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.

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.

Spring in Mallorca

Spring is just around the corner and what better time to enjoy a break on the island to find your perfect holiday home.

For a relatively small island, Mallorca offers a seemingly infinite variety of landscapes and rich and diverse cultural experiences. Whilst you are here get out in the fresh Spring air with a hike or cycle ride in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World heritage site. If walking and cycling aren’t your thing then golf, tennis and horse-riding are all here to be enjoyed.

If you are looking for a home in the sun exploring resorts during the Spring is a deeply pleasurable experience as temperatures are just right. Getting a feel for the resorts you love in different seasons is especially important if you are looking to move here permanently and just as important for a holiday home.

The island is quieter in Spring but does come alive for the Semana Santa celebrations (Easter). Everyone should be a part of these celebrations at least once as it will be moments you treasure forever.

City Life

Palma is a really stunning city, however, exploring its streets in the intense July and August heat can be tough. Spring is a great time to visit as you won’t feel you are walking inside a sauna and its streets are not crowded with tourists. Take your time and enjoy the shopping and dining experience that Palma presents, and we are sure you will make it a regular occurrence.

History & Culture

Whether it’s an historic castle, a tranquil monastery, an ancient Talayotic site, a fascinating museum or a sumptuous estate with a Moorish legacy – Mallorca has history and culture in bucket loads. Superb places to take your visitors when they come to stay.

Relax

The beaches at this time of year are quieter and though there can be the odd cool day, there are likely to be many more where you can relax on the beach and take long lazy lunches in beachside restaurants. This will definitely cement the idea that living here in Mallorca can be the ideal lifestyle choice.

Contact us if you are looking for a resort that suits your lifestyle as we have a superb selection of properties in Mallorca to view.

Putting the luxe in luxury Mallorcan property

Do you want the very best that money can buy? Not got time to search? Then look no further. We sell homes that are luxury as standard, so for a home that is guaranteed to surpass even your wildest dreams talk to us today.

We understand that searching for property, especially abroad, can be a time-consuming task. That’s why we provide a dedicated area on our site, pulling together the crème de la crème of Mallorca homes into one easy-to-search place.

What’s so special about luxury collection property?

We like to think that all of our properties exceed expectations, but the luxury collection goes that little bit further. Typical features include:

  • Vast amounts of space and privacy
  • Prime location
  • Stunning views
  • Indoor/outdoor pool
  • Jacuzzi/spa
  • Home automation systems
  • Internal lift
  • Cinema room
  • Wine cellar
  • Fully fitted kitchens with all mod cons and appliances
  • Gym
  • Helipad
  • State of the art security system

Why Lifestyle Properties?

If you’re looking for something extra special, you need an extra special real estate agency. At Lifestyle Properties we believe all our clients deserve a service that goes above and beyond – as standard.

Working with us, you can expect detailed knowledge of all the locations of our luxury homes. Boasting a multilingual team, ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation and your property criteria are always fully understood.

Contact us and we can guide you through the process of buying property in Mallorca, every step of the way, until you’re holding the keys. And even then, we don’t stop – offering an unrivalled service to assist you with everything you need to fully enjoy your new home.

Make 2020 the year you buy in Mallorca

Our island of Mallorca offers a sunny escape in the heart of the Mediterranean and over the years its popularity has not wavered. Whether you are a holidaymaker that loves the island or you are looking to buy here, there are properties catering for all budgets.

The island has some fabulous facilities with marinas attracting wealthy yacht owners and celebrities that love the relaxed pace and temperate climate. Most people have their favourite part of the island and buying property here is definitely a sound investment opportunity.

If 2020 is the year you realise your dreams and buy a property in Mallorca, then now is the perfect time to start looking. Start making a wish list of your wants and needs and also list things you are prepared to compromise on. It isn’t always budget effective to have a beach front or sea view property, that said there are superb properties to be had. What appeals to you the most: sun, sea and surf; pure nature; mountains and woods; village life; a cosmopolitan city or somewhere to sail from?

If you are in the market for a contemporary villa with superb facilities, then we have some exciting opportunities for you.

