Taylor Wimpey España reveals 3 unexpected ways COVID has impacted second homes

Taylor Wimpey España reveals 3 unexpected ways COVID has impacted second homes

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  • Healthcare and solo sports now both more relevant to second home buyers
  • Potential as longer-term lockdown bolthole not far from buyers’ minds
  • 25% of people more likely to move home due to pandemic, with Spain one of most popular destinations (Knight Frank)

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has spent more than 60 years satisfying clients’ wishes when it comes to what they want out of a second home. However, it seems that the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to some unusual requirements.  

“It’s a given that COVID-19 has caused buyers to want more spacious properties and decent WiFi connections, when they are looking at potential second homes, but we’ve seen buyer requirements and behaviour shift in other ways too. It’s as though the lines between second homes and main residences have begun to blur.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Buyers are now looking at second homes in a different light, analysing their potential for use as a lockdown bolthole for months at a time at very short notice. That includes the potential to work fulltime from their holiday home for several months, should they need to. This means that everything from the stability of the WiFi connection to the size of the fridge and wardrobes is being considered from a new perspective.

Key-ready homes at Grand View, on the Costa del Sol’s well-known La Cala Golf resort, are ideal for buyers looking through this lens. Available from €290,000 plus VAT, the apartments provide a quality lifestyle in peaceful surroundings with stunning views – perfect for those looking for a semi-permanent residence in which to wait out a lockdown.

The second unexpected buyer focus is healthcare. No longer is it only those who buy a second home when approaching retirement who take an interest in the quality of the local medical facilities. Instead, buyers of all ages are now having to factor this into their analysis of potential properties.

Spain certainly fares well in this respect. Not only did the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index rank Spain as the world’s healthiest nation, but the country is also renowned for the quality of its public and private healthcare facilities. Not usually something that second home buyers paid much attention to, this requirement has understandably increased in importance in recent months.

Indeed, this and Spain’s other attractions have singled the country out not just as a second home bolthole but also as a destination of choice for those seeking a more permanent relocation. According to Knight Frank’s latest research, based on a survey of 44 countries, 25% of people are more likely to move home in the next year as a result of the pandemic, with 34% of those individuals looking at moving abroad. For those who were more inclined to move abroad, 17% chose Spain as their ideal location (only the UK scored more highly, at 30%).

“Spain has so much to offer not just second home buyers but also those looking to settle fulltime. The weather, cuisine, scenery and cost of living are all extremely attractive – and in many cases more so as a direct result of the pandemic.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

This brings us round to the third requirement that buyers now want from their second homes – socially distanced sporting options. While Spain’s golf courses have always attracted second home buyers from the UK and a range of other countries, there’s now also plenty of interest in everything from tennis to nautical sports, as buyers seek out the ideal combination of keeping fit while also avoiding other people.

This is where Pier 1 fits the bill. The exclusive apartments, which boast private pools for the ground floor and penthouse homes, are situated on the doorstep of La Marina de Sotogrande. The frontline marina properties therefore provide easy access to sailing, surfing, kayaking and other nautical pursuits, as well as on-site golf. Prices start from €1,365,000 plus VAT for a four-bedroom apartment.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

COVID-conscious buyers opting for new build homes in exclusive Spanish enclaves

COVID-conscious buyers opting for new build homes in exclusive Spanish enclaves

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  • New build property prices up 6.1% year-on-year in Q1 2020 (INE)
  • British buyers focussing on upscale resorts and premium properties (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Ability to customise seen as one of key attractions

The second home market is alive and well in Spain, albeit in a more subdued fashion than before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España. The company reports that buyers are prioritising new build apartments as they seek a share of the Spanish sunshine, with newly built homes delivering a range of advantages that particularly suit the new wave of COVID-conscious buyers.

