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Costa del Sold! Spain gains again as property market picks up

Spain's property outlook for 2015 looks more assured than it has done for years.

The winters of discontent that have damaged southern Spain’s tourism, hospitality and real estate industries in recent years have skidded to an abrupt halt in 2015.

Despite the Costa del Sol shivering through one of its coldest winters in around a decade so far in 2015, data from its property industry is sure to warm the heart…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Renting out your Costa del Sol property

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Last year more than a million tourists stayed in holiday rental accommodation on the Costa del Sol - up 17 per cent on 2013

Whether your Costa del Sol property is standing empty – other than when you and your family or friends are visiting – or you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out, according to recent data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), self-catering holidays on our Sunshine Coast have never been more popular…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Employment in Spain’s property sector set to soar

Jobs in the Spanish real estate sector are predicted to rise sharply in the coming years.

The growing importance of the Spanish property market to the country’s economic recovery has been laid bare by consultant firm KPMG, which expects jobs in the sector to account for 10 per cent of Spain’s workforce by 2020…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Strong pound, weak euro: the perfect storm for a holiday, and home, in Spain

Take note: the strong pound makes Spanish property quite affordable for Brits

It has been nearly ten years since the pound sterling was as strong against the euro as it is currently, and with £1 buying you €1.34 at today’s rate, perhaps now is the time to finally buy that property in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 02/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Open house at VIVA’s brand new office in Málaga city

The new VIVA Málaga office in the heart of the city

VIVA Málaga Partner, Agustín González, ensuring no one went hungry at the inaugural cocktail party!

Getting 2015 off to a fine start, VIVA clients, associates, partners, guests and friends recently attended the inauguration of the latest addition to our expanding network of regional offices which, located right in the very heart of the capital of the Costa del Sol, opened its doors on 15 December.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, Esperanza Cruz (right) with Susana, one of the many guests attending the event

The perfect hosts, VIVA Málaga Partners – Agustín González, Esperanza Cruz and José Cuadra – made everyone very welcome, and with time-honoured Malagueña hospitality it was a highly enjoyable and memorable evening for all, with good company, luscious sushi, mouthwatering tapas and no glass left unfilled!

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, José Cuadra (right), with Juan Carlos Silva, a member of the VIVA Vendor Services team

Opening an office in Málaga – the sixth largest city in Spain – is an enormously significant and exciting step for VIVA. And the timing couldn’t be better, because having substantially reinvented itself over the last few years, the provincial capital is regularly making the headlines, as the international media effusively extoll its numerous virtues.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Mouthwatering tapas went down a treat!

With its magnificent historic monuments, mile-upon-mile of inviting urban beaches, fabulous shopping, burgeoning art scene and renowned as the gastronomic hub of southern Spain, it’s no surprise that Málaga is already well-established as a favourite city break destination for Northern Europeans. In fact, last year it beat all records hands down when according to Spanish provincial daily Diario Sur, over a million tourists holidayed in the city in 2014.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Antonio Berlanga, Vendor Services VIVA Málaga and VIVA Málaga Coordinator, Isabel Sánchez

But just last September, it also emerged that according to a poll carried out by Urban Audit – a European Commission research group – Málaga was named ‘Spain’s most liveable city’, offering its citizens the best quality of life of all Spanish cities, and one of the highest in Europe.

So next time you’re out and about in the Costa del Sol’s very own captivating cultural hotspot, why not pop into the VIVA Málaga office and say hello… a warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed!

You’ll find the VIVA Málaga office at Calle Antonio Baena Gómez 1. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 7.30pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

Tel: +34 951 080 305.

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 29/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish property sales up 14% in space of a year

Spain's resale property market is looking stronger, and more affordable, than it has done for a while

The trend of steady recovery in the Spanish property market has been further underlined by the latest data to be released by Spain’s notaries.

According to the data, there were 31,576 recorded residential transactions in November 2014, with represents a 14 per cent increase on the same month in 2013…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain one of Western Europe’s best countries for cost of living

Spain's old-world charm is cheap as chips, while the modern resorts and cities remain affordable

A revealing infograph compiled by expat website MoveHub ranking the cost of living in 119 countries reveals that Spain is one of the most affordable places to live in Western Europe.

The data compared global prices against New York (at an average of 100) and found that the five cheapest countries in which to live are – unsurprisingly – located in Asia and North Africa, while Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland and Denmark are the most expensive places.

In Europe, however, there was distinct east-west divide, with countries from Poland east – and southwards much cheaper than those in the west… with two exceptions

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Author:Ian Clover 20/01/2015 [3] 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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IMF signals bottoming out of Spanish property prices

The IMF says Spanish property prices have come to, or may be near their lowest point

Published just over a week ago the International Monetary Fund’s January Multi-Country Report concludes that property prices in Spain, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands “have come to, or may be near their lowest point”…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 13/01/2015 [1] Comment 
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