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Spain Uncut is a new video series detailing Justin and Susan's lives in Spain for the past five years. It's the ONLY guide of its type anywhere and covers all aspects of moving to Spain and living in Spain. An absolute must for anyone aspiring to a new life in Spain.

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24 June 2009 @ 13:13

We're really excited to be launching our super new product, Spain Uncut, next Tuesday 30 June 2009.

We've been working flat out on this for months and we're finally at the stage where we're happy to release it...although we still have many last minute things to do.

Spain Uncut marks our five years in Spain, Susan, me and the twins.  We've put together an in-depth step-by-step video guide covering practically everything we've learnt over the past five years.  We talk about everything we did right and everything we did wrong.

We literally start at the beginning all the way up to today, from why we decided to move, how we moved, how we chose the location, and much more.  In fact there's so much content in the videos we could actually create an entire website out of it!

I know you'll have loads of questions about Spain Uncut so please leave them in the comments below.  Or if you simply just want to tell us about your own experiences or ideas then please comment about them too by clicking the "Comments" link below.

In return for your comments we will be choosing five lucky people to win a FREE copy of Spain uncut.  We'll reveal the five winners here next Monday so make sure you check back.

If you haven't done so yet please sign up for our "sneak preview" and special launch offer at:

www.spainuncutvideos.com

I'm really excited about this new product of ours, it's the best thing we've EVER put together.

Thanks, Justin



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Paula Hamilton said:
24 June 2009 @ 11:22

Sounds great Justin. We are going to be moving to Spain next year and looking to set up our own business. Are you covering aspects of setting up a business in Spain?


S. Rogers said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:01

We would dearly love to move to Spain one day and I'm always interested to follow other people's experiences. You can never have enough information.


AShley said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:02

We've bought an apartment in the canary islands and would be interested in your video


Justin said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:04

Hi Paula, yes, we do cover setting up and running a business and we have included an excellent interview with a friend of ours who really helps to understand a lot of the procedures.

S. Rogers, best of luck with your plans to move to Spain. Just do it!


Mike Woolnough said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:04

This looks great, hope it is going to be too late! We move out finally in October. So if there is something vital that I haven't done I might just get it sorted in time!


Mike Woolnough said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:05

This looks great, hope it is not going to be too late! We move out finally in October. So if there is something vital that I haven't done I might just get it sorted in time!


Frank said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:10

Just back from 2 weeks in Mojacar and really had a wonderful time. I retire in 2 years and have begun planning to spend more time (not full time) in our apartment in Mojacar.
The more information we receive from your site, we are encouraged to travel back more often
Frank


Jeff said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:12

We did buy an apartment in Spain and had a lot of problems which started 5 years ago, due to the builder not finishing the site and apartments but at last, good news this week, We have now got electric and water due to eveyone getting together and finishing things off. We are now ready to use our apartment at last. After all that is said about horror stories, things can turn out good in the end.


Mike T said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:12

Hi Justin, W'eve been living here in Marbella for nearly 2 years now and love the lifestyle! We are learning something new about living in Spain all the time.
Good Luck with your new Video!


ian smith said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:13

I have a few loose ends to tie up before i move. Hope to get my partner a nursing job in gibraltar. Ill gladly pay for a copy of spain uncut as ive enjoyed the siesta show so much for free.


Maria said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:14

Wonderful. Can wait to watch it!


Tracey said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:15

Sounds really great, we are looking to move to Spain probably next year and are already looking at property, but not sure on which area to settle (looking at Lorca).

We would like a place inland to be able to integrate more with the Spanish. Busy practicising language, lots of words but can't make real sentences yet! Good on food/drink though.

Good luck and continued success

It looks as though there are still plenty of us in England eager to join the expat brigade in sunny spain.




Ian Louden said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:16

Always great to listen to other peoples experiences when setting up any sort of investment in Spain. I've experienced some amazing goof-ups over the years and have given hours of entertainment telling other people about the problems I've come across.


Adrian Hughes said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:19

I have been living in Spain for over a year now, would Spain Uncut be of interest to me? What would it help me with?


Phil bateman said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:22

I have been an avid watcher of eye on Spain since its inception. Justin and family you are doing a great job and providing a valuable forum for expats who are part of the EOS community. I'm glad to see the progression and wish you all thye best for the future.


Bob Thompson said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:22

We are planning to move to Spain later this year so this would be a great asset to us. looking forward to seeing more deatils.


John said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:23

Trying SO hard to get to Spain - retirement.
Unfortunately UK house been on market for 2 years now - we keep our sanity by reading all the news and advice at Eye on Spain.
Keep it coming - Many Thanks !


john booth said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:26

Hi Justin,
My wife and I moved out to spain in november 2003--after being told by the seller/agent to come out but faulse info meant I did not get into my apt till march 2004. I am the president of a complex in Duquesa/manilva and have been for the past 5 years as we came out to retire. there are too mant difficulties I have to sort out but are very happy here and we are one of the few who have got what we want-unlike others. We would't go back to england to stay as everything is so great here. look forward to hearing from you JB


Paul said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:27

Hi Justin,Susan & Twins!
Look forward to seeing your Spain Uncut video.
I have been visiting the Costa Calida region of Spain for the past 5 years with my family where we have an apartment.
The experiences gained during this time are useful.
However, I expect the next 5 years to be more challenging and interesting and well worth a follow-up video!
Best Wishes




Justin said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:27

Yes it's also good for those already living here. We've covered subjects such as making friends with the Spanish, making friends with expats, dealing with the paperwork, working here, running a business here, schools, banks and money, renting, communities, etc.

In fact a great deal of it is actually about actual life in spain so yes, it could help you too.

Justin


Mike said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:34

Hola EYe on Spain team.
Congratulations on your first 5 years.
¡Felicitaciones durante sus cinco primeros años!

This month marks my first year in Spain.
I am running a budget Bed + Breakfast on the Costa Blanca, very close to Alicante airport and the cities of Alicante and Santa Pola.
Your website and articles and Siesta TV have been very useful to me. Well Done to all!
Mike


Jim Ross said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:34

Living and working in Guaro inland and up from Marbella.
Writing for the UK press and being paid in sterling unfortunately at the moment, but glad to have a job. Some are really struggling here in Spain, but better to be poor here than the other option!


Jim Ross said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:34

Living and working in Guaro inland and up from Marbella.
Writing for the UK press and being paid in sterling unfortunately at the moment, but glad to have a job. Some are really struggling here in Spain, but better to be poor here than the other option!


Mike said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:35

Hola EYe on Spain team.
Congratulations on your first 5 years.
¡Felicitaciones durante sus cinco primeros años!

This month marks my first year in Spain.
I am running a budget Bed + Breakfast on the Costa Blanca, very close to Alicante airport and the cities of Alicante and Santa Pola.
Your website and articles and Siesta TV have been very useful to me. Well Done to all!
Mike


Jim Ross said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:35

Living and working in Guaro inland and up from Marbella.
Writing for the UK press and being paid in sterling unfortunately at the moment, but glad to have a job. Some are really struggling here in Spain, but better to be poor here than the other option!


Teresa Hill said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:35

Looking forward to more info on Uncut.
I'm itching to make a permanent move but I think it's that daunting first step that's the hardest.
Having someone else point out the pitfalls would be great and maybe give me the confidence to make the big move.

Well done on all your hard work!


Morerosado said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:51

There's ALWAYS something new to learn so bring it on team. Good luck.


Don said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:53

Justin and Team, you have provided valuable info in the past but the new video sounds very exciting. hoping to live in Spain soon I have apartment in south and have followed your site for sometime. Thank you.


