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Saturday 25th June 2016

BREXIT - A message from Ximo Puig the President of the Valencian Community, 25.6.16.

Europe cannot be understood without the United Kingdom. The Europe which the world admires, is that which has been the hotbed of the brightest ideas of human thought for centuries. The Europe of Shakespeare, Newton, Darwin, Stuart Mill, Jane Austen, Dickens, John Lennon, Keynes.

The Europe of parliamentary democracy and freedom.  The Europe which displaces the boundaries of art and knowledge, radiating creativity to the rest of the world. It is the Europe of peace after the war.  From that peace has evolved the material that allows the real progress of peoples.  In short, Europe has largely learned to be what it is, thanks to the UK.

In Valencia we understand this.  More than 82,000 British citizens live with us. 89% of these in the province of Alicante.  In 2015 more than 2 million Britons visited us.  And their preferred destination was Alicante, especially Benidorm.

We export in value almost 3,000 million euros, and the UK is one of the main investors in Valencia Province.  To all those, who live among us and to our visitors, the investors, the Generalitat Valenciana wants to send a message of calm and reiterate our affection and gratitude.

This message of tranquility extends to our businesses, and to the thousands of people from Valencia who for work or for study reasons are in the UK.

The Valencian Community has been, is, and will be a welcoming land, a land that wants to do business for the benefit of all.  Whatever the next chapter in Europe will be, we want it to be written with friendship and cooperation with the United Kingdom.

No political project is without its risks and challenges. Europe has to change, adapt and combine all identities and sensibilities.  All forms of feeling European. Europe needs to regain its sense of being.

We have to once again make a reality of the quote of Jean Monnet. "We are not bringing together states, we are uniting people."   We need to regain our passion for Europe. XIMO PUIG.

(President of the Valencian Community)


 

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Tuesday 10th February 2015

Javea presents its Mediterranean character in FITUR

A tourist campaign offering weekend getaways outside the summer season to discover the true essence of the town.

Madrid Wednesday, January 29th. The Mayor José Chulvi, and the Councillor for Tourism Antonio Miragall, today presented at Fitur2015 the holiday off-season campaign "Xàbia, a Mediterranean memory," a project which involves Xàbia’s tourism sector, such as hotels, restaurants, and businesses engaged in entertainment, especially water sports.
Under the slogan "You deserve more than just a summer holiday" the campaign promotes the Mediterranean character of the population and the town as a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the year thanks to its friendly atmosphere and spectacular environment.
A TV commercial has been produced starring citizens of Xàbia showing its best natural areas, leisure and gastronomy options, created by Sol de Invierno. (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Iqto-yBg4)
The campaign consists of seven off-season week-end packages with two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of 15 participating restaurants and a thematic activity for the break: cultural and leisure (theatrical or historical) routes, culinary (gastronomic route) and active recreation (hiking on Cap Prim). Everything included from 55 euros per person, a price that varies depending on the hotel selected.
In addition, brochures are available with other interesting services or activities to do in the town and other special offers for those who enjoy these breaks, from renting a car at the airport, to a raffle of gift items.
These offers are marketed in the two travel agencies in Xàbia (I Love Trips and Jambo Travel) .
Besides the presentation of the campaign, Xàbia had its desk open on the Costa Blanca Tourism stand during all fair days and today enlisted the help of representatives of Fogueres 2014 which attracted the attention of many visitors. The girls have worked to promote Xàbia fiestas, and wore their traditional dresses.

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Tuesday 10th February 2015

Significant increase in housing construction in Javea in 2014

There was an increase in housing construction in the town of Javea, following an upward trend since 2011, as confirmed below by the Deputy Mayor of Javea, Oscar Antón, on the 31st January 2015.

YEAR / NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR MAJOR WORKS/ NUMBER OF NEW HOUSES/ PROPOSED BUDGET

The increase occurs significantly in 2014 to double the number of houses and the budget for the execution of requests for licences for major works. More importantly, nearly all the homes entail major urbanization of the plots with garden, terraces, barbecue and pool. The construction of these houses has not led to the creation of new roads but made use of existing plots, some fully urbanized and others which have the obligation to complete the development works that are presently missing to achieve the required conditions.
All other licences granted, which are reflected in the boost in the 2014 figures relate to additions and alterations to existing houses, usually due to the sale of such housing.
This increase in applications will cause an increase in construction and thus the economy, since construction is one of the major economic engines of our population and also will increase other economies such as maintenance, restoration, etc.

