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How To Meet People in Valencia
20th May 2024

How To Meet People in Valencia

We often get asked by people about how you can get to know people in a new city after moving here. We get asked this by all ages and by people in different relationships and also by those coming here alone. In fact it was one of the questions asked last week in our Q+A too by quite a lot of people. So it was a nice surprise when I got a request for a guest post on the site by Tom Norman who has set up a meetup group in Valencia for introverts*. As a natural introvert myself who often feels overwhelmed in group settings it felt a natural fit for the blog. So here we are. Take it away Tom.

The Ten Most Common Questions About Valencia Property
Last Updated : 12th May 2024

The Ten Most Common Questions About Valencia Property

We take a lot of people out to see Valencia Property and when we do we field a host of questions from the most obvious "Where are we now?" to the left field questions such as "Why has that cat not got a collar?" Now we can always answer the first but the cat question... When you are looking at property with us you will also have questions and some of them will be left field but they are all usually valid questions when you don't know a place too well. However, if you have that question then it's almost certain that somebody else has asked us the question beforehand and also the answer will interest other people. Therefore today we are looking at the most common questions people ask. We will put the answers in here too so that when you visit you don't have to ask these questions and we can concentrate more on more granular issues such as speculating on the cat's collar.

Your Valencia Questions Answered
Last Updated : 12th May 2024

Your Valencia Questions Answered

Last Friday we had a Whatsapp Q+A where we answered questions for everyone on our Whatsapp list. Our whatsapp list is where we send out notifications of new listings, price drops, blog posts, podcasts and more so that people can keep up to date with the market here in Valencia. If you want to join the list just let us know, you can find out how at the end. The Q+A was going really well until I used the word "Bribery" as a joke answer to a question. At that point things got a lot quieter and I found out later that people had stopped receiving the messages after that point. I am working on the assumption that Whatsapp throttled our messages after this point because every time I sent a message over 200 people received it.

Can You Make Offers and Have Them Accepted?
6th May 2024

Can You Make Offers and Have Them Accepted?

Is it possible to have offers accepted on property in Valencia? It's a question we get asked often and it's a statement "You can get offers accepted easily in Valencia" that people with too much confidence in their own opinions make consistently on Facebook. However as anyone with a little bit of common sense knows making offers and having them accepted involves a degree of knowledge about the property market, the owner's situation and a whole lot of intangibles, some of which we will talk about in this article.

Why You Might Not Want To Buy That First Floor Flat (And Why You Might)
Last Updated : 30th April 2024

Why You Might Not Want To Buy That First Floor Flat (And Why You Might)

Before we really get into the meat of this article let's start with a big caveat, this is not true of all first floor flats just the majority. And let's also start with a clarification for our North American readers, first floor is not ground floor. First floor is the first one you see when you look up. And finally before beginning, some first floor flats are absolutely excellent, it all depends on the design of the building. Most buildings are not designed to have a great first floor flat but some lend themselves to excellent first floor flats especially more modern buildings.

Top Ten Tips For Americans Moving to Spain
Last Updated : 28th April 2024

Top Ten Tips For Americans Moving to Spain

Year on year we get more American clients coming to Valencia (We get a lot of Canadians too). The system for buying a property in the States and Canada is very different to Spain so expectations have to be managed before and during a property search. Not only about the process of buying a property though, also about money transfers, where to find information, who and what to trust online and a whole lot more. As a result we find ourselves explaining the same things over and over so thought it was time to put these things into a post which we can refer people to right from the start. Some of these things are important for everyone coming to live in Spain though, especially the first point, so it's worth a read for everyone. Oh and there are eleven not ten... and a bonus ball extra for all of you Facebook fans out there.

Valencia Property Services 2023-2024
Last Updated : 23rd April 2024

Valencia Property Services 2023-2024

We have been working in so many ways with clients over the last few years and have written previously about all of the services that we offer but we think that a lot of things are getting lost as there is just so much information on our blog and main page that we thought it was time to bring it all together in one post. A quarter of a century of experience in the Valencia Property market is difficult to distil down into a single blog post and service offers but we have tried here to make the best use of our time and also to give the best service possible to our clients.

The Number One Realtor in Valencia For Americans
22nd April 2024

The Number One Realtor in Valencia For Americans

As mentioned in last week's blog the latest figures for purchases of property in Valencia show that there an increasing number of Americans buying in and around the city. In fact last year the increase in Americans buying in Valencia was over 50% compared with previous years. Here at Valencia Property we have been working with American clients for over a decade now (We didn't refuse beforehand it's just that they hadn't discovered Valencia yet!). Our working model is that of the American Realtor and there's a reason for that. We'll get into that later. Today though we are going to talk about why we are in the privileged position of being the number one realtor in Valencia for Americans, how we work, what we do and how you can work with us (whether you are American or not).

