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Spain looks to Holiday Rentals for Revenue - Holprop News
22 May 2013

As tourist numbers have dropped and Holiday rental prices fall, Spain want’s to squeeze revenue from Spanish holiday lets. Legislation is being put in place to make holiday homeowners seek a license for tourism lets. We can see this has already been put into practice in the Balearic region. The Spanish general law, The Tenancy Act, regulates leasehold activities in this country. This covers ‘permanent housing needs’, which is tenants seeking a lease of a certain duration, to call your property ‘home’, but also regulates leases for purposes other than a permanent home. Like most things, it’s unclear, but leaseholds are said to have a minimu...

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US Housing Market Showing Strong Signs of Recovery. - Holprop.com News
28 January 2013

After the sub-prime catastrophic meltdown became a household name (no pun intended!), the USA housing market is seeing a gradual sign of recovery. It's all about location, as you would expect. Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix, is leading the USA in price appreciation, surging 22 per cent in the 12 months through October. However, where ever signs of recovery start, they soon spread.  Increasing progress over the past six months is a positive sign and the key driver remains affordability. Teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, the question remains can the USA continue to build on a long term recovery in 2013 and beyond? ...

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Spain Plans To Offer Residency Papers With Every Home Over 160k!
19 November 2012

A new plan was disclosed today by the Spanish Trade Ministry Secretary, Jaime Garcia-Legaz. Aimed at helping the stagnated property market, the plan is to offer permanent Residency to foreigners who buy a house or apartment valued over 160,000 euros ($200,000). The plan is expected to be approved in the coming weeks, and would be primarily aimed at enticing Chinese and Russian buyers. It was not immediately clear if the residency would only refer to Spain, and not the European Union. Spain has more than 700,000 unsold houses following the downfall of its real estate market in 2008 and demand from the recession-hit domestic market is s...

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France looks to benefit as the Euro slumps against the pound
12 August 2012

For many foreign buyers, France remains the ultimate property dream with its mild climate, picture postcard scenery and many gastronomic delights. What’s more, the pounding that the euro has taken lately, means that now is a great time to buy. France is stable and isn’t about to go bankrupt, however, the situation in Spain, Greece and Italy is affecting French property prices. This may explain why British interest in French real estate is on the rise. “Betw...

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Croatia Is Emerging As A Good Residential Property Investment Option.
06 June 2012

Croatia is a beautiful country in Central Europe with a coastline on the Adriatic Sea. The capital, Zagreb, is a cosmopolitan, modern city with a lively, chic café culture. Croatia is still in the process of shaping its new identity as a peaceful new country, born out of the end of the troubles of the 1990s. However, the process is slow, due to regional divisions. The country has over a thousand islands, 66 of them are said to be inhabited. Add to that the differing attitudes and dialec...

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Spain Promotes Itself to Strong Markets, While Property Prices Expected to Fall
02 May 2012

A vigorous campaign to promote the Costa del Sol to overseas visitors is thought to have a positive effect on Spain's real estate market, according to Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing manager at Taylor Wimpey de Espana. He went on to explain that the region’s tourist board are targeting British holidaymakers in particular. However, research by Fastighetsbyran, a division of Swedbank, reveals Brits are not the only demographic who are heading to Spain, the number of Swedish and Norwegian inve...

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Portuguese Property Sales Down, Demand For Lettings On The Rise
22 February 2012

In this tough financial climate we continue to find ourselves, many are left with their assets floundering in the wind, so to speak! In a recent survey by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Confidencial Imobiliário (Ci) of the Portuguese housing market, covering the sales and lettings sectors, shows a continued decline in property sales and a sharp rise in property lettings. Interestingly, until September, existing home prices had been falling faster than new home prices. Howeve...

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If You Love To Ski The Slopes Of Europe - The French Alps Are Calling
18 November 2011

If you love to ski the slopes of Europe, and wish to own a holiday property there, look no further than the French Alps, according to the recent Alpine Property Market report from Savills. The past ten years has shown an increased popularity in the French Alpine region, and more significantly, from 2009 to 2011, ski properties accounted for 9% of holiday homes purchased. The report claims that due to continued rental demand from tourism, prices for apartments an...

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South Africa - The Jewel of Africa - Holprop.com News
16 June 2011

No other country has been more central to the changing tides of modern history than South Africa since apartheid ended back in the early 90s. It now feels incredible that such a thing existed not so long ago, although it is true to say that it has not just been plain sailing since the formation of South Africa's new republic, it is also fair to say that the country has shown a maturity and willingness to move forward, that has surpassed expectation. Much praise for this must of course go to Nels...

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Malta - An Ancient Gem - holprop.com
03 June 2011

Malta’s history can be traced back as far as 4,500 BC, when the first settlers from neighboring Sicily finally had the sea vessel to make the journey over the water. The first inhabitancy of the island would have lived in the natural caves that can be found throughout Malta’s 300 Km Sq land mass. Since the very first settlements, the island has had an extremely varied history and the very earliest examples of megalithic structure can be found in Malta. Ancient temples such as Hagar Qim, Mnajdra,...

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Bulgaria – Still A Great Place To Invest
30 May 2011

One country more than any other, took it’s moment to step out of the shadow from the iron curtain during the last property boom and regain it’s own identity. Bulgaria offers rich character fused by thousands of years of both east and west influences, combined with a new found confidence in it’s own value as a beautiful country that can offer skiing, climbing, countryside and horse riding, alongside first class beach holidays, great food, wine and a rich seasonal climate, all he...

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Italy - Probably The Most Beautiful Country In The World
18 May 2011

Of the 195 countries on earth, it should come as no surprise that with 44 world heritage sites, Italy has more than any other country. Italy is steeped in history and myth, with the Roman Empire having ruled a large part of the world for hundreds of years, its effect on the progression of western society cannot be overstated. This is keenly felt throughout the continent, from its wonderful architectural remnants, to the food and wine, clothes worn, cars driven and the art that is loved, not to ...

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Greece – Ancient Founder of the Modern World
12 May 2011

Greece is a country with an epic past and is credited as one as the forefathers of civilization. From creating western philosophy in the 6th century BC and epic early works of literature, such as Homer the Iliad and The Odyssey following on around the 8th century, it is the Greeks who are thanked for bringing a sense of ‘mind’ to Europe when many of its other countries were still predominately savage. Through the ages Greece has brought us the Olympic Games, wonderful theatr...

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Portugal - Down But Not Out - Holprop.com News
22 April 2011

Portugal has a proud history as one of Europe’s old guard elite, which can be felt in its historic castles and proud university towns. It has an old fashioned charm that pervades throughout the country and a sense of adventure that is at the heart of this worldly charm of old. No longer the alternative holiday destination for discerning travelers, looking to avoid the packed beaches of Spain and the Greek Islands, Portugal has now become a holiday Mecca in its own right and the Algarve is curren...

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Thailand - A Modern Day Shangri La
14 April 2011

Located at the center of South Asia, Thailand is often known as ‘the land of smiles’ and ‘the golden land’, the first due to the infectious warmth of the local people, their kindness and genuine nature and the latter due to its fertile land and the illuminating luster that it gives off. The only Southeast Asian nation never to be colonized, Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and is steeped in ancient history and architecture. There is no denying that mostly anyone and everyone that visits ...

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