Sellers. Something Good is Happening… ?!

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

Maureen in the Hondon Villas Office

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 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.

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COVID NOTE: Please bear in mind that making appointments for house viewings or new property listings will not be possible for a while. And our ability to serve you as we would normally like is affected. Our website, marketing, social media and property advertising continues as normal.

6 easy-to-cook Spanish Tapas dishes. Yum!!

There’s are 100’s of tapas recipes and dishes to choose from. They can be regional or very generic Spanish and portions vary too. In many parts of Spain they are served free with your drinks in Spanish Bars, always welcome. Some can be bizarre compared to northern European tastes but give them a go!

Well one of our favourite cooking channels on YouTube is “Spain on a Fork”. If you are new to Tapas or want to try something new then this channel is well worth a subscription.

Try cooking these very easy but essential Spanish Tapas Dishes yourself…
In the video below you can learn to prepare and cook the very popular and typical Spanish tapas recipes…. it looks so easy and so delicious. let us know how you get on.

Including Warm Salted Almonds
Manchego & Sweet Roasted Peppers
Garlic Mushrooms with Smoked Paprika
Roasted Potatoes with Paprika Ali-Ole
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
Cheese & Egg Montaditos
… all delicious and at only 3 or 4 ingredients per dish.
The recipes can be printed and followed here:

6 easy to cook Spanish Tapas Dishes

A Montadito is a staple of the culinary arts from Spain. It is a unique tapa-sized rolls of bread similar to a baguette but wider and with a twist. … The etymology of the word ‘montadito’ stems from the word ‘montar’, which means ‘to mount’ in Spanish.

We Love Spanish Tapas !!

You can get Tapas in the Hondon area, but it’s not widely available or of great variety... least not in the league of Granada and the Andalucia region in general. A new Spanish run Tapas Bar has just opened calls “El Charro” in the Frailes Plaza (see Facebook El Charro)

Having just visited my favourite Spanish Language site “SpanishDict.Com” – they now have a blog and have written about Spanish Tapas

Tapas, those delicious little snacks you can get in any bar in Spain, have recently been making quite a splash in the United States. In the past 3 years, I have seen 4 tapas bars pop up in my neighbourhood alone. And people are crazy about them! The thing is, other than serving tiny bits of expensive food and over-priced drinks, these trendy American tapas bars have almost nothing in common with your traditional Spanish tapas bar.

Spanish Tapas

In many places in Spain, dinner is not served until 9 or 10 o’clock at night. So many people like to “tapear” or go out and eat tapas at a few different bars to meet up with friends, discuss the day, and in general just relax in a fun social atmosphere. In a lot of the major cities and in most parts of Adalucía, when you order a drink, often you get a tapa for free. Or sometimes it is the other way around; if you order a tapa, you get a free drink.

Now, how this tradition came about is debated among a few popular theories. First, it is important to know what “la tapa” means. Literally, it means “cover” or “top,” so it is important to keep this in mind when thinking about its history.

Some say that some sneaky tavern owners from Castilla-La Mancha found that a strong smelling and tasting cheese could “cover” the flavor of cheap wine. This way, they could sell the not so great wine for a higher price by including a free piece of cheese.

Others say that when King Alfonso XII was visiting Cádiz on the south west coast, he ordered a cup of sherry, which is famous in this region. In order to protect the wine from the blowing beach sands, the waiter covered the wine glass with a slice of cured ham. King Alfonso apparently enjoyed it and asked for another glass of sherry with a “tapa” just like the first.

Less legendary is the thought that since you are most likely standing when you are out having drinks with friends, you would need to cover your drink with your plate in order to have a free hand to eat. Or that you would need to top your sherry, a very sweet wine, with bread or ham to keep the curious flies away.

Now what kind of tapa you get with your drink widely depends on the region, but the staples are olives, of which there can be many different varieties, bread with aioli, and some kind of fried seafood. It is also very common to see small slices of bread topped with Spain’s famous jamón serrano or slices of cheese. My favourite is tortilla Española, which is very similar to an omelette with pieces of fried potato and onion inside instead of cheese.

There are thousands of tapa recipes out there and I encourage you to try a few on your own. Being all the fad right now, your friends would definitely be impressed if you invited them all over for an early evening of tapas at your house. ¡Salud! and ¡Buen provecho!

The Hondón Valley… Percy’s View

The Hondon Valley, Spain

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.

Visit Hondon de los Frailes in Spring

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.

La Montanosa in the Hondon Valley

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.

Post Covid. Brits still want to buy property abroad

Good news! A recent survey of 5000 property hunters by the respected “A Place in the Sun” (APITS) company has shown that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Brits are still keen and plan to buy property abroad. APITS have recorded nearly double the number of hits to their popular property portal over the Lockdown period, compared to the same period last year 2019.

