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

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 2nd, 2015

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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

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Price report confirms stability of Costa del Sol property

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 30th, 2015

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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…

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

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  January 29th, 2015

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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.

Could you live in Spain and work in the UK?

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 28th, 2015

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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

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What is the Euro-vibe, and does Spain have it?

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 27th, 2015

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Beyond the beaches and blue skies, what else does Spain have to offer? Answer: plenty

The Euro-vibe. Continental-style living. Café-culture. These are just three buzz phrases used to describe the possibly-mythical European street, square or courtyard that perfectly sums up the good life: a life of al fresco dining in warm sunshine; of contented families strolling by with their perfectly attired brood; of healthy gaggles of tanned teens taking selfies in front of historically important monuments; and of yummy mummies effortlessly supping coffee, munching a salad, reading a book and rocking their baby in their arms in one fell-swoop…

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Spanish property sales up 14% in space of a year

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 26th, 2015

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Spain's resale property market is looking stronger, and more affordable, than it has done for a while

The trend of steady recovery in the Spanish property market has been further underlined by the latest data to be released by Spain’s notaries.

According to the data, there were 31,576 recorded residential transactions in November 2014, with represents a 14 per cent increase on the same month in 2013…

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Licence and speed limit changes could affect expats in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 23rd, 2015

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Lower speed limits on many Spanish roads will come into effect in Spring

Two changes to the Spanish highways system enacted at the beginning of the year could potentially affect British expats who drive regularly in Spain.

Last week, Spain’s politicians voted to lower the speed limits across the country on most road types. The changes will come into effect in the Spring and will see urban roads that currently have a speed limit of 100 kph lowered to 90 kph, while roads with a current speed limit of 90 kph will see their speed limit lowered to 70 kph or 50 kph depending on how urban the landscape in which they pass through…

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Safe, unequal, great healthcare, liberal – Spain in 2015

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 22nd, 2015

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Healthcare in Spain is supremely efficient, thorough and available to all

The European Commission’s Eurostat office recently published updated statistics for all of the nations in the EU, revealing some interesting contrasts between the countries of Europe.

For Spain, the data threw up few surprises, merely confirming to many the image that Spain often portrays – as a country that is safe to live in, has a liberal outlook and excellent universal healthcare, but suffers from inequality and higher-than-average unemployment.

Below, VIVA has pulled out the most interesting statistics that reveal the most about life in Spain

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Spaniards and Brits both enjoy benefits of EU living, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 21st, 2015

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The study finds 30,000 Brits claim unemployment benefits in the EU, with 65,000 EU citizens doing likewise in Britain

Despite the oft-repeated narrative that immigrants are swamping the UK in order to bleed the country’s benefits system dry, recent data analysis has revealed that at least 30,000 British nationals currently receive unemployment benefit elsewhere in the EU.

The data, compiled by the Guardian, suggests that although there are more EU nationals claiming unemployment benefit in Britain compared to Brits claiming on the continent, the divide is not as stark as often claimed…

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Spain one of Western Europe’s best countries for cost of living

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 20th, 2015

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Spain's old-world charm is cheap as chips, while the modern resorts and cities remain affordable

A revealing infograph compiled by expat website MoveHub ranking the cost of living in 119 countries reveals that Spain is one of the most affordable places to live in Western Europe.

The data compared global prices against New York (at an average of 100) and found that the five cheapest countries in which to live are – unsurprisingly – located in Asia and North Africa, while Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland and Denmark are the most expensive places.

In Europe, however, there was distinct east-west divide, with countries from Poland east – and southwards much cheaper than those in the west… with two exceptions

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