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Want to be a smart property investor? Then think like Bill Gates

Author:   |  May 6th, 2016

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What’s next on the horizon for Bill Gates? Why, Spanish property, of course…

Bill Gates is not the coolest man in the world. He’s not the most fashionable, and he’s certainly not going to win many beauty contests. But what he does do better than most people is invest his time, insight and money wisely

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Spanish King confirms re-election date of June 26

Author:   |  May 5th, 2016

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The Spanish King has spoken, and Spaniards must cast their votes again on June 26 in the hope of selecting a ruling party.

It was always likely to end this way, but now King Felipe VI of Spain has confirmed that the country will have to go once again to the polls on June 26 to recast their votes in a repeat of the general election…

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It’s settled: long-term Brit expats cannot vote in EU Referendum

Author:   |  May 4th, 2016

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The High Court rejected the claim that the UK’s 15-year rule barring long-term expats from voting was illegal.

At the weekend the British High Court ruled against a legal challenge by two long-term British expats to have the controversial “15-year rule” rescinded, meaning that Brits who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years will not be allowed to vote in the EU Referendum on June 23…

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Leading analysts expect 10% increase in Spanish property sales this year

Author:   |  May 3rd, 2016

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As buying overseas regains popularity, Spain once again finds itself top of the desirability charts.

2015 was a strong year for Spanish property, and experts predict an even more impressive 12 months in 2016.

There could be more than 440,000 property transactions in Spain in 2016, according to data gathered by leading analysts KPMG, Deloitte, N+1 and PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC)…

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Who needs a government? Spain economy thriving without one, says Santander

Author:   |  May 2nd, 2016

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Politicians, who needs ’em? Not Spain apparently, which is doing just fine right now without a government.

David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy Hunt, Nigel Farage and all the others had better take note – Spain’s economy is actually thriving right now despite the country having been run without a government since December last year…

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Is Prince’s unsold Marbella villa a Sign o’ the Times for homebuyer tastes?

Author:   |  April 29th, 2016

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Prince’s former Marbella villa is back on the market and back in the headlines following the artist’s death.

Sadly departed musician Prince, who died earlier this month from as-yet-unknown-causes, was famous for many things: his musical prowess, his flamboyance, his diminutive stature, his love of the colour purple… but for many who have lived in southern Spain his name is synonymous with a certain unique type of décor, grandeur and kitsch – and all because of the ‘Prince Villa’.

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International students vote Spain best place to study abroad

Author:   |  April 28th, 2016

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Madrid ranked as the best place in Europe for overseas study, with Seville and Barcelona also scoring highly.

A new poll by Uniplaces has found that Spain is considered the best place to study abroad by Erasmus students.

The survey results placed Madrid in first place, while two other Spanish cities – Seville and Barcelona – featured in the top ten at places fifth and seventh respectively

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Majority of Brit expats planning to vote to remain in EU, survey finds

Author:   |  April 27th, 2016

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67% of British expats polled said that they plan to vote to remain in the EU.

A survey by English-language newspaper The Local has found that the majority of British expats in Europe plan to vote to remain in the European Union (EU) in the forthcoming referendum…

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Spanish rulemakers propose more flexible working hours

Author:   |  April 26th, 2016

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Presenteeism is not really a Spanish thing, but certainly more flexible working hours would be welcome.

The fallacy that Spaniards are somewhat workshy was put to bed many years ago during the depths of the economic crisis as Brits, Germans and other Europeans welcomed hardworking but unemployed-at-home Spaniards to their shores.

Because in truth, Spaniards have always worked hard. In Spain, working hours are among the highest in Europe, as is productivity: when a Spaniard is at work, they work…

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Spain remains top property search term for Brits

Author:   |  April 25th, 2016

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The dream of a home in Spain is very real for many Brits, and demand is increasing month by month.

There may be a great deal of uncertainty clouding both Spain’s and the UK’s future political direction – the former with its ongoing ruling party impasse, the latter with its EU In/Out decision pending – but one certainty that remains reassuringly robust is the Brits’ love affair with Spanish property

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