Playing the Exchange Game in Spanish Property

As foreign buyers or sellers of Spanish property you may need to pay careful attention to exchange rates. In fact you really should if you want to make your money work for you. Just a few cents in the rates can make substantial differences to your selling/buying power.

Money Exchange in the Hondon Valley

Sadly, many people in our experience, particularly the Brits, in the Hondon Valley areas do not factor currency exchange into their buy/sell goals.

In particular British sellers looking to return to their homeland have not worked out what they may sell for in relation to what they bough for (Euro to Sterling £). Often, they simply want to make a profit based on their original purchase price + added feature costs (like a pool, patio, etc). When we point out that as they bought in the boom years at about 146+ € to the pound they are currently in a great relative position, exchange wise if they take money back to the UK. And it CAN BE THOUSANDS DIFFERENCE!

And for the British buyers in particular you can save thousands on the purchase price by being proactive in checking the exchange rates, buying Euros when the rate is good. Many banks now offer currency accounts.

Maybe not so easy for British sellers who sell when they can so are subject to the rate at the time… But there are still things you can do whilst your property is on the market.

So get wise with your money, make it work for you… Of course it always depends on your personal circumstances, your property goals and target budget. Hondon Villas can advise you but we do partner MoneyCorp who know the way to play this game a lot better than we do and have an enviable pedigree in exchange. They literally could save you literally 1000’s.

TYPICAL EXAMPLE: In early Nov 2019 the rate was 116€ to the £. As I write (mid Dec, pre-Brexit) it’s gained to 119€ to the pound.
So for an average 200,000 property in the Hondon Valley this 3 cent margin could be 6,000 €uros difference! Amazing!
So you’ll agree this is a significant amount and worth punting for if you can.

Of course you don’t have to wait until you buy or sell to play the currency or take advantage of the rates in your favour but MOST people don’t and as in the example above you can see that inertia could cost you dearly. Get wise, get a currency account ASAP!

And the daft thing is it isn’t hard to do with the help of a currency exchange account, like MoneyCorp.

Hondon Valley Property Agent

As we enter BREXIT/ELECTIONS in the UK the future is uncertain and this usually affects the exchange rates. So get proactive NOW whether you are buying or selling. It may be wise to open a MoneyCorp account now if you don’t already have one.

Ask us for more details… so we can get the Rep to chat it over with you. The advice is FREE, so what have you got to lose?

#886: Hondon Valley Urb’ La Montanosa Villa

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For Sale Two Storey Detached Villa + Private Swimming Pool
This property is situated on the lovely urbanisation La Montanosa which is situated between the popular Spanish villages of Hondon De Los Frailes and Hondon De Las Nieves and all the amenities there are on offer.

Key Property Points:
Detached Villa • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Private Swimming Pool • Balcony • Air Conditioning • Log Burner • Insect Screens •

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/WXQgXsAVgnY
WEBSITE: https://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=886
LATEST HONDÓN PROPERTY: https://www.hondonvillas.net/latest-hondon-valley-property.php

Recommending Hondón Villas (Video Testimonial #2)

VIDEO TESTIMONIALS : Hondon Villas. Irana Davidson talks about her experience buying her Hondón Valley home through Hondon Villas.

What was the main reason you chose the Hondón Valley?
We actually fell in love with the village to start with (Hondón de los Frailes). We sat at the 28 Restaurant and we looked down the village and we saw it had everything we imagined we wanted.

Why would you recommend Hondón Villas?
The name “Hondón” being associated with Hondón Villas seemed a natural choice. As I said before, we were never pushed into looking at any property. We looked at properties that we chose. And when we decided on the property we wanted it then became a real hand-holding process.

Not speaking Spanish it (the buying process) became quite daunting. But everything was basically done for us. We were taken to the notary. We were given real good advice. And once we had bought the house it was more hand-holding.

Anything we needed, whether it was to do with the property or not I could contact Maureen and she’d say “Right, OK, fine. We’ll sort it!”

And we felt we were looked after. They were more friendly than a lot of places we went to. We were not pushed into looking into anything, it was what we wanted to look at.

How do find the social side of Hondón?
I think the first social event I went to, I was invited by Maureen from Hondón Villas. She invited me to the Ascot Ladies Day which was fabulous because at the time Charlie (my husband) was away in Scotland for a wee while so it was a fantastic way for getting to know people.

You do feel like you can walk through the village and people will speak to you. You can go for a coffee and someone will speak to you. … we rescued a dog and you get to know people through that. I find it very social here.

Interested?
Contact us to help you buy or sell your home in the Hondón Valley areas…
WEB: http://www.hondonvillas.net/ ::: NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net
FRAILES OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 or
NIEVES OFFICE: (0034) 865 571 981

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

Hondon Villas will help you buy, sell or rent your Spanish property in the Hondon Valley, inland Costa Blanca, Spain.

