High demand and sales: new phases in Costa del Sol

High demand and sales push Taylor Wimpey España to release new phases of popular Costa del Sol developments

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is releasing new phases of two popular developments in the Costa del Sol, after a string of reservations by British buyers has seen golf properties in the area snapped up.

While buyers of 25 different nationalities have reserved homes with Taylor Wimpey España so far in 2022, nearly 60% of reservations in the Costa del Sol have been by Brits (YTD May). The majority have been for golf properties, with the result that homes at Sun Valley at La Cala Golf are now sold out, while a new phase has just been released at Green Golf in Estepona, Malaga.

The new homes at Green Golf, which enjoy panoramic views over the fairways and down to the sea, are the developer’s third phase at Estepona Golf. A total of 21 properties will be available – all bright, spacious townhouses split across three levels. The three-bedroom properties feature open-plan living spaces and large, south-facing terraces as part of a private, gated community with communal gardens and pools. Solar panels, thermal insulation, soundproofing and natural ventilation systems are included as standard, with buyers also benefitting from discounted services at Estepona Golf. Prices start from €345,000 plus VAT.

Lakeside living is also proving popular with British buyers – hence the release of a new phase of homes at Marbella Lake. Spread across several three-storey, contemporary Mediterranean-style buildings, the two- and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and elegant penthouses are set around four communal pools, within landscaped gardens in an idyllic lakeside setting. Serenity, birdsong and stunning scenery are the order of the day.

“Demand from British buyers is strong so far this year and it’s still growing – reservations were up 180% in May YTD compared to last year. That’s why we’re investing a further €15 million in these new phases of two of our popular Costa del Sol developments and accelerating the availability of high-quality second homes to buyers from the UK and other nations.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The appetite for Spanish property is not solely from the UK. Sustained domestic demand and interest from overseas saw property prices rise by 1.1% in May 2022, meaning they now stand some 8.4% higher than a year ago, according to figures from Tinsa.

 

 

https://www.londondaily.news/high-demand-and-sales-push-taylor-wimpey-espana-to-release-new-phases-of-popular-costa-del-sol-developments/

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The obstacles of Brexit and then Covid have not stopped the British buying homes in Spain. Affordable property, seemingly endless days of guaranteed sunshine and lower living costs seem more important to buyers than ever.

For three months at the end of last year, Britons lost their long-held position as the most prolific group of foreign buyers – to Germans – but they are now back on top. According to the Spanish land registry, in the first quarter of 2022, British people bought the most number of properties since 2018.

This trend is likely to continue. Rightmove, the property website, reported that the number of buyers enquiring about Spanish properties is up 36pc on the same period last year.

Three areas in Andalusia were the most in demand: Islantilla on the Costa de la Luz, to the west of Gibraltar, Marbella, and the coastal resort of Vera in Almeria.

Developer Taylor Wimpey Espana, said: “We are selling new properties too quickly [to build them], despite having to put up prices due to steep increases in the price of building materials.”

Nearly half of the current home hunters are looking to move to Spain full-time – a process that has required a visa since January 2021. “Golden visas” are available to those spending €500,000 (£433,643) on a property, and these have made up around a tenth of British applications according to My Lawyer in Spain. Most of those buyers have headed to Mallorca.

The rest of their applications are for the Non-Lucrative Visa, which is designed for those not working in Spain – mainly retirees; they mostly move to either the Costa Blanca or the Costa del Sol.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/tax-hacks/want-move-spain-cut-tax-bill-dodge-red-tape/

New phases of popular Costa del Sol developments

Costa del Sol developments: High demand and sales push Taylor Wimpey España to release new phases

  • Reservations by Brits up 180% in May YTD
  • Golf properties being snapped up, while lakeside living is also sought after
  • British demand in Costa del Sol is “strong and growing

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is releasing new phases of two popular developments in the Costa del Sol, after a string of reservations by British buyers has seen golf properties in the area snapped up.

While buyers of 25 different nationalities have reserved homes with Taylor Wimpey España so far in 2022, nearly 60% of reservations in the Costa del Sol have been by Brits (YTD May). The majority have been for golf properties, with the result that homes at Sun Valley at La Cala Golf are now sold out, while a new phase has just been released at Green Golf in Estepona, Malaga.

The new homes at Green Golf, which enjoy panoramic views over the fairways and down to the sea, are the developer’s third phase at Estepona Golf. A total of 21 properties will be available – all bright, spacious townhouses split across three levels. The three-bedroom properties feature open plan living spaces and large, south-facing terraces as part of a private, gated community with communal gardens and pools. Solar panels, thermal insulation, soundproofing and natural ventilation systems are included as standard, with buyers also benefitting from discounted services at Estepona Golf. Prices start from €345,000 plus VAT.

Lakeside living is also proving popular with British buyers – hence the release of a new phase of homes at Marbella Lake. Spread across several three-storey, contemporary Mediterranean style buildings, the two- and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and elegant penthouses are set around four communal pools, within landscaped gardens in an idyllic lakeside setting. Serenity, birdsong and stunning scenery are the order of the day, with homes available from €430,000 plus VAT.

“Demand from British buyers is strong so far this year and it’s still growing – reservations were up 180% in May YTD compared to last year. That’s why we’re investing a further €15 million in these new phases of two of our popular Costa del Sol developments and accelerating the availability of high-quality second homes to buyers from the UK and other nations.” 

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Appetite for Spanish property is not solely from the UK. Sustained domestic demand and interest from overseas saw property prices rise by 1.1% in May 2022, meaning they now stand some 8.4% higher than a year ago, according to figures from Tinsa.

New Almazara Boutique Residences

Taylor Wimpey España perfectly blends the past with the future at the new Almazara Boutique Residences

  • The new development features an ancient oil mill, surrounded by 100-year-old trees
  • The modernity of Puerto Banús and traditional Istán both 10 minutes away
  • The rustic appearance will blend with the natural surroundings

Spain is a fascinating contrast between ancient tradition and cutting-edge progress. The country’s renewable energy, transportation, healthcare, aerospace and various other industries are at the forefront of innovation. Yet beneath this lie rich cultural traditions, beliefs and gastronomy that date back centuries.

This mix of the old and the new is one of many elements of Spanish life that visitors find so charming, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España.

“In so many areas of Spanish life, the country has such a rich tapestry of the old and the new to offer. We see this with Spanish architecture, with the country’s cuisine, with leisure pursuits… there is a strong desire to showcase the very best of the past while also delivering something outstandingly modern for the future.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s newly launched development, Almazara Boutique Residences, encompasses precisely this combination of the best of the past and the best of the future. The plot the development occupies was home to a dilapidated house with an ancient oil mill, orchard and fruit trees. Rather than levelling the ground and starting again, the Taylor Wimpey España team has designed the new homes, which consist of apartments at Almazara Hills and townhouses at Almazara Views, to include as many of the ancient features as possible.

Surrounded by hundred-year-old trees and overlooking the La Concepción reservoir, as well as providing panoramic views of Marbella Bay and Gibraltar, the homes at Almazara Boutique Residences feature a sympathetic rustic appearance that blends beautifully into the natural surroundings. At the entrance to the development, in pride of place, is the ancient almazara (‘oil mill’), which was used to produce olive oil – one of the many things for which the Andalusia region is so well known around the world.

The site location also straddles the best of the old and the new. Almazara Boutique Residences sits on the slopes of La Concha, between Marbella and Istán. It is just 10 minutes’ drive from the very modern Spanish experience that Marbella and Puerto Banús deliver. International schools, the Manolo Santana Tennis Club, superb golf courses, shopping and leisure centres in Nueva Andalucia and the stunning beaches along Marbella’s Golden Mile are all within easy reach.

 

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-perfectly-blends-the-past-with-the-future-at-the-new-almazara-boutique-residences/

Almazara Residences: blends the past with the future

Taylor Wimpey España perfectly blends the past with the future at the new Almazara Boutique Residences

  • New development features ancient oil mill, surrounded by 100-year-old trees
  • Modernity of Puerto Banús and traditional Istán both 10 minutes away
  • Rustic appearance will blend with natural surroundings

Spain is a fascinating contrast of ancient tradition and cutting-edge progress. The country’s renewable energy, transportation, healthcare, aerospace and various other industries are at the forefront of innovation. Yet beneath this lie rich cultural traditions, beliefs and gastronomy that date back centuries.

This mix of the old and the new is one of many elements of Spanish life that visitors find so charming, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España.

In so many areas of Spanish life, the country has such a rich tapestry of the old and the new to offer. We see this with Spanish architecture, with the country’s cuisine, with leisure pursuits… there is a strong desire to showcase the very best of the past while also delivering something outstandingly modern for the future.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s newly launched development, Almazara Boutique Residences, encompasses precisely this combination of the best of the past and the best of the future. The plot the development occupies was home to a dilapidated house with an ancient oil mill, orchard and fruit trees. Rather than levelling the ground and starting again, the Taylor Wimpey España team has designed the new homes, which consist of apartments at Almazara Hills and townhouses at Almazara Views, to include as many of the ancient features as possible.

Surrounded by hundred-year-old trees and overlooking the La Concepción reservoir, as well as providing panoramic views of Marbella Bay and Gibraltar, the homes at Almazara Boutique Residences feature a sympathetic rustic appearance that blends beautifully into the natural surroundings. At the entrance to the development, in pride of place, is the ancient almazara (‘oil mill’), which was used to produce olive oil – one of the many things for which the Andalusia region is so well known around the world.

