I want my company, Valencia Property, to change the way that property is bought in Spain, with confidence in the purchase and with the property as incidental to the lifestyle. Properties should sell themselves really because the decision to move here has already been made. What’s the story though? You must come with the right attitude and for the right reasons. What are they and who should be thinking of buying property in Spain? Read on…
1) If you are looking for a place to live and work and you are totally location independent. If that is your case then working from a base in Spain is awesomely cool. Who can do this? Internet professionals wanting to work from home, oil workers and others who work one month on and one month off, executives and consultants on high salaries who work on contracts and short term ones at that. If the decision to move to Spain is taken then the property is an adjunct to the lifestyle and everything that you want to go around it.
2) People who want their children to grow up in a society where respect is still around and children are not forced to grow up too quickly by an overheated consumerist society. Also a place where the family and social events have a place and if you take your child out of school for a week or two to go on holiday as a family it is not only not frowned upon but positively encouraged. (Compare this to the UK for example where the idiot in charge of education in the country Michael Gove wants to make it a criminal offence to take kids out of school during term time.)
3) People looking to set up businesses who want a pool of talented, highly qualified workers (or even relatively cheap labour compared with Northern European wage rates) However the setting up of a business in Spain is a labyrinthine process. Once done however it is a lot cheaper than many other European countries despite the paperwork (And that paperwork is eye watering for many businesses)
4) Retirees. Why not retire to a place which retains the elements so necessary to enjoy retirement; sand, sea and sun in abundance, more world heritage sites than you can shake a stick at, a diverse country with wide open spaces and changing scenery round every corner and an exchange rate that is getting better as the Euro drops bit by bit, along with property that is down in price by around 35-40% from the peaks of 2007. There was a period post the 2008 devaluation of the pound when life became very hard for retired people from the UK for example. Their spending power dropped by roughly a third therefore it is advisable to get good advice but also getting a prepaid currency card is very useful so that you limit spending to amounts you are comfortable with.
Not that everything is rosy in the garden of Spain by any means. You have to realise that the unemployment levels are high and getting higher so anyone thinking of coming here and looking for a job without speaking the language should know that you will probably need to create their own work (You can see how to do that in the Laptop Entrepreneur book). If you are coming on a low fixed income you need to realise that Spain is not as cheap as it used to be and as prices rise, especially for petrol and electric you need to have a cushion.
Nevertheless Spain offers a great quality of life for those who have the wherewithal to work outside the box. If you are in any of the above categories then Spain might well be for you.