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MotoGP: Márquez breaks down in tears after first win in 581 days
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 22:10:46

WHIZZ-KID on two wheels Marc Márquez has won his first MotoGP in 581 days – his last victory being the end-of-season date in Cheste, Valencia in 2019.
Vaccines for high school and sixth-form students to start a fortnight before new term
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 22:50:45

SECONDARY school pupils including sixth-formers will be given at least their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before the autumn term starts, president Pedro Sánchez has confirmed.
Order of Civil Merit for 24 front-line workers who carried on during Covid crisis
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 00:10:19

KING Felipe VI has awarded the Order of Civil Merit medals to 24 individuals based all over Spain in recognition of their work on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Podemos to negotiate value-added tax cut on electricity from 21% to 10%
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 22:56:00

NATIONAL government coalition partners Unidas Podemos has started to negotiate a cut in value-added tax (IVA) on electricity in a bid to reduce bills for householders and businesses.
Mass move-out to countryside and coast from Madrid and Barcelona in 2020 
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 20:05:13

MADRID and Barcelona jointly 'lost' 60,000 inhabitants in 2020, whilst the provinces of Valencia and Sevilla saw a significant rise as city-dwellers rethought their life plans during the long months of restrictions on movement and the increase in working from home.
Masks 'no longer compulsory outdoors' from next weekend, but 'strongly advised' where social distancing is not possible
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:36:48

WEARING masks outdoors will cease to be compulsory from Saturday, June 26, meaning the next two days will be the last weekend of obligatory face-coverings in the street in a year.
Europe approves Spain's 'restructure plans' for release of €69.5bn in recovery funds
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:55:48

THE EUROPEAN Commission has approved Spain's 'recovery plan' post-pandemic, meaning it is now entitled to funding from the bloc which all member States who applied in time are able to access.
Spain dominates Europe's top 150 restaurants list
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:00:02

NAMES of Europe's 150 best restaurants have been released – and Spain hogs half the list.
Biden and Sánchez 'talked on a number of different issues', albeit 'just briefly', confirms the White House
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:20:38

WHITE House officials have confirmed Spain's president Pedro Sánchez did in fact 'have a separate conversation' with his US counterpart Joe Biden, 'briefly' and 'on a range of issues'.
Valencia museum displays only known Botticelli portrait in Spain
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:50:09

THE ONLY known portrait held in Spain painted by Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli is now on display in Valencia after having been loaned by the family which has owned it since 1929.
Government approves final three age groups for vaccine calendar
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:35:52

NATIONAL health authorities have approved the final leg of the Covid vaccine calendar with the last three age groups set to go – although regional governments may overlap these if the need arises.
Spain to host 2022 NATO summit
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:05:26

NEXT year's NATO summit will be held in Spain – for the first time in a quarter of a century, confirms the organisation's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg (pictured right).
Queen Sofía joins nature reserve rubbish clean-up day
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 23:10:52

'QUEEN Mum' HRH Sofía has been on her hands and knees filling up bin-bags again – this time as part of a nationwide clean-up summons organised by SEO BirdLife's Libera project and major recycling firm Ecoembes.
Latest job vacancies: From Día supermarkets to Málaga's 'Silicon Valley'
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 22:15:15

DÍA supermarkets are looking for temporary staff to cover increased summer demand, offering six-month contracts with a starting pay of approximately €1,200 a month net of taxes.
Which are the top six happiest towns in Spain?
Sat, 12 Jun 2021 20:25:11

ALMOST anyone not heading for Spain this summer would be a lot happier if they were in it, and the town in question is probably academic – and although those who already live here year-round are entitled to be miserable now and again, because that's only human, the bright sunshine and warm weather mean it is arguably difficult not to be happy-ish at least part of the time during a Spanish summer.
If squatters get in, you need to respond fast
Sun, 20 Jun 2021 09:54:42 +0000

If you can’t stop squatter extortion gangs getting in, at the very least you need to know about it quickly in order to respond effectively. Once the squatters are in you need to contact the police fast to minimise the risk of extortion. I heard an interesting story the other day about the effective way […] The post If squatters get in, you need to respond fast appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR volatile amid UK restrictions delay and soaring US Dollar
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:38:13 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate fluctuated this week amid mixed data releases, the UK’s delayed lockdown lifting, and a surge in the US Dollar (USD). Euro falls on US Federal Reserve policy announcement The Euro quickly found support at the start of the week with the Eurozone’s industrial production figures printing above expectations. The […] The post GBP/EUR volatile amid UK restrictions delay and soaring US Dollar appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish home sales in April 2021
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:56:43 +0000

Homes sales in April were huge compared to the same month last year, which is hardly surprising given the world was locked up at home last April. As illustrated by the chart above, there were 51,136 home sales recorded by the Association of Spanish Notaries in March, up 237% year-on-year, and 42,211 sales inscribed in […] The post Spanish home sales in April 2021 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish house price data published in Q1 2021
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:04:44 +0000

The SPI House Price Index Tracker plots the six most-watched Spanish house price indices on one chart (above). Spanish house price data can be unreliable, contradictory, and confusingly reported, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the main indices just to get a sense of the overall direction of house prices in spain. At least […] The post Spanish house price data published in Q1 2021 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR exchange rate fluctuates amid Brexit uncertainty and ECB dovishness
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:09:21 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate traded in a wide range this week in response to renewed Brexit jitters and a dovish European Central Bank (ECB). Euro tumbles as ECB maintains massive stimulus programme The Euro steadily strengthened through the first half of this week, with an upwardly revised first quarter GDP reading from the Eurozone, […] The post GBP/EUR exchange rate fluctuates amid Brexit uncertainty and ECB dovishness appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Q1 Spanish mortgage market update
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:46:54 +0000

Article by Spanish mortgage specialist Howard Steel of Mortgage Direct, a mortgage broker that focuses on arranging mortgages for foreign borrowers. Needless to say, it’s been an interesting year in the Spanish mortgage market so far… Consumer trends Amazingly the demand so far this year has been huge, in fact we’ve just had our record […] The post Q1 Spanish mortgage market update appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Foreign demand for Spanish property in the first quarter of 2021 – still 20pc below where it was
Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:49:58 +0000

Foreign demand is still almost 20% lower than it was a year ago, when the coronavirus first started to turn the world upside down. Back at the start of March last year we knew about the virus in China starting to spread in Europe, but life was still pretty normal in Spain; there were even […] The post Foreign demand for Spanish property in the first quarter of 2021 – still 20pc below where it was appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Malaga following in the footsteps of Southern California
Mon, 07 Jun 2021 17:38:31 +0000

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 18 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists has a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials. Article copyrighted […] The post Malaga following in the footsteps of Southern California appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
You can now report squatters with Spanish police app Alertcops
Fri, 04 Jun 2021 15:56:33 +0000

The Spanish Interior Ministry has added a squatting report button to its AlertCops mobile application, helping you to report a squatter invasion of property to the police in real time, with photos and videos attached. AlertCops is the mobile app of the Spanish security services (under the control of the Ministry of the Interior) that […] The post You can now report squatters with Spanish police app Alertcops appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
SPANISH MORTGAGE MARKET IN Q1 2021: Stronger than expected recovery
Thu, 03 Jun 2021 11:45:31 +0000

A summary of the Spanish mortgage market data released in the first quarter of 2021 – interest rates, mortgage values, and new mortgage lending volumes in Spain – to give you an idea of what’s going on in the mortgage market, which plays a big role in the housing market. Euribor / base rates for […] The post SPANISH MORTGAGE MARKET IN Q1 2021: Stronger than expected recovery appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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