Viva Estates – promoting good quality?

I found this article on VivaEstates.com today:

http://www.vivaestates.com/blog/2011/09/24/costa-del-sol-real-estate-websites-or-tricks-of-the-trade-1/

It says how much they hate “so-called” real-estate agents who have a nice website but a small or non-existent office. They go on to say how “…you are being conned” by companies who use “…single landing pages that are also there simply to capture a client’s data”

What VivaEstates.com obviously don’t realise is that landing pages are a very good “white hat” way of capturing people’s data for marketing a product. Landing pages have been an essential part of online advertising for many years and I regularly use them myself.

The author, one Chris McCarthy, then goes on to criticise people who utilise Google AdWords to market their sites implying that this is a method used by “Instant” agencies. This is hilarious! Google Adwords should be an integral part of any online marketing campaign for any industry. This is especially true for real-estate in Spain. See for yourself, enter “real-estate spain” into Google and see what you get. I get 258,000,000 results – the competition is tough. Are Viva missing out? Something is obviously not working for them otherwise they would be thanking Google for all the traffic and saying what a good response they get from their email campaigns and landing pages.

A further section of this hilarious article entitled “Don’t stop at the Homepage or Property Search” tells you to find out about the company by reading their “About Us” page.

I agree that there are many agents who will try and rip you off. Some will even take the time to write articles criticising other agents’ methods 😉

I would agree that you need to check out any agent before handing any money over and my suggestions are as follows:

Search in Google for the agents name but add any of the following words:  scam, fraud, complaints, rip-off.

For example search in Google for “Viva Estates complaints” or “Viva Estates fraud” or “Viva Estates scam“. You’ll be amazed what you find considering the article they have just written!

You may also want to visit The Rip-Off Report to see what else these conscientious agents have been up to!

Having never worked at, or dealt with, Viva Estates in any way I am not able to criticise their business practices personally. I am however in a position to comment on their hypercritical article as I have lived in Spain for over 7 years and have worked in real-estate for the whole time. I am fully aware of all the scams and dodgy selling methods that were used by most of the agents on the coast, including Viva Estates, and many complaints were received and many upheld. It was rumoured that the rising number of complaints was one of the reasons that Viva Estates closed down only to re-open re-branded as Your Viva.

Just a shame they weren’t smart enough to change the domain name too as they still use vivaestates.com.

UK pressure group set up for victims of Spanish property fraud

UK residents who have fallen victim to Spanish property fraud have a new source of help due to the creation of a campaign group in the UK.

Similar groups already exist in Spain but this is the first group to be set-up in the UK. The aim of the group is to put pressure on the UK Government and MEPs to take action.

Thousands of Britons are thought to have bought property in Spain and due to unscrupulous dealings, banks, lawyers and the actions of various levels of Spanish government, now find themselves unable to enjoy their properties.

Chris and Angela Beattie set-up The Protection of Property Purchased in Europe (POPPIE). The husband and wife team have first hand experience of the issues that surround buying a Spanish property.

In 2004 they spent €150,000 on an off-plan villa in Andalucia that was supposed to back onto a golf course, hotel and villa complex. After more than 2 years delay in the construction the house was finally built, although the surrounding complex was not.

The developer had not received planning permission to build the properties and as such they remain unconnected to mains water and electricity supply making it impossible to sell the property.

“It is like camping in a house. We can’t sell it and don’t want to spend any more money on it because we don’t know what is going to happen to it.” said Mr Beattie adding “We bought in good faith and paid a lawyer to cary out all the necessary checks yet, like many UK citizens, have been caught up in the minefield of red tape, bureaucracy and arbitrary decisions that plague the Spanish property market.”

The Spanish government is about to begin phase 2 of its European property roadshow and hopes to promote Spain’s 700,000 unsold holiday homes to potential UK buyers.

On Hearing that the Spanish property roadshow is about to return to the UK, MEP Roger Helmer said: “I have approached Europe Minister David Lidington asking him to use his good offices to get this show cancelled, and to make it clear to the Spanish government that they will not be allowed to promote Spanish property in the UK until they can give firm guarantees that property rights will be respected and contracts will be enforceable.”

If you would like to join POPPIE, please email poppie.uk@gmail.com for more information.

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in El Rosario

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in El Rosario – Ref: MFSPH379

2 Bed Apartment For Sale - El Rosario

Price: 275,000€

Apartment – Penthouse, El Rosario, Costa del Sol. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Built 0 m². Setting : Beachfront, Beachside, Close To Golf, Close To Shops, Close To Sea, Close To Town, Close To Schools, Close To Forest. Orientation : South East, South. Condition : Good. Pool : Communal, Private. Climate Control : Air Conditioning. Views : Sea, Beach, Garden, Pool, Courtyard, Urban, Street. Features : Covered Terrace, Lift, Fitted Wardrobes, Near Transport, Private Terrace, Satellite TV, Storage Room, Ensuite Bathroom…

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3 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banús

3 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banús – Ref: MFSA378

3 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banus

Price: 390,000€

Lovely south west facing apartment overlooking fantastic tropical gardens.This three bedroom two bathroom apartment is an ideal investment either for rental purposes or highly recommended for all year round living.Walking distance to the Casino in Nueva Andalucia and Puerto Banus, golf courses,restaurants all at a stones through away.Very comfortable apartment. Apartment – Middle Floor.

