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Hi all

I have been living in Spain on the costa blanca for 12 years now , recently noticed renewed interest

in people making the move

Please feel free if you have any questions on what it is like to live here

Tony

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Hi Tony,

What's the weather like in winter? I know it can be sunny but it would seem that evening temperatures could be less than 10 c and It seems that modern Spanish buildings are poorly insulated.

One of my concerns for a full time move out there would be that taxes are higher than the UK and that northern European retirees are seen as a cash cow for the government. Maybe long stays under 6 months are better to avoid tax residency?

Cheers.

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Great care should be taken if buying in Spain as the tax situation is very different than in other countries particularly around inheritance tax where the surviving inheritors can be liable for tax even before the property is sold! Renting is easy in Spain though and finding a property in the winter months should be no problem even in touristy areas at about half the cost of simlar in the UK. We have rented in Spain for the past few winters down in Andalucia where a cold day in January= around 15 degrees.

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The apartment, with use of heated pool, that we rent in Andalucia in November/December, costs us €500 per month. At that price why would one even consider buying? Also, it's much too hot there in the summer months.

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The apartment, with use of heated pool, that we rent in Andalucia in November/December, costs us €500 per month. At that price why would one even consider buying? Also, it's much too hot there in the summer months.

What is the total cost after bills? Also how do you get there with all your stuff, I'm assuming you drive, what's that like?

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The apartment, with use of heated pool, that we rent in Andalucia in November/December, costs us €500 per month. At that price why would one even consider buying? Also, it's much too hot there in the summer months.

It's true that rents can be great value, if renting for part of the year in off season, or indeed a longer term rental. Not so good if you want go in the summer though as rents can soar and certain places hard to get.

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What is the total cost after bills? Also how do you get there with all your stuff, I'm assuming you drive, what's that like?

The only extras are secure parking at €35 per month and WiFi at €40 per month. All services, aircon, electricity, water etc and use of the heated pool are included in the €500 per month.

The 1,100 mile drive down from Northern France takes us three days with two overnight stops. We could do it in two, but prefer a relaxing journey with a daily total of about 350 miles.

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It's true that rents can be great value, if renting for part of the year in off season, or indeed a longer term rental. Not so good if you want go in the summer though as rents can soar and certain places hard to get.

For us, Southern Spain would be torture in the summer months....... much, much, too hot.

We're currently in the south of France, with the temperature in the mid 20s, and will be heading north to Brittany for the summer.

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