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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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New holiday apartments  are under construction on the Spanish sun coast like never before.

In the northern European countries, and especially in Scandinavia, when the wonderful summer time is short, you can look forward to six – seven cold and dark winter months .

The Costa del Sol, with 320 days of sunshine a year, has therefore always been a magnet for people who refuse to only see and feel the warmth of the sun a few weeks a year.

Where many buyers of holiday apartments on the Costa del Sol for decades have been satisfied with a typical small Spanish apartment of questionable construction quality, with a small terrace with space for two or a maximum of four people, the requirements have changed drastically in the last five - six years . Now the apartments must be built to the same technical standard as in Scandinavia with low energy consumption, and with large windows so that the wonderful sun can fully enter the apartment. But first and foremost, the requirement now is that the holiday apartment's terrace must be large, at least 20m2.

It must therefore be substantially larger than previously acceptable, and apartments with huge sunny terraces of both 30m2 and 40m2 are now the norm. In addition, the terrace must offer a beautiful view.

Either a view to the Mediterranean Sea, or perhaps a mountain view or to a typical Spanish village with the whitewashed houses.

And the apartment must face south or west so there is sun all day. We must not forget that there are also many Spanish people who buy holiday apartments on the Costa del Sol. Typically from the big cities in the middle of the country where the temperatures in the summer can reach 40 degrees! They do not come to the Costa del Sol for the sun, but to cool off in the milder climate by the sea on the many good beaches. For the same reason, Spaniards always buy apartments facing east, or preferably north. They want shade at all costs. The Spanish buyers are different from northern European buyers in this respect, and that works out great, as there is no fighting over the south/west facing apartments which the northern European buyers want and vice versa for the east and north facing apartments. Everyone is happy.

Tapas properties help buyers find their dream home across the Costa del Sol, but our core area is Benalmádena / Fuengirola / La Cala. There are a lot of nice homes under construction at the moment, here is a small selection.

  1. Great newly completed apartments with many features including huge sun terraces and large bright living rooms with glass sliding doors that can be opened all the way to the terrace.
  2. Brand new apartments of the highest build quality, sea views, large pool and paddle tennis court.

Close to cozy little village with lots of Spanish restaurants, tapas bars and shops.

  1. Penthouse in luxury construction with two terraces. One straight from the living room plus a large roof terrace of 50m2 with sun all day, and the possibility to make an outdoor kitchen with b-b-q area.
  2. Beautiful apartment complex just 800 meters from the beach with some of the coast's best Beach Bars and an 8 mile long promenade.
  3. Best deals right now on the entire Costa del Sol. Apartments with panoramic sea views and walking distance to restaurants, cafes and shopping at the lowest prices on the coast. Key ready.



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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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Best Places to Take the Kids in Benalmádena

Los Patos Park Hotel is an oasis of fun for families and especially young children. But if you can persuade the kids to come out of the pirate ship pool for an afternoon, there are many more thrills to be found around Benalmádena. Here’s a few ideas for a great family day out.

Parque de la Paloma

Take a short walk east of Los Patos Park Hotel and you’ll find an enchanting park the kids will love, just 100 meters from the beachfront. In the Parque de la Paloma, you’ll see free-range ducks, rabbits, and chickens everywhere, plus the occasional turtle, peacock, and butterfly. There’s also an enclosure with donkeys, sheep and goats and a pretty cactus garden.

Enjoy another free and atmospheric walk at Benalmádena Marina where you’ll find lots of restaurants and shops as well as the Sea Life Centre. With over 1,000 boats moored there, you’ll find a myriad of boat tours to choose from, some refreshingly inexpensive. Or, you can just bring a bag of bread to instantly create a feeding frenzy of very large fish along the dock.

Kids love Tivoli World, especially the log flumes and the haunted house, which is scary even for adults! For unlimited fun, buy the Supertivolino wristband so you don’t have to pay separately for popular attractions. Book online for further savings.

Ride the Teleférico cable car 15 minutes to the top of Mount Calamorro and relish the expansive sea view. Arrive in time for one of the birds of prey shows which run twice a day and you'll see demonstrations of vultures, eagles and falcons as they swoop to catch their prey. If your kids loved the parrot show at Los Patos Park Hotel, this trip will also be a winner. Check the Teleférico Cable Car Benalmádena website for the schedule, which changes seasonally. And it’s a suntrap up there; so don’t forget your sun cream!


Tranquil and magical, the Butterfly Park of Benalmádena is a tropical paradise with over 1,500 butterflies (150 species) from Africa, Asia and America. Every day new butterflies are born so it’s a very exciting place to visit and learn about their lifespan and fragile ecosystems. You will all be mesmerised. 

Finish at La Cubana, one of the best beach bars in the area; its fast and friendly service, funky, colourful décor, and superb food makes it a real crowd pleaser. Sit back in a rustic, cozy sofa in the sand and relax. The wraps and salads are great and the fresh juices and mojitos are spectacular.

La Cubana

By the end of the holiday you’ll want to stay forever. We can help with that. Come with us on a tour to find your ideal family holiday home and wake up to this sunshine every school holiday. 

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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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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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