The scores are in! Populous for Hondón Nieves

As real estate agents for the area we like to know the general trends and demographics of the Hondon Valley area. Well, the Spanish Institute of National Statistics (INE) and the Alicante government publishes annual figures on the population (births, deaths, marriages, migration, etc) of it’s towns and cities. E.G. this page is for Hondon de las Nieves published 29 Jan 2019.

http://documentacion.diputacionalicante.es/4hogares.asp?codigo=03077 or you can do your own reports on the www.ine.es website <

Figures here are based* on the Padron registrations, however experience suggests that the figures will not be wholly accurate (lower) as many of the foreign influx do not register or forget to re-register on the Padron, particularly when changing address.

Hondon Nieves Ayuntimiento
The Town Hall, Nieves Plaza

So using the Hondón de las Nieves figures (rounded up/down for ease) as an example for 2018 we can see that Nieves village had nearly 2,500 people on their Padron. The Padron register suggests that the overall population has decreased a few % over the last 3 years but again is that due to inertia of signing the Padron, deaths or some migration away or maybe less influx of foreigners / Brexit? There are some clues in the figures but no reasons given.

Age Span: It may come as no surprise that over 50% of these Hondon residents are over 50 years of age. Nieves has 5 people over 95 but less that 200 are under age 19.

Sex Span: The spilt of male (1,256) and female (1,218) is slightly in favour of men for this Hondon village.

Nationality and Birth: Nearly 1,600 people were born in Spain. Nieves has a 98% European population with about 900 as Extranjeros (foreigners). That number is down on other years. Why?

The figures of country split I looked at seem to omit the Dutch and Belguique. However, some working out would suggest that the Brits, Dutch and Belguique make up most of the foreign population in Nieves. But there are also a few German, French, Italians from the EU but about 40 Russian, Asian and South Americans amongst the population.

So Hondon de las Nieves is about 36% foreigners according to these recent stats. Which seems lower than most people would guess. What do you think?

Historically, the European influx was strongest after the 2008 crash! 2012/2013 shows the highest EU populas to number about 1,420. However that is a total but per year. e.g. in 2007 235 foreigners arrived but 2017 (ten years later) that was down to 79. It would appear we lost about 500 foreigners between then and 2018? From a real estate view point that would suggest there is lees of the property pie to serve which contrasts with our sales records over the last 5 years! We’ll try to puzzle that one out later.

Well now we know at least some basic population facts for Hondon de las Nieves… we’ll look at the Frailes figures soon. It’ll be interesting to compare Frailes with Nieves. Thank you for reading.

Hondon Real Estate for Property and Home in the Hondon Valley
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*NOTES: Any figures here are interpreted from the official INE stat’s and only for general interest, rounded up and not for re-publication or official in any way. it’s also worth noting that most of us regard the area as the Hondon Valley which includes many small towns and villages as a population so the Nieves stats cannot reflect the true picture of the valley or does it?

Regards from
The Hondon Villas team (c2019)

Hondón Grapes and more Grapes!

Grape Bagging in Hondon

The Hondón Valley is to have a bumper grape harvest despite the reported activities of high numbers of wild rabbits! Harvest time does seem to vary a lot across the valley and Costa Blanca. Near Nieves it seems to be anywhere between September and New Year. The late grapes are used for the New Year Celebrations with ’12 grapes and champagne’.

The grape harvest creates about 10,000 temporary jobs across the Costa Blanca and local growers have had a good year, despite a new “plague” of wild rabbits which have threatened the harvest in some areas.

In the main they grow table grapes in the areas of Novelda, Aspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, La Montanosa Urb, La Romana, Monforte del Cid and Agost. (most wine grapes are grown further north in the Jumilla area).

You will see millions & millions of grapes wrapped in paper bags to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards.

Last year production in the Hondón region was more than 40,000 tons.

SO EAT MORE GRAPES!

Deal or No Deal? Brexit Update

Well at least the Noel Edmonds TV quiz of the same name was entertaining and understandable! As for Brexit? Well we are still nervously waiting to fully know how Brexit will affect us Expats in Spain. Although a lot of positive bulletins have been confirmed, all we can do now is watch the news and keep as up-to-date as possible.

