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Confidence in Spanish property market soars

On the up: confidence is soaring as Spanish property prices begin to rise.

A survey of leading Spanish- and English-speaking real estate agents in Spain has found that professional confidence in the industry has soared in the past year.

The Spanish Property Market Confidence Index from Kyero has found that 71% of real estate agents working within the Spanish property sector feel more confident at this point in the year than they did last year…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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How Spain’s growing love of English can help homebuyers

Tourism, property and language have brought the Brits and Spanish closer together than ever before.

Ever since the credit crunch bit down hard on Spain’s economy in 2008, most industries in the country had to shrink in order to survive. However, one sector actually flourished during those mean, lean years, and it is a sector that could actually help Brits realise their dream of buying a property in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 27/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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'Bargain properties as Spanish housing crisis comes to an end'

Marbella, Costa del Sol

With Sterling at a 7-year high against the Euro, for Brits there's never been a better time to buy.

With house prices on Spain’s Mediterranean coast timidly edging up in March – the first increase since January 2008 – last weekend the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper published an interesting article entitled: Thinking of buying a home in the sun? Look to Spain for bargain properties as housing crisis comes to an end. The latest of several recent reports from media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, it delves into the various factors indicating that the Spanish property market is at long last bouncing back, and we thought it well worth sharing with our readers…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 14/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Pension pot buy-to-lets in UK losing their appeal

Record house prices in the UK are beginning to deter would-be landlords armed with pension lump sums.

The recent change in the British pension system introduced at the beginning of April enabling over-55s to cash in their pension plans for investment may not trigger a “silver wave” of new buy-to-let landlords, say experts, because the market is losing its appeal in the UK…

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Five questions to ask yourself if you’re dreaming of moving to Spain

Spain's attractions are obvious, but have you asked yourself whether you're ready to live there?

Upping sticks and jetting off to start a new life in Spain is no longer as easy as it once was. The recent economic crash has put paid – possibly for good – to the idea that a life in the Costa del Sol sun could be anyone’s, provided they had a one-way ticket, a suitcase of summer clothing and a head full of dreams.

That such opportunities were once possible seems astounding now. The Costa del Sol is a very different place to what it was even a decade ago, while the ‘heady days’ of the ‘80s and ‘90s are long gone.

But maybe that is a good thing…

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Author:Ian Clover 23/04/2015 [3] Comments 
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Two-thirds of foreign buyers don’t need a mortgage, reports Spanish daily

As property in Spain has become more affordable, more and more foreign buyers are snapping up homes with cash.

A recent report by Spanish national newspaper El Mundo has found that as many as two-thirds of non-Spaniards who bought property in Spain over the past six months did so without requiring a mortgage.

El Mundo reports that cash-rich buyers from the UK and Scandinavia have been taking advantage of the favourable exchange rates and snapping up affordable property in Spain with cash…

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Marbella, Spain's Southern California says The Wall Street Journal

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s growing property market begins driving employment

Employment opportunities in Spain's real estate sector are set to rise as the industry grows once more.

As confidence, cash and foreign buyers have all flooded back to the Spanish property sector over the past few months – drawn by stabilising prices, favourable exchange rates and a mature outlook – the industry has also begun to generate more employment opportunities within Spain…

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Spain and France attract 70% of all Brits hoping to buy abroad

Through good times and bad, Spain's appeal to Brits has been unwavering.

A new poll by foreign exchange specialists HiFX has found that 70 per cent of Brits considering buying property overseas focus their attention solely on Spain and France.

According to the survey, both Spain and France attracted 35 per cent of interest each, with the USA and Switzerland the highest risers. However, Spain’s perennial battle for top-spot with France looks set to continue for some time – the two nations have claimed the top two spots every year since 2007

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Marbella in driving seat of Spain's property market recovery

Marbella's property market has picked up faster than any other Spanish region.

Data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed that the number of property transactions in Marbella increased by 28 per cent in 2014 – a higher rise than any other area of the country.

According to the Ministry of Development, the rate of transactions in Marbella last year was also 12 per cent higher than 2007, and growth in the market has been more rapid than even Madrid, Barcelona or any of the Balearic islands

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