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13 Jun

Las Hogueras de San Juan – The summer festival in Costa Blanca!

Las Hogueras de San Juan is a Spanish festival to celebrate the beginning of summer.

This celebration has been celebrated in Spain since the 1920s, and the tradition continues when bonfires, monuments and statues are set on fire at midnight at the weekend. The San Juan celebration is compared to the Finnish midsummer – only that Finnish people celebrates the midsummer and for Spanish it stands for the beginning of the summer. The Spanish are known for their love for celebrations and having fun with friends and family, and San Juan is no exception.

In Spain, the night of San Juan is traditionally spent on the beach. The night consists of bonfires, eating, drinking and socializing. The night of 24th of June is shorter than any other night of the year. During that magical night, according to the mythology, the strangest things can happen.

The celebrations start officially on the 20th of June, with the construction of bonfires on beaches and cardboard characters filling the streets. Some of the highlights of the party are the arrival of the bands and the queen and the traditional Spanish parade, with dance groups from all over the world. This festival is always from 20h of June to 29th of June.

Las Hogueras de San Juan in Alicante
This festival is celebrated in Alicante and it is one of the year’s biggest party it has also been declared as an international tourist attraction. There will be lots of events starting from the beginning of June until 24th when the celebration of Las Hogueras de San Juan will come to an end with big fireworks and statues and bonfires on the streets are set on fire. This is called La Cremá and during that time firefighters spray water over the viewers. La Cremá is originally originated as a cleansing ritual, when people forget all the problems and bad things that occurred during the past year. Inflammable dolls act as symbols of evil and misfortune.

The same traditions apply to Alicante where San Juan is celebrated by burning bonfires at the beach in 23rd of June. The celebrations of San Juan last for multiple days. Every May, the queen of the fiesta, Bellea del Foc, or “beauty of fire”, is picked from candidates chosen by local committees. There is also a firework contest during the festival. After the grand finale, between 25th and 29th of June, you can see the amazing firework shows of the competitors!

Torrevieja
Also Torrevieja is celebrating the beginning of summer with bonfires. In different neighborhoods, people build their own bonfires at the beach. There is also spectacular midnight fireworks on Playa del Cura, which you don’t want to miss! The cleansing ritual is done in Torrevieja also, but it is slightly smaller than in Alicante. The festival begins a couple days before the Grand Finale, when the building of the statues and bonfires begins.

29 May

Strong increase in home sales in the first quarter

Home sales rose 13.4% in the first quarter

Favorable winds are blowing for the house market, and not only in the rental section. This situation is reflected in the latest Real Estate Registry Statistics, prepared by the Colegio de Registradores de España, which shows that the price of housing increased by 9.4% in the first quarter of 2018.

According to the same study, home sales between January and March stood at 128,990 operations, 13.4% more on yearly basis and 15.3% more than on the previous quarter. Since 2008 there hasn’t been similar sales figures.

Autonomous communities that registered the highest number of home purchases in yearly rate were Andalucía (24,208), Catalonia (20,756), Community of Valencia (19,876) and Community of Madrid (18,855), while the largest quarterly increases happened in Basque Country (36.27%), Murcia (31.88%) and Navarra (21.43%).

In the last 12 months, 479,475 operations were registered, which is the highest yearly result since the first quarter of 2009. The provinces that registered the highest number of home sales were Madrid (72,131), Barcelona (54,462), Alicante (36,447), Malaga (30,530), Valencia (27,609), Baleares (16,211), Seville (15,320), Murcia (14,251), Las Palmas (12,386), Tenerife (11,952) and Cádiz (11,483).

22,229 operations were registered in new housing, and 37 provinces have increased the number of registered sales. The greatest increases were achieved in Castellón (180.49%), Álava (115.08%), Teruel (69.09%) and Vizcaya (64.31%). In addition, 28 provinces have achieved quarterly increases of two or more digits.

Regarding second-hand housing, 106,691 transactions were registered, which is the highest figure since the second quarter of 2007. In this line of growth, 43 provinces have increased the number of purchases. In this case, the highest growth rates were in Guipúzcoa (38.95%), Vizcaya (31.95%) and Murcia (30.35%).

The British continue to lead, but the ‘Brexit’ wreaks havoc

The purchase of housing by foreigners decreased subtly from 13.6% to 13.1% of total operations in the first quarter of 2018, but with an increase in absolute terms due to the increase in the general number of transactions, since in the fourth quarter of 2017 some 15,000 transactions were registered, and from January to March 2018 the number was around 16,500.

The nationality of buyers maintains the normal positions. The British continue to lead with 14.6%. “This figure is very low and the cause is ‘Brexit’, since this percentage represents only a third of the sales that happened before the UK decided to leave the European Union.”, the Colegio de Registradores de España points out. The second and third place are for Germans (7.9%) and French (7.6%). In the last year, foreigners have carried out close to 63,000 home purchases.
The provinces with the highest purchase rate by foreigners during the first quarter of the year were Alicante with 41.05% and Tenerife with 40.78%. After these two provinces are the Balearic Islands (31.72%), Malaga (30.57%) and Girona (26.94%). These are the five provinces that present the highest rate of purchase of housing by foreigners during the last years, with superior results when compared to the rest of the provinces.

Source: Idealista

11 May

Alicante leads the blue flags in Spain

ALICANTE LEADS THE BLUE FLAGS IN SPAIN

The province leads the ranking of these awards with a total of 68 out of the 133 blue flags of the Valencian Community, which also heads the classification by self-governed regions. The beaches that are added to the list are Cala Cerrada and Mil Palmeras in Orihuela, Cabo Cervera in Torrevieja and the beach of Puerto de Pilar de la Horadada.

Spain has obtained a total of 696 Blue Flags in 2018, which will be waved from June onwards along the coast, which is an increase of twelve flags, compared to 684 registered last year.

When it comes to the beaches, this summer will wave a total of 590 flags, which is eleven more than in 2017. The community that’s earned the most flags on their beaches and ports are the Valencian Community with 146, followed by Galicia (124), Catalonia (123) and Andalusia (115). The data was released on Tuesday in Madrid by ADEAC – the Spanish section of the European Federation of Environmental Education – which confirms that in beaches, marinas and sustainable vessels Spain maintain the first place in this world ranking.

ELEVEN NEW SANDY BEACHES

The set of award-winning beaches and ports is led by the Valencian Community with 146 (132 + 14), Galicia with 124 (109 + 15) Catalonia with 123 (101 + 22) and Andalusia with 115 (91 + 16 + 2 tourist boats). These are followed by Baleares with 67 (44 + 20 + 3), Canary Islands with 55 blue flags (50 + 5), Asturias with 13 beaches, Cantabria with 11, Basque Country with four, Ceuta & Melilla with two and Extremadura with two (a beach and a port).

Amongst the new blue flags that have been awarded this year, one stands out, which was awarded to the beach of Virgen de la Nueva, located in the San Juan reservoir, in the Madrilenian town of San Martín de Valdeiglesias.

MORE PARTICIPATION

The number of participating Spanish coastal municipalities in 2017 was 252, of which 236 have obtained a blue flag. Valencia is in the lead with 45 award-winning municipalities, followed by Catalonia with 43 award-winning municipalities. It is followed by Andalusia with 39, Galicia with 34, Canary Islands with 30, Balearic Islands with 17, Asturias and Cantabria with 7 award-winning beaches, Murcia with 6, Basque Country with 4 and Madrid, Ceuta & Melilla and Extremadura with one municipality.

