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VIVA attends the Association of International Property Professionals AGM in London

AIPP chairman Peter Robinson at the AGM in London

AIPP chairman, Peter Robinson, speaking at the Association's recent AGM in London

Annual general meetings are usually not that interesting, unless you are a major shareholder and are being asked to vote on the board’s remuneration. So, as we at VIVA are neither a major shareholder or voting on anyone’s remuneration, it was with some trepidation that I recently attended the Association of International Property Professionals AGM on behalf of VIVA, which was held at  the Charing Cross Hotel in London…

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Spain breaks yet more tourism records

Spain continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions, and is more popular than ever

Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism released official figures last week that showed Spain’s enduring appeal among holidaymakers shows no signs of slowing.

According to the survey conducted by Frontur and commissioned by the Ministry, Spain welcomed 6.8 million tourists in May, which is an all-time record for the month. That figure was boosted by a 6.9 per cent increase in British visitors, an 8.1 per cent increase in German tourists, and a massive 11.1 per cent rise in the number of French visiting… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 27/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA’s HOT Properties Magazine No. 99 – now online

HOT Properties Magazine: issue 99 front cover

The digital version of our latest edition of HOT Properties – The VIVA Magazine – is now available for you to read or download here, while you can also pick up a copy of the print edition from any of our 13 regional offices throughout the Costa del Sol and inland too, or from one of 200+ selected distribution points on the Coast.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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New study shows UK has smallest properties in Europe

So what's it to be? Cramped, overpriced UK homes, or...

Still undecided whether to chase your dream and buy that property in Spain? Well, perhaps this will help: a recent study by Cambridge University has found that the UK has the smallest living spaces in all of Europe… and homes are getting smaller…

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Author:Ian Clover 24/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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400,000 new jobs on the horizon for Spain

A leading Spanish economist expects big things from the economy over the next 12 months

Spain’s BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) – a multinational banking group based in the country’s Basque region – is confident that 400,000 Spanish jobs will be created between 2014 and 2015.

BBVA’s President, Francisco Gonzalez remarked this week that Spain’s growing GDP is likely to rise to at least two per cent in 2015, easing job creation and leading to a renewed rush of confidence in the Spanish economyContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 20/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s 5-1 WC defeat earns one Spaniard €100,000

Not every Spaniard was left feeling glum at the weekend

It was a shocker, a horror show, a nightmare. Spain’s opening game at the World Cup on Friday will go down in history as one of the worst opening defences by a world champion ever. To lose to the Netherlands was one thing. To lose 5-1 was unthinkable.

Almost literally, it was unthinkable. Except for one masochistic Spaniard who predicted such an outrageous scoreline beforehand and woke up on Saturday €100,000 better off

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Author:Ian Clover 16/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Pooch-only waterpark opens in Spain

The Canino Can Jane Resort is the world's first dog-only water park

Not only has Spain long been adept at ticking all the required boxes needed for a memorable family holiday, but now the country has gone one further by opening a water park designed specifically – and exclusively – for canines.

The Resort Canino Can Jane, located close to Barcelona in the town of Roca del Valles, has been leaving pooches panting for more since it opened last month. Boasting gentle, dog-friendly gradients and slopes into the pools, extra tough inflatables and even a couple of water slides, the entire resort is suitable for dogs of all age and sizes… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 12/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Learning Spanish delays dementia, study finds

Your struggles with Spanish could be doing your brain a lot of good

“Hablas vous Englisch?” No matter how garbled your attempts at mastering a foreign language, the mere act of trying to learn a new tongue can help keep the symptoms of dementia at bay, a new study by Edinburgh University has found.

Researchers found that, no matter your age, the benefits of learning a new language are the same. In studying cognitive functions of the brain, the team set out to find out whether people who already possessed a strong capacity for learning and memory were more likely to be able to learn a foreign language, or whether multilingual skills were the cause, rather than the effect, of increased brainpower… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 10/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain cheapest option for expat living, study finds

The overall cost of living in Spain is lower than any other expat destination

Despite the cost of living in many countries around the world edging closer to that of the UK’s in recent years, Spain remains the most affordable destination for Brits hoping to retire, move or buy property overseas, a new study has found.

Predicated on the perception that the pound is weaker than ever (it is in fact at an 18-month high against the euro right now) and living costs in places such as Italy, France, Canada and the USA are now almost on a par with the UK, the report from the Overseas Living Price Index has branded the dream of moving abroad to retire a ‘luxury’ for most Brits… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 09/06/2014 [2] Comments 
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Month of May sets record for job creation in Spain

More jobs, more confidence: Spain's economy is on the up

A record 111,916 jobs were created in Spain last month, a superb performance that confounded critics and surprised a number of Spanish and European economists.

After many months of encouraging performance, May saw Spain’s unemployment figures fall drastically, setting a record for the largest fall in jobless recorded in a single month… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 04/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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