Live Podcast Jan 2019 on Brexit

Yesterday Jan 31st 2019 they broadcast live via Facebook on the latest Brexit news and answered many questions from concerned people. it was very informative and well presented, albeit an hour long. Well worth a watch as it should answer common concerns or point you on to further information. Login to Facebook to see this here: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

Living In Spain Information

The British Embassy are also making a lot of information available to Expats in Spain via their “Living In Spain” series of articles on the UK Gov website: www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain . This includes useful information about residency, driving, healthcare, tax and working and so much more. You really should read and bookmark this site if you are already or wanting to be an Expat in Spain.

So check out the official information British people moving to and living in Spain need to know.

Hondón Villas on YouTube

Hondon Valley Property Agent

Well seems that the Hondón area is getting better known and it’s residents are keen to show you what they are doing and what is going on here in the Hondón Valley…. many people have uploaded their videos of local fiestas, events, concerts, markets, bars and restaurants.

If you search HONDÓN on YouTube there’s quite a lot of videos to see (of varying quality and interest). Look out for the ones about the local fiestas in the local villages of Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, La Canalosa, La Romana and Aspe.

Visit YouTube (Hondon Property Videos)

Cien, One Hundred, Honderd, Cent

The Hondón Villas website has always been ahead of our local Real Estate competitors in design and speed. We regularly update, validate and code check the technical site of our sites and try to ensure it works for you and follows the latest and proper coding techniques such as HTML 5 and the European GDPR privacy rules. Our in-house expert (25+ years experience) codes and changes the site for best practises, security, privacy and in particular to make our site friendly for our mobile phone users.

So it’s great that we get regular feedback from Google Insights that our site is often graded 100/100 in terms of it’s speed, usability and 85/100 for it’s mobile friendly approach. Great! Hondon Villas were the first to offer a small screen alternative of our website for mobile and tablet users, which is around 60% of our visitors now. Our main competitor locally scores 5/100 for their mobile site. As far as we can ascertain no other website in our locality gets near 100/100. Proud!

It’s important because independent stat’s and research shows that most Internet users expect web sites to be fast, usable and mobile friendly or they simply move on … a lost chance to sell or inform.

So it is in our interest to get it right for our sellers and buyers marketing opportunities. We know we have had over 1.5 million site visits to our main hondonvillas.net site alone + 10,000’s more through property portals, sister websites and social media. WOW! (and you thought Hondon was a secret!)

W3C Validated Hondon Real Estate Site

Having had a Google Page#1 search position for 10 years or more is no accident. We have earned it through investing in technology, good W3C standards coding and regular content! But we cannot be complacent as Google does what Google wants and does de-rank sites for poor design or slow sites! So all websites owners like us are playing a cat & mouse game with Google to stay at the top. How you do that is no secret actually but it’s a constant process and takes up a lot or resources and time.

Ranked No #1 for Hondon Property!

Foe Sale: Villa in Macisvenda, Costa Blanca South.ONLINE EXPOSURE COUNTS!
2019: Our website monitoring services and search ranking tools show categorically that HONDONVILLAS.NET is BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR website for the area and related search words. (Read why it matters below…)

Simply our “property net” catches more buying fish!

It’s actually staggering that our group of websites, social media and major property portals (like A Place in the Sun, Zoopla, Right Move, HomeEspana, Kyero, Prime Location, Green Acres) get thousands of hits week-in-week-out. And to think the “Hondon Valley” is quite a smallish niche of the Spanish real estate market.

marketing on Portals and Sites

We are ranked higher and get about 5 times more traffic than our nearest rival for Hondon Property related searches and ‘click-throughs’.

Pstt! in case our competitors are reading (and they usually do) we won’t tell you where or how we do this but it’s definitely working.

We are CONSTANTLY on PAGE#1 of Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing in the UK, NL and ES for pertinent key real estate phrases… such as “Hondon Property” / “Villas in Hondon” / “Hondon Valley Homes” / “Hondon Estate Agent” / “Villas for sale in Hondon”. No other local agent even comes close!

Why this matters:
It matters to you the seller because the majority of foreign house buyers now start their property search online. Years ago they’d go to a UK high-street agent or visit a property exhibition. So, you the seller get a better chance of a house viewing if we at Hondon Villas are higher up the search results. Further, Google’s own research shows most people never bother with page #2 of search results. So in this busy digital age, to sell your Hondon area property you really want to be with an agent that has a high-ranking  property website in the Search Engines and that gets lots of targeted visitors. Period!

