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Exclusive Property Listings

What is an Exclusive Property Listing?

When a property is listed with a Real Estate company in Malta, you may know by now that it can be listed either “Exclusively” (Sole agents) or as an Open listing.  When a property is marked as “Exclusive” this means that the sale of the property is “Exclusive” to the one company which has it listed. For example, just imagine that company ABC Real Estate lists Apartment No. 1111 at Portomaso as an “Exclusive” listing – this means that the only agents that are able to advertise, conduct showings/open houses, and ultimately sell this property are ABC Real Estate. Viewing such properties with a different agent, could ultimately result in paying more commission!

In Many countries the norm is to list with only one agent, however in Malta, very  often we find that people opt for Open listings, either not to offend friends or family members that work with other agencies by giving them equal opportunity to sell the proprety but also to increase the sales force by adopting a first come first served basis.

What Does An “Exclusive” Listing Mean For A Seller?

For a Seller, an exclusive listing has several advantages. The first advantage, is obviously a lower commission rate, which ultimately also benefits the buyer. Another worthy mention, is the fact that sellers get a more personalized service since the Sole agent will be more committed to make the extra effort to get your property sold. Locally, another tremendous advantage of listing Exclusively is that you will not have hundreds of agents and agencies wasting your time by showing your property to prospective clients without even being knowledgeable about what they are trying to sell. Exclusive listings are popular among sellers who prefer an added level of privacy during the home selling process. As Real  Estate agents, we only have a couple of goals in mind when working with sellers – the obvious goal would be to sell your property for the best price and in the least amount of time possible. However, another important goal in selling your property would be to bring you the best possible and most suitable conditions (i.e. fair selling price, convenient closing dates, fair conditions. etc.) –  and this is best achieved when working in a more personal manner.

Palazzo in Valletta Exclusively for sale through Pierre Faure Real Estate

Palazzo in Valletta Exclusively for sale through Pierre Faure Real Estate

 

What Does An “Exclusive” Listing Mean For A Buyer?

As mentioned above, as a buyer you will ultimately be paying less commission. Also, when properties are under an exclusive agreement you will most likely avoid a bidding war with other potential purchasers since the agency will be fully aware of other offers received.

Written by Stefan Consiglio – Manager at Pierre Faure Real Estate & Malta Property Auctioneers.

A double Fronted Townhouse in Sliema exclusively for sale through Pierre Faure Real Estate

A double Fronted Townhouse in Sliema exclusively for sale through Pierre Faure Real Estate

Sliema – Tigne – Corner Fully furnished apartment

Isn’t it great when you get repeat business?

 

DSC_0009 (Small)  The property featured here is a property I sold to a most delightful British couple nine years ago. They where the first and only people to make use of this apartment. They bought it in a finished state from a well known local developer and put their own touch to the property by filling it with top quality furniture , such as Natuzzi sofas, Chigo Airconditioners, Italian bedrooms sets, etc.

Even though the property is 9 years old ( relatively little for a well built property), its condition is immaculate as it served mainly as a holiday home a few weeks each year, with its large terrace serving as the perfect place for a family bbq enjoying the seaviews.

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Happy with the services of yours truly, both in terms of a smooth transaction back then as well as continuous support along the years, we at Pierre Faure Real Estate have been entrusted as exclusive agents for the regretful sale of this outstanding home away from home.

Located on a corner, in fact just one corner (15 meters) off the Qui Si Sana seafront, this bright and spacious apartment is being offered at €575,000 – lock, stock and barrel, in a ready to move into state and with a private parking space – a valuable asset for those who know a little bit about Tigne in Sliema!

All three bedrooms are equipped with double beds, and the main enjoys an ensuite shower. The kitchen, and I know this will please the older generation, is not open plan, but fitted separately into another room – There is the option to either open it up into the living / dining or even move it out completely to make way for a fourth double bedroom!

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If you’re looking for a really nice apartment in Sliema, but just cant afford or do not wish to pay the premium for being on the seafront – the fact that this is the best option on the market right now is an absolute non-brainer.

