Friday, 7 November 2014

Spain – The Sun still Shines and Lifestyle is Healthy

Spain is great  for holidays, working, living & retirement

The beaches are clean, the Mediterranean is still blue, the food is fresh, lots of cheap flights, great deals on hotels and apartments but forget all that the headlines are bad! UK Press always give SPAIN a hard time

Personal Experience 
We bought our first house in Spain on 7th June 2002; it was memorable for another reason. It was the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, England played Argentina and won 1 – 0 thanks to a penalty by David Beckham.

I thought I’d write down a few reasons why we bought and let you, the reader, decide whether some, all or none of the factors still apply. This is random in no particular order;

  • The climate is great and the sun shines all year round
  • It’s two and half hours from home
  • The flights are cheap if your dates are flexible
  • We love the lifestyle, street markets, restaurants, entertainment, the beach and I could go on
  • House prices are cheap compared with the UK
  • A second home is for the long term, especially retirement
  • The exchange rate is more favourable than it has been
  • We needed and easily got a 50% mortgage
  • We found someone reliable to look after the place when we are not there, giving peace of mind
  • The family think it’s a great idea

I could go on but I think those 10 reasons cover most of why we bought in Spain.

The fundamentals haven’t changed and there are bargains to bought. There is now also plenty of evidence that people like the concept of Rent before you Buy.

So here are three ideas

Viva Espana

David Goodall
Financial Pages in Spain

From the ‘Guardian’ in 2013

Spanish have the HIGHEST healthy life expectancy in Europe