AIPP: Association of International Property Professionals

Real Estate Code of Conduct

Hondon Villas are proud to be a member (5 years running) of the AIPP, an established organisation aiming to improve the standards of Real Estate services across the globe.

Our service is based on the AIPP’s code of conduct for Realtors. 

In fact we believe we always aim to go beyond every other agent’s service standard! Maureen Cook, the director of Hondon Villas is passionate about making buyers and sellers happy WITH NO PRESSURE and her amiable and honest approach to real estate services. (Read the testimonials here)

Buyers & property owners using an AIPP trade member benefit from unique assurances not available through non-AIPP members or far too many car-only based agents.

AIPP is registered at UK Companies House No. 5677417

AIPP is a bona-fida trade non-profit members organisation of over 350 global paying members, including A Place In the Sun & Right Move Overseas. The membership fee ensures proper accountability and systems are used and scrutinised by its members. The AIPP membership agree, publish and oversee professional standards in the international property market.

Members include estate agents, property developers, lawyers, financial services, media & others. All have signed-up to the AIPP code of conduct and clients of Business Members are covered by the leading UK Property Ombudsman service.

Based in London since 2006, AIPP has over 350 company members in 30+ countries. Find your AIPP property professional by searching members on the AIPP website via the link at the bottom of this page.
> https://www.aipp.org.uk/

Spanish Real Estate – Brexit Buy or Sell?

Brexit … groan! As important as this historic event was and is likely to be in the next few years we are tired of hearing about it? But we cannot ignore it.

But or Sell in the Hondon Valley post Brexit

Well…. despite some jittery nerves after the UK Brexit vote in 2016, thankfully Brexit does not (as yet at least) seemed to have had a negative outcome on Brits buying property in Spain.

Without doubt Hondon Villas have had an incredible start to 2018 as in 2017 so we can say for now that people are buying here in Hondon despite Brexit. The charm  and value property of the Hondon Valley does still seem to inspire our prospects to want to live or holiday here.

We know from many studies and stats that the British are still by far the biggest group of foreign buyers of Spanish property, almost double the next biggest group – the French. Great news for the Real Estate sector and indeed for Spanish home sellers and the Spanish Government who rely on us for a massive part of the national income. Whilst it is nowhere near the heady heights of the pre-crash boom, things still look rosy in Spanish Real Estate.

We also know that many buyers who had designs to move to Spain are bringing forward their new life in fear of Brexit making it harder later.

“We decided to make our move sooner rather than later, as it may not be so easy in the future after Brexit,” says Natalie, 47, a primary-school teacher.”

Of course There are many factors on when or why people want to invest abroad… not just Brexit. For example there is a strong correlation between British demand for Spanish property and the strength of the pound against the Euro.   TIP: So Brits selling to return to the UK might want to do their sums as often the Euro to Sterling exchange rate can make up ground on any sales loss, especially if you bought in the boom years when GBP was 1.45+ €s.

But 100% it’s still a buyer’s market as supply by far outweighs demand. So sellers will likely not get the asking price they want as typically all buyers will make a reduced offer. Certainly in Hondon just about every house sold in recent years does not achieve the price the vendor thinks they can get. Many sellers with prices too high have had to wait years to sell and then only to reduce the price anyway.

Idealista have published that on average, buyers of Spanish Property offer 20.9% less than the vendor wants.

» Our reduced price Hondon Villas can be seen on this page

Hondon Valley Property AgentWe believe in general that this is to be expected and we ALWAYS advise sellers to keep their guide price as realistic as possible or you could be waiting a long time! Too many people proclaim “I’m not giving it away” but more often than not they have to accept it in the end.

So as a seller you should be prepared to negotiate and lower your guide price. The simple fact is that the Spanish Real Estate market has been depressed for nearly 10 years but it is definitely looking better, albeit slowly slowly.

Speak to Maureen or Jacquie for advise if you are unsure on what to ell your Hondon property for. 

 

Thanks to Mark Stücklin (Spanish Property Insight) for helping with this article.

Save 1000’s with the MoneyCorp Foreign Exchange

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IT CAN LITERALLY SAVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY ON FEES AND POORER BANK RATES.

Incredibly even a small percentage fluctuation in the rates can make a massive difference in what you get back.

IN FACT if you TIME IT RIGHT you can literally save 1000’s on an exchange deal when paying off your house purchase.

So it is ALWAYS WORTH using a reliable and trusted foreign exchange service, like MoneyCorp as their rates and service are much better than a typical bank or Bureau de Change service.