“Right now, we’re seeing buyers looking for generously sized new builds with multiple private outdoor areas and spacious communal grounds. They’re also interested in nearby open-air activities, from golf to yachting, as well as easy access to Spain’s fabulous beaches. For COVID-conscious buyers, the ability to personalise their new home by buying off plan is also important – the pandemic has made many families focus intently on internal layout and the way that they use their home.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s findings were echoed by those of Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE). It reported a rise in the country’s property price index of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2020, when compared with Q1 2019. For new build homes, however, that figure jumped to 6.1% year-on-year. Second-hand properties, meanwhile, saw a year-on-year rise of just 2.7% for the same period.

New build homes come with a range of advantages. Those buying off plan have more time and greater financial flexibility, due to the staged nature of the payments, as well as the potential to personalise their home as part of the build. They also have the potential to benefit from better prices.

They can opt for the perfect property by choosing from a range of options, such as two- or three-bedrooms, ground floor or penthouse, and golf views or sea views.  They can also enjoy modern facilities, from communal pools and gardens to storerooms, lifts and garages, as well as integrated WiFi/fibre ADSL in the home as standard.

Buyers of newly built homes can buy with a clear conscience, thanks to the properties’ energy efficiency and certification, and with peace of mind, thanks to the guarantees that come with such properties. Knowing that they won’t have to undertake renovations and the sometimes-spiralling costs associated with them is also a bonus.

“There are so many reasons why new build homes trump second hand residences, from the financial side of the purchase process to the more emotional aspects of investing in a second home overseas.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

According to Taylor Wimpey España, it is premium properties in upscale areas that are particularly drawing attention from British buyers right now. The company’s Pier developments in Sotogrande are the subject of keen interest.

The newly launched Pier 1 offers luxury and privacy, in a gated development of just four marvellous frontline apartments at La Marina de Sotogrande, with private pools for the ground floor and penthouse homes. The four-bedroom apartments are priced from €1,365,000 plus VAT.

Pier 2, meanwhile, delivers stylish elegance across its two- and three-bedroom homes. The site, which is nearing completion, features pools and communal garden areas for relaxation, as well as the private outdoor space provided by each home. Prices start from €360,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom apartment.

Pier’s local facilities are second to none. The next-door yacht club keeps the nautically minded happy, while the on-site golf and the beach just 400 metres away provide plenty of space for keeping fit and healthy outdoors.

Sotogrande is also known for its world-class Santa María Polo Club and this year, Taylor Wimpey España is one of the sponsors of the prestigious 49th International MANSION Polo Tournament, which runs from 25 July to 31 August.

“Polo is inextricably linked with the history of Sotogrande, so we are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s International Polo Tournament. Attracting interest from around the world, the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups make up one of the main summer season events in Andalusia.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The other development that is striking a chord with British buyers in particular right now is Emerald Greens, at the heart of the nearby San Roque Club. With outstanding golf facilities on-site and superb views of the gently undulating landscape as it slopes down to the sea, these homes are ideal for buyers looking for fresh air and tranquillity in a stunning setting. Prices begin at €296,000 plus VAT.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

British developer Taylor Wimpey completes capital raise to purchase land for post-COVID build

British developer Taylor Wimpey completes capital raise to purchase land for post-COVID build

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  • British developer raises £522 million, with sights set on building in Spain
  • Spanish subsidiary Taylor Wimpey España has already launched two post-COVID developments
  • Further sites to come to market before end of 2020

“The real estate sector will be key to the economic recovery of our country after the effects of COVID-19.”

Javier Ballester, General Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Leading British developer Taylor Wimpey, which last year completed 15,719 homes, has carried out a capital raise in the UK worth £522 million (€578 million euros) for the purchase of new land. Subsidiary Taylor Wimpey Spain will lead a number of new operations as a result, with investments in key hotspots along the Spanish coast, where it has been building and selling new homes to national and international clients for the past 60 years.

“During the last years we have built a solid business and have invested in our people, with our own processes and resources, to add value to our clients, shareholders, employees and suppliers. We have made timely decisions to increase our liquidity, being flexible to face the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we see an opportunity to invest in new land and businesses at attractive prices. These investments will help us continue to grow sustainably and provide long-term value for shareholders.”

