5 Tips for Selling your Home

There’s no doubt of the desirability of owning property in Mallorca, so selling one should be a piece of cake, right? Well, if you are serious about selling it and doing so quickly, then not really.

The island is awash with beautiful properties. Many potential buyers will have stayed in some during their holidays, some may have decided to buy based on their experience of their luxury holiday home in Mallorca. Your property needs to live up to that dream; the buyers’ expectations.

Think about the character of your property, nine times out of ten, that is what buyers want. So walking into a home that you have lived in for the past ten years which is full of things that make up your daily life is not going to conjure their vision of life in Mallorca. Perhaps your property has been rented for a while and wear and tear is showing through. A cluttered house in a sad state does not shout “Mallorca Living”.

Tip 1: Have a good old clear out

It’s time-consuming and a pain, sometimes emotionally draining even, but you have to do it anyway so why not get started and improve the overall image of your property? A wide open space shows potential while a crammed and busy space just feels small.

Tip 2: Blank canvas & presentation 

Once you have this job out of the way, let us get cracking with the photo shoot. This is the first opportunity to give that perfect first impression. While you may have got rid of clutter, for the photos, take away personal items. Think about your home becoming a blank canvas for someone to come in and make their own.

Open up all the doors, windows and shutters and shed some light on the subject. Make it light and airy, inviting and attractive. We will do our best to highlight the character of your home and be sure to capture each and every part.

Tip 3: Cleanliness

With the above steps carried out, it’ll soon be time for viewings. Potential buyers are intrigued by the photos, now make this a reality. This is another first impression opportunity and it has to look good from the beginning, ie from the garden gate or front door. It should smell good too. Get rid of any rubbish, recycling and perhaps skip the fish dinner the night before. Neutralise your home, have fresh bed linen on the beds, mop the floors, put your old shoes away, wash the pet bedding and move rubbish/recycling bins out of the way.

Tip 4: Get everything working seamlessly 

At the viewing, let your Estate Agent do the selling, try and stay away so that potential buyers will feel comfortable enough to have a good look around. And be sure that when they do, your buyers don’t find any annoying things like a broken step, a door that won’t shut. Fix all these small jobs, it will make a difference.

Tip 5: Price

Lastly, it’s important to note, no one will bother to look if the price is wrong. Listen to your Estate Agent and look at similar properties that have just been sold in the area. You may be selling a Mallorcan dream, but it has to be at the right price.

Take a look at our range of properties for sale in North Mallorca. 

A Dream Cycling Holiday in the North of Mallorca

When it comes to luxury villas, Mallorca has them in spades. And, when it comes to your cycling holiday on the island, you don’t have to miss out on the best property Mallorca has to offer.

Here in the north there are plenty of rental villas that can complete your dream cycling trip. So, here is a checklist that will help you make the all-important selection.

Luxury Villa for your Cycling Trip – A Checklist

Check the location. Is it near the main cycling routes? Can you easily get to bike shops and centres for all important supplies and maintenance?

In the north of Mallorca, the ride to Lluc and into the Tramuntana are popular. The cap de Formentor (soon to be exclusive to cyclists and the odd shuttle bus), the road up to La Victoria, as well as the wetlands, coastal routes and country lanes in between are all a happy cyclist’s playground. Choose your villa with the routes in mind.

Whether you travelled with your bike, or you’ve rented one from one of the excellent suppliers here on the island, the last thing you want is for it to go missing or get damaged. When you’re selecting accommodation, look at the security. Can you lock your bikes away, is there a protected area undercover for the bikes to be stored out of any bad weather?

Test the R&R – this is your holiday after all. After a long day on the saddle, you want to be able to relax and your choice of villa can determine how well you do this. Does the villa have a pool or Jacuzzi for those aching legs? Do you have some space for a massage?

If you’re looking at a countryside property, look at the access. Is it a smooth ride or a bumpy track to the entrance?

