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VIVA’s Martina Heynemann a guest speaker at the Inmonext Conference in Madrid

Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference

Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference during the SIMA Exhibition in Madrid

On 30 May, VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was one of a panel of 13 guest speakers at the ‘Inmonext 14: The Year of Recovery’ Conference, organised by idealista.com – Spain’s leading property portal – which took place within the framework of the SIMA (Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition) running from 29 May to 1 June…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 06/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain records 183% increase in property transactions in first quarter

Interest in the Spanish property market has been strong so far in 2014

The amount of property sales recorded in the first three months of the year in Spain was up 183 per cent when compared to the first quarter of 2013, a study by Real Capital Analytics (RCA) has found.

Overall, €1.4 billion worth of real estate transactions were recorded throughout Spain, with residential property hotting up as the commercial sector experienced its first contraction after five quarters of continuous growth…

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Author:Ian Clover 03/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA’s Martina Heynemann hosts members of the British press

When a group of 16 prominent British journalists and mortgage specialists visited the Costa del Sol earlier this month on a fact-finding mission, VIVA were delighted to have the opportunity to play host to them for an afternoon presentation and Q&A session, organised by Moneycorp, who have been dealing in foreign exchange since 1979 and have a network of offices in the UK, USA and Spain.

The aim of this research trip was to get the low-down – first-hand – on the current state of the property market in Mediterranean Spain, with particular reference of course to emerging trends among British expats and home buyers alike…. And VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was only too happy to share her knowledge!… Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 30/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Affordable Spanish property attracting British retirees

Older Brits are homing in on the Costa del Sol's property market

A potent combination of a strong pound, the endless-appeal of the Costa del Sol and lower property prices is drawing British retirees back to the Spanish property market in their droves.

With the average property selling at VIVA for around £180,000 last year, British buyers aged between 40 and 60 are driving the market’s ongoing recovery – accounting for 42 per cent of all homes sold by VIVA in 2013

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Author:Ian Clover 27/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Study finds Brits’ dream holiday home is Spanish villa… with hot tub

Artist's impression of the average Brit's dream holiday home

Artist's impression of the average Brit's dream holiday home

A recent study by Schofields Holiday Home Insurance has found that most Brits asked to describe their perfect holiday home – if money was no issue – would choose a villa situated right beside a Spanish beach.

The most common feature of this dream holiday home would be a hot tub, with 95 per cent insisting on having one installed, followed closely by a home cinema at 93 per cent… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 22/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish property among best priced in Europe, OECD finds

Spanish property among best priced in Europe, OECD finds

Property prices in Spain are among the fairest in Europe, finds an OECD study

An authoritative study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) assessing the valuation of housing among its 27 member nations has found that Spain has one of the best-value property markets in Europe

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Author:Ian Clover 20/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Why you shouldn’t worry that Andalucía tops Europe’s unemployment chart

Marbella, Costa del Sol

Andalucía abounds with endless opportunities for fun holidays and fulfilling property investment

The world is a big place, with billions of people. Good things happen every day, all the time, across the globe. But it is usually the bad news stories that grab our attention. Pain and suffering make good newspaper copy, joy and achievement less so.

But hopefully we all learned long ago not to let every disaster, struggle or war affect our daily lives. Sure, it takes a heart of stone not to be moved by some people’s plights – particularly when heartstring-aimed messages are shared and ‘Liked’ on Facebook with mawkish regularity – but it is simply good sense not to carry the weight of the world with you.

Which is why the recent revelation that Andalucía is the region with the highest levels of unemployment in Europe should not unduly concern you. With 36.3% of people unable to find work in the region, unless you are one of them the economic troubles facing millions of Spaniards should not sully your decision to holiday in Spain or buy property on the Costa del Sol

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Author:Ian Clover 28/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain economy growing at fastest rate for six years

Growth in Spain's economy could match the EU average by the end of 2014

Spain’s central bank has this week released an encouraging set of data that shows the country’s economy is growing at its fastest rate for six years.

Official figures reveal a nationwide recovery of momentum, with national output surging by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of the year, which is more than double that seen at the same stage in 2013…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Average Spaniard 25% richer than last year

Spanish household assets have risen above €1 trillion for the first time since 2006

For the first time since Spain’s economic crisis hit in 2008, combined net wealth for Spanish households topped €1 trillion in 2013 – a 25 per cent increase in the space of just one year.

Figures from the Bank of Spain published this week reveal that the overall assets held by the Spanish population grew to €1.04 trillion, once adjustments were made for all outstanding debts. The last time that figure climbed above one trillion was in the halcyon days of 2006, when Spain’s economy was booming…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA at A Place in the Sun – the show goes on!

VIVA's stand at A Place in the Sun Live Just back today from an enormously busy and thoroughly enjoyable weekend at the A Place in the Sun Live exhibition at London Olympia, the VIVA team would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of visitors who made our day – or rather 3 days – by stopping by our stand! It was a pleasure to meet you, great to have the opportunity of getting to know you, and we’re delighted you came to see us…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 01/04/2014 [2] Comments 
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