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Number of mortgage applications 'highest in over a decade'
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:47:29

NEW mortgage applications soared by 57.7% in the last year, showing a returning keenness among would-be homebuyers – and the highest figure in more than a decade.
Iggy Pop live in San Sebastián for 2022 summer festival
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:14:25

ROCK legend Iggy Pop will be the star of the show at next year's Jazzaldía Festival in San Sebastián, a whole 31 years after he last performed in the Basque coastal city.
Finding top Spanish wines at bottom prices – with professional tasters' help
Sun, 28 Nov 2021 23:18:25

NOT all top-rated wines will set you back a week's salary if you buy them on home turf – and, in fact, six of Spain's best are on sale in mainstream supermarkets for between €2 and €9.
Spain's 'tallest restaurant' opens in Madrid
Sun, 28 Nov 2021 22:33:41

SPAIN'S highest-up restaurant has just opened in Madrid, offering panoramic views of the capital and traditional Basque dishes but with a haute cuisine flair.
Spanish-made 'flying taxi' could be taking off 'within five years'
Sun, 28 Nov 2021 21:10:22

A 'FLYING taxi' unveiled at the World ATM Congress in October could be transporting passengers as early as five years' time, inventors Umiles have revealed.
Buying versus renting: Which is cheaper, and where?
Fri, 26 Nov 2021 23:08:14

WHICH is more economically viable in the short to medium term – buying a home with a mortgage, or renting?
Foreign holidaymakers on Costa del Sol up sevenfold last month
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:05:28

OCTOBER turned out to be an unexpectedly good month for the Costa del Sol tourism industry – especially among international holidaymakers.
Government funding for small business tech solutions announced
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:54:58

SMALL and medium-sized businesses will soon be able to seek government grants for 'digitalisation' – ranging from creating a website through to online security and a long list of other solutions.
Torrox Christmas fête is back on the street
Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:53:21

AFTER a two-year absence, Torrox's huge Christmas fête will be back on the streets over the December bank holiday week – meaning residents and visitors can still do some festive shopping even when everywhere is shut.
Málaga's scenes in 'The Crown' through to European Film Location Awards finals
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 23:20:20

A COSTA del Sol city has been crowned finalist in the European Film Location Awards after it featured in scenes from a world-acclaimed British saga on Netflix.
Madrid-to-Galicia high-speed AVE to open by Christmas: Tickets on sale for €15
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 12:15:10

IF YOU missed your chance to get an early 'Black Friday' cut-price rail ticket for travel in 2022, you can still get one from today (Tuesday, November 23) – although this time, only for trips between Madrid and the far north-eastern region of Galicia.
Two world champions and one reserve in karate...and a triple crown for Sandra Sánchez
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 23:41:32

SPAIN has proven itself almost unbeatable in karate this year – female world number one Sandra Sánchez has clinched a triple crown, and two of her compatriots are now world champion and reserve champion respectively.
Second jab optional for recovered Covid patients travelling to countries where 'one is not enough'
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 22:32:58

RESIDENTS in Spain who have recovered from Covid in the last six months and have been given one jab instead of two can request a second dose if they plan to travel abroad, health authorities have confirmed.
Retail giants seek extra staff for Christmas rush
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 23:17:42

DEPARTMENT stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets across Spain are among the companies actively seeking new employees right now to cover the pre-Christmas through to January sales rush.
Leading virologist calls for mask-wearing in crowds over Christmas despite Spain's 'exemplary' vaccine roll-out
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 22:13:19

ONE of Spain's top virologists has urged health authorities to keep mask-wearing in indoor areas compulsory until at least the end of January, and recommends using them outdoors as a precaution.
Andalusia approves a new town-planning framework that could boost the whole region if it succeeds
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 19:06:44 +0000

Andalusia has introduced a new planning framework for urban development in the region, which homeowner’s associations describe as “long overdue”. Like other Spanish regions, Andalusia has been struggling with planning corruption and chaos for decades, and the region is littered with planning scandals that discourage investment by increasing the risks and costs of buying property, […] The post Andalusia approves a new town-planning framework that could boost the whole region if it succeeds appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Tax breaks on buying property in Andalusia extended indefinitely!
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:59:36 +0000