How about facilities? Make sure there is a decent washing machine. You need to feel fresh every day when you hit the road. Also, for hanging out post- or pre- ride, is there enough to keep you entertained? Games room, satellite TV… the best villas will cater for all tastes and needs.

Our Luxury Villas for Cyclists

Here at Prestige Villas, we have just what you need. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

Can Menut Nou

So often we hear, “I want a villa with countryside surroundings but just a 5 minute walk to the town.” It’s not always easy to work miracles, but with Can Menut Nou, it is. This villa is right on the edge of Pollensa Old Town, round the corner from the road to Lluc. What’s more it has a Jacuzzi, pool and a table tennis table.

Estrella de Calvari

The jewel in Pollensa’s crown are the Calvari steps. Many a wanderer has taken in the stunning properties while also taking in the view of this beautiful old town. Set back from the steps, Estrella del Calvari is away from the tourist trail so privacy is not an issue, and its modern design and breathtaking views will make you feel like the King or Queen of the Calvari (just bear in mind that it comes with a hilly walk — or ride — up, depending on how tired and wobbly your legs are feeling).

Casa Lluna

Heading down to Campanet, Casa Lluna will get you right on track for the Tramuntana cycling routes. Whether you’re heading up through Selva and on to Lluc, or looping your way to Soller, this villa is at a superb starting point. Just beware that once you’re in, it will be difficult to leave. The design and quality of this beautiful house will make you feel right at home.

Moscari I

The idea that holiday rental villas need a neutral or blank canvas interior is lost on this holiday home from home. Many a chic boutique hotel screams with character and so does Moscari I. Executed with style, taste and with no expense spared, this luxury villa adds a splash of colour to your cycling holiday. In fact your fitness levels will get a boost just from rushing to get back to it every day.

Moscari II

This luxury holiday home can be connected to its big brother, Moscari I, so your cycling holiday party can get bigger than you thought. Expect more of the same character and chic boutique feel and say hello to the pool table and tennis court. Oh yes, this could make your dream cycling holiday come true.

For more properties in Mallorca, check out our website: villa rentals and sales.

 

 

Easter in North Mallorca

Easter in Mallorca is a somewhat sombre and serious affair. It all starts with Lent, right after the craziness of carnival is cleared up. The first day of the seven weeks of restriction is marked with the chopping down of the St Antoni pine (a whole other story).

The poster-girl and legend of Lent, La Jaia Corema watches over the children and one of her seven legs is cut off as each week passes. On Easter Saturday she is taken down from the wall she’s been hung on and cut in two. And the children tuck into their sweets.

Palm Sunday

Rewind to the weekend before, and the Diumenge del Ram (Palm Sunday to you and me) is the first Easter event to witness. Palms are made into fantastic shapes and sizes and hung on front doors and balconies. A Palmerero will prepare the palm leaves well in advance to grow them in the characteristic white colour. Made by hand, the decorations range from simple plaited designs that children can make, or more elaborate ornaments that can take three days to produce. On the morning of Diumenge de Rams, after the blessing of the Palm, the priest and children of the church form a parade, palm in hand, and walk from the Monti-Sion church to the main church in the square.

Holy Thursday

On the evening of Dijous Sant (Maundy Thursday) the Last Supper, the Betrayal of Jesus and other scenes from the Easter story are depicted in the streets and plazas of Pollensa. A parade of townsfolk, in all their penitents garb, leads Jesus to witness these scenes as he drags the cross over his shoulder. Known as the Processó de la Sang (Procession of the Blood of Christ) it is all very sombre and well worth coming out to see. But this is not the main Easter event in Pollensa, the Good Friday procession is what puts this little town on Mallorca’s fiesta map.

Good Friday

Known as the Davallament, the hooded confrarias (brotherhoods from various parts of the town), move slowly down the famous Calvari Steps. The scene, in silence except the eerie beating of a drum, with a sea of torches and pointed hoods against the night sky while the Calvari chapel peers down from the top of the hill, is a spine-tingling affair. Whether you’re a believer or not, this display of Easter is a sight to behold. For the full impact, make your way up the Calvari steps, half way up is perfect, and make sure you have your spot before they leave from the top. Get your camera ready, this is a photographer’s dream.

