PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic.— The white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, all-inclusive resorts and sparkling waters of Punta Cana have long drawn vacationers to the Dominican Republic. But now people are flocking to the Caribbean town in pursuit of something more: a better life.
Jocelyn Hernandez, founder of Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate, is seeing increasing numbers of people buying homes and commercial real estate in Punta Cana. New schools and universities are drawing young families, and the burgeoning international expatriate community offers unprecedented opportunities for businesspeople offering products and services to a growing population.
Punta Cana’s newfound popularity as a place to live has landed the town on Hollywood’s radar. HGTV’s House Hunters International recently followed Indiana native Cory St. Clair and his fiancée, Karen-Ann Peterson, former Miss Aruba and current managing director of an international multi-service company, 7 Incorporated (http://www.7incorp.com), as they worked with Hernandez to find their dream home in Punta Cana. House Hunters International episode HHINT-3508H, “Choosing Between Sand Traps and Sandy Beaches as a Young Couple Plans a Wedding,” features an appearance by celebrated golf course designer P.B. Dye and aired April 5, 2012, on HGTV.
“Punta Cana is not just for vacations anymore,” said Hernandez. “There is a nice expat community, and young entrepreneurs are increasingly looking to invest and take advantage of the business opportunities available in the area.”
Hernandez, a New York expatriate of Puerto Rican descent, moved to Punta Cana and founded Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate in 2006. The agency offers real estate for sale and rent and has earned a solid reputation among colleagues and clients as one of the few fully staffed, truly full-service agencies in the Bavaro-Punta Cana area to sell only properties with clear title deeds.
“This is an exciting time to start a brand-new life in Punta Cana,” Hernandez said. “Real estate prices are still affordable, the community is safe and increasingly family-oriented, and the market is wide-open for people wanting to start their own businesses.”
Those interested in Punta Cana can see videos of Punta Cana Lifestyle Real Estate’s exclusive properties on the agency’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/puntacanalifestyle and learn more about the area at http://www.puntacanalife.com.
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