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Add Property

Properties are added by going to My Profile. Click Add New Property.

Only Agents, Builders and Property Owners are allowed to add a property. See Listings Packages.

These fields are mandatory: Title, Description, Property Price, Property Category Submit, Property Action Category, Property Media, Property City, Property Country, Association/Condo Fee

  1. Property Description. This description will appear first in page. Keeping it as a brief overview makes it easier to read.
  2. Property Price. Enter only numbers.
  3. After Price Label applies to rentals. Most common entry would be Monthly.
  4. Listing Image. At least 1 image is required for a valid submission.Minimum size is 500/500px.
  5. Listing Location: Street address is Optional but City, Zip and Country are mandatory. Please note default Country is Puerto Rico. Change to proper Country.
  6. Association/Condo Fee: This field is a mandatory field. You must select Yes or No.
  7. Owner/Agent Notes : Enter here any notes to Administrator.
  8. Select Property Status. Highlight your property by selecting one of the Property Status. This status will show in red on property image.
  9. Amenities and Features: Select what features and amenities apply for your property. Should you want to add your own, add them in Owner/Agent Notes.
  10. Add Property: Click Add Property.
  11. Edit, Delete, Disable or View Property Stats go to My Property List in My Profile.
User Profiles and Roles

Choose between user, single agent, builder or owner when registering. You will see these User types under Select User Type when registering.

Agents who plan to add listings: Select Single Agent.

Builders who plan to add properties: Select Builder.

Property Owners who plan to add properties: Select User.

Users who simply want to Save Searches and Setup Alerts: Select User.

Instant Message System

Send private messages to agents, builders and owners . These messages are saved in your user dashboard and you can easily track past conversations.

Builders

The Builder user type has its own Builder Page and is able to publish their properties from the front end interface.

On the Builder Page you will find an “About Me” section, a contact form and of course their properties listed by category.

Builder Page Sample

Agents

The Real Estate Agent user type has its own Personal Page and is able to publish listings from the front end interface.

On the Agent Page you will find an “About Me” section, a contact form and of course their properties listed by category.

Agent Page Sample

Advanced Search

Caribbean Real Estate Alerts includes a modern search system, with Ajax filtering over maps, colors customization, property markers, and many more features, making it easy for visitors to find properties.

Visitors can Search Properties by Action ( For Sale, For Rent), Types of Property, Location, by Price and several other Fields not found in other Search Platforms.

How to Perform a Search and Setup Alerts

To receive New Listing Alerts matching your Search criteria do the following:

  1. Register or Login if already registered.
  2. Go To Advanced Property Search.
  3. In Advanced Property Search, go through each Search Field and select desired search. In All Actions select if you are looking for Rentals or Sales. In All Types select the type of property you are looking for. Select desired location under Countries. Note: We currently only list properties in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Quintana Roo, Virgin Islands (U.S.), British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Belize, Roatán and Cayman Islands. Select one of these. Prices you can leave out or if you want to search by price select enter only numerical values for each price e.g. in maximum price you can enter 1000000 to limit your search to properties at $1,000,000 and under.
  4. For the remaining Fields select Yes if you want to search for properties with the desired criteria. Example, if you want New Construction properties, select Yes. Do not select the text New Construction. This is selected only to delete the selected search field and do another search.
  5. Once you have selected all your desired search fields, hit Search and
  6. Name and Save the Search. Example Puerto Rico Beachfront properties.

You are all set! You will receive an email notification each time a new listing is added matching your saved searches.

Users can even receive notification even when a Search with no properties matching the User’s Search Criteria is returned. In other words, you perform a search for a property located in a Marina Community but the search returns with no properties. You can still save this search and when a property located in a Marina Community in the selected location is added you will receive a notification.

Users need to select User under User Type when creating an account.

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Favorite Properties

You can save any listing by clicking “add to favorites” text next to the property. You will be asked to login or create an account if you have not. Once you log in you can view all your favorite properties within your Profile under Favorites.

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Once you register you can Save Your Searches and receive Email Notifications on all new listings matching your Saved Searches.

Search Residential, Vacation or Commercial Listings.

Communicate directly with property owner, developer or agent.

You can view All your Saved Searches within your Profile under Saved Searches.

For details on how to perform a search, save it and setup notifications click here.

About Caribbean Real Estate

Caribbean Real Estate Alerts is an online real estate marketplace that helps you find the right home or real estate investment in select Caribbean locations. You may search using your personal criteria for location, for sale or for rent, type of property, price and many other criteria listed in Advanced Search.

