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Foreigners buy half of new homes on the Costa del Sol  
First time in years this share of business is achieve in Spain by Foreign Property Investors  
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Positive News for Marbella after last year Property Sales Increased  
The 2013 ended with 3,115 transactions in Marbella alone, a 23% increase to pre-crisis results  
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Spanish Brick & Mortar is in fashion again with Foreign Investors  
Spain is the Tenth most Attractive Property Market for Foreign Investors  
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Malaga Rated TOP TEN cities for foreign investment by the Financial Times  
A Bright Future for Malaga Province in Southern Spain  
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Foreigners buy half of new homes on the Costa del Sol
It is the first time in years this share of business is achieve in Southern Spain and the main customers amongst other nationalities are Swedes, Belgians and Norwegians. Foreign property investors are coming back to the Costa del Sol...
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Positive News for Marbella after last year Property Sales Increased
The property market in Marbella is recovering and the town is now showing signs of being a leader in this sector. This emblematic town on the Costa del Sol ended last year with a total of 3,115 property sales...
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Spanish Brick & Mortar is in fashion again with Foreign Investors
Spain is the tenth most attractive real estate market in the world for foreign buyers. The main investors for Spanish properties have been U.S. funds...
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Malaga Rated TOP TEN cities for foreign investment by the Financial Times
Malaga Rated in the top ten list of cities for foreign investment by the Financial Times. Malaga is selected top ten most attractive cities in southern Europe for foreign investment by the Financial Times...
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Great News for Residents & Business in San Pedro Marbella
The new recreational space, with gardens and sports pitches in San Pedro Marbella, is already a third completed and should be finished by the end of the summer
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Falling prices reduced pace in the Spanish Housing Market
Falling prices reduced pace in the Spanish Housing Market. The Prices of Second Homes in Spain fell by 7.4% in 2013
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The Interest on Spanish Golden Visa Grows Rapidly
The Spanish Government is "selling" the right to reside in Spain and Europe legally, in exchange for one million shares, deposit in a bank or a 500.000€ worth of property investment...
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Ex South Africa President Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesbur
Ex South Africa President Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesbur. He was the first black president in South Africa and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.
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The Biggest Property Sales Growth in the Third Quarter is Malaga Province
The Biggest Property Sales Growth in the Third Quarter is Malaga Province. Figures show an increase of 25% and this is welcomed by the sector as it will reduce the housing stock and reactivate the local economy
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Five Reasons to Invest in Spanish Real Estate Market NOW!
After more than five years of crisis in Spain, uncertainty about when the brick industry - a recovery has given way to widespread optimism thanks mainly to the closure of operations with foreign investors...
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Putting Marbella Lifestyle back on the Map
A-list buyers, glamorous events and a myriad famous faces are putting Marbella and the Costa del Sol Lifestyle back on the Map. Europes number one holiday destination!
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Russian Investors Gaining Confident about Investing in Spanish Property
Russian Investors Gaining Confident about Investing in Spanish Property. Russian investors are confident that the new law reduces barriers for Spanish residency and will increase the interest on relocating to the Southern Spain.
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Interest on Spanish Residency Visa Grows
Spains Golden Visa rules debated, as investor interest grows. Investors will be allowed to purchase several properties of different kinds to make up the total of €500,000...
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Great News for Real Estate in Spain
The Spanish real estate agents and financial institutions are the most active in the sale of homes in Spain. Many factors are making to increase the sales of home. Aggressive marketing policy and flexibility on the pricing policy...
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Q&A on Spanish Energy Performance Certificate
Owners of homes, buildings or business premises will be responsible for obtaining and paying for the Energy Performance Certificate, which they will need in order to sell or lease their property in Spain.
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Half a Million Euros Worth of Property Purchase will Grant Automatically Spanish Residency
The Spanish government includes a section to attract foreign investors in its law to support entrepreneurs. The increase in the minimum purchase price makes the Costa del Sol the area most likely to benefit from the measure...
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New Energy Saving Efficiency Regulation in Spain
The new Spanish Energy Saving Efficiency Regulation, stipulate that owners of properties in the Costa del Sol, Spain, will need to comply in order to market, rent or sell their holiday homes with Estate Agents and directly...
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Work starts on Malaga Exclusive Airport Shopping Centre
The Costa del Sol Malaga airport is to join Madrid and Barcelona as one of the few terminals that cater for big-spending travellers...
