Every week we will write about living on the Costa del Sol. You'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice.

Topics will range from schooling your kids in Spain to tips on how to travel to the Costa del Sol, from insights on properties for sale to helpful advice on legal issues. But we also want to share events and culture, to show how wonderful life can be in the area around Estepona, Marbella and Malaga.

Scroll down or click through the list (right) to see previous posts full of interesting information and links about this great place.

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Record year for tourism!

Asset Folio // Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The summer season promises to easily break last year’s record figures for visitors. Costa del Sol tourism authorities calculate that over 6.2 million people chose Costa del Sol resorts for their holiday this summer with an impact of around €5.94 billion on the local economy.

Hotels on the Costa del Sol have had the best summer since the crisis and the figure of 2.4 million hotel nights in July was the highest in Spain. Other accommodation such as holiday lets also experienced an extremely busy month. And what’s more, tourists are spending more time on the Costa del Sol – July’s average of 4.5 days was the second highest in Spain, behind just the Canary Islands. 

This has lead to renewed property development  and hotel investment.

Read the full feature

 

Property Bargains on the Costa del Sol

Chloe Williams // Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Whether you are looking for a modern apartment close to the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol, a stylish apartment near the busy Marina of Puerto Banus or an investment opportunity which offers you great holidays but also a good rental income, there are bargains to be had across the board.

A particular development comes to mind. It's a typical story. Construction was stopped on a development that was being built, because of the economic crisis of 2008/2009. As the economy started to pick up, these townhouses were bought by an investment group. They finished work on the properties, landscaped all the gardens and outside areas, finished off the swimming pools and started marketing the properties. The pricing of these properties has been set to offer the best value in Estepona. At only 800€ a square metre, these 3 bedroom/2 bathroom townhouses have got the most incredible features – air conditioning throughout, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, double glazing, electric roller blinds, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi bath, wardrobes in all bedrooms, marble floors, spacious covered terraces, underground garages with electric up and over doors... The list goes on and on.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for full details of these well-priced properties

Other property bargains include the famous bank re-possessions. Many of these properties were left very much unloved but have now been re-styled and refurbished and are still great value for money. In Estepona a local architect has taken on several apartments and has created stylish, low cost investment properties or second homes. Do not hesitate to come into the shop for a chat about these properties - one of them may be perfect for you!

Property for sale in Estepona – what's moving now!

Chloe Williams // Wednesday, 31 August 2016

In Estepona these days there is a great choice of property from traditional village houses to modern apartments overlooking the sea and pretty villas in the countryside around the town. It pays to come with an idea of the kind of property you’re looking for and where you want to be, though at The Spanish Estate Agent we are happy to show you a variety of properties so you can get an global view of what is available.

If you are looking to move on a permanent basis, you may be more attracted to spacious homes with large terraces and possibly a pool to enjoy the healthy outdoor lifestyle on the Costa del Sol. A well-constructed villa with sea views that you know that you will enjoy living in for many years to come may be just your cup of tea.

If you are sporty, perhaps you’ll be keen on golf complex apartments. With a micro-climate second to none, you can be sure that there will be plenty of golf played throughout the year. As an added bonus, many properties on golf developments also waive your green fees and club membership if you buy a house there!

For an investment, we have found that modern apartments are popular, where you can enjoy the golf and lovely weather in the Spring and Autumn and maybe rent out during the hot summer months to families who love the swimming pool and beaches.

Many exciting new townhouse developments are also attracting the discerning buyer. These are often excellent value for money and offer a great opportunity to buy near Estepona.

Exchange rate flash!

Tim Williams, Finance Director // Tuesday, 06 September 2016

Due to the recent strength of the Pound, the exchange rate just touched (and bounced off) 1.20.

This is a psychological level more than anything, and if sustained, will be in the news.

Low Maintenance Property – Village houses in Estepona

Chloe Williams // Wednesday, 31 August 2016

With so much property for sale on the Costa del Sol, it’s difficult to decide on a specific area, but you should certainly consider Estepona.

Estepona is rightly famous for its beautiful old quarter in the heart of the town – full of quaint cobbled streets, shady squares to enjoy a cool drink in the summer heat, and pretty houses covered in bougainvillea flowers.

For many people, the character of the town is the real pull. It has been jealously guarded and its “Spanish-ness” is a heritage to be proud of. The most traditional Spanish village houses are not lavish properties with high walls to keep your neighbours out, but they are friendly homes, cheek by jowl with their neighbours. The Spanish tradition of a vibrant community is due to their open way of life and openness to everyone around them.

The traditional village houses in Estepona are typically 2-3 bedrooms, with perhaps a small courtyard or solarium (sun terrace) on the roof, but opening straight onto the lane where you might put a chair and some pots full of flowers and where you'll sit and watch the world go by or chat with the passersby.

For many people looking to buy a house on the Costa del Sol, they don't want to be isolated from the world but to enjoy being able to walk out every day to go the local shops, enjoy a traditional breakfast of thick, delicious hot chocolate and churros, sip an evening drink before supper, truly engage with their local neighbours and friends. With no large gardens and easy to maintain properties, this is a great choice for a holiday home or permanent move.

