529 Elche – Detached Villa

Hondon Villas are pleased to bring onto the market for sale this detached villa in Elche with ample space for the installation for a swimming pool.

The villa comprises of a fitted kitchen, a large lounge/dining room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and master bedroom with en-suite.

Outside is ample space for the installation of a swimming pool.

Must be viewed.

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262 Hondon de las Nieves Detached Villa Private Pool

Hondon Villas are delighted to offer for sale this immaculate detached villa which is being sold fully furnished and equipped to a very high standard.

Approached by an impressive tree-lined driveway, the main house has 3 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), spacious lounge/dining room with feature fireplace, lovely fitted kitchen. The porch has been glazed to provide additional living space with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. A separate casita provides guest accommodation comprising 2 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, kitchenette and shower room.

Externally, 2,000 m2 of the plot is landscaped and enclosed with automatic entry system. The rest is planted with 100 almond trees that are tended by the local farmer free of charge.

MUST BE VIEWED TO BE FULLY APPRECIATED

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Spanish Property Rental Prices Increase

According to a recent report (February 2015) the rental price of Spanish Property has shown an average increase of 1.3%.
» Long Term Rentals in the Hondon Valley

The average price of housing for rent now costs on average €6.85 per m2, per month, according to the most recent data published by property portal, fotocasa.es. The property portal stated: “In recent months we have gone from registering declines in rental prices throughout almost the whole of the country, to registering monthly increases in most regions and in more than half of the provinces. This demonstrates that rental prices in Spain are tending towards stabilisation.

The Basque Country remains the most expensive region of Spain to rent property (30% above average) followed by Catalonia and Madrid. The best value region would be Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha.

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 absolute 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.

 

“We” are Hondon! Que?

Hondon Valley Property AgentWe recently saw a sign from another agent Hondon Valley Homes in the area who claimed “We are Hondon“… rather a bold and strange statement considering the agent is one-man band working from a car!

We are not sure how a one-man company can be a place or a “we”. 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 not a crytic poster, right?

However, Hondon Villas are at least a “WE” agent… as WE employ local people and WE have a real estate 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.

Be careful of other so called “we” agents – check if they really are a “we” – ask where they were professionally trained, what they did before or how they got here. 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). Many agents 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! Some even printed mugs for a living!