Peter Redfern, CEO, Taylor Wimpey PLC

Taylor Wimpey España is one of Spain’s most respected and credible developers, having served over 7,000 satisfied customers from 40 different nationalities over the past six decades. The company’s area of operations stretches from the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol to Mallorca and Ibiza, serving both domestic Spanish homebuyers and international clients looking for second residences on the Spanish coast. During 2019, the developer delivered 323 homes in Spain, with a turnover of over €141 million.

Javier Ballester, General Director of Taylor Wimpey España, has indicated that the real estate sector will be a major factor in Spain’s economic recovery from the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasising his company’s role in improving the economic situation as swiftly as possible.

Taylor Wimpey España has continued to build in recent months and has already launched two post-pandemic developments: the lovely Kiruna Hills at Alenda Golf in Alicante and an exclusive collection of four waterfront luxury apartments at Marina de Sotogrande, Pier 1.

“We have recently released two new real estate developments to the market, and we hope to release two more before the end of the year. After this capital increase operation carried out by the parent company, we will also be focusing on additional carefully chosen sites in highly prized locations.”

Javier Ballester, General Director, Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España launches two new developments, as positivity returns to Spanish second homes market

Taylor Wimpey España launches two new developments, as positivity returns to Spanish second homes market

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  • Kiruna Hills and Pier 1 will provide buyers with an array of choice
  • Air bridge with Spain providing Britons with easy access to sunshine once more
  • Ryanair flights running at 67% full even before air bridges announced

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has announced the launch of two brand new developments, in the latest sign that Spain is returning to some kind of normal. Kiruna Hills, at Alenda Golf, Alicante, and Pier 1, at the prestigious Marina de Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol will provide second home buyers with plenty of choice as the Spanish property market gets back into the swing of things once more.

Summer holidays in Spain aren’t quite business as usual just yet, but they’re certainly looking a lot closer to it than many would have imagined a couple of months ago. With travel restrictions lifted by Spain and the UK exempting those flying in from there from having to enter quarantine for 14 days, the scene has been set for Britons to enjoy sun-kissed summer holidays once more.

Even before the Spanish air bridge was announced, Ryanair’s first wave of flights to numerous international destinations on 1 July were running two-thirds full, with 105,000 passengers jetting off for some much-needed rest and relaxation after months of being stuck in the UK.

Many airlines are ramping up their flights to Spain for the summer season in response to customer demand. Mallorca has proven to be of particular interest, according to Travelsupermarket, after the island acted as a testbed for safe travel prior to the rest of Spain opening up. The price comparison site reported a 96% increase in online searches for trips to Mallorca following the government in Spain bringing forward the date that it would reopen to international visitors.

“It’s certainly going to be an unusual summer in Spain in many ways, but the sunshine, stunning beaches and superb gastronomy are still here, meaning that those who do come to Spain for their holidays this year have plenty to look forward to. For second home owners, Spain offers a welcome relief from the stresses of daily life – as it has always done – with the outdoor lifestyle holding huge appeal. All of this contributed to our decision to launch two new developments this month, providing plenty of choice for those looking to buy a bolthole in Spain.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

The two developments are substantially different, though both will encompass Taylor Wimpey España’s signature blend of stylish indoor/outdoor living, with communal pools and gardens and outstanding locations.

On the Costa Blanca, Kiruna Hills will be ideal for keen golfers, thanks to its prime position at the popular Alenda Golf Club. The 36 contemporary townhouses will feature landscaped gardens and spacious solariums with stunning views over the Sierra de las Aguilas. Prices start from €193,800 plus VAT.

Over on the Costa del Sol, meanwhile, Pier 1 will provide three premium apartments and one penthouse in a private gated community next door to Sotogrande’s yacht club. The frontline marina homes are ideal for buyers who are serious about luxury. The four bedroom/five bathroom layout is complemented by large terraces, with the ground floor and penthouse apartments each having private pools. Prices start from €1,365,000 plus VAT.

