Housing market sees a real turn around

June 16, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Altavista property, AltaVista Property Marbella, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan


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The Spanish real estate sector begins to show signs of stabilization. After more than five years of sharp declines in sales and prices and the collapse in mortgage lending, the market begins to catch its breath.

According to the latest data from the General Council of Notaries, during April more homes  were sold, prices rose slightly and mortgage lending grew.

Specifically, housing sales experienced an increase of 11.1%. “The rebound in recent months would be explained, in part, by normalising the number of operations after completion of the deduction for home purchase at the end of 2012, but also reflects some stabilization of monthly sales” point notaries.

House prices are rising, housing loans are expanding and stimulating that price growth. In terms of prices, the average price per square meter for homes purchased in April was 1,216 euros, reflecting a slight increase of 0.7%.

Thus, last April, again a recovery was recorded in terms of annual housing purchases and prices that could be anticipating a turnaround in the sector.

In light of the growth of transactions the mortgage market is recovering. Mortgage loans for the purchase of a property in April rose 21.5%.

Blue Spring

June 4, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, AltaVista Property Marbella, AltaVista Property News, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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Spring offers a great opportunity to update the look of your home. With just a few simple changes you can bring new life to the family spaces.

This season’s interior design trends are all about creating an impact, since the looks are at once bolder and more accessible than ever. Decorative eclecticism imprint personal environments with the most current styles even in blue, white and bronzed obtaining sailor or hippy chic styles for summer residences.

Replace the grey and beige to deep saturated tones such as navy and plum. In fact, Navy is THE trend this year. Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room senses light.

The most intense shades of blue palette convey fresh and sedatives that induce feelings to rest; an upward trend, ideal to dress the house in the warmer months.

Navy kicks authority without seeming desperate; it is easy and pleasing to the eye. You can use it in accessories, furniture, sofas, cushions, cabinets, walls anything you can imagine.

It said that soft blues stimulate relaxation. It is therefore a favourite in the bedroom where combined with white, plus power and clarity extols natural light. To sift coming through the window, nothing like a white curtain pattern.

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Great progress on the new Boulevard in San Pedro

May 22, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Altavista property, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Great progress is taking place on the new San Pedro Boulevard. The project is expected to  be finished by the end of summer, months ahead of schedule!

Take a look at the promotional video, what do you think?


What is attracting the investors?

May 14, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Alta Vista Spain, Altavista property, AltaVista Property Costa del Sol, AltaVista Property Marbella, altavistaproperty.com, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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There are several reasons that are attracting British investors to Spain. Good interest rates and favorable price of the properties along with a strong pound.

Regarding prices, worth noticing that while it is true that in some areas prices have declined significantly, in the most sought after areas of the Costa del Sol and Marbella these have started to rise. Those who have been watching the market know that it won’t be long before any bargains disappear.

This is the place, this is the time. The circumstances mentioned earlier – low interest rates, a strong pound and good prices in selected areas – along with economic improvement in Spain make this the right time to finally take advantage of the favorable conditions the market presents after waiting for years.

All this has strengthened the confidence of investors and is leading to a growing number of buyers returning to the market in search of opportunities. However, professional advice is crucial. Scrimping on legal and market advice can be very expensive sooner than later.

At Altavista Property we offer more than just a property agent; we take the pulse of the property market on the Costa del Sol and make sure you have all the information and advice you need.

Contact us today and find out all what we can do for you.

What to do in Marbella

April 24, 2014 in Altavista property, Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan


The mild temperatures, the sunny blue skies and the unique location of Marbella make the ideal base for exploring different areas other than ‘tourist hot spots’. Don’t forget to pack you camera!

Narrow cobbled streets, coffee-shops around picturesque squares, refreshing fountains, shops and markets and wonderful monuments like the different churches and chapels in old town. You cannot miss Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, El Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz or the Calvario chapel.

At Plaza de los Naranjos, along with the orange blossom scent, you can visit the Town Hall, the Casa del Corregidor and the Ermita de Santiago -Saint James Chapel.

North of Avenida del Mar you’ll find the Parque de la Alameda, a very popular meeting point around its circular fountain of El Rocío.

Some quick tips and places

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Enjoy Estepona’s Streets 2014

April 3, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Alta Vista Spain, Costa del Sol news, Estepona Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Estepona hosts the event “Live your Estepona Streets,” which will bring together the most colourful and vibrant activities in the historical district. From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April come down to Estepona and ‘Live your streets’.



