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Brits still the biggest Xmas spenders, poll finds

Author:   |  December 23rd, 2015

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The British festive spirit is most exemplified in the rush to splash the cash – Brits spend more than any other nation at Christmas time.

When it comes to spending at Christmas, Britons are world-beaters. From the hustle of London’s Oxford Street in December to the silent click, click, pay online ritual played out in lounges and bedrooms across the land in the run up to the big day, Britons spend more per individual than any other of the world’s 15 most developed, Christmas-celebrating nations…

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Spain elections: PP wins most votes but loses majority

Author:   |  December 22nd, 2015

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The Spanish elections have thrown up more questions than answers, and the clock is ticking for the country to form a new government.

It could be that Spain’s traditional two-party electoral system is over. In the immediate aftermath of one of the most important and complicated elections in recent memory, it is still not clear just who will be able to form a government to steer Spain into next year and beyond

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Even the Aussies begin eyeing Spanish property

Author:   |  December 21st, 2015

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Everybody needs good neighbours, so could yours soon be Australian?

Plenty of regions and countries around the world like to lay claim to the fact that they are, in fact, ‘God’s Own Country’.

Be it a proud Yorkshireman, a teary Irishman marooned in a bar in Thailand, a flag-waving American keen on telling anybody who will listen why they hail from the Greatest Country on Earth, or even the quiet German, politely experiencing other cultures but silently ranking each as that-little-bit-inferior to their own.

Such nationalistic pride is understandable, and actually quite useful. The world is learning to embrace difference, but the flipside to that is a growing sense of remembering where you came from.

Australians are a great example of this…

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Spain prepares to go to the polls

Author:   |  December 18th, 2015

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Potential PMs (from L to R): Pablo Iglesias of Podemos, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, Albert Rivera of Ciudadanos (Citizens) and PP leader Mariano Rajoy.

This Sunday, Spaniards will vote in one of the country’s most important general elections in a generation.

Since the last election in 2011, which was won by the centre-right Partido Popular (People’s Party, PP), Spain’s economy has been through more peaks and troughs than a rollercoaster. The years leading up to the last election were particularly difficult for Spain: high unemployment, wasteful spending, shrinking wages and – most painful of all – a growing mistrust among many in northern Europe that Spain simply wasn’t working hard enough to pull itself out of recession…

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The food, the language, the people: the things Brit expats love about Spain

Author:   |  December 17th, 2015

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The happiest Brits in Spain love the people, the cuisine (and the wine!) and enjoy learning Spanish.

The stereotype of the culturally stunted ‘Brit Abroad’ – frequenting the same pubs, dining at greasy spoon cafes, failing completely to learn Spanish and only mingling with fellow expats – has held firm despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

But now a new survey of British expats currently living in Spain has revealed the trick to enjoying a long and happy life in the sun – integration, integration, integration

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Number of British buyers in Spain rises 26% in a year

Author:   |  December 16th, 2015

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The number of Brits buying in Spain has increased by 26% this year compared to sales in 2014.

A number of estate agents operating in the Spanish property market have reported that the volume of Britons buying in the country has risen by around 25% since 2014.

Furthermore, figures from sources across the real estate spectrum confirm that the recovery of the Spanish property market is in full swing across most regions, with Lucas Fox International and Engel & Volkers confirming that confidence is high among both foreign and national buyers

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2016 set to be another great year for Spanish property

Author:   |  December 15th, 2015

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Spanish property prices have stabilised and are set to rise by around 1.15% this year

With 400,000 homes sold this year, 2015 was a good year for Spanish property… and 2016 promises to be even better.

Next year will see the Spanish property market continue the recovery seen throughout the course of 2015, according to data and analysis by appraisal company Tinsa.

Price rises are expected pretty much nationwide in 2016, with Tinsa data showing that average prices rose by 1.9% in November compared to a year prior…

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Spain now sixth-largest property investment market in the world

Author:   |  December 14th, 2015

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The strong pound should tempt British buyers, but the 110% mortgages should be avoided.

The lure of Spanish property is strong, with the market growing to the 6th largest in the world this year.

The property market in Spain is now the world’s sixth-largest in terms of transaction volume, according to recent data compiled by consultancy firm CBRE.

Spain’s property market languished in 16th and 11th positions respectively in 2013 and 2014, but has shot up to sixth place this year on the back of impressive growth that has been consistent throughout the year and spread across many parts of the country…

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It must be dub: Spain considers subtitles to improve nation’s English skills

Author:   |  December 11th, 2015

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Spain’s English language skills have long lagged behind much of the rest of Europe, but things may be about to change.

It’s a matter of taste of course, but Spanish TV has long been an embarrassing blot on an otherwise pristine landscape of national cultural output.

The land of Picasso, Flamenco, Julio Iglesias and some of the finest theatre productions in the world seems to produce shockingly bad TV on a shockingly regular basis…

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Spain population growth shifts into reverse

Author:   |  December 10th, 2015

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In the first half of the year, 19,000 more people died than were born in Spain – the first such imbalance since the Civil War of the ’30s.

If you’ve ever wanted to do something good for your European neighbours, now’s the time to take the plunge and make that move to Spain you’ve been planning.

Why? Well aside from the country offering one of the healthiest and happiest lifestyles in the world, and the fact that it has an abundance of affordable, high-quality property for sale, and the fact that its climate is wonderfully warm and sunny all year round, you would also be helping to arrest Spain’s shrinking population

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