Easter Sunday

Come Sunday morning, the market in Pollensa becomes a secondary distraction as the Procesión del Santo Encuentro culminates in the main square and the image of Jesus meets the image of his mother. The joy of the event is followed by a quick and perhaps surprising spectacle of gunfire. Rounds shift in turn between different rooftops, once it’s over those inclined head to church for the solemn Mass.

Easter is all tied up on the Monday or Tuesday with a mini-pilgrimage to out of the way refugis. In Alcudia the ‘Pancaritat al Santuario de la Victoria’ is held every year and those that joined the pilgrimage can enjoy a paella at the top. This is the same in Pollensa when, after walking up the Puig de Maria, everyone comes together for a giant Paella.

Practicalities

Diumenge del Ram: Solemn Mass and procession starts at 11.45am

Dijous Sant: Processó de la Sang starts at 9.15pm. The Quadres de Passió are set up in the Plaza Major, Sant Jordi, the stations of the cross on the Calvari, the St Isidre fountain and at the Convent.

Davallament: the descent begins around 9pm. Make sure you’re in situ before then. It gets crowded all of a sudden.

Where to Stay

For a selection of properties walking distance to the events, see our townhouses in Pollença. Click here.

Renting License Requirements

A current trending and a much-debated topic of conversation right now is the regulations surrounding renting licenses in the Balearic Islands. Take note that before now, owners who wished to rent their property to tourists had to have a permit to do so. Apartments did not, however, comply with the guidelines to get a license and therefore were rented unregistered. Villas could apply and obtain a licence, called an ETV, at the local tourism authorities.

Right now, however, there has been a freeze on granting licenses until 1st August 2018, at the latest. Once this moratorium has been lifted, both apartments and villas alike will be able to apply for a permit, providing they comply with the strict stipulations listed below:

– Must be in an approved zone
Just recently the president of the Consell de Mallorca, Miquel Ensenyat, the councillor of Land and Infrastructure, Mercedes Garrido and the councillor of Economic Affairs, Cosme Bonet presented the provisional zoning project for holiday rentals. You can see more about that in our previous blog post by clicking here.

– Cédula de habitabilidad / Certificate of Occupancy
Spanish law requires this document to control H&S conditions in any dwelling. This also dictates the maximum occupancy of the property.

– Age of building
The building needs to be at least five years old.

– Certificado Energético / Energy Certificate
With a scale from A to G. The law requires at least D for buildings finished after 2008 and F for older ones.

– Water meter
Every house or apartment must have an independent water meter as opposed to shared communal meter.

– Building community authorisation
The majority of neighbours in a community must authorise vacation rentals. This is a sticky point, as these associations change, the stance of the neighbours can change over time. If this authorisation was withdrawn, it would void the renting license, and the owner would have to stop marketing the holiday apartment immediately.

– Insurance
A comprehensive holiday rental insurance with third-party liability coverage of at least 300,000€.

– Data collection
All guests need to be dully logged with the Spanish National Police.

– License limit
There is a limit of 3-holiday properties per owner and sorely individuals as opposed to businesses or corporations.

– Length of the license
5 years after which the permit needs to be renewed. There are rumours that this limit will only apply to apartments whereas townhouses and holiday villas will not need to renew their licenses.

– Beds / places
The beds or places of occupancy must be purchased from an island-wide stock shared with the hotels. At the moment there are around 42,000 beds available in this stock. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the price, however, this has not been announced yet.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here.

Holiday Rental Zoning Project in Mallorca

The president of the Consell de Mallorca, Miquel Ensenyat, the councillor of Land and Infrastructure, Mercedes Garrido and the councillor of Economic Affairs, Cosme Bonet have presented today the provisional zoning project for holiday rentals. This proposal is currently under public exposition until the 12th of March.

