BREXIT? What to do next?

We recently attended and made notes at a local meeting in Hondón de los Frailes about BREXIT.  This was organised by the British Consulate, Alicante division. Our notes are below which may help some of you.

BREXIT for Expats in Spain

Yes, the situation as we write (Nov’ 2018) is still very fluid and subject to change and as yet there is no deal/ a deal is agreed between the UK and EU.

However, with time running out Brits abroad are worrying what they should do!

Of course Hondon Villas are no experts on what actually will happen, nor are we privy to any more information than anyone else. But we try to keep an eye on what could happen to protect our business and help new and existing clients.

With that in mind here are the things we picked out from the talk…

AIM of the Talk: For British citizens living in Spain to be ready for Brexit.

Citizens rights:
Brits that are over living here ‘legally’ can continue to do so as normal.
To be ‘legal’ you must hold a residencia. You can have lived here for less than 5 years but you still need a residencia.

Health Care:
If you have health care already in Spain via a S1 (pensioners) then you can continue to do so. If you have healthcare in Spain through any other means i.e S I P card then this continues also. The European health card ( EHIC) should not be used if you are living here permanently.

Time frames:
To achieve legal status (residencia) before December 2020 (if a deal is reached). To achieve legal status (residencia) before March 31st (if a deal is not reached).

Part time residents:
Maybe difficult for them to do 6 months Spain/UK. This group may have to choose which country they want to be resident in! Nothing has been agreed in the negotiations so far but may mean that if you are not resident legally in Spain there could be restrictions on the period of time they can reside per year.

Driving License:
Should not be driving on a UK driving license if living in Spain. You need a Spanish Driving license.

False info/scaremongering:
Anything written on any platform other than the Gov.UK site is not true.

Voting rights:
This was not included in the Brexit negotiations. However Spain and the British consulate are in discussions so hopefully Brits legally living in Spain will be able to vote in the local Spanish elections soon.

Spain/difficulties in registering:
This can be described as a bureaucratic country with regards getting your documents especially your residencia. However, this in the long term is good thing as it gives you a good footprint in Spain.

Gestores:
Due to the difficult nature/red tape of some of the paperwork needed to obtain some documents, the Spanish tend to use a Gestor who can, for a cost, sort out everything that is needed. Recommended, especially if yout Spanish is poor.

Other info
Facebook page ‘Brits in Spain’

Citizens Advice Spain – a voluntary website to help foreigners in Spain.

Brexpats– Formed to assist the Brits during Brexit. Not for/against Brexit just works with the consulate to help get info out to Brits in Spain. Brexpats is a legal and regulated association in Spain with 5,500 members to date. They also work with international lawyers and are hopeful that they can achieve the voters rights for Brits in Spain to vote in local elections.
Join : More members needed to increase their voice!

The message clearly was to make sure you are a legal British citizen in Spain before Brexit….the only way to achieve this is to have all your documentation but most importantly your residencia.

As we do not know as yet whether there is going to be a deal…I guess it would be sensible to recommend that we all get our paperwork sorted before March 31st 2019.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please consult official channels and not the local bar-room chitter. You can share your experiences on the Hondon Villas Facebook page

Thank you

The Hondón Villas team
Office Numbers: +34 965 075 357 or +34 865 571 981 |
Mobiles: Español +34 683 635 339 | English +34 622 314 244
OFFICE #1: Central Plaza, Hondon de los Frailes
OFFICE #2: Central Plaza, Hondon de las Nieves

Recommended Agents in Hondón

After being in Hondon de los Frailes for just over a year now we would like to thank Mo and all the staff at Hondon Villas for their continued help settling into our new home and life in Spain. From the very beginning in March 2014 we found Mo to be very professional but she went beyond just being an agent and we now feel that all at Hondon Villas are friends and do not hesitate to call into the office just to say hello and we always feel welcome. We would certainly recommend them to anyone with confidence. : Janet & Mac Head


Hondon Valley Estate Agent

“We would like to thank Maureen of Hondon Villas for her friendly and professional approach …  At no time did we feel any pressure to buy and she gave us time to think. : Lindsey Stockdale


Dean and I would like to thank you for everything you did for us. Not only in the search and purchasing of our wonderful home, but all the help and advice you gave us even though Dean was here in Malaysia and I was ill in the UK, you kept us informed and virtually held our hand from the other side of the world.