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Marbella Malaga Railway Line Under Study
Marbella is one step closer to connecting to Malaga by train. The Spanish Government is currently studying technical & financial viability of the railway connecting Marbella to Malaga
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The Government wants Russian tourists to be able to enter Spain without a Visa
The Spanish government wants to cancel the requirement for Russians tourists to have visas and it is working hard within the European Union to achieve this objective. This should increase Marbellas Russian tourist numbers...
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2013 Holiday Season Start with New Destinations to Malaga Airport
Ryanair, Air Lingus, Vueling, Jet Air Fly, Turkish & Delta Airlines will start new Routes to Malaga Costa del Sol Airport this Holiday Season...
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European Court Rules Against Spanish Mortgage Laws
A ruling from the European Union top court will force Spain to make it easier for mortgage holders to escape foreclosure by challenging onerous mortgage terms in court...
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Nasir Bin Abdullah & Sons may loose the Marbella New Port Concession
Marbella Town Hall maintains that there is still time to save the new Marbella Port concession, granted in 2011 to Sheik Al-Thanis group...
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New Regulations for Residents in Spain
Those in Spain who fail to declare any offshore asset worth more than 50,000 euros could face hefty penalties, warn financial experts...
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Spain, a TOP investment recommendation of Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley explained that its strategy advisers have highlighted Spain as one of the potential surprises in 2013, along other peripheral euro country members for invesments...
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BECOME AN EUROPEAN RESIDENT
There are many different types of Spanish VISAS available, each with different requirements. For those without experience, navigating Spanish visa law can be difficult. To ensure your visa has the best chance of success contact us today.
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Tourism is pulling Spain out of the crisis
Spanish Treasury Minister Cristóbal Montoro predicts that 2013 will be the last year of recession. So if you are looking at purchasing a Spanish Property Bargain, contact Xcape NOW!
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Overseas Buyers Hunting Spanish Bargains increases
The Spanish housing market is attracting growing interest from foreigners buyers looking for a second home in warmer climate.
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Spain will grant Chinese, Russians and Iranian property buyers with residency permit
Monday saw the news that the government plans to provide all foreign buyers in Spain with almost immediate temporary residency. The plan is to encourage investment from overseas buyers from China, Iran and Russia.
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Spanish Home sales are on the Up...
Spanish Home sales up slightly in September compared to 2011. The end of the purchase property tax discount, may have something to do with it.
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Take advantage of the LOW rate of Spanish Property TAX NOW! Time is running out!
Spain approved tax increases which could see VAT payable on new property purchases increasing as of 1 January 2013 from the current 4% super reduced rate to 10%, unless the Spanish Government makes another exception.
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Malaga, between the three European cities with more air links with the UK
Interest in Malaga province remains high in World Travel Market. The airport on the Costa del Sol adds three new air links with British destinations... But the British airline bid for Malaga remains this offseason.
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Foreign residents in Spain become self-employed
With almost six million unemployed, Spain is no longer a country where a foreigner can easily find work. Therefore more and more residents are turning to the alternative: to go it alone...
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VAT increases in Spain
New VAT rates in Spain have taken effect from 1st September 2012. The standard rate of 18% increases to 21%. The VAT property rate of 8% rises to 10% and the reduced VAT rate of 4% remains unchanged for new properties until the end of 2012...
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Madrid Mega Casino Project EUROVEGAS in Spain
US firm Las Vegas Sands will most likely pick Madrid over Barcelona as the site of a jobs-rich Mega Casino project. With the great train connections from Malaga to Madrid, you could have your fun weekend in this Mega Casino in a matter of hours...
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David Beckham may Buy Malaga Football Club?
David Beckham & Alexi Lalas may become the new President of the Malaga CF. The clubs economic situation, may force Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani to sell Costa del Sol Malaga FC ...
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Spanish Personal Loan & Spanish Property loans
If you own a Spanish property, we now can offer you a personal loan. You can borrow UP to 1,500,000€ depending on the value of your property.
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Wildfire Costa del Sol
The Costa del Sol Wildfire had forced the evacuation of thousands of people from homes and hotels in Coín, Calahonda, La Cala Resort, Ojén, Elviria and Marbella, among other areas.
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Spanish Mortgage Enquiries UP by 33 per cent
Enquiries from overseas property hunters looking to secure a Spanish mortgage have risen by 33 per cent...
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Decline in Spanish Property Prices Slowing
Spanish property prices are starting to register smaller falls, according to new figures from Tinsa.