Licensed holiday villas constitute a significant part of the island economy. According to the records from September 2017, Mallorca has 40,073 beds in registered holiday rental properties. Furthermore, there are 45,149 beds currently under application, and approximately 11,000 are expected to initiate the process soon.

Last year the Govern Balear approved a new renting law affecting the Balearics and a one-year moratorium until the 1st of August for the different Island Councils and the Ajuntament de Palma to determine in which areas holiday rentals will be allowed. We wrote about this law extensively in our blog post, and you can read about it here.

Until this zoning is officially approved, possibly as early as next week, only licensed properties like those available on our website PrestigeVillas.com can be advertised.

This authority is planning to initially allow holiday rentals in villas and apartments up to 60 days a year in so-called “saturated” towns, initially limited to Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponça and Peguera.

Other declared saturated towns will be:

  • Alcúdia
  • Randa (Algaida)
  • Ariany
  • Banyalbufar
  • Port des Canonge (Banyalbufar)
  • Orient (Bunyola)
  • Ullaró (Campanet)
  • Deià
  • Llucalcari (Deià)
  • Sa Cala (Deià)
  • S’Empeltada (Deià)
  • Ses Coves (Deià)
  • S’Esglaieta (Esporles)
  • Estellencs
  • Es Carritxó (Felanitx)
  • Fornalutx
  • Marratxinet (Marratxí)
  • Pollença
  • Es Vilà (Pollença)
  • La Font (Pollença)
  • Santanyí
  • Llombards (Santanyí)
  • Ruberts (Sencelles)
  • Ses Salines
  • Sóller
  • Biniaraix (Sóller)
  • L’Horta (Sóller)
  • Valldemossa
  • Es Port (Valldemossa)
  • S’Arxiduc (Valldemossa)
  • Son Ferrandell (Valldemossa)

In inland protected areas no rental licenses will be allowed.

According to Ensenyat “Holiday rentals are not a problem. There are areas where holiday rentals help support the local economy of Mallorca. By this zoning project, we intend to identify where these rentals become a problem to limit them and in which places they contribute to the local economy. We intend to find social as well as ecological balance.

Councillor Garrido explained earlier today that “by this zoning project we are outlining what we want to protect. We do not want to overexploit our water resources or turn our towns into theme parks.

This proposal is also wanting to assist the residents finding affordable housing options. Finally, councillor Bonet has appointed that “holiday rentals, especially when in inland towns, have granted an opportunity to the residents to have access to share a part of the wealth coming from tourism that had never been accessible to them before. Very often we see visitors that decide to repeat and wish to know better the area.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here.

Christmas Traditions in Mallorca

24th December – Nochebuena / Nit de Nadal
Christmas Eve is one of the most celebrated evenings in the Christmas calendar across Mallorca. Traditionally many people will come together for an evening mass at the church and listen to ‘Cant de la Sibil·la’ (The Song of the Sibyl) declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on 2010. This Gregorian chant is a Christmas classic, and it is quite an honour to be chosen to sing it. After the evening mass is over, that’s when the really good bit starts. People like to head home with the family, or to a bar, and indulge in a mug of hot chocolate so thick you need a glass of water to chase it down. This is accompanied by some kind of sweet delights such as ensaïmades as pictured above, or possibly even bunyols or churros.

25th December – Navidad / Nadal
Christmas day has, in more recent times, been the families day of choice to share gifts, although this is a fairly new tradition. Some families prefer to wait until the Three Kings to make sure the children stay well behaved over the holiday period. Gift giving aside, Christmas is a day to be together with the family and enjoy a big hearty lunch which can last pretty much all day. Again there are a few classic dishes which crop up in each household. For example sopa de Nadal – a broth with huge pieces of shall pasta stuffed with mince. The main course is usually a suckling pig in most houses. For dessert, there’s always a plethora of turrons of all kinds as well as another cheeky ensaïmada, coca de patata, wafers or the like. Although there are lights and a festive feel around town, the island doesn’t go mad for Christmas trees, that’s not a tradition here, although you will see that some people have adopted it. Around town, you may see quite a few Santas on ladders hanging from peoples balconies. What most people will be interested in is seeing the nativity display set up in the town council building, Cort, in Palma. The model city of Palma is transformed into a Christmas nativity scene with all the authentic Mallorcan traditions dotted around. Gentleman playing cards around a table, girls folk dancing, chickens and farm animals, orange orchards and of course in the middle are the well-known nativity characters.

