Costa del Sol, a Worldwide exclusive stage.

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It´s absolutely important to be present in the center of the Map.

The ¨Costa del Sol¨ region in Spain is a Worldwide famous location for being considered a central meeting point for business matters. People from Singapore and Mexico City (for instance), agree locations like Marbella or Estepona as perfect places to set their meetings for their private interests. The same happens when somebody from Hong Kong needs to meet a person coming from New York. ..Or Moscow & Buenos Aires, Cape Town & Miami… they all agree an equidistant place with good weather where they can close their deals in a proper environment. In short, we are located at a GEOGRAPHICALLY STRATEGIC PLACE in the Map of the World. Basically this always means a true chance for the ¨OPPORTUNITY¨: you must be here ¨yes or yes¨, if you really want to be involved in the wheel of business.

Actually the biggest expat communities in Spain are located in the ¨Costa del Sol¨ region. That´s why Malaga City is considered a strategic consular area in Europe as well, hosting the current 41 International Consulates that are located here. Specially the British Expats Community –Brexpats in Spain-, the biggest one abroad from their own country. Russians, Arabs, French, German, Dutch and Scandinavians are truly strong here too. At the same time, Mexicans and Chinese are expected to be the ¨next generation¨ here soon.

King Fahd from Saudi Arabia knew all this very well, and build his private ¨Al Riyadh Palace¨ in Marbella, together with an exclusive Muslim library safe keeping more than 30,000 volumes about the Holy Koran, and the Al Risalat Mosque, what encompasses the biggest Muslim cultural complex in Occident.

Al Riyadh Palace

(Al Riyadh Palace)

Following the same steps, the new Monarch Salman Ibn Abdelaziz has recently build his ¨Al-Riya Palace¨ here too. In fact, the House of Saud is not alone here, and other huge celebrities as the actors Antonio Banderas, Robert De Niro or George Clooney, the singer Julio Iglesias, the Manchester United shareholder Ron Wood, the Russian President Vladimir Putin, or the Thyssen Baroness and Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess of the Alba House, have their own properties in this region too. Even the football player Cristiano Ronaldo has recently bought a property in Estepona, which gives clues about the expansion of this ¨strategic paradise¨ in the whole World. At the same time, all of them have their yachts moored in Puerto Banus, the most expensive Marina in the moment at the Mediterranean Sea.

When you become such an important focal point like this in the Planet, you have to be aware of the consequences that this brings. I mean, all the Secret Intelligence Services in the World are present here too. When you go out to a discotheque in the night at Puerto Banus, you have to know there are special agents from the MI6, the CIA, the Mossad or the SVR Agencies mixed in the crowd. Far away from any possibility to get scared, this simply means a basic concept of ¨TOTAL SECURITY¨. Consequently, the ¨Costa del Sol¨ region is one of the most safest and controlled places in the Planet today.

According to all this, you can dedicatedly find ¨La Zagaleta¨ urbanization here. This is the most hidden and exclusive residential complex in Europe. It is the only urbanization in the whole Continent that quotes on the Stock Exchange Market -¨Zagaleta Limited¨, London based company-, through the Sankt Gallen Bank in Switzerland, for an ¨over the counter¨ secondary market.

In consequence, all these factors make the ¨Costa del Sol¨ at the same time, one of the golf-fields biggest concentration Worldwide, together with the feeling of enjoying one of the most climatically stable areas in the Planet.

So, in conclusion, I can strongly say that when somebody decides to invest here, ¨IS ABSOLUTELY PRESENT IN THE MAP¨.

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La Zagaleta¨ exclusive urbanization)

 

 

 

 

 

Why proceed with an independent consultant.

In this current World where competition is fierce, you need to get really well surrounded to not be devoured. In this sense, I work at the same time with local property owners, Real Estate investors, agencies, lawyers and public administrators in Spain. If you want to buy/sell a property in this country and you are coming from abroad, an independent consultant can make an efficient intermediation for your private interest, not following any compromise with just one specific provider, as agencies do regularly. This allows you to open a big field for an execution plan… and in my opinion, this is enough.

Plus, there are more relevant weapons to seriously keep in mind:

1). Rigorousness.

