Property Management

Property Management

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Today I would like to talk about Property Mangement.

This is quite a large part of our business and we have quite a few big events coming up soon, that will keep us busy!

Cadiz Carnival runs from the 4th to the 13th of March, then the Jerez Motor Bike Grand Prix and on into Easter. So here is a little bit about property management and why you need it, if you have a second home in Spain. If you have a home here in Cadiz Province, that needs a property manager to look after it, I have left all our contact details at the end.

 Property Management – Why you need it!

So, who needs property management and why is it so important?

If you own a property in Spain that sits empty for long periods, then it is time you started to look after your investment.

An empty property is an easy target for thieves and not a very nice place to arrive to, if it has not been regulary aired, and smells of damp.

You can invest in one of our property management packages or instruct us with your own tailor made requirements.

Let’s get back, to why property management and maintenance is so important to you! Put simply, it is the peace of mind it gives you. Having a company you can trust, to keep your property secure, clean and to be available for any arising problem, no matter how major or small, is worth more to you, than the price you pay.

There is a general tendency, for property owners, to assume that their second home will ‘look after itself’.

Please don’t fall into this trap and become one of these types of owner.

It is wishful thinking, if the owner plans to earn an income from their property, such as one aimed at the letting market.

If you are looking to generate an income from your property, this is where a good property manager is worth their weight in gold.

Providing a key holding service, meeting & greeting your guests (sometimes late at night), cleaning, bed making and overseeing that your property is looked after both in general, and by your guests and to provide a service, where your guests will want to book again.

In short, your life is made easier, your home is looked after and you can also generate an income to pay for it, if you want to.

At OLÉ SOLUTIONS, we make a pledge to our clients. That is HONESTY, RELIABILITY, PERFORMANCE and RESULTS.

This is the service our clients expect from us and this is the service we provide. But, don’t just take our word for it, see what our clients have to say about our services here.

CALL US TODAY TO DISCUSS ALL YOUR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS.

TEL: 0034 956 33 66 14 or 0034 645 660 454 or

e-mail: pro-man@olesolutions.net

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Las Palmas / Video

Las Palmas / Video

Here is the sixth, in a video series we have found, shown on spanish television.

They are all obviously in spanish but I hope you can pick up a few words if you don’t yet speak the language.

Enjoy 😉

 

If you live in Las Palmas or are thinking of moving there or nearby please leave a comment in the box below. I am sure everyone will be interested in what you have to say and I love to read your comments!

[pro-player width=’750′ height=’300′ autostart=’true’ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59bSA36MU9w[/pro-player]

Dublin to Valencia

Dublin to Valencia

Kieran James Wallace is a 27 year old primary school teacher from Dublin, Ireland. 

For the last few months, he has been planning and researching his proposed move to Valencia. He is embarking on a career break which could be anything up to 5 years. However stepping into the unknown like this (despite summer working in many teaching and PR capacities there), he doesn’t know if he’ll ever return

He has already worked as an English teacher in Barcelona, Albacete and most
recently as a sports teacher through an English intensive course and in latter summers as a sports teacher / co-ordinator in Pontevedra, Galicia.

With a great desire and passion to be as good at the Spanish language as he possibly can, Kieran has been taking lessons in the last 3 or 4 years

Kieran has kindly, agreed to let us follow him on his path to live and work in Valencia. His plan, is to try and use his teaching experience and public relations aspirations to carve out his ‘place’ in this fantastic part of the world.

He has set a moving date of August / September 2011

We’ll catch up with him, after he has already made one pre-evaluation trip but hopefully he will tell us all about that, as well as all the up’s and down’s of moving from Ireland to Spain.

Keep coming back to follow Kieran’s journey from Dublin to Valencia. I am sure his experiences, will be invaluable to you.

 

 

PART TWO.

“From my initial thoughts of this ‘dream’ move possibility a lot has happened since Oct 2010. Having worked numerous times in various parts of Spain, albeit two and three month stints, I was aware of the red tape and paperwork formalities. Since my increased and heightened interest in all things España, I’ve also grown more aware that to even partially immerse myself into the Spanish culture and way of life, I had to improve on my castellano.
I was always attracted to the Spaniards style, friendliness, mannerisms, their easiness of showing affection and overall their high level of confidence as people. From past work colleagues, Spanish friends, hear’say and my own personal research, Valencia was quietly chosen on my own part…. but as a launching base-pad to visit, tour and live in the rest of the country or as my solitary base as of yet I don’t know.
I quickly set about researching jobs, accommodation, life amenities and facilities, transport links, social groups, or should I say {as a fitness fan} sports groups (namely and most importantly Gaelic Football [Irish football- I’ll explain later] rugby, basketball and running, for which the Jardin de Turia caters perfectly. Last but by no means least I have also been looking into the fiestas which are an important and integral part of the move – purely educational of course :).
Personally I’ve always loved the philosophy behind the saying ‘over-prepare and then go with the flow’  – It gives you the best of both worlds, safe in the knowledge that you are ready to do something and yet spontaneous enough to totally scrap your plans if the moment in time so chooses. So basically don’t underestimate the amount of forward thinking and planning you’ll have to do. It would be great and James Bond style adventurous to make the move on a whim but this is a big decision in everyone’s life – regardless if like me, your flying solo, going with a partner or setting sail with your family or friends/relatives.
My earlier investigative  phone calls, exploratory trips, endless hours of Internet research can be painstakingly slow, but brilliantly useful in letting you know what you’re getting yourself and your esteemed others in for. Thoughts constantly fly ahead of yourself actually living this dream….. and it will be a dream, but as a rebel and revered Cork favourite of mine once said “Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail: Muchas Gracias Roy Keane:
Until next time……………
……………….. Adios y suerte
KJ”
RELOCATION TO SPAIN – Article 5

