Sotheby’s opening in Palma de Mallorca

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In Spring 2011, Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty came under new ownership, consequently acquiring the master license for the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca and given the superb name and reputation that the Sotheby’s International Realty ® brand has acquired globally , quickly becoming the Estate Agent of choice throughout the Balearic Islands. This week saw the opening of the office in central Palma, attended by a mix
of nationalities and tended by staff serving drinks and canapes from Cappuccino , the newest business center
promoting luxury properties looks to be a success.


Most of the luxury homes, exclusive villas and magnificent penthouses for sale in Mallorca’s Southwest area are newly built or fully renovated. The demand for apartments on sale in the Southwest is approximately a third lower than the demand for villas. As for plots, there are only a few remaining options in Southwest Mallorca offering outstanding views, and therefore developers tend to focus mainly on villas requiring extensive renovation work. We offer luxury houses and villas for sale in Port d’Andratx, Nueva Santa Ponsa / Port Adriano and Bendinat / Portals. We also have a selection of properties in Southwest Mallorca’s most sought-after areas.


Palma, the capital of Majorca and the Balearic Islands, is the eighth largest city in Spain by population with some 500,000 inhabitants. The airport, the commercial harbour, and the Real Club Náutico and Club de Mar marinas are in its municipality. The old town, which contains the Cathedral, the Almudaina palace, the Arab baths and the Calatrava district is worth mentioning, as is the shopping district with its luxury shops on the Paseo del Borne and Jaime III streets. The Santa Catalina district, with its wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops, and a pleasant night-time atmosphere, is also a very attractive area. On the coast, the Portixol and Ciudad Jardín areas are very popular because of their bars, restaurants and shops, as well as their property offer.

This area stretches from Porto Cristo, site of the legendary Drach Caves, as far as the eastern side of Palma Bay, in the municipality of Llucmajor. The most luxurious properties for sale are to be found in the municipality of Santanyí, in the areas dotted with country estates rather than the town centre. Here you can choose from a wide selection of inland properties and country estates, most of which are fitted with flat solar panels and their own water supply. Ses Salines is another highly aspirational area and the site of some of Mallorca’s most famous beaches, including the vast Es Trenc with its fine white sands and crystal-clear waters. Other superb spots include the recently renovated marinas of Cala d’Or and Sa Ràpita, overlooking the Nature Park on the Cabrera archipelago. Experience the fabulous sensation of owning a luxury home in the island’s southeast region.


From Cala Ratjada to Porto Cristo, revel in the delights of one of Mallorca’s most spectacular coasts, dotted with tiny coves and impeccably-kept beaches. Highlights include the town of Porto Colom, in the municipality of Felanitx; largely overlooked by the mass tourism industry and boasting a renovated marina, this is a highly sought-after area for luxury homes offering a peaceful setting and stunning natural landscape. We have a number of luxury villas for sale in Porto Colom, most of which stand on plots of more than 10,000 m2 and offering superb sea views. In addition, a little further to the north, on Costa de los Pinos, we have a number of exclusive villas for sale. Also not to be forgotten are prime locations such as Sa Font de Sa Cala, Canyamel and Cala Ratjada, where clients may also purchase an outstanding home overlooking the sea.


Mallorca’s northern region, running from Formentor to Cala Ratjada, boasts a stunning coastline backed by pine woods and bathed by the calm waters of its two superb bays. Beyond the town of Can Picafort lies an unspoilt protected area with a wealth of natural flora and fauna. We have luxury villas for sale in the idyllic town of Colònia de Sant Pere as well as in the residential developments of “Cielo de Bonaire” and “Paraíso de Bonaire”, standing on the small peninsula separating the bays of Alcúdia and Pollensa. In Puerto Pollensa you will also find a number of luxury apartments for sale, whilst the spacious and highly exclusive villas in the magnificent inland area of Tramuntana offer breathtaking views of the mountain range. Another of the island’s most select areas is to be found on Formentor Peninsula, where we have outstanding luxury properties, many with their own direct access to the sea and stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean.


Mallorca’s western region stretches from Puerto de Andratx to Pollensa. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful area on the island, as it includes the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Charmingly quaint towns such as Estellencs, Esporles or Banyalbufar embody the ideal of Mallorca’s tranquil lifestyle in harmony with nature. This is a landscape characterised by waterfalls, pebble coves, valleys stretching down to the rocky coasts and the traditional terraces where sturdy ancient olive trees that produce Mallorca’s superb oil grow. Our most outstanding luxury properties in this area are to be found in the exclusive mountain town of Deià, near Valldemossa, where we have large villas in the George Sand residential development, or in Sóller and the famous Port de Sóller.