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If the pic above was not enough to tickle your fancy and make the call (356 79797956), or if you’re simply the curious type who loves nosing about peoples homes…..just click here for more pics.

A rare opportunity to invest in the silent city of Mdina.

Tigne Point, Portomaso, Madliena, Fort Cambridge and the Sliema seafront are a few places that come to mind when people think of exclusive addresses in Malta. However, one of Malta’s most visited tourist attractions, the fortified and silent city of Mdina could easily be top of the list. The problem is that the stock of real estate in Mdina is extremely limited and very little ever comes on the open market as they are usually passed on from parents to children for years and years. One must keep in mind that Mdina is almost 4000 years ago and from its first years it was mainly built and inhabited by Noble families. – hence the nickname Citta Notabile!

For this reason, we at Malta Property Auctioneers are very excited to have been commissioned for the sale of No.3, Triq Mesquita, Mdina – For those who know Mdina well, Mesquita street enjoys the beautiful Mesquita square (pictured below), a most beautiful and tranquil pjazza housing the Mdina experience.

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Mdina is still fully inhabited and what surprises most visitors is the silence inside its walls especially at night. On an island stuffed to the brim with vehicles and traffic, the fact that cars aren’t usually allowed to get in is a major added bonus.  Mdina can offer the discerning client a lifestyle like no other with tranquility and safety galore coupled with a great selection of cafes, tearooms, winebars and restaurants all within a 2 minute walk.

So what about this property? –  While I am still trying to gather the history and date of this particular house, it doesn’t seem to be as old as some other properties within the walls. We are not talking a 400 year old house with flaky walls and arched ceilings surrounding a central courtyard. In fact the style is more reminiscent of your typical Sliema townhouse. A double door entry (anti-porta) welcomes you into a lovely hallway. Upon entering one will immediately notice that even though the house needs some T.L.C, or should I say modernizing, the condition is immaculate. All the original features such as an elegant staircase, beautiful and diverse patterned tiles in all the rooms, perfect  high ceilings held up by great quality wooden beams, all the original wooden apertures including shutters as well as your typical “Maltese” balcony are all extremely well kept and hardly need any attention.

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The layout is very accommodating. Off the hallway are 2 large rooms, ideal as living and dining. Another large room will make the perfect kitchen/breakfast with pantry and guest WC. All rooms lead onto a good sized back yard and provide ample light to the property. Upstairs are 2 large bedroom and a bathroom. The roof terrace is begging to be converted into a lovely roof garden overlooking a chapel cupola and with views of all the Mdina churches.

With minimal expense this property can be upgraded into a truly outstanding property in Malta, in a unique location and environment,

The property will be auctioned at our 31st Property Auction to be held in October 2016. The guide price is €625,000 to €675,000 and more detailed info and pictures can be found here.

Exquisite Detached Villa – Ready to move into – For sale by Auction

Moving house is very often the most stressful time in our lives, however, refurbishing a 1970’s villa is way more stressful than that, especially on an island renowned for slow, undependable workers. Chasing workmen, tile-layers, suppliers and acting as project manager is no easy task especially whilst simultaneously juggling a full time job plus wife and kids. For this reason, its not often that a refurbished villa comes on the market at a young stage of the property’s new life, especially one that has been painstakingly restored and finished to very high standards.

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NOW

 Malta Property Auctioneers are very proud to be appointed as exclusive agents for this recently refurbished detached villa with pool in the sought after area of Monte Rosa Gardens in Mensija (l/o San Gwann).

When the current owner purchased the property some 30 months ago, there was very little to please the eye. Dated apertures, chipped floor tiles, a falling apart kitchen and a layout not very fitting for today’s lifestyle. With a vivid imagination the owner decided to take on a project to give this property the new life it deserves. Several months, hundreds of hours of hard work, and plenty of arguments (with both wife and workers) later, and the property is unrecognizable.

