Marbella Info, News, Articles, Events, Luxury Homes – DM Properties Blog The real estate experts at DM Properties share their knowledge and experience of the real estate market in Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:36:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marbella home styling service Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:34:05 +0000 Diana Morales Properties|Knight Frank is highly respected as a leading Marbella real estate agent and a specialist in luxury Marbella properties, but did you know that we also offer a highly professional home styling and interior design service?

DM Properties Marbella home styling service

No, we’re not branching out into a new field – our home styling and decorating service is offered in support of our clients’ needs, be it to help prepare Marbella villas and apartments for sale or to assist in getting new owners settled in.

We have provided a post-sale referral service to the best architects, interior designers, decorators, landscapers and other professionals for a long time. In today’s world, where design and up to date styling is so important, the need to present your home to prospective buyers in the best possible way can often make a telling difference.

Some people have the ability to walk into even a renovation project and picture how it could be made over into a stylish home, but many of our clients fail to spot the potential of a home if it falls too far behind the design and presentation norms of our times. First impressions are vital, and in this day and age that means presenting a home that is sleek and elegant.

Presenting your home

Showing your Marbella property off to its best potential starts with de-cluttering to create a sense of space and refinement. In addition, our home styling specialists will create a neutral colour palate that showcases the villa or apartment beautifully, highlighting the finest features of décor and home while also allowing sea views and mountain vistas to speak for themselves.

This may simply require a tidy-up made with the aid of a professional eye, could also entail a fresh coat of paint or might require some basic repairs, renovation and/or decoration. Once done, the property will look fresh and contemporary, allowing prospective buyers to pictures themselves in the home. With our many years’ experience in the Marbella luxury real estate market, Diana Morales Properties|Knight Frank knows what today’s clients are looking for. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

The impact of Airbnb on Marbella property rentals Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:34:24 +0000 The online booking and brokerage system has transformed the travel industry, from how flights, accommodation and taxis are booked to how and where we choose to spend our free time. Even the largest hotel groups, travel agents, tour operators and airlines have had to adapt to this new reality, which has made their industry less predictable and upped the stakes for success, or sometimes even survival in the otherwise buoyant tourist industry.

The impact of Airbnb

The new players in the sector are the online booking sites, as well as those that offer a broadly visible platform for online client feedback about facilities, service and prices. Again, it has put conventional tourist businesses on the back foot, but as long as the consumer is the main beneficiary the process can be generally considered to be positive. Among the most impactful of all is Airbnb, because where others focus on ‘conventional’ hotel accommodation, it provides a global booking platform for accommodation in privately owned homes, rental apartments, villas, hostels and many others types of properties in towns, cities and regions across the world.

Good and bad

Such has been the success of this form of accommodation and booking in a burgeoning global travel industry that it has seen the addition of millions of new, existing and potential clients. From both conventional sources and emerging new markets, it has cast privately owned tourist accommodation in the limelight, collectively earning billions for homeowners and causing a headache for hotels and other more formal tourist providers.

While the boom lasts the latter are doing fine nonetheless, so the greatest reaction to the Airbnb boom is coming from other sources. These are slowly beginning to include the authorities, who find their cities overloaded with tourists but suspect they are losing out on tax income in what is a traceable but still largely unregulated sector. The strongest reaction is coming from the inhabitants of popular destinations such as Barcelona, Mallorca, Paris, Rome, Vienna and similar cities, where the demand for rooms is such that large investors are moving in, buying up an ever-increasing portion of the city housing stock and gradually pushing normal residents out.

This is distorting prices and housing supply in cities already strongly affected by such problems, and some resent not just the onslaught of tourists in their cities but also the idea that more and more, it is foreign investors that are reaping the benefits and turning their hometowns into open-air attraction parks. Marbella’s five-star resort market remains dominated by luxurious hotels and privately owned rental properties managed either by renowned real estate agents or the owners themselves.

