ITV stands for “Inspeccion Tecnica de Vehicles” and is the Spanish equivalent of a MOT. Basically a number of checks are carried out on your vehicle to check that it is safe to drive and road worthy. Joanne Harris talks us through the process of her car’s inspection.
When relocating to Spain with children, one of the difficult decisions that you have to make concerns their schooling. Any choices that you make will impact on your child’s future and may determine a very different outcome to what might have been, had you stayed in the UK.
Our colleagues at Overseas Property Professional have reported that Britons have spent £6 billion on second homes in last two years, based on new statistics from the UK Office for National Statistics. Apparently, Britons are spending £6 billion a year on the purchase of second homes – a staggering £4 billion more than two years ago.
According to a recent report prepared by Accountants PKF, more than 74% of Britons want to retire abroad. So if you are part of that majority who’s interested in moving to Spain you’ll need to consider using The Rights Group’s Check List to aid your smooth relocation.
Anyone with an interest in anything off plan should now be familiar with Spain and the off plan scene. We've all got the hang of it and we pretty much know what to expect and what not to expect. It isn't far, you can fly back and forth, and most people have a least a friend or relative out there that can keep you in touch with your investment. Even if you don't have a 'connection' in Spain, it is likely that you know someone else who is also buying off plan to swap notes with.
Along with bullfighters in extraordinarily tight-fitting trousers and donkeys in sombreros, Andalucia's white villages, whose Moorish whitewashed houses are perched on mountainsides like pyramids of sugarcubes, are iconic images of southern Spain.
Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; furthermore the attraction of Spain’s climate, culture, beauty, cost and standard of living attracts record numbers of expatriates to relocate to its shores every year and the country already has an estimated 1.5 million foreign residents in situ.
You'll have seen the wonderful images at the Property Show in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow or Dublin and you'll have been very drawn to the idea of getting in early on the ground floor of this fabulous new development on the Spanish Costas. And why not — these developments often present really good value for money and, as you are getting involved early, pre-construction, you are potentially making real savings.
Recently I swapped sexy, sophisticated San Francisco for a remote Andalucian hamlet. Rather than power walking around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park every morning, I now amble down chestnut and olive covered mountain slopes, seldom encountering another human being. It is what you might call a far cry.