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Half a million properties to have been sold in Spain by the end of 2018

Could 2018 be the busiest year in terms of property sales since 2008?

Official data says Yes!

Following on from recent Notary data, the Spanish National Institute of Statistics has published its own findings with regards to the number of real estate operations and property registrations in September compared to the same month in 2017

Across Spain, the former was up 7.7% interannually in September to 14,377 registered operations.

Of this total, 25,957 operations took place in the region of Andalucía – the home of the Costa del Sol – of which 8,519 were property transactions. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), this is 15% better than the ninth month last year for the region.

Continuing the trend, 19.9% of the 42,766 total home transactions in Spain in September were carried out across Andalucía’s eight provinces.

Again, following on from INE’s latest reports, the southernmost region enjoyed by far and away the highest number of total monthly sales; the second most numerous being recorded in the Community of Madrid (6,754 sales).

Besides this year-on-year transaction volume data, an interesting statistic highlighted as part of the report is that of year-to-date property sales. The first three quarters of 2018 saw more than 395,000 Spanish residences change hands, with the final trimester expected to carry on in much the same vein.

Indeed, all indications lead to the 12-month figure reaching – and even surpassing – the 500,000 mark, which would represent the largest volume of sales since the height of the property boom 10 years ago.

So, if you are thinking of finally getting that holiday home on the Costa del Sol you have been thinking about for so long, now could be a really good time to do it. Prices are still low compared to before the financial crises, and rising fast, so not only are you getting the place in the sun you always wanted, you are also making a sound investment.

Contact us NOW, and let us help you find your Spanish Dream Home!



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Robert De Niro To Open Nobu Marbella Hotel & It’ll Be Adults Only

Not only is he an Oscar winner, and a brilliant director who has starred in some of the best movies ever made in Hollywood such as Taxi Driver and Goodfellas, Robert De Niro is also a successful hotelier. Since 2009, he has co-owned the Nobu Hotel chain, which has now expanded to several properties around the world.

De Niro co-founded the brand with chef Nobu Matsuhisa in 1993 and they now own 43 restaurants around the world.

This will be the group’s fifth hotel to date.

The newest location is set to open in March of this year, it will be in Spain’s beautiful southern region of Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

What’s is unique about the new property is that it will be adults only. Reading Nobu Marbella’s website, it describes:

“Our rooms and suites offer a private space for relaxation, comfort and inspiration. The indoor space flows naturally to the outdoor private terrace overlooking the Plaza and the tropical gardens beyond. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating offers a place to read, relax, and enjoy a drink or a Nobu in-room dining experience.”

The Nobu hotel wouldn’t be without the famous Nobu restaurant led by De Niro’s business partner chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Dying for his iconic Yellowtail with Jalapeño? You got it. If sushi isn’t high up on your list, then Mediterranean cuisine is also available at the Nobu.

Wanna have some fun at night? As guests, you’ll receive private VIP access to club La Suite with a private outdoor terrace. Forget about crashing with crowds in Marbella’s epic club scene, this is only for A-Listers.

If you’re down for serious relaxation, the resort has Six Sense Spa offering hydrotherapy and cold plunge pools with herbal steam room, Hamman and sauna. It goes without saying that a hotel at this caliber comes with a gym and yoga classes.

Thinking about leaving the kids at home for once? Marbella should be on your radar.

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 Golden visa in Spain

Golden Visa Residency and Citizenship In Spain!

A number of European countries offer Golden Visas through investment in real estate. The Golden Visa in Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece and Cyprus are the most prominent.It is most popular amongst our Indian, Russian and Chinese clients. The minimum required amounts is €500,000 in the Spanish Property Market. This secures the residency for the buyer as well as their family. The Visa is valid when you take possesion of the property and the Title Deeds and the Land Registry Certificate proving your ownership of the property. Our range of properties for over €500,000 could be found here Properties


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Minimum Spanish real estate investment of €500,000 per person
Possession of private Spanish medical insurance
If you will be residing full-time in Spain and have school-age children, you will have to fund their private education
Proof of being able to support family and properties owned in Spain
A clean criminal record

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 This is what our many satisfied clients think of us ! 


