Newsletter 12 August 2016

Welcome to our latest newsletter with plenty of job vacancies in Spain, news updates and opinions from expats…

In this edition we would like to thank Andy Tysoe – not only for his expat interview but also for the offer of a number of free tickets to the forthcoming A Place in the Sun exhibition at the NEC Birmingham 23-25th of September.


Post-Brexit Property Bargains Attract New Home Buyers In Spain

The UK’s decision to leave the EU resulted to a number of repercussions which include the country’s own property market. The latest report from Spanish property portal reveals that the post-Brexit property hype have now reached as far as Iberia.

According to Kyero:

1. Price reductions of €500,000 and even higher had been observed following Brexit
2. Bargain property hunters are taking advantage of the price reductions that affected seaside villas, country homes and more
3. Some of the biggest property bargains are now up for grabs as a result of Brexit

Read the full article by clicking the link below.

Post-Brexit Property Bargains Attract New Home Buyers In Spain

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Menorca, Spain?

This week’s newsletter features another great interview from an expat in Spain, Andy Tysoe, owner of Property Menorca who covers the Es Castell area.

Es Castell is a small municipality in the eastern part of Menorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands.

Es Castell – The Essential Guide from Local Residents

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain – Santa Pola

Santa Pola is a town in Costa Blanca which has become a popular beach resort for tourists. Apart from its miles of golden sandy beaches, this former fishing village also boasts of an enviable climate and its closeness to Alicante airport.

Continue to read the full article by clicking the link below.

The ESSENTIAL Santa Pola Tourist Guide – HONEST Advice & Tips from LOCALS..

Help Required – Do you Live in Spain?

Can we ask you a question or two via email to help get some local tips and advice that would help others?


It might be something like, what is it like to live in your village or what things are there to do and see locally?

We will publish any answers on the website (and perhaps the next newsletter) with your quote, crediting your name as the source as if it would be published in a newspaper.

Readers Letter of the Week

Today we feature a comment from Heather Chambers who is thinking about moving to Spain particularly in the area of Granada as soon as next year.

“Having read various articles of moving to Spain, has given me food for thought. My husband and I plus our two dogs, are thinking about moving to Granada, next year. I agree with the article above, When in Rome etc, we both have travelled and lived abroad during our life time. So I feel that stands us in good stead.

Yes I am expecting a life style and culture shock, but I also expect to work at becoming an expat in Spain. Our reason is for a relaxed and slower lifestyle change in better weather. Not perfect, but better than mid Wales.
I would like to know more about the pros and cons of moving, as it IS a big move for us, We definitely don’t want to be one of those couples that want to return!

We obviously expect and will learn Spanish, as we want to live in a rural area, again we imagine, it will be mainly Spanish people around us with a few other expats from various countries.

We would be grateful for any further advise and hearing about other peoples experiences, so that we can be as prepared as possible for the BIG move.

I look forward to hearing from you.”

Mike and Jane O’Neill sent us this letter with some nice advice that could no doubt help Heather…

We purchased our house (5 miles inland in El Pinar de Campoverde) in July 2015 – it is close enough to the beaches but also inland far enough to be able to avoid the summer rush of tourists. We don’t like overcrowded areas and the beach areas do charge more for everything than we pay in Campoverde – location, location, location !

Having visited our property and the area quite a number of times now, we find the Spanish people we have come across to be extremely courteous and helpful, particularly the younger people who like to ‘practice’ their English on you !

We are retiring early and will move to the Costa Blanca (south) permanently next Spring.

We are lucky to have final salary pensions and property to sell in the UK giving us the affordability to go early and with UK pensions also to be claimed in a few years time, we will be in a very strong financial position, as our property is fairly modest in size, but suits our needs – who wants big bills with lots of gardening and cleaning to do when you are retired – not us thank you !

I am an accountant so the numbers have been worked and reworked many times over.
We researched very thoroughly before we chose an area to buy our Spanish property – I cannot stress enough how important this is.

It is true the Spanish bureaucracy will probably drive us mad initially – but we are ready for it having researched every aspect of this that we have been able to do.

I am an asthmatic so the climate and lifestyle will suit me very well and we are both looking forward to starting our new lives in the Costa Blanca next year….and no surprise but we already have a list of visitors lined up.

Our final piece of advice is do not try to replicate what you are leaving behind – try to live, eat, drink sensibly (and behave) like a local. Your money will stretch much further than you may think if you do this.
We will write to you again once we have settled next Spring.

Mike & Jane

Euro Hits 3-Year High Versus Pound, as UK Economy Shrinks Post-Brexit

Peter Lavelle

Welcome to Pure FX’s latest update of the euro to pound exchange rate.

The common currency stands tall versus sterling! The euro has hit 0.8623 against the pound today, its highest since August 2nd 2013, or 3 years.

What’s more, the euro to pound exchange rate could continue to climb, looking ahead. Here’s why:

1. The pound may weaken, because the Bank of England has cut interest rates –0.25% to their all-time low of just 0.25%, to shore up the UK economy.

2. Sterling could weaken, because according to central bank policymaker Ian McCafferty, the Bank of England could slash borrowing costs as low as +0.10% in the coming months.

3. The pound may drop, because the UK economy shrank –0.4% in July due to the shock of Brexit, says economics watchdog NIESR.

4. Sterling could lose out, because business activity in London and the South East has fallen particularly quickly following the vote to leave the EU, says Lloyds.

5. The pound may fall, because confidence among UK businesses has fallen to a 3-year low post-Brexit, according to business group BDO.

With all this in mind, the euro could soon exceed its 3-year high versus the pound!

Latest Jobs in Spain

We are looking to expand our team of dedicated and hard-working associates/shoppers in Barcelona to help with on-going projects. No previous experience required as you will be trained but must speak Spanish and English. If you are interested please send an email to and we will send further details.

Hello. We have a school in Cartagena to teach English. We are looking for native teachers. We have few native teachers now but need more in the new school year in September. Please send out the word we are looking for teachers. We pay good wages and great staff to work with. Here is my email and telephone number., 868-066271. My mobile number is 645-406227. We have two schools. The numbers are 868-066146 and 868-063587. Thank you. Martin Poropat of Think English School.

Thank you everyone and we look forward to receiving any contributions towards the next newsletter.


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple


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