THEMATIC AWARDS

Blue flags have also been awarded thematically in the fields of rescue, first aid and first response to Sagunto (Valencia), Castell Platja D’Aro (Girona), and Santa Pola (Alicante). On the other hand, the beaches of Almonte (Huelva), Torrenueva (Granada) and Santa Eulalia (Baleares) have been awarded for their accessibility.

A total of 72 trails will have the blue flag in this year 2017. The Blue Paths are present in 68 municipalities in 19 Spanish provinces. As a novelty, this year the Blue Trail Costa Dulce de Orellana, in Badajoz, has won the award. It is the first Blue Path on an in-land beach.

Source: Información

16 Mar

6 ways to have a great experience of buying a property in Spain

When we’re looking to buy something, we always go into it feeling confident that we know what we want, that it’s out there and we will inevitably find it. Unfortunately years of collective experience tell us that this is very rarely the case.
Research suggests that people, after spending some time in the process of searching, get increasingly confused and frustrated. Quite often in the end one of 2 different things happens: either they give up on the search, postpone it and plan to come back to it later (in many cases they don’t) or they make a bad decision and choose something just to get it over with. The reason for that is simple – decision-making is a tiring work, being presented with multiple choices drains our energy the same way as any other activity does.
Buying a property in Spain is (or should be) a happy thing. It’s a holiday home or a permanent residence in a friendly and unique cultural environment, with great climate, relaxed and stress-free lifestyle, and in a location with a similar infrastructure and legal framework to other European countries, which makes the transition much easier.

Yet often I hear from my clients about bad experience they or their friends have had in the past. After compiling all those reasons and doing additional research on relevant subjects, we put together the 6 main reasons why people have bad experience looking for a property on the sunny Spanish coast, and how to avoid them.

1. Define your needs and establish an area

It always surprises me that people are convinced they know what they want, when they actually don’t. This is mainly because once we decide what we’re looking for, we create a vision in our minds and look for a match. Problem is, that vision often has certain features that are not really essential for us, but misses some things that absolutely are. Another thing is – that vision is based on our past experiences. If we’re looking for an apartment in Spain, having lived our entire life in London or Stockholm, the “ideal property” in our mind will likely look like something we’ve seen before, but the construction style and and the patterns in which the areas are built upon in Spain are different, which makes it practically impossible to fulfill that “ideal” image.
The advice is – take a little bit of time to really think about the parameters of the search. Make a list of features you want that property to have, from that list select 3-4 that are an absolute must, and all others are preferable, because it is likely that you won’t find a property that ticks all the boxes, and knowing what features are a must, and which ones are optional, will make your life much easier.

2. Choose an agent, qualify him hard and early

Many people start the search by sending out a ton of inquiries, often – about different properties from different agents. Every agent will reply (or they should) and follow-up. If you find 5 properties on the Internet and send out 5 inquiries – you will have 5 different agents following up with you. Since you’re most likely still back home, working during the day and dealing with personal things after hours, this will mean that your phone will keep ringing with a Spanish country code on display, and your email will get flooded with offers of properties that all those 5 (or more) agents think you should absolutely take a look at. This will make the whole process extremely complicated and unmanageable right from the start.
To avoid this – after defining the parameters of your property, you should choose an agent. Speak to 2-3 different agents on the phone. They will qualify you hard and early, as they don’t want to waste their time and they will want to know if you’re a good lead – why shouldn’t you do the same? You don’t want to waste your time either dealing with many people pitching you properties of no interest.
Ask the agent as many questions as you can: what area he’s working in? Does he collaborate with other agents? How does he make sure the property is priced well? How does he make sure the property has no legal issues or embargos? 5 minute conversation will go a long way in telling you how professional the agent is.
This will have another bonus side effect: once you qualified an agent and decided you can do business with him – the agent will also assign a higher priority to you knowing that you are a good lead and you’re not working at the same time with 10 other agents wasting everyone’s time. When you have a higher priority as a lead – you will get more attention, more honesty
and transparency and more valuable information. Don’t worry If this particular agent doesn’t have a lot of properties that interest you from the start – professional agents always collaborate with one another and that means that this one agent can show you all 5 or 10 of those different properties you inquired about, with no cost for you, and without having to deal with 5-10 different people.

3. Communicate your needs to the agent profoundly, try to have clear parameters but little expectations

Most people, when asked, what kind of property they’re looking for, say a type, amount of bedrooms, sometimes an extra parameter like a communal pool, and the budget. This is an important information, but this is just the very basics and not even close to being enough. If a buyer tells 5 different agents this much, they will often rush to searching through their properties for anything that matches. Later you discover that your mailbox is flooded with properties of no interest to you, you get disappointed and frustrated, it becomes hard to manage so much information and the agents assign lower priority to you since you are hard to reach and satisfy.
This is why it was so important to define your search in step 1 – now it’s time to communicate all that info to the agent as clearly and in as much detail as possible. A professional agent will spend most of his time asking you questions and gathering information – this is good for both of you, so please, collaborate. Answer the questions with as many details as possible, and always answer one extra question – why? You need 2 bedrooms – why? You need a pool – why? You would like a large terrace of at least 15 square meters – why? This is also why it’s important to choose one agent – this way you can have one 10-minute conversation with a professional agent
and tell him everything he/she needs to know – then let them do the work. That’s what they’re here for.

4. Establish a clear timeline and a person in charge of the decision- making

As mentioned before, an agent (at least a professional one) will qualify you hard and early. That means they will want to know what you want to buy, can you buy it, when you want/need to buy it and who’s the decision- maker. The level of priority you will get with that agent widely depends on how this qualification goes. If you say that you’re just looking around and you don’t know if and when – you’re of not too much interest to the agent.
You don’t have to buy soon to be a good lead – but it’s very important to know when. If it’s 3 weeks or 9 months from now – once you give the agent a clear timeline, he will plan the best course of action in terms of how many properties over what period of time it makes sense to send to you, how often he should follow up with you to not interrupt your day too often, etc.
Aside from a clear timeline another equally important thing to know is – who will be making the decision? Almost always it is the case that there’s more than one person involved – a spouse, children, other members of the family etc. This is natural, but the research suggests that decisions are better when they are made by an individual then by a group. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consult anyone – if you’re looking for a property with your partner or a spouse, they should participate equally in establishing parameters, choosing an agent, and it would make things easier

if you also decided, who will make the final decision, because as written above, the final decision is ultimately better to be left to an individual.

5. Make a list of 6-10 good properties to view

When you finally start receiving properties from your agent it is important to keep in mind that over-flooding yourself with choice will exhaust and confuse you. Of course you want to be able to choose from something – both research and experience suggest that 6-10 good properties on your list are enough. This is why every time you receive a property from your agent – it is important to do 2 things: First, give detailed feedback. What you like about it, what you don’t like, how you feel when you look at the photos of the living room/kitchen, etc. Second – decide if this property should be on your list or not.
Those 6-10 properties will make the list for viewings. This is enough for you to arrange a viewing trip. Don’t worry that it won’t be enough – you’ve already approved those 6-10 properties and they are not random. Besides, a professional agent will always have a few more as a backup, and by now he/she will have a good vision of your ideal property.
View 3-4 properties every day, and take time to reflect. If you’re viewing 6-10 properties in total – that means 2-3 days of viewings. Again, as stated by the research – this is more than enough, as after that all the properties will start melting into a big mess inside your head, the certainty will decrease, both you and the agent will get tired and frustrated. When you are done viewing and reflecting on your list, choose 3-4 best properties for the second viewing and discard the rest.

