Finally some good news in this Covid-19 year!! Hondon Villas have been busy in these difficult times. It’s been hectic to be honest, a surprise given the current pandemic. But we are happy to report multiple sales post Lockdown. Congratulations to all involved.
It’s a relief as we all know it is a worrying time for businesses that rely on movement of people and freedom of travel, like us. And of course the dreaded Coronavirus has impacted on people wanting to travel to/from Spain for their holidays and property inspections.
Thankfully people still want to move homes or invest in property in Spain and the glorious Hondón Valley is on many people’s list right now… or at least they have been for us, Hondón Villas.
It’s been a mixed bunch of sales, mainly from people already living in Spain and either upsizing/downsizing or moving areas. However, we have had two that flew in from the UK (safety measures in place of course) just to view a property, loved it and paid the reservation deposit! Bonus! And so pleased for vendors and buyers alike… more dreams made.
Anyway, so we need more properties to replenish stocks. Property that sells in the right location and at the right price. it can and is being done.
Let us know if you want to be listed with Hondon Villas, the first choice agent for 15+ years in the Hondón Valley area.
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Property Ref’ #953: An immaculate 3 bedroom villa with office on the popular La Montanosa Urb, Hondón Valley. It is close to both main villages (Nieves and Frailes) so affords easy access to shops, bars, services, etc.
This villa is detached and has a private pool, lovely views from the garden patios and conservatory with all day sunshine. It is on one of the quieter streets of the urbanisation with little traffic or noise. Ideal for a tranquillity, working from home and privacy.
Due to its immaculate presentation, everything is established and ready to move into. Please make an enquiry to view this property.
Key Property Points: Detached Villa • Private Pool • Glazed Naya • 3 Bedrooms • 1 En Suite • 1 Shower Room • Outside office • Sun all Day • Fitted Kitchen • Various Patio/Sun Terraces • Gated Drive/ Parking • Legal • Well Maintained
The villa has a large light and airy lounge with air con and a dining area. The double doors lead into a superb glazed naya which overlooks the private garden and pool.
Archway from the lounge takes you into the hallway which leads to the remaining rooms. An open archway takes you into the separate fully fitted kitchen with units to three sides.
Master Bedroom is of generous size with fitted wardrobes and hot and cold air con unit. Door leading the en-suite bathroom with very modern sink unit low level flush w.c. paneled bath with shower over…
[August 2020] What a year so far!! Here are some rambling thoughts for now … in a very fluid 2020! As we write we are 6 months into the Covid 19 pandemic. Masks, sanitising and social distancing are still compulsory here in Spain. It has affected all our lives in some way. By now most of us have seen personal and professional problems as a result of the pandemic… losing family or friends, unemployment, businesses closing, financial hardship and a general difficulty in coping with the uncertainty.
It’s this uncertainty and the restrictions on activities that lower people’s confidence in their immediate futures, their short-term plans. Life changing decisions, like changing jobs, investment, holidays, moving house & migration, will be put-off or even cancelled for now. There’s a knock-on affect of course. And we are not out-of-the-woods yet (August 2020).
House Price Index (Spain)
So it is fair to say that Real Estate in Spain (a key economic driver) over 2020 will continue to be & has already been impacted by various Covid related lockdown restrictions in travel, employment and the economy. Spain’s House Price Index* and property sales volume has been a snail’s pace upwards from 2013 to Q1, 2020… but because of Coronavirus we suspect the index to drop when the whole of 2020 figures come out, especially if things do not improve with the pandemic. Brexit will also be in the mix come Q1, 2021. How we’d like a crystal ball right now!
The graph above (c/o Kyero.com) shows a steady price increase from 2013 up to pre-Covid but also shows how prices dropped steadily after the crisis of the 2008 crash. You can also see that Spain still has not reached the heady days of the property boom before 2008.
* General Council of Spanish Notaries Public.
Sales & Mortgages Down
Kyero also report that during this last year up to April 2020 both the volume of sales and mortgage approvals have taken a dive just as Covid was taking a hold. Up to Q1 2020 there was a 39% reduction in sales volumes and -18% less mortgages approved in Spain. In our Valencia region sales are down 12%.
Hondon Valley Area…
Whilst Hondon Villas (the Hondon Valley, Alicante, Spain) saw no meaningful business during the lockdown period it has been surprisingly buoyant since we all went back to “normal” work mid-June. Trading conditions are still difficult but interest in buying / selling in Spain and in our case, the Hondon Valley area, is still keeping us busy right now…. thankfully.
