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There has been a sharp rise in the number of foreigners buying property in Spain, according to the latest figures from the Spanish Land Registrars’ Association.

The number of residential property sales involving a foreigner buyer inscribed in the Land Register in Q1 was around 14,870, up 15.6% compared with the corresponding period last year, and that was despite a 23.6% year-on-year fall in the volume of Britons buying property in Spain.

Cudillero-Spain-400x310The overall Spanish property market expanded by 14.4% in Q1, thanks also to a rise in local demand, which was up 14.2% year-on-year. Read more »

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Spain is the second-best country for first-time buyers, according to a new report.

UK-based relocation service MoveHub compared 2016 property price data from the Global Property Guide with average salaries according to the Hay’s Group Global Salary Forecast to determine the best countries for first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder. Read more »

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THE POUND made gains against the euro yesterday, rising to 1.17 after a Bank of England policymaker suggested the UK might need an interest rate hike sooner rather than later.After an initial slump at the beginning of trading on Tuesday 7 February, due to Labour amendments to Article 50 being blocked, the pound strengthened against the euro later in the day. Read more »

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Sol Principe Hotel, TorremolinosFor the first time ever the hotels of the Costa del Sol have received more the five million travellers in a year.

Overnight hotel stays are also at a record high.

The number of hotel guests in 2016 was 5% up on 2015. Read more »

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rtx215xkEpiphany is also widely known as Three Kings Day, or even Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos.

The Christian holiday is typically celebrated 12 days after the Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, and serves, traditionally, to commemorate the baptism of Jesus, according to BBC News. The holiday was also associated with the three kings’ visit to the Christ child. Read more »

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the-worlds-best-2017-578x399For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of expats. Read more »

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spain-main-sweden-770x470Britons have long dominated overseas property sales in Spain, but demand from Swedish buyers is steadily rising.

In summer 2016, demand was up 59.8% year-on-year in Quarter 2, according to data from leading Spanish second home specialist, Shario, and the Property Registrars Registradores.

Swedish sales rose 22.7% in Quarter 3 2016, while UK sales in Spain fell 16.3%. Read more »