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Closed But Not Closed

Valencia Property will be closed for the whole of August this year. 1st August -31st August 2021

Now, before you go away, this is not exactly true. If you are already booked in and we have confirmed your dates then we will be taking you out as we have said. If not then we just have no more availability for more clients in August. We are full. Fully booked. Stacked to the rafters. And we have to take some holidays. Even if they might be staycations. And we will still be working, read on.

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Valencia Property First Half of 2021 in Review

Today we are going to talk about what has been happening, what has changed and the surprises that have happened in the first half of 2021 in Valencia Property. Evidently there have been more sales in the first half of the year than there were last year, after all we spent three months of the first half of 2020 in lockdown.

Before you read on though just one question to think about, what are you expecting me to say? People have preconceptions about the property markets they are interested in and sometimes those impressions are totally wrong (Sometimes they are spot on). What do you think is happening on the ground in Valencia

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The Best Places to Invest In Valencia

Having been asked the question about the best places to invest in Valencia innumerable times in the recent past it’s time to put on record my answer. Just before we start though, a few caveats. As with everything involved in real estate the true answer, the short answer which is always correct is “It depends!”. It depends on your definition of the word “investment”, it depends what you want to achieve from the “investment”, it depends on your own use case scenario, it depends on whether it’s a short, medium or long term strategy and it depends on a host of other factors which we will go into later.

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The First Step to Buying Property in Valencia

If you have been in touch with us before you will know that we always ask for one thing above all others, if you haven’t then below is what you need to do. Whether we start our contacts with an email, a Whatsapp message, a video call or even an old fashioned phone call we always ask clients

“Tell us your wish list”.

A wish list is simple and it’s comprised of just three questions. However, these questions do require more than just a one word answer. You will need to think a bit.

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Things That We Love Working in Valencia Property

In our last post we told you about all of the things that drive us to distraction working in Valencia Property circles. Today it’s time to tell you about the things we adore, love and generally get a warm feeling inside from while doing the same work. I said about the last post when commenting about it on social media “Avoid these and we will get along just fine”, this time it’s more along the lines of “this is how we want you to make us feel after we have worked or while we are working with you”.

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Things That Drive Us Up The Wall Working in Valencia Property

Now firstly, before reading this, don’t get me wrong. We love what we do at Valencia Property. There is nothing more satisfying than finding the right property for our clients at a great price and helping them to complete and settle into Valencia. However, there are little things that frustrate us, maybe even irritate us and sometimes, yes… there are things that absolutely drive us up the wall. Today, we thought we would have a rant… just so you can have a laugh at our pain, our misfortune, our suffering. And yes, we know we are fortunate to be able to do what we do in such a beautiful place as Valencia and we are not really complaining…

Well, maybe just a bit!

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What People Tell Us They Want From Valencia Property

In this post we are going to talk about what people ask us to do or to keep doing on our Valencia Property website and blog. The things that people always get in touch with us about and the questions people always ask that we try to satisfy. Why are we doing this? Well of course so you can tell us what you want more of from us, how we can better help you and where we can improve.

Some of the things that we do are more or less unique to our agency, we genuinely believe that nobody writes descriptions like we do so consistently and in this post we are going to be showing you some of the latest examples

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Hush Hush Properties. Owners Wanting to Sell Property Off Market in Valencia.

We publish a lot of properties on our website of all styles, sizes, shapes and prices. We get offered a lot more which we don’t publish for a variety of reasons but mostly to do with price or location either being wrong or there not being demand for that type of property. However, we also have a lot of properties that are off market but, well, they are still on sale, sort of… a bit. This is why it is always better to message us with your requirements because you may like the properties we have on the site, after all they are the selection of the best current properties for sale, but we may also have something that suits you down to the ground but it may not be published by us and in this post we will tell you why.

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The Development of the Property Market in Valencia

As a company we have been around for over 20 years now. We have seen trends come and go, a financial crisis or two, people move to Valencia and move out, Valencia become the favourite destination for the international crowd and even a little known pandemic called Covid19.

