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Morgan Stanley explained that its “strategy advisers have highlighted Spain as one of the potential surprises in 2013, along other peripheral euro country members.”

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Having checked assets’ behaviour in November, Morgan Stanley analysts said Tuesday in an investor note that Europe has overpassed the US, with MSC Europe at +2.6 percent versus S&P 500 at +0.6 percent. The bank’s experts remarked that estimates on profits have improved in Europe to a point that suggests it will not lose further ground in the short and medium term.

As for Spain, Morgan Stanley explained that its “strategy advisers have highlighted Spain as one of the potential surprises in 2013, along other peripheral euro country members.” Spain has been upgraded on economy rankings to the second position–only behind Switzerland–, its best marks since the third quarter of 2009.

“We expect premium risk spreads between core euro countries’ sovereign bonds and peripherals’ to keep decreasing, even down to 155 basis points to 75 basis points if the European Central Bank activates the outright market transaction programme,” the report said.

France fell down to the 12 place, while Germany remained among the top five choices for investment.

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Spain is gearing up to offer automatic residency rights to property investors from outside the European Union who pay more than £130,000 for a house.

The Spanish Government hopes the move will bolster its ailing property and construction sectors, currently burdened with a massive over-supply of empty properties, and attract buyers from other second home investment options such as Cyprus and Dubai. But it is also targeting Russian, Chinese and even Australian investors.

The news came in an article published in The Times in which Spanish Trade Minister Jaime Garcia-Legaz said he had proposed the move to other ministries.

Currently Spain issues temporary visas to non-EU overseas nationals allowing them to stay to stay in the country for 90 days. The idea is that the new scheme, details of which are still to be announced, will give property investors automatic residency.

Despite its struggling economy, Spain has recently seen an increase in property sales for the first time in over a year. Last month’s 7 per cent rise is believed to be down to a temporary reduction to 4 per cent of the VAT rate on new homes. As things stand this is due to be increased to 10 per cent in January.

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Daily Mail – 18th October 2012

Sitting on a hill inside Spain’s most exclusive private estate, it is just the sort of mansion fitting for a king… or Russian president.

So, it is no surprise to learn that the president of Russia has apparently acquired the purchase of this £15 million palace project in the heart of Zagaleta estate, near Marbella.

The 4,000m² villa is being built on order for President Putin within metres of homes owned by Rod Stewart and the former mayor of Moscow.

 

Locals have confirmed the 4,000m² villa is being built on order for President Putin

 

 

The villa is being built on the top of a inside Spain’s most exclusive private estate Zagaleta (All properties in Zagaleta available through Metta Estates)

 
 
 

The luxury villa, in the Zagaleta, near Marbella has sunken pools and fountains (All properties in Zagaleta available through Metta Estates)

 

The area has become especially popular with rich Italians, who have been snapping up properties in the region at a vast rate in the past few years.

 A British construction company boss, who has undertaken jobs in Zagaleta over recent years, revealed that the property had been bought by the Russian leader.

‘He’s been looking in Zagaleta for a year and finally found this project. He has already knocked down the former home and it is now being rebuilt from scratch. It is an amazing project,’ he said.

While difficult to confirm the purchase definitively, the Russian leader has family living on the Costa del Sol and has recently made ‘two short trips’ to the area, it can be revealed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has family living on the Costa del Sol and has recently made two trips to the area

A high level security consultant, who had helped organise his trips, confirmed: ‘He has a good relationship with Spain and comes here fairly regularly, but security is obviously of high concern. I know he has been here twice on short trips over the last year.’

Developed by the Bolt Property Group, the home was purchased from British computer mogul Alan Sharam.

Local estate agent Robert Braine Managing Director of Metta Estates revealed: ‘I have been told it has been bought by a politician in the Russian Duma, but I haven’t found out who exactly yet and I guess it could easily be President Putin. Metta Estates have sold several in Zagaleta this year to wealthy Russian clients”

‘There has been continual talk of him buying here for the last year. It is certainly an incredible project, but it is a place to get lost in rather than live in, you own the hill, in fact you’re king of Marbella.

‘The retaining wall alone is said to have cost around £4.5 million,’ he added.

Sitting on an 18,000m² plot, the project – one of the largest in Marbella – boasts its own spa and gym, a cinema, piano bar and two swimming pools.

The epitome of extravagance, it has 10 bedrooms with spectacular views towards Gibraltar, North Africa and inland to the Serrania de Ronda.

Conveniently, it counts its own heli-pad and there are now direct flights to Moscow from nearby Malaga airport to make life easier for its new Russian owner.

The landscaped gardens have sunken pools and fountains and there is a 10-car  garage, as well as parking space for 22 friends.

The development, which has 24-hour high security, already counts numerous politicians and multimillionaire business men.

Once owned by arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the cheapest homes start at £3 million and the membership fee for the golf club and clubhouse alone cost over £80,000 a year.

 

The property is one of the largest in Marbella and has its own spa and gym, a cinema, piano bar and two swimming pools

 

 

The 10-bedroom villa has breathtaking views towards Gibraltar, North Africa and inland to the Serrania de Ronda

 

(All properties in Zagaleta available through Metta Estates)

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FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has been soaking up the Spanish sun at a friend’s house in Benahavis.

The ex-politician and his wife Cherie  were spotted dining in Puerto Banus after attending Sunday mass at San Pedro’s parish church. It was also speculated the Blairs would meet up with former Spanish prime minister, and close ally Jose Maria Aznar during their trip.

Although there is yet to be a picture of the two together in Andalucia, one twitter user wrote: “Spotted in Guadalmina, Marbella: Tony Blair is visiting my neighbour Jose Maria Aznar!”
Metta Estates Marbella are currently offering Luxury Apartments on Capanes del Golf  in Benahavis where Tony Blair was staying With over Huge reductions and up to 100% Finance

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Prince Albert of Monaco parties in Marbella over the weekend.

 

The billionaire prince was joined by friends as he went for a meal at La Sala Restaurant in Puerto Banus, where the party quaffed Laurent Perrier Champagne while enjoying a meal and the upmarket venue’s live music.

The group then continued their party downstairs in the restaurant’s adjoining club, Aqwa Mist, continuing to drink champagne and party the night away.

Since its inauguration earlier this year Aqwa Mist has attracted an array of A-list stars including Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Hurley, Sultan al-Khair was the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Amir Khan and rapper Tinie Tempah who performed an extended set at the nightclub in the summer.