RELOCATION TO SPAIN – Article 5

RELOCATION TO SPAIN 5                                                            

Education in Spain.

So what types of education are available in Spain?

• Pre-school (Educación Infantil, segundo ciclo) – 3 to 5 years of age
• Primary School (Educación Primaria) six years of schooling – 6 to 11 years of age
• Compulsory Secondary Education (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) four years of schooling – 12 to 15 years of age
• Post-Compulsory Schooling (Bachillerato) two years of schooling – 16 and 17 years of age
Spanish Bachillerato is the post-16 stage of education, comparable to A-Levels in the UK. There are two parts, a core curriculum with the compulsory subjects, and a specialist part with a few pre-selected branches to choose from.

NURSERIES
These pre-schools are for children aged 3 to 5. They are normally run by specially trained and dedicated teachers. Attendance is totally optional but places are normally highly valued by most parents, especially if they are both working. Provision depends on availability within the area in which you decide to live. There may be some privately run nursery and infant schools in your area.
The main aim of state Pre School education is to prepare young children for social integration within a school group environment, produce personal awareness and improve co-ordination leading on to integrated class activities, lessons in basic arts and craft, painting, music, team games and learning the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Some pre-schools are beginning to introduce English and/or French to the curriculum for preschool education but again depends on certain areas of Spain. The Authority also places emphasis during infant and primary education on all aspects of civic behaviour, conservation and ecology, cultural integration etc.
PUBLIC or STATE

State education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Science, although some regional governments have responsibility & authority for the educational system (including higher education).
Compulsory education termed the basic general education begins at six years of age in a primary school and lasts for eight years. At the age of 16, students receive a school-leaving certificate, which determines the course of their future education. Those with high marks are awarded a titulo de graduado escolar certificate and may attend a higher secondary school to study for their baccalaureate. Less academic students are awarded a school certificate, and attend a vocational programme providing specialised training for a specific career.
Attending a local state school helps children to integrate into the local community and learn the language and I recommended it, if your plan is to stay in Spain indefinitely. Placing your children in a state school lets both them and you become part of the local community. It is worth noting that, whereas it is fairly easy to switch from a state school to a private school, the reverse is not the case. If you need to move a child from a private school to a state school it can be difficult for that child to adjust, particularly a teenager.

CONCERTADO

A concertado school is a school which receives some government funding and you pay less than you would at a private school. Almost all of these schools were, if not still, run by religious orders and may still instill strong Catholic values.
Concertado schools also actively encourage parental involvement. Children usually wear school uniform and there is a perception in Spanish society that their educational standard is higher than in state schools.

PRIVATE or INTERNATIONAL

If you decide to bring elder children to Spain and if there is a private or International school in your area and you can afford it, it may be wise to look for a school which follows the British National Curriculum or American education system depending on your choice and where you are from.
Some international schools are more ‘international’ than others as nationalities generally include English, German, Russian, South American, Dutch and Spanish. There are schools, particularly on the Costa del Sol which are predominantly English. The age range for international schools depends on the size of the school. Some cover pre-school to sixth form i.e. 3- 18, whereas other might only be 3 – 7. If at three, you feel that your child is too young for school, there are also international kinder gardens that take children from 1 – 6.
HOME SCHOOLING
In Spain, it is illegal not to send a child of six years upwards to school, so home-schooling is not an option.
UNIVERSITIES
Culturally, the family is still a very important part of a young person´s life in Spain. Students may study in any chosen area as long as they are accepted but most students stay in the family home and commute. They can also rent nearby and return home at weekends.
As in all countries, the Spanish education system has its levels of education required for entrance into university but this depends largely upon what subjects you wish to study and works on a points system. The results from these two examinations equates to the total points gained. It is composed of 60% of the Bachillerato marks, plus 40% of the Selectividad. Each university has a point requirement for entrance and this will depend on the individual course and number of students wishing to study the particular subject.
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