6. It’s not about the price, it’s about the value

When you have viewed the 3-4 properties you chose for your shortlist – arrange them in order. For every property, decide how much you can pay for it (not how much you want to but how much it would make sense for you to pay for it). This number could even be the actual asking price, or above it, which would mean that the property is already a good value.
Make an offer on the top property from your list. Make that offer slightly below (10-15%) of how much you would pay for it. Always expect a counter-offer – often the seller will just say “no” to an offer, and a counter- offer is your agent convincing them to lower the price at least a bit less than you wanted. Again, in that case, the property is still a good value for you and this way you’re giving your agent the room to negotiate a bargain for you. If you get the price that is acceptable for you (below what you established as a limit you would pay for it) – go for it. If the property was initially priced at more than you would pay for it and you were not able to get the price below that number – move on to the second property from your shortlist. Since a professional agent would only be showing you properties that are well-priced, chances are all 3-4 properties will be a good value at the asking price, and with a little negotiations done right in the end it will be even better.
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Hope this information helps you make the search for your ideal property as efficient as possible!

Denis Kurdanov,
Property Consultant for English-speaking market
denis@zariko.com
+34 662 303 550

27 Feb

The sales of second-hand houses have increased in Spain

Second-hand houses in Spain: In 29 provinces the sale has doubled from minimum figures

The latest house sales data in 2017 published by the INE confirms that transactions have recovered 48.6% from the national minimums reached in 2013. In a market dominated by the sale of second-hand homes, 29 provinces have doubled the sales. On the other hand, there is still less new buildings being sold than four years ago: it has fallen by an average of 42.1%. Recently published statistics of housing transactions in 2017 by the National Institute of Statistics, affirm that the residential market hasn’t registered such good data since 2008, when it closed with almost half a million sold homes. In addition, the annual increase of 14.6% is the highest recorded since the INE started taking data.

Balearic Islands, Barcelona and Vizcaya, the provinces that best picked up the pace after the crisis

The sale of homes has recovered from the lows reached in 2013, when 312,593 transactions were made in Spain. The national average offers an improvement of 48.6% during 2017 compared to the data from four years ago. The provinces of the Balearic Islands (103.3%), Barcelona (84.3%), Vizcaya (70.6%) and Valencia (70.5%) are where the increase in operations has been better compared to the historical lows. Other provinces with greater real estate weight, such as Madrid (69.7%), Guipúzcoa (60.8%) and Malaga (53.9%), have also exceeded the national average in terms of the increase in home sales. There are still provinces that are still not out of the crisis and continue to record worse data than the 2013, the minimum of the historical series at the national level. Soria (-33.4%), Lugo (-17.2%), Ávila (-4.8%) and Ciudad Real (-2%) still sell fewer houses than in 2013. La Rioja (0.1%), Cáceres (0.7%) and Cuenca (1%) almost have the same housing transactions as four years ago.

2017 vs. 2013: The sale of second-hand homes has doubled

29 provinces have more than doubled their transactions since the 2013 lows. Outside the ‘strong’ regions, provinces such as Guadalajara, Balearic Islands, Granada, Huelva or Almeria are leading this percentage improvement, and during 2017, they sold up to three times as many second-hand houses than in 2013. Madrid (141.8%), Valencia (139%), Vizcaya (132.1%) and Barcelona (123%) also improved their statistics on second-hand houses. On the contrary, the market barely moved in Soria (0.5%).

Despite the recovery, fewer new homes are sold now, compared to 2013

Fewer new homes were sold in 2017 (83,260) than in 2013 (143,771). The construction break was one of the clearest consequences of the bursting of the housing bubble and the economic crisis that devastated the sector. In the worst overall year for real estate, 143,771 new homes were sold, far from the 326,382 sold during the 2007 peak. In ten years, the sale of new constructions has fallen 74.5%. Madrid (15,984), Barcelona (6,698), Alicante (5,871) and Málaga (5,420) being the provinces, where more new homes were sold in 2017, by far. None of the Spanish provinces have recovered in the sales of new homes, but some have already been cut: Guipúzcoa (-9.2%), Zaragoza (-14.3%), Segovia (-15.2%), Madrid, Barcelona and Valladolid (the three with -15.7%), are the ones that have better recovered in the last four years. On the other hand, Zamora (-86.2%), Cuenca and Cáceres (both with -84.4%), and Castellón (-71.7%) are the regions where the activity of new construction continues below minimum levels.

Source: Idealista

30 Nov

Fiestas Patronales and opening hours in December

Fiestas Patronales
Fiestas patronales

Every year during the last week of November and the first week of December, Torrevieja celebrates a wonderful festival in honour of Inmaculada Concepción who is the patron saint of the city. This is called ¨Las fiestas patronales”. The festivities are a combination of the traditional and popular events where everyone could find something interesting.

You can enjoy concerts, gastronomy and poetry competitions, processions with giants carnival figures with large heads, children´s parade and much more. Admirers of the Spanish cuisine can´t miss the big paella competition! One of the most important events for residents is on 2nd when people offer flowers to La Inmaculada Concepción (Ofrenda Floral, takes place at Plaza de la Constitución at 16.30) and after that the Nativity Scene is opened. The highlight comes on December 8th, when there is a solemn procession with the statue of the patron along the main streets followed by a massive fireworks display that rounds off the festival with a bang.

Download the Festival Programme here

Opening hours during the Festival time

Our offices are closed during 6th and 8th of December as well as 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st of December and 1st and 6th of January, 2018. On 22nd of December we are open only until 14.00 as we are then celebrating out X-mas party!

We wish you Happy Holidays!

01 Nov

All Saints Day, 1st of November, our offices are closed

Today, 1st of November our offices are closes due to the a bank holiday, All Saints Day.
Our offices are open as usual from tomorrow.

19 Oct

Yacht race Volvo Ocean Race starting in Alicante!

Yacht race Volvo Ocean Race starting in Alicante!

In October 2017 the famous Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante – being the fourth time the race will start from this coastal Spanish city.

The Volvo Ocean Race is around-the-world yacht race that is held every three years. This is one of the longest professional sporting events in the world. Typically the race starts off in Europe and usually it has had 9-10 legs with in-port races at stopover cities.

This time the boats will voyage over 45 000 nautical miles and through 12 cities including for example Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Auckland and ending in the Hague.

The Race Village in Alicante will be open from the 11th of until 22nd of October. In the harbor you can admire the iconic race boats up close – and if you get lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the sailors preparing themselves for the race! There is also an abundant program that includes concerts, animations, introduction to sailing, interactive museum and much more. In the same time you can discover what else does Alicante have to offer!

Read more: http://www.volvooceanrace.com and http://alicantepuertodesalida.com/raceVillage

09 Oct

9th and 12th of October National holidays

Today 9th of October our offices are closed due to the bank holiday, the day of the Valencian Community.

On 12th of October we are also closed as it is Spanish National Day.
Rest of the week we are open as usual.

Have a nice holidays!

12 Jul

Second hand property prices increasing in Spain

In the second quarter of 2017 the prices of second hand properties in Spain have increased by 1,5% compared to last year. The prices have risen the most in the Balearics (16,6%), Catalonia (9,1%) and Canaries (8%). In Murcia the increase has been 1,6% and in Valencia 4,6%. There has also been a moderate rise in prices in Andalusia (3%) and Madrid (2,7%). In some areas the prices have fallen – with the most decrease in Navarra (-5,1%).

The most expensive properties can be found in the Basque Country in the provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay (2 710 €/ m2 ja 2.567 €/m2), followed by the provinces of Madrid (2.413 €/m2) and Barcelona (2.340 €/m2). The most affordable properties are located in Toledo (815 €/m2), Ávila (828 €/m2) and Ciudad Real (865 €/m2).

The property prices vary depending on the area, and the prices continue to normalize at different speeds. Despite the increase in prices in certain areas, the prices have not reached as high levels as a decade ago, and so far a new price bubble is not expected.

