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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 [0] Comments 
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Three myths that no longer apply to Spain in 2015

Spain is set fair for a solid 2015, washing away many of the myths associated to it

If your New Year’s resolution is to no longer believe everything you read on the Internet, then you’re in luck (yes, I spot the irony here too, but bear with me) because 2015 is the year in which these tired old myths about Spain can finally be laid to rest…

Author:Ian Clover 09/01/2015 [13] Comments 
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Spain house building levels rise for first time in seven years

Architect wearing hard hat

Industry analysts say activity in the sector is picking up

Spain’s construction sector has begun building new housing and commercial properties at a rate of pace not seen since 2007 as the economy and real estate market continues its encouraging recovery.

During the height of the economic boom the construction industry accounted for more than 10 per cent of Spain’s GDP, and although that figure has fallen to around just five per cent today, industry analysts have remarked that activity in the sector is picking up…

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Author:Ian Clover 06/01/2015 [1] Comment 
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Costa del Sol property sales to foreigners up 45 per cent say General Council of Notaries

José Prado and Elías Bendodo

José Prado and Elías Bendodo at the Málaga presentation

Earlier this month, the president of the Provincial Association of Constructors and Developers of Málaga, José Prado, and the president of the Diputación de Málaga, Elías Bendodo, presented the latest data regarding the number of properties on the Costa del Sol purchased by foreigners, which continues to show substantial growth this year…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 24/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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End of market ‘adjustment’ in sight, says Bank of Spain

The Bank of Spain in Madrid

The landmark Bank of Spain building in Madrid

During a recent conference organised by Spain’s Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección – Association for Management Progress – the Director of the Bank of Spain’s Research Services, José Luis Malo de Molina, told the assembled financial directors that: “The adjustment in the property market has been long and intense, but the good news is that it is now coming to an end and the property market is now in a period of stabilisation…”

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 22/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard, talks about the Spanish property market

Marc Pritchard, sales director of Taylor Wimpey España

Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director

Browsing the Spanish Property Insight website the other day, we came across their recent interview with Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard.

We’ve sold a number of their new build homes on the Costa del Sol to VIVA clients over the years, so we know Taylor Wimpey España quite well. It’s rare to see such clear, accurate and straightforward comments and answers, so we thought we’d share with you Marc Pritchard’s thoughts about the business, and his views on the market.

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 19/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA opens a brand new office in Málaga city

VIVA Málaga office façade

The brand new VIVA Málaga office opened on Monday, 15 December

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you the exciting news that with the launch of our fabulous new Málaga office right in the heart of the city on Monday 15 December, we’re expanding our network of regional offices ever wider to capture a whole new real estate market…

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Author:Martina Heynemann 16/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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