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Learning Spanish delays dementia, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 10th, 2014

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Your struggles with Spanish could be doing your brain a lot of good

“Hablas vous Englisch?” No matter how garbled your attempts at mastering a foreign language, the mere act of trying to learn a new tongue can help keep the symptoms of dementia at bay, a new study by Edinburgh University has found.

Researchers found that, no matter your age, the benefits of learning a new language are the same. In studying cognitive functions of the brain, the team set out to find out whether people who already possessed a strong capacity for learning and memory were more likely to be able to learn a foreign language, or whether multilingual skills were the cause, rather than the effect, of increased brainpower… Continue Reading

Spain cheapest option for expat living, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 9th, 2014

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The overall cost of living in Spain is lower than any other expat destination

Despite the cost of living in many countries around the world edging closer to that of the UK’s in recent years, Spain remains the most affordable destination for Brits hoping to retire, move or buy property overseas, a new study has found.

Predicated on the perception that the pound is weaker than ever (it is in fact at an 18-month high against the euro right now) and living costs in places such as Italy, France, Canada and the USA are now almost on a par with the UK, the report from the Overseas Living Price Index has branded the dream of moving abroad to retire a ‘luxury’ for most Brits… Continue Reading

VIVA’s Martina Heynemann a guest speaker at the Inmonext Conference in Madrid

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  June 6th, 2014

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Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference

Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference during the SIMA Exhibition in Madrid

On 30 May, VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was one of a panel of 13 guest speakers at the ‘Inmonext 14: The Year of Recovery’ Conference, organised by – Spain’s leading property portal – which took place within the framework of the SIMA (Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition) running from 29 May to 1 June…

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Classic cars take over Puerto Banús

Author: Holly Purnell  |  June 6th, 2014

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Free Classic Car Event and Demonstration Day in Puerto Banús on Sunday 8 June 2014

The organisers of the Marbella Classic Grand Prix and Marbella Town Hall are delighted to present a classic car show and demonstration day in Puerto Banús on Sunday 8th June. This free event will introduce classic car owners and the public to the concept of a regularity rally and bring together these beautiful cars in the iconic Antonio Banderas square in preparation for the Classic Grand Prix in November… Continue Reading

Jorge’s images: Río Tinto – 'Mars' in Andalucía

Photographer: Jorge Morales  |  June 5th, 2014

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In case you’re wondering what planet VIVA’s very own in-house photographer, Jorge Morales, was on when he captured these awesome images… actually he hadn’t even set foot beyond Andalucía! Located in the province of Huelva – lying between Cádiz and Portugal – the Río Tinto region more closely resembles the surface of the Red Planet than anywhere else on Earth. But far from being a natural phenomenon, it’s the 5,000-odd years of open-cast mining in the area that have resulted in its arid, alien landscape cleaved by a blood-red, iron-rich river. The mines are no longer in use, although their reopening has been mooted, and much of the machinery and rolling stock remain, while the Río Tinto Mining Park is a popular attraction. NASA scientists have explored the area using instruments designed for use in a Mars mission, and the Austrian Space Forum have also been here to test a spacesuit as well as putting the Eurobot prototype unmanned rover through its paces.

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Month of May sets record for job creation in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 4th, 2014

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More jobs, more confidence: Spain's economy is on the up

A record 111,916 jobs were created in Spain last month, a superb performance that confounded critics and surprised a number of Spanish and European economists.

After many months of encouraging performance, May saw Spain’s unemployment figures fall drastically, setting a record for the largest fall in jobless recorded in a single month… Continue Reading

Spain records 183% increase in property transactions in first quarter

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 3rd, 2014

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Interest in the Spanish property market has been strong so far in 2014

The amount of property sales recorded in the first three months of the year in Spain was up 183 per cent when compared to the first quarter of 2013, a study by Real Capital Analytics (RCA) has found.

Overall, €1.4 billion worth of real estate transactions were recorded throughout Spain, with residential property hotting up as the commercial sector experienced its first contraction after five quarters of continuous growth…

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Spanish King Juan Carlos steps down

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 2nd, 2014

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Spain's King Juan Carlos delivers his statement at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

The King of Spain, King Juan Carlos, announced today that he is to abdicate the throne after 39 years at the helm.

With rumours of the King’s failing health circulating widely, Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed on Monday that the King will abdicate the throne to his son, Crown Prince Felipe, with immediate effect… Continue Reading

VIVA’s Martina Heynemann hosts members of the British press

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  May 30th, 2014

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When a group of 16 prominent British journalists and mortgage specialists visited the Costa del Sol earlier this month on a fact-finding mission, VIVA were delighted to have the opportunity to play host to them for an afternoon presentation and Q&A session, organised by Moneycorp, who have been dealing in foreign exchange since 1979 and have a network of offices in the UK, USA and Spain.

The aim of this research trip was to get the low-down – first-hand – on the current state of the property market in Mediterranean Spain, with particular reference of course to emerging trends among British expats and home buyers alike…. And VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was only too happy to share her knowledge!… Continue Reading

Spain retains top spot for Blue Flag beaches

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 29th, 2014

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Great climate, clientele and cleanliness - Spain's beaches are among the best in the world

The prestigious Blue Flag accolade – which denotes that a beach has been recognised for its cleanliness and safety – has been awarded to a record 681 Spanish beaches, which is far more than any other country – not just in Europe, but the entire world…

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