Financing Real Estate in Dominican Republic

11 mei 2022

As anywhere in the world financing real estate is a subject that has many tricky points, and the Dominican Republic is not an exception. Because of this, we came up with a Q&A with the specifics of financing in the Dominican Republic and (finally) getting your slice of paradise here.

During my 15-year career in Caribbean real estate I have answered almost all possible real estate related question already! I will answer the most common questions below!

Can a foreigner request financing in the Dominican Republic?

Yes, it is possible and easy for foreigners to get financing for a property in the DR.

What are the most common requirements to finance real estate in the DR?

Most banks and financial institutions have their own way and rules to compliance, but they are basically all the same.

Identification documents:

  • Copy of passport (Minimum 6 months of validity).
  • Identification document of the country of origin and of your spouse, if married.
  • Information on immigration status issued by the competent authority in the country (it can be passport entry stamps).
  • Application form and due diligence Mortgage loan, completed and signed by the debtor

Evidence of Income Customers residing abroad:

  • Income Tax Declaration or Last Year’s Tax Declaration

Economic situation:

  • Credit score of 700 or above
  • Trans-Union Credit Bureau Report (30 days validity).

If you reside in the US or Puerto Rico, or have American nationality (even as a 2nd nationality):

  • Form-Authorization consultation International Bureau for debtor and/or Surety, signed by the parties.
  • 2 International Bureau Report (2 months validity).

What steps do you need to take to finance real estate in the DR?

The steps depend on which kind of property you want to finance.

It is important to note that if the property of your interest is currently under construction, the bank will not be involved until it is completed. This is not the case for resale properties. I will explain this in the next paragraphs.

  • If it is a resale property or.
  • If it is a property currently under construction.

Financing a resale property

Financing a resale property can be very basic and simple

Once you found a property to buy you sign a purchase agreement, please be sure you add a clause to be able to cancel the agreement without a penalty fee if you can’t get finance for it.

For resale properties, most bank finance from 80% to 85% (of the assessed amount) of the total purchase price, for properties that aren’t in the touristic area most banks only finances 70% of the purchase price.

Here is a list of all the steps when financing a resale property:

  1. Due diligence of property and buyer by the financial institute, this means you’re going to need a prove of income, financial and income statements, and more…- I list everything below.
  2. Appraisal of the property by the bank.
  3. After all due diligence is completed, a tripartite agreement between the bank, buyer and seller is drafted and signed.
  4. After the signature of the agreement, the bank takes care of everything that is needed to formalize the agreement: contracts, transfers, etc. Therefore, it is not necessary to hire a lawyer if you’re financing a resale property, the bank takes care of the transfer of the property to your name.

Financing an under-construction property

If you want to finance a property under construction, it’s the same procedure but with a longer time because the Bank doesn’t get involved until the property and the development is finished. The buyer makes payments to the developer or the construction company during the construction, depending on the arrangement with the developers or the real estate agency If it is a touristic development, buyers usually complete a total of 50% or 60% during the construction and the rest is financed through one of the banks mentioned below.

It’s the same procedure the only real difference is that you must wait until the property is finished to finance the rest of the amount. Throughout this time, we still get things done and easier for you,

Which banks should I work with?

Financing a property by a local bank could be an option to buy a property in the Dominican Republic. Five or six years ago, banks were not open to financing foreigners but that has changed and now they’re open to the market and its demands. Some banks will need that, as a foreigner, you submit your residency but lately that’s not the case. Banks like the Scotiabank or La Nacional don’t ask for residency, others are stricter in these processes.

Other banks offer mortgages to foreigners, but it takes some time and effort to do it. Financing in general is possible only for clients from the USA and Canada. For European countries it’s far more difficult. Also, it’s good to note that the major banks here in the Dominican Republic have offices and/or connections in the USA and Canada, so it is easy to get client’s information.

Financing a lower amount is also possible. Banks can discuss the needs and can adapt to your current situation, but the process is slow, so don’t get surprised If the process isn’t completed faster than you’d like.

Looking for more information about this subject? Feel free to contact me @Adriaan Smit – Sun Life Realty or via whatsapp +1.829.975.79.25

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