Source: Idealista

09 Jun

Las Hogueras de San Juan in June!

Las Hogueras de San Juan in June!

Las Hogueras de San Juan is a Spanish festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. This celebration has been celebrated in Spain since the 1920s, and the tradition continues when bonfires, monuments and statues are set on fire at midnight at the weekend.

Las Hogueras de San Juan in Alicante

This festival is celebrated in Alicante and it is one of the year’s biggest party it has also been declared as an international tourist attraction. There will be lots of events starting from the beginning of June until 24th when the celebration of Las Hogueras de San Juan will come to an end with big fireworks and doll looking statues and bonfires on the streets are set on fire. This is called La Cremá and during that time firefighters spray water over the viewers. La Cremá is originally originated as a cleansing ritual, when people forget all the problems and bad things that occurred during the past year. Inflammable dolls act as symbols of evil and misfortune.


Torrevieja

Also Torrevieja is celebrating the beginning of summer with bonfires. In different neighborhoods, people build their own bonfires at the beach. There is also spectacular midnight fireworks on Playa del Curma, which you don’t want to miss! The cleaning ritual is also done in Torrevieja, but a bit differently. Traditionally, people jump over the smaller bonfires that are set on fire as a symbol of cleansing.

09 Jun

San Javier festival


The one month lasting San Javier Jazz Festival is held for the 20th time in San Javier!
The famous jazz festival begins on 30th of June and continues all the way to 30th of July. There will be lots of different famous artists from all over the world. The price for a one day ticket varies from 15 to 40 euros but it is also possible to buy season ticket that costs 120 euros. With the season ticket you can visit all of the shows except two. During the festival there is also few free concerts ticket is not needed.

San Javier is a town situated next to the Mar Menor, the biggest salt lake in Europe, possessing a natural beauty and an incomparable weather. Spring is a permanent season in San Javier. From San Javier you will also find beautiful beaches both on the Mar Menor coastline and on the Mediterranean sea. The villages Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Menor offers lots of different services and leisure activities for example water sports. From San Javier you will also find culture. The city museum you find lots of information about the town and there is surprisingly also an aeroplane.

When visiting the area you should also visit the La Manga area located nearby. Beautiful, 24 kilometers long narrow cape separates the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean from each other. Due to its climate and long beaches, La Manga is popular from its watersports. Nearby is the leisure center La Manga Club that offers activities to golf, tennis and football enthusiasts.

For more information you will find the festivals official website

http://jazz.sanjavier.es/en/

The famous jazz festival begins on 30th of June and continues all the way to 30th of July. There will be lots of different famous artists from all over the world. The price for a one day ticket varies from 15 to 40 euros but it is also possible to buy season ticket that costs 120 euros. With the season ticket you can visit all of the shows except two. During the festival there is also few free concerts ticket is not needed.

San Javier is a town situated next to the Mar Menor, the biggest salt lake in Europe, possessing a natural beauty and an incomparable weather. Spring is a permanent season in San Javier. From San Javier you will also find beautiful beaches both on the Mar Menor coastline and on the Mediterranean sea. The villages Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Menor offers lots of different services and leisure activities for example water sports. From San Javier you will also find culture. The city museum you find lots of information about the town and there is surprisingly also an aeroplane.

When visiting the area you should also visit the La Manga area located nearby. Beautiful, 24 kilometers long narrow cape separates the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean from each other. Due to its climate and long beaches, La Manga is popular from its watersports. Nearby is the leisure center La Manga Club that offers activities to golf, tennis and football enthusiasts.


More information can be found on the festivals official website

http://jazz.sanjavier.es/en/

11 Apr

Wonderful San Pedro del Pinatar

Wonderful San Pedro del Pinatar

San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Costa Calida. The area is located in Mar Menor which is a salty lagoon in the Ibearian Peninsula. That means that San Pedro del Pinatar is located between the lagoon and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the only town in addition to La Manga which has beaches on the Mar Menor side as well as on the Mediterranean sea side. The beach area of San Pedro del Pinatar is usually called Lo Pagan.

There are many cosy beaches in the area for example Villananitos and La Puntica. The beaches of Mar Menor are usually more tranquil which invites a lot of families to enjoy these calm waters and sandy beaches! There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as diverse activities to do like diving and surfing and beautiful parks to visit. Regional Park Salinas is a lovely area with lots to see and you can even find birds such as Flamingos there!

Mar Menor is extremely rich with salt and minerals and therefore it has many health-promoting as well as stress relieving effects. In Lo Pagan, you can also enjoy mud baths which you have to try while visiting San Pedro del Pinatar. Cover yourself in the mud, let it dry off in the sun and then go back to the water to wash it off! The mud bath refreshes and makes your skin silky smooth. You can also enjoy seawater at the Thalasia hotel & spa which is the perfect place to relax in – try different treatments or lay in the pools!

By exploring San Pedro del Pinatar and its surroundings you can surely find a reason to visit it again!

Sources:

España, 2017. San Pedro del Pinatar. http://www.spain.info/es/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/san_pedro_del_pinatar.html
Thalasia Costa de Murcia, 2017. http://www.thalasia.com/en-GB/index.aspx
Único San Pedro del Pinatar, 2017. http://www.sanpedrodelpinatar.es/ayto2/

07 Apr

Semana Santa

Easter is a week long grand celebration in Spain which is called Semana Santa. This holiday has long traditions and spending it has a huge role in the Spanish culture.

During the week, there are many easter processions and masses being organized in Torrevieja. This year Semana Santa will be from Sunday 9.4 until Sunday 16.4. This eventful week offers lots to see and to experience and in this article we will introduce a few highlights which are happening in Torrevieja.

13.4. Maundy Thursday: Plaza de Constitución- Procession starts from the plaza at 23.00 which portraits the crucified Jesus Christ

14.4 Good Friday: La Plaza del Calvario- Procession starts from the plaza at 00.30 which plays the occurrences of the Golgotha cross

15.4 Holy Saturday: Virgen del Carmen – Drum parade starting from the cultural centre at 22.30 expresses Jesus´ victory against death

More about the programme of Semana Santa you can read in Spanish from Torrevieja´s official website. On the website you can find specific descriptions, routes of the processions and schedules.

Zariko wishes a happy and relaxing Easter time for everyone!

Sources:
Torrevieja.com, 2017. Semana Santa Torrevieja 2017. http://www.torrevieja.com/es/servicios/agenda/semana-santa-torrevieja-2017.html.

18 Mar

Lets run!

Costa Blanca offers, along its beautiful beaches, lots of activities for the ones who need more action. If you feel like getting active, it’s time to put on your running shoes, grab a bottle of water and get to know the area from a whole new perspective!

You can go for a run whenever by yourself or sign up for running events organised in different localities. Because of hot weathers it is important to take care of hydration and sunblock.

On the webpage of the Costa Blanca Running Circuito 2017 you can find a wide range of information on the running events in the area. The association’s goal is to articulate the health benefits of exercise, inspire to move and offer opportunities to participate in events. The webpage is easy to read and you can find all the necessary information including prices and routes.

Running is very popular in Spain, that is why there has been a nationwide webpage set up for it, carreraspopulares.com. There you can easily search for upcoming events by regions. Especially in our area of Costa Blanca, the half-marathons of Orihuela, Torrevieja and Elche have drawn huge attention. For this year there is only the half-marathon of Elche that has not been held yet. This event is organised on the 2nd of April 2017.

Different obstacles and stairs bring a little kick in to the running, try those for example in the Xtrem Running Race that is held in Elche on the 11th of June 2017. On the 13th of May 2017, 924 stairs will be run in a gorgeous, 52-floor hotel in Benidorm. This event does not lack of speed!