We are publish articles about the Caribbean and the selected location.

We also provide a list of featured real estate agents by location.

You can use Caribbean Real Estate Alerts’s property search tools free of charge.

Where do Listings come from?

Listings in Caribbean Real Estate Alerts come from real estate brokers and agents, developers and owners.

Buying Real Estate In Puerto Rico

PURCHASING IN PUERTO RICO The first step to enter into a real estate transaction in Puerto Rico is to understand the process of buying real property in this jurisdiction. It is important to be represented by a licensed real estate professional to guide you in every step of the process.

US citizens may purchase property individually or by setting up a legal entity such as a limited liability company or a corporation. Identifying your property Once you have identified the property you are interested in, our first step will be to submit a written offer on your behalf. Typically the offer is a one page document outlining the price and any specific conditions the purchaser may have. Once seller receives and once offer is accepted between both seller and purchaser, a formal Purchase and Sale Contract is issued for review and signature. A standard Purchase and Sale Contract or Option Contract if you are obtaining bank financing, will include the complete terms agreed upon by both parties, as well as the agreed upon closing date. Offer and Contract With your signature of the Purchase and Sale Contract or Option Contract, you will be asked to provide a good faith deposit. The typical rule of thumb is 10% of purchase price and will secure the contract until closing. Escrow agents in Puerto Rico are in most cases the seller’s agent, and are required by law to have a non interest bearing escrow account, for such purposes. Notary and Closing In Puerto Rico, public deeds for the purchase and sale of real property must be prepared by a Notary and executed by the parties before the Notary. A Notaire or Notary (not to be confused with a Notary Public as referred to on the US mainland) is an attorney at law licensed by the government of Puerto Rico specializing in real estate matters and who possesses the power to clear title and register the deed among other things. Puerto Rico Notarial Law imposes the obligation on the Notary to authorize only valid and recordable titles. A typical transaction time may vary , but if extra time is needed due to process, the Notaire will issue a time extension, in order to satisfy all requirements necessary to close. Source: Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty
Glossary
PRAR: Puerto Rico Association of REALTORS CRIM: Center for Municipal Revenue Collection
Property Search

You can Search Properties by Location, by Type of Property, by Status (For Sale or For Rent) and by Price.

You can expand your search by clicking on the Narrow Your Search text under the Search Button  to further select the property your searching for. You can search properties by Owner, by Builder-Developer and by many other categories and features. Looking for short term rentals, select Vacation Rentals under type.

   To Search properties in Opportunity Zones:

  1. Search All Zones: In Narrow Your Search select Opportunity Zone.
  2. Search Zones by Municipality or City: First select the Municipality or City and then under Narrow Your Search select Opportunity Zone.

If you do not see your desired search category in the drop-down menu this means there is none listed at the moment.

Note: Always make sure all Search Fields are cleared when making new Searches.

 
Protect Yourself

Be alert and protect yourself from being scammed by following these tips:

  • Be always alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with anyone, whether it’s over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam.
  • Know who you’re dealing with. If you have only have met someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. Do a Google image search on photos or search the internet. Check out LinkedIn see if they have an account and their network. Get references before you go into a deal.
  • Keep your personal details secure. Do not give out private or banking info. Keep your passwords and pin numbers in a safe place. Be very careful about how much personal information you share with potential buyers.
  • Have a real estate agent/realtor and/or a attorney on your side at all times. They should be educated on the complex laws and regulations that affect a real estate transaction and can give you advice to help ensure your interests are protected. Check them out too before hiring them. Get references. Check them out in state and local licensing boards-See Our Resources under FAQs for corresponding websites.

Renters:

  • Never send money without viewing an apartment/house or meeting in person.
  • The most common rental scam we have witnessed over the past years is people with no legal right to lease a property “leasing” it to a potential tenant (or many potential tenants) and making off with the security deposit, first months rent, and sometimes even prepaid rent as well.
  • Another variant on this scheme is charging many potential tenants fees for background checks and making off with that money. A typical fee for a background check is about $50, charge that to tens or hundreds of potential renters and the thief can make out with a lot of money.

Do your home work before giving out any money:

  • If the deal sounds too good to be true, its probably not true.
  • Get references. Try to work with a Real Estate Agent, Realtor or Company.
Online Rent Payments

ManageGo is a smarter, faster, and better way to accept and pay rent. Renters pay online from a computer or mobile app, using a bank account, credit or debit card or Bitcoins.

As to how it works, the tenant can select or opt to pay in BitCoins thru BitPay and it will give them the current exchange rate and if accepted will convert to US Dollars and transfer their exact rental amount to the landlord/property manager’s account. Mission Accomplished RENT PAID!

