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Spain’s property resales reach highest point for a decade in second quarter

Author:   |  September 1st, 2017

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In the second quarter, resale volumes for Spanish property reached heights last seen in 2007.

In the second quarter, resale volumes for Spanish property reached heights last seen in 2007.

Data published this week by Spain’s property registrars shows that the number of resale homes bought in the second quarter of this year was 99,343 – the highest quarterly figure recorded for ten years…

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Spain’s fruit oversupply to help the country’s poor

Author:   |  August 31st, 2017

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Everything is peachy for Spain's agricultural sector, but oversupply headaches still persist.

Everything is peachy for Spain’s agricultural sector, but oversupply headaches still persist.

The production of fruit in Spain is legendary. In the southeastern corner of the country, vast amounts of land are given over to farmers producing everything from strawberries to peaches and watermelons…

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Five reasons why dining in Spain is a fine experience

Author:   |  August 30th, 2017

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Affordable, friendly, always delicious and usually beautiful, dining out in Spain is a classic pastime.

Affordable, friendly, always delicious and usually beautiful, dining out in Spain is a classic pastime.

Spain has for years now led the world in haute cuisine. From the famous El Bulli restaurant to Basque inventiveness, if it’s a freshly minted Michelin star you’re after, Spain is the place to be.

This is all well and good, but for many, mealtimes are a source of more simple pleasures. Luckily, Spain also comes up trumps here, offering a smattering of some of the finest, simplest dining experiences you can imagine, with something for every taste and every budget.

Here are five reasons why eating out in Spain is such a memorable experience…

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Run for the sun: 85% of expats in Spain drawn by the climate, poll finds

Author:   |  August 29th, 2017

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While for many countries the attraction to expats is the chance of a career, for Spain, it is the climate and the lifestyle that proves the biggest draw.

While for many countries the attraction to expats is the chance of a career, for Spain, it is the climate and the lifestyle that proves the biggest draw.

A new poll of expats by Internations has found that Spain’s abundant sunshine was the main reason why 85% of expats moved there…

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Spain’s household expenditure doubles in the second quarter

Author:   |  August 28th, 2017

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Spanish households have loosened the purse strings in the past few months.

Spanish households have loosened the purse strings in the past few months.

Economists have a variety of means and methods to measure the financial health of a country. The most obvious ones – employment rates and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – provide a broad overview of performance, but there are a few more specific metrics that can offer a better indication of how the average citizen is faring…

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“Spanish property with pool” most searched-for term on leading portal

Author:   |  August 25th, 2017

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This property in Spain doesn't look too far-off the what most Brits envision is their ideal holiday home.

This property in Spain doesn’t look too far-off what most Brits envision is their ideal holiday home.

The most sought-after type of property for Brits searching to buy a home overseas is located in Spain, has its own pool, easy access to a beach, and possibly has a sea view thrown in for good measure, too…

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Santa Barbara Heights in Mijas Costa… luxury redefined on the Costa del Sol

Author:   |  August 24th, 2017

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Santa Barbara Heights, Mijas Costa

Santa Barbara Heights – a new dimension in luxury living on the Costa del Sol.

I’ve got some really exciting news to share with you because I’m thrilled to announce that VIVA have been appointed as agents for Club La Costa World’s brand new residential development, Santa Barbara Heights, located between Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas – right at the heart of the Costa del Sol – and with prices starting from just €369,000…

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Three ways to guard against reverse culture shock as an expat

Author:   |  August 23rd, 2017

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Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

We all know that the post-holiday blues crash-landing is often softened by the return to home comforts. Be it a good cup of tea, your local pub, or even just the smells and sounds of the nearby park, coming home after an extended time away can feel like a steady return to “normality”.

The danger for expats who live in another country is that their “normality” shape-shifts, meaning a return “home” can be just as much of a culture shock as the initial move overseas was.

Brits who have lived in Spain for many years can attest to this phenomenon. For many, a move overseas is the first time that they have been outside of the UK for longer than three weeks at a time – and this can be disconcerting for some.

So if you’re worried about reverse culture shock, take these three easy steps to guard against it and ensure that you feel at home in two places, rather than none…

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Spanish mortgage approvals surge 19.2% in June

Author:   |  August 21st, 2017

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June is always a strong month in Spain for property sales, and this year has proven particularly bullish.

June is always a strong month in Spain for property sales, and this year has proven particularly bullish.

Official notary data from Spain for the month of June has shown the sharpest increase in a decade in the number of mortgages granted on residential property.

According to the statistics, the 23,223 mortgages granted in Spain in June this year was 19.2% higher than the same month last year. This figure means that nearly half – 45% – of all properties bought in June were financed this way…

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Spain’s building industry to grow 4% annually, data shows

Author:   |  August 18th, 2017

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Madrid’s skyline changed dramatically a decade ago, and new activity could alter it once again.

Madrid’s skyline changed dramatically a decade ago, and new activity could alter it once again.

“A forest of cranes” is how Bloomberg describes the Madrid skyline, and while the Spanish capital looks nothing like Dubai’s crane-dappled visage of a decade ago, the burst of building work in and around the city is noteworthy…

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