Monthly Archives: July 2009

Why you need a key holding service in Spain

Did you know that if you own a property in Spain but you’re not a resident in the country, you’re legally required by Spanish law to hire the services of a local property management or key holding company to manage your keys for you while you’re away? No? Well, neither do the majority of foreign […]

Could you be in line for a Spanish capital gains tax rebate?

According to an article in the latest issue of Lloyds TSB International magazine ‘Shoreline’, British expats who sold a property in Spain before the end of 2006 could be due a Capital Gains Tax rebate following a landmark court ruling.

Davis Cup tennis fever hits Marbella

Well, Marbella was well and truly gripped with tennis fever this past weekend as Spain triumphed over Germany in the Davis Cup quater-finals. It was a fantastically exciting event for the town to host – one more string to its bow after being elected European Sports City of 2009…

Gwyneth Paltrow’s cultural Spanish TV “Road movie”

As if Spain needed any further endorsement as a truly wonderful place to be in the world, Hollywood A-list star Gwyneth Paltrow recently named the country as one of her favourite places to live, adding how much she enjoys spending time here and even going so far as to call it “a second home.” To prove her point, she’s also made a TV “road movie” highlighting its culture and gastronomy…

Hot, hot, hot!

It’s at this time of year is when those of us lucky enough to live on Spain’s Costa del Sol truly realise what it means to live in a hot Mediterrenean country. On Sunday, temperatures reached a staggering 40°C in the shade in this part of Spain, but felt considerably hotter in the direct sunlight…

Why a competitive long-term rentals market is good for Costa del Sol tenants

The recent economic slowdown has affected the long-term rentals market on Spain’s Costa del Sol in many ways. Most significantly for property owners, the level of competition has gone up as an unprecedented number of new rental properties flood the market. Whilst this makes things tougher for rental owners, it’s good news for would be tenants…

What to do if you’re re-locating to Spain but don’t want to rush into buying a property only to find out later you’ve made the wrong choice

Re-locating overseas is always a big move. If you are thinking about purchasing a holiday home, it may be easier to make a quick decision, especially if you enlist the help of a knowledgeable sales agent. But if, like many, you’re intending to re-locate your entire family, or retire for good,  then choosing your home […]