August the most popular month to start a holiday home search reveals portal

August the most popular month to start a holiday home search reveals portal

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For families with school-age children, August is the last chance to escape the daily grind and head off into Europe to catch some summer sun. It’s a month for long, dreamy days spent on the beach, fabulous al fresco meals with the sound of the sea in the background and catching up on everything from the latest bestselling novel to some much-needed sleep.

August is also the month to start turning those ‘wouldn’t it be nice to own a second home here’ dreams into reality, according to Spanish property portal Kyero.

A study of the company’s data from 2010 to 2015 has found that August is the most popular month for buyers to start searching for their ideal holiday home. Many buyers are inspired by their summer holidays and look to recreate their fabulous time in the sun through the purchase of a second home in or near to the place they stayed.

For holidaymakers in Spain, that often means the Alicante region, where the 200 km Costa Blanca coastline offers white sands, lively cities and balmy sea breezes. August is the hottest month of the year in Alicante, with an average temperature of 26°C, although heatwaves often push the mercury above 40°C. The heat is moderated by those refreshing sea breezes, which is just as well as there’s only one rainy day in August on average, according to Holiday Weather.

August is the best month to take to the water in Alicante, with an average sea temperature of 26°C making swimming and splashing around in the shallows an enjoyable experience for the whole family. For those who can’t bear to leave the beach behind when their holiday ends, developer Taylor Wimpey España is offering south-facing, frontline apartments at Panorama Mar in Punta Prima, Torrevieja. With generous terraces and magnificent sea views, the apartments blend beautiful, spacious interiors with communal features such as three on-site swimming pools, children’s playground and landscaped gardens.

The Canary Islands are also an excellent choice for August holidaymakers looking to squeeze the last out of the summer break. Tenerife, the largest of the Canaries, enjoys an average temperature of 24°C, a sea temperature of 23°C and an average of just one day of rain during the month. An average of nine hours of solid sunshine per day is enough to top up anyone’s vitamin D levels in advance of autumn’s arrival.

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com, which offer discounted flights to and holiday accommodation in the popular southern area of the island comments,

“August is the ideal month to visit Tenerife. It’s the hottest time of year on the island and the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for family breaks. A lot of people think of Tenerife and picture beautiful beaches. Of course it does have those – and in abundance – but there’s also a whole host of activities there that will appeal to holidaymakers of all ages. You can go quad biking around Teide National Park, scale a mountain to watch the sun set and the stars come out and enjoy everything from the zoo to the water park. And of course August is the perfect month for enjoying the great outdoors to the max by trying your hand at a water sport – there are plenty on offer all over the island.”

Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, believes that Portugal in August also offers an exciting experience for the whole family. The Algarve coastline is packed with water parks, golf courses and stunning beaches, offering enough variety to keep visitors of all ages happily occupied. With an average of zero days of rain in August, according to Holiday Weather, glorious sunshine is all but guaranteed. The region enjoys 12 hours of sunshine per day during August, along with an average temperature of 24°C, which seasonal heatwaves often drive up to between 35°C and 40°C. The sea, at 21°C, is a welcome source of relief from the heat, as are the refreshing breezes that roll off it at seafront resorts. White comments,

“The Algarve is one of the best spots in Europe for some summer sunshine and we find that many of those who visit are so charmed by their experience of Portugal that they come back year after year. From apartments in coastal towns and villages to villas with pools across the Algarve, the region offers plenty of property to suit buyers looking to pick up a second home in the sunshine that they can retreat to whenever they want a break. The fact that the Algarve is known to be the cheapest holiday destination in Europe is an added bonus!”

For more information, please contact:

Kyero.com: www.kyero.com

Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020 or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com

Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com: 0800 0124 300 or www.cheap-holidays-tenerife.com

Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com

What has Brexit done to financing your dream property in Portugal?

What has Brexit done to financing your dream property in Portugal?

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  • House price growth accelerating and rents rising (RICS/Ci)
  • 50/50 split between cash buyers and borrowers (Ideal Homes Portugal)
  • Algarve has 1.5 million summer residents, but just 451k permanent (Statistics Portugal)

According to the latest RICS/Ci Portuguese Housing Market Survey, agents in Portugal are reporting accelerating house price growth and higher rents. Whether you’re buying a holiday home for personal use with a view to making capital gains over the course or your ownership, or a rental apartment to serve as an income-generating investment, market forces indicate that now is the time to spring into action. But has Brexit thrown a spanner in the works for those looking to obtain a Portuguese mortgage to finance their property?

Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, thinks not. He comments,

“The UK’s vote to leave the EU hasn’t made it harder for Brits to get mortgages in Portugal. The banks here are still financing and the mortgage process has thus far been unaffected by the whole Brexit development. In fact, as the market here has picked up, the banks have become more lenient when it comes to their lending criteria, so if anything it’s becoming easier for UK citizens to obtain Portuguese mortgages.”

Ideal Homes Portugal’s own mortgage offering is certainly striking a chord with buyers. The company has reported that around 50% of their clients currently are buying with mortgages, while the other 50% are making cash purchases. Many of those opting for loans to finance their purchases are investors looking to pick up one or more properties in the tourist mecca of the Algarve.

The Algarve has been a popular international tourist spot since Faro Airport opened in 1965. Since then, the airport has expanded along with the region’s popularity, with a record 6.4 million passengers passing through it in 2015. That’s compared to a resident population of just 451,006, according to Statistics Portugal. Add to those figures the 3 million or so domestic holidaymakers who head south to the Algarve and it’s easy to see why the region has such a need for rental accommodation. In fact, the Algarve’s population trebles over the summer months, to around 1.5 million people.

With low rates and 90% loan to value available through Ideal Homes Portugal, borrowing to fund the purchase of an investment property in Portugal is a simple and affordable process. Some of the most stunning new apartments that have piqued buyers’ interest are those at Lagos Marina. Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the region and home to one of the Algarve’s most beautiful beaches, Praia Dona Ana, where boatmen putter slowly around the cliffs, showing off the caves, rock formations and azure waters to family groups, while locals dive for squid and other seafood delights. There’s also the enormous expanse of Meia Praia, with its surfers, windsurfers and trendy young things topping up their tans.

The eastern end of the Algarve is also becoming more popular with visitors and hence with property investors. The pretty fishing village of Cabanas de Tavira is packed with tourists over the summer months, along with a growing crowd of shoulder season visitors who aren’t restricted to school holiday times. Both short-term and long-term rental apartments are increasingly sought after. A two bedroom home in a development just a couple of minutes’ walk from the picturesque waterfront with its winding boardwalk is available from €139,000. With a gym, table tennis table and pool on-site, the development is perfect for family holidays, making it a popular choice with both investors and those buying a second home purely for personal use.

“It’s a win-win situation at the moment,” concludes Ideal Homes Portugal’s Chris White. “The combination of 90% mortgages and low rates means that buyer’s don’t need a large deposit and the monthly repayments are really affordable. We’re finding a lot of people are looking to Portugal in order to obtain an income from their holiday home as well as to use it for themselves.”

For further details call Ideal Homes Portugal on 0800 133 7644 or +351 289 513 434, email enquiries@idealhomesportugal.com or visit www.idealhomesportugal.com.

London baby! The Overseas Property Show comes to the capital this September

London baby! The Overseas Property Show comes to the capital this September

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It’s just been announced that the hugely popular Overseas Property Show will be arriving in London this September!

The Novotel London West Hotel & Convention Centre will host the free to attend event on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 12th September 2016, from 10 am until 6 pm.

The Overseas Property Show has a strong reputation for connecting those who attend with the reality of owning a home overseas. The show’s focus is not on a romanticised ideal of second home ownership, but on the practical steps and considerations involved in purchasing and maintaining a property abroad.

Chris White, Founding Director of boutique real estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, which is a regular exhibitor at the Overseas Property Show, comments,

“The Overseas Property Show is about bringing property experts with hands-on experience to people around the UK who are considering buying a home overseas. We’re on hand to talk through living abroad, so whether attendees have questions about how much Portuguese they’ll need to speak to live in the Algarve or the price of eggs in Spain, we can give them the information they need.

“Of course, our experts are also on hand to answer the big questions, like how the purchase process works, where to find a good lawyer, how to obtain a fiscal number and so forth. The beauty of the Overseas Property Show is that it offers all of that information in one place.”

The show is ideal for those looking to buy a holiday home overseas, such as this beautiful Algarve villa with pool and panoramic views, as well as those planning a more permanent move. Property investors can also find what they are looking for at the multi-faceted event.

The 2016 Overseas Property Show will focus largely on properties from Portugal, Spain and Florida, with a handful of opportunities in countries like Italy and Cyprus thrown in for good measure. The nationwide tour follows the success of the 10 events held in 2015, which provided thousands of visitors with the opportunity to begin turning their dreams of second home ownership into reality.