“We feel that it will be important to offer buyers a particularly wide range of choice when it comes to property size, type, facilities and location over the coming years. Many buyers are now looking at second homes from a different perspective. They still want a home that’s ideal for creating cherished family memories, but elements such as private outdoor space and nearby open-air sports and leisure facilities have taken on a particular importance.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For buyers looking for key-ready homes where they could potentially see out a second wave lockdown, Kiruna Hills’ neighbouring site, Kiruna Residencial, is ideal. Not only do residents have Alenda Golf on site, but a selection of stunning beaches are just 15 minutes away, as is Alicante Airport. The homes offer spacious living with access to a small supermarket, restaurant and bar, clubhouse, fitness centre and paddle tennis courts, as well as the outstanding golfing facilities. The final two three-bedroom townhouses are available from €189,000 plus VAT.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España reveals second homes for the new normal, as Spain lifts Brits’ quarantine

Taylor Wimpey España reveals second homes for the new normal, as Spain lifts Brits’ quarantine

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  • Quarantine on British visitors to Spain lifted from 21 June
  • UK visitors to Taylor Wimpey España website up 88% in May
  • Larger homes, on-site sports facilities and plentiful outdoor space topping buyers’ wish lists

Spain has lifted its requirement for British visitors arriving in the country to enter quarantine. From 21 June, Brits travelling to Spain no longer have to self-isolate and will instead undergo temperature checks and register to enable tracing. Arrangements are also being put in place to allocate regional locations for the treatment and isolation of any visitors who may need it. Visitors, along with local residents, can now also travel between the different Spanish provinces as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

For Spain’s 400,000 British second home owners, the news has come as a welcome relief. Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is aware that many owners are now looking at their second homes with a new mindset, wondering if a winter second wave spent locked down in the Spanish sunshine might be more enjoyable than one spent in the cold and rain of the UK. Visitor numbers to the company’s website certainly reflect this increased desire to visit Spain, with UK visitors up 88% in May, compared with the same month in 2019.

According to the Taylor Wimpey España team, those currently considering purchasing a home in Spain are certainly thinking carefully about the kinds of facilities that would best suit them in the event of future lockdowns. Potential buyers are looking at everything from larger homes with private gardens to those with terraces that offer inspirational views. Pools, communal gardens and on-site and local sports facilities are also coming under scrutiny, as are the tranquillity of the development and its proximity to key amenities such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

“Taylor Wimpey España has been building homes in Spain for more than 60 years. During that time we’ve served over 7,000 clients, covering 40 different nationalities. We’re well used to adapting our developments to changing needs and to ensuring that buyers’ expectations aren’t only met but exceeded at every stage of the purchase process through our customised service. COVID-19 has presented some unique challenges, but we’re well positioned to overcome them and to provide the homes that buyers need under the new normal.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

One development that ticks all of the right boxes is Grand View, where key-ready homes are available from €290,000 plus VAT. Named for its spectacular outlook, which delivers panoramic views of the golf courses at La Cala Golf and the mountains of Mijas, the private, gated development comes with communal gardens and swimming pool. From sun-filled apartments to penthouses with spacious solariums, the homes are ideal for those considering battening down the hatches for an extended period in Spain, as well as for holiday use. The fully open golf and spa facilities at La Cala Golf further add to the attractions of Grand View.

Off-plan homes at La Cala Golf are available as well as key-ready apartments, with Sun Valley offering apartments at the top of the renowned Europa golf course, with views stretching over the course and down to the sea. The south- and southwest-facing apartments will provide spacious surroundings designed to deliver the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living, as befits such a sunny location. Large terraces and glass balcony enclosures allow for full enjoyment of the fabulous views, which also include the communal pool and gardens. Prices start from €241,000 plus VAT.

 “While much of the property industry froze during the lockdown, we’re seeing sales start to pick up again now, albeit slowly as a result of the ongoing travel and movement restrictions. With inter-province travel now permitted and the dropping of the quarantine requirement for British visitors, we expect keen interest over the summer months, as buyers get to grips with their refocused priorities under the new normal.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Spain opens for summer, as arrivals quarantine dropped from 1 July

Spain opens for summer, as arrivals quarantine dropped from 1 July

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  • Outdoor Spanish lifestyle is ideal for social distancing (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Sunshine, golf, beaches and open-air dining likely to win over tourists this summer
  • 65% increase in UK visitors to Taylor Wimpey España website in last 3 months

On 25 May, Spain announced that the two-week quarantine period for arrivals into the country would be dropped as of 1 July. This is excellent news for the country’s tourism sector, which accounts for more than 12% of Spanish GDP.

