By George Stephens • 30 January 2020 • 6:44
Spain is seeing a mass in volume of numbers of arrivals from Britain as Brexit deadlines loom with expats changing life time plans to ensure they have residency before December 31st.
Whilst many predicted it to be people moving the other way and returning to the UK, it’s actually the other way around as hundreds of people are taking early retirement and selling up properties earlier than expected to lay their foundations on the Spanish coasts especially.
Numbers are also increasing with Brits searching for career moves to Spain as people plan their future.
Sue Wilson who was a founder member of Bremain in Spain has stated how she herself is bombarded with daily enquiries of what needs to be completed before Dec 31st before Brits lose their EU citizenship.
Under the withdrawal agreement British nationals can settle in another EU member state right up to 31 December and claim lifetime rights as EU citizens by following the correct procedures and the huge influx is evident.
Kevin Davies currently seeking property in Spain’s Fuengirola told the Euro Weekly News: “Yes I’m looking to get everything in order, my plan was always to move to the Costa del Sol for a more relaxing life style, the deadlines have now brought this forward, I’ve applied to my employer Tesco for early retirement and they have accepted it for October, my property in Maidenhead has just been placed on the market and the wife and I are hoping for a quick sale, in the meantime we are on the property hunt to get it all completed. We hadn’t planned to retire for another 5 years but now we have decided to make the move early”.
Whilst Jimmy Danfo another in the market for Spanish property in Murcia told us “It’s always been a dream of ours, but the deadline has brought that dream forward – we’ve sold and are cash buyers now and will purchase this month, yes I’ve taken early retirement too and I know many others who are doing the same through Internet forums and chat rooms”
Property estate agent Chris Waddington based in the UK has seen an increase of properties being placed on the market for European moves, he explained: “There’s defiantly an increase of clients requesting a fast quick sale inline with the deadlines before the drawbridge goes up with Europe, It’s been very noticeable across the Country, I am also hearing from my counterparts in Europe it’s raising property prices in Spain especially, some deals we are both selling UK property whilst new home finding in Spain for clients – the numbers are rapidly increasing”
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