can leave work at the end of the day happy that I have helped someone make their dreams of owning a home in the Caribbean a reality. As a REALTOR® I also feel a huge responsibility and every transaction I make is also an opportunity to make the area we live and work better, as our client’s investment brings more possibilities and also more money to the local area and the people living in it. Continue reading GivingBack To The Community With GiveBack Homes

Would You Trust A Guide Who Had Never Even Been On The Beaten Path, Let Alone The Unbeaten Path?

“Stay out of my territory,” Walter White warns a rival in Breaking Bad.

It might seem odd to follow the advice of a criminal kingpin, but Walter White is right. Sticking close to your own territory and area of expertise is something every REALTOR® should do. Continue reading Would You Trust A Guide Who Had Never Even Been On The Beaten Path, Let Alone The Unbeaten Path?

Punta Cana: A Lawless Wild West

I have been selling real estate in Punta Cana for more than a decade. I remember working in the New York property market for a couple of years. In New York agents and office workers, were required to adhere to the highest ethical standards, and we were forbidden to refer clients to landscapers, architects, painters, decorators, and finance companies for a fee. Even the suggestion that we had bent the rules and could benefit from a kickback would lead to immediate termination.

The market in Punta Cana is very different. Continue reading Punta Cana: A Lawless Wild West

Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

I spent the weekend at the V Symposium Caribbean Genealogy and History (V Simposio Caribeño Genealogia e Historia) , held this year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Continue reading Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

Why Do Punta Cana Expats Complain So Much?

I find it curious that so many people here seem to make a habit of bashing Dominican culture and even Dominican people in general, expressing negative views about almost all aspect of Dominican society and life in the island. Continue reading Why Do Punta Cana Expats Complain So Much?

Punta Cana: 5 Photos To Fuel Your Travel Inspiration

Punta Cana is a place like no other and offers incredible scenery, beaches, surf, kind and welcoming people, flavorful food from street vendors and fine dining restaurants, and prices that are easy on the wallet…if you know where to go. It’s a place where you can relax by the pool or seaside, and experience adventure. Continue reading Punta Cana: 5 Photos To Fuel Your Travel Inspiration

7 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to Punta Cana

Living on an island in the Caribbean surrounded by beautiful golf courses and picture-perfect beaches sounds like a dream. Wake up, enjoy a cup of Dominican coffee, freshly picked fruit, walk along the beach and maybe go for a swim to cool off. This is paradise. This is a dream come true. Continue reading 7 Definitive Reasons Why You Should NOT Move to Punta Cana

5 Key Facts Expats Should know about Living in Punta Cana

If you’ve made the move to Punta Cana or you’re still looking for more information on what living in Punta Cana is like, here are some key facts that will help make your stay much more fun. Continue reading 5 Key Facts Expats Should know about Living in Punta Cana

5 Things I did Right in Punta Cana

I must have done something right in my ten years here, right? I must have made some good decisions. Well, I wouldn’t have fallen so in love with living in the Caribbean if I hadn’t had some good times. And there have been LOTS of good times.

So these are the things I’m proud of. Continue reading 5 Things I did Right in Punta Cana

7 Tips for Staying Sane In Punta Cana

Last night I was asked on Facebook by fellow expat for my tips on keeping a positive attitude in Punta Cana. What a great question and one I’ve got a lot of answers to that I’ll be writing about more in detail here in the future. But in the meantime, I’ve come up with a summarized version of my top seven tips to keep a “glass half full” mentality when you find yourself in a slump. Of course, living abroad involves being proactive. Continue reading 7 Tips for Staying Sane In Punta Cana