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What does your Realtor do all day ?

A Realtor.com survey found that for every hour an agent spends in your presence, he/she will spend an average of nine hours out of eyesight working on your behalf. Unlike a lot of professions, where people are paid hourly or are on a salary, real estate agents don’t get paid until the home sale/purchase closes. In the meantime, they are doing multiple tasks behind the scenes for weeks, sometimes even months, to get a home transaction to the settlement table. In today’s complicated real estate environment, there are hundreds of tasks. While each client and each home sale is different, here’s a look into the what, when, where and why in the day of a real estate agent.

Knowledge of the Local Market

Both buyer’s agents and seller’s agents must keep up with the inventory of the homes that are on the market. They must know details of homes that have recently sold, and the latest market statistics and trends, like how long homes are taking to sell, what the average and median prices are, how much sellers are getting in sales price compared to their list price…and muchmore.

Staying on top of the local market takes hours of research, as the inventory and data are changing every day and requires constant review.

Market knowledge also requires that agents personally tour homes, whether through broker’s open houses or by previewing the home personally. Real estate agents must be familiar with nuances in home styles, floor plans, construction details, and much more, to provide information to their buyers and their sellers. Knowledge of the lifestyle and amenities afforded by various neighborhoods and communities is crucial to help buyers find their dream home.

Knowledge of Real Estate Laws and Practices

A Realtor must stay aware and informed on all real estate laws and forms used in the process.

Today’s constantly advancing technologies affect real estate like virtually no other industry. Real estate agents must stay on top of the latest technology tools available to best serve their clients. In an effort to be a trusted adviser to their clients, a proficient Realtors takes hours of continuing education to enhance their business acumen, and their skills.

Communication and Follow-up

Much of a real estate agent’s day is spent communicating. The mobile phone is a constant companion. Text messages, emails, and yes, old fashioned phone calls are an ever-present aspect of business. Communication can come from buyers, sellers, cooperating agents, lenders, title services, inspectors, office personnel, or third party vendors. Follow-up is vital in today’s on-demand world of business. For a real estate agent, the work day never ends at 5 pm nor on Friday afternoon.

Managing the Real Estate Process

Buying and selling real estate is a process. Like an orchestra, it has many moving parts and many human beings playing their parts. The Realtor is the conductor. From the first connection with the home buyer or home seller to the crescendo moment when they hand over the keys, the agent manages numerous aspects of the real estate transaction. There are literally hundreds of tasks that go into ensuring a successful outcome.

A Realtor is a rare breed of business person, motivated by the desire to help people. Buying and selling a home is often the most complicated and expensive purchase of their lifetime and can be among the top stressful life events for people. Additionally, it is often accompanied by stressful life circumstances, like a new relationship, a divorce, new marriage, new baby, downsizing, change in job, relocation, and many other positive and negative life changes. Realtors regularly find themselves in the role of manager, scheduler, concierge, researcher, paper-pusher, negotiator, coordinator, mediator, shrink/marriage counselor, child entertainer, interior decorator, photographer, and all-around problem solver!

To assure the best possible outcome in your real estate goals, take advantage of the expertise of a local qualified Realtor. Make sure you choose a real estate professional that you can use as a trusted adviser.

( Inspired by : Karen Highland with Frederick Real Estate Online )

Even our golf courses need a Summer break !

Casa de Campo is the top golf resort in the Caribbean and to stay that way our beautiful courses need to close down for maintenance. So you can still play during your vacation stay, please check the schedule below :

Teeth of the Dog : June 26 – July 28
Dye Fore Chavón : June 4 – July 2
Dye Fore Marina : May 8 – June 4
Dye Fore Lakes : October 2 – 22
The Links : August 7 – September 3

The very good news : you can now also enjoy discounted rates : Rates for May 1 through October 31

 

TEETH OF THE DOG

    DYE FORE

THE LINKS

Registered Casa de Campo Guest

$195 ($100 savings)

$185
($65 savings)

$125
($15 savings)

Outside Guests

$295

$250

$140


All registered Casa de Campo Guests must present their resort ID at the time of check-in for their round. If you are unable to provide your guest card or prove you´re registered guest you will be charged the non-resort fee.All rates include 18% tax and are per person, per round. All rates include green fee, cart fee, bag storage, driving range use. All prices are subject to change without notice. All prices are in USD.

 

Best Summer Camp ideas

1. Stage Art Studio is introducing again their fabulous summer camp, with a variety of dance classes: contemporary ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip hop, and now even with the first Musical Theatre program on the South Coast  that involves singing, dancing and acting. 