Spain has already relaxed a range of lockdown measures, with the result that life in the sun-kissed holiday destination is moving towards a new kind of normal. And, as leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España points out, the country is ideally suited to those looking to pursue a more socially distant life.

With beaches, golf courses and restaurants with terraces all open for business once more, Spain has plenty of leisure options to offer those visiting. The fantastic sunny weather means that it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and there’s a real sense of gearing up for the summer season now, which felt almost unimaginable just a few weeks ago.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Some 80 million tourists visit Spain every year, though 2020 is going to be a notable exception. While visits to major cities may not hold quite the same appeal, walks along the beach and a few rounds of golf in the sunshine seem like the perfect antidote to the cabin fever of lockdown.

At Taylor Wimpey España, the new normal is becoming established already. The company’s sales offices are open once more, for pre-booked viewings with strictly limited attendee numbers. Masks and gloves are compulsory and available at every site, while each show home is cleaned thoroughly between visits. Several appointments have already been booked, both by domestic buyers and by foreigners already living in the area.

“We’re working hard to ensure that those who want to view our show homes can do so safely and enjoy the experience. We’ve also introduced a fully refundable deposit of €3,300 for the duration of the Spanish ‘alert’ status, for those buyers who need a little longer to make up their minds in the current circumstances. The deposit is fully refundable for up to 60 days, to give buyers plenty of time to decide on proceeding with their purchase.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Figures from the company highlight the keen interest that those in the UK still have in Spanish second homes. Web visitors from the UK have risen by 65% over the past three months. Growth in April alone was up 56% when compared with the same month a year previously.

This significant pent up demand is further reflected by the number of leads, which were double in April what they were in February. Properties of interest include Pier, in Cadiz, and Recoleta III in the Costa Blanca.

Pier is a stunning collection of exclusive, key-ready penthouses and apartments in La Marina de Sotogrande. In addition to beautiful marina views, the homes offer pools and garden areas as part of a private, gated community. Prices start from €360,000 plus VAT for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with over 40m2 of outdoor space.

Homes are also ready to move into at La Recoleta III, in Punta Prima (Torrevieja) on the Costa Blanca. Available from €200,000 plus VAT, the bright, sunny apartments offer easy access to the beach and sea, just metres away. All of the two- and three-bedroom homes have private terraces, while owners also enjoy exclusive use of La Recoleta’s outdoor pool and gardens.

Spain’s islands are also working towards opening for the summer season, with Palma Tourism Board Manager Pedro Homar reporting that hoteliers on the island have been, “working through different scenarios to ensure that they are able to follow government advice and guarantee the safety of all their staff and clients, as well as being able to get up and running as soon as possible.”

Mallorca has long been a favourite destination with holiday home owners looking for beautiful scenery, a superb gastronomic scene and plenty of options for sports and leisure pursuits. One of Taylor Wimpey España’s loveliest developments on the island is Blue Cove, a collection of key-ready, frontline homes at Cala Lliteras. A variety of layouts provide something for every buyer, from ground floor garden apartments to penthouses with solarium terraces and spectacular views over the turquoise, crystalline waters of the bay. Prices start from €345,000 plus VAT.

“Spain is getting ready for summer once more. It’s likely to be a different kind of summer than we’re used to, but certainly one where visitors appreciate dining al fresco on the terrace and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle like never before.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for those buying properties in Spain?

What does the coronavirus outbreak mean for those buying properties in Spain?

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  • Fuster & Associates provides detailed guidance for Brits buying in Spain
  • Construction restarts under strict guidelines, but delays inevitable for new build homes
  • Virtual visits, deposit contract extensions and other tools allowing buyers to push ahead

It sometimes feels like there are very few areas of ‘normal’ life that the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t affected. Travel restrictions and business closures have impacted almost every industry in some way, including the Spanish second homes market.

