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11/03/2019
The Best Places to Buy Property in Spain

Anyone looking at the best places to buy property in Spain will be overwhelmed with the choice. Having been a firm holiday and second home destination for Brits and other nationalities over many decades, the towns, cities and small coastal resorts all over Spain bring something unique to the international property market. So deciding where […]

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06/03/2019
Positive Outlook for Turkey’s Foreign Property Market in 2019

Turkey’s property market looks set for a positive outlook in 2019, as foreign real estate purchases rise by a staggering 81% year-on-year. While domestic sales have slowed down because of rising interest rates, January continued to follow the success of 2018 as foreign buyers flocked to take advantage of a lucrative exchange rate. The result […]

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23/02/2019
The Luxury Bodrum Guide: Travel and Lifestyle in Turkey’s Upmarket Hotspot

The luxury face of Bodrum, an Aegean holiday peninsula in Turkey, is enjoying a boost in tourism popularity as American media publications tout it as this year’s must-see luxurious travel destination. Previously called Halicarnassus in history, Business Insider has labelled the port city of Bodrum, as an “under the radar” destination, but for many decades, […]

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19/02/2019
Sell Your House Quickly: Tips and Guide for a Fast Sale

Your mind is made up, and it’s not been an easy decision, but you need to sell your house quickly. You may think the first and only step is to put your house on the market and then sit back with fingers crossed as potential home buyers come flocking through the doors. That isn’t how […]

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14/02/2019
Paris Mayor and Airbnb Clash Over Illegal Rents

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo is gearing up to take on Airbnb, over illegal ads for home rentals. With an expected fine of 12.5 million euros, the mayor announced that Airbnb and other similar websites would face consequences for their adverts, which she says flouts rules and regulations. Current laws in France say private renters […]

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10/02/2019
Turkish Tourism Industry Hosted 39.5 Million Foreigners in 2018

The Turkish tourism industry hosted 39.5 million foreign tourists in 2018 and 6.62 million Turks living abroad, marking its most successful year to date. The numbers released by Turk Stat, the country official statistics portal showed an increase year-on-year of 21.45% from January to December. Although all months showed an increase in visitors, January and […]

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04/02/2019
Full Opening of Istanbul’s New Airport Set for March 2019

The delayed opening of Istanbul New Airport, a megaproject that will change the face of travel in Turkey has been set for March 3rd, 2019. Previously scheduled to open in October 2018, the airport is currently running a skeleton schedule of domestic and international flights via Turkish Airlines, the country’s national carrier. After the official […]

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27/01/2019
Best Places to Buy Property Abroad in 2019

Every year, real estate experts, finances houses, and industry magazines publish recommendations of the best places to buy property abroad. Here at Spot Blue, we like to do things differently, so we have also gathered top ranking lists to see if any countries appear more than once. Each list used different criteria like prices, best […]

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21/01/2019
Overseas Property Buyers in Turkey Reached Record Levels in 2018

A report by Turk Stat, the country’s National Statistic Institution says overseas property buyers in Turkey reached record levels for 2018. In 2018, Turkey’s economy suffered turbulent times, but foreigners flocked to take advantage of a lucrative exchange rate, masses of availability and incentives like citizenship by passport. While domestic sales slowed down because of […]

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14/01/2019
Istanbul’s Public Transport System Carries Record Number of Passengers in 2018

Stats released by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality reveal a record number of people used Istanbul’s public transport system in 2018. Including railways, trams, subways and buses, passenger numbers reached a staggering 1.6 billion people. 715 million passengers used subways, while buses carried 963 million passengers over 361 million kilometres, a stat that the Daily Sabah […]

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