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Spanish expats in UK contribute £802 million to British economy

Author:   |  November 3rd, 2017

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While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

The enduring love affair between Spain and the UK – the occasional Gibraltar-themed spats aside – should serve as a reminder to those who wish to paint a picture of a divided Europe that even countries as ‘different’ as Britain and Spain share a great deal of love, respect and admiration for one another…

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Spanish economic growth on track in third quarter

Author:   |  November 2nd, 2017

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Spain has enjoyed some of the strongest and most sustained economic growth of all the nations in Europe over the past 24 months.

Spain has enjoyed some of the strongest and most sustained economic growth of all the nations in Europe over the past 24 months.

It’s only really economists who break the year down into quarters. Sure, we all have a mental map of when summer ends and winter starts, but spring and autumn often do a passable impression of the seasons either side of them, which makes the notion of four seasons redundant for many…

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Brilliant news for Spain economy as number of jobless falls 180,000

Author:   |  November 1st, 2017

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The jobless queues are much shorter now in Spain as the economy enjoys some of the best growth in the EU.

The jobless queues are much shorter now in Spain as the economy enjoys some of the best growth in the EU.

A total of 182,600 new jobs were made in Spain in the third quarter of the year between July 1 and September 30, reducing the percentage of people out of work by 4.66%, and bringing the country’s total jobless figure down to 3.73 million – the lowest it has been since 2008…

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Stealing the Show!

Author:   |  October 31st, 2017

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Mini-GalleryWith numerous stands featuring a wide range of Costa del Sol companies, from architecture, construction, home improvements and furniture… to interior and exterior design, real estate, lawyers, insurance, finance and more, over 1,300 people attended the fourth edition of the Home Fair Costa del Sol expo last weekend which, for the first time in its history was held in Marbella. And, if we do say so ourselves, it was VIVA’s adjacent exhibition stands – one showcasing Santa Barbara Heights in Mijas Costa and the other featuring Quabit Casares Golf between Estepona and Sotogrande that stole the show…

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Mortgage approval rates hit seven-year high in Spain

Author:   |  October 30th, 2017

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Close to 30% more mortgages were granted in August this year compared to last, building upon already strong growth in the sector.

Close to 30% more mortgages were granted in August this year compared to last, building upon already strong growth in the sector.

The month of August saw 26,583 new mortgages approved in Spain – the highest monthly figure since 2010, and a massive 29.1% increase on the same month last year.

The incessant upward trajectory of the Spanish property market has been evident in a series of data across the board all year. From the number of sales transactions, to prices, to regional growth and a positive outlook, Spanish real estate is in rude health

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Good pricing and supply makes Spain a top real estate investment destination

Author:   |  October 27th, 2017

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Value for money, high quality and plenty of choice makes Spain a fine real estate investment destination.

Value for money, high quality and plenty of choice makes Spain a fine real estate investment destination.

It is easy to focus on the fantastic lifestyle attractions that make Spain such a popular choice for people wishing to buy a second home or overseas property.

Thanks to Spain’s excellent climate, its stunning cities, varied terrain and superb selection of beaches and beach resorts, imagining a new life in Spain is almost as easy as making it a reality: with cheap flights and plentiful property choices, thousands of sun-starved northern Europeans have already turned their dreams into reality by purchasing a home in Spain…

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It’s showtime in Marbella!

Author:   |  October 26th, 2017

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HF blog 1Running at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos – near Marbella’s landmark ‘Copper Tower’ – from tomorrow, Friday 27 October until Sunday, 29 October 2017, the Home Fair Costa del Sol is the must-visit place to be this weekend whether you already live here or are just enjoying a sunny autumn break in southern Spain…

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Of course you can stay in Spain, minister tells British expats

Author:   |  October 25th, 2017

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Spain's Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the BBC: "Many Brits come to Spain to live or retire; we want to keep it that way."

Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the BBC: “Many Brits come to Spain to live or retire; we want to keep it that way.”

Worries about Brexit and its potential fallout may have vanished from the headlines in recent months, but for many people they remain an irritant, a background noise of unanswered questions and worrisome “what ifs”.

And while there is still unlikely to be any 100% bonafide decision any time soon on exactly what Brexit means for Brits and EU citizens, the noises being made by politicians with a say and a sway in the matter are positive ones indeed…

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Three reminders of why the Costa del Sol is so special

Author:   |  October 24th, 2017

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Variety, international excellence, affordability, exclusivity and more - the Costa del Sol is a fantastic place in which to buy a property.

Variety, international excellence, affordability, exclusivity and more – the Costa del Sol is a fantastic place in which to buy a property.

As recent news events have shown, Spain’s 17 autonomous regions are rightly proud of their identity, which is wrapped up in everything from cuisine and language to culture and history.

But one of the most famous corners of Spain isn’t an autonomous region whatsoever. The Costa del Sol is a relatively loosely defined slice of southern Spain’s eastern coastline. Much of the area falls under the jurisdiction of Málaga province, but speak to somebody in, say, Manilva whether they feel like they are part of Málaga and they will most likely say no.

All of the Costa del Sol, however, is within the autonomous region of Andalucía – a fact that does give the region a distinctive uniformity in terms of climate, terrain, cuisine.

But drill down to an even more regional level, and the Costa del Sol’s unique strengths become apparent.

Here are three reminders why the Costa del Sol is so special…

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Has the Costa del Sol just had its best summer ever?

Author:   |  October 23rd, 2017

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Even with winter on its way, the Costa del Sol is still poised to attract holidaymakers, such is its popularity.

Even with winter on its way, the Costa del Sol is still poised to attract holidaymakers, such is its popularity.

What makes a good summer? Is it the weather? The amount of times one makes it to the beach? A successful football tournament? Exciting travel? A fleeting romance?

Summer can mean many different things to many different people, but to a region like the Costa del Sol, summer tends to mean vibrant beaches, blue skies, busy restaurants and boosted coffers for hotels, bars, cafes and clubs…

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