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Land registry data points to 19% increase in Spanish property sales in space of one year

Author:   |  March 23rd, 2017

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January's sales figures show a national increase of 19% compared to last year.

January’s sales figures show a national increase of 19% compared to last year.

Among the recent and sustained signs that the Spanish property market has well and truly picked up comes news from the country’s Land Registry that adds further weight to the narrative…

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Time’s up for Eta as separatist group to fully disarm

Author:   |  March 22nd, 2017

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The shady separatist terrorist group of Eta is to lay down its weapons by April 8.

The shady separatist terrorist group of Eta is to lay down its weapons by April 8.

Basque separatist group Eta has not really been a credible threat to the average Spaniard for many years, and now the terrorist organisation has said that it will fully disarm by April 8…

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Three reasons why Spain is the place to be this Spring

Author:   |  March 21st, 2017

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Spring has sprung in Spain, and it's time to enjoy all the country has to offer at this time of year.

Spring has sprung in Spain, and it’s time to enjoy all the country has to offer at this time of year.

Expats who live in Spain could be forgiven for having a perma-grin affixed to their face. Nowhere on earth is perfect or immune from the pressures, ups and downs of life, but if you have been able to make a life for yourself in Spain then the chances are that you’re almost always happy, active, smiling and feeling pretty good.

It’s addictive, and one cannot help but tell their friends all about it… often at the risk of creating more envy than is healthy. But the reality is, Spain delivers some of the best quality of life on earth, and while being an expat brings its own unique challenges, it makes sense to want to tell the world why the decision you made was the right one.

With that in mind, here are three reasons why Spain is the place to be over the next few months of spring…

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Interest in Spanish property among European buyers reaches double-digit growth, stats show

Author:   |  March 20th, 2017

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The allure of a Spanish home in the sun is strong for all Europeans, not just Brits.

The allure of a Spanish home in the sun is strong for all Europeans, not just the British.

Britons are, have long been, and will likely continue to be the biggest single group of foreign homebuyers in Spain, but such is their dominance of this market – accounting for around one in five of all property sales to non-Spaniards – that to compare other nationalities on a like-for-like basis is often misleading…

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Catalonia’s symbolic independence referendum lands politician with two-year ban, large fine

Author:   |  March 17th, 2017

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Artur Mas, centre, after receiving his sentence at the Catalan High Court. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Artur Mas, centre, after receiving his sentence at the Catalan High Court. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Artur Mas, the former president of Catalonia and permanent thorn in Madrid’s side, has been slapped with a €36,500 fine and been barred from holding public office for two years following the staging of Catalonia’s symbolic independence referendum in 2014…

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Buyers can’t get enough of Spanish property

Author:   |  March 16th, 2017

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Spain has been in TheMoveChannel’s top two countries for 10 months, always having ranked behind the US, until now.

According to TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Top of the Props report, in February 2017 – for the first time in seven months, Spain unseated the US as the leading international property portal’s number one destination, with Spanish property accounting for more than one in seven of its enquiries, representing the country’s highest share of activity since 2013…

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Andalucía tourist figures up 15% in January

Author:   |  March 15th, 2017

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Hopping on a city sightseeing bus is a great way for visitors to get to know the provincial capital of Málaga.

According to data just released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), the number of overseas visitors to Andalucía – which of course, in addition to Málaga, also comprises the provinces of Cádiz, Huelva, Sevilla, Jaén, Córdoba, Granada and Almería – was a huge 15% higher in January of this year than that recorded for the same month in 2016, while visits from Spanish nationals also grew by nearly 11% over the same period…

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Spain’s king to visit Queen Elizabeth II in June

Author:   |  March 14th, 2017

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Spain's King Felipe VI will visit the UK on his first official state visit to Britain in June.

Spain’s King Felipe VI will visit the UK on his first official state visit to Britain in June.

Spanish King Felipe VI and his wife Letizia are to visit the UK on an official state visit between June 6-8 to meet with the British head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

The state visit was postponed last year due to Spain’s ongoing political deadlock, but now King Felipe’s calendar for 2017 can focus on more ceremonial measures after spending much of 2016 officiating on the country’s political landscape…

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2017 brings four-year-high for January Spanish property sales

Author:   |  March 13th, 2017

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While much of Northern Europe was shivering in the snow, people in Spain were busy buying homes. Lots of homes.

While much of Northern Europe was shivering in the snow, people in Spain were busy buying homes. Lots of homes.

January is not usually considered to be the best time to go property hunting. Sure, it’s the month of the January sales, but the high street is a very different beast to the Spanish property market…

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Chinese investment in Spain grew four-fold in 2016, data shows

Author:   |  March 10th, 2017

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From food to fashion, prioperty to football clubs, Spain is proving highly alluring for Chinese money.

From food to fashion, property to football clubs, Spain is proving highly alluring for Chinese money.

Spain is now the seventh-most attractive country in Europe for Chinese investment, with more than €1.7 billion of Chinese money pouring into the Spanish economy in 2016, reveals data by investment firm Baker McKenzie…

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