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Featured Property – Three Bedroom Apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf

When it comes to searching for a new family home in Spain, one of the most important considerations is that the children will be happy, settled and safe. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular areas with families, with so much on offer including; excellent schools, sport facilities, and a massive choice of fun things to do for all ages.

There are some great family friendly properties available to rent on the Costa del Sol, such as this three bedroom apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf. Just five minute drive from Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas with all facilities nearby including golf courses, supermarkets, salons and garden centres, it’s very conveniently located.

The apartment is set in a secure, gated complex which includes; underground parking, gardens, pools, paddle, tennis court, and a lovely kid’s play area. Plus there are loads of activities and beaches to explore in nearby Fuengirola and Mijas, so the whole family will enjoy it!

            Inside the apartment you will find a modern, fully fitted kitchen and spacious lounge/dining area, leading out onto the terrace, as well as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a king-size bed, built in wardrobes and a full en-suite bathroom. The second and third bedrooms are of good size and both feature twin beds with access to the guest bathroom and walk-in shower.

This property boasts stunning view to the Mijas Hills and offers a fantastic outdoor lifestyle. Great choice for those who are looking for a property ready to move into! To find out more about this apartment or to view other properties for rent on the Costa del Sol, visit our website or call us on 952 839 595.

Swimming lessons for children on the Costa del Sol

Cooling off and having fun in the swimming pool is all part of the lifestyle here in sunny Spain. When the summer sun gets too hot, you can’t beat a nice dip in the pool! Of course the kids love it too, making memories to last a lifetime. Unfortunately though, every year there are reports of children having accidents in the pool. The majority of these tragedies happen at the child’s home and some have proven fatal.

Naturally you know it’s essential for parental supervision at all times, we don’t need to tell you that! However children can (and do) still have accidents, even with other adults present! One of the best ways to prepare your child/toddler should an accident occur, is by giving them swimming lessons.

There are some excellent swimming courses available for children and adults in the Marbella area, starting from as little as 4 months old! You may think this is very young to start swimming lessons but really, the earlier the better. Up to the age of one, babies have natural reflexes from being inside the womb, enabling them to swim easily in water. If these reflexes are not used, they will be lost and will have to be learned again at a later stage.

The courses teach young babies and toddlers (without arm-bands on) not to panic or inhale water if they fell into the pool. Toddlers are also taught how to turn themselves over to float on their back and look for the edge of the pool to hold on. As they get older they will learn how to enter the pool safely and a number of other lifesaving skills before they actually learn to swim.

Giving your child swimming lessons from an early age does not guarantee pool safety, but will certainly get them used to being in and under the water, so in the event of an accident your child  would have more chance of remembering what to do from their swimming lessons. Other benefits include better eating and sleeping patterns, children are more alert and it’s very good for their developing muscles, allowing them to move freely long before they can crawl or walk.

The top three baby swimming courses in the Marbella area are;

If you are looking to rent long term on the Costa del Sol there are some great family homes available with private and community swimming pools, so your kids can show you their new found skills!

 

Some incredibly useful phrases to know in Spanish!

Without a doubt, life in Spain is certainly easier and can be more enjoyable if you learn to speak the language. Everything from socialising and work to shopping and finding your way around may require you to know some Spanish. Many people on the Costa del Sol speak English, however not everyone does and Spanish are polite people so it’s good to make an effort when talking to them. Here are some key phrases that will really help you to settle in and impress your friends and family when they visit your new home this summer!

 

¿Dónde está ………………….? Where is, just add desired place or object, e.g.:

¿Dónde está el ayuntamiento? – Where is the town hall?

 

¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost? (One item)

¿Cuánto es? – How much is it? (End total of a few items)

 

Se puede …… ( + verb) – Can you ?. e.g.:-

¿Se puede aparcar aquí? – Can you park here?

No se puede – you can´t.

¿Se puede? – could also be use don it’s own to request permission.

 

Quiero …….(+ object or verb) – I want- (not as rude as it sounds in English!)

    Quiero dos kilos de patatas – I want two kilos of potatoes- (object)

or:

Quiero apuntarme – I want to sign up  (verb)

No quiero – I don’t want to/it.

 

No sé – I don’t know

 

Tengo – I have

No tengo – I don’t have

Tienes – Do you have? You have.

