With Olive it’s all in the detail

Pip, Jo and Tim outside their office

It is always fascinating to discover why someone decides to give up their way of life in the UK and to up sticks and move to Spain.

For most people it  works well, although it is an upheaval especially when children are involved but young children were the spur for Joanne (Jo) and Tim Desmond who had enjoyed a number of holidays in the Bedar region.

Moving to the real Spain

To them, this was the real Spain without tourists arriving for three of four months and then the area going quiet as they could see that this was a year round village.

As the children were aged one and three, it was the ideal time to move them before school and they were young enough to pick up Spanish quickly and of course now in their twenties they are both bilingual.

With little research but  a strong will to succeed the couple moved to the area 20 years ago and have loved it ever since, becoming part of the vibrant village community.

They purchased two dilapidated properties and then discovered the wonders of Spanish bureaucracy so decided that they needed to work whilst waiting.

Tim became a builder and Jo took a job with an estate agent looking after Bedar and the surrounding region and when her employer closed down she set up her own agency working from home.

Olive Property Sales is a small business but they were successful enough that they could move  out of their home and opened the office 14 years ago which has expanded ever since.

Offering a totally personal service

Jo and Tim, with their colleague Philippa Vickery (Pip) offer a really personal service based on their knowledge of the market and they are not distracted by lettings or property management.

Although Bedar is their base, they offer a range of properties of different types and styles in the general area and one of the important aspects to know is that the housing stock is finite as the area is highly protected as far as building is concerned.

Brexit did see a slow down in UK buyers but they have mainly been replaced by purchasers from other parts of Europe and according to Jo, “whilst there may be fewer enquiries, more people are serious about buying.”

Bedar is just 20 minutes from the coast

Bedar is just 20 minutes from the coast but because of its proximity to the coast, fantastic views and a charm of its own with plenty of things to do once you move there, it isn’t any cheaper than Garrucha or Mojacar but offers a different style of living.

To find out more about Olive Property Sales and to see their range of properties especially those in Bedar and Lubrin visit https://www.olivehouse-es.com/.

If you are a resident or just visiting Bedar, you can collect your free copy of Euro Weekly News from their office.

Olive Property Sales, Calle Llanos 6, Bedar, Almeria 04288

Tel Jo: (0034) 687 938 466

Tel Tim: (0034) 607 705 085

Email: info@olivehouse-es.com


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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@euroweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews