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Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Spain

Expats are drawn to the prospect of living in Spain for many different reasons. This is a country that is soaked in history and tradition, has abundant natural beauty and some gorgeous cities. Plus, there’s the mouthwatering cuisine and a multitude of fiestas that add flavor and fun to life. If you’re already sold on the idea of living in Spain, here are some books to help you plan your move.

Moving to Spain with Children: Essential reading for anyone thinking about moving to Spain

Written by Lisa Sadleir, a working mother based in Andalucia, this book is a useful self-help manual for expat families. It comes from someone who has been through the almost rollercoaster-like experience of relocating with children.There is a separate chapter dedicated to different essential topics such as timing your move, selecting a location, schooling, paperwork and helping your children learn Spanish. Other key topics that are bound to be of interest to any expat are buying property, starting your business and understanding the taxation and healthcare system in Spain. The author, having learned first-hand how to navigate the paperwork system in the country, provides crucial information that can help expats make a smooth transition. Far from being a dry instruction manual, this book also carries some interesting anecdotes from the author’s own life.

How To Buy Spanish Property and Move To Spain … Safely

Relocating to a new country and buying a house there can be a daunting task for any expat. It can also turn out to be quite expensive. Nick Snelling’s book ‘How To Buy Spanish Property and Move To Spain … Safely’ is a comprehensive guide on the matter. It is for anyone who may be considering buying property in Spain. It reads like a road map that takes you through the process and challenges of the process. It also tells you how to keep things affordable. All this information comes from direct experience as the author is an expert on Spanish property and has been living permanently in Spain with his family. His work as a consultant to Spanish estate agents has given him intimate knowledge of the property industry.

The Complete Guide to Buying a Property in Spain: 10th Edition

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This is another book for all those looking to buy property in Spain. Author, Anthony Foster, has been living and working in Spain since 1981 and the first edition of this guide was published in 1994. His insights and tips have already helped many to buy Spanish property with minimum cost and trouble. With this 10th edition, expats and buyers can navigate the property maze with more confidence and also face fewer obstacles when it comes to real estate agents and lawyers. In here, you will find information on the costs involved in property taxes, mortgages, utility bills and other paperwork. It also takes into account the country’s new legal and taxation changes. Also useful are the tips on choosing the right tenants (for those who want rent out their property), and buying insurance.

Living and Working in Spain (Survival Handbooks)

This is valuable reading for all those who plan to live or work in Spain. It contains practical information about daily life in Spain and the tips and advice can also help you save effort and money. The book was first published in 1995 and this one is the updated and re-designed, full color version. Author, David Hampshire, is a writer who has travelled around the world and lived and worked in different countries. He is also an expert on living, working and buying property abroad.

Spain and the Expat

Written by Dee Watson, an expat already living in Spain, this book talks about what the expat life actually involves. Anyone who decides to shift base to another country needs to do some research and this book aids in this essential step. There are insights into cultural differences, eating out and also what expats may miss once they make this move. This is great for those who are still pondering the pros and cons of living in Spain. The author is originally from the UK and has written ‘Spain and the Expat’ from her direct experience of the expat life.

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