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Legal guide to buying a property in Spain
Buying Process in Spain. As in the coming months all taxes, including the ones related to property purchase, will be increase in Spain, this information will be revised.
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PERSONAL LOANS IN SPAIN
If you own a Spanish property, we now can offer you a personal loan. You can borrow from 50,000€ to 1,500,000€.
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Borrowing money in Spain has never been so cheap!
The European central bank lowers the cost of borrowing 0.25 points to 0.75%. It is the first time in the euro history that the price of money in Spain falls below 1%
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Second runway could help generate 15 billion Euros for Malaga
Malaga new runway will give the Malaga Province and the Costa del Sol the potential of injecting 15 biellion Euros to the economy
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The San Pedro Marbella Tunnel Finally Open
Long awaited San Pedro Marbella underpass that replaces the previous sets of traffic lights that held up traffic on the A-7. It is estimated that up to 70,000 vehicles will use the tunnel every day.
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WHY INVEST NOW IN SPANISH PROPERTY!
WHY invest IN Spanish Property now? Recession, OF COURSE! Everyone is in the known that the best way to make money in Real Estate, is buying at the bottom of the market... There are a number of reasons why Andalucia is such a popular location to purch
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Spanish Banks strive to finish buildings and become more proactive
Mortgage default and repossessions mean that now Spanish banks are the owners of around half of the 6,792 unsold new properties on the Costa del Sol
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SPANISH VISA FOR IRANIAN CITIZENS
There are many different types of Spanish visas for Iranians, each with different requirements. For those without experience, navigating Spanish Visa law can be difficult. To ensure your visa has the best chance of success contact us today.
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SPANISH VISA FOR RUSSIANS
There are many different types of Spanish visas for Russians, each with different requirements. For those without experience, navigating Spanish visa law can be difficult. To ensure your visa has the best chance of success contact us today.
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Desperate Housewives Actress, Eva Longoria visit the Costa del Sol
The American Actress Eva Longoria visit Marbella, to present her next charity event in the Costa del Sol, Southern Spain. She also clarified rumours about misunderstandings with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas...
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The Marbella - San Pedro Tunnel will be open for the first rush of tourists
The long-awaited underground tunnel opening of the crossing of San Pedro and Marbella, will happen before the first flood of tourists this coming summer holidays. After five years of delays and stoppages of work, the flagship of the city in recent years i
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How to bag a Spanish Property Bargain
Spanish Banks are offloading some of their €176 billion (£145.4 billion) worth of troubled property assets, including repossessed properties and bad debts to bankrupt developers, at such discounted prices – and with the promise of up to 107 per cent mortg
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The Costa del Sol gets ready for the exodus from Britain during the Olympics
The Costa del Sol wants to become a refuge for the British who flee from London during the Olympic Games, which will take place from 27th July to 12th August this year. A report by the Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) states that the Olympics
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Spanish Government announces VAT hike for 2013
In 2013, the Spanish Governments aim is to raise an extra eight billion euros, plus another billion from the income tax (IRPF) increase approved by Rajoy last December. Minister De Guindos did not specify last week how much of the increased income is expe
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A Buyers Market with the Spanish Properties Available
Spain has a major housing problem: there is too much of it - over 600,000 empty houses, the leftovers from a construction craze that came to an abrupt halt. The government is on a drive to lure buyers back to the market and breathe new life into what was
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Bankia Director Resign as Spain May Offer Banks Rescue
Bankias head of group Rodrigo Rato, has stepped down as a government bailout loomed after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy retreated from a pledge to avoid using public money to save lenders.
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Government Seeks a Solution to Spanish Property Crisis
With Spanish banks heavily exposed to the collapse in Spanish property prices, the government is reportedly sounding out investment banks including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and UBS as it seeks a credible fix for its banks.
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Costa del Sol to have Spain first police service for foreign visitors
By the end of this month the tourist information office in the citys Plaza de la Marina will be the headquarters for the first police service designed especially for the foreign tourist, to be known as the Servicio de Atención al Turista Extranjero (SATE)
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Malagas Airport second runway ready for use this summer
This summer Malaga will become Spains fifth airport to have two or more runways. The new landing strip is expected to be in use in June, although Aena sources say that they still need to complete the certification process and staff training as well as car
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Tax Free Heaven or Perfect Retirement Destination in the Caribbean Islands?
