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Renting out your Costa del Sol property

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Last year more than a million tourists stayed in holiday rental accommodation on the Costa del Sol - up 17 per cent on 2013

Whether your Costa del Sol property is standing empty – other than when you and your family or friends are visiting – or you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out, according to recent data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), self-catering holidays on our Sunshine Coast have never been more popular…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Open house at VIVA’s brand new office in Málaga city

The new VIVA Málaga office in the heart of the city

VIVA Málaga Partner, Agustín González, ensuring no one went hungry at the inaugural cocktail party!

Getting 2015 off to a fine start, VIVA clients, associates, partners, guests and friends recently attended the inauguration of the latest addition to our expanding network of regional offices which, located right in the very heart of the capital of the Costa del Sol, opened its doors on 15 December.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, Esperanza Cruz (right) with Susana, one of the many guests attending the event

The perfect hosts, VIVA Málaga Partners – Agustín González, Esperanza Cruz and José Cuadra – made everyone very welcome, and with time-honoured Malagueña hospitality it was a highly enjoyable and memorable evening for all, with good company, luscious sushi, mouthwatering tapas and no glass left unfilled!

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, José Cuadra (right), with Juan Carlos Silva, a member of the VIVA Vendor Services team

Opening an office in Málaga – the sixth largest city in Spain – is an enormously significant and exciting step for VIVA. And the timing couldn’t be better, because having substantially reinvented itself over the last few years, the provincial capital is regularly making the headlines, as the international media effusively extoll its numerous virtues.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Mouthwatering tapas went down a treat!

With its magnificent historic monuments, mile-upon-mile of inviting urban beaches, fabulous shopping, burgeoning art scene and renowned as the gastronomic hub of southern Spain, it’s no surprise that Málaga is already well-established as a favourite city break destination for Northern Europeans. In fact, last year it beat all records hands down when according to Spanish provincial daily Diario Sur, over a million tourists holidayed in the city in 2014.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Antonio Berlanga, Vendor Services VIVA Málaga and VIVA Málaga Coordinator, Isabel Sánchez

But just last September, it also emerged that according to a poll carried out by Urban Audit – a European Commission research group – Málaga was named ‘Spain’s most liveable city’, offering its citizens the best quality of life of all Spanish cities, and one of the highest in Europe.

So next time you’re out and about in the Costa del Sol’s very own captivating cultural hotspot, why not pop into the VIVA Málaga office and say hello… a warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed!

You’ll find the VIVA Málaga office at Calle Antonio Baena Gómez 1. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 7.30pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

Tel: +34 951 080 305.

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 29/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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IMF signals bottoming out of Spanish property prices

The IMF says Spanish property prices have come to, or may be near their lowest point

Published just over a week ago the International Monetary Fund’s January Multi-Country Report concludes that property prices in Spain, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands “have come to, or may be near their lowest point”…

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Moneycorp celebrate their 11th year on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol Moneycorp team

Moneycorp regional manager Steve Tiley (right), with the Moneycorp Costa del Sol team

Always a highlight on the team VIVA calendar and guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood during the countdown to Christmas, Moneycorp recently celebrated their 11th successful year on the Costa del Sol, and as soon as we got our invitations, we all knew we’d be in for a treat…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 26/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Costa del Sol property sales to foreigners up 45 per cent say General Council of Notaries

José Prado and Elías Bendodo

José Prado and Elías Bendodo at the Málaga presentation

Earlier this month, the president of the Provincial Association of Constructors and Developers of Málaga, José Prado, and the president of the Diputación de Málaga, Elías Bendodo, presented the latest data regarding the number of properties on the Costa del Sol purchased by foreigners, which continues to show substantial growth this year…

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End of market ‘adjustment’ in sight, says Bank of Spain

The Bank of Spain in Madrid

The landmark Bank of Spain building in Madrid

During a recent conference organised by Spain’s Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección – Association for Management Progress – the Director of the Bank of Spain’s Research Services, José Luis Malo de Molina, told the assembled financial directors that: “The adjustment in the property market has been long and intense, but the good news is that it is now coming to an end and the property market is now in a period of stabilisation…”

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Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard, talks about the Spanish property market

Marc Pritchard, sales director of Taylor Wimpey España

Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director

Browsing the Spanish Property Insight website the other day, we came across their recent interview with Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard.

We’ve sold a number of their new build homes on the Costa del Sol to VIVA clients over the years, so we know Taylor Wimpey España quite well. It’s rare to see such clear, accurate and straightforward comments and answers, so we thought we’d share with you Marc Pritchard’s thoughts about the business, and his views on the market.

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 19/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Born to run – VIVA’s Victoria takes part in the Málaga Marathon!

Victoria crossing the Málaga Marathon finishing line

Victoria crosses the Málaga Marathon finishing line with daughter Amelia proudly looking on

Yep, VIVA Wonder Woman has done it again! Not content with taking part in the Marbella Half Marathon back in September 2013, our Victoria has been spurred on to greater things and earlier this month participated in the 5th edition of the Málaga Cabberty Marathon, again running for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother who sadly lost her battle against cancer 20 years ago…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 18/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Mortgage lending in Spain up for fourth consecutive month

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The most substantial growth in mortgage lending in Spain since 2007

According to data published last week by Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadística (National Statistics Institute), new mortgage approvals recorded in the country’s land registries in September totalled 19,323, the largest number since February 2013, and a massive 29.8 per cent more than in September of last year…

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2015 real estate and construction boost for Spanish economy

economic growthA new study from independent financial advisors Arcano, forecasts that the real estate and construction sectors – together with household and company financing – will prove to be a potent shot in the arm for Spain’s recovering economy in 2015…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 27/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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