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The Fascinating Facts about Spain

The Fascinating Facts about Spain

The Good Spanish Property News First The South of Spain has a lot to be proud of, and this includes a rich and diverse history. But, and definitely worth a mention is how the country made a comeback from one of the worst economic crisis in history. The Spanish property crash left a hole in this great nation and pushed people to the breaking point. Thanks to foreign investors taking an interest in property for sale on Costa del Sol, and even Spanish villas for sale, beachfront property in Spain, and so on; Spain today is officially back in the green. Many experts are declaring full economic recovery which includes the Spanish property market. Fascinating Facts about Spain We all know that the Spaniards are famous for Sangria, Paella, Flamenco and the Siesta.  But there is so much more to this rich and diverse country. Spain has been around for quite some time, like for thousands of years, and as you can well imagine, lots of interesting things have happened since. España (you won’t believe what it means) Spain has had a number of different names in its past.  North African inhabitants who crossed over first from Straits of Gibraltar called it Iberia (Land of the Rivers.)  When the Greeks invaded they named it Hesperia meaning land of the setting sun.  Then in 300 BC, when the Carthaginians came to the land, they named it ‘Ispania,’ which means ‘land of the rabbits.  The Romans then later gave it the Latin spin of ‘Hispania,’ which over time has become España.  But the meaning stays the same so Spain is still...
Spanish Property and the Come Back We’ve Been Waiting For

Spanish Property and the Come Back We’ve Been Waiting For

Yes that’s right.  After a very tough and tumultuous number of years, Spain and Spanish property is once again bouncing back, according to many experts in the field of finance and economy.  The best part is even amid recent events following Greece and the possible exit from the Euro Zone, growth is still very much apparent. According to data collected over the past several months, we can see a rise in several different areas which includes employment, business and especially Spanish real estate. Experts in Spanish economy and Spanish property have been blowing the horn for over two years now – it may seem slow, but now we are in a major recovery. Property health is back a full optimal and we have foreign investors to thank for this. Property on the Costa del Sol, and especially Marbella properties have all seen a major influx in property buying. Of course taking advantage of the low Spanish property prices had everything to do with it. When you really take a step back and look at the entire picture, the property crash in effect almost gave us the kick we needed. It’s safe to say the same mistakes won’t be happening anytime soon. The Spanish Property & Spanish Economy Continues to Grow A very strong expansion in the second quarter means the Spanish economy continues to grow faster than the UK at the moment, where output rose by 0.7pc in the second quarter and 0.4pc in the first three months of the year.  Spain, and particularly the South of Spain is expanding at one of the fastest rates in Europe.  Spain...
Reasons Why Spain is the Best Place to Live

Reasons Why Spain is the Best Place to Live

You know the old saying, “you can’t keep a good Spaniard down!” Okay, we might have made that one up, but if there ever was an old saying you’d want to hold true in Spain, it should be that one. We all know full well, and are unlikely to soon forget about the countries troubles; but not even a crisis and the worst economic downturn since World War II could be the people of Spain. Now in 2015, the country is making a comeback of a lifetime, with even the property market here in Spain taking a turn for the better. In fact Spanish property is selling fast, and if you’re thinking of buying a Spanish villa or a villa in Marbella, you better do it now! Besides the hard selling we are required to do, let’s instead get back to what makes Spain a truly awesome place to live. The Weather (of course) In case you didn’t know, vitamin D is essential for a good quality of life – so where better then to live in Spain for high dosages of natural vitamin D? Spain of course, and more particularly the South of Spain in Andalucia. The warm winds, with over 320 days of sunshine a year makes the Costa del Sol an ideal location for expats…and golf players. Everyone is just happier when the sun is smiling down. It’s also the reason why holiday makers and homebuyers alike come to the Costa del Sol in droves every year.  It is also why Spain has gained a reputation for most tourist friendly country in the world and rightly...
Keep Your Cool This Summer

Keep Your Cool This Summer

Yikes! August is here, and if you thought July was hot, just wait until the month really kicks in! Of course we don’t want to scare you, but we certainly want to help you keep cool. Everybody loves to visit the Costa del Sol and one the main reasons is because of the beautiful sunny weather.  On average, the sun sticks around for 320 days a year here, making it the ideal holiday and homebuyer’s destination.  However sometimes, especially in the hotter season between June and August, it is very important to remember to be safe in the sun and protect yourselves from the ravages of harmful UV rays. Temperatures have already been well into the 30’s this July so extra care must be taken. There are many ways you can keep your cool this summer, and we’ve listed them below. Avoid Certain Times We know this is a tricky one to do but we’re not suggesting locking yourselves indoors between the hours of 11am until 4pm.  However if you can stay out of the sun at the hottest times of the day it would certainly be of benefit.  Believe it or not, it gets even hotter around 16:00, and seems to really peak. This would explain the Andalusian favourite past-time, the siesta, which takes place from 14:00 to 17:00. Maybe spend some time around the air conditioned shops or go for a spot of lunch.  Even finding some shade, possibly by doing a bit of sightseeing and taking in more of the areas cultural options.  However, do be especially vigilant when around water as it is so much...
1st Time Home Buyers – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

1st Time Home Buyers – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Buying Spanish Property It is a very exciting time, when we start the process of owning our own home. Even more exciting is buying a Spanish property, and making the transition to expat. Let us just remind you, living under the Spanish sun is fabulous! Making the final steps in your purchase of a Spanish property will no doubt be a blend of excitement and anxiety. The sheer feelings of excitement and anticipation can sometimes be a driving force; but common sense and good judgement is also needed when making a considerable property investment. Dealings in property may be out of your usual comfort zone. In some cases, like when buying a property in Spain, the geographical area can be completely brand new to you. So of course, questions will arise, and to be perfectly honest, you should indeed be asking several questions. For the first time home buyer, knowing the right questions to ask in order to make a correct decision is imperative. Getting the answers and the advice you need from a trusted real estate agent in Spain is equally if not more important. In order to help you with the process, we’ve compiled a list of important questions you should be asking before buying a Spanish property. Spanish Property Q&A  Where do you want the property and why? This may seem like a straightforward question, but it’s very important that you look into the different areas of Spain in order to assess what is there for you and what is not.  It is very important that you buy your home in the most suitable location, whether...
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