The central region is the largest on Mallorca, covering more than half the island. Its charming inland towns and villages, vineyards and the vast country estates make this an irresistible and highly sought-after location for both investors and those wishing to settle inland. The towns of Alaró and Santa María are the most aspirational areas, where we offer our luxury villas for sale. Far from the hustle and bustle yet with easy access to the motorway, most of our superb properties stand on plots of more than 4,000 m2, making them the ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful life in Mallorca’s countryside. We also have a number of properties in Santa María and Bunyola that are ideal for horse breeding.

Travesia Jaime III esquina Bonaire – 07012
Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares – España

Phone:+34 971 721 000


Latest work with Nikki D Jones with Superior Interiors

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This is a collection of photos taken of a project recently designed by Nikki D Jones , a Moroccan style property redeveloped to include high-end kitchen and bathrooms , maintaining the feel of a home with the edge of luxury and creating individual style.

The addition of the unique fireplace and the relaxing atmosphere of the roof terrace add grace and charm

Fabrics were used to maintain simplicity , include durability while maintaining the appearance of exceptional standard and quality.

Alison of Superior Interiors

Spain ‘a popular choice’ with Norwegian property purchasers

A rising number of Norwegians are looking for assets in the Spanish property market.

Speaking to the Aftenposten, real estate agent Heidi Brateng said most buyers from Norway will have between NOK 2-2.5 million (£215,000 – £269,000) to spend overseas, the Foreigner reported.

The warm weather in Spain is believed to be one of the main reasons why a rising number of Norwegians are so keen to own a property in the country.

In addition, the favourable exchange rate between the euro and the Norwegian kroner is encouraging more people to consider the benefits of buying somewhere now, rather than waiting.

Earlier this month, Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing manager of Taylor Wimpey de Espana, said his firm has seen a rise in the number of German buyers looking for homes in Spain.

He explained that purchases by Germans fell last year, but appear to be picking up again, with his organisation registering a 28.6 per cent climb in transactions to this demographic between January and July, compared to the same period in 2011.

50 Shades of Fabric…….

Walking with grace into the cool lounge of her friend’s new and stylish home,  casually throwing a glance at the art work arranged carefully around the walls  her eye’s were drawn immediately to the sofa,  lying there seductively and casually,  beckoning as if waiting to be joined on the plush cushions were…….more plush cushions.
Blowing in the breeze gently and flowing softly, they billowed inwards towards the bed , the fabric with its fluidtransparency was soft to touch and available in many more beautiful colours……
Shining in the glistening heat, firm and perfectly formed they were fitted along the walls looking strong and lean taking the full weight of the damask curtains without effort……
Safely they held the natural folds of the fabric in place , away from the edge of the patio doors , even with their weight they felt secure in the strong hold of the sumptuous tie backs……….
It was dark in the bedroom , you could barely see any form or fixture, even during the morning hours of the dawning day the sun could not penetrate the closed curtains lined with the Foscorit…….
There was an element of fun and playfulness on the sofa outside on the terrace  although smart in appearance and most inviting there was something  definitely “Nauti” about it !!
Silently and easily they opened and closed by remote, as if told quietly like a whispered command, the Lutron blind’s revealed a breathtaking view…….
 Fabric range from a new collection for the budget wise
by Alison

Selling your home

1.     Research the Local Property Market

When you start the process of selling your home it is definitely worth researching the local property market to understand what your competition is. It helps to find out whether most buyers are moving into the area, moving within the area – are first-time buyers, up and coming families or older couples. This will give you an idea of who might buy your home and the type of buyer you should be targeting.

2.     Pick The Right Estate Agent

It is important to pick an estate agent you trust, one that has plenty of selling home tips  and whom you can work with easily.  A good place to start is to ask friends and colleagues for recommendations – this can be great way to sort the wheat from the chaff.  Meanwhile check how savvy the agency is online; your property should appear on all the major property search websites.
Choose an agent that primarily sells properties of similar value and size to your own as they will likely specialise in this niche and know from experience the best way to sell your type of house. Lastly, ask three agents to value your property and provide you with their fee. This will give you the opportunity to pick one with the best offer.