“UK residents are largely undeterred by coronavirus, and still plan to buy properties abroad once restrictions have been lifted. ” Source APITS, 2020

In fact, 38% of those surveyed reported that their plans to purchase a property abroad were unaffected by the pandemic, and a further 20 per cent stated that they were more motivated to buy a holiday home or permanent residence overseas than ever.

That is not to say that buyer’s plans are on track, of course the lack of travel, work shutdowns and quarantine rules have made progress near impossible and slower for a while. But the survey indicates 58% are not deterred where 22% are delaying their house hunting for a year. Only 3% said they had stopped their plans to but abroad.

Whilst APITS have a vested interest in pushing this message they are saying “As the world starts to reopen, it seems as though the overseas property market will resume in full force, and demand for property will remain high as British buyers remain as motivated as ever.

Other surveys and data we read does seem to back this summary. The Spanish Gov stats, the UK market is seeing a surge, other portals like Kyero has said similar too. Other agents are also saying the last month has surprised them in terms of enquiries. There are many reports and social media posts saying houses are getting offers on the strength of video and emails (subject to getting over to see). In deed a few villas here have been sold “blind”.

We are reading the various news channels for travel, tourism and of course property during the Covid-19 pandemic 2020. All these major European industries of course and so from Governments to corporate businesses to small independent traders like us are wondering what the future of our businesses will look like.

As a result the many news portals and commentators are falling over themselves to pass journalistic judgement and analysis on the current market trends and predictions.

La Montanosa Villa for Sale

Hondon Villas have read enough these last few weeks to be cautiously optimistic about the Spanish Property market. We have seen activity on our portals, websites and other communications to support the general “feel good” factor coming from the “experts” with the data to back themselves up. We are not sure how it will affect house prices but they are expected to fall over the remaining year according to some reports and predictions as people look to change their location / lifestyle amid the inevitable job losses across Europe.

But, of course the pandemic is not over and with talk of a 2nd wave, these predictions may not turn into reality. All we can do is try our best, make some safety and marketing adjustments and play a waiting game. But you can be sure we have not lost our passion to find ken buyers their dream home in the Hondon Valley. Take a look at these luxury value villas on the Urb. La Montanosa …. absolute bargains.

#956: Large Finca For Sale Hondon de las Nieves

New to Market... ( see the video below) a large 4 bedroom Spanish style campo finca in the popular Hondón Valley, just ripe for improvement. All rooms are spacious. It has a very private with a 12 x 6 pool which is large for the Hondón area. Also includes a large fitted kitchen, good size shower room and bonus, comes with a casita out-building with plumbing and electric. And for those inclined is within approx’ 15 minutes walk to the main village amenities (town hall, pharmacy, plaza, shops, bars & restaurants). The latest Guide Price & Details on the Hondon Villas website.

The main domestic grounds are fairly low maintenance too but the overall plot is large and includes a substantial Olive Grove which the current owners put to Olive Oil pressings every year… your OWN VIRGIN OLIVE OIL!!

#956 Key Property Features:

Hondon Villas are delighted to bring onto the market for sale this spacious detached finca with 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a superb 12 x 6 private pool and olive grove. The villa is ideally situated being only 10 to 15 minute walk into the pleasant village of Hondon de las Nieves, which offers all the amenities.
Detached Finca • 12 x 6 Pool • Fitted Kitchen • Log Burner • 4 Bedrooms • 1 bathroom • Central heating • Olive grove • Outbuildings

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Hondon Villas Company Car

Praise for our Property Services

During the long and strict Coronavirus lockdown here in Spain, there were times when we all thought “when will this end” and for small businesses like us “how will affect our future”? We are not out of the woods yet but we are feeling a bit more normal in this post lockdown transition period.

So we looked back to remind us that over 15 years in the Hondon Valley we have helped 1000’s of home hunters, property buyers and renters settle into the new Spanish life and helped vendors market their property across Europe. Thankfully we regularly receive positive emails, thank you cards, gifts and testimonials from happy clients. They confirm that it’s all worthwhile and cheer us up when things get tough or uncertain.

Duncan told us The whole process was explained to us and any questions we had were answered correctly and honestly.  We would totally recommended and encourage that you buy your dream home from Hondon Villas. “THE BEST, WHAT A TEAM!!!”

And we keep all your cards and they are proudly displayed in our office space as a daily reminder we are doing “something” right. The chocolates, cakes and wine are usually consumed quite quickly by our staff :-)

So here are a few comments from clients to cheer us up and for you to see that you can be confident of Hondon Villas doing our damn best to help you buy or sell your dream home in the Hondon Valley and surrounding areas. (click to enlarge)

THANK YOU!

A Place in The Sun Summer 2020

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)

A Place in the Sun visit the Hondon Valley

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.

We also ADVERTISE our Hondón property listings on the APITS Portal.
> https://www.aplaceinthesun.com/property/agent/519084/hondon-villas

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.

Cannot say enoughgood things about the Hondon Property services

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.