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UK – ‘worst quality of life in Europe’

The latest uSwitch quality of life index shows the UK has been named the worst place to live in Europe for quality of life.

Britons have 5.5 fewer days holiday a year than the European average and a lower than average government spend on education. Briton is fourth in Europe for average household income

The UK was also shown to have the second lowest hours of sunshine per year, the fourth highest retirement age, and the third lowest spend on health as a percentage of GDP.

The UK’s high cost of living was also a factor, with food and fuel prices the highest in Europe. Unleaded petrol, alcohol and cigarettes all cost more in the UK than the European average.

As a result, more than one in 10 Britons (12%) said they are “seriously considering” emigrating, with “broken society” stated as the biggest concern for 59% of those questioned, followed by the cost of living (49%), crime and violence (47%).

A mere 5% of those questioned are happy in the UK.

France came first in the chart for the third year running, despite families earning an average  £6,000 less than Britons and working longer hours. However the French enjoy 2,124 hours of sunshine per year, an average retirement age of 60, and receive 36 days of holiday a year. The French also live a year longer than Brits, with an average life expectancy of 81.4 years compared to 80.4 in the UK. People in France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden can all expect to live longer than people in the UK.

Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany followed France in the top five best European countries for quality of life, with Denmark, Poland, Sweden and Ireland also scoring higher than the UK.

Full story: The Guardian

 

27 Bed Cortijo For Sale in San Pedro de Alcántara

27 Bed Cortijo For Sale in San Pedro de Alcántara – Ref: MFSV366

27 Bed Cortijo For Sale in San Pedro

Price: 4,900,000€

Cortijo style property located between San Pedro and Puerto Banus within a few minutes walk to the beach and shops.Enjoying superbly manicured mediterranean gardens with own water well, built between 1960 and 1970.Office building with three offices, all unsuite bathrooms,ideal for investors who are looking to convert into a hotel or exclusive gentlemans club. Built 1526 m², Terrace 276 m², Garden/Plot 6800 m².

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2 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banús

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banús – Ref: MFSA334

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in Puerto Banus

Price: 300,000€

Splendid ground floor apartment in Puerto Banus close to the sea and near all amenities very well kept property with high quality construction through out. ideal for all year round living or for renting. 5 minute walking distance to the beach.It also has its own private garden. Setting : Commercial Area, Beachside, Close To Port, Close To Shops, Close To Sea, Close To Town, Close To Schools, Urbanisation. Orientation : South East, South. Condition : Excellent. Pool : Communal. Climate Control : Hot A/C, Fireplace.

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3 Bed Penthouse For Sale in Carib Playa

3 Bed Penthouse For Sale in Carib Playa – Ref: MFSPH358

3 Bed Apartment For Sale in Carib Playa

Price: 275,000€

Lovely Penthouse located in a the heart of Marbesa ideal property walking distance to the beach and all amenities very good rental turnover all year round. The property is in immaculate condition must be viewed. Apartment – Penthouse, Carib Playa, Costa del Sol. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Built 226 m². Setting : Suburban, Commercial Area, Beachside, Close To Golf, Close To Shops, Close To Sea, Close To Schools, Close To Forest, Urbanisation. Orientation : South.

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4 Bed Villa For Sale in Nueva Andalucía

4 Bed Villa For Sale in Nueva Andalucía – MFSV329

4 Bed Villa For Sale in Nueva Andalucia

Price: 850,000€

Villa – Detached, Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Built 300 m², Garden/Plot 1226 m². Setting : Commercial Area, Close To Golf, Close To Port, Close To Shops, Close To Sea, Close To Town, Close To Schools, Close To Forest, Urbanisation. Orientation : South East, South, South West. Condition : Good. Pool : Private. Climate Control : Hot A/C, Fireplace. Views : Garden, Lake, Forest. Features : Covered Terrace

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3 Bed Villa For Sale in Nagüeles

3 Bed Villa For Sale in Nagüeles – Ref: MFSV377

3 Bed Villa For Sale in Nagueles

Price: 699.000€

Exclusive villa set in unbeatable surroundings ideal family home 5min drive from schools,restaurants,bars,commercial centers and city center.Allthough it has three bedrooms and three bathrooms the advantage this property offers is that you have a 182 sqm basement with room for 6 cars apart from the drive way and street parking making it suitable to run a small rent a car bussiness. You could also have an office in the basement apart from being able to convert a further two bedrooms.

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