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11 Nov 2009
The Secret's Out
Award winning developers the Leria Group launch the fourth generation of their iconic Alcazaba brand at Alcazaba Hills Resort in Estepona. The mixed leisure and residential resort promises to be be one of the most exciting new developments on the Costa del Sol.
The best kept secret in Andalucía is a!--more-->... [Read more]
08 Sep 2009
International Golf & Resort Management open Spanish office to help businesses through ‘La Crisis’
International Golf & Resort Management (IGRM) – the UK golf and hotel operator offering services to golf clubs, integrated resorts and residential developments around the world, has opened a new office in Marbella to assist owners and operators of golf clubs, hotels and resorts on the Costa del ... [Read more]
03 Aug 2009
Exciting New Initiative From IGRM Delivers ‘Golf On Your Doorstep’
The dream of hundreds of golfers who yearn for a home on one of the Costa del Sol’s fabulous courses is about to be delivered. Known as ‘Golf on Your Doorstep’, this exciting initiative from International Golf & Resort Management enables golfers to buy a share in a luxury home and enjoy playing ... [Read more]
07 Jul 2009
Cortijo del Mar Golf & Country Club, Costa del Sol : Intelligent Home Systems
Cortijo del Mar is a new residential complex in the heart of the Costa del Sol on the New Golden Mile just minutes from San Pedro, Puerto Banus and Estepona.
Located in an elevated position, Cortijo del Mar is a few minutes away from the beach and is ideally located around several golf courses, one ... [Read more]
24 Jun 2009
Vintage Jerez Offers Would-Be Hoteliers A Property Opportunity
Plenty of us harbour a secret ambition to do a César Ritz and try our hand at hostelry. Jerez real estate agents, Mercers, have two city centre residences on their books which will allow you to do just that. The first is for those who like to work smart and is ready to go whilst the second is for... [Read more]
09 Jun 2009
Distressed Spanish Property Tours
Fresh from huge success in America, the bargain hunter property bus has driven all the way from the states to pick up passengers on the Costa Del Sol in Spain – offering tours of distressed real estate for sale at rock bottom prices, so get your tickets now…
Ahhh, the world of bus tours – from oohing!--more-->... [Read more]
04 Jun 2009
Costa Del Sol Tops Tourism Charts In April
The Costa del Sol was Spain’s top tourist destination in April, beating other popular tourist spots such as the Costa Brava and the Costa Blanca when it comes to the number of nights spent in hotels. The figures prove the Costa del Sol’s popularity with both foreigners and Spaniards.
Latest statistic!--more-->... [Read more]
14 May 2009
Spain Repossessions – Are They Really Cheap Properties In Spain?
‘Repossession in Spain’, ‘Spanish Repo’, ‘Distressed Properties in Spain’ ... These terms are now commonplace on websites and with estate agents dealing with the Spanish property market. For most buyers, these terms all mean one thing – cheap property in Spain...
Thousands of bargains are currently a!--more-->... [Read more]
23 Apr 2009
Easter Good News for Costa del Sol Property Investment
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the Costa del Sol has just experienced record tourist figures for the Easter period, proving that the area remains one of Europe’s preferred holiday spots as well as property investment destinations. According to the Costa del Sol Tourist Board, average ... [Read more]
07 Apr 2009
Costa Ballena – the Spanish Resort they Got Exactly Right
Even when applying the magic formula of ‘sun + beach + golf’ many holiday resorts come a cropper. Over-built, over-crowded and over-hyped. But not Costa Ballena. This Andalusian Tourist Board masterminded development at the heart of Spain’s southern coastline constitutes something of a blueprint ... [Read more]
25 Mar 2009
Green Light for Shopping Centre Makes Costa de la Luz Townhouses Prime Real Estate
The townhouse development of ‘Hoyo 14’ set within one of Costa de la Luz’s most attractive golf courses – Nuevo Portil – has been elevated to prime real estate thanks to confirmation of a build license for a substantial commercial facility. With only 33 of the 185 properties remaining for sale and ... [Read more]
18 Feb 2009
Balearic Island Property Enjoys Balanced Supply/Demand
The number of foreigners calling the Balearic Islands home rose dramatically last year, with reports that Majorca was one of the safest areas in invest in due to a balanced supply and demand situation – but now, Majorca is suffering huge drops in house sales, with the number of British buyers fallin... [Read more]
05 Feb 2009
Costa de la Luz Distressed Spanish Property
Local expert property Titan Properties has recently published its first ‘Distressed Sales List’ highlighting the most keenly priced properties in the western Costa de la Luz, namely Huelva province.