The site location also straddles the best of the old and the new. Almazara Boutique Residences sits on the slopes of La Concha, between Marbella and Istán. It is just 10 minutes’ drive from the very modern Spanish experience that Marbella and Puerto Banús deliver. International schools, the Manolo Santana Tennis Club, superb golf courses, shopping and leisure centres in Nueva Andalucia and the stunning beaches along Marbella’s Golden Mile are all within easy reach.

Then there is Istán. One of the access points to the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves natural park, Istán is a centuries-old village at the head of the Rio Verde valley. Its fountains are fed by pure mountain water, which visitors catch in jugs as it cascades down the rocks outside the village. The narrow streets of the Moorish village were designed for mules and packhorses, meaning that motorists need to leave their vehicles behind and explore on foot.

In addition to a couple of restaurants and outstanding tapas bars, Istán is home to a 15th century Arab tower surrounded by gardens, the 16th century Church of San Miguel and an old wash house surrounded by houses covered with climbing bougainvillaea and roses. Down by the reservoir, the absence of motorboats and jet skis means that picnickers can enjoy the sounds of nature as they attempt to spot Marbella’s extremely rare otters. The experience offers a serenity that counterbalances the bright modernity of life in Puerto Banús perfectly.

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/06/08/taylor-wimpey-espana-perfectly-blends-the-past-with-the-future-at-the-new-almazara-boutique-residences/

España properties to suit all tastes in Mallorca

España properties: Find your perfect property pairing in Mallorca as Love Island season 8 kicks off

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is inviting people to find their perfect property pairing in Mallorca, as the new season of Love Island focuses Britons’ attention on the sun-kissed island once more.

Kicking off in early June, Love Island season eight has already got people talking. The 2021 finale attracted 2.8 million viewers (430,000 more than the 2020 finale), many of whom are eagerly awaiting the first episodes of the new season.

The countdown to the new episodes has included the release of pictures of the villa’s sparkling swimming pool. And with average temperatures of 26°C in June rising to 30°C in August, pools are a core concern for holiday home buyers on the island too.

“Summer is on its way here in Mallorca, with the temperature forecast to hit 30°C this weekend. The outstanding climate, with 13 average hours of sunshine per day in July, means that pools are a key focus for holiday home buyers, as well as for Love Island viewers.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

With that in mind, Taylor Wimpey España has asserted its confidence that it can find the perfect property pairing for all those interested in owning a home on the island. Townhouses at Sa Galera, priced from €820,000 plus VAT, deliver space and serenity, with large terraces, private gardens and lovely solariums. The boutique development of just eight homes comes with a pool for residents’ exclusive use.

Senses Cala Anguila, meanwhile, offers apartments with generous gardens or terraces just 200m from the sea. Priced from €410,400, the homes also come with pretty communal gardens and a communal pool.

For those on more of a budget, homes at Compass are available for €300,000 plus VAT. The two-bedroom, bright white apartments come with good-sized terraces for enjoying the climate, while the development also features landscaped gardens and pools.

“We currently have seven developments underway in Mallorca, so there are properties to suit all tastes. Whether buyers are looking for a home by the beach, close to golf courses and other sports facilities, in a secluded area or somewhere more lively, we can pair their desires with the perfect property, ensuring that buyers love their new home as well as the island.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/05/27/find-your-perfect-property-pairing-in-mallorca-as-love-island-season-8-kicks-off/

Beach versus golf property ownership

Beach versus golf property ownership – how to decide which to buy

Homes on golf courses aren’t just for golfers. Nor are beachfront apartments solely about the sea views. If you’re weighing up which type of luxury holiday home suits you best, read on for some insights that should help inform your decision.

Something for everyone: making the case for golf properties  

You might be forgiven for assuming that you need a passion for spending time on the fairways if you own a golf property. However, research by European Tour Destinations found that 66% of people who lived in golf communities didn’t play golf. Yes, the golfing aspect appeals to those who play, but those who don’t benefit from lush, green surroundings and a superbly serene and natural local environment.

Many golf course properties also enjoy access to a range of luxurious on-site facilities. Homes at Natura, for example, come with a Privilege Card providing exclusive benefits and discounts for the facilities at Spain’s renowned La Cala Golf Resort. With a hydrotherapy centre and spa, a leisure and beauty centre, two restaurants, an impressive wine cellar and an impressive range of sporting facilities, including tennis and squash courts, football pitch, gymnasium, fitness activities and an outdoor running circuit, there’s plenty to do for those who have never even picked up a golf club. Golfers, of course, also benefit from the three 18-hole golf courses and on-site golf academy, all surrounded by stunning scenery.

Life’s a beach: the case for seafront homes

Just as golf properties offer more than golf alone, so too do beachfront homes. Sunset Ibiza is a prime example of this. The properties look out over the stunning turquoise waters in an area known for some of the best sunsets on the Iberian island. They also provide easy access to beautiful natural parks, delicious local cuisine and peaceful, traditional villages that provide a stark contrast to the party lifestyle that many associate with Ibiza.

Beachfront homes often make great bases from which to explore the local area. They can also be ideal for those who want to keep active, with many providing easy access to a range of water sports, just ready and waiting to be enjoyed.

Decisions, decisions…

If you’re struggling to decide between a golf property and a beachfront home, it might be best to take a step back and consider your priorities. What is it that you want from the property? How do you plan to use it? There’s likely to be a lot more to the decision than simply ‘golf or beach’?

Of course, if you really can’t decide, you still have options, particularly when it comes to luxury properties in locations like Ibiza, Mallorca and the Spanish Costas. Canyamel Pins in Capdepera, Mallorca, for example, sits just 200 metres from the beach and 600 metres from the picturesque Canyamel Golf Course.

Hybrid beach/golf properties like this are ideal for those who want the best of both worlds. After all, beach and golf properties tick many of the same boxes, with natural beauty and serenity usually chief among them, as well as plentiful opportunities for sport and leisure activities. So if you’re torn between whether to buy a beachfront property or a golf course home, perhaps your inability to decide points to a need to enjoy the benefits of both!

https://www.kizzis.biz/beach-versus-golf-property-ownership-how-to-decide-which-to-buy/

Find your perfect property in Mallorca Love Island

Find your perfect property pairing in Mallorca as Love Island season 8 kicks off

  • Taylor Wimpey España delivering “properties to suit all tastes” in Mallorca
  • New-season of Love Island to focus attention on the island once again
  • Pools take centre stage as summer temperatures soar

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is inviting people to find their perfect property pairing in Mallorca, as the new season of Love Island focuses Britons’ attention on the sun-kissed island once more.

Kicking off in early June, Love Island season eight has already got people talking. The 2021 finale attracted 2.8 million viewers (430,000 more than the 2020 finale), many of whom are eagerly awaiting the first episodes of the new season.

The countdown to the new episodes has included the release of pictures of the villa’s sparkling swimming pool. And with average temperatures of 26°C in June rising to 30°C in August, pools are a core concern for holiday home buyers on the island too.

“Summer is on its way here in Mallorca, with the temperature forecast to hit 30°C this weekend. The outstanding climate, with 13 average hours of sunshine per day in July, means that pools are a key focus for holiday home buyers, as well as for Love Island viewers.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

With that in mind, Taylor Wimpey España has asserted its confidence that it can find the perfect property pairing for all those interested in owning a home on the island. Townhouses at Sa Galera, priced from €820,000 plus VAT, deliver space and serenity, with large terraces, private gardens and lovely solariums. The boutique development of just eight homes comes with a pool for residents’ exclusive use.

Senses Cala Anguila, meanwhile, offers apartments with generous gardens or terraces just 200m from the sea. Priced from €410,400, the homes also come with pretty communal gardens and a communal pool.

For those on more of a budget, homes at Compass are available for €300,000 plus VAT. The two-bedroom, bright white apartments come with good-sized terraces for enjoying the climate, while the development also features landscaped gardens and pools.

“We currently have seven developments underway in Mallorca, so there are properties to suit all tastes. Whether buyers are looking for a home by the beach, close to golf courses and other sports facilities, in a secluded area or somewhere more lively, we can pair their desires with the perfect property, ensuring that buyers love their new home as well as the island.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España and visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/.

https://www.londondaily.news/find-your-perfect-property-pairing-in-mallorca-as-love-island-season-8-kicks-off/

Taylor Wimpey España delivers homes for beach lovers

Taylor Wimpey España delivers homes for beach lovers, as Spain retains its crown as the Blue Flag capital of the world

  • Spain’s beaches awarded 621 Blue Flags in 2022
  • Valencian Community earns more Blue Flags than any other area, with 139
  • Taylor Wimpey España offering a range of homes by Blue Flag beaches for second home buyers who want the best

Spain has retained its position as having more Blue Flags than any other country in the world. The country now has a total of 621 Blue Flags for its beaches – 6 more than in 2021. Awarded based on cleanliness, services, water quality and a range of other factors, Blue Flags recognise the best beaches around the world, and Spain once again has the best of the best in 2022. Counting marinas and tourist boats as well as beaches, the country has a total of 729 Blue Flags – an increase of 23 since 2021.

“Travellers come from around the world to spend time on Spain’s beaches. The quality and variety on offer are simply superb. With the additional Blue Flags it has earned this year, Spain is now home to 15% of the world’s best beaches and we are delighted to be delivering holiday homes close to a selection of those beaches.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The Valencian Community, which encompasses Alicante, Torrevieja, Xàbia (Jávea), Denia and several other popular locations, boasts more Blue Flags than any other area, with a total of 139. One of those is for Arenal – a horseshoe-shaped stretch of soft sand that extends for half a mile, with gently lapping waves that are perfect for splashing in. Just a 10-minute stroll away is Essential, from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, where two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are arranged around a central communal pool. All apartments have private terraces.

