Foreign Buyers at a 5-year High

The Spanish College of Registrars has published its 2013 annual report on property transactions showing that property sales to foreigners are at their highest in 5 years. This increase in purchases by Non-Spanish buyers has shown a steady and continuous growth for 3 successive years prior to this 5-year high. Year-on-year sales to foreigners continue to grow and accounted for 8.12% of all transactions in 2012. This is up a huge 2% on the previous year, with 26,871 homes being …

Could more property price falls be on the way for Spain?

The gorgeous towns of southern Spain have enjoyed a more stable property market since the downturn Predicting which way the Spanish property market is going to go is often a fool’s errand. While prices have hit rock bottom for the past two years, some figures have shown that in certain parts of the country prices are tentatively on their way up once more. Other sources, in contrast, predict that prices still have a little way to fall before they can …

Marbella Goes Green

Marbella has always been renowned for its stunning variety of beauty. From is sparking sea views, its manicured golf courses and breath-taking mountain ranges, there really is an abundance of natural views and man-made vistas. But now we can add yet a further accolade alongside our golden beaches and picturesque town, as Marbella officially nabs the title of Greenest Town in Spain. The Study, which was carried out by the European Environment Agency, compared 578 European cities and their risk …

Improving Your Home and Your Body

Improving Your Home and Your Body: The Benefits of Private Gyms Though most of us realise the importance of taking care of our bodies and keeping fit, it’s not always easy to get out to the gym. Going for a run or finding the time to coordinate diaries and meet up with friends for a game of tennis can also be difficult given the hectic schedules that we face these days. As a result, these busy lifestyles have encouraged many …

Foreign Buyers Take Advantage of Cheaper Spanish Property

The number of Spanish properties being bought by foreigners rose steadily over five consecutive quarters between 2011 and 2012 as buyers took advantage of falling house prices. The third quarter of last year saw the greatest rise in home sales to foreigners, 18% more than the equivalent quarter in 2011 and a total of 8,803 transactions, official housing figures show. This followed a 15.3% rise in the second quarter of 2012 and a 16.2% increase in the first three months …

Plans for car-free Marbella center

Marbella’s town planners are exploring the possibilities of implementing a car-free zone in the busy heart of the city by pedestrianising a stretch of about 600-metres. Though this may not sound like much the area involved includes a large part of Ricardo Soriano and Ramón y Cajal, the main stretch of road in Marbella’s center. The main driving force behind the plan is not traffic concerns, but instead seeks revitalise the commercial function and shopping districts of central Marbella, which …

Russians overtake Germans as the second largest group of foreign buyers in Marbella

Germans have now been overtaken by Russian buyers to become the second largest group of international homeowners in parts of Spain. According to the Malaga Developer’s Association, Russians now make up 9% of foreign property buyers in Spain while the number of Germans is at just 7%. British buyers still lead at 35%. Marbella property experts believe this is a trend set to continue. ‘Russian buyers tend to be quite privileged and have money to spend on top quality homes. …

Good News for Potential Spanish Property Buyers!

Potential buyers looking for a property bargain in 2013 will be pleased to hear that house prices in Spain are still falling. According to experts, sellers are becoming more realistic about the current market conditions and are accepting lower offers, with some sellers now accepting lower prices that had previously been passed over. As a result, now is a fantastic time to invest in Spanish property. The downward trend is being felt more keenly in some areas of the country …

Two Costa del Sol hospitals are Award Nominees!

Two of Marbella’s hospitals have been nominated for the 2012 ‘Premio TOP 20’ awards. THE Hospiten and USP Hospitals in Estepona and Marbella, respectively, are running as nominees, and is the second nomination in a row for the Marbella health center. Estepona’s Hospiten Hospital is being nominated for the ‘Best Safety Area for Patients’, while Marbella’s USP Hospital may get the award for the ‘Best Global Hospital Management.’ 
The awards are given by IASIST, a company that specializes in health …