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Relocating to the Costa del Sol in 2019

Relocating to the Costa del Sol in 2019

If your New Year’s resolution was to leave behind the cold and rain in the UK, Ireland, Germany or Scandinavia and start a better life in Spain, we can help you make it happen.

If Brexit is holding you back, we’ve been receiving reassurances from both Spain, Gibraltar and the UK that expats living in Spain will be protected. In October, Spain’s minister for Foreign Affairs visited Málaga and reassured British people resident in Spain that the Brexit process will not affect us at all. The Chief Minister of Gibraltar is prepared to make a deal with Spain if there’s a no-deal to ensure that those working in Gibraltar but living in Spain will not face any issues. The recommendations are to make sure you are properly registered and follow all the legal processes correctly, to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you won’t face any issues after March. Here is some information on relocating to Spain and what you will need to do to register and start off your wonderful new life the right way.

The first step in making your dream a reality is to think about job options and how you’ll earn enough to have a great life here in Spain. As an English speaker, Gibraltar offers a lot of great employment opportunities, with competitive salaries and no concerns with language. There are also many expat companies looking for English speaking employees, or freelancers, so while it’s beneficial to speak Spanish and a good level of language will increase your opportunities, it is not essential. Many people come to Spain to set up their own business, whether it be a bar, restaurant, B&B, or company which provides services for foreign residents. If you’re dreaming of working for yourself, you’ll be pleased to hear that there have been improvements to the system to make it easier and cheaper to become self-employed. Many people also come to the Costa del Sol as digital nomads, continuing their job remotely and flying  back occasionally for meetings and this is another excellent option. Read our article on the Benefits of living abroad and how to make it happen for more information.

Once you’ve decided what you’re going to do for a job, the next step is to find a place to live! Renting long term is the most sensible choice when you first arrive. It is significantly cheaper than renting a holiday let or staying in a hotel, and gives you the real experience of living in the Costa del Sol. There’s much less commitment than buying, so you can try a few different long term rental properties in different areas before you take the plunge and buy.  

We are Costa del Sol long term rental specialists and have been helping people relocate to this stunning area for more than a decade. We can support you with choosing the right area, as well as the right property, guide you through the process of signing contracts and ensuring safeguards are in place to protect your tenant’s rights. Our Helpline means you can ring our office and report any problems with the property to us. We can then talk to the landlord and get the issue resolved on your behalf.

Using HomeRentalontheWeb reduces the stress of renting long term, as well as giving you access to lots of fantastic long term rental properties. Read our tenants FAQs to answer your questions, or get in touch with us to discuss your long term rental needs. You can also browse a selection of our properties online by clicking on your preferred area on the map.

Best of luck with the move – we’re here to help!

Spain recognised for amazing quality of life

Spain recognised for amazing quality of life

 

Spain was ranked in third place out of 68 destinations for its exceptional quality of life in the Expat Insider 2018 survey.  This survey was completed by over 18,000 expats living abroad and offers great insights into the merits of different countries for expat living.

The Quality of Life Index ranked countries based on leisure, health and well-being, safety and security, personal happiness, travel and transportation and digital life. Spain did well in all these aspects, doing particularly well in the aspects of peacefulness (90%) and personal safety (93%). It achieved the top position for leisure options (93%) and climate and weather (96%).

We’re proud to see Spain scoring so highly, but not surprised, as the amazing lifestyle here is one of the biggest reasons we moved here and have chosen to stay and make it our home. “Lifestyle” is a hard thing to define, as it includes so many things, such as weather, culture, activities, food and attitude, but for us the Costa del Sol really has it all and this survey shows we’re not alone.

When we find our clients a quality long-term rental, it’s so exciting to offer them access to this enviable way of life. It’s clear that many of our clients have been dreaming of a life in the sun for so long and that making the commitment to rent long-term, is the first step to making that a reality.

Many of our properties have facilities which are emblematic of the Costa del Sol lifestyle – a pool, tennis courts, terraces and lush tropical gardens. Showing these properties to expats who are fresh off the plane from colder climates is a real pleasure. It’s even better when expats see how much they can get for their money here. The affordable living costs is one important aspect of life on the Costa del Sol, which makes the quality of life even better. You can have a lovely time very cheaply here if you know where to look. When the sun is out, everything is a pleasure and a stroll on the beach is free! Eat and drink where the Spanish do for the best bargains. There are still many places where you can buy a coffee or a small beer for a Euro and a 3-course lunch menu for under 10€ – amazing really, in such a cosmopolitan area.  

For more on why we think the Costa del Sol offers expats an amazing place to call home, read our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol. If you’d like us to help you make the dream of being an expat in Spain a reality, please get in touch. As well as a range of quality long term rental properties on the Costa del Sol, we are happy to share our insider knowledge about what to do and where to go to start to feel at home right away and to make the move as easy as possible. Get in touch today and take the first step to living here and enjoying the third best lifestyle in the whole world!  