Fred Pegman said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:55

this is something that I have been wanting to do since I came to Spain and now you have started me off
Well done and keep up the good work Eye on spain is the best website for people wanting information about moving to Spain



Norman said:
24 June 2009 @ 12:58

Bought our house in Nueva Andalucia last October. Currently letting it out but the idea is that we move there in three to five years. Very interested to learn more about what to expect.

Good luck with the new venture.


Stuart Crawford said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:05

Hi everyone

Watch your articles with great interest,been back in the Uk for 18 months now, after living in Spain (Alicante) for two years. Tried to set my business up over there, but found it very difficult to get started I am in vending (Fuzzybrush) the chewable toothbrush... Will be back soon to try again any advice would be great...

Best Stuart


Chris W said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:07

Sounds great,

We have already bought in Spain and intend to move over within the next two years. Not only would we have liked to get our hands on the sort of information and help you provide on eye on spain much earlier to help us avaoid the pitfalls we had, but it will be great to have fourther information and support in the coming years to help us with our move.

Keep up the good work

Chris


Nick P said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:15

Good luck with the new video Justin - hope they are as entertaining as the Siesta Show. As someone who bought 5 years ago I realise it is vital to learn from others experiences - currently just going out for holidays but would love to know more about what it's like to make the big leap!


Jeroen said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:22

Hi Justin,

Congrats on 1st 5 years of Eye-on-spain, great newsletter and site. Bought a house recently and thanks to some of the advise it was a fairly smooth process. My main challenges are with the ongoing flow of red tape and paperwork, the last fun one being having apparently to ask the spanish authorities for privilege to pay some more taxes. So sections in Uncut across the 'lifecycle' of buying and/or living in spain would be good. Also some regional differences are worthwhile highlighting (I'm in the Alt Emporda). Thanks again and keep up the good work!! Jeroen


phil hacking said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:33

Hi Justin
We moved to Spain last August, and EOS was an enormous help to us all on our new Urbanisacion . We're still experiencing a few teething problems, so I imagine your video could be most helpful if it's as comprehensive as EOS and the Fiesta Show. The very best of luck to you all!


Sylvia said:
24 June 2009 @ 13:46

It will be good to have all the information in one place rather than listening to different people giving conflicting bits of how they did things.


Lesley Licqurish said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:02

I'm fairly new to EOS but already finding a really interesting source of info. The video looks good - looking forward to it. We are planning a permanent move to Spain within 2 years & would like to purchase a property with potential for holiday lets inland East of Malaga or in the Granada region. Thanks again for the great info.


Denise said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:03

Hi Justin,

Good luck with your video - I can't wait to see it. I just love hearing other peoples experiences of life in Spain. I hope to move to Murcia next spring and like many other people have bought a villa and during the process had many stressful moments. The information on your site has helped me get through them I am sure this will be a great bonus. \\\\\\thank you.


Maureen Kerrigan said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:05

Hola Justin, lookng forward to your video coming out as we are hoping to move to Spain within the next six-twelve mnths so
looking for tips! Will it cover any info on job situation for my
partner? Best of luck with the video anway.
Maureen


Lynn said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:09

I can't wait to see 'Spain uncut'!
We have been researching where to move to, how to move etc, etc for over 3 years now! We are nearly there, we think, but you can never to tooooo much research.
Oh I'm so excited!!


Terry & Jude said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:10

We should have moved to spain last year but problem with build so hope to be out later this year , will certainly buy a copy of spain uncut, EOS , has been a store of information while waiting to come over.and has helped alot in deciding how to go about things ,
Waiting for your( starting a business talk to come out ), I need to know more in advance to coming out.


patrick c said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:44

we are moving to Spain next march 2010. we are not buying as we cant a ford it, but we want to rent long term , or we will buy a caravan to live in (dose any one know where there are any sites that we can rent long term all the parks are to pricey, ) or land to settle on we would also work odd jobs 7 days a week, if any one is interested no job to small.
all feed back appreciated. many thanks to you all.


Ari (aricam@vodamail.co.za) said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:49

You guys rock!!
We are still attempting to get work arranged in Spanish film/tv industry, but it's heck of difficult to get leads that respond to us.
Your Eye On Spain and the Siesta Show are really great; I imagine that your records of life in Spain Uncut will be enormously helpful to those of us still to actually get there permanently!!
Warmest wishes,
Ari and Diane (South Africa).


Sam said:
24 June 2009 @ 14:57

Hi Justin,
I am planning a move to Spain as I have to move abroad for health reasons, and the idea of moving out there as a girlie on my own is more than a little daunting! I love your Newsletters and hope that the Spain Uncut video will really be the thing I'm looking for to help me prepare for the move I have to make.
Keep up the good work!
Sam


Jane Stockdale said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:09

I would really like a copy of 'Spain Uncut'. We should have moved out to Spain a year ago but our property never got built. We are now trying to get our deposit back from the Bank. Everything has gone wrong for us so perhaps your video guide would show us the right way to do things second time around.


trudie said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:16

were are planning to move to spain within the next month wanting to know about the do's and dont's would be great .


Peter said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:35

My appartment will be ready next year and i cant wait to move in. Lots of questions to ask and look forward to seeing the video


Luciana said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:49

What a great idea. All the things you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Good luck with the launch - you have chosen a good day to launch - my birthday - so it's bound to be a success.


Kerri-Lynne said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:51

Really looking forward to seeing this video (Unfortunately the link doesn't seem to be workingto see the preview). Am still in the dreaming phase of moving to Spain and hope to achieve this dream within a few years! Thanks for all your great info!


Deidre Vernon said:
24 June 2009 @ 15:56

We have lived here in Sabinillas for eight years but there are always new things to learn about the place, the people and customs.
A great idea Justin.


Bob Manning said:
24 June 2009 @ 16:10

Hey Justin this seems very interesting but cant open the link
bob x


Marilyn Sinclair said:
24 June 2009 @ 16:19

justin I am a great fan of your site and believe you work very hard to keep ahead of the game which in the present world circumstances aint easy knowing whats what! I am sure your video will make the move to spain for Newbies a whole lot easier and for some of the already there expats and few tips they never knew about I am really looking forward to seeing it I have signed up for the sneaky peek but maybe just wait and see the whole thing.
lots of luck keep tweeting.
Marilyn.


Brendan Finnerty said:
24 June 2009 @ 16:28

Ola, Justin, Susan & Twins,
I am looking forward to the video. One of the things we found difficult to get used to when we moved out to Spain in March this year was the petty nature of the way our community was run and the secretive, dictatorial nature of the President and Administrators. Hopefully you did not experience this but it would be useful if the video gives some hints/tips on good community organisation.


Lin Dunn said:
24 June 2009 @ 16:38

Hi, my partner and I are thinking about moving to Spain and your site and expected Spain uncut, hopefully, will help us to decide.
Good luck with it!


Sashank said:
24 June 2009 @ 16:49

We have two places of our and intent to move at some stage. Loves spain and the people. Always learns and keeps exploring various new things when ever we are in spain.
Justin your web too does help.


David said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:23

Hi!

We have had an apartment in Spain for about nine years or so. I have always been amazed at the people who appear on the TV with insoluble problems having learnt no Spanish and taken no advice before they took the plunge.

If your videos can reduce this sad number then you certainly have my support --- provided the product lives up to the billing!

Regards

David


Stephan said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:30

Bien hecho! I look forward to watching the video. Anything about Spain, I'm interested. It's still numero uno for me!


