THE Doha trade talks would be great if only they worked. Multilateral deals mean common standards and lower barriers for all, but the Doha round, launched by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, is dead in all but name. Instead, the cause of liberalisation is being advanced by regional trade agreements (RTAs). The number of RTAs has risen

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Investors seeking bargain Spanish real estate have never been as spoilt for choice as they are at the moment, with property prices falling yet again. The latest figures from Instituto Nacional de Estadistica revealed that prices plummeted by a massive 15 per cent in the penultimate quarter of 2012. This is up on the second quarter, where a fall of...

Lawmakers are urging the Cypriot government to reconsider the bill that increases annual immovable property tax (IPT). They claim the document, which was part of the island's bailout, should be amended to increase fairness.

Landowners, property developers and hoteliers have come out in objection of the tax hike, which is based on 1980 values....

Property experts say even London house prices will tread water over coming year
• Poll: will house prices fall in 2013?

Britain's already-depressed housing market will stay firmly in the doldrums in 2013.That is the unanimous view of estate agents and property consultants. Most say prices will dip up to 4% in northern England, Scotland and Wales,...

Q We are in the process of selling the house which we have lived in for the past 21 years. We do not have a house to move into immediately, so we intend to rent until we find a house we want to buy. Does this leave us liable for tax on the proceeds of our house sale? DH

A No. The fact that you will not be buying another property straight away makes...

Spanish banks are now being forced to reduce the price of distressed property even further. According to a recent report in Quartz, financial institutions are desperately trying to get bad loans off their books, but are only able to sell depressed property if they do so cheaply.

Real estate in Spain has already experienced a year of consecutive...

Property in Spain is receiving a boost in areas popular with Russian and French buyers. Despite prices falling across the country, it seems certain locations are bucking the trend, albeit slightly. Property Wire reported figures from the Public Works Ministry showing that 8,803 houses were bought by foreign buyers in Q3 2012. This is a rise of 18...

Now is the time to invest in US property, with the market showing signs of making a full recovery. Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice-president and chief economist, explained real estate has defied the expectations of analysts and is fighting back in several key areas.

"The last few months have brought a spate of favourable news on the US...

People considering investing in Spanish Property should think carefully about where they are going to buy. According to HomeEspana, while it is easy to be swept away with the recent raft of discounts and finance deals in the country, you must still approach a real estate purchase with the same diligence as would be commonplace in the UK, assessing...

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