Benefits of living abroad and how to make it happen

Benefits of living abroad and how to make it happen

We are having a spectacular autumn here on the Costa del Sol with hardly any rain, blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s. If you’re sitting at home in the rain and cold and you’d rather be here, why not make it happen and relocate? To help you take the plunge here are some great reasons to live here.

Living on the Costa del Sol

As long-term residents of the Costa del Sol, we really believe it offers the best life because of the weather, food, sports, amazing coastline and good connections to the rest of Europe. Read our 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol

According to Work the World living abroad can actually make you smarter! It has been shown to awaken creativity, improve communication skills, increase earning potential by improving your understanding of cultural needs and building great contacts around the world. If you can learn the language it will improve your cognitive skills and living abroad also enhances your self-awareness, one of the most recognised traits linked to success.

Living in Spain with your family is amazing, as the kids get to enjoy the great outdoors, be in a much more family friendly environment and learn another language. Get them into a Spanish school early enough and they can become bilingual – it’s the best gift you can give them. Being bilingual has a positive effect on the brain, gives you an educational advantage, offers more options for employment when they are older and helps you to learn other languages easily. It’s brilliant all round! Find out more about the benefits of being bilingual

If that weren’t enough, people living in Spain and enjoying the delicious Mediterranean diet improves your health, reduces the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Working on the Costa del Sol

There are lots of ways to live and work on the Costa del Sol, here are some of the most common:

If you have a job where you work remotely, why not follow the lead of thousands of others and live here, while continuing to work with your existing clients back home. The low cost of living and the regular low cost flights means that you can save money by living here and “commute” when necessary to go to a meeting or event for less than the cost of a train fare!!

Alternatively, you can follow your dreams and set up your own business along with thousands of expats who do it each year. Check out our advice for living and working on the Costa del Sol in 2017 if you have a great business idea and an entrepreneurial spirit.

If you’d rather work for someone else, start looking for jobs by contacting recruitment agencies in the area and read the local newspapers Sur in English and Euroweekly News to see the latest job ads. This year we have seen a lot more jobs being advertised as the economy improves and confidence grows, so don’t get fixated by the unemployment figures, good candidates are definitely in demand.

How to make the dream a reality?

If all this sounds good, and you want to give living in Spain a try, the first thing to do is to start your job search, or research into starting a business in Spain, so you know where your income will come from.

Then you need to find yourself a long-term rental in the right area for your work and family life. Consider how often you need to travel and therefore how close you want to be to the airport. Think about whether you want things within walking distance, or you don’t mind driving places, and whether you want to be in the town or in the country. Also look into schools and decide if you want to send kids to an international school, or a Spanish state school. If you are looking at an international school, proximity to your chosen school can be the leading factor in your search.

Once you’ve decided where you want to live, talk to us about long term rental properties and average costs. The great news is that rent is a lot cheaper here than in the UK, so your money will go a long way. If you contact us with your chosen area and your requirements. we can give you a list of the right properties in that area and potentially suggest other areas with similar characteristics to give you some more options.

There’s loads of useful information on our website about life in Spain to help you decide if it’s right for you and take the decisions about schools, healthcare etc. If you have any questions which aren’t answered there don’t hesitate to ask us, we love helping people to relocated to the Costa del Sol!

Making the most of your new life in Spain

Making the most of your new life in SpainLiving in a foreign country is very different from simply being here on holiday and so relocating to Spain can take some getting used to, even if you know it well as a tourist. We believe that living on the Costa del Sol makes you happier, healthier and gives you a wonderful quality of life, but would never underestimate the challenges of relocating. You have to get to grips with the language, bureaucracy and slight culture shock, but when you do, the rewards more than make up for it.

We were really pleased to read a great article in the Telegraph with seven things to do if you want to live like a local and wanted to share it with you to help you to settle in. The author’s great tips include; learning the language and not being afraid to use it, trying to frequent Spanish bars and restaurants rather than heading to expat havens, relaxing your ideas on timekeeping, sharing food and embracing the siesta. All great advice and definitely stuff to take note of to really make the most of your new life here in Spain.

Website Trip Savvy also lists 10 Spanish customs and traditions to enjoy here including going for tapas the Spanish way, experiencing flamenco and bullfighting, eating late, partying and visiting your local fiesta. You may not want to try everything on the list, but it’s good to know and decide what to experience to really understand this wonderful place.

The great thing about life on the Costa del Sol is that you can pick and choose the best bits of the Spanish life and culture and experience them, but not be restricted by them. You can choose to use English service providers, doctors and schools if your Spanish isn’t so good, or take the plunge and go through the Spanish system.