Tracy Hutchison said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:35

We unfortunately put a depsoit on 2 houses 5 years ago and are still waiitng to go to court. However our dream is still to move to Spain but feel once bitten twice shy. We hope you have advice on how not to get caught out again. You helped us once Justin I'm sure that this video will help us again. I have been learning Spanish for 3 years and want so much to acheive my dream of living in Spain.


Richard said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:35

I am looking forward to the video. We are thinking about moving to Spain so we looking for all the info we can get.


chris said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:42

beleive only 10% of what the salesman says and check check check for yourselves, if you get it right its a wonderful life, but if you get it wrong its a nightmare
good luck
chris mazarron


Sue Walker said:
24 June 2009 @ 17:46

I certainly found the Eye on Spain website very helpful, and have recommended it in my book "Retiring the Ole Way". I look forward to seeing the video and hope that my readers will also find it useful!

PS Love the short Eye on Spain videos too.


Gloria Ayres said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:08

We moved to the Costa Blanca at the end of November last year, but a renting for a while. We have managed on our own to get NIE number and Residencia, and are learning Spanish. I am an animal acupressure practitioner and have a consultation room at a local vets one day a week. I have only recently started this up and need to know all about Spanish accounts for my business and also where I stand on tax.
I have to say that Eye on Spain was a great help in becoming residents etc. Our next move is to get our English car re-registered here in Spain - we have been closing our eyes to this for nearly six months and now really must sort it out. I hope you can help us.


Susan Haycox said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:09

We took a leap of faith 18 months ago and purchased a resale villa/bungalow we happened to see when visiting friends for the first time in Costa Blanca. We knew nothing about the area or red tape associated with settling in Spain but we have lived to tell the tale - after numerous visitors, extensive building extension work, my 'surprise' (to me) wedding and some medical problems! However, it has been really helpful to glean all the hints and tips from the Eye on Spain website/newsletter to help us along the way and the Siesta Show TV videos are extremely useful and informative! Well done to all the team ... and keep up the good work!


Karensun said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:19

Hi Justin and Co.,............brilliant stuff, me nearly 7 years here and STILL learning AND making mistakes !! Best regards and thanks for EOS. x


john mustow said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:24

Your new vidio looks interesting


Geoff said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:28

After all the information and laughs we have had with Eye on Spain this Video mus be icing on the cake.


Elizabeth McIlwraith said:
24 June 2009 @ 18:43

Looking forward to this video as my husband and I will be moving to Spain to retire as soon as we sell our house in England and already look to EOS for tips and valuable information. Keep up the good work.
Best Wishes
Lizzy Mac


leighton said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:11

Great news to be getting more helpful hints and tips from people who have actually been and done it! Your videos are always fun and informative, we only wish we had known about this site when we bought in 2005. Thankfully, more by luck than judgement, things have worked out ok. We are non resident at the moment, in our early 50's and need to make the break before it's too late!
Keep up the good work guys.


Phil said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:12

Hi justin

we are coming out in September, to look at properties in the Manilva Area, so this will be of special interest to us - Brilliant

Cheers

Phil & Anne


andrew said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:21

All seems very interesting, maybe a must for potiential spanish liveaboards.


Mike S said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:28

Looking forward to the video


Mark Costelloe said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:32

Well Done The Team @ EOS
It was a great idea to make the video about moving to spain


John W. Doyle said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:48

Really looking forward to Spain Uncut. I will be in my holiday apartment for next few weeks reading your daily Blogs. Popping to beach ant San Pedro, Up to Benahavis for some fine dinind and Puerto Banus / Marbella for the Night life and exclusive shopping. At least that is when I am not by one of 4 pools or in the SPA. Check out link... Come try Spain yourself...


John W. Doyle said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:50

Ooh...
Just click on my name and see where I will be...


marc said:
24 June 2009 @ 19:54

Cant wait for the videos


kevin said:
24 June 2009 @ 20:04

hi justin looking forward to moving to spain to live am going out on monday to view a couple of property"s thanks to eos i have had a lot of info from you look forward to the video
kevin


Brian Oswin said:
24 June 2009 @ 20:23

We moved to Campello on the Costa Blanca 7 years ago. Although now retired we still like to travel around Spain in the motorhome that we came over with.To me now the best part of England is the ferry back HOME. Keep up all the good work & next time we are down Estepona way we will look you up to swap stories.


Tricia said:
24 June 2009 @ 20:50

Hi Justin, We were supposed to sell our house and move to Spain this year but were unable to sell with the econmy downturn. It's not cancelled but just delayed until things pick up a little. I'd be so interested in hearing all about how you and Susan got going there and any tips we can get!
I began watching your video's daily for this reason so can't wait:)


John W. Doyle said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:04

Ooh...
Just click on my name and see where I will be...


sidney simpson said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:08

hi Justin and family, its great your spanish adventure is evolving all the time. the video is an excellent idea as it bring's all your experiences together, and personalises it in a realistic way. Our adventure will start next year and the video will be a great learning tool. WELL DONE


Peter said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:13

A really good idea. When we were buying in Spain this would have been a real benefit. We have now bought near Algorfa, but the video will still be useful in many ways. Keep up the good work on EOS.


Allan said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:41

well we are in the process of buying right now--should complete last week of July. Hope all goes well or we are into August shut down!


malcolm robinson said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:47

We're in the process of purchasing an apartment at
Pinares de Mijas,and we can't wait. Any information relating
to living in Spain will be more than welcome.
P.S. We've been watching all your video's and found them to be
amusing and very informative.



David W said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:51

Being an "inbetweenie'' spending about 18 weeks in Spain, your site has actually made it all so easy.

Any problem we have EOS gives us the answer

Just keep going for another five

All the very best, Congratulations


Robert said:
24 June 2009 @ 21:56

Justin, Looking forward to seeing the video, have found eyeonspain to be a great source of information over the last 5 years.
Particularly interested in information on working and setting up a business in Spain. Have had a place in Orihuela Costa for 4 years and would like to move out permanently soon and set up a business , so any info would be welcome.


Tom said:
24 June 2009 @ 22:02

Have a 2 bed there, still learning. Happy to gain any knowledge about living in Spain, and the problems that might occur and the easiest way to deal with them. Thanks.


Marie said:
24 June 2009 @ 22:16

I'm hoping to move to Spain in the next three years so look forward to Spainuncut to make the transition easier than trying to do it on my own. Have already got the house but would welcome any information. Keep up the good work and thanks for all your information on your site.


Marga said:
24 June 2009 @ 23:09

Justin
This video sounds great
I cannot wait.

Thanks for your web site and your newsletter. I love reading everything.


Gill said:
24 June 2009 @ 23:17

Hola Justin & Susan, this is perfect timing, we have today signed the contract on the sale of our house and found a place to rent for 12 months while our daughter finishes school, then this time next year all being well we will realise our dream of moving to Spain! We know we have such a lot to learn and have already found out loads from the Siesta Show, my husband especially liked the one about driving in Spain, it came in really useful during a recent trip to Alicante.


John Patrick said:
24 June 2009 @ 23:24

Have lived here for over 3 years, looking forward to seeing your video, maybe it will help me not to fall into all the traps that I have fallen in so far???? You haven't said how I can buy it which I will but hopefully I might win a copy?


Angie said:
24 June 2009 @ 23:25

We're hoping to move over to spain next year. So looking forward to seeing your new video.


Ivor said:
24 June 2009 @ 23:48

We have been trying to move for a year now but so much unfinished business. Busy soaking up everything we can like a sponge. Thanks Justin for Eye on Spain


Anne Simpson said:
25 June 2009 @ 00:29

Really looking forward to all the good advice and helpful hints i am sure this video will bring.