Valencia Property started in the very early 2000s and when we set up the company with a snazzy looking website, everybody who came to look at property in Valencia wanted a villa with its own pool, garden, garage etc… We couldn’t have given away apartments in Valencia to tell the truth because that wasn’t what people wanted at the time.

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The Full Process of Getting a Mortgage in Spain

We have been asked many times about the process of getting a mortgage in Spain. Whether that is in regard to Valencia or any other parts of Spain it’s essentially a standard process. However, it may not be like the process of applying for and getting a mortgage in other countries so today we are looking at the process of getting a Spanish mortgage from start to finish.

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The Independence of Valencia

One of the things that surprises people on coming to Valencia is the variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and the rest. Only yesterday a client commented that it was so refreshing to not come upon a Starbucks on every corner. I had to admit there are four or five but told her that one had closed down because nobody ever went there. Years ago I remember a friend’s daughter being so excited that a Starbucks was going to open in Valencia because… well she couldn’t explain why exactly… it was just it was something different. She wasn’t even a coffee drinker.

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Who Is Buying Valencia Property in 2021?

If you believe everything you read on Facebook and other social media I’d say you had recently had a lobotomy or at least you would be on your way to one, but there does seem to be an expectation on social media totally divorced from reality. Newbies to the Valencia Property world seem to think that they will get 20, 30 and even 40% off the asking prices of Valencia Property just because they make an offer. Allow me to disabuse them of that notion with a simple question, “Is that happening where you are from?” Because if it isn’t why on Earth would it be happening here?

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Renting or Buying Property in Valencia?

After receiving a few enquiries about whether it’s better to rent or buy a property in Valencia I thought it time to put together a post comparing the two options in terms of costs and what your “get out position” is at the end. Obviously there are other considerations apart from monetary costs but we will focus here on the costs and then look at those other considerations at the end.

We are going to go with a similar property in both cases and look at five, ten and twenty year horizons. For the numbers we are going to use an example from last week where the client took on a mortgage at a fixed rate over 20 years.

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Ten Reasons To Love Ruzafa in Valencia (Still)

Described by many as Valencia’s bohemian heart, by others as Valencia’s Soho and by East Coast Americans as Valencia’s Greenwich village, Ruzafa has long been on our radar as a great place to live due to its proximity to the centre of Valencia, the vibe of the area and the classical facades amongst other reasons. However there are others who describe it as overhyped, too noisy and a bit grotty. Of course the truth lies somewhere in between but on a scale you would get closer to the former descriptions rather than the latter. Today we are going to explore some of those reasons.

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Getting to Know The Community

We have been asked to explain a bit more about the “Community”. The majority of people in Spain live in apartments and if you want to join them then you need to get used to the idea of “The Community” (Homeowners’ Association in the States). Today we look at what the community is, what it does and what issues you may have with the people you live with. This is not just for people buying apartments though, oftentimes you will find that there are community costs with houses which we shall also look at.

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Covid19 A Year On. What We Didn’t Know

This time last year we were well into the first week of our severe lockdown. The Fallas fiestas had been cancelled on the 10th of March after quite a few Mascletas had already happened, Levante had played their last home game on the 8th of March with 3000 fewer fans than normal, many choosing to avoid the match due to fears about the new virus and on the 14th of March the Spanish government ordered lockdown… and it started to rain in Valencia…

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The Valencia Property Market Has Gone Mad

I wrote something on Facebook last night about what is happening in the Valencia Property market and I promised to expand on why I think this is happening.

Let’s get the caveats out of the way. We are sure to be called liars and typical agents talking up the market and stuff but, as Rafa Benitez once said, here are some facts:

Today we tried to arrange some visits for a client for Friday. Out of the ten properties we wanted to see five have sold in the last week. All have deposits left on them and mostly at asking price!

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Your Agent Is Not Your Enemy

I was encouraged to write this article as a result of a few interactions recently by our agents. In the body of the article I will detail what happened and how this makes it more difficult for us, and indeed you, to find your ideal Valencia Property. Firstly though let’s lay out the ground rules for this post.

The vast majority of people looking to buy Valencia Property work hand in hand with us, sharing interesting properties, their thoughts on each property they see and they give us their wishlist, allowing us to trim down potential properties that will suit their needs so they only see the best.