 

Me duele………. ( + body part) – My ……….. hurts

Me duele el tobillo – My ankle hurts

 

No funciona – It doesn’t work.

Está roto – It’s broken.

 

Hay – is/are there? , there is/are – (pronounced “eye”)

No hay – there aren´t/isn´t any

 

Voy a …………..( + place or verb)  – I’m going to ………….

Voy a la playa – I’m going to the beach.- (place)

Voy a comprar pan – I’m going to buy bread.- (verb)

¿Dónde vas? – Where are you going?

 

No importa – It doesn’t matter.

 

¿Cuándo es? – When is it?

 

Es muy importante – It’s very important.

 

To learn more Spanish you can see our previous blogs with useful phrases to use at the pharmacy and the beauty salon, plus tips for understanding Spanish utility bills.

If you are looking to rent long term on the Costa del Sol this year, visit our website for list of available properties or call us on 952 839 595 with your requirements.

 

 

 

Having a baby in Spain

Every year, hundreds of expats make the Costa del Sol their permanent home and decide to start a family here, or extend the one they have! The great weather, schools and choice of activities make the area very appealing to families of all ages. If you are planning to have your baby here for the first time you may be full of questions, but be rest assured because Spain has just been voted the 2nd best place in the world to bring up children!

Scans and check-ups

When working on the Costa del Sol and contributing to social security, you will be entitled to excellent free health care. This will cover you for all your scans and appointments at your local clinic. Keep in mind these will probably be in Spanish though, as not all clinics have in-house translators, however you could always use the Medical Translation Line which proves very helpful for answering questions about your health and understanding any important information given. If you would prefer to go private and have the exciting 3D and 4D scans done, you could always visit someone like Dr Berral in Marbella who comes highly recommended and speaks English.

Preparing for the new arrival

When you have your due date, you will naturally want to start building the nest ready for your new baby! There are loads of great places to shop for baby things on the Costa del Sol including the famous El Corte Ingles shopping centres and ‘Nana’s’ the big baby shops which sell everything from prams to clothing and everything in between! You can also find a Mothercare shop if you go to Gibraltar.

The Mediterranean diet is notoriously good for your health and perfect for mums to be! You will also be sure to find everything to suit your pregnancy cravings at the various supermarkets such as Super Sol and Mercadona, plus there are loads of great restaurants which will tailor the food for you. The pharmacies sell all the vitamins you need and if you wanted to have a go at pregnancy yoga there are plenty of great classes in the Marbella area.

Having your baby

If you are planning to have your baby in the Costa del Sol Hospital you will be relieved to know they offer an excellent standard of care before and after the baby is born. The rooms are very clean and many of staff there speak English and are used to supporting expats through this exciting and emotional time. You can read more about people’s experiences of giving birth at the Costa del Sol hospital on websites like mumsinspain.

If you are looking for a bigger home to suit the new addition to your family, the team at HomeRentalontheWeb can take all of your requirements and help you find the perfect new long term rental home for your family, just give us a call on 952 839 595 or visit our website.

Why rent your property out long term?

Over the past 5 years, the long term rental market on the Costa del Sol has grown immensely. Hundreds of families have moved here looking for a better quality of life, or to try before they buy, and the slow-down in property sales has left the long-term rentals market with a year round demand for quality accommodation.

Interestingly though, there is a lack of good quality, well priced, long-term rental properties in the most popular areas such as Marbella, Fuengirola and Estepona. Many home owners are tempted by the income from holiday rentals which is the most suitable option for some, but this is mostly seasonal so if you don’t want to have your property sitting empty, long term rentals is a great option.

Contracts usually start from six months and can be as long as two years, providing you with a steady stream of income every month. This doesn’t mean you can’t come on holiday while you have tenants in though! In fact, many of our homeowners who were only using their property for a few weeks of the year now look forward to renting a separate holiday home so you never have to miss out on your summer break!

The tenant would pay you a fixed rate over an agreed period of time, plus all the utility bills during their stay. A safety deposit would also be taken at the beginning of the contact for your peace of mind. The change in rental laws in Spain last year also make things easier for landlords if they need their property back!