It’s all available here, so it’s up to you on whether you want to bring up your children bilingual, or put them into an international school system which is easy to transport to other parts of the world. The key is choice and trying your best with integration, so you can enjoy the rich, glorious culture of the place you now call home.     

Starting by renting long term on the Costa del Sol and choose a rental company with native English speakers such as HomeRentalontheWeb. This gives you flexibility to try different areas and find out what works for you, and get help, advice and support from people who speak your language. We all know what you’re going though, as we’ve all relocated to Spain and know the challenges, as well as the rewards and we’re on your side to help you through it, as well as find you a fantastic long term rental property.

Here’s some useful information on relocating to Spain please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Teens on the Costa del Sol

Teens on the Costa del Sol

If you’re already living and renting long term on the Costa del Sol, or you’re planning to move over with a family, you may be wondering what there is to do for teenagers here and if this is a good place for them.

There are some excellent international schools in the area, which are the best choice for teens who do not speak Spanish and want to get internationally recognised qualifications. There are options to study the International Baccalaureate or the UK system to A level, so getting the qualifications shouldn’t be an issue. These schools also offer a rich programme of extra curricular activities.

Outside school, there are brilliant sports facilities, so if you are interested in football, basketball, rugby, sailing, golf, rock climbing, riding or any sport, then there are teams and clubs available and this can be a great way to integrate into the Spanish community. Also, if performing is a passion then there are lots of great performing arts and music groups to join which are excellent for teens who want to express themselves.

There are also lovely hikes and trips into the surrounding countryside organised by the town hall, where families can explore this beautiful area. During the summer months, it’s great to hang out down the beach during the day and there are big parties or ferias in every town and lots of activities for teens and people of all ages to enjoy. Check out the calendar of activities in your local town hall, there is often a lot more going on than you may realise.

An important activity for teens to make the most of their new surroundings is learning Spanish and while they might not be keen at first, it’s a great way to learn a new skill and feel settled in your environment. There are group classes, or private classes and once your teen has some confidence, you can introduce them to the language exchanges, where people get together socially to practice. You can talk to your local town hall to find out if there are any language exchanges and also look at the website Meetup which has loads of interesting things going on, including language exchanges.

Another idea for teens looking for things to do and to enrich their CV is to contact the local Costa del Sol charities and find out about volunteering opportunities. These organisations are always in desperate need of help and it can be a great way for teens to increase their skills, help the community, fill their time productively and really make a difference.

Last month, there was an interesting forum organised by Nicole King and RTV Marbella Now to get community ideas on how to improve the lives of people on the Costa del Sol. The most popular topic was teens on the Costa del Sol, as there was a lot of concern about the lack of options for this sector. Held at Laude School, the kids themselves were able to have their say. The kids and parents discussed that activities such as the cinema, ice-skating, paintballing, theme parks and water parks are widely available and teens would like to do them. However, they are expensive, so for teens and their parents the costs are too high to be affordable on a regular basis. The group plan to set up a discount card to get around this issue.

The other concern was having a safe place for the teens to hang out, and the attendees discussed creating some sort of youth club concept where kids would want to go and could be supervised. They will be speaking to owners of space in the Puerto Banus area and the Town Hall to see if this could be got off the ground, to improve the life for teens in the area.

HomeRentalontheWeb are experts in living on the Costa del Sol and our website contains information about education, healthcare and practical advice about moving here. We provide quality Costa del Sol long term rentals, which are the perfect way to start your life in Spain. Please contact us to find your ideal property.

Andalucia is a great place to work

Andalucia is a great place to work

Relocating to the Costa del Sol is a dream for many, and Andalucia is the third most popular place for those from abroad to work in Spain. Living and working on the Costa del Sol offers amazing lifestyle benefits for expats such as great climate, more relaxed way of life, access to amazing sports facilities and a brilliant family life. According to a report from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security released in August, at the end of July there were 189,802 non-Spanish workers paying into the system, a nearly 5% increase compared to last year.

The increase is no surprise, as the economic outlook continues to improve in Spain, the real estate market is starting to really boom again and this is driving employment and positivity in many different fields. There has been a marked increase of job opportunities being advertised, particularly in the real estate and hospitality sectors. If you’re interested in checking out job opportunities and researching into working on the Costa del Sol, read our article about working on the Costa del Sol, where we have links to papers which have good job sections, forums and recruitment agencies to make things easier.

However, be prepared for a shock when you look at salaries, they could be a lot lower than you’re used to at home. Don’t just look at the salary figures though, work out what your living costs will be and then see what you will have in your pocket at the end of the month, you may be surprised just how well off you feel, even taking a drop in salary. It’s also amazing what a great life you can have here and spend very little; this is definitely not just a numbers game!