The program includes events such as National Mountain Racing Championship, Tattoo Convention, a ‘Tapas Route’ in old town as well as parades, competitions and tournaments, flamenco and rock concerts or dance and performance shows.

Check the whole program here:  http://estepona.es/actualidad/web/amp_noticia.asp?s=1&id=10544


A frontline Golf development in Marbella

March 31, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, AltaVista Property Costa del Sol, Costa del Sol news, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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Elviria offers the climate, the landscape and the Mediterranean lifestyle. Los Lagos de Santa Maria is a unique residential complex, surrounded by nature and with fantastic views of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and Africa in the distance.

Just a 25-minute drive from Malaga international airport and 10 minutes from Marbella’s old town. Los Lagos is surrounded by beaches, golf courses, international restaurants , boutiques and shopping centres, and a wide range of activities of all kinds. The development is within easy walking distance to the Golf Club House.

The residential complex is very well looked after with large gardens and luxury finishing.

This is one of the best opportunities on the market in Marbella today, so contact us now to find out more.

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Sierra Bermeja

March 25, 2014 in Costa del Sol news, Estepona Real Estate, Spain Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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Sierra Bermeja is the mountain range that forms the west flank of the Serranía de Ronda in Spain, overlooking the Costa del Sol from Marbella to Estepona.

It is the largest solid rocks rich in iron and platinum in the world, without comparison in the world in terms of its geological composition. The color of the rocks is named the Sierra. Its highest peak is called Los Reales and is 1,449 meters above sea level.

Sierra Bermeja is a haven for nature with a Natural Park to enjoy a day out with the family or to feel at one with the country. The list of activities and to-dos is endless.

The Pinsapar of Los Reales, with an area of ​​approximately 1,236 hectares, is protected since 1989 by the Junta de Andalucía as a Natural Park. 85% of existing plant communities in Sierra Bermeja, Estepona are protected by European directive.

Wildlife brings immense biodiversity that is augmented by seasonal birds are steps in the peaks of Sierra Bermeja unbeatable observatories, over 220 species can be seen, especially in times of migration between Europe and Africa. Highlights of raptors such as the golden eagle , peregrine falcon , the eagle owl , Bonelli’s eagle and the eagle . In addition, other species include eel, common chameleon , otter, mongoose, deer and mountain goat.

Sierra Bermeja provides a backdrop to the properties around Estepona and the New Golden Mile. Besides that, the area enjoys unbeatable weather -over 300 days of sunshine a year- and a beautiful coastline as well as many wonderful places and residential areas.


Tapas, Spanish-style

March 21, 2014 in Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Spain News, Spain Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Tapas has become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years. These small, delicious mouthfuls of something savoury are served with a chilled white, a ‘tinto’ or a beer in every bar throughout Spain.

Everything about tapas, from the preparation to eating and enjoying it, is a uniquely Spanish experience. Tapas are made from a wonderful variety of meat, seafood, fish, vegetables, cheese or even fruit.

Eating tapas is part of the Spanish way of life, as it is the hospitality, friendship and the like for good conversation.

Are you ready to try? Let’s start with a classic:

Tortilla Española:

Ingredients (Serves 8)

450 ml Spanish olive oil

450 gr potatoes, cubed

2 onions, chopped

2 large eggs

Salt & pepper, fresh parsley to garnish


1 Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the potato cubes and onions, then lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently so that the potatoes do not clump together, for 20 minutes or until tender but not browned. Place a sieve over a large bowl and drain the potatoes and onions well. Set aside the oil.

2 Beat the eggs lightly in a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the potatoes and onions.

3 Heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved olive oil. When hot, add the eggs and potatoes, lower the heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the underside is just set.

4 Cover the tortilla with a plate and invert the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the tortilla back into the frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until set underneath.

5 Serve warm or cold, garnished with parsley.

The table is set!

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Enjoying life in Spain

February 28, 2014 in AltaVista Property Costa del Sol, Costa del Sol news, Marbella Lifestyle, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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At February 28th Andalucia became an autonomous community of Spain and this is just one of many public holidays the country enjoys.

At this time of the year Carnival is also popular and many villages and towns in Andalucia will be celebrating parades, chirigotas and fancy dress contests. All accompanied by free food and musical shows.

These are some of the reasons to enjoy life in Spain. Also plans to promote health and well-being  tourism are an opportunity to make the country and specially Costa del Sol more attractive to most people.


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