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First-time buyers on the rise

ON a non-seasonally adjusted basis, UK Finance data shows that mortgage lending in June rose. First-time buyers borrowed £5.9bn, up 26 per cent on the previous month and 9 per cent on June 2016. This...
Mortgage Arrears

Arrears and repossessions down

THE number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance declined to 88,200 in the second quarter of this year, the lowest level since at least 1994 when...
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The most expensive house in Spain is in the Valencia community

ONE of the most expensive houses in Spain is found in the Valencia community. Situated in Denia, this property consisting of 1,600 square metres is worth €9.5m and is high up among the overall highest...

UK landlords’ energy ratings reminder

PERHAPS you’re living in Spain but you have rented out a private or business property?  Are you aware of the new regulations brought in as part of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property England...
More for the city of skyscrapers

More for Benidorm, the city of skyscrapers

BENIDORM, known as the city of skyscrapers or the Spanish Manhattan for many years is to get an addition to their front line. Under normal circumstances, such building projects wouldn’t make the news especially...
La Cala de Mijas

€125m Costa del Sol property boost

WORK to some houses on a 600-property development in La Cala de Mijas are expected to be completed within months, according to organisers. The project, which is backed by British developer, Taylor Wimpey Plc, and...
€200m luxury complex to hit the coast

€200m luxury complex to hit the Marbella coast

MARBELLA’S Golden Mile is set to host a new luxury estate offering 15 semi-detached houses following a multi-million Euro investment. Work has already begun to the project, with excavating machines preparing foundations and advertising campaigns...
Private contract, notary and registration

Private contract, notary and registration

by Gonzalo Blanco Private contracts You can legally purchase a property using a private contract, as long as it contains some minimum requirements: identification of the parties contracting, the object of the sale and the...
our Dream Home - Opens new office

Your Dream Home opens new office in Orhiuela Costa

YOUR DREAM HOME one of Spain's leading real estate agents have opened a new office in the popular La Moscacentre in Orhiuela Costa. This is the third office of Your Dream Home and we will...
Rental crackdown

Crackdown on illegal holiday property rentals has no effect on market

CURRENT government measures to prevent properties from being illegally rented have had no effect of the black rental market in Malaga, according to a trade union spokesman. During the summer season, many second-homeowners and companies...

Taxation of urban buildings owned by non-resident individuals

by Gonzalo Blanco IF you are a non-resident in Spain and the owner of an urban property located in this country, you will be subject to Non-Residents' Income Tax and to a local Property Tax. Non-residents...
DANGEROUS BOOM BLOCK IN SAN MIGUEL

Dangerous ‘boom’ block in San Miguel

AN ABANDONED building in the town of San Miguel de Salinas is causing concern to a group of residents.  They have reported the deteriorating empty block to the Town Hall and have warned them...
€5.9m property bonus

€5.9m property bonus

THIRTY-THREE publically owned buildings on the Costa del Sol are to be sold off to fund millions of Euros of projects set out in its annual budget. Velez Malaga’s Mayor, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, and the...

€4.3m property tax break on the Costa del Sol

THOUSANDS of home-owners on the Costa del Sol will benefit from help to pay their property tax, known as IBI, after Velez Malaga council ear-marked millions of euros in its 2017 budget. The move is...

Lost a deposit when a Spanish property developer went bust? Help may be...

A COMPANY set up to act for those who have lost money due to Spanish construction company liquidation expects to recover millions of euros for clients. Spanish Legal Reclaims has used a number of highly...

Brexit doesn’t bother Brits buying property in Spain

WHILE the country may have voted to leave the European Union, Brits show no sign of giving up on their dreams of owning a place in the sun, according to new research published recently...

British homebuyers recouping £5.3bn

BRITISH HOMEBUYERS are finally beginning to recoup the millions they paid for holiday homes that were never built after the Spanish property market crash. In December 2015, a ruling in Spain’s supreme court paved the...

