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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 8th, 2014

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What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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Spain enjoys 8-year high employment figures

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 7th, 2014

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Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos has overseen the country's steady recovery

September saw Spain post the best job figures since 2006 as the country’s sweeping economic reforms continued to alleviate eight years of gloom.

Although the monthly rise in job creation was only 0.7 per cent, it helped lower September’s unemployment figures – an impressive performance considering that the end of the summer season traditionally swells the dole queue as tourism work dries up…

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New Spanish king costs just 17 cents per head, government reveals

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 6th, 2014

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At just 17 cents per head, King Felipe of Spain is the cheapest Monarch in Europe

Spain boasts some of the cheapest holiday resorts in Europe, and can now claim to have the most cost-effective Royal family, too.

King Felipe VI, 46 – who took to the throne earlier this year following the surprise abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos – costs each Spaniard just €0.17 cents per year, making him the cheapest figurehead on the continent

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Andalusian government throws lifeline to Brits stuck in property limbo

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 3rd, 2014

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As many as 25,000 properties could benefit from the proposed change to Andalucía's planning law

The issue of illegally built homes dotted about the Andalusian countryside has been a thorn in the side of thousands of Brits for the past decade. But an announcement this week by the president of Andalucía’s Junta could finally lift the uncertainty for these British homeowners who have been living in limbo for nearly ten years…

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Five reminders why Spain is the best choice for overseas property

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 2nd, 2014

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Considering buying overseas? Then Spain ticks all your boxes, and more

On the eve of the A Place in the Sun exhibition, held between Friday October 3 and Sunday October 5 at the NEC in Birmingham (VIVA will be there of course, so come and say Hi!), we thought it wise to remind you all why Spain remains the number one choice for overseas property.

After many months of good news stories relating to Spain’s tourism sector, its wider economy, and positive developments in its property market, it is perhaps easy to forget what a corner the country has turned in just a short space of time. So here are five reminders why Spain is THE place for overseas property…

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Three ways Spain’s recovering economy benefits you

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 1st, 2014

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As Spain's economy picks up, so do opportunities in work, property and socialising

The Spanish economy has begun to heal itself in recent months after spending a couple of years in the doldrums. Although unemployment rates remain above 24% (and are among the highest in Europe), job creation has increased faster than in most other eurozone nations…

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Spain’s property market stirs back into life

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 30th, 2014

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Interest in Spanish property is picking up, both domestically and among foreign buyers

What a difference two years makes. Now, it is never really wise to compare Daily Mail headlines with Financial Times ones, but a story published on the FT over the weekend struck a notable chord.

The FT reports that the town of Seseña, 35km south of Madrid, has begun to pique the interest of potential property buyers. This news is significant because back in 2012 Seseña stood for all that was wrong with Spanish property: incomplete, overpriced, empty and unnecessary. The never-to-be-inhabited overspill suburb of Madrid became the stick with which media outlets beat Spain’s property market…

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Spain enjoys improved economic outlook

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 29th, 2014

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Spain's renewed economic confidence is reflected in a number of Spain-China trade deals on the table

Job prospects, wages and employment security are all set to improve in Spain next year, according to the country’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos who last week raised Spain’s economic outlook…

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August sees Spain break record tourism numbers, again

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 26th, 2014

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Spain will attract more than 65 million visitors this year - an all-time record

Spain’s tourism records just keep on tumbling – last month marked the first time ever that the nine million-mark was surpassed as 9,070,024 holidaymakers headed to Spain.

According to Spain’s national broadcaster TVE, the figure is a nine per cent increase on the same period last year and marks a high point for Spain’s thriving tourist industry

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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare turns up the heat on Brits in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 25th, 2014

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The first episode of Ramsay's Costa del Nightmare aired on Tuesday night

Gordon Ramsay is tired. Tired of the effing, the blinding, the shouting and the scolding. He’s so tired, in fact, that the latest iteration of his Kitchen Nightmares series – Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare – is rumoured to be his last. And if Tuesday night’s pilot episode is anything to go by, he is going out with a bang…

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