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Brits heading back to Costa del Sol

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Brits heading back to Costa del Sol

Popular overseas holiday destinations such as Benalmadena and Marbella on the Costa del Sol are once again finding favour with Brits.

According to Costa del Villa, the improving exchange rate, England’s disappointing World Cup performance and the dismal summer weather have encouraged many people to abandon their staycation plans and head to somewhere sunny, which is good news for people renting out property on the Costa del Sol.

According to figures cited by the firm, Spain saw an 11 per cent increase in overnight guests in July this year compared with the same month in 2009.

This is an encouraging sign, as the number of UK residents going on holidays abroad had dipped last year due to financial worries.

Costa del Sol and other regions of Spain had their profile boosted earlier this year when first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters enjoyed a trip to the popular beach resort of Marbella.
 

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/brits-heading-back-costa-del-sol_290173.html

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Spain laments powerless Barca

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spain lamented Thursday the comprehensive destruction of a powerless Barcelona by Bayern Munich, warning the Catalans must rebuild after their Champions League dreams were shattered in the Camp Nou. Injured Lionel Messi's absence exposed the weaknesses of Barcelona against the German club, which won Wednesday's second leg 3-0 to deliver a humiliating 7-0 aggregate semi-final victory …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214240073/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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Sea views ‘top of list for Britons’

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Sea views 'top of list for Britons'

Britons buying property in countries such as Spain, France and Portugal prefer a sea view, it has been stated.

In a feature on the subject of property and its proximity to water, the Daily Telegraph noted that research and anecdotes from the property industry indicate that substantial premiums apply to the prices of homes with views over water.

Paddy Dring of Knight Frank told the paper that it is sea views, rather than those over lakes or rivers, that have the greatest appeal for overseas buyers, mainly because southern European property and holiday hotspots tend to be on the coast.

He stated: "They choose the location then search for a property with a sea view. In a hot country a cracking sea view is your chill out factor."

In Spain, however, there are many places where large numbers of Britons have bought homes, such as Andalusia, according to PR manager at Holiday-Rentals Sarah Chambers.

She said those looking to such inland places can find a more "authentic" Spain.

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/sea-views-top-list-for-britons_175364.html

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Nuns religious board game is a big hit in Spain

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

A board game created by a nun in Cuenca that tests players’ knowledge about Jesus is hitting it big in Spain and will also be marketed in the Americas. According to information provided to EFE by Edice, the Spanish bishops conference’s publishing house, the game went on sale in late March and in April there were many requests for it all over Spain, above all as a gift for children on the …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214233168/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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Lamborghini Veneno bought by UAE buyer

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Lamborghini-VenenoA customer in the UAE has bought the highly exclusive Lamborghini Veneno, confirmed by local dealer Al Jaziri Motors. Only 4 cars will be… More>>

Source: http://www.drivearabia.com/news/2013/04/23/lamborghini-veneno-snapped-up-by-uae-buyer/

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Martas family told they do not need a court order to search for her body

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

POLICE officers and the parents and grandparents of Marta del Castillo Casanueva have been granted permission to search for her body without the need to obtain a court …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214246532/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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Is 2014 the year of recovery for Spain?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Is 2014 the year of recovery for Spain?

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Spain, despite continued economic contraction and a second year of recession. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy claimed on Wednesday (March 3rd) that there will be a return to growth in 2014, so long as the government continues with its austerity reforms. "In 2014, if we are able to maintain the same level of effort, the Spanish economy will grow markedly and begin to create jobs," he said during a meeting of the Popular Party.

This is good news for Spanish property and the economy at large, which have been lacking strong domestic activity and suffering from low investor confidence amid financial uncertainty. However, Mr Rajoy stressed that 2013 would be another difficult year for the country, specifically during Q1 and Q2. "Tangible results" will not be seen until the back end of the year, he said, but moving away from austerity policies "would be fooling the Spanish people".

