We have moved into the New Year in Valencia with speed. The first week back after the New Year is not really a work week, everything starts after Epiphany, the 6th of January, also known as Kings’ Day in Spain. And in that week we have sold four properties, had two property completions signed, started the plans for two modernisations on apartments, made a whole new Podcast series, identified new opportunities for our clients, listed 15 new properties and made upgrades to the website that mean we can feature price drops and new information in a much better way. 2021 finished with a ridiculous number of enquiries and 2022 has started with even more. I think we are 5x up on last year’s enquiries at the moment as I write this half way through the month which isn’t a bad start by anyone’s standards.
Finally the kids are back at school, people are back at work and everything starts to get back to normal except… oh yeah Covid. Pesky thing isn’t it. The long holidays are over and ust like every year we look to start the year strongly. This week we have a large number of clients in Valencia looking for properties both inside and outside the ity and we have put our Covid protocols into place due to the large numbers of cases at the moment: Masks required at all times, own transport to follow the agent if using cars outside of the city and plenty of cafes at outdoor pavement cafes to explain things. We have also started a couple of new projects one of which we can reveal today below
Welcome to 2022 and Valencia Property. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible with long form blog posts and more but Spain remains on holiday at the moment and Epiphany arrives on the 6th and nothing gets back to normal this year until the 10th when the kids go back to school and the majority of people go back to work.
Every year we produce a report on what people are buying in Valencia Property. Our clients are people just like you who are looking for their own ideal property in Valencia. These reports help you to see trends in the market but are not definitive by any means. They do allow us to give an overview of what is happening though and may help you to see the direction of travel in Valencia Property.
We look at nationalities, locations, types of properties, prices, usage and state of the properties to give you a full overview. Take a look.
I recently wrote an article about the Paradox of Choice, you can see it at the link. In it we talked about there being less choice in the market but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We talked about positive constraints and knowing what you want when you are buying property or, to put it bluntly, anything really. When you are sure about what your requirements are then it is a lot easier to find what you are looking for. However, this is a follow up, this is a warning and it’s important when looking for property or anything, sometimes perfect is your enemy because perfect doesn’t exist, sometimes good enough is great!
Everyone who has been to visit us in the last year has asked the same question in one or more ways, “What has happened to the Brits coming here in the last year?” Americans ask it, the Dutch ask it and virtually everyone else asks us but most of all the Brits who visit us ask it because they can’t understand the reason for the harm that has been imposed on their own island by the increasingly corrupt and incompetent UK government.
I suppose we get asked it because we are British and everyone is interested in how a country can be so so so stupid as to impose restrictions on its own citizens by leaving the most successful trading and cultural block in the World
Normally you get articles on Mondays but today is a Tuesday post because it was my birthday yesterday and I decided to do no work. Now the truth is that December will mean not doing anything on many days because that is what happens in December in Spain. In this post we will tell you about the latest news from Valencia in terms of property, mortgages and inevitably, and unfortunately, Covid, news about holidays this month and our Golden Visa Property of the week too. We will also talk about illegality. Enjoy.
With the move towards townhouses and towns and villages outside the city, whether caused by the pandemic or otherwise, we have been asked many times what is it like to live in a Valencian village or town. Today therefore we thought we would take a look at the aspects that make up a Valencian town.
Civic pride is a big thing with Valencian towns and villages and any local council that doesn’t work on the physical aspects of a town, and even more importantly the fiestas, will have little chance of being re-elected when the next turn at the urns comes. There are many common themes that we can see in what makes a town so let’s look at them in turn.
It’s not my bag and it’s not my style but a question posed this week by a client moving to Valencia in January piqued my interest. They are looking to move to Valencia and wanted to be in an area that you could class as “High End” Valencia, the question was “Where do the people with Ferraris live?”. So today we are going to list the areas where the people with Ferraris live so you can either aim to join them or totally avoid them because your requirements involve much more than living in an area where people wouldn’t give people like me the time of day ;-). (I’m sure the potential client was joking but if it gives me material for a blog post then I’m good with that.)
For years we have been pushing the claims of townhouses as alternatives to villas or apartments for living in and around Valencia. Not many people have agreed with us as apartments, especially those in the city, and villas have continued to make up well over 90% of our sales to buyers of property in Valencia.
Could this be changing though?