Usually, an independent consultant´s work method and philosophy are unique. The power for this is given by the project selection capability we have on schedule, due to we can decide where to work and where not. At the first moment I visit a potential property on sale, I make a complete and exhaustive analysis about the product, considering key concepts as the location area, other similar properties on sale, the house services, major assets and weaknesses, legal terms as licenses, certificates and tendencies, views, construction, energy consumes, maintenance, handicap adaptation, insurances, financial debts, source of money,… trust me: nobody in this industry gets as ¨precise¨ as us, when we are forced to focus strongly in our client. We are not international companies, so this means ¨we can´t fail¨.

After the whole analysis process, we agree the final ¨correct price¨ of the property with the owner. Sometimes property owners demand a higher price in their initial intentions, but we make them see how such important ¨the right price¨ in the market is, for the ¨proper buyer¨ to come. If somebody does not have this in mind, that person is practically ¨dead¨, even before opening this complicated ¨window to the World¨ that means buying/selling a property. And even if after the process we consider the final price of the property is not reciprocated with its context circumstances, we simply don´t accept the project. Our buyers know this at the same time, and we will never betray their trust. They always demand that exact & precise ¨right price¨too.

 

2). Security.

Other key to seriously consider at the moment of taking the decision of working with an independent consultant, is the ¨BACKGROUND FREE CHANCES¨ behind any project transaction. When you enter the world of a buy/acquisition property, you can´t imagine how many unforeseen circumstances appear on the way, and which all of them finish always in the same way: as big is the commission, as easier is the final solution. In the other hand, simply accepting our services as we are independently involved in the local market, our clients enter the chance and support to collaborate with the best local lawyers, photographers, advertisers, civil servants, contract translators, ..and the rest of professionals involving the Real Estate market that a property transaction requires. This is something that sometimes big agencies don´t take in consideration, due to they always work with the same providers, who worriedly get ¨comfortably established¨ in the time.  In this sense, with an independent consultant you will have your property intentions in the best possible local professional hands ready to give their best, because they need to make their client portfolio strong. They work when their clients speak well about them, …and trust me again, there is no money that can afford this personal kind of service.

3). Customization.

It´s really easy to get an agreement with us, due to our capacity for comprehension is limitless. You can deal with us for whatever you might need, and we will see how we can help you in the terms we are interested as well. We don´t have any ¨strict company rule¨ to follow due to our professional freedom for execution, and in this sense, life is undoubtedly much easier with us. Your problems would become our problems too.

This is our main principle, and be sure nobody else mired in compromises will be capable to tell you the same. That´s why in the end we become ¨real friends¨ after working with our clients. Familiarity is one of our main features too.

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Invest where you feel safe.

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…It´s such a big shame what the whole World is watching these days about Catalonia in Spain. Experts foresee the ¨Costa del Sol¨ region in Spain as the most benefited part in this story, relating to varied subjects as congresses, tourism, cruise ships and Real Estate. This is sad for an ¨old school¨ person like me, who loves celebrating  victories by own merits, rather than any other parallel ¨demerit¨. Beyond this, now it is time to get ready for what comes to our region, specially the area of Estepona, as I said before in my referred post.

According to this, I wanted to check which the safest countries Worldwide to invest or travel are.  You can visit the Global Peace Index-2020 created by the ¨Institute for Economics & Peace¨, the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse Peace and to quantify its economic value. It´s founded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Killelea.

This rank is defined by not only political or crime issues. It also includes analysis of ¨TRENDS¨ (this word is magical for me) in Positive Peace: the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. It looks at the relationship between the actual Peace of a country, and how a deficit of Positive Peace is often a predictor of future increases in violent conflict. Plus, it looks as well at the dynamic relationship between changes in Positive Peace and changes in the economy.  ..This is wicked.

As you can see at the 163 countries rank, Spain is listed #32 losing 3 positions. I´m pretty sure the Catalonia issue is the main reason for these data, together with the unstable political situation at the whole country, after four Presidential Elections in four years. This means, if we were capable to remove the Spanish politics, this country would be a TOTAL PARADISE. The rest is great here: logistics are increasing, and modernity is already a fact.

..What really strikes me are the horrible ranked positions for other ¨supposed powerful¨ countries in Tourism Worldwide. I mean France (#60, the most visited country Worldwide), or the USA (#128, the second most visited), ..and even both countries are losing positions according to last year´s rank . This is crazy.