Good luck and keep the good work up.


BILL & JAN DAVIS said:
25 June 2009 @ 00:47

GREAT WE LIKE YOUR RELAXED EASY ACCESS STYLE...NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET NOW THAT THE DREAM HAS FADED A LITTLE...BUT THE FOOD, WINE, PEOPLE and SUNSHINE ARE STILL THERE...veva!


anne kenny said:
25 June 2009 @ 02:03

Hi Guys
Look forward everytime I open my mail to hear your news so the new video will be a great asset. I am just back from my apartment in Archena - Murcia and would really like to spend more time there so all advice is gratefully appreciated. Congratulations to you all.


Pat said:
25 June 2009 @ 07:01

Hi Justin and family - looking forward to seeing the video and seeing a successful and happy relocation to Spain. Just watched 'Paradise Lost' on TV about all the people who regret the move - some very sad stories. We love spending time in our apartment near Altea.


Jeff said:
25 June 2009 @ 07:47

After the recent UK TV Paradise Lost program which in a way promoted the down side of life in Spain for some people I hope Spain Uncut shows the good side. Maybe you can sell it to ITV as a program to show a success story.

We commute between UK and Manilva every few weeks and it strikes me that those that do their homework first improve their chances of success. Also, those that have taken the trouble to learn some Spanish improve their chances.

What would be useful for many people is a what to do when things go wrong. I have an idea about this Justin, perhaps we can discuss when I am over next.



Pete Drew said:
25 June 2009 @ 08:13

We thought it may be nice to buy in Spain and retire there some 10 years ago.
We started to save and financially plan for that.
Five years later we started to try and work out where in Spain.
Three years later we stated looking, on holiday, on Google Earth, exhibitions, talking to folk, magazines etc. Where were the shops, doctors, banks, airports?
Then we sorted out the Bank, the extra money, the Solicitors, the surveyor etc.
We planned the date to come out and booked all the viewings. Just as we did this the pound took a dive but so did some prices.
We finally saw the place we wanted, we had everything in place and it went like a dream.
We did feel that we were over planning but, we had none of the horror stories we kept reading about.
To all those people that told us the mistakes they made and all those that gave us such good advice, thank you so very much.
We will make the final move out in 2010/2011 but for now we are in our second year of using our new home.
So far so good.


James said:
25 June 2009 @ 08:56

Looking to move to spain nex year the spain uncut video series is a great idea and will look forward to viewing it and getting the right information on my new lifein spain


Gordon said:
25 June 2009 @ 10:37

What a great idea. It is quite obvious with recent events in Spain that we need all the help we can to avoid all the pitfalls that other people have had the misfortune to go through. I can't wait to be living in the sun!


Steve T said:
25 June 2009 @ 10:58

Brilliant! There's always concern and trepidation when considering anything new, and the UK media does its best to highlight the 'darker side' of life in Spain.
Sharing Justins site and his blogs gives balanced honest view, and offers us a friend we can turn to to as the less confident amongst us plan this life changing event to ensure a succesful transition to 'the better life'.
I'm sure the dvd will build on this. Great idea Justin!


Carlota said:
25 June 2009 @ 11:09

I plan to move from Dubai to Spain later this year, and really appreciate any information that will help me settle in, find employment and the most appropriate health care - so thank you, and I hope to meet you once I'm there!


Roderick said:
25 June 2009 @ 11:30

Hi Justin + The Team!
Thanks for your hard work and dedication.
We live in the city of Granada and love it. Looking forward to the launch of the video - it's never too late to learn how to tackle different things that might suddenly spring up and try to bite you


Sue (FibbyUK) said:
25 June 2009 @ 12:20

You have done so well with the EOS site in the last 5 years.
Really looking forward to seeing this video.
Well done Justin, Susan and the EOS Team!
Kind regards..........as always!


Bill said:
25 June 2009 @ 13:12

Best of luck with launch


Lars said:
25 June 2009 @ 13:27

Hi Justin,
Is the Spain Uncut video, mainly adressed towards the Brits or are we "MailLand-people" also in scope?


Lars said:
25 June 2009 @ 13:28

Hi Justin (a little correction :o),
Is the Spain Uncut video, mainly adressed towards the Brits or are we "MainLand-people" also in scope?


John Faulkner said:
25 June 2009 @ 14:44

It's just being released at the right time for us. We have been thinking of buying a place in Spain for a few years but I think we will actaull do it next year.


Stephen Longbottom said:
25 June 2009 @ 14:58

Great site Justin, been out here five weeks in our new life in Palomares. Have you any advice on how to get 400 euros back from a rip off rental agent in Mojacar trading under the name of Coast. Sarah Hart is her name, renters beware.


Pat said:
25 June 2009 @ 15:21

Hi Justin, Sue and all at EOS,

Looking forward to Spain Uncut. EOS site is brilliant and already helped us out. We are continuously in touch via the offplan forums getting up-to-date info on the progress of our development, we watch all the Siesta Shows which are both entertaining and useful. Through the show we have joined the Costa Advice Bureau and been lucky enough to have contact with the lovely Myra who, together with Antonio, are so helpful.
So we have nothing but praise for the great work you are doing.

We are moving out to Spain next year when our son finishes college so will need all the info we can get, especially with regard to my son finding work as this will be crucial as to whether we will be able to stay out there or not.


Janet said:
25 June 2009 @ 18:39

Hi all,
Muchas felicidades de nuestra familia a tu familia!
We hope to move to Spain in a couple of years when our youngest daughter finishes her education. Love reading your articles in EOS.
Your EOS video is a great idea to help other families moving to Spain.
Also good to see from the response so far, that people are still looking forward to their dream of moving to Spain, after all the horror stories.


Justin said:
25 June 2009 @ 18:43

Wow, so many comments!

Thanks for all the comments so far. I will answer some of the individual questions in a bit.

Justin


Peter said:
25 June 2009 @ 19:59

Hi Justin,

This will be really useful to us. We already have a wonderful apartment near Orihuela which we have visited on and off for the last 3 years. We plan to move out permanently in about 5 years so your videos will be invaluable. Good luck with Spain Uncut.


Dave said:
25 June 2009 @ 23:52

There are lots of us that want to make the move but I think that most of us need just that little extra surety.
Lets hope that this will do it.
EOS has been a magnificent help over the past few years for us.


Hazel said:
26 June 2009 @ 06:41

We have just completed on an apt in the beautiful mountain village of Alcaucin, Costa Del Sol. This is our first step on the ladder and am planning early retirement in 6 years time. The guide will be an invaluable tool in helping us to make our life long dream a reality!


Jeff said:
26 June 2009 @ 08:06

After the recent UK TV Paradise Lost program which in a way promoted the down side of life in Spain for some people I hope Spain Uncut shows the good side. Maybe you can sell it to ITV as a program to show a success story.

We commute between UK and Manilva every few weeks and it strikes me that those that do their homework first improve their chances of success. Also, those that have taken the trouble to learn some Spanish improve their chances.

What would be useful for many people is a what to do when things go wrong. I have an idea about this Justin, perhaps we can discuss when I am over next.



jeff said:
26 June 2009 @ 09:01

WE bought in alicante region last year and your site has been a big help,thx.