According to Spanish Government figures, price per square metre in Huelva rose a healthy 7.1% between !--more-->... [Read more]
30 Jan 2009
Facelift For Costa del Sol Beaches
The Costa del Sol, one of the pioneers of beach holidays in Europe, is keen to keep its standing as one of Spain’s top tourist destinations and favourite relocation spots.
At a time when tourists are tightening their budgets, local and regional authorities recognise that staying at the forefront can !--more-->... [Read more]
22 Jan 2009
Clouds on Spanish Property Market May Have Silver Lining
Along with the UK and Ireland, Spain experienced an unprecedented property boom between 1997 and 2007. Again like the UK and Ireland, property went into freefall in 2008 and (again in common with the UK) the market is not expected to recover until 2010. Yet although recovery is not yet on the horiz... [Read more]
20 Jan 2009
74% Still Looking To Buy Spanish Property Reveals Andalucia Dream Homes Survey
The desire for British and Irish buyers to purchase an investment property or holiday home in southern Spain is as strong as ever, despite the financial restrictions of the credit crunch. This desire is being fuelled by the need to bolster diminishing pensions.
These are just a couple of major findin!--more-->... [Read more]
19 Jan 2009
No Wane in Spain's Popularity Predicted for 2009
With the falling strength of the Pound against the Euro and with an increasing witter of wariness about Eurozone destinations, there remains one close-to-home country that is still drawing British holidaymakers time and time again - Spain.
2008, although somewhat shaky for many, was a good year for t!--more-->... [Read more]
13 Jan 2009
Pound-Euro Parity Promotes Creativity in Spanish Real Estate
Seven years ago back in January 2002 the pound bought a mighty 1.61 euros. Now it’ll buy a smidgen more than one, its weakest point since the euro’s inception exactly a decade ago. This is a massive blow to an already faltering Spanish property market. But as the phrase goes ‘there are many ways ... [Read more]
05 Jan 2009
Making Hotel Spa Investors Financially Healthier
In the current financial climate, making the right investment choices has never been more crucial. With much of the UK market suffering, investors in high-end property are increasingly looking abroad to markets less affected by the credit crunch. One of those is that of the Costa del Sol in southern... [Read more]
24 Dec 2008
Get That Festive Feeling and Celebrate At Champneys Marbella
Marbella is one of the most popular, best known and best loved resorts on the Costa del Sol and the exclusive setting for a brand new Champneys Marbella Spa Resort. The city boasts fantastic Andalucian weather, a glamorous reputation, luxurious resorts and plenty of festivities throughout the year, ... [Read more]
22 Dec 2008
Canary Islands : More Than Sun, Sea & Sand
The Canary Islands have launched a £1.26 million European promotional campaign to entice more visitors and prove the islands have more to offer than just sun, sea and sand...
The Canary Islands have long been a popular spot for British holidaymakers and second home owners. The British Embassy calcula!--more-->... [Read more]
16 Dec 2008
Spanish Property Market in 2009 - Reasons To be Optimistic
As a difficult year for the Spanish property market draws to a close and with future financial concerns at the forefront of many people’s minds, we ask how this market will fair in 2009?
In the last ten years, more and more Brits have taken the plunge of investing in Spanish property, be it in the fo!--more-->... [Read more]
12 Dec 2008
Recession Won’t Stop Mercers Selling Spanish Property
Down on Spain’s Costa Cálida, real estate agent Mercers isn’t letting a pesky recession get in the way of selling houses. Whilst sales to ‘residential tourists’ are down a mammoth 89% on the Costa del Sol, Mercers is flying in the face of this trend beating last years’ sales figures. And the secre... [Read more]
25 Nov 2008
Spanish REITs A New Way to Invest in Spanish Property
Spain is a well-established overseas destination to invest in property and a prime favourite with investors from the UK – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office estimates that around 1 million Britons own a property in Spain. However, after a decade (1996 to 2006) of spectacular price rises when proper... [Read more]
17 Nov 2008
Spanish Sierra Nevada Ski Resort Season Starts Early
Over 7000 skiers took Spain's Sierra Nevada ski slopes a week early. For the first time in 20 years, the Granada based winter ski resort opened for business with bright sunshine and nearly 20 to 50cms of freshly fallen powder due to heavy snowfall the previous weekend. With sunny days and temperatur... [Read more]
13 Nov 2008
El Rompido Costa de la Luz in Spanish Tourist Board Ad Campaign
Spain’s board is currently using the idyllic picture-postcard beach of El Rompido in Huelva in an international print advertising campaign. What better endorsement could local estate agents wish for?
