Archives for November 2006

November 29th, 2006

A new law will only allow the construction of “golf housing” if the land has already been designated for building in the area’s PGOU urban plan. The development of residential tourism on the Andalusian coastline has gone hand in hand with the appearance of new golf courses surrounded by a ...

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November 27th, 2006

Speculators are anxious to sell quickly, given that prices are not likely to continue rising. They warn that excess supply is beginning to slow sales, which are now taking three times longer to finalise. Some talk of a slow meltdown. Others refer to it as a sharp drop in prices. ...

Continue reading Investment Property Saturating Market

November 24th, 2006

SUMMER may have brought a heatwave to Britain, but if you’re keen to get some more regular sunshine, you may be able to secure your own home abroad at a surprisingly good interest rate. The key is buying a property with a mortgage in euros rather than sterling. The euro ...

Continue reading Great Rates for Using Euros

November 23rd, 2006

A surveyor in Spain believes that banks, buyers, lawyers, developers and advisers are all to blame for Marbella’s illegal homes but, acting for the vendor rather than the buyer, agents are only morally obliged to compensate. In response to the OPP’s question of the week (about whether UK buyers should be ...

Continue reading Everyone Should Compensate for Demolished Homes

November 21st, 2006

BRITONS thinking of buying a place in the Sun should think twice: La Caixa, the Spanish savings bank, says that Spain’s decade-long housing boom has peaked and is on its way down. Money is still flooding into Spain’s febrile construction sector, but “everything appears to indicate that the long expansive ...

Continue reading Building Industry Slowdown Sparks Fear

November 20th, 2006

Buying property in Spain can still be daunting but the process can be made easier if advisers learn about the country and the systems in place. Spain remains the most popular destination for British people buying property overseas and British expatriates are now an important part of the Spanish property market, ...

Continue reading Quiero a Aprender

November 17th, 2006

In recent weeks, the Foreign Office has voiced concerns that thousands of Britons retiring to a life in the sun risk seeing out their days in relative poverty and poor health due to inadequate preparation for their future lives abroad. Around 13 million British nationals live abroad, a number that ...

Continue reading Prepared for a Rainy Day?

November 16th, 2006

Spain should impose a moratorium on reclassification of land for building purposes, a leading Spanish architectural academic has suggested. More than enough land had already been turned over from green belt to urbanisation, said Ricardo Aroca, Dean of the Madrid College of Architects. And what is more, recent scandals in Marbella ...

Continue reading Call for Halt to Land Reclassification

November 15th, 2006

We discovered a problem today with visitors using Internet Expolorer and Flash Version 6. The symptom was that the browser would close as visitors navigated through Kyero.com We tracked this down to a known security bug between Internet Explorer and Flash Version 6 and the solution is to upgrade to ...

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November 15th, 2006

In response to last week’s OPP online story about retirees in Spain ‘living in squalor’, some observers have highlighted the rising number of IFAs on the costas who may be exacerbating the situation. One agent from Estepona, John Blainey, agreed that there are some retirees in Spain who seem to be ...

Continue reading IFAs Blamed for Impoverished Retirees

November 13th, 2006

After two weeks of pleading with the good people of Google to fix their Blogger service, we’ve given up on them. Shame really. We’ve been publishing the latest Spanish property news using Blogger for almost three years now so we were REALLY keen for them to get their recent problems ...

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November 9th, 2006

Give a lawyer unlimited power over your affairs and you could be heading for serious trouble. Amid the thrill of buying property in Spain, many people make too little effort to understand the “boring but important” issues involved in the conveyancing process. But as the following experiences show, you ignore unexciting ...

Continue reading Licence to Rip You Off

November 8th, 2006

Cave homes date back to the 8th century when the Arab communities replicated their cave dwelling traditions in the provinces of southern Spain. Right up until the 1950s tens of thousands of native farming communities lived in these caves but with the advent of tourism in the early 1960s a ...

Continue reading 21st Century Cave Homes?