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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

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.

Property Page Competition

Pierre Faure Real Estate, in conjuction with www.techmarket.com.mt, are launching a facebook competition and giving away a Samsung Galaxy tab 3 (WIFI).

To participate, all one needs to do is log onto facebook, like Pierre Faure Real Estate’s Page and share the competition as seen below.

Pierre Faure Real Estate are a team of highly trained and professional, experienced real estate agents in Malta always ready to offer a personalised service.

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Renting a home in Malta

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Malta is one of the most dense countries in the world and thrives on the tourist industry, so it may come to no surprise that it is not always easy to find your dream home.

At the moment, it is quite obvious ,that even though construction in Malta never seems to stop, the demand for property is still outreaching the supply. If you intend to rent a home in Malta, you will need an experienced real estate agent, one with good contacts, a large database of good properties and more over , a reputable one which landlords trust and are happy to work with.

At Pierre Faure Real Estate, our team of experienced staff are trained to be professional at all times. We know the island like the back of our palms and moreover are ready to listen to your needs and wants in order to match clients and properties as best we can. Our rental properties in Malta start from as little as €250 per month, but we also cater for a vast range of up-market, top of the range properties to suit all needs. If you are thinking of renting a home in Malta, be it because you want to relocate to Malta or just wish to spend a long holiday in the sun, Pierre Faure Real Estate will be able to assist you. We believe that at any given time, there is always a property out there to suit ones requirements.

Our revamped property website, www.pierrefaure.com, offers good photos and all the information you need. Moreover, you can like our facebook page here and you can keep updated with the best properties which we post regularly.

If you are a property owner, and have vacant property in Malta & Gozo which you would like to let click here , fill in the form and an agent will get in touch. Our aim is to leave your property vacant for as little time as possible.

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Summer in Malta

Summer in Malta?

One of the few places that come to mind when considering a summer trip, along with Mallorca, Ibiza, the Greek Islands and a couple more places is Malta. An island with fun and sun where temperatures between 25 to 35 degrees are almost guaranteed and you’re certain not to get bored!

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Holidaying in Malta is a good idea for many reasons besides the beautiful weather all year round. Malta is rich in culture and history, has a population that is multi lingual, enjoys some outstanding resorts as well as some of the best cuisine in the world and was voted as one of the safest places in the world as well as the best quality of life. Malta during the Summer becomes a place of many different types of activities, ranging from spending a lazy day at one of our many beautiful beaches, to an abundance of water sports and experiencing some of the best dive sites in the world to experiencing first hand any of Malta’s famous village feasts – there is one nearly every night!

Here’s what we suggest you do in Malta during the Summer..

1)      Visit as many of the beautiful beaches towards the north of the island as possible, mainly Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha which are two beaches located right near each other or Mellieha Bay since it boasts shallow waters which make it perfect for families. If you intend on visiting Gozo, Malta’s sister island,  then visiting Ramla L-Hamra  – a definite must to witness it’s beautiful red sand. You must also visit Blue Lagoon due to its beautiful crystal clear blue waters since it’s only a quick boat ride away to Comino, the uninhabited sister island which is located in between Malta and Gozo.

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2)      Experiencing Malta by Sea is obviously a great idea as already obvious. We suggest chartering a boat for the day and going around the island, especially a visit to the Grand harbor or the remote Dingli Cliffs to the west. Try as many of the water sport activities available on the beaches already mentioned or if you’re less adventurous, grab a snorkel and mask and swim through all the beautiful old caves we boast on the Maltese Islands.

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3)      After a long day at the beach in the heat, we recommend that you visit one of the many brilliant restaurants along the Sliema / St. Julians front, one of the fish restaurants in Marsaxlokk or visit one of the many older style restaurants in the historical city of Valletta – a UNESCO world heritage city boasting some unique architecture.

4)      Throughout the summer, Malta becomes one of the coolest nightlife places in the world. People from all around Europe have realized that Malta’s partying scene has really grown throughout the years and hosts some of the world’s best dj’s and music artists coming to perform on our island at events such as “Isle of MTV” or “Creamfields” . There are other festivals such as Earth Garden, beer festival, Wine festival and Jazz festival which also make for a unique night out. Bars, Restaurants, Casinos and Night Clubs are in abundance, ranging from cheap, free entrance clubs to high end clubs such as “22” which is located at the top of the Portomaso Business Tower in the area of Paceville / St. Julians.

5)      Something else which is a must do in Malta in summer is visit one of the local village feasts. Nearly every village in Malta throws a feast for its locality once in summer. You can definitely expect loud bands, fireworks and church bells to be ringing throughout the night as people celebrate in the streets.

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6)      Visit Mdina – the silent city. Malta’s old capital is quaint and quiet, and traffic free. This fortified city is a true gem bursting with unique architecture and history. A walk through at night is definitely worth it and some of the restaurants enjoy spectacular views of the whole island, which complement the local wine very nicely.

7) Rent a farmhouse – Many agents in Malta offer the opportunity to live in a typical farmhouse. Rent a farmhouse with a pool in Malta & Gozo. The historical gems, sometimes dating to over 400 years old have been converted to accommodate the ever growing tourist industry on the island. Chill out in the sun by the pool with your favourite beverage and enjoy a relaxing holiday with the family in a typical Maltese abode.

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 Malta is ideal for all ages and there truly is something to do for everyone. Whats more, the island is pretty small and its easy to get around.