The role of a national tourist board is quite simply to highlight the country’s finest aspects, posi!--more-->... [Read more]
10 Nov 2008
Villa Tranquilo in Marbella's Reserva El Madroñal
Anyone with a generous bank manager can build a house, but very few have the skills and intuition to build a home. A home with exquisite proportions, spaces for lively entertainment and spaces for private repose. With tasteful decoration, discreet home comforts and above all boundary-pushing quali... [Read more]
06 Nov 2008
The Cost of Cheap Winter Sun Holiday Bargains
Over the past few years the winter sun holiday getaway has been gaining in traction on the back of Christmas anti climax. The Florida, "shop till you drop" has until recently been the ultimate pick me up with bargain winter vacations on offer, however with a USA holiday now not the bargain destinati... [Read more]
30 Oct 2008
Contemporary Villa E15 Project Available Within Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club
In comparison with perhaps the Portuguese Algarve or southern French Côtes, perfect specimens of honest pure modern architecture are hard to come by on the Costa del Sol and supply is struggling to keep up with demand. Buyers are getting younger and modern design certainly tickles their taste buds ... [Read more]
27 Oct 2008
Casa Colina - Key-Ready Luxury Villa on a Spanish Golf Course
Poised over the 14th green of Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club’s picturesque mountain course, Casa Colina is undoubtedly in one of the resort’s best locations for views. Verdant golf, imposing mountains and Mediterranean Sea make for a very pleasant outlook from the oversized infinity pool which... [Read more]
23 Oct 2008
Terrazas de Alcaidesa, Costa del Sol, Spain : Launch
Terrazas de Alcaidesa is a truly exclusive 2 and 3 bedroomed apartments residential development, where property prices are set to increase significantly with the passage of time. Alcaidesa’s Andalusian charm is set to remain, due to the ‘Architectural Control Committee’, which ensures that the guide... [Read more]
22 Oct 2008
Casa Mexicana Scoops ‘Best Architecture Spain’ in CNBC European Property Awards
It’s not often that you place an award entry with an inner confidence that you have a winner on your hands. But Contemporary Villas’ quite incredible Casa Mexicana had ‘Best Architecture Spain’ written all over it, and the judges of this years’ CNBC-sponsored European Property Awards
clearly agreed... [Read more]
20 Oct 2008
Costa de la Luz Finally Gets the Bargain Property Bug
Having shown initial resilience to the Spanish property slowdown, the Costa de la Luz has finally succumbed to the inevitable and, faced with a diminishing pool of property buyers, decided to waft various price reductions and incentives under people’s noses. Be lead into temptation…
Andrew Benitz, D!--more-->... [Read more]
14 Oct 2008
Atalaya Fairways - Contemporary Architecture with Golf as a Back Garden
As rare as hen’s teeth, the villas at Atalaya Fairways are paragons of design excellence in a sea of mediocrity. Clean white contemporary lines create spaces flooded with light and the finishes are superlative. With a starting price of just 885,000 euros, there is nothing better in this price brac... [Read more]
10 Oct 2008
Self-Build in Spain – Top of the Plots
The purchase of a plot for self-build within golfing communities such as La Zagaleta and Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club is an excellent way of taking advantage of relatively low land prices and keeping Spanish construction workers off the streets.
As the lower ranks of the Spanish property marke!--more-->... [Read more]
08 Oct 2008
Spain Benefits as Sun Sets on Long Haul Air Travel
With the UK economy faltering and oil prices nudging the 150$USD a barrel mark (more than double January 2007) long haul travel is quite simply becoming prohibitive for a large sector of British citizens. Major airlines are hiking their fuel surcharges to up to £500 for a family of four flying over... [Read more]
04 Aug 2008
Spanish Property Cleans Up Its Act
The Spanish property sector has recently come under increasing pressure to make its real estate sector more transparent, and according to international property consultants, Jones Lang LaSalle, that is exactly what it has done. Their 2008 Global Real Estate Transparency Index
showed that Spain is ma... [Read more]
30 Jul 2008
Motoring Down The Cost of Your Holiday Home
While the falling the value of sterling has severely increased the cost of motoring holidays
across the Eurozone, the difference in the price of leaded and unleaded fuel on the continent varies quite markedly in the Eurozone. So if you are planning a motoring holiday overseas or think driving down ... [Read more]
29 Jul 2008
Plan Ahead for Inheritance When Buying Abroad
If you propose to invest in property abroad or take a more permanent step and live abroad, tax planning is one of the most important considerations. Obtaining tax advice – and this should be from a professional tax adviser with knowledge of tax regulations both in your home country and the country w... [Read more]
02 Jul 2008
Southern Spain tops the property charts again and again
The Costa del Sol and Malaga in Southern Spain has been hitting the headlines the past two months; for all the right reasons, with a plethora of much-needed positive and enthusiastic stories.