But we would not be human if we didn’t show concern about our industry and our livelihood. Business wise it’s hard to justify investment right now or taking on more staff…. are all an if/but debate. Not knowing demand & supply is a strain. Paying bills, like rent and wages is a stress.
Still we are far from beat yet … Real Estate in general is an awkward cash-flow business anyway, relying on sporadic, unpredictable results (especially since the crash of 2008) and we don’t get paid until completion of the sale. So we are used to forward planning and ensuring we have a “float” to work from. In our case we can see creditor payments in the pipeline for pre-Covid sales to give us some comfort. That helps. And our appointment diary is busy for the short term at least.
As you’d expect both seller and buyer are cautious right now and we are all trying to work out the game plan. Of course the seller always wants the best top price and the buyer wants to barter down the price! Nothing new there then.
It’s a fact that in the Hondón areas in general, the supply of property out strips the demand = buyer’s market !!And it means buyers are gold. A seller that will not negotiate, can and do regret it. Covid may well have exacerbated this.
In the Hondon Valley areas, we’d definitely say it is still a buyer’s market, houses rarely get the asking price. Typically, 10/15 K off the asking price is normal… and buyer’s like to make the “cheeky offer” a la “A Place in the Sun”, and they are more savvy to the Spanish property market than we were 15 years ago. So seller’s have to be realistic and motivated on price if they want to sell.
The Brits can mitigate this if they play the Sterling/Euro exchange and are returning to the UK with their equity. Just a few cents per pound can make £1000’s on a sale of a house. So if a Brit bought during the boom €1.46+ to the £ era, then the lower exchange rate is now in their favour going back to the UK.
Also, we know the local Hondón economy is not wholly reliant on full employment as there are few jobs and careers here anyway (apart from seasonal farm work / construction / hospitality. We rely on the investment and pension income of foreign property owners in the main. The market and area here is now about 20 years established… so we are on the property map so to speak for re-sales and new build. It’s money in, very little has to go out, so to speak. So in that way Hondón is a bubble and can buck the national trend.
So…. overall as we write… we, at Hondon Villas, still believe and are increasingly getting more confident that Spain, and the Hondon Valley areas, is still a massive attraction for relocation, retirement and holiday home purchases. There is no lack of enthusiasm to live abroad in sunnier climes. After all this area is still as beautiful, tranquil, very Spanish and houses prices are amazing value compared to northern Europe. We attract mainly affluent, cash-rich 50+ age groups / retirees from the UK, Netherlands & Belgium looking for that slower sunnier lifestyle so they are not so worried about employment or the cost of living.
Yes, the Spanish Real Estate market might take time to pull its socks up post Covid, but the green shoots are already here in Hondón. Caution is still key of course and not withstanding a worsening of Covid-19, or another strict lockdown on travel / hospitality.
One thing for sure we do know is that Spain has plenty of property available if and when anyone needs it and to suit all budgets and tastes, inland or coastal. The Spanish government may even add incentives or tax breaks to encourage the property market like they did post 2008 crash. Hopeful.
Here’s hoping to a post-covid shopping spree on Spanish property. Salud!
Guide Price €439.950 …. This uniquely styled detached house with its octagonal dome shape is in the heart of the glorious Hondon Valley (Alicante Region of Spain). it is literally surrounded by pine, olives and almonds. It has 360 degree mountain views and would be an ideal project for those wanting peace, privacy and are looking to make this a home that stands out from the crowd. (Watch the Video Below)
The present owner was unable to complete this project due other commitments. He’d love to see it finished and so it is ripe for someone to put their stamp on it. It offers open plan living and a great south facing sun terrace to the top mezzanine floor. You’ll see some inspiring sunrises at breakfast or stunning sunsets sipping your favourite cocktail by the pool.
With 3 bedrooms, all en suite showers, spacious living and kitchen areas you can design the interior to your liking.
The ground floor is so big it could be storage, workshop, a garage or even split to make more rooms. There is also a small indoor plunge pool area.
The staircase leads to all the living areas and mezzanine. The patio doors lead to the infinity pool (with awesome views) and the arched double glazed windows afford stunning views of the Hondon Valley countryside, so even indoors you feel like you are outside!
It’s amazing and a project that could be relished for the right people.