The 2016 tour will build on the previous year’s success, adding new venues like the Novotel London West Hotel & Convention Centre in order to reach out to even more would-be holiday home owners across the UK. At the same time it will remain true to its routes, offering free attendance and plenty of experts on hand to provide advice and guidance.

Whether it’s a second home, a main residence or an investment that you’re after, the Overseas Property Show is the place to be! Tickets are FREE and full details can be found at http://www.theoverseaspropertyshow.com/.

For further details visit http://www.theoverseaspropertyshow.com/, call (0800) 133 7644 / +351 289 513 434 or email info@theoverseaspropertyshow.com.

Going for gold: Take ‘home’ the medals with these pads with top-class sporting facilities

Going for gold: Take ‘home’ the medals with these pads with top-class sporting facilities

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  • Train like Adam Peaty in Tenerife Top Training’s Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Serve like Olympic flag-bearer Andy Murray in stunning Portuguese villa with tennis court
  • Golf’s return as an Olympic sport initiates golfing villas as the fitting investment
  • Train like the Brazilians with your own sand beach volleyball court

With the Summer Olympic Games in Rio now in full swing, it is inevitable that many of us have caught the fitness bug. The sporting stars of Team GB have already motivated us to get involved but to follow in their footsteps and become the next gold medalist it is important to have top class facilities close-by both at home and away.

The first success story for Team GB in Rio 2016 was in the pool with Adam Peaty breaking the world record to win gold in the 100m breaststroke. Those inspired to emulate the 21-year old’s achievements can combine training with this year’s summer holiday as T3, Tenerife Top Training, boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Jodi Beard, Marketing Manager of Cheap Holidays Tenerife, comments,

“Many professional athletes travel to Tenerife for altitude training due to the elevation and heat of the El Teide volcano. Tenerife’s agreeable year round climate adds to its appeal and T3 provide optimal training camps for those wanting to test their abilities in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

Having led his country out at the Opening Ceremony as flag-bearer, Andy Murray is keen to impress after his remarkable win at Wimbledon earlier this summer. As the first tennis player to be chosen it’s clear that the sport’s popularity is rising and Ideal Homes Portugal have just the property for an avid player.

One immaculate villa located in the beautiful hillsides beside Loulé has countryside views down to the coast and the all-important picturesque tennis court to perfect your serves in the sunshine.  Only a 15-minute drive from the golden beaches, golf courses and restaurants of the central Algarve, this property is available at €1,750,000. Other facilities include terraces with a private pool, double garage, impressive driveway with gated entrance and an outside kitchen. The four large double en-suite bedrooms, all with access to the garden or a terrace and basement activities such as a games room and a cinema means that you can watch the Olympics and play with your teammates all in one luxurious property.

Golf is another key discipline to watch this year as it has been classed as an Olympic sport for the first time in 112 years. Known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, Spain’s southern coast is the ideal location for those looking to perfect their swing. Situated in the beautiful Valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey España‘s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course.

From just €267,000 +VAT for an apartment and €397,000 +VAT for a penthouse, residents of these exclusive properties will enjoy breathtaking view of the prestigious golf course and the Costa del Sol’s sun kissed coastline, spacious terraces perfect for al fresco dining, and the convenience of a private garage space.  All properties benefit from 24-hour security, communal gardens and swimming pool, as well as three 18-hole golf courses, hydrotherapy centre and spa, golf school (La Cala Golf Academy) and an array of sports facilities all close by including two running circuits and specialised trainers on hand to improve technique. What more could a future Olympic champion need?

As the Paralympians wait for their turn on the world stage, Team GB weightlifter Zoe Newson is hopeful for a medal in Rio 2016. Having powerlifted since the tender age of 14, Zoe is inspiring the rest of us to get to the gym from an early age and what better way to continuing training through university by choosing accommodation with a private onsite gym? At Collegiate AC’s 333 Bath Street site in Glasgow, there are not only deceptively spacious premium apartments but also access to a fully equipped private gym exclusively for residents. Luxury student living like this is available from just £179 per week so swap that famous ‘fresher’s stone’ weight gain for the body of an Olympian this academic year.

Finally, to celebrate the Olympics being held in Rio, the iconic Brazilian sport of beach volleyball is a must to try. Brazil are definitely the ones to watch having won more medals in the sport than any other country since it was first introduced in 1996 and Ideal Homes Portugal has the perfect luxury pad for you to practice in time for the next Olympics. Featuring a sunken, sand volleyball court as well as a heated infinity pool, poolside games / TV room and mini gym, this 5 bedroom, 7 bath villa is a true gold medal winner!