Running lets you release energy and challenge yourself. It enhances well-being and the refreshing rays of sunshine travel along bringing positivity in to the exercise!

08 Mar

Are you our new #1 sales agent?

We are looking for a new salesperson to our international team!

We expect you to:

  • Develop and maintain a customer database
  • Prepare sales action plans and strategies
  • Plan and conduct direct marketing activities
  • Provide revenue growth
  • Ensure customer service satisfaction and good client relationships follow up on sales activity

You have a BBA degree or equivalent and a minimum of 2 -3 years of working experience, preferably sales related. You can handle multiple tasks and accomplish them within deadlines. You are fluent in Spanish and English as well as you know a third language (German, Flemish, Finnish or French). Also you should have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Please email us your CV and a motivational letter explaining:

  • What are your personal strengths and areas of interest?
  • What makes you a great salesperson?
  • What additional skills you would bring to our company?
  • What do you expect from your future?

The job is located at the Zariko Torrevieja and Lo Pagán offices, starting 1.4.2017 or as agreed, and is full-time.

Email: zariko@zariko.com

17 Feb

Carnivals- time of colors and joy!

Carnival season has begun!
It’s again the time of the year when music, dance, colors and happiness join together for a magical combination – Carnivals! Of all the crazy celebrations in Spain there is nothing wilder than the Carnival celebrations in late February. You’ll see spectacular street parades, performances and amazing fiestas which usually last from dusk until dawn!

The carnivals in Spain are usually known for their fantastic masks and rich imagination costumes. Everyone in all ages participates to celebrate and dance by throwing worries aside for a while. It’s promised that in carnivals you will always experience laughter, joy and of course good music! The streets in towns and cities all over Spain are filled with wild partying, humour, parodies and a general atmosphere of fun and high spirits.

History
The origin of Carnival is not for certain. It is believed that the early traditions of the festival can be traced back as far as ancient Rome and Greece. The origin of the feast is also seen by historians as early as 5,000 years ago in Egypt and Sumer. The most known theory is that Carnival was born along side Lent. These days pre-lent carnivals are really popular and people around the world will join in the crazy festival known as Carnival and celebrate for many days in a row and also days and nights!

Carnivals in Torrevieja
In Torrevieja celebration was started in January and the festivities will last for 4 weeks. Main parades will be seen 19.2 on Sunday at 16.00 and the grand finale in the evening of 25.2 Saturday 22.00. Main parades starts at Asunción Square Ramón Gallud street to the Patricio Pérez street.

Torreviejas parade routes and other information here!




Pictures taken in Torrevieja 2009.

21 Dec

X-mas season opening hours

Happy holidays from our team and thank you everyone for being with us in 2016!

Our offices will be closed on th 24th and 31st of December and otherwise business as usual!

21 Jun

The Bonfires of Saint John in Spain

Las Hogueras de San Juan – the Bonfires of Saint John is here! In Spain, especially in the city of Alicante the arrival of summer is celebrated to the fullest. In Alicante, festive program has already been taking place since the beginning of June.

Now that it’s the week of the Bonfires of Saint John, there is continuously something happening in Alicante. The 24th of June is the culmination of the fiesta – after the daytime program, there is a huge firework-show “Palmera” at midnight, which is followed by “La Cremà”, the burning; During La Cremà, the big Ninot-monuments at the streets, that describe the current faults, will be set on fire while the firemen will spray water on people. After the culmination, you can enjoy incredible firework-shows every midnight from 25.6-29.6 on the beach of Alicante.

You can also enjoy the Bonfires in Torrevieja – June 23rd thousands of people are going to perform a “purification ritual”; There will be a bunch of bonfires and jumping over them will make all the bad from the past 12 months disappear. Furthermore, every neighborhood has its own little celebrations and at midnight, there will be a beautiful firework-show on the beach.


Download the official program for Alicante’s Saint John here.

02 Jun

Foreigners buy more expensive apartments in Spain than the Spanish locals

According to the statistics of the Notary, foreigners purchase up to 28% more expensive apartments from Spain than Spanish citizens themselves. The foreigners pay around 1.598 euros for a square meter, whereas the locals usually pay 1.247 euros.
There is different behavior considering prices amongst the foreign buyers: in 2015 the average square meter price for foreign non-residents increased by 5.6% to 1.792 euros, while the spending decreased by 0.1% to 1.367 euros for the foreign residents in Spain. The notary has noticed a stabilization in the development of square meter prices since 2013.
The statistics indicate that the most luxurious apartments have been the most popular amongst the German, Danish, Russian, Swedish and Swiss citizens. The most expensive apartments preffered by the foreigners are found in Balearic Islands, Basque-country, Madrid and Catalonia.
The most apartment deals done by foreigners were done by the British (20,6%), French (8,8%), German (7,5%), Belgian (5,7%), Italian (5,5%) and Romanian (5,3%). They contribute to over half of all the realestate sales done by foreigners in Spain.
In earlier times foreign residents in Spain were buying more properties than non-residents. It changed in 2012, after which the non-residents have been buying 7% more properties than the foreigners already residing in Spain. However, their number of purchasing apartments increased last year by 18,2%. The non-residents still contribute to 51.7% of all real-estate sales done in Spain.

24 May

The sales of the second hand properties is increasing

During January, February and March nearly 1100 properties were sold daily – the sales of the years first quarter was about 9.2% more than a year ago and it’s the best result in 5 years. During these 3 months 99 113 properties were sold in total – the last time this result has been reached during the same timespan was in 2011 with 122 933 properties. Alone the sales of March increased 16,8% from the last year, which is the second largest increase during the past 25 months streak.

The new construction sales in turn have continued its 23 months long decrease. This is a result of that all the time less properties can be classified as new – the property can be classified as new only for a year after the its completion. During the first quarter of the year the new construction sales have decreased 13%. (INE)

The sales have increased the most from last year in the communities of Canarias, Extremadura and Cantabria. La Rioja and Galicia are the only communities that’s sales have decreased from last year.

Source: http://www.idealista.com/news/inmobiliario/vivienda/2016/05/10/742054-entre-enero-y-marzo-se-vendieron-casi-1-100-casas-diarias-un-9-2-mas-y-la-mejor

07 May

Blue Flag beaches are announced

Spain is the leading country with the most Blue Flag awards. The country has 586 Blue Flag beaches and 100 marinas. Inside Spain, the province of Alicante is leading with 62 beaches and 13 marinas.

The Blue Flag is awarded when a beach, a marina or a Sustainable Boating Tourism Operator fulfills the certain standards, such as water quality, environmental information and safety services.

In the province of Alicante, the beaches Calpe, Alfás del Pi, El Campello and San Juan have won the Blue Flag 30 consecutive editions!

This yea in Torrevieja, the beaches of Torrelamata-Sur, Cura, Los Locos, Los Náufragos and Cala Piteras are awarded with the Blue Flag.

Read the original text in Spanish:
http://www.diarioinformacion.com/alicante/2016/05/05/comunitat-125-autonomia-banderas-azules/1757984.html
Blue Flag beach list:

http://www.diarioinformacion.com/elementosWeb/gestionCajas/INF/File/Listado_Playas_Bandera_Azul_en_Alicante_2016_1.pdf

12 Apr

We are looking for a trainee for summer/fall/winter 2016

We are looking for a trainee for spring – autumn 2015 or winter -spring-summer 2016 (student of business/financial administration, marketing)

Description
We offer a job placement for students in our real estate agency in Torrevieja.

