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Spain house prices set to rise in 2016, say analysts

On the rise: Property prices in Spain are set to edge upwards from 2016

Credit ratings agency Standard & Poors released a report last week that predicts house prices in Spain will rise by two per cent in 2016, after reaching the bottom of the market next year.

Since the economic crisis brought Spain’s real estate sector tumbling in 2008, property prices have fallen by an average of 30 per cent across the country. On the Costa del Sol, many experts agree that prices bottomed out towards the end of 2012 and into 2013, and have steadily begun to rise in some of the more popular resorts such as Marbella and Nueva AndalucíaContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 06/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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US Fund Cerberus said to be investing €220m in Sotogrande

The marina at Sotogrande

World-famous sport and leisure amenities at Sotogrande include a beautiful marina, five golf courses and a polo ground

Although details of the deal are still few and far between, according to reports, giant US investment fund, Cerberus Capital Management L.P. – which is headquartered in New York and whose acquisitions also include a portfolio of bank branches bought from Caja Madrid in 2010 – has successfully won a bid at auction to acquire the Sotogrande real estate unit from previous owners NH Hoteles which controls Sotogrande Golf & Polo Resorts…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 05/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Brit spending power surges as pound strengthens

The euro is 25% down against the pound when compared to its highest level in 2008

UK sterling has strengthened against 18 of the 20 most popular foreign currencies in the past three months, making holidays overseas even cheaper in most of the leading destinations around the world.

The pound has strengthened 3.9 per cent against the euro, making destinations such as Spain even cheaper than normal. In fact, the pound is closing in on an 18-month high against the euro, which perhaps explains why British holidaymakers have flooded to the Costas in their droves so far this summer…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Is this the bright new dawn for Spanish property?

The diversity and attraction of the Spanish property market, coupled with lower prices, has brought confidence flooding back

From boom to bust and back again? Not quite – the current upturn in Spain’s property sector looks like it has legs and, rather than inspiring a tidal wave of ‘me too’ markets like last time (Bulgaria, Dubai – we’re looking at you), currently stands alone as the best value property market in Europe.

The halcyon days of the early millennium propelled Spanish real estate to heady heights, with the sector accounting for 18 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2007. Back then, the market generated €30 billion every year; today, the figure stands at barely a tenth of that…

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VIVA Guadalmina office opens!

Our brand new office in the exclusive area of Guadalmina.

There’s just no stopping us as our expansion across the Coast continues –  I am delighted to announce the opening of our brand new office in Guadalmina!

It is proving to be a fantastic 2014 for VIVA, now with no fewer than 13 regional offices at strategic locations along the Costa del Sol and Inland too! Continue Reading

Author:Martina Heynemann 22/07/2014 [2] Comments 
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VIVA’S expansion continues with a new branch office in Torremolinos

VIVA's new Torremolinos office

A seasoned real estate professional, Michael Niven has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years and knows the area like the back of his hand.

I’m delighted to share with you the fantastic news that VIVA’s expansion continues with the recent opening of our new branch office in Torremolinos, with VIVA partner Michael Niven at the helm. A seasoned real estate professional, Michael – who has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years – has put together a great team of property consultants – MariCarmen Manrique, Nina Bernach and Spencer Creson – all of whom have the knowledge and experience to advise and serve the wide range of people of different nationalities purchasing properties in Torremolinos…

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Spanish property market: the Costa del Sol leads the way says Tinsa

Marbella, Costa del Sol

Property prices in Marbella rose 4.8 per cent between the first quarters of 2013 and 2014

New build properties selling off-plan… prices that have reached rock bottom and which in certain areas such as Marbella and Manilva are now on the rise again… plus increasing demand from foreign buyers are reason enough for Tinsa – which provides an index to house prices as well as other real estate information in Spain – to put the Costa del Sol at the forefront of the resurgence of Spain’s property market…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 11/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA attends the Association of International Property Professionals AGM in London

AIPP chairman Peter Robinson at the AGM in London

AIPP chairman, Peter Robinson, speaking at the Association's recent AGM in London

Annual general meetings are usually not that interesting, unless you are a major shareholder and are being asked to vote on the board’s remuneration. So, as we at VIVA are neither a major shareholder or voting on anyone’s remuneration, it was with some trepidation that I recently attended the Association of International Property Professionals AGM on behalf of VIVA, which was held at  the Charing Cross Hotel in London…

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Foreigners bought 27% of Spanish property in first quarter of 2014

British buyers accounted for almost 14% of all foreign national property transactions in the first quarter of the year

The Spanish General Council of Notaries has published figures that show foreign nationals were responsible for 27.2 per cent of all residential property transactions in the first three months of the year.

Of that figure, 13.8 per cent were British buyers, who traditionally come out on top in these polls given the long love affair many Brits have enjoyed with Spain over the years. In second place were French buyers at 10.5 per cent – also a traditional heavyweight nation when purchasing Spanish property – while the Russian market made good on its persistent promise to enter the Spanish property market by coming in third, with Russians representing 8.4 per cent of all foreign buyers…

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VIVA’s HOT Properties Magazine No. 99 – now online

HOT Properties Magazine: issue 99 front cover

The digital version of our latest edition of HOT Properties – The VIVA Magazine – is now available for you to read or download here, while you can also pick up a copy of the print edition from any of our 13 regional offices throughout the Costa del Sol and inland too, or from one of 200+ selected distribution points on the Coast.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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