Priced at €3,249,950, this luxury villa is located in a privileged location overlooking the 10th fairway of the Vale do Lobo golf course, perfect for a sporting getaway. The gardens are landscaped with paths throughout for easy access and to enjoy the spectacular views.

If our Team GB stars haven’t inspired you enough to get active, these stunning properties with top-class facilities certainly will.

For more information, please contact:

Cheap Holidays Tenerife: 0800 0124 300 or http://www.cheap-holidays-tenerife.com/

Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com

Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020, +34 971 706 972 or http://taylorwimpeyspain.com

Collegiate AC: 01235 250 140 or www.collegiate-ac.com 

35 days after the Brexit vote, UK bricks & mortar are far from crumbling

35 days after the Brexit vote, UK bricks & mortar are far from crumbling

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  • UK house price growth remains steady at 10.2% (Hometrack)
  • Market fundamentals support strong Brexit response (Property Frontiers)
  • Look to second tier cities for the best investments (Prime Centrum)
  • Innovate when it comes to selling homes overseas (Ideal Homes Portugal)

35 days on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the property market doomsayers seem to have gone awfully quiet. The predicted cataclysmic crash seems to have translated to a mild slowdown of the market, with the June 2016 Hometrack report finding that year-on-year growth has held fast at a rate of 10.2% nationally. The report suggests that prices will moderate during Q2 2016, in part due to the Brexit vote but also due to house prices in the south of England having reached near-record affordability highs.

Ray Withers, CEO of Property Frontiers, which specialises in buy-to-let opportunities such as Parker Street Residences in Liverpool, comments,

“We’re a long way from the housing market disaster that many predicted would result from the UK voting to leave the EU, though of course it is still early days. What is encouraging is that despite the Brexit vote, the UK’s market fundamentals have not changed: we didn’t have enough houses before the vote and we don’t have enough houses after it. The shortage in stock should continue to keep the market fairly well balanced during the Brexit negotiations, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see prices in London undergoing some adjustment as a result.”

The Hometrack report agrees, giving the view that, “London will bear the brunt of any slowdown.”

Stuart Johnson, Business Development Manager at Prime Centrum, concurs, observing,

“It’s time to look to the UK’s second tier cities and leave London to weather the aftermath of the referendum outcome, particularly when it comes to property investment. Cities like Leeds and Liverpool are the places to focus on right now.”

Both of these cities benefit from (comparatively) affordable house prices and yields that are above average, according to Hometrack’s June data, and this is reflected in the real estate investment opportunities available in them. Parliament Residence in Liverpool, for example, is available for just £109,900, including a 22% discount for early investors.

Nor is it just the UK property market that still offers excellent opportunities. Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, has found that the post-Brexit environment has brought about new ways to connect those buying and selling homes in Portugal.

His company, which sells everything from island properties with incredible views to countryside mansions, has launched an initiative that allows buyers and sellers of properties in Portugal to complete the transaction entirely in pounds. Both parties save money on currency exchange services and Brexit’s impact on sterling is taken out of the equation.

There’s still a lengthy journey ahead in terms of the process of the UK disengaging from the EU, but one month in, the property market – both at home and overseas – seems to be handling Brexit far better than many expected.

For more information, please contact:

Property Frontiers: +44 1865 202 700 or www.propertyfrontiers.com.

Prime Centrum: 020 7183 6332 or www.primecentrum.com.

Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com

Beat the exchange rate and buy that dream holiday home – by paying in pounds!

Beat the exchange rate and buy that dream holiday home – by paying in pounds!

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  • Sterling dropped to a post-Brexit low of under $1.31 on 5 July 2016
  • Purchasing in pounds avoids holiday home buyers suffering Brexit’s financial impact
  • Three bed townhouse with private pool costs just £239k in Albufeira (Ideal Homes Portugal)

The political whirlwind stirred up by the UK’s historic vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 will have far-reaching consequences. The pound has proven particularly sensitive to the news, falling below $1.31 in early July, a low it hasn’t seen for more than 30 years.

Those holidaying overseas this summer have found that their break is noticeably more expensive than it would have been pre-referendum, but the same doesn’t have to be true for those buying property abroad.

Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, explains,

“We’re working with our clients to offer them a way to avoid being stung when it comes to the exchange rate over the coming months. Many of our vendors – over 200 of them, in fact – want to sell their homes in Portugal and then access the proceeds of the sale in the UK. At the same time, we have buyers in the UK whose sterling is suddenly worth less if they convert it to euros.

