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About Holden Sotheby’s International Realty


William F. Holden, CCIM is the President and Founder of Holden Sotheby’s International Realty. His background and past accomplishments are varied.

For 37 years, William was an airline captain. He started with Trans World Airlines (TWA) and spent the last years of his career with American Airlines. During this time, he was also a real estate developer in Vail, Colorado, USA (1972 to 1986). During that time, he developed town homes and multi-family condominiums in a ski resort and golf course setting. He also acted as general contractor, architect, sales manager, and property manager for all properties he developed.

From 1986 to 2001, William was an appraiser in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He primarily did appraisals and investment analysis on shopping centers, office buildings, industrial office warehouses and residential apartment properties.

From 2001 to 2005, William had an asset management company and provided investment analysis as a registered investment adviser


with a Series 7 securities license. He also specialized in allocating IRA/401k retirement funds to investment real estate. From 2005 to present, William has made many investments in residential real estate on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. In the process, he set up a full-service real estate company in Cabarete to include property management, rental management, sales, and guest services.



Holden Sotheby’s International Realty began as Cabarete Lifestyle Resorts. It was founded by William Holden, retired airline captain. After investing in numerous real estate developments in the Dominican Republic, William could not find anyone who matched his management style (and skills) to manage his own properties. So, he started his own company.

William had an extensive background in real estate and attained the prestigious CCIM designation (Certified Commercial Investment Member) which is often referred to as the PhD of Commercial Investment Real Estate.

Cabarete Lifestyle Resorts began in property management and condominium administration. The company then progressed into rental management. Since the Cabarete office was professional and well-located, the next logical step was real estate sales. William was unique in that he seemed to be the only licensed real estate broker in town. Moreover, he continuously stays current with USA National Association of REALTORS® continuing education requirements and courses in business ethics. In addition, the CCIM education and professional ethics requirements give him additional stature.


When Cabarete Lifestyle Resorts was first founded, William’s main goal was to hire Dominican employees because in his view it was his contribution to the community. In doing so, and in the training he provided, he has set up his Dominican associates with work-skills that will be useful to them for the rest of their lives. Along the way, life-long friendships developed.

When the decision was made to place more emphasis on sales, William sought out an International Alliance that would help the world realize the benefits of visiting and investing in the Dominican Republic. In his opinion, the company with the best international branding and unquestionable integrity was Sotheby’s International Realty®. In turn, William was fortunate enough to be approved as an affiliate for Sotheby’s International Realty.

We are now in the process of adding offices to different parts of the Dominican Republic. Because of this expansion, we have changed our name from Cabarete Dominican Republic Sotheby’s International Realty to Holden Sotheby’s International Realty. This will reflect our expansion to other parts of the country and not be identified for just one community.