The best real estate agencies to help you find your ideal house in Catalonia
In the last year Catalonia made it to the top of the list in the Spanish regions which have experienced a positive and remarkable growth in the real state sector. The last few months have registered a less intensive dynamism regarding the residential demand – but summing up the results of the entire year, Catalonia grew a 23%, while the Spanish average growth is estimated to be around 13,9%. The capital, Barcelona, registered an increase of operations of 25,3%, followed by Lleida (21,7%), Tarragona (18,1%) and Girona (16,9%).
Results show that foreigners represent the biggest group in the real state customers in Catalonia, as they represent 15,8% of the whole sales, having increased 16% in relation to the past year. Girona is the Catalonian province in which foreigners have bought the most properties, making the 31% out of the whole set of transactions executed for this type of customer.
However, selling a home in Barcelona has lately become a profitable business for those who own luxurious properties in privileged areas of the city. Given that the main investors are Russian clients and from other countries from the Soviet Union of high income level, this is the moment to release in the market those properties located along the Catalonian seaside in which potential customers could be interested. High quality houses and flats of big dimensions situated in idyllic such as those found on Costa Maresma, on the outskirts of Barcelona, with crystal clear waters, sandy shores and a spectacular landscape. Or those properties located on Costa Brava, a 180 km long coast, surrounded by mountains and cliffs that offer a bird’s eye view over the Mediterranean sea. All of them, impregnated by the Mediterranean culture and gastronomy which Eastern European visitors hold so dear, represent the main attraction of this Catalonian coast.
Aiming to give these customers a special treatment and meaning to inspire a trustworthy service in several languages, new real estate agencies have risen to provide foreigners a more dedicated and professional assistance in finding the right apartment for sale in Barcelona. These new agencies offer the Russian customers a personalized service throughout the entire process of the sale, without any intermediaries, in the client’s own language, providing the best professionals with an extensive experience in the sector in order to assist the potential buyers in anything they might need. This is indeed a service that makes everything much easier for consumers and users from abroad who wish to acquire a property in a different country of which they do not know the language or customs. A good example of such an agency is the Real Estate Agency Damlex Realty, a successful firm that has been operating in the housing market of Catalonia for over 15 years.
So, considering these pieces of information, it is natural to affirm the real estate market keeps growing again in Spain especially in the luxurious part of the sector thanks to the consumers coming from abroad. It is therefore clear the remarkable natural appealing Barcelona has to offer, as well as the rest of Catalonian communities. This is a profiting boost for the Spanish economy, which suffered a historical recession due to the real estate bubble, that turned to be a key factor in the onset of the economic crisis back in 2008.
Keeping up with house trends
Home is the place where you should feel more comfortable. Thankfully, you can get all the confort without having to sacrifice style. Nowadays it is easy to remodel your house within a budget, making it accessible to any user. If you also keep up with the last trends, your house will surely be in everybody’s mouth.
Updating the living room
The heart of every household is, without any doubt, the living room. It is the place were the family reunites to spend the time together. We generally use the living room on our free time, so it is important to feel as comfortable in it as possible. After all, nobody wants to be in an uncomfortable place when it comes to watch a movie or spend quality time talking with your significant other. Latest trends are aware of this.
One of the most significant changes that have been happening on living rooms over the last years is that regular sofas have become outdated. Their crucial spot in the room has been taken all over by the chaise longues. Chaise longue is a kind of sofa that includes an extra long piece of sofa in one of the sides. Thanks to this additional piece, you can lay down more easily and relax. They are very versatile pieces of furniture and, the best thing about them, is that they come in all designs and patterns, so finding one that matches your style is easy.
Becoming one with your garden
Although most users would prefer spending their spare time in the living room, as the good weather arrives, the garden becomes a strong contender. A beautiful garden is every family dream. Over the last years, nothing has increased the value of properties like a stunning pool in the garden. The pool design therefore is one of the most important aspects of a house.
Choosing the right tiles for your pool can make a dramatic change on the pool appearance and durability. Lately, decorators all around the world have found a new favorite type of tile regarding pool tiles: the glass pool tile.
Glass pool tiles have beaten the traditional porcelain ones used on pools by many aspects. The most important one is that they reflect the light of the sun better, giving the pool a cleaner and brighter look. Glass pool tiles used to be made of materials that could not handle the cold weather well, but thankfully this has changed over the last years. Glass pool tiles are now made of very resistant materials making they appropriate for any kind of weather.
Glass pool tiles are really easy to install and come in all sort of different colours and designs. However, do not let this big variety overwhelm you. A trend in colours seem to be settling in at the moment: turquoise pool tiles. They reflect the sunlight very well while giving your pool a modern feeling. Immersing yourself in a pool with turquoise tiles after a long day at work can give you a relaxing ocean feeling. If you are looking to get yourself some turquoise pool tiles, we recommend you look for respectable sellers like Buy Home Tile, which is an online store famous for providing only quality materials.