It is always a nerve wrecking time when you are waiting to exchange contracts, but Maureen had the tricky task of juggling paperwork and emails between continents and 3 time zones.

All this was carried out with such amazing care and professional ism and we are so very grateful to you.

We had viewed dozens of houses with lots of agents in the Alicante region, but no one really listened to what we actually wanted or the fact that we definitely only had X amount of money to spend.

Hondon Villas were the only one to do so. Thank you for your patience Maureen, when Dean and I were choosing between two houses.

Seriously, without your care, commitment to detail and pure passion from you and your colleagues we would not have our lovely villa. We would also like you to know how much we appreciated your help and guidance in getting the internet connected, places to eat and local events not to miss.
– Sue & Dean Savage.


Your professionalism, passion and dedication for everything you do shines through and gives us your clients a service that is second to none. With 30 years in the industry coupled with your extensive local knowledge we would recommend you to anyone knowing they are in safe hands Moving to another country is one of the biggest decisions you make in your life and it’s comforting to know there are Professionals like you out there to help make the process pain free … your a pleasure to work with. – Charlotte and Billy

 

3 Years Ago… how time passes!

Business of the Year 20153 Years ago! Wow!  So proud of our success and we are still here and expanding! Thanks everyone that supports, trusts and recommends our services.

We really appreicate it… without it, local businesses in our villages would not thrive. 

As you know since then we have taken on more staff and upscaled our “bricks-n-mortar” offices in Hondón Frailes and Nieves plazas.

Our website hit 1.5 million visitors and 2018 is already proving a record year for sales… But competition is fierce here so we cannot rest on our laurels…

So if you are SELLING IN HONDON check out our lowest fee ever as a special offer during October 2018.

 

GOOD NEWS – OFFICE #2 NOW OPEN!

We are delighted to announce that Office #2 IS NOW OPEN in Hondón de las Nieves plaza. Yes… We are continuing to invest in the area and expand our reach of the Hondon Valley.

We’d like to thank all our supporters, work partners and wonderful clients for their custom and encouragement. Hondon Villas have seen steady growth since we started a simple website in 2007, …2017 was a record year and 2018 is already smashed our sales targets. Our staff go from strength to strength as we take on a new member, Cherie, who is trained in sales, a great communicator and performs to corporate standards.

Now as we add office #2 Nieves to our existing office in the Frailes Plaza we look forward to helping you buy, sell or rent your property in the Hondón areas. Call us today +34 965 075 357 or visit our website www.hondonvillas.net if you’d like to take advantage of our excellent sales record, extensive marketing, experience, hand-holding service and friendly staff.

We are happy to help from your first enquiry to completion and beyond. 🙂
Regards, Maureen & the Hondon Villas Sales Team.

A Place In The Sun are back in Hondón

The Brits amongst you may have spotted the glamorous Jasmine Harman in the area filming for the popular Channel 4 series “A Place In The Sun”. Jasmine is one of our favourite presenters on the show. She and the program have been to the area quite a few times before.

So how many of you were seduced to live abroad by watching A Place in the Sun on UK TV? We meet and sell to so many people that love the program .. and watch the repeats !! LOL!

Well it was an absolute delight to meet Jasmine from APITS team … such a pleasant lady and very welcoming. We hope the couple with her make the right decision and that Hondon is the right place for them… Ahhhhh ah… You’ll have to watch the TV program later in the year to find out

Jasmine - A Place in the Sun

This time round Hondon Villas have three houses in the frame… so fingers crossed the prospective buyers find something that ticks all their dream villa boxes! And we look forward to the TV program later in the year. 🙂

You can visit the A Place in the Sun website for more information, property guides and even put your name forward to be on the program. Or follow their Facebook Page.

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been linked with good health, including a healthier heart. A Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

It was awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation in 2010 because it is much more than just healthy food, and because it has been consolidated as culture that promotes social interaction, respect for the land and biodiversity, and preservation of traditional and craft activities connected with agriculture and fishing.

In general, it is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods and a lot of seasoning and spices. It is usually consumed with wine, water or infusions. The UNESCO mentions Soria, in Castile-León, as a clear example of a city that is committed to the Mediterranean diet, even though it can be enjoyed all over Spain.

