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.

Why I Became A Real Estate Agent

“Do what you love.” How many people can actually have the opportunity to do that?

Yet that is exactly what I have done. I started working in Real Estate after several years in another field. I have grown to love it, and to love the opportunities it has given me to help people in Punta Cana. Continue reading Why I Became A Real Estate Agent

Buyer’s Lack Knowledge in the Punta Cana Market

For many people, buying a Punta Cana property is a once or twice in a lifetime experience. Clients must rely upon local agents, and never realize how much they are losing, as they do not know what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Continue reading Buyer’s Lack Knowledge in the Punta Cana Market

The Ways I Handle a Competitor Who’s Trying to Bring Me and my Real Estate Business Down in Punta Cana

If your competition isn’t playing nice, (and most of us in business in Punta Cana are used to this) you don’t have to lie down and take it. Here are some ways to fight back when the going gets tough. Continue reading The Ways I Handle a Competitor Who’s Trying to Bring Me and my Real Estate Business Down in Punta Cana

Relocating to Punta Cana With School-Aged Children

Relocating to another country is an exciting prospect, with a wealth of new possibilities and adventures awaiting you. It can be daunting, though, and sometimes frightening for families. Your children’s reaction to moving to another country could be massive enthusiasm and excitement or a complete rejection of the idea and an unwillingness to leave their old life and friends behind. Continue reading Relocating to Punta Cana With School-Aged Children

5 Reasons to Hire An Agent In Punta Cana

Buying a home is more than likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your life. Be sure you don’t make any mistakes. While a lot of investors are avoiding estate agent fees and choosing to go it alone when buying or selling property, not using a REALTOR® could be a huge mistake and end up costing you time and money. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Hire An Agent In Punta Cana

Maybe You Can Own a Punta Cana Vacation Home After All

Many people dream of sitting on their veranda, sipping tall drinks while watching the sun go down in a tropical paradise such as Punta Cana. Many immediately tell themselves it’s a pipe dream, assuming that the cost of an island home is out of their reach.

Not necessarily. Continue reading Maybe You Can Own a Punta Cana Vacation Home After All

Getting a Second Home loan in the Dominican Republic

I’ve been getting a lot of calls from people confused about the regulations around home loans in the Dominican Republic. A lot of people are confused about what they can or cannot do here, so I want to make a few things clear. Continue reading Getting a Second Home loan in the Dominican Republic

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