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Ability to live in Spain

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Spain.

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Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:46 pm

Hi Guys, Haven't posted on the forum for a while but view all the time. A very broad question but just need some guidance. 55 year old South African, existing accounting software consultant, (Accpac ERP to be specific), the product of which is not used in Spain. This means probably doing similar type job with accounting software of sorts. An accountant by profession looking to earn Euros for another 10 years or so. Arriving with my wife, 2 dogs probably Feb 2009. I should have about Euros 250,000 in my pocket, looking for a house, (fenced for dogs), respectable size, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms etc. (Very spoilt here in South Africa with huge home, couple of lounges, parklike garden, 2 cars etc etc). I am happy to mortgage even at my age and pump the other half into a business or similar. Will probably receive another Euros 1000 per month from here (South Africa), (part pension).

My question: Is this a pipedream or can we make it and live fairly well. Don't really want to go backwards. Appreciate anyone's thoughts on the matter.

 

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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:59 am

Hello ivorb,
I think your pipe dream is gettable, If you decide to work as well as living off your income from SA. At the moment here in Spain its a buyers market so you will have lots of choice in any type of property that you want.

It is a little difficult to get a mortgage, but if you can find someone who has a house for sale and has an excisting mortgage you could take it over this would save you a lot in fees.

As for land with property then you will have to pay a bit more, there also is where youi would want to live in Spain as its a big country, not as big as SA but still the areas differ a lot when you are looking for somewhere to settle down.

Next is the language you will have to swat up on at least a little before you arrive as it does help with a lot of things, there are now more Spanish learning English but you will understand that if you at least try you will get on a lot better.

Take a look at my website it will give you a little more information about Spain and its culture and life style ther are also some of the forms that you will need to be able to live and work here.

Good Luck.

David SR.


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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:02 pm

Thanks very much David. I have been doing much research on the web, but the acid test will be when we visit, which should be about October. Work is my biggest concern, but it looks like if we plan carefully and don't make too many stupid mistakes, we can be fairly comfortable in Spain. Thanks for your time, Regards, Ivor

 

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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:06 pm

where are you thinking of moving to in Spain?
I have lived in inland costa del sol area for 14 years so can probably give you some info if you're planning on coming round here.

 

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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:54 am

Hi Britess
Thanks for the offer. We are looking at Feb next year, but coming over end of October to have a "look see". Still have no idea of location yet and still doing the sums to establish whether or not we can even afford it. So far looks good.

 

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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:22 am

hello my name is colin, we are moving to spain [calpe costa blanca] feb or march 2009, my mum who is 72 is coming with us and she has to have tablets every day and i was wondering if anybody out there could guide me through what i need to do as far as prescriptions for her, any help would be appreciated

 

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Re: Ability to live in Spain

Post Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:55 am

Hello col911,
Welcome to the Spanish forums, I am sure that you will be asking for a lot more information from us here, and we are very willing toi give it. Here is a link to the Health care that you will need for your Mother.
Health Care in Spain You will find a lot of useful information there.

Good Luck with your intended move.

David SR.


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