The Food Is Really Fresh

You won’t need to roam the frozen food aisles for the Med diet…. like the locals hit the bi-weekly markets for fresh seasonal food and keep it simple & mouth-watering such as salads, soups and stews. The Med diet in general is no-fuss and family food. You can build a yummy salad from market garden spinach, spring onions, asparagus, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Add classic Med’ ingredients like olives and local cheeses or cured hams or make a fresh cold soup such as Gazpacho.

Tapas

The Mediterrean Diet - Tapas!

The Greeks have meze, Spain has tapas! We love ’em! A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to small portion of food usually to accompany a drink in a bar. You’ll find dedicated tapas bars all over Spain but Andalucia is famous for them. Tapas may be cold or hot. In some bars and restaurants in Spain, tapas have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine. Many tapas are often combined to make a full meal. Some of our favourites are Tortilla, Serrano Ham, Manchego cheese, grilled asparagus, chorizo in red wine, olives, Pinchos (small open sandwiches) and of course Patatas Bravos! And the garlic dip Ali-Oli served with fresh bread is pretty much the law in this area.

Olive Oil

Healthy Meditterraen DietYou cannot have a Med Diet without Olive oil, a good green virgin type is a must. It’s healthy than other oils or fats.

It is extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree which, together with wheat and vines, makes up the triad of Mediterranean plants.

The oil composition of this fruit varies, depending on the type of olive, the soil, the climate and how it is grown. Olives are composed of about 30% oil. All olives can produce excellent virgin oils, each with their particular characteristics. They need to be picked carefully and they must be processed the same day they are harvested. Olive oil has exceptional properties for human health and its consumption is essential in most of the culinary creations made nowadays in Mediterranean countries.

Saffron

Saffron is a deeply rooted condiment, both economically and culturally, in many parts od Spain, traditionally used in Paella. It should not be considered just another agricultural product, rather part of the historic and cultural patrimony of the region that must be protected and preserved. It has enjoyed a Protected Denomination of Origin since 17 March 2001.

This plant was introduced to Spain by the Arabs. Cultivation has been maintained ever since its arrival to the region of La Mancha. Saffron is obtained from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus: Crocus sativus. It is used as a condiment, providing dishes with a characteristic orange colour and slightly bitter taste, as well as an exotic aroma. Saffron from La Mancha under the Denomination of Origin must always be saffron from the current harvest, since it loses quality over the years.

The Spices Are Delicious

Whilst Med food is not “hot” like asian food they do use simple herbs and spices such as bay leaves, cilantro ( coriander ), parsley, rosemary, garlic, pepper and cinnamon to add so much flavour… rarely will you need to reach for the salt shaker. Some have health benefits, too. Coriander and rosemary, for example, have disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients.

You Can Have Wine

A glass of vino with meals is common in many Mediterranean countries and Spain is no exception (and so cheap!), where dining is often leisurely and social. Some studies suggest that for some people, up to one glass a day for women and two for men may be good for your heart! And despite the wine snobs aversion to Spanish wine, there is excellent quality and variety to choose from and priced a fraction of French or Australian wines.

Research Sources:  Spain.info / Wikipedia /  WebMD /

Hondón Villas on YouTube

Well seems that the Hondon area is getting better known and it’s residents are keen to show you what they are doing and what is going on here in the Hondon Valley…. many people have uploaded their videos of local fiestas, events, concerts, markets, bars and restaurants.

If you search HONDON VILLAS on YouTube there’s quite a lot of videos to see (of varying quality and interest). Look out for the ones about the local fiestas in the local villages of Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, La Canalosa, La Romana and Aspe.

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www.hondonvillas.net – Main Hondon Property Sales
www.hondondelasnieves.co.uk (Hondon blog and news)
www.albateravillas.co.uk – Villas for sale in Albatera
www.hondon.co.uk – Hondon & Costa Blanca Tourist
www.hondonvalleyrentals.com – Hondon rental property

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Hondón grapes and more grapes!

Grape Bagging in HondonThe Hondón Valley is to have a bumper grape harvest despite the reported activities of high numbers of wild rabbits!

Harvest time does seem to vary a lot across the Hondon valley and the Costa Blanca. Near Hondón de las Nieves it seems to be anywhere between September and New Year. The late grapes are used for the New Year Celebrations when the Spanish tradition is to eat “12 grapes and drink cava” to the toll of the midnight bells.

