My wife and I have been searching for a very long time for a nice place for us to retire in Spain. I have first visited this great country back in the late nineties and needless to say, it was love from first sight - a welcome respite from the hectic, stressful and fast-paced life in the United States.
I visited it even more times and yes, my fascination and infatuation with this incredible country, its amazing history, culture and yes, truly gastronomic cuisine, grew stronger and stronger with each subsequent visit. Thanks to Facebook we have seen plenty of stunning views and vistas of Spain.
So, our decision to retire and live a laid-back, quiet and easy lifestyle in a first world country that has everything to offer, and then some, was only natural. I am sure, folks will agree with me that permanently moving to a foreign country especially one with a different way of living and by a person with no language experience is a worrying and taxing experience - what do we do now, how do we handle domestic minutiae like water, electricity, you name it.
Then my wife embarked on the lengthy and time-consuming process of looking at properties, amenities, locations, prices coming to us from Facebook. By happenstance we came across Paul Cox and his company Movehappy, so initially we were curious and skeptical - after all, an estate agent theoretically takes care about himself first, and then of his clients, right? WRONG!
Paul is the absolute exception to that widely held belief. I do not remember exactly how many of his competitors we contacted with my exhaustive and yes, exhausting list of at least 20 questions, repeated and amended every 2-3 months! Most of the time we either got a late response, or something totally inconsequential - “Go check my web page!” Sorry guys, this is not how you buy a property across the ocean! It is one thing jumping on a plane from the UK and arriving in Spain after a few hours, entirely difference experience from the US to Spain, not to mention that in the States annual leaves of absence are extremely short.Very quickly we decided to deal with him, as Paul always, rain or shine found enough time from his busy schedule to explain in perfect details the ins and outs of buying a permanent property in Spain.
From the very beginning he was frank, professional and straightforward, plain business and no bollocks: “The price of the property is X, you will have to pay the following expenses spelled out - 10% VAT taxes, so much for notary, land registry, so much to connect water and electricity, on and on…” And, here comes the sweet part - in writing - if you buy from us, we will provide you with an English speaking lawyer who will handle everything for you, free of charge and to show our appreciation, you will get 5000 € credit to buy furniture. We still have not used it, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it is on the table.
Paul showed us a few properties that we liked and as it usually happens, we settled on the first one that we saw, a lovely small development close to where he lives called Green Hills in La Zenia, what a little cracker, even though its price was a bit out of our reach at the time.
For the record, I must say that it happened during the October bank holiday, when Spain was celebrating. We had at least 2 other estate agents turn us down for that reason who did not seem to care too much about us. Not with Paul - he drove us around, never got tired of answering our numerous questions, in a nutshell he was our nanny and a genuine guardian angel. He helped us with the builder of the property, spicing up his recommendations with a great sense of humour, vital in this business.
We flew back to the US, and Paul kept us in the loop, every step along the way - “such and such actions have been completed, waiting for this and that, this is what everything looks like…” Not to mention the fact that I kept “bothering” him with my questions, day in and out, and he never got tired. So, naturally we developed a real kinship and friendship which I am hoping to continue once we move permanently to Spain.
In conclusion, I must say that Paul is the absolute dream come true to anyone who is seriously contemplating relocation in Spain, the ultimate professional and genuine friend.
It is fair to say that when myself and my wife decided to buy a home in Spain we just hadn’t got a clue what to do or how to approach it, we did of course use Mr. Google but that just instilled more fear about what we needed to do and what pitfalls we have to look out for…………..So on a wet Saturday in November 2019 when I came across MoveHappy, I sent off an email to see what would happen. Within 30 mins I received a call from a certain Mr. Paul Cox who said he would be sending on some information, it was after speaking to Paul that we felt we had found somebody who will help us through the whole process. He listened to what we wanted, asked some great questions and then sent on a list of properties he felt we would be interested in.