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Thursday 10th January 2013

Property Market to Recovery in 2013

Cash Buyers will Lead Spain’s Property Market to Recovery in 2013

As Spain prepares to head into a new year, its real estate market is showing promising signs of a recovery. After a turbulent few years, the country ended 2012 on a high note, with reports rife of sales increases among real estate agents.  Sales from overseas buyers increased throughout the year, as did investment and cash purchases, which helped to lead the market out of turmoil and into a new state of hope.

No easy road

Although a recovery is in sight for many parts of the country, experts warn that it is not going to be an easy ride for both those looking to sell and those looking to buy a home in Spain. The country’s lending situation still presents large challenges for those that do not have large deposits; many lenders throughout the country stopped lending to foreign buyers in 2012, and many others only offered deals to buyers that could provide deposits that were greater than 50 percent. However, this has led to a new breed of buyers for which Spain offers excellent prospects.

Cash buyers in strongest position

Nick Stuart, director of Spanish Hot Properties, said that the banks' reluctance to lend has led to cut-price deals for those that have a lot of capital. "We will find that cash buyers will be in a strong position to negotiate,” he said, "and will generally get discounts on properties up to the €300,000 mark.” House prices in Spain have generally never been so affordable for those with cash; along with the sharp increase in number of repossession, it is not uncommon for buyers to be snapping up properties in popular locations for as little as 50 percent of their pre-recession price.

Leading the way for the country’s property market is the Costa Blanca. Javea, which enjoys a prime spot looking out to the Mediterranean sea, has long been an area popular with tourists, expats and foreign buyers looking for a summer holiday home. Situated on the nearest point of mainland Spain to the Balearic Islands, Javea enjoys outstanding natural beauty and an enviable coastal location next to the Parque Natural El Montgo. Although property prices in Javea have fallen since the height of the property boom, interest in this popular area has increased as a result.

The average house price in the Javea region has fallen from €468,000 in 2006 to just €374,000 in the second quarter of 2012. However, for the first time since the start of 2011, house prices increased by the end of quarter three of 2012 to €387,000, signalling that those buyers in a strong financial position (largely cash buyers) were starting to take advantage and cash in on some of these reduced home prices. It is hoped that the increased investment appeal and injection into the upper end of the housing market will lead the whole market to recovery throughout the next couple of years.

Overseas buyers snap up high-end properties

Official figures indicated a common theme throughout 2012; that confidence in Spain's economy was returning to overseas buyers and sales levels were increasing. The prospect of bagging a bargain on investment property and holiday homes has led to a surge in the number of UK buyers in particular, boosting the profile of locations typically popular with British holiday-makers, such as the Costa Blanca.

Light at the end of the tunnel for domestic buyers

There is no doubt that Spain’s high unemployment rate has had a huge impact on the domestic property market. Affecting almost 25 percent of the Spanish population, unemployment has lead to many buyers being priced out of the market. This, coupled with reduced wages and rising living costs, has meant that many people have not been in a position to buy a home. However, planning approvals on new build residential complexes have fallen by more than 90 percent in the past two years, meaning that the amount of available properties has started to fall. Spain’s excessive number of unoccupied and unfinished new build properties once led to a saturation of the market. However, now that new build levels have been controlled and capped, domestic buyers are able to have their pick of available properties, and are slowly buying this previously unsold stock. It may be a slow process (the number of approved mortgages during 2012 had fallen more than 35 percent compared with in 2011), but it is a feeling among real estate agents that recovery will start in 2013.


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Thursday 17th May 2012

Buyers are returning to Spain

There was a 27% rise in the volume of overseas nationals who bought properties in Spain last year, according to official figures provided by the Bank of Spain.

According to the data, foreign property buying activity in Spain is back to levels last recorded in 2009, suggesting that international consumer confidence is improving.

While some foreign buyers are purchasing for investment purposes, others are simply taking advantage of the distressed nature of the market, with a view to securing a cheap holiday home in Spain.

