Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information

Sort by...

Category: Property (202 articles)

Costa del Sold! Spain gains again as property market picks up

Spain's property outlook for 2015 looks more assured than it has done for years.

The winters of discontent that have damaged southern Spain’s tourism, hospitality and real estate industries in recent years have skidded to an abrupt halt in 2015.

Despite the Costa del Sol shivering through one of its coldest winters in around a decade so far in 2015, data from its property industry is sure to warm the heart…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 26/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.0/5 (4 votes cast)

How to enjoy home comforts when moving to Spain

You don't have to give up the things you love about Britain when you move to Spain

A great deal of the queries we at VIVA receive from people looking to buy a property in Spain concern the availability of the types of home comforts one is used to in the UK.

From food to healthcare, it is understandable that Brits considering a move overseas ask such questions, which is why VIVA’s pages are packed full of accurate and up-to-date information explaining the hows, whys and wherefores of what you will need to do when you move…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 25/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.5/5 (6 votes cast)

Spanish second homes prove alluring to business travellers

A flash pad in Spain is a fine choice for businesspeople who travel often

As the number of business travellers jetting into and out of Spain increases, a growing number of these corporate commuters have begun investigating the option of snapping up a second home in Spain rather than having to rely on hotels for their home-from-home comforts

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 23/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.0/5 (4 votes cast)

Renting out your Costa del Sol property

Family disembarking from plane

Last year more than a million tourists stayed in holiday rental accommodation on the Costa del Sol - up 17 per cent on 2013

Whether your Costa del Sol property is standing empty – other than when you and your family or friends are visiting – or you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out, according to recent data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), self-catering holidays on our Sunshine Coast have never been more popular…

Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Employment in Spain’s property sector set to soar

Jobs in the Spanish real estate sector are predicted to rise sharply in the coming years.

The growing importance of the Spanish property market to the country’s economic recovery has been laid bare by consultant firm KPMG, which expects jobs in the sector to account for 10 per cent of Spain’s workforce by 2020…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 16/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Three unexpected joys of living in Spain

You know about the sun, sea and sangria, but what else does Spain offer?

You don’t need an article to tell you that life in Spain is blessed with brilliant warmth, near year-round sunshine and many hours spent on beaches, in swimming pools and frequenting local bodegas and tapas bars with reassuring regularity.

But there are certain joys to Spanish living that may not appear immediately apparent, but are nonetheless brilliant reasons to finally make that move…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 11/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.6/5 (10 votes cast)

Strong pound, weak euro: the perfect storm for a holiday, and home, in Spain

Take note: the strong pound makes Spanish property quite affordable for Brits

It has been nearly ten years since the pound sterling was as strong against the euro as it is currently, and with £1 buying you €1.34 at today’s rate, perhaps now is the time to finally buy that property in Spain

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 02/02/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)

Price report confirms stability of Costa del Sol property

Prices, property and volatility all vary across Spain, but the Costa del Sol has more to offer on all fronts

A recent report by Spanish appraisal company Tinsa in which it analysed Spain’s property valuations was notable for revealing just how localised the recent recovery has been.

Indeed, so split along regional and provincial lines is Spain’s property market that it almost makes little sense to discuss the sector as a whole, particularly when just one region, one market, is of interest…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 30/01/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)

Open house at VIVA’s brand new office in Málaga city

The new VIVA Málaga office in the heart of the city

VIVA Málaga Partner, Agustín González, ensuring no one went hungry at the inaugural cocktail party!

Getting 2015 off to a fine start, VIVA clients, associates, partners, guests and friends recently attended the inauguration of the latest addition to our expanding network of regional offices which, located right in the very heart of the capital of the Costa del Sol, opened its doors on 15 December.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, Esperanza Cruz (right) with Susana, one of the many guests attending the event

The perfect hosts, VIVA Málaga Partners – Agustín González, Esperanza Cruz and José Cuadra – made everyone very welcome, and with time-honoured Malagueña hospitality it was a highly enjoyable and memorable evening for all, with good company, luscious sushi, mouthwatering tapas and no glass left unfilled!

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, José Cuadra (right), with Juan Carlos Silva, a member of the VIVA Vendor Services team

Opening an office in Málaga – the sixth largest city in Spain – is an enormously significant and exciting step for VIVA. And the timing couldn’t be better, because having substantially reinvented itself over the last few years, the provincial capital is regularly making the headlines, as the international media effusively extoll its numerous virtues.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Mouthwatering tapas went down a treat!

With its magnificent historic monuments, mile-upon-mile of inviting urban beaches, fabulous shopping, burgeoning art scene and renowned as the gastronomic hub of southern Spain, it’s no surprise that Málaga is already well-established as a favourite city break destination for Northern Europeans. In fact, last year it beat all records hands down when according to Spanish provincial daily Diario Sur, over a million tourists holidayed in the city in 2014.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Antonio Berlanga, Vendor Services VIVA Málaga and VIVA Málaga Coordinator, Isabel Sánchez

But just last September, it also emerged that according to a poll carried out by Urban Audit – a European Commission research group – Málaga was named ‘Spain’s most liveable city’, offering its citizens the best quality of life of all Spanish cities, and one of the highest in Europe.

So next time you’re out and about in the Costa del Sol’s very own captivating cultural hotspot, why not pop into the VIVA Málaga office and say hello… a warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed!

You’ll find the VIVA Málaga office at Calle Antonio Baena Gómez 1. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 7.30pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

Tel: +34 951 080 305.

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 29/01/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.3/5 (6 votes cast)

Could you live in Spain and work in the UK?

Either commuting or working remotely, it IS possible to live in Spain and work in the UK

It is understandable, when polling Brits on why they haven’t yet moved to Spain, that the most common reason given is employment. VIVA is the first to advise caution when buying property in Spain, and so we also understand that such caution is paramount when considering moving to Spain

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 28/01/2015 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)