Another important thing to take into account regarding your pool is the area around it. Experts like Buy Home Tile recommend you use river rock mosaic tile. This kind of tile gives a rustic but elegant feeling to your outdoors areas. Since it is made of river rocks, they are very resistant and can last you a lifetime. Their top quality durability make it a wise decision, not only for pools and garden areas, but also for your bathroom or shower floors. People around the world are choosing river rock mosaic tiles for multiple elements in their homes, so do not miss the chance of joining those who make wise decorative decisions.
SkyBridge Receives “Exporter of the Year” award from Global Chamber Phoenix
The SkyBridge air logistics project received the “Exporter of the Year, Services” award, granted by the Phoenix Global Chamber within its annual Grow Globally Fair, which brings exporters and importers together, along with international investors.
The award was presented to SkyBridge, a company chaired by Ariel Picker and directed by Felipe Monroy. The effort to position www.skybridgeaz.com as one of the leaders in the international logistics sector within the business community in Arizona has been coordinated by Marco Lopez, president of Intermestic Partners.
SkyBridge is planned to become the first international air cargo hub to house Mexican and US Customs in the United States.
Its operations are based at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and will allow e-commerce companies and manufacturers, among others, to do business in Mexico and throughout Latin America, with a more efficient and profitable transport of goods between countries, thorough inspections and adequate security controls.
The development of this project will create 17,000 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as more than 3.5 million SF of development which will include industrial, aeronautical, office and commercial real estate.
The construction plan will detonate other benefits in the border region. Arizona’s proximity to Mexico and its surroundings are highly favorable for business, and they make the state a natural center for air cargo companies, large and small, eager to see their businesses grow on both sides of the border.
In this sense, Grow Globally Fair gives global business leaders the opportunity to see what’s new, who is new and how they can grow better.
With that purpose, the Phoenix Global Chamber awards prizes in honor of the success achieved in international markets and in the United States, whose categories are: Exporter of the year, product; Exporter of the year, services; Importer of the year; Landed Company to see; Cross-border consulting; Transcendent leader of the community; International banking; International commercial law; Immigration lawyer; Diplomat of the year; Translation and localization; International logistics; International accounting and taxes; International finance and insurance; International Emerging Risk; International Talent and Payroll: International Real Estate Leader; International wealth management; International business training and discourse; International IT services; International market; International education; Collaborating Organization; International nonprofit; International business city; an Elected leader with global mentality; Young Global Leader, and Global Leaders of the tribe of the year.
Axel Andorff and Carsten Isensee, new SEAT Vice presidents for R&D and Finance
The Spanish car company, SEAT is betting on the future by hiring two prestigious new executive vice presidents. The company hired Axel Andorff as the new executive vice president of R&D (research and development), and Carsten Isensee has been appointed as the new executive vice president for finance. With both appointments, SEAT is focusing on Innovation and securing the company’s record profit and investment figures.
Who are Axel Andorff and Carsten Isensee
Research & Development and Finance are two of the most important areas on a car company. The new vice presidents of these areas, are both executives with international experience and extensive knowledge on the car market. Axel Andorff will be replacing Dr. Matthias Rabe (who will run the technical development operations area at Volkswagen), and Carsten Isensee, who is taking over for Holger Kintscher (who will be working as head of IT and finance at Volkswagen).
Let’s see who are these two new incorporations to the SEAT executive staff.
Axel Andorff (R&D Vice president)
Axel Andorff is a German economic and mechanical engineer (from the German University of Kaiserslautern), with 20 years of experience at the car market, where he worked for Mercedes and held various positions in the research & development area of that company.
New responsibilities at SEAT
The new R&D vice president will be in charge of the company’s innovation projects, especially those involving connectivity and car electrification, developing technologies and new forms of mobility. He is in charge of the SEAT Technical Centre, who is focused on R&D. It has an area of 43,000 square meters, prepared and equipped (of a total area that covers a surface of 200,000 square meters). More than 1000 qualified engineers work on this center, using advanced technology (simulations, virtual reality…) to create modern and reliable cars, and developing new car technology.
In 2018 SEAT allocates 862 million euros on total investments and R&D expenses, 47% more than in 2017.
Carsten Isensee (Executive Vice-President for Finance)
Carsten Isensee has a degree in business management from the German University of Wilhelmshaven, and he has made his entire career in the Volkswagen company. His last charge was in China as an executive vice president for finance.
2018 was a historic year for SEAT. Sales have grown by over 10%, increasing from 468,400 sold vehicles in 2017 to 517.600 in 2018. With the incorporation of Carsten Isensee to the company, they expect to continue increasing their sales along 2019 and the next years.
New responsibilities at SEAT
The Finance vice president joins the Spanish car company with the objective of reinforcing the company’s profit record and investment figures, and to strengthen its financial basis for future Automotive (LINK NOFOLLOW) projects.
The car market is a very competitive sector. Last years SEAT increased its figures on sales, profits and investments. With the new vice presidents incorporations, the company is focusing on increasing these figures and securing its position on the market.
As SEAT president Luca de Meo said: “It’s time to look to the future with the ambition to grow”.
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