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

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! It’s expensive! 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

Real Estate Agent Collaboration in Hondón

The Spanish property market is much more competitive than the UK… The Hondón Valley as a mature market now is no exception. This brings many challenges for the property agents here. Indeed it can get quite cut-throat and has been known to turn nasty and cause client dissatisfaction with so much money at stake.

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Multi-Agent Marketing: So, vendors of Spanish real estate can and do choose to market their property with more than one agent in the hope it helps expose their property to a wider audience. This makes sense to a degree. The competition should make the agents work harder to sell that property. But do they? Often that array of agents are advertising on the exact same portals such as Kyero, Zoopla, A Place in the Sun or Rightmove … and do very little locally or market elsewhere. Yes, you’ll often see the same property at the same price numerous times on the portals because of this multi-agent “system”.

Increased Selling Costs: But as a direct result, this multi-agent listing actually increases the price of selling a house. Why? Well, as an example, if you have 6 agents all listing, photo’ing, videos, marketing, portal costs, viewings, admin’, staff & business costs for the exact same property …etc but only one agent sells the home, the other five agents make NOTHING on that house but of course they still had all the work to do. That’s why the % selling fee is a lot more in Spain than say the UK. Simply, the sales that are successful have to cover the losses of the ones sold by other agents or that take a long time to sell. And fully marketing a property across the target market of the EU and un some cases the World is an expensive service.

Split the Commission: This “system” also encourages some real estate agents to team up, we call it collaborating. Often if an agent has a potential buyer but no suitable properties to sell them, that first agent will approach other agents in the target area and seek to split commissions if successful, usually 50/50. This is more favourable to the first agent than losing the buyer to another rival. This can work well and is done a lot but it can have it’s downsides, nor is it ideal in all situations.

To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate?

Here at Hondón Villas we are fortunate not to have to turn to collaborators too often. other agents usually approach us. In deed we go out of our way not to collaborate if we can help it. However we do have a few trusted agents we will help or work with providing we are always in attendance and can hold the clients hand professionally (buyer or seller).

If we don’t collaborate with a particular agent it’s usually because we have already tried them or know their service is sub-standard. And to be honest, some we don’t trust at all. Plus, some agents have tried to double-cross us and our clients.
And also:
a) We garner 100,000’s of online visitors annually to our own websites, portals and blogs, so we have an established sales funnel.
b) We dominate Google rankings for the area which gives our sellers more exposure / gets more buyer’s eyeballs.
c) Our leads to sales ratio is well over our target / break even point so we are self sufficient.
d) We like to manage the customer experience the “Hondón Villas” way. A poor / pushy / rude agent could risk the sale and damage someone’s dream!
e) We prefer to not confuse the buyer/seller as to you they are actually dealing with.

AIPP Badge 5 Years for Hondo Villas, Spain

f) We are AIPP Members for 5 years and try to ensure anyone we collaborate with is also an AIPP member or on par with our service standards and trust.
g) We maintain a wide portfolio of homes on our books and being established & experienced can stock up on houses that are more likely to sell.
h) We have our own high-street offices and get a good footfall of local and tourist interest. … the locals can identify with us and our brand.
i) We brand our company car, billboards, stationary, social media, emails and brochures so people know who we are. Our staff wear branded name badges… indeed yes, we actually have staff! Just about all the other agents in Hondón are one-person businesses (even if they keep saying “we”).

We’re cautious with whom we work with: We have found that the agents without a high profile or a poor local network are more likely to want to collaborate. We get approached weekly I’d say, we turn most agents down after a vetting process or we insist on doing the service part / qualifying / viewings. These agents often work from home, a car/mobile or from outside the Hondón regions. Many are “newbies” or have no experience. We say no to them!

When it’s not a good idea for the Client

Confused dot com! So collabs’ are usually better for the agents cashflow and if a sale is forthcoming, the buyer/seller may say it’s good for them. But … We have heard far too many times from buyers and sellers that they simply do not know which agent/company turned up to help them or who the agent’s company is. Some wonder how that agent knew them in the first place. Communication is harder and more problems are likely to occur. Simply, that “too many cooks spoil the broth”!

This is the bad part of collaborations. The seller lists with one agent but somehow another agent they don’t know turns up at the door or calls them for a viewing (with no legal contract, safety net or follow-up). The 2nd agent either saw a “Se Vende” board on the gate and unethically approached the vendor or they got the address from another agent. The data protection act suggests swapping data may be illegal. And it increases the risk of a ‘dodgy’ agent doing a double deal… and it’s happened.

Or the buyer enquires through a property portal, gets an agent call but has no idea who they are dealing with or if the agent is even any good or legal! Next thing it’s “meet me at the petrol station on the B999 road! Not a great idea is it? We bring them to the offic where ever possible.

