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Sunday Times ranks Ojén as one of world’s best places to live

The charming town of Ojén, near Marbella, gives a true taste of Andalucía living, with a sprinkling of Costa del Sol thrown in.

A tiny town in the Costa del Sol has been chosen by the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the world’s finest places to live.

Ojén, which sits in the hills behind Marbella, ranked 35th in the Sunday Times’ list of Best Places to Live Overseas, and was joined in the top 50 by the seaside village of Zahara de Los Atunes, which is located a few miles from Tarifa at the southern tip of Andalucía…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Easter hols to Costa del Sol 15% cheaper than last year

Rising temperatures and falling prices: a perfect Costa del Sol combo for Easter.

If you’re thinking about heading to the Costa del Sol this Easter to enjoy some early summer sunshine then you are in luck – a report by the Post Office has found that a typical holiday in the region is 15 per cent cheaper this year compared to 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 27/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Exit strategy: will you ever leave Spain once you’ve lived there?

Life's a beach, and then you fly... how long will you live in Spain for?

It’s a question that – while rarely pressing – tends to linger at the back of most expats’ minds during their time living overseas: when is all of this going to come to an end?

The uncertainty can be creeping, persistent, or it can catch you briefly and unawares while you’re out enjoying yourself, tumbling back down into the ether as quickly as it arose.

But it will happen…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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‘British Warren Buffett’ says now is the time to invest in Spanish property

The strong pound should tempt British buyers, but the 110% mortgages should be avoided.

Multimillionaire investor and entrepreneur Jim Mellon – who made a series of profitable investments in the 1990′s and has recently championed the cause of the growing biotech industry – has urged Britons that now is the time to buy a property in Spain. Mellon told the Daily Telegraph that the current imbalance between the euro and sterling is unlikely to continue for much longer, meaning that now is the time to act for Brits armed with pounds

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Author:Ian Clover 23/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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VIVA View: Spain’s compensation ruling is a sign of a maturing property market

Spain's property market is far more mature and transparent these days.

It always felt doubly cruel. Not only were homeowners who had unwittingly purchased illegally built property told that their homes would be demolished, but they also learned that they would, in the process, lose everything.

No compensation. No money. No ‘our hands are tied’ apology. Nothing. Appeals could be lodged, court hearings could be made, but the bottom line remained unwavering: homes built illegally would have to be demolished. No exceptions.

Not only did this scandalous behaviour turn the dreams of thousands into an unending nightmare, but it also served to damage Spain’s property market – and the country’s wider reputation – in the eyes of foreigners…

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Author:Ian Clover 20/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Global media note Brits' rekindled love affair with Spanish property

Read all about it: Spain's property market has returned to rude health, and the world's media has noticed.

The media loves a good bad news story. The more lurid the headline, the more it lurches out at you from the newsstand. The more dramatic the detail, the more engrossed the reader. Living vicariously through the whims of the world is what people do, and when things go bad, readership rates rise.

Not 12 months ago this trend certainly held true for the Spanish property market, with the UK media particularly keen to stick the boot in at the merest whiff of trouble. From Brits fleeing the Costas in their droves to pensioner expats being issued with demolition notices, anything that could be deemed damaging to Spain’s property industry was given prominence in much of the national media.

But what a difference a year makes

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Author:Ian Clover 13/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s Golden Visa scheme attracts 530 applicants

A luxury home AND the right to reside in Spain? The Golden Visa is an attractive scheme for many

Since its launch 15 months ago, Spain’s Golden Visa scheme – introduced to attract wealthy non-EU investors to the country’s property market – has so far registered 530 applicants.

The Visa scheme grants automatic residence and working rights in Spain to individuals who spend more than €500,000 on property in Spain. Such an investment can be spread across a portfolio of properties, and investors can include their family, dependants and unmarried partners in the visa – an added attraction that has evidently appealed to a large handful of Chinese, Russian and Arab investors…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/03/2015 [4] Comments 
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Spanish voted world's happiest language

The uplifting climate and landscape of Spain is inextricably linked to its positive-language... and its pop music

Spain has long cornered the market for the type of sunny, summery europop song that sticks in your head for days and the charts for interminably longer.

Ostensibly ‘happy’ music, these colourful tunes capture that summer feeling with their incessantly upbeat, catchy and repetitive rhythms.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Spaniards trying to do gloomy, angsty rock, for example, usually doesn’t work. Despite recent economic difficulties, Spain just isn’t depressing enough to inspire its youths to pick up a guitar and rail against their surroundings. We have Birmingham for that.

Nope, when it comes to pop music, Spaniards should make like their own climate and stick to bright, uplifting numbers, best avoided during the hours of 12-2pm.

But a recent study has also deduced that Spanish is actually the world’s happiest-sounding language, too…

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Author:Ian Clover 06/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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How badboy footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones can help you enjoy Spain

Author:Ian Clover 18/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Three unexpected joys of living in Spain

You know about the sun, sea and sangria, but what else does Spain offer?

You don’t need an article to tell you that life in Spain is blessed with brilliant warmth, near year-round sunshine and many hours spent on beaches, in swimming pools and frequenting local bodegas and tapas bars with reassuring regularity.

But there are certain joys to Spanish living that may not appear immediately apparent, but are nonetheless brilliant reasons to finally make that move…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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