Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How Not To Run A Social Media Campaign: Part 7632 #QantasLuxury | Blokes on the Blog

Do you want to run a social media competition for your brand? Make sure that just three weeks ago you didn't annoy a whole country or it may get hijacked a tad.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally not raining yahoo!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Great Spot Overlooking the Torres Serranos in Valencia

This three bedroomed flat for sale in Valencia is a really good bargain. Fourth floor overlooking the riverbed and Torres Serranos and handy for everything in Valencia. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Awesome video of time-lapse photography in Valencia

You have to watch this. A beautiful look at what the Valencian community has to offer you including some great images from Valencia itself.

For more videos get over to my youtube channel

Stop Press: Hugely Discounted Property in Murcia. | Houses for Sale in Spain

Biggest discounts I have seen so far on Murcia Bargain Golf Property for sale. Three bedroomed villas overlookin the golf course from 143000 Euros lacking only a kitchen to be installed. Well worth a look with the 100% mortgages being offered to qualifying clients, ie you have a pulse don't you ;-). Contact me immediately if interested as these will go very quickly I would assume.

A quiz for you. In pictures: The world's 20 most expensive cities to buy property - Telegraph

So here is a quick quiz. Before looking at the answers and counting down from 20 to number 1, how many of the World's most expensive cities to live in can you name? 

List 20 cities and then take a look through and tick them off as you go along. 

Second little quiz question. What position are you going to find London in the World's most expensive cities? (Oh come on you knew London would be in there surely!) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Beautiful Villamarchante Villa For Sale. Reduced Price For Quick Sale

This property has been off the market for a year. Why? Well the ex owner out of spite got the electric cut off because of negligence by the electric company. Now thanks to some excellent work by Craig in Lliria the electric is back on, the property is reduced in price for quick sale and you should take a look at it asap. Four bedrooms, living room, kitchen dining area, large covered terrace, pool, garage and washroom paellero. On a manageable plot that has unfortunately lost its lovely palm tree due to the Palm Weevil this villa is an excellent place with lovely views towards Domeño. Walking distance from the town of Villamarchante should you choose to do so it is highly recommended. Reduced from an original 285k to 165k this Villamarchante Villa for sale is well worth your time to look at.
































Monday, November 14, 2011

Beautiful House and Guest House in Cordoba

Huge price drop on this stunning guest house, twice voted the best guest house in Andalucia by Trip Advisor. Get your hands on this five bedroom place near Lake Iznajar which brings in excellent revenues year on year with return guests and fans all over Europe. Buy yourself a great house and business with a jacuzzi on the roof terrace for those barmy summer nights in Andalucia

Simon Ellinas Came Up With a Great Cartoon

Http:// drew this great caricature of good old Silvio. Like it?


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tonight's sunset from La Pobla

As you liked yesterday's sunset so much. Here is another.


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The last sentence of this paragraph tells you everything. And you know what I think I know the woman who will have uttered these words.

"Four-and-a-half years after the band packed up and went home, Spain's property tycoons have long since fled the ballroom. Some, like Enrique Bañuelos, have gone abroad in search of greener pastures. Others may face trial and possible prison terms for their sharp business practices. But all are keeping a very low profile. They no longer give interviews, they don't attend social events, they aren't invited to conferences on the property sector, and they no longer receive invitations to address students at business schools. Most are fighting to hold on to the money they made, and have long since sold the private jets and the luxury yachts. One lawyer says he remembers his client asking him: "How can I tell my wife that she can no longer use the plane to go shopping in Milan?"

Read the rest of the sad indictment here


Monday, November 07, 2011

Property Price Negotiation and the Spanish Psyche

How to understand why the Spanish seller is asking for what he/she is asking and why you get he responses you get. The psychology of...

Property Price Negotiation and the Spanish Psyche

When you are negotiating the price and other aspects of a Spanish property purchase you need to understand the seller psychologically. If we are to assume that the seller is Spanish, as the majority of sellers are away from the Costas, then it is necessary to understand how their mind works. In order to do this we need to realize what the Spanish mind thinks, obviously this is a broad generalization but by generalizing you can get an idea of what you need to understand in order to be successful in any property purchase.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

FExcellent Value Key Ready House In La Eliana

A truly lovely and well put together place in La Eliana. The plot size of 600m2 is well used with off road covered parking and a large chalet of 150m2 with 60m2 of covered terraces. There is a good sized pool surrounded by semi tropical plants and it is overlooked by the terraces. Outside there is also a store room and a barbecue area and the gardens and shaded and well tended.

The house itself has a large living/dining area, kitchen, four bedrooms, two impressive bathrooms and hall. It was built just 14 years ago and still looks new. It is well decorated and ready to move into. 

It is set between San Antonio and La Eliana in a leafy residential area with easy access to the motorway for Valencia and the airport.

Valencia, Spain: Small town and happening city all in one - The Washington Post

I’m a greedy tourist. When I travel, I want to experience it all: the old and the new, the quaint and the cosmopolitan, the historic and the contemporary. So when I heard about a city that flows with the ease of a small town while boasting beaches, museums and architectural masterpieces on par with those of the world’s great cultural centers, I took notice.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

The Seven Levers of Negotiation on Spanish Property Purchase

A must read for anyone thinking of buying a property in Spain. This is what you negotiate on.

