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Successful Property Marketing

There is definitely a formula to successfully marketing Spanish property to a global audience of buyers. Currently, Spanish nationals are responsible for just 5% of property purchased in Spain, so attracting foreign buyers has never been more important. Equally, how foreign buyers search for properties for sale has changed beyond all recognition. Today, they expect to search for your property on cutting edge websites at the touch of a finger - on their phone, tablet or laptop. There is a simple marketing formula, for these changing times Does the main image of your property have internet curb appeal? Will buyers stop and click on your property to see more? The internet today, is yesterday's estate agency shop window – that photo has to be right!

Los Caballos De Mosquin

Los Caballos del Mosquin in Canillas de Albaida has recently had a flat area excavated to create a riding school at the stables. They are extending the existing riding school to double the size (50 x 20m) in order to meet the international measurements for a working size area. (In this moutanous region it is a quite an ambitious and costly project. Flat land in the mountains isn't that easily obtained but Eva and the owners of other horses homed at the stables grouped together to fund this new facility. Eva hopes to be operational for November along with the arrival of a professional riding teacher for the winter months.. The teacher is an Austrian international and very well known rider; Angelika Miki. She has her own equestrian academies in Hungary and Austria and meets the profile of the Los Caballos del Mosquin concept which focuses on natural horseman ship, body language and horse wellfare all the way through from the very basic principles in handling a horse to the higher disciplines in classical dressage. Emphasis is on the cooperation with the horse instead of implying force, violence, punishment and pain.

La Boutique

La Boutique will be celebrating their third Christmas this year. The Grapevine spoke to Lisa about the changes since they first opened. Although the major change for Lisa herself is she and her husband Jose who own the boutique, amongst other enterprises, have a beautiful baby boy called Jose. Lisa took maternity leave earlier on in the year to spend time at home with her new baby. However, she is now back to work and has made some great changes and investment in time for the Christmas period. La Boutique opened as a 3 floor department store but now they boast a further floor in the basement dedicated to bedding, where there is a showroom of mattresses, beds and of course bedding. Above this floor is the original baby section along with a more recent addition of Lingerie, a bathroom accessories area and travel section as before. The Kitchen floor is next which also now includes white goods, electrical items and a small garden section can be found at the back. The first floor or street level entrance is giftware and home ware and as a recent edition now stocks shoes and boots along with a selection of complementary items. Theses accessories have increased in their range for the winter and Christmas period, now not only stocking bags but scarf’s and cardigans too.


Last month I had an absolutely fabulous day out on the Optimist of London 11 a luxury catamaran based in Marina Del Este harbour. My family and I arrived at Marina Del Este and found Stephen and his boat on berth 60, opposite the Pizzeria. Having already pre booked the 3 hour cruise, which left at 12.30pm; we waited for others to arrive. There are various cruises to choose from, 3 hour or 6 hour trips or you can book the Catamaran for your own exclusive use. You can check availability on the website just put the date and time you want to sail and you can see how many places are left on the boat. I would suggest booking well in advance as places fill up incredibly fast.

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