Moving a young family to Menorca

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Moving a young family to Menorca

Post by #45’s wig » March 11th, 2021, 7:25 pm

Re-posting as I didn’t receive any replies last time!

Dear All
We’re in the very early stages of considering a permanent move to the Balearics. Menorca (particularly the S-E) is our favorite island, but I’d value your thoughts about the following:

Does anyone have experience of the 'Residence visa for buyers of real estate (RIV)'? I believe it’s for non-EU citizens..The Spanish govt website is a little light on detail but it seems to be contingent upon spending at least 500K Euros on a Spanish property.

Which island has the best English-speaking school? We have young-ish kids. Searching doesn't reveal any options on Menorca (just Mallorca/Ibiza) - is that so?

Are there many year-round ex-pat families with young-ish kids, & if so, is there an area of the island where they are clustered? I guess local access to school/other kids amenities determines where families tend to end up? Clearly we'd rather not be surrounded entirely by retirees!

Have property values been decreasing a little on Menorca? Seems like many listings are reduced..

My sense is, in terms of what you get for your $, Menorca is better value than Mallorca, which is better value than Ibiza. Am i correct?

That’ll do for starters. Thanks for your time/expertise in advance.

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Re: Moving a young family to Menorca

Post by Sunseaker » March 11th, 2021, 11:06 pm

Hope someone can help you this time and sorry you didn't get any reply's before.
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Re: Moving a young family to Menorca

Post by kieronf » March 12th, 2021, 6:16 pm

Things have change dramatically since brexit in terms of setting up home in Menorca. To stay here beyond the 90 day limit you now need a visa from the Spanish Embassy in London and there are two main visa types - the so called golden visa which requires that you purchase property valued in excess of €500k (or invest the same in Spanish investment funds). This visa gets you through the door and entitles you and your dependents to stay for three years (I think) during/after which you can apply for residency as usual.

The next type of visa is called the Non Lucrative visa. There are two variants of this visa type, the first requires that you have evidence of savings of €25,816 for the principal applicant and an extra €6,454 invested for every other applicant including children. In addition you must have comprehensive health insurance for all applicants. The second variant is for you to be able to prove monthly income of €2,259 for the principal applicant and a further €564 pcm for each additional applicant including children - again, healthcare insurance must be in place for all applicants. Once you are in Menorca you can begin the standard application for residencia.

There are no English or International schools on Menorca but everyone with children in schools here will tell you that children adapt quickly and learn the language in no time. Having said that, I believe there would be universal agreement that the overall standard of schooling in Menorca is not as high as elsewhere.

As regards where are young English families concentrated - the answer is, they aren't. Menorca is tiny, 50 minutes end to end and 20 minutes from north to south - nowhere is far from anywhere else. Unless you want to live in the town where your kids are in school, you will need a car to move them around so why not be more flexible in where you choose to live. Talking of which, you don't have to wait until you are here to purchase a property, the whole thing can be done from the UK using a local solicitor with your Power of Attorney (search the forum posts for PoA). Not that you would want to do that, who would - but you can get the ball rolling and have search agents start looking on your behalf - google Menorca Property Finders.

You must remember that most summer resorts are closed and desolate in winter, not even a shop or cafe bar, so think carefully about buying into a summer resort - you can life inland and be at a beach in less than ten minutes - and its cheaper to buy. House prices are a mixed bag, the more expensive properties are seeing values increase because of buyers from France and Spain - lower down the scale prices are stable. And yes, you get much more for your money here in Menorca, plus you get the unspoilt island, complete safety, negligible crime.................. no contest for me.

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Re: Moving a young family to Menorca

Post by harryzimm » March 14th, 2021, 3:21 pm

[kieronf] Your post is the most comprehensive, helpful description of Spanish residency requirements that I have seen.

I am still trying to remember what the “good” part of Brexit was supposed to be (lol).

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