Buying Safely in Spain

Perhaps one of the main concerns of potential buyers of property in Spain is – is it safe? In this article we look at the measures you should take to make sure that it is. It’s your dream to own a property in Spain. Perhaps as a holiday home or maybe even as your main […]

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Financing your property purchase in Spain

So you have found your ideal property in Spain. It’s the perfect time to buy and the exchange rate is right. However, it’s a little more than you have available in cash at the moment. How do you go about taking out a mortgage in Spain? Until recently, mortgages in Spain were extremely difficult to […]

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A dream come true in Torrevieja

When Jörgen and Sari Johansson got married in Torrevieja they never guessed that they would end up buying an apartment here too. They share their story of becoming non-resident property owners in Aguas Nuevas. Jörgen and Sari are from Sweden, but that’s not where they wanted to get married. ‘We wanted to go somewhere different […]

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When should I set up a bank account in Spain?

This is a question that we have been asked quite frequently recently. It’s a busy time for buying in Spain and those who do have their sights set on having their own property here want to do it right. It seems logical that setting up your own bank account should be the first step in […]

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Taking a cruise in Spain

Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Taking a cruise around the Mediterranean is on plenty of people’s bucket lists. In this blog Spain Explained provides some advice on what’s available and how to make the most of it. The presence of cruise ships around the Spanish coast is set to increase. It has […]

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Camping in Spain

Hotels, guest houses, apartments and staying with relatives. Lots of different ways in which you can take advantage of Spain’s beautiful climate and hospitality. But what about camping? There are ample opportunities to enjoy this too. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Using communal showers, hikes through muddy fields and straining to erect a tent […]

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Schools in Spain

You’ve made the bold decision to move your family to Spain. With children to consider, your priority must be, how will they fit in too? It’s no easy matter moving your whole family abroad. The paper work itself can take an age to do and then you have the schools to consider. Unlike in some […]

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Dentists in Spain

If you come out to live in Spain it’s not only healthcare that you need to organize. You need to look after your teeth too. Spain Explained spoke to Dr. Ian Smith from Carredent Dental Practice about his experience of being a dentist in Spain. There can be few people who enjoy going to the […]

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Ten steps to buying a house in Spain

The process of buying a house in any country can be complicated and confusing. When you are purchasing a property abroad, it’s even more so. How long will it take? Who should be involved? What can you do to ensure that you buy safely? There have been mistakes made in the past and there have […]

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Putting in an offer

OK. You’ve found your ideal Spanish home. The price is pretty reasonable but we all know it’s a buyers’ market at the moment. So what should you do if you really want to buy that property in Spain? It can be a little confusing when you want to buy a property in another country. What […]

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What is happening with holiday lets in the Valencian community?

What are the renting laws in the Valencian region? Must you or must you not register your property for letting purposes here? It would seem to be a straight forward question but a straightforward answer could quite easily evade you. The original rental law was the regulation of tourist homes (Viviendas Turisticas)  in 2009. It […]

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Buying property in Spain for residency

People buy property in Spain for many different reasons. Often they begin by buying an apartment or smaller property as a holiday home. Then, perhaps as the time draws near to retirement, they begin to consider what it might be like to take it one step further and live in Spain as a resident. If […]

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Getting it right with car rentals

Trying to get the best deal when it comes to renting a car is no easy matter. We talked to Mike at Coys Rent A Car to find out the behind-the-scenes information. In this part of the Costa Blanca, businesses have a tendency of coming and going. But not Coys. They have been trading as […]

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Consulates and embassies – what can they do for you?

In many respects we hope you never have to use either a consulate or an embassy.  A visit to either of these outposts in someone else’s native country is usually a sign that something has gone wrong. The holiday maker who has lost their passport or the resident who has got into trouble with the […]

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Car rental in Spain

If you have a property in Spain, there is chance that at some point you have hired a car here. Most people like to be able to travel around to get the real benefit of a holiday home. If you live in Spain, you have probably been involved in hiring one for relatives or friends. […]

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Advice on buying property in Spain

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You may be wanting to buy property in different parts of Spain, for different reasons and with different specifications. The advice on buying property in Spain that people are looking for raises some very familiar issues. We’ve compiled our list of your most frequently asked questions, along with our response. Is it safe to buy? […]

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Tourism on the up

One of the main foundations of the Spanish economy is tourism. Tourism and Spain have been linked in the minds of many Europeans for decades. However, this close relationship hasn’t always been cosy or predictable and the tourism statistics for Spain are evidence of this. During the last 13 years there have been some peaks […]

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Is it a good time to buy property in Spain?

Let’s look at the evidence. Spanish house prices have reduced dramatically and the value of the euro to the pound has dropped significantly too. We’re seeing a reduction in fuel prices, impacting on the cost of air fairs and more and more tourists choosing Spain as their holiday destination. Even the cost of borrowing is […]

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The 10 pitfalls of buying property in Spain

We don’t usually write negative articles about buying property in Spain. After all, a major part of our business is conveyancing – we would like you to buy! However, we want you to buy safely and as such this article outlines the 10 pitfalls of buying property in Spain. The 10 pitfalls of buying property […]

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Spanish driving licence: Do you need to obtain one? How can you do it?

Spanish driving licence

It’s been one of the longest lasting debates in the forums in Spain. Must you exchange your foreign driver’s licence for a Spanish driving licence? The camps have been equally divided for years and you will hear countless stories in the bars about people who were told this, or that, or even the other. Must […]

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Help Vega Baja

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Help Vega Baja is a not-for-profit association, helping people out in the local community. In our question and answer session they explain what they do, how they might help you and how you could help them too. Who are you? HELP Vega Baja was established more than 30 years ago and during that period has […]

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Banks poaching insurance in Spain

We all know how difficult it can be to find the right insurance policy. There is a lot to be made from commission and companies will jostle each other for your custom. No matter how carefully you read through the small print your policy can still turn out to be a disappointment when you do […]

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Why bother learning a language?

It is hard learning a language, especially if you are slightly older in years and you’re starting from scratch. You can think because you live in another country or visit it regularly that it will somehow come to you naturally. That you will absorb it just by being there. But it doesn’t happen like that. […]

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Guide to buying property in Spain

You’ve found your property, you’ve checked it’s the right one for you and now it’s all systems go. So what happens next? We can sometimes assume that the purchasing process in one country is the same as you will encounter elsewhere. However, this is not necessarily the case and that’s why you need a guide […]

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Graffiti in Spain

It’s everywhere. Or so it seems at times. Graffiti is on walls, trains, bins and fences. Anywhere there is a spare square meter of space to record names and messages. Although some of this graffiti is pretty banal there are examples of street-art that have artistic flair and imagination. In some cases it is even […]

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