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VIVA at A Place in the Sun… show biz!

The VIVA stand at A Place in the Sun Live, Birmingham NEC

The number of visitors to the Show exceeded all expectations

Following the enormous success and stunning response we received at the ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ property exhibition at London Olympia back in March, for the second time in 7 months members of the VIVA team flew into the UK again last weekend, this time to take part in the Birmingham NEC edition of the Show. And thanks to the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand what an amazing time we all had…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 10/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Scotland’s ‘No’ vote pushes sterling to a 2-year high

Sterling banknotes and coinsAs 55 per cent of Scotland’s voters rejected independence on Thursday, in their Daily Market Brief, exchange experts Moneycorp report that overnight sterling advanced across the board, peaking at 02.24am on Friday morning when it was nearly 1 per cent higher on average than it had been 24 hours earlier; and 2.5 per cent above its level ahead of the Sunday Times publishing the first ‘too-close-to-call’ opinion poll on 7 September.

Despite having fallen back a little this morning, sterling remained close to a 2-year high against the euro, while against the dollar it was at its healthiest for more than 2 weeks.

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 19/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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World’s biggest liner makes her European debut in Málaga

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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July property sales up 24 per cent in Málaga province

Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, Málaga

Property transactions in Málaga in July were the highest since 2008.

The positive reports about the Spanish housing market just keep on coming. The latest one – published just yesterday by the INE (Spain’s National Statistics Institute) – shows that property sales in the province of Málaga, which includes the Costa del Sol, were up by a whopping 24 per cent in July when compared to figures for the same month last year, and streets ahead of the 10.7 per cent increase recorded nationally…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 12/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Buying a property in Spain? This is one report you can't afford to miss!

Current Spanish property market statisticsPublished just last week on the Spanish Property Insight website, the ‘Latest Housing Market Figures in Detail’ report is truly essential reading that no one thinking of buying a property in Spain should miss out on. Packed with invaluable information, research and analyses, it’s also every bit as relevant whether you’re selling your property or just like to keep bang up to speed on market trends…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 04/09/2014 [3] Comments 
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90 per cent of foreign buyers on the Costa del Sol don’t need a mortgage, study finds

Marbella, Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol property market is being driven by foreign buyers

Focusing on the current state of the Costa del Sol property market, a new study – just released by international real estate consultancy Aguirre Newman – confirms that throughout 2014 activity is being driven by foreign buyers, 90 per cent of whom, given that prices have been falling for 7 years, do not need to finance their purchase…

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King and Queen of Spain to visit the Costa del Sol in September

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day, 19 June 2014

Less than three months into their reign, Spain’s new monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be visiting the Costa del Sol from 5 – 7 September to attend the XIX edition of the Spain–United States Forum taking place at Marbella’s internationally renowned Hotel Don Carlos

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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US Fund Cerberus said to be investing €220m in Sotogrande

The marina at Sotogrande

World-famous sport and leisure amenities at Sotogrande include a beautiful marina, five golf courses and a polo ground

Although details of the deal are still few and far between, according to reports, giant US investment fund, Cerberus Capital Management L.P. – which is headquartered in New York and whose acquisitions also include a portfolio of bank branches bought from Caja Madrid in 2010 – has successfully won a bid at auction to acquire the Sotogrande real estate unit from previous owners NH Hoteles which controls Sotogrande Golf & Polo Resorts…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 05/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Michelin Guide presentation to bring €10m to Marbella

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs: Dani García, Diego del Río, Marcos Granda & José Carlos García

An ambitious initiative four years in the making has finally paid off with the recent news that the presentation of the ‘Spain & Portugal Michelin Guide 2015’ will be taking place at Marbella’s landmark Hotel Los Monteros this autumn. It’s the first time that the prestigious event has ever been held in Andalucía, and as the most important gastronomic ceremony in the Iberian Peninsula, in terms of media coverage alone it’s estimated to be worth a cool €10m to Marbella in particular, and to the Costa del Sol in general…

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Superstar dance legend Joaquín Cortés centre stage in Marbella 25 & 26 July 2014

Joaquín Cortés in 'Gitano', Marbella, July 2014

Joaquín Cortés' 'Gitano' spectacular takes place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club on 25 & 26 July 2014

Córdoba-born Joaquín Cortés – hailed as one of the ten best dancers of all time – brings ‘Gitano’, his latest Show, to Marbella this Friday and Saturday night. Fusing the most orthodox flamenco with both classical ballet and contemporary dance, ‘Gitano’ – Gypsy – has been acclaimed as Cortés’ most spectacular Show to date, which the world-famous dancer and choreographer describes as “a journey through dance and music… an explosion of dance in which I want to take the audience on a journey, the journey of my life”…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 23/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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