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Brits in search of a second home overseas overwhelmingly opt for Spain, according to a recent survey by British property portal Rightmove.
After polling 3,000 people in autumn last year, of those in search of a second home abroad, 37 per cent said they would choose Spain, ahead of France in second place with 23 per cent of the vote…
After what has seemed a long 9 months with our Fuengirola office closed in 2013 while the existing Euromarket supermarket was transformed into a Carrefour Commercial Centre, I am delighted to announce that the VIVA Hiperprop office in Fuengirola is back!
This is a fantastic start to 2014 for VIVA, now with no fewer than 12 regional offices at strategic locations along the Costa del Sol and inland too!… Continue Reading
Some of Spain’s leading real estate experts have told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency that the country’s real estate sector is enjoying a surge in investment – fuelled by foreign cash.
Lured by Spain’s perennial appeal as not only a year-round holiday hotspot but also an accessible, welcoming and warm country with good infrastructure and a varied property portfolio, buyers from northern Europe, Russia, the USA and China have flocked to the market in the past 12 months…
How time flies! In January 2013 it was with great pleasure that I announced the opening of a new VIVA Partner office in Alhaurín el Grande, and since then, more branches followed last year with the inaugurations of VIVA Nueva Andalucía, VIVA La Heredia – Benahavís and VIVA Golden Mile. All of which were preceded in 2012, of course, by new VIVA Partner offices in Elviria, La Cala, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and Calahonda, strategically complementing our VIVA Centro HQ.
So now, just 12 months on, I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about the recent opening of our latest VIVA Partner office – this time in San Pedro de Alcántara which, in addition to covering the entire municipality, will also be responsible for the area to the west of the town, towards Estepona…
“Insanity,” Albert Einstein once said, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s a smart observation. Sometimes you think you’re doing something ever-so-slightly differently, but if the results are not what you expected, then you’re probably not.
And it’s an appropriate way of looking at the Spanish property market. After a decade-long growth between 1997-2007, an inevitable (in hindsight at least) bust followed the boom, resulting in numerous burnt fingers, piles of negative equity, and thousands of shattered dreams.
Official data released on Monday by Spain’s National Statistics Institute showed that Spanish property prices were up for the third quarter of 2013 – the months between July and September – for the first time in three years.
Since the country’s recession and subsequent housing slump post-2008, property prices in Spain have generally been going in one direction – downwards. These latest figures show that not only has the country’s economy and real estate industry stabilised, but the signs are good that the first shoots of recovery and growth are starting to emerge…
The British and Spanish governments have not agreed on very much lately, but on one issue they appear to stand united – that the Brits are going to buy property in Spain, so they may as well lend a helping hand.
From a British perspective, figures from a property abroad conference hosted in November by the UK Foreign Office revealed that a massive 66 per cent of all enquiries from those in attendance were about property in Spain. In comparison, French property enquiries accounted for just 24 per cent…
Introduced on October 1st for non-EU nationals keen on acquiring residency and property in Spain, the country’s ‘Golden Visa’ has prompted a massive increase in interest in Spanish property.
Potential buyers from the Middle East in particular have had their heads turned, with recent statistics from Taylor Wimpey España showing a 2,500 per cent increase in enquiries in the past 12 months… Continue Reading
Following last week’s final ratification of the so-called ‘golden visa’ – which allows non-Eu nationals to apply for Spanish residency if they invest at least €500,000 in Spanish property – one of China’s leading English-language newspapers has turned its attention to Spain.
The South China Morning Post has reported this week of Spain’s desire to attract further foreign investment, writing in great detail about the new ruling and the opportunities that currently exist in the Spanish property market… Continue Reading
If you’re interested in the ‘Golden Visa’ scheme for non-EU buyers of Spanish property, then we’ve now got all the information you’ve been waiting to hear. So for answers to all the most frequently asked questions and more besides, then just read on…