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VIVA at A Place in the Sun – the show goes on!

VIVA's stand at A Place in the Sun Live Just back today from an enormously busy and thoroughly enjoyable weekend at the A Place in the Sun Live exhibition at London Olympia, the VIVA team would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of visitors who made our day – or rather 3 days – by stopping by our stand! It was a pleasure to meet you, great to have the opportunity of getting to know you, and we’re delighted you came to see us…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 01/04/2014 [2] Comments 
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Marbs marvellous again as UK press peers in

Whatever you want from Marbella, La Concha mountain, the beach, the Med and the weather will always be there

It’s always interesting to watch how the British press deals with Marbella. When not denigrating it as a haven for washed-up crooks on the run from the law, or soon-to-be washed up Z-list celebrities on the run from their sense of shame, they usually view it through the only other pigeonhole they know: as a place of unabashed luxury.

Which isn’t the end of the world, of course. Marbella has risen to global prominence on the back of such luxury, and dines out on that reputation every summer when the world’s rich and famous jet over for months of sun-drenched partying…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Is this the ‘Spanish Spring’ moment for Spain’s property market?

As leading investors plough money into Spanish property, will others follow?

Fashion trends and revolutions may be poles apart in what they actually mean for the individuals involved (ridicule and/or cult status for one, freedom and/or further oppression for the other), but they both have one common ground: people power.

It is people who topple governments and slowly turn the tide of history. It is people who stand up to persecution and overthrow despots. It is people who power the ‘no make-up selfie’ craze and raise millions for cancer charities. And it is people who decide whether skinny jeans and sandals will be ‘in’ this summer.

So when respected economists and analysts begin talking about a ‘Spanish Spring’ for the country’s property market, they are not looking at some faceless spreadsheet or stock market graph, but the actual real decisions that actual real people are making…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella at the heart of property Golden Triangle

Looking for luxury living? Look no further than Marbella!

Famous the world over for its jet-set clientele, stunning climate and unbeatable selection of fine restaurants, bars and clubs, Marbella is also one of the world’s leading property hotspots.

Boasting an array of property types suitable for all tastes and budgets, there are few finer locations on the planet in which to own a dream home in the sun. However, despite a welcome round of price corrections over the past couple of years – which has seen the average property price in Marbella fall by about 40 per cent – Marbella is still the go-to destination for homes at the higher end of the price scale… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 17/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Cut-price Spanish villages? Not on the Costa del Sol

Buying property on the Costa del Sol is about lifestyle, not bargain hunting

You may think it strange that a VIVA news story focuses on why the Costa del Sol isn’t the cheapest place in which to buy Spanish property.

You may think, given that we sell property in the Costa del Sol, it would suit our interests to write stories telling of how there are many bargains to be had up and down the coast.

But if VIVA has learnt anything during its time overseeing the Costa del Sol property market, it is that honesty is always the best policy. Which is why recent reports in the British media that lift the lid on Spain’s ‘ghost villages’ are welcome news… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 14/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA fever sweeps Sweden

VIVA in the Swedish news!

VIVA in the Swedish news!

Our very own Carina Ulander, VIVA Partner for our Calahonda & Nueva Andalucia offices, was featured in Friday’s edition of Sweden’s biggest tabloid, Expressen.

Not only that, but it was the most read article on Saturday and qualified for a placard which only the very hottest articles get…! Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 10/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA’s coming to London!

A Place in the SunOver the last year or more, so many of our yourVIVA subscribers have been asking us when we’ll be coming to the UK. So, our response? Well, why not… let’s do it!

That’s right, for the first time in 6 whole years, the VIVA team is jetting back to the UK… to see you!

We will be taking part at Channel 4’s overseas property exhibition A Place in the Sun Live, at London Olympia on 28-30 March 2014 and what’s more… you can get your tickets from us for FREE!

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Author:Holly Purnell 24/02/2014 [0] Comments 
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Top 5 reasons why the Costa del Sol tops the property charts

In terms of climate, terrain and location, the Costa del Sol has been dealt a rather generous hand

It’s a relatively well-known fact that the Costa del Sol is one of the world’s leading property hotspots for foreign buyers. The region regularly tops polls, studies and surveys into where people are investing in property, and can boast an estimated one million expat residents drawn from a number of foreign countries.

But why? Why does the Costa del Sol turn so many heads? VIVA has spent years espousing the appeal of the region, but what it boils down to are these five simple facts…

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Author:Ian Clover 19/02/2014 [0] Comments 
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Costa del Sol property sales up for the first time in 7 years

Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol, Málaga

We've always said that the Costa del Sol would be the first place in Spain to recover from the crisis... now it's official!

According to a report in yesterday’s edition of Málaga’s Diario Sur, a total of 18,763 residential properties were sold in Málaga province in 2013, which is 941 more than in 2012 representing a very healthy year-on-year increase of 5.3 per cent.

Of this figure, resale properties amounted to 9,237 – an increase of 479 when compared to data for 2012 – while sales of new homes reached 9,526, up 462 on figures for the previous year…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 13/02/2014 [5] Comments 
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Spain top choice for Brit second homes

The appeal of Spain never waned, even during the lean years

Brits in search of a second home overseas overwhelmingly opt for Spain, according to a recent survey by British property portal Rightmove.

After polling 3,000 people in autumn last year, of those in search of a second home abroad, 37 per cent said they would choose Spain, ahead of France in second place with 23 per cent of the vote…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/02/2014 [0] Comments 
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