Gerry from Ireland said:
26 June 2009 @ 12:44

Hi Susan & Justin
A couple of suggestions for marketing the DVD set. Perhaps consider offering it for sale through Estate Agents (U.K and Spanish based) selling "Costa's" residential and small business properties. You could offer an affiliate program and link to your DVD landing page from their own websites. Also, you could suggest to U.K mags such as "Living in Spain" to use the DVD as a prize fund in return for some positive editorial - plus make some available at special offer R.S.P. One other idea might be to advertise (if affordable) on low cost airlines websites - likely to be visited by your target audience who are looking to visit "Costas" on initial recognisance missions. Finally (I promise!) some people might find it useful to avail of the services of an experienced "Mentor" i.e mentoring service from an established expert in matters and the specific locality they are relocating to. This individual could physically meet with people and show them around in terms of familiarisation. An affordable fee might be paid in return for this assistance. Hope this is some help to you both.
Gerry


John Wale said:
26 June 2009 @ 13:04

There are plenty of books that give advice on living in Spain, but not many (or any) videos that I know of, so this is going to be a valuable addition to the resources.

I'm hoping to do something that you've not made much mention of on your site or Siesta Shows so far - buy land and build completely from the ground up as an individual project. Potentially more risky than buying a ready-built or off-plan property, but it gives the freedom to choose all aspects of the property and looks to be lower in cost in the long run. Any advice on this way of owning a bit of Spain would be welcome.

Best wishes for the next 5 years!


pete lloyd said:
26 June 2009 @ 13:33

Having tried to move to Spain before,and getting stung,a dvd about the pitfalls would be very helpful.
I was only renting but got caught out.I thought i was paying the rent into the spanish owners bank account.But the owner didn`t know we were there.When he found out his lawyer gave us a week to get out.I had got hold of his phone number and tried to get a contract,this is when he found out.It cost me 1200 euro in deposit money.
An ex tenant (a German),had set up a false account and was pocketing the money.


Jim Cregeen said:
26 June 2009 @ 13:51

Hi Justin. My wife and l sold up in the UK in April 1988. At ages 43/30 we had no intention to retire but really didn't find what we wanted to do during our first winter in Spain. In 1989 we went off to America, bought a 38' American RV with Bronco 4x4 towed behind, and travelled throughout north America and Mexico for 2 years. This actually extended to almost 12 years travelling with caravans, motorhomes, rented cars and hotels through 34 different countries around the world, finally returning to San Javier on the northern Mar Menor in 1999 where we got involved with a run down campsite, later converting it into a 50/50 camping/mobile home park. We sold out our interest in Dec.06 but by then had already "gone Inland", buying up various properties in Calasparra, N.W.Murcia in January 04. Having now developed some of these properties for rent and sale, some months ago l received a call from a TV production company who quizzed me for more than an hour about our own successes in Spain, and being very happy here l was positive in my response to their many questions. They promised to get in contact again but it wasn't until after our conversation l realised they were really only looking for doom and gloom stories, and nothing at all like our own happy Spanish experiences. I wonder if this is the same company that produced Spain - Paradise Lost.

Marie and l feel that communication with locals is of paramount importance and without it life will be difficult here, particularly if you do not wish to live in a British society. We ourselves get by very well in Spanish and are well received wherever we go. We have invested over one million euros of our own money in our various projects, making sure to use only local labour and materials wherever possible, and this has been recognised and appreciated. There are more than 2,000 other Brits. now living in the Calasparra area, mostly on one of 3 new urbanisations, although many like ourselves have chosen campo (Country) homes. As far as l know most are more than happy with their purchase and lifestyle, although many with UK based incomes have found the recent £/€ exchange rates challenging. Of the hundreds of thousands of Brits. that have come to Spain to live l guess the vast majority are "muy contento", however, if you come with the idea that Spain is as cheap to live in as it once was, or come under-capitalised, or worse still, come without the brain you left behind, you are courting potential dissaster. It's a fabulous country in which to live, overall much cheaper than the UK, has brilliant medical facilities, wonderful foods and customs, and best of all, a soft, heartfelt native populous once you get to know them. But remember what l said... you need to be able to communicate. Not fluenty. Not perfectly. But a little.

If we can be of assistance to anyone contemplating a move to Spain we will try to answer as many questions as possible based on personal experience. Our contacts are available on our website www.calasparraliving.com


JOHN MCCANN said:
26 June 2009 @ 15:24


I STILL FIND IT INCREDIBLE HOW PEOPLE CAN PURCHASE PROPERTY IN SPAIN AND NOT REALLY KNOW "WHAT THEY ARE BUYING"?

I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE BUY PROPERTY IN SPAIN FROM SOMEONE THEY MET IN A BAR. yOU WOULD NOT DO THAT IN THE UK SO WHY OR WHY DO THEY DO IT IN SPAIN.

THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE.

lOOK AT THE SQ METER BUILD SIZE AND WHAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR THE THE PROPERTY.
MORE OFTEN THAN NOT YOU WILL BE PAYING A FORTUNE FOR APPOX 80MTRS OF BUILD SPACE.
CALCULATE THE SQ MTR FOOTAGE OF YOUR OWN HOME AND COMPARE IT WITH WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO BUY IN SPAIN. IF THE COST IS NOT COMPARABLE........DONT BUY IT!
RENT FOR 12 MONTHS TO FIND OUT (a) IF YOU LIKE THE PLACE & (b) GIVES YOU TIME TO ACLIMATIZE AND FIND THE PROPERTY YOU WANT AT THE RIGHT MONEY AND CHECK ALL DEEDS (ESCUTURIA) WITH THE TOWN HALL FOR LEGALITY. NO UTILITIES.......DO NOT BUY.


Denisehl said:
26 June 2009 @ 16:02

Hello, We have been trying to move to Spain for two years, the sale of our bungalow has fallen through 3 times, the last was 2 weeks before Completion! We now have another buyer (fingers crossed) we should be on our wayave been try


Luc said:
26 June 2009 @ 16:10

At the very start of the moving to live in Spain process, so many things to think about and consider and we are soaking up information like blotting paper. Hope that your dvds will provide more useful information


Al said:
26 June 2009 @ 16:49

Hi Justin,
Congratulations on your anniversary!
Looking forward to your latest production.
Just how DO you determine that the Town Hall's documents aren't worth the paper ?

Best wishes for the future.
Al


ursula said:
26 June 2009 @ 16:58

I also watched this programme on Monday night and ended up feeling rather compassionate about the issues raised. After having read your wonderful report on this programme I feel more at peace with my emotions. I love Spain and most things Spanish, the people, their music, the lingo .... and the climate, of course. Luckily, I've got two months off work and would like to spend this time somewhere in Andalucia without breaking the bank ........ do you have any suggestions regarding accommodation ?


denisehl said:
26 June 2009 @ 17:19

Hello, we have been trying to move to Spain for two years, we are early retired, with a dog, (we had two when we started, one has sadly since died) the sale of our bungalow has fallen through twice, the last time 2 weeks before the completion date! We have a new buyer now, so (fingers crossed) it won’t be long. We are planning on renting until we are certain of what and where we want. (caution has always been my middle name)I have had plenty of time for research, research and more research, I get EOS newsletter and registered with the forums so read with interest people’s viewpoints and information. I am looking forward to the healthcare part of Spain Uncut, as this is the one thing I am having difficulty researching, especially the different types of health insurance, from users, and not sales people.


denisehl said:
26 June 2009 @ 18:20

Hello, we have been trying to move to Spain for two years, we are early retired, with a dog, (we had two when we started, one has sadly since died) the sale of our bungalow has fallen through twice, the last time 2 weeks before the completion date! We have a new buyer now, so (fingers crossed) it won’t be long. We are planning on renting until we are certain of what and where we want. (caution has always been my middle name)I have had plenty of time for research, research and more research, I get EOS newsletter and registered with the forums so read with interest people’s viewpoints and information. I am looking forward to the healthcare part of Spain Uncut, as this is the one thing I am having difficulty researching, especially the different types of health insurance, from users, and not sales people.