Spanish property commentator Mark Stucklin says: “What is driving this increase in foreign investment in Spanish real estate? At least part of it will be due to a significant increase in the number of foreigners buying holiday-homes and retirement homes on the Spanish coast, which some of the estate agents and developers I talk to have noted.”

The Spanish property market is ultimately suffering from a chronic oversupply of homes, which explains why the supply of new homes has come to a virtual halt in order to allow the existing glut of properties to be absorbed.

According to the latest figures from the government, the existing level of planning approvals for new residential properties has fallen by 93% since the peak of the market in 2006.

Article taken from International Estate Agent Today. 17th May 2012

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Wednesday 2nd May 2007

Mediterranean Cruise 2006

It is almost one year since our trip on the Voyager of the Seas. A seven night cruise from Barcelona to Marseille. Visiting, Pompeii, Florence, Rome, Monaco.

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Wednesday 11th April 2007

Tips for Visitors and Hosts

Rule One. Never, ever arrive between the hours of 20.00h and 08.00h. You may save 50 pounds on the flight, but your will be off to a bad start. Oh, and hire a car, don’t asked to be collected from the airport. Rule Two. At the first opportunity, go to the local supermarket and stock the fridge and larder of your hosts, with all that you will need for your stay, beers, wines, brandies, meat, bread, butter, your favourite snacks…everything! Rule Three. Your hosts are not on holiday, you and your family are. You could go off on a day trip with your family, on your own. Don’t just wake up, shower, eat breakfast then ask your hosts, ‘Where and what have you arranged for us to do today?’ Rule Four. Your hosts may not want to stay up until three in the morning drinking wine and then lie in until midday, your hosts live here all year, you and your family are on holiday. Rule Five. Take your hosts out at least twice in a week, for a special meal, no, not a 7 euro menu at the local Chinese. Remember cooking for you and your family every day is hard work. Rule Six. Never, never ask for a box to take home all the food and the drink that you didn’t use during your visit. This will guarantee, the end of the friendship or family relationship for at least 5 years, if not forever.

Tips for hosts. Encourage your guests to read these six rules, one week before their visit. If they don’t arrive or cancel their holiday…..you would have fallen out anyway!!

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Friday 22nd December 2006

Christmas in Javea

Happy Christmas to everyone in Javea, Moraira and Denia. During this festive time of year, not too many people will be thinking of buying or selling their villa or apartment in Javea. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that we have worked with in 2006 and we look forward again, towards a good working relationship in 2007. My feeling is that the property market is picking up and we can all brace ourselves for a better year in 2007.

Christmas in Javea

Javea and Moraira property has always been popular with people from Spain, Madrid and Valencia and obviously the northern European countries of Germany, Holland and the U.K. Again a big thank you for your co-operation, helpfulness and professional attitudes. So, here goes….Andres of Javea-Si, Brian of Dolphin Estates, Ian & Diane of Sunsell, Gary & Shay of Denia Developments, Emma, Rebecca and Nicole from Villas-Plots, Pepe and Vanessa of Giuliano Villas, Victoria of Promociones Javea, Manolo and staff at CFXMB, Ant & Sally at Spanish Property Sales, Matt of Infovisionsoftware, Stewart & David from Villa Shop, Monika & Danny from Villalux, David, Lisa and Javiar of VillaMia, Joan of Cam Bank, Lucy, Brian, Carmelo, Amanda, Daniela, Kevin of Vicens Ash, Miguel, Roca, Jaime from BankInter, Felix, Juan Carlos and staff at Sol Bank, Miguel from Inmoart.

All the members of the Sunsell Group, Lia, Tex and Mandy from Javea Homes, Paul, Chris, Laeti and staff at GoinSureit, Pablo and Rosa of BBVA, all the staff at Hamiltons of London, Bingley’s, Inmoexpert, Javea Invest, Premier Homes, House Detectives, Remax, Jay, Debbie and Ashley, Mark & Gemma and Jasmine, Thomas, Jo, Tony, Daniela, Hans, also everyone at Euphony and many, many more who have shown us that 2006 was a good year to work with you all, advise us all and assist each other.

If I have omitted anyone that, may feel that they needed a mention, sorry. It’s my age and there are three good things about getting old, 1st, You can sleep upright, 2nd, You can watch ‘Inspector Morse’ over and over again without knowing the end and I can’t remember the 3rd thing. Happy Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year to you all.