To improve your chances of a sale, we also invest in major global portals and advertising (like Right Move, Kyero, Zoopla, Think Spain, Prime Location, etc), foreign websites, blogs and online / off line advertising in local papers. We also have a high visibility with the locals, engage in community publicity and sponsorship. Our social media channels are active and updated often.

Of course we also have our very own estate agent office HQ in both the Frailes and Nieves Plazas or visit our website www.hondonvillas.net / Facebook page or call us:
Office: +34 965 075 357

The first almond flowers arrive 2019!

The province of Alicante is already seeing the first pink and white blossom of the almond trees on their farmland. The areas of Torrellano, in Elche, Hondón de las Nieves and Hondón de los Frailes, in the Medio Vinalopó, the districts of Marina Alta and Vega Baja are some of the points of the province in which you can already enjoy a beautiful landscape.

This flowering is earlier than usual in the region. It is common for the first petals and the first almond buds to begin appearing at the beginning of February.

The relatively high temperatures in recent weeks in the region, where in some points, such as Elche, have reached between 18 and 20 degrees! We’ve seen people sun bathing on the coast. However, the local farmers are a little worried that some almonds groves in the mountains may be exposed to possible frosts as the local temperature and inclement weather can be cold in the evenings and early mornings in January and Feburary. Lately the Hondon Valley is feeling 3-5 degrees first thing BRrrrrrr! But all is well by mid morning and a lunch al-fresco is a still a pleasant experience.

Hondon Villas, your local AIPP Property Agent

Hondon Villas are in the AIPP“Caring and serving you in the Hondon Valley”. Hondon Villas is owned and managed by Maureen Cook who has over 30 years experience in Real Estate (UK and Spain).

Maureen set-up her own profitable estate agency office in Leeds, UK over 30 years ago. That office is still trading today. Maureen has also successfully managed a string of profitable UK based estate agency offices including large branches for the Halifax, Manning Stainton, Your Move and Bairstow Eves – all main players in the UK property market.

Moving to Spain about 14 years ago, she joined Medsea Estate PLC as a Property sales Agent. Having completed 100’s of Inspection Trips along the Costa Blanca, she soon found herself the top female property sales agent with an average conversion rate of 70%. With the 2008 financial crash and subsequent fall in Spanish Property markets, she voluntarily left Medsea to then later start-up Hondon Villas, her local Spanish property market. She realised many Expats after the boom years now wanted to sell up to go home or relocate, but also that the post-boom cheaper property would attract a new generation of investors and buyers. There was also very few trained and experienced real estate agent services in the Hondón Valley then.

As seen on A Place in the SunBuilding up a rapport and reputation didn’t take long and her first office was open 8 years ago. Going from strength to strength Hondon Villas has moved to better premises to the Frailes Plaza with more staff, more foot traffic and better prospects. Her 2nd office opened in Nieves Plaza in the summer of 2018.

The Hondon Valley property market has bucked the trend and still remains a “secret” with British, Dutch and Belguique buyers and the Spanish economy has slowly recovered from the 2008 crash. Each year Hondon Villas have never been so busy! … and we can report a record year in 2018.

As well as this wealth of experience, Maureen is a confident, professional and extremely friendly person. Her positive attitude to customer service, is second to none. And it shows, as she is constantly recommended by her clients to others.

OFFICE: HONDON DE LAS FRAILES: (0034) 965 075 357
OFFICE: HONDON DE LOS NIEVES: (0034) 865 571 981
Website: WWW.HONDONVILLAS.NET

“We” are local Hondon Agents!

We are Hondon Villas. Hondon Villas have been a “WE” for at least 10 years in Spain starting with Maureen and her IT experienced husband. Maureen was professionlay trained in the UK as a mortgage broker and estate agent by the Halifax Building Society and has 30+ years in the business. Since then we have opened and staffed various offices in the two main Hondon Valley villages. So when we say WE, we mean WE.

Welcome to the NEW Hondon Villas office!

It’s been our observation that far too many sole agents in the area pretend to be “WE” but in reality work from a car or home office. Their posters, marketing and social media make out they are more than one. Why? For sure many of them, like us are diligent and work hard in a competitive market. And also we work with sole agents that give a great service. But it grates that they say “WE” a lot when they mean “I”. Just be honest!

As of Jan’ 2019 we have 7 full time & local employees over two offices and work with carefully chosen partners. If we don’t work with them it’s because they do not match our standards of work ethic or trust. period! And we truly believe that is why we continue to be successful and the top choice of agent in the Hondon Valley area.

