Success! Our Satisfied Buyers

Happy ClientsGwenda Gallagher says:
“After months of trawling through websites, emailing agents and viewing trips without any success, I found www.hondonvillas.net and I’m so glad I did. Their website looked very professional and full of useful information so I thought I’d give them a try.

Most agents didn’t really listen to my requirements but when I met with Mo and Irene it was a different story. By the time I’d arrived in Spain, they had a number of properties lined up for me to view, all of which matched my requirements exactly. In fact, I decided on the first property I viewed. Dealing with all the paperwork was easy, Mo guided me through it all step by step and when it came to moving in, I arrived at the house at 3am to find that someone had been there before me, put some lights on and left basics such as coffee, milk and sugar in the kitchen – I’m not aware of any other agents that go the extra mile to make you feel welcome.

The fantastic team at Hondon Villas have kept regular contact with me to make sure there are no problems and have always been willing to help and give advice on all aspects of moving abroad. I’m very happy with the service I’ve received from Hondon Villas, so much so that I’m in the process of buying my house through them. I wish them every success in the future.”


Maureen and her team genuinely care about all the people they work with. They put all their clients at ease and never place them under any pressure. The excellent after sales care continues well beyond the purchase or sale of your house and goes the extra mile time and time again. We would definitely not be enjoying a wonderful new life in Costa Blanca without Hondon Villas’ help. : RICHARD & SANDRA


Professional Estate AgentWe moved to Spain just over a year ago and can honestly say that we would have been lost at times without Mo and her team. We are in our 2nd rental property since moving here, both through Hondon Villas and are in the process of buying our house, again through Hondon Villas. We can’t thank Mo and her team enough for all their help and advice during our settling in period. The professionalism, motivation and genuine desire to meet their client’s needs has convinced us that we made the right choice over all the other agents we contacted. Keep up the good work!” – BRUCE SANGSTER


 

Bodegas Cerda… the local Wine Merchant

We love the wine in Spain – and at about €1.25 per litre from the local Bodegas it is a bargain!!

Wine Merchant in Hondon

In the Hondon Valley and beyond we have a nice array of wine growers wine merchants to choose from but the most spectacular one has to be Bodegas Cerda in Hondon de las Nieves. This building could grace any major town or city. It is a working producer and seller of many wine varieties to suite all pockets. As well as a museum to Hondon’s wine producing history it has an audio / visual room for tourists and educational trips.

The cobbled court yard is an ideal place to sample the wines with local tapas, cheeses and cured hams.

If you have not visited it yet … please do so as you will not be disappointed! It is truly the prize of Hondon’s architecture.

» http://www.bodegascerda.com/

2015 UK Budget… Good for Investors?

What does the latest UK budget and new UK Pension / Annuity Rules mean for buyers / sellers of foreign property? Here’s an interesting post-budget reaction from Opps about cashing in pensions to invest in property. Good or Bad?


In a boost to the UK housing market, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Help to Buy ISAs will be introduced to help first-time buyers save for a deposit. For every £200 they save, the government will top it up with £50.

But were no other major announcements in the Budget directly affecting the housing sector, apart from confirmation of plans for 20 new housing zones.

Turning to the economy, Mr Osborne says the squeeze on public spending will end earlier than planned due to stronger growth and low inflation, as the Office for Budget revised its growth forecast for 2015 up 0.1% to 2.5% and for 2016 from 2.2% to 2.3%.

Focusing on pensions, Mr Osborne confirmed the Government will give five million pensioners increased access to their savings.

Louise Reynolds, Director of award-winning, Overseas Estate Agency, Property Venture, says pensions should seek professional advice when considering investing in property.

“In a budget taking the country from ‘austerity to prosperity’ pension savers need to ensure they don’t put themselves into ‘austerity’ with reforms announced to extend pension access to Annuity-holders.

It is a sad indictment of the industry, but we are likely to see a rise of the get-rich-quick brigade entering the property market, to wax lyrical about the advantages of investing in property, as an alternative way to invest liberated pension potsread more on Opps

¡Feliz día del padre!

Father’s day is known as ‘EI dia del padre’ in Spanish. It is celebrated on the 19th of March and falls on St. Joseph’s day, since the Catholic Church holds a significant influence on its culture. This day is to commemorate the life of the patron saint of carpenters; Joseph, who set an example of fatherhood. In some parts of Spain, like Valencia, there’s a grand celebration on St. Joseph’s day and is called “Las Fallas”. Father’s day, until very recently, was a non-working holiday in Spain.

This annual holiday is considered very important in Spain, as it helps acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and to the society at large. This is a day to honor and thank all the father figures. The entire family gets together and enjoys a big feast and exchanges gifts. Children in Spain get busy in the preparations a week before EI Dia del Padre. They make crafts, gifts and prepare several activities for their fathers. The grown up children who are working or staying away from their home, make it a point to return back home on this day. In Spain people give family the paramount position.
>> http://www.loveyoufather.com/around-the-world/spain.html

Official opening of the new Auditorium in Frailes

Opening Frailes Auditorium15th March 2015. The president of the Alicante Council, Luisa Pastor with Mayor Eleuterio Jover, officially opened the new Auditorium Theatre in Hondon de los Frailes. This infrastructure cost €415,000 euros which was 95% funded by a provincial Institution Aid programme.