Possible duties:

- updating internet pages
- adding marketing material of new properties to different internet portals
- translation of articles (if the language skills are good enough)
- making newsletters
- planning internet material and executing it with partners
- making and sending marketing material
- ordering office material and looking after the schedule
- customer service and other office based duties
- other task according to the level of enthusiasm and skills

Criterion:

- fluent English and/or Spanish (spoken and written)
- as a person initiative and well organized
- adaptation to quick working speed

If you get chosen, we will help you to find apartment and with other praxis related to living in Spain. Job placement is unpaid.
Applications should be sent via e-mail to the address below.

Other information:
Send your application and CV to zariko@zariko.com. Job placement can as agreed.

21 Mar

Easter processions in Torrevieja

In Spain, Easter is celebrated for 8 days beginning on Palm Sunday. It’s typical that there are processions every day during this week, called Semana Santa in Spanish. This year the first processions were on Palm Sunday, 20th of March and the last procession on Monday, 4th of April. We have collected the timetables of the processions here, the routes can be found by opening the link.

Monday 21.3.2016
22:00 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1055

Tuesday 22.3.2016
22:00 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1061

Wednesday 23.3.2016
22:00 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1065

Thursday 24.3.2016
23:00 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1069

Friday 25.3.2016
00:30 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1074
20:00 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1074

Saturday 26.3.2016
22:30 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1078

Sunday 27.3.2016
08:00 - http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1082

Monday 28.3.2016
08:30 – http://semanasanta.mareapps.com/?page_id=1086

18 Mar

Spring bank holiday opening hours

During the spring bank holidays our offices will be closed as following:

Our Torrevieja’s office will be closed on March 19th as it is a local bank holiday (also Spanish Father’s Day) and on the Good Friday 25th of March and on the Monday 28th of March as well as on 4th of April.

Our office in Murcia region in Lo Pagan will be closed on the Good Friday 25th of March and on 29th of March, which is local a bank holiday.

During the bank holidays viewing upon request.

Otherwise we are open from Monday to Friday from  10.00 to 18.00 and on Saturdays 10.00-14.00. Welcome!

19 Feb

The market share of the Swedes in Costa Blanca’s real estate market has grown remarkably while the Russian’s has decreased

According to the latest information of Colegio de Notarios, the role of the Swedes in Costa Blanca’s real estate market has grown as the second most important foreign country. On the other hand, Russian’s role has decreased remarkably. As usual, UK carries on as the leading foreign country. Last year, foreigners bought 17 468 properties in total in the province of Alicante, being the fifth year in a row with increase of the foreign Real Estate market. From 2010, the business has nearly doubled.

Even as UK has led as the foreign country, it has also increased the amount of purchases. In 2015 the British bought 4826 properties in Alicante, which is about 50% more than the previous year. One of the biggest factors for this is probably the change which allows the British to access all their private pension fund at once when it’s directed to a property. In addition, the properties of Costa Blanca seem quite cheap now due to the devaluation of the euro in front of the pound.

Another big change in the Alicante’s real estate market is the collapse of the Russians’ purchases. The amount of the properties bought by Russians decreased by half from 2014 to 2015. The Swedish in turn increased their purchases with 19% during the same timespan, becoming the second leading foreing country in this market. Along with being a significant part in the tourism of Benidorm, now they have found the rest of the Costa Blanca. One of the factors for this change is the economic growth oh Sweden and good connections between The Airport of Alicante and Sweden.

Read the original Spanish text: http://www.diarioinformacion.com/alicante/2016/02/14/suecia-segundo-mayor-mercado-extranjero/1727608.html

01 Sep

Help us to help the local animal rescue organization!

Do you have used towels and sheets that have seen their best days? Or is your vacation coming to an end and a suitcase is bursting with the lack of space?
We want to do our part by helping the work of the local animal rescue organization S.A.T Animal Rescue. That’s why we decided you can bring to our office clean towels and sheets, and also clean, neat clothes. Clothes are sold in S.A.T. stores, and the profit will go to the association’s activities.

Help us to help, together we will succeed!

http://www.satanimalrescue.com/uk/

23 Jun

Bonfires of San Juan

Now that midsummer is here again, we decided to introduce to you the Spanish midsummer, San Juan. For Nordics, it is a celebration of midsummer whereas for Spanish it stands for the beginning of the summer. The Spanish are known for their love for celebrations and having fun with friends and family, and San Juan is no exception.

In Spain, the night of San Juan is traditionally spent on the beach. The night consists of bonfires, eating, drinking and socializing. The night of 24th of June is shorter than any other night of the year. During that magical night, according to the mythology, the strangest things can happen. For example, the pagan gods can appear to people. If you jump over the bonfire more than three times during that special night, your soul will be cleansed and your problems will burn away. Jumping to the ocean will also expel bad spirits.

The same traditions apply to Alicante where San Juan is celebrated by burning bonfires. In addition to praising fire, the streets are filled with music, fireworks and lots of colours. Thousands of people wonder the streets to experience this amazing celebration. On the 23rd of June the people of Alicante escape to the countryside. They prepare a traditional festive dinner, light the bonfire at midnight, shoot fireworks and swim in the ocean. The bonfire is also praised by throwing “dolls”, which are made of wood or cardboard, to the fire.

The celebrations of San Juan last for multiple days. Every May, the queen of the fiesta, Bellea del Foc, or “beauty of fire”, is picked from candidates chosen by local committees. The celebrations start officially on the 20th of June, with the construction of bonfires on beaches and humoristic cardboard characters filling the streets. Also, huge tents are set up all around to provide a dancing floor for the merrymakers. Some of the highlights of the party are the arrival of the bands and the queen and the traditional Spanish parade, with dance groups from all over the world. In addition, fireworks are shot in the Plaza de los Luceros everyday from 19.6 to 24.6. Earplugs are recommended!

At midnight on the 24th, comes the Grand Finale, or “cremá”, which is the burning of the bonfire. The bonfires on are lit, people are dancing and singing at the same time as the firefighets water the merrymakers with water.

13 Apr

Today, 13th our office in Torrevieja in closed, but office in Lo Pagán is open

Today, Monday 13th, our office in Torrevieja is closed due to a local bank holiday, while our office in Lo Pagán is open in new premises at Avda Generalisimo, 38 Lo Pagán! Alex and Jesús will be attending you there today as normal from 10.00 to 18.00!

Direct numbers:
Office in Lo Pagán: +34 868 045 993
Alex: +34 662 303 550
Jesús: +34 600 361 841

03 Nov

Our after sales services

Are you aware of the After Sales Services we offer to our customers? Here at Zariko our emphasis on excellent customer service and complete client satisfaction spans the entirety of a deal; prior, during and after. Our highly skilled staff and our extensive list of collaborators will assist you according to your own needs and preferences.

Our after sales services are always personalised to the needs of our customer and the property itself. For instance, before moving into a new property you might want to have a clean start or get the property painted before moving in.  On the other hand, you might have to be out of the property for a long time and request maintenance support for the property whilst you are away. This service could include for example running the water, airing the apartment, emptying your mailbox etc.

If you wish to let your house whilst away, we can offer it for holiday use to our broad customer base and in case there is no one using the property, it can be rented out for long-term. We also offer key-holding and cleaning services in preparation for your return, which will ensure you that experience the smoothest possible arrival. You can even order your airport transfer through us.

08 Oct

12th of October, National holiday

FIESTA NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA

The Fiesta Nacional de España or Día de la Hispanidad is a national holiday in Spain held annually on October 12. It commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first arrival in the Americas, a day also celebrated in other countries.

Background
The anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the New World on October 12, 1492, is widely celebrated throughout the Americas; it is known as Columbus Day in the United States and as Día de la Raza in various Latin American countries. Celebration of the anniversary in Spain dates to 1935, when the first festival was held in Madrid. The day was known as Dia de la Hispanidad. On November 27, 1981, a royal decree established Día de la Hispanidad as a national holiday.