Should you be interested in buying or renting a Marbella home or investment property, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

The impact of Brexit on Marbella Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:38:46 +0000 While it seems the negotiations between the EU and the UK are still to begin in earnest, many have already been discussing the potential impact of Brexit since the British public first voted in favour of leaving the European bloc by a small margin last summer.

Marbella, Costa del Sol

To offer more clarity on the subject and its potential impact on the Costa del Sol’s tourist and real estate sectors, DOM3 hosted a seminar at Marbella’s Palacio de Ferias, Congresos y Exposiciones on Thursday 14 September.

The event was attended by members of both the tourist and property industries, as well as academics, the press and representatives from the Marbella town hall, including incumbent mayor, José Bernal. Among the speakers were Rafael Escuredo Rodríguez, former president of the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Azuaga Moreno, president of Unicaja Bank, and Enrique Barón Crespo, ex-president of the European Parliamant and former Minister of Transport, Tourism and Communication, who sketched the background and latest developments.

It was Ignacio Vasallo, the founder of Tourespaña, who drew on his extensive knowledge of the travel sector and many years in the UK to explain that Brexit is not as much of a surprise as many believe. “The British joined the European Union out of necessity,” he said, “never out of a firm belief in it or desire to be a part of the European project.” This sentiment of being ‘un-European’ is now joined by a greater sense of confidence than back in 1973, when Britain joined the ECC, and together resulted in Brexit.

Tourism and Real Estate impact

He and other members of the panel confirmed that while Brexit-related phenomena such as a weak pound might limit the buying power of British visitors and homebuyers, the geographical and climatic realities are such that they will continue to buy property on the Costa del Sol and visit this region as tourists. “They might stay for shorter periods or spend less per head,” said Mr. Vasallo, “but come they will, as they have always done.”

There is indeed no reason to believe that there will be a huge decline in the longstanding relationship between the British and the Spanish costas, also as this tourist trade is almost as important to the British economy as it is Spain. The movement of goods, capital and people in either direction will therefore also not be allowed to be impeded, and already there are calls for compromises as Britons rethink the potential impact on their own economy, and the EU itself looks set to adopt tougher immigration policies more in line with what the UK has been calling for.

Laura Pou Manjón, President of DOM3, confirmed the fact that the impact of Brexit on the Costa del Sol property market has so far been pretty muted, and limited to a moderate drop in sales figures to Britons that is more than compensated for by a growing market among Northern European and Middle Eastern buyers. Holiday rentals are also solid and while the number of British homeowners putting their Spanish properties up for sale has grown, those in the higher part of the market seem almost entirely undaunted by the prospect of Brexit. As a panel member reminded us: “The British came to the Costa de Sol long before they joined the EU, and they will continue to do so long after they leave the institution.”

Foreign buyers predicted to set new record Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:02:40 +0000 International property consultant firm JLL is forecasting what many in the Marbella area have been sensing for some time, namely that this could be the year in which home sales to foreign buyers breaks the record. Having registered growth for seven consecutive years, this segment of the Spanish property market continues to grow, with demand for the country’s main city real estate and homes on the various coastal regions particularly strong.

Foreign buyers predicted to set new record

The shining lights within this segment are Barcelona and Madrid, in terms of the cities, and Marbella, Mallorca and Ibiza when it comes to holiday/second homes – the preferred real estate type in Spain among foreign homebuyers. Other areas that are also booking good results are the Basque region and cities such as Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga, all of which are experiencing a boost in international interest.

This trend comes amid a strengthening of the domestic Spanish market, both for primary homes and for holiday homes in the coastal areas. Even the reduction in the size of the British market caused by Brexit has not been able to reduce this overall growth, with Scandinavian, Benelux, French and also German, Chinese and Moroccan buyers more than making up the difference. Low interest rates and attractive prices are helping to drive this demand, along with strong demand for the climate, lifestyle and investment opportunities offered.