Unemployment has been cited as one of the major barriers for growth in Spain and currently stands at a record 26 per cent. This equates to nearly six million Spaniards out of work and Phillip Inman, economics correspondent for the Guardian and Observer, and author of Managing Your Debt, a Which? essential guide, wrote in the Guardian that current unemployment levels are now reminiscent of the days of Franco.

For those out of work, Mr Rajoy’s claim that 2014 will see more jobs will be welcomed. However, it can’t be ignored that the economy contracted by 1.4 per cent in 2012, the second worst annual slump since 1970. Last week the Bank of Spain predicted this figure will be topped in 2013, with 1.5 per cent shrinkage. While there will be modest 0.6 per cent growth in 2014, this isn’t the headline-grabbing good news many will be hoping for.

It seems Spain’s recovery will be slow and steady, with the country still vulnerable to external shocks. However, for those considering investing in Spanish real estate, comfort can be taken in the thriving market in key resorts, such as the Costa Brava and Costa del Sol.

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/is-2014-year-recovery-for-spain_312701.html

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Movie about Spanish trail on quest too

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

As the documentary "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" shows, there are almost as many motivations to spend days, weeks or months on the fabled trail as there are routes and styles to walk its winding …

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Messi on bench for Barcelona?s second-leg semi-final with Bayern Munich

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Barcelona's Lionel Messi stretches during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona April 30, 2013. (GUSTAU …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214222477/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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Scandinavians flocking to Spanish property market

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Scandinavians flocking to Spanish property market

Scandinavians are entering the Spanish property market in their droves, according to Taylor Wimpey Espana. The estate agent witnessed a 311 per cent rise in the number of people from the country buying their properties alone in 2012, while Scandinavians now account for a fifth of Spanish real estate purchases across the board thus far in 2013.

As expected, it is popular coastal resorts attracting Nordic buyers, with 46 per cent opting for properties in the Costa del Sol in 2012. Taylor Wimpey Espana this interest is continuing this year and January sales for the firms Spanish properties were up 300 per cent on the same month in 2012. Cumulative February sales were also up 500 per cent.

Mark Pritchard, sales and marketing director of Taylor Wimpey Espana, commented: "The interest from Scandinavian markets continues to boom as buyers take advantage of favourable exchange rates and reduced Spanish house prices to purchase their dream second home abroad. Scandinavians, particularly those from Sweden and Norway, now make up over a fifth of our buyers in Spain – a huge increase on previous years."

Scandinavia’s dominance is no doubt thanks to the economic resilience of the country, allowing investors to enjoy a degree of financial freedom. With those nations traditionally active in Spain facing economic complications, the path is clear for Scandinavians to enter the breach.

Costa Blanca is one location prime for Nordic investment and Mr Pritchard explained that more and more people from Scandinavia are choosing to invest in the area. "The stunning scenery and laidback lifestyle of the Costa Blanca are attracting an increasing number of Scandinavian clients. Our buyers there were up 35 per cent in 2012," he said.

To satisfy demand, Taylor Wimpey Espana is now offering brand new beachfront La Vila Paradis apartments, with access to Paraiso beach in the Villajoyosa area. Buyers can also enjoy landscaped communal gardens, pool and private parking – ideal for holiday let investments.

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/scandinavians-flocking-spanish-property-market_312659.html

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Ford to supplement some-more than 2,000 jobs in Kansas City

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Continued tall approach for a Ford F-150, along with a further of a all-new Transit array of blurb vehicles, has led Ford to make known which it will supplement over 2,000 jobs during a Kansas City Assembly Plant. At a time of a announcement, a plant boasts 2,450 hourly employees operative upon dual shifts. All [...]

Source: http://autocarnew.net/ford/ford-to-add-more-than-2000-jobs-in-kansas-city/

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Rear-Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions: Bye Bye, Babies

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

My favorite cars have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Can anything be better for weight distribution and complete control around corners than the ultimate combination of power-delivering perfection? I’d take that combo in any car over a hatchback with 300 hp and front-wheel drive. Unfortunately for people like me, a pretty good case has [...]