Trev said:
26 June 2009 @ 19:09

Hi everyone, Just finished reading your report Justin, ITV: Spain - Paradise Lost. Brilliantly put together. I watched the episodes on TV and your comments about the shows are perfect. We have a small apt in LaZenia and we're very happy with it. Trying to sell now to move to our penultimate resting place. A villa to you and me. Anyway, looking forward to the Spain Uncut vids and seeing you in Spain one day. Cheers.


Almerimar Life said:
26 June 2009 @ 19:33

Am sure it will soon become must have viewing!


Peter Morrell said:
26 June 2009 @ 20:28

We still live in the UK, my brother lives in Almeria and in 6 months we are going too. We looked at all aspects of housing and eventually decided to rent with an extremely courteous and friendly landlord who owns many properties in the area. We can live there for life at a rent which is about half what we would pay for in the UK for the equivalent property, 20 mins from the coast and in reach of a large town in 5 mins. One months notice (and no monetary problems) is all we would need to be able to return if we do not like it! Having spent many years visiting, that is not likely. Also a tip, go live with the Spanish, we find them charming and helpful, but ensure you find a good local Brits support group (there are many volunteer groups). They are invaluable. Can't wait to get there!!


Peter Morrell said:
26 June 2009 @ 20:29

We still live in the UK, my brother lives in Almeria and in 6 months we are going too. We looked at all aspects of housing and eventually decided to rent with an extremely courteous and friendly landlord who owns many properties in the area. We can live there for life at a rent which is about half what we would pay for in the UK for the equivalent property, 20 mins from the coast and in reach of a large town in 5 mins. One months notice (and no monetary problems) is all we would need to be able to return if we do not like it! Having spent many years visiting, that is not likely. Also a tip, go live with the Spanish, we find them charming and helpful, but ensure you find a good local Brits support group (there are many volunteer groups). They are invaluable. Can't wait to get there!!


John scobie said:
26 June 2009 @ 21:47

We paid a deposit of 85,000 euros in Feb.2003 against a property in Selwo,Estepona through Ocean estates. Like many others this has gone pear shape,it is staggering to think that the Spanish Authorities do not wish to be involved. Their own developers, Town Hall Mayors etc. have been,money laundering for Years.
If the authorities are not fit to address the huge financial burdens placed on the innocent Brits why is the problem not been raised with the Spanish Government or taken to Brussels where our M.E.P. may at long last earn their extortionate salaries.

Perhaps your next Video might address this problem!




Sara said:
26 June 2009 @ 22:47

I'm interested to learn the content of your video. We have bought out in Murcia, but live in the UK still. we want to be able to learn as much as possible to make the best out of our investment


Gill said:
27 June 2009 @ 00:09

I am looking forward to your video. Soon I will post my own blog on your site. I have been in Lanzarote for 4 years, living a life, not a dream but thanks to some of the evil Brits on this island it has all gone wrong for me. But I will get through it and stay here.


Lynne said:
27 June 2009 @ 13:44

Our friends were featured in the second episode concerning Cantoria and it was such a shame to see them and their neighbours suffering due to their corrupt builder. It was such a pity that the whole truth could not be told because of the possibility of legal issues.

We have lived in Spain for nearly four years now and it is hard to struggle through the Spanish bureaucracy, but I wouldn't live anywhere else, you just need to be strong and determined to make the most of the problems that are thrown at you. Spain is a lovely place despite their somewhat strange culture concerning house building.

We taped both episodes but omitted to check whether it had recorded correctly - unfortunately it hadn't. I think my husband was having a senior moment!


John said:
27 June 2009 @ 13:50

We moved to Almanzora just over 3 years ago. If only I could have seen your site before or when we arrived it would have saved us 3 years of heart ache and we are still living in a villa with no Licence of First Occupation? We used a reliable agent (Moya, in Vera) and a large firm of solicitors (Arena, Vera) but still ended up with a villa on rustic land. Hopefully it will all come right soon? If only we had read you 3 years ago???


Steve said:
27 June 2009 @ 22:41

I know that it will be as good and as professional as everything else you do!

Really looking to reviewing it on www.twitter.com/thisisspain


Mark said:
28 June 2009 @ 11:47

Hi Justin,
I was really interested in your comments re the ITV prog, a lot of those thoughts had already crossed my mind. I am constantly telling friends that you dont see the good points as-to use a cliche- good news dosn't sell papers!!!! My daughter has lived and worked in menorca for the last 6 years and we visit regularly and have noticed the increase in costs, in particular cost of living but are still planning on retiring to mainland Spain in the next four years but do not intend to buy as renting seems to be the best option for us. Keep up the good work with all the useful information and will certainly make good use of the videos.


Eric Dury said:
28 June 2009 @ 11:58

We live in the UAE and bought a flat off plan near Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa about 6 years ago. It is still going on and we are still paying the mortgage (never any tenants as yet!), so it hasn't been a complete disaster. However, we wish we had seen your Spainuncut videos (and eyeonspain email updates) before we even started on what has become a millstone around our necks: from incessant problems of construction delays (years, not months) and almost total lack of communication from the developer, through what-had-been-promised-not-being-what-we-got-in-the-end, to a personally recommended, but ultimately untrustworthy so-called manager of the property - causing no end of trouble, which was extremely difficult to even try to resolve, considering the distance, communication and travel (from here to-and-from Alicante) problems.
We just hope that enough people get to see your videos, as well as your email updates, so that if they decide to purchase property in Spain, they do it with their eyes open!


Leo Leon said:
28 June 2009 @ 18:44

Hi Justin & Susan,
We have really enjoyed your Siesta Shows.
They have been interesting and full of common sense.
If your Spain Uncut is in the same mode then we are really looking forward to it.
Good Luck with your launch, we hope it is a resounding success.
Cheers
Leo


sue watson said:
28 June 2009 @ 18:51

Congrats on your 5 years in Spain
So nice to hear about a positive, successful move, gives you faith that things do work out if you work at them

Great shows that you produce, good luck with the next 5

Sue - Kent


Jim Cregeen said:
28 June 2009 @ 18:57

Several comments l've read criticise Brits. for doing silly things like giving " a guy" in a pub a deposit on a house in Spain. Or taking someones word the escritura is correct, showing 7,000m2 of land when a simple topograph will prove if that is correct or not. I'm not touting for business but if l was to ask 20 British new comers to give me 500€ "on completion" to guide and help them through the buying process l doubt any of them would, even though we have excellent references, lots of experience, habla Espaniol, and are well known in the area in which we live. If l was going to risk a couple of hundred grand on a property purchase in a strange land, l think 500€ would be a wonderful investment. Having said that, try as you may you will never be able to cover every eventuality, but having had many successful property sales pass through our hands, we have perhaps as good a knowledge as anyone of the many potential pitfalls, and would never agree to a client signing or paying anything until we were 100% sure they were doing the right thing.