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Monday 11th December 2006

Poble Nou de Benitatxell, BBQ

It all started with a ‘Welcome’ letter we found in our post box from Jaume, a young man from Benitachell village. He stated in the letter that he would like to start a forum for people new to the area. Jaume and his business partner Miguel Angel would assist new residents with tax, NIE applications, public health care and educational issues, etc. From this introdution letter, we contacted Jaume and he invited us and some of his friends to a traditional Valencian style bbq.

We all met in the Mas y Mas car park at 12.00h on a sunny Sunday in Benitachell. We were introduced to Keith and Sheila, Rolf and Erika and also our party of six, Ian & Diane, Hilary & Nick, Dawn & Steve. The drive to Jaume’s casa de campo was only 2 minutes away and we were all soon sampling the home made sweet wine made by Jaume’s father and the raisins, made from their own grapes and dried in the summer sun.

Benitachell BBQ

It was a mixture of 70% sweet muscatell wine and 30% red wine. Jaume pointed out that everything we were going to eat was made with organic produce, chuletas de cordero (lamp chops) home baked bread and locally made chorizos, morcilla or botifarra in Valenciano, (liver and blood sausages). A wheel barrow was loaded in the front garden with wood from grape vines, orange trees and the protected carob tree. Normally there is a hole in the ground, where a wood fire is prepared and a large calderon (pot) is placed filled with lamb, chicken or pork. Left for many hours to cook slowly over the fire and to absorb the smokey flavours.

Another oven in the casa, was also filled with the same types of wood and then both of the fires were lit. We sat in the warm December sun as Miguel Angel arrived to assist Jaume in the preparation and cooking.

The lamb was rubbed with salt and the onions, artichokes and chorizos were cooked in home made olive oil. When the fires were glowing nicely, the food was cooked to perfection. The home made bread was broken into pieces and the feast began. Large slices of onion were filled with anchovies and olive oil, cooked over the fire, perfect dunking the chunks of bread into, a Benitachell specaility. The artichokes hearts were flavoured by the smoke and the taste and texture was wonderful.

As we enjoyed the food and wine with Jaume and Miguel Angel, we chatted about the various topics on the Valencian culture, diet and laungage. Many people living in Benitachell were forced to speak Castellano during Franco’s dictatorship and they are now unable to read or write in their mother tongue. Benitachell or Benitatxell, spelt the Valenciano way, used to be in the region of Javea, however some 300 years ago, the villagers decided to create their own region and town so they founded the ‘Poble Nou de Benitatxell.’ We retreated to the large family casa’s naya room, as the winter sun lost it’s warmth, to end our enjoyable day with melon, desserts and glasses of Baileys.

May we all say a big thank you to Jaume and Miguel Angel, for their hospitality and for giving us the opportunity to sample and taste the flavours of Valenciano life. If you would like more information on the services provided by these two enterprising men, you can contact them by telephone, email or go to their offices in Benitachell.

MG Economistes.

Miguel Angel Garcia Buigues,

Assesorament comptable, fiscal i laboral.

Avda Lepanto, 34 2.n-4

El Poble Nou de Benitatxell

03726

Alacant

Tel-fax: 96 649 3061

Miguel Angel’s mobile: 653 067 401

Email:miquel_gb@hotmail.com

Jaume’s mobile: 636 541 817

Jaume’s email: jpedros81@hotmail.com

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Monday 4th December 2006

Javea Music

Another day in paradise. A visit to some friends house at the weekend, they were clients, but have now become good friends. We were celebrating two birthdays and a bbq and a jamming session was the order of the day.

Warm, sunny weather greeted us on the 3rd December in Javea. We started eating some great garlic chicken wings, pork fillets and a home made paella, accompanied by sweet sauce and salad to add that special extra. All prepared and cooked by our hosts.

The lads have all played guitar, on and off over the years, so we decided to have a bash altogether.

Ant warmed up the crowd with some great solo’s playing Bowie, Paul Weller and some Oasis. Ant is excellent on vocals and guitar, Steve on lead a bit rusty and Ian on bass, had to struggle with the keys we were playing in. He managed very well, considering it was his first time that he had played any of the songs before.

The girls wore wigs and danced and sang chorus, guest singer was Diane and a ballet dancing queen entered the room and performed the Dance of the Butterflies. .

