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My name is Johanna Frischbutter.

My hometown is St- Lambert, a suburban city located on the South shore of the Island of Montreal.

It was a wonderful place to grow up, with its beautiful homes shaded under century old trees and its numerous parks. I was also lucky in that my family enjoyed dividing its time between different locations where we had other homes, my grandmother’s cottage by the lake was a favorite, as well as the beach house in Maine and of course the condo in Miami always promised sunshine and adventure.

I believe that the different characteristics between these homes, each with a special atmosphere, personality and surrounding awakened my fascination for diversity and travel, my interest in architecture and love for decoration.

It was no wonder that after college, always seeking for an opportunity to travel and discover new cultures I applied to Club Med to become a G.O. An enviable, glamorous job, as well as lots of fun in the late 70’s, early 80’s.

At each resort of the Club, the staff represented at least 38 different nationalities. I still smile when I think of the evenings we shared stories of our hometowns, how different yet alike we all were.

After that unforgettable experience I came back home for 3 years, to work as a reservations agent for Air France. I loved it but needed the open air, so I flew to the Canary Islands and joined the crew of a cruise ship and sailed across the Atlantic. The ship’s itinerary brought me to visit most of the Islands in the Caribbean, and I vowed that one day I would return there to continue my quest.

And I did, as a Destination Manager in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic for a Tour Operator out of Toronto called Carousel.

I enjoyed my time there immensely as the Island is beautiful and its people welcoming, but I was then transferred to Panama, Central America to head the Tour Operator’s office there. After a 3 year sprint I returned to the D.R. to my old job. It was then that I met a German man who had caught my eye so many years before and fell madly in love.

My husband, Walter, put an end to my quest for I had found what I was looking for, true love under the Caribbean sun.

We have since then bought a villa surrounded by palm trees and have a son called Max and a retriever called Bullet…life is good!

After a few years doing translations for local magazines and the Hotel Association among others, I met Cheryl who invited me to be part of her team.

Another wish had come true, being part of a distinguished team, at REMAX Tropical, doing what I love, finding new homes for snow birds on my beautiful sun kissed Island.

Go ahead -Dare to dream, it can also come true for you!

Mon nom est Johanna Frischbutter.

Ma ville natale est St- Lambert, une ville suburbaine située sur la rive sud de l'île de Montréal.
C'était un endroit merveilleux pour passer sa jeunesse, avec ses belles maisons ombragées sous les arbres centenaires et ses nombreux parcs.
J'ai été  également chanceuse du fait que ma famille avais le plaisir de partager son temps entre différents endroits où nous avions d'autres résidences, la maison sur le lac de ma grand-mère était un favori, ainsi que la maison de plage au Maine et naturellement le condo à Miami  promettais toujours aventures et soleil.
Je crois que les différentes caractéristiques de ces maisons, chacune avec une atmosphère et personnalité distincte ainsi que les différents paysages ont réveillés ma fascination pour la diversité et le voyage, mon intérêt pour l'architecture et amour pour la décoration.
 Ce n'est pas surprenant qu’après mes études, cherchant toujours une occasion pour  voyager et découvrir de nouvelles cultures j’ai fait application au Club Méditerranée pour devenir G.O.
Un travail amusant et séduisant, vers la fin des années 70, début 80. À chaque club, le personnel représentait au moins 38 différentes nationalités. Je souris toujours quand je pense aux soirées où nous partagions nos histoires, comment différents ont étaient et pourtant si semblables.
Apres cette expérience inoubliable je suis revenu à la maison pour 3 ans, pour travailler comme agent de réservations chez Air France. J’ai beaucoup  aimé, mais ressentait un besoin pour l’aventure, ainsi que j'ai volé sur les  Îles Canaries et joint l'équipage d'un bateau de croisière pour ensuite croiser  l'Océan Atlantique.
L'itinéraire du bateau m'a amené à visiter la plupart des îles des Caraïbe, et j'ai voué qu’un jour j’y retournerais pour vivre.
Et j’y suis en effet retourner comme  directeur de destination à Boca Chica en République Dominicaine pour un grossiste au nom de « Carousel », une compagnie de l’Ontario. J'ai beaucoup apprécié mon temps sur l'île avec ses paysages incroyables  et ses gens accueillant, mais j'ai été alors transféré à Panama, en Amérique Centrale pour y diriger notre bureau au centre-ville. Après un sprint de 3 ans, je suis retourné en République à mon poste précèdent.
C'était alors que j'ai rencontré un Allemand qui avait pris mon œil plusieurs années auparavant et est devenue follement amoureuse. Mon mari, Walter, a su combler mes désirs d’amour et de vie sous le soleil tropical.
Nous avons depuis lors acheté une villa entourée de palmiers et avons un fils appelé Max et un chien au nom de Bullet… la vie est belle! Après quelques années travaillant comme traductrice  pour les revues locales et l'Association des Hôtels notamment, j'ai rencontré Cheryl qui m'a invité à faire partie de son équipe.
Un autre souhait a su se réalisé, faisant partie d'une équipe distinguée chez RE/MAX Tropical, un boulot que j’adore, trouvant de nouveaux nids pour les oiseaux qui désirent échapper à l’hiver !
Allez - osez rêver, il faut juste apporter son maillot de bain et sa brosse à dent ! !


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REMAX Tropical has been so amazing and helpful. Moving to DR has been quite a challenge and the staff at REMAX Tropical made my experience much easier. They are a "one stop shop" and help with everything!! Johanna was amazing and incredibly helpful. She goes "above and beyond" for her clients. I highly recommend REMAX Tropical!!

