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'Second chance' for homebuyers to apply for income tax deduction
Fri, 31 May 2024 13:49:44

RESIDENTS in Spain who bought a new home before 2013 may still be able to offset the purchase against their annual tax return, if they have not done so already.
BBVA begins merger talks with Banco Sabadell 
Fri, 03 May 2024 13:23:23

TWO of Spain's largest high-street banks are reported to be in merger talks, potentially resulting in the joint entity being the second-biggest in the country in terms of share capital.
Holiday plans for 2024: Up to €1,500, staycations or Europe, and DIY bookings most popular 
Sat, 06 Apr 2024 05:47:03

THE average Spanish resident will spend between €500 and €1,500 on their holidays this year, with three in 10 set to increase their budget from last year and 16% reducing it.
Express rail fares slashed by 40% through increase in competition
Thu, 04 Apr 2024 05:35:33

HIGH-SPEED rail services between Spain's largest two cities and France have been snapped up by half a million passengers in less than nine months, reveals the transport board.
Spain's post office launches nationwide luggage locker service
Tue, 02 Apr 2024 05:27:06

SPAIN'S State post office has launched a new solution for passing travellers who do not want to lug their suitcases around: Lockers for bags are now provided, with prices depending upon weight.
Orange-MásMóvil merger confirmed
Sun, 31 Mar 2024 23:21:54

A MERGER between two key telecommunications providers has now been finalised – Orange and MásMóvil will operate as a single company from April onwards.
New childcare support law for Spain: An overview
Mon, 18 Mar 2024 07:00:22

GREATER practical and financial help for parents is on the cards now that a new 'family law' has passed its second reading in the Council of Ministers, with extended maternity and paternity pay, protected time off for childcare, tax rebates, and a revised definition of households eligible for extra support.
How to get the best out of Valencia's Fallas festival, according to the experts
Sat, 16 Mar 2024 05:02:54

IF YOU'RE in the Comunidad Valenciana any time between now and the early hours of March 20, you may notice an awful lot of noise and colour on the streets. It's the season for the region's biggest festival, the Fallas – and it's anything but quiet.
Customer service law approved: Changes for the better explained
Sun, 10 Mar 2024 10:59:45

A GROUND-BREAKING new customer service law has finally been approved by Spain's Council of Ministers after being shelved for nearly two years.
Extra-terrestrial treasure: Prehistoric links to outer space found in Alicante province
Thu, 29 Feb 2024 13:13:40

OUTER space and the Bronze Age do not sit well in the same sentence – they may both have existed at the same time, but anyone based on Earth back then would not have known much, or anything, about what lies beyond.
What's new at Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2024?
Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:25:14

A FIRM annual fixture for fans of the latest technology, the Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress (MWC) never fails to blow visitors' minds with creations they didn't know they needed. And these cutting-edge inventions are not just about ever-more sophisticated mobile phones and similar gadgetry – the futuristic concepts showcased cover all areas of life and work in a bid to make both as easy as possible. In 2019, the MWC even unveiled 'smart hives' for beekeepers.
'Style Queen': UK media pours praise on HRH Letizia's elegant attire
Tue, 27 Feb 2024 11:24:15

BRITISH media outlets have lauded Spain's Queen Letizia's effortlessly-elegant dress sense over the past few days as she accompanies her husband King Felipe VI to London.
Foreign incomers push population above 48 million for first time ever
Thu, 22 Feb 2024 21:14:24

SPAIN'S headcount has risen to its highest figure in history – for the first time ever, the population has broken the 48 million barrier.
One in three homes bought without a mortgage 
Tue, 13 Feb 2024 13:30:44

MORTGAGE-LENDING has reduced dramatically in Spain in the past year, but that has not stopped homes on sale being snapped up: Over a third were purchased in cash, according to the latest figures.
Goya Award for Ghostbuster Sigourney Weaver...and other winners for 2024
Sun, 11 Feb 2024 22:55:09

SIGOURNEY Weaver and survivors of a South American plane crash took centre stage at Spain's answer to the Oscars this week, the Goya Awards – and one film netted 12 prizes out of its 13 nominations.
Prices rising despite falling demand revals in-depth report on coastal housing market
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 16:52:14 +0000

