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As the year draws towards a close and darker nights arrive, there's doom and gloom in the campo; the terrible trio are with us and sending shivers down the spine!  I've written before individually on them but some of these articles were some time back and the threats are so great that I think an update would be useful to us all.

THE TERRIBLE TRIO: the 'ebola' of the olive trees; the black weevil/picudo negro of agaves and red weevil/picudo rojo of palms.

Xylella fastidiosa, known as the ebola of the olives, is the most recent and its effects have not yet been seen here but we all have good reason to be terrified of it. It is a bacteria that, at the moment, has no cure and can affect over 300 species, some of the most important being olive, orange, lemon, almond, grapevine, avocado, peach, nectarine, plum, pear, blueberry and ornamentals such as oaks, elms, sycamores, plane trees, oleander and rosemary. Some will simply be carriers of the bacteria and show no signs of the plague but they are a great threat to important crop trees. Insects as varied as scale insects, aphids, mosquitos and cicadas are all thought to be vectors, passing the bacteria from one plant to another. But, as usual, it is man (and woman!) that is doing and has done the main damage. The transport of live plants worldwide is a huge and profitable business; some of this plant material is infected.


Sometimes you don't need a big construction job doing, sometimes you just need a chimney building, or a wall constructing a pool cleaned or a garden maintained.  Sometimes you don't need to call a large company just somebody that you trust that can help with those every day or one off needs.  This is exactly what Jaime thought, so he has set up JMS Services. He is certainly not lacking in experience, credibility or knowledge.

Last month I met Jaime properly for the first time. I have known the family for years as Jaime's mum owns Sunset Properties. His whole family, including his grandparents have lived in Competa for over 17 years.  Jaime went to school and college in Spain, he speaks fluent Spanish and for the last 10 years he has had a varied work experience. He has worked for two of the major construction companies in Competa and also spent 18 months helping his step-dad build their own home which required lots of demolition and rebuilding. He spent 2 years working for a coastal company as a Maintenance Manager.  Now it's time to work for himself. Over the last 10 years he has built up both experience and contacts with reliable plumbers, electricians and builders and feels fully equipped to offer a full maintenance service for all you home and everyday needs.

Denise his mum already passes on work from her clients she has met through her company Sunset Properties and he has already become quite an asset to his non- Spanish speaking customers. Jamie can organise and sort a problem quickly, help arrange car ITVs, talk to car garages about work being done and help with translation and organisation of Insurance claims. 


Creative Property Marketing are a well-established advertising agency, specialising in private property sales.  The business is based just inland from Malaga city and help owners sell their properties all over Spain (to include the islands).  It provides sellers with a cost effective and very successful way to sell their home – finding buyers that, historically would be challenging to find.

Creative Property Marketing is a registered Spanish SL and Sarah and David Rick, the owners of the company, help hundreds of sellers at any one time to sell their homes privately.  The advertising reaches an audience of millions around the world, 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year, with the advertising campaign running for 12 months. 

This approach to selling Spanish property may be rather unique but this does not mean it is complicated – quite the opposite!  The sellers provide photographs via email or send through a memory stick by post, the sellers answer questions about their home, a superb property description is produced for them (with sellers having the opportunity to proof read and ask for changes).  Then the description/advert with up to 40 photographs is loaded onto the world's leading property sales websites.


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Our advice is that whenever personal circumstances, or the situation with any of the testator's property, have changed significantly, it is appropriate to grant a new Will. By signing an updated Will, you can avoid later disputes between your

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