Archives for January 2009

January 30th, 2009

Spain's enduring appeal to holidaymakers and property buyers is largely thanks to its weather and long, long coastline. With almost 5,000 km of coastline to choose from on the mainland alone, which of the Costas offers the best weather in Spain? A new range of Costa property guides from Kyero.com ...

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January 29th, 2009

Thanks to a new series of Kyero.com property guides, you can now identify those parts of the Spanish coastline where you are most likely to find a Spanish property bargain. By defining each costa as the strip of land within 5km of the sea, and overlaying our historical house price data, ...

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January 28th, 2009

A draft law introducing real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Spain is so complex and restrictive they would be of little use to property companies, Metrovacesa's legal chief warned on Thursday. Manuel Liedo told a property conference in Madrid that the bill, which is going through parliament, needed to shed ...

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January 27th, 2009

A few of this week's news stories offered a welcome break from the regular "credit crisis" theme normally available. In the story about Fractional Ownership, it seems like the time may have come for this particular model of property investment - if they can successfully convince buyers that it's ...

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January 27th, 2009

Normally implacable foes, Spanish MEPs from the Socialist Party and the right-of-centre Popular Party closed ranks yesterday in the face of heavy EU criticism of Spain’s abuse of property rights and the environment. The criticism came in the form of a draft report by Margrete Auken, a Danish MEP from the ...

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January 27th, 2009

Property broker, CB Richard Ellis, said Spanish properties it sold via its online auction website were going for discounts of 20-30 percent on average. While property stocks rise in Spain and sale plummet at the end of a decade-long property boom, CBRE said it sold 43 investment properties, commercial lots, warehouses ...

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January 26th, 2009

A This is Money article explains: PIGS is an acronym for a group of four countries. Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain - all in deep economic trouble in the eurozone. These are the four countries reckoned to be suffering from having to stick with the euro - and with the European ...

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January 26th, 2009

Easyjet carried the most passengers into Malaga Airport in 2008, flying more than 2.1million visitors into the Costa del Sol city, an increase of 16.7% y-o-y, according to figures released by the Spanish Airports Authority (AENA). The Authority revealed that Monarch came second on the list, jetting in 804,00 passengers, a ...

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January 23rd, 2009

Thanks to recent dramatic changes in the Euro / Sterling exchange rate, British owners of Spanish property can realise a profit when they sell - even if they purchased at the height of the Spanish property market. In September 2007 - the height of Spanish property prices - 1 Pound would ...

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January 22nd, 2009

Fractional property will take over from freehold sales in Europe within five years, according to industry specialists, as poor economic conditions leave its legacy on the world’s mid-range buyer market. Fractional ownership was already growing in prominence with global buyers before the downturn, according to data from Mintel and the world’s ...

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January 22nd, 2009

Over 90% of British overseas property owners are under-insured, opening themselves to public liability challenges in UK courts after the Rome II legislation came into effect this month. The regulation change particularly impacts European property owners where insurance cover for public liability in Europe is often at a very low level, ...

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January 21st, 2009

The Spanish government on Friday slashed its economic forecasts for 2009 from growth of 1.0 percent to a contraction of 1.6 percent due to the global financial crisis and warned of dark days ahead for Europe's fifth-largest economy. Unemployment, already the highest in the European Union, will hit 15.9 percent this ...

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January 20th, 2009

Clearly, no country in Europe is immune from the current economic squeeze. A painful adjustment for Spain and Britain deals with the similarities between the economies of the two countries. Currency differences apart, it seems that Britain and Spain have a common love of cheap credit - which drove house ...

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January 20th, 2009

Standard & Poor's has threatened to strip Spain of its coveted AAA rating as country's budget deficit explodes, offering the clearest warning to date that even wealthy states are running out of room to borrow. The move caused fury in Madrid and revived fears in the currency and bond ...

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January 19th, 2009

Owners of overseas property could be in for a two-fold tax hit due to the falling sterling and property prices, warns PKF Accountants & business advisers. Matt Coward, director of personal tax, says UK tax laws stipulate any gains on overseas assets are calculated using the spot exchange rates on the ...

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