We have been the first choice of local agents for over 10 years. Our local knowledge, AIPP member standards and 30+ years in Real Estate have made us the top selling agent in the area!

With 1.5 million visitors to our main website & counting & TWO LOCAL OFFICES we are the first local agent to offer lowest pricing, drone videography and free document checks to our exclusive clients!

Recommending Hondón Villas (Video Testimonial #1)

VIDEO TESTIMONIALS : Hondon Villas. Sue and Dean Savage tell us why they would recommend Hondon Villas… We are pleased to be the first local Hondón agent to use Video Testimonials… watch out for more soon.

Dean:
I think because you don’t feel pressured into buying something. And you know that you are being looked after. We’ve looked at lots of houses before we came to this one and the one thing that I felt when we were with other agents is that they were working for the vendor. But with Maureen we felt she was working for us as well. We’d been to other agents who we told what we wanted but they still took us to other properties that were no where near what we wanted, just because they wanted to show somebody that the agent was taking us to their house.

Where as with Maureen she just showed us… she was working for us and was honest with us. She’s say, ‘That is not right for you’ or ‘yeah, ‘I think this one is’. That’s why I would come back (to Hondon Villas) and use Maureen again.

SUE:
“You just felt safe. That is the word I would use. You felt actually safe in her confidence”.

Sue:
Because we were in Maylasia, everything had to be done through Hondon Villas. Maureen made that really easy and helped us with moving in, what was left in the house … actually, the whole package. And you just felt safe. That is the word I would use. You felt actually safe in her confidence.

Dean:
And picking up from that, when we did arrive (in Hondon) the after sale package was really useful and helpful. Actually meeting us at the house with the keys to make sure we happy and OK. And whenever we had a problem, Maureen and her team have been on the end of the phone. So all we had to do was give them a call or walk into the office and nothing was too much of a problem.

Hondon Villas are a featured agent on the Channel 4 TV “A Place in the Sun” program and a AIPP member committed to better standards.

Interested?
Contact us to help you buy or sell your home in the Hondón Valley areas…
WEB: http://www.hondonvillas.net/ ::: NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net
FRAILES OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 or
NIEVES OFFICE: (0034) 865 571 981

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

A Place in The Sun in the Hondón Valley

A PLACE IN THE SUN 2019 ::: Hondón Villas have been consultants to A Place in the Sun again in 2019. We just finished helping them …. read on! This year we met Laura Hamilton (see picture) who was so lovely and gave us a few PR tips which should come in handy later.

It’s always a great pleasure to get involved with what is probably the most popular Property Show in the UK. How many years has this been going?

So we are pleased that APITS as we call it, have been to the Hondón Valley areas just about every year for 10 years. And we all think it’s our little secret place, well people do know it exists and still, thankfully, want to come to the area. Which of course, is good for the property market and our sellers.

Map for Hondon Villas. Google Map, Hondon de los Frailes.

We have assisted APITS and other TV Property programs quite a few times now, most years in fact, including “Escape to the Continent” and ” A New Life in the Sun”.

Having met many of the APITS presenters we have to say they are all very professional, charming and always happy to do a few publicity shots in-between shooting the program. As we stand watching the program being made, they make it look so easy and slick. They are great at putting the potential buyers at ease as I am sure the cameras can be a little intimidating… Interesting stuff.

If you want to get involved with the Place in the Sun program head on over to their web page: https://www.aplaceinthesun.com/tv-show/appear-on-the-tv-show

Of course as Hondón’s premier real estate agent we are always happy to show you the area and help you find your dream Spanish villa or apartment in this traditional area of Spain.

Contacts: www.hondonvillas.net / sales @ hondonvillas.net / +34 965 075 357
We also have a large office in the Hondón de los Frailes central plaza… look for our green/navy logo! Hope to see you soon 🙂

Websites and Portals:
You can find Hondón Villas and our properties online. Here are just a few:

WEB: www.hondonvillas.net / hondonvillas.nl
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
BLOG: http://www.villasinhondon.net/
RIGHTMOVE: Property Portal / Hondon Villas
ZOOPLA: Property Portal / Hondon Villas
PRIME LOCATION: Property Portal / Hondon Villas
As well as A Place in the Sun, Home Espana, Kyero and other key Collaborators… Please consult with an AIPP Registered Agent.

Richard & Sandra… Reviewed Hondon Villas

Short Stories by Richard Seal

Maureen, director of Hondón Villas, often gets praise from her clients. One of the best we ever got was from Richard and Sandra Seal who bought a villa through Hondón Villas in 2014.

“always gives you a Rolls Royce service…”
Please see the full text below.

