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Price report confirms stability of Costa del Sol property

Prices, property and volatility all vary across Spain, but the Costa del Sol has more to offer on all fronts

A recent report by Spanish appraisal company Tinsa in which it analysed Spain’s property valuations was notable for revealing just how localised the recent recovery has been.

Indeed, so split along regional and provincial lines is Spain’s property market that it almost makes little sense to discuss the sector as a whole, particularly when just one region, one market, is of interest…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Safe, unequal, great healthcare, liberal – Spain in 2015

Healthcare in Spain is supremely efficient, thorough and available to all

The European Commission’s Eurostat office recently published updated statistics for all of the nations in the EU, revealing some interesting contrasts between the countries of Europe.

For Spain, the data threw up few surprises, merely confirming to many the image that Spain often portrays – as a country that is safe to live in, has a liberal outlook and excellent universal healthcare, but suffers from inequality and higher-than-average unemployment.

Below, VIVA has pulled out the most interesting statistics that reveal the most about life in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 22/01/2015 [2] Comments 
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Spaniards and Brits both enjoy benefits of EU living, study finds

The study finds 30,000 Brits claim unemployment benefits in the EU, with 65,000 EU citizens doing likewise in Britain

Despite the oft-repeated narrative that immigrants are swamping the UK in order to bleed the country’s benefits system dry, recent data analysis has revealed that at least 30,000 British nationals currently receive unemployment benefit elsewhere in the EU.

The data, compiled by the Guardian, suggests that although there are more EU nationals claiming unemployment benefit in Britain compared to Brits claiming on the continent, the divide is not as stark as often claimed…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Plug that Gap: US clothing store opens first Spanish branch at Málaga airport

Common on the British high street, Gap had been absent from Spain until the Málaga store's opening

It’s as ubiquitous a sight on British high streets as Zara and H&M, but US clothing chain Gap is conspicuous by its absence in most countries in mainland Europe.

Present in France and Italy, the famous chain has no branches in Germany, Scandinavia nor eastern Europe, but has this week opened its very first store in Spain – at Málaga Airport’s T3 terminal, to be exact…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expat homeowners should not fear retrospective Spanish stamp duty

Some recent homeowners in Spain have been asked to pay retrospective Stamp Duty tax top-ups, but the scale of the problem is not so large

Reports last week in the Daily Mail have suggested that thousands of Brits who own property in Spain may be faced with a shock tax bill as the Spanish government seeks to claw-back ‘underpaid’ stamp duty.

However, the true risk of being handed a surprise retrospective tax bill is quite small, and those British homeowners who do receive a demand for extra payment are entitled to appeal…

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Author:Ian Clover 15/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s Queen Letizia brings splash of glamour to Three Kings parade

Spain's Queen Letizia is fast becoming a style icon

The traditional Epiphany parade in Madrid – held every January 6th to mark El Dia de los Reyes (the day of the kings) – was attended for the first time by Queen Letizia, who brought an understated flash of glamour and elegance to the occasion…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Málaga named as second top city to visit in 2015

Málaga's charm lies in its beauty, its location and its vibrant atmosphere

Renowned travel publication Rough Guides has ranked Málaga in second place in its top ten cities to visit in 2015.

Although South Africa’s Johannesburg took the top spot, Andalucía’s stunning port city scored highly, with the guidebook praising its beautiful architecture, excellent beaches and weather and wealth of cultural attractions…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Law of averages puts Spain top of the holiday pile

The golden stretches of the Costa del Sol are perennial favourites for British holidaymakers

Relying on the ‘law of averages’ has always been tricky. After all, it was the law of averages that gave us ‘2.4 children’ and it usually denotes a not-so-happy medium: the mean, the middle, the unexciting.

But when it comes to something that is inherently exciting and individual, such as holidays, then the law of averages is actually pretty useful, not least because a recent survey by the Travel Supermarket has applied this logic to the tourism industry and discovered that the typical Brits’ holiday for 2015 will be a ten-day trip to Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 02/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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UK emigration rising, and Spain remains top choice

Brits are beginning to expand their horizons again, with Spain a perennial emigration favourite

The number of Brits emigrating each year from the UK has fallen from the record highs of 2006, but when Brits do move abroad, Spain remains the most popular destination – in Europe at least…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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