Monday, 30 January 2017

Villa Blindness! Schools and Cars...... :-/

I have spent free time this week doing mad villa searches.

I don't know how many sites I have looked at, and how many listings of long term rentals, but my head is minced and they are all blurring into one another.

One of the hardest parts with some of the sites is 'availability'. Some of the sites make it perfectly clear when they are Rented. Very few tell you when the rented ones will be available from, and a lot of them don't tell you anything at all.

I have stumbled across some really really really nice ones, but sadly they are out of the price range! There are a few contenders to consider.

Another issue is of course location. The sites give you a general location, but I want to know exactly where, i.e. show me on Google Maps! I like to look at the earth view and see what other properties are near by, where the main roads are and what the facilities in the area are.

By pulling different information from a few of the listings, I have successfully managed to find some of them on the map. It is a bit like "Where's Wally", but for property. Swimming pool shapes, villa buildings, distance to estimates etc. all help, but it is not easy!

More hunting required.

I contacted a couple of agents this week, just to test the waters, so see what sort of response we get.

We also dropped a mail to the 3 British schools around Paphos, so see what they say, but really need to get formal applications sent. That will be a job for when I get back onshore next week.

I also had a quick look at a few car the hell can they justify those prices! This is going to need more work.

Monday, 23 January 2017

And the offers are in........

So, today was the day, the offers came in from the future employer.

Mixed emotions and time to reflect, but looks like one things for sure, we will be leaving Qatar.

The question is: will we, or will we not go for Cyprus?


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Is Cyprus Calling? We just don't know yet!

Hello and welcome to my Cyprus is Calling blog.

So what is this all about? Well, as you can see from the link in the header, I have another blog, Qatar Is Calling, which was and is all about moving to and working in Qatar. There have been some changes announced at my employer, which will result in a change of employer and possibly a change in residential status.

I say possibly because we still do not know the details yet and it may or may not have an impact. As I look towards the timings, we (me and the wife) cannot take the risk and leave everything to the last minute, and need a Plan B, just in case we do have to move out of the country, for either residential sponsorship withdrawal or financial constraints due to terms and condition changes with an employer transfer.

My wife and I had previously discussed options when I first applied for a position in Qatar about where we would live etc. etc. and Cyprus was an option. At the time, it never was needed and ended up moving to Qatar. Now the Cyprus option is back on the cards.

This blog is ultimately the Part 2 of the Life Changing Adventure for the family, with another country, so another blog.

Let us see where this takes us!