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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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Government to pour €1.6bn into Andalucía’s infrastructure

€1.6 billion can go a long way towards upgrading parts of Andalucía's infrastructure.

From roads and rail to airports and housing – the Autonomous Community of Andalucía has been granted €1.6 billion by the Spanish government to spend on upgrading its infrastructure this year…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Time to invest? Five reasons to choose Spain

Spain's appeal is multi-faceted, with bargains, beauty and charm at every turn.

The UK has enjoyed one of Europe’s most impressive financial recoveries since the crash of 2008, leaving more and more Brits better off today than they have been for at least a decade.

The current strength of the pound is another boon for Brits, particularly those jetting off to the sunny climes of Spain this summer for a well-earned holiday. If you’re one of them, then prepare to fall in love all over again with Spain, only, this time, why not make good on that long-held dream to snap up a property in the sun.

Why? Because there is no better time than right now. And where? Well, that’s easy… Spain, of course…

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Author:Ian Clover 19/05/2015 [1] Comment 
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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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Five reasons to give living abroad a shot

Where in the world? Give it a go... you might surprise yourself.

If you’re the type of person weighed down by the nagging notion that you are enduring a life unlived, then a move overseas could be just the ticket. Only those rare few that are completely content with their lot will have never been tempted, however fleetingly, by life overseas, yet those who actually make the move remain firmly in the minority. The majority dream, sigh, and move on with their current – unfulfilling – life.

However, most people should try living in another country at least once in their life for the following five reasons…

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Author:Ian Clover 13/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain jobless rate tumbling quicker than ever

Although much of Spain's new jobs are seasonal, the trend is definitely a positive one.

‘Tis the season to be hiring in Spain: in April, the country added 118,923 jobs, eating into that massive unemployment figure with aplomb, and confounding industry analysts by posting the fastest fall in jobless figures since records began…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/05/2015 [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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Author:Ian Clover 05/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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The stats speak for themselves

Prices in Spain have dropped by nearly one third since the peak of the property boom.

Property statistics – they are the bane of a writer’s life and enough to have the reader immediately clicking the back button or quickly turning to the sports pages. There is nothing more mind-numbingly dull than having to carefully type such attention grabbing snippets as: ‘Prices up 2.1 per cent in Q3’ or ‘sales down 14.3 per cent year-on-year’ or ‘Euribor rate drops by 0.03 per cent’. It’s even harder to read it than it is to write it…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 04/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 15/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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