HomeRentalontheWeb has taken care of hundreds of properties and tenants on behalf of homeowners in Spain. From finding tenants, managing contracts and sourcing references to dealing with any problems that occur or maintenance work, we have it covered!  Read our blog for more things to consider when renting your property long term, or feel free to call us on (0034) 952 839 595.

 

Medical translation line for expats in Andalucia

One of the best ways to settle into your new rental home on the Costa del Sol is to start learning Spanish as it will make your time here much easier and you never know when you may need to use it, such as in an emergency.

We don’t like to think we will ever need to go to the doctors or use the emergency services but sometimes we may need to and you could have a hard job trying to explain what the problem is as many healthcare workers in Spain don’t speak any English.

Luckily though, in Andalucia we have an excellent telephone translation line called the Salud Responde (Health Response line), which has helped thousands of expats in the area communicate at doctors and hospitals. The vital phone line helps patients and health workers understand each other quickly and easily so in times of emergency or stress this has proved a big relief to many.

The Health Response line can be used when making an appointment, during an appointment and to understand test results so now you can relax knowing you always have someone who can translate for you in the touch of a few buttons. This very useful translation line has been used by hundreds of thousands of Brits since the launch in 2009 and can even be used for translation of wills, medical records and when donating blood.

When it comes to the pharmacy though, it definitely pays to learn the lingo. Here you can read our previous blog with some useful free Spanish tips to use in ‘La farmacia’ to help get you started!

When a translator is needed, simply phone the help line on 902 505 060 24 (information and services centre) or 902 505 066 for Primary care appointment line hours 365 days per year. In an emergency dial 061. You can also email the Salud Response line for information.

Doctor strikes on the Costa del Sol

A recent article in the Euro Weekly News informed us that from this week, doctors in Andalucia will be holding various strikes at healthcare centres in the area.

The 24 strikes will be called randomly at a different health care centres everyday in order not to disrupt hospitalised patients, so if you have an upcoming appointment we suggest you check with your clinic before you leave.

When renting long term on the Costa del Sol it’s a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive. If you are working here and paying social security contributions you and your family are entitled to free, high quality medical care so it’s definitely worth making it a priority after the move.

In order to register with a doctor in Spain you need to be registered on the padron first to prove your address and residential status. Signing up to the padron is free and simple and you can read more about the benefits and how to register in our previous blog.

You can find lots more information about looking after your health in Spain and a range of other interesting topics on our blog. Just use the search box if there is a particular subject you are looking for.

Learning Spanish – Christmas shopping

The Costa del Sol is an enchanting place to be at Christmas time and a great chance for you and the family to learn about Spanish traditions. Pretty Christmas lights are sparkling in the towns, the restaurants and bars are once again bustling and the supermarkets are stocked with juicy turkeys and all kinds’ of festive goodies ready for week-long celebrations of the Three Kings.

Now that you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol, a great way to really feel settled in is to learn the lingo and Christmas is a great excuse to get started! Here are some Spanish tips so now you can do your Christmas shopping in Spanish too.

Christmas Tree

¿Aquí se vende árboles de navidad? – Do you sell Christmas trees here?

¿Cuánto cuesta por metro? – How much do they cost per metre?

¿Se entrega a domicilio? –  Are they delivered to the house?

¿Cuándo se puede entregarlo? – When can it be delivered?

¿Viene con raíces o está cortado? – Does it come with roots or is it cut?

Presents

Busco una camisa para hombre. – I´m looking for a man’s shirt.

¿Hay de seda / algodón? – Is there anything in silk / cotton?

Busco algo clasico / de moda. – I´m looking for something classic / fashionable.

¿Puedo devolverlo si no le gusta? – Can I return it if he doesn’t like it?

Tiene que devolverlo dentro de catorce días con el recibo. –  You have to return it within 14 days with the receipt.

Me podría dar un reembolso o tengo que cambiarlo para otra prenda? – Can I have a refund or do I have to change it for another garment?

Aquí tiene el recibo. – Here´s the receipt.

Me gustaría un reembolso. – I would like a refund.

Es para regalar, ¿se puede envolverlo? – It’s for a present, can you wrap it?

