As well as being aware of real estate agents and finding someone that seems professional, Alex suggests finding a lawyer should be high on your priority list. There are more lawyers in Dominican Republic than we have trees, from large firms to great individuals. But, as a general rule, any lawyer that charges under the average is either a very good friend or should be wary. Currently, some of the most popular areas are located in Cabarete and Sosua, only 30 miles to the big city Santiago. A three-bedroom house at Sosua was on sale for under 100k ,Hot Tropics had a luxurious four-bedroom beachfront villa in Cabarete , available for only 690.000 US$ and new properties in Santo Domingo available for between $124.000 - $178.000.