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Spanish property renaissance hailed by Bloomberg

Author:   |  September 8th, 2015

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Spain's property and construction industry is looking bullish once again.

One of the largest, most respected and persuasive voices in the global media shone a complimentary spotlight on Spain’s “property renaissance’ last week – prompting an even greater level of confidence throughout the market than what was already evident…

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Expert expat tips: dealing with a life lived overseas

Author:   |  September 7th, 2015

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Yes there will be stress, but moving abroad can be a wonderfully enriching experience.

Invariably, a move abroad delivers a boost to one’s overall wellbeing. Life becomes more exciting, full of new experiences and encounters that put a spring in the step and a smile across the face.

But new and exciting can also mean uncomfortable and challenging. For every uplifting experience there can sometimes come a moment that deflates a new expat, and a recent survey by expat networking group InterNations found that there were recurring series’ of problems that expats of all ages seemed to face, including the loss – or lack – of a personal support network, an alien language and culture, as well as things such as finding a relationship and getting ahead professionally

These are not trivial matters, which is why the Telegraph’s excellent expat page on its website has sought the advice of two experts to offer up a handy couple of tips and hints to help the British expat navigate life overseas more easily.

Here is a selection of the best snippets of advice…

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Spain ‘best example that Europe is doing things right’ says German finance minister

Author:   |  September 4th, 2015

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Wolfgang Schaeuble believes Spain is setting an example for others to follow.

The Finance Minister of Europe’s strongest economy has publicly and vocally praised Spain as an example that others should follow as the continent continues to pull itself out of the economic mire.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s Finance Minister, speaking at a business conference in Berlin, said: “Spain is the best example that we’ve done a lot of things quite right in Europe…”

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Spain could see 2% rise in property prices by end of 2015

Author:   |  September 3rd, 2015

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Spain is on course to register 380,000 property transactions this year, with 2016 set to be even better.

A report compiled by influential Spanish commercial bank Bankinter has suggested that property prices in Spain could end the year two per cent higher than at the end of 2014.

The report also adds that Spain is likely to shift 50,000 new homes this year as the property recovery strengthens in both the new build and the resale home markets…

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Authoritative survey ranks Spain world’s sixth-best for quality of life

Author:   |  September 2nd, 2015

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People who have moved to Spain are treated to a high quality of life, the poll found.

A survey of expats in 64 countries by expat website InterNations has revealed that Spain ranks sixth overall in expats’ quality of life perception.

The 2015 Expat Insider survey harvested the opinions of 14,000 expats in what was one of the biggest polls ever on the subject of life lived in another country…

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June sees 20% rise in property transactions compared to last year

Author:   |  September 1st, 2015

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Resale apartments enjoyed a strong June, with transactions increasing by more than 25% compared to 2014.

Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has just published its data for June, revealing that the number of properties to change hands that month rose by 19.4 per cent compared to the same month in 2014.

In total there were 37,641 properties bought and sold in June this year, continuing the trend that has seen the number of transactions increase each month for the past five months…

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Moneycorp exchanges currency for ‘hockey on horseback’

Author:   |  August 31st, 2015

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Rough-and-tumble: Polo at Santa Maria Polo Club

Steamy Jilly Cooper novels, the movie Pretty Woman, the fact that Stewart Copeland from music group The Police is an avid player and a vague awareness that Argentinians are quite good at it – that was the embarrassingly basic knowledge I had of the game of polo before I was kindly invited to the famous Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande by the good folks at currency exchange company Moneycorp for the 44th Torneo Internacional de Polo…

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Spain tourism figures shatter another new record

Author:   |  August 28th, 2015

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The beaches of Banús, the restaurants of Marbella, the attractions of Benalmádena - Spain has a lot to offer tourists of all types.

The first seven months of 2015 have attracted more than 38 million tourists to Spain – a figure that smashes all previous records.

State tourism figures released at the end of last week show that tourism has increased 4.7 per cent on last year, shattering the record number of tourists that arrived in Spain in 2014…

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Meet Kristel Schoeman-Daneel: Claiming her place in the market with reclaimed wood

Author:   |  August 27th, 2015

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Kristel Schoeman-Daneel of Woodfactory

Pay a visit to some of the Costa del Sol’s hippest and most popular beach bars, restaurants, shops and cafés, and you’ll notice a growing affinity for eye-catching, sturdy, bespoke wooden furniture that is not only comfortable and durable, but environmentally-friendly, too. Dutchwoman Kristel Schoeman-Daneel – the creative mind behind Marbella’s Woodfactory – noticed a gap in the southern Spanish furniture market; namely, a lack of availability of weathered, rustic looking furniture made from reclaimed wood. Three years later and Woodfactory is decorating many of the Coast’s coolest establishments…

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

Author:   |  August 26th, 2015

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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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