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VIVA View: Spain’s compensation ruling is a sign of a maturing property market

Spain's property market is far more mature and transparent these days.

It always felt doubly cruel. Not only were homeowners who had unwittingly purchased illegally built property told that their homes would be demolished, but they also learned that they would, in the process, lose everything.

No compensation. No money. No ‘our hands are tied’ apology. Nothing. Appeals could be lodged, court hearings could be made, but the bottom line remained unwavering: homes built illegally would have to be demolished. No exceptions.

Not only did this scandalous behaviour turn the dreams of thousands into an unending nightmare, but it also served to damage Spain’s property market – and the country’s wider reputation – in the eyes of foreigners…

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Hilton taking another tilt at Costa del Sol hotel market

Benalmadena's stylish Reserva del Higueron hotel will soon become part of the Hilton brand.

The Costa del Sol is set to welcome back the prestigious Hilton hotel brand after a near 40-year absence.

Hilton Worldwide struck a deal this March at the Spanish Embassy in Berlin to bring the brand to the Reserva de Higueron hotel near the resort of Benalmadena, bringing the iconic Hilton sign back to the coast for the first time since Marbella’s famous Don Carlos hotel was a Hilton-branded establishment in the ‘70s…

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Forensic scientists find tomb of Don Quixote writer, Miguel de Cervantes

Scientists will use DNA to determine which of the bones belong to Cervantes, and which do not.

The last burial place of Miguel de Cervantes – author of arguably Spain’s most famous novel, Don Quixote – has been discovered in Madrid, nearly 400 years after the writer’s death.

The scientists working on the excavation believe that the tomb buried beneath the city’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians contains the remains of Cervantes, his wife, and other, as-yet-unknown individuals…

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Spain approves compensation law for homeowners faced with property demolition

While the sorry sight of demolished homes will continue, at least homeowners will now be properly compensated.

Thousands of homeowners who bought a property in Spain that has since been declared illegal breathed a huge sigh of relief this week as the laws relating to compensation were amended in their favour.

A change to Spain’s penal code was passed by the ruling Mariano Rajoy-led government that dictates judges must ensure that property owners who purchased an illegally built house in good faith are compensated before any demolition order is passed.

This long overdue legal change could positively impact thousands of homeowners – which includes many Brits – who had previously faced the prospect of losing their home and their investment under the old law…

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Global media note Brits' rekindled love affair with Spanish property

Read all about it: Spain's property market has returned to rude health, and the world's media has noticed.

The media loves a good bad news story. The more lurid the headline, the more it lurches out at you from the newsstand. The more dramatic the detail, the more engrossed the reader. Living vicariously through the whims of the world is what people do, and when things go bad, readership rates rise.

Not 12 months ago this trend certainly held true for the Spanish property market, with the UK media particularly keen to stick the boot in at the merest whiff of trouble. From Brits fleeing the Costas in their droves to pensioner expats being issued with demolition notices, anything that could be deemed damaging to Spain’s property industry was given prominence in much of the national media.

But what a difference a year makes

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Netflix to enter Spanish market later this year

A Netflix launch in Spain would spell great news for Spanish TV and film fanatics.

Video-on-demand website Netflix is preparing to enter the Spanish market in the summer, according to sources in the USA.

The popular platform – which allows its subscribers to watch as many films and TV shows as they like for a monthly fee – has targeted a greater presence in Europe in 2015, having been first launched in the UK in 2012 and since been rolled out in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Scandinavian countries.

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Retired Brit expats 10% better off than year ago

Retirees in Spain have enjoyed a 10% 'pay rise' in the past 12 months

The current strength of the pound means that British pensioners who have retired overseas have had a ten per cent ‘pay rise’ in the space of a year, with Brits retired in the Eurozone among the best off…

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Brits drawn to affordable Spanish beach property

Obvious attracts: the allure of beachside Spanish property is proving strong to British buyers

The resurgent strength of the Spanish property market is manifesting in a greater desire among British buyers for affordable beachside homes – something that Spain has in droves.

Underpinned by the country’s wider economic recovery, the Spanish property market has begun to recover the gusto that characterised it at the turn of the millennium, only this time with greater transparency and appeal to discerning British buyers…

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Costa del Sol tourism on course for another record-breaker

Tourists to the Costa del Sol are expected to bring in more than €9 billion this year

Having smashed records in 2014, the tourism industry of the Costa del Sol is already showing signs that 2015 could be its best year yet.

Data unveiled by Spain’s national statistics institute (INE) for January shows that the number of hotel visitors in Málaga province – which covers the chief resorts of the Costa del Sol – hit 199,246 visits, which is a ten per cent increase on the same month last year…

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Don’t mind me: The politeness of Brits abroad

Despite the bad press, it seems that most Brits abroad go out of their way to be polite

British tourists have run up a fair old rapsheet for bad behaviour in the past. From the drunken exploits of marauding football fans to the accusations of passive-aggressive aloofness and condescension, the reputation runs that as soon as a Brit leaves Blighty, all pretences of decorum and politeness go out the window.

But a new study by online travel agent Loveholidays.com has found that Brits abroad actually go out of their way not to offend, and perhaps even ramp up their levels of politeness when travelling, ensuring the image of the self-deprecating, friendly Brit persists worldwide.

Here are the ten things that Brits do to be extra polite when travelling overseas…

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