Celebrations
On the day of Fiesta Nacional de España the king of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish national flag in the center of Madrid. He and the prime minister lead a military parade after that, in which most of Spain’s military units representatives participate. Armed forces’ planes perform aerobatics and display yellow and red smoke to represent the Spanish flag. There is live broadcast throughout these events.
People in the Aragon region also commemorate Our Lady of the Pillar, their patron saint, on October 12.

Public life
Hispanic Day is a quiet day, with most businesses having a day off and people spending time home with family and friends. Some smaller stores may be open. Public transport runs with reduced schedule.

:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiesta_Nacional_de_Espa%C3%B1a

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/spain/hispanic-day

http://www.calendarlabs.com/holidays/spain/national-day.php

 

03 Oct

New rental properties wanted!

We are looking for more rental properties to respond a growing demand. Most of our clients are looking for high quality and well- equipped apartments, so the apartment should be in a good condition and preferably sunny (south or west orientated) and have an air-conditioning. Other equipment, such as a dishwasher or an ADSL connection, is always a plus. The apartment can be of any type, bungalow, apartment, duplex, villa etc. from the regions of Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa. During the winter time, our clients are mostly Scandinavian and  during summer time they are locals on vacation. Most of the clients are looking for short-term rentals (1week-7months).

Please contact Mia Komppa, she will be happy to discus your home’s rental opportunities!

Mia Komppa
Rental department
Zariko Properties
GSM: +34 607 043 174
email: info@zariko.com
Skype: rentalszariko

14 Aug

15.08.2014.

15th of August is the Assumption Day, national holiday in Spain. We will be back to office on Saturday.

02 Jun

Opening of the new office!!!

New office in San Pedro del Pinatar!

Zariko is expanding: we will open a new office in San Pedro del Pinatar in order to serve our growing clientele in the area of Murcia. Next Thursday 5.6.2014 we will celebrate the opening of the San Pedro office and we would like you to join us for a nice chat and check out the latest listings in the area of Murcia. We will serve finger food between 12 and 18.

Our address in San Pedro del Pinatar is Avenida Generalísimo 90 and the phone number is 868 045 993. The opening hours of San Pedro are the same as in Torrevieja: Monday to Friday 10-18 and on Saturdays 10-14.

Our office in Torrevieja is closed on that day.

20 Jul

Download the bank’s review of listings

The bank’s Pásalo review is now available in digital form! Explore the magazine to find great properties on sale in the regions of Valencia and Murcia. You can download the review in PDF form below.

15 Jun

Alicante, the province with the most blue flags on its beaches

La Mata Beach The community of Valencia achieved a record of a total of 127 blue flags for its beaches and ports in the year 2013. The province of Alicante is holding a total of 70 of these, of which 58 have been given for its beaches and 12 for its ports. This accumulates Alicante as the province of the most recognition for the quality of its water and its installations. These numbers equal a 38 per cent of the beaches with blue flags in the community of Valencia whereas the average number in Spain is 20 per cent of the beaches.

Spain has gained a total of 10 new blue flags, of which the community of Valencia is holding 7. The regional secretary of Agriculture, Fishery, Food and Water, Joaquín Vañó, states that these acknowledgements recognise the work of the Government in protection and improvement of the coast and the water. A 90 per cent of the beaches present an “excellent” quality of the water. Vañó also considers this as a stimulant for administration in the times of obtaining the compliance of beaches with the current European regulations.

Find the full article in Spanish here:
http://www.diarioinformacion.com/alicante/2013/05/23/alicante-provincia-banderas-azules-playas/1377080.html

17 Jan

Energy certificate obligatory

From the beginning of June it will be obligatory to have a certificate of energy efficiency when renting or selling houses. From the beginning of May, those who are renting or selling apartments built before year 2007, have to get this certificate.
According to the Ministry of Industry, the draft law containing this obligatory document is expected to obtain royal approval during this month and will have an adjustment period of two months until April, when the government requires this certificate for all the apartments.
This is a demand from Europe and it is expected to be approved before 1st of January. The Ministry of Industry has said that the royal approval will be obtained on time, however if this deadline is not obeyed Spain will probably have to pay the penalty from Europe.
When these new regulations come into effect in Spain 1st of June 2013 all the apartments that are for sale or for rent, has to have a certificate of energy efficiency. The regulation will only exclude protected buildings and monuments that are used to religious activity or those residential buildings that are subject to a lease for less than four months a year, among others.
The reform of legislation is from EU and it was supposed to be in place in Spain since 1st of January 2013. However, it seems to be coming into effect 1st of June 2013.

Read the original article: www.idealista.com 

20 Sep

The province of Alicante leads the sales of properties made by foreigners

In the second quarter of the year 2012, the Valencian community led the sales of properties made by foreigners in Spain, with a total of 3.114. Most of these operations (2.645) were made in the province of Alicante. Foreign residents made 9.502 operations during the second quarter, representing an increase of 12% compared to the same period of year 2011. This is also the highest amount since four years ago, when the sales reached 11.130 operations.

One factor that explains the rise in purchases made by foreigners in Spain is the decline in prices of real estates, which in the second quarter fell by 8.3% to 1.6006,4€ per square meter. This equals to the price level of year 2004.

However, these figures are still far from the nearly 30.000 which were registered, for example, in the same period in 2006.

Most purchases made in the second quarter of the year took place in Valencia (3.114), Andalusia (1.676), Catalonia (1.615) and the Canary (1173). The lowest numbers of operations were registered in Cantabria (15), Ceuta and Melilla (16) and Extremadura (18).

When examined the purchases by the province of the residence of the buyer and the location of the property, Alicante led the statistics with 2.645 operations. It was followed by Malaga (1.127), Barcelona (847), Tenerife (655), Baleares (536), Las Palmas (518) and Madrid (522). On the opposite side stood Avila (2), Ceuta, (3) and Palencia (4).

The investments made by foreign citizens when buying a property in Spain during the first three months of the year 2012 rose 2.5%, to 1.163 million euros. The latest data from the Bank of Spain shows that this amount is the biggest since the second quarter of 2011.

 

Original article: Diario Informacion 16.9.2012

26 May

At the first quartal the sale of apartments increased 21.9%

According to the Spanish land register´s real estate business statistics (Estadística Registral Inmobiliaria) there were 92 211 properties sold during the first quartal of 2012 which means 21,9% increase compared to the previous quartal. The biggest increase was with the new buildings (+29,4%) which means 48 691 sold properties. This was 52,8% of the all sold properties. During the last 12 months there was 337 873 sales registered in the land register which was 25,3% less and the least since year 2005 (2005 land register started to make statistics of sold properties*). There were 170 706 sold new properties and 167 167 where used properties.

The average quantity of the mortgage decreased

The quantity on given mortgage where approximately 109 453€, which means 4,2% decrease compared to the previous quartal, and equals the level in 2004. Most of the mortgages (90,8%) were binded to Euribor and only 3,1% were fixed interest rate loans. Average interest was 4,13% when during the last 12 months it was 3.98%. People at the land register noted that even the Euribor is decreasing, interest rates are increasing due to the economical situation and the growth of the risks. The average in the payment of the loans in a month was more or less the same than in 2005, 603,3€ which is 31,9% of the monthly income of the borrower. This (31,9%) was one of the smallest value of the history. The period of mortgage decreased 3% to average of 23 years and 9 months.

*Note by the translator


Link to the whole article in Spanish in Diario de León

 

11 May

Why to buy house right now!

