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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 8:20pm
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ElsieS

Posts: 16

Location: Partaloa

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Hi

We’re so confused as to what part of Almeria to look at, we’re going to move there in a cpl of years however we would like to come out before then to get the feel of where we want to be, albox looks good what are your views on this?

Elsie

Matthew

Matthew

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Sun Jun 9, 2019 8:42pm

Posts: 148

Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 8:42pm

If you're not confused and if you are thinking of buying property in Spain, then there is something wrong. So, you are confused. Great! That shows you are thinking logically of what and where you wish to buy.

I suggest you rent in an area in the off season for no less than 5 weeks. Then you will learn if that area and Spain are for you. This will probably be the best money you spent.

You are thinking of investing much money in Spain. Know what you are doing every step of the way.

There are some safety nets to consider e.g. don't sell up in the UK; it probably will make sense to rent out your UK home so that if a retreat is necessary you can do so in a dignified way.

BobL

BobL

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Sun Jun 9, 2019 9:19pm

Posts: 2145

Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Sun Jun 9, 2019 9:19pm

Hi,

Previous poster has it spot on. Pity you don't have a motorhome.or caravan & 4x4 as loads of places to stop and then explore.

Albox/ Arboleas you would have to pay me to live there. (& we started in Albanchez ). 'Little Britain' but then not to keen on our Mojacar Apt. Wife loves it. I Prefer the solitude of the cottage. You see the point? It's horses for courses!!!!!!

I would.go one further and rent both in Summer & Winter. Almost 2 different places.

Summer-heat, increase population, noise, fiestas, flies, AC & cost of electric, etc

Winter-how cold you may find it, log.burners, quieter, even abandoned in some areas.

Everything changes and so different from when we moved out in 2002/3.

Oh.the crooks & conmen are still around & the bureaucracy gets worse.

My beloved spend 3 years researching and 4 trips before she moved out-on.her own.

She loves it.

Best of luck.

Bob and Sandra

Mojacar Playa and Puerto Lumbreras

Bess

Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:59am

Posts: 29

Location: Huércal-Overa

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:59am

Why not tell the forum a bit about what you like and dislike: -town/rural, expat company/Spanish community, seaside /country speak any Spanish/ no Spanish, retired/looking to work, newbuild flat/tradional type house general budget and so on. You could get better advice then- this is a very helpful forum!

BobL

BobL

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Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:22am

Posts: 2145

Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:22am

Well said Bess.

Have a great week,

Bob and Sandra

david 52

Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:47am

Posts: 70

Location: Albox

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:47am

So Spain's not for you then bob😄

Matthew

Matthew

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Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:08am

Posts: 148

Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:08am

Some things to bear in mind:-

1. Total Cost. 

2. Additional costs (solicitor, real estate agent, utilities, furntiture, travel etc).

3. Investment costs. Taxes, trusting meet-and-greet people, maintenance, insurance, breakages (an uncaring/drunk smoker can wipe out your furniture value in minutes).

4. Advertising.

5. Prospective tenants (many renting out property have their own ideas to whom they don't wish to rent).

6. Rental opportunities.

7. Threats - can you take the financial hit? Always assume your property will decrease in value.

8. Brexit (although I believe it will never happen, but you have to take the Brits' trust on board that they won't elect a near junkie as leader of the Tories). Or even an Etonian Fool.

9. Your spouse's/partner's views on the venture.

10.Your ability not to break your own rules. This is probably your most onerous task. 

Haikili1969

Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:14am

Posts: 58

Location: La Alfoquia

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:14am

Hi Elsie,

There’s some great advice on here, Matthew is spot on, but don’t be put off.

Research is the key, that means using the Forum, Speaking to locals, internet searches and boots on the ground exploring the area. 

My wife and I spent 18months searching for the right property and area, had several offers fall through and encountered some dodgy agents, if you do the research find a good recommended lawyer and you’ll be fine!

Don’t take those lovely “place in the sun” shows at face value, it needs work to find the area & property, Also allow for up to 20% in costs not the 10% those tv shows keep banging on about!

The guys on here can help steer you in the right direction, they helped Amanda & I and I am genuinely grateful to them.

All the best

Warren 

steviejt

Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44am

Posts: 13

Location: Vera

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44am

We've been in almeria since Nov '17 and have loved it but which area is best! Mojacar is expensive! Bedar is up in hills and spectacular, it all depends what you want, beach or inland, we have rented since we've been here til we find right place and property for us.

Good luck with your search!

david 52

Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:55am

Posts: 70

Location: Albox

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:55am

Yes l second that plenty of resurch

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