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Three signs you’re ready for a Spanish Christmas

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 17th, 2014

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Christmas in Spain is a wonderfully low-key affair

Christmas comes but once a year, but the pace at which it seeps into your consciousness as soon as September hits suggests that it is a solid four-month affair…

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VIVA opens a brand new office in Málaga city

Author: Martina Heynemann  |  December 16th, 2014

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VIVA Málaga office façade

The brand new VIVA Málaga office opened on Monday, 15 December

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you the exciting news that with the launch of our fabulous new Málaga office right in the heart of the city on Monday 15 December, we’re expanding our network of regional offices ever wider to capture a whole new real estate market…

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Spain’s property prices up 1.15% in third quarter

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 15th, 2014

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The number of British buyers recorded in the third quarter has risen by 37% in a year

Data published this week by Spain’s Property Registrars has revealed that property prices have risen by 1.15 per cent in the third quarter of 2014 when compared to the same period last year…

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Expats increasingly reliant on online shopping at Christmas time

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 12th, 2014

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The Internet has revolutionised how expats and families with relatives overseas shop

For years now, relatives who reside overseas have been unable to use the “lost in the post” excuse for missing birthdays or scrimping on Christmas spending.

Ever since Amazon swept into our collective consciousness, browsing and buying from the comfort of one’s home has revolutionised the way we shop, particularly those who either live overseas or who have relatives who live away from the UK. It has also meant that there is now no excuse not to send a little gift to a loved one far away…

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Spanish judge shuts down Uber taxi service across country

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 11th, 2014

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The Uber 'taxi' app has faced stern opposition from taxi drivers in Spain

A judge in Spain has ruled that online car sharing app Uber is to immediately cease its operations across the country following a string of protests from taxi associations…

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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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