There is more and more of this difficulity with permits to live aboard in a number of states in the US. I can understand a need to regulate it to some std, but not to just blanket outlaw it totally. I also have a friend who has experienced the problem with proper ownership papers to land in Panama. In Thailand a foreigner can NOT own better than 49% of land. He (She) must own it co-op with a Thai partner. Watch out if the Thai partner splits with you. I'll be interested to see what you find for 'floating rates' in DR.