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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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What to do in Marbella, Malaga, and Fuengirola in November: Fairs, Concerts, Festivals, Markets & Sports!

What to do in Marbella, Malaga, and Fuengirola in November: Fairs, Concerts, Festivals, Markets & Sports!

Christmas time is coming, and these months are full of events, craft markets and activities for all the family. If you want to know what to do in Marbella, Fuengirola or Malaga in November and what events are available in these locations this year (2018), We have all the information! Find here activities for the whole family. You can download the complete calendar and add it to your agenda by filling in the form at the end of this page.

MALAGA:

One of the biggest winter events in Malaga is the switched on of the Christmas lights. The city has been chosen in several occasions as one of the best Christmas lights in Spain. Its more than 600.000 led lights in Larios streets will switch on and off at the rhythm of the music. Light and sound shows at 18.30 and 21.30 every day from the 30th of November.

MARBELLA:

When the weather cool down all the streets are full of winter scents as the roasted chestnuts. If you are a fan of this food and you like nature, you must go to the Toston. This celebration that takes place the next 4th of November among the streets of the charming village of Ojen and other villages of the Serrania de Ronda. It starts at  9.30 with various activities as hiking, chestnuts roastings, taste of liquors, oils, crafts…. ¡not to forget music and games for all the family!

Halloween is becoming very popular in the Costa Del Sol, and all bars and pubs celebrate costume parties. If you want to join a different kind of Halloween party in Marbella, go to Posidonia Restaurant in Puerto Banus. Enjoy some live Latin music in “El dia de los Muertos”! Starting at 20.30

Food lovers can enjoy the “ruta de la tapa” in the city center. Many restaurants will offer drink and tapa for only 3€. If you complete your “tapassport” you can vote for your favorite tapa and get a prize in the Townhall of Marbella!

If you are looking for street markets, every Monday in the neighborhood of Las Albarizas is celebrated an open-air market with more than 360 stalls with all kinds of products, from local fruits to handicrafts. On Saturdays you can also attend a market focused on crafts and textiles in Nueva Andalucia, next to Centro Plaza. Sundays the Crafts Markets takes place in the Sports harbour of Marbella, next to the Paseo Marítimo. It starts at 11 until sundown. There are many craftshops, animations, expositions, or even books exchanges!

For golf lovers, the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino will be held in La Quinta Golf & Country club from the 22nd until the 25th of November.

FUENGIROLA:
Sport lovers, save the date! The III Fuengirola half marathon will be held on the 4th of November. Everybody is welcome to join the 21km urban race that will start at 10.00.

 

 

"How to sell your property" Guide: Home Staging- How to impress the client on the first visit?

“How to sell your property” Guide: Home Staging- How to impress the client on the first visit?

Do you know what Home Staging is? Do you want to sell your house faster? In this post we tell you all the tricks to sell your property faster and getting the highest price possible. Keep on reading!

If you are selling your property in Spain and you have all the documents needed to sell your house ready, and completed the first selling steps correctly,  it won’t take long until you start receiving the firsts customers ou have already complete the first steps for selling your property in Spain: you have all the The hardest part comes now!: You must astonish the client with your house and make them consider it as the ideal home for his family. In this post we give you the best tips for it!

When it comes to selling a property the first impression is the most important. That first feeling about the house will influence the buyer to continue their buying process of your house or not. If the first visit was not a pleasant experience, you can forget about a second visit and of course the sale.

Home Staging is a concept related with the techniques that highlight the best features of the properties, reducing the weak points to make it perfect for the sale. The Home Staging does not mean hiding the imperfections, but adapting the house so the client sees himself living in it.

Six Home Staging Tactics:

Some of the good practices of the Home Staging are:

  1. Neutralize the decoration:

Avoid all personal objects such as photos, the drawings of your kids, souvenirs of your last travel… The buyer wants to imagine himself living on the house, not discover how you live there.

The decoration must also be neutral. A very personal style with too much color, old furniture or a room overcharged with accessories can distract the buyer. If the buyer has to imagine the decoration possibilities, it will be much harder to sell. Make it easy for him and show the potential of your house!

  1. The importance of the smell:

The scent of a room is one of the first things we feel when entering to a house. You can use an air freshener with a neutral odor or even make coffee before the viewing. The scent of coffee always remember of cozy homes!

If you prefer not to use any scent, make sure the property is well ventilated when you receive the visitors. This have special importance if there are any pets or you smoke within the house.

  1. Lighting:

We all like a lIght-filled house, therefore, the potential buyers like it too! When planning visits to your property, try to have enough lighting. Try to set the viewings in the hours with the most light of the day, open all blinds, and if it is not enough, try to turn on enough lights so the house does not look dark.

  1. Cleanliness and organization:

It is something that can seem very basic but at the same time very important. Try to make your house look clean and tidy at every moment. The bathroom and the kitchen are always the most conflictive areas. Don’t leave cosmetics, or dishes around.