“As such, we’re offering a win-win to both parties: they can buy and sell entirely in pounds. This means that the buyer doesn’t lose out as a result of the pounds fall in value and the seller gets to have their money in the UK, where they want it. Both vendor and buyer save money by not having to pay for currency exchange services.”

The service is already proving popular with clients at both ends of the transaction.

Portugal offers one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations in Europe, along with abundant sunshine and a short flight time. Properties there provide excellent value for money, particularly for those still able to buy in pounds through Ideal Homes Portugal.

A smart, three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse with private pool and built in barbecue in the popular town of Albufeira, for example, costs just €285,000 (around £239,000 at the time of writing).

Many of those who buy holiday homes in Portugal do so with rental income in mind, as well as personal usage. Tax on rental income in Portugal is just 3.75%, regardless of where the property owner lives. Add to that the fact that the Algarve’s population increases between three- and four-fold over the summer season and the potential for excellent returns is clear.

Using rental income to offset mortgage costs is a popular choice, according to the Ideal Homes Portugal team. Ever keen to support those who buy from them, Ideal Homes Portugal is also offering free property management for the first year to anyone who buys through them at the moment.

For further details call Ideal Homes Portugal on 0800 133 7644 or +351 289 513 434, email enquiries@idealhomesportugal.com or visit www.idealhomesportugal.com.

From property prices to petiscos, the Algarve is the place to be this summer

From property prices to petiscos, the Algarve is the place to be this summer

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  • Algarve property prices increase for first time since 2008 (Knight Frank)
  • Investor interest in Algarve increasing (Ideal Homes Portugal)
  • Gourmet ‘Rota do Petisco’ tapas trail sees well over 100 restaurants take part in 2016

Whether it’s good news about property prices or the perfect place to indulge your love of gourmet food, the Algarve is the place to be this summer.

According to Knight Frank’s Inside View Portugal 2016 report, the Algarve recorded its first annual increase in prime prices since 2008 in 2015. Buyers have been enticed back to the area by a combination of its ongoing infrastructure improvements (the main A22 motorway, which runs the length of the Algarve, and the €32m expansion of Faro Airport) and its plentiful tourist attractions (stunning weather, 37 pristine golf courses and well over 100 fabulous beaches – 88 of them with Blue Flags – to name just a few).

Nearly 50 airlines now serve Faro Airport, with passenger numbers jumping by 35% in the decade to 2015. While the area is traditionally popular with British, Irish and German buyers, the pool of those interested in buying property in the Algarve has been widening for several years. Data from Knight Frank shows an increase from buyers of 128 nationalities searching for Algarve property in 2012, to buyers of 147 nationalities searching in 2015.

Despite its increasing property prices, the Algarve remains the best value destination in the world, according to the 2016 Post Office Travel Money World Holiday Costs Barometer. The low cost of food and drink were key factors in Portugal topping the chart. An ice-cold beer usually costs €1 in the less touristy eastern end of the Algarve and excellent wines are available in the supermarket for €4 or €5 per bottle, costing around double that in restaurants. Super strong, delicious coffee costs from €0.70.

Interestingly, given the low prices, Portugal has a rapidly growing reputation for the quality of its food. Already known for its hearty seafood stews and rice dishes, the area is now enjoying a booming reputation as the place to indulge in ‘petiscos’ – the Portuguese equivalent of tapas. This summer will see the Rota do Petisco (Tapas Route) run from May until September, with over 100 restaurants taking part. Visitors can purchase a route passport for €1 (profits go to local charities), then access a huge range of petiscos in participating restaurants along the Algarve. The snacks, which include everything from octopus cakes to yoghurt ice cream with almond sigh and cherry syrup, are available for €3 including a drink. Desserts with liqueur are available for €2.

“The Algarve’s culinary offering has really changed over the last few years,” comments local businessman Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal. “What’s great is that the food has remained true to its roots, with strong influences of seafood, black pork, tomato, onion and coriander. But recently there has been a push to elevate Algarvian cuisine from its peasant food origins into something more refined and the results have been outstanding. The Rota do Petisco is perfect for highlighting that.”

