A Place In The Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin issues major warning as buyers get ‘caught out’

A Place in the Sun: Homebuyer jokes she ‘hates’ Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin, 47, has presented A Place in the Sun since joining the cast in 2004, so he knows a thing or two about property abroad. Potential buyers trust his knowledge and from his past experience with first time oversea buyers, he wanted to warn others of one big mistake they usually make.

You’d be surprised how many people get caught out!

Jonnie Irwin

Taking to his blog, Jonnie jotted down a few tips he learnt over his career to guide buyers about what to consider when looking at purchasing a second home across the channel.

But what may seem like an obvious amenity to have in a home, many forget that heating also applies to countries which tend to get hot in the summer.

“In my experience, huge numbers of second home-owners still travel back to the UK for various reasons in the winter as it’s certainly not sunbathing weather on The Costas in January,” he noted.

“I remember showing a couple some properties in Mijas Pueblo just few years back and it started to snow, (here’s a little tip, if you want to use your second home in the cooler months, keep a lookout for heating – you’d be surprised how many people get caught out!)”

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It come after he discussed the potential difficulties for buying in Europe now the UK has left the EU.

With Brexit well and truly done, Jonnie pointed out that while he didn’t vote for the “catastrophic exit”, he still believes there can be happily-ever-afters for those still wanting to move to other European climates.

“First and foremost, as a British national you are still able to buy property throughout Europe. Taking this right away was never under threat,” he explained to those worried about the potential limitations.

“Secondly, even before considering a visa, you will be able to stay and live in your holiday home for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

“That’s the best part of three months in every six which means you can escape the cold winter months.”

He added that whilst this would encourage property owners to travel back and forward to the UK more often to comply with this rule, they will still have at least six months to spend enjoying their holiday home.

With all this knowledge to give, Jonnie recently spoke of his surprise that at 17-years down the line, he’s still doing the Channel 4 show.

The property expert revealed he didn’t think his stint would “last long”, admitting he left a “lucrative career” before getting involved in TV.

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The 47-year-old had previously bought and sold businesses that proved to be profitable.

But the small-screen star gave up his profession to take on a new challenge.

Speaking about his wariness to front a show, Jonnie confessed: “My reservations were that I had a career. I used to buy and sell brand new businesses.

“My background is buying and selling commercial businesses. I was managing an office, I had a team and I was on a career trajectory.

“So it was a big thing to turn my back on that.”

He added: “All my peers now are all pretty successful and it was a big risk to turn my back on a really lucrative and steady career to go and work in the creative industry. To work in television.”

The dad-of-three explained that his former business colleagues believed it was a good opportunity to branch out into the small screen and, to his delight, worked in his favour.

And the show participants whom he helped find their dream home will be thanking their lucky stars that he did!

A Place In The Sun airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 4pm.

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