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

We’re Celebrating 5 Years in the AIPP

AIPP Badge 5 Years for Hondo Villas, Spain

We at Hondón Villas (the #1 local Hondon Valley Real Estate agent) are celebrating 5 years in the Association of International property Professionals (AIPP).

We were the first Hondón Agent to apply and be accepted by the AIPP due to our long international experience in real estate. Maureen Cook (Director) saw the benefits of the AIPP long before any other local agent did because the AIPP pretty much echoes Maureen’s own attitude to professional service standards. Indeed, she believes she goes beyond the AIPP’s service recommendations.

Professional Customer Care is our Top Priority
Hondón Villas have 5 years of AIPP membership and fully support their ethos. Plus, with our 10 years in the Hondón high street and 20+ years in the UK Realty industry, we are the ONLY LOCAL AGENT that have and do consistently strive for pro’ standards! The other agents are still catching up… well we welcome that they all now want a AIPP Members Badge which should raise the standard of services in the area.

Porfessional Real Estate Agent

Of course actually practising the AIPP standards is different to just displaying the badge online and is no substitute for our passion, knowledge and experience. We’ve proved time and again that it’s safer to buy through Hondon Villas than any other local agent, most of who work from a car, have no office, have few credentials or pedigree, with limited experience, no corporate liability insurance or a local network. We are the safe way to buy your dream home in the Hondón Valley, Spain.

Ultimately we love selling home in the Hondón Valley and we hope that shows when you meet us! We look forward to looking after all your property needs. Call +34 965 075 357 or visit us at our offices in Hondon the Hondón Valley.

A Place in the Sun are also AIPP members.

About the AIPP – The industry standard
The AIPP, set up in London 2006, is now a well established non-profit body of estate agents and related professionals looking to improve the work and business standards of the international real estate industry. They do not sell property but with over 380 members and growing they do help promote, train and educate the industry and buyers to ensure a smoother and stress-fee property buy/sell experience. AIPP is also a Trustee of the IESC – International Ethics & Standards Coalition . Learn more about the AIPP here.

So we take this opportunity to thank you for supporting a local, passionate and experienced business who invests in the local high-street, it’s people and community services. Buy LOCAL as it keeps the community ticking over.
To find out more about Hondon Villas and our real estate services (buy, sell or rent) then visit our extensive website www.hondonvillas.net. or visit the AIPP website to verify our membership.

Hondon Villas wear the AIPP Badge

Real Estate Code of ConductHondon Villas are the only AIPP agent who have TWO local daily offices in the Hondon Valley. We are actually in the central plaza of Hondón de los Frailes and Nieves
( here is the Google map ) .

We are delighted to be part of and perform to the Real Estate standards of the AIPP (Assoc’ of International property Professionals). It’s a fact, no other local agent has the experience or level of service we can offer.

Thank you Len Ridgway: “We would like just like to say and let it be known that credit where credit is due! Mo (Maureen) and Saff of Hondon Villas have given us excellent service and been the most helpful and professional agents to us and we know many many other people as well. They have always gone the extra mile for us and its most appreciated. We would still and have recommended them to lots of people 🙂 … Said it before but if you want to sell your property professionally then go with Maureen, she’s the best :-)”.

And we live here, know the people, know the facilities and have helped 100’s of people buy homes or settle here. We are “Hondon Villas” and we sell Villas in Hondon.

Our professional perseverance is paying off… we are on a roll as we have sold another 2 properties this week. Watch our on line channels (such as Facebook / Twitter / Google+) for updates.

Hondon Villas concentrate our estate services in the Hondon Valley and the surrounding villages. Everyday we deal with Hondon buyers, sellers and renters. We prefer not deal on the coast as we want to look after our special local community.

Please visit or contact our office for more Information:
Frailes Oficina Tel: 965075357
Nieves Oficina Tel: 865 571 981

Here are some nearby towns and villages close to the Hondon Valley: Albatera, Algorfa, Algueña, Almoradí, Aspe, Balones, Benejúzar, Benferri, Benijófar, Benissa, Callosa de Segura, Cañada del Trigo, Catral, Cox, Crevillente, Dolores, Elche, Elda, Elx, Hondón de las Nieves, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondon Valley, La Romana, La Montanosa Urb Villas, Monforte del Cid, Monóvar, Novelda, Orihuela, Pinoso, Rojales, San Isidro, Santa Pola, Sax. All of them little jewels in the Hondon Valley Crown!

