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Property buying in Spain continues to hold an irresistible attraction to the many Britons who yearn for a place in the sun (especially having just come back from a summer holiday there), but is often tainted by a lack of authoritative legal advice about the benefits, pitfalls and procedures. Senior Spanish lawyer Alejandro Collantes, who is managing partner of Iuris Online, a network of established Spanish law firms that covers the entirety of Spain, therefore offers a simple five-point guide to buying property in Spain, which is free to use in the UK media, crediting Sr Collantes and Iuris Online.

5 key points if you’re thinking of buying a property in Spain

If you’re thinking about buying a property in Spain, these are the top five points you should take into account:

1) Possessing an NIE.
In Spanish, NIE means “Number of Identification for Foreigners”, which is unique, exclusive and issued by the “Oficina de Extranjeros” (Foreigners Office). This number doesn’t allow you to live in Spain but it’s necessary for any financial transaction. To request this number you need to show simple documents such as your passport, pictures of yourself or flight tickets.

You could also instruct a legal representative to get an NIE on your behalf.

2) Opening a bank account.
If you need to open a bank account in Spain, you should start proceedings ASAP, as the law against money laundering is very restrictive and a lot of paperwork needs to be done.

3) Obtaining your visa.
After you’ve signed the deed, you have to send a copy to the “Registro de la Propiedad” (Property Register) and owners can now obtain a “Nota Simple del Registro” (Simple Note of Register), which is necessary for their annual multi-visa.

Owners with this visa are allowed to enter and leave Spain and stay up to 180 days per year (90 each semester). In case you already had a visa before buying a property, then you acquire a multi-visa for two years.

4) Paying taxes.
Spain has a tax called “Renta de No Residentes” (IRNR) which is a tax paid by those who aren’t residents. There’s also a tax called IRPF (Income Tax) for residents – considering resident a person who stays in Spain more than 183 days a year. In any case, all the taxes of the property like registers, IBI or garbage cleaning are paid in Spain.

5) Make sure the property is not in trouble.
Buyers may also need legal support as sometimes there are legal restrictions on the property, financial charges, urban planning issues or other unexpected trouble that can be easily avoided before turning the purchase into an overseas nightmare.

EasyLock-by-Bob-Fitzjohn_1This is the story of a Grandfather who has travelled extensively. For years he has been quietly worrying about the safety of his seven grandchildren when they reach the age to travel. It has led to him developing an extraordinary lock that is in fact a brilliant security solution for women travelling alone, or wanting further security at home or in public toilets. The Easy Lock will be the lightest lock of its kind in the world that also allows individuals to open the door slightly whilst preventing forced entry  protecting those most vulnerable. The Grandfather, Bob Fitzjohn, needs help with funding and is making an appeal to the public to support his venture, by pledging funds from just £2 at Indiegogo.com the crowdfunding website, venture due to go live 01/07/14. A total of £15,000.00 is needed to fund the project.

The Easy Lock is small and incredibly light, perfect for students, travelers, the elderly, in fact all of us! It will totally secure the door… whether that be a hotel room, B&B, rented accommodation, at home, the office or toilets. You are secure in seconds. The lightness of plastic, the strength of stainless steel.

Bob Fitzjohn has been working on his idea for the past year, and even visited possible manufacturers whilst on holiday in China. He has been driving his family mad developing prototypes of the lock at the kitchen table!: “I’m excited to be at the point when I can seek funding for the lock. It’s been quite a challenge finding manufacturers who could help me create a lock that could have the strength of steel with the lightness of plastic, whilst remaining aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It needed to be simple – easy to install and remove in seconds. I also wanted it to be inexpensive – to allow it to be available to all. If enough money is raised it can become a reality. It will be a dream come true if I can produce a lock that will provide safety for so many. I’m surprised that something like this hasn’t been invented before”.
Bob Fitzjohn

Easy Lock will cost £19.95, with free postage in Europe, £4 worldwide. It is being developed in a range of colours, and will also have a choice of coloured pouch. The product, if funded, could be a very exciting breakthrough for the world of security.

luxury-cars-for-saleHeathrow-taxi-booking.co.uk launches brand new website to bringing comfortable to your trip.