The Seven Levers of Negotiation on Spanish Property Purchase

If you are going to buy a Spanish property then you first need to identify a place you want to buy. Up to there everything is clear. However when coming to an agreement with the seller there are seven levers in the negotiation process, a couple of them peculiar to Spain alone.

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✚ Using Evernote to Archive Your Entire Social Media Life {cool idea}

This is just an awesome post based on a great idea. You need an Evernote account, which is free, and a little time to set it up. Try it!

✚ Using Evernote to Archive Your Entire Social Media Life

I’m hardly the most promiscuous social network user you’ll meet. I have my little outposts where I like to splash around, but I’m not one to go signing up for every new thing that pops up on the Internet. Get off my lawn or whatever.

The places I do frequent, though, all share one common thread: the transient nature of users’ data. If I post something to Twitter, I’ve got about a week before it disappears into the deep black abyss that is Twitter’s unsearchable archive. Sure, I could try Googling for a particular toot and maybe I’ll get lucky, but the chances of me finding it are slim.

Other networks like Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare don’t really have this problem, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t take precautions incase the same situation develops.

I’ve created and maintain an exhaustive (well, as of a few weeks ago) archive of all almost all of the crap I post on the Internet. You should, too. Here’s the skinny.

Not too long ago, an enterprising young developer created a tool called (short for “If this, then that”). The basic idea is that whenever something happens on one of many web applications that matches your predefined criteria, you can configure ifttt to perform some type of action. For example, whenever I star (or “favorite”) a toot on Twitter, the following action is taken by ifttt:

Yep, it adds a new note in Evernote containing the text of the toot and the URL where it can be accessed later.

Here’s the list of things that I currently use ifttt to archive for me:

  • Toots (my own)
  • Favorited Toots (by others)
  • Foursquare check-ins
  • Instagram photos
  • Starred items in Google Reader
  • Blog posts (both those on and on my other blog)

And it all goes into a series of Evernote notebooks I’ve created especially for this little task, which all live in a notebook stack called “Social Archive”. It’s totally a “set it and forget it” way to save all of the useless drivel I vomit onto the Internet without any muss or even any fuss.

As an example, let’s do a quick how-to for archiving all of your toots.

  • First, if you don’t already have one, create an account at It’s easy and it’s free.
  • Second, create an Evernote account (though, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already done this).
  • Last, login to your ifttt account and buckle up.

Visit the ifttt tasks page and click the massive “Create task” button at the top right. Next, you’ll need to click the huge word “this”, which you should. From here, you’ll be asked to choose a channel (which is ifttt’s name for “Internet service”). Find the Twitter logo and click ’er:

If you’ve never used ifttt with Twitter before, you’ll be prompted to activate the channel. Do this.

Next, you’ll be asked to choose your trigger; this is ifttt parlance for “the thing that happens to which you’d like ifttt to react”. Or something. Look for the “New Tweet by You” trigger anc click it:

It’ll then ask if you’d like to include retweets or @replies to the trigger. Personally, I use both, but choose your own adventure here. After checking your preferred boxes, click “Create trigger.”

So far, we’ve told ifttt that we want something to happen whenever we post a new toot to Twitter. Now, we’re going to define exactly what that something is (ifttt calls it the “action channel”). Click the really big “that”.

Now, find the big green Evernote elephant and click it. You’ll then be given a set of options for which type of Evernote magic you want to happen when you post something to Twitter. Click “Create a note.”

This is where you get to spread your creative wings, young grasshopper. Using the four fields before you (Title, Body, Notebook and Tags), you can decide exactly how this data is going to look once it hits your Evernote account. Do this however you like, but mine looks like this:

Pretty straightforward; it allows me to search for a particular toot using the intitle: operator in Evernote search (if you have no idea what this means, have I got the thing for you, Peggy Sue). Using the {{foo}} embedding syntax described in the example, though, you can piece together exactly how the stuff will look in real life. Oh, and you can always come back and change these if you decide you hate it later.

Click the big blue button at the bottom and—that’s right—pour the gin because you’re done.

I’ve replicated this process for each of the services I mentioned earlier such that they all feed their content directly into Evernote. This way, I have access to everything I’ve posted online (with the source URL, so I can revisit the original later, if I so choose). It works like a well-fed Siberian Husky and I really, really wish I could give them some money for this.

You may have noticed the metric crapton of channels available to you (Facebook, RSS, Email, Instagram, Delicious, and others). This little thing is an incredibly powerful tool that can do way, way more than what I’ve described here. I encourage you to poke around and figure out your own cool uses for this, or browse the Recipes page for inspiration.

NB: If you’re new to Evernote and you want to start using it better, you might want to take a gander at this thing I wrote. It’s helped thousands of people become competent Evernote users in an afternoon.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

News: Property For Sale All Over Spain | Houses for Sale in Spain

Our new collaborations are in place to get you the same sort of excellent customer service and follow up we give you in Valencia around the rest of Spain. In the next few weeks you will be able to search the whole of Spain for properties that suit your budget and requirements. Read more at the link about properties for sale in Spain

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Growth of the Black Economy in Spain | Entrepreneur Solo

One of my articles has been used in an academic study at Valencia University. (I found a pingback from the website set up for the project) it is all about the growth of the Black Economy in Spain.

"The proof. Well anecdotally there is a small town in Andalucia where everyone is officially unemployed now apparently yet spending in the local area has remained constant from 2008 to now. ie money is still there but it is just not as visible as it used to be."

To read the rest of the article go here "The Growth of the Black Economy in Spain"


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