Standing outside the property one immediately notices that the property has been completely re-plastered and painted, the apertures have all been changed to top quality double glazing , the main door restored to new life and the surrounding gardens re-tiled as well as the use of astro-turf to create a perfect play area for the kids. The inside has been equally cared for – the property, which was gutted to its innermost skeleton is now finished to perfect detail using a wonderful mix of textures and materials. Underfloor heating as well as air-conditioning throughout are only some of the extras included. The property boasts two living areas (one for the adults and one for the kids), a private office or study, a wonderful kitchen (see pic above) and dining area all leading onto the pool, bar and deck/lounge area, which is an incredibly private space.

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An extension has been built to make space for a 4th double bedroom (2 of which are ensuite and main enjoying a seriously nice sized walk-in wardobe).

The guide price for this property has been set at €695,000 – €735,000 which is incredible value for all the property has to offer. There is very little on the market that compares to this outstanding fully detached home. Viewings have already started and we expect many more before auction day. If you are looking for that ideal family home, with no expenses spared, ready to move into and in a nice villa area with no overlooking apartments around, I suggest you make that call to take a look before its too late.

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For more info, photos & Google Map location click here

2015/2016 Budget Measures related to Property in Malta

Pierre Faure Real Estate welcomes the budgetary measures related to the property sector announced by the government on the 12th October 2015.

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The main points covered in the budget included new laws with regards to first time buyers, tax on commercial letting and incentives for properties in Urban Conservation areas.

First-time property buyers:

Any resident of Malta that has never purchased a property will have no stamp duty to pay on the first €100,000 . Basically this is an exemption from the payment of duty on documents up to a maximum of EUR 5,000 on their first property. This will apply retrospectively for preliminary agreements entered into as from 1st July, 2015. Those first time buyers who have in the meantime entered into a preliminary agreement and final deed of sale after the 1st July, 2015 will be refunded the duty on documents they paid.

 This scheme has already proved extremely successful since it was introduced last year, boosting sales throughout all budgets and naturally giving a helping hand to lower earning individuals to get onto the property ladder.

Tax on Rental:

In 2015 the goverment announced that tax on residential letting will be reduced to 15%. This was well welcomed and a large amount of landlords registered their properties with the authrotities and declared their incomes.

In this years budget, complimenting the success of this lower rate in reduction, it has been announced that A 15% withholding tax shall also apply to rental income deriving from commercial properties or from property rentals to companies.

 Inheritance: 

The law shall be amended so that in cases were properties have been inherited and a minority of the heirs do not wish to sell such properties, the properties may be sold after 3 years if the majority of the heirs so wish. Once sold, these properties will be registered on the Land Registration Area register.

The main aim of this measure is to release dilapidated properties which cannot be sold due to family or inheritance disputes, reducing the amount of vacant homes, embellishing areas which look unpleasant due to neglect  and releasing more properties on the market without the need to construct them.

Special benefits for UCA’s

Purchasers of properties in Urban Conservation Areas shall benefit from a reduction in duty on documents to 2.5% instead of 5%,. Subject that the final contract of purchase is entered into between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) are important areas within the towns and villages in Malta with certain architectural value. These areas represent the identity of the various localities.  Again we feel that incentives to persons that regenerate old properties into their original former glory is a good measure that should release properties that are high in demand without the need for modern blocks

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On the same line, when a refurbished property in an Urban Conservation Area is re-sold, the Final withholding Tax shall now be reduced to 5%.

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Stefan Consiglio – Office Manager – Pierre Faure Real Estate & Malta Property Auctioneers

Is This The Right Time To Buy  a Property in Malta???

It always seems to be! Says Stefan Consiglio, Manager at Pierre Faure Real Estate.

 

For all those first time buyers, foreigners seeking Permanent Residency in Malta, investors looking to take advantage of the rapid increase in rental prices or homeowners that are just seeking to upgrade their home. YES, this is the time to buy!!