On the other hand, try to avoid all items that don’t add any benefit to your house. For example all magazines, book piles, clothes, toys, shampoos… The organization will make your home look bigger!

  1. Painting the property:

A recently painted house will always look newer than what it really is. Therefore, investing a small amount in painting the house will not only accelerate the selling process, but also will grant a higher selling price.

Choose white or light colors, and if possible avoid Artex walls. Buyers like simple and clean lines. Painting a property is a good option to change the appearance of a property and it can also help making the rooms look brighter and even bigger!

  1. Attention to details:

Now is the time to repair all the little things you have been “leaving for later”: Not working blinds, doors that don’t close properly, taken down towel racks or frames…. Everything needs to be ready for the visit!

Small flaws can make the buyer feel that the house is not well built, or that they may need to invest a lot of money or time to fix all imperfections. Repairing all these little details can substantially improve the perception of the client on a first viewing!

The preparation of your house to meet the clients demands may seem like an easy task. However, in many occasions a professional supervision in needed. Owners are not impartial, and seeing smalls flaws or being neutral with the decoration can be hard from their perspective.

To solve this issue, some real estate agencies offer Home Staging services. This can help the owner to not only shorten the sale time but also get more money for their house. A real estate professional knows what the clients are looking for and can guide you in that direction in an objective and professional way.

If you have the intention of selling your house in Marbella, Estepona, Benahavis o surroundings, contact us!

What to do in Marbella, Benahavis, and Fuengirola in October: Fairs, Concerts, Festivals, Markets & Sports!

What to do in Marbella, Benahavis, and Fuengirola in October: Fairs, Concerts, Festivals, Markets & Sports!

If you want to know what to do in Marbella, Fuengirola or Benahavis in October and what events are available in these locations this year (2018), We have all the information! Find here activities for the whole family. You can download the complete calendar and add it to your agenda by filling in the form at the end of this page.

MARBELLA:

Do you like beer? If so, October is your month! Marbella is celebrating its own Oktoberfest. This event will take place from September 27th to the 3rd of October from 12 am to 12 pm. Live music, traditional food and beer will be the main characters of this event in Marbella.  The festival will be celebrated in “Parque de la Constitución” and the entrance is completely free of charge.

If you fancy some rhythm, the Marbepop festival will be celebrated on the 6th of October in “Parque de la Represa”. This 12h long festival congregates around 3000 people each year. It offers live alternative music concerts, craftshops, and even a “circus” for the youngest of the house. All music styles will be present in this event, from soul to hip hop or pop. Don’t miss it!, Free entrance from 13.00 until midnight.

Sport lovers, save the date! The Andalucia Half-Marathon Championship will be held on the 6th of October. Everybody is welcome to join the 21km urban race that will start at 19.30 until 23.00. If you prefer shorter distances, they also offer a 10km race. For registration visit the Marbella Townhall website.

The Fair of San Pedro takes place between 16th to 21th October. During these days the Fiesta takes the streets: Flamenco shows, Sangria and Tapas. People dress up with their traditional costumes with colorful designs that will catch your eye. This event in Marbella has an extensive program of activities for children and adults. Concerts, fair attractions, typical food and traditional Andalusian music. All settled for a perfect evening! Just go to the Center of San Pedro!

If you have never been in a Verbena, from the 5th until the 7th of october you have the opportunity to do so in the barriada de El ángel. These events are like a small-scale fair. They have traditional music, food, attractions, fireworks horses and even a popular paella. Perfect to enjoy with children! It takes place in the neighborhood of el Angel, close to Nueva Andalucia in Marbella.

If you are looking for street markets, every Monday in the neighborhood of Las Albarizas is celebrated an open-air market with more than 360 stalls with all kinds of products, from local fruits to handicrafts. On Saturdays you can also attend a market focused on crafts and textiles in Nueva Andalucia, next to Centro Plaza. Sundays the Crafts Markets takes place in the Sports harbour of Marbella, next to the Paseo Marítimo. It starts at 11 until sundown. There are many craftshops, animations, expositions, or even books exchanges!

Halloween is becoming very popular in the Costa Del Sol, and all bars and pubs celebrate costume parties. Let your darkest side out and go to the city center on the night of October 31st!

On the 31st of October and 1st of November it is very common in Malaga to celebrate “El Toston”. Families go to the countryside to collect chestnuts and roast them during the evening. Enjoy a nice family day out of the city hustle!

FUENGIROLA:

The feria del Rosario of Fuengirola is celebrated from the 6th to the 12th of October. Dancing, traditional flamenco singers, and equestrian exhibitions. Is an event for the whole family as there will be booth with modern music, a 3rd age booth and a lot of games and animation for kids as well. Everybody is welcome!

