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Expat Advice: Moving to Los Alcazares, Spain

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Los Alcazares

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Three things I wish I had brought are golf clubs, fishing equipment and books to read.

The wife, the bank statement and the car.

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Do not deal with any uncertified estate agent. Do not accept what they tell you undertake your own investigations. A lot of them no nothing about property but are astute at making considerable profit off the unwary.

Purchase local newspapers visit Spanish Estate Agents and undertake your own exhaustive research. Do not fall for the price goes up next week line or availability is in short supply. Both designed to exert pressure and fill their already overflowing wallets.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

Normal three bedroomed 2 bathroomed property popular with Spanish from Madrid as holiday homes.

Despite comments prices have inflated in recent years but be mindful of low price declaration as this will reflect on capital gains tax when you sell.(35%)

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Recommendation deal with local spanish Agents.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower approximately 90,000 for similar property.

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