If you love the finer things in life then a chic apartment in Palma will suit you. With fine dining and shopping opportunities, this cosmopolitan city is high on the visitor list. The city offers many different kinds of area and property. The prestigious Old Town (Casc Antic) and Santa Catalina have arguably the most charming districts and architecture on offer. The area along the seafront, the Paseo Marítimo, is the natural home for the jet-set, with its luxury apartments, fast pace of life and proximity to the marina and Port.

Palma Nova is located in the municipality of Calvià and is a lovely seaside resort with a wide, shallow bay and three good beaches. The resort remains active all-year-round which makes it a popular choice for permanent residents.  You can drive to Palma in 10-15 minutes and there are excellent amenities available for food shopping and healthcare.

Just a 15-minute taxi ride west from the capital, Palma, Portals Nous revolves around a band of satin-soft white sand that’s edged by tapas bars and cocktail hangouts. Orbiting the resort are a series of tennis clubs and Bendinat Golf Course, which is classed as one of Spain’s finest. Not far from the town centre, you’ll find Puerto Portals Marina. Superyachts dock here and Ferraris parked at the kerbs in this glitzy marina.

These are just a few examples of areas to look at when searching for your new home in Mallorca. Contact of one our team today to talk about which area would suit your lifestyle choices.

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Why now is a good time to buy in Mallorca

 

Spain and particularly Mallorca has been a popular place to buy a second home or relocate to for many years. It has an enticing mix of friendly people, luxury resorts and stunning and ever-changing countryside where you can enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. In fact, here are three great reasons why now is a good time to buy in Mallorca.

Spain has been a top holiday destination for over 10 years
Mainly for this reason, if you purchase a property in Mallorca as an investment you are guaranteed an excellent return on investment. The rise in popularity of sites like Airbnb means great apartments and stylish villas are more popular to book than hotels. Mallorca has been the place to see and be seen for decades and tourists come here not just for the climate alone. Visitors can never be stuck for things to here as there are fabulous championship golf courses, up-market marinas and the great outdoor lifestyle means cycling, sailing, walking, hiking and horse riding are popular.

Around 300 sunny days a year
Mallorca enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year and this means being outdoors year-round is a real possibility. This is a real beach holiday destination and so you can be assured of rentals for a good portion of the season. Long hot summer days are when tourists tend to book in the main, but during the temperate spring and winter seasons visitors often love to trade the icy winters of the UK and other parts of Europe for the milder days in Mallorca.

Fabulous property prices
One thing that is currently making the Mallorca an attractive proposition are property prices. They are rising but have not yet peaked meaning that now is a great time to buy before any further de-valuing of the pound. If you haven’t taken a look at what your euros can get within your budget click here. We have a fantastic selection of properties on the island and these cater for everyone’s budget. Whether you are a seasoned property investor looking for a luxury villa in Andratx or someone looking to buy an apartment in chic Palma, we can help you find the property that works for your budget and lifestyle. Our expertise will help you through the buying process so you’ll be the owner of your new Spanish home in no time at all.

Call us on: +34 971 675 035

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Making your £ work for you

 

With the unsettling political situation in the UK making the £/euro exchange rate unsteady, this is the time to think about buying your property in Mallorca. With refreshed hopes on the horizon for a Brexit deal the exchange rate has risen to almost 1:14 today and though it certainly isn’t the lowest the exchange rate has been over recent months, it could tumble over coming weeks depending on the outcome of Brexit.
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The property market here in Mallorca is buoyant and there continues to be some really great deals on off-plan property, so if you are looking at a way to pay for your property in set stages, this is probably the best option for you. This way you can pay a smaller deposit whilst the £/Euro rate is lower and hope then that the unsettling times stabilise.

If you are in a position to either get a mortgage or are a cash buyer looking to buy outright, then picking up a key ready property in a stunning location could be done fairly quickly ensuring you get good value. If you are an investment buyer looking to let out property and earn an income then your investment could start paying for itself in no time at all as visitors to the island remain high.

This is no wonder with a fabulous climate and superb range of outdoor pursuits to fill the time of a holidaymaker. Championship golf courses, great beaches, fine dining and amazing shopping facilities make Mallorca a lovely destination. Couple that with beautiful countryside and chic Palma that begs to be explored and you have an instant recipe for holiday success.

If you are looking to retire here then finding that fabulous villa overlooking the sea or a great little apartment on a golf course won’t be too difficult. Talk to us today about some of the fabulous property deals we have on the market and how to lock in an exchange rate.