Buoyant Property Sales For 2017

AVS01112---La-Monesa-de-Marbella---swimming-poolThe figures are in for property sales on the Costa del Sol in the first month of 2017 and the news is extremely heartening! According to data from the Land Registry and the national Institute of Statistics, sales rose by 19% in January of this year compared with the same month in 2016. And, it is also the biggest increase in Spanish property sales since January 2013.

Real estate observers responded to the announcement by commenting that 2017 has got off to the best start since 2008, because the figures released for 2011 and 2013 were presented by the government in a way that didn’t accurately reflect reality. In other words, 2017 is the best year to date since the big crash that halted Spain’s property boom.

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Moreover, Málaga is one of the Spanish regions that is benefiting most from this sales revival, with what is regarded as Málaga/Costa del Sol showing a sales increase of 20% in January. This figure puts it above the national average, which is very good news for sellers and property developers in Marbella and the rest of the coast.

Regarding Spain as a whole, the Balearics and Cantabria are leading the property sales league table for 2017 with a 40% increase in transactions. Interest in Barcelona continues to thrive, followed by Tarragona and Cataluña plus Girona on the Costa Brava and the Asturias in Spain’s north. Madrid and Valencia are only slightly ahead of Málaga and Alicante. Regions that have shown a decline include the Canaries, Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz, as well as Granada’s Costa Tropical and Almeria’s Costa Calida.

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There was also good news for sellers with older properties as the resales market was up 21% in January compared with new home sales, which increased by 8%. This may seem a low figure for new builds, but it is in fact a positive reflection of the fact that new developments are once again making a comeback to the market compared with figures for 2016, which were quite variable when looked at on a month-by-month basis. For example, sales of new builds in January 2016 were around minus 30%, so 8% growth in January 2017 reflects a healthy turnaround.

Although there have been concerns about the effects of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, it seems apparent that there is sufficient interest from other nationalities in Costa del Sol property to compensate for any dip in British buyers. It certainly looks like 2017 is going to be a very good year for property for sale in Marbella.

If you are looking for properties in Marbella and surroundings please contact Altavista Property.

 

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Live Music in Marbella

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With the temperatures on the rise and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those evenings and afternoons out, and where better than a venue with some live music? There is simply nothing better than sitting back and relaxing in the afternoon sunshine or enjoying the vibrant evening atmosphere with family and friends and live entertainment.

The Marbella area has a large selection of venues to choose from, offering something for every music taste ─ from soothing soul and classic jazz to vibrant rock, pop and chill out DJ sessions. We have put together a list of some of our favourite venues from around the coast.

Playwright – Located in Elviria, the Playwright restaurant offers live music from Thursday to Sunday featuring Jazz, soul and pop from local favourites including Georgie ONeill and Sam Oliver – helping to set the scene for a romantic dinner.

Karma Beach – Situated on the beach in El Rosario, Karma Beach offers the perfect venue to relax and top up your tan while listening to a wide selection of live music throughout the afternoon by some of the top names on the coast.

Boardwalk – Set on Marbella’s Paseo Marítimo, the boardwalk is a scenic venue for afternoon drinks in the sun or a lazy lunch with stunning views, while listening to live music from Marbella’s favourite vocal artiststhroughout the afternoon and evening.

Route 66 – Route 66, in Antonio Banderas square, Puerto Banús, offers a vibrant atmosphere from early afternoon until late throughout the weekend. Here you will find the likes of resident musicians Mark Romana and Sean Murray.

Joy’s Live  – This renowned piano bar located in the heart of Puerto Banús has long been a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Expect a fun-filled evening of Jazz and soul featuring the piano, sax, flute and violin.

La Sala – A favourite of locals and celebrities alike, La Sala offers a mix of music genres from renowned local artists and DJ’s seven nights a week. It’s important to dress to impress for this one as you never know who you might bump into.

Aqua Mist – Located around the corner from La Sala, Aqua Mist is the perfect venue for those who are looking to party the night away into the small hours. The trendy nightclub plays host to top artists throughout the summer, such as international superstars Craig David and Chris Brown.

These are just a few of the bars and restaurants in and around Marbella offering live music. Wherever you decide to go we hope you have a fun-filled afternoon or evening. If you are looking to relocate to the area on a more permanent basis contact us to find out how we can help you.

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Novak Djokovic Trains in Marbella

tennis-sport MarbellaSome Marbella residents were a little surprised this week when they found Novak Djokovic, one of the world’s greatest tennis players, shopping in a popular healthfood store on the Golden Mile. The smiling Serb kindly agreed to participate in a few selfies with locals, which naturally found their way on to social media.

He is quite a keen user of social media himself and posted pictures and videos of himselfself training on the bank holiday Monday, 1st May. He wrote, “Working on International Workers’ day hehe. Hope you enjoy this beautiful day!” His Facebook video shows him effortlessly returning shots on the Puente Romano’s clay court in the Marbella sunshine.

Djokovic, who is currently ranked as the world’s No. 2 player, has been training in Marbella ahead of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, which starts the second week of May. Although he is a resident of Monaco, Djokovic doesn’t spend much time there, preferring his second home in Marbella when he is not on one of the many ATP tours. Naturally, if you’re playing a tournament in Madrid, then using Marbella as your training base makes perfect sense.

The tennis star is very fond of Marbella and when possible practises his tennis and yoga at the Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa, while also being spotted strolling on the beach with his wife, their son and his parents. Novak is also close to Spanish tennis player turned spiritual guru, Pepe Imaz. Imaz runs the Amor y Paz centre in Marbella and is known for his positive thinking and spiritual coaching techniques that include sending pleasant thoughts to a bowl of rice!

Djokovic became close to Imaz because he felt that his performance was dipping after winning the French Open in 2016. The star even took Imaz to the Paris Masters in place of Boris Becker in the same year, although Imaz has in fact been on Novak’s team for some years, so it wasn’t quite as shocking a decision as some of the media have tried to make out, and the tennis ace returned to Marbella to recharge his batteries and work with Imaz after his shock defeat to Spain’s Robert Bautista at the Shanghai Masters recently.

Marbella has had a long association with the cream of the tennis world, including Manolo Santana (who runs a club here) and Bjørn Borg, who was a frequent visitor in his heyday. Now we have a star from the new generation of players in our midst, which is good for tennis and great for Marbella.

If you would like the chance of enjoying the Marbella climate and lifestyle alongside people such as Novak Djokovic, please contact Altavista Property – you don’t have to be a tennis ace to experience it.

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