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  1. Hello Jiab and Jim,

    I am a recently retired Albuquerque lawyer. I want to spend (at least) a few years in Spain as soon as possible. I need to take a hard look at the potential tax consequences. Might you be acquainted with a reliable Spanish CPA/tax attorney?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ed

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  2. I read the MarketWatch article about your retiring to Spain, specifically Granada. Thank you for your great info on Granada. It is soooo appealing to me on so many levels. But what stopped me is this (heard elsewhere) – that walls/poor insulation that mean often being cold, layered up with sweaters, inside your home (or apartment). This would be a deal breaker for me. I have heard of pellet stoves; do people there use those (several?!!)? Or what else might be the answer? Also, is a tub half full of hot water a possibility there? Many thanks in advance – Cathy, contemplating a move to either Malaga area, Valencia, or Granada, early 2022 if not sooner.

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    • Cathy,
      Yes, the insulation is non-existent in Spain, Granada or Malaga or Valencia. I am in Alicante now and when the outside temperature is about 60F, the inside feels like 40F!. You have to make sure that the apartment has a heater, although it can get expensive to heat. Good luck on your move in 2022.

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  3. Regarding the article you wrote, “Falling for Flattery”, in today’s HumbleDollar, you might enjoy/remember an old U. S. News & World Report advertisement, which I feel is one of the greatest examples of customer flattery in history. The ad stated, “We spare our readers unimportant news. We spare our advertisers unimportant readers.”. I am hard pressed to imagine two short sentences that could more effectively convince people to purchase a subscription, while at the same time encourage advertisers to advertise.

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  4. Hi there,

    Thanks so much for sharing this, I stumbled onto it as I am also looking at retiring in Spain. I am really enjoying reading through this.

    I’ve been in Austin for the last 20 years but my move may be somewhat easier as I was born and grew up in Ireland from a residency standpoint and continue to have my EU Passport along with my US one. The only thing I would have to figure out is tax etc. Wondering if my VA disability from Military service would be taxed by Spain.

    Again, am enjoying the read.
    Thanks,
    Graham

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  5. Hi- just discovered your blog early this morning ie midnight to 4:00 am Florida time🙄—while awake thinking/researching where my husband and I might retire to- presently live in Florida- love your writing style and relevant expat info—but very curious how you decided on Granada- I lived for a year in Madrid and my husband lived two/three years in Barcelona and Mallorca in our early 20’s-now were in our late 50’s ( how did that happen?? 🤔🙃), for us language is not an issue nor visas —could you please enlighten us on your specific criteria in choosing Granada specifically ie. hospital quality , university , proximity to airports et or whatever pertinent x factor drew you there—-also the factors in choosing the area of the city you live. I see I’ve asked for a lot of your time/expertise but these are the things that keep me awake at night …..who knows maybe we’ll be friends one day… but no worries , you won’t have to invite us over to your place—as my husband is super allergic to cats😄

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  6. Hi- just discovered your blog early this morning ie midnight to 4:00 am Florida time🙄—while awake thinking/researching where my husband and I might retire to- presently live in Florida- love your writing style and relevant expat info—but very curious how you decided on Granada- I lived for a year in Madrid and my husband lived two/three years in Barcelona and Mallorca in our early 20’s-now were in our late 50’s ( how did that happen?? 🤔🙃), for us language is not an issue nor visas —could you please enlighten us on your specific criteria in choosing Granada specifically ie. hospital quality , university , proximity to airports etcor whatever pertinent x factor drew you there—-also the factors in choosing the area of the city you live. I see I’ve asked for a lot of your time/expertise but these are the things that keep me awake at night …..who knows maybe we’ll be friends one day… but no worries , you won’t have to invite us over to your place—as my husband is super allergic to cats😄

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  7. Jiab

    I’m a sister of a former colleague of yours at B of A. I’ll be in Spain in late October thru early November, staying with friends who retired and are living in Almuñécar. My friends and I would love to meet you if you’ll be around.

    Please reply via email and I’ll fill you in on the details

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  8. Hola.

    I remember reading an article about you in either the WSJ or market watch.

    Anyway my wife and I will be in Spain in October and in Granade at the Eurostar Catedral hotel on mon and tues october 14 and 15

    If you would be so kind as to recommend some of your favorite and reasonably priced tapas bars we would appreciate it

    Gracias

    Vin and Maud Bailey

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    • Hi Vin and Maud,
      For a good and seasonably price tapas, you have to go out of city center a bit. We like Rhin Barril, Chantarella, Casa Víctor, Mamut. The first two is still in the city and within walking distance. The last two will take you out to a residence area.

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