At Hondon Villas we use and recommend MoneyCorp for your foreign payments. Alan can advise you on the BEST ROUTE fro your needs, he is so helpful. Here is a quick link to » CHECK TODAY’S RATES

Who needs Agents? Find an Expat instead!

LOL! A recent story (abridged) …
Buyer: “Oh no I’d never buy a DVD player from a random bloke in the pub. Too rissssssky.”

Agent:Very wise! Oh so how did you hear about the house you want to buy here?

Buyer: “Oh the barmaid in that bar showed me it, she was very nice! She says I don’t need a to worry about black money or the paperwork.  And I don’t need an estate agent!”

Thought bubble!  So the biggest purchase of your life, 1/4 of million+ €€€ and you think the … well phhfff… we wish you luck with that one!

We know that a mechanic can fix a car. We  know the electrician will fit new lights. We know a butcher will cut a nice fillet of beef. We know the barmaid will serve ice cold drinks on hot days and the chef will cook that beef…

But a good real estate agent will sit next to you and hold your hand through the long property purchase maze, they will value, photo and video your property, negotiate the deal, sort the deposits and contracts, take you to get the right paperwork like NIEs, find me a good lawyer, open a bank account with you, know the area, the trade people,  help you with transport and the legal notary and always help you after the sale.

Do we also know the estate agent has lots of costs in running an office, employing staff, equipment, computers, websites, tax, insurance, advertising, networking, car / petrol, telephone bills, electric, water, heating, fixtures, fittings and so on… ?

We know the local agent will be part of the community, give to local charities, pay the rates, keep abreast of local planning and events, help the other businesses, create and distribute wealth, introduce people as friends, eat & drink in the local catering establishments and so on.

So a good estate agent is more than just sales person in our opinion. What do you think?

Spain. The global magnet for holiday makers and property investment

Momney Exchange in the Hondon ValleyThe sun is shining, the £/€ rate is great and property prices in the Hondón Valley are a buyer’s market.

So you do not have to look far to see why Spain is so popular as both a holiday destination, property investors and as a place to migrate to. Many northern Europeans, especially the Brits, Norwegians, Germans and the Dutch are well established in Spain’s population count… it’s of course a lot warmer and a more relaxed way of life… and so it is very easy to be seduced by the sun, sea, sand and sangria!

Spain receives over 60 million international tourists a year which is more than the whole population of Spain, (47 million).So Spain is well geared up for international airports, flight schedules and can be relatively cheap. It’s usually very easy to get to from the UK / North Europe. And of course it is served by plenty of low cost airlines (Ryanair, Jet 2, Easy Jet, Vueling, etc).

We all love the sun and Spain has a great climate all year round… yes that much loved Mediterranean lifestyle and the superb infrastructure is a massive draw. The roads and healthcare are excellent and it’s easy to get around. Car Hire is very cheap compared to other European countries.

But Spain has of course had its own share of problems since the 2008 crash and is still recovering. However, it still offers good value for money when buying property and there’s plenty of choice for buyers on all budgets. And as I write the exchange rate £/€ is best it has been for a while.

House prices are still depressed and so there really are some incredible bargains on resale. It’s a great time to invest in Spanish Property, particularly in the inland areas like Hondón de los Frailes / Nieves.

About 800,000 Britons already live in Spain, making it one of the most important host countries for UK expatriates abroad. Spanish healthcare and education costs can be competitive and there is also a healthy appetite for running small businesses in the tourism sector. Many Expats run bars, restaurants, domestic  services, property management, pool cleaning and the sort.

> Place in the Sun – Guide to Buying Spanish Property
> http://www.aplaceinthesun.com/spain.aspx

If a prospective house buyer for the area asks you:
What are the best things about living in the Hondon Area?
What would your answer be?
The 300+ days of Sun? Friendly People? Food? Pace of life? Mountain Views? Sense of Community? Work? Play? Fiestas? … the peace maybe?
Any more suggestions?

Hondon Villas wear the AIPP Badge

Real Estate Code of ConductHondon Villas are the only AIPP agent who have a local daily office in the Hondon Valley. We are actually in the central plaza of Hondón de los Frailes ( here is the Google map ) .

We are happy to be part of and perform to the Real Estate standards of the AIPP (Assoc’ of International property Professionals). It’s a fact, no other local agent has the experience or level of service we can offer.

Thank you Len Ridgway: “We would like just like to say and let it be known that credit where credit is due! Mo (Maureen) and Saff of Hondon Villas have given us excellent service and been the most helpful and professional agents to us and we know many many other people as well. They have always gone the extra mile for us and its most appreciated. We would still and have recommended them to lots of people 🙂 … Said it before but if you want to sell your property professionally then go with Maureen, she’s the best :-)”.