If you mention the Cayman Islands to most Americans they will smile knowingly and regale you with tales of perfect beaches and world class diving. They may not have been to the Cayman Islands in person but they will happily tell you stories of someone who
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Permanent Reisdency Bill Changes Approved for the Cayman Islands
New immigration categories created for wealthy non-Caymanian residents was approved by a majority of Legislative Assembly members on a key second vote during a house meeting last week in the Cayman Islands.
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Superb Mortgage Conditions for Scandinavians that want to Buy Spanish Properties
Incredible news for Scandinavian Property Buyers: We have built a wide network of both lawyers and local advisors, so that we can advise our clients the best possible way to obtain a loan on their next property purchase in Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain..
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Marbella town sees an increase in applications for opening licences
Small businesses in Marbella are weathering the storm in spite of the difficulties. Not all of them have managed to continue trading, but it is clear that the economic crisis has not affected the initiative of entrepreneurs and this is confirmed by the la
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Chinese buyers could bring the Costa’s real estate market the boost it needs
A real estate market with some 14,000 new properties that won’t sell and as many private home owners searching in vain for a buyer; and, several thousand miles away there is a country with 300 million possible investors who could provide a solution to the
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Will Costa del Sol become the refugee for Britains this Summer?
The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain, wants to become a refuge for the British who flee from London during the Olympic Games, which will take place from 27th July to 12th August this year...
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Waiting lists for Spanish Properties...?
Everybody wants to know how to best time the market when buying a home. Its just natural. Especially if you are thinking about buying in a down market where homes prices are declining. You wonder how low they will go and whether you should wait, right
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Spanish Government Force Banks to Reduce Prices on Property Stock
The government said last week it would force banks to book losses of up to 80 percent on assets, such as undeveloped land that banks seized when property developers went bankrupt. It estimated the move was likely to lead banks to recognise an...
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Two Spanish passengers missing after Italian cruise-liner sinks
The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia which capsized on Friday night was carrying 177 Spanish passengers, two of whom are on the missing list, authorities from Rome report...
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Investment in Spanish Property Rises in 2011
New figures have shown that the amount of money ploughed into the Spanish real estate sector by foreign investors in 2011 totalled 3.6 billion Euros...
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More Bank Repossessions in Marbella Costa del Sol Spain
Working exclusively with 5 Spanish banks, Xcape to the Sun is happy to announce the signing of the agreement with another high street Spanish Banks and is confident that international interest on the Spanish Bank Repossessions is going to reach an old...
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Reduced VAT Taxes on NEW Property Purchase in Spain is Maintained for 2012
The Government has agreed to restore the residence for tax relief for all income and maintain the reduction of 4% VAT on the purchase of new homes, as announced by Vice President Soraya Saenz de Santamaria in the press after the Council of Ministers, whic
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Marbella receives little compensation despite all the court orders in its favour
Even though the Town Hall has been successful in each and every one of the legal cases it has brought about, barely one million euros has been recovered from the hundreds of millions which disappeared between 1991 and 2006, when the municipal coffers were
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Crime falls for fourth consecutive year, especially break-ins and robberies
While the final figures for the complete year are not yet known, results so far point to a similar fall in crime in Marbella and in the city of Malaga which, at 12 per cent, is greater than the provincial average reduction of four cent...
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Overwhelming majority for the Partido Popular
The PP easily won an overall majority in Spain's lower house, the Congreso de Diputados, with 186 seats of a total of 350, a massive 32 more than their 154 seats occupied since 2008. The PSOE fall from power, losing 59 seats which leaves them with only 11
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Tourism to Spain from the UK on an upward roll
The morning of the first day of the World Travel Market in London invariably brings a crush - one might almost call it a scrum - around the Spanish stands, with hundreds of tourism professionals jostling for space, and press conferences dovetailing so tha
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Spanish Government Elections
Spain is so fed up with its government, that the only question appears to be the margin of Mariano Rajoy's victory... All this will come to light in the coming Spanish elections to be celebrated in less than two weeks...
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Dr. Michael Smurfit's Luxury Marbella Palace For Sale
Casa de Loriana: over €30m price tag for Michael Smurfit's 3,716sq m (40,000sq ft) villa on Marbella's Golden Mile
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We can save the Euro, but let's get it right this time!
The measures needed to deal with the short-term crisis are straightforward and readers deserve to be spared yet another recitation from me. So here is an extended quote from former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, writing in the London...