We all know that over time property will always appreciate. Ever since I started my career in the Real Estate field 13 years ago, I always recall hearing the negative people talking about a bubble about to burst. So far, this hasn’t happened here in Malta. Yes there might have been a year or two where the increase wasn’t as large as other years, but Malta has yet to see a property bubble burst, and to be honest, I still don’t see it happening any time soon.  Bank interest rates have remained relatively low for a few years now  and the rental market is still extremely healthy, with prices still on the rise and demand still higher than supply.

Malta is a tiny island with land a true scarcity, but moreover it is one of the most populated countries in the world per capita and thousands of foreigners are still moving here annually. Some move here because of the weather, others because of the culture or friendliness of the Maltese people, others cause of the language or schooling, tax reasons or of late, simply because Malta is the iGaming and finance hub of the world. The place to be if that is your line of work. Whatever the reason, an increase in people moving to Malta will always result in an increase in demand for homes in Malta. There is an extremely good choice of property out there and this is definitely helping to keep the value of homes more competitive.

 

Rental returns a decade ago were a mere 3 to 4 % and you always had some vacant time in between finding “the right tenants.” Today properties in prime areas are never left vacant for very long and the normal yield is 5% with opportunities to invest with better returns also possible. So what more can one ask for?

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Pierre Faure Real Estate has a number of Good Value homes to offer in Malta which can get much better returns than any other types of investment, and that is not even considering the capital appreciated on the property’s value over even a small number of years. So what are you waiting for?  Send us an email or give us a call and we will assist you throughout the whole transaction, from finding the right property to leasing it out to qualifies tenants at a good return.

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Buying Property at Auction

PROPERTY IN MALTA

Traditionally, buyers scour the market for
homes that interest them by attending
open houses, going on neighborhood
tours, scouting multiple online and
newspaper listings and contacting
several agents. Sellers, on the other hand,
typically work with listing agents to sell
their properties to interested buyers.
Unfortunately, this is not always the best
option as it is not always easy to evaluate
the market value of a property and even
the most experienced agent may provide
misleading advice. Real estate auctions
provide an alternative for commercial
and residential buyers and sellers. While
some cautious buyers and sellers might
hesitate, there are advantages for both
through the auction system.
As a seller, real estate auctions afford you
the opportunity to show your property
to multiple buyers at once during a short
period of time and ultimately sell to the
highest bidder. Potential buyers must
qualify for financing before they are
eligible to participate in the auction. As
a result, potential bidders are already
pre-qualified to purchase your property,
which maximizes both the buyers and
sellers chance of concluding a deal.
Why would anyone be interested in
buying a property at auction? Auctions
offer a first chance to snap up genuine
properties at attractive prices with the
knowledge that the vendor is committed
to sell. This is of utmost importance
especially in the case where the property
has been inherited by a number of people
as the purchaser will have peace of mind
that none of the vendors will back out
at the last minute.
Auctions of property for sale in Malta make the
negotiation procedure open and public
eliminating long negotiation periods.
Also the purchase and closing dates are
always known in advance and since the
auctioneer normally prepares most of
the notarial searches on the property, the
period between the promise of sale and
final contract is much shorter. Moreover,
through open competitive bidding one
knows that he has purchased at fair
market price. In theory, some of the
best properties in Malta are offered at auctions
because the auctioneer and his team
put great effort into offering properties
which are high in demand and searching
out vendors that genuinely want to cash
in fast without asking for exaggerated
prices and waiting for the right client to
come along.
Malta Property Auctioneers is the only
Property Auction house in Malta. Working
towards its 28th property auction to
be held in September 2015. Their team of highly
trained staff offer professional advice and
evaluations on any kind of real estate on
the islands.

More info at
www.maltapropertyauctioneers.com

Stefan Consiglio is General Manager at Malta Property Auctioneers & Pierre Faure Real Estate

Malta – a culinary delight!

Maltese cuisine is a delicious mixture of the gastronomy influences left behind by the successive conquerors of the islands of Gozo and Malta, such as Sicilian and British influences, as well as Arabic. Malta’s gastronomy, thanks to its location and landscape, is mainly rustic and based on season products and sea food, while other menus are dominated by meat dishes.