Source: http://blog.cargurus.com/2013/04/23/rear-wheel-drive-and-manual-transmissions-bye-bye-babies

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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Real Madrid?s Mourinho headache

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Barcelona – Jose Mourinho's possible departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season would leave club president Florentino Perez in a tricky position as he seeks an adequate replacement for the man he has constantly lauded as "the best coach in the …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214212537/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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Brits look to book holidays early

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Brits look to book holidays early

An increasing number of holidaymakers are looking to book their summer trips as early as possible in an attempt to secure the best deal, new research has found.

The results of a study by Thomson Al Fresco have suggested that as many as 40 per cent of Brits will be booking next years trips during October, with the recent bad weather forcing people to think about their 2011 sunshine break.

”People are already fed up with the inclement autumn weather and they want a holiday to look forward to.” Darren Marsh, Thomson Al Fresco managing director, confirmed.

”They also want to make sure they get the holiday they want next year so book early to make sure their annual summer trip is guaranteed.”

The news may be of interest to individuals looking to rent property in Spain, with an increasing number of holidaymakers looking to book early.

Indeed, the report found that one-third of Brits heading abroad next summer will be making their way to Spain or France.

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/brits-look-book-holidays-early_297664.html

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Ousted Madrid grateful for fantastic support

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Following a monumental effort to turn round their semi-final tie against Borussia Dortmund around, Real Madrid CF's players said they were leaving the stage with heads held …

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Piston Slap: A Modest Proposal For a Shiny Ride

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

TTAC commentator raded writes: Sajeev, I recently bought a new car for the first time. Up until 9 months ago, I had been driving a 1995 Buick Regal coupe that wore scratches and dents like badges of honor. After the transmission went out, I drove a hand-me-down 2002 Saturn L200 that had spent the majority [...]

Source: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-a-modest-proposal-for-a-shiny-ride/

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Spanish property ‘a target’ for high-net-worth individuals

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Spanish property 'a target' for high-net-worth individuals

Luxury properties in Spain remain a target among wealthy investors, one real estate firm has revealed.

According to Lucas Fox International Properties, the problems surrounding the country’s real estate sector do not extend to the top end of the market, with the firm completing transactions worth £19.5 million during the third quarter of this year.

Director at the company Alex Vaughan commented: "Spain continues to be one of the top destinations for high-net-worth property buyers. Our projections for Barcelona, Costa Brava and Ibiza, as published in our recent market reports, have become a reality."

In August, the firm noted that during the second half of this year, both Barcelona and the Costa Brava were set to benefit from high levels of demand coupled with a lack of supply of properties at the top end of the market.

Meanwhile, in Ibiza residential real estate was said to be sought after among international jetsetters and those seeking a sound holiday home rental opportunity.

Anthony Leaton, marketing director at Lucas Fox, predicted that this high demand from overseas buyers is set to continue in Spain and may even grow.
 

Source: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/spain/property/news/spanish-property-target-for-high-net-worth-individuals_311675.html

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Tesla Claims Plug-In Sales Lead for First Quarter 2013 ? Report

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Tesla Model S has never been marketed or positioned as a mass-market volume play along the lines of the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, but despite the car’s not-insignificant purchase price, the Palo Alto, California-based company is expected to report first-quarter sales of the Model S surpassing the Leaf and Volt, making the Model [...]

Source: http://wot.motortrend.com/tesla-claims-plug-in-sales-lead-for-first-quarter-2013-report-360617.html

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Teen yobs smash up inside of plane for a laugh

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

TWO teenagers have been arrested after deliberately causing 30,000 euros' worth of damage to the inside of an Iberia aeroplane at Madrid's Barajas …

Source: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/214173797/scat/a5286f17ab326d15

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