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News and information from Spain
International Edition - July 2019
Welcome to the July issue of 'The Word on the Street'. This is your monthly news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Advisers. We hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.
Donating property – watch this video

Donating property can have significant benefits over waiting to pass it on as inheritance. In this video Laura Albors from our legal department explains the reasons why it can be a good idea and what the process entails.

If you own property in Spain but haven't yet made arrangements to bequeathe it you might want to consider this alternative:

How much to buy property in Spain?

We all know that the cost of buying property doesn't end with the figure on the estate agent's advert. But how much can you expect to pay when it comes to all the extras such as taxes and legal fees? In this article we explain what the additional costs are:

Getting ready to sell

If you've a mind to sell your property in Spain then it's worth making sure that you have all the paper work to hand. It's not just a matter of finding your buyer. You also need to be prepared with the documentation that their solicitor will ask for. Having secured a sale the last thing you want is to lose your buyer because of any delays.

In this article we explain about the habitation certificate, the energy efficiency certificate and the other documents that you will need to present as part of the conveyancing process:

Differences in residency

This article from David Ruiz outlines the differences between EU and non-EU residency.

He also points out quite clearly that you cannot take what you read on Facebook or hear in the local bar as gospel. Each town hall is slightly different, in some cases a lot different, and hiring a specialist to help you through can be a cost productive way, in the end, of obtaining your residency card.

Whether you are from an EU or non-EU country, or one that can't make up its mind, then this is a useful article for you:
The growing popularity of Spanish

It's not just those with property in Spain who see a reason for learning the language. The two traditional foreign languages of the British classroom have been overtaken by Spanish according to some recent statistics.

In this article from El País it is predicted that by 2020 it will be Spanish that will be the most studied second language in British schools, pushing French out of the top place and having already overtaken German:

Would you go this far?

If you are a football fan, just how far would you go to show your support for your team? In this article from El País we learn about some Atlético Madrid fans who chose to have their ashes placed in the club's Vicente Calderón Stadium:

Moors and Christians are doing the rounds

It's coming up to the Moors and Christians processions in many towns and cities across Spain. This traditional annual event recognises the clashes between these two cultures in Spain's past. The processions are complete with elaborate dress and sometimes acrobatics and other forms of entertainment in between the rows of marching participants.

If you want a good view you will need to get there early, but, be warned. The processions can go on for a long time and afterwards that's when the summer parties really start.

You will need to check out your local fiesta calendar but here are a few that we are aware of that are due to take place in the next few weeks:
  • Denia from the 13th to 16th August
  • Elche from the 7th to 11th August
  • Almoradi from the 26th July to 4th August
A good source of information about what is happening can be found on the eurotourguide website: 

Euro Tour Guide 

They can keep you up-to-date with all the latest fiestas and events in their ‘What's On Newsletter' and the website also includes a monthly calendar with lists of the street markets, local fiestas and guided tours on the Costa Blanca.
Not more baby sharks?

If you're a mum to young children or even a grandparent, you might already be familiar with the song ‘Baby shark' that seems to be sung by every child under the age of six. If so, you'll be relieved to hear that this link is nothing to do with the song but is an attempt to breed spotted catsharks and release them into the waters off Cartagena:

Spanish baby names

If you're looking for a baby name with a Spanish influence then you have 25 to choose from here. ‘The most popular Spanish Baby names for 2019' provides an interesting list including how the name should be pronounced and what it means.

Some of these you will already be familiar with such as Diego, Mateo, Miguel but others you might not have heard of such as Savannah, Ramona and Dante. Whether you are expecting or know someone who is, this list might just help the naming process:

Keep in touch about Brexit

As October isn't too far away, British people might want to check in with the Brits in Spain Facebook page. On here you will find useful advice about travelling to and living in Spain but also bulletins about the latest Brexit advice and information about opportunities to find out more. The page is regularly updated and includes a range of information linked to Brexit such as pet travel if the UK leaves without a deal.

You might be interested to hear that on 30th July at 4pm there will be a Facebook Live Q&A with opportunity to ask questions of the Ambassador Simon Manley:

Support in Spain

This website is aimed at British nationals and other foreign residents who are over the age of 50 and might need extra help and advice. It's a signposting website that includes details of official Spanish government and non-government organisations as well as some that are in the voluntary sector.

You can either search for the support required or enter the name of your town to find out what is available there. Unfortunately some towns do not appear to be listed and the fact that the website was developed with the help of the British Consulate in the south of Spain does mean there is a leaning towards more information in this area.

The idea is an excellent one and it's hoped that it becomes more widespread in its reach in time:

Home improvement grants

Money Saver Spain has published an interesting article and information about grants that are available for some specific home improvements. You can apply for a subsidy for building work that is aimed at increasing energy efficiency on a permanent residency in Spain.

If you are thinking about installing insulation, new windows, making electrical improvements, heating, air conditioning or sound proofing, this could be something worth investigating:

What interests you?

We would welcome any suggestions for future themes you would like us to cover either in the newsletter or in an article on Spain Explained.

Please let us know by email at newsletter@abacoadvisers.com.

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