High Risk for All: Example…. Many collaborating agents have been known to pass house keys willy nilly between each other to do viewings. Some are even leaving keys for collection at local bars! This is a high risk game. Hondon Villas have a key safe that only staff have access to. We never give keys to another agent or person without express permission from the vendor or we let the agent in. The idea that you let another agent have the keys unaccompanied is madness and unsafe to our way of thinking.

Recently, a collaborating agent let a surveyor enter the property without the owner’s permission (they are abroad & the house is empty). The reason is the collaborating agent did not have the owner’s name or telephone number. One seller we know had money stolen from her home during an ad-hoc viewing via a collaborating agent.

It Gets Overcrowded: We have seen 3 and 4 collaborating agents all turning up at the Notary / Completion day to claim their % of the sales fee! Overwhelming!

Greedy: We have also seen many times some agents wanting to inflate the property asking price to cover their loss in a split commission. And a few agents have, once they see where the house is, go back later and try to undercut our service or worse want to do a black money deal. This is not professional or ethical. And not AIPP standards.

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Thankfully, our years in the business and local knowledge minimises the worst parts of a collaboration. We know who we want to deal with and as a result 99% of our sales are stress-free and easy. If we do have problems it is usually because someone is double dealing, not being honest or is incompetent... and now and again the wolves do wear sheep’s clothing.

Alas, we cannot fix the weaknesses in the Spanish property market but we sure as hell try to minimise them for our client’s sake and to save on our leg-work and reputation.

Contact Hondón Villas: 30+ Years of Experience & Local Knowledge
Telephones: +34 965 075 357 / +34 865 571 981
Mobiles • +34 683 635 339 | +34 622 314 244
OFFICES: Central Plaza in Hondón de los Frailes

Outstanding Country Villa in La Zarza, Pinoso

Ref’ #819 : Hondón Villas are pleased to promote this outstanding and well maintained country villa just 10 minutes from busy Pinoso. Even the video below does not do it justice! This is a stunning property at a very good price. Early viewing is recommended.

The Guide Price : €249.950
Bullet Points: Detached Villa • 180sqm Footprint • 5969sqm Plot • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Fitted Kitchen • Central Heating • Glazed Naya • Feature Log Burner • Private Swimming Pool • Detached Garage • Outside Kitchen • Electric Gate • Stunning Views • Dog Kennel • Jacuzzi

This beautifully presented detached villa situated in the stunning La Zarza Valley, just a short drive from the bustling town of Pinoso.

The property is entered via electric gates onto into the landscaped garden. The villa has a lovely wooden porch over the front door which enters into a spacious lobby.

Off the lobby is a corridor that takes you to the three double bedrooms, the master having fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. There is also a large family shower room.

On the other side of the villa you will find the kitchen which is fully fitted with a central island and has a utility room just off.

The lounge/diner is spacious and offers a feature log burner and double aspect windows which let light flood into the room. This leads into the sun room at the back of the villa which is a fabulous size and has bespoke glass curtains that open fully to bring the outside in and to mesmerise by the stunning mountain views.

There are stunning wooden ceilings throughout the property with natural brick walls placed well. The villa also offers oil fired central heating.

Externally the property has a 10×5 private swimming pool and terraces. There is an outdoor kitchen and BBQ and lots of areas in which to enjoy al fresco dining.
You will find a detached garage plus a lean to carport. At the back of this there is a dog pen with kennel. There is also a hot tub to relax in.

The gardens are landscaped with easy maintenance in mind the land belonging to the property but not in use offers olive and almond trees, currently cared for by a local farmer.

Interested?
EMAIL: property @ hondonvillas.net
TEL OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357
OFFICE: Frailes High Street office (next to 28 Restaurant)
Mon-Fri 10am ~ 5pm

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.

#787 Hondón de las Nieves – Large Detached Villa

Hondón Villas present for sale a large detached 3 bedroom 2 bathroom villa in the heart of the beautiful Hondón Valley. This is currently a family home across a panoramic 14,000m2 Plot. The house footprint is 230m2 so all rooms are spacious.

The views from this very private property are stunning… and it is within easy walking distance of the main village Hondon de las Nieves with all its amenities.

You could move in immediately! It has been built to a very high standard with no expense spared… the fully fitted very large kitchen diner is super modern, spacious and a cooks dream! There is further scope to expand, alter and make this property your home.

The grounds are partially landscaped, established trees and room for a large pool or garage if desired. There is also an Annex building for storage or could house a casita.

KEY POINTS: Detached Villa • Oil Fired Central Heating • Over 230m2 Build • 14,000m2 Plot • Large Lounge/Diner • Fully Fitted Kitchen/Diner • 3 Double Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • En Suite Facility • Interior Patio • Walking distance to Village • Spectacular Views • Hondon de las Nieves

Want more details?
Visit our main Hondon real estate property pages for the latest guide price and more pictures and details.

Recommending Hondón Villas #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!

Perfecto! 100% Score on Google!

