Vender En Las Palmas: El Gran Mito De La Exclusividad Inmobiliaria

Un contrato de venta exclusiva con una agencia de calidad le permite lograr el precio más alto posible para su piso en Las Palmas

Mucha gente se preocupa cuando se plantean vender su piso en Las Palmas debido al contrato exclusivo de venta. 

Sin embargo,  esta preocupación se debe a un malentendido sobre lo que significa la exclusividad.

La exclusividad es en realidad un mal nombre para una cosa muy buena.

Permítanme darles un ejemplo de cómo funciona. [Read more…]

Las Palmas Property: How Exclusivity Is A Bad Name For A Good Thing

Las Palmas Property: Why an exclusive sales contract is a win-win for sellers

If there’s one thing that puts people off selling their Las Palmas property with an estate agent, it’s the idea of signing an exclusive contract.

But this valid concern is due to a misunderstanding about what exclusivity means.

Exclusivity is actually a bad name for a very good thing.

Let me give you an example of how it works. [Read more…]

Las Palmas Property Guide: Upmarket Property In Tafira

Tafira town is a suburban property area just a few minutes drive from Las Palmas city centre with a good mix of houses and luxury villas.

Tafira, just inland of Las Palmas city, is a desirable area for both locals and foreign residents. While it’s outside the city limits, the whole area is within the Las Palmas municipality.  [Read more…]

A Look Forward At Las Palmas Property In 2018: By Resident Agent Laura Leyshon

Las Palmas property in 2018: Market summary and buyer tips by resident estate agent Laura Leyshon

Within a month, our winter visitors arrive and my life gets hectic. So, while I still have the time, let’s look ahead at what to expect if you plan to buy a Las Palmas property in 2018.

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Bought A Bargain Gran Canaria Property: Got A Big Tax Bill. Why?

How to avoid buying a bargain Las Palmas property, then getting a big Gran Canaria tax bill

If you buy a bargain Las Palmas property, or pay a significant proportion of the asking price in under-the-table cash, you may get a large extra tax bill. [Read more…]

How To Buy A Beachfront Las Canteras Property

Professional guide to buying a beachfront Las Canteras property in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city

Beachfront Las Canteras property is amongst the most sought after anywhere in Spain. This is no surprise when you take into account the views and the fact that you can use it all-year-round. [Read more…]

A Fresh Guide To Las Palmas Food Shopping

Where to go food shopping in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas food shopping at the Vegueta market

One of the great advantages of living in Las Palmas city is that you are never a couple of minute’s walk away from a shop. Between local shops, supermarkets and the markets, you can buy almost anything in the city and there’s a great range of fresh and local produce. 

Little shops in Las Palmas

The city’s little groceries, known as estancos, are still going strong by offering everything from roast pork sandwiches to lottery tickets & last-minute piñatas to local fruit and veg. They are more expensive than the supermarkets, but who wants to wade into a big supermarket when all you need is a loaf of bread or a bunch of ripe bananas?

Recently there’s been a boom in fruterias selling nothing but fresh fruit and veg. Most have a good range of local and imported stuff and can be very cheap if you buy local, seasonal produce. Their fruit, especially local ones like bananas, papayas and mangos, tends to be better than the ones on sale in the supermarkets.

These little shops get their local produce direct from the farm so their bananas have never been refrigerated; they are always sweeter than supermarket bananas.

Most, but not all, small Las Palmas shops close on Sundays.

The big Las Palmas supermarkets

Las Palmas has half a dozen large supermarket chains with supermarkets dotted throughout the city. Since Canarians tend to cook from scratch they all have a decent range of fruit & veg. Many offer home delivery in the local area. Some Mercadonas will even scan and bag and deliver your shop; all you do is leave the trolley, swipe your card, give them the address, and go home.

The main local company is Hiperdino and it does a good job or competing with larger international rivals. Hiperdino shops (also Superdino) offer a good range of food and home products are reasonable prices. They all have fresh fruit and veg along with a fish, meat and cold-cuts counter.

Locate your nearest Hiperdino supermarket.

Spar has an excellent presence in Las Palmas and also offers a wide range of produce at good prices.  Most Spar shops are smaller and are a bit light on choice.

Locate your nearest SPAR.

Mercadona is a Spanish brand and is probably the best-value option in Las Palmas. It has a good range of fresh fruit & veg, plus a big selection of meat and cheese from all over Europe. Mercadona also sells things like big pots of fresh yoghurt, kefir, wholegrain bread, Cheddar cheese and Kalamata olives.

Locate the nearest Mercadona.

Hipercor and Supercor supermarkets are the upmarket chain in Las Palmas and are run by the El Corte Inglés department store. They tend to be significantly more expensive than rival supermarkets, but do have an excellent range of local wines as well as quality meat and seafood. The supermarket in the basement of El Corte Inglés department store on Mesa y Lopez is huge; it’s not cheap but it does stock a wide range of foreign treats.

