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C NICHOLLS – NIGUELAS, LECRIN VALLEY
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"For every biscuit has its piece of cheese," a truism that easily sums up what matches a property to a client and vice versa. How many times have we dealt with clients who think they have a very clear idea of what they want to buy – without truly looking at either the reality or listening to the experience of others? Only to then re-sell within a year or to spend a couple of yeras wishing they had bought on the coast. Simply read the case study contributed by H Savage to understand just what I mean.
While searching real estate agents and websites for personal property preferences, then you may find it useful to familiarise yourself first with some commonly used housing terms and definitions. This is a general guide to the meanings – but please bear in mind that some property website descriptions do not always use them appropriately.
Apartamento – an apartment or flat, usually with communal pool, terraces and gardens.
And so you find that you are ready to buy your Spanish property on the Costa Tropical. One of the more popular requests received over the years is a for a town or village house with garden; but alas given the climate and cultural difference between southern Spain compared to that of many northern European places and also that different criterion given to land use then such properties very, very rarely exist. Perhaps the simple reason is that almost all Spanish families is some way or other own or have access to both the rural plot, huerta (garden or allotment) or cortijo (weekend country cottage) as well as a property in the nearest town or village. They therefore see no reason to historically build properties with gardens; generally then for many Spanish the land is for cultivating first and foremost. The few town or village properties with any green space around them tend to be larger detached properties that we would more easily recognize as mansions or traditional manor properties within a community. Consequently then their price and market value is reflected by this quality.
No matter what kind of property you are looking for then I will do my best to help – even if it means that you may have to compromise in some way. In my experience very rarely I have seen a property that characteristically – as they say, "ticks all the boxes." This over-utilised expression is often a screen to avoid the reality of difference between what you want and what is actually on offer. All too often I will ask a customer to list down all the points they want the property to have, many of which I hasten to add are structured by their own experience of property in their own country. This is not surprising, but in areas where remote country properties can offer access to mains water, drains, electricity and/or telephone lines are impossible – that is after all what makes them remote. Therefore if these pages don’t aid you to find a property that suits then simply send me your "create your dream home" application, and leave me to do the rest. Good luck and welcome, and who knows, very soon you’ll be a part of the growing community of the Costa Tropical.