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Beyoncé’s Spanish-language single poised for world domination

Author:   |  October 6th, 2017

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The Grammy winner and global star has long wanted a hit in Spanish, say music experts. Photo: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan

The Grammy winner and global star has long wanted a hit in Spanish, say music experts. Photo: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan

It seems that everything that global popstar Beyoncé touches turns to gold. The American diva has enjoyed a string of global hits for more than a decade, but for a while now there was one lucrative market that had managed to escape her throaty grasp – the Spanish language market… Continue Reading

Choose the right Spanish supermarket to save €3,000 a year, survey shows

Author:   |  October 5th, 2017

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Nationwide, Alcampo offers Spain's cheapest grocery prices, on average.

Nationwide, Alcampo offers Spain’s cheapest grocery prices, on average.

The price difference between Spain’s cheapest and most expensive supermarkets can be as much as €3,013 per year in some regions, a new consumer group study has found… Continue Reading

Spanish property: putting a price on the feel-good factor

Author:   |  October 3rd, 2017

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Spain never lost its wonderful climate or scenery during the lean years, and as the good times return the country feels more joyful than ever.

Spain never lost its wonderful climate or scenery during the lean years, and as the good times return the country feels more joyful than ever.

Raw data and statistics may be effective in showing the direction and strength of certain trends, but when it comes to something as visceral and life-changing as buying a property in Spain, the less-tangible emotions often come to the fore…

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Mortgage approvals rose 33% in Spain in summer

Author:   |  October 2nd, 2017

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Mortgage activity throughout the summer has been very brisk in Spain.

Mortgage activity throughout the summer has been very brisk in Spain.

Data from Spain’s National Statistics Office (INE) published last week has shown that the number of mortgage approvals granted in the month of July was 32.9% higher than over the same month last year…

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Spain’s popularity could trigger 5% holiday price rise next year, says Thomas Cook

Author:   |  September 29th, 2017

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Worth the increase: Spain is already great value for money, so a slight increase is money worth paying.

Worth the increase: Spain is already great value for money, so a slight increase is money worth paying.

Thomas Cook, the leading travel agent, has told British holidaymakers that their Spanish getaway in 2018 is likely to be around 5-10% more expensive than this year due to a combination of increased demand and the weaker pound…

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Spain sees 47% and 55% increase in home sales and prices respectively, data shows

Author:   |  September 28th, 2017

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The data showed that 32% of buyers are entering the Spanish property market to snap up an investment or second home.

The data showed that 32% of buyers are entering the Spanish property market to snap up an investment or second home.

A new report collating sales and home value data in Spain has found that, for the first six months of this year home sales were 47% higher than the same period in 2016, while the home value of recorded sales was 55% higher…

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The €20 note that’s worth €9,000

Author:   |  September 26th, 2017

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The prize hasn’t yet been claimed, so go and check all your €20 notes right now!

Back at the beginning of September, Pablo Motos, the host of Antena 3’s popular Spanish TV series ‘El Hormiguero’ (The Anthill), introduced a €20 note into circulation, at the same time offering a €6,000 reward to whoever found it…

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Cool heads needed as Catalonia “self rule” vote nears

Author:   |  September 25th, 2017

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Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Politics has the propensity to get messy quickly, perhaps more so in Spain than in most other European nations. Decades of fascist Franco rule kept a lid on regional tensions and whims by the use of force; and since 1976 Spain’s existence and progress as a successful European state has hinged largely on the promise and reality of an improved standard of living for all…

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Spanish second home market redefines itself

Author:   |  September 22nd, 2017

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There is no such thing as a typical holiday homebuyer in Spain - the market appeals to all.

There is no such thing as a typical holiday homebuyer in Spain – the market appeals to all.

There is no ‘typical’ overseas buyer of Spanish property. For every secretive millionaire keen to snap up a slice of the exclusive La Zagaleta, there are your more down-to-earth types who have scrimped and saved and can finally take the plunge on their dream home overseas…

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Spain sees summer road deaths fall 12%

Author:   |  September 21st, 2017

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31 fewer people died on Spain's roads over the summer compared to last year - an encouraging statistic.

31 fewer people died on Spain’s roads over the summer compared to last year – an encouraging statistic.

Thanks to the country’s stunning scenery, pleasant climate, and propensity for laying winding roads across even the most undulating and cliff-hugging terrain imaginable, driving in Spain is often a spectacular experience

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