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Time to invest? Five reasons to choose Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 19th, 2015

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Spain's appeal is multi-faceted, with bargains, beauty and charm at every turn.

The UK has enjoyed one of Europe’s most impressive financial recoveries since the crash of 2008, leaving more and more Brits better off today than they have been for at least a decade.

The current strength of the pound is another boon for Brits, particularly those jetting off to the sunny climes of Spain this summer for a well-earned holiday. If you’re one of them, then prepare to fall in love all over again with Spain, only, this time, why not make good on that long-held dream to snap up a property in the sun.

Why? Because there is no better time than right now. And where? Well, that’s easy… Spain, of course…

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Spain recognised as world’s most tourism-friendly country

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 18th, 2015

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Spain's brilliance as a place to visit has been recognised by the World Economic Fourm.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Spain as the most tourism-friendly destination in the world in its latest tourism ranking survey.

Held every two years, the ranking assesses which countries are the most welcoming, rewarding, safe and affordable for all types of tourist and traveller…

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What a Tory government means for British expats

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 15th, 2015

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On the up? A Tory government is probably the best outcome for expats...

Last week’s General Election victory for the Conservative Party is likely to prove – on balance – positive for most British expats who currently live away from the UK.

In the Tories’ pre-election manifesto, one of the party’s lesser-heralded pledges was the promise to bring to an end the 15-year rule for expats, whereby Brits who have lived overseas for 15 years lose their right to vote in UK general elections…

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'Bargain properties as Spanish housing crisis comes to an end'

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  May 14th, 2015

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With Sterling at a 7-year high against the Euro, for Brits there's never been a better time to buy.

With house prices on Spain’s Mediterranean coast timidly edging up in March – the first increase since January 2008 – last weekend the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper published an interesting article entitled: Thinking of buying a home in the sun? Look to Spain for bargain properties as housing crisis comes to an end. The latest of several recent reports from media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, it delves into the various factors indicating that the Spanish property market is at long last bouncing back, and we thought it well worth sharing with our readers…

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Five reasons to give living abroad a shot

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 13th, 2015

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Where in the world? Give it a go... you might surprise yourself.

If you’re the type of person weighed down by the nagging notion that you are enduring a life unlived, then a move overseas could be just the ticket. Only those rare few that are completely content with their lot will have never been tempted, however fleetingly, by life overseas, yet those who actually make the move remain firmly in the minority. The majority dream, sigh, and move on with their current – unfulfilling – life.

However, most people should try living in another country at least once in their life for the following five reasons…

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Spain one of world’s best places to be a mother

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 12th, 2015

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Keep mum: mothers in Spain live in a safe, supportive and fair society.

It’s not Spain’s proclivity for stretchy trousers that makes the country a great place in which to be a mother (although that curious fashion trend probably helps a little), but rather its excellent maternal healthcare, formal education and equal society that comes up trumps

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Spain jobless rate tumbling quicker than ever

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 11th, 2015

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Although much of Spain's new jobs are seasonal, the trend is definitely a positive one.

‘Tis the season to be hiring in Spain: in April, the country added 118,923 jobs, eating into that massive unemployment figure with aplomb, and confounding industry analysts by posting the fastest fall in jobless figures since records began…

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There's Marbella... and then there's 'Marbs'

Author: Iain Dempsey  |  May 8th, 2015

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Reality television stars like to visit 'Marbs', not Marbella.

With temperatures gradually on the rise and summer now tantalisingly close, the Costa del Sol is gearing up for another enjoyable season of relaxing days at the beach, balmy nights spent on the terraces of bars and restaurants, leisurely strolls along boardwalks and cooling dips in swimming pools or the sea. People’s moods have become generally more upbeat and the feeling is one of relaxed anticipation as another glorious summer awaits, the air heavy with the prospect of fun times ahead…

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Expats angered by delayed and absent ballot papers

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 7th, 2015

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Many expat voters have not received their ballot papers in time to vote in today's general election.

Thousands of British expats have been in uproar over delayed or missing paperwork that means they will not be able to vote in today’s general election.

Brits who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are eligible to vote in the election, but the Electoral Commission insists that votes are either made by proxy or post – a system that has left many checking empty postboxes all week in the vain hope that their forms will arrive on time…

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Language tourism on the rise in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 6th, 2015

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Almost 1 million tourists visited Spain in 2014 to improve their Spanish.

There are numerous reasons to visit Spain – the golden sandy beaches, the superb weather, the delicious cuisine, the excellent bars, the stunning scenery – but it appears that a growing number of tourists are heading to the country to enjoy one of its finest creations: its language

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