Indeed, in addition to the continued inherent demand for the properties and lifestyle by end-user buyers, both private and institutional investors are also looking for good opportunities in Spain, and finding them. This ranges from commercial and retail property to new and renovated residential homes, luxury apartment complexes and even land and recreational projects. With the economy growing and tourist numbers peaking, the conditions are excellent for growth to consolidate further not only this year, but for the foreseeable future.

If you would like more information about buying a property in Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank – the trusted Marbella luxury real estate agents.

Guadalmina Alta, life surrounded by golfing greenery Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:18:43 +0000 The luxury residential area of Guadalmina is situated on the west side of Marbella, close to the little town of San Pedro Alcántara. On the north side of the coastal road lays Guadalmina Alta, an attractive leafy area of villas and luxury apartments built around lush fairways.

Gualdamina Alta

The Real Club de Golf Guadalmina is a stylish course that produces a beautiful park landscape around which the properties in Guadalmina are arranged. Like the suburb itself, the club is divided into two courses, a northern and southern one, both with 18 holes. The Guadalmina Sur course was inaugurated as far back as 1959, with the northern course opened in 1973, designed by Javier Arana. Its park layout offers residents of Guadalmina Alta fantastic frontline golf views that merge with vistas of the nearby sea and mountain ranges.

Properties in Guadalmina Alta

Though situated just a short distance from the main coastal AP-7 road and linked to the charming little Spanish town of San Pedro Alcántara, Guadalmina Alta is a haven of peace and tranquillity where private villas and elegant apartment and townhouse complexes line leafy streets and many directly overlook the fairways. The amenities of San Pedro Alcántara are right on hand, but Puerto Banús and Marbella town are also just a few minutes away by car, with Estepona and Benahavis less than 15 minutes distant. Beaches, shopping, dining, sports facilities, schools and a host of other services are your fingertips, making Guadalmina Alta one of the most desirable residential areas in Marbella.

A large part of Guadalmina Alta, particularly its inland extension, is made up of quiet residential streets lined with a good range of villas in terms of size, orientation, architectural styling and price. The area offers both contemporary and more traditional properties, as well as older homes in prime locations that have scope for renovation and investment returns. In addition, Guadalmina Alta apartments rank among the best in the area thanks to a series of first-class developments in frontline golf locations, while the townhouses in Guadalmina Alta also offer spacious, stylish homes perfect for family life.

If you would like to know more about the lifestyle, amenities and the properties for sale in Guadalmina Alta please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

Exceptional beachside villa in the New Golden Mile Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:43:11 +0000 Every now and again a property comes on to the market that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This magnificent frontline beach villa in the New Golden Mile, west of Marbella, boasts the rare privilege of an unsurpassable location combined with privacy, space, sophistication and also easy access to the best that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

Exceptional beachside villa in the New Golden Mile

The property finds itself at the point where the municipal boundaries of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis meet, bringing the charming country village and beautiful natural mountain scenery of the latter in to close range, along with the lively little Andalusian town of San Pedro Alcántara, the glamorous marina of Puerto Banús, the authentic appeal of Estepona and the classic elegance of Marbella town and the Golden Mile.

All are within a 15-minute range from the villa’s front door, and in addition to shopping, dining and international schools you will also have a fantastic range of golf courses, spas and beach clubs on your doorstep. For all this the property is set within a private oasis right on the beach. Such a wide beach-fronting plot with direct access to a very private stretch of sandy coastline is highly prized indeed, with very few such opportunities left along the Marbella shoreline. The property that occupies this privileged spot would have to be special – and it is.

Set on 4,125 square metres of shore-fronting land, this is a seaside mansion in Marbella that belongs to a class of its own. The 12-bedroom home covers a built area of over 2,500 square metres, encompassing not only elegant open-plan living areas, a 400-plus square metre recreation and leisure area, expansive outdoor and heated indoor pools with rooftop splash pool, a panoramic first floor sun deck with private lounge bar, a gym with sea views, cinema, games room, wine cellar, lifts connecting the different levels and staff quarters, but also an expansive outdoor terrace area leading on to the beach, magnificent manicured grounds, a multi-car garage and the kind of driveway and sense of arrival that a property of this calibre deserves.