The summer camp starts June 12 through July 14 and  is directed to children as young as 3 years old and divided in several age groups :

Where: Stage Art Studio, Gregorio Luperón Street, Plaza Panatlantic, Local 10, en La Romana (The street right before La Casita and Crema)

Boys and Girls 3-11 years old

Schedule: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Classes available: Musical Theater, Acrobatic, Puppets and crafts, Dance: Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Flamenco, breakdance and more

For teens, 12 years+

Intensive summer course format

Schedule: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Classes available: Musical Theater, Acrobatics, Dance: Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Flamenco, Strength and Flexibility, Contemporary, Dance Hall and more

Cost: Starts at RD$1,500 for 1 week - RD$6,500 for 5 weeks.

Contact: Alicia Campillo at (809) 869.8483 

2. Junior Tennis Academy

Kids ages 5 and up, will take part in programs of varied skill levels, encouraging them to reach and master each stage of learning efficiently and always to their skill set. The goal is to develop a deep understanding and passion for the game.

Rates per month, per child US$100*
Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday, or Wednesday-Friday

Hours: 4:00 -5:00 PM or 5:00 – 6:00 PM
At La Terraza del Tennis

Family discounts are available for siblings: 10% – 15% – 20%
Special tennis memmer rate also available

All rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and do not include taxes.

For more information please contact the Tennis Office:

 

Be prepared for Hurricane Season

Officially hurricane Season started this week and it is a good time to prepare ourselves in time. Usually the top of the season is between mid August till end of September but with current climate changes we never know what can happen. So here is a check list that might come useful :

1. Keep in touch with the news and follow weather forecasts and warnings. A good hurricane watch site is : http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

2. Better be safe than sorry: everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected.

- Get or know where to get materials to protect your home in case a warning gets serious. Having shutters is the best, check if they are working well.

- Clean your gutters so rain can flow without obstructions. Watch your pool level, you might want to lower the level substantially so heavy rainfall doesn't flood your home or garden.

- Make sure you have enough food and drinking water so you can last a while whithout having to go out.

- Prepare your flashlights with new batteries in case the power goes out and make sure you have a first aid kit ready.

- Have a list of emergency numbers at hand. Also prepare an inventory of your house, just in case you have to hand a list to your insurance company, the quickest way is taking pictures. Also store all valuable documents in watertight safe.

3. Set up a network with your friends and family so you know how to find each other in case you have to evacuate your home. Make sure your pets have an ID tag so they can be returned if they get lost. If you are away from home, find somebody who will check on it. 

4. Prepare your car, make sure it is full of fuel and in good working condition in case you have to use it. Cover it up to have a minimum protection against debris.

5. If you have a boat, make sure it is moored in a more protected area such as higher up the river instead of the marina. Stay in touch with marine authorities to get an update on any changing conditions. Have your emergency radios charged and battery packs ready.

6. Trim your bushes and trees, and make sure your palm trees have no coconuts that could fly around.

7. Store your outdoor furniture.

Proper preparation will go a long way in avoiding major trouble !

 

Special Offers for Mothers Day weekend

What better way to pamper your mom than offering her a quiet weekend away. Check out our best Mother's Day weekend rental villas : min. 2 nights

https://www.caribbeangolfvillas.com/caribbean-villa/villa-ondina : 600 us$ per night

https://www.caribbeangolfvillas.com/caribbean-villa/villa-dulce-0 :650 US$ per night

https://www.caribbeangolfvillas.com/caribbean-villa/villa-nova: 750 us $ per night

https://www.caribbeangolfvillas.com/caribbean-villa/villa-odessa : 1200 US$ per night

 

Dominican Republic risk assessment : A success story

Read the full report here about the Success Story of the Dominican Republic from a Risk Management point of view.

https://www.credendo.com/country_risk_assessment/dominican-republic/new-success-story

 

Outside Casa de Campo

While the resort life definitely has its draws, the Dominican Republic offers so much more than just gorgeous golf courses and luxurious villas and hotels. For adventurous types who want to explore a different side of the island, there are plenty of places where you can get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in nature, culture and spectacular scenery.

Bayahibe

Located just 10 miles from Casa de Campo, Bayahibe is a charming fishing village with a very laid-back vibe. Here colorful houses face the sparkling Caribbean Sea, boats bob in the bay, and beachfront restaurants serve up fresh seafood caught that day. You can spend your time here relaxing on one of the white sand beaches, scuba diving in the clear water around the coast, or setting off on a boat trip to nearby Saona Island. Be sure to stay long enough catch the sunset and have dinner next to the water, as the lights on the bay make for a very romantic scene.

 

Los Haitises National Park

If ecotourism peaks your interest, then Los Haitises National Park should be on the top of your list of places to visit in the DR. This protected area spans 826 square kilometres and it features conical karst formations, virgin forests, and the largest cave in the Caribbean. Take a guided tour to see untouched mangroves, Taino cave paintings, and fascinating wildlife like the Hispaniolan woodpecker, colourful crabs and dolphins. The park is about a three-hour drive from Punta Cana, which is a bit of a trek from the resorts in the southeast of the DR, but the journey is well worth it.

Pico Duarte

Pico Duarte is the highest mountain in the Caribbean with a peak of 3,098 metres or 10,164 feet, which makes it a popular spot with intrepid hikers. There are many trails that wind their way up the mountain and plenty of guides who can accompany you to the top along with donkeys to carry food, water and camping equipment. The total hike takes about two to four days, and your guide will set you up in an overnight hut on the mountain and prepare all your meals.

Santo Domingo

Being the capital city of the Dominican Republic, you would think that Santo Domingo would be a popular tourist hotspot, but actually many visitors skip the city altogether and head straight for the resorts and beaches on the northern and southeastern coasts. However, Santo Domingo offers plenty to see along its cobblestone streets  including historic cathedrals, palaces and the oldest fortress in the Americas. You can also indulge in delicious gourmet fare at chic restaurants and cafes, and revel in the nightlife at trendy jazz clubs, discos and casinos.

Parque Nacional Del Este

Parque Nacional Del Este lies on the far southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic just a short drive from Casa de Campo, and it is a prime destination for nature lovers. This protected park is home to over 112 species of birds, a marine park with coral reefs, sea turtles and tropical fish, and lush forests with hidden caves, some of which have ancient pictographs. Saona Island is part of the park, and a great spot for those looking for some sun, sea and sand. 

Dont miss out on Spring Break

It’s that time of year again! Time to hide away those winter clothes and bring out the beach apparel.    

So, how does traveling to a sunny, warm paradise in the Caribbean called Casa de Campo, sounds like?

Here’s our Top 5 Spring Break things to do :

  1. The first thing to do is reserve where you going to stay during these vacations, and the best way to do it is by booking through www.luxury-resort-properties.com the most effective way to guarantee your perfect vacations.
     
  2. Book an excursion to one of our beautiful islands like Catalina Island, or Saona Island.
     
  3. Enjoy buggy rides and canopy ziplines at Rancho Cumayasa and visit the old Taino Caves http://cumayasaskyadventure.com/
     
  4. Whether you want to party all night, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the picture perfect scenery, we recommend you to visit Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a Medieval European Village. There you will find a variety of Restaurants and Bars, a number of Shops featuring diverse craftworks, Art Galleries, the magnificent St. Stanislaus Church (perfect for a wedding venue), the Regional Museum of Archeology, and a Roman-styled 5,000-seat Amphitheatre. This year Jennifer Lopez will perform for Easter.

    5. If you are more of an outdoor sports person, Casa de Campo also offers you the opportunity to enjoy  activities such as Tennis, Horseback Riding, enjoy watching Polo Matches (also known to be the sport of Kings), Donkey Polo, Shooting Center, Water Sports options, for example;
  • Deep-Sea Fishing or Fresh water Angling.
  • Kayaking (off Minitas Beach or by the tranquil Chavon River).
  • Snorkeling or Diving (at Minitas Beach or you can book an excursion with us to one of our amazing off shore islands).
  • Sailing: who wouldn’t enjoy the experience of sailing in the Caribbean waters (in Minitas Beach or from Minitas to La Marina).
  • Golfing (experience the sporting life by playing in one of the most famous golf courses in the Caribbean).

No matter which one you choose, you are definitely going to have an amazing time and a once in a lifetime experience during your stay here in Casa de Campo (for more info visit our link).                              

Whether you choose to spend your vacations practicing fun sports, adventuring with great excursions or just soaking up the tropical sun while drinking a Pina Colada, Casa de Campo won’t disappoint you. AND remember for this to happen, for you to enjoy the perfect getaway don’t forget to book with us, and we will guarantee you will have the best vacation you dreamed of.

http://luxury-resort-properties.com/property-for-rent/

 

Things to do in Casa de Campo

Casa de Campo is becoming increasingly popular with families from around the world because the resort offers countless activities for little ones and parents alike. From fun educational day camps for toddlers to adrenaline-pumping adventures the whole family can enjoy, these are just a few ways families can make the most of their time at the resort.

