Spain continues to be a popular destination for Brits looking to move to warmer climates. Javea in the Costa Blanca is one place that has become particularly popular. Why are so many people choosing Javea? It could be the beautifully pristine beaches, the amazing vistas from various places across the town, the lazy approach to living, the tasty eateries and affordable lifestyle or it could be (and is more likely to be) a combination of all of the above.
If you’re interested in moving to Javea and want to invest in one of the lovely houses for sale there, you need to take the right measures and steps. In the following post you will find lots of helpful advice and tips to successfully make that big move to continental Europe and Spain.
Carefully Look at Your Finances
Once you have made that decision that you’d like to move to Spain, you first need to take a good long and hard look at your financial situation. Although it’s cheaper than the UK to find and buy property of good value in Javea, the moving costs are still high. Legal costs, shipping costs and even Spanish course costs are just some of the expenses you need to consider.
Fluctuations in Currency Value Can and Do Happen
Depending on how things are, changing from one currency to another one, can either go greatly in your favour, or heavily against you. Confirm the price for the property you are looking to buy and then start transferring funds over. Be cautious though because the exchange rate can go down or up at any time. This essentially means you could end up paying less or more on your property in Javea. Even though its unlikely to be an amount that will hurt your finances too much, it can still be a bit of a gamble.
Budgeting is Crucial
It goes without saying that choosing the right property for you is paramount, but, making sure you can afford it is even more important. This is why budgeting is so crucial to moving to Spain. Calculate how far your budget can stretch and be ready to adjust or put on hold some of your moving plans if necessary.
It’s Different Buying Property in Spain
The process is simpler than it is in the UK, but there are many pitfalls you need to be aware of when buying a home in Spain. Seek the help of a local real estate agent to ensure you don’t fall prey to any of the problems others have in the past.
Stay Before Buying
Wherever you are planning on moving to, particularly if it’s in a foreign country, it is a good idea to try staying in the area you are interested in before deciding to buy. This can help you to become familiar with what it’s like and whether you could actual live there full-time. Some places seem nice when you visit them and know you are going home after 2 weeks, it’s a completely different matter when you are there for good.