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Apart from a slight fall in sales in August and September last year, the Spanish property market has now been improving in a positive and steady rate, month by month, since 2016. The good outlook continues as industry forecasts are also looking bright and sunny for the real estate market in Spain for 2020.

Several significant factors are indicating that the sector will not only continue growing in a buoyant manner but that buyers can feel confident that the year ahead will provide yet another great opportunity to buy property in Spain.

For British investors, the recent Conservative landslide in the December general election has at last provided an end to all the uncertainty created by Brexit. Boris Johnson’s administration has ensured the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will definitely proceed with leaving the European Union; no matter what views individuals feel about the issue, there were undeniable positives delivered by the result. A relief that the matter is settled at last and the delivery of a strong sterling currency being two major factors. The end of the stalemate has ensured that at the very least UK ex-pats and investors will now be encouraged to once again consider the Spanish property market.

The Brits remain a major player in the list of nationalities purchasing a property in Spain each year, but there are many other international communities that choose to settle here, or other foreign investors looking for a good return on their money.

Anyone interested in purchasing a Spanish home in 2020 can look at several positive financial indicators to help them feel confident about making this exciting step. Spanish mortgage rates are currently around an all-time record low, providing house buyers with favourable loan options offered by money lenders.

Options for purchasing new build properties are expanding once more as the Spanish construction sector continues to recover, and most importantly building licenses are finally being approved by local councils.

Data published by the Bank of Spain in 2019 included predictions of a 9% return from an investment in real estate in Spain. Homeowners looking to earn additional income by renting their property for holiday rentals or on a long term private lease will find a flourishing market that exists in this part of southern Europe, particularly within Spain’s popular coastal resorts.

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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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 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."

 


Testimonials 

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."

www.manzanares-es.com

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Cabopino Port

Within walking distance on the beach from Calahonda, you will find one of the loveliest Marinas on the coast.

Not as Grand as the Marina of Puerto Banús, but with some very nice big Yachts and impressive motor boats to look at, an array of great restaurants, and a laid back atmosphere.

Add to this, a beach immensely popular with families, as the water is very shallow.

You can walk out into the Med for several minutes, and the water will still only reach your bellybutton, so a great place for children to swim and play in the water without any fear from the parents.

A note of caution though, a bit further down the beach towards Marbella, you will find a Nudist beach, which took yours truly a bit by surprise the first time I found myself there after a nice swim along the coast.

Even though I was only wearing trunks, I felt awkwardly overdressed!

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Fuengirola

You can write a book about Fuengirola, one of the biggest cities and urban areas on the Costa del Sol, so this can only be some general information, but the official tourist websites offer a wealth of useful information.

With 75,000 inhabitants, it offers thousands of shops, restaurants, and bars, but most importantly, the longest stretch of sea front and beach, with all its bars and restaurants on the Costa del Sol.

Fuengirola offers as much sun, beaches, sea front promenade, marinas, shopping centres, water parks, Tapas Bars, quaint little squares and alleys as its more famous sister town of Marbella further down the coast, but at half the price.

Go to a typical Spanish bar in Fuengirola and enjoy a Café con Leche with a (good) Brandy, and the bill will put a smile on your face, as it will typically be around 3€, no, not each, in total. Same thing for lunch on the beach front.

Have the local speciality “Espeto de Sardina”. Espeto de Sardina

A skewer with fresh sardines, caught pretty much where you sit the same morning, basted with olive oil and lemon juice, prepared over a live fire of old olive wood on the beach, and wash it down with an ice cold glass of the local favourite beer “Victoria”, and you will get plenty of change on a ten € note.

There is so much to do in Fuengirola, that people come back year after year, and still find new things to do and new places to see.

And Fuengirola is linked to the Airport by the local commuter trains, which are new, clean, fast and surprisingly cheap, a few Euros will get you to Fuengirola from the airport 25 km away.

Where the beach front with its many 1st line beach hotels, attracts many foreign visitors, Fuengirola as such, is very Spanish, with many very lively Spanish areas with its own charm and atmosphere.

The Spanish are always very friendly to foreigners, and even though your Spanish may have a lot to be desired, and the Spanish only know a few words in English, they will always treat you like a local and try to speak with you.

So try to venture into the heart of Fuengirola, away from the tourist hot spots, go into a Spanish bar with no other foreigners, and prepare yourself for a great time, you may even pick up a Spanish phrase or two.

And remember, the Costa del Sol is a very safe place to be. You can go anywhere you want, day and night, without worrying about “Is it Safe?”

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Benalmádena Pueblo

A quaint little typical white washed Andalusian village, with winding  narrow streets, beautiful little squares, loads of good restaurants and bars and views to die for from the top part of town.  

Benalmádena PuebloEveryone love Benalmádena Pueblo for its beauty and Andalusian charm.

Within five minutes’ drive from the pueblo, there are several top class villa and apartment developments on offer, in fact, some of the best property developments on the coast are to be found here.

With stunning sea, coastal and mountain views, these quality properties with lots of natural light, space and luxury features sell very quickly.

Tapas Properties know all the important developers in the area, let us help you get in contact with them.

By the way, the famous amusement park Tivoli is here with the cable cars taking you 3,000 feet up to the top of the mountain, not for the faint hearted!

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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 WILL GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND, ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR OVERSEAS PROPERTY PURCHASE IS GOING TO BE STRESS FREE AND ENJOYABLE.

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.

SAVE MONEY WITH TAPAS PROPERTIES:
- 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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Buyers Agent

WHAT IS A BUYERS AGENT

We are proud to be known as the Buyers Agent - it's a hallmark of our values. Unlike traditional real estate agents on the Costa del Sol, we don't work for vendors - our only aim is to give buyers the edge.

Regular estate agents on the Costa del Sol have a dual role, helping buyers purchase homes and vendors sell them. These agents have made a commercial promise to vendors to sell their property at the 'best price' possible and have no incentive to negotiate a good deal for you. You wouldn't hire your spouse attorney to represent you in a divorce, would you? Of course not, the conflict of interest is clear; the same applies to the real estate market. The property buying process is stressful enough without worrying about who you can and cannot trust. Your buyer’s agent is your trusted advocate.

We are on your side all the way and you can see this in the way we do business, for instance: 

 WE SAVE YOU MONEY

  • We only show you properties which offer really good value for your money, we never show you overpriced properties in the wrong location.
  • We 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 drive you up and down the coast in our air conditioned cars at no cost to you.

WE LOOK AFTER 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, for instance: 

  • Taxes
  • Spanish wills and inheritance
  • Buying as an individual or in a company structure
  • Spanish mortgages vs UK mortgages
  • Whatever is important for you

WE SUPPORT YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

  • Getting the right mortgage that suits your circumstances, and not the bank, can save you serious money. If you wish, we will ask an international mortgage advisors to speak to you about which mortgage would be best for you.  
  • 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€.

 

Now that you know how a buyer's agent works, can you afford not to use our free service?

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