Tips On Purchasing A Property In Spain

Buying a property in a foreign country, or indeed in your own country, is a big decision which should not be taken lightly. There are a number of factors which you need to consider before you can go ahead with your acquisition of you dream Spanish property. A bad property investment could be dire for you and your family financially and in addition you may run into several legal pitfalls if you do not know what you are getting yourself into. Juan Lopez is the sales manager of a local estate agency in Javea on the Costa Blanca and he offers these tips.

Do your homework

The Spanish property trends may see house prices fluctuate quite dramatically. Different regions in Spain often experience different property price cycles. You may find that property prices in northern Spain are on the rise, but you might not find the same happening in more rural areas.

For certain people there may also be limitations on property ownership. When you are ready to buy a property in Spain you need to make sure that you have the legal right to do so. Fraudsters offering property abroad are always looking for victims, so make sure you have all the legal documentation in order before you hand any money over.

Get professional assistance

If you are looking for the best deals on property available in Spain it is recommended that you take a look at the local real estate directories. Even if you are familiar with the real estate trends in Spain, make sure that you have the assistance of a local property realtor or reputable property developer.

Additionally, by enlisting the services of a professional in Spain you want to buy a property you will have first-hand access and guidance to all the information which can assist you in your search for the perfect property.

Get a legal representative

It is always a great idea to hire a professional lawyer if you are looking at buying a property in Spain. This person will be able to assist you with any legal matters pertaining to the property you have in mind and also be able to guide you through any red tape, should there be any. In addition, your legal representation will be able to make sure the sale goes through without a hitch by dealing with any legal problem, should they arise.

Have documents translated

It is vital that you make sure that you have any documents translated before signing anything. A real estate transaction is an important agreement you are signing into. Make sure you understand all aspects of your agreement especially if it is written in a foreign language. The last thing you would want to happen is for you to run into problems because you simply did not understand the document you were signing.

Save money on payments

It is a great idea to set up a regular payment service because you might find that many local banks would offer poor Forex rates. You can easily save money by making use of a payment service. To find the best payment solution you are going to have to visit your local bank and have a chat with someone who has sufficient knowledge of Forex.

Moving to a Warmer Climate – Is the Sun Really Good for you?

It’s no secret that the pull of the Spanish sun for us Brits is one of the major selling points when it comes to moving abroad in the hopes of living in a gentler, warmer climate. The sunshine seems to do wonders for us. But what is really happening to us when we are spending time in the sun, and is it really so good for us after all? Juan Lopez, marketing manager of a local real estate agency in Javea on the Costa Blanca will look at why we seek the sun so much, and why Brits abroad could be on the track to better health and wellbeing for doing so.

The Sun & Mental Health

One of the most fascinating impacts of spending time in a warmer climate is the effect that the sun has on our mental wellbeing. There is a reason why we love our summer holidays abroad so much, and also why many Brits opt to retire or move abroad to Spain or Portugal, for example. Sunlight increases the levels of serotonin in our brain. According to Medical News Today, “Serotonin is an important chemical and a neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behaviour, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.”

Additionally, living in a sunnier climate has been shown to have hugely positive effects on depression, anxiety and those with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Vitamin D

According to an article in Forbes which looked at findings from the World Health Organisation, “Getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on our arms, hands and face twice or thrice a week is enough to reap the vitamin D-boosting benefits of the sun.” But for half of the year, us Brits will likely do anything to avoid being out in the cold. With our summers only lasting a short time, it could be that we’re missing out on the benefits of vitamin D without supplementing properly. So, what are those expats abroad really reaping when it comes to vitamin D, anyway? Well, according to medical research the D vitamin helps our bodies absorb calcium, building stronger bones, it also helps our muscles to move, our nerves to function properly and helps our immune system fight of viruses and bacteria. So, chances are, the more time we have to spend absorbing vitamin D from the sunshine, the better for our physical wellbeing.

Too Much Exposure

The only danger with the sun comes when we spend too much time in it without the proper protection from UV rays. UV rays from the sun are can cause sunburn, heat rashes, deeper wrinkles in the skin and even skin cancer. So, protective sun creams, skincare and spending time in the shade are all musts when it comes to spending time in the warmth of the Spanish sun, for example. It’s also important that we remember to stay hydrated when spending time in a warmer climate. All of this being said, all it takes is a little consideration towards skin protection, shade and hydration to avoid the negative affects of the sun. The great thing about the sunshine is that it can be enjoyed from indoors too, as even the look of a sunny day can bring up people’s moods significantly.

Conclusion

There are a number of reasons why we seek warmer climates. But spending time in the sun has to be top of the list for most Brits choosing to move abroad. And the evidence is clear: the sun can have significantly positive effects on our emotional and physical wellbeing. All we need to remember are the dangers around spending too much time in it, and stocking up on sun cream.