BENAHAVIS:

The Romeria Virgen del Rosario in Benahavis takes place each year on the October 7 at La Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Patron Saint of Benahavis. A pilgrimage by foot or carriage is made by locals to the Ermita with a local fiesta taking place after a mass at private and local tents set up where people may gather to eat, drink, dance and basically be merry. Come and enjoy some free Churros con Chocolate & fun family games!

How to make money buying a holiday home in Marbella

How to make money buying a holiday home in Marbella

Have you ever thought that making money by buying a holiday home in Marbella could be possible? Having a second house is a dream for many people, but expenses and maintenance could make them to turn down the idea. Nevertheless, a second property can become a source of new incomes.

Buying a holiday home in Costa del Sol can seem like a very expensive idea at first. A second home, when not in use, could become a headache: maintenance and community expenses, taxes… These expenses can potentially turn the dream of having a second home into a nightmare of bills and invoices.

However, if you are not going to use the property full time, a good idea could be to rent out the property. Not only can this help with the expenses, but often become a source of extra income.

Renting out holiday accommodations during peak season is generally easy in any beach area of Spain. However, many struggles to rent out their properties at less popular times of the year.

The area of Marbella, thanks to its infrastructure and fame, is very popular all year-round. Short time rentals are always wanted! From golf lovers, to families wanting to enjoy the warm weather of the Mediterranean in winter time, the Costa del Sol is a profitable area for buying-to-let at any time.

For example: you can find a good apartment for sale in Marbella with 2-bedrooms and quality finishings from 250.000€. Meanwhile the monthly rent is around 1200€ per month. This quantity is doubled (or even more) on short time rentals and high season periods. Therefore, home owners can loosely cover all the maintenance expenses and even get some profit while enjoying their holiday property.

With the rise of holiday and short-term letting websites, it’s easier than ever to make your holiday house work for you. Holidaylettings.co.uk or rentalia.com can help you with the task of renting out your property.

 

How to sell my property in Spain?

How to sell my property in Spain?

If you want to sell your property in Spain, you have probably wondered how is the best way to do it and where to get potential buyers. The main touristic areas of Spain as The Costa del Sol, Barcelona or Madrid, are highly demanded by both local and foreigners buyers.

However reaching these clients might become difficult for individual owners as they don’t have the resources and accesses that Real Estates have. Selling a house on line is not as easy as you may think, but in this post we are going to give you a few tips to improve the chances of selling your home faster.

How to sell my property online?

Thanks to internet there are no barriers and any buyer around the globe can purchase a property in Spain. In order to be more successful in the sale your marketing will have to be dedicated and orientated to the right customers. Don’t try to sell a luxury villa to a medium-low budged market! Take a look at the following advices:

  • Segmentation: Start with the basic. Make a study of which population and country are more likely to buy your property. The web is very big for you to cover all places, therefore a direct marketing orientated to the people you are aiming at will be more effective. As an example, if you want to target the Chinese or Arabic market, the marketing has to be completely different than the Russian market.
  • Channels: The easiest way to publish your property is in property portals. In Spain, the most popular ones are Fotocasa, Milanuncios and Idealista, but there are more and more each day! Wallapop, vibbo, resales, or even Facebook are moving to the real estate market. The majority of this portals are not free, and there are some others exclusive for real estates. Depending on the country you want to publish your property you should check which portals are the most used. Do some research!
  • Property display: Doesn’t matter if you are going to publish just in Spain or in many other countries, the property must look good. Try to go neutral on the decoration, take out all the family pictures, remove jars and bottles from the bathroom, open all the shutters and tidy every room… An image is worth a thousand words! And your property pictures are the first thing any potential buyer is going to see. Make a good impression!

Inconveniences and problems of selling your house online by your own:

The experience of a Real Estate agent would help you if you want to sell your property online. The procedure will be easier and simpler thanks to their knowledge in the field. Furthermore there are some issues that you have to take into account if you are willing to do the process by your own.

  • Communication problems: If you publish your property online, (specially in property portals) you will start receiving lots of contacts that may not speak your language. The communication will become very difficult and the sale will probably not be achieved. A real estate agency will have a multilingual team to provide a proactive and personal service, attending to each customer according to their needs.
  • Availability: The moment your property is online your phone may ring at any time, and you should be able to pick up calls and answer emails all day long. Losing a call or replying late to an email is losing the sale! However being always available is very difficult for an individual owner. Agencies will be in charge of managing the calls and emails so you don’t have to worry!
  • Filtering clients: If you decide to hire an agency to sell your property in Spain, they will be talking to the clients and qualifying them. Not every client is suitable for your property!, there are many nosey people, clients with a bad financial situation, or informal people who will never attend the appointments. If you decide to go with an agency, they will be in charge of managing this clients and situations, so you don’t have to worry!

From Andalucia Realty we help you selling your property in The Costa del Sol. Our exclusive clients get our complete marketing package valued at 2.300 absolutely free! Click on the link for more information.

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