The grape harvest creates about 10,000 temporary jobs across the Costa Blanca and local growers have had a good year, despite a new “plague” of wild rabbits which have threatened the harvest in some areas. The early and heavy spring rains and glorious summer sun has created some fat juicy grapes this year. The farmers are generally happy. Although many acres have been changed to more profitable market garden crops such as spring onions and chillies in recent years.

In the main they grow table grapes in the areas of Novelda, Aspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, La Montanosa Urb, La Romana, Monforte del Cid and Agost. (most wine grapes are grown further north in the Jumilla / Pinoso areas).

You will see millions & millions of grapes wrapped in paper bags to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards. Last year production in the Hondón region was more than 40,000 tons according to the Spanish newspaper “La Informacion”.

SO EAT MORE GRAPES – They are good for you and the local economy!

WOW! Millions Know about Hondón

Our IT people are telling us that our very own Hondon Villas websites have passed the 1.5 million visitors mark. INCREDIBLE to think we are such a small area and a real estate niche for inland Spain.

Record sale and visitors in 2018

To think that when we arrived in Hondon, Spain 13 years ago, there was no information on the web about the Hondón Valley. (even Google hadn’t found it back then LOL!) Yet the area still retains the same Spanish charm and has changed little really. For sellers this is great news as the local economy thrives on property sales and a new influx of buyers looking for that typically tranquil Spanish country lifestyle.

What’s more… that figure does no include the 10,000’s of visitors to our international portals and marketing partners, like A Place in the Sun, Right Move, Kyero, Prime Location and more. WOW again!

So selling through Hondon Villas gets you plenty of exposure, maybe that’s one of the reasons why we sell more houses in the area than any other local agent!

Thank you from a VERY HAPPY TEAM!

Not all Real Estate Agents are Created the Same

We know that Spanish based Estate Agents and Builders don’t, in general have a great reputation and with good reason during those boom boom years in the early 2000’s. Is it still the same now?

It’s certainly better since the “crash” of 2008. But unfortunately, there are signs that bad practise by some agents and builders still happens, even in this quaint old Hondón Valley. That saddens us greatly at Hondon Villas because it is a too wide a brush stroke that hurts the ones like us trying to work damn hard to ensure buyers and sellers get a good legal deal with the minimum of fuss and hassle

IMPORTANT: If you are ever uncomfortable with the actions, language, pressure sales or promises from other estate agents… JUST CALL US … WE WILL HELP YOU 100% – we want to be the model of quality service that other agents envy and clients want!  

AIPP – The Industry Standard

Hondon Valley Property AgentAs members of the AIPP (Association of International Property Professionals) we strive to fulfil and exceed their recommended best practises for fair and honest real estate services. In fact we are passionate about property and our service. We’ve been here 10+ years so we are not about to ruin our good name.

Alas, we know there are some non-local agents visiting the Hondon Valley with their clients who might follow that old shady path – but a few local agents still pull a trick or two (and we have had many instances of concrete and anecdotal evidence). We’ve had “Se Vende” boards stolen, our websites copied, web content & images stolen, lies told about us, “gazumping”, people laundering money, offered back-handers, doing black deals behind our backs and agents trying to steal our clients or destroy our reputation many times. These shady characters can be hard to spot if you are inexperienced and you put your trust in every word they utter. Don’t be mugged by ex-timeshare, fly-by-nights or out-of-town agents!

Hondon de las NievesBut for sure we usually spot a snake or rat and take stringent action, denounce or take other legal proceedings. We think it is important not only for our own reputation but also to ensure standards are improved for you the buyer or seller. As we all know bad news travels faster than good and we want to ensure it’s all good!

So… A Local Agents Should Know Better

At Hondon Villas we firmly believe the cream rises to the top. Our clients voted for us and we won “Business of the Year” in 2015 and have remained committed  to and invested in the Hondón areas.  We NOW HAVE TWO OFFICES in the area (both Frailes and Nieves)On the whole you are much better to stick with a local agent as a) they know the area and property market better and b) their reputation depends on repeat business and trust.

So our best advice is to be a little wary, slow down, don’t be rushed into anything, or give away your deposit money too quickly to an agent or builder or sign something you don’t understand without legal representation… but better still CALL Hondon Villas – we are local, experienced and trusted here. “Rip-off” is NOT something we entertain or condone.

Thank you,

> Maureen and the Hondon Villas Team. > www.hondonvillas.net