Classic Spanish recipes: Pickled olives

Joscelyne Williams // Friday, 02 September 2016

If you have sat in a Spanish bar and ordered drinks, you may have been offered or simply directly brought a little plate of algo para picar (something to nibble on), as is the tradition in Spain – particularly in Andalucia. Making your own tapa to serve guests that you have over for drinks is a lovely touch at dinner parties!

Makes 10 tapa portions

Ingredients:
500g can or jar of whole unpitted green olives
4 whole garlic cloves
1 lemon or bitter orange
1-2 sprigs of thyme
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 dried fennel stick, broken into short lengths
1 small glass of sherry or wine vinegar

Method:
Drain the olives and bash them lightly with a rolling pin. Carefully burn the garlic on a naked flame until the papery cover blackens, then crush a little. Cut a slice from the middle of the lemon or orange and reserve, then chunk the rest.
Pack the olives, garlic and chunked lemon or orange in a screw-top jar, sprinkling in the aromatics as you go, then add the vinegar and enough water to cover. Top with the lemon or orange slice to keep the olives submerged. You should not need extra salt – the preserved olives are usually salted enough.
Lid tightly and keep in the fridge for at least a week. Bring them up to room temperature before serving.

From Tapas: Classic Small Dishes from Spain by Elisabeth Luard

Partly cloudy!

Julie Savill // Thursday, 01 September 2016

Shocking news and images just in from Tony Reddin on the Estepona team. They get clouds down there, too.

Sterling on the way back!

Tim Williams, Finance Director // Thursday, 01 September 2016

The exchange rate between the Pound and the Euro has started a post-Brexit vote recovery.
This morning the rate is close to 1.19, having recovered from 1.15 in the middle of August.
This is due to better than expected economic news and prospects coming out of the UK.
There is a technical set up, too, that suggests further upward movement over the next few weeks, pushing us beyond 1.20 and possible back to 1.25.

TSEA recruitment Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol

TSEA is looking for a select band of professional sales-people who represent the very best in the industry.

In return we will supply quality sales leads, pay fair commission (on time, every time), and treat you as we would like to be treated ourselves.

If you are cynical, world-weary, negative, amateurish, unmotivated..........you need not apply.
Our clients would notice !!

Otherwise, we need a dynamic and entrepreneurial sales manager, soft-sell property consultants, and bright sparkly property listers.

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What next for TSEA?

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 31 August 2016

TSEA are looking for commercially minded people to work with throughout the Costas.
Experience, passion, and a genuine work ethic and desire to provide a service are not simply marketing words at TSEA. We mean it.
Contact our director of business development This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For a personal response, make your email stand out from the 2000 others he processes each week!

So much has happened!

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 31 August 2016

It’s hard to believe that The Spanish Estate Agent opened its doors in Estepona just 6 months ago.

Part of an established and successful european property group, TSEA has already exceeded its own ambitious start-up plans - plans that were formed when Brexit was but a twinkle in the eye of Boris.

The first satisfied clients have already taken possession of the keys to their new homes and local sellers are contacting the agency in encouraging numbers.

‘Our conversion rate from viewing trip to agreed deal is exceptional’, said Chloe Williams, Business Development Manager in Estepona.
‘It’s pretty straightforward; we like people, people like us, and we are every bit as good in reality as we look on the internet. We do what we say we will, and we are good at matching buyer with seller’.

If you are a buyer or a seller of property on the Costa del Sol, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

00 34 951 516 905

Or drop in to
Avenida España 250
Estepona
29680
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Classic Spanish recipes: Drinking chocolate with churros

Joscelyne Williams // Thursday, 25 August 2016

This ubiquitous breakfast item is a cherished national treasure to be enjoyed mid-morning with freshly fried churros – or from frozen if you’re making this at home and don’t want to faff around with a fryer. If you’ve never tried true Spanish hot chocolate, you’re in for a treat!

Serves 4
Ingredients:
200g plain chocolate, chopped
4 tsp cornflour
1 litre milk and/or water
3 tbsp sugar
Ground cinnamon (optional)

Method:
Place the chopped chocolate in a pan. Dissolve the cornflour in a little of the milk or water, then whisk into the remaining milk. Add to the chocolate with the sugar. Heat the mixture, whisking continuously to keep it smooth as the chocolate melts. As it begins to boil, remove from heat and keep whisking for 1-2 minutes. Thin with a little more milk or water if preferred, and pour into cups. Dust with cinnamon if desired.

For this and more delicious recipes see Janet Mendel's Traditional Spanish Cooking

Exchange rate up

Tim Williams, Finance Director // Thursday, 18 August 2016
Strong UK retail sales stats issued at 10.30 have moved the exchange rate from 1.1550 to 1.1620 in about 5 minutes.

 

Arriba Espana!

Alexandra Goss: Sunday Times // Sunday, 07 August 2016

As comebacks go, the renaissance of the Spanish property market has to rank alongside this year’s Abba reunion or Boris Johnson’s phoenix-like rebirth from betrayed Brexit pariah to foreign secretary.

Whisper it, but Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the global financial crisis, has become a safe haven, with the economy forecast to outperform both Britain and Germany this year, and Moody’s, the credit ratings agency, estimating that house prices will rise by 5% in 2016, “bolstered by economic improvements and the lowest mortgage rates since 2011”.

From the Sunday Times, 7/8/2016
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