And we live here, know the people, know the facilities and have helped 100’s of people buy homes or settle here. We are “Hondon Villas” and we sell Villas in Hondon.

Our professional perseverance is paying off… we are on a roll as we have sold another 2 properties this week. Watch our on line channels (such as Facebook / Twitter / Google+) for updates.

Hondon Villas concentrate our estate services in the Hondon Valley and the surrounding villages. Everyday we deal with Hondon buyers, sellers and renters. We prefer not deal on the coast as we want to look after our special local community.

Please visit or contact our office for more Information:
Oficina Tel: 965075357

Here are some nearby towns and villages close to the Hondon Valley: Albatera, Algorfa, Algueña, Almoradí, Aspe, Balones, Benejúzar, Benferri, Benijófar, Benissa, Callosa de Segura, Cañada del Trigo, Catral, Cox, Crevillente, Dolores, Elche, Elda, Elx, Hondón de las Nieves, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondon Valley, La Romana, La Montanosa Urb Villas, Monforte del Cid, Monóvar, Novelda, Orihuela, Pinoso, Rojales, San Isidro, Santa Pola, Sax. All of them little gems in the Hondon Valley Crown!

Villas for Sale in Albatera, Spain

Albatera Villa fo SaleProperty and Villas for Sale in Albatera, Costa Blanca South

» Browse our Villas for Sale in Albatera

We are the Real Estate and Property Agent for Albatera, Hondon De las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes areas. We have Hondon valley homes and villas for sale. We also have fincas, casas and inland property for sale. If you are looking for a Costa Blanca Property or spanish property inland around the Albatera, Alicante and Hondon regions we can help.

At Hondon Villas we promote and sell luxury Spanish villas and homes in the beautiful, quiet inland area of the rural Albatera Mountains, Costa Blanca South. Call us or visit or office in Frailes and let us help you search for your dream villa or apartment.

Albatera Property For Sale, Spanish Country VillasAlbatera is a Spanish town and municipality located in the Vega Baja del Segura area. It is part of the province of Alicante, Valencia in Spain. Albatera has an area of 66.5 sq’ km and, according to the recent census, it has an approx’ population of 10,500 inhabitants. The local Albatera economy is mainly based on trade, confección costura (Clothing Manufacture) and agriculture (citrus fruits, almonds, figs. The most important monument in the city is the baroque Catholic church of Santiago Apostol, built in 1727. Tripadviser.co.uk lists the best of the Albatera holiday villas and bed and breakfast establishments.

Selling or Buying in Albatera? Then Please Contact Us

If you wish to sell or advertise your villa for sale, contact us for a free valuation. Our AIPP registered office is in the main Plaza of Hondon de los Frailes. We are looking for villas and apartmenta in Nieves, Frailes, Aspe, Canalosa, La Romana and Albatera.

property @ hondonvillas.net
OFICINA: (0034) 965 075 357
MOVIL +34 622 314 244 • UK +44 113 815 0759
Oficina en la Plaza, Hondon de los Frailes

30+ years experience in property and real estate
Real Estate Agent in Albatera and the Hondon Valley
Buy, Sell or Rent Spanish Property in Albatera

 

 

 

 

Renovation Projects in the Hondon Valley, Spain

Are you thinking of buying and renovating a Spanish rural property?   Then browse our Hondon Reform Property List

Hondon Reform Project PropertyWell the Hondon Valley has a long agricultural history and as such affords many old fincas, villas and country houses in need of new love, reform or refurbishment. As time passes what were glorious houses in the Valley have suffered the ravages of time and climate or just been left to deteriorate. New money and new ideas can transform these neglected Hondon homes into modern dream villas. And many already have, including cave houses and farm houses.

»  Reform Property from just €40,000

In general re-building or renovating an old finca villa is cost effective with cheaper labour and building materials if you are prepared to roll-up your sleeves and get stuck in. We at Hondon Villas and our established partners can advise on planning, architects, contractors and tradesmen to help you along the way.

We have selected the reform Spanish properties that are ripe as a refurbishment, reform or renovation project. If you are looking for a bargain Spanish property restoration project that you can rebuild and reform to your dream home these might be for you. They have many possibilities subject to planning of course. If you want HONDON AREA LAND to start afresh then please check out our Hondon Valley Land for sale page.

CONTACT US about Reform / Renovation Property in Hondon

  • EMAIL:  hondonvillas @ yahoo .co.uk
  • PHONE: (0034) 965 075 357
  • OFFICE:  Calle Juan Carlos I #24,
    Plaza Centro
    Hondon de Los Frailes.
    Alicante Region GOOGLE MAP
    03689, España (Spain)

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Available from Hondon Villas, your local AIPP REAL ESTATE AGENT / inmobiliaria. Buy or sell property. Visit our real estate office in Frailes Plaza.