Jim Cregeen said:
28 June 2009 @ 18:58

Several comments l've read criticise Brits. for doing silly things like giving " a guy" in a pub a deposit on a house in Spain. Or taking someones word the escritura is correct, showing 7,000m2 of land when a simple topograph will prove if that is correct or not. I'm not touting for business but if l was to ask 20 British new comers to give me 500€ "on completion" to guide and help them through the buying process l doubt any of them would, even though we have excellent references, lots of experience, habla Espaniol, and are well known in the area in which we live. If l was going to risk a couple of hundred grand on a property purchase in a strange land, l think 500€ would be a wonderful investment. Having said that, try as you may you will never be able to cover every eventuality, but having had many successful property sales pass through our hands, we have perhaps as good a knowledge as anyone of the many potential pitfalls, and would never agree to a client signing or paying anything until we were 100% sure they were doing the right thing.


pete lloyd said:
28 June 2009 @ 19:09

We hope to move to Spain next year full time.We have a 10 year old with ADHD.And so far we have not been able to find out about help at school for children with special needs.Can anyone help with advice on this problem.


Bill Bertham said:
28 June 2009 @ 21:18

This sounds just great. We have just moved to Spain 4 weeks ago and are already coming up against things that we did not expect, nothing that can't be over come but I am sure there are better ways to do things than the way we are doing them. Hopefully this will give us a heads start! Is this available as a CD?
Keep up the good work.


Bill Bertham said:
28 June 2009 @ 21:19

This sounds just great. We have just moved to Spain 4 weeks ago and are already coming up against things that we did not expect, nothing that can't be over come but I am sure there are better ways to do things than the way we are doing them. Hopefully this will give us a heads start! Is this available as a CD?
Keep up the good work.


Paul Clabburn said:
29 June 2009 @ 13:29

Congrats on your 5th anniversary and many thanks for making such an effort to make those of us who have, are or will be making the transition to life in Spain rather less fraught & complicated. Forearmed is forewarned and as you guys know better than I, there are plenty of pitfalls lurking in the Spanish way of doing things. Muchas gracias and please do keep up the excellent work.


Sandra said:
29 June 2009 @ 14:47

Hola Justin & The Team, what a fantastic idea. We bought two years ago and have still not quite made the transition of moving permanently to Spain. I look forward to watching the DVD's and listening to the advice, that I am sure, is as always very helpful.
Congratulations on your 5th Birthday and here's to many more.



Sandra said:
29 June 2009 @ 14:47

Hola Justin & The Team, what a fantastic idea. We bought two years ago and have still not quite made the transition of moving permanently to Spain. I look forward to watching the DVD's and listening to the advice, that I am sure, is as always very helpful.
Congratulations on your 5th Birthday and here's to many more.



Sandra Groves said:
29 June 2009 @ 14:48

Hola Justin & The Team, what a fantastic idea. We bought two years ago and have still not quite made the transition of moving permanently to Spain. I look forward to watching the DVD's and listening to the advice, that I am sure, is as always very helpful.
Congratulations on your 5th Birthday and here's to many more.



Yan said:
29 June 2009 @ 14:53

I'm glad you've made these DVDs.
I'll enjoy watching them.
I'm an informatics engineer from Slovenia.
For the last four years I go every year to Spain for the holidays.
I've been to Lloret de Mar, Alacant (Alicante), Salou @ Tarragona and Calella.
I wish I could work someday independently in informatics, either in Spain or (remotely) from Spain.


graham said:
29 June 2009 @ 15:29

We also put money down to purchase a property. Its now 18 months since completion date and no habitation licence. We are in the process of taking the builder to court to get our money back. We have finally got the builder into court and the judge has decided there is a case to answer. its a long and drawn out process but don't give up


graham said:
29 June 2009 @ 15:30

We also put money down to purchase a property. Its now 18 months since completion date and no habitation licence. We are in the process of taking the builder to court to get our money back. We have finally got the builder into court and the judge has decided there is a case to answer. its a long and drawn out process but don't give up


John said:
29 June 2009 @ 19:27

Coming to Spain again soon to look for property. As you have so much info, can we stay with you. Whoops, just noticed the words 'Twins'. Will just have to get your DVD, and book the hotel again. Looking forward to getting away from all this heat/humidity in England...


John said:
29 June 2009 @ 19:30

Coming to Spain again soon to look for property. As you have so much info, can we stay with you. Whoops, just noticed the words 'Twins'. Will just have to get your DVD, and book the hotel again. Looking forward to getting away from all this heat/humidity in England...


Jim M said:
29 June 2009 @ 19:41

As someone who bought from the same developer as Justin, I can vouch that his experience included all the typical challenges, such as long delays, sudden changes, poor communication, illegal building in front ruining the view, Spanish bureaucracy, etc.


Jean said:
29 June 2009 @ 19:51

Have thoroughly enjoyed your Siesta Shows & am really looking forward to seeing your Spain Uncut DVDs.
Thanks for all your hard work.


denisehl said:
29 June 2009 @ 23:52

Hello,
I have just read your Q & A section. You referred to several DVD's on different subjects. Some are of no use to me in my circumstances, can we buy just the ones we are interested in?
Good luck for tomorrow.


Graham said:
30 June 2009 @ 01:35

Good luck with the videos Justin. Hopefully it will help more people avoid the problems.


Stefank said:
30 June 2009 @ 09:32

Hi Justin
Many thanks for your help today. Hope the launch goes well. It sounds very informative and just what we all need!
Stefan


Andrea said:
30 June 2009 @ 11:40

We have been determined to move to the Almeria region for over 2 years, but have recently started to get cold feet. We are looking forward to the video, and hope it might cover problems encountered by people on a pension but who are in their mid 50's. We go out to Spain very regularly, but recent television shows are starting to take their toll, hopefully your videos will help us make the right decision for us.


Andrea said:
30 June 2009 @ 11:42

We have been determined to move to the Almeria region for over 2 years, but have recently started to get cold feet. We are looking forward to the video, and hope it might cover problems encountered by people on a pension but who are in their mid 50's. We go out to Spain very regularly, but recent television shows are starting to take their toll, hopefully your videos will help us make the right decision for us.


Ian Thornton said:
30 June 2009 @ 12:12

We purchased our Villa eight years ago, but because our time in Spain is currently only in holiday periods, we still have some difficulties in understanding the technicalities of dealing with beaurocratic and other elements of Spanish living. We sincerely hope the videos may help as we are due soon to spend much longer in Spain. We are in Costa Blance North. Will the videos still be relevant?


OSCAR0406 said:
31 July 2009 @ 13:18

Message for Stephen Longbottom,
Sara Hart
Coast-Almeria
Ref Sarah Hart Coast and Ewan Macleod, both are useless, total rubbish agents, who attract ferrals/tramps, who leave your place looking like crap.

Tenants stole over £1,200 of goods, and this stupid agent did not even know they had left.

They are both liers, never answer the phones.
Have no office, and work out of a mobile phone, and poor web site
More fool us

So you have been warned
I hope to have them arrested soon, as they owe us a substancial amount.
Bogus agents



OSCAR0406 said:
31 July 2009 @ 13:19

Message for Stephen Longbottom,
Sarah Hart
Coast-Almeria
Ref Sarah Hart Coast and Ewan Macleod, both are useless, total rubbish agents, who attract ferrals/tramps, who leave your place looking like crap.

Tenants stole over £1,200 of goods, and this stupid agent did not even know they had left.

They are both liers, never answer the phones.
Have no office, and work out of a mobile phone, and poor web site
More fool us

So you have been warned
I hope to have them arrested soon, as they owe us a substancial amount.
Bogus agents



Colin said:
24 August 2009 @ 19:12

Just read your previous comment whilst trying to track Sarah Hart at Coast Almeria. Something needs to be done about this company and woman. Once she has that first months commission she never ever speaks to you again. Everything the last person said it totally true. However I was lucky to have an honest tenant. however when he gave notice she failed to tell me and kept his last two months rental money and bills money. I had to rush out to Spain to sort the problem out. Needless to say she is nowhere to be seen and I am around £2000 out of pocket. I'd love to see her in prison. If anyone traces her please let me know as I'd like my money back. Nothing but a thief and a liar.


