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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:04pm
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shirley99

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Hello, I have just joined this forum as my husband and I are exploring re-locating to Villamartin when we take early retirement next year. We are at the beginning of our journey, but we've managed to narrow down the area we would like to live in, so we are busy looking at potential properties and if you don't mind, will most likely be asking quite a few questions of the group, so many thanks in advance for tips and advice :-)

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:37pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:37pm

Hello and welcome to the forum. Would you mind letting us know if you are from the UK as Brexit could mean major changes after the transition period ends?

shirley99

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:56pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:56pm

Hi there, yes, we are in the UK. I totally agree and we are delaying doing anything concrete until we know what the situation will be post-brexit.

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:08pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:08pm

One of the main sticking points after the transition period is that unless agreements are reached between the UK and Spain you will need to prove a much higher level of income to get Residency. At the moment it is under €1,000 per month but afterwards as non-EU residents it will be €2,400.

shirley99

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:27pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:27pm

We will be keeping a close eye on post-Brexit developments and hope that it doesn't mean that a large number of Brits will be put off re-locating/retiring to Spain if it makes it financially unviable.

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:29pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:29pm

Hi Shirley

Good luck with your search! I’m in villamartin and my first piece of advice would be to chose your location wisely-particularly if you will not have access to a car. We don’t so have to plan shopping trips in advance as there are no buses at weekend(except July and August) and it dictates what we buy getting from bus stop to home (no ice cream unfortunately).  Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions 

Deirdre

shirley99

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:18pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:18pm

Thanks very much Deidre, that's really helpful. To be honest we haven't been to Villamartin before so plan to pay a few visits and familiarise ourselves with the different areas - it's a huge step and we go from being excited to being scared to death!!

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:39pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:39pm

That’s how I was but it was the best thing I ever did so don’t fret

Deirdre

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:16pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:16pm

Hi Shirley99

Cheryl’s comments above are valid but there is a lot more to take into consideration 

I have been watching developments re Brexit for nearly a year now

Having bought a property in Playa Flamenca last year:

We planned to do a shift pattern of 3 months UK 3 months Spain for a few years to see how we felt

Expectations being that Spain wins and we choose that as our “permanent” residency

Brexit has now happened (nearly) and our time scales have now changed

Up until 31 December 2020 there is a transitional period

UK citizens are able to relocate to Spain under existing rules (Transitional period)

This might not only effect income requirements but also access to Spanish health care, guarantees on UK state pension and driving licences

Please don’t quote me as I might be wrong - but our current way of thinking is this:

Are we likely to choose Spain as our permanent home = yes

Will we be better off/happier living in Spain = yes

Will we lose out by delaying the decision = maybe

How many lives do we have = 1

Is the bigger regret trying and failing OR wandering how it might have been ?

We are planning to apply for residencia later this year

Hope this helps

Grahame

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Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:29pm

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:29pm

Very interesting and helpful Grahame, thank you.

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