We checked with them and they are so well settled in the Hondón Valley and Spanish life, both content with a place in the sun. A true expat success story.

Sandra loves cats and gardening and couldn’t be more happy away from the stressful life of the UK. And Richard, a teacher is working in the area. He has also used the experience to restart a new “life” as an author of short stories which he publishes on Amazon [link]. He is already on his eighth book “Familiar” (see cover image). Most of his stories are inspired by his observations and lifestyle in Spain. They are very amusing and a recommended holiday read.

They kindly wrote a very nice 5* testimonial and recommendation. Thank you.

“My wife and I will never forget how helpful, positive and supportive Maureen and everyone at Hondon Villas were when we moved to Spain in 2014. They have always been there to help with any queries ever since.

Mo’s customer service skills are excellent, she works incredibly hard for all her clients, and always gives you a Rolls Royce service without ever making you feel under pressure.

We were so pleased when Hondon Villas received Costa Blanca People’s Pride of Spain Award for Business of the Year – this recognition was so well deserved.

We highly recommend Hondon Villas. Maureen and her wonderful team will ensure that all your questions and concerns are addressed and take the time to find a property which meets all your needs.”

: Richard & Sandra Seal
Map for Hondon Villas. Google Map, Hondon de los Frailes.

CONTACT US: The Local Agent with Local Knowledge for Local People. TEL: +34 965 075 357
Mobiles • +34 683 635 339 | +34 622 314 244
OFFICE: Central Plaza in Frailes (Mon-Fri 10 til 5 or Appointments on weekends)

Sold! Sold! Sold!

Well… we’ve SOLD a few Hondón Valley houses in our time… and we sell more houses in this area than any other agent. We’ve lived and worked in the area for about 15 years… that longevity and experience is for you to take advantage of… Please let us help you buy or sell your Hondón Home. 🙂

Hondon Villas property sales in the Hondón Valley, Costa Blanca Spain. Real Estate Agent / Inmobilaria
  • Every year we beat the previous year’s sales figures.
  • THANK YOU for your support
    and please [ COMMENT, LIKE and SHARE this post ]
    if you care about keeping local businesses alive…
  • Over 1.8 million website views since we started! (AMAZING!)
  • We also know we sell more homes than any other agent in the area.
  • This graphic attached might illustrate our success a little
  • (click to see in full – actually there are more, we just couldn’t fit them on).
  • We are honoured to have served so many people and lasted so long … over 10 years now!
  • Pop-in to our Frailes office or visit our website for all contact points and the latest property for sale : www.hondonvillas.net
  • Thanks Again .. The Hondon Villas Team.

About Hondón Villas … Spanish Real Estate Agent

Hondon Villas SL are the most prominent local agents to the Hondón Valley, including the popular La Montanosa Urb. We are the registered AIPP Property Agent in the Hondon Valley, Costa Blanca South. 15 years in the area so far. And WooooHoooo, we were voted Business of the Year by the popular Expat “Costa Blanca People” regional newspaper. Last year we hit OVER 1.8 MILLION website visitors and always do well Customer Ratings. We have many client testimonials to vouch for our service and expertise.

With over 30 years real estate experience there is no-one else in the Hondon area with the same pedigree in property sales and service.

Our bricks & mortar office is in the main Hondón de los Frailes Plaza, next to the best restaurants and bars in the area. So you can actually pop-in to see us in the flesh, sit down, relax and chat about your property needs. We’ll also show you around the area to make sure the location, location, location is right for you!

We have been regular contributors to the “A Place In The Sun” TV program over the years who are also AIPP members, the industry standard for Real Estate services.

Being residents here for about 15 years means we have a accumulated lots of experience in Spanish property buying, rural laws and pitfalls, a wide network of local experts and skill people and an invaluable extension of local knowledge. This will and has come in very handy for countless new Hondon Valley home owners.

We certainly strive to show we care about you and your dream of living or holidaying in your dream Spanish property. We are on hand to help before during and after you come to the area… something you may not get with other agents here or coastline collaborators who do not know the area at all.

So let us hold your hand, care for you and get that dream home in the Hondon Valley. Visit our hondonvillas.net website for more information, call into our office Monday to Friday, or call for an appointment TEL: +34 965 075 357

Regards, Maureen: Hondon Villas owner and service champion.