The construction market, along with all other non-essential areas of activity, was at a standstill for weeks during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. The market reactivated on 13 April, with restrictions, procedures and an action guide in place in order to prevent against the further spread of COVID-19. It’s certainly not business as usual, but it is a move back towards some semblance of normality for the sector.

So where does all of this leave buyers?

The coronavirus pandemic has surprised many of those who were previously happily on track to fulfilling their dream of buying a second home in Spain. In some cases, it has stopped the process entirely, while in others it has made moving forward with the purchase far more difficult, leaving many future owners worrying about their options.”

David Fuster, Founding Partner, Fuster & Associates

Expert Spanish property lawyers Fuster & Associates have found that some future buyers have begun to question their decision to buy in Spain. Meanwhile, others are determined to go all the way and succeed with their Spanish property ownership dream. From Fuster & Associates’ perspective, the company continues to work for its clients as normal, working closely with developers, notaries and real estate agents so that clients’ purchases and sales are not frustrated.

It’s still perfectly possible to purchase the home of your dreams here in Spain. Buyers just need to take additional precautions to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of the purchase process.”

David Fuster, Founding Partner, Fuster & Associates

Having a good lawyer is key to a safe purchase process, while those looking to take a belt and braces approach have the option to buy properties that have been quality approved with the Fuster Standard. This important quality mark assures the buyer that all legal requirements for sale have been met, so that they can go ahead and purchase with peace of mind.

For those buying new build homes in Spain, Fuster & Associates warns of some inevitable delays to the process. On 29 March, the Spanish government decreed the closure of all non-essential activities for two weeks in an attempt to try and curb the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. That closure included construction companies. As such, despite the industry gearing up again on 13 April, disruption to the completion timetables of homes under construction will be unavoidable.

Buyers considering signing a contract and making payments at this stage need to hire a lawyer to increase the security of the process and protect their investment, according to the Fuster & Associates team. A bank guarantee can help them to do this, provided the developer has a construction licence. If a deposit was paid prior to the licence being in place, a decent property lawyer will be able to obtain other safeguards.

For us, establishing a controlled process so that our clients don’t take risks is our top priority. This is the mindset that gave birth to the Fuster Standard in the first place. We are now facing uncertain times, so the reassurance that the Fuster Standard affords the buyer is more important than ever.”

David Fuster, Founding Partner, Fuster & Associates

Before signing the deed, an inspection visit is customary. However, with domestic travel severely restricted and international travel all but impossible, such visits cannot go ahead. Some vendors are taking the inspection visit online, with virtual tours, while others are making an annex in writing to the deed, so that the process can move ahead with the promise of resolution of any issues taking place after this exceptional situation has passed.

For resale properties where the purchase is already in progress, both the buyer and the seller must fulfil the obligations in the contracts that they have signed. If they don’t formalize the sale, the buyer could lose their deposit. If the seller backs out, they will have to pay double the deposit amount to the would-be buyer.

“The problem with this is that the buyer may find that the seller is abroad and unable to get home to hand over the keys. Likewise, the seller may need to take furniture out of the property before the sale completes but find themselves unable to do so.”

David Fuster, Founding Partner, Fuster & Associates

In such cases, Fuster & Associates advises the parties to agree an extension to the deposit contract. This can be done through a private agreement between both parties, without the need for a trip to the notary’s office.

The company also points out that real estate agents have plenty of tools at their disposal when it comes to enabling would-be buyers to find out about properties online. Buyers who invest their time in research during the lockdown can therefore be well prepared for when the travel restrictions ease and they can visit their preferred property and make a firm decision to purchase.