Your living room needs a sofa table

WHY SHOULD coffee tables get all the attention? Give the space behind your sofa a little decorating love with these easy tips: PRACTICALITY Instead of matching lamps on either end of the table, offset one lamp...

Javea help-to-rent

THE MUNICIPAL housing office of Javea (Proha) held a presentation on the financial support available from the Generalitat Valencia to tenants of rental properties yesterday. The presentation, held in the Social Centre on Calle Rafael...

Women struggle the most to cope after burglary

VICTIMS of burglary can be affected for years after the event, with women struggling the most, new research shows. More than half (56 per cent) of the women surveyed who had been burgled said they felt...

Natural light tops the ‘must have’ poll for family homes

NATURAL LIGHT is the most important thing to consider for a family home, according to a recent survey. The poll of 25–44 year olds also showed that a large garden is thought of as crucial...

Decluttering your house can destress your life

BEING IN a crowded and cluttered environment can overload your senses making it difficult to relax. But how can decluttering reduce stress? 'It's not easy to relax at the end of the day in a...

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VALENCIAN DAY CELEBRATED ACROSS THE COMMUNITY

Valencian Day celebrated across the Community

JOSÉ MANUEL DOLÓN, the mayor of Torrevieja, led the municipality during the Valencia Community Day on October 9. After carrying out the Spanish flag from...
Hiker falls four metres on the Montgo

Hiker falls four metres on the Montgo

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman was airlifted to safety after falling some four metres whilst hiking on the Montgo with friends. The rescue operation was carried out...
Charity Race Night at El Cid

Charity Race Night at El Cid

JALON VALLEY A.R.C. is looking forward to hosting its Charity Race Night at El Cid Bar, Restaurant & Bowls in Benidoleig on Friday November...
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Don´t take away the music: Late singer´s family battle on

ENRIQUE Lozano´s death has encouraged his family to continue his fight. The family of the former lead singer of Malaga group, Los Iberos, have made...
City doing all it can to keep police officers

City doing all it can to keep police officers

THE 10 Benidorm local police officers hired at Easter to reinforce the city’s high summer season services have not had their contracts extended by...

Breast cancer: How your mind can help your body

EACH year 185,000 women in this country learn that they have breast cancer. Given that less than a quarter of them have genetic or...

Quirónsalud offer free mammograms to mark International Breast Cancer Day

HOSPITAL Quirónsalud Torrevieja is launching a campaign to help prevent breast cancer by providing free mammograms to mark the International Breast Cancer Day. Free mammograms...
Is your house ready for winter

Is your house ready for winter?

EVERY year it pays off to make sure your house is ready for winter.  After the cold of last winter that ‘preventative and remedial action’...
MUNICIPALITIES SEEK TO EXTEND RECYCLING HABITS

Municipalities seek to extend recycling habits

DATA released by ECOEMBES has shown that the municipalities that make up the Vega Baja recycled 4,500 tons of paper and light packaging during...
Stuffed chicken breast

RTN recipe: Stuffed chicken breasts with mushroom and thyme

Ingredients 25g mixed dried mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster or porcini Handful of thyme sprigs, leaves Splash of chilli oil (optional) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 large...
Woman who received heart from Olympic coach vows active lifestyle

Woman who received heart from Olympic coach vows active lifestyle

A 67-YEAR-OLD Brazilian woman, once bedridden, has pledged to pursue an active lifestyle, even including canoeing, after receiving the heart of the coach of...
Such devoted sisters

Studio32, such devoted sisters

THE weeks are counting down now to Studio32’s winter show and rehearsals are in full swing. This talented company will be performing a wonderful...
ALL READY FOR THE NEXT ‘GOTA FRIA’

All ready for the next ‘gota fria’

WITH the month of October well underway, the Murcia region is fully prepared for the annual possibility of the gota fria storms which can...
More Parcent

More Parcent in October

THE village of Parcent will host a weekend of activities from Friday October 20 – Sunday October 22. ‘More Parcent’ will open with the inauguration...