Blog Archive

29.04.2015
I could write a book on this one!  Perhaps the most common error is buying in the wrong place. We had friends who visited relatives living an hour's drive inland and were shown a plot of land by a local on which they could build their dream home.  Assuming they had just put down a deposit, I suggested they talk to their lawyer because if the plot...
27.04.2015
The ‘Expat Mom’ – Become an Affiliate Marketer   The Expat Mom Story   Most of us expat moms (I know some will call us: Expat spouse, Trailing spouses – I hate these terms) found ourselves after the relocation in the position of a “stay at home Mom”. Some of us, want and wait to be in this position, and some of us just know that it’s the right...
24.04.2015
The Mobile Life Series This blog series is based on work by writer Diane Lemieux and trainer Anne Parker in their book The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere. Read Part I here...   You surely have expectations of what it will be like to live at your destination. However, it is surprisingly easy to form unrealistic or inaccurate...
23.04.2015
….falls mainly in the mountains!  Don’t be fooled into thinking that all Spain is wonderfully warm in winter.  There are ski resorts in the south of Spain but not in the south of England.  Within Europe, Spain is second only to Switzerland in the percentage of its land that is covered by mountains.  Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe. ...
21.04.2015
Author Oscar Reynard and his French wife have lived mainly in the UK, but over forty years have spent long periods in France on business and at their second home. Last year they spent nearly six months at their house in the Lot while Oscar finished a satirical novel set among  the phenomena of French life. Brits living in France see themselves as...
17.04.2015
New Serialisation! This blog series is based on work by writer Diane Lemieux and trainer Anne Parker in their book The Mobile Life: a new approach to moving anywhere.   Part I: If you’re going to do it, really choose it Relocating is more than moving from location/job A to location/job B: it is about moving from LIFE A to LIFE B. In other words,...
15.04.2015
So, you have managed to save / beg / inherit / borrow for the dream holiday home in the sun and you have settled on Spain as your location.  What next?  Buying in Spain is not quite like buying in the UK.  The biggest shock to most people is the tax payable.  IVA (Spanish VAT) is paid on new properties for which levels are set by central...
14.04.2015
How a personal blog can really help you in your Digital business (and as an Expat…) ?   If you don’t have a personal blog – you should get one now!   I love to call it my “Digital Home”. It’s exactly like the place you are always coming back, inviting people that you love, entertain them, and share yourself with others. I look at it as a place...
09.04.2015
We arrived for February half term week 2007 with giant bags; you could still fly with 25kg bags then without penalties.  We had sourced loads of discounted goods for the house and set to work.  Although we had cleared most of the rubbish on our previous trip, the serious sorting and cleaning started here.  With our web site up and running and our...
01.04.2015
Despite my parents, Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather and his partner Doreen having lived in Spain for many years, (in the case of Doreen and her children, since the 1960’s), we still managed to underestimate the Spanish red tape!  Another two attempts at completing the purchase were attempted. The lady’s new passport was certified in England as definitely...