31st December – Nochevieja / Cap d’any
There are a few traditions around this time in terms of good luck charms and superstitions but one of the main ones is the twelve grapes. During each chime of the bell it’s a race to eat all twelve grapes, once chime at a time. Each grape represents luck and good fortune during the coming year. It may not seem like much of a challenge but the grapes here are huge and still have the seeds in, so by the sixth one it’s pretty difficult to keep going. This is where you can spot the experienced and locals amongst your group.

5th January – Cabalgata de Reyes / Els Reis d’Orient
If you haven’t shared gifts already on Christmas day then excitement at this point is tantamount, and children across the island are brimming with excitement for the arrival of the three Kings (wise men). Towns all over the island will host a parade whereby the three kings will throw out sweeties and some parents may have dropped off gifts to be handed out to their children by the Kings. It’s a very vibrant and bright parade, but it doesn’t beat the smile on the faces of the little ones as they excitedly arrive home to see what the Kings have delivered to them. It’s tonight that most families share gifts, although some do hold off until lunch tomorrow.

6th January – Epifanía del Señor’ / Dia de Reis
This is generally celebrated with a family lunch although the menu can vary in each household. One thing for sure though, there’ll be a roscón de reyes. A ring-shaped pastry decorated with colourful candied fruit and topped with a cardboard crown. Hidden inside are a bean and a King figurine. The lucky one to get the King gets to put on the crown for the day and the unlucky one to receive a bean must buy next years roscón.

Lluna de la Font, new luxury villa to rent in Pollensa

Just outside of Pollença town is la Font, a small residential area built on the hillside offering the properties that sit there an elevated view of the countryside and landscape of North Mallorca.

Among those houses is Lluna de la Font, a new property that we are featuring for the 2018 season. Located right at the end of a cul de sac, the way the villa was designed means that neighbours do not overlook it and you can enjoy the utmost privacy and tranquillity.

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Complementing the high-quality construction is traditional Mallorcan architectural features such as stone walls and beams throughout the interiors. The interior of the house is elegant with a modern feel to it, full of natural light, warmth and beautiful open plan spaces.

The outside has a classic rough stone façade and plenty of terraced areas to sit and relax.That said, the real beauty of this villa lies in the views and many spacious outdoor areas surrounding the house. The main terrace is a suntrap, and with a long 14m saltwater pool it’s easy to cool off in the hot summer sun.

The property is excellent for larger groups and is fully functioning with a very well equipped, tried and tested kitchen. If you’re more of an outdoor chef, there’s a gas BBQ and a BBQ built into the rocks.

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The villa has four bright bedrooms and is perfect for 8 guests. Changeovers are on a Friday at this property, and there are plenty of weeks available throughout the season. It’s a great property at any time of year.

To see more photos or to enquire, take a look at our website by clicking here.

Collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer

We’re excited to be working with Cancer Research UK this year in their charity auction run by Stand Up To Cancer.

This year is the ninth ‘Sound & Vision’ event, which is an intimate immersive event held at Abbey Road Studios with this year’s theme being early 80s. Celebrating the birthplace of New Romantic scene and the explosion of club culture. Gary Kemp is the Event Patron and Boy George is the confirmed headline performer.

Sound & Vision was launched by the late Sir George Martin in the year 2006. Since it’s inception, it has raised over £1m for Cancer Research UK.

As part of Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign, Sound & Vision will be recreating the two Soho clubs that were the birthplace of the New Romantic scene – the Blitz and the Wag. Where Spandau Ballet, Boy George and Duran Duran were all regulars and the strict door policy meant only the creme to la creme of the 80’s club scene were granted entry.