We are starting to see an uptick of interest in townhouses, especially those with back patios and terraces, and we are also seeing a greater desire to be in one of the villages or towns around Valencia with easy access into the city.
We are not quite there yet but next week is looking amazingly busy so it’s unlikely we will have time to put together this post then. Between sales, holidays, visits and more September and October have flown by and it’s time to look at what is happening in the Valencia Property market to keep you up to date.
Plenty of news in this edition of the blog including some very good news for sellers, (and potentially for buyers too), what is moving on the market, what agents on the ground are saying and some great Valencia Property deals.
We are often asked about living in Valencia, about how it’s different and about what you need to do to fit in. It’s a precursor to moving to Valencia for many people. They want to know what life is like here and how they can become a part of that “scene”. First thing it’s difficult. “Being Valencian” requires much more than just living in Valencia. It’s an attitude, a set of inherited traits and a socialisation in Valencian society.
We are well into Autumn now in Valencia with the colours of the trees turning and giving a verdant and golden backdrop both inside and outside the city and temperatures dropping to give those lovely evenings when you take a jacket out with you just in case as you sit on the outside cafes and terraces.
As we mentioned in our Valencia Property market report last week, which you can read at the link, the market continues to be wild and we continue to make sales regardless of the tight supply of properties. And one of the reasons we are making those sales is just because of that tight supply. It’s known as the Paradox of choice. If you don’t know what it is then let me tell you a story and then apply that to the Valencia property market
Last year I did this post about Autumn in the Valencia Property market in 2020. It was really well received and the video was well watched too. This year I’m not sure about putting the time into making a video in the same way but I may do in a few days, what does need repeating is the news about the Valencia Property market in Autumn/Fall 2021 and comparing the situation with last year. Things have changed and things have stayed the same. Read on for more information.
We have added a new section to the Valencia Property homepage, featured properties. This was a request of many people as we often get asked what are your favourite properties on the site. As the website is now even more of a comprehensive tour through what is available in Valencia Property and what you need to know we thought that today we would take you on a step by step tour of what you can find on the Valencia Property website. This is applicable to the homepage on a PC or Mac but is also true on the mobile and tablet versions of the site.
Here at Valencia Property we often get thanked for making our descriptions of houses entertaining. whether that be funny, interesting or just plain weird. We are also asked often why we do this. The simple answer to that is to stand out a bit from the normal “Here is a two bedroomed, one bathroom apartment on the third floor” vanilla boredom. When you write a lot of descriptions this can quickly become extremely boring.
One of the questions we are often asked is how much does it cost to live in Valencia? The answer to the cost of living in Valencia question is always the same, it depends. It depends on you what you do and how you live but generally the answer is always similar “Cheaper than where you are now!”.
However in this article we are going to look at some typical examples of what it might cost in terms of property costs, food, transport, entertainment and more so you get an idea of the day to day costs of living here compared with other places that you may be living in right now
The concept of co-housing or communal living seems to be growing in popularity in Spain but it is a relatively new concept. As we mentioned in our article about “The Community” people in Spain have been living cheek by jowl and cooperating within their buildings for many years but the co-housing movement now takes the traditional community model and extends the concept somewhat.
Now though co-housing and communal living is becoming more and more popular in Spain due to various factors. However what we are beginning to see now are projects that are being developed specifically for communal living. Today we are going to look at what these concepts are and what they tend to offer.
No, this is not a blog about Bezos, Musk and Branson and their rather pathetic attempts to go into sub-orbit and call it space travel when their money could do so much more good by solving world hunger or trying to avoid climate change, this is about the flight towards more space in properties in Valencia which reflects the news coming out of other countries.
For those with the luxury of doing so, the pandemic has made us all think about the way we live. Less travel, zero commuting, larger spaces, an office room, fast internet, zoom calls, teleworking and a host of other previously marginal ideas have become mainstream. Of course this has been reflected in the property market in Valencia and Spain as a whole.
People looking to buy Valencia Property have a few choices, buy land and build, buy something that needs some work or buy the perfect package that is ready to move in. Projects range from a new kitchen and bathroom up to a total rehabilitation, there’s also plenty of scope for things that are a sort of halfway house between those two extremes.
We have looked into the buyers of Valencia Property over the last few years and can now reveal what people like you are buying and doing.