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Author: Len Smith
Hi Val, despite Seedies coments. Bulgaria is certainly worth considering for your retirement, not sure what your status would be here as a Canadian but as a Brit it is good with no problems with the locals who will help us if need be. Re :"Crime" although we were robbed in our second year here but we put this down to people from outside. Our village think we were followed home from a shop in Varna, never had any trouble since and been here 9 years now. We subscribe to a security system which is deterent for would be burglers but there is no signs of this type of crime in our area it does go on in the isolated villages where you hear of houses are completly emtied whilst owners are away who do not have security, but is there a country where this does not go on. Regarding the corruption and Mafie type activities here as a private person they do not concern me it certainly goes on usally around the citys. I did a bit of reseach and travelling prior to buying in Bulgaria although the countryside is lovely I wanted a place where my family would visit more than once and the isolated villages was not the place . There are totally empty villages here for the same reason I settled on the Black sea coast north of Varna. I live 4 klms from the coast where we enjoy the village life and can be in the resorts if we so wish usally when our family come and I have found they come every year now in increasing numbers and they love it as much as we do.The weather tends to be not so harsh in winter either near to the coast as well regarding food veg is a lot cheaper than in U/K although we grow most of our own meat is the same price as in U/K although it helps if you like chicken and Pork as this tends to be cheaper you get to know the cheaper shops after awhile. Which means a trip to a big supermarket once or twice a month although there are shops in the village there is not the choice we have large fridges and freezes. The minor roads are usally bad but they are getting there our village is full of potholes but we are told the village now has the money to repair them properly. EU money of course but work will not start untill next year when the water system will be replaced as well as it dates back 60 years old steel pipes.As long as your house is paid for it can be quite reasonable to live here.There are problems with the infrastructer ie/ elactric and water get cut off due to problems but this due to 60 years of communism with no monies spent on this type of thing.I cannot understand people who whinge about the place so much why do they not go back to where they came from I was with people yesterday who never stop complaining about the sunshine here and are fed up with it gret is that not one of the priorities why we all came here in the first place,All in all Val we love it in Bulgaria and intend living here for a long while yet and if you need any info at all please ask us .
Hi Susan thanks for your reply re car thing I have had a house in BG now for 9 years from before enty into EU but only spending a lot of time here in last few years after retiring in U/K I bought a car a couple of years ago and had to have my company Docs to register the car 3 weeks ago I was in Varne showroom looking at a new car and asked the staff if I purchased a car would the organise registering the car for me I was told there would be no problem as long as I had company docs bulstat ect, allthough I have long term residency I did not persue this angle will ask next time I am in Varna.
Hi Re Company and house I believe if you transfer your house from the company to yourself you have to pay the goverment 3% of what you originally bought it for and then the cost of dissolving your company also what is the situation with a car as you used to have to have a company to own a car has this also changed now .
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