Oscar0406 said:
25 August 2009 @ 08:59

Hi Colin
Ref Sarah Hart, thanks for your notes, this is an exact mirror of what has happened to us.
Contact me, with your e-mail, as I have some information, as to where abouts.
Regards
OSCAR0406


Colin said:
28 August 2009 @ 17:14

Hi oscar.
contact me on studio@colinstreater.com Any information would be gladly received and acted upon.
many thanks
Colin


Colin said:
31 August 2009 @ 15:52

If anyone can give me any information as to the location of Sarah Hart at Coast Properties Almeria I would be most greatful. she owes me a lot of money in stolen rent. I can be contacted on studio@colinstreater.com. Oscar0406 I'd still really like to know what information you have. Cheers.


Luisa Martinez said:
11 April 2011 @ 05:43

I would just like to add as an employee of Sarah Hart,

Stephen Longbottom was repaid his 400 euros as soon as Sarah came out of hospital, she paid him out of her own money as the money was in an escrow. Apparently he was satisified but I see after reading these comments, no mention off the facts that he received his mney

As for Colin Streater, the tenant moved out early as he was struggling with the rent and gave notice, would colin had rather had him stay the an extra month and not pay the rent. The tenant was repaid their deposit because the mold in the bedroom was not their fault but a defect off the building, why should a tenant be penelisied, being in mind the owner had the apartment empty was several years he was lucky to get such an over the top rental price in Villaricos, it was hard to get those prices in Mojacar, I bet now the recession is really bitting he's probably lucky if he's getting in 300 and thats probably with a sub prime tenant. Coast has not kept anything and never charged to go out to Villaricos to pick up the rent, so maybe it's more a case of Colin owing Coast.

and as for oscar,(Karen and Colum Cleary agents beware this couple are greed personified. They bought several properties with their friends on Valle de Este, Coast from what I believe were the only agent to rent 2 off their properties. What they don't mention is the tenants moved out of their property because of the sewage smell. They didn't want to pay for the coast inventory service and provided their own and the property was checked off against this. Sarah had advised them not too leave personal items. Incidentally their other property has been rented without any problems but I see Oscar doesn't mention the positive sides off their service they've received. Also for the unoccupied parts of the contract, Coast refunded the management fee, so explain. I can't name any other PM company that would refund, as the let the property and managed it in good faith but also didn't expect tenants too move out because of sewage.
Not only do we screen our tenants now but also our landlords...so agents beware. Also they mentioned we don't have an office, we don't hid the fact we don't have an office, but they have implyed that is a bad thing but our sources know they engaged next stop almeria who also don't have an office. Good luck is what I say to them. Hopefully once Spain has to go cap in hand to the ECB for a bail out, the likes of the cleary will go the same way as Spain, bankrupt and he is a wealth management adviser in the reading area, what a joke!!!!!!


Oscar0406 said:
28 June 2011 @ 17:49

Luisa
You need to get your facts right before you start slandering people who you don't even know. I can only assume from your comments that you are Sarah Hart as you seem to know so much but your facts are totally incorrect. A furnished property has nothing to do with personal items and it was those furnishings that were stolen by rubbish rogue tenants. Bills were run up and rent not paid. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT FIRST


superhero29 said:
28 June 2011 @ 18:06

I have seen the comments about Sarah Hart and was also one of Coast Properties victims. Luisa whoever you are, stop slandering people you do not know, and as for wishing people bankrupt as an employee of Sarah Hart (can't believe she is still in business) that is unacceptable and unprofessional but is to be expected. You are commenting on people you have no knowlegde of people who trusted Sarah and she abused that trust there are two sides to every story but too may people have had bad experiences for them all to be wrong. I know Colum and Karen Cleary and they are the nicest people ever. They are honest and hard working and very trusting. They have found a new agent someone who is totally professional and trustworthy. I also know about the items they had stolen but the tenants that Ms Hart put into their property - it was hundreds of pounds worth of bedding, kitchen equipement etc all of which was part on an inventory for a furnished property. Anyone reading this email please ignore Ms Martinez's comments as she is a liar and doesn't know what she is talking about and anyone who can wish someone such a horrendous outcome is a nasty viscious piece of work.


superhero29 said:
28 June 2011 @ 18:06

I have seen the comments about Sarah Hart and was also one of Coast Properties victims. Luisa whoever you are, stop slandering people you do not know, and as for wishing people bankrupt as an employee of Sarah Hart (can't believe she is still in business) that is unacceptable and unprofessional but is to be expected. You are commenting on people you have no knowlegde of people who trusted Sarah and she abused that trust there are two sides to every story but too may people have had bad experiences for them all to be wrong. I know Colum and Karen Cleary and they are the nicest people ever. They are honest and hard working and very trusting. They have found a new agent someone who is totally professional and trustworthy. I also know about the items they had stolen but the tenants that Ms Hart put into their property - it was hundreds of pounds worth of bedding, kitchen equipement etc all of which was part on an inventory for a furnished property. Anyone reading this email please ignore Ms Martinez's comments as she is a liar and doesn't know what she is talking about and anyone who can wish someone such a horrendous outcome is a nasty viscious piece of work.


jane63 said:
29 June 2011 @ 18:18

I also know Colum and Karen and agree with the comments about they are the nicest of people. We also have a property on Valle Del Este and have been victims of the Sarah Hart nonsense and rubbish and know plenty of other people in the same position. The comments by one of her employees is all fabricated to make Coast Properties look good. Firstly, Colum and Karen are not greedy, on the contrary they are the most generous of people. Secondly, there was very little positives from their dealings with Coast and had things been right then postings would have been full of praise. Thirdly, no management fee was refunded I know this for a fact and I also know that one of the tenants that left in a 'hurry' was tracked down to another property and they claimed that Coast had scammed them out of their deposit along with other people that they know. How many properties they have is of no relevance and in fact this is also incorrect as it's friends of theirs that own properties, they only have the one once again another lie. Is this the only way that Coast can do business by lying and getting so called employees to slander people unncessarily and with made up nonsense.




jane63 said:
29 June 2011 @ 18:21

I also know Colum and Karen and agree with the comments about they are the nicest of people. We also have a property on Valle Del Este and have been victims of the Sarah Hart nonsense and rubbish and know plenty of other people in the same position. The comments by one of her employees is all fabricated to make Coast Properties look good. Firstly, Colum and Karen are not greedy, on the contrary they are the most generous of people. Secondly, there was very little positives from their dealings with Coast and had things been right then postings would have been full of praise. Thirdly, no management fee was refunded I know this for a fact and I also know that one of the tenants that left in a 'hurry' was tracked down to another property and they claimed that Coast had scammed them out of their deposit along with other people that they know. How many properties they have is of no relevance and in fact this is also incorrect as it's friends of theirs that own properties, they only have the one once again another lie. Is this the only way that Coast can do business by lying and getting so called employees to slander people unncessarily and with made up nonsense.




Macus 123 said:
06 July 2011 @ 17:26

Comments by Ms Hart's "employee" nonsense she doesn't know what she is talking about.

Is Ms Hart still in business? - I don't think so


James51 said:
21 July 2011 @ 14:54

as for Oscar (Karen and Colum Cleary) this couple are not greed personified as so nicely put by Miss Hart they are genuine hardworking people who do not desereve this shit.


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