Thank you jp1 and Dartboy, useful advice, do you live in Spain permanently? We can’t seriously start looking until we retire in mid summer 2012. Our intention is to get a winter let for 6 months from Oct 12 and look for somewhere to buy during this period. From your posts it doesn’t look as if we will have missed the boat by not being in a position to buy now. Top of our list of places is Moraira followed by Calpe and then Javea. Our ideal is a 3 bed 2 bath with A/C, CH, off road parking, pool would be good but not essential, within walking distance of some essentials – shops/bar/restaurant/ATM or failing that on a bus route to these facilities for when we are too old and decrepit to drive. We’re not keen on apartments unless top floor as we’ve had bad experiences on holiday with furniture being moved at 3am. We’ve seen villas and bungalows meeting our spec with differences of 100k in price.