Finca with a nice view on Canillas de Aceituno
Actually, we have never had the intention to buy a house in Spain, but when we started thinking about our retirement and we realized that we liked coming to Andalusia, we then contacted Second Home Andalusia to talk about the options. Their help was crucial in the whole process; now we are the proud owners of a beautiful Finca near the white village of Canillas de Aceituno.
We had often seen the tv program ‘Places in the Sun’ and watched the couples excitement as they viewed their properties but when you actually stand eye-to-eye with your 'dream home' then you really feel the butterflies in your stomach.
And then you go into the next phase. For ‘security seekers' as we are, it was crucial that Marita took us step by step through the whole process. Without her and the team of Second Home Andalusia we had never dared to take this decision.
And there are quite a lot of things to consider when you want to own a house in Spain and initially we were a little daunted by the prospect. You buy something in another country where different rules apply and checks have to be made regarding the legality of buildings/pool, is there debt or arrears on the property and so on but it all went smoothly and quickly as we were in touch with the right people, lawyers, notary, insurance, banking, management and maintenance, you name it …. Everything was brought to us. A very pleasant experience.
Although our retirement is still far away, we have nevertheless taken the interesting step to buy a home in Spain. We have worked hard to make it ‘our finca’ and we will enjoy visiting it as much as we can. To permanently reside in Spain maybe an option for the future, but for now we have decided to rent out Casa Flotante, as we named our holiday home, and it is great that Second Home Andalusia also has advised us on this and organize the cleaning and maintenance required for our rentals.
Team Second Home Andalusia really 'takes care of everything' while we can relax, being in the Netherlands and looking forward to our next trip to our dreamhome in Andalusia.
Sonja Kornet and Renė Floore