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Below, we feature an expat interview with Shiraz Khaliq, company director of Stratus International Properties who covers the Pinoso area.
In particular, we asked Shiraz on the advantages of going to Pinoso and how these advantages can convince people about moving to the area.
Shiraz, thanks for helping our readers. I guess we should start off by asking what would you say would be the advantages to living in Pinoso compared to other Costa Blanca towns?
Pinoso is the 5th richest town in Spain, benefiting from the income from the salt mountain which pumps the salt water to the lakes in Torrevieja for the salt production and also the marble mountain, exporting marble around the world. This income is utilised for all kinds of social activities in the town as well as maintaining to a high standard the town and surrounding areas.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
The area suits all ages, young to old with many activities available all year round.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
Approximately 85 – 90% of the population is Spanish.
What are your favourite things to do in the area?
There are many, the theatre, casa cultura, 2 sports centre for Tennis , Padle, Football, municipal pool, Basket ball, athletic clubs and much more.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
In Pinoso and the surrounding areas there are over 70 bars and restaurants including a Michelin star restaurant Pere y pepa. Menu del dia in Oasis is very popular with all nationalities, a true taste of Spain in El Timon, Spanish tapas in Com en casa, to English Fayre in T de Tapas and a chinese restaurant in the square.
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
There is a medical centre and 24 hour emergency medical centre with its own heliport! Numerous dentists including an English speak practice, there are 4 large supermarkets, numerous fruit and vegetable shops, bakeries, butchers, wetfish shop, many clothes shops catering for all ages, and a number of sports shops. All your day to day requirements can be found in the town, including the Saturday market.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
There are a number of villages nearby from Las Encebras, a sought after area to live with its own local bar restaurant catering for all nationalities, Alguena with its many cafe bars and restaurant and Sunday market, Raspay with a local bar restaurant, Paredon with two bar restaurants one with its own pool facilities for clients.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
The nearest international schools are Elche and Alicante and have a fantastic reputation , although the schools in Pinoso are very good as well especially if wanting your children to integrate into the Spanish way of life.
Is crime an issue for expats?
Not at all.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Trend of prices increasing slowly. Britexit stalled the market for a short period but as clients and I guess the rest got over the shock of the referendum, enquiries and client levels are returning to normal.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
Still a great time to buy. Still get opportunities to snap up a bargain.
For example legal building plots of over an acre in Suze for as little as €12,000. Brand new villa with 3 bed 2 bath on a plot of 2.5 acres for €149,995.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
We do not deal with urbs. We specialize more in rural Spain where the market has been more stable throughout the recession.
How much are the typical property prices in Pinoso for apartments, villas etc?
Apartments in average about 60,000 – depending in age and condition.
Villas. Average 3 bed 2 bath villa for around 170,000 though there are a couple of exceptions. Seller confidence increasing as the better finished and landscaped properties are achieving in excess of 200,000.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Pinoso or surrounding area?
Come to Stratus.
Use an independent lawyer – not one tied to an agent or an assessorial as you are not covered the same.
Deal with professional companies with registered offices rather than meeting rogue agents in petrol stations or bars.
Make sure your lawyer checks and verifies that everything you buy is on the deeds, land registry and catastro. Do not accept a compromise as it only saves the seller and agent money and hassle in the short term but it will cost you time, hassle and money when you come to sell.
Shiraz, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact Stratus International, you can find their details below.
Stratus International Properties
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