Making your GBP work for you

Making your GBP work for you

With the current unsettling political situation in the UK making the £/euro exchange rate dip to 1:12 at today’s rate, this is the time to think about buying your property in Spain. It certainly isn’t the lowest the exchange rate has been over recent months but it is highly likely to tumble further over coming weeks.
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The property market here in Spain is buoyant and there continues to be some really great deals on off-plan property, so if you are looking at a way to pay for your property in set stages, this is probably the best option for you. This way you can pay a smaller deposit whilst the £/Euro rate is lower and hope then that the unsettling times stabilise.

If you are in a position to either get a mortgage or are a cash buyer looking to buy outright, then picking up a key ready property in a stunning location could be done fairly quickly ensuring you get good value. If you are an investment buyer looking to let out property and earn an income then your investment could start paying for itself in no time at all as visitors to the Costa del Sol remain high.

This is no wonder with a fabulous climate and superb range of outdoor pursuits to fill the time of a holidaymaker. Championship golf courses abound, great beaches, fine dining and amazing shopping facilities make Spain a lovely destination. Couple that with diverse countryside and a superb history and culture with great cities that beg to be explored and you have an instant recipe for holiday success. House prices in Andalucia have been steadily rising year on year meaning your investment will increase in value too.

If you are looking to retire here then finding that fabulous apartment overlooking the beach or a great little townhouse on a golf course won’t be too difficult. It is likely that with the departure of the Prime Minister and the swearing in of a new one however quickly that may happen, the GBP may take a further tumble so talk to us about some of the great property deals we have on the market and how to lock in an exchange rate.

June on the Costa del Sol

June on the Costa del Sol

The weather is hotting up nicely and whether you are coming out to stay in your holiday home or living here you will know June on the Costa del Sol is a wonderful month to experience all it has to offer.

Golf
With the huge range of fantastic golf courses available you are really spoilt for choice if you fancy playing a round or two on one of the Championship courses. To encourage more women into the sport, Women’s Golf Day is back on Tuesday 4th June for its 2019 edition, at the exclusive Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Casares. The next Challenge Tour event on the golfing calendar is the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 at Valle Romano Golf in Estepona Thursday 20th until Sunday 23rd June. Last but absolutely not least, the Andalucía Valderrama Masters takes place in Sotogrande from Wednesday 26th until Sunday 30th June.

Fairs & Ferias
Spain loves a good fair or feria and June being the month of the summer solstice Fiesta de San Juan is one of the best known. San Juan is well-celebrated throughout Spain and each region puts its own slant on proceedings. Málaga, Fuengirola and Marbella are where the largest celebrations are held but in smaller areas there will be celebrations too. The beach bonfires are lit and the celebrations go on all night until dawn. Don’t miss it if you think you can stay up all night. Celebrations this year are held on 23rd June.

Marbella Fair is being held from Wednesday 5th until Tuesday 11th June. This is definitely one to visit if you are in the area as it’s a great event for all ages with music performances, stalls selling local products, flamenco, shows and events for children and of course those obligatory fireworks. Renowned as one of the most colourful fairs in all of Andalucía, the Feria de Marbella is definitely one not to miss and whilst you are there wandering the decorated streets of the Old Town is the perfect antidote to ease away stresses and strains.

If all this sounds like your cup of tea have you considered living or retiring here in on the Costa del Sol? Properties up and down the coast are very reasonably priced and the lifestyle is a healthy outdoor one. If you are tempted take a look at our properties for sale in Marbella or contact us for more information.

Why now is a good time to buy in Spain

Why now is a good time to buy in Spain

Spain and particularly Andalucia has been a popular place to buy a second home or relocate to for many years. It has an enticing mix of friendly people, history and culture and stunning and ever-changing countryside where you and ski and sunbathe all in one day. In fact, here are three great reasons as to why now it’s a good time to buy in Spain.

Spain has been a top holiday destination for over 10 years
Mainly for this reason, if you purchase a home here as an investment you are guaranteed an excellent return on investment. The rise in popularity of sites like Airbnb means great apartments and stylish villas are more popular to book than hotels. Andalucia has been the place to see and be seen for decades and tourists come here not just for the climate alone. Visitors can never be stuck for things to here as there are fabulous championship golf courses, up-market marinas and the great outdoor lifestyle means cycling, sailing, walking, hiking and horse riding are popular.

Over 300 sunny days a year
The Costa del Sol enjoys overs 300 days of sunshine a year and this means being outdoors year-round is a real possibility. This is a real beach holiday destination and so you can be assured of rentals year-round. Long hot summer days are when tourists tend to book in the main, but during the temperate spring and winter seasons visitors often love to trade the icy winters of the UK and other parts of Europe for the milder days in Andalucia.

Fabulous property prices
One thing that is currently making the Costa del Sol an attractive proposition are property prices. They are rising but have not yet peaked meaning that now is a great time to buy before any potential loss of value to the pound. If you haven’t taken a look at what your euros can get within your budget click here. We have a fantastic selection of properties spread all over the coast and these cater for everyone’s budget. Whether you are a seasoned property investor looking for a villa in Marbella or someone looking to buy an apartment in Benalmadena close to all amenities, we can help you find the property that works for your budget and lifestyle. Our expertise will help you through the buying process so you’ll be the owner of your new Spanish home in no time at all.

Use our messaging service to send through details of your specific requirements or email us at info@bromleyestatesmarbella.

