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It’s nearly ski season in Spain

It’s nearly ski season in Spain

Spain might not be the first country you consider when thinking of winter sports, but with the Sierra Nevada just a couple of hours from Malaga it is a real possibility to sit on the beach on a crisp sunny December day and then head to Granada for a spot of skiing or snowboarding.
The ski season here runs from December to April and the conditions are magnificent, with well-groomed runs all over the region. Remember to bring your suntan lotion because this is officially the sunniest resort in Europe. And if you’re worried about the sun affecting the snow conditions then don’t – Sierra Nevada is nearly entirely covered by an advanced artificial snow-making system.
Sierra Nevada is Spain’s highest and most snow-sure ski resort. The ski area has the highest concentration of peaks over 3000m in the country making it perfect for early and late skiing. The resort base sits at 2100m with the top station at 3300m. There are over 120 pistes of varying abilities that total 106 km.
It has the perfect combination of majestic mountains, un-crowded slopes, traditional family-run hotels and fabulous food, all at reasonable prices. The nightlife is low key but if you are looking to relax with a glass of fine wine and some great food, Sierra Nevada is ideal. You could either stay here or head back to Malaga for a few nights at a top-notch hotel and then go and play some golf the next day and sit having a beautiful beachfront dinner.
Spain has so much to offer it is no wonder people choose to live here or buy a second home here. The country is so very diverse and living on the Costa del Sol you benefit from one of the most temperate climates year-round so you can be outside keeping fit and active. Talk to one of our team about areas that might suit your lifestyle today.

Foreign demand for property increased in Q2

Foreign demand for property increased in Q2

Property in Spain has long been on the wish list of foreign buyers and still there are many positive reasons to buy a property here, whether you choose to live in Spain permanently or just as a second home or investment. In the second quarter of 2018 foreign demand for property in Spain increased by 11% to 17,338 purchases recorded by the Association of Spanish Land Registrars, according to their latest report.
The overall Spanish property market increased by 12% with 134,196 recorded sales in the period.
Local demand growth was 12.6%, outpacing foreign demand and leaving the market share of foreign buyers down a fraction to just under 13%.
Notwithstanding Brexit, the British were still the biggest group of foreign buyers with 15% of the foreign market, almost double the size of the next biggest group – the French.

The biggest percentage increase in foreign demand came from Ireland, up 47%.

British demand is once again growing faster than the other two big markets of France and Germany and heading back towards a dominant position.

Foreign buyers are still clearly interested in buying property in Spain and what indeed is not to love? Here you can find great deals on new builds and off plan purchases and there is a property suit everyone from a finca in the country to large family villas and lock up and leave holiday apartments. Prices here still compare extremely well to the rest of the EU and of course the fantastic infrastructure & quality lifestyle here is one that will continue to draw people in for many years to come.

If you would like to know more about property for sale or what areas may be best for the lifestyle you are looking for then contact one of our multilingual team today.

It’s a good time to buy to Spain

It’s a good time to buy to Spain

If you are thinking of buying property in Spain then there’s no better time with a superb range of properties to make the most of your investment.

Renting provides an excellent ROI
Andalucia is a well loved tourist destination there is no shortage of people interested in renting properties for short periods of time. During the summer month’s there can be a particularly high return especially during July and August. Many areas are seeing a shortage of property to rent during these periods.

Some people prefer to rent over a longer term including those people who are living and working in the area. This requires less administration although the rent will need to reflect the fact that you have an all-year round income.

It’s a favourite with tourists
People from around the globe love Spain for its culture, climate and great outdoor lifestyle. For many European’s it is a short flight with guaranteed sunshine so the draw of Spain is never more alluring than it is now. Beautiful beaches beckon, golf courses await and resorts like Marbella and Puerto Banus bring in those rich and famous. This means owning a property here will be excellent if you do want a regular annual income.

The perfect place to retire
With the temperate climate and superb leisure facilities on offer up and down the coast, Andalucia is the perfect place to retire. When the weather is cold and damp in your home country, booking a flight and coming out to stay in your second home for a few months will be all the tonic you need. Some of our clients prefer this method of retirement as it retains the stake in their main home. Others up sticks and come straight to Spain for the attractive year-round lifestyle it offers.

Whether you are looking for a second home or you are interested in moving here, contact one of our expert team today who can talk through the areas and properties most suited to the lifestyle you want to achieve.

Marbella Marina gets a facelift

Marbella Marina gets a facelift

The charming marina in Marbella, which is not to be confused with Puerto Banus is getting a facelift to extend the quay to allow cruise ship shuttle boats and vessels of more than 30 metres in length to dock in the port. More improvements are to come with the project for the new “boulevard” link between the marina and the seafront promenade.

