Now that I’m back up and running and the new computer is working well I decided to take another tip to Loma Alta. I would like to bring this to your attention and to also prove a good point. The point is western nations are literately drowning in endless red tape and permitting. That’s causing you to lose out on several fronts of investing and being able to operate any business entity. At the end of it all net of expenses most no longer retain any sort of profit margin that makes all the time and effort worth it. This has been cleverly been done through several aspects two of which are permitting and endless expensive to unravel red tape.
I would like to refresh your memory of my post dated August 1, 2013 titled: Seem Loma Alta Lately Location Location and more Location. Why not take a moment, go back to the post and take a look at the pictures. You’ll see work crews installing cement drainage channels all BY HAND! That’s right forming and placing each rock by manual Labor. The finishing grading and leveling all still done by hand. Amazing but true this is still how things are constructed in the country regions of the DR. Want a pool installed behind your new home? Expect the contractor to show up with his crew, each of them carrying either a pick or a shovel. Old school if ever the term had a correct usage.
Now I request go back and look at what these pictures have to show. ONLY SIX WEEKS LATER!!! Amazing isn’t it and it runs a distance of several miles. We’ve had many folks come on down and pay us a visit and while on tour they’re stunned at the speed of how construction seems to get done. Adding on to this comment the fact that some of them are actually contractors in their home nation. From Government Contractors doing major highway projects to others that specialize in home construction literately all were nothing short of floored at what they’ve seen. The quality is another aspect that seemed to leave them makings comments like “We haven’t seen fit and finish work like this for decades” that’s when I save the best for last and inform them that the crown molding they admired were actually made of scrolled cement. That’s when I step back and watch their eyes roll back in disbelief.
Here’s what I’ve come to learn over the past few years. You’re getting all hung up in permit, permission ass kissing and endless red tape. Sure the western nations retain some of the best equipment and skilled labor, that’s not my point. All things being equal these nations should easily be able to do this kind of work in one third the time… AND IT COULD!!! except for the fact that even the best personnel and most advanced equipment is useless unless it’s actually being put to use. Blame your Government for the permitting, red tape and other so called necessary bullshit they’ve got most believing is actually needed. Stop and think about it and you’ll have to agree as how else can a man with a shovel move more dirt than back hoe.
The same holds true for the folks who want to build their own home or do some planting or perhaps best yet start their own business while living in the DR. Are there some rules OF COURSE but the real important question you should be asking is are they ridiculous and never ending… no there more of a joke compared to what you’ve been made to adhere to for decades now.
Many of the DR escapes folks who purchased properties in either the Loma Alta, Los Valles, Pusa Honda and the entire area we’re happy for you as for sure you can count on a nice appreciation. There are still some good deals that we’re keeping private for our DR Escapes family so it’s still not to late but time is of the essence.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now. Until next time this is Barry in DR.
SIX WEEKS LATER, The Finished Product: