Archives for June 2006

June 30th, 2006

Many property owners not resident in Tenerife, are unaware that they are required to present a tax return to the Hacienda. Normally the only tax payable will be based on the house or apartment, as the owner must declare a return in the country where they are resident, in respect ...

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June 29th, 2006

Whilst killing time in a hotel bar in Spain some years ago, I got chatting to a very nice chap from Rotterdam. I say “nice”, he did admit to having one major problem with the British… “My one major problem with the British,” he began, “is your ridiculous obsession with bricks ...

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June 28th, 2006

The figure for Granada is the highest in Andalucia: 40 per cent of the population come from other provinces in Spain or abroad Malaguenos by adoption. It’s a phrase that is commonly heard to refer to people who have come from other provinces, and even from abroad, but are ...

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June 26th, 2006

British expats are increasingly opting to buy homes in Murcia and Almeria instead of the traditional areas of the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca, according to a new study published on Wednesday. The report by Barclays Bank and the IESE business school said previously popular areas for the property, ...

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June 23rd, 2006

The essence of past legends and poems comes alive again by night. Admiration and amazement on each corner remind us of the Moorish past of Granada. There are lots of places to visit and stroll through, and an endless day makes it easier to dive into the cool night of ...

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June 22nd, 2006

THEY are known as the “Por Favors”, among their Spanish neighbours. They are the Britons who have bought a place in Spain but whose knowledge of the language extends only to a few words, like por favor, Spanish for please. But help is at hand for those who suffer from our ...

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June 21st, 2006

Retiring to a place in the sun is a reality for an increasing number of people. More than 1m Britons have their pensions paid overseas, with 74,000 receiving their pension in Spain alone (compared with just 26,700 a decade ago), according to new figures from the Department for Work and ...

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June 20th, 2006

Tell them it’s a windy dump, that everyone is uptight and you can’t find a property for love or money.” From Adrienne Gabriel’s smile, it’s obvious she is joking. “Actually, life here is so good that sometimes we fret about the impact of more newcomers, of word getting out,” she ...

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June 19th, 2006

ONCE upon a time the only Britons heading for Spain were those who were planning to retire there. Not any more. Today, a growing number of younger people are moving to the country to set up their own businesses. Indeed, Spain is now one of the most popular places for ...

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June 16th, 2006

Swapping a massage for an English class helps expats to integrate into Spanish society. It started off in the United States as a way of exchanging skills for free.But now ‘time banks’, as they are called, are being used by expats as a way of integrating into Spanish society. The idea has ...

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June 15th, 2006

Maybe you have seen them on Spanish property websites; you certainly know them from travel documentaries and photographs of Spanish old towns,the traditional town or village property: very pretty, with little balconies and flower pots with trailing geraniums, and possibly some planted pots outside the wooden front door. If you dream ...

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June 14th, 2006

As the European Central Bank’s policymakers gather in Madrid today to consider another rise in interest rates, they will also get a chance to experience first hand the enduring paradox that is Spain’s buoyant economy. The bankers will fly over a sea of construction cranes before landing at the brand new, ...

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June 13th, 2006

Following reports last week that victims of the LRAU in Valencia may take their case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), professionals in the Spanish property market have expressed concern over continued negative press. Brenda Waddington, of Rusticasa Spain, called for more accurate reporting and researched claims to ensure ...

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June 12th, 2006

According to the latest quarterly survey by the Barcelona Chamber of Urban Property, rental rates for properties in the most sought after districts of the city have risen in the past year by almost 40%, and estate agents say that this rise is being reflected in property prices. The district that ...

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June 9th, 2006

Waiting lists for solar panels due to the rising demand for sustainable energy The law demands that all new buildings after 2007 must have solar panels installed Distributors say that demand has doubled and that most new clients are young people. The sunshine most of us have come to the Costa del ...

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