Ideal Homes Portugal has observed an increase in those looking for investment property in the Algarve recently, with rising prices adding to the attraction of owning a rental property there. This two bedroom ground floor apartment in Lagos (a town firmly on the Rota do Petisco map) is close to the beach and enjoys its own private garden with built in barbecue as well as a high spec kitchen, Jacuzzi bath, built in sound system and central vacuum. The development also includes a communal swimming pool and Jacuzzi. On the market for €255,000, the property comes with an “excellent rental history” thanks to its superior features, condition and location.

Investors looking for a villa with excellent rental potential towards the eastern end of the Algarve would do well to consider this stunning linked villa in Castro Marim. Just 30 minutes from Faro Airport and less than 10 minutes from Spain, Castro Marim is known for its two beautiful castles, fabulous golf courses and lively mid-summer Medieval festival. Available for €400,000, the front line property is surrounded by a combination of golf course, ocean, nature reserve and the pretty Guardiana river. The villa comes complete with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two private terraces and pool. The master bedroom benefits from under-floor heating, Jacuzzi bath, dressing room and upper level terrace.

For further details call Ideal Homes International on 0800 133 7644 or +351 289 513 434, email info@idealhomesinternational.co.uk or visit www.idealhomesinternational.co.uk.

It’s game, set and match to the Algarve as Portugal’s popularity booms

It’s game, set and match to the Algarve as Portugal’s popularity booms

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  • Holiday bookings to Portugal up by 29% (ABTA)
  • Algarve climate is perfect for tennis lovers (Ideal Homes Portugal)
  • Villa with own tennis court and heated pool available for €1.2 million (Ideal Homes Portugal)

The grass is being manicured, the outfits pressed and the racquets strung as the UK prepares to be gripped by Wimbledon fever once more. Every year, The Championships, Wimbledon, showcase the world’s best tennis in a setting that is one of the most recognisably and traditionally English events of the year.

It’s not just the professionals who are getting excited as the Wimbledon Championships approach. Interest in properties with tennis courts always surges at this time of year, even overseas, as Chris White, Founding Director of boutique Algarve estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, explains,

“We see a lot of excitement from buyers about homes in the Algarve sunshine that include their own tennis courts or are near to tennis centres and academies at this time of year. The Algarve’s 300 days of sunshine per year mean that it’s a great place to practice the sport, with a long season that’s perfect for honing your skills.”

Portugal has just been revealed as the overseas destination that is most swiftly increasing in popularity when it comes to bookings made through UK travel agents. According to the ABTA travel association, bookings to Portugal have risen by 29%, beating Spain’s 26% rise and Cyprus’ 18%.

Former Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne and his fellow Dragon Peter Jones are both keen tennis players who recently enjoyed a week of sharpening their on-court skills at the tennis centre in Portugal. The visited the Val de Lobo resort, best known for its stunning golf courses, but also boasting top quality tennis facilities. More than one international tennis star owns a home in the area.

Duncan Bannatyne purchased his own dream Algarve villa through Ideal Homes Portugal in 2014. Those looking to do the same – and to take advantage of the area’s fantastic tennis amenities – have a wide range of options available to them.

At Alcantarilha, near Silves, a luxurious four bedroom villa with private gardens, infinity pool, BBQ and terraces costs €997,400. The prestigious golfing development on which it is located includes not just two championship golf courses and a gold academy, but also six tennis courts, a sports club and a clubhouse bar.

At the world-renowned golfing haven of Quinta do Lago, this spacious villa with panoramic views and lovely heated pool and terrace area is just a short walk from Jim Stewart’s tennis centre. On the market for €1,995,000, it would make an ideal first or second home for those who are keen to enjoy easy access to a top class tennis academy.

But for those who are really serious about their love of tennis, it has to be this five bedroom luxury villa in Carvoeiro, complete with its own on-site tennis court. Incredibly reasonably priced for a villa of this quality (the asking price is €1,200,000), the villa boasts sea views, covered barbecue area, heated pool, mature garden with automated irrigation, underfloor heating, electric gates and plentiful terraces and balconies. That’s game, set and match for those looking for an ultra luxurious Algarve property in which to pursue their passion for tennis!

For further details call Ideal Homes Portugal on 0800 133 7644 or +351 289 513 434, email enquiries@idealhomesportugal.com or visit www.idealhomesportugal.com.

Overseas Property Show comes to Cheshire for the first time this June!

Overseas Property Show comes to Cheshire for the first time this June!

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The organisers of the hugely successful Overseas Property Show are delighted to announce that the event will visit Cheshire for the first time as part of its 2016 UK tour.

The free to attend show will be held at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Knutsford on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June 2016 from 10 am until 6 pm, bringing the dream of second home ownership one step closer to becoming a reality for those who attend by talking to property experts from around the world at a convenient local venue.

