Property Savings

Property Savings

Everyone wants to live on Andalucia's sunny coasts and Spaniards flock to city centres, making both of these areas among the most expensive. However, the Spanish tendency to live tightly packed into metropolitan areas means that only 10 minutes from town you can often find yourself in the solitude of the countryside - and often for half the price of living next to the beach or in the centre of town.

Rural Andalucia is opening up and becoming more popular - especially to expatriates. But opportunities to buy large tracts of land and old farm houses at surprisingly low prices still exist. The key to saving is your willingness to forego the luxury of nearby towns and services. For the farther away you are willing to move, the cheaper land and homes will be. But again, you don't have to move so far from crowded municipalities to begin finding cut rates.

Do be advised, however, that your savings won't come without a price of their own. Often basic infrastructure is nonexistent in rural areas. You may or may not be able to obtain reliable electricity and internet service, for example. Roads may or may not be in acceptable shape and may be subject to flooding or other inconveniences. This could affect the daily commute to school or work. Therefore, while savings are good, the pros and cons must be weighed.

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