Gerry really going for it!

Great food, fun and great company!

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Friday 27th October 2006

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Wednesday 4th October 2006

3 Must Read Books for Bloggers

3 Must-Read Books For Bloggers by: Jim Estill

A lot of bloggers read blogs, but there are also some very valuable books out there on blogging. The three books that I recommend for bloggers are “Blog!” by David Kline and Dan Burstein, “The Corporate Blogging Book” by Debbie Weil, and “Naked Conversations” by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble.

“Blog!: How the newest revolution is changing politics, business and culture” by David Kline and Dan Burstein.
This book talks of the power and influence of blogs. It uses political examples. Through these examples we can learn what good blogging is (honest, open) and what it is not (poorly written, blatant marketing). It talks about freedom of the press and countries and companies that try to suppress blogs. It also warns and gives examples of blogs that share insider or confidential information and what happens.

To quote from it: ‘most people or at least most of the media’s coverage of business issues in blogging are missing the fact that the real excitement here is not how much money business can make from blogging, but how dramatically blogging will reshape the world of business from top to bottom and create new sources of competitive advantage for firms that learn how to use this new medium intelligently… Bloggers not only tend to be more passionate about their interests and hobbies than other people, they also have marketplace influence far beyond their numbers.’

This is a highly inspirational read for anyone who blogs. We live in revolutionary times and as bloggers (and blog readers) we see history being made. We are truly cutting edge. The world is changing before our eyes.

As A. J. Liebling, a great 20th century journalist, said: ‘Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.’ With blogs, anyone can.

‘The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get it Right’ by Debbie Weil.
Debbie is one of the pioneers of corporate blogging. She is not only an advocate but she explains the pros and cons of corporate blogs.

A section from the book: ‘Blogs are a key enabler of this new way of talking with customers, employees, the media and other constituencies. Packaged, filtered, controlled conversation are out. Open, two-way, less-than-perfect communications with your customers and employees are in….Listen, learn, debate, be willing to change, admit mistakes, be equals, with your children, be fair to others with whom you have an adversarial relationship. Acting like a dictator will get you nowhere.’

She has top 20 questions about corporate blogging and in one of those she talks about the three most important things to know before starting blogging. The book also has good examples of blogging policies. One of her points is savvy bloggers read other blogs. My advice is the simplest way to do this is to subscribe to them.

One concept that she talks about is citizen journalist and citizen media. Blogs are a new media and it is run by the citizens. Blogger Halley Suitt explains, ‘The word PR will be gone; the word blog will be gone. Your employees will be your ad agency and your customers will be your back-up ad agency’

‘Naked Coversations:How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers’ by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble
This is an excellent book. I am passionate about business blogs. I truly believe they have value for a business. The book re-affirms this. ‘Naked Coversations’ is easy to read, fast and well organized. It combines advice on blogging (and why blogs help companies) with stories of real bloggers.

Blogs have dangers but those dangers tend to be overrated. Not blogging is a greater danger. As I have said many times, blogs are a new media. Companies that ignore it do so at great peril. At the same time, blogs cannot be blatant self or company promotion – readers (and other bloggers see right through that and can decimate a company).

How do I know if a book is good? If I make a change as a result. I turned off word verification on my blog to make it easier to comment (I still review all comments and don’t let spam through but am trying to make it easier to have a conversation). I get twice as many emails as comments on my blog as a result of my blog. The book drives home that comments and conversations are good.

I also know a book is good if I buy multiple copies for people that I think should read it. And in this case I did.

All three of these books, ‘Blog!’ by David Kline and Dan Burstein, ‘The Corporate Blogging Book’ by Debbie Weil, and ‘“Naked Conversations’ by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble should be read by anyone who has a blog or anyone interested in blogging.

About The Author

Jim Estill is the CEO of SYNNEX Canada. He is an active blogger at http://www.jimestill.com

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Monday 17th July 2006

Questions & Answers

If you are considering moving to Javea, write your comments here and we will endeavour to answer them.

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Monday 17th July 2006

Welcome to Javea

Welcome to the upgraded Javea Casas web site. We have included a few extra features that we hope you will find useful. Please feel free to enter your comments on the site, how it can be improved and any other suggestions that you may have.

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