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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.

Malte

Following our previous post, we asked one of our French interns to write a post about Malta. This is what they had to say after being here for a couple of weeks.

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Malte, petite ile située dans le bassin méditerranéen, regorge de magnifiques endroits à visiter qui pourront ravir tous les touristes du monde entier.

La Valette, l’une des principales villes de l’ile, qui deviendra en 2018 capital européenne de la culture est un endroit qui comporte de nombreux monuments historiques, et nombreuses petites rues où l’on peut déguster des pastizzi et gouter à la bière locale la Cisk. Au coeur de cette ville, on pourra y retrouver de nombreux magasins, cafés, restaurants qui font de La Vallette un endroit plaisant et vivant.

On retrouve un melting point de nationalites au coeur de la ville.

Sliema réside au coeur commercial et résidentiel de l’ile, c’est une ville idéale pour y faire son shopping, boire un coup en terrasses avec vue sur la mer. De Sliema on peut admirer la ville de La Vallette, ce dont les touristes ne se lasseront jamais.

St Julian’s est quant à elle, la ville du divertissement de l’ile. Avec ses nombreux hôtels, restaurants et boîtes de nuits branchees, la ville attire de nombreux touristes qui souhaitent faire la fête tout au long de la nuit.

L’avantage est que l’on pourra se déplacer de villes en villes facilement grace au réseau de bus impressionnant sur l’ile qui dessert pratiquement l’ensemble de l’ile. De plus, ces 3 villes ci-dessus ne sont pas si éloignées les unes des autres, quelques minutes de bus suffiront pour vous y rendre.

À Malte, il n’est pas difficile de trouver un appartement à louer ou même acheter. En effet, l’ile dispose de nombreux biens immobiliers qui n’attendent que d’être habite. Louer un appartement au coeur de Sliema et pouvoir se déplacer en bus, en voiture est à vous l’ile de Malte.

Il est tout aussi possible d’investir au Malte, nombreuses sont les maisons de caractères, des types mediterranneennes vus sur la mer et le point de La Vallette au niveau de la ville de Ta’Xbiex.

Enfin, pour les habitants de la métropole, ou ailleurs dans le monde qui souhaitent prendre leur retraite en bord de mer, avec de nombreux endroits à visiter comme le Blue Lagoon, ou encore la petite ile de Gozo, ne sera pas déçu de l’ile de Malte qui accueille tous les ans des milliers de visiteurs et qui rendent l’ile vivante et accueillante.

Written by Lucie Bourguignon whilst on internship with Pierre Faure Real Estate in Spring 2016

 

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

What makes Malta special?

Malta is just a drop in an ocean. Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops? Lying at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, a few hours away from Europe and North Africa, Malta is signatory for economic, financial, maritime, transport and cultural matters.

The superb climate in Malta makes it ideal to have fun in the sun. Weather allows for outdoor sport and leisure activities, from swimming, yachting, sailing and diving in the blue waters to horse riding, or cycling and trekking in the countryside all year round. Alternatively, one can opt for total relaxation on one of the many sandy beaches found around the coast. Malta is in many ways vibrant and modern. Romance, nightlife, good food….you find it all here. Numerous events and festivals that tickle every taste bud and appeal to all ages are organized throughout the year.

In addition to this, Malta enjoys a healthy and safe environment with excellent educational facilities. The World Risk Report has named Malta, once again, as the world’s second safest country, the first on the list being Qatar, in terms of its exposure to and ability to cope with natural disasters. Malta is the safest place in Europe, having very low exposure to earthquakes, floods or rising sea levels and its society and infrastructure are well prepared to tackle such events should they come to pass. The country also boasts of close economic and cultural ties with neighbouring countries, north and south of the island.

Malta also boasts from economic, political and social stability. The more recent past, since independence in 1964, has seen the country develop its economy in an impressive way. Malta is becoming rapidly a regional hub for dynamic financial services, i-gaming and back-office services. It also enjoys excellent electronic communications and flight connections. Various sectors offer prolific investment opportunities such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, information communication technologies, agri-foods and precision engineering.

