Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

5 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Good mortgage news for expat property buyers in Spain

Spain’s new laws on mortgages are great news for those wishing to purchase property and those who’re already homeowners. Up until now, the popular expat destination’s mortgage laws favoured the banks in a manner which penalised borrowers, but new EU rules intended to align member states’ laws have forced the Spanish government to adjust its position in favour of buyers. One rule in particular is long overdue, as it protects homeowners in temporary financial difficulties from having their homes repossessed as a result of late...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expatriates in Spain have no problems with being called expats!

Online poll shows foreign nationals in Spain don’t take offence at being called expats! A popular English language media outlet serving British expatriates living in Spain has just released the results of its survey about the possibly offensive term. Fortunately, a large majority of respondents made it clear they didn’t take offence when called ‘expats’. The reason behind the survey was that a flood of emails were sent to the newspaper’s news desk, all complaining about its usage of the word and demanding foreign residents...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Spain wins out as top destination for expat Brits

It’s survey time again, with Spain now voted the top dream destination for British expats. According to a new poll carried out in the UK, Spain is still the all-time favourite destination for Britons looking to improve their quality of life at less cost than in the UK. The study’s question was straightforward, asking respondents where they’d move if they could choose one country anywhere on the planet. Spain was one option, pitted against Dubai, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as other British expat hideaways, but...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats counting the pennies as sterling sinks

Whilst British expat retirees are counting the pennies, multinationals relocating staff to London are cashing in on the weak pound. By now, it’s a well-known fact that British retirees in popular EU retirement destination are having a hard time making ends meet due to the falling pound, but many don’t realise that companies sending expat staff to the UK are saving money for the same reason. In the 2018 annual surveys, London was the 19th most expensive world city for relocating expats, but this year’s rating for the capital is...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2019

British expat couple’s life in Spain ruined by squatters

A retired British couple in Spain are defying a gang of squatters rather than giving up on their dream. Former police sergeant Linda Brown and her partner Arlene left the UK for a dream retirement complex apartment in Denia, a charming Costa Blanca town some 30 miles from Benidorm. In 2007, they purchased their penthouse for £250,000, hoping to spend the rest of their lives in the beautiful setting. Sadly, due to the 2008 financial crash, only 11 apartments were sold, but life went on for the couple until 2014, when a group of 12...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expats and tourists in Spanish reports targeted by criminal gangs

Expats and British tourists in Spanish resorts are being warned over gang robberies. Just as the tourism high season starts in popular Spanish resorts including Benidorm and the Majorca destination of Magaluf, gangs of robbers are spiking revellers’ drinks and stealing their belongings. Expats as well as tourists are at risk, with prostitutes and pickpockets arriving in Spain from Nigeria as part of organised gangs. The influx of criminal gangs at this time of year isn’t new, but this year’s report suggests more criminals than...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Tips for new expat arrivals on what not to do on Spanish beaches

One of the main reasons for choosing Spain as an expat retirement hub is its glorious beaches, even although Spanish laws apply as to what’s permitted and what’s not. Right now, the Andalusian government is considering introducing a smoking ban on all its beaches, but how many newly-arrived expats are aware of the laws already in place to preserve the beauty and peace of its coastline? The list of prohibitions begins with loud music blasted through speakers, a rule with which the vast majority of expats agree wholeheartedly, but...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat in Spain plans 2,000 mile anti-Brexit fundraiser walk

A British expat in Spain is planning a 2,000 mile protest walk with the aim of challenging Nigel Farage’s millionaire backer. The fundraising protest walk is the brainchild of Madrid resident Anthony Hogan, who’s hoping to raise £505,000, the amount donated to Farage’s Brexit Party campaign by Arron Banks, a millionaire now known as ‘the bad boy of Brexit’. Starting in Gibraltar, the amazing trek will pass though Malaga, Barcelona, Paris and Brussels before ending in Westminster, with all funds hopefully raised being given...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Financial pundit deepens expat fears of a Johnson victory

British expats in Spain will face the threat of further sterling devaluation should Boris Johnson become the UK’s next PM. The possibility of the controversial politician’s triumph in the race to become Britain’s Prime Minister has raised alarms amongst Spain’s British expatriate community, with many already forced to tighten their belts due to the fall in the pound’s value since June 2016. In an advertorial poorly camouflaged as an article, the head of one of the UK’s financial groups well known for its often unwelcome...
28 May at 6 PM 2019

Costa Blanca HELP charity thanked by British Ambassador

Expat volunteers were thanked by the British Ambassador to Spain during an event held at an Alicante hotel. In attendance were members of a number of expat volunteer groups in the Costa Blanca, with the Ambassador thanking them for their help in making his and his staff’s tasks in support of British expats far easier. HELP president Christine Baillie and her office manager Joan Mitchell were two of the group representatives who attended the meeting and were thanked by the Ambassador, who is stepping down from his post later this...