Why choose Andalucia Realty

Andalucia Realty is a leading real estate agency in Marbella that places at your disposal the knowledge and experience acquired over 20 years of working in the property market of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis.

We are proud members of AIPP: Association of International Property Professionals, RAIC: Red de Asesores Inmobiliarios Qualificados y AEGI: Asociación Empresarial de Gestión Inmobiliaria and are also certified Real Estate Brokers of two major Spanish banks

We only list quality properties that are in good condition, offer good value for money and are free of legal problems. Additionnaly, we have access to most properties on the market through our extensive network of agents and we will thouroughly search them to make sure we find you the property that perfectly matches your requirements.

We will take good care of you throughout the entire process, from making your initial travel plans to viewing your property, through to completing the sale and beyond, making sure you are very well assisted at all times.

Our experienced, multi-lingual staff are at your complete disposal.

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Bringing your pet to Spain - Birds, rabbits and other animals

Bringing your pet to Spain – Birds, rabbits and other animals

Not all domestic animals are dogs or cats and when it comes to travelling, different considerations must be taken.

Prior travelling with your pet, you should verify it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Birds, tropical fish, reptiles, or rodents or rabbits must have a health certificate to enter Spain . Depending on the specie the requirements will be different. You must inform yourself about specific requirements for your pet in the Spanish Consulate abroad or in the government wepage.

Once all permits and documents necessaries are fulfilled, you should seek for the best way of transportation.

If you are planning to come to Spain by plane, be aware of the airline rules.  You can take your pet on flights of less than ten hours, however most of airlines will normally insists in a special type of container and may have extra charges. Check the International Air Transport  Association (IATA) Webpage before your departure.

You should compare other transport options apart from airplane such as Pet Shippers companies.

Sources: expatica.com

Planing to sell your house? Check this Five useful tips for selling it faster!

Planing to sell your house? Check this Five useful tips for selling it faster!

If you are planning to sell your house, you want it to be sold as fast as possible, but always at the right price. A powerful tool for achieving this is the Home Staging: improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming attractive product that anyone might want.

The image your property shows is one of the most important things that appeals to the customers when they are choosing a property.

From Andalucia Realty we advice our customers to follow these simple steps from Kara Vallenari, owner of the Prime Home Staging, to improve the look of their properties.

  • Stage before you list. 

“Staging costs less than your first price reduction,” Vallenari says. “Put your best foot forward and stage before you list. Don’t have buyers flipping over your home and then decide to stage later.”

Tip: Declutter. “People don’t realize how cluttered they are until someone points it out”

  • You don’t have to stage your entire home.

You can pick rooms [to stage] , no need to do it all over the house if it is not in need. Mostly stage the main areas as living room, kitchen and master bedroom. If your house has a garden keep it always clean and pruned.

Tip: Remove any personal family pictures as buyers feel like they are walking into someone else’s life, and you want buyers to only envision themselves there.

  • Find a stager who can appeal to the majority and not just their style tastes.

“Find an impartial professional, who knows how quickly the home sells once it has been staged and can advice you with the process”.

Tip: Bring in florals. “A major part of our design process is bringing in light and bright colors” Vallenari says. “Florals make a home feel alive.”

  • Simple updates are worth the time.

New light fixtures and faucets in the kitchen and the bathrooms are lower cost renovations to do and it makes a huge bang for their buck, Sometimes, people will love a home because of a faucet; – we’ve had that happen.-

Tip: Don’t over-stage. If you over-stage a home and don’t leave room for a buyer to let their imagination roam, it shuts down the creativity and the excitement of the buyer.

  • Welcome talented photographers to capture the best of the home

If you are selling your property with us, you don’t need to worry, our professional photographer will help you in this matter.

Source: DMagazine.com

 

Pets in Spain: Pet passports & transport

Pets in Spain: Pet passports & transport

The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) started on 28th February 2000 and allows cats and dogs resident in the UK to visit certain other countries and return to the UK, without quarantine, provided that certain conditions are met.

To use this system, you need to comply with the law, down to the last detail. This is to prevent the transmission of disease from country to country.

Spain is one of the countries that partake in the scheme and this includes the islands but not Ceuta and Melilla.

Only certain sea, air and rail routes are included in the scheme and these include:

  • By ferry, Calais to Dover, Coen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo to Portsmouth.
  • By rail, Eurotunnel shuttle service but not Eurostar.
  • By air, Certain routes from Europe into London Heathrow. Please check with your airline or tour operator for exact details.

The conditions of the scheme

 

All cats and dogs must:

  1. Be fitted with a microchip that meets an ISO specification so that it can be read by a standard microchip reader.
  2. Be vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine and have booster vaccinations as recommended. Pets must be at least 3 months old and be already fitted with a microchip before they can be vaccinated.
  3. Be blood tested about 30 days after vaccination. If your pet fails the blood test it will have to be vaccinated and tested again.
  4. Wait at least 6 months after a successful blood test result before being allowed entry or re-entry into the UK (unless your pet was resident in the UK and micro chipped, vaccinated and blood tested before 28th February 2000).

 

Required documentation

You will need three documents to allow your pet top re-enter the UK.

