How to buy property in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 04:19 pm. One of the main concerns that people have when buying property in Spain is ‘how can we make sure that this Spanish property is problem-free?’. Of course, this anxiety isn’t exclusive to Spain. Buying a house is a very big commitment and no matter how carefully […]

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New Spanish tax law for 2015

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Last updated on May 9th, 2020 at 03:58 pm. The new tax legislation in Spain has been debated for a while. Originally proposed in June 2014 it has now been passed and will come into force from the income year 2015. The new law brings with it implications for both residents and non-residents. In most […]

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Seeking employment in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. It’s a sad fact; in most European countries currently work is in short supply. The unemployment figures fluctuate but the trend is still down and we are seeing generally a better-qualified workforce earning less, if they’re earning at all. Some employers are exploiting the situation with […]

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Motorways in Spain

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 11:49 am. Driving in Spain can be a pleasure. Once you put the city centre behind you, you can find long stretches of motorway without a traffic cone or tailback in sight. Spanish motorways seem to be extraordinarily free from road works and are generally enjoyable to drive […]

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Myth busting – Spanish complementary tax

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Last updated on May 9th, 2020 at 04:01 pm. We’ve recently been reading letters in some well-known free papers from people who really have got their facts wrong. Nothing new there may be, but we feel that some of the myths around complementary tax, if you believe them, could cost you a lot of money. […]

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The sales in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Do you love the sales? Most people seem to fall into one of two groups. Those who love rooting through piles of clothes to find a bargain and those who will avoid the shops until it’s all over. The Spanish word for ‘sale’ is ‘rebajas’ and […]

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Skiing in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Spain is a country of contrasts. Only a few hours from where they’re basking in the sun on the beaches they’re skiing down the slopes in three layers of clothes and woolly mittens. One of the amazing things about Spain is the variation in its climate […]

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All I want for Christmas… is to be somewhere else

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Do you like celebrating Christmas at home? Is your idea of the ideal Christmas one that involves your home hearth, slippers and a good helping of turkey? Or do your prefer to slip away and let someone else do all the donkey work? Most people fall […]

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Money Laundering in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:01 pm. You’ve probably heard of ‘money laundering’ but not thought you would personally be affected. However, concerns about money laundering activity in Spain means that people are suddenly finding it cropping up in quite ordinary circumstances. A number of non-residents and residents have recently been asked for […]

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Where to shop in Costa Blanca South

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Love them or hate them, the out-of-town commercial centre is here to stay.  Their presence in Spain has gradually increased over the past ten years. They do have their advantages. You can leave your car in one place whilst you browse amongst all the major high […]

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Taxi!

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. We often take them for granted, but if you have ever lived in an area that’s short of local Spanish taxis you will recognise just what an underestimated resource they can be. In Spain, obtaining a licence to run an official taxi is expensive and it […]

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A quick guide to what’s happening in Catalonia

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. National borders have a lot to answer for.  Countries continue to battle over where the lines are drawn and who gets to fly the flag. But who should decide what belongs to whom? The issue has been carefully documented in both Britain and Spain recently. With […]

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Purchasing Spanish property in the name of a company

Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 03:11 pm. Inheritance tax for non-residents has traditionally been much higher in Spain than for residents.  This has been drawn to the attention of the European courts and Spain has been told to change its practices. No doubt, in due course they will. In the meantime inheritance tax […]

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What to do if you have a traffic accident in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. When you’re travelling in a foreign country, having an accident might be one of the last things on your mind. However, the risk is probably greater than in your own country. Driving a hire car on holiday, the majority of people have probably not studied the […]

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The Spanish Highway Code

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 11:48 am. It might not always seem like it when you’re on the roads in Spain, but there is a very comprehensive Spanish highway code. The Código de Tráfico y Seguridad Vial was last modified on 22nd May 2014 (download here). It consists of 941 pages and 385 […]

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What is the google tax?

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:02 pm. The word ‘google’ is part of our day-to-day vocabulary. In the Oxford dictionary paperback version it is defined as ‘search for information about someone or something on the Internet, especially with the Google search engine.’ The last part of that definition is perhaps particularly interesting. There […]

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Next steps after buying a house in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 04:20 pm. You’ve bought your home in Spain. Congratulations! Hopefully this will be the start of many happy years here. Whether you have bought a Spanish property to enjoy at holiday time, to live in or to rent out as an investment, you’ve taken a big step. Now, […]

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Have you got your facts right?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. What percentage of the population do you think are immigrants in Spain? Out of every 100 people in Spain how many do you think are over 65? These are two of the questions on Ipsos MORI’s new global survey, ‘The Perils of Perception’. The survey highlights […]

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Tips for selling property in Spain

Selling property in Spain

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020 at 07:22 pm. Just how far should you go to sell your property in Spain? We all know it’s not a sellers’ market at the moment but the lengths that some people are going to is, quite extraordinary. Getting a good estate agent, making sure the house is in […]

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Supporting Elche c.f.

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. There’s a phrase that states that you are never too old to learn. Some people may disagree with this. Certainly if you’ve tried to learn Spanish at an older age you’ve probably recognised that it doesn’t fall into your lap easily. But what about developing an […]

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Making a denuncia in Spain – the right way

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. In the article  ‘Making a police report (denuncia) in Spain’, David Ruiz explained what a denuncia is and how to go about making one. In this article he takes us through the right and the wrong way of doing it. Since 2010 I’ve been helping my […]

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Spanish succession law and its implications

Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 03:12 pm. When you are living in a country that’s different to the one you were born in, many variations in the law can pass you by. Succession law in Spain is one of those that can take foreigners living here by surprise. Recent EU legislation relating to […]

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Taking account of the weather in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. It seems an obvious thing to state but, it’s important that we take the weather into consideration. Anyone watching the electric storms in September in Spain must have felt just a little humble in the presence of such a force of nature.   We are, after […]

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Where to go in Alicante

Last updated on May 20th, 2020 at 06:05 pm. Have you ever been guilty of not visiting the places on your doorstep? It can often happen that where you live is the place you’re least likely to fully explore. For example, it’s all too easy for Alicante just to become a stepping stone on the […]

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Inheritance tax for non-residents in Spain – is it time to claim?

Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 03:12 pm. In some countries, inheritance tax applies to only the wealthy – those with estates worth an amount out of the reach of most ordinary people. This is not the case in Spain. Spanish inheritance tax applies to most people when they bequeath their property and there […]

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