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Old 11th September 2017, 13:52   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at buying a property in catral Spain and need a quick run-down on the buying procedure.
Also how easy or hard is it to get a transfer from Alicante airport which is about a 20 minute drive away.

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Firstly it is a costly business-depending on whether it's new build or not, allow around 12-14% of your purchase on top of your property cost. This is mainly because of an extortionate Govt tax on house buying/selling (10%). I would recommend using a good property solicitor or even a Gestor ( Spanish fixer who exclusively works through Govt red tape etc)

No idea about Catral as I am in Valencia area, -other than a taxi is about €55
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Firstly it is a costly business-depending on whether it's new build or not, allow around 12-14% of your purchase on top of your property cost. This is mainly because of an extortionate Govt tax on house buying/selling (10%). I would recommend using a good property solicitor or even a Gestor ( Spanish fixer who exclusively works through Govt red tape etc)

No idea about Catral as I am in Valencia area, -other than a taxi is about 55
Thanks Phillip.

I was looking to book a trip for next Friday to go and view this particular property but Easyjest wanted 100 for a transfer to the from the airport to the hotel which is only a 8 minute car drive away on (Google maps) so you can guess what they were told.
But by the time I had finished talking to Easyjest the Hotel was then fully booked, ah C'est la vie.
And unfortunately I can't find any hotels in Catral (although not really looked very hard yet as busy packing to go to Wales tomorrow for a few day, so it looks like being a hotel in Alicante and a taxi from there would only be about 45 Euro to Catral. (so I'm told by the vendor), so I think it's now a solicitor in Alicante that I need first.
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Often car hire at airport is cheapest way to get about
Depending entirely on time of year the prices go from astronomical to absolute pennies. Have had €5 for a week off season
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I note if you have your own insurance you can hire a car at the Alicante airport next week for 6 nights for €10

I use an annual car hire policy 40 a year
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We were certain we were going to buy in Catral and went to look at a couple of apartments in January last year - after we sold in Fethiye 3 months previously.

For probably similar reasons to you - good value / easy access from Alicante / more typical Spanish life in the village.

Maybe winter didn't help - but we felt the village was a bit run down - there was a distinct "closed for business" feel and more importantly Catral has had more problems than most areas with illegal builds.

Basically we were told in the town apartments were ok but the large amount of villas for sale on the outskirts were often found to be built on the equivalent of "nature" land and although everyone was talking about an amnesty - further research from memory revealed that the mayor who gave an amnesty to these illegal builds was likely to be prosecuted or had been prosecuted !

I am sure you have done your research but we were very wary of the whole place.

The trip from the airport took us 25 minutes and I drive slow!
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It most definitely would not be my sort of place, but each to their own

As a general rule CBN ( Costa Blanca North) is more expensive for property than the South but it really is a case of you gets what you pays for

I adore this area-admittedly nowhere is totally perfect-but this is an excellent region
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I note if you have your own insurance you can hire a car at the Alicante airport next week for 6 nights for €10

I use an annual car hire policy 40 a year
That statement needs a "health warning" at Alicante.
Before we bought in Rojales in March everyone was telling me "you can hire for about €3 or €4 euro a day - well you can if you like living on your nerves.

The position with Customers having to leave €1000 to €2000 swipe off their credit card - and then being forced to wait / queue in the "cheap" queue for up to an hour and a half in the height of the seasons heat and then being charged €500 on returning the car for a hairline mark that can only be detected by a flashlight is a more and more common occurrence for the cheap deal Customers!

Just google Dickman / Gold / Record rent a car - and even the bigger more pan European names and they are all at it so much that is has made the main news bulletins on BBC and ITV as well as the press in the past few months.

I always pay for the full insurance and usually get 25 days for €13 per day which gives me quick services / free upgrades if available / no credit card swipe / no checking the vehicle on collection or return and that suits me.

You may be lucky - if you can stand firm in the face of massive scaremongering and upselling when you go to collect your car - many are - but as one person reported "I got home and thought I'd had a good deal until they took €400 off my card and when I raised it I was told the central locking wasn't working after they checked it"

I also have car excess insurance cover - as I always have - but I don't want the hassle and although some of these firms are huge companies and should know better - they have to make these ridiculous offers to compete and then upsell when they get you to their web site or their office. But I have run a business, I employed over 100 people - and I ask myself "can anyone make a living renting you a €15,000 car for €3/4 per day ?


http:/http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/holidays/article-3687264/How-car-hire-firms-ride-ve-identified-sneaky-rip-offs-need-watch-for.html/

http://http://www.talkquesada.com/post71995.html?hilit=Dickman#p71995

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I should have stated I recommend you have your own annual car hire insurance which covers this eventuality...... oh wait I did

I HATE the hassle of car hire and was well worth driving here this season BUT if you have to hire it simply makes sense to have a good annual policy rather than take the ultra expensive ones of the rental companies -which is often brokered through exactly the same companies as the annual policy
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Philip - I agree totally we are driving over for the first time on Thursday - staying for 8 weeks - really looking forward to it.
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