In the same way, it´s still surprising (at least for me), discovering other lost ranked references as Israel (#146), or Turkey (#152),.. two big competitors for Spain in Tourism. ..Or Italy & the United Kingdom close but bellow Spain, with the great consideration that the UK is apparently climbing positions after the ¨Brexit¨ effect. This means societies are always the main engine of this World.

China & Russia are where no reasonable mind could imagine (#110 and #154 respectively.. I guess there are political interests before these data), and my big surprise (and congrats) for Portugal, ranked #3, climbing 2 positions, staying always there, and doing the things properly. Probably this is the only exception for a whole European Continent, that goes down in a general and worrying trend.

 

Documentation:

-About the Institute for Economics & Peace.

http://economicsandpeace.org/about/

-Catalonia crisis in 300 words.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41584864

VISIONARY ESTEPONA.

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(Orchidarium Botanical Garden. Estepona).

Thanks Marbella for your golden days, but the future gem is ESTEPONA right now. This is a post for ¨visionaries¨.

The financial crisis that is apparently approaching in these times, plus the Global ¨Brexit¨ effect, the USA-China customs tariff battle, or the climate exchange with all its consequences, are generating a total undefined situation that makes people get ¨lost¨. We don´t know how banks are going to behave in this context (I guess responsibly, this is their business too), or even if the sea might shallow all of us in a few years. In my opinion, we all have to be aware that we are living a ¨current moment¨; I mean, we can´t stop because of a what ¨might happen¨. We are  forced to REACT, and this World is definitely only for brave souls.

According to this, the local Government in Estepona is doing its things well: proper celerity for construction licenses, the eco-friendly urban planning is effective, the urban logistics expansion is a real fact, leisure services are creating an attractive town, and cosmopolitanism fills the streets day by day in this town. This is simply GREAT.

Well, you can think now ¨there´s no difference with Marbella for those reasons..¨. All right let´s check then THREE important detailed concepts in my opinion:

1)- URBAN PROMPT PROCESSING.

In this current time when construction is totally paralysed in Marbella due to a politic and legal situation, according to the General Urban Plan –Plan General de Ordenación Urbanística (PGOU)– that has just been rejected by the Court one more time again, Estepona is wisely taking advantage of the situation, and constructors are focusing their strategies on the Marbella outskirts now. This is the main key to understand ¨why¨ Estepona is growing up so quickly, and ¨why¨ the first celebrities in the World are stepping forward already: footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has recently acquired a wonderful luxury property at the ¨La Resina Golf & Country Club¨ complex. My respect.

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(Cristiano Ronaldo´s new mansion in Estepona).
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2)- PRICE / QUALITY BALANCE.

¨Estepona¨ is not ¨Marbella¨ (yet), and the market always knows about concepts as ¨branding¨, ¨value¨ and ¨prices¨ for these cases. Whoever knows this, knows as well about the other more strategic ¨financial potential¨ concept for any investment. This means, Estepona is half-priced (4,000€m2 vs. 8,000€m2 mean price in Marbella) for the luxury market areas, what makes this town a really interesting area for investors to manage. Considering the idea that Marbella is ranked 20th. at the top luxury priced cities in the World, let me guess how clearly HUGE the potential is in this region Worldwide now, including the other defining factor for a purchase decision process (the climate), where Marbella is ranked 3rd. in the same comparison chart for a daylight hours/year mean, within 320 sunny days per year, the same as Estepona town (..they know about this very well in other cities as London, Shanghai or New York).

 

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3)- PROPERTY STYLE.

Almost the 90% of the luxury properties in Estepona are based on a new construction style. In this sense, there are no classic villas here, and the property market involves Mediterranean and the most modern luxury mansions in this region. ¨Future is present in Estepona¨, and investors are now focusing their energies on concepts as ¨Home automation (telework + leisure + remote management)¨, and ¨Philosophy of wellness (eco-friendly construction)¨, based on organic farming botany, sustainable eco-energy efficiency and environment care / integration. ..If you are considering the idea of purchasing a villa for investment or residential reasons, please take in consideration these basic concepts from now on. Don´t ruin your pocket.
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(Beachline luxury villa at Estepona).
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-PRIVATE INFORMATION-.
If you reached reading this, I let you know the StarLite Festival will host its next editions in Estepona. You will see the officialized information at the mass media soon.
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Documentation:
Christiano Ronaldo´s new house in Estepona (spanish).
Paralysed again the Urban planning project in Marbella (spanish).