In the article pulished in te website of CNN Money 3rd of May, the housing experts predict that this year is the last chance to benefit from the low house prises and low mortgage rates since in next year the prises are likely to raise.

The full article you can read from: http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/03/real_estate/home-buying/?source=linkedin
But under you can find a short summary of the artikle.

Several housin experts are predicting that the property prises will increace in 2013. They say that now is the last change to benefit from the weak housing markets. They aslo guess that it si highly likely that buying a house will never be as cheap nor cheaper than right now. Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services predcts that prises will stop falling by the third quartal and tart rising by next year. He says that many thing will help the situation to reinforse e.g. decline in the number of foreclosures and the job growth. Also byers will increase their possibility to get mortgages when their finance situation gets better and their credit scores improve.

In other hand econimist Trulia’s Jed Kolko expects prices to increase more rapidly. Based on his data national average for asking prices already increased 1.4% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the last quarter of 2011. But the situation will most propably change in slow motion so the house buyers who are not quite ready to make their desisions are not in the horry. One speculation is that the prices will increase only 2% and another one says that they will increase 4.2% throught the year 2013.

Alex Villacorte, the director of analytics for Clear Capital, says that the price of the properties that the bank has foreclosured is quite high due to the fact that these properties are bought by investors who are fixing them and renting them out, often to the people who have lost their houses during the financial crisis. “That could have a significant impact on the market overall in terms of providing a rising floor to home values,” he said.

“Mortgage rates have been at or near historic lows for much of the past six months. The average interest rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage has not topped 4.5% since July 2011 and this week, it hit 3.84%, a new low.”

Doug Lebda, CEO of LendingTree, the online lending site, thinks that rates aren’t remaining at these record-low levels much longer. As the economy continues to recover, rates will move higher. Although, he said, they will “stay very reasonable.”

Stan Humphries, chief economist for Zillow, thinks that when the prices stop declining and the markets stabilize the buyers will feel more comfortable about buying. “People can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “And that can be enough to get them off the fence.”

05 Apr

Sales people required!

We are looking for a salesperson to join our team.

Job description:
Daily work consists of customer services: to be in contact with our international and local clients and with our international cooperation agencies,  to take in new properties and to show properties for the possible buyers, to handle the buying process.

Requirements:

- Fluent Spanish and English
- Language skills in one of the following languages: Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, German or French
- Experience in sales, preferably in real estate business
- Good skills with people
- Positive mind

Salary: to be agreed

Working time: 40hours/week

Contract: first contract will be 3 months, which can be renewed if both parties agree.

 

 

 

21 Mar

Now for sale Pizzeria in the centre of Torrevieja!

Pizzeria for sale in the centre of Torrevieja

Pizzeria in C/ La Loma, Torrevieja. Whole surface is about 100 m2, dining area 63 m2, kitchen with equipments, 11 tables and 2 toilets. Reference: L29

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23 Feb

B&B For Sale!

Now Bead&Breakfast for Sale! You can find more info here!

27 Aug

The Spanish government has reduced the VAT

The Spanish government has recently reduced the VAT that the buyers have the obligation to pay after having bought a new built property. The reduction has been from 8% to 4%. The aim is to re-activate the selling and to reduce the huge stock of new built properties, around 700 000 in Spain. This VAT reduction will be available only until the 31st of December 2011, and according to many experts’ opinion will hardly produce any improvement. In general the experts think that even after this measure it will be more profitable for the buyers to invest in a second – hand property. They also think that the market needs other important conditions for the reactivation, like much more fluent mortgage lending.
Some experts remind us, that the same government had been risen the same tax 1% in June 2010, from 7% to 8%.

Read the article from here.

04 Aug

Government of the Spain is trying to entice foreign investors

Government of the Spain is trying to entice foreign investors

Permanent Secretary of Spain, Beatriz Corredor, has been visiting several countries informing about oppurtunities to invest on real estates in Spain. According to Corredor, the housing market of Spain is now excellent for making investments.

In the first quarter of 2008 the prices dropped down 15% in Spanish housing market. The fall in prices has been most brutal in the coast, for example the prices drop by 40% in Malaga.

Good public transport, low crime and good weather are the arguments that Beatriz Corredor used when persuading swedish to invest in Spain on her visit to Sweden. Beatriz Corredor’s visit to Sweden was not a coincidence, because last year, more than a million Swedes went to Spain and in 2010, the the number of the Swedish housebuyers doubled from the previous year.

Corredor also present some statistics to support the positive price trends of the housing market forecasts and highlights the decline of number of the uninhabited houses and the  the 6% growth in the sales figures. Last year was the first year when the sales prices were increasing after the crisis.

Increasing of the prices in the housing market of Spain

- In the first quarter of 2008 the prices dropped down 15% in Spanish housing market.

- The price decline has been greates in the coastal cities. For example, in Marbella, prices have fallen by 40% and in Torrevieja by 31%

-In 2010, the housing market grew by 6% from the year before. The number of foreign housebyuers increased by 21% (the number of swedish housebuyers increased by 105%).

 

Read the origal article in Swedish:

http://di.se/Templates/Public/Pages/ArticlePrint.aspx?pl=238027__ArticlePageProvider

29 Jul

New bus service between Torrevieja and Alicante Airport!

For long time there have been plans about new bus connection between Torrevieja and Alicante airport and finally the plans are implemented. Bus company Costa Azul started running busses on the new bus route between Torrevieja and Alicante airport on monday, 23.5.2011. The new bus service is seeking for 100 000 customers in the first year, which means 70-90 customers a day. Ticket to the new express buss costs 6,79 €.

There are also plans, that for example low-fair airlines could offer packages, which includes the bus ticket, so the customers could book the bus ticket at the same time as flights.

One of the customers, who were interviewed about the new bus service, said that when you are saving 100 € in the return to airport, it affects positively to your consuming in the city. So the new bus service is good for the customers and the city of Torrevieja as well.

 

Timetables

The express busses from Torrevieja to Alicante airport are departing at 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21.

Departing from airport to Torrevieja at 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22.

 

More short distance taxi rides

The new bus service is expected to bring more customer taking short distance rides to taxis, because people wanting to get a lift to the bus station. The new bus service is not running during the nights and it doesn´t stop for example in Orihuela Costa, so taxis will have demand even thought the new express bus starts running.

 

Read the original article in Spanish: http://www.diarioinformacion.com/vega-baja/2011/05/25/linea-bus-expres-altet-quiere-atender-cien-mil-viajeros-primer-ano/1131035.html

 

Zariko Properties is not responsible for any changes in timetables.

29 Jul

New opening hours

From Monday 21.3.2011 on we have new opening hours in our office.

New opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 18:00

Sat: 10:00 – 14:00

29 Jul

The beaches of Orihuela Costa are the cleanest in whole Valencia region.

On 26/5/2011, Orihuela Costa was rewarded with eight Blue Flags which are given by EU’s Foundation for Environmental Education, FEE. Furthermore, Orihuela Costa got five Q’s which are given according to quality of services, safety and professionalism.

The Blue Flag programme works towards sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.

Eight beaches/marinas worth of a blue flag in Orihuela Costa were Playa Flamenca, Cala Capitán, Cabo Roig, Campoamor, Barranco Rubio, Punta Prima, La Zenia. and Marina Cabo Roig’s leisure harbour. Orihuela Costa got more blue flags than any other city in whole autonomous region of Valencia.

Nationally, only three other cities were listed higher than Orihuela Costa, those were Calviá from Mallorca and northwestern cities of Vigo and Sansenxo.

 

Original article in Spanish: http://www.diarioinformacion.com/vega-baja/2011/05/27/orihuela-coloca-playas-cabeza-comunidad/1131917.html