Archives for September 2006

September 29th, 2006

Around 100,000 illegal homes, including one owned by a former prime minister, face demolition in Spain, according to a new prosecutor appointed to tackle building fraud and corruption. Special prosecutor Antonio Vercher said yesterday Spanish law was clear that illegal homes should be demolished, regardless of whether they had been bought ...

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September 28th, 2006

Spain’s two groups of islands could hardly be further apart either geographically or culturally. To the west, the Canaries offer snow birds year-round sunshine while the Balearics serve up rugged beauty, tourist hotspots and a world-famous club scene. Despite their small size, the Balearic Islands have an over-sized reputation for ...

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September 28th, 2006

Overseas mortgage specialist USHE Overseas Ltd have announced a new Spanish mortgage that can run up to your 80th birthday, making thousands of retired individuals now eligible for a mortgage in Spain. The non resident Spanish mortgage is a combination of interest only for the first 15 years reverting to ...

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September 27th, 2006

Playing golf in your room or using a private elevator are luxuries few of us can afford. Only the rich can enjoy a night in a hotel costing 3,750 euros a day.JUST over a year ago, the King and Queen of Sweden visited Marbella for a party organised by their ...

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September 27th, 2006

Spain’s schools, hospitals and public transport score higher than their UK equivalents, according to a new survey. Spain offers much more than sunshine and cheap sangria to its UK expat population. Its education and health services, and its public transport system, leave the UK in the shade. These are the findings ...

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September 26th, 2006

In Spain you can enjoy a nice warm autumn break in any of the following destinations: the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands or Almeria.The Balearic Islands is an archipelago of 5 islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera y Cabrera) located in the east of Valencia. Thanks to its perfect climate (sun ...

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September 25th, 2006

And, like the old wine of the Gods, its geometric complexity seems to flee from its foundations, to escape from its cask in order to drink a toast with the setting to the success of the wine culture and of the architecture as the driving force behind the updating of ...

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September 25th, 2006

Danny Lawrence emailed us with some strong thoughts about our price guides. In this article, Danny shares his concerns and Martin Dell of Kyero.com attempts an answer. Take it away Danny..!I have just browsed through your new price guide and whilst I appreciate that it represents a huge amount of ...

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September 25th, 2006

New laws and latest statistics show Spain is getting even greener. The most recent bulletin from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (National Statistics Institute) shows that Spain is above the European average when it comes to the percentage of power consumed nationally that comes from renewable sources. The most recent ...

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September 25th, 2006

They’re chic, cheerful - and very cheap. No wonder Britons are flocking to the cave homes of Andalusia. “We’ve heard all the comments about Flintstones and dinosaurs and cavemen with clubs,” says Iain Macdonald, sitting outside his home in the wilds of southern Spain. “But to be honest, if we ...

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September 22nd, 2006

While buy-to-let investment in the UK is finally dwindling after ten years of success, wise investors are continuing to look overseas for the next pot of gold. Buying abroad is easier than ever for Brits, with the strong pound and soaring UK house prices making it increasingly affordable. Many buyers ...

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September 22nd, 2006

New data from currency specialist HIFX shows enquiries for France and Spain from October to November rose from 25 to 28 per cent and 24 to 27 per cent respectively. Despite recent favourable exchange rates for the dollar, the latest figures show a drop in enquiries for US properties. Following ...

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September 21st, 2006

Here’s a little general knowledge test for you: one is famous for its elegant streets, stunning setting and internationally acclaimed arts festivals. The other was once a proud industrial powerhouse which has tried to re-invent itself, replacing decaying shipyards with stylish riverside apartments and avant-garde architecture. Oh, and it only ...

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September 21st, 2006

We are flocking to Spain for our holidays in greater numbers than ever before. But forget the old annual fortnight’s package holiday. Now we want to hop on a low-cost flight to our own home in Spain - preferably, for two thirds of us, on the Costa Blanca or Costa ...

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September 20th, 2006

They do exist, but you’ll need to put in plenty of legwork, says Matt Dunn. Barcelona is a fast-paced, vibrant city, with a property market to match. And while the decision to buy in the Catalan capital is an easy one to make, trying to secure the property of your ...

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