We are passionate believers in the quality of life on the Costa del Sol and help thousands of people each year to relocate by offering them affordable long term rental properties and plenty of advice and on the ground expertise. We have all lived here for a long time and so have probably been through what you’re going through and we love it here. Check out our 7 reasons why expats love the Costa del Sol we hope it will inspire you to take the plunge.

It’s a good idea to try before you buy and rent long term before putting a foot on the property ladder. This enables you to try a few different areas and be flexible enough to chop and change if job opportunities or schools take you to a new area. With long term rentals starting at just 400€ per month here and the rental market in the UK being so strong, you can probably rent out your current property and rake in a tidy profit compared to renting here. This not only gives you some income, it also makes the move less daunting, as you still have a property back home and can always go back if your situation changes.

We have lots of great information about living in Spain on our website, including the vital things to know about healthcare, education and learning the language, so please have a browse. If you like the sound of life here, get in touch with us and find out how we can help make it happen!

Residents of the Costa del Sol – Guide to surviving the summer

summer trafficWhen you relocate to the Costa del Sol you think of the summer as the best time of year to be here and your first summer can be a blur of parties, days at the beach and drinks round the pool. However, when you’ve found your long term rental or bought somewhere, got a steady job and have a routine of work and normal life the peak summer season can really start getting you down.

Here are a few tips for coping:

 

  1. Leave plenty of time to get to meetings and appointments – traffic gets bad, particularly around junctions such as the Puerto Banus-San Pedro tunnel and can lead to jams. If you’re in a hurry, take the toll road, there are rarely hold ups there.
  2. Get ready for the long school holidays – If your kids are in Spanish school they have very long holidays, from 23rd June to the second week in September this year. However, there are a plethora of summer camps to choose from which are both fun and educational and can leave you to work or lead a normal life during July and August but book ahead as they can get booked up.
  3. Don’t expect to find parking easily – In the popular towns such as Marbella and tourist areas like Puerto Banus parking can be very difficult to find, but there are now metered on-street parking which is affordable and you can even sign up to top up the meter via your mobile
  4. Drink plenty of water and remember the sunscreen even if you’re just out and about shopping or having a drink with friends – it can really catch you out!
  5. Remember to enjoy the fun and take part – Go to your town’s local feria, join your friends onto the beach, enjoy your community pool and remember that as a long term rental tenant you are enjoying a wonderful summer in a brilliant place, at the fraction of the cost that holidaymakers are paying

If you haven’t found your perfect long term rental property on the Costa del Sol yet please let us know. There is less availability during the summer season as many owners will rent their property short term, but we can let you know what will be available in September if you can give us your requirements or tell you what’s available if you need a long term rental now.

Moving to Spain with your family

Family Dining Al FrescoIf you’re planning on relocating to Spain it is an exciting but daunting prospect, especially if you’re moving the whole family and have to worry about how kids and elderly relatives will cope. However, with the right preparation and planning the move can be made much easier and in our experience the stress and strain is soon forgotten when you’re sipping a cocktail on your terrace, or taking the kids to the beach to play every day.

There’s a really useful guide to moving to Spain with the family which can help you prepare for the big move which you can download for free. Prepared by a moving company it covers topics such as preparing the family for the move from an emotional and practical point of view, packing tips, advice on getting through the move day and then settling into your new home. It’s a really comprehensive guide of things to think about and do to make the move easier and better for all so is highly recommended.

We have also got loads of interesting and helpful information on our site about relocating to Spain, including a free guide to Spanish legal system  which includes getting a Spanish will, becoming a resident and buying and selling property which you can download free of charge.

Remember, we’ve all made the move ourselves, as have thousands of others and so whilst it is stressful, the rewards of family life in Spain far outweigh the stress of the move itself. You will find that Spain offers a very family friendly environment which welcomes children almost everywhere you go and puts them at the centre of the community. The kids love it as they get to play outside, enjoy a healthier lifestyle full of sports and activities and be part of the family life no matter what is happening. Plus they get to learn a second language and the younger they are the easier it is!

Keep an eye on the blog for information about schools and family life in Spain and feel free to ask us any questions by commenting on the blog or getting in touch by email, phone or online here: http://www.homerentalontheweb.com/contact.

Things to consider before moving to Spain

People often talk about “living the dream” when they reflect on life in Spain. For those of us lucky enough to live here, there are certainly those moments when you pop down the shops and end up strolling along a palm tree lined beach, or go to a business function by the pool, or enjoy your morning coffee on the terrace in December and you think – wow, what a place! However, like with any place, if you live and work here, you have take the good with the bad. Before coming to find a “dream” in Spain, be realistic that you aren’t moving to be permanently on holiday and that living in another country can be tough.

I would never try to put people off from moving here, it’s a stunning country, with a wonderful lifestyle and I am incredibly glad I came. However, it’s sad to see people come here with unrealistic expectations and then be disappointed, so here are a few things to prepare for. Continue reading “Things to consider before moving to Spain”