We know many of our British clients are familiar with and love “A Place In The Sun”. Well they have made their summer magazine FREE to read online. yes FREE! It includes lots of advice on buying property, including new builds, viewing trips and finance. (Click here or the graphic to view)
Hondon Villas have assisted the APITS team quite a few times over the years. The presenters are always lovely, professional and accessible. It still pleasantly surprises us how many times they have been to the Hondon Valley areas. You can see most of the previous APITS series on UK television Channel Four (All4) if you can get that online or a set-top box.
NEED HELP? If you need specific help with buying or selling Property in the Hondón area… well you know we are here for you. :-) Keep Happy. Keep Safe this Summer.
About Hondon Villas : We are a registered AIPP Property Agent in the Hondon Valley, Costa Blanca South. And WOOOOO Hoooo, we were voted Business of the Year by a Spanish regional newspaper. We are now at OVER 2 MILLION website visitors and always do well Customer Ratings. With over 30 years real estate experience there is no-one else in the Hondon area with such a pedigree in property sales and service. Our bricks & mortar office is in Frailes Plaza, next to the village restaurants and bars. So you can actually pop-in to see us in the flesh unlike the mobile agents operating from a car!
Our vast experience, wide network of local experts and extensive local knowledge has come in very handy for countless new Hondon Valley home owners. We care and it shows, we are on hand to help… something you may not get with other agents here or collaborators who do not know the area.
So let us hold your hand, care for you and get that dream home in the Hondon Valley. Visit our website for more information. Regards, Maureen: Hondon Villas owner and service champion.
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.
The main Hondon Villas website : www.hondonvillas.net, consistently gets a site performance score between 90 to 100 out of 100 from Google (the only search engine worth using). We passed all 20 audit points on our laptop version of the site. [ @ May 2020 ]
Why does that matter? It’s actually very important to us, to Google and to you, the end-user (buyer/seller). Please read on (I try to keep the jargon out).
Property finders, like you, are frequently online using websites to find properties. You visit many sites looking for that dream home. You may look at 100’s or 1000’s of houses across different real Estate agent’s websites. So you’ll know that getting information quickly is important and saves you time. So just saving say 10 seconds on a page load time can mount up over many websites. Speed is important, maybe you didn’t realise how much.
Have you ever just left a website because it was too slow? Most of us have! As you use the Internet you will be aware of the speed at which websites load or the way they can be used. We all get frustrated from time to time if a website doesn’t work or is too slow to work. right? It happens a lot.
Hondon Villas has one of, if not the fastest and most visited website in the Hondon Valley. Google says we out-perform our main rival agents in the Hondon area (see graphic above).
Why is the HV website faster?
Well the website is bespoke , custom built from scratch by our pro’ trained in-house web developer with years of IT and Web experience with HSBC. Whilst it is not always perfect, he puts a lot of effort into making sure the site conforms to Google’s web building standards, like smartphone compliance, slim coding standards and faster load speeds. Our Google Page Speed score of 94 & 100 shows that work pays off.
It matters because user studies consistently show that people are very impatient and will literally only wait a few seconds for a web page to load or THEY LEAVE! I bet you have done that right? Our site has speed features built-in and contributes to why Hondon Villas website has ranked at Page#1 in search results for over 10 years. Faster sites get favoured by Google.Users like faster websites.We want the competitive edge.
As we have been established a long time, our website has evolved and improved. Our website has had over 2 million views and many visitors return to it. We know from user data what pages they like, the path they take and what devices they are using. We know if they “leave” quickly so we ask why and fix it. We regularly tweak the site to work better or fix issues as they crop up.
Other Agents buy “off-the-shelf” web packages
Most of our property rivals work from home and don’t have the budget, inclination, in-house skills to know about or to fix their website problems. They build blindly and forget. Well we monitor them, so does Google, so it’s not difficult to compare.
As you can imagine, it costs a lot more to build a custom site than to buy a template site like “WordPress” or similar “Bloatware”. These “off-the-shelf” website packages all suffer from the same thing: generic aesthetics over performance and of course they are very cheap and quick to utilise. They are inherently cloned to have bad coding, have slow speeds, are inflexible design-wise and more often than not, do not work too well on smartphones.
