- March 27, 2006 at 12:35 pm #51678
Hello everyone, my husband and I are total virgins to Spain but we wish to move to Andalucia from Ireland. (we originally came from England). We are interested in a list of where to start, what we need; everything from scratch. Our dream is to live within a wild life area, a house that can be lived in straight away and need nothing done to it. Are there any books that would lead us to complete transfer? Your help would be so much appreciated. We are hoping to move out by Christmas 2006. (ok ,maybe we’re pushing it). Also I’ve been in touch with a company that do tours, but even though I told the girl I’ll not put up with any hard sell, I am a little concerned about getting involved with companies that might just show us the most expensive properties. Sorry to go on and on, hope I’m not boring you. I’m sure most of you have been through the same thing so will understand. Stay happy. Regards Rosaline
- March 28, 2006 at 10:47 am #61501
Click on to the Spanish Property Insight Announcements at the top of the Forums page. You’ll find a great deal of useful info. there – including recommended books – they introduce a very good and reliable selection.
- March 28, 2006 at 12:39 pm #61503
which company have you been dealing with?
- March 28, 2006 at 3:29 pm #61505
My advice would be to rent a property first for 3 to 6 months in the area of your choice to see if you really like it. If you do you can look around while you are there for something to purchase. If you find you do not like Spain after all you can easily walk away from the property and do not have to go through all the hassle of trying to sell a house you no longer want.
- March 28, 2006 at 11:10 pm #61510
You could just try a couple of short visits under your own steam to different areas first. Unless you are right on the coast, it can get very cold in Winter and you’d have to pick a house designed for that. We opted for the Canaries because it never gets very cold at low level. Although the Med coast at mid day in Winter might record reasonable temperatures, it rapidly fall away towards evening, unlike the Canaries.
Two books I found useful were
“Living and Working in Spain” by David Hampshire by Survival Books (http://www.survivalbooks.net) ISBN 1-901130-62-2-52195
and “Retiring to Spain” by Cyril Holbrook – Age Concern ISBN 0-86242-385-6
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