While the Valencian Community takes the top spot for the highest number, it is Andalusia that has achieved the greatest increase in Blue Flags during the past year. The region now boasts a total of 122 Blue Flags, covering some 169.6 km of beachfront.

La Cala in Mijas proudly flies one of those flags, in recognition of its clean waters and outstanding facilities, where visitors can laze on sunbeds before taking a stroll along the boardwalk to choose from the many well-regarded beachfront restaurants. Nearby, the rolling greenery of La Cala Golf Resort is home to a range of second home options, including the light-filled apartments at Harmony.

“Owning a second home by a Blue Flag beach means having access to outstanding scenery and top amenities, as well as safe, clean waters. It’s the perfect setting for a family holiday where you can have confidence in the quality of your surroundings.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/05/16/taylor-wimpey-espana-delivers-homes-for-beach-lovers-as-spain-retains-its-crown-as-the-blue-flag-capital-of-the-world/

Spanish second home sales soar

Taylor Wimpey España reports 188% boom in British reservations, as Spanish second home sales soar

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported a huge jump in reservations of sun-kissed Spanish properties by British buyers. Year to date figures for April show an increase of 188% in reservations by Britons, compared with the same period last year.

The Costa del Sol has been the clear area of choice, attracting 61% of all British reservations so far in 2022. Developments at the renowned La Cala Golf resort are being snapped up, from spacious, hilltop apartments with panoramic views at Sun Valley (prices start from €320,000 plus VAT) to townhouses with gardens and large solariums at Natura (homes are available from €559,000 plus VAT). Marina-front apartments at Pier 2, in Sotogrande, are also selling well (prices start at €424,000 plus VAT).

“We’ve seen a major surge in British appetite for Spanish golf homes and for those by the water this year. The past couple of years have been difficult but many families are now refocusing their plans and moving forward when it comes to second home ownership.” Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Nor is it just Britons who are keen to own their own slice of Spanish sunshine. A total of 25 different nationalities have reserved Taylor Wimpey España properties already in 2022. Many are looking to lock in their purchase price sooner rather than later, as the increasing costs of raw materials and construction continue to push up prices for new homes in Spain (as well as elsewhere in Europe).

In addition to the Costa del Sol, Taylor Wimpey España’s properties in the Costa Blanca are attracting keen interest this year. Two developments – La Recoleta III and Panorama Mar – have already sold out, while three others – Posidonia, Kiruna Hills and Iconic – all have just a handful of homes still available. And at the newly revealed Amara, where affordable apartments are priced from just €190,000 plus VAT, two homes were reserved within the first week of the development’s launch.

https://thedailybrit.co.uk/taylor-wimpey-espana-reports-188-boom-in-british-reservations-as-spanish-second-home-sales-soar/

Spanish home builder reports boom in British reservations

Home builder: Taylor Wimpey España reports 188% boom in British reservations, as Spanish second home sales soar

  • 61% of Britons chose homes in the Costa del Sol
  • Costa Blanca homes also selling fast: 2 developments already sold out in 2022
  • Visitors to Spain increase 8x in March, with Brits leading the charge

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported a huge jump in reservations of sun-kissed Spanish properties by British buyers. Year to date figures for April show an increase of 188% in reservations by Britons, compared with the same period last year.

The Costa del Sol has been the clear area of choice, attracting 61% of all British reservations so far in 2022. Developments at the renowned La Cala Golf resort are being snapped up, from spacious, hilltop apartments with panoramic views at Sun Valley (prices start from €320,000 plus VAT) to townhouses with gardens and large solariums at Natura (homes are available from €559,000 plus VAT). Marina-front apartments at Pier 2, in Sotogrande, are also selling well (prices start at €424,000 plus VAT).

We’ve seen a major surge in British appetite for Spanish golf homes and for those by the water this year. The past couple of years have been difficult but many families are now refocusing their plans and moving forward when it comes to second home ownership.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Nor is it just Britons who are keen to own their own slice of Spanish sunshine. A total of 25 different nationalities have reserved Taylor Wimpey España properties already in 2022. Many are looking to lock in their purchase price sooner rather than later, as the increasing costs of raw materials and construction continue to push up prices for new homes in Spain (as well as elsewhere in Europe).

In addition to the Costa del Sol, Taylor Wimpey España’s properties in the Costa Blanca are attracting keen interest this year. Two developments – La Recoleta III and Panorama Mar – have already sold out, while three others – PosidoniaKiruna Hills and Iconic – all have just a handful of homes still available. And at the newly revealed Amara, where affordable apartments are priced from just €190,000 plus VAT, two homes were reserved within the first week of the development’s launch.

Recently released figures from Spain’s College of Notaries reflect this interest in the Costa Blanca. The purchase of homes by foreigners in Alicante rose by 40% in 2021 compared with 2020, with Britons topping the list of foreigners buying there. No doubt the fact that Alicante tops the list of sunniest cities in Europe is a factor here – according to data from World Weather Online, Alicante basks in an impressive 349 average hours of sunshine per month.

The easing of travel restrictions has also meant that Britons are holidaying more in Spain this year. A total of four million travellers visited Spain in March 2022, compared to 491,000 in March 2021, according to figures from Frontur. In terms of nationalities visiting Spain, British travellers led the charge, with over 800,000 arriving during March.

“Britons are embracing their desire for sunshine and overseas holidays once more, which is driving up interest in second home ownership here in Spain. We are building new homes at an intense pace across the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca – as well as in Mallorca – in order to satisfy the strong level of British demand that we’re experiencing so far in 2022.”

Spanish home builder :

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/05/11/taylor-wimpey-espana-reports-188-boom-in-british-reservations-as-spanish-second-home-sales-soar/

https://www.londondaily.news/taylor-wimpey-espana-reports-188-boom-in-british-reservations-as-spanish-second-home-sales-soar/

Ask the experts: top tips for buying a property in Spain

Tips for buying in Spain

Buying a luxury property overseas can be stressful. There’s a lot to think about. That’s why it’s essential to follow a few sensible pointers to ensure you have the smoothest possible buying experience. I’ve written these tips with Spain in mind, but many could equally apply to other overseas property purchases too.

Know what you want

First, be clear on your expectations. Put some time and energy into thinking about the kind of property and location that would work best for you. Do you want a remote villa that’s cut off from the rest of humanity or are you looking for a townhouse or an apartment that’s at the heart of the action? How about a marina-front apartment with its own pool in one of Spain’s most exclusive locations?

Knowing how far you are prepared to be from the beach, local amenities, the airport and so on will all play into the range of locations available to you. Define your requirements and limits before you fall in love with an incredible property that ends up not ticking all the right boxes location-wise.

Know who to speak to

When you’re buying a luxury property in another country, it’s essential to buy through a reputable company that you can vet thoroughly. This is not the time to be charmed by a good sales pitch and take a chance on a company that you can’t research in detail online. Longevity alone doesn’t prove a company’s credentials, but it certainly speak to the brand’s ability to weather changing economic circumstances – something that feels increasingly important in this day and age.

In Spain, this is particularly important. The housing market has seen significant ups and downs over the years. Companies that have made it through the financial crisis and the pandemic are a good place to start when it comes to finding a solid, reliable organisation through which to buy.

As well as checking out the company’s experience, look for a business that speaks your language. Handling an overseas property transaction becomes infinitely more stressful when you have to engage translators and interpreters in order to purchase the luxury home that has caught your eye. It’s by no means impossible to make a purchase in a language you don’t speak, but it’s certainly easier to do it in your native tongue.

Know your limits

Buying a ‘luxury’ property means different things to different people, so you need to be clear on your available budget from the outset, including what your upper limit is, and on how you’re funding your purchase. Without that clarity, it’s easy for the prices of the homes you’re looking at to creep up and up, as you view increasingly luxurious abodes.

If you’re buying a newly built home or purchasing one off-plan, then another tip is to buy direct from the developer. This not only cuts out middlepersons and potential additional fees but also means there’s more potential for ensuring the property meets your particular needs. With off-plan purchases, for example, depending on the stage of construction, it might be possible to add in certain features or even adapt the layout to suit your preferences.

Knowing your limits doesn’t just apply to money – it also applies to knowledge. As such, unless you hold some kind of Spanish property law qualification, you’ll need a suitably experienced lawyer to assist in your purchase. Every country has its own approach to property ownership and the purchase process, so find a local lawyer who can facilitate the legal process and ensure that it all runs smoothly.

 

By Taylor Wimpey España

https://www.kizzis.biz/2022/05/02/ask-the-experts-top-tips-for-buying-a-luxury-property-in-spain/

Significant Increase in Britons’ Interest for Spain

Significant Increase in Britons’ Interest for Spain & Portugal Golden Visa Programs

There has been marked a notable increase in the number of Britons seeking residency in Spain through the Golden Visa program, according to home builder Taylor Wimpey Espana.

“A Spanish Golden Visa provides not just residency in Spain but also access to the rest of the Schengen Zone. It’s something that Britons haven’t had to worry about previously, but Brexit has driven a notable rise in enquiries from families seeking to use a residential property purchase to maintain access to the Eurozone,” Taylor Wimpey Espana.

According to the company, the fact that working from home on a terrace in Spain has become more desirable due to the pandemic situation is likely to be pushing more families down to the Golden Visa program.

Besides the Spanish Golden Visa Program, Britons are also interested in Portugal’s golden visa scheme.

According to the director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, Christina Hippisleystressed the increase in the number of UK citizens interested in the Golden Visa program comes due to the implications of spending time in Portugal following Brexit.

“People who used to spend four months straight in their homes are suddenly realizing they can’t anymore. (…) Many Brits who had never thought about it are looking at the golden visa option to have unrestricted access to Portugal,” she pointed out, as reported by Lusa.

