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10 questions for Constanza Maya, Head of Operations, Expansion and Support

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1. A book 

The very inspiring "Essay on Blindness" by José Saramago. "Siddharta" by Herman Hesse. A book about a man's spiritual journey of self-discovery. Murakami's books move me every time I read them. But my favourite writer has to be García Marquez: "One Hundred Years of Solitude", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" are the must-read books from this author.



2. A phrase


Anything from Oscar Wilde. He is a genius with a level of wit and irony: "Life is too important to be taken seriously."

In work-related terms, the classics from Henry Ford, a visionary: “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay” or “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. "



3. A place


The terrace of our family home in Caldetas. My parents always said they bought the sea view with the house. We have enjoyed some very special moments there; meals with friends under the wisteria, memorable family parties, unforgettable summers and drink nights with an incredible moon reflection in the sea.



4. A song

"Contigo" by Fito Paez. The concert version where he performed a duet with Joaquín Sabina.



5. A sport


My hobby: horse riding and any sports involving horses, from the classic dressage and show jumping to polo or just riding in the countryside.



6. A movie


“A Clockwork Orange”, a surprising classic with beautiful photography, language, costumes, music and the message behind the movie.


7. A destination

This is very easy! India. It is not just a destination but a once-in-a-lifetime trip.



8. A favourite restaurant / food


El Gaig and its version of Crema Catalana (Catalan cream). I love this dessert.



9. Your perfect day


Drinking a glass of Vermouth (wine) with bravas (tapas-style potatoes), enjoying the sea views from the terrace, and spending a pleasant day with my friends.



10. A person you admire

No-one famous in particular. I admire people who are at peace with themselves and who are happy with the simple things in life.

And with regard to the people in my life, everyone around me from whom I learn every day: my parents and my sister; the people I spend many hours at work with who have become my second family; and my friends.
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Property on offer in Spain

In recent years, the Spanish property market has become a sector particularly valued by international investors, and it's no surprise. Between 2009 and 2014, property prices in Spain underwent notable changes, and as a result properties are currently being sold at very competitive prices. This situation applies to houses both for sale and to let, as well as to more luxurious properties, making Spain a practically unique case in Europe. The best investment possibilities can be found in Spain's high-end properties.

The high-end sector is the most interesting to the international investor. Many people the world over consider property in Spain, especially in the larger cities, to be some of the best patrimonial assets in Europe (a good example would be a luxury attic in Madrid or Barcelona). And as for the exclusively residential market, those who wish to have a second home in Spain, or buy a main house can also benefit from this situation. Logically, all of these benefits also reach the proprietors who wish to sell their houses.

Living and working in Spain

The quality of life enjoyed in Spain is the result of a unique combination of climatic, geographic, and of course, human factors. Living in Spain is an option that is contemplated by more foreigners every day, and buying a house is the first step towards that. Acclimatisation tends to be fast, and those who move in with the objective of developing business ventures can also count on easier administration when buying a house. Spain's high quality property market paves the way forward.

The type of property which one moves into in Spain will obviously depend on the newcomer's aspirations. Those who head to Spain, whether to live or to work, can enjoy the wonderful surroundings, either in an apartment with a view (of the beach, mountains or the city) or in a house right on the coast. For more information, it can be very useful to seek the advice of an estate agent in Spain, who will analyse the most interesting offers based on the prospective buyer's criteria.

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Selling your house is another option for foreigners who live in Spain. Whether you are coming to the end of your stay in Spain or you just want to get rid of one asset in particular, the services of a reliable and trustworthy Spanish estate agent are essential. These professionals will examine the qualities of the villas in Spain that they want to commercialise, reaching the most advantageous sales agreements possible and getting the luxury properties in question on the market. Little wonder: if anything indicates the current context of the market it's that the role of the agent is basically to close a good sales agreement.

How to arrive in and travel through Spain

Alongside the properties that Spain has available, the country also offers areas of great patrimonial and natural interest. It's worth highlighting the excellent connections by land, sea and air to all the European capitals such as London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Brussels, and Geneva, and many other European cities are less than a three-hour journey from the main Spanish airports. Those who travel to Spain have airports at their disposal not only in the main cities but also in the majority of the provinces. Another alternative to get around the country is via the complete train network that, on a smaller scale, consists of commuter trains to the inland regions, creating easy access to almost any town and property in Spain.