Spain Is Different Remember
15th April 2024

Spain Is Different Remember

I don't know whether you were around in the sixties, I myself was a late entrant into the decade so can't remember that much about it. There is one thing that stands out about Spain from that time when Franco was still around polluting the country with his Catholic Fetish based Fascism and that is the opening up of the country through the country's tourism minister Manual Fraga and the most inspired advertising slogan ever, "Spain is Different". I remember this slogan still being around when I first got interested in Spain in the 80s it was so successful.

The End of Spain's Golden Visa Announced
Last Updated : 9th April 2024

The End of Spain's Golden Visa Announced

It has been announced that Spain's Golden Visa programme is to be ended, at least the part about it being obtainable by buying property worth over 500k. More details will follow but it's something we have been warning about for some time now and telling people to get their skates on if they wanted it.

Why We Don't Deal With Rustic Property
Last Updated : 7th April 2024

Why We Don't Deal With Rustic Property

As cities become ever more expensive and communications improve we get more and more people asking us for country properties with lots of land to... have horses, run a smallholding, have a small hotel, raise sheep or goats and plenty of other ideas which all seem perfectly reasonable on first look until they hit something called "Spanish reality". Today's post is all about why we can't/won't be helping you to achieve those dreams unfortunately.

25 Years of Valencia Property
1st April 2024

25 Years of Valencia Property

We often point out on these pages that Valencia Property has been around for a while. It was started by yours truly, Graham, as a response to the buying process being so difficult. Or rather by my knowing that I could probably do a better job than the huge majority of estate agents that I had dealt with while going through the process of buying my house. We have that whole story on this page in the blog. Therefore I find it surprising that our silver anniversary as a company has sort of sneaked up on me now that we are in 2024 and others in the company have said we should do something to celebrate it. I've been convinced to do something and we will be celebrating in June to coincide with our first rentals back in 1999.

Why Does Valencia Have The Biggest Garden in Spain?
Last Updated : 24th March 2024

Why Does Valencia Have The Biggest Garden in Spain?

The old riverbed in Valencia makes up the biggest garden in Spain. Starting at the new Parque de la Cabecera near to the stunning Bioparc zoo and stretching down past the City of Arts and Sciences for a full 9km, the "Antiguo Cauce del Turia" (Old Turia Riverbed) makes up the biggest garden in Spain. However everyone who comes to Valencia looking for a property always asks the same two questions, why is it here and where is the river then?

What Your Valencia Property Lawyer Does
Last Updated : 17th March 2024

What Your Valencia Property Lawyer Does

We have written before about choosing a lawyer for your Valencia Property purchase and you can read the article at the link. Within that article we talked about how to choose your lawyer and the whole process of doing that. What we didn't talk about is what they do and this is important because you don't get to see it. All the work is done in the background and the only communication you may have with the lawyer is them telling you "It's Ok to pay the deposit now" and "Final date for the notary can be set now". We maybe should have called this article "What your Valencia Property lawyer ACTUALLY does" but we thought that maybe that was a bit on the nose as most people's impression is contained in the picture below.

It's March, It's Valencia, So It's Fallas
11th March 2024

It's March, It's Valencia, So It's Fallas

It's March now and as you walk around Valencia you become a cat on a hot tin roof as you get to learn the words "bombetas", "petardos" and "tracas" and they burn into your mind with all the "fun" of Fallas. All the roads start to get sealed off as they are blocked by huge tents, churros stalls and fenced off areas for kids to start their inevitable journey towards the three fingered handshake, and you wish that you didn't have a cat or dog in your household (Valencian cats and dogs just get used to it I suppose)

The Increasing Difficulty of Finding a Property in Valencia
4th March 2024

The Increasing Difficulty of Finding a Property in Valencia

We have talked before about the rental crisis in the market in Valencia and we have told you that you will have limited options on your purchase if you are clear about what you want because there will never be more than a handful of options available to you at any one time. What if we told you though that those options are reducing even further? And because of this we will now give you the most convincing case ever for using a buyer’s agent?

The Philosophy of Valencia Property
Last Updated : 29th February 2024

The Philosophy of Valencia Property

We keep getting asked why we work as we do as an international buyers agent in Valencia. It's quite difficult to explain to people who are coming from outside Valencia how the Valencia Property Market works as it differs radically from other countries and even from other parts of Spain. As the premier buyers agent in Valencia, I set up Valencia Property 25 years ago after going through the process of purchasing a property here in Valencia, right from the start we were working as buyers agents as a friend asked me to help them buy a property here after seeing the pain I had been through when buying. So from day one we have been focussed on the needs of the buyer here as we knew that this particular market wasn't been served well by the estate agency system in place at the time.

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