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New build properties for sale in Estepona, Mijas Costa & Casares... on show in Stockholm!

Author:   |  February 22nd, 2018

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The Stockholm Property Exhibition was a great opportunity for the Scandinavian public to speak to our team about Residencial Infinity, Santa Barbara Heights and Quabit Casares Golf: all new build developments promoted by VIVA on the Costa del Sol.

Some of our fabulous VIVA Team were at the Buying Property Abroad Exhibition in Stockholm last weekend, where more than 7,000 visitors turned out to gather information and set the wheels in motion for the acquisition of their dream property in the sun. Our friendly and approachable team were happy to oblige, of course, showcasing the enviable new build developments that VIVA are proud to be promoting on the Costa del Sol

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Spain cracks whip on Airbnb as fines issued

Author:   |  February 21st, 2018

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Since 2016, the Balearics have welcomed 24,000 new Airbnb properties - making regulation highly vital for the islands in order to preserve their ecosystems.

Since 2016, the Balearics have welcomed 24,000 new Airbnb properties – making regulation highly vital for the islands in order to preserve their ecosystems.

Being the world’s second-most popular tourist destination is a great position to be in from an economic and soft power point of view.

With the world seemingly queueing up to holiday in Spain, the nation’s coffers are swelled year-round by the spending power of holidaymakers, while the rich cultural and historical treasures of the country receive a wider audience that can only serve to paint Spain in a more positive light…

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Ryanair to fly 29 new routes to Spain this winter

Author:   |  February 20th, 2018

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In adding 29 new routes, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will soon boast more than 500 routes to and from Spain.

In adding 29 new routes, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will soon boast more than 500 routes to and from Spain.

Spain’s enduring popularity as a location for sun-drenched summer holidays looks set to strengthen in 2018 following the news that budget airline Ryanair is to introduce a massive 29 new routes to the country this year.

The additions will boost Ryanair’s Spanish routemap to an impressive 500, and come at a time when Spain’s tourism industry is already flying high…

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Nine-year high in Spanish property sales reached in 2017

Author:   |  February 19th, 2018

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2017's sales figures show that Spain registered a nine-year high in property transactions, and could get close to half a million this year.

2017’s sales figures show that Spain registered a nine-year high in property transactions, and could get close to half a million this year.

Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) has published provisional residential property sales figures for 2017 that reveal a nine-year high in the number of transactions made last year.

This makes 2017 the most positive year for Spain’s property market since 2008, which was the year in which the post-boom crash arrived, sending the real estate industry into a tailspin that has taken years to rectify…

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UK government vows once more to lift expat voting restrictions, but will words ring hollow?

Author:   |  February 16th, 2018

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Officials at Whitehall have now stated that they will end the 15-year rule for British expats... but the question is: when?

Officials at Whitehall have now stated that they will end the 15-year rule for British expats… but the question is: when?

As thorny issues go, few are thornier than the topic of voting rights for long-term British expats.

The current law states that British citizens who have lived away from the UK for 15 years or more do not have a vote in general elections or national referendums. This peculiar failing of democracy has been a political hot potato for many years…

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Residencial Infinity - New Estepona apartments for sale on the Costa del Sol… Luxury urban living – by the sea

Author:   |  February 15th, 2018

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Residencial Infinity – Luxury urban living, a stone’s throw from the beach!

I have some fantastic news that I just can’t wait to tell you about, because only last week we announced the release of our latest VIVA Exclusive Development – Residencial Infinity – and it comes as no surprise that the launch has already created a huge amount of interest, and units are selling quite literally as we speak!

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Residencial Infinity – A prestigious location right on the main avenue running through Estepona’s vibrant town centre.

Around 20 minutes west of Marbella, Estepona is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Costa del Sol and Residencial Infinity (managed by ASG Homes), is conveniently situated on Avenida Juan Carlos I – the main avenue passing right through its vibrant town centre – so all the amenities and services you could possibly need are virtually on the doorstep.

Not only that, but the beautiful Blue Flag award-winning La Rada Beach is less than a 4-minute stroll!

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Residencial Infinity – Signature contemporary design.

An idyllic location if ever there was one. The landmark Residencial Infinity building comprises 112 luxury 2- & 3-bed apartments of ultramodern design – each with a private terrace, plus underground parking and storeroom.

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Residencial Infinity – Top quality fixtures and fittings throughout.

Spacious, flooded with natural light and boasting quality fixtures and fittings throughout, these stunning homes are complemented by a wide range of exclusive onsite communal facilities, including a fabulous rooftop solarium – featuring a spectacular infinity pool, sunbathing deck and breathtaking sea views – as well as a fully-equipped gym, sauna, plus green zones, bicycle room, children’s play area and more.

The building licence is in place, completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, and best of all… prices start at just €229,950. Take a look here!

Notary data shows 4.5% sales increase in December for Spanish property

Author:   |  February 14th, 2018

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December is a slow month traditionally for property sales, but there was still a 4.5% increase in transactions in Spain in December 2017.

December is traditionally a slow month for property sales, but there was still a 4.5% increase in transactions in Spain in December 2017.

Data from Spain’s notaries shows that home sales in the country rose in December 2017 for the eighth consecutive month, reaching 48,956 confirmed transactions.

That figure is a 4.5% increase on December 2016, which – while a lower year-on-year increase compared to previous months – is still an encouraging sign, particularly at a time of year when sales activity traditionally slumps…

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Vuelta a Andalucía 2018 to kick off in Mijas, Costa del Sol

Author:   |  February 13th, 2018

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Spain’s love affair with cycling will be clear to see as the 2018 edition of the Vuelta a Andalucía kicks off tomorrow in Mijas, Costa del Sol.

Tomorrow is 14th February and  hearts will be racing, fevers will be running high, palms will be sweaty and the euphoria will be palpable all around the Costa del Sol but not necessarily for the reasons you might think…

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January home values up 3.6% in Spain, according to data

Author:   |  February 12th, 2018

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A sign of things to come? January's home value increase is expected to continue throughout the year.

A sign of things to come? January’s home value increase is expected to continue throughout the year.

Statistics published this week by Spanish property valuation firm Tinsa show that the average home in Spain was worth 3.6% more at the end of January than it was at the same point in 2017…

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Second course: Brit chef Rick Stein brings Spanish food to Spain – and the locals love it

Author:   |  February 9th, 2018

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Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes show is the most popular BBC export to Spain.

Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes show is the most popular BBC export to Spain.

A few years ago, erstwhile British TV chef Jamie Oliver caused a bit of a stir in Spain with his controversial take on that classic Spanish dish, paella.

Oliver’s crime? Suggesting adding chorizo to the pot to spice things up a bit. The Essex boy quickly learned that, while Spaniards are incredibly easy-going, they are fiercely protective of their cuisine

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