The latest annual report by appraisal company Tinsa reveals that house prices in coastal districts rose by an average of 5.7pc over twelve months to the end of the first quarter, despite a decline in demand. The 55-page report looking at the housing market on all the Spanish coasts and islands in the last year […] The post Prices rising despite falling demand revals in-depth report on coastal housing market appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate stable following Labour landslide
Sun, 07 Jul 2024 09:40:25 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate closed this week largely unchanged as the UK general election concluded with a widely expected Labour victory. Pound stable as Labour secures massive majority The pound euro exchange rate initially stumbled this week. The single currency rallied following the first round of the French election after the far-right National Rally […] The post Pound euro exchange rate stable following Labour landslide appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Why are foreign sales falling harder in Andalusia than other regions?
Sun, 07 Jul 2024 09:37:30 +0000

Home sales involving a foreign buyer have declined significantly more in Andalusia than almost all other Spanish regions. Why might that be? Home purchases by foreigners fell 9pc in Andalusia in the first quarter, compared to -2pc in Catalonia, no change in the Balearics and the Valencian region, 2pc growth in Madrid and 7pc growth […] The post Why are foreign sales falling harder in Andalusia than other regions? appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Government indicates what seasonal rental regulations will look like
Sat, 06 Jul 2024 17:29:47 +0000

The Spanish Housing Ministry has given a few clues as to what the seasonal rental regulations in the works will look like. The Spanish government is working on regulating the seasonal / mid-term rental market (known as temporada in Spain) to prevent owners from dressing up long-term rental agreements as seasonal rental contracts that avoid […] The post Government indicates what seasonal rental regulations will look like appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate fluctuates amid uneven EUR data
Sun, 30 Jun 2024 10:43:12 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate traded in a wide range this week, mostly in response to some mixed Eurozone data. Euro faces volatility amid mixed data The pound euro exchange rate initially stumbled this week before quickly rebounding. This volatility came as Germany’s latest IFO business climate survey reported an unexpected decline in business morale, […] The post Pound euro exchange rate fluctuates amid uneven EUR data appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
British market update: Q1 2024
Sun, 30 Jun 2024 10:39:36 +0000

Spanish property sales involving a British buyer declined by 11pc in the first quarter, but they were still the biggest national group by a wide margin, show the latest figures from the Land Registrars’ Association. 1,965 Spanish home sales involved a British buyer in Q1, down 11pc on the same time last year, and 10pc […] The post British market update: Q1 2024 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish government under pressure to clamp down on seasonal rentals
Sun, 30 Jun 2024 10:37:57 +0000

Far-left groups the Socialist government relies upon for its parliamentary majority are calling for a clamp down on seasonal rentals that would make it harder to find temporary accommodation in Spain. When the Socialist government caved in last year to hard-left demands for a Housing Law that rewards tenants and squatters at the expense of […] The post Spanish government under pressure to clamp down on seasonal rentals appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate fluctuates following BoE rate decision
Sat, 22 Jun 2024 17:35:11 +0000

Trade in the pound euro exchange rate was uneven this week on the back of some mixed UK data and the Bank of England’s (BoE) latest interest rate decision. Pound knocked by ‘finely balanced’ rate decision The pound euro exchange rate got off to a slow start this week. Sterling ran afoul of a negative […] The post Pound euro exchange rate fluctuates following BoE rate decision appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Q1 2024: Foreign demand close to record levels
Sat, 22 Jun 2024 17:31:58 +0000

Foreign demand was down just 2pc in the first quarter and close to record levels, reveal the latest figures from the government. Back in May I reported that foreign demand was down 7pc in Q1 according to data from the Land Registry, but new figures just released by the Housing Ministry based on sales witnessed […] The post Q1 2024: Foreign demand close to record levels appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Barcelona announces radical step of banning all tourist rentals but the housing crisis will only get worse
Sat, 22 Jun 2024 10:51:32 +0000

Barcelona has announced plans to purge the city of tourist rental licences by 2028 to increase the housing supply, but it won’t move the needle whilst other policies discourage housing investment. Legal tourist rental licences are but a drop in the ocean. Just like many other places in Spain you CAN’T rent a Barcelona property […] The post Barcelona announces radical step of banning all tourist rentals but the housing crisis will only get worse appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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