The Golden Visa program permits third-country nationals to remain in Spain, provided they make an investment of at least €500,000 in Spanish real estate and meet specific requirements. By making such an investment, internationals may then be permitted to live and work in Spain in a legal way. In addition, they will also be eligible to move freely within the Schengen zone countries.

Despite the fact that the Golden Visa Program attracts a larger number of internationals, this program has often been considered an open the door to money laundering, corruption, and other unlawful affairs by the Commission of the European Union as well as many organizations who have often urged countries that run such schemes to terminate them.

In this regard, earlier this month, the Commission of the EU issued a recommendation outlining specific changes that the Member States who offer such schemes must impose in order to prevent persons involved in criminal affairs from benefiting from them.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/significant-increase-in-britons-interest-for-spain-portugal-golden-visa-programs/

Significant Increase in Britons’ Interest for Spain

Significant Increase in Britons’ Interest for Spain & Portugal Golden Visa Programs

There has been marked a notable increase in the number of Britons seeking residency in Spain through the Golden Visa program, according to home builder Taylor Wimpey Espana.

The firm believes that an important role in this regard plays both Brexit as well as the situation caused by the Coronavirus and its new strains, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“A Spanish Golden Visa provides not just residency in Spain but also access to the rest of the Schengen Zone. It’s something that Britons haven’t had to worry about previously, but Brexit has driven a notable rise in enquiries from families seeking to use a residential property purchase to maintain access to the Eurozone,” Taylor Wimpey Espana.

According to the company, the fact that working from home on a terrace in Spain has become more desirable due to the pandemic situation is likely to be pushing more families down to the Golden Visa program.

Besides the Spanish Golden Visa Program, Britons are also interested in Portugal’s golden visa scheme.

According to the director of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, Christina Hippisleystressed the increase in the number of UK citizens interested in the Golden Visa program comes due to the implications of spending time in Portugal following Brexit.

“People who used to spend four months straight in their homes are suddenly realizing they can’t anymore. (…) Many Brits who had never thought about it are looking at the golden visa option to have unrestricted access to Portugal,” she pointed out, as reported by Lusa.

The Golden Visa program permits third-country nationals to remain in Spain, provided they make an investment of at least €500,000 in Spanish real estate and meet specific requirements. By making such an investment, internationals may then be permitted to live and work in Spain in a legal way. In addition, they will also be eligible to move freely within the Schengen zone countries.

Despite the fact that the Golden Visa Program attracts a larger number of internationals, this program has often been considered an open the door to money laundering, corruption, and other unlawful affairs by the Commission of the European Union as well as many organizations who have often urged countries that run such schemes to terminate them.

In this regard, earlier this month, the Commission of the EU issued a recommendation outlining specific changes that the Member States who offer such schemes must impose in order to prevent persons involved in criminal affairs from benefiting from them.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/significant-increase-in-britons-interest-for-spain-portugal-golden-visa-programs/

Exchange rate pushes Spanish second home

Exchange rate pushes Spanish second home ownership down to £160k

  • New Amara apartments from Taylor Wimpey España deliver affordable Spanish sunshine
  • On-site pools and nearby beaches appeal to British buyers
  • Quiet, residential areas coming to the fore as buyers seek to escape the noise of modern life

Life in the UK has been very noticeably getting more expensive of late, with food and fuel two of the main culprits. However, over the past couple of years, the quietly falling exchange rate has meant that owning a second home in Spain has been coming down in price. So much so that, at Amara – the brand new development from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España – it’s possible to purchase a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for £160,173 (plus VAT).

Amara will be home to 120 apartments in Gran Alacant, in Cabo de Santa Pola, Alicante. Close to the Clot de Galvany park and a short distance from the beaches of Carabassí, the homes enjoy an outstanding location in a peaceful residential neighbourhood. Prices start from €190,000 plus VAT, which at the time of writing equates to £160,173.38 (plus VAT).

According to XE, €190,000 would have equated to £165,666.89 back on 26 April 2021. A few months earlier, on 12 December 2020, it would have been worth £173,984.90. And three months before that, on 12 September, it would have been worth £175,846.14.

While there have, of course, been fluctuations in the exchange rate over the past couple of years, there has been a general strengthening of the pound against the euro since September 2020. This means that a British family buying a second home in Spain will now be paying £15,000 less than they would a year and a half ago.

“The exchange rate has been working in British buyers’ favour for quite some time, meaning that owning a second home in this beautiful part of Spain has become more affordable. Buyers have been quietly taking advantage of this, with the result that Britons purchased more homes in Spain than any other foreign nationality buyer in 2021.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Figures from Registradores de España show that Brits accounted for 11.01% of total home sales to foreigners in 2021 – more than any other nationality. In terms of total home sales, the number of property purchases in Spain shot up by 34.5% in 2021. More than one in five sales (20.78%) during the year were in Andalusia, while the Valencian Community (which includes Alicante) accounted for 14.12% of total home sales.

Set against the backdrop of this busy market, Amara delivers two- and three-bedroom apartments with communal pools, landscaped gardens and playpark. Every home has its own outdoor space in the form of a terrace or garden, while penthouse apartments come with a rooftop hot tub and spectacular sea views. Each apartment also has underground parking and a storeroom included in the price.

The homes are being built to exacting environmental standards. They will include double glazed windows, pre-installation for charging electric vehicles, water- and electricity-saving measures in communal areas and aerothermal heat pumps for the production of hot water.

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/04/27/exchange-rate-pushes-spanish-second-home-ownership-down-to-160k/

Back to the office? We’d rather work from home in Spain!

Work from home in Spain

  • Taylor Wimpey España looks at how remote working has created new opportunities
  • 35-44-year-olds in the UK are keenest to work from home fulltime (RADA Business)
  • 45% of UK professionals would like to work remotely on a permanent basis

The pandemic opened many employees’ eyes to the potential of remote working for the first time. Now that restrictions have ended (in the UK, at least), not everyone has been keen to head straight back to the office. In fact, many workers are keen to make the remote working lifestyle a permanent fixture.

According to a RADA Business survey of 3,000 professionals in the second half of 2021, 45% of respondents reported that they were either very or extremely interested in working remotely on a permanent basis post-pandemic. Younger workers were particularly keen to work from home, with 61% of 16-24-year-olds and 51% of 25-34-year-olds in favour of it. Meanwhile, workers aged 35-44 were keener than any other age group to work from home fulltime.

Similar findings have been reported around the world. In Spain, 49.7% of the workforce worked from home during the country’s ‘state of alarm’ (lockdown), with 48.8% of businesses using remote working. Now, according to the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), 30.4% of people whose job allows them to work fully from home would like to do so fulltime post-pandemic. A further 31.5% would like to work from home every day with the occasional visit to the office thrown in for good measure. On average, those who can work fully from home want to do so for 4.3 days per week, with just 0.2% in favour of returning to the office fulltime.

“Being free from a geographic tie to the office opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It means that workers need only a decent internet connection and an appropriate degree of privacy, then they can work from wherever they choose – including from whichever country they choose.”

Working from Spain is, for some, now a realistic possibility. The daily commute can be replaced with opening the shutters to flood the home office with Mediterranean sunshine. And with only an hour’s time difference between Spain and the UK, there are no issues around awkward time zones for video calls and virtual meetings.

The cost of living in Spain is a key part of the appeal. In Numbeo’s 2022 Cost of Living Index, the UK ranked as the 27th most expensive country in the world. Spain came in at a far more affordable 46th place.

Property prices in Spain are significantly more affordable than those of comparable homes in the UK. At Pier 2 , from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España , for example, prices start from €414,000 plus VAT for a key-ready apartment providing sea views out across Sotogrande Marina. As well as the spectacular views, the homes come with a communal swimming pool and landscaped gardens.

All apartments at Pier 2 also come with private terraces and provide superb access to local amenities, from supermarkets, restaurants and beaches to sports and leisure facilities including sailing, golf, polo and more. Two international airports are also within easy reach, with Gibraltar just 30 minutes way and Malaga an hour away.

“There’s never been a better time for workers to relocate to Spain, whether permanently or for large chunks of the year at a time. The lower cost of living means that salaries go further, while Spain has an excellent infrastructure for everything from medical facilities to leisure amenities. The 325 days of sunshine per year and the soft, white sands of the Costa Blanca also mean that it’s easy to make the most of every minute, as soon as the laptop is closed and the working day is done.”

 

https://www.londondaily.news/back-to-the-office-no-thanks-wed-rather-work-from-home-in-spain/

BACK TO THE OFFICE? WORK FROM HOME IN SPAIN!

Work from Spain

  • Taylor Wimpey España looks at how remote working has created new opportunities 
  • 35-44-year-olds in the UK are keenest to work from home fulltime (RADA Business)
  • 45% of UK professionals would like to work remotely on a permanent basis 

The pandemic opened many employees’ eyes to the potential of remote working for the first time. Now that restrictions have ended (in the UK, at least), not everyone has been keen to head straight back to the office. In fact, many workers are keen to make the remote working lifestyle a permanent fixture.

According to a RADA Business survey of 3,000 professionals in the second half of 2021, 45% of respondents reported that they were either very or extremely interested in working remotely on a permanent basis post-pandemic. Younger workers were particularly keen to work from home, with 61% of 16-24-year-olds and 51% of 25-34-year-olds in favour of it. Meanwhile, workers aged 35-44 were keener than any other age group to work from home fulltime.

Similar findings have been reported around the world. In Spain, 49.7% of the workforce worked from home during the country’s ‘state of alarm’ (lockdown), with 48.8% of businesses using remote working. Now, according to the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), 30.4% of people whose job allows them to work fully from home would like to do so fulltime post-pandemic. A further 31.5% would like to work from home every day with the occasional visit to the office thrown in for good measure. On average, those who can work fully from home want to do so for 4.3 days per week, with just 0.2% in favour of returning to the office fulltime.

