Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:51 PM
You are right I have moved to Andorra. However within 3 hours drive there is Barcelona and a large stretch of coastal Spain. Now that my family has expanded I am considering renting a 2nd home on the coast or in Barcelona. Or both where I will rent for 1 year on the coast and after that in Barcelona.
We love Barcelona, but the cost of hotels (2 rooms as we have kids), eating out and parking make the option of a 2nd apartment very appealing. I also think of sharing the apartment with one other family that have similar needs.
In your experiences worldwide is it a 6 month minimum for a long term? Or is anyhwere more flexible without being a lot more expensive for shorter term holiday lets?
I'm not looking at Spain. I fancy trying somewhere tropical and see if it suits me better than it did you but I could try other places on the way.
If you say "Democorruptcy" quickly, it sounds a bit like "Democracy". In a "Democracy" people vote for politicians who represent their interests. In the UK's "Democorruptcy" people can only vote for expense fiddling thieving MPs who are in the hip pocket of big business and the finance sector.
A "Governbankment" is a Government like ours, that has no line between itself and banks. It diverts public money (our taxes) to private companies (banks). George Osborne's Help to
Buy Bail Banks, promises our taxes will go to bankers, to cover their losses on mortgages that default.
The more houses cost, the more hours you have to work to buy one. The more hours you work, the more taxes you have to pay the Governbankment. The more debt you take on and the longer the mortgage term, the more interest you have to pay bankers, so the more hours you also have to work for them. House were cheap when people did mortgages at 3x main income for a whole house. Now banks encourage them to do 4.5x joint income, often for only a share of a house, the houses cost a lot more. House prices are all about people's appetite for lending.
If it is asserted that civilization is a real advance in the condition of man -- and I think that it is, though only the wise improve their advantages -- it must be shown that it has produced better dwellings without making them more costly; and the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.