The Blue Flag Beaches of Spain

The Blue Flag Beaches of Spain

Visitors flock to Spain to enjoy the climate and of course the wonderful beaches throughout the country. Here in Andalucia we have our fair share of Blue Flag beaches where families know they can be safe and facilities are good.
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
Spain has 669 blue flag beaches, putting it top worldwide of the list compiled by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
If you’re loving the rising temperatures making it feel like summer here in Andalucia right now, why not grab those beach towels and head down to one of the Blue Flag beaches and enjoy the first taste of summer with some sardines in a beachside chiringuito.
We’ve listed the most current of selection of beaches in Malaga province that have been awarded a Blue Flag.

  • Estepona – El Cristo and Arroyo Vaquero
  • Casares – Ancha
  • Mijas – La Cala – Torreon; El Bombo and Calahonda I (Royal Beach – La Luna)
  • Fuengirola – Carvajal
  • Marbella – Casablanca, El Faro and San Pedro de Alcantara (Guadalmina)
  • Benalmadena – Fuente de la Salud and Torrebermeja-Sta.Ana
  • Torrox – Ferrara Beach
  • Algarrobo – Algarrobo Costa
  • Velez-Malaga – Benajarafe, Torre del Mar and La Caleta Paseo

The great outdoor lifestyle is what entices most people to live here or buy a second home. With superb beaches, a plethora of golf courses, water sports, horse riding, sailing and tennis as well as gentle walks, hiking and cycling who would not love a healthy life filled with great things to do.

If you are interested in properties in Marbella we have a superb selection up and down the coastline with beachside apartments frontline golf properties to luxury villas and exclusive plots of land available. Our multilingual team is here to guide you through the process so contact us today with your requirements. Follow us on Facebook and see our website for the latest updates.

Educational facilities on the Costa del Sol

Educational facilities on the Costa del Sol

If you are thinking of moving to Spain with your family one thing to know is they will have a great time with the fabulous outdoor lifestyle here. One thing they need for stability though is excellent educational facilities and here on the Costa del Sol there are plenty to choose from.

There are many schools in Spain to choose from: free state Spanish schools, subsidised private schools, bilingual schools and fully independent international schools. In Andalucia there are an excellent range of international schools to choose from, so if you prefer that your children are educated this way then contacting the school to see what availability they have is essential.

All children resident in Spain must attend school between the ages of 6 and 16, which includes primary education (educación primaria) and compulsory secondary education (educación secundaria obligatoria or ESO). After this, students can either continue onto optional upper secondary education (bachillerato) if they want to enter university, undertake vocational training to enter a profession, or leave education altogether.

Moving from one country to another is a big thing in a child’s life but the younger they are when they come here, the easier they will pick up the language which is particularly good if they need to integrate into a Spanish state school. There are plenty of English speaking schools that utilise the English curriculum to teach but these tend to be independent international schools that charge fees. These may be a good option if you have older children and are not planning to stay long term as the curriculum will be partly familiar. It’s also legal to home school your child in Spain.

Within the state education system in Spain, children usually attend the closest school to home at both primary and secondary level (allocated by the education department of the ayuntamiento or town hall). If you are thinking about moving to Spain, thinking about what choice of school may influence your decision about where you live, so talk to one of team so this can be factored in when searching for properties in Spain. Planning is essential so your children do not have to miss out on any term time.

The Malaga City Council website has details of school facilities as well as information on grants and scholarships available for study. Above all Spain has an excellent educational system and moving here with your family will be a great adventure where you all learn something new.

Magical Manilva is the perfect place to buy

Magical Manilva is the perfect place to buy

Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona and Mijas grab the headlines of places to live, Manilva is the place to be! This lovely are spreads from a whitewashed village down to the coastline and has a lot going for it.

Manilva is perfectly positioned minutes away from exclusive Sotogrande where you will find a world class marina, the illustrious polo fields frequented by the rich and famous as well as the renowned Soto Tennis Academy. The upmarket boutiques, restaurants and international schools of exclusive Marbella and Puerto Banus are around a 15 minute’ drive and provide a different experience.

In this part of the Costa del Sol you can enjoy the best of both worlds, peace and tranquillity in beautiful natural surroundings with the exciting glamorous high life only minutes away. The quaint Duquesa marina is less than 10 minutes away in the other direction where you will find a plethora of cafes and restaurants.

Property here offers more value than its neighbours and exclusive developments like Sunrise Heights and Majestic Heights offer contemporary properties with fabulous views of the Mediterranean and Gibraltar. Majestic Heights is a unique development of 47 contemporary town homes, some with private gardens and others with a fabulous solarium just five minutes from some of the best golf courses in the area including the world famous Valderrama in Sotogrande. As the name suggests, absolutely stunning sea views will greet you from Sunrise Heights in Manilva. It is a chic development of just 46, apartments and penthouses, some with private solarium or terraces and some with generous gardens. These stylish and contemporary apartments offer buyers the ultimate in modern Mediterranean living in a superb location.

The coastline of Manilva is steeped in Mediterranean sunshine, with fine Blue Flag sandy beaches that gently slope into the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, boasting all the facilities you would expect on European beaches. Here you can enjoy the lovely beach side chiringuitos serving fresh fish and tapas which you will find dotted along the coastline promenade.

The lovely marina town of Estepona is just 5 minutes away with traditional Andalusian whitewashed cobbled streets providing plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. The whole area is ideal if you are looking for a healthy lifestyle, with stunning countryside and beach side walking trails, biking, hiking, horse riding, tennis and of course golf readily available. Gibraltar is also less than 30 minutes away where tax free shopping attracts many including large international cruise lines. Further along the coast Tarifa is perfect if you love windsurfing and kite boarding.

If you are interested in property in Manilva contact us today.

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