Monthly Archives: February 2017

Finding a property agent in Spain

24 February, 2017 Before dealing with a real estate agency in Spain and the islands check that they belong to a professional association such as the API or GIPE; or the AIPP (Association of International Property Professionals). However, membership of an association is no guarantee of good service or value for money. Setting up a real estate company […]

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The legal process of buying in the Canaries

23 February, 2017 The most secure way of buying a property overseas, whether you buy in the Canaries or anywhere else, is to do so through a local solicitor or lawyer who knows all the conveyance legalities. Once you’ve found your perfect property, there are several steps to undergo during the purchase process: ● Choose your property ● […]

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Healthcare (France)

18 February, 2017 France boasts one of the best-funded healthcare systems in the world (those high tax rates have some benefits) but, like many other developed nations, there are current reforms in the pipeline which are aimed at cutting costs. French citizens have had the luxury of access to private healthcare services subsidised by the state for some […]

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Paying for your property in France

10 February, 2017 Depending on whether or not you are taking out a mortgage for your French property purchase, physically paying for your new home might be very simple or a little more complicated. Sending payments to France If you are a cash buyer, you will want to get the best exchange rate when you exchange sterling to […]

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Education (Spain)

2 February, 2017 Education is compulsory in Spain for children between the ages of 6 and 16. It’s free for expats to send their children to state schools in Spain, as long as they’ve registered on the Empadronamiento or Padron, the municipal register, at their local town hall. Normally, children will attend the state school in closest proximity […]

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