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From bull run to ball run for animal-friendly Spanish town

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 8th, 2014

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Having a ball: the runners of the Mataelpino festival

Central Spain’s Mataelpino has won the backing of animal rights campaigners after it voted to ditch its traditional running of the bulls festival for a more animal-friendly alternative – a ball run…

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Málaga: Spain’s most liveable city, according to poll

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 5th, 2014

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The capital of the Costa del Sol offers excellent life satisfaction for Spaniards and foreigners alike

Life satisfaction in the largest city on the Costa del Sol is the highest among all Spanish cities, according to data published in a recent poll.

A research group from the European Commission called Urban Audit found that Málaga offers the best quality of life among Spanish cities – and one of the highest in Europe…

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Buying a property in Spain? This is one report you can't afford to miss!

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 4th, 2014

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Current Spanish property market statisticsPublished just last week on the Spanish Property Insight website, the ‘Latest Housing Market Figures in Detail’ report is truly essential reading that no one thinking of buying a property in Spain should miss out on. Packed with invaluable information, research and analyses, it’s also every bit as relevant whether you’re selling your property or just like to keep bang up to speed on market trends…

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VIVA bring showstopping properties to Brum!

Author: Holly Purnell  |  September 3rd, 2014

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VIVA will once again be taking part at Channel 4’s overseas property exhibition A Place in the Sun Live, this time at Birmingham NEC on 03 – 05 October 2014 and what’s more… you can get your tickets from us for FREE worth £10 each!… Continue Reading

Spaniards sitting on €1.67bn of old pesetas

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 2nd, 2014

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The peseta vanished from circulation in Spain in 2002

You say peseta, I say… euro. If you are a recent British expat to Spain, or have only ever visited the country since the turn of the millennium then the chances are you will never have even seen one. But a recent survey by the Bank of Spain has revealed that there is more than €1.67 billion worth of pesetas lying idly across Spain

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New map shows where in the world the British curriculum is taught

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 1st, 2014

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The interactive map is a great way to find a school suitable for your family's needs

Would-be expat parents concerned about their children’s schooling will be pleased to discover that a new map showing all of the schools around the world that offer the British curriculum has just been published.

Created by expat advice service Expat & Offshore, the map has been designed to educate British families on where they can be assured that their child will be able to receive schooling that is not too far-removed from what they would at home…

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Spanish mortgage approvals rise at fastest rate for eight years

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 29th, 2014

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June saw Spanish mortgage approvals shoot up considerably when compared to last year

Official figures released by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) this week have revealed that mortgage approvals in June rose 19 per cent year-on-year – the biggest monthly increase since March 2006.

Although overall mortgage approval numbers were some way short of the market’s peak in 2006 and 2007, the increase signals a slight cause for optimism for the Spanish property market.

The INE reports that 17,137 mortgages were approved in June, with the average loan amount rising 1.3 per cent to €98,582. In total, €10.7 billion in mortgage loans were signed off in June…

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Merkel & Rajoy praise Spain’s recovering economy

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 28th, 2014

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The leaders of Spain and Germany enjoyed a productive weekend ahead of the latest EU Summit

Mere days after donning their hiking boots and walking part of the Camino de Santiago, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have spoken in unison about the encouraging road to recovery Spain’s economy has embarked upon

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Spain’s oldest village offers cut-price plot sale

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 27th, 2014

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Bienvenido: Residents of Olmeda de la Cuesta (average age 75) are keen on attracting young blood to the village

In a village with just 35 residents and an average of a sprightly 75, Olmeda de la Cuesta could be forgiven for counting its blessings, turning inwards and enjoying the peace and quiet that the hills 160 kilometres east of Madrid provide.

But that is not Olmeda’s style. Instead of shuffling quietly into anonymity, the village has launched an audacious plan to attract fresh young blood by offering up for sale eight bargain plots of land…

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90 per cent of foreign buyers on the Costa del Sol don’t need a mortgage, study finds

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  August 26th, 2014

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The Costa del Sol property market is being driven by foreign buyers

Focusing on the current state of the Costa del Sol property market, a new study – just released by international real estate consultancy Aguirre Newman – confirms that throughout 2014 activity is being driven by foreign buyers, 90 per cent of whom, given that prices have been falling for 7 years, do not need to finance their purchase…

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