Lawyer Raymundo Larraín briefs us on the landmark tax changes recently approved by Andalusia’s regional government, which have turned the tables, making it the region with the lowest taxation in all of Spain, along with liberal Madrid. Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 18 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer […] The post Tax breaks on buying property in Andalusia extended indefinitely! appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound Euro exchange rate stumbles amidst Brexit concerns
Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:15:57 +0000

The Pound to Euro exchange rate trended lower this week, as Sterling sentiment was sapped by fresh Brexit jitters. GBP/EUR slips back to €1.18 as Brexit concerns overshadow upbeat UK data The Pound struggled to attract support this week, with the appeal of the currency being undermined by persistent Brexit uncertainty. This was partly brought about by […] The post Pound Euro exchange rate stumbles amidst Brexit concerns appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Though not ‘reassuringly expensive’, Spanish cities score high in lifestyle rankings
Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:10:42 +0000

Property in Barcelona and Madrid might be cheap compared to cities like London, Paris, and New York, but the Spanish cities consistently do well in international rankings that look beyond property prices. Earlier this week I wrote about the latest Knight Frank Global Cities Price Index (Q3) showing Madrid not far from the bottom of […] The post Though not ‘reassuringly expensive’, Spanish cities score high in lifestyle rankings appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Residents lead foreign demand recovery in the first half of 2020
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:06:24 +0000

Overall foreign demand for property in Spain recovered surprisingly well in the first half of the year, show the latest figures from the Association of Spanish Notaries, but holiday-homes are still struggling to attract foreign buyers like they did in the years before the pandemic. There were 47,683 Spanish home sales involving a foreign buyer […] The post Residents lead foreign demand recovery in the first half of 2020 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish capital in the bottom half of prime property price ranking
Tue, 23 Nov 2021 19:31:51 +0000

An international ranking of prime property prices in cities around the world compiled by the property company Knight Frank shows Madrid in 34th place out of 46, with only London below Madrid in Europe. On the whole, prime property prices in the world’s leading cities have jumped over the course of the pandemic, up 9.5% […] The post Spanish capital in the bottom half of prime property price ranking appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound Euro exchange rate rallies to 21-month high on renewed BoE rate hike expectations
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 18:55:52 +0000

The Pound to Euro exchange rate enjoyed strong support this week, as Sterling was underpinned by fresh speculation that Bank of England might hike interest rates in December. GBP/EUR storms higher as Upbeat UK data revives speculation for a December rate hike The Pound has made some notable gains against the Euro this week, with the GBP/EUR exchange […] The post Pound Euro exchange rate rallies to 21-month high on renewed BoE rate hike expectations appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Barcelona case sheds light on squatter mafia modus operandi
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 17:39:07 +0000

A recent court case in Barcelona shed light on the modus operandi of squatter mafia gangs who target properties for sale as a way of extorting ransom money from estate agents and owners. Back in February 2017 a gang of squatters identified two renovated flats for sale in the Raval district of Barcelona, gathered information […] The post Barcelona case sheds light on squatter mafia modus operandi appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pandemic drives demand for country properties in Andalusia’s Guadalhorce Valley, Malaga province
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 09:55:09 +0000

Demand for country properties in Andalusia’s Guadalhorce Valley is rising in the wake of the pandemic, driven by international buyers looking for spacious homes in a rural setting with good access to a city and airport. The Guadalhorce Valley has long been on the radar of foreign property investors because of its inland location roughly […] The post Pandemic drives demand for country properties in Andalusia’s Guadalhorce Valley, Malaga province appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
UK Nationals who own Spanish property should consider making a Prenuptial or Cohabitation Agreement in Spain
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 11:45:14 +0000

We all know that prenuptial agreements are not legally binding in the UK but, slowly, English law is beginning to recognise them as indicative of how a couple’s assets should be divided after a marriage ends. In Spain however, prenuptial agreements are fully legally binding (if drafted in accordance with the Spanish Civil Code). Spanish […] The post UK Nationals who own Spanish property should consider making a Prenuptial or Cohabitation Agreement in Spain appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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