So we took ourselves off to Spain for a few days to meet Paul. With the information we had exchanged over the previous 2 months it is fair to say that Paul hit the Jackpot with the very first house we saw. That was just the start of the journey of course, however with Paul leading us the whole way through the process and being so responsive just made everything so easy and painless. We came out a few more times during the buying process and Paul was always on hand to help with deposits, legals, connections of utilities, etc and to show us around the area.
When it came to getting the furniture, Paul had it sorted, and we did it in one (very stressful!) day but enjoyed a pint after with Paul. Since we closed the sale, Paul has also been a great help, he didn’t disappear he still is there for us when required, pointing us in the right direction, always finding a way around any issues, chasing up stuff and just general advice.
I have always believed in life, that you get what you pay for, and if it sounds to good to be true it generally is, well Paul is the exception to these rules, he cost you, he delivers on his promise of savings and service. In over 25 years of running my own business I know and appreciate how hard it can be to meet clients expectations but Paul manages it to a level I have never experienced. He is also a man of high integrity which is a very important trait when dealing in transactions such as a home purchase.
I would, without hesitation, recommend Paul to anybody considering buying a home in Spain.
We had always dreamed of owning a property in the sun for many years and after meeting Paul and Fran our dreams came true not only did they find the most beautiful villa for us we have also made life long friends.
From the very start they were very professional in everything they did, they listened to our requirements and would always reply to emails and phone calls even on weekends.
From first meeting Paul at the airport to him dropping us back for our return trip home he did everything for us buying a property in another country is very scary and different then in the UK but we felt more at ease with Paul and Fran then when we bought our home in the UK.
While we were waiting for the build to finish Paul made sure everything was going to plan and did everything for us from getting us our NIE numbers, opening up a bank account, Notary, the fantastic furniture package, aircon, drinking water filters the list goes on and on.
We have had our property for just over year now and Paul would still pick up the phone up if we had any worries or concerns.
We have never dealt with such a lovely and professional business like MoveHappy and would 100 percent use them again.
Following divorce, I sold my London house and drove to Spain to start a new life. All I had were my clothes and photos.
I can’t speak Spanish and had no idea how things work when buying a house and all the legal requirements. After a short time looking around Alicante and surrounding areas for a new home, I came across Paul Cox at Movehappy.
I don’t trust anybody, especially when it comes to my money so I was very careful after meeting Paul because he was offering a service that seemed too good to be true.
However, after Paul had shown me around a few properties and I decided on one to purchase, Paul did everything he had promised. Firstly he found a place for me to rent while the purchase went through. He helped set up currency exchange, open a bank account, get an accountant, sort out the notary, deal with the seller, get electricity and water connected and sort out supply of white goods and aircon.
Paul always arrived on time when we had to see the bank/accountant/notary etc. He explained every step of the process of buying my new house.
Paul went beyond what he promised. I don’t see Paul as an estate agent now; he’s more like a Guardian Angel.
Whilst buying our first property in Spain we were very nervous and apprehensive. Once making contact with Paul he made us feel relaxed and talked us through the whole process of buying in Spain.
From beginning to end Paul has been there answering all our questions and one thing I liked, every time we had an issue or concern he came back to us promptly with the solution. He showed us all our options within our budget and nothing was too much for him to help us.
Also being in the Uk and trying to sort things out in Spain Paul was brilliant at being the middle man for us, getting quotes and sorting out our requirements. If anyone reading this is thinking about buying in Spain make your first call to Paul. On a personal note I would like to thank Paul on making our dream a reality. Muchas gracias Paul.
We were very sceptical about the buying process, thank goodness we came across Paul. He put our minds at rest and made the whole experience a pleasure.
He sorted everything out, recommended a lovely hotel, picked us up from the airport, we found the perfect Villa after a few days, we never felt under any pressure to purchase.
We would highly recommend Movehappy, the packages are so good and you get exactly what it says on the tin!!
Movehappy were fantastic from the first call to getting the keys. Brilliant value for money with their packages, no hard sells. Very professional and made us feel like part of the family.
Nothing was ever to much trouble, we would definately recommend Movehappy to anyone considering buying a house in Spain.