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welldoneson 4th May 2013 10:38 AM

Hi everyone in Maella.

My wife and I bought our finca near Maella 18 months ago and are part of the way through renovating our casita. We would love to meet up with other expats in the area...

I have already been in touch with JJ online (Hello again) but would like to be part of the community of people that seems to be growing in the area to help share advice etc.

Hi Maria (Mimi)
we are also down the Rue St Barbara track, past the La Solobra exit about 5km from Maella town, so we are in walking distance of each other. It would be good to meet for a drink sometime.

We found it hard getting useful information, especially as we do not speak Spanish so it would be great if we can all share our experiences and help each other out.

All the best,
Joe.

welldoneson 4th May 2013 12:28 PM

Hi Al,

I see you are considering buying in/near Maella. We did so 18 months ago and got planning (obres majores) to renovate the existing stone ruin by putting on a new roof, windows, septic tank etc but I am still unsure whether we will ever get a habitation certificate once the work is complete. I have not yet got the planning document properly translated as it is in legal jargon and even the Spanish teacher at the school I work at was unsure what some of it meant!
The problem I found is the lack of English speaking people in the area so it is impossible to get accurate advice and also a lot of the locals do things illegally without any problems so people say it is fine to do what you want. The question is do you want to take the risk with all of your savings? Our plan is to use our building as a cheap holiday home and since we do not plan to sell it, we are not too fussed about it being a completely legal dwelling. Lots of people are in the same position having bought rustic land but they still live on their fincas without problems. It seems unlikely to me that habitation certificates will be issued to this type of property if the building is on rustic land even if you do get proper planning permission. If you want to be sure then buy in Maella town centre and get the building thoroughly checked out by a solicitor to ensure it is legally built before committing to anything.

Regards,
Joe.

Muskin 28th May 2013 03:29 PM

Hi. Would it be possible for someone to pm me Steve Banhams number please? Thanks. :)

Muskin 6th June 2013 07:26 PM

Irrigation services near Maella?
 
Hi,

We have a Finca just south of Caspe where the government have kindly supplied irrigation water. However, we have no idea how to connect this main pipe to whatever we need to connect it to!

Can anyone shed some light on this please? Or give me the details of a local who knows these things? Unfortunately my Spanish is not advanced enough yet to cope with this type of conversation!

Many thanks

gus-lopez 7th June 2013 07:21 AM

I assume that you mean the outlet from the meter ? You need to contact a Fontanera
( plumber) who will be able to do it all.

Muskin 23rd June 2013 09:54 AM

Morning all from drizzly England!

I feel that I should respond to the unfavourable reports of Finca Casa Aragon.

We also bought through them and I found both ladies absolutely lovely. Communication with Julie was very good whilst looking for somewhere to buy and she answered all of my questions, and Mercedes even went to the town hall to see if we would be allowed to get married on our Finca, after we had bought the property.

Julie happily drove us for hours through the area and showed us fincas that weren't on our list, but ones she thought we would like. And she was right, we bought one of her suggestions at an incredibly reasonable price.

If I get the opportunity to buy again in the area, which I am very keen to do, I will definitely use Finca Casa Aragon again.

welldoneson 23rd June 2013 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Muskin (Post 1215781)
Morning all from drizzly England!

I feel that I should respond to the unfavourable reports of Finca Casa Aragon.

We also bought through them and I found both ladies absolutely lovely. Communication with Julie was very good whilst looking for somewhere to buy and she answered all of my questions, and Mercedes even went to the town hall to see if we would be allowed to get married on our Finca, after we had bought the property.

Julie happily drove us for hours through the area and showed us fincas that weren't on our list, but ones she thought we would like. And she was right, we bought one of her suggestions at an incredibly reasonable price.

If I get the opportunity to buy again in the area, which I am very keen to do, I will definitely use Finca Casa Aragon again.

I am happy to agree with Muskin and recommend finca casa aragon.

We found Julie and Mercedes to be helpful and professional, Julie answered all of our questions and was honest about what is 'usual practice' and what is legal. In the end we decided to use an architect to get a full project license to renovate our casa even though many of the locals use a minor works license as we wanted to be sure that we had done everything by the book.

I can see why Maria feels that the after sales service is not the best as Julie has been a little slow to reply to emails at times but this is understandable given that they are trying to sell properties and do not get anything for giving advice following a sale. If you need advice it may be better to ask on here and find out what others have done before making a decision about how you want to proceed.

JJ, if you want the number for an architect let me know as I have used a local company in Caspe and would thoroughly recommend their services.

To all the expats in the region, please get in touch, it would be nice to make some more friends in the area.

Joe.

welldoneson 23rd June 2013 02:07 PM

Al,

Did you find a place? Let us know how it is going.

Cheers,
Joe.

Muskin 28th June 2013 09:34 AM

Hi joe. Where around Maella are you?

To all in maella! We are spending the kids summer hols in Spain this year, I'm ridiculously excited. Do any of you have kids?
What's the town pool like? I'm planning on spending a lot of time there so we can all learn a bit more spanish. :)

Nugget_Hound 28th June 2013 10:06 AM

Myself and a couple of friends are looking at buying some land in Maella and have been looking at the fince casa aragon site , some of the land seems so ridiculously cheap!! I would be happy with a small bit and a mobile home , especially for 3500!!!

Are you guys growing your own food , are there problems doing this , this would be my priority if I got a place over there.

Also did anyone purchase land only??

Many thanks , glad I saw this thread , brilliant that you have made the move mimi I admire your balls :)


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