The modern building that houses the theatre and cultural center is 407 square meters, consists of a main access via the street through glazed entrance doors. The floor of the building is divided into two sections; one consisting of access, toilets and storage and the other with stalls and scenery.

Also, the Frailes Council are currently implementing improvement works to several streets of Frailes with an investment of over 306,576 euros. Within this aid package also includes the supply of electric power to the Auditorium.

Now is the time to buy Spanish Property

Kyero.com Director, Martin Dell, said “Foreign interest in Spain has been slowly creeping up for a few years, but in the last 12 months we have seen a massive resurgence of purchasers from overseas”.

Spanish Property Look PromisingLast year, foreign buyers were already making up the largest proportion of all home purchases in Spain in history. With property price indices starting to rise and building permits increasing for the first time since 2007, the results are already indicating another record breaking year.

“Not only have prices in Spain bottomed out so far as residential property has concerned, but for British buyers in particular now is the time to buy due to the fantastic exchange rate,” concluded Martin.

Spanish Real Estate Recovery predicted for 2015

BBVA-logoAccording to BBVA Research, Spain’s economic growth prospects and more favourable financing conditions will lead to a new increase in housing sales in 2015.

They have estimated that the return to economic growth, the recovery of the labour market – with the creation of some 425,000 jobs – and improved financing conditions, have encouraged the return of consumer confidence and, as a result, the growth in home sales.

In March, the FT website also reported that “Spanish housing prices rise at fastest rate in 6 years” since the start of the country’s financial crisis, fuelled by a broader economic recovery and increased availability of credit.

They go on to say “Spain has started to recover, emerging as one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, last month raised the official government forecast for economic growth this year from 2 per cent to 2.4 per cent.

Newly built homes in particular seem to experiencing an upsurge in prices, with figures in the second quarter of 2014 increasing by 1.9 percent. Although excellent news, this recovery will have to continue for some time before house prices regain a more than 30 per cent loss in value during the recent economic crisis. » New Build and Spanish Resale Villas in Hondon

Looking to the future it hoped that a sustained increase in housing prices will boost Spain´s struggling construction industry.

 

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.

Beware of “We” in Hondon

We recently saw a sign from another agent in the area who claims “We are Hondon“… rather a bold and strange statement considering the agent is one-man band working from a car! Quite arrogant really!

We are not sure how a one-man company can be a place. Still, maybe it’s a play on words or a marketing ploy to look bigger than the agent really is? Or just beyond normal comprehension! Who knows, who cares? It’s service and experience that counts.

However, Hondon Villas are at least a “WE” agent… as WE employ local people and WE have an office in the Frailes High Street with more than one company member. Above all, WE are local and experienced people.

We have excellent local ties with the Town Hall, we insist you get 100% local independent legal advice, we know bespoke builders and architects, know the best tradesmen, bars, restaurants and shops. One client said we are the 4th emergency service in Hondon !! We are Hondon Villas.

» Property for Sale in the Hondon Valley

Be careful of other so called “we” agents – check if they really are a “we” – ask where they were trained, what they did before. You’ll just have to hope they answer honestly as often they are really an “I” or simply collaborate with other many 3rd party agents who also run their businesses from a car and a mobile phone! (they will not tell you that and you’ll probably not know who you are dealing with or paying). Some don’t even live anywhere near here or know the Hondon Valley at all.

Q. So ask yourself,  how can they advise you? – Answer is they often fall short of knowledge and experience! Some have never been trained and just hopped on the Estate Agents Job Bus without a proper ticket!

Holy mackerel…the Mediterranean diet reduces ageing

New study sheds more light on benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

HV Editor: We agree on the whole! Except on weekends of course when G&Ts and patatas bravas are practically the law. LOL! And remember Hondon Nieves has a great market and al fresco vice on Saturday mornings in the Village Plaza 🙂

med-diet[source: AngloInfo]  To many expats the headline may seem like old but good news to those who already eat a Mediterranean diet, based on findings from years ago.

However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week, reinforces the previous findings that following a Mediterranean diet helps prevent or slow down ageing.

The health of about 5,000 nurses in the USA was followed with a controlled number placed on a Mediterranean diet for more than ten years. The nurses on the Mediterranean diet showed fewer signs of ageing than their counterparts on a ‘normal’ diet. Specifically, it seems that microscopic ‘caps’ called telomeres, which protect our genetic material as it divides, get shorter and less protective on a normal diet. Whereas on a Mediterranean diet, the nurses’ telomeres did not shorten as much; and they showed fewer signs of cell degradation, or ageing.

What is a Mediterranean diet? According to the BMJ it involves eating, “a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and grains; a high intake of olive oil but a low intake of saturated fats; a moderately high intake of fish; a low intake of dairy products, meat, and poultry; and a regular but moderate intake of alcohol (specifically wine with meals).

Three cheers for following the Mediterranean diet then.

One of the best places to find fresh food that fits the Mediterranean diet is at local markets (whether you live in the Med area or not). To find your closest local market, go ‘What’s On’ on your local AngloINFO site and then choose ‘Markets’ from the drop down menu.

» by AngloINFO World editor