So buying a template website is not such a good idea in general. They may be paying for a website that is actually damaging its potential to gain or retain visitors. We think the Hondon Villas website has a competitive edge and that matters to both buyers and our vendors as they are more likely to find us in Google. Some of our competitors in the Hondon Valley are NOT highly ranked in Google like Hondon Villas are.
What affects a Website’s Performance?
Well there are many technical factors (too many to list here) that can affect a website’s performance such as the web servers or communication lines / satellites and of course your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) and of course your Internet provider’s performance or your location. Indeed some of the latest phones and mobile networks can be faster than home connections. But performance varies greatly, even from hour-to-hour or device-to-device. It is inherent in the “web”.
Not all websites are built the same: The website itself can be to blame if it is built poorly or the web developer pays no attention to it’s performance. Indeed many site owner’s pick a web design purely on aesthetics and pay little, if any notice of its performance features (or lack of).
Google likes Fast Sites: Google also knows and measures all sites and it has the user data to confirm what the user prefers. In fact, Google builds its main search engine results and site recommendations on the quality and date of a site’s content but also its speed. They even have tools to measure and monitor a website’s performance and usability. Advertisers also like fast popular websites. To re-iterate, faster websites get favoured by Google. Simple... But not so simple to put right unless you have the time, budget, inclination and skills to do so.
Do you need help in buying / selling or more more info’? Please feel free to visit our REAL ESTATE OFFICE in the Hondon de los Frailes Plaza (next to Restaurante 28). Or Email us: property [@] hondonvillas.net
After the Covid 19 crisis (March / April 2020) we want to get back to working in & around the beautiful Hondon Valley helping buyers and sellers of real estate, their villas and homes. Real Estate can be hard, stressful work at times but at least our “office” and the satisfaction of making dreams come true compensates for the long hours…. here’s a glimpse of the area we work in.
Having lived and worked in the Hondon Valley for about 15 years we know the area quite well and the best bit of being in Real Estate you get to see more of the geography than most!
Here we can only give you a very short glimpse of the countryside and towns but we hope you understand why we love the outdoor lifestyle here. Yes, we have two offices in the villages but the Hondon Valley is also one of our offices (well the best one really!)
ABOUT HONDÓN VILLAS: As a local AIPP registered based business of 15 years, we at Hondon Villas try to ensure the people who buy or sell property through us are happy and content at all stages. After all they will be part of the Hondon community. We aim to make sure they are comfortable with their life-changing decision. You’ll get no pressure from us. Take your time…
Search Google “Hondon Villas” or visit our property website www.hondonvillas.net, portals or call into our high street office in Hondón de las Frailes, 03689. Spanish Real Estate. TEL: +34 965 075 357 / +34 683 635 339
We sell property in the Hondón Valley. 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. :-)
++ Every year so far we have beat the previous year’s sales figures. ++ Thank you for your support and please if you care about keeping local businesses alive ++ Over 1.8 million website views since we started! ++ 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
Pop-in to our Hondon de los Frailes office (Main plaza) or visit our website for all contact points and the latest property for sale : www.hondonvillas.net Thanks Again : The Hondon Villas Team.
ONLINE EXPOSURE COUNTS! 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.
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.
Voted “Business of the Year” in the Pride of Spain Awards
Buy or Sell, we have 15 Years in Spanish Real Estate. We are the #1 local Real Estate Agent in the Hondon Valley areas covering Hondon Valley, Albatera, La Romana, Macisvenda, Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes for property sales, rentals and real estate services.
Come visit the Hondon Valley… with beautiful mountain views, the
vineyards and 300+ Days of glorious Spanish sunshine per year!
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.
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.
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 :-)
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
CONTACT US: The Local Agent with Local Knowledge for Local People. TEL: +34 965 075 357 Mobiles • +34 683 635 339 OFFICE: Central Plaza in Frailes (Mon-Fri 10 til 5 or Appointments on weekends)
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If you are looking to buy or sell property in the Hondón Valley area, please consider Hondón Villas, a local family business for 15 years. We are passionate about property and can advise & hold your hand throughout the process. Our office is in the main Frailes plaza, open Mon-Fri 10.00-17-00 and by appointment at evenings and weekends, WEBSITE : WWW.HONDONVILLAS.NET