Paul & Jennie Birmingham , United Kingdom 

"We first contacted Margaret at Tapas Properties 18 months ago when a friend introduced us. We weren't really looking to buy in Spain. Margaret was very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the area and what we could get for our money. We thought why not, we couldn't even get a one bedroom apartment for that amount of money in the centre of Birmingham.Anyway to cut a long story short we fell in love with Benalmadena and bought our dream apartment with the help of Margaret and have been so happy. This has been our first summer here and its an amazing adventure for the whole family. The kids just love it. So thanks to Margaret for her patience and guidance if it wasnt for her we would never have bought she kept us informed and made the whole process feel seamless. We would be very happy to recommend Margaret and Tapas Properties to anyone thinking of buying in Spain."

J & M , United Kingdom

"We are really impressed with your services and were always updated and informed throught the buying process. You have been a great help to us during our first Spanish purchase. "

Lisbeth & Kent, Denmark

 "Where do you begin when you want to buy a property on the Costa del Sol?

We started by researching the market on the internet to get an indication of prices, locations etc. We quickly found out that Costa del Sol has a very diverse real estate market with many real estate agents, so it was a bit of a jungle we had to navigate in.

We got in touch with a real estate agent via the internet and agreed that we should go to the Costa del Sol to explore some different options. The experience was that we did not become much wiser. In fact we were so disappointed with the servic we had from this agent, that we shelved the idea to buy a home in Spain. The agent did not listen to us at all, or tried to help us in any meaningful way.

Our greatest wish in connection with buying a property overseas is, peace of mind and good advice, and an agent who listens to us and the wishes we had for a home in Spain.

Just over six months later we came into contact with Karsten from Tapas Properties by chance. Here we met a very pleasant property adviser, whom we felt comfortable with immediately. Karsten was very patient, which it certainly also requires when facing first time buyers. We did not feel pressured to buy at any time, and not least we experienced a very high level of service from Karsten. There are a lot of questions when buying a property in Spain for the first time, and our experience with Karsten was that he was our advisor in every possible way, and he answered all our questions. Karsten took us by the hand all the way from paying the deposit until we stood with the keys in our hand.

Karsten and his colleague Margaret have given us invaluable support and advice throughout, and we would at all times recommend them to other potential buyers on the Costa del Sol.

It's all about peace of mind and good advice when you want to buy a property in Spain and you get that from Tapas Properties and Karsten and Margaret. "

Vibeke & Kenneth, Denmark

"We had been dreaming about a holiday home in Spain for a long time, but had difficulties figuring out how the whole process worked, as everything is different than in Denmark. We got in touch with Tapas Properties and they have helped us through the whole buying process, right from property viewings and finding a lawyer and helping us with getting Spanish bank loan to finance the purchase. Now we are the lucky owners of a beautiful house in Benalmádena. We give our warmest recommendations to Tapas Properties. "

Dorte og Jan, Denmark

"Karsten and Margie are two lively and lovely people. We have known them and Tapas Properties for over 5 years now, where they have helped us three times buying and selling property on the Costa del Sol.They have a wealth of local property knowledge, extensive experience and a big network. They are real people persons, they give a very personal service and always have time to listen.Buying property in Spain and in Denmark are two very different things, but Tapas Properties have helped us throughout the process from A - Z  and made us feel at ease. We have actually had a lot of fun along the way, as they both have a great sense of humour! "

Annette and Claus, Copenhagen, Denmark

"In March, 2017, we took an extended weekend to go to Malaga to look at holiday apartments. A friend of ours had recommended that we contact Tapas Properties, as he knew them very well. It turned out to be much more than just good advice. We were shown different areas and the best locations in those areas. Tapas Properties showed us many different apartments which were all very interesting, but with their help and local property expertise we chose a small apartment in Benalmádena in the most beautiful location. However, we had never been able to complete this purchase without Tapas Properties, who helped us from start to finish, including negotiating a fantastic price for the apartment, helping us with all the paperwork, introducing us to a property lawyer who spoke our language, craftsmen to help us renovate the apartment, the language and many other practical things, to make our dream come true. One of the reasons we chose to buy an apartment was because Tapas Properties had shown us the area south of Malaga, because that is really what we fell for. It can be difficult to buy property abroad, but with the help of Tapas Properties who know the area very well, it was no problem and we would always recommend Tapas Properties to others who would like to buy property on the Costa del Sol. A big and warm thanks to Tapas Properties from Annette and Claus. "

M & A , Norway

"We would like to thank you for your cooperation and work during the sale for our dream home. We are very happy and confident as you kept us informed throughout the whole process."