Chris White, Founding Director of boutique real estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, which exhibited at every show during 2015 and plans to do so again in 2016, comments,

“The Overseas Property Show is a great way to connect with people looking to purchase property overseas. Some are after a second home, others are looking for an investment property and others want to take the plunge and start a new life abroad.

“Whatever the motive, it’s always a really useful experience for them to have access to experts in overseas property ownership. We’re also on hand to answer lifestyle questions too – anything from the price of milk to local customs!”

The 2016 Overseas Property Show will focus largely on properties from Portugal, Spain and Florida, with a handful of opportunities in countries like Italy and Cyprus thrown in for good measure.

2015’s shows were hugely successful welcoming thousands of visitors through the doors over the course of the year. For many of those visitors, it was the start of their holiday home dreams coming true. Many went on to book inspection trips and ultimately to purchase a sun-kissed second home overseas. The 2016 tour will build on the previous year’s success, adding new venues like Cheshire in order to reach out to even more would-be holiday home owners across the UK.

Portugal is one of the most sought-after destinations for those visiting the shows. The housing market there offers excellent value for money when compared with the UK. Prices have been increasing for some time and the March 2016 Portuguese Housing Market Survey from RICS/Ci confirms that overall market confidence remains solid. The survey observes that price expectations point to steady gains over the course of the coming year, with house price inflation expected to be around 2.5% nationally, 2.9% in Lisbon and 2.7% in the Algarve (the country’s most popular region with British buyers).

Ideal Homes Portugal is at the forefront of connecting UK buyers with fantastic Portuguese properties. Founder and Algarve resident Chris White observes,

“The whole Brexit debate doesn’t seem to be affecting interest in Portuguese property. There’s still strong demand for holiday homes there from those based in the UK. Whether you want a stunning golf residence, a remote mountain villa or a laid back beach apartment we’ve got the perfect place.”

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Record number of Blue Flags fly high across Spain and Portugal this summer

Record number of Blue Flags fly high across Spain and Portugal this summer

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  • Spain retains top spot in this year’s Blue Flag Awards
  • Tenerife attracts beachgoers with impressive 15 Blue Flags
  • Algarve’s 88 Blue Flags appeal to second home owners this summer

With the results of this year’s Blue Flag awards hot off the press, Spain and Portugal’s coastlines are looking even more inviting to those wishing to dip their toes into clean waters.

The highly sought-after accolades are awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) across almost 50 countries worldwide. Blue Flag beaches are judged on four different categories: water quality, safety and services, environmental management, and environmental education and information.

Attaining Blue Flag status is seen as the gold standard for beaches and is widely recognised as an indication of the high environmental and quality standards of the beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators. Blue Flags are only awarded to the world’s cleanest, most pristine beaches.

With a world record 577 Blue Flag’s awarded to Spanish beaches last year (beating their own record of 573 in 2014), it is without a doubt that the Mediterranean country is host to the world’s most pristine beaches. 2016 has proved no different with Spain retaining its top spot adding another 9 Blue Flag beaches to its ever-growing roster.

Leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España are delighted with the results and have witnessed a surge of interest in seafront properties accompanying the Blue Flag announcement.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España comments,

“We were very excited to hear that Spain has maintained its beach rankings as the best in the world. With the gorgeous Calpe, Alfás del Pi, El Campello and San Juan beaches keeping their Blue Flag status for the past 30 years, it was no surprise to us that the demand for beachfront properties have skyrocketed.”

With one in five Spanish beaches flying a Blue Flag this year, the demand for beachfront properties are on the rise. Situated on the beautiful Punta Prima beach near Blue Flag holder Los Naufragos on the Costa Blanca, Panorama Mar is an exciting new seafront development. The residential complex offers stylish two and three bedroom apartments all with two bathrooms, air conditioning, underfloor heating as well as an underground car parking space. The apartments have been designed for comfort and convenience and boast three swimming pools including a luxurious infinity pool and relaxing Jacuzzi as well as a paddling pool and playground for children. Prices start from just €234,000 with all apartments in the first phase south facing with picturesque terraces and breath-taking sea views.