Is it boring travelling with ordinary cars or a single executive car?

Familiar taxi service provider in Heathrow who provide taxi to heathrow and taxi from heathrow offer high class executive cars from various brands on their website heathrow-taxi-booking.co.uk.

As we are going to import all kind of executive cars which includes Audi A6 , Jaguar XF , BMW 5 Series , Audi A5 Sportback , Saab 9-5 , Mercedes-Benz E-Class , Volvo S80 , Infiniti M , Lexus GS ,customers can choose any kind of executive cars for their comfortability.

Mr.Paran,Online booking manager of heathrow-taxi-booking.co.uk says,”Customer satisfaction is our motto.As number of customers increasing,we have to change their travelling experience as unforgettable one by making trip as flexible.Even we are giving luxury services now,we have to provide all brand cars based on the customer requirement”.

So we are going to launch this service in a short period for perfect customers.

Al-Badia-Golf-ClubDubai will once again play host as the European Challenge Tour reaches its climax with the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club from November 5th-8th.

The season-ending grand finale is the culmination of the 2014 Challenge Tour season which takes in 27 tournaments played across 21 different countries offering a total prize fund of €6,328,000.

Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental will welcome the top 45 players on the Challenge Tour Rankings following the previous week’s National Bank of Oman Golf Classic to compete for not only the prestigious title but a coveted spot in the top 15 on the Challenge Tour Rankings to earn a card for the 2014/2015 European Tour season.

The tournament marks the second year of a three-year relationship between the European Challenge Tour and Al Badia Golf Club after India’s Shiv Kapur roared to a four-stroke victory over Scotland’s Jamie McLeary and Portugal’s Jose-Filipe Lima in last year’s captivating event.

“One of our key initiatives for the 2014 staging was to work on a strategy to attract more of the UAE community to the event, to share in the great experience of the Challenge Tour Grand Final,” said James Shippey, golf club manager, Al Badia Golf Club.

“We felt that the tournament finishing on a Saturday would be a great thing as this falls over the UAE weekend and will give people the opportunity to attend the tournament without having to take a day off work.

“This is coupled with a focus on getting golf into the community through offering free golf lessons every day and providing complimentary food and beverage to all attending the event.

“We look forward to welcoming many new and familiar faces to the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final.”

This year sees a €20,000 increase in the prize fund to €350,000, with €60,085 for the winner, while the format will remain 72 holes with no cut.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts have unveiled Spa by JW.massage-hands

Created to demystify and re-imagine the spa experience, this new concept offers guests an intuitive experience that is luxurious yet purposeful with treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew.

The first Spa by JW will debut in September at the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, followed by the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in December, with more than 20 Spa by JWs in the pipeline.

“Our guests are incredibly passionate about well-being but they don’t always have the time to invest in cultivating it.

“They are looking for an experience that delivers true impact and results that are tailored to their state of mind,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

“Spa by JW offers an environment where you can chose exactly what you want, when you want, without any of the intimidation or hassle.”

The new spa brand will be “luxurious yet purposeful”, with treatments based of four core pillars; to “calm, indulge, invigorate and renew”.

Spas will include lounges and retail areas, along with “Curator’s Desks” where guests will be able to learn about the treatment options on offer.

These range from full-service treatments to a range of “express” spa treatments.

Therapies on offer include quick 15-minute shoulder and head massages, longer full-body treatments, jet-lag cures, facials and nail services.

Express treatment areas also include noise cancelling technology and mobile phone charging stations.

The Ritz-Carlton flag has officially been raised today in Tenerife, Spain, marking the re-naming of one of the2025_0_rc-abama_fsa-g island’s unforgettable luxury resorts.

Abama Golf & Spa Resort has been managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company since 2007 and has been officially re-named The Ritz-Carlton, Abama.

As The Ritz-Carlton continues to forge ahead with significant global growth and awareness of the iconic luxury brand, the renaming of the luxury resort is very timely.

“This resort embodies our company culture, commitment to our guests and focus on service excellence.