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Landscaping the new Malaga Airport in Costa del Sol
As many as 78 companies are bidding for the contract to landscape the new open spaces at the Malaga airport
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Market Recovery due to Euro Zone Agreement
London's blue chip shares jumped after euro zone leaders agreed to boost the firepower of the region's rescue fund and struck a deal on a 50pc writedown for private Greek bondholder...
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Good News for Malaga Football Fans
FOOTBALL’S new money clashes significantly with its old aristocracy in Spain tomorrow night when Malaga, bought last year by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani of the Qatari royal family, meet Real Madrid.
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Primark opens 3 new European stores
The Primark Algeciras shoph as proven to be a success. Locals are driving over one hour to get some deals in this shop. The vision and drive shown by this group, identifies that with positive action and commitment to business expansion, success can be gua
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New Malaga Ring Road open to improve Communications in Costa del Sol
Constant improvement to the Malaga Province are being made, to prepare the Costa del Sol for the next wave of visitors, investors and business. Even in the recession period, this region has invested in excess of 1500 millions to improve the communications
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How to cut costs on your next holiday to Spain
When you are feeling a bit hungry, dont rush to the first restaurant you come across, look for a menú del dia, even if you are in a major resort, explore a block or two beyond the main strip and you should come across a cheaper place full of locals rather
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Secret Spanish pleasures... Málaga, Spain
It's strange how so many of us go to Málaga but never think to stay. There are direct flights to this thoroughly Spanish seaside city from 22 UK airports, and the majority of the 12 million passengers who pass through its bright and airy Pablo Ruiz Picass
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Malaga among the most popular destinations for fertility treatment
Sun, sea and sand, food, festivals, cultural heritage... There are many reasons why foreign visitors have been coming to the Costa del Sol for decades. But these are not the only ones. In recent years a new attraction has joined the list: assisted reprodu
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Andalucía offers unrestricted health care to visitors from other regions of Spain with no compensati
The cost of the care of travelling Spaniards and tourist visiting Malaga falls to the recipient health authority and this amounted to some 26 million euros in Andalucía in 2010. Of this sum around six million euros corresponds to Malaga, the province that
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Property sales in Spain are up by 22 per cent in the second quarter of this year
The overseas buyers have help with the 90,746 property sales in Spain in the second Quarter of this year, representing a 22 per cent increase on the first quarter, according to the latest figures released by the central Government.
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At last! A solution to lost funds...
For those of us who have been waiting for a solution to the getting your money back, after loosing it on developments that went wrong, or in some cases not even started, there is now help at hand...
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Mijas and Ojen Wildfire began with a small fire by a stream
The regional government delegate in Málaga, Remedios Martel, explained that the fire originated in a place Entrerríos the municipality of Mijas Malaga, and is currently controlled "started from a small fire, which was held in the bed of a stream...
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Signs of hope as the graph begins to turn upwards in Spain
Marbella has historically experienced the affects of a property revival before other areas. During the last real estate crisis of the late 80’s and early 90’s, the sale of second homes began to pick up in Marbella in 1989 and over the next three years spr
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Time to grab a Spanish Bargain
With an economy in turmoil and a reputation tarnished by tales of dodgy developers and legal nightmares for expats trying to buy their dream home, the Spanish property market has been something of a disaster zone for the past couple of years...
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Pope visit the Spain
A freak thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his speech to an estimated million young pilgrims gathered for the church's world youth festival in Madrid, giving the outdoor prayer vigil at a Madrid airfield a dramatic climax.
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Spanish Government Cuts Property VAT in Half!
The reduction in VAT on house buys--to 4% from 8%--will only be applied until the end of this year, and seeks to cut the large number of properties built in recent years that remain unsold in the Spanish market...
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Spanish PM Calls for Early Election
SPANISH PRIME minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero yesterday called an early election for November 20th as the country struggles to cope with soaring bond rates and high unemployment...
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Discount Voucher Codes For Car Hire In Malaga, Spain
Certainly an interesting offer for those who are at this very moment planning their vacation to Malaga this summer or those who have not decided yet and are considering costs, Malaga is a great tourist destination, and if you have not come yet, you should
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The Bank of Spain gives the order to award the CAM before September 30th
Rumors are fired within the entity. Among them, the Mediterranean Caja will end up in the hands of Banesto bank. Meanwhile, Saenz does not rule out its interest to bid and condition his interest to the price and the state aid...
