5 things to do at home during isolation

Wherever you are in the world, no doubt you are feeling some effects from COVID-19. Here in Spain we are on lockdown and stay at home to help lessen the spread of the virus. As we are scheduled to be at home now for a little longer on this beautiful island perhaps creating a routine during isolation wouldn’t be so bad.

Exercise

Whether you have a dog and can get out in the fresh air for a short time or not. There are plenty of online providers now offering daily lessens. Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and indeed Mr Motivator are offering daily classes to benefit both adults and children. Get those endorphins flowing. Meditation is an excellent way to zone out from the negativity and children can even get involved in this too. Yoga and pilates are great ways to stretch and keep yourself in good shape.

Cooking

If you are a fabulous cook then dust off those cookbooks and try new dishes with fresh local ingredients. Use those store cupboard staples and see how creative you can be making dishes that can be portioned and frozen. If you have little ones in the house why not spend a morning baking and an afternoon sampling the delights of your efforts.

Explore the world from home

Lots of museums are setting up their exhibits online, so we can still get our arts and culture fixes from the confines of our homes. Here’s a look inside the Met!

Learn a new skill

Have you always thought about learning Spanish or Mandarin? Perhaps now is the time to devote an hour or two a day to make your brain work. Whether you are still working from home or need to find something to do, it is important to use our brain and develop some new talent whilst doing so. Download a language app like Memrise or Duolingo and start practicing. Or, if you’re not interested in learning a new language, sign up for another kind of online class.

Volunteer Virtually

There are lots of communities to support right now, and though we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, we can certainly contribute what we can. That may be registering to be one of the people that talks to someone elderly and alone during this isolation. Online communities have risen dramatically over recent weeks and it is good to think you are doing something positive for someone else.

Of course, you could spend a few hours exploring the fabulous properties here on and choosing your favourites. Letting the mind wander is an excellent way to relax during this isolation period. Or you could plan your home refurbishment.

Stay safe out there.

 

 

Positives of self-isolating in Mallorca

Yes as heard in all the news reports worldwide, here in Mallorca we are on lockdown as is the whole of Spain, but as we are relaxing and working by the pool it got us thinking about the positives of self-isolating in Mallorca. Most of us have never had to deal with anything like the Corona Virus pandemic in our lifetimes and with so much negativity out there, let’s lighten the mood.

The weather

The climate is one of the main reasons buy homes here and whilst you are on lockdown you can relax on a balcony or terrace with a fantastic view of the countryside, golf course or Mediterranean life isn’t so bad. Whether you love the sunshine or not, it is something that lifts your spirits even in the darkest of moments. If you have a private pool, then working, sunbathing and a dip in the pool could be a typical day. What is not to like about that?

Community

In everyday life you may be too busy to be a part of your local community. During a time of crisis people are coming together and helping each other out. It is heart-warming to see more mobile people helping those less fortunate or in one of the high-risk groups. Like Italy, Spain is a very social place and to be isolated will not dampen the spirits of those singing on balconies or doing group exercise whilst socially distancing. If you don’t have a community surrounding you, there is sure to be one online.

Be adventurous

Your normality may have been taken away, so why not use this time to be more adventurous? The rise in online choirs has been phenomenal. You may not be able to get out but the sense of being amongst those that share your love of song is a powerful antidote to feeling isolated. If you are a person of routine, now is the perfect time to try something new. Learn a new language, do an online course, write letters to old friends or practice yoga. Perhaps the whole family, or whoever you are isolating with could both try something new.

Eat, drink and be merry

Here in Mallorca, being social is part of the culture. Dining out and enjoying the local fayre is one of the great pleasures. Although you may only be allowed out singularly you can still delight in the wonderful colours and flavours of delicious wines and tapas. Make a real effort in putting together tasty nutritious foods of the region and enjoy the company of whoever you are sharing your isolation with.

This is the perfect time to dream about your future. What plans do you have in place to make the most of your life. Wherever you are in the world, have you dreamt about owning property in Mallorca? This is the time to put those plans into action. Do you want a beachside apartment in Portals Nous or a luxury villa with a pool? You may be living here in Mallorca and thinking of how your property could be improved. Let us help you make those dreams into reality. We are still working here in the sun, so contact us today with your property requirements. Self-isolating in Mallorca isn’t so bad at all.