“The current ladies and gentlemen at the resort will continue to provide our guests with the personalised and anticipatory service for which we are known”, said Bob Kharazmi, global officer, worldwide operations, The Ritz-Carlton.

“We are proud that this beautiful resort will now be clearly recognised as part of our branded portfolio and that our guests will soon be able to enjoy additional signature services of The Ritz-Carlton

“The resort will undergo a guest room renovation and later this year, the addition of the signature Ritz-Carlton Club services.”

The team at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama will continue in their efforts to contribute to the local community through the ‘Succeed Through Service’ initiative as part of The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints, environmental and social responsibility platform.

In a partnership with a local school, the ladies and gentlemen of the hotel are involved in this skills based mentoring program to engage and inspire young students.

Most-Visited-Casinos-in-Las-VegasHotels in Las Vegas are the worst rated in the United States according to a recent survey from TravelMag.com. The online travel magazine compared 30 main U.S. destinations based on the reviews their hotels have received over the past 12 months.

Specifically, the survey encompasses all 3- and 4-star hotel ratings posted by guests after their stay on the hotel booking site Expedia. TravelMag.com then categorised these 1-star (worst) to 5-star (best) ratings into positive (4 or 5), neutral (3) or negative (1 or 2).

In Las Vegas, only 48% of 3-star hotel reviews have been positive this past year. Meanwhile 25% of Sin City guests have been disappointed with their hotel. The remaining 27% of overnight visitors gave their stay a neutral review. Although 4-star hotels were better evaluated (69% positive / 19% negative / 13% neutral), Vegas hotels in general have achieved, on average, the worst evaluations among all 30 destinations analysed by the survey.

On the other hand, hotels in Philadelphia have earned the best average ratings, with 71% of all 3-star and 83% of all 4-star hotels being evaluated as positive by their guests over the past 12 months. Among the other destinations on the survey receiving top hotel reviews are Portland, Seattle, Chicago and Charlotte.

walt-disney-orlando-250x354World-famous for killer whale shows, fast rides and Disney World, Orlando, USA was by far the most-popular choice for Brits this summer – proving the theme-park capital of the world is still a sought-after stay.

Leading metasearch momondo.co.uk this week analysed its UK flight search data from the last three months, for travel during the UK summer holiday period, with a departure date between June and August 2014.

The website also studied where was popular in the world, individually for 20 of the UK’s biggest airports, and here reports on their ‘Top 5’ destinations for summer. Orlando appeared in seven out of 20 Top 5 lists for these UK airports.

New York has remained popular from last year, when momondo found the city appeared in the Top 5 most-searched lists for Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham airports, for summer travel. The destination is also highly popular for summer 2014 travel, where it came in second most-searched destination for Brits overall. The Big Apple also appeared in five out of 20 of the UK’s biggest airports’ 2014 Top 5 lists.

Spanish destinations Alicante and Malaga came third and fourth respectively, when looking at the overall most-searched destinations for summer 2014 travel.

9854745Tourists in the popular destination of Thailand were placed on high alert this morning after a decision by the Army Chief to declare martial law across the whole of the country.

Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stations, and blocked off roads in the capital, Bangkok, and in neighbouring provinces.

Martial law supersedes the Internal Security Act which had previously been imposed by the government in the country and comes after months of escalating tensions with opposition demonstrators.

The move could enrage supporters of the government, with the army having staged at least 11 coups since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932.

However, the army has insisted the move is not a coup.

Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand, according to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms and grenades, and there have been casualties and deaths.thailand_protest.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

The situation is unpredictable and further protests are expected.

Observers in Bangkok say the deadlock in south-east Asia’s second-largest economy has got worse since prime minister Yingluck dissolved the lower house of parliament in December, and a court ordered her removal earlier this month for abuse of power.

Protest action in central Bangkok since January 2014 has caused significant disruption to roads in affected areas, with knock-on effects across the city.

The main protest site is at Ratchadamnoen Avenue with a smaller protest site at the government complex at Chaeng Watthana.

There are also sporadic rallies to government offices and private companies.

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