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Expat Focus Columnists - Spain
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  A Short Expat Guide To Building A House In Spain


Articles - Spain

The first step to building a house in Spain is choosing a property. When exploring a certain area, it is advisable to learn about the medium-term infrastructure plans of that place with the regional authorities. Road and railway projects may be underway, and this could mean that in a few years, the area will not be as quiet and isolated as it is now. Details about infrastructure development for the next ten years are usually made available to the public upon request, and it is a good idea to take a look at these when buying your property.

It is also necessary to find out if the property you wish to buy is located in an area where building is permitted. Areas marked suleo rustico are governed by rural land law and are either categorized as Suelo no urbanizable protegido, which is special protected land that can’t be used for residences, and Suelo no urbanizable común, which has no special protection and may be used to develop private use residential homes.   more ...

  Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Spain - Some Tips For Expats


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It’s always a good idea for expats to learn the language of their new country, and it’s true that in most cases, locals tend to appreciate foreigners trying to communicate with them in their native tongue.

Spanish is considered to be among the three most important languages in the world, as it is the official language in 21 countries. So becoming fluent in the language is quite advantageous and can enable you to connect with not just the locals in Spain, but also people from several other countries. To make the process a bit easier, here are some helpful tips.   more ...

  Spain – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - Spain

It’s often difficult to know what to look out for when you’re considering a move to a new country, but there are plenty of blogs out there that provide tips and tricks for potential (and actual) expats, and here at Expat Focus, we’ve been taking a look around the blogosphere to find some of our favourites. Today we’re focusing on Spain; here are five recommended Spanish expat blogs.   more ...

  Starting A Small Business In Spain - 5 Things You Should Know


Articles - Spain

Starting your own business is a dream for many people – it opens up the possibility of higher earnings, it brings freedom from a regular employment, and doesn’t involve many of the work-related restrictions that go with a regular job. But of course it also comes with a few potential downsides. For one, there isn’t a guaranteed income and you have to begin from scratch. Starting a business in a foreign country poses a few additional challenges.

Before you start your business in Spain, it is a good idea to ask yourself how your business is going to be different from existing business in Spain. Also, is there a market for your business? This initial research will help you start out on the right foot.   more ...

  Hans Drees & Lynda Thomson, Miraflor


Hans Drees
Articles - Spain

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hans Drees, along with his wife Lynda Thomson are the proud owners of one of the most respected, successful real-estate agents in the Costa Blanca “Casitas Miraflor” based in the centre of the village of Els Poblets near to Denia.

Our story is much the same as many who come to live in this area where you are looking to improve your life but still need to work. You do tend to fall into a type of employment which revolves around the property or tourism industries. We actually met way back in 1987 while working for separate property companies in the Javea / Moraira area. Hans is of German origin, speaks four languages fluently and has lived and worked for most of his life in Spain, always in the property industry. Lynda was a newcomer to the region, spoke very little Spanish and had left a very good job in a UK bank. Again, like many expats Lynda chose to come to the region after falling in love with the area and lifestyle during holidays enjoyed in her parents’ holiday home in Denia.   more ...

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