It has been a busy weekend in Spain as the government announced that it will be seeking support in Parliament to implement a State of Alarm throughout the country until May 9th 2021 in order to give regional governments the possibility of controlling the Covid-19 Pandemic. Obviously this will have repercussions in the Valencia region and on people visiting in order to buy property in Valencia.
We are living in strange times as you know. Covid19 continues to dominate everyone’s waking thoughts and many places are being placed into further restrictions and local lockdowns.
Valencia currently has very low transmission rates of Covid and there are no restrictions in place at the moment. There are hyper local breakouts of the infection which are generally tracked and traced quickly. Because of this life goes on pretty much normally here except that everybody, and I mean everybody, wears a mask and when you walk into a shop or public enclosed space there is hand sanitiser available.
You might love the location, you may love the idea of becoming a part of the community in that area, you maybe don’t love the state of the electrics in a property. Perhaps the thought of having popcorn walls (Gotelé) forever fills you with dread… that bathroom just has to go… omfg look at the kitchen… you get the idea. Your perfect apartment or house might not look perfect when you walk into it but you know one thing at least… it has “potential”, lots of it, in spades and you want to make it yours
There are a lot of things that happen in the background when you are buying a Valencia Property. Your agent, lawyer, mortgage company and bank are all doing things to make your purchase as smooth as possible and many of those things you may know about but never see.
However, in this post we are looking at the little things you will need to do that may come as a surprise at each stage of the process of purchase
We are currently working with plenty of clients looking for their perfect Valencia Property.
In this article we are going to concentrate on a general question; What are you looking for in your Valencia Property search? Something that is quirky, practical or with potential? We’ll also offer you some examples of each.
For people coming into Spain from Northern Europe, the Gulf States and the USA buying a property in Valencia is a great way to find a good place to live at a decent price and still be able to afford a lifestyle when you get here.
What you pay for the house though is not your only cost. You also have taxes, costs, commissions and legal fees. We have written before about how it actually works out cheaper to buy a property in Valencia long term despite the upfront costs because the ongoing costs are low
For those of you who might have been away or not able to get to Valencia recently you may not have seen the changes that have happened recently. Projects such as the increasing number of bike lanes, the pedestrianisation of the town hall square, the new building projects on the edge of the city, the revamped Plaza Redonda and even the roof on the Levante football stadium… things are changing.
We are getting a lot of enquiries recently from clients wanting homes that will allow their extended family to live there comfortably, dual family homes. The ideal in this scenario is a two level house with the two floors being independent of each other, but we are also being asked for two properties on one plot and two apartments next to each other or even larger apartments that have been merged into one. As Valencia Property finders this gets us looking as we think this is becoming a trend
We are getting plenty of people looking to buy property in Valencia in order to get their Spanish Golden Visa. For those that don’t know what the Spanish Golden Visa involves it requires an investment of 500k in property in Spain without a mortgage in order to be granted a visa that allows you to move freely through Spain and the other Schengen countries without the requirement to actually live in Spain for more than six months of the year, a requirement of the usual Spanish residency visa. You investment can be on one property or a portfolio of properties to make up the 500k minimum.
We sent a mail out to our subscribers asking them what questions they would ask about buying Valencia Property and life in Valencia. We got some great questions back. So I made a video answering some of those questions and also showing you what we don’t spend all our day doing in Valencia and Spain. Take a look.
The Spanish Golden Visa for non EU citizens has brought many people into Spain from all parts of the World to enjoy free movement around the Schengen area, security for their families and an excellent quality of life in a safe and accommodating country. All around Spain people have been buying up places to live so they can enjoy the rights that a Golden Visa gives them. We have sold many properties to clients as part of a portfolio so they can get the Golden Visa but it is much more common for clients to buy a single property over the threshold of 500k and use that as their base for exploring the rest of Europe
Summer is well and truly here, it’s 30 degrees in my kitchen at the moment and I have just put the air conditioning on in the living room while writing this. Summer has the usual balmy evenings, meeting outside with friends and strolling along the acres of empty beaches, if you choose the right beach to a beach bar to enjoy a cooling drink.
The further you get away from Valencia the less likely it is that you will travel into work from your home. That’s true most anywhere but traditionally it’s especially true in Valencia where people preferred to be as close to their place of work as possible to avoid the need for having a car in the city.
But now things are changing…
We have spent a lot of this week putting together virtual visits for our clients, both owners and potential purchasers. We thought it was time to bring some of them together on this page so you could take a look. Our first set of Virtual Tours comprise a couple of very different houses in Naquera and by Valencia beach, a couple of apartments in trendy Ruzafa and Monteolivete, a full walkaround of the City of Arts and Sciences’ Opera House, a rental villa in la Eliana, and an office visit of our friends at Globexs. Take a look at what Valencia Virtual Visits look like and if you want to use our services to order a Virtual Tour yourself then contact us.
Our new Valencia Property services include Facetime calls from properties, Virtual Visits for both buyers and sellers and property checkouts and reports. Added to our consultation calls, rental package, orientation visits and relocation packages we now present a full set of services for anyone looking to move forward with their Valencia Property purchase.
There are many types of terraces you can find in Valencia city apartments. Firstly, we have to distinguish the type of terrace. There are many. There are the first floor, mostly interior, terraces to the rear of the buildings, there are interior terraces in the middle of a building which are mostly lightwells but a bit bigger, there are terraces overlooking the street in intermediate floors and there are penthouses with their own terrace or with exclusive access to a terrace and finally there are common roof terraces. Let’s have a look at each one in turn.
We sent out a message to everyone on our mailing list last week about having a free consultation call with us to discuss your Valencia property requirements. The response was amazing and we have talked a lot of people through what we think happens next in the market, whether their ideal property might be available at a suitable price, we drilled down into what they are looking for a set up plans for them to follow until they can come over and visit us.