Finally, what has been an open secret for a while seems to have been confirmed by the UK government. After the end of this year new arrivals into Spain will not be covered by a reciprocal agreement for healthcare.
The First Quarter of 2017 In Valencia Property – Brexit, Trump and Lifestyle It may seem strange to some as it is often said that uncertainty is the enemy of markets but it has been a hugely successful first quarter of the year, not only for us but also forContinue reading
Inspired by a post on Spain Buddy by Elle Draper, “We are not lucky to live in Spain” I thought today would be a good day to ask a question, why are we lucky? When we take clients out to see properties we often get the following quotes: “Wow, thisContinue reading
Brexit! There I’ve said it and for once (just this once though I promise) I didn’t swear. So now it’s time to take back control of your life. If you are one of the 48% (Let’s call this part the sane half of the UK population) you voted Remain. The stats sayContinue reading
When you are thinking of moving to Spain you are presented with a plethora of options as to places to base yourself. After all, Spain is such a rich and varied country with so many different and interesting places. However here in Valencia we are ever so slightly biased, soContinue reading
Spain! Go on, admit it, the name alone evoked something in your mind when you read it didn’t it. What was it for you? There are very different visions in mind now for different people. From the traditional stereotypical views of flamenco, bulls, white horses, sherry, red wine, and paellaContinue reading
It was in the last century that I decided to set up as an agent for buying property in Valencia. The experience of buying my own property and using agents had been so teeth grindingly awful that just one thought was going through my head of course, I can do this so much better.
So I did.
Setting up as an estate agent in Valencia was easy, websites were few and far between, I had a good network of connections through my friends and colleagues in the international schools and most importantly of all I spoke Spanish and I spoke it well.
On my personal site www.grahamhunt.co we recently posted a blog about ten things you should be doing every day in Spain. You can see it at the link. However we have also recorded it using Auphonic, loaded it onto our Soundcloud page and placed it into Youtube too. You can also listen to it below. So if you prefer listening to reading then take a listen below and take to heart the ten things you should be doing every day in Spain.
As you are maybe aware we have been running a series on our Youtube channel called 100 Reasons to Live in Spain. Some are more obvious, some are a bit obscure and some are a bit left field. I have just put up the latest two on the channel and you can see them embedded in this post.
It’s time to put on the sarcasm font and start “complaining” about living in Spain. Lots of people complain about living in Spain, just look at any online forum, but let’s give them a platform for their complaints here should we as only forum owners and their invented six alter egos read forums these days. So for all of you out there who over the years have complained loudly, repeatedly and in the echoey chamber that is an internet forum let’s give you a voice. The 17 worst things about living in Spain:
We posted a very popular post on the Spanish Property Blog last week.Titled “The Four Horsemen of the Spanish Property Apocalypse”. Within it we explained how to get a bargain in Spain without going to a bank for their rather badly located properties. Take a look and if you have any questions just ask.
When you are looking for a property as a buyer you are obviously looking for a bargain that suits your requirements. Those requirements will be exclusive to you, ie different from anyone else, but you can almost guarantee that the property you buy will have many of the characteristics that others are searching for too (This is why we said that there are not actually that many properties really for sale in Spain here) One thing that you are looking for though is summed up in the Spanish Property search mantra “Bueno, Bonito y Barato” (Good, pretty and cheap)
When you are looking to come and live in Spain and maybe to buy a house for sale in Spain you are going to a different country (Obvious huh?) with different customs and different ways of doing things. Therefore there are some things that you will need to get used to. Spain will not change in the near future but you need to do so if you want to fit comfortably into your new home (the house and the area).
Today the #WABAS12 video project starts. This is a project undertaken by 12 people from my Facebook group of Writers and Bloggers About Spain (Thus the initials WABAS) where we are going to release 12 videos over 12 days from today at 12pm midday.
It’s November and it’s still 27-30 degrees during the day here in Valencia. It’s not normally like this of course, except it is. As the dark nights envelop much of the North of Europe sunset here is around 6pm and it gets dark around 6.30. It’s like that every year of course and we have the brightness and sunshine every year.
You are born, you go to school, you get a job, and eventually you die.
Surely there’s something better in the middle.
We are on this small planet for threescore years and 10 apparently. If that is the case why would you spend a lot of that time working in a box with the same day to day routine boring you until you retire and get a clock.
Work in the world is changing now and so should your mentality be. Let’s face it, those days are now long gone when you worked 40-45 years in the same business that you had no interest in, making money for the owner who you never knew and then you retired and you got your carriage clock.
I promised a few weeks ago that I would be doing 100 videos in the style of “100 Tips for People Moving To Spain” to give you 100 reasons to live in Spain. Well the YouTube project has started with the introduction video and the first three reasons now on the new playlist here.
If you live in certain areas of Glasgow and are a middle aged male I would get out quickly. The latest report about life expectancy in the World shows that men in certain areas of Glasgow have a life expectancy of around 55 years old. Spain meanwhile has the highest life expectancy in Europe and even more importantly the highest healthy life expectancy.
As posted in the report and quoted in the Guardian
“They may be out of work and struggling with financial disaster, but the Spanish have the highest healthy life expectancy in Europe – and beat Australia, Canada, Norway and the USA as well.
2013 in Spanish Property was an article originally featured in the Spanish Property Magazine for iPad, get your copy at the link. I thought it was relevant for here though. Here is what you should be looking out for, what you need to be aware of and how you should be thinking if you are thinking of moving to Spain in 2013. There are opportunities everywhere but there are also traps the unwary can fall into.
I wrote a Note on the Valencia Property Facebook page that was quite well received. Click on the link to see it there and like the page while there if you want ;-). However I thought those people who don’t use Facebook may like to take a look too. So here are 15 things that Brits say when in Spain that demonstrate that they don’t understand the country… yet!
The first Spanish Property Magazine for iPad of 2013 is now up in the app store for download. Subscribers should have it already pushed to their devices.
Included this month are articles about the reaction to the government’s proposal to allow residency for anyone spending over 160k, an overview of what 2013 may hold in the Spanish Property Market and a look at the changes in taxes and costs of purchase in Spain, how Spain is benefitting from World events and the second part of both Nick Snelling’s overview of the modern history of Spain and the Estate Agent Nightmares series