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.

Don’t get Ripped-off in Hondon

We know Estate Agents and Builders don’t in general have a great reputation in Spain and with good reason during those boom years!

Maureen, owner and manager of HondonVillasUnfortunately, there are signs it still happens, even in this quaint old valley. That saddens us greatly at Hondon Villas because it is a too wide a brush stroke that hurts the ones trying to work damn hard to ensure buyers and sellers get a good deal with the minimum of fuss and hassle.

We know of a few “outside” agents visiting Hondon Valley with their clients who might follow that old shady path – in the UK we would call it a “rip-off” (and we have many instances of concrete and anecdotal evidence). These shady characters can be hard to spot if you are inexperienced and you put your trust in every word they utter. Don’t get mugged by double glazing sales tactics or untrained agents!

Or best advice is to be a little wary, slow down, don’t be rushed into anything, or give away your money quickly or sign something you don’t understand… but better still CALL Hondon Villas – we are local, experienced and AIPP trusted here.

“Rip-off” is NOT something we entertain or condone.

So if you are uncomfortable with the actions, language, pressure sales or promises from other estate agents… just call us – WE WILL HELP YOU 100% – we want to be the model of quality service that other agents envy!

At Hondon Villas we firmly believe the cream rises to the top. The shady ones will curdle it for you and that bad taste may cost you more than you bargained for now and in years to come.

Thank you, from the Hondon Villas Team in the beautiful and peaceful Hondon Valley, Costa Blanca South.

CALL our HV Office: +34 965 075 357

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

Tax & Residency Guides for Spain

Whilst we cannot vouch for all their advice or practises, Blevins Franks, have a long and respected reputation for financial advice, tax, BREXIT and the Spanish legal maze.

They offer books, videos and free basic guides to paying taxes in Spain. They often advertise free seminars in the area where you can meet and quiz their experts in relaxed surroundings.

Use the link below to find an array of published guides (PDFs) and books. e.g. Franks & Blevin, AIPP, etc

https://www.blevinsfranks.com/download/tax-guides/

 

Hondon Villas can Help

Hondon Villas (an AIPP member) have already helped 100’s of people buy their DREAM HOME in the Hondon area. You will find that we are passionate about your property needs… Buy, sell or rent!

Welcome to our Estate Agents!

  1. NO PRESSURE! – We listen, offer expert advice BUT let you choose… please take your time, after all it’s a BIG life changing decision so we want you to find the right property in the right location.
  2. EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE: No other local agent comes close… 30+ years in the industry and trained to corporate standards and 13 years in the area!
  3. 2 STAFFED OFFICES: Yes real people in real offices with real desks in the main central plazas of Frailes & Nieves
  4. TRANSPORT: Airport taxis, car-hire and temporary accommodation
  5. SPANISH PAPERWORK: Escrituras, NIEs, Padron, Utilities
  6. LEGAL ASPECTS: planning permissions, contracts, land-registry, conveyance, power of attorney
  7. FINANCE: mortgage brokers, Spanish bank accounts, currency exchange
  8. CULTURE / LIFESTYLE: Social scene, bars, restaurants, fiestas, entertainment, schools, shops
  9. BUILDINGS & DOMESTICS: Yes you still have to do chores & DIY in Spain! But we know the local tradesmen and services in the area
  10. BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: …and of course our award winning service with a smile and patience all to AIPP best practise levels…
  11. We are Hondon’s Safest Buy, Spain. PERIOD!
    CALL, EMAIL or VISIT
    to BUY, SELL or RENT in the Hondon Valley areas

Learn about Spanish Property Paperwork

bnr-hondon-property-epcBuying or Selling, you need to know more about the Spanish Property Paperwork you should have or consider? The Kyero quick guide can help…

Before signing anything there are some important pieces of paper you and your lawyer should have a look at the following paperwork and requirments.

1) The Escritura Publica and Nota Simple: The Escritura Publica is the registered title deed of the property. It is entered in the ‘Registro de la Propiedad’, the Property Registry, and is the only guarantee of title in Spain. It contains a description of the property, the details of the owner and any mortgages or legal claims that exist against the property. This document is important because it tells you if the seller is the owner of the property being sold. A nota simple contains further details of any mortgages or charges against the property and is also available from the Registry.