Key Property Points: Large 450m2 Villa • 59393m2 Plot • Kitchen and Diner Installation • Open-plan Lounge • 3 Bedrooms all with en-suite shower • Sun Terrace & leisure floor • Stunning 360 degree views • Swimming pools (indoor & outdoor) • Garage + Workshop + Storage floor • Solar Energy • Double Glazing
SOLD! Aready-to-move into. This 3 bedroom , 2 bathroom modern villa has a large 10 x 4 pool, a carport, naya, patios, fitted kitchen, an airy open-plan lounge / diner, a pellet burner heating, air-con, easy-to-maintained gardens and of course the tranquil views of the Hondon Valley mountains. ENQUIRIES / APPOINTMENTS: +34 965 075 357 or +34 683 635 339 or www.hondonvillas.net
Hondon Villas S.L are delighted to bring onto the market this immaculately presented 3 bed, 2 bath, detached villa with a 10m x 4m private pool situated on the sought after urbanisation of La Montanosa.
Key Property Points
Detached Villa • Private pool • Fitted kitchen • 3 bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Air con • Pellet burner • Glazed Naya
More Details for Hondon de las Nieves Villa #960
You enter the property in to the lounge and dining room which is of a good size, featuring Wi-fi controlled hot/cold air con and pellet burner. This room has plenty of natural light.
Patio doors lead to a glazed in Naya.
The kitchen is fully fitted with a good range of wall and base units, electric oven, hob and extractor fan.
The hallway from the lounge leads to 2 double bedrooms benefiting from fitted wardrobes.
A family shower room, a small storage cupboard housing the boiler and washing machine can also be accessed from the hallway.
The master bedroom is of good size with fitted wardrobes, air con and an en suite bathroom with shower. There are patio doors leading out to the pool area.
To the outside of the property the plot has been tastefully sectioned in to several different areas, whether you enjoy ‘al fresco dining’ or just like to relax and take in the stunning views of the Hondon Valley, this property offers all this and more!
The property benefits from an 10 x 4 private pool with a large terraced area, ample room for sunbathing or dining.
There is a double driveway gate that leads to the carport and also a pedestrian gate to enter the plot.
This property is connected to mains water, electric and sewerage and has UK Satellite T.V, fast wi-fi internet. Mains gas can be connected if required.
This detached villa is beautifully presented and must be viewed to be appreciated!
A GENUINE OFFER / SAVE ON FEES. Yes, a pricing promotion for new sellers on the La Montanosa Urb, Hondon Valley. … €3000 + IVA That is up to 50% cheaper than other Hondon Valley agents! Why such a low fee? Good question… Due to our increased sales on La Montanosa before Covid-19 our stock had been depleted. We urgently need more properties in La Montanosa as we have clients waiting!
So, if you are motivated to sell your La Montanosa home then call us for details : +34 683 635 339. We are motivated to sell your property and you can save money, SIMPLE! .. but hurry it’s time limited!! [ Book your free valuation here ]
La Montanosa Urb is nestled in between both the villages of Hondon de los Frailes and Hondon de las Nieves. This is a quiet & beautiful sought after location, the properties are very popular! We need more houses to sell on there. So we want to entice you with this special low new seller’s fee. Remember that’s up to 50% cheaper than other Hondon Valley Agents.
Why Choose Hondon Villas S.L.? We have been selling properties in the Hondon Valley for over 15 years. We offer a complete package for both sellers and buyers, we do not just get the sale and then move on!…We are proud of our aftersales support for all parties, which is another benefit of marketing your property with an agent who has an office. Our friendly, multi – lingual office based team are on hand to deal with any enquiries.
A Summer Special Offer* GET MOTIVATED and CALL US NOW Our new offer is a trial, we’ll review how it goes…. We may even extend this to other areas. Don’t miss out. CALL US NOW.
Be assured we NEVER pressure you to sell or buy!! But we are experts at negotiating property prices with our 15 years in the Hondon Valley, 35+ years in Real Estate. #lovelocal #localknowledge
Agents Fees? At Hondon Villas S.L we know the market well. We know what it costs to run our offices, 3 cars, up to 5 staff, taxes, accountants, Internet, phones, advertising, rent… etc. It’s not cheap to run an office and pay contracted staff but we feel it improves the service we can offer, our business is run with customer service at its heart and although our overheads are higher than agents that work from home, the smaller profit is worth it!
Our main office is in Frailes Plaza, open Mon-Fri 10.00 ~ 17.00 and by appointments at other times. Pop-in to see us.
#Staysafe. Love from the Hondon Villas S.L. Team
*Special offer price for new clients (sellers) on La Montanosa urb, Hondón only. Trial limited period, may end soon. Qualifying terms and conditions apply. IVA (tax) is to be added. Incudes FREE valuation, photos, video, house visits & paperwork checks. Marketing across Europe, office displays, online, social media,No sale, no fee. Exclusive offers.
What is the good news? In a nutshell IT HAS GOTTEN VERY BUSY in Spanish Real Estate very quickly post lock-down. And we can see it here in Hondon too. Whilst we could see that from our own website stat’s we got confirmation from a major International property portal today!
