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

 

Spaceship seen in the Hondon Valley!

If you live in or have recently visited the Hondon Valley then you will have spotted the “Spaceship” house nestled in the pine forest towards and at the back of the La Montanosa Urb. (See the video below)

The "Spaceship" house in Hondon

Well we recently had exclusive access to take new images and video of the property. ( visit our website to see the results : https://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=689 ). The house was built around 2015 by a local sailor as an “eco” project and the design and construction has won an award.

Still unfinished it now needs a new owner to complete the interior and landscaping. The house has 3 bedrooms, all with ensuite showers, an indoor and outdoor pool and spectacular 360 views of the Hondon Valley.

The 450 m2 living space is over three floors: ground houses the entrance, garage and storage + the indoor pool … 1st floor is the main living areas such as lounge, dining, kitchen and bedrooms and the top floor is a circular leisure area with large solarium and viewing portal.

Truly amazing but an acquired taste for the right person who wants something unique, quirky, tranquil and offers an abundance of building and design options over it’s 59K m2 plot.

See it here > https://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=689

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.

WOW! Aerial Videos for the Hondón Property Market

Hondón Villas are excited to announce that we are the first local Hondón agent to offer stunning & legal drone videography* to our exclusive vendors.

You can see our first batch of aerial videos on our YouTube channel which are already receiving positive reviews.
» Watch Hondon Drone Videos on YouTube … read more below!

If you have seen any aerial videos you will understand that showcasing a property from the air can look stunning and show off not only the house and land from a different perspective but also the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Buyer’s love them and it can be another tool to help sell your house!

SO AN EXCLUSIVE SALES OPPORTUNITY for motivated sellers!

After about three years of researching the possibility and understanding the impact of using this exciting drove technology we think the time is right to offer it to suitable vendors and properties (it’s not for everyone and is subject to stringent AESA / EU flying laws). But the recent changes in Spanish drone laws and that we can now use a fully registered & trained Drone Pilot* , allows us to offer a legal aerial photography service to suitable Hondon Valley property vendors.

It’s early days with this area of photography and video but for sure some properties are ripe for aerials. We look forward to helping you sell your house.

» Contact our Office in Hondon de los Frailes if you are interested and motivated to sell your house with the No.1 agent in the area.

*Commercial drone flights are subject to a some flight restrictions, a safety audit of the property location, insurance and suitable sales conditions – ask us for details.  Commercial Drones Pilots need a licence to fly, 4 days minimum training, a medical certificate and liability insurance.

 

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.

Retirement Villas in the Hondon Valley

The Hondon Valley inland Costa Blanca South is  a popular choice with Expats who come from all over northern Europe to enjoy retired life. The “buyer’s market” and low house prices at the current time attracts 1000’s for bargain villas to the Spanish sun and culture. 2 Bed villas with all mod-cons can start from as little as €100,000!… and 3 Bed with a pool around €170,000.

Retirement means different things to different people and everybody has differing ideas and priorities about how they want to live during this stage of their life. There is no single ideal retirement destination that will suit everyone. But the Hondon Valley as proven popular with the 55+ age groups… the “baby boomer” generation are here and loving it!

Spanish Lifestyle, The Good Life!

There are a few common factors that most retirees look for in a location they would consider relocating to, such as plentiful and varied recreation, affordable living costs, the availability of high quality health care facilities, low crime rates, safety, community services, good climate, beautiful landscapes, adequate transportation facilities, volunteer and work opportunities.

You can cherish every moment of your new life in the best possible way, when you spend it in Spain.

» For Sale: Villas for Sale in La Montanosa Urb, Hondon Valley.

Spain, the land of bull-fighting, sangria, the paella, the siesta and the large number of fiestas has something for everyone. You will not have one moment of boredom as the Spanish celebrate life throughout the year. To help enjoy your retirement life and your stay here in an excellent way, you can rent or buy a luxury villa in Spain.

Mountain Views

The Hondon Valley in the Costa Blanca South is a ‘best kept secret holiday and retirement destination in Spain. Whether you are planning to visit this area in summer or winter, there are plenty of luxury vacation rentals and apartments to rent at Hondon Villas in Costa Blanca which will perfectly suit your requirements, whether you’re looking to holiday on a budget or you’re happy to spend a little more for some added luxury.

You can have your own luxury Hondon villa within easy driving distance of the wonderful beaches in Costa Blanca South or in the heart of any of the many top class golf resorts. You can also go for luxury villas in the rural areas, to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Spanish countryside and mountain regions. Apart from these, there are many good locations where you can decide to have your luxury villa in Costa Blanca South. Not just luxury villas, you can also choose to own a coastal apartment, a comfortable apartment with shady veranda or individual houses with private pools and all the luxuries you want to have. Now you can take the help of Hondon Villas to find your dream home in Spain.

Hondon Valley Property AgentHondon Villas is a great place to rent or buy a luxury vacation rental in the Hondon Valley area for a fantastic summer holiday. Or these modern luxury villas are designed for permanent residence as well as for vacations in Hondón Valley. You can choose as per your requirements to enjoy a hassle-free life in Costa Blanca South.

» Visit the Hondon Real Estate offices:
Central Plaza Hondon de los Frailes 03689 or
Central Plaza Hondon de las Nieves 03688
or TEL: +34 965 075 357

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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  • Also see our array of websites for local information, property buying and selling tips and house tours.

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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Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
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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!

Hondon La Montanosa – Exclusive 4 Bed Villa

Hondon Villas are delighted to bring onto the market this EXCLUSIVE Villa for sale. Ref #801 is a well presented detached property with beautiful mountain views located on the Urbanisation La Montanosa

The property has an open terrace leading into a spacious lounge and dining area with wood burning stove, a fitted kitchen, 2bedrooms, 1bathroom on the ground floor and a further two bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor.

Externally the property boasts a private pool, a covered terrace, mature gardens and a solarium.

MORE DETAILS HERE…