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Three signs that now’s the right time to move to Spain

If you're ready to box clever, then now might be the time to move to Spain.

Making huge, life-changing decisions is never easy. But – in the same way it’s often easier to tell a stranger your woes rather than a trusted friend – upping sticks and moving abroad can be as simple as deciding that it’s now or never.

Those in the ‘never’ camp will ultimately miss out on the incredible ways that life in Spain rewards you. Those in the ‘now’ camp rarely look back – a move to Spain is almost always an experience to be cherished.

But getting to that ‘now or never’ stage requires some prompting, and not a little common sense. Moving to Spain to seek a job or an affordable property in, say, 2010 – when the global economic slowdown was hurting most parts of Europe – would not have been a sensible idea.

Each year since then has seen a steady, if erratic improvement, but since the early stages of 2014 the signs have been almost universally positive. So much so that today, as the busiest part of Spain’s summer season dies down, the evidence all points to one indisputable fact: there really has never been a better time to move to Spain.

Need convincing? Here are three recent signs that make moving to Spain right now a great idea…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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David Beckham makes £1 million profit on sale of Spanish mansion

David Beckham enjoyed four successful years living in Spain, on the outskirts of Madrid.

Observing the property transactions of the rich and famous is not usually the most accurate way to measure the strength of a nation’s property market, but one headline-grabbing sale this week has proved rather indicative of the recovering strength of the Spanish property market

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Author:Ian Clover 20/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Foreigners set to boost Costa del Sol property market by 10%

Property on the Costa del Sol is proving increasingly attractive once more to foreign buyers.

The most popular region for overseas property anywhere in Europe is set to be boosted further as demand grows among foreign buyers for homes on the Costa del Sol.

A market forecast by the Instituto de Practica Empresarial (IPE) business school has forecast that foreign interest in Costa del Sol property is set to grow by a further 10 per cent in 2016, having already surged by that amount so far in 2015…

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Author:Ian Clover 14/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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VIVA opens a brand new regional office in Estepona

The VIVA Estepona office is situated right on the seafront boulevard, with plenty of easy parking.

As our expansion continues, it gives me enormous pleasure to announce the recent opening of our brand new VIVA Estepona office, strategically located right on the town’s beautiful palm tree-lined seafront promenade…

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Author:Martina Heynemann 12/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Credit agency predicts 2.5% Spanish property price increase

Average property prices will rise around 2.5% in 2016, with some areas - such as the Costa del Sol - likely to perform even more strongly than that.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the internationally respected credit ratings agency, has published a report that forecasts Spain’s property market will enjoy average price increases of 2.5 per cent next year as the country’s economic recovery continues to blossom…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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How to make the strong pound work for you in Spain

The pound is stretching further in Spain than it has done for a long while... can you take advantage?

The pound sterling is at a seven-and-a-half year high against the euro, with £1 currently worth €1.42. For Brits travelling to any country in the Eurozone, it means they are a little flusher with cash than they would have been this time last year.

But savvy Brits looking to make their pound stretch further should look to Spain – a country where prices for property, flights, food and holidays were already competitive before the pound’s gain against the euro. Here are five ways to make the strong pound work for you when in Spain…

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Author:Ian Clover 10/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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British demand for foreign mortgages up 8% in a year

Interest is growing once more among Brits seeking that classic Spanish home in the sun.

The number of Britons seeking advice on a foreign mortgage has increased by eight per cent on last year, according to recent figures published by overseas mortgage specialist Conti…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish resale property market boomed in May

From transactions to demand to pricing, Spain's property market is showing signs of rude health.

Figures from Spain’s property registry offices for May have revealed an encouraging increase in sales activity, with almost 30,000 transactions made nationwide that month.

Based on last year’s data for the same month, this represents a healthy six per cent increase, with resale properties dominating the figures – second-hand homes accounted for 78 per cent of all properties bought and sold in Spain in May…

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Author:Ian Clover 13/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Mortgage relief on the way for 40,000 Spanish homeowners

40,000 homeowners with Blackstone as their mortgage provider will have more flexibility under the new plans.

The world’s largest private equity firm Blackstone Group – which holds the mortgages of around 40,000 homeowners in Spain – has announced plans to offer debt relief to any of its customers struggling with repayments…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Foreign money boosting Spain’s property market, reports the FT

The recent recovery of Spain's luxury home market has been boosted by foreign capital.

The Financial Times (FT) – one of the most respected newspapers in the world – turned its attentions to Spain’s property market last week, reporting that foreign buyers are driving a sustained recovery in the Spanish property market, as reported previously by VIVA

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Author:Ian Clover 29/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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