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Foreign money boosting Spain’s property market, reports the FT

Author:   |  June 29th, 2015

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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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Spain one of EU’s cheapest countries for expat life

Author:   |  June 26th, 2015

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Not only is life in Spain culturally enriching, it can also save you a pretty penny, too.

Living costs for expats in Spain have fallen sharply in the past 18 months, making the country one of the cheapest in the European Union (EU).

The relative devaluation of the euro, particularly against the British pound, has made Spain a cheaper country in which to live, nowhere more so than in the country’s two biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona…

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US firm to invest heavily in Spanish property

Author:   |  June 25th, 2015

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Stronger regions of Spain - including the Costa del Sol - are seeing rising demand for extra housing.

A private-equity investment firm from the US has announced plans to invest more than €500 million into the Spanish housing market to plug a gap created by soaring demand.

Despite there remaining an oversupply of unsold homes in some parts of Spain, billionaire-backed Lone Star Funds has identified regions where there is “solvent demand” for property driven by Spaniards and foreign buyers with the capacity and desire to buy…

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Tennis star cools off in Marbella before Wimbledon showdown

Author:   |  June 24th, 2015

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Djokovic, the world's number 1 tennis player, enjoying the sun and sea in Marbella at the weekend.

The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was spotted shirtless and tanned in Marbella over the weekend – just a few days before the start of Wimbledon next week.

While many other leading tennis players were already in the UK playing at the traditional pre-tournament meet at Queens, the 28-year-old Serbian – who recently won the Australian Open – was looking relaxed ahead of his title defence, having secured his second Wimbledon crown in 2014…

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The Guardian reports on Spain’s full-throttle recovery

Author:   |  June 23rd, 2015

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While the weather never waivers, Spain's economy has been through some stormy times recently.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics – they don’t always necessarily come in that order, but where you can find one there is usually evidence of the other

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Stars aligning perfectly for Brits buying a property abroad

Author:   |  June 22nd, 2015

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

Further evidence that there has never been a better time for British buyers to invest in a property overseas has been published by the Overseas Guides Company.

The emigration specialists have revealed a 31 per cent increase in inquiries into overseas property during the first quarter of the year, with more than 15,000 Brits expressing an interest in buying abroad.

Unsurprisingly, Spain once again proved to be the most popular location, beating out France, Portugal and Italy…

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VIVA opens a brand new office in Nerja

Author:   |  June 19th, 2015

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The recently opened VIVA Nerja office

Close to the Parador, the VIVA Nerja office is located at Calle Rodríguez Acosta 3.

I’m delighted to announce the recent opening of our brand new VIVA Nerja office which – for the very first time – has given us the exciting opportunity of extending our real estate services to property buyers and vendors in the beautiful Axarquía region at the eastern end of the province of Málaga…

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Spain’s hotels swotting-up in preparation for Chinese influx

Author:   |  June 18th, 2015

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Chinese tourists bring bags of cash, but also demand certain standards, services and behaviours from their hosts.

No physical contact upon greeting, menus in Mandarin, and no rooms on the fourth floor or with a number four in them: these are just a selection of the holes many Spanish hotels are willing to jump through this year in order to win the approval of Chinese tourists…

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How to turn your Spanish summer holiday into a home from home

Author:   |  June 17th, 2015

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The Costa del Sol is one of the best places in the world for holidays and holiday homes.

Cases packed, passports at the ready, sun lotion safely stowed and cat-sitter suitably remunerated – your holiday to the sun is about to begin.

The buzz of excitement that settles in your stomach as you close your front door on the way to the airport is unique. Holidays to evocative, warm and far-flung destinations are what lasting memories are made of, and the highs of those heady pre-holiday days feel a lifetime away from the return-to-work blues that can take weeks to shake.

But it is possible to dodge, delay and do away with that UK comedown, if you play your cards right. Buying a property in Spain is not something that only the rich and famous do. It is something that people like you do. People who fell in love with the country during their holiday and took the required steps to make the dream a reality.

So how do you do it? All it takes is a little bit of forethought, inspiration and perspiration, and it is totally worth it…

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Flash Ash: Ashley Cole spends £20k on Marbella champagne spray party

Author:   |  June 16th, 2015

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Ashley Cole and pals enjoying the vibe at Sintillate.

Former Chelsea player and ex-England international Ashley Cole has made a habit of making the headlines for his antics both on and off the pitch over the past decade, and the 34-year-old star did not disappoint during his recent holiday to Marbella.

The Roma star footed the bill for £20,000 worth of Veuve Clicquot champagne during one of the famous Champagne Spray Parties that are a feature of the Sintillate beach resort in Puerto Banús…

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