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Stock of unsold homes is reduced for the first time since the crisis hit Spain
The Costa del Sol’s real estate sector is gradually starting to rid itself of the enormous burden of the thousands of newly built properties that remain unsold. According to the latest report on the matter from Ministry of Development, in 2010 the number
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Speed limit reduced to 80 between Marbella and Fuengirola
On 41 kilometres of road between Estepona and Mijas Costa the speed limit has been changed from 100 kph to 80 kph on others. Now drivers wanting to put their foot down without facing a fine (and there are two fixed speed radar in Mijas Costa) will have n
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Malaga’s Airport new terminal runway, ready for take-off!
The new runway, along with the T-3 terminal, is the most important project within the Plan Málaga, the almost one billion euro airport improvement scheme to modernise aviation infrastructure in Malaga. The opening of the second runway will mark the culmin
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Spanish Capital Madrid, celebrates Gay Pride
Gay parents and people with HIV joined the 35 floats which took part in Madrid’s gay pride celebrations on Saturday.
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Spanish speed limit back to 120 kph
The Government has decided to put the controversial 110 kph speed limit back up to 120, despite the reduction in road deaths and accidents since the measure was first introduced in March
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Exciting Business Merger on the Costa del Sol
Southern Spains most innovative and modern Internet Real Estate business Xcape to the Sun, has joined forces with Luxury Living company, creating the coasts most exciting Real Estate and construction business to operate in this part of the world...
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How Britain discovered a taste for Spanish tapas
The Spanish invasion is gathering pace. Several supermarkets report that paella, tapas and chorizo are outselling Italian favourites such as lasagne and prosciutto. And the speed of the change will be causing sleepless nights in Tuscany and Umbria: Asda s
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New Bank Repossessions in Marbella Costa del Sol Spain
Working exclusively with 5 Spanish banks, Xcape to the Sun is happy to announce the signing of the agreement with another high street Spanish Banks and is confident that international interest on the Spanish Bank Repossessions is going to reach an old...
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Smurf village, in Malaga Southern Spain
Last week they started to paint the first houses”, explains David Nuyen, who is originally from New York and owns the hotel El Bandolero in Júzcar, and is excited about his adoptive village becoming the true ‘Smurf Village’. In one of life’s little parado
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A historic day for Malaga Football Club - Southern Spain
Last Wednesday Malaga Football Club sealed their agreement with UNESCO to promote sporting values after signing their most prestigious player yet, Ruud van Nistelrooy
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PP sweep the board in local elections
The Partido Popular are the undisputed winners of Sunday's local elections in Spain as a whole and in the province of Malaga while the PSOE have been punished by voters. This should reactivate the foreign investment on the Costa del Sol...
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Marbella New Port & Hotels
The Qatari Sheikh, Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, actual owner of the Málaga's La Rosaleda Football Stadium, seems to be the key figure behind this amazing project. Over 650 moorings and hotels of the calibre of Dubai's Burj-Al-Arab will be part in this mi
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The Arab revolt and the impact on Spain's Economy
An unprecedented wave of change has been sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East since December last year. From uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and major protests in Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman and Yemen, to the Libyan revolt which has forced
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Royal wedding: Inquisition over Prince William's 'snub' to Crown Prince Felipe of Spain
Felipe had learnt that he and his wife, Princess Letizia were not invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton...
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Foreign Residents on the Costa del Sol very interested on up coming Elections
Foreign Residents on the Costa del Sol encouraged to join the foray of politics to help other foreigners become involved in their communities.
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ROYAL Wedding fever on the Costa del Sol!
As millions in the UK sit down to watch the wedding of the century today (April 29) thousands of expats along the Costa del Sol will be joining them. Decked out in bunting, colourful balloons and Union Jacks, bars, clubs and groups of friends will be glue
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Easter Holidays in Malaga Costa del Sol
Events kicked off on Palm Sunday with the cheerful images of Jesus on the donkey and continue through to the more solemn Christ crucified figures on Good Friday...
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Foreign buyers throw a lifeline to the Costa del Sol’s real estate market
The growing interest in buying property on the Costa del Sol was evident at the recent A Place in the Sun Live Show in London.
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More Bank Repossessions on Costa del Sol Spain
Working exclusively with 4 Spanish banks, Xcape to the Sun is happy to announce the signing of the agreement with another high street Spanish Banks and is confident that international interest on the Spanish Bank Repossessions is going to reach an old tim
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Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Seville
Last Friday, HRH Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, headed to Seville, the capital of Andalucía, for another leg of their spring tour of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, following what proved to be busy schedule of private and public engagement
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New stretch of prom brings Marbella closer to San Pedro
Residents and tourists, cyclists and walkers, made the most of the fine weather last weekend to test out the new stretch of seafront promenade opened at the end of last week in Marbella...