For more information please contact Fuster & Associates on +34 965 271 505 or visit www.fuster-associates.com

Soak up the Spanish culture from the comfort of your sofa

Soak up the Spanish culture from the comfort of your sofa

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  • Taylor Wimpey España indulges buyers’ dreams of summer in Spain
  • Home builder promotes online viewings and patience
  • Homes sold to 40 different nationalities over past 60 years

Usually at this time of year, plenty of people would be looking forward to their Spanish summer holiday, with its long days of sunshine, beaches and fabulous food and wine. However, these are not usual times.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España would normally be showing eager potential buyers around its spacious golf and beachfront properties, showcasing their generous terraces and solariums, which are ideal for enjoying Spain’s 300 annual days of sunshine.

Instead, the Taylor Wimpey España team are holed up indoors, just as their potential buyers are. However, the company is not losing heart.

  “We’ve been building in Spain for the past 60 years and have weathered some choppy economic and political waters during that time. Our message then, as now, is to keep calm and carry on. We will be here waiting when the world returns to normal and second home buyers can once more take their holiday property ownership dreams back into their own hands!”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

In the meantime, the Taylor Wimpey España team are inviting all those dreaming of Spain to kick back and dream of the Spanish culture. Of the scents and flavours of the fresh, local gastronomy of the UNESCO-recognised Mediterranean diet. Of the feeling of warm sand between your toes or the sea washing over them. Of warm people welcoming you to charming villages. Of sun, wine and the freedom of the great outdoors.

Whether you’re a beach bunny or seriously into sports, Taylor Wimpey España has the perfect holiday home available. Their key-ready properties will enable buyers to act fast once normality returns.

When it comes to golf properties, few compare with the light-filled, three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouses of Green Golf in Estepona (Malaga). Available from €299,000 plus VAT, the spacious, key-ready homes provide panoramic views over the golf course and down to the sea. The homes are perfect for keen golfers and beach lovers alike, while the large, southwest-facing terraces provide plenty of room to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

For sumptuous sea views, meanwhile, La Recoleta III in Punta Prima on the Costa Blanca certainly ticks the box. The key-ready homes are priced from €200,000 plus VAT, with access to the beach and sea just a few metres away. The Mediterranean-style buildings, wide avenues leading down to the sea and immaculate garden areas encourage year-round relaxation.

Both La Recoleta III and Green Golf also feature communal pools, as do all Taylor Wimpey España developments.

“We may be confined to quarters now (and for very good reason) but that situation won’t last forever. Now is the time to stay safe. When the time comes, we’ll be here ready to help people start enjoying Spanish second homes once more.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España has been building homes in Spain for over 60 years. During that time, the company has amassed more than 7,000 satisfied clients, selling high quality second homes to buyers of 40 different nationalities.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Second home viewings go digital, as Taylor Wimpey España supports clients’ online exploration

Second home viewings go digital, as Taylor Wimpey España supports clients’ online exploration

Spain
  • 72% of people using time at home to continue property research (ListGlobally)
  • 7,000 happy clients providing firm foundation for future success (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Digital catalogues, area playlists, YouTube videos, drone footage and 360° tours all available online

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España has been building in Spain for more than 60 years. The company began operating in 1958, just three years after Spain joined the United Nations. Since then, the country transformed from the Francoist dictatorship to the modern democracy that we know today, while Taylor Wimpey España continued to build its reputation for developing high quality second homes in Spanish coastal hotspots.

With more than 7,000 happy clients, 98% of whom would buy with the company again, Taylor Wimpey España can be confident in its ability to come back stronger once the coronavirus pandemic has ended.

In the meantime, the company is tapping into the trend of increased online interest in property. ListGlobally reports (based on a survey conducted from 14-27 March 2020) that 57% of people are concerned about their buying project due to coronavirus, but that 72% plan to use their time at home to continue their property research.

The internet offers an incredible array of resources when it comes to discovering places and properties virtually. Prospective buyers can read reviews of locations, chat on forums to those living there already and use Google Street View to ‘wander’ around the streets – all from the safety of their homes. With many people finding themselves with more time on their hands, there’s plenty of scope for finding the perfect second home for when the current crisis ends. It’s time to stay at home and do your homework!”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

When it comes to digital property viewings, Taylor Wimpey España has plenty to offer. The company is available to help potential buyers both online and by telephone. It offers digital catalogues and has a well-stocked YouTube channel with videos of all properties, including interiors, exteriors and the local environment, in addition to area-specific playlists. The latest videos, such as for Green Golf in Estepona, Malaga, include superb drone footage that showcases the area and the development beautifully.