Manzanares Solicitors "We know Tapas Properties and its owners Karsten and Margaret Hammershoy for many, many years, and it is always a positive experience when they are the estate agent working on the side of the property buyers.
In the occasions in which we represented their clients, they have conducted their work with great professionalism, responsibility and ethics, thus gaining an impeccable reputation amongst their profession colleagues.
I would always recommend their services as, for the best of my knowledge, their performance is always reliable and honest."


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Benalmadena Costa

One of the most popular tourist resorts, and an all-time favourite for families with children.

In Benalmádena you will find attractions such as Sea Life and Selwo Marina with performing dolphins, penguins and killer whales! 

If you like a leisurely stroll in a big green park with a beautiful lake, peacocks walking about and feeding the goats in their own little enclosure, Paloma Park is a great place to be, and there are several cafe’s if you feel like a cold drink or it is time for ice cream for the kids.

Biggest attraction is the Puerto Marina, with many International awards for its architecture, great choice of restaurants, bars and entertainment.  

If you decide to become an expat and live here permanently, there is everything you need from excellent hospitals, both public and private, and great schools like the British College or Benalmádena International College, to name a few 

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Where the mass tourism on the Costa del Sol was born. Close to the airport, magnificent beaches and a vibrant city centre. Unfortunately, not much had changed in this area since the heydays of the sixties, so the area was a bit run down, and some people had start calling it Horrormolinos.

However, the Mayor of Torremolinos, with the financial backing of some big English based investors, has got a lot of confidence in Torremolinos, and has started a drastic redevelopment of Torremolinos.

A part of this, is the plan to make the largest outdoor leisure park on the Costa del Sol, complete with Lagoons, water rides etc and a new Shopping Centre with, hotels, bars, restaurants and private homes.

The future looks very bright for Torremolinos, now that it has got its Mojo back.

The best Waterpark on the coast, is actually in Torremolinos. Great family fun.

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Three keywords :TRUST ...TRUST....TRUST....

We have been buying property overseas many times ourselves. So we been in the same situation you are in now many times, since we have lived in Denmark, England, Italy, South Africa and more than 10 years here on the Costa del Sol.

Every time we moved, we were completely and utterly dependent on a local real estate agent who could guide us through the local customs, the legalities and the procedures, and tell us about the local property market.

We know how dependent you are on a credible and professional broker AND THIS IS OUR PROMISE AND COMMITMENT TO YOU:


We have been real estate agents here on the Costa del Sol for over 10 years and helped thousands of overseas home buyers like you, so we are well equipped to help you as well.

We are on the buyer's,  your , side in the property purchase process, we are your buyer´s agent.
Not like virtually any other real estate agent on the Costa del Sol, who works to sell properties for the homeowners, and therefore are on the vendor's side.

- We will only show you properties which offer really good value for your money, we will never show you overpriced properties in the wrong location.
- We will always try to negotiate the best possible deal for you, in many property purchases, we have saved thousands of pounds for our clients.
- all our services are free for you.
- We will take you up and down the coast in our air conditioned cars at no cost to you.
-  Legal advice is not cheap, but as a client of Tapas Properties you will receive free initial legal advice.

We will arrange a meeting for you, in English, with a Spanish property lawyer, where you can ask all the questions you have about purchasing property in Spain.

You may have questions regarding taxes, Spanish wills and inheritance, buying as an individual or in a company structure, Spanish mortgages vs UK mortgages, or whatever is important for you, and you will get an instant answer for your peace of mind.

As a client of Tapas Properties you will not have to pay the lawyer for this legal advice

- If you need a mortgage, we will ask an international mortgage adviser to speak with you to advice on which mortgage would be best for you.
Getting the right mortgage that suits your circumstances, and not the bank, can save you serious money.