It is impossible to mention every yummy morsel the island has to offer but let’s mention some appetizing specialities. You cannot not taste the famous Pastizzi, fresh, hot, cheap and incredibly tasty Pastizzi, cheese or pea cakes in English. What about the Ħobż biż-Żejt, literally meaning ‘bread with oil’, or the Maltese Platter made of Fażola (butter beans in oil and garlic), Ġbejniet tal-bżar (peppered goat’s cheese), Bigilla (a dip made of mashed beans), Maltese sausage (a traditional spiced pork sausage), sundried tomatoes, and many other yummy nibbles. Look out for Lampuki Pie (dolphin fish pie), Rabbit StewBraġioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouille), and Soppa tal-Armla (widow’s soup).

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For the seafood lovers, fish is surely prominent on this wonderful island surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. When fishermen get a good catch and fish is in abundance, you’ll find Aljotta (fish soup), Spnotta (bass), dott (stone fish), cerna (grouper), dentici (dentex), sargu (white bream), trill (red mullet), swordfish and tuna. Octopus and squid are very often used to make some rich stews and pasta sauces.

To finish off a Maltese meal try some tempting dessert delicacies such as the Kannoli (tube of crispy, fried pastry filled with ricotta), Ħelwa tat-Tork, (sweet sugary mixture of crushed and whole almonds), or Imqaret (deep-fried date cakes).

Let’s not forget that even drinking in Malta can be a wonderful experience. Some Maltese wines are excellent with main wineries offering guided tours and tastings. A most popular drink for tourists is the local refreshing beer named Cisk; truly an outstanding thirst-quencher. Other also popular local drinks are Hopleaf Pale and Blue Label Ale, as well as some local liqueurs like Anisette (from the aniseed) and Bajtra (from the prickly pear). However, the favourite drink in Malta remains Kinnie, found only in Malta. You absolutely have to try this slightly bitter, fizzy drink which tastes of orange and herbs.

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We promise you will love Maltese food. You just need to be open minded and willing to try new flavours, textures and tastes. So, when visiting Malta, make sure you leave behind your daily diet and dig into some of the incredibly vast good dishes that you can only eat on the Maltese islands.

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Malta Property Market

The property market in Malta was one of the few European markets that did not struggle during the recent recession. The outlook for Malta remained as sunny as ever. Whilst things were certainly difficult for many European countries with bank collapses, property market slumps and rises in unemployment, Malta, the little nugget wedged between North Africa and Sicily,  remained an exception due to a number of factors.

Malta is a small island with a very high population density, with land being very scarce and therefor always valuable. Moreover, unlike other islands, the Maltese market has a large drive of local buyers who have already enjoyed the fruits of their investments over time.

This tiny island has a lot going for it – besides its strategic position in the middle of the med, the island is sun kissed the whole year round, English speaking and very safe, even politically stable. For Brits, Malta is a delightful mix of the exotic and familiar, so it is no wonder they buy property in Malta and soon make it their second home. The schooling and medical facilities are of very high standard, and the fact that foreigners do not need to learn a foreign tongue makes it all the more appealing.

It is to no surprise that foreign buyers are up again in numbers – The Maltese government promotes foreign investment through a number of schemes which are very attractive to both EU and Non- EU nationals. Malta has always been loved by overseas buyers who get to enjoy the historical and cultural diversity the island offers through its past.

Buying property in Malta is a relatively easy process with various experienced agents available to point you towards the right direction and throughout the whole transaction.  The procedure for arranging loans and financing from local banks is not too onerous and those who chose to move here full -time will tend to find the low-tax regime makes life easy – not that Malta doesn’t already have a good quality of life.

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Pierre Faure Real Estate www.pierrefaure.com have been helping foreigners relocated to Malta for over 11 years with ample more experience in the property field. Any queries may be sent to stefan@pierrefaure.com

Stefan Consiglio – Office Manager – Pierre Faure Real Estate & Malta Property Auctioneers.