Reform and Renovation Properties for Sale, Hondon Valley Areas, Costa Blanca South. Rebuild and Refurbishment Projects For Sale in Costa Blanca South, Spain

#535 Fortuna Villa For Sale with Large Games Room.

SPANISH VILLA FOR SALE: A large (350 sqm) and immaculate two storey villa close to historic Fortuna in Murica with breathtaking views and truly beautiful characteristics. The large ground floor has guest accommodation and a well equipped entertainment room with its own bar and games facilities… large enough for a full sized snooker table and home cinema! Party on!

This is perfect for large family visits and parties with its 6 bedrooms, & 3 bathrooms, a downstairs guest apartment and a large entertainment room leading to a private pool. There is plenty of terrace and balcony areas to enjoy the views and peaceful settings.

There is a large driveway, with space for several cars leading, to the garage. The garden has been designed to be low maintenance.

In addition the property benefits from an electric gate, air conditioning, satellite TV, Internet and an alarm system.

The outdoor living space is extremely well thought out with a lovely, shaded terrace, overlooking the private swimming pool, with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining.

The property is perfectly located to give you access to Murcia, only 25 minutes, Alicante Airport 40 minutes and the same to the Costa Blanca, with a great selection of beaches.

Close by there are are several bars and restaurants within walking distance and a two minute drive to Fortuna and the famous spa baths.

If you love to entertain this would be the perfect house for you.

This property is a great price and really must be viewed to be fully appreciated.

MORE DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE:
http://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=535

KEY POINTS:
6 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Private Swimming Pool • Guest Apartment • Entertainment Room • Garage • Outdoor Kitchen • Barbecue • Wrap Round Terrace •

INTERESTED? PLEASE CONTACT:
property @ hondonvillas.net or OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357

Buying Advice: Always Protect Your Deposit

We at Hondon Villas always use a Lawyer (abogado) to collect and receipt deposits on house purchases. We DO NOT HOLD your money in a special account or keep it if the sale goes cold.

We highly recommend to NEVER PAY AN AGENT or BUILDER an advanced DEPOSIT. Always ask for a qualified lawyer or appoint one in advance to take care of your finances.

Unfortunately, some agents in the area who insist on taking a deposit as their commission, whether the sale goes through or not. This is RISKY for the buyer and seller and in our opinion WRONG! The chances are you will never see that money again. We are AIPP registered and adhere to good practice for both buyer and seller.

It is common practice when buying a property in Spain to ask the buyer to pay a % deposit on the home they wish to buy in advance of the completion. The main reason is to show good will and for the agent to remove the property from sale whilst the paperwork is checked. So you are making a reservation on the property by signing an “arras agreement“.

This actually helps both sides of the deal. The buyer is assured their offer has been accepted and there will be no further viewings or offers on the property and the seller has some peace of mind that the buyer has the good intention to purchase.

Bare in mind  that you may lose this deposit if you don’t complete the sale on the date stated, or that the vendor shall return double the amount deposited, was he finally not to honour the contract in the stated date. But your contract should be clear on that.

A deposit can be any amount depending on the sale price and circumstances. In the Hondon Valley and surrounding areas a €3000 deposit is common but can be more if the property is of a high price, a special deal or maybe an off-plan new build. The latter can be 10% of the purchase price so a a builder can commence with the work.

Of course integral to this should is trust and a signed contract spelling out the terms of the deposit, what it is for, costings and any other due fees or staged payments until completion. Make sure you understand the terms and if a deposit is refundable or not.

The lawyer will have a special holding account for these deposits and importantly is the legal guardian whilst the house sale goes through.

There are many good estate agents in Spain but the industry is more loosely regulated than in the UK and unscrupulous estate agents sometimes target overseas investors. So be careful!

Sean Adams, international director of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says:  “Do not hand over any money to an estate agent until you have taken formal legal advice. You should always choose a lawyer who specialises in Spanish land,” he said. “Ask for their registration number and check that they are registered and practicing with the local bar association (Colegio de Abogados). It would be wise to also check that your lawyer has professional indemnity insurance.”

Need more advice on deposits, purchase fees and buying in Spain?
Please call Hondon Villas and we will be happy to help. Or read this article for background >

At the time of writing, Hondon Villas are the only Hondon Valley based AIPP agent with this prestigious membership and we now have the right to show the AIPP badge. Which of course we do with pride.