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Free Property Legal Advice – Pocket Size Guide

Whether you are a home owner in Spain already or you are considering purchasing a property in the country, good legal advice is a necessity.

If you are currently looking at potential properties to buy here on the Costa del Sol, you may well have a fair amount of questions about legalities such as the costs of purchasing property in Spain, taxes and fees, resident permits, Spanish wills, and Spanish bank accounts.

HomeCareontheWeb brings you a very handy pocket guide from Perez Legal group which is free for you to download and answers many of those little questions that may take some of the stress out of purchasing a property and managing life in Spain.

Click here to download your free Spanish Legal Property Advice pocket guide or visit www.homecareontheweb.com for more info and free download guides.

Help is at hand for owners of properties on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is a wonderful place to have a second property, as the weather’s excellent, the beaches and sports facilities are great and in many areas you can operate almost entirely in English. Unfortunately when it comes to issues with the Town Hall, local authorities and rules and regulations on driving, taxes, wills, car registration the bureaucracy can be very frustrating and clear information and support in English hard to come by.

We are delighted to find that there’s an inexpensive service which gives year round support for all manner of financial, legal and administrative issues. It’s called the Costa Advice Bureau and for an annual fee of 95€ they are available for face to face meetings and telephone support if you’ve got a query. They can sort a lot of things for you on the phone with service providers, look over documents, tell you what you need to do to register and even go with you to the local police station if required.

If the problem requires more in depth professional help from lawyers, accountants etc. they have a network of trusted people they can put you in touch with, so it’s a fantastic service to have at your disposal.

To find out more or register to become a member please visit www.costaadvicebureau.com

Why you need a key holding service in Spain

KeysDid you know that if you own a property in Spain but you’re not a resident in the country, you’re legally required by Spanish law to hire the services of a local property management or key holding company to manage your keys for you while you’re away?

No? Well, neither do the majority of foreign Spanish property owners.

But if you think about it, it’s a sensible idea to have someone other than yourself securely safe guarding your keys anyway while you’re out of Spain.

A key holding company or a property management company will always be able to respond quickly to any emergency at your property, 24/7, helping to protect your home from home and its contents from risk.

They can also hold the keys of your Spanish property in a safe place and, upon request, make them available to your visiting guests, or tradesmen.

In fact, we’d go so far as to say having an easy way to collect your keys and the added peace of mind of being able to control who is in your property at all times is not only a legal necessity, it’s absolutely essential for all forgeign property owners in Spain.

If you’d like more information about property management or key holding services on the Costa del Sol in Spain, please feel free to contact us by calling 00 34 952 83 95 95 or by emailing info@HomeCareontheWeb.com

Gwyneth Paltrow’s cultural Spanish TV “Road movie”

As if Spain needed any further endorsement as a truly wonderful place to be in the world, Hollywood A-list star Gwyneth Paltrow recently named the country as one of her favourite places to live, adding how much she enjoys spending time here and even going so far as to call it “a second home.” To prove her point, she’s also made a TV “road movie” highlighting its culture and gastronomy…

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As if Spain needed any further endorsement as a truly wonderful place to be in the world, Hollywood A-list star Gwyneth Paltrow recently named the country as one of her favourite places to live, adding how much she enjoys spending time here and even going so far as to call it “a second home.” Continue reading “Gwyneth Paltrow’s cultural Spanish TV “Road movie””

Hot, hot, hot!

It’s at this time of year is when those of us lucky enough to live on Spain’s Costa del Sol truly realise what it means to live in a hot Mediterrenean country. On Sunday, temperatures reached a staggering 40°C in the shade in this part of Spain, but felt considerably hotter in the direct sunlight…

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It’s at this time of year is when those of us lucky enough to live on Spain’s Costa del Sol truly realise what it means to live in a hot Mediterrenean country.

Over the last few days, temperatures reached a staggering 40°C in the shade on the Coast, but felt considerably hotter in the direct sunlight.

The only sensible place to be was either in the pool or the sea, although with pool temperatures  like warm soup, there wasn’t much relief to be found!

But then we shouldn’t really be that surprised each time the mercury rises to extraordinary levels.

According to figures released this week by the National Institute of Statistics, Malaga is the third sunniest and the fourth hottest city in the whole of mainland Spain, registering an average of 3,059 hours of sunlight per year, and a annual median temperature of 19°C.

Only Seville, Alicante and Almeria regularly record hotter weather.

This past weekend’s high temperatures were blamed fairly and squarely by those in the know on a land breeze which brought hot air in to the Coast from the heart of Spain through the Guadalhorce valley.

Temperatures were so extreme,  weather alerts were issued throughout the area.

Recommendations included staying indoors with fans or air conditioning switched on, or taking a dip in the sea which ironically, actually feels cooler this year than in previous years.

Still, the tourists seem to love the hot weather and there are plenty of them out and about on the beaches during the day and in the bars and restaurants up and down the Coast at night, which is good news for everybody.

Thanksfully the temperature has cooled down over the last 24 hours, but it’s still scorching in the sun!

That’s all for now, hasta luego!

What to do if you’re re-locating to Spain but don’t want to rush into buying a property only to find out later you’ve made the wrong choice

Re-locating overseas is always a big move. If you are thinking about purchasing a holiday home, it may be easier to make a quick decision, especially if you enlist the help of a knowledgeable sales agent.

Many new arrivals to the Coast initially rent long term
Many new arrivals to the Coast initially rent long term

But if, like many, you’re intending to re-locate your entire family, or retire for good,  then choosing your home perhaps requires a little more careful thought.

If children are involved, the location of appropriate schools may play a key role in the choice of where to settle; or it may be important to be close to shops, banks and other amenities, such as golf courses or the beach.

To improve your chances of finding the property that’s perfect for you, you may want to research the characteristics of various local areas, the availability of properties and pricing levels.

If this is the case, it may be wisest for you to rent long term for a year before buying, in order to spend time making an informed choice.

Finding a good, reliable long term rental agent is essential to help you do this. They’ll listen to you, take your needs in to consideration and use the benefit of their experience to find you the best home from home in the most suitable location on the Coast.

Renting long-term when you arrive to live in Spain initially simply gives you the flexibility to make up your mind about where exactly you want to live.

If you’d like information about relocating to Spain’s Costa del Sol, and about finding your ideal long-term rental accommodation, then call us 00 34 952 83 95 95, or email us at info@homecareontheweb.com

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