The Property Finders – Costa Blanca property finders in Valencia, the Costa Blanca & Murcia
Buying any property is one of the most important financial commitments we can make, even more so when you are looking for an overseas purchase. So it’s crucial to get it right from the outset but the most common mistake many buyers make is to start searching on the internet, concentrating on properties rather than locations. Often, buyers think they have found their dream property only to find out when they travel to view that it is located next to an industrial zone or facing a noisy highway. That’s a big waste of time and money.
The Property Finders do it in a very different way:
- First of all, we identify all the best locations for your particular requirements by asking lots of questions to develop a very detailed brief; things like how far from the beach, is it for full-time or holiday use, is rental income important, on the coast or in the country, a quiet place or great nightlife, good public transport? As experts in our region we can suggest locations that you may not have thought about yourself. Getting the location right from the beginning will save you a lot of money that you could spend in your new home and only once we have helped you identify the place will we start pinpointing suitable properties.
- We defend your interests. We are buyers’ agents, your agents, so we will act in your favour all the time. On the contrary, real estate agents act in the seller’s interest and they will recommend properties that may not be the best for you and of course, they are only concerned with selling in their area, other locations don’t interest them. We will tell you the positives and negatives of each property and most important of all, we never recommend a property that we would not buy ourselves.
- We are very experienced negotiators and thanks to our knowledge of the market we normally achieve a substantial discount over the initial price of the property, often saving our clients many times the cost of our fee.
Valencia is not only one of Spain’s most beautiful cities and the capital of the province of Valencia, it is also the name of a region incorporating the provinces of Alicante and Castellón, otherwise known as the comunidad valenciana. It is on the AVE high-speed rail network with a journey time to Madrid of only 1h.30m. The wonderful sandy beaches, superb climate, welcoming people and delicious cuisine have been attracting buyers from all over the world for years. It is, of course, famous as the home of paella, Spain’s best known dish, and throughout region many restaurants go back more than a century and are still cooking in the traditional way.
There are lots of property options; apartments and villas on the beaches, some of the best being at Gandía and Oliva, a one hour drive south from the airport, or on one of the many golf courses in the area. There are village houses, villas and farmhouses in the lovely countryside inland from the coast and then there is the city itself, an eclectic mix of Roman heritage and ultra-modern architecture. A city apartment within walking distance of museums, monuments, restaurants and theatres is one option but with its great coastal location you can also go for a beach and city location, for example in the Malvarrosa area.
The city’s facilities have been much modernised in recent years with the marina upgraded to host the most prestigious sailing event in the world, the America’s Cup, and a Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit around the marina and dock area. The striking modern architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences has become a landmark recognised around the world and is where you will find the open-air Oceanographic aquarium, the largest in Europe and home to over 500 different species.
Alicante is one of the two most popular provinces for property buyers from overseas and is the main arrival point for people property hunting on the Costa Blanca. While there has been over-development on this coast it is still easy to find traditional and unspoilt towns and villages such as Javea, Denia, Moraira, Calpe and El Campello, with wonderful sandy beaches and coves. Although many property buyers are happy driving on Spain’s excellent motorways and upgraded roads Alicante is a great choice for those who are not as the TRAM, an 80km coastal train line, connects Alicante city with Denia in the north, stopping at resorts along the way. The high-speed AVE train service connects Alicante and Madrid in 2h.30m.
Castellón is the most northerly province in the comunidad valenciana and has a great mix of lively coastal towns, for example Benacassim and Oropesa, and a mountainous rural interior dotted with medieval towns and villages such as Morella. The mild climate on the 120km coastal stretch, known as the Costa Azahar or Orange Blossom Coast, makes this region ideal for those who are thinking about year-round living, one of the most popular towns being Peñíscola, with pretty beaches and a dramatic promontory, the site of the 13thC castle used by Pope Benedict XIII and easily recognized as the backdrop to some of the most famous battle scenes in the film El Cid. There are eight nature parks in Castellón province protecting the environment and marine ecosystems.
Murcia is at the southern end of this region, bordering Alicante to the north and Almería in Andalucía to the south, the coastal area being known as the Costa Cálida. It is one of Spain’s most important agricultural regions and exports fruit and vegetables worldwide and has its own airport at San Javier. Murcia was the province that saw the biggest increase in foreign buyers in 2013, up 42.9% compared with 2012.
The most important city is Cartagena, known to the Romans as Carthago Nova, and the restored Roman Theatre close to the harbour is a must-see. The unique Mar Menor is a shallow, salt-water lagoon in the south-east of Murcia, separated from the Mediterranean sea by La Manga, a 22 km long sandbar, only 100m wide at its narrowest, widening to 1,200m in places. Think of it as a very large, warm, salt-water swimming pool and you will get some idea why the Mar Menor is one of the most desirable locations for both Spanish and overseas property buyers. And just a short distance away is La Manga Leisure and Sport Resort, where you can enjoy a variety of sports including golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, triathlon, equestrianism and many others, while keeping a look out for the many top sports stars from around the world who do pre-season and winter training here.
With so many different locations to consider it’s not surprising that lots of people find it difficult to know where to start. Please feel free to contact us; we really can help you find the property that matches your requirements and expectations. Our aim is to guide you from the beginning of the search until the moment of the purchase, making the operation easier, safer, problem-free and cheaper. And we will still be there after purchase if needed, to help with introductions to architects, builders or whatever is necessary to make your property a home.
For more information about locations, property market analysis and predictions for 2015 click here. Good rental potential is often one of the key requirements that clients ask us to consider when we are starting a property search so click here to see examples of properties bought by clients, either as rental investments or with potential for occasional rentals when they are away. If renting your property out is not for you but you’d prefer not to leave it empty when you are away then we can recommend HouseSitMatch as an alternative.