Speaking European – Desiree Maas

Desiree Maas Credit: Desiree Maas

“Now and then, I go back to the Netherlands to visit family and friends but after a few days I just want to go back. The moment I land and drive home in Spain, I am happy,” said Desiree, a real estate agent who moved from Rotterdam to Spain. 

Desiree made the life changing decision in 2019 and moved to Spain on her own, expanding her work in the real estate market with the 4 You Estate company. 

It was her love for the Spanish lifestyle which led to the decision: “The sun, the brunches, the beautiful coastline, little villages and vibrant, breathtaking views, are everything to me.”

 In Denia, Desiree has constructed a beach house, where she gets together with her Spanish, Valencian, Dutch, English and French friends.
She speaks five languages, including Spanish. She shared; “I think it is essential if you live in another country that you speak the language, especially if you work there as well. Besides, my knowledge of Dutch, English, German and French is great for working with international clients.”

In a lifestyle of vibrancy and diversity, Desiree encourages all those considering moving to Spain to not doubt their decision: “Life is so much better in Spain than say, in the Netherlands, or in Northern Europe.” 

Her advice for newcomers is not to think that you´re “too old to learn.” “Get good guidance,” she emphasised and highlighted the kind spirit of both the Spanish and expat community, who will be happy to welcome foreigners.

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.