Kid’s Programs

Little ones as young as one and up to 12 years old can join one of Casa de Campo’s supervised kid’s programs that feature fun activities like puppet shows, mural painting, treasure hunts, pony rides and water sports. The programs are designed to teach children new skills, spark creative expression and let kids be kids outside in the fresh air. Even better, parents can enjoy some free time next to the pool or on the golf course knowing that their children are in good hands with friendly and experienced counselors.

Water Sports

What kid doesn’t love to splash around in the water? Grab a snorkel and a pair of fins and explore the underwater world just off of private Minitas Beach, hire a kayak and make your way up the Chavón River to see Altos de Chavón perched high above and lush greenery on all sides, or take a catamaran over to Catalina Island where sun, sea and sand awaits. Other popular water sports at Casa de Campo include paddle surfing (also known as stand up paddling), sailing and deep-sea fishing. and scuba diving.

Horseback Riding & Polo

The equestrian center at Casa de Campo offers one-on-one and group classes for riders of all ages including English and Western style riding, jumping, polo and rodeo tricks. Families can also sign up for guided horseback riding tours that will take you through sugarcane fields, past placid lakes, and on to working ranches where you can see cowboys leading herds of cattle and horses through the fields.

Summer Camps

If you happen to be at Casa de Campo during summer break, there are plenty of summer camps for kids to choose from including the Stage Performing Arts Camp in La Romana, the Creative Explorations Summer Program at the Chavón Regional Archaeological Museum in Altos de Chavón, and the week-long sleepover camp at Ki-Ra Holistic Living Centre. There are also sports camps available like polo clinics, the Junior Golf Academy, and the FCBEscola soccer camp designed by FC Barcelona.

Family Excursions

Sure, you could spend your entire time at Casa de Campo hanging out by the pool or on the beach, but there are so many amazing things to see and do just a short drive from the resort. Take a trip to the magnificent Las Maravillas cave system where you can see ancient cave paintings by the Taíno people. Fly through the air over the treetops on a zipline adventure, careen through the countryside in a buggy, or take a glass-bottom boat tour to see colorful reefs, tropical fish and sharks directly under your feet. Or just learn a bit more of the history of the island in a fun way and visit the Archeological Museum at Altos de Chavon.


 

Casa de Campo becoming known around the world as a premier polo destination

Last year Casa de Campo hosted the Polo Challenge RD, the first ever high-handicap polo series ever played in the Dominican Republic. The event was registered in the World Polo Tour, and it was a huge success with Lechuza Caracas coming out on top as the champions at the Caribbean Open Finals. Casa de Campo was chosen (along with Los Establos in Cap Cana) to host the matches not only because the polo grounds here are some of the best in the Caribbean, but because the resort is fast becoming known around the world as a premier polo destination.

 

Directed by Argentinian-born professional polo player Fernando Arata, the Polo Club at Casa de Campo boasts not one, but three 300-yard playing fields where many national and international tournaments take place, as well as a practice field where players can polish their game. Moreover, Casa de Campo has the largest string of polo ponies owned by one brand, and guests are welcome to hire ponies for stick and ball matches.

 

For those who have never played polo before, or for those who know how to play but want to brush up on their skills, the Polo Club at Casa de Campo offers group and private polo lessons for all levels year round. You can start off with an assistant instructor who will provide you with gear, teach you the rules and get you out on the field, and then once you have the basics down, you can move on to lessons with a polo professional to learn new tricks and tips that will help you take your game to the next level.

 

Polo is also a great way for children to learn teamwork and hand-eye coordination and get some exercise out in the fresh air. During the summers, Casa de Campo offers polo clinics for kids every Sunday from 9am to 11am with discounts for groups with three or more children. Parents can also sign up their little ones for group or one-on-one polo lessons at the equestrian center any time of year, as well as Western and English style riding classes and jumping and rodeo trick sessions.

 

Finally, for those who prefer to take in their polo chukkas from the sidelines rather than in the saddle, regular polo matches take place between the months of November to April. Casa de Campo will also host the second season of the Polo Challenge where you can watch top players like Juan Martin Nero, Adolfo Cambiaso and David Sterling make history on the fields and put the Dominican Republic on the map as one of the world’s most sought-after polo destinations.

 

UPCOMING POLO EVENTS AT CASA DE CAMPO

 

February 9th   Silver Cup Polo Challenge 2017  

March 4th       Gold Cup Polo Challenge 2017    

March 30th     Caribbean Open Polo Challenge 2017