“Being free from a geographic tie to the office opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It means that workers need only a decent internet connection and an appropriate degree of privacy, then they can work from wherever they choose – including from whichever country they choose.”

Working from Spain is, for some, now a realistic possibility. The daily commute can be replaced with opening the shutters to flood the home office with Mediterranean sunshine. And with only an hour’s time difference between Spain and the UK, there are no issues around awkward time zones for video calls and virtual meetings.

The cost of living in Spain is a key part of the appeal. In Numbeo’s 2022 Cost of Living Index, the UK ranked as the 27th most expensive country in the world. Spain came in at a far more affordable 46th place.

Property prices in Spain are significantly more affordable than those of comparable homes in the UK. At Pier 2, from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, for example, prices start from €414,000 plus VAT for a key-ready apartment providing sea views out across Sotogrande Marina. As well as the spectacular views, the homes come with a communal swimming pool and landscaped gardens.

All apartments Pier 2 also come with private terraces and provide superb access to local amenities, from supermarkets, restaurants and beaches to sports and leisure facilities including sailing, golf, polo and more. Two international airports are also within easy reach, with Gibraltar just 30 minutes way and Malaga an hour away.

https://business.express/back-to-the-office-no-thanks-wed-rather-work-from-home-in-spain/

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/04/04/back-to-the-office-no-thanks-wed-rather-work-from-home-in-spain/

Marbella – More than just beaches!

As thousands of long term residents and visitors will confirm, there is more to Marbella than just gorgeous beaches

Think of Marbella and the image of beautiful beaches with waves lapping gently at the sand probably leaps straight to mind. There is, however, plenty more than just gorgeous beaches on offer.

According to the team at Taylor Wimpey España, it is a combination of Marbella’s reputation as a golfing paradise, its luxury shopping, lifestyle and nightlife options, its gastronomy and the array of options for local exploration that draw so many holidaymakers and second home buyers to the area. Of course, the 320 days of sunshine per year and Marbella’s 24 beaches, with their wide range of different water sports, certainly help too!

“Part of Marbella’s charm is that it’s not only packed with things to do, it also provides space and freedom to do nothing at all,”

Taylor Wimpey España’s Sales and Marketing Director

Taylor Wimpey España’s Sales and Marketing explains: “Marbella is home to so many renowned golf resorts – Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha, Santa María, La Quinta… Many of the families who buy holiday homes here are keen to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle more and that includes spending time on the fairways, enjoying the fresh air and exercise.”

Golf is so key to Marbella’s attractions that Taylor Wimpey España has developed a number of golf properties over the years. The latest – The Crest – will provide 14 exclusive apartments and penthouses at La Quinta Golf. The homes feature landscape-style terraces that merge into the open plan living areas of each home with large patio doors, to make the most of the natural light available.

The light and the sunshine are, of course, another major reason that so many visitors to the area fall in love with Marbella. The average July and August temperature of 24°C is ideal of long, lazy holiday days and evenings of partying with the celebrities and jetsetters in Marbella and Puerto Banus, with their international visitors from across the globe. Even in the coldest month of January, the average temperature is still 11°C – balmy compared to winter in more northern climates.

Marbella’s plentiful sunshine means the area is home to a lush natural environment that provides the ideal antidote to the pressures of modern urban life. Those looking for peace and quiet will find it here in abundance.

“Part of Marbella’s charm is that it’s not only packed with things to do, it also provides space and freedom to do nothing at all,” continues Taylor Wimpey España’s Marc. “You can just sit and listen to birdsong as you sip your morning coffee on the terrace, with no plans and no stresses. The beautiful scenery can be immensely calming and restorative.”

The apartments, penthouses and duplexes of Marbella Lake certainly deliver that sense of serenity. The homes enjoy a lovely lakeside setting at Nueva Andalucía, surrounded by greenery and with views of the sea sparkling in the distance. With communal pools and landscaped gardens on site, the development is the ideal place to relax, unwind and simply enjoy being present.

Another key part of Marbella’s pull is the local gastronomy. The region is home to an impressive 14 restaurants that hold Michelin stars, with seasonal local flavours celebrated in imaginative ways. But it’s not all about the fine dining and innovative flavour interpretations. Several nearby villages are known for their tempting traditional dishes, which adds to the charms of touring the local area.

Throw in celebrations such as those held for Easter, annual events, concerts, cultural attractions such as museums, the wide array of sports on offer, trekking along the Caminito del Rey and it’s a wonder that visitors find the time to visit Marbella’s beaches at all!

https://www.planetmarbella.com/marbella-more-than-just-beaches/

Property buyers to move fast to secure their dream home in Mallorca

Property buyers: Strong demand and rising costs encourage to move fast to secure their dream home in Mallorca

  • Taylor Wimpey España reports buyers are keen to buy off plan to beat escalating construction costs
  • Buyers are opting for new homes instead of second hand
  • Property’s appeal is increasing as inflation rises

A combination of rising construction costs and demand outstripping supply on the island of Mallorca is encouraging property buyers to act fast to secure the homes they want on the island, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España.

The price of steel, cement, roof tiles and other construction materials surged across Europe in 2021 due to shortages of supply. Now, though supply issues are improving, rising energy, labour and freight costs continue to push up the cost of construction, according to the Construction Leadership Council.

“It’s becoming more expensive to build homes. In simple terms, this means that buyers who pay today’s prices are likely to be getting a good deal compared to what they would pay in, say, a year’s time. This makes buying off plan particularly appealing, as the buyer locks the price in now.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

On the Balearic Island of Mallorca, demand for homes is outpacing supply, which is pushing prices up further still. According to Tinsa, the Balearics saw prices rise by 6.7% in the year to February 2022. With inflation rising around the world as well, the ‘safe haven’ of putting money into property is once again increasing its appeal.

But it’s not just monetary considerations that are driving interest in property ownership in Mallorca. TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awards ranked the island among the world’s top ten destinations for sun seekers, while its Playa de Muro beach ranked as the third best beach in the world. Mallorca’s stunning beaches and family-friendly vibe are also attracting so much interest from tourists that the island was ranked as TripAdvisor’s number one trending destination in the world for 2022. That means Mallorca has seen more year-over-year growth in TripAdvisor reviews and ratings that anywhere else on the planet. And when visitor numbers increase, so does demand for second homes.

When it comes to those Mallorcan second homes, buyers are very keen to buy new, according to the Taylor Wimpey España team. Across Spain generally, in fact, buyers are seeking new homes rather than those that have been owned previously and this is being reflected in property prices. The cost per m2 of new properties rose by 3.0% during the last quarter of 2021, according to the College of Registrars, while the cost of used homes fell by 0.2%.

Buyers are looking for open spaces and larger homes in which they can work as well as enjoy their leisure time. Properties with communal areas and plenty of room to enjoy the fresh air are very popular right now. We’re also seeing buyers prioritizing energy saving and sustainability, which is further driving up demand for new homes rather than older properties.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The focus on buying new doesn’t mean that families are limited in their options when looking for properties in Mallorca. Taylor Wimpey España is building everything from apartments close to the beach, to homes in a traditional village, to detached villas with private pools.

At Senses Cala Anguila, near Porto Cristo on the east coast of the island, two-bedroom apartments surrounded by communal gardens with a pool are providing buyers with easy access to the beach. Priced from €350,000 plus VAT, the homes are adjacent to the gorgeous coves at Cala Mandía and Cala Romántica, with their crystalline waters, white sands and spectacular scenery.

For buyers looking to enjoy traditional island life, The Village at Es Capdellá ticks all the right boxes. The ten semi-detached houses are built in authentic Mallorcan style, offering three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and spacious living/dining rooms that open onto southwest-facing terraces. Full of natural light and with lovely private gardens, including private pools, the homes are priced from €740,000 plus VAT.

Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rápita, meanwhile, on Mallorca’s southern coast, provide contemporary, minimalist detached homes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Each villa features larger terraces, a private garden and private pool.  Just a kilometre from the lovely Es Trenc, Ses Covetes and Sa Rápita beaches, the villas offer the perfect escape from modern life. Prices start at €670,000 plus VAT.

 

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/03/23/strong-demand-and-rising-costs-encourage-property-buyers-to-move-fast-to-secure-their-dream-home-in-mallorca/

Could sea views provide health and happiness boost?

Sea views new properties

  • Research finds that benefits of blue spaces are felt ‘within minutes’ (ECEHH)
  • Key-ready homes available for instant happiness boost (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Sea air can reduce stress, while parents play more at the seaside

The past couple of years haven’t been easy. At times, they’ve been very, very hard, with people suffering both physically and mentally as a result of the pandemic. Little wonder, then, that so many people are dreaming of a seaside holiday in the sunshine as the weather starts to warm up. And a sea view could be just what the doctor ordered. According to Ben Wheeler, senior research fellow at Exeter University’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), it takes just minutes to experience the positive effects of spending time near the ocean.

Those effects can be both physical and mental. Sea air is full of negative ions, which can improve a person’s ability to absorb oxygen, making them feel more alert. They may also serve to decrease irritation from airborne particles that cause people to sneeze and cough, according to Professor Pierce J Howard from the US Centre for Applied Cognitive Sciences. Sea water can also provide relief to those suffering with eczema and dermatitis, while inhaling salty air can improve lung function in people with cystic fibrosis.

In terms of mental wellbeing, spending time by the sea can reduce stress levels and increase feelings of calm through attention restoration, combatting the drain on our attention that daily life creates. Not only that, but interviews with children conducted by the ECEHH have shown that the seaside is where children report that their parents play with them more. Other reported benefits include having better conversations and spending more time engaging in enjoyable activities.

