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CBRE forecasts 5% price increase for Spanish property this year

Author:   |  March 30th, 2016

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Home values are expected to rise by 5.9% this year, with sales up 20%, according to CBRE.

Real estate experts CBRE expect house prices in Spain to rise by an average of five per cent in 2016 as increases in sales and new build construction drive values upwards.

The CBRE’s recent Real Estate Market Outlook has outlined a series of positive indicators for Spain’s residential housing market, finding that more homes will be sold, more new houses will be built and the volume of unsold properties will reduce significantly over the course of the year…

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Spanish property enquiries soar in 2016

Author:   |  March 29th, 2016

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2016 has been a great year so far for Spanish property.

Property hunters around the world are searching for homes in Spain in ever-greater numbers, according to new data from TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Hotspots Index.

The index has revealed that the number of searches related to Spanish real estate has almost doubled so far this year compared to 2015, with the country dominating the Top 50 rankings list…

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Seville’s splendour gets the big screen treatment on Channel 4

Author:   |  March 28th, 2016

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Rob Delany (left) and Richard Ayoade spent 48 hours in Seville, and loved every minute of it…

Good Friday and time to settle down in front of the gogglebox. Easter TV in the UK is usually a mixed bag of new Springtime specials, made-for-TV biblical epics and, of course, the Great Escape

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Three ways to make the most of Easter in Spain

Author:   |  March 25th, 2016

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Seville’s Semana Santa procession is an iconic way to experience Easter in Spain, but is it the most enjoyable?

Easter in Spain is nothing like the Easter you may be used to back home. Here, it is swallowed whole by Semana Santa – or Holy Week – which, as the name suggests, is a week-long celebration of all things holy.

But this being Spain, religion is intertwined neatly into all manner of fun and frivolity, making this holiday arguably the most cherished among Spain’s many national celebrations. The fact that weather pretty much turns absolutely glorious right on cue also helps, so if you’re new to Spain this Easter period, here are three ways to maximise your fun in the springtime sun…

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One in three expat retirees plan to return to UK at some point, poll finds

Author:   |  March 24th, 2016

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Most Brits who have retired abroad intend to stay in their adopted home, but one-third believe they will move back to the UK at some point.

A recent poll by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that one third of Brits who have retired abroad intend to return to the UK at some point…

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Over three-quarters of Spanish property sold to Brits last year was resale homes

Author:   |  March 23rd, 2016

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Second-hand homes represented 76% of all properties bought by Brits in Spain last year.

Although 2016 is only in its fledgling months, three distinct trends – hinted at towards the end of 2015 – have already begun to emerge.

The first and most encouraging is the undeniable recovery of the Spanish property market, with both prices and the number of confirmed transactions on a steady trajectory upwards…

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Spanish wages on the rise as economic recovery blooms

Author:   |  March 22nd, 2016

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With the sharpest increase in real wages for more than 15 years, Spaniards now have more cash in their pockets than this time last year.

New data from Spain’s Institute of National Statistics (INE) has revealed that the average Spanish worker enjoyed nearly a 2% pay increase in 2015 – the first such nationwide rise for more than a decade.

The INE stats showed that, in the fourth quarter of last year, the average gross salary in Spain stood at €2,026.14 per month, which represented a 1.7% increase on the same period in 2014…

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Fear not: Spanish holidays will not “sell out”, despite media claims

Author:   |  March 21st, 2016

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From beaches to flights to hotels to a seat at your favourite restaurant, Spain will not sell out this spring or summer, no matter what the media says.

The infamous scaremongering of the British press is pretty common knowledge these days, but occasionally even world-weary folk can find their ability to ignore the more salacious headlines paralysed by a mixture of incredulity and astonishment…

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January home sales in Spain rose more than 26% on last year

Author:   |  March 18th, 2016

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The numbers are good, in terms of prices, mortgages and volume.

The positive news stories for the Spanish property market just keep rolling in: latest data from Spain’s notaries has revealed that the number of property transactions recorded in January was 26.6% higher than the same month in 2015…

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Will 15-year expat vote law be abolished in time for EU Referendum?

Author:   |  March 17th, 2016

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If the British High Court rules in favour of the expat challenge, could every Brit abroad be eligible to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum?

This week a group of British expats launched a legal appeal at the British High Court challenging the current law that denies those who have lived abroad for more than 15 years the right to vote in UK elections

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