3.     Pick the Right Price

Economic times determine whether property prices rise and fall, so it is very possible that the asking price for your home will be different to the one you originally bought it at. If you invested in developing the property you will almost certainly be expecting a return on your investment.
Start by researching prices of homes of similar size and location to your own; compare the state of the property, size of land and how modern their interiors are. With the valuation from your estate agent, you will then be in a position to decide on a price. If there is little interest, you will need to consider lowering your price until you get some viewings. Everything sells at the right price.

4.     Sort Out The Clutter

Your home is on show and anyone who visits it will want to imagine it as their own.  Time to start the process of moving house  and declutter your house. Pack away things which are overly personal and aim to make the interior more spacious, homely yet minimal. This is also an ideal opportunity to give your home a good spring clean.

5.     Home Improvements

Use online property search websites to view similar sized properties by filtering your search on the number of bedrooms and view photographs of properties.  Look at houses online similar to yours and evaluate what work you may need to do to prepare your house for sale.
Anyone buying a home  wants to be wowed, so make it your goal to impress your prospective buyer within seconds of them walking through the door. Redecorate your home in neutral tones and dress it with fresh flowers to stage your house ready for viewing. Remember to fix any nasty problems like cracks and peeling wallpaper – you don’t want to give the wrong impression!
If you are having trouble selling and have lowered your asking price, it may be worth weighing up whether your property would be more attractive to buyers if it had more space. For example you could have a loft conversion or an extension to add another room making your home jump from a three bed to four bed property giving you the chance to get more interest or raise your price.
Be careful to weigh up carefully how much the project might cost against what you may finally get for the house.

6.     Good Photography

Once you have completed the process of decluttering, cleaning and the all important decorating – it is time to do some amazing photography of your home. The agency will most likely take photographs, but be prepared to take your own too which may well show the house in a better light. Aim to take pictures when the sun is shining as it makes everything look so much better, try to get as wider angle as you can to show a room in the best possible way and always photograph the garden when it is in full bloom if you can.

7.     Kerb Appeal

One of the first things people do when they see a house they like on a property site or in an estate agents window, is drive past and have a look for themselves – so it is important your home looks great from the street. It may well be time to spruce up the outside of your house with a lick of paint and get the garden looking amazing. Kerb appeal is really important to achieving the all-important wow factor.

8.     Be  Prepared For Viewings

If you are selling your home then you will most likely be also looking to buy. If so, then viewing a property yourself will help you identify what things prospective viewers look for and the questions you will need to answer. If you are unsure about the kind of questions asked, download the  Home Movers ‘Buying Questions’ guide to help you.
Be sure that before your viewers arrive give everywhere a spring clean, make the house smell fresh and when they arrive give them plenty of space to wander around the house freely.

9.     Choose The Time To Sell Carefully

Different times of year can be more active than others, for example the summer can sometimes be less busy as people are off on their holidays and winter is just too cold. The best time of year to sell is when the weather has picked up and gardens are at their best. Be prepared to make the most of this time.

10.  Evaluate Your Position And Try Again

If your property has been on market for a while with no takers, your asking price is likely to be the root of the problem.  Every house has its own price and this is not the time to give up but instead evaluate whether your home needs improvements, look at wider economic situation to see if it might be worth taking your house of the market for a while or drop the price more if you can.
Go back to the beginning of the whole process and re-evaluate everything from your estate agent, asking price to whether your property has enough kerb appeal and what you can do to make it more attractive.
Piers Scott

Viva España! Brits continue to book holidays to Spain in spite of economic concerns




In spite of economic concerns and bailout murmurs, it seems that high spirited British travellers are overlooking the doom and gloom across Spain and other Euro nations by continuing to book holidays to the Iberian land according to Multicom’s travel booking platform FindandBook.

The findings which highlight the number of bookings made in June this year via the FindandBook system shows that the Balearic isle of Mallorca is the most booked flight-only destination and the third most popular place for package holidays.

Indeed figures based on the survey of tourist movements across borders released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism revealed that 6 million foreign tourists visited Spain in June 2012, a 4.7% increase on the same month last year.

As far as Spanish destinations go, the Balearic Islands were the most visited by international tourists in June with an increase of 5% to 1.58 million thanks to tourist flows from Britain and the Nordic nations according to the survey.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Manager of Taylor Wimpey Españaand Mallorquin resident comments,

“Despite Eurozone concerns, Spanish destinations still feature top on holidaymaker’s wish lists thanks to easy access to the rest of Europe, superb weather and cheaper living costs. The recent Self-Catering on a Shoestring 2012 report from the Post Office perfectly reflects just how much you can get for your money in Spain with a weekly family supermarket shop in Mallorca coming to just £57.67. In contrast, the same items purchased in the UK seaside town of Brighton were £31.41 more expensive.