It takes just minutes for the positive benefits of being by the sea to start having an impact. It’s something that leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is familiar with, after building properties along the coast for more than 60 years.

We see the positive effect that beautiful sea views have when we show potential buyers around our homes. That moment when they first step out onto the terrace into the sunshine and see the waves sparkling as they stretch into the distance is always special.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España offers a range of sea views, from frontline marina properties to wide open vistas where the tree-studded land slopes gently down to the lapping waves. Pier 2, for example, looks out over the exclusive Marina de Sotogrande to the sea beyond. The private, gated community provides key-ready two- and three-bedroom apartments, with communal pools and garden areas on-site. All of the apartments boast terraces that make the most of the spectacular waterside setting. Prices start from €400,000 plus VAT.

Over at Sa Galera, meanwhile, owners are just 300 metres from the beach at Cala Estancia, with views that encompass the greenery that stretches from the development all the way down to the spectacular blue of the Bay of Palma. The three-bedroom townhouses, which are priced from €755,000, provide spacious terraces for enjoying the sea views, along with a solarium terrace from which to admire the delightful sunsets over the bay.

“Spending time by the sea delivers additional benefits when it comes to health and happiness, as people tend to spend more time outdoors. That means they get more daylight and usually more exercise too, so the positive effects are compounded. There’s certainly a compelling case for owning a property on the coast when it comes to boosting your health and wellbeing.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Research certainly backs up the benefits of heading for the seaside. One of the largest studies of its kind, back in 2013, consulted 20,000 people about their sense of wellbeing and where they were at the point of recording it, spread out over random intervals. The data showed that people in marine and coastal environments were by far the happiest. Perhaps it’s time to take the plunge and finally book that flight.

Home Overseas: Time for some spring sunshine?

Second home overseas

  • Buyers snapping up Spanish and Portuguese second homes, ready to head south in the spring
  • Remote work opening up Costa del Sol holiday homes to new markets (Taylor Wimpey España)

There’s nothing like the impending arrival of spring to get buyers excited about buying a second home overseas. And this year, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, buyers are thinking creatively about how they can use their new pad in the sun.

“Being able to work remotely has opened up the idea of buying a second home to new demographics, with families now looking to spend longer breaks in the sunshine by blending work and leisure. Properties in areas such as the Costa del Sol are certainly benefitting from this.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

At this time of year, key-ready homes hold particular appeal, with buyers keen to debunk from the UK to warmer climes. Spain and Portugal both attract plenty of interest thanks to their proximity to the UK, abundant sunshine, affordability and outdoor lifestyle. Towards the end of 2021, Portugal’s Algarve gained the added cachet of having been crowned ‘Europe’s leading beach destination’ by the World Travel Awards, for the third year in a row. Turismo de Portugal was also voted ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2021’ – another positive indication that visitors are going to enjoy their time in the Iberian country.

“Portugal is the perfect antidote as another cold, grey winter in the UK draws to a close. The Algarve has an average of seven hours of glorious sunshine per day in March and nine in April, creating plenty of opportunities for spending time on the fairways, taking long walks along the beach and enjoying lunch al fresco. We have a lot of buyers enquiring about everything from beachfront apartments to golf villas at present, with this lifestyle very much in mind.”

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/02/25/time-for-some-spring-sunshine/

Revealed – top tips for first-time overseas buyers

Top tips overseas buyers:

Taylor Wimpey España, a leading Spanish home builder has drawn on its 60-plus years of experience to provide information and advice to those who are purchasing property abroad for the first time.

“Deciding to buy a home in another country can be hugely exciting but also rather daunting. There are plenty of unknowns involved, from legal processes and unexpected costs to administrative requirements. But a detailed, methodical approach can ensure you buy safely while still enjoying the process – as well as the outcome,” sales and marketing director of Taylor Wimpey España, said.

The firm’s first piece of advice is to buy through a reputable agent/developer with a long and unblemished track record, advice that is echoed by the team at Property Guides, whose Spain Buying Guide lists ‘a trustworthy estate agent and a good, specialist lawyer’ as ‘absolute non-negotiables’.

The company also recommends that purchasers should seek clarity on the buying process and legal timetable at an early stage.

“It’s essential to understand the legal hoops you need to jump through in order to buy a property abroad. That includes any parts of the process that will require your physical presence in the country in which you’re buying – although thankfully so much can be done digitally these days,” he explained.

“Being clear from the outset on what’s involved and what the timescales are can cut out a vast amount of unnecessary stress further down the line.”

It’s also important, he said, to not make assumptions, especially when it comes to a home’s intended use.

Many countries and regions have restrictions around renting out holiday properties, meaning that those who plan to buy a second home and then rent it out when not in use need to do their homework.

Local rental licence requirements also warrant careful investigation, Pritchard warns. And, with the UK having left the EU, so do visa requirements and restrictions.

“Another tip from Property Guides is to lock in your currency exchange rate as soon as you are certain you are buying, using a Forward Contract,” he added. “By doing so, you don’t leave yourself exposed to the risk of exchange rate volatility making the property more expensive by the time you sign on the dotted line.”

Finally, the Taylor Wimpey España team points out that buying a second home overseas is about more than your four walls.

“Don’t forget about all those things that make a house a home. That means planning for big ticket items like furniture, both from a cost perspective and in terms of practical arrangements. Again, this is something that can be fun when you’re organised or a pain if you leave it to the last minute!” Pritchard concluded.

https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2022/2/revealed–top-tips-for-first-time-overseas-buyers?source=newsticker

Taylor Wimpey España shares tips for property buyers

Tips property buyers Spain

  • 60+ years of selling to clients of 40+ nationalities has provided plenty of insights
  • Due diligence and trust are key to the buying experience
  • Locking in your exchange rate can make a huge difference

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is drawing on its 60+ years of experience to provide information and advice to those who are new to buying property abroad. During that time, the company has sold homes to clients of more than 40 nationalities, with properties spanning the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Ibiza and Mallorca.

Deciding to buy a home in another country can be hugely exciting but also rather daunting. There are plenty of unknowns involved, from legal processes and unexpected costs to administrative requirements. But a detailed, methodical approach can ensure you buy safely while still enjoying the process – as well as the outcome.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The company’s first piece of advice is to buy through a reputable agent/developer with a long and unblemished track record. It is advice that is echoed by the team at Property Guides, whose Spain Buying Guide lists “a trustworthy estate agent and a good, specialist lawyer” as absolute non-negotiables.

Taylor Wimpey España also advises seeking clarity on the buying process and legal timetable at an early stage.

“It’s essential to understand the legal hoops you need to jump through in order to buy a property abroad. That includes any parts of the process that will require your physical presence in the country in which you’re buying – although thankfully so much can be done digitally these days. Being clear from the outset on what’s involved and what the timescales are can cut out a vast amount of unnecessary stress further down the line.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Also important is not making assumptions, particularly when it comes to a property’s intended use. Many countries and regions have restrictions around renting out holiday properties. This means that those who plan to buy a second home and then rent it out when not in use need to do their research. Local rental licence requirements also warrant careful investigation. And with the UK having left the EU, so do visa requirements and restrictions.

Another tip from Property Guides is to lock in your currency exchange rate as soon as you are certain you are buying, using a Forward Contract. By doing so, you don’t leave yourself exposed to the risk of exchange rate volatility making the property more expensive by the time you sign on the dotted line.

Finally, the Taylor Wimpey España team points out that buying a second home overseas is about more than your four walls.

“Don’t forget about all those things that make a house a home. That means planning for big ticket items like furniture, both from a cost perspective and in terms of practical arrangements. Again, this is something that can be fun when you’re organised or a pain if you leave it to the last minute!”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/02/10/taylor-wimpey-espana-shares-tips-for-first-time-overseas-property-buyers/

Where to buy a holiday home if you’re a tennis fan

Where to buy a holiday home if you’re a tennis fan

Special mention of Taylor Wimpey España in The Times:

A final backhand volley sealed Rafa Nadal’s epic on-court victory at the Australian Open last weekend, the first man to win 21 grand slams with an undisputable seat among the all-time sporting greats. Off-court too, Nadal is making noise. In October 2016 on his home island of Mallorca, he opened the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy by Movistar, an event attended by his friend and fellow tennis legend Roger Federer. Alongside juniors training full-time, the academy offers short coaching courses to keen amateurs of all ages and abilities.

The number social tennis players in the UK has been falling since 2016 when Andy Murray won Wimbledon, but the success of Emma Raducanu at the US Open, the drama over Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Melbourne and Nadal’s.

Marbella, Spain
There’s no shortage of courts along the Costa del Sol from the sporting estate of Sotogrande all the way east to Marbella. Puente Romano on Marbella’s Golden Mile, 45 minutes from Malaga, is a hotel with a wonderful tennis heritage. The club was opened by Bjorn Borg in 1979, Boris Becker and JohnMcEnroe have both played there, Novak Djokovic’s brother Marko is on the coaching team and it’s where Novak himself was photographed before his ill-fated flight to Melbourne last month

Taylor Wimpey España has new-builds on the Costa del Sol from two-bedroom flats at La Cala Golf from €250,000 to four-bedroom penthouses at Sotogrande for €2.247 million.

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/where-to-buy-a-holiday-home-if-youre-a-tennis-fan-99x7fxxmp

British expats: ‘Best area’ in Spain’s Costa del Sol

British expats: ‘Best area’ in Spain’s Costa del Sol for Britons – ‘just breathtaking’

SPAIN’s Costa del Sol has always been one of the most popular destinations for British expats. But which are the best areas?

