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These golf courses need a break to be in full shape again and will be closed for a short period :

Teeth of the Dog : June 18- July 29 / October 1 - 3

Links : July 30 - August 26

Dye Fore Chavon : closed till September 30

Dye Fore Due Fore Lakes : October 1-21

Private La Romana Country Club new 9 : July 9 - August 6

 

School is almost out and many parents are already looking into fun activities for their kids. Here are some of the best alternatives when staying at Casa de Campo :

Summer camp :

June 25- Aug 10. Monday - Friday 9 am - 1 pm. Age 4 - 12. 150 US$ per child / per week.

Includes pool and beach time, banana boat ride, tennis, horse riding, arts and crafts, and snacks.

Tennis Camp :

June 18 - August 24 - Monday - Friday 9 am - 12 pm. Age 6 - 14 years. 50 US$ per child / per week.

Includes 2 hours tennis, 1 hour football, 1 hour volleyball, pool time and much more fun.

 

 

  1. Proper lighting: the right lighting will instantly make your visitors more welcome and happy. Guests come to the Caribbean for sun, dark spaces won’t attract them and it will influence their decision to rent or buy your home. Concentrate on living room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms and make your new fixtures a design element, combined with nice table lamps.
     
  2. Upgrade your kitchen: make sure your pots and pans are in good condition and your appliances don’t look old and rusty. If you can’t invest in new countertops, at least make sure to have good appliances. Stainless steel is best and goes with any later renovation you might think of. Above all: make it clean and grease free. Although we all have staff to cook, it still must be an area that appeals to you to make that exceptional home cooked meal.
     
  3. Makeover your bedrooms:  your guests will love comfortable mattresses and nice bedsheets, fluffy pillows, and curtains that block out the tropical sun early in the morning. Get inspiration from surfing high end hotel websites if you are not sure about the style you want to go with.
     
  4. Uplift your bathrooms: make sure your bathrooms have proper lighting, ensure that fixtures are shiny and the water pressure is adequate. Some fragrant soaps, high quality towels, and a make-up mirror will be highly appreciated.
     
  5. Comfortable outside furniture: in our tropical climate, your guests are spending most of the day outside, so it makes sense to have comfortable pool loungers with clean cushions. Make sure you have umbrellas or shaded places for those who want to be out of the sun. A basket with clean and high quality pool towels will make the tropical experience complete.
    Also make sure you palm trees are cleaned and nobody gets hurt from a falling coconut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Starting tomorrow Tuesday 16 th of January at 3.30 PM , all kids can enjoy practicing at the new football field. This field is a great addition to the sports amenities Casa de Campo is offering to the children living here. The new field meets de FIFA dimensions, has automatic sprinklers and prime grass. It is located next the Vereda area.

Also The Golf Academy just started for kids 4-7 and 8-17 years old. They can take classes on Tuesday and Thursday, from 5-6 PM for the little ones, and Monday and Wednesday from 4.30 - 6 PM for the older ones, both at the Teeth of the Dog practice facility. Prices start as low as 150 US$ per semester.

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 )

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.

 

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:

 

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 !

 

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

 

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

 

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