Category Archives: BUYING A PROPERTY IN ANDALUCIA

Insuring our cave house





Insuring our cave house

So, being the sensible adults we are, it was time to think about insuring our cave house.  The question was who to use and who would even provide cover ?

I mean it’s not like there’s a lot of companies out there advertising that they will insure your cave house !
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How much did it cost to buy our cave ?





How much did it cost to buy our cave is a question we have been asked by both family and friends over the last few months.

How much did it cost to buy our cave house ?

Well now we can answer the question as we finally know ourselves, as whilst Friday 13th is unlucky for some, it’s certainly not for us, as the sale of the property is complete.  We are happy and excited to announce that we are now proud owners of 2 cave houses in Andalucia, Spain.
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My Spanish NIE number





Another milestone was reached today, as our Solicitor has confirmed that he is in receipt of my ‘Numero de Identificacion de Extranjero‘ (NIE number).  A NIE number is a tax identification in Spain for everyone who is not a Spanish citizen.

You will need an NIE number as a foreigner in Spain to do any of the following: Continue reading

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The truth behind currency exchange !





The truth behind currency exchange is that the rates you see are not going to be the rates you actually get. So how can you get the best possible rate ?

Although we have lived abroad for over 10 years,  I have to be honest and say that we  paid little to no attention to exchange rates, simply transferring money between accounts as and when necessary.
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Power of Attorney





The next stage of our property purchase was to arrange a power of attorney. For a lot of people this is an essential part of buying a property abroad. I mean, who has either the time or the money to travel and be available for the more mundane aspects of property purchase ?

However, I found that when I mentioned that I was going to arrange a Power of Attorney, there was always someone to act as the voice of doom and gloom and telling me all the reasons why I should not do it. Continue reading

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Our final week on holiday in Andalucia





It was an early morning start to our final week on holiday in Andalucia, as I was heading to Almeria airport to pickup my sister who was arriving at 9:30am.

There were lots of wind farms along the way …

Our final week on holiday in Andalucia

as well as an intriguing looking castle sitting alone on a hill on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. I later googled it and found out it was Calahorra Castle – its duly been added to the ‘must visit’ list. Continue reading

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