Around 60,000 British expats live in Spain’s sunny Costa del Sol. But when it comes to choosing a destination to settle in, there are a couple of areas that deserve attention.

Express.co.uk spoke to the sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey España, about the charms of the Costa del Sol.

He told Express.co.uk: “When it comes to the best area in which to purchase property in Spain, the Costa del Sol is stealing the limelight right now.

“Between its stunning beaches, championship-quality golf courses, 300 days of sunshine per year and superb local cuisine, the area is packed with appeal.

“It’s also easy to reach from the UK and provides something for everyone, from serene landscapes to bustling towns and cities.”

Many budget airlines offer cheap flights to the Costa del Sol from most major UK airports.

Expats will be able to visit family and friends in the UK regularly, providing there are no more travel restrictions.

While there are many popular areas to purchase property in the Costa del Sol, Marc said there are a couple of areas he would recommend.

He said: “In terms of locations within the Costa del Sol to buy property, both Mijas and Estepona warrant a close look.

“The beauty of the mountainous Mijas municipality is just breathtaking, while there’s something quintessentially Spanish about the whitewashed houses covered with bright flowers through which Estepona’s streets wind.”

The beautiful town of Mijas is situated between the popular holiday destinations of Fuengirola and Marbella.

Meanwhile, Estepona is one of the Costa del Sol’s most attractive resort towns with a palm lined promenade.

Estepona’s town centre is famous for its charming flower filled square and fishing port.

https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1560025/british-expats-costa-del-sol-spain-best-area-exclusive

Increase in demand for Spanish golf homes

Health, happiness and high-speed internet drive increase in demand for Spanish golf homes

  • Taylor Wimpey España reports a rise in demand for homes with open spaces
  • Key-ready golf homes meeting a range of healthy lifestyle requirements
  • Increase in remote work facilitating blended working/golfing breaks

Leading home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported an increase in demand for Spanish golf properties, as buyers seek a healthier lifestyle. Terraces, views over open green areas, communal gardens and swimming pools are all on buyers’ wish-lists, as they look for homes that deliver space in all its forms.

The pandemic fueled a race for space in the UK housing market and we’ve seen that spill over into what buyers are looking for from their holiday homes too. Space – both indoors and outdoors – is a top priority.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s golf properties have proven particularly popular due to their ability to facilitate a healthy, outdoor lifestyle. With 300 sunny days per year and multiple world-class courses, Spain is a golf haven. Those who own golf properties there are able to reap the benefits of all that exercise and sunshine to both their physical and mental health.

Also important now is the opportunity for owners to work from home, according to the Taylor Wimpey España team. This means that flexible living spaces and high-speed internet connections are non-negotiables. Many more Spaniards now work from home than did so pre-pandemic. Spain’s Ministry of Economic Issues and Digital Transformation reports that the number of employed people working from their own home for at least half of the time now stands at 8%, compared to 4.8% in December 2019. And that’s without factoring in those who are self-employed/working freelance/living as digital nomads.

Golf’s attraction as a means of socialising with family and friends outdoors is another part of its appeal. And when it comes to golfing in Spain, few areas can compete with the Costa del Sol. That’s the home of the aptly named Emerald Greens, where key-ready apartments are available priced from €298,000. Located at the popular San Roque Club, the two- and three-bedroom apartments provide plenty of space for working as well as playing, with plenty of room left over for relaxation.

The homes have been designed around the ‘total living’ concept, with priority given to a spacious, open plan living room that leads out onto a large terrace. Predominantly southern-facing and with views across the golf course to the sea, as well as being fully integrated into the surrounding corn oak meadows, the homes provide space and greenery in abundance.

The homes at Emerald Greens are ideal for those who want to enjoy long, blended work/golf breaks. The peaceful setting, communal pool, stunning views and on-site golf facilities mean that owners are supported to stay healthy both physically and mentally. There’s also plenty of room to work, whether indoors or out on the terrace. These homes are very much on point when it comes to meeting the needs of buyers during the pandemic.”

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/02/03/health-happiness-and-high-speed-internet-drive-increase-in-demand-for-spanish-golf-homes/

Spain opens its arms to remote workers

  • New Kayak survey ranks Spain 2nd in world for remote work
  • Taylor Wimpey España showcases spacious properties for home-based workers
  • Government initiatives show support for digital nomads and entrepreneurs

A new survey from Kayak has ranked Spain as the second best country in the world (after Portugal) for remote workers. And it seems that everyone from home builders to the Spanish government is keen to welcome home-based workers to Spain with open arms.

Spain has so much to offer remote workers, from its weather and lifestyle to its bustling cities and beautiful beaches. The quality of life on offer here is superb and a growing community of remote workers is now able to take advantage of that.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The 2022 Numbeo cost of living survey certainly makes the case for a new life in Spain. While the UK has become more expensive over the past year, rising from being the 28th most expensive country in the world to the 27th, the Spanish lifestyle has become more affordable, with Spain moving from being the 39th most expensive country at the start of 2021 to the 46th most expensive now. For British workers who aren’t tied to an office, this means more of their salary left over as a result of Spain’s better value lifestyle.

Nor is the affordability of Spanish property its only attraction. As leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España points out, what better environment to work in than a spacious home in a peaceful setting with views stretching out across the stunning landscape?

The new frontline apartments at Panorama Mar, looking out over the beach and sea at Punta Prima, ten minutes down the road from Torrevieja are a case in point. Priced from €365,000 plus VAT, the two- and three-bedroom homes have been designed for comfort and convenience, with the modern family lifestyle – including remote working – firmly in mind. The apartments provide spacious terraces from which to enjoy the spectacular views out over the Mediterranean, as well as three communal pools and direct access to the promenade. With air conditioning, solar thermal panels, double glazed windows and WiFi, the homes provide everything that remote workers could wish for.

“One of the wonderful things about working in Spain is the balance that you can have between your work and your leisure time. What better way to wash off the working day than to dive into the pool or sit on the terrace and soak up the sun as you listen to the sound of the waves?”

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2022/01/24/spain-opens-its-arms-to-remote-workers/

Expert shares property purchase tips

Property purchase tips. RECENT data found that Brexit hasn’t stopped many Britons buying property abroad. What should British expats look out for?

Express.co.uk spoke to a property expert to find out what British expats should be aware of before buying overseas. Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Britons.

Sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey España, said there are a few ways to make the process less “overwhelming”.

He told Express.co.uk: “Divide the task up into manageable chunks, so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

“Start by focusing on identifying the location that will suit you best. What do you want from the local weather, language, scenery, cuisine, amenities, social life, healthcare system and so on?

“Writing all of this down can be a very useful exercise, both to narrow down what’s important to you and later to check that your chosen property meets all of your criteria.”

He added: “Think about the kind of property you want too. Do you want a tumbledown farmhouse, a pristine apartment in a gated community or a swish new villa with a pool?”

Since the pandemic, many British expats are prioritising outdoor space due to fears of any further lockdowns.

One option for expats who are concerned about security is to consider a golf course property where this is likely to be 24 hour staff.

He said: “Set a realistic budget and see what you can afford. Remember to factor in all the fees associated with the purchase, as these can quickly mount up and impact your overall cost.”

While it might be tempting to strike out alone, Marc advised expats to work with legal and financial advisors.

He said: “When it comes to the purchase process, engage legal and financial advisors at an early stage.

“Each country has its own requirements in terms of the paperwork you’ll need to complete and the hoops you’ll need to jump through to buy a home there.

“Understanding these from the outset can save you plenty of headaches later on.”

https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1552473/british-expats-property-purchase-tips-advice-exclusive

Britons flock to Spain to buy second homes

Britons flock to Spain to buy second homes as demand explodes for places in the sun

HOME builder Taylor Wimpey has reported „excellent” performance in 2021 as it sees rising demand for properties in Spain.

The developer has seen strong demand for homes throughout 2021, boosted by affordable mortgage costs and the stamp duty holiday. In Spain, the easing of travel restrictions has seen a surge in prospective buyers looking to find a second home in the sun. Taylor Wimpey says it has seen an increased level of demand, particularly in the second half of 2021, with the firm now aiming to ramp up building as property prices in the country rise. In 2021 Taylor Wimpey completed 215 homes with an average selling price of £348,000 (€417,000), up from 190 in 2020 with an average price of £313,000 (€375,000).

At the end of 2021 its order book stood at 324 homes.

The company’s Spanish arm has recently said some months in the last half of 2021 saw reservation numbers not seen in the 64 years it has been building there.

Back in the UK demand has continued to remain high with Taylor Wimpey ramping up output.

UK home completions increased by 47 percent in 2021 with 18 percent of new homes being affordable.

During this time average selling prices rose three percent which the firms says has fully offset rising building costs.

Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, Pete Redfern, commented: „Looking ahead, we are well placed to deliver against our targets.

„The outlook is positive and Taylor Wimpey is particularly well positioned.

„We maintain a sharp focus on delivering sustainable growth, strong profitability, and increased cash returns for shareholders over the long term.”

 

Britons Spain.

 

https://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/1551243/spanish-property-prices-second-homes-tayloy-wimpey

DESIGNER LEADERS: Interiors Design

DESIGNER LEADERS: Interiors Design

A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH SENIOR PROFESSIONALS WHO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE, INSIGHT AND VISION OF BOTH THE CURRENT AND FUTURE BUSINESS ROLE FOR DESIGN AND CREATIVITY. TODAY WE SPEAK TO MARC PRITCHARD, SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR TAYLOR WIMPEY ESPAÑA.