Yippee… Google says our main website WWW.HONDONVILLAS.NET is faster than all our competitors! In fact our HOME PAGE scored a perfect 100 for desktop and 95 for mobile today with Google! *

*Why does this ‘page speed’ matter?
Well, we want the end-user to get the most out of the website and ensure that potential buyers don’t drift off to the competition. Google tell us that faster websites get more enquiries and conversions – and 90% of people use Google to make informed choices of products and services! Now how fast a website loads varies from minute to minute as there are many external factors that influence a website’s speed. But page speed is a critical factor to end-users! If a site is too slow users soon get fed up and move on, (we’ve all done that right?). Indeed Google deems it a very important ranking and search factor these days, it’s part of their legendary algorithm.

In-House Web Development
Hondón Villas host and manage a few property and blog websites to help promote our client’s homes for sale or rent. As we have our own in-house web developer we have full control, speed and design flexibility in how we present, optimise and manage our websites…. down to the core coding.

Faster. Full Stop!
We can react to issues faster, add new offers, banners, change the layout and add properties quicker than agents with off-the-shelf products. Our main websites are bespoke and optimised for speed and mobile devices. Our web technology and coding is checked for errors and standards. We write content and code that Google likes… yes there is a knack to all this and it’s not automatic that Google likes a website.

Visit our offices in Frailes or Nieves

Google Page 1 Ranking for Years!
All that extra work & web knowledge pays off as Hondón Villas have enjoyed 10 years of Page #1 search Ranking with Google. As we compare ourselves to local Real Estate competitors, most don’t have a clue on how to get listed or ranked by Google. And we get 1000’s of page hits every week. Even we are surprised at the interest in this “secret” we call the Hondón Valley!

Simply, having a fast and popular website is work work work! So it’s nice that Google recognise our sites as better than most.

Please Visit Hondón Villas online or in Person!

Hondon Villas are featured agents on A Place in the Sun.

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!

We promote and sell luxury Spanish villas and homes inland in the beautiful, quiet inland area of rural Hondon Valley, Alenda Golf Villas and La Montanosa areas of the Costa Blanca, Spain.

You can search for villas and apartments in Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, La Romana, Fortuna and Albatera radius of the Hondon Valley.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Our Estate Agents are available by telephone, in-person or email:
Call Maureen on +34 622 314 244
Email us at property@hondonvillas.net
or visit our main websites for our latest properties.

www.hondonvillas.net > www.hondonvillas.nl
or read our news blog http://www.villasinhondon.net/

OFFICE #1 Hondon de los Frailes central Plaza is open Mon-Fri
and by appointment at weekends.
OFFICE #2 Hondon de las Nieves Plaza is open Tues to Saturday.

We look forward to meeting & helping you find your dream home in the sun!

Nearest Airports are:
Alicante (INTERNATIONAL), 12.9 miles
Murcia-San Javier (INTERNATIONAL), 36.9 miles
Valencia (INTERNATIONAL), 84.1 miles

#864: La Canalosa, Hondón – Stunning 5 Bedroom Cave House for Sale

Has to be seen to appreciate this excellent conversion. This is simply an immaculate and of a high standard! A large fully renovated and modernised Cave House in La Canalosa with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, this Cave House also has a large private pool and double garage. BBQ with outdoor kitchen and wood burning fireplace. Easy maintenance gardens. [ LINK to Guide Price ]

Key Property Points: 200m2 Living Area • 8000m2 Plot • Restored to an Excellent Standard • Stunning Cave House • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms ( family bathroom the master bedroom) • Stunning Views • Tranquil Location • Spacious Lounge • Fully Fitted and Large Kitchen • Dining Room • Terraces • Large Private Pool • Double Garage with Electric Doors + Outdoor Parking • BBQ with Outdoor Kitchen • Wood Burning Fireplace • Easy Maintenance Gardens • Furnished • Some Original Features • Lots of Land

CONTACTS: property @ hondonvillas.net or OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357 La Canalosa Cave House, Ref #864 Alicante Region, Spain. Buy, sell or rent Spanish property through Hondon Villas, your local AIPP registered Real Estate Agent.

#762 Spanish Villa Hondon de los Frailes, Costa Blanca


Link: GUIDE PRICE and PROPERTY DETAILS
INTERESTED? Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
or CALL: (0034) 965 075 357

or sale immaculately presented 3 bedroom detached Villa Walking distance from Village. A well maintained detached 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with heated pool, central heating and many extras in walking distance to the lovely village of Hondon de los Frailes with all the amenities.

Key Property Points Detached Villa • Heated Swimming Pool • Walking distance to village • Central Heating • Air Conditioning • Fully Fitted Kitchen • Large Lounge/Diner • 3 Double Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • En Suite Facility • Outside Kitchen • Outside Bathroom • Stunning Views •

WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA: UK Site: https://www.hondonvillas.net NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/#hondonvillas#hondonvalley#hondondelosfrailes#hondondelasnieves#spanishproperty#realestate#spanishproperty#costablancasouth