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UKTI encourages greater commercial links between the UK and Spain
HRH the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attended a reception in Seville on Friday, organised by the Andalusian branch of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). The heir to the British throne and the Duchess were in the regional capital as part of
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Barcelona considers smoking ban at Camp Nou
The Nou Camp, one of the world's top football arenas, will become totally smoke-free next season if Barcelona members approve the proposal...
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Prince Charles and Camilla make their first official visit to Spain
The couple have had a full agenda with engagements with the Spanish royals as well as meetings with businesses, the Prime Minister and representatives from the British community
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Fuengirola in Top 20 'most requested' destinations, says poll
In 2010, the Fuengirola town jumped to number 18 on the list of worldwide tourist destinations that visitors to the website were “interested in and/or booked rooms in.” This represents a 165 per cent increase on the previous year, according to the portal
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Check out our new Videos on Southern Spain
If you are new to the area and thinking of visiting or maybe becoming a more permanent resident... The Costa del Sol is a densely populated coast of Andalucía. Malaga is also known as the birth place of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas...
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All roads from Earls Court lead to Spain
The British Consul in Malaga, Steve Jones, who confirmed to SUR in English that interest in Spain had exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. The Consul himself is optimistic for the future of British property ownership in southern Spain, saying t
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Spanish government to legalise eleven thousand irregular homes in the Axarquía
The Junta de Andalucía has drastically altered its stance on the situation of homes built illegally on rustic land in the Axarquía. After rigorously enforcing the Andalusian planning law (LOUA), a position that has led to several mayors being charged with
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The new speed limit on 110 kms in Spain is maintained until at least July
The maximum speed limit on Spanish motorways to 110 kilometers per hour, one of the measures approved on Friday at the Council of Ministers to save energy , will run until June 30 but may be extended for longer if keeps the oil crisis, announced Friday th
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Local Costa del Sol trains to run more often from Summer 2011
Residents and tourists will benefit from Costa del Sol trains running every 20 minutes from the Summer 2011.
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New car park to change the face of Marbella town centre
New car park to change the face of Marbella town centre. The Town Hall has approved the plans for the car park under Avenida Severo Ochoa, with a budget of 6.8 million Euros
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Check our latest videos of the Costa del Sol Spain
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The very reliable expatica.com reported that according to a new survey one in five Britons and a third of Germans are considering retiring to Spain. Madrid based property consultants, King Sturge, have carried out the survey by interviewing 800 Britons an
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Moving to Spain - Check List
As removals companies have countdown diaries to help you remember all those important elements needed before the "Big Day". I felt it would be useful, for those seeking to relocate to or acquire a holiday home in Spain, to have a "Check List" featuring th
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Moving to Spain - Taxation and Finance
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No more Smoking clouds in the Spanish Restaurants
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Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder visits Marbella Costa del Sol
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Debt on Spanish Bank Repossessions may end when the bank takes the property back
A decision that goes against all banking procedures and Spanish mortgage legislation, which until now, has required the debtor to be responsible for the house and all its outstanding debt up until the last Euro, has been ruled by two different Spanish...
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Speculation Deepens Over Mandela’s Hospitalization
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Polaris World will construct 400 new homes in Murcia in 2011
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Full of optimism at the 2011 Tourism Fair in Madrid Spain
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Airlines Scheduling More flights to Spain
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Coping with Spain's new no smoking law
All over Spain bars and restaurants have been adapting their open air facilities to increase the comfort of smokers who are no longer allowed to light up inside. Since the new law that bans smoking in enclosed public places came into force on January 2nd.
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New urban development plans start to revive construction on the Costa
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First Homes Legalised in Marbella Spain
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Spanish Airports are Back to Normal
Spain's airspace was reopened on Saturday afternoon after almost 24 hours a surprise closed by the strike of the drivers, who returned to their jobs after the government decreed a state of alarm noon.
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Bull jumped into a crowd in Spain
A half-ton bovine bounded over a fence and rampaged up into the stands, hitting everyone in its path. Luckily, only 32 people were treated for injuries after the incident in Tafalla, northern Spain.