Most recently we have seen reports state that property prices in the fabulously exclusive resort of Marbella !--more-->... [Read more]
20 May 2008
New Tenerife Tourism Strategy
Tenerife's tourism strategy is set for a major overhaul. Due to a mixture of arrogance as a leading holiday destination and under investment in the island’s tourist attractions and facilities, Tenerife has fallen some way behind a host of other tourist destinations hot on its heels. But finally the ... [Read more]
23 Mar 2008
The Real Cost Of Living In Spain
As more and more Europeans look to areas such as Spain for their retirement and employment prospects, it seems that one of the sticking points for many is clarifying the actual cost of living in Spain. How does it compare to the UK? Are the services as good? What can you expect for your money?
A rec!--more-->... [Read more]
13 Mar 2008
What Property in Lanzarote is Hot ?
Despite the credit crunch and apparent downturn in general consumer confidence in the UK demand for Lanzarote property remains buoyant. According to figures recently released by the islands leading dedicated property portal, Lanzarote Guidebook
A detailed analysis of 636 property for sale enquirie!--more-->... [Read more]
06 Mar 2008
Andalucia Golf Courses Set To Receive A Handicap
While Spain and Golf Courses have gone hand in hand for many years, it looks as though leaders of the autonomous Andalusia region of Spain think a little differently. They have just passed a new law which will see fewer golf courses built in the future, and those which do receive planning permission... [Read more]
04 Mar 2008
How Will Spain’s New High Tech Transport Network Affect The Property Market?
Just over the last few days we have heard very encouraging reports from Spain with regards to the growth of the country’s high tech transport network. A high speed train link between Barcelona and Madrid has just been unveiled, with speeds of up to 185 miles an hour recorded on the first ever trai... [Read more]
29 Jan 2008
Half of Spanish Property Agents Close Their Doors
According to figures recently released by Spain’s main estate agents’ association, API
, half of the country’s 80,000 estate agents closed their doors for good last year, following one of the worst years on record for the country’s seemingly rock-solid property industry.
As a result, it is believed ov!--more-->... [Read more]
30 Oct 2007
Andalucia Rail Proposal Good For Spanish Investors
As if there wasn’t already enough of England in Spain, Andalucia’s regional government is considering introducing a Tube-style rail network across the province in a move directly targeted at both local people and tourists.
This new transport connection will enable fast and efficient access to some of... [Read more]
10 Oct 2007
Spain Becomes a ‘Lifestyle Choice’
British newspaper, the Telegraph
, last week heightened Spain’s profile, describing it as a ‘lifestyle destination’, a confirmation of the country’s continued move away from an out and out investment vehicle. More and more people are moving to the country for the simple reason of enjoying the country... [Read more]
27 Sep 2007
Property in Lanzarote a Hot Investment
It may be a Spanish island. But Lanzarote lies just 60 miles off the coast of Africa. Offering year round sunshine and an idyllic outdoor lifestyle, property in Lanzarote may just be one of the hottest real estate investments, in every sense of the word.
Which region of Spain
has the best climate? It!--more-->... [Read more]
24 Aug 2007
A Guide to Investment Property Spain
Courtesy of Cuellar
Considering its beautiful costal areas, breathtaking mountains, incredibly active cities and thriving expatriate community, it is little wonder investors still love Spain. The country's well-developed property market is more than holding its own, and its tourism industry continu... [Read more]
19 Jun 2007
Spanish Low Cost Airline Clickair to Do Away with Check-in
Clickair Spain's low-cost airline is to eliminate check-in, in bid to become the world's first airline to do so. Spain is often viewed as backward in much of its business operations but low-coster Clickair is making waves by initally offering a check-in free service to passengers with hand baggage o... [Read more]
31 May 2007
Eversun Homes Launch Brisa Vera Apartments Off Plan
The Brisa Vera apartments from Eversun Homes is a brand new pre-launch off plan development situated in the up-and-coming property province of Almeria. Almeria real estate remains one of the areas in Spain where good capital growth remains possible. Stats from Kyero
’s Spanish House Price Index for M... [Read more]
30 May 2007
The Great Spanish Property Podcast Debate
The Great Spanish Property Debate, we feel is our most informative overseas property podcast to date. Bringing together the collective knowledge and experience of three top Spanish property experts, this online debate puts the record straight on what the future holds for buyers of property in Spain.... [Read more]
04 May 2007
Buyer Beware corruption in Bulgaria, Spain, UK...
