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Ruth and Haydn from Manchester purchased their very own place in Spain in April of this year. They found a beautiful Villa in Villamartin, Southern Costa Blanca. At the start of the year they spoke to us about their plans to find a property that they could rent out to holiday makers during the summer months, and then visit themselves for the rest of the time.

As a family of five, it was important to them that the villa had everything that they would need when they were there. Their wish list was a villa, with a pool and garden, plenty of space inside as well as outside, and in a location just a short walk from amenities with everything that they would need for the perfect holiday.

“We always knew that we wanted to buy our own place in Spain eventually, and we also knew exactly what we wanted from a property there, but we just weren’t sure where in Spain it would be. As a young couple we lived in Marbella, and we travel to Murcia every year for our summer holidays with family and friends because we love the traditional towns by the Mar Menor. I also spent every summer on the Costa del Sol as a child as my grandparents lived there. Spain is a special place for us.”

“We have so many happy memories from our times in Spain. Being close to a lovely beach was important to us all.”

With Ruth and Haydn wanting to rent their property to holiday makers, they ideally wanted a location that would tick all the boxes with regards to amenities close by, beaches not too far away, easy access to airports, and plenty to do and see. The Southern Costa Blanca, and Villamartin in particular, was our first suggestion for a location that could be ideal.

“We really liked the Plaza, and knew that it would be good for those people who would be renting our villa too.”

We put together a portfolio of suitable properties and locations, and soon the flights were booked and the couple were off to view properties, and take in the location that they felt could be ideal.

“The first thing I saw was the lemon tree. The lemons were enormous, and it smelt amazing. I have always wanted my own lemon tree.”

“We landed at Alicante airport first thing on the Saturday morning; we were collected from the airport and taken straight to our first property. It took me all of two minutes to fall in love with it! The lemon trees in the front garden, the jasmine that reminded me of my Nanna’s garden in Mijas when I was little, the beautiful pool in the garden. We were just swept off our feet by it! We had a good look around the villa, both inside and out, and we both absolutely loved it.”

“We fell in love! The garden and pool was everything we wanted. Really gorgeous.”

After a tour around the local area, the beaches, and a look at some other properties that we had shortlisted for them to take a look at, they took the afternoon to relax, and discuss all they had seen. Since January they had looked on websites and property portals trying to find a villa that they could see themselves in. It felt like finally, here was the perfect one, waiting for them in Villamartin.

“We sat under the blue sky, eating tapas, and enjoying a glass of wine. We knew we were making the right choice.”

“The weather was just beautiful, and we had left behind a grey and rainy Manchester. We sat by the pool of our hotel in La Zenia with a drink and some lunch. We thought about how perfect the villa was both for ourselves and our children, but also for those that would want to rent it out for their own holidays too. We made the decision to make an offer. It was soon accepted, and all of a sudden it wasn’t just a dream anymore. We had done it. We had our own place in Spain! It is just the best feeling.”

From going on their trip to Villamartin in early March, to getting the keys at the end of April it has been a quick turnaround for Ruth and Haydn, which is exactly what they wanted because guess where they are going for their next holiday in the sun…

Ruth and Haydn used our service from beginning to end, and took our advice by using our highly recommended independent legal team, who ensured their purchasing process was both safe, and efficient. They also used our preferred currency broker to get the best exchange rate possible at that time. If you would like to speak with our team, and use our purchasing process then contact us here. We look forward to working with you, and helping you find your very own place in Spain.

“We can’t wait to start making special memories in our new place in Spain. We love it so much.”

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At Your Place in Spain Ltd we have a commitment to the phrase ‘buy safely,’ so much so that we practically insist that you, our client, speak with an independent Spanish solicitor, which is without obligation, prior to flying out to view a property.

The benefit of doing this, is that you are fully informed of your obligations as a property owner in Spain, and that includes taxes and the purchase process, including all fees.  There are so many different figures thrown out to prospects, even a well known TV program is suggesting that there is “10% to add on top” of the purchase price, that figure is only the tax due, but what about the Notary fees, Land registry, solicitors fees?

The attitude of ‘no surprises’ for you in your purchasing process ensures that the buying decision is an informed one, as well as an emotional one, after all we understand buying your Spanish home is the realisation of a dream for many.


Once you have made the decision to buy, and you have the funds available, and an idea of where ideally you want to be, you now just want to make the right decision on the property and location.

So what to do next?

Your Place in Spain believes the current market offers opportunity for everyone, the prices are competitive, and many of the properties are in good locations.  It stands to reason any buyer should want to be advised of all that is available that fits their requirements in their chosen location.

We understand requirements as well as locations can change when you are actually in Spain.


Being prepared before travelling to the location and having an understanding of the obligations, cost and type of property that you want to view will maximize the time available to you whilst you are in the location, looking at what you actually want to see.

It is understandable that whilst the sun is shining, and the weather is warm, being taken to look at property that is of no interest to you would cause frustration. This can impact on your decision and affect your search for the right property in a negative way.

At Your Place in Spain Ltd we will work with your requirements and provide a property portfolio of details & images that fit those requirements. This way, you can then see the properties and get a feel for what your money can buy you. If you then wish to view one or a selection of the portfolio, the appointment is arranged, and whatever happens after that is down to you, and what you want to do.

So to summarise, we believe that buying in Spain is a straight forward process for you, the client, when you are fully informed of your obligations.  When you know what your cash will buy you and you’re prepared with an informative portfolio before you start the viewings, and when you have identified the style of properties to view, then there is a good chance that you will arrive at the realisation of your dream!


With over 2500 available properties across our portfolio in the regions of Costa Blanca South, Costa Blanca North, Murcia, Marbella and Costa Almeria, we believe we can help most achieve that dream, following our process of being informed and in control………..Get in touch see how we can help you.

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