- Currencies fluctuate, be sure to use a trustworthy currency company to give you the best possible exchange rate.
Getting 0,02 Euros more per UK pound may not sound like a lot, but if you buy a property of 300,000€ your savings are 6,000€ !!!
We know who you need to speak with, and at no costs.

Property buyers should always have their own agent. Buyer’s agents work to find the best properties and negotiate the best price for you, the buyer. Best of all, the Buyer’s agents services are free to you, the buyer.

Most people think they have to pay a fee to the Buyer’s agent for his services. There is no fee, the service is 100% free for the buyer.

The only people that wins when buyers are not represented by a Buyer’s agent is the listing agent, and the vendor.

To ensure you’re working with an agent who specializes in representing buyers, and not vendors, check that the agent has no property listings.

Tapas properties have no property listings from vendors, we only represent buyers.

An agent, or agency, which is listing properties to sell, has made a commercial promise, and has a moral commitment, to the vendor to sell his property at the best price possible. How can this agent at the same time promise you, a property buyer, that he will negotiate the best price for you?

It simply isn´t possible, you can´t represent both sides in a deal at the same time.

Remember, you wouldn’t hire your spouse’s attorney to represent you in your divorce, would you?

The same goes for real estate. Why use the seller’s agent to negotiate your best interest? There is an inherent conflict of interest.

The property buying process is stressful enough without worrying about who you can and cannot trust. Your buyer’s agent is your trusted advocate.

• Negotiate the best possible price for the buyer
• Must disclose to the buyer if they are working with another buyer interested in the same property
• Show all properties the buyer is interested in that fits their criteria and budget

This isn’t to say that working with a regular real estate agent is a bad thing. In fact, that’s how most people find a house. But there is a difference between a real estate agent and an exclusive buyer’s agent like Tapas Properties. Let’s see how:

A real estate agent often works for a company that can represent both sides of a deal. In fact, agents are very eager to show listings held by their firm first, before all others. The fact is, they represent the seller, not you the buyer.
An exclusive Buyer’s agent works for a company that doesn’t even accept sellers’ listings. They have no incentive to show you particular properties, other than those that best suit your needs. A typical real estate agent won’t do that.
An exclusive Buyer´s agent will negotiate the best possible price for you, the buyer.
An exclusive Buyer´s agent will disclose to the buyer if he is working with another buyer interested in the same property.
An exclusive Buyer´s agent will show all properties the buyer is interested in that fits their criteria and budget

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The short version:

Your British property specialist on the Costa del Sol

Your professional property adviser with 15 years experience 

Extensive local property knowledge

Personal service by the same competent property professional from A - Z

The slightly longer version

We know full well that the only way to become successful as a British property adviser in Spain, you need to have a burning desire to help your clients find exactly what they are looking for  -  their dreamhome in the sun. And it need to be more that a desire, you need to succeed, every time.

We have helped hundreds of clients finding their dream home on the Costa del Sol, and actually, more than half of our new clients come to us because they have been recommended our services from their friends or relatives TESTIMONIALS

You also need to be a seasoned professional with an extensive local network built up over many years of work, so you are able to help your clients with English speaking lawyers, mortgage advisers, property management, rentals, insurances and many other services you need when buying a home abroad. Speaking your own language is crucial for you to feel safe and well informed.

Tapas Properties was created to help British people buy property on the Costa del Sol with 100% Peace of Mind, this is our promise to you.

This is what you will experience:

  • A friendly, multilingual service from people who understand your needs and concerns. We speak English, Danish, German and Spanish.
  • Seasoned, knowledgeable professionals who will explain every aspect of the buying process, keeping everything simple.
  • Full support from start to finish - we are only in business to protect you, look after your interest and get you the home you want. 
  • Responsive and helpful - we are always just a phone call away to answer any question you have
  • Relentless negotiators who only want to get you the best deal for your money. Because we know that money doesn't grow on trees - you worked hard for it. 

         Are you ready to start?

Give us a call on +34 655 966 257 and let’s have a chat about what you’re looking for!



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