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Expats to keep their tax breaks

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 10th, 2014

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British expats with UK-based assets or income can still enjoy a sizeable tax break

Last week’s Autumn Statement from UK Chancellor George Osborne brought good news for British expats fearful that they may lose their personal tax allowance.

Amid earlier reports that Osborne would scrap the allowance – a tax break for the five million or so Brits who live and work overseas but still have assets or income in the UK – the Statement confirmed that the allowance would remain in place, for the time being at least…

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Spanish property: the story of 2014

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 9th, 2014

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The story of 2014 has been supremely encouraging for Spain's property market

As the last few weeks of 2014 draw upon us, it is pretty clear that this year has proven quite a pivotal one for the Spanish property market.

Whereas 2013 was characterised by the promise of economic recovery, 2014 has been decidedly bold in comparison. Property prices have stabilised and even begun to rise in some regions, while the number of buyers – both foreign and domestic – has grown steadily every month…

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The world’s getting younger… but Spain bucks the trend

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 8th, 2014

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Despite being a great place in which to raise a family, Spain has the lowest percentage of youngsters in the world

There is now a higher proportion of young people aged between 10 and 24 on the planet than ever before, but the population of Spain is one of the oldest in the world.

A recent State of the World Population 2014 study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed that there are 1.8 billion ‘young people’ – which is one quarter of the entire global population

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Meet David Gibson: “The future looks very bright”

Author: John Hollway  |  December 5th, 2014

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Partners David Gibson and Steve Dixon with pet labrador Ebony

David Gibson (seated) with partner Steve Dixon and Ebony, their black lab

When David Gibson and Steve Dixon bought an investment property on the Costa del Sol 12 years ago, little did they know it was a decision that was about to give their lives a whole new direction. They both had fulfilling careers in London – with David running a medium-sized manufacturing business there, and Steve working as a retail manager.

They’d purchased their apartment in Estepona as a holiday home and at the time the prospect of relocating here permanently hadn’t even crossed their minds. But it was when they came to furnish it that they had their eureka moment – and Mad About Furniture was the result…

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Spain Europe’s best retirement destination, report finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 4th, 2014

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The report praised the Costa del Sol for offering a laid-back lifestyle and easy integration

A report by retirement experts International Living has ranked Spain as the top destination in Europe in which to retire.

The Annual Global Retirement Index ranks nations every year on their suitability for retirees, compiling ratings on the cost of living, infrastructure, healthcare, ease of integration, real estate, climate and other special benefits…

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So what's it to be: Spain or Uganda?

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 3rd, 2014

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Granada, Spain

Spain is the world's most popular tourist destination for many, many good reasons

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni last week made the astonishing claim that Uganda should be sold as a “better tourist destination than Spain” during a rather odd attack on his country’s tourism board…

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Mortgage lending in Spain up for fourth consecutive month

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 2nd, 2014

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The most substantial growth in mortgage lending in Spain since 2007

According to data published last week by Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadística (National Statistics Institute), new mortgage approvals recorded in the country’s land registries in September totalled 19,323, the largest number since February 2013, and a massive 29.8 per cent more than in September of last year…

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Black Friday makes its Spanish bow

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 1st, 2014

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Shoppers in Spain have been treated to the spectacle of Black Friday this year

Spain’s admirable ability to hold on to its own traditions and customs in the face of growing internationalisation and commercialisation took a sharp-elbowed battering this week as Spanish stores embraced the shopping phenomenon of Black Friday

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Six out of ten young Spaniards would consider overseas job

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 28th, 2014

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Many younger Spaniards are favourable to the idea of working abroad, study finds

The majority of Spaniards aged 18 to 30 have revealed that they would seriously consider moving overseas for work, according to a new study by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications…

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2015 real estate and construction boost for Spanish economy

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 27th, 2014

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economic growthA new study from independent financial advisors Arcano, forecasts that the real estate and construction sectors – together with household and company financing – will prove to be a potent shot in the arm for Spain’s recovering economy in 2015…

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