March 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm #55505
Hi thinking of buying in spain need help . Dont want xpat would like to be close to the coast,when would be a good time to buy.who or what to stay away from ❓
March 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm #97683dominic218 wrote:Hi thinking of buying in spain need help . Dont want xpat would like to be close to the coast,when would be a good time to buy.who or what to stay away from ❓
Is this a joke? 🙄
March 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm #97684
no not a joke, 😆 new to this sort of thing know the market’s not doing very well in spain. Getting conflictintg reports from different sites.Thought people that are out there are the best to ask rather than the people trying to sell me somthing.All info much appreciated thanks
March 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm #97685
Don’t quite understand what you mean by don’t want xpat. The coast is full of people from Ireland, England and other cultures. Inland would be more spanish but your level of spanish would need to be fairly good. You’d want to pinpoint what area of spain you are looking at rather than just thinking of buying in spain. If you fill us in on a bit more detail of what you are looking for or a bit more on advice required, perhaps we could help.
March 27, 2010 at 8:02 am #97686
Hi Angela, looking for the south not murcia, looking for a villa with a spanish feel to it i have o leval spanish but looking to improve my conversational spanish.do’nt want to be in a area with lots of sky dishes and the local theme bar Irish or other.I have been offered lots of come see trips not sure thats a good idea? having only joined this fourm the general chat is to wait till next year
March 27, 2010 at 9:00 am #97687
My daughter did part of her degree in Spanish Language, after getting an A at “A” levels . That was 15 years ago. 😯 She does not speak the language regularly and finds it a bit of a struggle now when on holiday in Spain. Don’t rely on “O” levels. You’ll need better than that I think. It’s the old adage, “Use it or lose it”!
March 27, 2010 at 9:27 am #97688
Keep away from the inspection visits they only show you what they want you to see. Most of the reps working for them are ex-timeshare and they use the same sales pitch. Best to DIY and look at different areas.
If you don’t want ex-pat style then stay out of Andalucía. Both East and West of Málaga is full of Brit bars and dishes even in inland villages. Go anywhere and the smallest village you will see the Brit reg cars.
March 27, 2010 at 9:56 am #97689
Only way I can see is to drive through Spain via the coastal route, avoiding the Brit holiday hotspots, and seek out a coastal town/village to your liking.
Places without Brit shops/bars are there but even the Spanish have satelite dishes these days.
However whether or not you will understand the local populace even with a Masters in Spanish is doubtable 😉 .
March 27, 2010 at 10:40 am #97690
I bought 5 years ago on the coast but I bought in an urbanisation which genuinely has lots of different cultures a lot of scandanavians, belgium dutch, spanish and I like it that way. Like you I did not want to end up being surrounded by Irish and English – I’m Irish myself so why bother buying in a foreign country and surround yourself with people from home. I’m glad I bought in the urbanisation I did but as a family we do our own thing and during the summer if we are going out for a meal we drive out to different areas in the country and I use the spanish – basic knowledge as much as I can. I find the location of where I am suits for airports, beaches, grocery shopping and what have you. If you are going for a villa and you want to be by the coast well you don’t have to go to the brit bars – you’ll have your own plot and us your place as a base. It is very hard to get away from the expat community in spain.
March 27, 2010 at 11:33 am #97691
I have found this very helpfull in the very short time i have been on. Think i will just wait for a while and stay in touch with people that have experienced buying in spain.Angela i’m Irish also 😀
March 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm #97692
You will find alot of coastal town have substantial expat (english/irish/finnish/dutch/etc…) populations.
But using Fuengirola as an example:
Parts of the Paseo Maritimo are very english (brits cafes, etc…) but most of the people walking around are spanish. in the area of los pacos there is a large finnish population (1st or 2nd highest in spain), los boliches has brits/scandinavians, north and west of that lots of south americans. Torreblanca quite a few irish, etc…
Each of the above areas is also full of spanish.
There are really only a few spots that are mostly british. Just travel around and see which areas you like.
Remember about 15% of spains population is ‘foreign’ now (officially).
March 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm #97698
Some areas are now 30% foreigners. Mijas is one, Cómpeta another..the British like their (once) small pueblos
March 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm #97699
You should look at the Costa De la Luz, west of Tarifa. It has a much more Spainish feel to it and the weather is equally as good as the costa del sol.
March 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm #97700
I like the area too, avoid chiclana though if you don’t want ex-pats. Vejer is nice but that seems to be going the same way as Mijas etc. I don’t think I could live there because of the wind.
March 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm #97702
Some areas are now 30% foreigners. Mijas is one….the British like their (once) small pueblos
(Once) small pueblos indeed Katy regards Mijas. Changes to the PGOU Urban Plan in Mijas will allow for 42,000 more homes to be built. Bet the ageing local population must feel they’re in some kind of weird dream with all the changes over the years, and it’s just about to get weirder.
There are also plans for the construction of a new business park and a CHARE high tech hospital.
March 28, 2010 at 10:06 am #97705
Hi, is the deposit still 30% or is it different lenders different percentage
March 30, 2010 at 6:50 am #97734
Hi is it still 30% deposit ❓ or different lenders different deposit ❓
March 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm #97746
It does depend on the lender and your personal circumstances.
April 1, 2010 at 10:23 am #97778
Just returned from completing on a property in Almeria 30 mins to coast in unspoilt typical white village, good facilities ie doctor, pharmacy, pool, shop, two bars/restruants (very spanish) very few expats. Good walking, cycling etc.
Peace and tranquility.
You need to visit often decide on an area then visit often in that area there are still some exciting properties at a good price if you look hard and do your homework.
Beware of the come look visits DIY is definately best.
Only deal with agents that come with a good recommendation (yes there are a number of good agents)
Dont give up, the bargains are there but you have to do the work to find them.
April 1, 2010 at 11:07 am #97781
Congratulations Vilprano. Sounds lovely.
April 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm #97784
Vilprano thank you for the info. I was looking at properties three bedrooms one bath and a pool they where coming in around one hundred to one twenty. They where inland some had mains water and electricity tho the bulk had deposit tanks and generator 🙁 . Its a holiday home I’m looking.I know its a buyers market at the minute but there are so many pit falls .where can i do my homework 😕 congratulations on Ur new property 😀
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