  1. The PETS re-entry certificate issued by a vet in the UK, certifying that the above conditions have been met before you travel
  2. An official Certificate of Treatment against a potentially dangerous type of tapeworm and ticks, which must be carried out by a vet 24-48 hours before re-entering the UK. This treatment has to be done each time you enter the UK.
  3. The Declaration of Residence which you will be asked to complete to declare that your pet has not been outside any of the qualifying countries in the six months before entering the UK. This will be available from the transport company or from MAFF.
  4. Certain countries including Spain also require and Export Health Certificate, issued in the UK, to allow your pet to enter the country. It is different from the PETS scheme and your pet may be refused entry if you haven’t got the certificate.

 

How does the scheme work ?

Before your pet re-enters the UK, the transport company will check the microchip and the official documents. It is very important that all the conditions have been met.

You are advised to discuss your plans with your vet as early as possible and allow at least 7 months before your departure date to take advantage of the scheme.

Further information is available on the British Embassy’s website. Click the following link: https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

Regulations for the entry into Spain of pet animals from the United States and Canada

The following requirements concern the non-commercial import of cats, dogs, and ferrets exclusively from the United States and Canada into Spain on or after October 1, 2004, pursuant to Regulation (CE) 998/2003.

The entry of dogs, cats, or ferrets will be considered a non-commercial import when the importation consists of five animals or less, accompanied by the owner or the owner’s representative.

The entry of dogs, cats, or ferrets under three months of age is not allowed.

The ownership in Spain of certain dogs is subject to strict requirements regarding registration and safety. Please read our page on Potentially Dangerous Dogs to see if your dog is included in this category.

Beginning October 1, 2004, all animals will be identified with either a tattoo or a microchip compatible with standards ISO-11784 or ISO-11785 (check with your veterinarian). If the animals are identified with a non-compatible microchip, the importer must supply the appropriate reading equipment.

The animals will also be accompanied by a veterinarian certificate, issued by an official veterinarian, which will include the following:

  1. Identification of the owner or person responsible for the animal(s)
  2. Description and origin of the animal(s)
  3. Microchip or tattoo number, location and date of insertion.
  4. Information on the rabies vaccine (the vaccine type must be inactive, and in compliance with the standards of the OIE).
  5. The veterinary certificate will be valid for 4 months or until the vaccine’s expiration date, whichever is first.
  6. Animals without the certificate will be denied entry into Spain.
  7. If, from Spain, the animals are going to travel to Finland, Ireland, Sweden, or the United Kingdom, the veterinarian must also fill parts V, VI or VII of the certificate, as appropriate. Please contact the Embassy of the country you’ll be travelling to.
  8. The cage or carrier in which the animal is travelling must be labelled with the name, address in Spain, and phone number of the owner or the owner’s representative.
  9. The maximum number of animals allowed as non-commercial imports is five (dogs, cats, and/or ferrets) per traveller. The entry of more than five animals or of any number of animals travelling alone is considered a commercial import.
  10. Once in Spain, pet animals need a passport, according to the European Union model, in order to travel to other countries within or outside the EU. Ask your veterinarian in Spain about the passport.

Assaad Fakhry

Spain is the fourth most attractive market in Europe.

Spain is the fourth most attractive market in Europe.

Acording to a Recent European Investment attractiveness survey done by the Advasory firm EY, Spain is the Fourth most attractive market in the European Community, just preceded by the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Due to the growth of the Spanish economy (more than 3.2% in 2016), and the improving toursim industry, some South African Real Estate companies are starting to look for opportuniites in Spain.

According to Van Niekkerk, a senior property analyst at Nedbank CIB,South African investors were looking for opportunities in markets other than central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

“Valuation yields in CEE have compressed and some are looking at regions that are showing recovery opportunity such as Portugal and Spain.”

“It is also a part of a continuation of the larger theme of South African listed property companies that simply see better and more plentiful risk-adjusted returns in countries outside South Africa,” he said.

“Weak GDP growth in South Africa over the past few years together with the ratings downgrade and heightened political risk have had a negative impact on the country’s risk-return profile,” Van Niekerk said.

From Golden Section Capital, Mr. Garreth Elston also favoured Spain over the UK as a property investment destination:

“The Spanish economy has been very consistent over the past few years. There is steady job creation and the current account balance has been positive since 2013. The growth has been regional or city-based, with strong performances from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and places near the Costa del Sol,” said Elston.

Source: www.blglobal.co.uk

 

What to do in Marbella in San Juan: The night of Fire

What to do in Marbella in San Juan: The night of Fire

Each 23rd of June all the beaches and Chiringuitos of Marbella are iluminated by large bonfires that welcome the Summer season.

The Shortest Night of the year is celebrated with a magical  ritual that involves friends, fire and a quick dip in the ocean after midnight.

The Summer Solstice is surrounded by a mystery veil: It is believed that gods are closer to the humans on this special date, and various rituals are celebrated across the country.

Each region of spain tribute the ancient gods with different traditions and superstitions. In the South of Spain, the water and the fire are the most important elements of this nigh.

The ritual will give you luck for the next year, and it involves several steps:

  • Jumping over the bonfire to leave your past and bad experiences behind
  • Burn a paper with your lovers name to light up the fire in his heart
  • Burn something old  that gives you bad memories to start a new phase
  • Swim after midnight in the ocen to purify your soul and body
  • Dancing around the bonfire will attract good energy.

Nowadays, these traditions are still running, but combined with a modern twist: Special Diners in an exclusive chiringuito or spectacles to welcome the Summer Season that will end up around a big bonfire at the beach.

Are you thinking on what to do in Marbella for this magic night of San Juan? We show you the best options in town:

  • Trocadero Arena Marbella

  • Besaya Beach Marbella

  • Siroko Beach Marbella

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