Currently we only provide services within the USA.

Are you a tenant interested in making online rent payments?

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Are you a Landlord or Property Manager interested in accepting online payments?

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Property Transaction Apps
BHOM, which stands for BLOCKCHAIN HOME, is a blockchain-based property transaction & funding platform. It is a DApp commercial service which allows users to quickly and safely invest in properties using smart contracts and cryptocurrency. Website
Accepting CryptoCurrencies for your property-Currency Exchanges
You can set up an account with one of the currencies’ exchanges listed below. All of these companies are long running & trusted in the industry. These companies will allow the buyer to pay with their crypto currency and you (the seller) can receive the funds in your preferred currency.  Going through one of the exchanges allows you to receive the end funds in your choice of currency: Coinbase BitPay Bitcoin: Coinify Dash Bithumb    
Tips Before You Buy Or Sell With Cryptocurrency
Piper Moretti, CEO of The Crypto Realty Group and a licensed realtor, was involved in the first Bitcoin transaction in Southern California and has since completed several transactions. She shares her knowledge and gives her top five tips to those looking to buy or sell real estate in the crypto space. Get Some Real Practice While cryptocurrency is certainly trendy and quickly becoming a fad among high dollar investors, the space isn’t for the uneducated. If you are considering using digital currency to buy or sell a home, do your homework. Understand the market, the risks and how it all works. Moretti suggests you get some practice in by getting verified exchanges like Coinbase or Binance, which allow investors to buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum. They behave much like regular stock trading, and users can easily become verified and link bank accounts. Starting out with this type of exchange will allow users to educate themselves on the ins and outs of digital money before jumping into larger pools such as real estate. Understand the Escrow As if escrow isn’t tough to understand already, it gets even more complicated in the crypto space. There are two basic options: 1) convert your cryptocurrency to cash and 2) use a crypto-to-crypto transaction. If you are simply planning to convert your crypto to cash, it is treated as a regular cash transaction in the eyes of the title and escrow company. Moretti suggests having the escrow set up with a crypto payment processor, which will take your cryptocurrency and convert it to a USD wire transfer. If you are after a crypto-to-crypto transaction, it is best to work with a title company that is well versed in blockchain technology and how the title and taxes play out in the conveyance of the property. Startups like Ragnar Lifthrasir’s velox.re have proven that titles can be conveyed on blockchain, but the issue arises when local government requires the purchase price be in fiat for accounting purposes. Knowing what to charge in transfer taxes and title insurance can be difficult. Piper warns that by using the crypto-to-crypto approach, you may have trouble getting the title insurance … although some buyers don’t find title insurance necessary. It may be easier for all involved to transfer the money outside of escrow, and Moretti has had deals work this way. Either way you choose, Moretti cautions that the terms should be explicitly ironed out on how the money will be converted and transferred to protect both parties. Find the Right People Protect yourself by finding the right people to work with. Set the Standard Using cryptocurrency to purchase or sell real estate has its challenges. Crypto is volatile, and that burden is on the buyer. If you are involved in a cryptocurrency real estate transfer, always use the price of the house in fiat to set the standard. The contract must have specific wording regarding exactly how the crypto will be settled at the end of escrow. Verify, Verify, Verify Crypto is relatively new in the real estate world and should be treated as such. Do your homework and understand what you are getting yourself into before you get yourself into it.   As published by Omri Barzilay (Forbes Contributor) Forbes-FEB 15, 2018  
Registration

If you are a visitor, you can use the platform, Search Properties and Agents without Registration, however if you want to Save Favorites, Save Searches and Receive New Listing Notifications you need to register and create an account.

Real Estate Agents, Builders and Property Owners who want to add Listings need to Register.

To Register:

  1. Click Login in top menu bar and then click Register Here to create an account,
  2. Create an Account. Choose between User, Single Agent or Builder when registering. You will see these User types under Select User Type when registering. Users who simply want to Save Searches and Setup Alerts select User. Agents who plan to add listings select Single Agent. Builders who plan to add properties Select Builder. Property Owners who plan to add properties select User. Agree to Terms and Conditions.
  3. Login.
After you login, you will be directed to your Profile Page. Enter all Profile Fields in the English language. When we add a translation widget all your information will then be translated from English to the language selected by the User. Simple Users:  All you need to enter in your Profile Page is your first and last name, and email address. All other fields are optional. Agent Profile: Click here. Builder Profile: Click here. Owner Profile: Click here. Related: Add A Property
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