Bling or budget: property on the north Costa Blanca

Bling or budget: property on the north Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is one of the most sought after areas in Spain for property, undoubtedly due to the wonderful climate – over 3000 hours of sun a year – the pretty coves, splendid beaches, coastal mountains, the golf courses and the great choice of property, from extremely affordable to high end luxury homes. There are many British expat communities in the region with clubs and all kinds of activities.
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The seven habits of highly effective property viewings

If you want to be enjoying your property abroad by this summer it’s time to get busy. Life doesn’t get much more exciting than that first momentous step of booking a viewing trip, but making the trip really count is another matter entirely. Read our guide to getting the best from your time and money when viewing property abroad.
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Spain aims to maintain Britons’ rights post-Brexit

Brexit’s dominating the headlines in the UK, but, here in Spain, the government is planning laws to help British people living in Spain after 29th March – especially good news as it’s been declared the second best country to retire to. And if your move involves a four-legged friend, IKEA is launching a new range of  pet-friendly furniture!
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Could you find your dream home in Valencia?

Spain’s third-biggest city has a lot going for it – and overseas buyers are catching on fast. Could you join them? Well, how does year-round sun, all the conveniences of urban living plus proximity to the beach, delicious food and a low cost of living sound? And if you’re looking for authentic Spain, then Valencia’s rich culture and heritage is just the ticket.
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Buying abroad? Don’t forget to budget for these

Satisfied you’ve done all your sums before calling the estate agent? To be doubly sure, read our list of typical costs that come with property ownership, some of which often get overlooked. Maybe not all these costs of buying abroad will affect you, but checking now could save you the disapppointment of withdrawing an offer if you can’t afford to complete.
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News update: James Bond filming in Italy; overseas buyers not worried by Brexit as numbers increase

‘Sono Bond; James Bond’: Daniel Craig has hopefully been brushing up on his Italian, as filming for the 25th Bond film returns to Italy, this time in Basilicata. He’s not the only one heading to Italy, as the number of British buyers here grows by almost 20% year-on-year. Oh, and did we mention that they’re looking to launch spaceships from Puglia?
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News update: expats can stay in Portugal after Brexit

Portugal is working behind the scenes on its Brexit policies, and, in addition to new measures at Faro and Funchal airports, has now released guidance on how expats can stay post-Brexit. Plus, tourism income is up in the Algarve, Forbes names Lisbon as a property market to watch, and the Volta ao Algarve cycling race is set to begin.
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