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Cool heads needed as Catalonia “self rule” vote nears

Author:   |  September 25th, 2017

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Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Politics has the propensity to get messy quickly, perhaps more so in Spain than in most other European nations. Decades of fascist Franco rule kept a lid on regional tensions and whims by the use of force; and since 1976 Spain’s existence and progress as a successful European state has hinged largely on the promise and reality of an improved standard of living for all…

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Spanish second home market redefines itself

Author:   |  September 22nd, 2017

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There is no such thing as a typical holiday homebuyer in Spain - the market appeals to all.

There is no such thing as a typical holiday homebuyer in Spain – the market appeals to all.

There is no ‘typical’ overseas buyer of Spanish property. For every secretive millionaire keen to snap up a slice of the exclusive La Zagaleta, there are your more down-to-earth types who have scrimped and saved and can finally take the plunge on their dream home overseas…

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Spain sees summer road deaths fall 12%

Author:   |  September 21st, 2017

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31 fewer people died on Spain's roads over the summer compared to last year - an encouraging statistic.

31 fewer people died on Spain’s roads over the summer compared to last year – an encouraging statistic.

Thanks to the country’s stunning scenery, pleasant climate, and propensity for laying winding roads across even the most undulating and cliff-hugging terrain imaginable, driving in Spain is often a spectacular experience

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Monthly sales figures for Spanish property topping 40,000 as stability reigns

Author:   |  September 19th, 2017

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Activity in Spain's property market is brisker today than it has been for almost a decade.

Activity in Spain’s property market is brisker today than it has been for almost a decade.

Analysis of property sales data by Spanish property market valuation and appraisals firm Tinsa has shown that monthly transactions have held steady at and around the 40,000 per month mark for the past few months.

This performance indicates that Spain’s property market has entered into a new phase of growth; a more sustained, steady and encouraging stage that generally follows on from the more rapid increases in property purchases associated with a market’s initial recovery…

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Spain rises to third in expat quality of life survey

Author:   |  September 18th, 2017

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The stunning Basque region in northern Spain is set to welcome back a growing number of natives from the UK.

Spain has risen from fourth to third place in the latest expat quality of life survey, and it is easy to see why.

Spain has been ranked the third best place in the world to be an expat in the latest InterNations survey.

The poll, conducted every year, asked 12,500 expats to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of one to seven…

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Brit expats in EU to continue receiving annual pension increase

Author:   |  September 15th, 2017

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British pensioners resident in the EU can rest easy following the publication of government documents confirming that pension payments will continue to rise for expats.

British pensioners resident in the EU can rest easy following the publication of government documents confirming that pension payments will continue to rise for expats.

Expat British pensioners who live in the European Union (EU) are to be reassured that their pensions will continue to rise each year after Brexit, reports the Daily Telegraph.

According to official documents released by the British government, British state pensions will not be ‘frozen’ in March 2019 – the month in which the UK is expected to leave the EU…

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Sky launches low-cost streaming service in Spain

Author:   |  September 14th, 2017

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€10 per month and available across three connected devices, the new Sky streaming service could be good - but will the content be able to match Netflix?

€10 per month and available across three connected devices, the new Sky streaming service could be good – but will the content be able to match Netflix?

The increasingly crowded pay TV space in Spain has welcomed a new player following the launch of a new streaming service by Sky.

The broadcasting giant – owned by Rupert Murdoch – this month launched its new service for €10 per month, with programming taken from 12 local pay-TV channels including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Syfy, TNT, Fox and National Geographic…

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Spanish property records 5.6% price increase in second quarter

Author:   |  September 12th, 2017

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Home values across Spain vary, and so too do annual price fluctuations, but as a national average the trend is positive.

Home values across Spain vary, and so too do annual price fluctuations, but as a national average the trend is positive.

Attaining an accurate, tell-all figure that provides a snapshot of Spanish property prices is no easy task. Aside from the regional variation, there are also a number of different metrics being used, ranging from average mortgage loan values to recorded transaction prices…

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Costa del Sol home to Spain’s priciest property neighbourhood

Author:   |  September 11th, 2017

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La Zagaleta is home to Spain’s most expensive properties, and some of its most beautiful.

The key attraction of the Costa del Sol is its sheer variety. While Ibiza may have the clubs, Majorca the cycling, the Canaries the year-round-weather and the Costa Blanca the beaches, the Costa del Sol borrows a little from all and excels on many fronts

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48% of Brits who moved to Spain last year retired, data shows

Author:   |  September 8th, 2017

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Pension-age Brits simply love Spain, with around half of retired UK expats in the EU registered there.

Pension-age Brits simply love Spain, with around half of retired UK expats in the EU registered there.

New data analysis by Spain’s Office for National Statistics (INE) has revealed that of the nearly 300,000 British citizens who took up residence in Spain in 2016, 48% were retired…

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