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My first post, just wanted to say hello :)

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 7:17pm
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Georgina74

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Hi, I just thought I'd introduce myself as it looks like a good place to get real honest advice.

I'm Georgina and just on a search for your knowledge and wisdom regarding buying property on the Costa Del Sol.

My husband and I are both in our late 40's and are at the crunching the numbers stage of buying an apartment that we can eventually retire to ( in about 10/15 years). In the meantime we would use it for family holidays and a holiday let. This has been a dream of ours for so long but we're scared of making a mistake, it's a big step. 

I just wondered if anyone has any advice? We're planning a trip in March to have a look at different properties in different areas. I'm drawn to Estepona but totally open to consider other areas as we don't know what's out there.

We'll have about £200k for the purchase of the property and that includes any fees, taxes etc. We'd ideally like 3 beds, 2 baths and walk to nice shops, bars and restaurants, preferably close to the coast. 

Any suggestions on area, agents, letting agents, lawyers etc would be great! 

Gesther

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 9:13pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 9:13pm

Hi try Future homes 

Georgina74

Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:11am

Georgina74

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Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:11am

Thank you Gesther

I've seen Future Homes pop-up a few time on here, I'll definitely take a look :)

Wendy6677

Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2021 6:08pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2021 6:08pm

Hi Georgina, I'm an independent agent here and I'm happy to give you some pointers. Estepona is a great area. The mayor has overseen an amazing regeneration programme for the last 10 years or so and it has become very popular. There are new developments in your price range but they are really aimed at the local market next to schools etc and those aimed at the holiday home market now start from around €280k. However, the Duquesa / Casares area could be good for you. Just 15min drive from Estepona but a selection of apartments built from around 2004 and within walking distance of bars and restaurants and Duquesa port.

If you can fly into Gib even better as it's only around 25mins from there.

The other areas that would suit you financially are the Riviera del Sol and Calahonda areas in Mijas Costa around 30mins from Malaga. These areas began to be developed in the early 1980's so those within walking distance of the beach tend to be older properties but there are a few newer developments dotted amongst them

All of the agents work together down here and we have a few central databases that we upload our properties onto  so every agent can see every property for sale and can show it to you. 

I hope the above helps and happy to send you some suggestions if you so wish.

Good luck, you'll love it here! ( I've been here 30 years and can thoroughly recommend it).

Wendy

Sandancer1

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:08pm

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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:08pm

Hi Ipps Spain handled everything for me 12 months ago. I had the very same budget. They are based in Fuengirola but absolutely top draw People and give it their all to help you in every way. From start to finish 

Kev

Georgina74

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:53pm

Georgina74

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Location: Riviera del Sol

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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:53pm

Wendy6677 wrote on Mon Nov 15, 2021 6:08pm:

Hi Georgina, I'm an independent agent here and I'm happy to give you some pointers. Estepona is a great area. The mayor has overseen an amazing regeneration programme for the last 10 years or so and it has become very popular. There are new developments in your price range but they are really aim...

...ed at the local market next to schools etc and those aimed at the holiday home market now start from around €280k. However, the Duquesa / Casares area could be good for you. Just 15min drive from Estepona but a selection of apartments built from around 2004 and within walking distance of bars and restaurants and Duquesa port.

If you can fly into Gib even better as it's only around 25mins from there.

The other areas that would suit you financially are the Riviera del Sol and Calahonda areas in Mijas Costa around 30mins from Malaga. These areas began to be developed in the early 1980's so those within walking distance of the beach tend to be older properties but there are a few newer developments dotted amongst them

All of the agents work together down here and we have a few central databases that we upload our properties onto  so every agent can see every property for sale and can show it to you. 

I hope the above helps and happy to send you some suggestions if you so wish.

Good luck, you'll love it here! ( I've been here 30 years and can thoroughly recommend it).

Wendy

Thank you Wendy I'll definitely check those areas out :)

Georgina74

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:00pm

Georgina74

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Location: Riviera del Sol

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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:00pm

Sandancer1 wrote on Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:08pm:

Hi Ipps Spain handled everything for me 12 months ago. I had the very same budget. They are based in Fuengirola but absolutely top draw People and give it their all to help you in every way. From start to finish 

Kev

Thank you Kev, it's really helpful to get recommendations especially when your experience with them was so recent. I think I need to stop looking at properties online and wait until we come over next year. The area and what it has to offer really is key for us, as we plan to eventually retire there it really must be the right location for that. 

Sandancer1

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:15pm

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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:15pm

Georgina74 wrote on Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:00pm:

Thank you Kev, it's really helpful to get recommendations especially when your experience with them was so recent. I think I need to stop looking at properties online and wait until we come over next year. The area and what it has to offer really is key for us, as we plan to eventually retire the...

...re it really must be the right location for that. 

Same here. Still working in the UK but travelling back and forth every time I get the chance. I spent a Month looking all over this area then I eventually took up a cracking place in Riviera Del Sol. Part of a Refurbishment Project on the old Crown Resort Complex, just 5 Minutes stroll from Restaurants Bars in this particular Area and just a walk in either Direction along the Boardwalk to Calahonda, La Cala and beyond. Best thing I ever done Georgina.

Kev

Georgina74

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:43pm

Georgina74

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Location: Riviera del Sol

Joined: 14 Nov 2021

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:43pm

Sandancer1 wrote on Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:15pm:

Same here. Still working in the UK but travelling back and forth every time I get the chance. I spent a Month looking all over this area then I eventually took up a cracking place in Riviera Del Sol. Part of a Refurbishment Project on the old Crown Resort Complex, just 5 Minutes stroll from Resta...

...urants Bars in this particular Area and just a walk in either Direction along the Boardwalk to Calahonda, La Cala and beyond. Best thing I ever done Georgina.

Kev

I'm really glad to hear you say it's the best thing you've ever done, I hear that a lot. I'm still very nervous about buying abroad but it's been a dream for so long and for us now is the time to do it. Getting advice and hearing stories from people who have taken the plunge helps with the nerves :)

Sandancer1

Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:56pm

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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:56pm

GO FOR IT. Make the Dream Happen Georgina. I did and felt exactly like you guys. We are Heading back over Md December for Santa coming. 22 Degrees on Xmas Day Last year. No Comparison Im Afraid 

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