Think about what kind of property you want – what would be the perfect home? Where is your perfect location? How many bedrooms or bathrooms you need? Do you want a terrace, garden and/or a swimming pool? Do you want to rent the property out for part of the year?
Your dreams and intentions may change throughout the process, but organising your initial plans (even if they turn out to be off the mark!) is a great place to start. Writing these things down will give you the best chance to successfully start your research. You can start thinking about budget and the sums you need to do, research information and gather data from a variety of sources; all to help you begin to accurately set your objectives.
The people who begin this journey without knowing exactly what they want are the people who end up with something that’s not ‘perfect’ – if they get anything at all! The more time you take on this, on thinking about what you want, why you want it and when you want to achieve it, the easier it will be for you to set your ambitions – ensuring you get a better outcome than if you just ‘wing’ it.
For example, you might want to write something like:
I would like to buy a property in Spain because:
- I want somewhere to visit that improves my quality of life, somewhere I can go to enjoy more space, more sun and warmer weather, better food and less hustle and bustle
- I want somewhere I can go to enjoy memorable holidays with family and friends
- I’ve always wanted to live in Spain and I don’t want to get to a point when I’m looking back on my life, never having made the move and regretting it