Hondón Villas in Nieves…

A few people have enquired if our office in Nieves is closed now… here is our response:

 Office: Hondon Villas Real Estate
  • The main Hondón Villas Office will continue to be in the main Frailes Plaza (Next to 28 Restaurant). Having had continued success there, we are looking to improve this facility over the next 6 months.
  • Now, having test-run a second office in Nieves for a year at a very low-cost lease we have struggled to staff this new office as we would have liked, due to being so busy in the-field, holiday cover and staff illness. However it more than paid for itself and we are pleased we tried the location whilst we had the chance. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
  • However, we now feel our resources and marketing budget is better spent improving the Hondón de los Frailes office as it is by far the most buoyant plaza of the two villages. Footfall is always good in Frailes.
  • Our Nieves landlord had another service provider interested so we have agreed to let it go and move forward with the Frailes office. Hence, Hondón Villas are no longer using this Nieves office for real estate.
  • Of course we appreciate and thank you as always for supporting all local businesses and Hondón Villas SL as you have for many years now. We hope to be here for a lot longer… so we Hondón Traders need your custom!
    Regards
    Maureen Cook and the Team

    Business of the Year and nearly 15 years of success in the area. If you wish to buy sell or rent in the Hondón Valley area always come to see us, call us or email us. Easy and hassle-free!

S.L. Another Hondón Villas Milestone

Hondon Villas is dead … Long live Hondón Villas S.L.

Hondon Villas S.L. August 2019

That’s right, we are proud to announce that we are now (August 2019) a fully registered S.L. company ( Sociedad Limitada ) which is similar to a Limited company in the U.K. And more than that we are a family business as our daughter Kathryn joins us from the UK as the 3rd director and head of property sales having previously run her own successful business in Leeds, UK.

Progress, Growth & Commitment

If you follow our progress and success thus far you will be aware that we have grown steadily since 2009, beat our annual sales targets and expanded staff and office capacity year-on-year. And all in a difficult and competitive property market, particularly in this uncertain BREXIT climate.

“Becoming an S.L. clearly shows our commitment to keeping Hondón Villas a viable and legal local business for as long as we can, after all we have been part of the Hondón high-street for about 10 years now.” – Maureen Cook, Director.

Past, Present & Future

Thank you for supporting 30+ Years experience, 10+ years in the Hondón Valley & 5 Years AIPP Pro’ Standards.

As I write, we are currently supporting 6 members of staff, 3 cars, mobiles, offices, rates and E.U wide marketing budgets. Yes, we make it work but we don’t profiteer, we have real business costs and we certainly don’t run on a shoe-string from a bedroom for two minutes on a Tuesday or finish early on a Friday! It’s an expensive market to be in. Yet we are actually the cheapest Pro’ agent in the area! We have done and will continue to ensure our staff have legal contracts, pay their taxes and have public liability cover. Our office is passed by the Town Hall, we have a certified accountant and practice the AIPP service standards. Above all we value our customers as real people with real dreams to live in Spain or to sell through a professional service.

AIPP Badge 5 Years for Hondo Villas, Spain

And we are glad to say we are still the top selling agent in the area, no contest! Despite many requests, we are very particular who we collaborate or “share” our business with, our customer service is very important and we would not want to risk anyone else spoiling that. But, thankfully we hold our own due to a positive reputation, local high-street offices, multi-level marketing, a friendly and knowledgeable personnel and of course our hand-holding work ethic.

Our extensive online presence and technical investment pays off as we have continually added to our video equipment and social media strategy. We help promote the local area, events and culture with videos, guides and blogs. We think it’s as important to sell the area as it is to sell the houses in the Hondón Valley.

Of course whilst we a confident of our future we have no crystal ball and we know post-crash Spain and the local economy is still far away from the dizzy “boom” heights of 2004/5… so we have to tread carefully.

Offices and Investment

Our main office will continue to be in the Frailes Plaza. We are looking to improve this facility over the next 6 months. Now, having test-run a second office in Nieves for a year’s low-rent lease we have struggled to staff this new office as we would have liked due to being so busy in-the-field, holiday cover and illness. We now feel the resources and marketing budget is better spent improving the Hondón Frailes office as it is by far the most buoyant plaza of the two villages. Our Nieves landlord requires the premises for another service provider which we have agreed to. So the Nieves office will close at the end of August. But we are also looking to recruit a new member of staff to cover Admin’ tasks and busy times.

HV Property in the Hondon Valley

So all-in-all we are looking forward to more success but a challenging year ahead. BREXIT looming may well be our biggest challenge yet but the last three years would suggest the Brits still want to buy in Spain. If the sales cake does get smaller we will endeavour to get more than our fair share. After all, my 30+ years in Real Estate has shown that hard-work, resilience, flexibility and experience can overcome most business challenges. Please, SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS, as without it the local economy and its vibrant culture will diminish and that of course will affect the property market for sure.

Regards and happiness to you all,
Maureen Cook and the Hondón Villas S.L. Team

EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net / TEL: +34 965 075 357
HONDON VILLAS S.L. [ NIF B42662981 ]
Calle Juan Carlos I, #24
Centro Plaza Hondón de los Frailes
Alicante 03689
Spain