 

 

 

 

House prices in Spain increasing year on year

We are almost at the start of Spring when temperatures here in Spain are rising to enable lovely beach days and great days on the golf course or out sailing. Earlier this month valuations firms Tinsa published a new report on Spanish residential property prices. Data in this report suggests house prices in Spain in February 2020 were an average of 2.4% higher than the same period last year.

Within the Tinsa report Spanish territory is divided into 5 categories: provincial capitals and large cities, metropolitan areas, the Mediterranean coast, the Balearic and Canary Islands and all other areas.

In previous reports, provincial capitals such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Málaga are more dynamic and are often the catalysts for pricing change. Last month, the inter-annual change was +3.3% and obviously our markets have been affected by the economic situation and Brexit, but not quite as much as we thought it might.  The draw of the lifestyle here in Mallorca is evident – owning a property here is a sound investment.

In the Costa del Sol property prices saw a healthy average 1.4% year-on-year gain. Property prices in the Balearic and Canary Islands soared a massive 7.6% year-on-year, making February’s figure the eleventh significant annualised increase in the last twelve months.

All this data on house prices in Spain suggests this is the perfect time to buy here in Mallorca. Whether you are looking for a long-term investment, a retirement property, a holiday home or to increase your property investment portfolio, now is the time to start looking for your 2020 purchase.

House prices in Spain are still significantly less than many other European destinations, so why not indulge yourself and take a look at some of these fantastic homes in the sun. Our experienced multilingual team are here to help you make that property purchase with ease. If you need help deciding which area is best for you, check out our area guides.

Build or buy?

When you have a property in Mallorca and there are a few things you’d like to improve, is it best to build or buy? Looking for a new property can be costly and time consuming, and there are probably many things you already love about your current property. It is best to weigh up the pros and cons.

Benefits of a Reform

If you choose to reform your property, this can be as big or small as your imagination. Often clients update a kitchen or a bathroom, then there are those that choose much bigger reforms, knocking down walls and creating different spaces. Older properties benefit from a fabulous location but may need bringing up to date. If you want more space from extra bedrooms to creating an open plan living area this entails planning permissions that we can handle. Our expertise in this field means we can create plans to reflect your dreams. In a society where it is better to recycle than throw away, why not look at your current property and imagine how it can be transformed.

Benefits of buying new

Most of the properties available around the island for sale do have many luxury aspects to them, but if you buy and older property there may still be changes you’ll want. There aren’t too many ‘new builds’ around the island but there is plenty of luxury property. In terms of luxury property, the trend has been though on Mediterranean living with large open plan shared spaces with seamlessly integrated indoor/outdoor spaces. Luxury property comes with wine cellar, cinema rooms, spa facilities or open plan gaming areas. Basements traditionally house these.

It is all about weighing up the pros and cons of buying a new property or reforming the one you have. Here in Mallorca we are experts in handling reforms and our sister company Lifestyle Properties sell luxury Mallorcan property, so we are a one stop shop for all your property requirements.

With over 25 years’ experience of property reforms on the island Lifestyle Building Solutions offer a professional and reliable service to our valued customers. We provide a full spectrum of building services – from kitchen reforms right through to complete property construction. All our work is carried out to the highest standards by our team of qualified and experienced builders and contractors.

5 things to look for in a holiday home

When clients are looking for a holiday home in Mallorca, often the list of considerations vary, but the common ones are below. They can be a real investment opportunity if you choose wisely.

Location

Naturally location is top of the list, and it’s not difficult to work out why. Holiday makers truly value a properties proximity to the area they are visiting, even if just for convenience more than anything else. Another bonus of fabulous location is the potential property views, especially if sea views are involved.

Interior Style

Interiors are an extremely personal thing, but the styling of a property can make or break a selection. Every individual is looking for something different in terms of style, but the aesthetics of the home are more important than you may think. Considering it’s going to be the focal point of the holiday, guests want to feel at home as soon as they enter a property, so it’s important that the decor invites a welcoming atmosphere. Neutral is always best. Should the ideal property be found and it needs a small reform to bring it up to standard, we can help.