Green Golf is home to southwest-facing, frontline golf properties that are available for as little as €299,000 plus VAT. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouses, like all Taylor Wimpey España homes, deliver terraces with delightful views, lush communal gardens and a pool for residents’ exclusive use.

While the company can’t show people around the impressive show home right now, Taylor Wimpey España staff are supporting those looking to take virtual tours of their properties. 360° tours allow people to explore properties such as those at Compass, Cala D’Or, Mallorca.

Compass offers two-bedroom apartments surrounded by spacious gardens with native flora and fauna, as well as two large communal pools. The ground floor homes have large terraces with private porches and garden, while others enjoy ample terraces with impressive views, some extending all the way to the harbour. Prices start from €256,000 plus VAT.

What better time is there to indulge in the escapism of thinking about owning a second home than right now? Taylor Wimpey España will still be here when this is over, so we’re supporting prospective buyers to make contact now and pursue their dreams, rather than just imagining them. We will be here when clients are ready.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Taylor Wimpey España delivers message of hope and solidarity

Taylor Wimpey España delivers message of hope and solidarity

Spain ,
  • Spanish homebuilder provides advice on fighting boredom at home
  • Website show homes deliver inspiration for those looking ahead to normality returning
  • Locked down Taylor Wimpey España team advising focus on staying safe

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is sharing a message of positivity and hope for the Spanish property market. Despite staff being in lock-down right now, the company is looking to the future and focusing on the day when the sun will shine brightly on the Spanish coast once more.

The Taylor Wimpey España team, along with all those in Spain right now, is living through unprecedented times. We offer our thoughts and our solidarity to all those trapped at home right now – along with some ideas that will hopefully provide inspiration for making time at home a bit more bearable.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Ideas for defeating boredom at home including reading, cooking new recipes, colouring, giving yourself a home spa-day/makeover, taking online courses, learning a new language, binge-watching TV series, model-making and a whole host of other artistic and creative activities.

Of course, many of those stuck at home will be working remotely for the first time. Defining your workspace, making it neat and orderly and setting a new schedule can all be a huge help when it comes to adjusting to this enforced transition.

It’s also important to maintain contact with as broad a support network as possible, both professionally and personally. From FaceTime to Zoom, there’s plenty of technology in place to keep everyone connected, no matter where they may be.

Being at home also presents the perfect chance to have a serious spring clean. Whether it’s Marie Kondo-ing your property until it’s looking shipshape or rearranging your living room (or dining room, or bedroom, or every room!), enjoying your home as much as possible is essential.

“There has never been a better time to try your hand at feng shui or simply rearrange your home to try a fresh look. If you’re in need of inspiration, then we hope that our show homes, which can be viewed online, will serve as a source of ideas.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For those seeking home furnishing inspiration, as well as planning family holidays for once normality returns, Taylor Wimpey España’s website offers the ideal escape. The show home at Botanic, a unique development that combines sustainability, ecology and bioclimatic architecture, evokes memories of nature, from woodland colours to a sense of the sea. Available from €413,000 plus VAT, the key-ready homes feature generously sized, south-facing terraces with wide patio doors, large windows and spacious rooms. They are surrounded by gardened areas that respect the variety of species and indigenous trees in the area, while vertical gardens and green corridors link each of the development’s phases.

At La Recoleta III, where key-ready homes within walking distance of the beach are available from €200,000, the show home has a very fresh, natural feel that delivers a sense of serenity. The two- and three-bedroom apartments provide bright, spacious rooms with some stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a pool and landscaped gardens for all owners to enjoy.

“The sun will shine on the Spanish second home market once more. Until it does, let’s all remain as active as possible, look out for our communities and stay safe.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit https://www.taylorwimpeyspain.com/. If you reside outside of the UK, you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.