2) The IBI receipt: Before purchasing a resale (not new) Spanish property check out the ‘lmpuesto sobre Bienes lnmuebles’, or IBI, which is the municipal property tax. Ideally, you’ll be able to see the IBI receipts for the last five years because that is the limit of liability for unpaid back taxes and is attached to the property, not the owner. A new property bought from a developer will not have an IBI receipt (because it has never been ‘owned’) so it will be your responsibility to register the property for this tax.

3) The Referencia Catastral: Every property sale must quote the ‘Referencia Catastral’ of the property in question. The Catastro is another system of property registration in Spain, concentrating on the location, physical description and boundaries of the property. While the Property Registry focuses almost exclusively on ownership and title, the Catastro is concerned with property valuation.

These two systems do not communicate with each other, and it is common to find that the catastral description of a property differs greatly from the one in the Property Registry. It is a good idea to request the actual certificate from the Catastro with a full description of the property. The certificate is in two parts, one being a description of the property and the other being either a plan or an aerial photograph.

4) Community fees, statutes and minutes of the AGM: This only applies if you are buying a property in an urbanisation or where there are some ‘communal’ resources, shared amongst a number of properties. These are the fees charged by the ‘Comunidad de Propietarios’, the Community of Property Owners, a legal body that controls all the elements held in common; the lift, gardens and pool for example. Each owner is assigned a quota, or percentage of the expenses which, by law, must be paid.

5) Utility bills: These assure you that the bills are paid and also provide an idea of what the running costs of the property will be.

6) EPC (Energy Performance Certificate): The EPC (energy performance certificate) is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from “A” (the most efficient) to “G” (the less efficient). The EPC law is  approved and it came into force on the 1st of June, 2013. It is obligatory for all sellers and lessors who are advertising their property for sale or rent. At the completion of the sale The Notary will ask to see the original EPC. When buying a home you should get the EPC for that property and it’s rating. If you are selling you should obtain one.

7) Misc: If you are buying a property in an urbanisation, make sure that it is legal and registered by asking to see the approved ‘plan parcial’ at the town hall. If the property is on the beach, make sure the development is also approved by the Jefatura de Costas. For a new property, make sure that it has been declared for IBI and that the developer has made the ‘declaracion de obra nueva’. Also ensure that the escritura mentions the house you are purchasing as well as the plot of land on which it stands. As an additional safeguard, it is wise to examine the town planning maps for the area around the property, called the Plan General de Ordenacion Urbana, or PGOU.

Be Realistic with your Selling Price on Hondon Homes

As much as it hurts, in the current market, property sellers still have to be realistic about the price they want for their property in Spain. Most people in the Hondon area have too great an expectation of their property value.

 

In general houses for sale in the Hondon area have sold for well below their original sale price if they were bought in the boom/pre-2008 (the crash). Very few sellers achieve their initial asking price. And it’s a fact that whilst Hondon Property Sales are definitely on the up in 2017 / 2018, figures such as 30% or 40% below pre-crash values are now common.

It’s a buyer’s market right now.

Not great news if you are selling!  And supply is larger than demand in many areas of the Spanish Costas, pushing prices down even further. Thankfully, most expert reports think this has trend has now bottomed and a slow recovery is now happening. We’d echo that in the Hondon Valley area. as 2017 was a record year and we have already smashed our own target for 2018 (Aug now).

The property portal Kyero keeps tabs on many of the official property indicators and housing data on their blog. They have just reported the news that house prices on the whole are fairly stable now. Read their page as often they do contradict but it might help you when valuing your own house. And do comparisons with similar property in your area. Remember, though that these reports usually talk in averages. > SEE HERE> KYERO “Spanish House Prices Have Fallen by 41.4% Since 2007” ARTICLE

The hard truth though is that the property market usually dictates the average exchange so what we want for a house is not always what we get.

So, please, do your property research or call / visit us for a free no-obligation valuation and an experienced chat.

We are Hondon Villas in Frailes & Nieves, the most experienced agents in the area. AIPP accredited and extremely helpful.
: TEL 965 075 357 property @ hondonvillas.net