For a long time, Spain has been popular with overseas buyers looking for holiday homes.
On occasion, the large numbers of inexperienced foreign buyers have provided an opportunity for unscrupulous developers and estate agents to sell properties that are not legitimate.
In some cases, planning permission has not been acquired before building, and properties are eventually torn down by the local government. In others, the quality of the property has not been up to scratch or as indicated, resulting in costly repairs.
The British Foreign Office has issued notices warning expat buyers to be cautious and not take unnecessary risks. They recommend, at minimum checking:
- The credentials of any lawyers or estate agents used;
- the land registry (Registro de la Propriedad);
- that appropriate planning permission has been obtained;
- that there are no outstanding debts attached to the property, such as a mortgage;
- that the property is as described and structurally sound (either a surveyor or an architect can do this).
Most of this information can be provided by the land registry and accessed by making a request by email, phone, fax or in person. You can find the appropriate land registry office by vising the national website: www.registradores.org (Spanish only).
Costa Calida Guide
Camposol is situated on the Costa Calida coast just south of the Costa Blanca. It is technically not a town but a large urbanisation or development centered around Camposol’s 18 hole golf course and is mainly built of villas. The amenities are over two sectors, the first phase where there is a medical centre, shops, bars and restaurants. The second phase just over the bridge also have there own amenities from large supermarket, banks, shops, bars, shops, restaurants, post office and petrol station, plus much more. A mixture of full time residents and holiday homes. A community spirit second to non. Many pluses to this area which is still developing over the years with many groups and societies around all working together. There is a mixture of various European nationalities living and working on Camposol.
Mazarron, 7 Km inland is a bustling little town. Food is good in Mazarrón, particularly fresh fish, and many of the bars and restaurants offer a huge variety of tapas. Motorways links have opened up the coastal area of Puerto De Mazarrón to pioneer investors who wish to buy in an area that boasts some of the finest beaches in Spain.
The whole surrounding area is carved out of the rugged landscape forming individual sandy coves and beachheads of outstanding beauty. Bolnuevo is a small residential complex in the municipality of Mazarron, on the Costa Calida in the Murcia Province of Spain. Situated in the bay of Mazarron, around 6 kilometres from the town itself, it was originally a peaceful, sheltered fishing bay, and has retained much of the peaceful and traditional charm of old.
The coast of Cartagena is very varied and along its entire length has different landscapes ranging from high cliffs with hidden coves to large bays to delight any bather, from those in search of comfort and the entire range of services to travelers looking for untouched countryside. To the east of Cartagena, there are different landscapes which include the Regional Park of Calblanque, a privileged area of the coast of Murcia. It has a wealth of species of fauna and flora, with geographical formations as varied as coves, large beaches, fossil dunes, salt flats and mountain slopes, with various routes for visiting the park. Further on are the protected coves of Cala Flores and Cala Reona, near to Cabo de Palos. This area, which also includes the surroundings of Islas Hormigas and Isla Grosa, is especially interesting for divers due to the fauna and flora that live on the rocky sea bottom. In the Mar Menor area, Playa Honda, Mar de Cristal and Islas Menores are villages of summer and seafaring tradition and are popular with the faithful tourist who returns year after year in search of its peaceful environment. This also happens in Los Nietos, a small fishing village which fills to the brim in summer. Further to the north, in Los Urrutias, is the Regatta Club of the Mar Menor. In the village of Los Belones, very near to La Manga, there is an important Golf complex with 54 holes; it also has tennis courts, areas for learning to play golf and a gymnasium. A complete sports offer in beautiful natural surroundings. There are also two horse riding centres in the same area for those who prefer a relaxing trek on horseback. The coast of Cartagena is completed with La Manga, a wide section of land surrounded by two seas, with long fine sandy beaches and equipped with all the tourist infrastructures you could need for an excellent holiday.
The descriptive name of La Manga (the sleeve). Nowadays, everything in La Manga has been designed to enhance the visitor's stay. Complete hotel installations, with a network of establishments with maximum qualification (including a five-star hotel), located at strategic points, apartment complexes, sailing ports, sailing schools, recreational centres, supermarkets, shops, bars, discos... everything you need for a complete holiday. In winter and autumn, La Manga is kept open, since its population is constant all year round. Winter is an ideal period for those in search of peace and quiet, with the necessary services and infrastructures. Due to being located between two seas, La Manga is also an ideal place for water sports. There are sailing and skiing schools that run periodical courses, as well as windsurfing and catamarans. The Mediterranean can be enjoyed by those who prefer high waves for windsurfing and the entire coast also offers a series of areas that are ideally suited and perfectly isolated for diving, such as Cabo de Palos and the rocky depths next to Isla Grosa.
Large pond, Small sea, throughout history, the so-called Mar Menor has had different names, all of which coincide in the description of a phenomenon that nature designed as a great coastal lake (originally, an open bay) of 170 km2 of warm saltwater.
Of the town's monuments, the Town Hall monument to the railway, proof of the importance this means of transport once had for the population.
Homes still selling despite Covid-19
As latest numbers are in, there is a wave of relief going through the real estate sector. The good news is, homes are still selling.
No doubt, the covid-19 virus will have severe consequences on the real estate market, but it seems with low interest rates people are still buying homes.
All over the world people have lost part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The first shock
When the coronavirus hit the world most of us were under shock. I never spend so much time to watch the news than the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, always checking the latest numbers. After a couple of weeks though we kind a got used to it – although there are still moments when the whole situation seems incredibly unreal.
It is true that we also saw a decrease of visitor to our website for a couple of weeks but we are happy to say that all numbers are back to normal now. People are still interested in good real estate deals and they didn’t give up of buying homes.
Homes are still selling – a home is one of the basic needs
One reason might be that people became more aware of their “needs” rather than their “wants”. Staying at home and trying to keep everybody in the family sane has shown many the importance of having a home that has everything they need. Having a home definitely is a need. Even if someone needs to downsize and move to a smaller more affordable home it still means that there is movement and therefore home sales are happening in the real estate market.
Challenge to close the sale
In some countries it has become more challenging than in others when it comes to closing the sale legally. With solicitor and notary offices closed or not fully operational this is really a challenge. But surely, as some countries have already started to lift their covid-19 lockdowns this will just be a matter of time.
Time for new ideas
All these new challenges truly have given fuel for new ideas and innovations to simplify the home buying process.
Stuart Miller from Lennar Corp., one of the USA’s largest homebuilders, said they are working on new ways for buyers to buy houses, including through the company’s digital programs as well as drive-through closings, where homebuyers can close on a home through their car.
Positive Outlook for Real Estate
To know that homes are still selling is really good news. It helps us, home buyers as well as sellers, to see the future more optimistic. It’s been a nerve wrecking couple of weeks, even months for some. For me it was great to see how quick real estate agents adapted to the new challenges and finding alternative ways of showing homes to interested buyers.
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