Shopping for Christmas dinner

Nata montado – whipped cream,      nata para montar – whipping cream,      jerez – sherry,      chirivía – parsnip,      castañas – chestnuts,      pavo – turkey,      pastelillo navideño relleno de frutas – mincepie,      relleno de frutas – mincemeat,      pastel de frutas secas que se come el día de Navidad – Christmas pudding,      col de Bruselas – Brussels sprouts,      tarjetas de Navidad – Christmas cards,      papel de regalo – wrapping paper,      lucitas de Navidad – Christmas lights,      nueces – walnuts,      frutas secas – nuts (general),      adornos navideños – Christmas decorations,      bolas de Navidad – Christmas baubles,      turrón – typical Christmas sweet made of nougat and chocolate.

¡Feliz Navidad! – Happy Christmas!

Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpreter. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email michellejlewis@hotmail.com or call 680 155 254 for more information.

Why Sign Up To The Padron?

There are a surprising amount of expatriates renting property on the Costa del Sol who have not yet signed up to the padron. As an expat in Spain you are obliged to sign the register yet still many are unaware it even exists or unsure why they need to.

 

So why should you sign up to the muncipal register even if you are not a not a home owner?  Here are some of the benefits you will have;

·         Register with doctor

·         Have the right to vote in the local and European elections

·         Have access to free or discounted activities

·         Free or reduced cost Spanish classes

·         Register kids at school

·         Help and support for the elderly

·         Reduction in bus fares

·         Tax reductions on certain services such as rubbish collection

Signing the padron is not a complicated process, it’s simple, quick and free and if you are spending the majority of your time in Spain you should be signing up. If you are worried about how this would affect your taxes or rights in the UK, the HMRC and new www.gov.uk websites provide lots of useful information about this. However the Town Hall itself is the best place to get information about the padron and its benefits.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the benefits are only available to those who have been signed up to the padron for a few years such as social care for the elderly, which is why its important to sign up as soon as you move to Spain.

By renting long term on the Costa del Sol and not signing up to the pardon, you risk not having access to your rights here in Spain and possibly wouldn’t be considered a UK resident either. Your resident status simply depends on where you spend the most time.

The budget allocated to each town depends on the amount of people who are signed up to the town’s padron so it’s important everyone does it to ensure their town receives the correct budget. In fact, Mijas Town Hall is sending out fines up to €150 to residents who don’t sign up as it could lead to the town losing out when it comes to budget allocation as they depend on the number of registered inhabitants.

If you have already signed up to the padron and are wondering whether you need to renew or make any adjustments, pop to your local town hall to check and bring with you original paperwork such as passport and residence tarjeta. In general, foreign residents should renew their empadronmiento every two years to avoid being dropped from the register and losing their rights.

The deadline for enrolment is the end of the year so best to head to your local Town Hall as soon as you can if you haven’t signed up yet.

For more information about renting long term on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call us on 952839 595.

Why rent your property out long-term?

The Costa del Sol still remains a year round destination loved by thousands and many home owners rent out their property to holiday makers as a way of earning extra income. However, this time of year the demand for holiday rental homes is less and hundreds of properties will be left empty until next summer.

If you are a property owner on the Costa del Sol, have you thought about renting out your property long term? Some home owners are put off by long term rentals after hearing horror stories about landlords not being able to evict tenants etc but the Spanish rental law has changed this year so owners need not worry about this. In Spain, long term rental contracts typically start from 6 months, which would be a great arrangement if you only wanted a long term tenant for the winter season, then the 6 months summer season can be yours to use for holiday rentals or for your own holidays!

Benefits of renting your property out long term

  • Provides a steady monthly income throughout the year
  • Bills are all paid for by the tenant
  • Your property is not left empty for long periods of time
  • The rental law has now changed to make it easier to evict tenants
  • If you are trying to sell your property, long term rentals is a great way to earn income while you wait for your property to sell.

There is currently a shortage of quality long term rental homes in key areas of the Costa del Sol and the demand is increasing as people are looking to ‘try before they buy’.

This is a great time to rent your property out long term, if you want to make some extra income and don’t want to see your property sitting empty during winter then this is the way to go. A good property management company will take care of everything for you from finding the tenants for you and sourcing references, to handling the contracts, collecting deposits, and dealing with any problems if they occur.

If you have any questions about putting your property up for long term rentals on the Costa del Sol, call us on 952 839 595 or visit our website for more information.