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ITV’s X Factor and Britain's got Talent reaches Costa del Sol Marbella
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U.S. First Lady Michele Obama and her daughter are enjoying of the Andalucian hopitality
U.S. First Lady Michele Obama and her daughter arrived at noon at the hotel's beach club Villapadierna, which has been partially closed for security reasons. The U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha did not want to miss the opportunity to sun
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100 Percent Mortgages Available in Spain
Originally sold at £203,500*, we have 13 apartments available directly from the bank with over 50% discount and best of all, 100% mortgage available...
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Costa del Sol Properties Discounted up to 50% from original selling prices
Originally sold at over £490,000*, we have 29 townhouses available directly from the bank with 100% mortgage available and with over 50% discount.
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The Obama family to spend summer holidays in Southern Spain Marbella
According to sources speaking on behalf of the White House the President of the United States, Barack Obama and his family, are planning on visiting Marbella in August. However, Mr. Barack Obama will not be spending the whole time with the family.
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Superb facilities at the New Malagas Airport will be welcoming the 2010 Holiday Makers
It has taken a long five year wait, but it’s worth it as it opened this past Monday! King Juan Carlos was accompanied by the Queen Sofia as the doors opened to a crowd of 500 people. King Juan Carlos stated “The Queen joins me to express our happiness at
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ALERTING ALL UK PRIVATE PENSION HOLDERS LIVING IN SPAIN!!!!....
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Useful Property Jargon to Understand what your Lawyer or Bank is talking about
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Incredible Rental Offer in Marbella from Xcape on the Costa del Sol. Spain
Escape the dark and dreary winter days and come to the warmer sunny shores of the Costa del sol. We have a beach front resort with apartments of 2 very ample bedrooms (sleeps 6) and lots of amenities near by...
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Christmas Rental Offer In Benalmadena Costa del Sol from 295 Euros
Benalmádena Apartments from only 295 Euros The Apartments are situated in a quiet, hillside, location and yet is just 10 minutes walk to the sandy beach. The resort has a Spanish, "pueblo", village atmosphere. A two apartment start at only 295 Euros per
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Costa del Sol - Marbella One Weeks Rental Xmas 2009 from 375 Euros
Marbella Apartment Rental at only 200 mts from the beach. This resort provides accommodation which will suit all family requirements. Two bedroom apartments (sleeps 6) from 375 Euros
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Costa del Sol Christmas & New Years Eve Half Board Dining Offers from 135 Euros
Pre Christmas breaks in Mijas Golf area, Malaga. Saturday 19th December to Thursday 24th December 135 Euros per adult 80 Euros per child 10 years old and under, 0-3 years free of charge! This fabulous offer includes dinner every night, our fabulous flamen
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Real Estate Jokes
A property manager dies and soon finds himself standing in front of St. Peter. St. Peter tells him "You have a choice of going to heaven or to hell and I suggest you check them both out before deciding." So he chooses to check out hell first.
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Festive lights: Love thy neighbour's inflatable snowman?
The rate at which house prices are falling eased "significantly" this month but a market recovery still remains some way off, a mortgage lender said today.
The average cost of a home dropped by just 0.4% during the month, compared with a slide of 1.
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House price fall slows 'significantly'
The rate at which house prices are falling eased "significantly" this month but a market recovery still remains some way off, a mortgage lender said today.
The average cost of a home dropped by just 0.4% during the month, compared with a slide of 1
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You Can Profit From Spain?s Distressed Property Market
Should you consider the distressed property market in Spain as an opportunity or something to steer well clear of? The quality varies but the depth of the stock from individual villa properties to entire developments makes for a very dynamic market.
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Real Estates Jokes
A very successful real estate broker had a meeting with his new son-in-law.
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Dubai property sector fears an oversupply
In the opinion of Matthew Green, the Research Director at Cluttons, UAE, if the government withdrew its promise to grant residency visas for freehold purchasers and their families, it would shun away several hundreds of expatriate buyers, who consider Dub
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A Real Estate Outlook
With all the stock market jitters about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the U.S. mortgage system, you might have the impression that the real estate market is on the edge of some sort of cliff.
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Where?s the best place to live in America?
Apparently, there's just something about North Carolina. For the second year in a row, America's best city in which to live lies within its borders, according to Relocate-America.com's annual list.
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5 reasons to hire a pro to sell your home
Judy Moore of Re/Max Landmark Realtors in Lexington, Mass., says that today's topsy-turvy housing market is just too treacherous to go it alone. She offered five reasons why homeowners are better off selling their property with an agent:
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