There’s an Hipercor in the Siete Palmas shopping centre, and a Supercor on Calle Fernando Guanarteme.

Carrefour has three supermarkets in Las Palmas, including the big one at Las Arenas shopping centre at the south end of Las Canteras beach. Carrefour sells everything from clothes and electronics to food. It has a good selection of local and international produce, including French wines and cheese, plus a small international food section with good bacon and lots of treats from all around the world.

Lidl is moving into Las Palmas and is competitively priced.  Its bread and croissants are good, it has plenty of fresh veg, good yoghurt and excellent vale-for-money wine. However, so far I’ve found that there isn’t really any reason to go out of your way to shop at Lidl.

Eroski has one huge hypermarket in the El Mirador shopping centre just south of the city at Jinamar. It’s huge and sells everything but there really isn’t any need to drive there to do a shop when you have so many other options within the city.

Alcampo is the biggest and best value supermarket in Gran Canaria. It’s located at the out-of-town La Estrella shopping area in Telde (between Leroy Merlín and Ikea) and has a huge range of almost everything. Its fruit & veg, meat and fish selections are unmatched.

Not that you still need photo ID to pay using a debit card at Alcampo (even with chip & pin).

Some SPAR and Hiperdino shops open on Sundays.

Las Palmas local markets

The main Las Palmas fresh food market, called the Mercado Central, is on Calle Galicia just south of Mesa y Lopez between the Puerto district and Alcaravaneras. The ground floor stalls sell everything from freshly-ground coffee to local and imported fruit & veg, local cheese, meat and fish. It’s an excellent place to shop for fresh local produce and some stalls deliver what you buy to your door.

The Mercado del Puerto is at the north end of Las Canteras beach on Calle Albareda is a good mix of tapas and food stalls and local produce vendors. You can’t miss the lovely, wrought iron building.

At the other end of town, the Mercado de Vegueta is also set in an old building but is more about the produce than the tapas. Look out for the beautifully-decorated fruit stalls that sell the widest range of tropical fruit on the island.

For people living up the hill, the Mercado Municipal de Altavista sells an excellent range of fresh produce.

The Sunday market at San Lorenzo, a small village just 15 minutes away from Las Palmas by bus, has an excellent range of local fruit and veg, cheese and bread. It’s best to be there before 11 am when the hordes arrive from Las Palmas.

Further inland, Santa Brigida has a weekend market with a good wine stall, and the vast San Mateo market (Saturdays and Sundays) sells an incredible range of fresh fruit and veg. Both are east to get to by bus from Las Palmas and get crowded after midday.

Organic food in Las Palmas

La Zanahoria on Calle Galicia, right opposite the front door of the Mercado Central) sells a wide range of organic fruit & veg, cheese and other food (and wine).

SPAR Natural on Calle Juan Manuel Durán sells a wide range of organic and health food products.

There’s a really good list of organic shops on the Gran Canaria Ecologica website. Several can arrange box deliveries of fresh, local produce.

Specialist food shops in Las Palmas

The Chinese supermarkets on Calle Barcelona right by the Mercado Central sell a huge range of Asian food and some locally grown Chinese veg such as bok choi and yams. There are several on the street and it’s worth visiting them all as each one has a different range. Don’t miss the freezer cabinets for even more Asian veggies like bamboo shoots, nd some exotic options like whole crabs and salted jellyfish.

For fresh Kimchi and Korean-style tofu, visit the Korean supermarket just around the corner on Calle Valencia.

Godhwani’s on Calle Los Gofiones 59 (at the north tip of Las Canteras beach) is an old-school emporium that seems to sell everything. It stocks a huge range of teas, spices, Asian treats, etc.

This super-useful article was written by Laura Leyshon: Las Palmas’ resident British estate agent. If you want somewhere to live as well as to shop, you know who to contact.

The Big 6 Advantages Of Buying A Las Palmas De Gran Canaria Property

The Big 6 Advantages Of Buying A Las Palmas De Gran Canaria Property

6 Major Advantages Of Buying A Las Palmas De Gran Canaria Property

Buying an apartment or even a townhouse in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city has some serious advantages. Here are the big six…

You can use your property all year round without packing a jacket

Las Palmas has a mild climate throughout the year with temperatures rarely dropping below 20ºC. This means you can use the city’s incredible beach and a vast range of outdoor cafes and restaurants all-year-round.

Unlike the Mediterranean and the rest of Spain, there is no real closed season in the Canary Islands and Las Palmas city is a fun place to be even during the depths of ‘winter’. For example in February, often the wettest month in Las Palmas with an average of eight days of rain per year, the city is buzzing thanks to the annual carnival.

All property can be rented to tourists

All property in Las Palmas city is classified as residential and you can, therefore, apply for a tourist rental license (Licencia de Vivienda Vacacional) and rent it on a short-term basis to holidaymakers.