Indeed Spain’s perennially-popular Costa Blanca is lined with Blue Flags. Close to Blue Flag beach Ciutat, the brand new La Vila Paradís apartments and townhouses enjoy a stunning location. Altet International Airport (Alicante) is just 30 minutes away and the port and seaside promenade of the traditional fishing town is welcoming with its own special charm. Situated on the beachfront with direct access to Paraíso beach, La Vila Paradis boasts a pool, private parking and beautiful communal gardens. A variety of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available, the ground floor of which have private gardens, as well as 3 bedroom townhouses, all with wonderful views. The penthouses include basement parking and storage. Properties are priced from €248,000.

Spain’s Canary Islands have also had great success in the Blue Flag awards accepting 66 Blue Flags with Tenerife receiving an impressive 15 Flags, an increase of 4 since 2015.

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap Holidays Tenerife, which offer discounted flights to and holiday accommodation in the popular southern area of Tenerife comments on the impressive results,

“We are delighted with the recent Blue Flag results. The exquisite Los Cristianos and Las Vistas beaches in the Arona municipality are proud Flag holders this year and we are expecting their new status to attract more beachgoers this summer. With the already popular Troya beaches flying Blue Flags as well as Torviscas, Fañabe, and El Duque, we would expect an increase in the island’s popularity this year as a prime beach holiday destination.”

Also famous for its exquisite Blue Flag beaches is the esteemed Algarve region in southern Portugal which has been awarded 88 Blue Flags this year, an increase of 3 since 2015. The new Flags were awarded to Armona-Ria in Olhão, Rocha Baixinha in Albufeira and Amoreira Mar in Aljezur.

Representing around 45% of Portugal’s tourism earnings, the Algarve is a beloved beach holiday destination that appeals to many second-home buyers and the recent Blue Flag awards are set to attract further investments this summer.

Chris White, Founding Director of Algarve-based boutique agency Ideal Homes Portugal comments,

“These results are a cause for celebration! It’s wonderful to see so many beautiful beaches flying Blue Flags in the Algarve and with summer around the corner, we expect an increase in interest in the region from holidaymakers and second-home buyers alike.”

With beachfront properties highly desirable, those on or near beaches with Blue Flag status are in even higher demand. Located in the charming Olhão region on the Fuzeta seafront, moments from this year’s Blue Flag beach winner Armona-Ria, Del Mar Village is offering a magnificent luxury two-bedroom apartment. Comprised of 63 fully equipped apartments, and available through Ideal Homes Portugal, Del Mar Village is a unique space that provides all that is needed for a modern lifestyle. Facilities include swimming pools for both adults and children, private gardens, large garages for vehicles and equipment as well as balconies with exquisite sea views. Del Mar village also provides a video entry system and security alarm system for added peace of mind. This stunning apartment starts from €680,000.

The popular area of Albufeira is also home to a variety of beautiful second homes. Just 5 minutes’ drive away from pristine beaches, including Blue Flag beach award winner Rocha Baixinha, is a spacious four-bedroom villa in a peaceful and relaxing location. Perfect as a second home investment, the villa is comprised of four bedrooms, four bathrooms and outside swimming pool, as well as covered dining and barbecue area, tennis court and double garage from €449,000. With the greatest amount of sunshine in Europe it is clear why Algarve has become such a popular place to relocate.

 

For more information please contact:

Taylor Wimpey España: please call +44 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Cheap Holidays Tenerife: please call 0800 0124 300 or visit http://www.cheap-holidays-tenerife.com/

Ideal Homes: please call 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or visit http://www.idealhomesinternational.co.uk or www.idealhomesportugal.com

 

Notes to the Editors

Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com offers flights from UK airports, and accommodation in the popular tourist resorts of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in south Tenerife. Their team scours the web for the most competitive holiday prices on the market… and then beat them*!

The UK and Tenerife-based call centres are staffed by British advisors, all of whom are dedicated specialists in Tenerife holidays. What’s more, their Tenerife-based advisors have lived on the island itself for an average of ten years, which means they have the ultimate first-hand knowledge to offer great advice to travellers!

Now for the serious bit: The discounts available via Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com are subject to qualification criteria relating to the traveller(s). Please be sure to read this criteria, which can be found in point 4 of the Terms and Conditions. A holiday consultant will then contact you to arrange a Personal Orientation Meeting during your stay, which will involve showing you how to receive similar discounts on all future holidays (not just to Tenerife).

Of course, no customer travelling with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com is under any obligation whatsoever to accept or to buy any holidays or offers during their Promotional Holiday to Tenerife with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com. However, to qualify for the discounted prices, you’ll still have to meet the qualification criteria mentioned above.

All bookings are subject to availability, and are specific to hotels and/or apartments in these areas of Tenerife.

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