We’ll take that as at least a positive sign Spain is still a desired property hot spot. We already know Hondon is fantastic place, great value and popular with retiring Europeans.
Busy, Busy, Busy: As we navigate the “new normal”, post Covid-19 Lockdown we are pleased to see how busy our Hondon Villas office in Hondon de los Frailes is now.
July 2020 – RightMove says: Searches for property in Spain are up 25% compared to June last year… For the last three consecutive months, searches to Rightmove Overseas have been higher than last year. On Sunday, there were over 1 million property searches on Rightmove Overseas for the first time ever – that’s 73% higher than the same Sunday last year. This resulted in the highest number of leads sent to overseas agents and developers in a single day : c/o RIGHTMOVE OVERSEAS
Let’s be honest, most of us are a little worried or uncertain of the future right now. International Real Estate is directly affected by lock-down/quarantine travel restrictions. Here in Hondon the property market demographic is mainly the northern Europeans buying /selling. And they need to travel. We need them to get here to see & snap up the Hondon Valley bargain prices.
Rising Online Browsing & Enquiries: Thankfully, many buyers can research and browse online. Of course we have our own dedicated websites, social media, blogs and other portals to display our properties. They all report rising visitor numbers over the last 2/3 months after the lull of March, April and into May 2020.
That’s GREAT NEWS as it is proof that the appetite to buy Spanish property is still strong despite the pandemic we are still in. Our emails / telephones / Facebook / Whatsapp are teaming with enquiries. We have had to bring staff back early to cope!
As a long-term advertiser with the UK’s biggest Property Portal “RightMove Overseas” we regularly get bulletins and today WHAM BAM! they confirmed that their portal has NEVER BEEN SO BUSY for overseas property enquiries.
… something good is happening and right now we need to smile.
The Hondón Valley… A refuge! This quiet sanctuary is away from the pace, hassle and bustle of the world. The Hondon Valley is a beautiful Spanish neighbourhood nestling in between the mountains and less than one hour’s drive from the golden beaches of the Costa Blanca beaches.
It is a region which can trace it’s roots back to Roman Times, the stone terracing still surviving, although unused and overgrown on the mountain side give presence to that period. The small stone huts dotted around the landscape shows evidence of a later period, when men toiled the fields and these stone constructions were places to rest from their labour, or they were for the shepherd to shelter and to take a break whilst looking after the flock.
Most of this has now disappeared as the community has engaged on a different more relaxed way of life from its previous one of farming and horticulture, morphing into a holiday paradise. This has taken place since the turn of the century, when in the year two thousand, development started with the construction of detached houses on parcels of the urban area.
It was in 1840 that self independence of the valley began to develop when the controlling authority, at that time the Dominican Friars of Orihuela, granted self governing powers to the two Hondon villages of Frailes and further to the north Nieves, with the latter being the controlling one of the pair. This changed in 1926 when the two parted company and the smaller of the two with 12.6 square kilometres of land obtained self autonomy, and the two villages developed in their own way. Today the valley is a quaint mixture of farming, residential and holiday makers living side by side.
In January the blossom on the almond trees will extend across the valley spreading a vista of various colours of pink proliferating around the fertile land between the Spanish style detached properties, giving the general feeling of Spring, although it has not quite arrived, it gives the impression it is on the way.
Hondon in Bloom! As the early months of the year progress then other plants will follow suit when the early buds that have formed will turn into a blanket of foliage hiding the developing fruit of the vines which will be harvested, starting in September and on to the end of the year. In between this period, the fields of olive trees their crop will have matured and would have been gathered.
This valley, this refuge from the madness of the outside world, it is where the quiet relaxed pace of time is paramount to everyday living. The mixture of different people mainly north Europeans who have found the delights of this place in the clean air of the mountains making it their home, mixing in as one, creating a contented community with its self governing bodies controlling the smooth running of events. The street parties and the fiesta in July and August… not to be missed as people come from far and wide to see the spectacles and to enjoy the cuisine offered by its restaurants.
From their humble beginnings the two communities of the valley with their grand old Churches to the centre of each built and named by the Dominican Friars all that time ago. As the bells of these structures mark each hour the surroundings progress into the new age well equipped to welcome all who wish to live or holiday in its peaceful environment.
Copyright 2020. This article was kindly written for Hondon Villas and the Hondón Community Percy W. Chattey, a member of the Hondon Writing Circle.
Percy W. Chattey is a local author of award winning thrillers and the “Story Telling” series. You can purchase Percy Chattey’s books in paperback or Kindle via Amazon… just search Percy Chattey.
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