With tourism is Las Palmas booming all-year-round, and the rules for holiday rentals in Gran Canaria’s resorts so complex, the city is an ideal place to invest in a rental property that you can also use for holidays whenever you choose.

More on holiday rental investment property in Las Palmas.

Residential rental yields are amongst the highest in Spain

Residential rents in Las Palmas have risen by 22% in the last year. This is due to high demand (everyone wants to live by the beach), a lack of new building in the last 10 years, and the booming tourist rental market (owners are renting short-term rather than on an annual basis). Spain’s cultural attachment to owning property rather than renting also plays a big part; most Canarians buy a property to live in as soon as they can rather than rent.

Residental rental properties are in short supply and high demand, making them an excellent investment that is much lower-effort than a tourist rental investment. The disadvantage of letting on a long term basis is that you can’t use our Las Palmas property whenever you want to.

The right one-bedroom apartment in the beach areas of Las Palmas (not on the front) currently rents out for 600 euros per month. Not bad given that you can buy them for just over 100,000 euros.

Prices are close to historical lows and the future is bright

Prices in Las Palmas city fell by almost 40% in the decade after the global crisis that started in 2006. They have only really started to rise in high-demand areas of the city within the last 12 months.

With tourism booming in Gran Canaria and Las Palmas, the Canarian economy recovering well, and sustained demand from both local and foreign buyers, the long-term prospects for Las Palmas property are positive.

Prices rises are being driven by pent-up demand from locals looking to upsize, sustained foreign buyer interest, and old-fashioned lack of supply. With the locals banks still being careful with lending, there isn’t even a whiff of the speculation-driven bubble that pushed up prices in the early 2000s.

That said, if you buy in a high-demand area of Las Palmas, the market is busy and you will always know that you can resell when you want to. The property market close to the beach has the major benefit of liquidity.

Owning a property in Las Palmas is cheap

Buying a Las Palmas property costs you around 10% on top of the price you pay (in purchase taxes, notary and registry fees, etc). This is pretty much standard across Spain.

However, once you own a property in Las Palmas, your annual tax costs are remarkably low.

There are no municipal taxes for things like rubbish collection, and no monthly council tax.

Owners only pay an annual (IBI) tax on the land your property occupies. This is levied by the local Ayuntamiento and is rarely more than a few hundred euros per year.

If you are a non-resident owner and choose not to rent out your property, there is also a small annual tax.

All you have to pay is for electricity, water, internet and cable TV if you want it, and the monthly community fees if you buy an apartment in a building with communal areas.

Las Palmas city tops the rankings

Las Palmas ranks in the top 5% of cities worldwide when it comes to quality of life, according to website Numbeo.com.

Numbeo factors in a wide range of things that affect lifestyle, such as commute times, air quality, weather, cost of living, etc and comes up with an aggregate score for each city. Las Palmas’ score is amongst the highest out there.

The city also has the cleanest air of any city in Spain, the most pleasant urban weather in the world, a world-class city beach, and low crime rates.

In short, Las Palmas is a great city to live in.

Las Palmas city just gets better and better

I’ve lived in Las Palmas city for almost 15 years and I can tell you from experience that it is getting better and better.

The restaurants and bar scene is buzzing (new rules mean that rooftop bars are now allowed and they are popping up fast), the city is investing in parks and green spaces, and the bike lane network gets better all the time.

Add to that a thriving cultural scene with an auditorium, several theatres, live music almost every weekend and lots of local fiestas and Las Palmas is a place that it is hard to get bored of.

Oh, and did I mention Las Palmas’ five beaches? What about the surfing, and the snorkelling, and the running tracks?

Las Palmas Property

I’m Laura Leyshon and I’m Las Palmas’ resident British estate agent. I speak fluent English, Spanish and French and my job is to help buyers looking for their ideal Las Palmas property.

I work for RE/MAX Cony Overseas, one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious estate agencies, and can show you almost every for sale property in the city.

I help my buyers throughout the entire process of finding and buying a property in Las Palmas.

Please feel free to contact me for a chat at any time.

8 Essential Things Your Las Palmas Estate Agent Does To Sell Your Property

What to expect from your Las Palmas estate agent when you sell a property

What to expect from your Las Palmas estate agent when you sell a property

Selling a Las Palmas property promptly and at a good market price isn’t all that complicated provided you do things right. Here’s what your estate agent should do when they take on your property. [Read more…]

La Calidad De Vida En Las Palmas Esta Entre Los Mejores Del Mundo

La Calidad de Vida en Las Palmas es de los mejores del mundo

La Calidad de Vida en Las Palmas es de los mejores del mundo

Las Palmas tiene una de las más altas puntuaciones de calidad de vida de cualquier ciudad en el mundo, según el sitio web Numbeo.com.

Numbeo utiliza una amplia gama de factores para calcular su índice de calidad de vida, incluyendo … [Read more…]


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