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  1. Steve Simons
    March 20, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Ahhhhh…….the wisdom in these words! There are always scare stories from both sides of this debate but I absolutely agree with you Alan and I think that a surprising number of expats have increasingly begun to share the same opinion. I’ve lost count of the number of people I know who want to sell their Spanish property, not to go home, but to stay here and rent. Indeed, even my parents, who retired to Spain, have discussed it!!

  2. Alan Gandy
    March 20, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    It works for us. If not forever, at least for the foreseeable future.

  3. Peter Davies
    April 6, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    We run two businesses here in Murcia a very successful “British business directory for Spain” and a long term property rentals company. We started the latter to service business clients who were moving to Spain and needed advice about all things business related, which we gave as part of our business directory service.

    Regarding accommodation we always tried to get our clients to rent first, mainly to make sure they were in the right area for their business and God, for most of them was that the right decision! That was the reason we then started “Property Rentals in Spain” to service these business clients. I speak to at least half a dozen people every week who wished they had not rushed into buying property here so quickly. Do the sensible thing rent first or at least try a rent to buy service and make sure you make the right decision regarding your home in Spain.

  4. Elle Draper
    April 6, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    Thanks Peter. By all means drop us a line via the Contact Page to discuss some advertising opportunities for your business too.

  5. john b
    April 7, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    Good information. Personally I think prices are going south for a considerable amount of time yet,and are not going to increase either, judge the employment prospects and wages on offer generally through Europe. Most people do not have the spare cash any more. Let it be known that you have an interest in buying, people falling over themselves at offerings

    Even though I live in Thailand I would like to get back to somewhere nearer my roots. I have recently travelled extensively through Spain and Canaries (can speak Spanish too) but the atmosphere I think has changed in Spain, not as welcoming for sure.

    It is cheap living here. Far cheaper than Spain, but for sure medical care is one thing I have to consider eventually, crippling expensive here, but India not far off and is superb for doctors etc.

    Make-your-mind-up-time rapidly approaching, renting the way to go though

  6. Neil Thomas
    April 17, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    Perhaps Spanish mortgage laws deserve a mention here too? Last time I heard, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Spain one of the few countries where if you default on a mortgage, not only can the house be repossessed, but you remain liable for the full unpaid amount of the mortgage whatever the bank can recover from selling the property.

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