Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

9 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat court cases and property transactions at risk from Spanish ruling

A possible Brexit backlash by Spanish government legal advisors is set to threaten many hundreds of court cases brought by expats. Spain’s Directorate General of Registrars and Notaries, the equivalent regulatory body of the UK’s Notaries Society, recently issued a ruling cancelling the validity of powers of attorney issued by UK Notaries Public. The reason given by the Directorate General was that the British qualifications, authority and competence of UK Notaries Public is below that of their Spanish equivalents. Briefly put,...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brit expat survives brush with death in flooded lift

A British expat stuck in a flooded lift during last weekend’s devastating Costa del Sol storms believed his life was over until his dramatic rescue. UK expat Dan Dawson found himself in a nightmare scenario when the lift he’d taken during the storm began to flood. When the massive storm broke he’d headed for the basement to rescue his son’s Christmas presents without realising the speed of the rising water. As the lift approached the basement, it began to fill with water, rising to level with his chest within two terrifying...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The Eurostat study covered the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland. France outdid the UK in several of the categories, although both countries showed the same number of...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent sterling crash. The slump wiped out strong gains in the market during 2015, during which 10,000 homes were purchased by Britons taking advantage of the strong pound. Traditionally, British buyers...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Spanish police urge UK expats to help find dangerous criminal

Expats in Spain are being urged to assist Spanish police in their hunt for a dangerous British criminal at present on the run from three arrest warrants. Gareth Bryan Edwards has been placed on Spain’s top ten most wanted list for his crimes of robbery with violence and intimidation, and is believed to be hiding out somewhere in Spain’s huge expat community. The fugitive is the subject of an EU arrest warrant and is facing three life sentences for his crimes. Spanish police are warning expats who may spot Edwards not to...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Europe to be allowed to stay

In a surprise turnaround, it seems that British expats living in EU member states are about to be granted the right to remain. Hundreds of thousands of British citizens working or retiring in EU member states have spent the last five months worrying they might be forced to lose everything and repatriate to the UK. According to political correspondents, the good news is that a majority of EU member state governments are in agreement about a reciprocal rights deal with Britain. Quotes from senior government sources are stating only...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Advice for expat Brits on letting their Spanish property

British retirees in Spain are no clearer about their futures five months after the Brexit vote turned their lives upside down, but some may be considering moving back home after renting out their Spanish properties. As the myriad controversies surrounding Brexit continue, stress as regards the right to remain felt by UK retirees at present living in Spain is increasing exponentially. After the recent news that the Spanish property market is reviving in popularity, some may well be considering returning to the UK after letting their...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats and visitors celebrate Benidorm Fancy Dress Day

British expats living and working in Benidorm threw off their Brexit worries and joined thousands of tourists for Spain’s famous British Fancy Dress Day revels. Around 40,000 British party-goers descended on the expats’ favourite beach resort of Benidorm for the annual fancy dress celebration. From retirees who’d lived in or near the city for some years through British business owners and their families to plane-loads of tourists from the UK, everyone used their imagination to be the best-dressed (and occasionally the...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Spanish property prices still rising after slump

After years of falling house prices and a diminishing market, Spanish property is regaining its position as a favourite with British expats. UK-based and expat home owners across Spain have been in the doldrums along with their property values for some years now, but are finally welcoming increases in both demand and realised sale prices. According to local real estate agencies, average increases are expected to hit 5.5 per cent during 2017, with demand increasing at a good rate. One agency has commissioned a report from an expert...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Best overseas locations for single expats

Expat surveys suggest a good proportion of those looking to emigrate are single, but few articles give advice on the best locations for a successful singles lifestyle. More often than not, articles giving advice to potential expats concentrate on relocation packages, jobs, best international schools and private heathcare facilities. As a result, even although as many as half of the total number of expats living overseas are single, it’s rare to find pages of advice about the best places to enjoy the single life. A recent survey...