Could we be about to see the end of the road for the Bulgarian investment dream?
For an ex-Communist country that hardly featured on any investor’s radar just a few years ago, Bulgaria’s fortunes have skyrocketed in recent times, with hundred of thousands of investors and house-hunters drawn to its s... [Read more]
15 Mar 2007
Our trip to Polaris World Spain - an independent review
Polaris World Spain, Murcia – Finally John Anthony from Ashford Middlesex did it, he packed his bags and went to Polaris World in Spain. After much procrastination and all the adverts on TV he thought let’s take a look for ourselves.
One night in a five star hotel and a guided tour is, on reflection,... [Read more]
08 Mar 2007
HIFX Global Property Hotspots Report shows France and Spain are still on top
January 2007 monthly Global Property Hotspots Report from currency exchange specialists HiFX
is out this week and suggests that old habits die hard with 29% of HiFX's enquires related to a property purchase in France
continuing to top the list of country destinations for currency exchange queries re... [Read more]
02 Jan 2007
New rate of Spanish Capital Gains Tax
A new rate of Spanish Capital Gains Tax came into force on January 1st 2007.
A much needed boost for the beleaguered Spanish property market, this drop in capital
gains tax on property sales and personal income for non-residents in Spain which fell from 35% to 18% has been well received. Until yester... [Read more]
28 Aug 2006
Article Talkback Telegraph Britons pay the price on Costa del Scam
A recent article in the Telegraph
highlights a particular Costa del Sol property development involved in the infamous Marbella Town Council corruption scandal resulting from Operation Malaya (cunning disguise there).
Spain and its property scandals are a firm favourite of the British press who seem t... [Read more]
15 Aug 2006
Costa del Sol tourism record enjoying its best season in 10 years
Don’t discount it just yet, The Costa del Sol is still proving a favourite with tourists. Recent provisional figures released by The Costa del Sol tourist board indicate that 2006 could in fact be the Sunshine Coast’s best year yet in the last 10 years of tourism becoming a fully fledged industry th... [Read more]
15 Aug 2006
Myramar del Sol launches on Costa del Sol close to newly planned Marina Mijas
With news this week, that the Costa del Sol is setting a tourism record
enjoying its best tourist season in 10 years, a Spanish property investment may still be a good overseas investment if you buy right.
Myramar del Sol is an oasis overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a pre-construction project being... [Read more]
26 Jul 2006
Furniture Packages Spain not an afterthought
"Don't let furniture be an afterthought in the overseas property buying process"
Many property owners underestimate the cost of furniture packages in Spain and need to find companies or individuals that can furnish their homes on a budget without losing the quality look. Some home owners drive their ... [Read more]
13 Jul 2006
PropertyGuideSpain.com makes buying a property in Spain easier
05 May 2006
Spanish Property Bubble
: A property bubble is characterised by rapid increases in property prices until they reach unsustainable levels relative to incomes, other economic factors followed by a rapid decrease in prices resulting in negative equity (mortgage debt is higher than the value of the property itself). ... [Read more]
02 May 2006
Falsifying Property title deeds in Bulgaria and Spain
Noinvite the Sofia News Agency
reported yesterday on the common practice sweeping Bulgaria, of submitting false prices on property deeds to save tax.
In Bulgaria if the client is found guilty of having been party to such a deal he could be charged with a fine of up to 1,000 pounds and even imprisonme... [Read more]
20 Apr 2006
Off plan ski property, Spain doesnt naturally spring to mind
Granada, inland from the Costa Tropical in Spain is the setting for our next new development review.
The Sierra Nevada is the mountain range that towers above the surrounding area. The Ski resort itself is relatively small compared to its competition in the Alps, but this gives it a good communal fee... [Read more]
17 Apr 2006
There’s no such thing as a free house or is there
Developers continue to invent novel ways to get their new development noticed. It seems developers are competing harder than ever to get their real estate project marketing attention and the free home giveaway is hard to resist!
As part of their Shout House Win House
promotion, starting Saturday Apri... [Read more]
04 Mar 2006
New Developments in Spain not ready on time
I have just come back from a trip to the Costa del Sol in Spain. Over the last days I have been speaking to many unhappy customers and property buyers, who have numerous problems with their new properties in Spain. See rants below:"The development was supposed to be finished in September 2005 and we... [Read more]