WE have TWO real estate offices: one in the Frailes High Street and another in the Nieves Plaza. Above all, WE are local and experienced people.

We have excellent local ties with the Town Halls. We insist you get 100% local independent legal advice, we know bespoke builders and architects, know the best tradesmen, bars, restaurants and shops. One client said we are the 4th emergency service in Hondon !!

So be careful of other so called “we” agents – check if they really are a “we” – Importantly ask where they when they were trained, what they did before or how they got here, are they local? Often they are really an “I” or simply collaborate with other many 3rd party agents. Many agents operating in the Hondon Valley don’t even live anywhere near here or know the Hondon Valley at all.

Q. So ask yourself,  can they advise you on a niche area like Hondon? – Answer is they often fall short of knowledge and experience! Some have never been trained and have just hopped on the Estate Agents Job Bus without a proper ticket!

BREXIT? What to do next?

We recently attended and made notes at a local meeting in Hondón de los Frailes about BREXIT.  This was organised by the British Consulate, Alicante division. Our notes are below which may help some of you.

BREXIT for Expats in Spain

Yes, the situation as we write (Nov’ 2018) is still very fluid and subject to change and as yet there is no deal/ a deal is agreed between the UK and EU.

However, with time running out Brits abroad are worrying what they should do!

Of course Hondon Villas are no experts on what actually will happen, nor are we privy to any more information than anyone else. But we try to keep an eye on what could happen to protect our business and help new and existing clients.

With that in mind here are the things we picked out from the talk…

AIM of the Talk: For British citizens living in Spain to be ready for Brexit.

Citizens rights:
Brits that are over living here ‘legally’ can continue to do so as normal.
To be ‘legal’ you must hold a residencia. You can have lived here for less than 5 years but you still need a residencia.

Health Care:
If you have health care already in Spain via a S1 (pensioners) then you can continue to do so. If you have healthcare in Spain through any other means i.e S I P card then this continues also. The European health card ( EHIC) should not be used if you are living here permanently.

Time frames:
To achieve legal status (residencia) before December 2020 (if a deal is reached). To achieve legal status (residencia) before March 31st (if a deal is not reached).

Part time residents:
Maybe difficult for them to do 6 months Spain/UK. This group may have to choose which country they want to be resident in! Nothing has been agreed in the negotiations so far but may mean that if you are not resident legally in Spain there could be restrictions on the period of time they can reside per year.

Driving License:
Should not be driving on a UK driving license if living in Spain. You need a Spanish Driving license.

False info/scaremongering:
Anything written on any platform other than the Gov.UK site is not true.

Voting rights:
This was not included in the Brexit negotiations. However Spain and the British consulate are in discussions so hopefully Brits legally living in Spain will be able to vote in the local Spanish elections soon.

Spain/difficulties in registering:
This can be described as a bureaucratic country with regards getting your documents especially your residencia. However, this in the long term is good thing as it gives you a good footprint in Spain.

Gestores:
Due to the difficult nature/red tape of some of the paperwork needed to obtain some documents, the Spanish tend to use a Gestor who can, for a cost, sort out everything that is needed. Recommended, especially if yout Spanish is poor.

Other info
Facebook page ‘Brits in Spain’

Citizens Advice Spain – a voluntary website to help foreigners in Spain.

Brexpats– Formed to assist the Brits during Brexit. Not for/against Brexit just works with the consulate to help get info out to Brits in Spain. Brexpats is a legal and regulated association in Spain with 5,500 members to date. They also work with international lawyers and are hopeful that they can achieve the voters rights for Brits in Spain to vote in local elections.
Join : More members needed to increase their voice!

The message clearly was to make sure you are a legal British citizen in Spain before Brexit….the only way to achieve this is to have all your documentation but most importantly your residencia.

As we do not know as yet whether there is going to be a deal…I guess it would be sensible to recommend that we all get our paperwork sorted before March 31st 2019.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please consult official channels and not the local bar-room chitter. You can share your experiences on the Hondon Villas Facebook page

Thank you

The Hondón Villas team
Office Numbers: +34 965 075 357 or +34 865 571 981 |
Mobiles: Español +34 683 635 339 | English +34 622 314 244
OFFICE #1: Central Plaza, Hondon de los Frailes
OFFICE #2: Central Plaza, Hondon de las Nieves