Let’s not forget that Malta possesses a growing professional class of highly trained, qualified, flexible and multilingual workforce. Maltese citizens own a good quality of education, leading to high productivity. The majority of the Maltese population is multilingual. It is fluent in Maltese, English and Italian, with the former two being both official languages. Some also have a good understanding of French, German, Arabic and other languages. Locals are also friendly, warm, lively and sometimes even noisy.

Leveraging all the above-mentioned aspects, it comes as no surprise that Malta is so fascinating and unique and many people from across the world wash up here. Surely an all-rounder destination.

Malta property becomes less costly, as pound nears 16-month high

09.05.2014

One more great reason to buy a property in Malta! Malta property has fallen in price lately, as the pound has reached 1.2247 versus the euro, just shy of its highest in 16 months, or since January 10th 2013.

To put this into context, sterling was at just 1.1371 last March, meaning it’s since bounced back by almost 9 cents. Were you to transfer £125,000 to Malta to buy a property, you’d hence get an impressive +€10,688 more today than March 2013. Clearly, this puts your dream Malta property closer within reach!

Why has the pound jumped against the euro?

Sterling has neared this 16-month high versus the euro, chiefly because the UK economy is growing like there’s no tomorrow. For instance, just this week the OECD upgraded its 2014 growth forecast for the UK +0.8%, to a jaw-dropping 3.2%. This will make the UK the world’s fastest-growing major economy, hence boosting the pound.

At the same time, the euro has weakened of late, because the Eurozone faces the threat of Japanese-style deflation. This is where prices continually fall, which sounds nice, but leads to economic stagnation, as people keep putting off their shopping to see if things get cheaper. So that’s brought the euro low too!

Will the pound continue to climb?

Moreover, the pound looks set to exceed its 16-month high in the near future. This is because, with the UK economy fit and frisky, the Bank of England may soon become the first major central bank since the financial crisis to hike interest rates. This will send the pound yet higher, further cutting the cost of Malta property in 2014!

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About the writer

Peter Lavelle is an economist at foreign exchange broker Pure FX. To get free expert currency advice about the best time to transfer money to Malta, call him on +44 (0) 1494 671800 or email peter.lavelle@purefx.co.uk.

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.

 

Brand new property websites for both Pierre Faure Real Estate and our sister company Malta Property Auctioneers.

We have spent the last few months brainstorming on how to service our purchasers and vendors better. Following our office move last month, to much larger Ta’ Xbiex offices, we focused our efforts on creating two brand new property websites for Pierre Faure Real Estatewho specialize in Sales & Rentals of up-market properties throughout Malta & Gozo and Malta Property Auctioneers, who specialize in selling property by Auction in Malta.

What we wanted are two fresh property portals, separate from each other but designed in a way that clearly indicate that both companies work hand in hand with each other. This is very important to us because we want our clients to know that the staff and team they trust at Pierre Faure Real Estate are the same team of professional and ethical members that work at Malta Property Auctioneers and vice versa.

Nowadays, the first thing one does when they are interested in renting or buying a property, home or rental investment is to go online and visit their favorite real estate agencies’ websites. They do this before communicating with the actual agency itself, so obviously, the property website is the first impression the client gets about the agency. We have worked on developing both websites to be as easy on the eye and easy to use as possible, since the last thing the client needs in today’s fast paced lifestyle is for a complicated property website. We have catered for simple search tools, with easy to sort results  together with larger images for better browsing.

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We have done our utmost to provide correct information, show large images and to make it as easy as possible for both locals as well as foreigners looking to relocate to Malta to understand all the different areas and luxury lifestyle developments in Malta, so that they may take a decision on where they want to purchase or rent, based on detailed and sound information. Our easy map tool should also help those who are not too familiar with where certain properties and village are located geographically.

We aim to use this blog to provide as much information as possible with property related news in Malta, such as new tax schemes and incentives that may come to practice from time to time.

We have been in the Real Estate business for over 25 years and have ample experience and knowledge about various parts of the industry. To remain at the top of the list of leading estate agents in Malta we now offer you the freshest real estate websites on the islands catering for both long term rentals as well as short let/ holiday homes in Malta. We hope you like the new designs and we are always open to listening to your feedback. Kindly send any comments to Justin@pierrefaure.com