While these new projects are still taking shape though, the recent remodelling work carried out over the last 18 months is already paying off. The port area has had more than just a facelift. The nautical and commercial activity has recovered, turning the Puerto Deportivo Virgen del Carmen, to give its full name, into a must-see attraction for tourists.
“This isn’t Puerto Banús, and it doesn’t want to be. Marbella’s marina has a different feel, it has its own ambience and an excellent location, which sets it aside from the rest,” explains the manager of one of the nautical attractions based in the marina as he helps a group of tourists climb onto his fast boat.
The opening up of the marina to the town will come with the construction of the new boulevard linking with the Paseo Marítimo promenade.
It was at the end of last year, though, that the first major project aimed at joining the marina with the town centre took place. There is now a large, pedestrianised square to improve movement between the port and town. This gave the area north-east of the port, opposite the lighthouse, a complete facelift. Now the bars and terraces that populate the square are an attraction for tourists.
Within the next few months work will start on expanding the “waiting” quay with a platform with two eight-metre-long lay-by berths. A new footpath will lead as far as the terraces. This extension will allow boats of more than 30 metres in length to moor there, as well as the shuttle boats from cruise ships.
If you haven’t been down to visit this quaint area then make a date – a complete contrast to bustling Puerto Banus, this is a place to relax and watch the boats bob.

Sizzling Sotogrande warms up for a summer of sporting fun

Sizzling Sotogrande warms up for a summer of sporting fun

Sotogrande is home to the International Polo Tournament, this year in its 47th year, that runs from 25th July to 1st September where the world’s best polo players, a wide choice of food and drink, boutiques, stands and music combine for a fabulous event for all the family.

The grand event is held in the elegant grounds of Santa María Polo Club, one of the leading places for equestrian activities. This polo tournament is ranked as one of the four most important in the world for this spectacular sport and, year after year, it attracts many national and international visitors who love the thrill of the sport. Whether you’ve seen a polo match before or not, we urge you to go along as a polo match can really get pulses racing.

Sotogrande is well-known for its love of all things sporting with a superb marina where you can moor or charter a boat. In the surrounding countryside horse riding and cycling are popular and of course golf features highly with the prestigious Valderrama Royal Golf Club based here.

This stretch of coastline is simply stunning and it is easy to see why we chose to work with Kronos Homes on the exclusive La Finca development. From here you can feel the best of Spain’s fertile green countryside, watch the shimmer of the Mediterranean as the sun dances off it and enjoy the luxury of peace and quiet with stunning sea views.

La Finca is a development 3, 4 and 5 bedroom luxury villas boasting private infinity pools, large terraces and contemporary open-plan design. Come along to the polo tournament and see how beautiful this area really is.

Besides the polo there is plenty to do as visitors have numerous places to eat, a shopping village and a children’s area as well as bars and evening parties at the After Polo. It is an experience not to miss and if you’d like to hear more about La Finca talk to one of our team today.

Five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain

Five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain

Just in case you are contemplating buying a property in Spain and the fabulous climate and outdoors lifestyle hasn’t quite made your mind up, here are five reasons 2018 is a great time to buy property in Spain.

High quality homes
Buying off plan quite often includes financial incentives and reserving a property in the early stages means you often buy at below market price and can personalize certain aspects of the property.
Buyers entering the market now are finding an amazing number of new projects for sale of a substantially higher quality than in the past. A more sophisticated, experienced and caring developer has arrived. Developers with projects underway are enjoying much more interest from buyers and substantial success in sales as a result. Buyers are finally receiving an increasingly broad choice of top end properties with an incredible range of luxury features, prices and locations.

Improved economic climate
When you invest in a country you need to be sure the economy is improving and the outlook in Spain is looking sunny in more ways than one. As of April 2017, Spain has shown 14 consecutive quarters of growth. The economy has recovered well since the government implemented a series of reforms including overhauling the banking system and reforming the labour market. Growth remains much higher than that in the Eurozone overall, thanks to thriving tourism and exports.

Attractive borrowing rates
Increasing government regulation of financial institutions and more effective regulations on banks and lenders has prompted a culture of financial safe practice. Base rates continue to fall in the Eurozone and currently sit at an all-time low and as a consequence mortgage rates in Spain are now cheaper than ever. In addition, lending by the banks increased by 17% in January 2017 against the previous year demonstrating that Spanish lenders are keen to lend to non-residents and overseas investors.

Increasing property prices
Spanish property sales are rising. After 7 years of falling house prices, the market has now returned to pre-recession levels and banks are predicting record property sales in the coming year. With confidence back in the market and demand steadily growing once again it’s inevitable that prices will increase so it is wise to invest right now.

Great rental income potential
If you are considering renting out your property in Spain, the unique micro-climate pretty much assures you of a return on your investment. The Costa del Sol is back in full popularity offering a charming mix of climate, fun, luxury living and affordability. With more than 80 golf courses in the region that alone draws tourists with short breaks and of course families love the and stunning beaches.

Make 2018 the year you buy in Spain. Talk to one of our multilingual team today to see how we can find the home of your dreams.

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