Few properties in Marbella can compete for location and sheer opulence and sophistication, as this is a property that takes luxury 21st century villas in Marbella to the next level. To find out more about this magnificent beachside mansion in Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank for private access.

Marbella luxury villas and apartments with reduced prices Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:55:17 +0000 Like all our services, the Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank website is designed to offer optimal authoritative information and make the process of searching and selecting properties as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Modern Aesthetic in Sierra Blanca, Marbella

Fast-tracked property searches

In addition to the standard search functions, therefore, we have included galleries that will fast-track people with specific interests to the kind of property listings they are after, thus filtering out all the non-relevant homes and allowing them to save time as they no longer have to sift through large numbers of properties to see the ones they want.

In this way we make it possible for potential buyers looking for Modern Properties in Marbella,
Frontline Beach Marbella, Frontline Golf Marbella, Luxury Property Marbella and Villas in La Zagaleta to find matching homes with the minimum of fuss.

Best property opportunities in Marbella

In addition to the above categories there is also a Best Opportunities section that singles out all those properties in Marbella that have been reduced in price over time or generally represent great value. We collate and regularly update this section to offer a single listing with the best offers for those buyers and investors looking for great value opportunities.

Moreover, the Best Property Opportunities in Marbella gallery is divided into three easy reference sections: Villas with Reduced Prices, Apartments with Reduced Prices and Houses with Reduced Prices.

This way you go can go straight to the best value villas in top locations in Marbella, Benahavis or Estepona, as well as great value apartments for sale in Puerto Banús, the Golden Mile, Nueva Andalucía and many more prime locations on the Costa del Sol. The Houses section refers to townhouses, semi-detached villas and village houses in and around the greater Marbella area.

View our Best Opportunities section if you are looking for a great real estate opportunity in Marbella, or contact the team at DM Properties/Knight Frank for a personal consultation.

Marbella rent price increases outpace sales prices Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:51:10 +0000 Analysts from Gesvalt, a Spanish advisory company, have found that while sales prices of property in Spain are showing healthy growth right now, rental prices have started outpacing them quite significantly.


In fact, it’s a four-to-one ratio, with sales prices growing by 2% in the first half of the year compared with 8% for rentals. These figures apply to the whole of Spain, including rural areas where the property upturn hasn’t been quite as pronounced yet, so the picture in and around Marbella is likely to be even more positive. Here sales prices are growing at more than double the rate, yet rental prices are still outpacing them.

This is mostly because of the very strong demand for holiday and long-term rentals in the Marbella area right now, but further exacerbated by the fact that some homeowners are taking their properties off the rental market and putting them up for sale, keen to capitalise on a strong property market. For those with a nose for the right investment property it means there is excellent income and ROI potential to be had.

The main things to bear in mind when you look for a rental income property to buy in Marbella are its location, amenities, access to surrounding services, views and design. Onsite facilities such as swimming pools are a must, while indoor pools, spas, 24-hour security, concierge services and tennis courts are a big plus. Moreover, new-built homes rent out more easily, but it isn’t too hard to modernise a home and present it in a clean, contemporary way that will find ready demand.

Wifi, satellite TV connections and modern furniture packs, as well as attractive, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, reasonably sized terraces and sufficient wardrobes, storage and parking are also essential. Finally, location is vital as it dictates the surroundings, views and distance to the nearest services and amenities such as restaurants, shops, cafés, beaches and sports facilities. You can’t always get all of these, so break the potential market down into families, golfers and those who come to party. You may not like the idea of the latter, but if you treat your rental property purely as an investment the returns can be good. This is maybe best left to seasoned landlords, though, as someone proud of their second home should probably stick to keen golfers and couples or families looking for holiday rentals.

Try to be as close to the beach as possible, especially if you’re thinking of holiday rentals, or otherwise pick a nice property near golf courses and transport links.

Contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank if you would like to know more about renting a property in Marbella, whether you are a home owner interested in renting your property out or a potential tenant.

Puerto del Almendro, Benahavis Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:58:19 +0000 Not as well-known as some of the larger residential areas, Puerto del Almendro is a peaceful spot tucked into the folds of gently rising foothills at the base of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. It lays at the beginning of the Ronda road, with beyond exclusive residential areas such as Monte Halcones and Los Arqueros, country clubs such as El Madroñal and La Zagaleta, and after that the open scenery of the mountains.

Puerto del almendro, Benahavis

Though just a few minutes removed from golf courses, beaches, Puerto Banús, the lively little town of San Pedro Alcántara and the pretty village of Benahavís, under which it falls, Puerto del Almendro enjoys enough elevation to afford it fantastic sea views across country scenery down along golf courses and leafy residential zones to the beaches that hug the Mediterranean shoreline. On clear days you can see across to Gibraltar and North Africa.

Variety in a small, select residential area

Ensconced within the greenery of wooded hillsides, this is a very private but also central Benahavis urbanisation that is made up of both apartments and villas. The lack of passing traffic ensures peace, privacy and tranquillity, while the natural slope of the land and established nature guarantees the stunning south-facing sea views of the properties in Puerto del Almendro are protected.

Among the fine homes found here attractive apartment complexes such as these delightful two-bedroom apartments. Set within in a small development of just ten apartments, they offer up to 170m2 of space within a complex that features a swimming pool, lush gardens and a spa with indoor pool and gym.

This charming country villa featuring contemporary comfort and timeless style, refinement and good taste is typical of the villas for sale in Puerto del Almendro. Offering space, beautiful gardens, gorgeous views and rustic refinement on the doorstep of Marbella, it represents a real estate jewel that seldom comes up for sale but is quickly snapped up when it does.

Also this classic style villa with amazing sea and mountain views, set within a gated community. For those in the know, Puerto del Almendro is one of the most desirable areas in this part of Marbella.

If you are interested in knowing more about property for sale in Puerto del Almendro, Benahavis, please contact the Marbella luxury real estate specialists Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.

New Flights from Riga to Málaga Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:53:48 +0000 The introduction of new flight routes is good news for the Marbella real estate market and for its tourism industry. Now we can look forward to new arrivals from beautiful Latvia. At the beginning of July, Latvia-based Primera Air announced the commencement of flights from the country’s capital Riga to Málaga, in response to the Andalusian city being the most popular vacation destination for Latvians.

This new addition to Primera Air’s routes is partly thanks to its recent growth and to an increase in tourism travel from Latvia. The flights won’t start until summer 2018, but tickets are already going on sale from this August. At first there will be a weekly flight on a Boeing 737 carrying 189 passengers, but this could increase if the demand is sufficient.

The airline’s commercial director, Anastasija Visnakova, told the press: “Málaga is our most popular destination that we have been flying to since founding the airline in 2004. During our summer season we have as many as 17 flights a week from our hubs in Scandinavia and Iceland, with more than 250.000 passengers flown to this destination annually. Initially it was a summer-only route, but during the last years Málaga has become a year-round destination.”

However, this is the first time that flights will be coming directly from Riga. The airline moved its headquarters to Latvia in 2014 and this move has expanded its business, enabling it to purchase 20 new aircraft and to change its business model from being a charter operation specialising in local flights to a full standard carrier able to serve new markets and routes.

The advantageous cost of operating from Latvia allows Primera to compete with airlines like Norwegian, Vueling and Ryanair, all very popular carriers with Marbella residents and visitors. It also makes it much easier for Latvians to consider purchasing holiday residences in Marbella because now they will be able to travel between here and their home country with much greater ease. Conversely, it puts Riga on the city breaks map for Marbellís, making this a win-win situation for everyone and we look forward to welcoming more visitors and property investors from Latvia to the sunny shores of southern Spain.

If you would like to know more about buying a property in Marbella, please contact Diana Morales Properties | Knight Frank.