Archives for February 2006

February 28th, 2006

Average fares reduced by 9%, a 2.50 GBP or 3.50 Euro fare cut. New web check in service gives passengers priority boarding and avoids check in and boarding gate queues. Total baggage allowance now increased to 30kgs per person,10kg for cabin baggage and 20kg for checked bag. Commencing in ...

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February 27th, 2006

Spain has come out as the number one destination for UK buy-to-let investors during 2005, a new study has revealed.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the majority of UK people considering investing in property abroad are heading for the traditional favourite of Spain. Despite ...

Continue reading Spain Tops UK's Big Getaway

February 24th, 2006

Thousands of people (the total numbers have not yet been announced by the organisers, Blendon Communications) attended the Viva Espana show at London’s Olympia exhibition hall last weekend. And the event merited the title of ‘show’ to a greater extent than last year, as the entertainment for visitors was almost ...

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February 23rd, 2006

Record numbers of people are leaving Britain to live and work abroad, figures show. More than 350,000 men and women are emigrating every year, a rise of 30 per cent in 10 years, The Independent reports.Experts are particularly concerned that the number of people in professional occupations leaving Britain has ...

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February 22nd, 2006

THE number of Britons who own a second home abroad has soared nearly 50% since 2000, figures reveal. An all time record of nearly 260,000 people own a foreign property,usually in a cheaper and sunnier country. The majority of buyers are in their late 40s or 50s and are planning ...

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February 21st, 2006

The latest figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) indicate that the UK property market has found a level of encouraging stability after a turbulent 2005.The mix adjusted average house price in the UK in December was 185,788 GBP’s, which is just 60 GBP’s down on the ...

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February 20th, 2006

Despite paying into Spain’s social security scheme Lyndsey Gilmour plans to retire in the UK, so she is seeking advice on her state pension entitlement.Ms Gilmour, 37, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, is working as an English teacher in Barcelona, Spain, after taking voluntary redundancy from her job in marketing for ...

Continue reading Guidance on a Short-Term Stay in Spain

February 17th, 2006

For two decades, Spain has been almost unrivalled within the European market in terms of its position as a property investment hotspot and experts at The Homebuyer Show are suggesting that this continues to be the case.One of Spain’s key advantages over competitive property markets is that it annually attracts ...

Continue reading Boom in Spanish Property Market Continues

February 16th, 2006

Spain is notorious for illegal builders, but how bad is the problem really? Ian Frewer investigates. If it’s not the state grabbing half your land, it’s muggers grabbing your handbag; if it’s not these, then it’s the media telling everyone you live in a hell hole dominated ...

Continue reading Illegal Building: The Expat Nightmare

February 15th, 2006

Following on from Ryanair’s recent announcement to charge passengers for checking in baggage and similar plans for other airlines to follow suit, First Luggage is predicting a boom this year as travellers scramble for alternatives and First Luggage provides the perfect solution. The benefits for travellers using luggage airlines are: ...

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February 14th, 2006

Half of those who chose to make a new life in Spain end up returning home. But why does the dream turn sour for so many? Ian Frewer spoke to established expats who offer advice to the new arrivals on the Costas. “A lot depends on whether they ...

Continue reading A Cautionary Tale

February 13th, 2006

Looking after the old is a young business in MalagaAlmost 200,000 people over the age of 65 live in Malaga province, which is almost 13per cent of the total population. Statistics show that this figure will double inside fifteen years due to two factors the ageing of the population ...

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February 10th, 2006

As has been widely anticipated in the last few days, the Bank of England has decided to keep interest rates at 4.5 per cent, with the strength of the property market a key reason behind the decision.After the interest rate cut in August 2005, the property market almost immediately showed ...

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February 9th, 2006

At midnight on Tuesday Valencia’s by now infamous lRAU land law took its last gasp and was consigned to history but not before councils throughout the Costas hurried through approvals on a number of plan parcial schemes.In Calpe, the council approved a plan that will see another 321 homes built ...

Continue reading Urbanisation Projects Hurried Through Before Deadline

February 8th, 2006

A HOTEL that was being built on natural parkland is set to be demolished by the Ministry of the Environment despite Carboneras Council’s objections.The fiasco came about after the council granted permission for the building of a hotel by the company, Azata del Sol, on El Agarrobico beach in Carboneras. ...

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