Stand Up to Cancer will be running an auction during the event. One of the lots is a 7-night stay at one of our properties in North Mallorca. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to stay in one of a choice of four properties that sleep between 8 and 10 guests.

Other luxury prizes are on offer will be a selection of incredible rock and roll art and photography, luxury prizes and money can’t buy experiences.

New law for holiday rental apartments in Mallorca

In recent years, villas and townhouses have had it easy to obtain renting licenses whereas apartments, on the other hand, have not been allowed to apply for a renting license for the last two decades.

A way round this used to be the “Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos”, sometimes referred to the tenancy act in English as this law does not set a minimum length of a let. Many owners and agencies were legitimately using this law for apartment rentals. As long as those properties were not advertised as being “holiday apartments” and no additional services were being provided i.e. cleaning, assistance phone, etc., and a lease contract was signed, they were within the law.

Recently, the Balearic Parliament has approved a new holiday rentals’ legislation. In addition to regulating the commercialisation of tourist accommodation, a real ceiling has been placed on the number of beds available in the islands. A balanced solution has been sought between the coexistence of residents and tourists and addressing housing needs.

According to the Government, this new ceiling of beds is meant to tackle the unlimited growth of tourist accommodation capacity of the Balearics. Whereas owners of holiday rentals such as villas or townhouses which are already licensed will be unaffected by the new bill, there is now a one-year moratorium on new permits for new holiday rental properties. The local councils and the town hall in Palma will use this period to determine which zones will be allowed to register new holiday rentals’ beds.

There will also be a new restriction to limit the number of properties that one owner can market: no more than three. Additionally, any property that applies for a new license will have to be at least five years old.

The legislation creates new ways for prosecuting illegal supply by establishing a clear definition of the channels through which holiday accommodation is offered, and requires that a tourism license number is displayed on any advertisements. There’s even an email address so you can denounce your neighbours.

Furthermore, any property to be let for under thirty days will be deemed to be a holiday rental and therefore subject to all the relevant provisions in the legislation. This is the Government’s way of closing the tenancy act loophole on short-term rentals that are in fact for holiday purposes.

Any listing without license number will be deemed to be illegal, leaving websites and landlords liable to hefty fines – ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 euros for owners and up to 400,000 euros for agencies and portals. The Ministry of Tourism has set up an email for residents to denounce other owners who rent their apartments.

The legislation makes provision for the holiday rental of a “habitual dwelling” for a maximum of sixty days a year. This applies to both apartments and houses. These dwellings would still be subject to the zoning.

Our team at Prestige Villas will keep a close eye on upcoming news regarding the holiday rental legislation. Keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter: click here. If you have any questions about the new law, feel free to contact us, we are here to help.

Goodbye Roaming Charges!

You may have heard the news already that roaming charges within the EU will be abolished, as of today – yippee!

Although some networks are already offering roaming free contracts, that’s not the case for everyone nor the case across all countries so this European law will be welcome news for many.

The new law means that EU phones will be able to call, text and browse within the EU without incurring the hefty charges and it will just be as if you are in your home country.

This law has been a long time in the making, as the EU have been negotiating with the mobile phone networks for ten years to get this agreement. One warning from the mobile phone networks was that this would only push prices higher to take out your phone contract in the first place, regardless of if you intend on going abroad.

Although a statement was released saying:
“The EU has managed to find the right balance between the end of roaming charges and the need to keep domestic mobile packages competitive and attractive,”

“Operators have had two years to prepare for the end of roaming charges, and we are confident that they will seize the opportunities the new rules bring to the benefit of their customers.”

One word of warning though, if you exceed your contract limit then you will be charged, just like you would at home. So if you’ve not got all you can eat data, then watch how much you use up while abroad as anything beyond your contract could be pricey.

This spells the end of needing to go place to place to find a wifi hotspot. Roam free and roam far!