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Old Dec 26th 2019, 1:50 am
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Hi planning to move out next year. Both retiring early and thinking of this as a 5 year adventure. We have a property near Banus which was for holidays and renting (found that too stressful and now selling) and now want to be nearer airport for family visiting and nearer beach. Thinking La Cala area so heading out Sunday for 2 weeks to suss areas around mijas / la Cala.
Any advice from any of you guys that have made the move would be most appreciated πŸ˜€
is the cost of living cheaper ?
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Originally Posted by Be happy
Hi planning to move out next year. Both retiring early and thinking of this as a 5 year adventure. We have a property near Banus which was for holidays and renting (found that too stressful and now selling) and now want to be nearer airport for family visiting and nearer beach. Thinking La Cala area so heading out Sunday for 2 weeks to suss areas around mijas / la Cala.
Any advice from any of you guys that have made the move would be most appreciated πŸ˜€
is the cost of living cheaper ?
The one thing I would say, is DON'T buy, not until you have rented in an area for at least 6 months. Yes you have had a holiday home there, but there is a huge difference between holidaying and living there, rent to ensure that the area is right for you LIVING there, and ensure that you cover the winter months, it does get wet and cold in winter.
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Why buy ? It ties you down. Get over the Anglo obsession with purchasing real estate. Learn from other nationalities !
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Why buy ? It ties you down. Get over the Anglo obsession with purchasing real estate. Learn from other nationalities !
Well most other nationalties actually have a higher home ownership rate. If you look at the UK or Germany both countries have a low ownership rate but a high risk of pensioner poverty. Most actually want to settle in one place but because of rental increases end up depressed and might have to leave the area they like.
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Moses I am not sure about that Can you give some data ?
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Not totally comprehensive but gives you some idea. UK and Germany near the bottom -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ownership_rate
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Issues to think about when renting.
https://www.expatica.com/es/housing/...enting-103913/
Issues to think about when purchasing.
https://www.expatica.com/es/housing/...enting-103913/
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Moses I am not sure about that Can you give some data ?
Regarding tenure status, there were more owners than tenants in every EU Member State in 2016. The highest share of the population owning their dwelling was registered in Romania (where 96.0% were owners), ahead of Lithuania (90.3%), Croatia (90.1%), Slovakia (89.5%) and Hungary (86.3%). At the opposite end of the scale, just over half of the population owned their dwelling in Germany (51.7%) and Austria (55.0%), followed by Denmark (62.0%), the United Kingdom (63.4%), France (64.9%) and Sweden (65.2%).
https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/pr...tRedirect=true
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Statistics can hide a lot more details if they choose to include or not include.
For example. A property near me is a ruin. there 8 brothers who are said to have an interest in the property. The question is how did the statics include those brothers? Was it one property to which an owner can be accounted for and not rented out or are all 8 brothers counted as an owner?
That is just one example I except there are many more.
As to the OP's question is cost of living cheaper. And that does depend.
some links.
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-livin...?country=Spain
https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/spain
https://wagonersabroad.com/cost-of-living-in-spain/
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Originally Posted by scot47
Why buy ? It ties you down. Get over the Anglo obsession with purchasing real estate. Learn from other nationalities !
I guess it would tie you down but doing the maths - if you have savings and we live till we are 85 + then the money would run out (well ours would). It’s not that I’m against renting at all. If you have an abundance of money it’s probably logical 😎
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Not totally comprehensive but gives you some idea. UK and Germany near the bottom -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ownership_rate

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Originally Posted by Casa Santo Estevo
Issues to think about when renting.
https://www.expatica.com/es/housing/...enting-103913/
Issues to think about when purchasing.
https://www.expatica.com/es/housing/...enting-103913/
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The one thing I would say, is DON'T buy, not until you have rented in an area for at least 6 months. Yes you have had a holiday home there, but there is a huge difference between holidaying and living there, rent to ensure that the area is right for you LIVING there, and ensure that you cover the winter months, it does get wet and cold in winter.
cheers for advice much appreciated - we’ve been 25+ times in last 3 years at all times of the year. It will never be as cold as Scotland πŸ˜ƒ
but when it rains it rains. Its 18 there right now and 7 here. Tbh we will come home in summer as it will be too hot for us 😎
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Originally Posted by Be happy
Hi planning to move out next year. Both retiring early and thinking of this as a 5 year adventure. We have a property near Banus which was for holidays and renting (found that too stressful and now selling) and now want to be nearer airport for family visiting and nearer beach. Thinking La Cala area so heading out Sunday for 2 weeks to suss areas around mijas / la Cala.
Any advice from any of you guys that have made the move would be most appreciated οΏ½ οΏ½οΏ½οΏ½οΏ½
is the cost of living cheaper ?
La Cala pleasant, good general small town facilties although it gets packed in the summer. Some very nice properties around Calahonda and also Elviria. We love Cabopino but suffers from lack of basic services, you need a car to do anything. Closer to Malaga you have Benalmandena. Mijas in the hills is a tourist trap, endless coaches .
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Originally Posted by Loafing Along
La Cala pleasant, good general small town facilties although it gets packed in the summer. Some very nice properties around Calahonda and also Elviria. We love Cabopino but suffers from lack of basic services, you need a car to do anything. Closer to Malaga you have Benalmandena. Mijas in the hills is a tourist trap, endless coaches .
cheers - appreciate advice , yeah somewhere more rustic but near beach would be more appealing - any places you think worth checking out would be appreciated πŸ˜€
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