What role does design play within your business, and how do you think this has evolved over the past decade?
In a ‘normal’ market, show homes are key to success. They need to be designed and ready to wow those looking round as early as possible within the sales and marketing process. In the current market, we are selling lots of our properties off-plan. However, a physical show home still delivers a very different experience compared to a virtual show home tour or computer-generated images.

Design is important to each project and every project is different. We have sites which are first line to the sea. We design, furnish and decorate those in a very different way to a project which is further inland (for example) or to one in a little town. In terms of its power, design is very important. You need to aim to deliver the wow factor the moment the customer enters the show home. When that happens, you know you’ve got the design spot on.

What are the key success factors that have driven growth for your business in recent years?
For the second home market in Spain, the leading growth driver in recent years has definitely been low-cost air travel. More recently, the digitalisation of the complete buying process – driven by the pandemic – has also been an influential factor. With working from home becoming bigger, our market is growing too. More and more northern and central Europeans are thinking of relocating to countries with warmer climates, as they’re freed from the need to be physically present in the office.

Is there a design team in-house at Taylor Wimpey España?
No, we don’t use an in-house team. We prefer to work with interior architects, designers and suppliers who are local to each of our projects. We’ve found that doing so means they connect deeply with the project in question, sourcing local materials and designing in such a way that each project really resonates with its location.

What will be the important characteristics that businesses like yours – and others in your sector – will need in order to remain competitive and to aim for growth in the years ahead?
There are a few factors at play here. One is the need to look after and take care of our employees. Another is the need to be customer focussed in every element of what we do. We also strive to be as environmentally friendly as we can, using the newest materials and technologies. That’s really important. The last factor is not losing out on digitalisation – this is key to remaining competitive over the years ahead.

Taylor Wimpey España / taylorwimpeyspain.com

DESIGNER LEADERS: Interiors Design

https://designerati.co.uk/designerleaders-marc-pritchard/

 

Spend your Golden years in Spain

Spend your Golden years in Spain – here’s how you can still retire in EU despite Brexit

BRITONS can still retire in popular EU hotspots such as Spain and Portugal despite Brexit, but they have to jump through more hoops to do it.

Millions facing sky-high fuel bills as the British winter turns cold will be warmed by thoughts of a retirement in the sun. It is still possible but takes a bit more effort and money than before Brexit.

Brits may now be classified as non-EU citizens but that hasn’t stopped them from snapping up Spanish properties, latest figures from specialist builder Taylor Wimpey España show.

Sales and marketing director said while many are buying holiday homes a growing number want full-time residency to work or retire in the sun. “Demand is incredibly strong, even as new Omicron travel restrictions are imposed.”

Britons can visit Spain without a visa but can only stay for a maximum 90 days, in any 180-day period.

That’s less than six months a year in total.

For longer stays, you can apply for something called a non-lucrative residence visa, also called a non-profit or retirement visa.

This allows non-EU citizens to live in Spain provided they do not carry out any economic or professional duties in the country.

You need to show you can generate enough income from your pensions, savings, investments and other assets such as a rental property.

From January 2022, this has to total at least €27,792 (£23,482) a year. This rises to €34,731 (£29,346) if a dependant family member joins you.

These limits vary according to the country. From January, Portugal demands that you match its minimum wage of €8,460 (£7,147 a year). Adult dependents require another €4,230 (£3,573) and children a further €2,358 (£1,992) each.

You also need to check whether you qualify for free local healthcare. If you receive the UK state pension you may qualify by completing form S1 (find out more at gov.uk). Brits who take early retirement may have to take out medical insurance instead.

Another way to get permanent residency is to apply for a Golden Visa. To qualify, you need to buy a Spanish or Portuguese property for at least €500,000 (£421,872).

If you qualify, this opens up the entire Schengen Zone.

Take specialist advice as you have to buy the property first and cannot risk seeing your Golden Visa application turned down afterwards.

https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1541231/Golden-Visa-Spain-Portugal-retirement-EU-Brexit-pension-healthcare-hotspot

Spanish property reservations boom

Spanish property reservations boom, as buyers race to find the perfect second home

  • Taylor Wimpey España reservations up compared to 2019
  • Germans and Brits together account for 20% of all foreign property buyers in Spain
  • Germans favour Mallorca, while British families flock to the Costa del Sol

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has reported very good reservation figures for 2021, with a month still to go before the full year’s numbers are known. Year to date figures for November show impressive growth in property reservations across all areas in which the company operates.

The latest data from Spain’s Colegio Registradores also reflects the strength of demand for Spanish property. The Q3 2021 figures show an increase of 28.6% for property sales across Spain. In Andalusia, home of the sun-kissed (and aptly named) Costa del Sol, that figure rises to 36.7%.

According to the Colegio Registradores’ figures, German buyers bought more property in Spain than any other foreign nationality during the quarter, accounting for 10.4% of all international buyers. British buyers came second, at 9.9%. However, these figures hide significant regional variations.

In Mallorca, for example, German buyers accounted for a whopping 82% of Taylor Wimpey España’s total reservations in the year to November 2021. British buyers, meanwhile, prefer the Costa del Sol. 52% of all British reservations with Taylor Wimpey España so far this year have been in the Costa del Sol.

2021 has been a superb year in terms of demand for our homes in mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. In total, 34 nationalities have reserved property with us in this good year. Reservations from British buyers are 60% up on those for the same period in 2019.”

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2021/12/17/spanish-property-reservations-boom-as-buyers-race-to-find-the-perfect-second-home/

SPANISH SUSTAINABILITY

SPANISH SUSTAINABILITY

There is a great deal of focus on energy performance in the UK at the moment, both from an environmental perspective and through property owners seeking to reduce energy output in their homes. But what about properties overseas – how do they compare? Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some insights with Abode2 into the importance of energy performance in Spain.

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, commented: “The increasing cost of energy is one that’s impacting all countries, so there’s plenty of attention being paid to this in Spain right now. It’s particularly relevant in the construction of new homes, as they provide the chance to build far more energy efficient properties, when compared with traditional homes.”

Energy ratings are applied EU-wide so the rating system in Spain mirrors that in the UK (for the moment, at least). Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) range from A to G, with modern homes delivering superior results to older properties.

Taylor Wimpey España, for example, is currently offering a range of key-ready homes with an EPC rating of B. The homes feature large windows to make the most of the natural light (as well as maximising the picturesque views) and deliver maximum thermal and acoustic comfort. Solar panels are used to reduce the properties’ need for energy from external sources.

One such B-rated development is Emerald Greens, which is home to spacious apartments and penthouses at the Costa del Sol’s renowned San Roque Club. Priced from €290,000 plus VAT, the two- and three-bedroom homes deliver stunning views over the fairways and down to the sea, with large, open terraces.

Over in Sotogrande, the pretty, frontline marina apartments at Pier 2 are also rated B for their energy performance. The private gated community includes garden areas and a pool for residents’ exclusive use, while individual homes feature generous terraces with lovely views of the marina. Prices start from €400,000 plus VAT.

He added, “A good energy performance rating is a win on all fronts. It shows that the property’s environmental impact will be minimal in terms of its energy consumption, and it reassures owners in terms of their bills. It’s something that we focus on very carefully for each of the developments that we design and build.”

With COP26 focusing the world’s attention on climate matters, issues such as energy performance are set to command ever greater attention. Thankfully, with a focus on this during the design and construction phase, holiday homes such as those from Taylor Wimpey España can tick all the right boxes when it comes to their energy ratings.

https://www.abode2.com/spanish-sustainability/

Holiday homes up their game to attract eco buyers

Efficient and eco holiday homes

  • Global gas price crisis means energy ratings have taken on a new importance
  • Taylor Wimpey España showcases B-rated, energy efficient second homes
  • Buyers seeking sustainability and cost-effectiveness all in one

There is a great deal of focus on energy performance in the UK at the moment, both from an environmental perspective and through property owners seeking to reduce their eye-watering energy bills. But what about properties overseas – how do they compare? Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has shared some insights into the importance of energy performance in Spain.

The increasing cost of energy is one that’s impacting all countries, so there’s plenty of attention being paid to this in Spain right now. It’s particularly relevant in the construction of new homes, as they provide the chance to build far more energy efficient properties, when compared with traditional homes.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Energy ratings are applied EU-wide so the rating system in Spain mirrors that in the UK (for the moment, at least). Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) range from A to G, with modern homes delivering superior results to older properties.

Taylor Wimpey España, for example, is currently offering a range of key-ready homes with an EPC rating of B. The homes feature large windows to make the most of the natural light (as well as maximising the picturesque views) and deliver maximum thermal and acoustic comfort. Solar panels are used to reduce the properties’ need for energy from external sources.

One such B-rated development is Emerald Greens, which is home to spacious apartments and penthouses at the Costa del Sol’s renowned San Roque Club. Priced from €290,000 plus VAT, the two- and three-bedroom homes deliver stunning views over the fairways and down to the sea, with large, open terraces.

Over in Sotogrande, the pretty, frontline marina apartments at Pier 2 are also rated B for their energy performance. The private gated community includes garden areas and a pool for residents’ exclusive use, while individual homes feature generous terraces with lovely views of the marina. Prices start from €400,000 plus VAT.

“A good energy performance rating is a win on all fronts. It shows that the property’s environmental impact will be minimal in terms of its energy consumption, and it reassures owners in terms of their bills. It’s something that we focus on very carefully for each of the developments that we design and build.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

With COP26 focusing the world’s attention on climate matters, issues such as energy performance are set to command ever greater attention. Thankfully, with a focus on this during the design and construction phase, holiday homes such as those from Taylor Wimpey España can tick all the right boxes when it comes to their energy ratings.

https://thepropertygroupsite.com/2021/11/17/holiday-homes-up-their-game-to-attract-eco-and-cost-conscious-buyers/