“When it comes to getting more for your money, a favourable exchange rate between Sterling and the Euro combined with Spain’s dip in real estate prices have meant that Spanish property is more attractive to buyers than ever before. Although buyers are understandably a little weary we are encouraging property hunters to strike while the iron is hot particularly as Spain approved a tax increase which could see VAT payable on new property purchases increasing as of the 1st January 2013 from the current 4% super reduced rate to 10%. Buying now would mean that purchasing a property for €180,000 outright before 2013 could save you €10,800 alone in VAT!”

Further highlighting the positive spirit of potential Spanish property buyers,Taylor Wimpey España has revealed that total visits to their website increased by 12.2% between May and June compared to the same period last year with 67% of total web visits deriving from the UK market.

Pritchard comments,

“Despite what you might read regarding Spanish property, our off plan sales this year have done very well across a number of developments. In just 7 months we have sold 50% off plan at Lagunas del Sol, Costa Blanca while we have sold 52% off plan in just 6 months for our Cala Magrana III development in Mallorca. Our biggest success has to be the sell-out of our off plan development at Cala Anguila recently in just 13 months.”

For property hunters looking for high quality affordable property suitable for family living Taylor Wimpey España has some excellent properties on offer in Spain at only 4% VAT until the end 2012.









Gloria Rodriguez & Daniel Arenas from


Crisis, risk premiums too high and taxes being increased! It’s impossible not to enter in a spiral of pessimism with the daily news these days.
Our newsletter of July tries to transmit optimism, explain the opportunities that this year, and specifically the next months bring us and to spread our wish of improvement so together and thinking in a positive way, we can invest in the future of this wonderful place where we live and keep enjoying the many things it has to show us.

Enjoy this newsletter! 

Mallorcasite’s team.

Crisis, prima de riesgo por las nubes y subida de impuestos! Es imposible no entrar en una espiral de pesimismo con el bombardeo de noticias de estos dias.  
Nuestra newsletter de julio trata de transmitir optimismo, explicar el abanico de oportunidades q el 2012 y concretamente los proximos meses nos aportan y contagiar nuestras ganas de mejorar para q juntos y pensando en grande pongamos nuestro granito de arena de esta gran playa en la que vivimos y queremos seguir disfrutando! 



The VAT increases in Spain. Invest now!
Nueva subida del IVA a la vista.

If you are thinking in investing in a new housing in Mallorca, 2012 is the most suitable year. Check our post!
Si está pensando en invertir en viviendas de obra nueva en Mallorca, 2012 es el mejor año a la vista, por lo menos a efectos del IVA. Vea este link!

Optimism to overcome the Crisis!

Salir de la Crisis con optimismo y a lo grande!


Crisis in Albert Einstein’s words: “A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. .. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome….” Let’s get his advice and take the opportunity to renew ourself with optimism. See our proposals in that link.
La Crisis según Albert Einstein es: ” La crisis es la mejor bendición que puede sucederle a las personas y países, porque la crisis trae progresos…Quien supera la crisis se supera a si mismo sin quedar superado…”. Sigámos su consejo y saquemos partido a la situación renovándonos a nosotros mismos con Optimismo. Vean nuestras propuestas en este link. 


Are banks giving credit to non-residents?
¿A quien están financiando los bancos?.

Which criteria are taken into account when giving credit to non-residents? Check our post based on an expert criteria,  Carlos López Enseñat, Partner at Valuex. 

Carlos López Enseñat, Socio Director de Valuex. Experto en Dirección financiera para empresas y banca de empresas. Nos explica su visión de la financiación para no residentes hoy día para el caso concreto de Mallorca.

First sea line villa
Chalet en primera linea de mar
Old town Palma
Front line property
Propiedad en primera línea
Porto Colom
Sea access finca
Finca histórica con acceso al mar
Alaró Property
Modern style in a rustic area?
¿Estilo moderno en zona rústica?
Pollensa Golf
Rustic-modern villa
Chalet de estilo moderno-rústico
Wine, Culture & Property
Galilea, nice spot
Galilea, lugar de ensueño

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