K. Hamilton-Bell

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Dear REMAX Tropical, I just want to thank Cheryl, Johana and the entire REMAX Tropical Team for their tireless and relentless effort, from the smallest detail to the full extent of the sale. For as confusing as it seems to get involved in RealEstate in the Dominican Republic, you can be reassured when doing this with the ReMax Tropical Team it´s a streamlined process accompanied by good advice and YOUR BEST interest in mind. Always, Joe Louis

J. Louis, 
New York, USA 
April 2017

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There are many reasons that I highly recommend Cheryl Henderson, Owner/Broker, and the professional staff (Johanna, Awilda, Marielys, Jose) at REMAX Tropical Punta Cana Real Estate if you want to buy, sell, or rent real estate in the Dominican Republic.

In January 2016, I was traveling between the Punta Cana Airport and a resort when I observed a large billboard with a picture of Cheryl advertising RE/MAX Tropical Punta Cana. I contacted Cheryl and informed her about my desire to purchase investment property in Punta Cana. In February, Cheryl made arrangements for Johanna to show me several properties. In March, I informed Cheryl about the condominium that I wanted to purchase. In April, I had the keys in hand. Cheryl and Johanna both speak English, which definitely helped me to understand the purchase process and make my dream of ownership come true.

During this short time frame, I was in constant communication with Cheryl. Although Cheryl is an overworked mother of three children with a phenomenally crazy schedule, she always finds the time to address the needs of the client. Cheryl assured me that I was in good hands and would address all of my concerns about buying property in a foreign country; she did just that and more. Cheryl walked me through the process and my level of comfort and trust in her resulted in the purchasing of a two bedroom condominium with a rooftop terrace in a brand new gated development that is walking distance to a beach and several upscale restaurants. The location also offered comfort, space, and tranquility. Cheryl’s wealth of knowledge in the real estate industry, experience, and easy going but professional personality is apparent in all forms of communication. Cheryl and the professional staff in the office continue to be accommodating, and are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for the client. Cheryl is my broker of choice and a friend for life.

November 2016

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We had a great experience since the first email (and there was ALOT!!) We were lucky to work with Johanna and her team and they helped to make our dreams a reality. They were more than accomidating and very resourceful. Any questions we had before, during, and after were always awnsered in a quick phone call or email. We would highly recommend the RE/MAX Tropical team!

November 2016

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 I am so glad to say that I am now the quite satisfied owner of property in the Dominican Republic. My realtor Johanna Frischbutter was a God send. Johanna made the process so smooth I couldn't belief it. Her professionalism,expertise and follow up is commendable. We had dreaming of owning a piece of paradise for years. We had a realtor who took our personal taste into account every step of the way. Despite being nervous about buying property in a foreign country ,she made each step of the way relaxing. Sol Tropical feels like home because of the kindness and generosity she showed. She even helped us navigate the process of getting a designer to help with the furnishings of the condominium we purchased. I highly recommend if you are considering buying in the Dominican Republic that you seek out this agency. Put your trust in Johanna and all your questions will be answered . I was extremely impressed with RE/MAX Tropical!!

November 2016

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Dear Johanna Thank You so much for your wonderful service,assist and help to buy and sale our condo.All this time we feel so safe and comfortable with You .Wishing you success in your business and private life as well. Pleasure to meet You Johanna . Adios!

E & M Rybczak

Canada, Sep 2014

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When we decided to sell our condo in Bavaro Beach, we were at a loss as to who might be able to assist us in this matter, since we live in the states.  

Finding Johanna and the RE/MAX Tropical team was a real blessing.  Not only you were successful in finding us a buyer; but when the time came for the closing, you and your team ensured that everything went smoothly.  I highly recommend you and the entire RE/MAX Tropical team as reliable, professional, and honest.  Thank you for making what could have been a challenging situation, into a very pleasant and harmonious success

May 2012

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We would like to tell you how happy we are with the service that REMAX Tropical and Johanna Frischbutter gave us during our recent condo purchase in Punta Cana.
We arrived in Punta Cana on Friday and Johanna had several properties for us to view on Saturday. She spent the full day with us and not only showed us the vacation home of our dreams as well as many other lovely properties, she went out of her way to familiarize us with the area and included dentists, clinics, pharmacies, restaurants and many other services that are offered locally. At the end of the day we felt so at ease and had no worries of purchasing a condo in Punta Cana .... we were at home.
She spent several hours on Sunday, a day scheduled with her family, to make sure that all our questions were answered and the paper work was in order before we headed back to Nova Scotia on Tuesday.
We could not have had anyone more open to listen to our needs and so easy to talk to and understand. We're looking forward to inviting Johanna and her husband to help us celebrate our first visit to our island paradise condo.
Thank you REMAX Tropical for providing us with a wonderful experience of purchasing our home away from home.

TONY & TRISH, Nova Scotia
November 2011


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We have had the pleasure experiencing REMAX Tropical‘s professional support while purchasing our brand new condo in Bavaro, Punta Cana. Johanna Frischbutter was absolutely amazing and consistently went over and beyond her call of duty to ensure we are comfortable in the process and well equipped to make an informed decision.  She is one of the most knowledgeable and reliable realtors I ever met.  I can confidently say that we were shown all the available options, so the decision was really easy! Cheryl Rinehart’s help was invaluable with negotiating the contract and navigating the real estate system, and all team stepped up to take care of all our pre- and post sale needs, including the interior decorating and property management.  I would like to thank Johanna, Cheryl, Adriana and Ana for their support, guidance and friendship, and I am looking forward to a continuous and rewarding relationship for years to come.

CARINA, Toronto - Canada
June 2011

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