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Clocks go back this weekend (for the last time?)

Author:   |  October 24th, 2018

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Will this weekend’s time change from daylight saving to wintertime be the last one in Spain (and the rest of Europe)?

The phenomenon of adjusting the time twice a year, depending on whether we are on daylight saving (summer) time or standard (winter) time, is expected to become a thing of the past in accordance with a new EU directive. This means that this Sunday 28th October at 3am could be the last time the clocks go back from “summertime” to “wintertime” in continental Europe…
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Spain is the preferred relocation destination for banks amid Brexit uncertainty

Author:   |  October 22nd, 2018

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Before long, more and more banks will up and leave the UK and seek refuge in continental Europe due to Brexit.

As Brexit looms over the United Kingdom like a dark and threatening cloud and no black-and-white trade deals have been brokered to come into effect from the so-called “Brexit Day”, international banks currently headquartered in Britain are on the move to mainland Europe

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Three Decades Creating a Costa del Golf Legend at Royal Valderrama Club

Author:   |  October 19th, 2018

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Defending champion Sergio García

Defending champion Sergio García is aiming for a third Andalucía Valderrama Masters title (Photo: ©RC Valderrama)

It was October 1988, and the European Tour’s top stars were about to write a new chapter in golfing history. They were gathering at a course making its major competitive debut in a newly-minted tournament that would decide that year’s order of merit winner… Continue Reading

Spanish property values appreciated 4.8% in September

Author:   |  October 17th, 2018

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Spanish homes values were on the rise again in September, both on the coast and inland.

Spanish residential property values increased once again in September, this time by almost 5% compared to the same month in 2017, according to real estate valuation experts Tinsa

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Panic at the pump: new fuel classifications explained

Author:   |  October 15th, 2018

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Standard diesel, unleaded and gas classifications have now been changed all across the European community.

Last Friday 12th October was the switch-over date for petroleum and diesel labelling across the European Union and other non-EU states such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Turkey

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Number of houses in Spain to grow by 1.8 million in next 15 years

Author:   |  October 12th, 2018

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The 15-year outlook is very strong for housing, as the number of houses in Spain will rise in line with population growth.

The Spanish National Institute of Statistics has just published its “Housing Projection 2018” paper, which predicts there will be upwards of 1.8 million more homes nationwide in 15 years’ time than there are in 2018, if current trends persist…

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Home sales increase 9.9% across Spain in August

Author:   |  October 10th, 2018

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Property transactions in August were up significantly across Spain.

According to recently published data from the Spanish Association of Notaries, the year-on-year increase in residential property transactions across the country was almost 10% for the month of August

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Spain says adiós to the controversial “sun tax”

Author:   |  October 8th, 2018

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Owners of residential solar panel systems will no longer be penalised for the generation of surplus electricity, under new Spanish Energy Regulation.

Last Friday’s news that Spain’s infamous “sun tax” is to be scrapped is a big win for ecological groups, investors in renewable energy and consumers looking to make the transition from non-renewable sources to clean energy

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Spain home values up by 4.9% in Q3 2018… and 8.4% on the Costa del Sol

Author:   |  October 5th, 2018

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Tinsa’s recent third quarter market report showed a good evolution of Spanish real estate market prices.

Real estate valuation experts Tinsa recently published their third quarter report on residential property prices in Spain and the picture it paints of the market – both on a national level and for the region of Andalucía – is one of sustainable and continued year-on-year growth

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Spanish Healthcare System Best in Europe

Author:   |  October 3rd, 2018

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Bloomberg’s study paints Spain in a very positive light in terms of its overall healthcare service.

One factor that is often left off many expats’ list of reasons for moving to Spain is the exceptional healthcare infrastructure the country provides for its citizens and registered expats alike…

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