Privacy

Half of the reason a holiday is selected is to be able to unwind from the busyness of everyday life, and part of relaxation is privacy. More and more holiday makers are looking for holiday lets that have private terraces and outdoor areas to enjoy outdoor living in peace.

Space

Space, space and more space. One of the biggest and more important aspects of any holiday home selection is ensuring that there is plentiful space for the whole party, after all, being on top of one other certainly isn’t relaxing. Create an illusion of larger spaces by ensuring minimal clutter and well-lit rooms. Also consider if you let out the property having twin beds in one bedroom and a sofa bed in another so it increases the party size to 6. With blended families and grandparents taking grandchildren away nowadays, space is key.

Wow factor

If the home has that little something extra, it’s more than likely going to be extremely popular with holiday renters. Hot tubs and private pools are a draw and would be extremely popular with holiday makers, as they are generally looking for something that they don’t have at home, to make the trip extra special. Onsite facilities such as children’s pools, tennis courts and restaurants and bars also draw in renters.

Of course, everyone is different and you may want completely different things out of your holiday home, but if you are looking to rent it out considerations need to be location near amenities; space and number of beds; plus points (to help market it), ie on site facilities. Talk to one of our team if you are thinking of buying a holiday home. Their experience will help point you in the right direction. Property in Mallorca is always popular as a rental and is a wise investment.

Buying & selling property in Mallorca post Brexit

Brexit has dominated the headlines over the last few years and now that it is finally done, things aren’t drastically different. The Withdrawal Agreement signed by the British allows for a transition period until 31st December 2020.

The legalities

If you live in Spain for three months or more a year you should get your documents in order. That means becoming a resident with an NIE and Spanish drivers licence. This will entitle you to free healthcare here in Spain.
The process of buying and selling property in Spain will not change for the British. It’s already the same process for non-EU nationals like the Swiss, Norwegians and Americans, so there’s no reason to expect it to be any different.

We don’t yet know whether Brexit will affect British demand for buying property in Mallorca, but it shouldn’t. The British were buying here long before they were in the EU and if anything, buying a home here is now more straightforward due to legislation passed in 2019.

Why buy here?

The Spanish government encourages other nationalities to invest here and The Golden Visa is a prime example of that. Over the last decade the Spanish property market has seen a steady increase in prices, standards and quality. Last year the price of property in Spain generally was up 3.6% in the 12 months to December 2019 according to valuation firm Tinsa. These statistics are a national average and the price of property in Spain does vary from region to region.

The real thing to watch is the value of the GBP. Choosing the right time to buy when you will get the most for your money is wise. Speak to one of our property specialists who can introduce you to currency specialists who can lock in an excellent rate for you on the exchange.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your property in Mallorca, talk to us today. Our team have many years’ experience in dealing with EU and non EU property transactions so they can guide you through a stress free process.

The benefits of buying off-plan

Whether you are looking for a villa, holiday home or place to retire to here in Spain, buying off-plan has many benefits. Here in Mallorca, we work with tried and trusted developers that know how to choose fabulous locations and top-notch fixtures and fittings.

Firstly, you’ll be buying a brand-new property that benefits from modern design and the latest in energy efficiency. Modern open plan Mediterranean style living is the norm and many properties here are built focusing on the outside space and vista. Open plan interiors are an intrinsic part of the Mediterranean lifestyle and many are built offering outstanding views.

When you buy off-plan you often get the opportunity to personalise aspects of your new property. Those could range from kitchen worktops, tiles and flooring through to adding a gym, chill out area or cinema room on the higher value villas.

Buying off-plan often means staged payments too, so you keep your money earning interest for longer. Quite often, buying off-plan means below market prices at this stage so you are getting real value for money.

What is there to think about when buying off-plan? Well, first and foremost create a list of your must haves then opt for the location that suits your lifestyle best and you can be assured of high quality design and in many cases, the additional benefit of excellent on-site facilities.

We have multilingual property specialists ready to help you through the purchasing process. You could be owning your brand-new home in Mallorca in no time at all.

Are you not interested in buying an off-plan property? Our services can be commissioned to build a new home to your specifications, or indeed to reform one you have already purchased.