October 2013 Archive

Thursday 24th October 2013

Sun, sea and chic properties in Spain are what Girasol Homes Clients love

Stylish, newly-designed properties are all the rage in Spain. People looking for properties for sale are showing a great deal of interest in Modern Styled new-build villas and apartments in popular Spanish resorts.

Modern Property for Sale in Spain

Although many people still love the traditional whitewashed villas and older apartments, many investors like the clean and lean look of modern, newly-built properties. The new designs are created to make the most of the natural light with large windows and trendy open-plan living rooms and kitchens, which are ideal for family gatherings or entertaining.

The latest chic properties on the market are in the popular La Marina resort, south Costa Blanca. Villa Adriana is a stylish newly-designed house with a modernist look.  

The rooms have been built with floor-to-ceiling sliding patio doors to make the most of the trend for indoor-outdoor living. The L-shaped property has been designed so that many rooms face the private swimming pool. Just throw open the doors to increase the living space and make the most of the 320-plus days of sunshine that this area of Spain enjoys.

Villa Adriana has three bedrooms and two bathrooms on a 500m2 plot. The 148m2 family-size home also has a covered terrace, lounge, open-plan kitchen, designer bathrooms, separate WC, en-suite shower room, utility room and landscaped garden. Priced at €247,000, Villa Adriana would make a lovely family holiday home, permanent residence or rental investment.

Nigel Salmon, managing director of award-winning property-finding company Girasol Homes, said: "We are very excited about the launch of the Villa Adriana properties for sale in the Alicante region of Spain. The design makes them stand out from the crowd. The open-plan design is appealing as it makes the most of indoor-outdoor living, it’s great for entertaining and life can centre around the pool.

"As well as the Villa Adriana style, we will be releasing three more designer properties before Christmas. Like the Adriana, they also have clean lines, pure shapes and a spacious, open feel.”  

Villa Adriana is in a popular seaside location with several sandy beaches, shopping centres and golf courses nearby. La Marina, in south Costa Blanca, is just  24kms from Alicante international airport, which is used by several budget airlines across Europe, including Ryanair and easyJet. La Marina is just 30 minutes by road from the historic cities of Alicante and Elche which are well-known for their fiestas, historic buildings, museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants, Elche is also home to more than 200,000 palm trees and has a major shoe-making industry, which employs more than 18,000 people, as well as the largest shoe factory outlet in Europe.

For further information about Villa Adriana and other properties for sale in Spain, contact Girasol Homes on www.girasolhomes.co.uk, email info@girasolhomes.co.uk or call +44 (0)1974 299 055.

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Thursday 24th October 2013

New Investment in Spanish Property

Why has one of the world's richest men invested into a Spanish construction company?

An unlikely headline to have been seen 12 months ago, but it happened this week.

One of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates, has invested millions of euros in Spanish building company Fomento de Construcciones & Contrata (FCC).

Property Investment in Spain

Mr Gates has bought 6% of the construction firm for €113.5 million at €14.90 per share to make him the second biggest shareholder.

His investment is welcome news for the Barcelona-based company which saw shares jump by 13% when the news broke of the billionaire’s purchase. This is one of the few investments that the Microsoft co-founder, who is worth about €52 billion, has made outside of North America.

Other investors are also putting their money into Spain, which is showing signs of coming out of economic crisis. A Bank of Spain report shows the economy grew by 0.1% in the third quarter of this year with hopes of better figures for next year.

Cheap Spanish assets are a major lure for prospectors who are attracted by low share prices and positive structural changes brought about by government reforms, such as lower labour costs. Last year, Spain ranked 14th in the world for foreign direct investment. Investors are also looking at cashing in on the country’s property crash. House prices in Spain have fallen by 50% in six years in some areas and the great values have attracted people looking for a second home and rental properties. Girasol Homes the Spanish Property Finding Company have seen significant year on year rises in sales for the past 3 years.

The popular Spanish destinations of Alicante, the Costa Blanca, Murcia and Malaga as well as the Canary islands and Balearics continue to attract property buyers.

Nigel Salmon, managing director of award-winning property-finding company Girasol Homes, said: "The lovely weather, culture, food and fiestas as well as the bargain property prices continue to attract overseas buyers. The British are still the top nation looking for properties for sale in Spain but clients are coming from further afield such as Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Norway, Russia and China.

"In the past few months, we have been very busy showing buyers around a variety of property. We have noticed a marked interest in brand-new properties for sale in Spain as investors become more demanding. They like the chic, modern look of newly-designed villas and apartments as well as the quality, stylish interiors.”

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Thursday 24th October 2013

Spain is the No 1 Property Hot spot for British and Swedish Buyers


Property Hot Spot

Britain’s love affair with Buying a Property in Spain shows no signs of dropping off.  Sunny Spain still holds the No 1 spot for British people looking for property for sale overseas.

Other Europeans are also clamouring to buy Spanish property with the country also coming out on top with Swedish buyers.  

British buyers put Spain first, according to Google Analytics figures, with France in second place followed by the USA and Portugal. Spanish buyers also look for property in their home country first but, more surprisingly, Thailand and the USA come second and third respectively. The good currency exchange rate and Spanish climate has led to the Swedish market becoming more important with Swedes also putting Spain at the top of their overseas property wish list.

French property buyers look in their home country first while Spain takes second place.

Spanish property for sale is also finding favour with buyers from further afield. Spain is in second place with both Americans and Canadians looking for overseas properties. Other emerging markets are in China and Russia as the Spanish are actively encouraging holidaymakers and investors from these two important markets. Spain is third choice for both Russian and Chinese property buyers.

Most property seekers are heading for retirement or retired, figures also show. In 2013, 39% of buyers were aged 55 to 64 while 24% were 65 or over. One-quarter of buyers were aged between 45 and 54. This trend is expected to continue into 2014.

The UK market is still a very important sector with 70% of people searching for overseas property on Rightmove Overseas being from the United Kingdom.  On this website, the No 1 overseas destination is France followed by Spain and the USA. Most property buyers are looking for a dream holiday home in the sun but emigration is also a key factor. Rightmove figures show that 51% of people buy an overseas property to use as a second home or holiday home while 36% are planning to make a permanent move or emigrate and just 13% buy as an investment.

Nigel Salmon, managing director of the professional property finding company Girasol Homes, said: "We have had a very busy few months showing clients around properties for sale in Spain from traditional villas to chic, modern, newly-designed homes. Spain continues to attract property buyers for a number of reasons – the sunny weather, stunning coastline and beaches, culture, cuisine, golf courses and sports facilities being just a few of them. The tempting property prices are a contributing factor too. Sales are up 25% on a year ago.

"While the British are still the No 1 clients, people from further afield are also falling in love with this fabulous country. We are also finding that newly-built, well-designed properties built with quality materials and stylish interiors are creating a lot of interest.”

Girasol Homes is a specialist property-finding company specializing in Property for sale in Spain, Portugal and the United States. It was founded by Nigel Salmon about seven years who has built up a team of local experts to help people find property for sale at the right price and the ideal location for them.  The company has thousands of properties for sale for people looking for second homes, to relocate or as an investment.

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