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Forum: Spain
Jan 27th 2017, 12:01 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 12,801
Posted By cricketman

Re: Non Expat Area in Andalusian Coast

It seems to me that some British people want to live in their version of a Spanish fantasy that does not exist

Your average Spaniard lives in a tower block, goes to McDonalds or Burger King once a...
Forum: Spain
Jan 27th 2017, 11:55 am
Replies: 41
Views: 14,750
Posted By cricketman

Re: Young Family Moving to Spain

There are 2 elements to your criteria that are problematic

You want to live on the Coast but in an area that isnt reliant on tourism

And you dont want to be around Brits abroad

Basically...
Forum: Spain
Dec 14th 2016, 11:06 am
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By cricketman

Re: Business buying property in Spain

The problem with Barcelona - and the rest of Spain, are the transfer taxes and incredibly low rental yields

For example, my sister in law rents a flat in Barcelona for EUR1,200 per month that has...
Forum: Spain
Dec 12th 2016, 10:25 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,153
Posted By cricketman

Re: Tax-Working from home from Spain for UK employer

Like many things, you can do it no problem

The issue is that if social security/hacienda investigate then your employer could get into trouble and have to pay all the back social security...
Forum: Spain
Nov 30th 2016, 11:02 am
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By cricketman

Re: Couple with toddler coming to Southern Spain for 6+ months

For that budget you should be fine in Malaga or Cadiz provinces

Malaga province is a lot more built-up, the whole coast is urbanized, basically one big city beach with industrial sand. But you...
Forum: Spain
Nov 30th 2016, 10:56 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,408
Posted By cricketman

Re: Living/working In Spain

To be fair I dont care how much nursery costs

But I do care if my 2 year old is left crying all day because the staff ratios are terrible

All across the Spanish education system, the kids who...
Forum: Spain
Nov 29th 2016, 12:17 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,408
Posted By cricketman

Re: Living/working In Spain

All I can do is relate my personal opinion. I think that is all anyone can do :)

In Spanish nurseries, there is a staff child ration of roughly 12 to 1. In the UK it is 3 to 1

My eldest lasted...
Forum: Spain
Nov 29th 2016, 9:19 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,408
Posted By cricketman

Re: Living/working In Spain

From my experience of the job market (I have hired quite a few people), if you are fluent, and I mean fluent, in Spanish, English and one other language, have a degree in business/economics, and have...
Forum: Spain
Sep 15th 2016, 3:59 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,777
Posted By cricketman

Re: Looking for some relocation ideas - Andalucia

Playa de los muertos is in Cabo de Gata national park. It is basically a dessert filled with big plastic tents growing vegetables. It is hideous. The beaches there are amazing because they are virgin...
Forum: Spain
Sep 13th 2016, 9:02 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,846
Posted By cricketman

Re: Concerns about moving to Europe post-brexit

My wife is also a translator. And is the only one out of her languages degree class at university who could find any translation work

The rest are unemployed or work in shops etc.

English...
Forum: Spain
Sep 8th 2016, 2:43 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,581
Posted By cricketman

Re: Spanish Schools

It is a question of integration

If a child arrives in Spain at age 5 and is fully integrated into society, then by the time they are 18 they will probably see themselves as Spanish, with British...
Forum: Spain
Sep 8th 2016, 8:30 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,581
Posted By cricketman

Re: Spanish Schools

In my opinion, if as a family you are planning to live your life in Spain, then you should all speak fluent Spanish

Imagine if a family was moving to the UK but nobody spoke English - people would...
Forum: Spain
Sep 5th 2016, 11:45 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,846
Posted By cricketman

Re: Concerns about moving to Europe post-brexit

Yep, and many degrees and masters in Spain are now bilingual, Spanish and English

All that means that a foreigner coming to Spain has to be very special in order to compete against very talented...
Forum: Spain
Sep 5th 2016, 10:20 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,846
Posted By cricketman

Re: Concerns about moving to Europe post-brexit

Just to back up what everyone else is saying

Study something useful at university e.g. science, management, engineering, IT etc

And at the same time improve your Spanish

Nobody needs to do a...
Forum: Spain
Aug 26th 2016, 9:33 am
Replies: 39
Views: 3,857
Posted By cricketman

Re: Spaniard pavement hoggers

I have been in Spain for 10 years and have never observed what the OP is talking about

One thing I have observed is that people in Spain like eye contact and friendly facial gestures. They like...
Forum: Spain
Aug 19th 2016, 12:36 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By cricketman

Re: Moving to Barcelona - Renting

Eixample and Gracia are two of the more expensive areas in Barcelona. It all depends what your budget is

You can line up what properties to see now. Go on idealista.com. You can filter by...
Forum: Spain
Aug 19th 2016, 8:13 am
Replies: 32
Views: 10,279
Posted By cricketman

Re: self employment in uk while living in spain

If you manage to earn EUR35k per year in Spain in the construction industry then you will be doing extremely well!

The hourly rates for building work here are at least half that of the UK

I...
Forum: Spain
Aug 18th 2016, 3:16 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,579
Posted By cricketman

Re: Salary

The average (median) salary in Spain is about EUR1,750 per month gross

Which means that about half of workers earn more than that, and half earn less

However, most workers in Spain have 14...
Forum: Spain
Aug 17th 2016, 8:42 am
Replies: 32
Views: 10,279
Posted By cricketman

Re: self employment in uk while living in spain

Yes, you have to be resident to get healthcare and education, so yes you would need to be working as a Spanish resident and therefore be paying the autonomo quota

You will need to make sure you...
Forum: Spain
Aug 16th 2016, 8:42 am
Replies: 32
Views: 10,279
Posted By cricketman

Re: self employment in uk while living in spain

You would have to register as autonomo as soon as you start working in Spain

However, if you move towards the end of the Spanish tax year then you could get away with staying on the UK system if...
Forum: Spain
Aug 15th 2016, 10:32 am
Replies: 32
Views: 10,279
Posted By cricketman

Re: self employment in uk while living in spain

If your family set up a Ltd company and hired you, then the company would have to pay the Spanish social security payment which are even higher for an employee than for a self-employed person

Plus...
Forum: Spain
Aug 11th 2016, 5:18 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 6,391
Posted By cricketman

Re: Moving to Tenerife Property advice

Yes they are, but the parents need to prove that they are in poverty and have no resources to pay for healthcare out of their own pocket

The ley de menores was designed to help the African kids...
Forum: Spain
Aug 11th 2016, 5:16 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By cricketman

Re: HELP - solar system batteries

The new Tesla home storage battery should be available by the end of the year. About EUR3,000 compared to EUR10,000 for a similar sized battery from a different brand. Looks great too!

Personally...
Forum: Spain
Aug 11th 2016, 12:44 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 6,391
Posted By cricketman

Re: Moving to Tenerife Property advice

Exactly, the OP has some strange ideas

You think Spaniards dont care about house size or car? Of course they do. People in Spain are as materialistic as anywhere else, and they need to be - there...
Forum: Spain
Aug 10th 2016, 1:45 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 6,391
Posted By cricketman

Re: Moving to Tenerife Property/Financial/Legal advice

There is a myth that Spanish people are happier than British people. They are not. They have higher rates of depression and drug addiction, perhaps because there are so few opportunities in Spain
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