Another year has flown by and Ideal Country Property’s End of Year Dinner was held at the Ginza Japanese restaurant in La Cala de Mijas. We are growing by the year, as Yolanda (our Telemarketer) joined the company this year. We are certainly one big family!
This year’s meal was slightly different and quite entertaining! The Ginza restaurant offers a wide variety of different menus, including seafood, fish and meat. There are also menus available for children and vegetarians.
Each table can seat up to 12 people and the chef cooks the food in front of you so you know exactly what you are eating! Whilst they cook they also throw food at you, which you are meant to catch with your mouth. This is indeed quite a laugh, especially in our case as my boyfriend was so overwhelmed that he ended up falling off his chair whilst trying to catch a piece of omelette in the air; it was so funny!
The prices are quite reasonable and the service is very good. We recommend you visit this restaurant.
Ideal Country Property would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2014!
Are you keen to reduce your electrical running costs in these hard times of increased utility bills?
When did you last have your air-conditioning/heating serviced?
Dirty filters can cost you as much as 30% more to run, not to mention the loss of output of heating & cooling that your unit can give you. Yes we know and we all forget; it was installed and it worked fine when we last used it. Having your system serviced correctly can save you both in running costs and expensive repair costs.
Do you really need to have it serviced? If you do not service your air-con unit regularly, you will suffer from breathing dirty air, hearing the occasional noise coming from unit and enjoying less & less cool or warm air. Not only will it no longer serve the purpose of giving you cool/warm air and restful sleep; it will give you a hefty electricity bill instead!
Williams Refrigeration S.L. based in Alhaurín el Grande can carry out such a service like this and has worked with Ideal Country Property for many years providing quality service and repair to any make or model. For this very reason we are offering an exclusive 20% discount to any of our clients on any servicing work, again saving you even more money.
For more information contact Simon Williams on 952 596 404 or 679 284 959. Alternatively, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just mention “Service A.C. 2013” to receive this super discount.
According to a local vet who handles this matter at the Junta de Andalucía office in Cártama Estación, he has informed me of the following facts:
In order to apply for this licence (that is for up to 5 horses on the same plot) first you must comply with the following:
The plot of land must be completely fenced.
There must be shading for the horses; this means a wooden/concrete shelter. No other type of shelter will be approved by the Junta de Andalucía. As some of you know, you can’t build in the countryside anymore, therefore if the plot already has some sort of shelter, this may be adapted and used, but if it doesn’t, a new shelter has to be put up. It will have to be wooden and the wood provided from the carpenter must be a specific wood for this type of sheltering, the varnish applied on the wood can’t be toxic and it must also be waterproofed. However permission must also be requested from the local town hall. This shouldn’t be an inconvenience.
The plot must also have its own water supply, which may be either town water or well water. If the supply is from a well this water must be analysed one a year.
The documentation that must be presented in the Junta de Andalucía office is:
- ID of the horse/s owner.
- The Catastral information of the plot (you may find this information online – http://www1.sedecatastro.gob.es/) if the horse owner is going to rent the plot then the owner of the plot of land must provide a written authorization allowing him/her to use the piece of land for horses.
No admin fees are involved. You have to present the information at the Junta de Andalucía office and the license should be granted in 2 to 3 weeks.
Contact numbers for additional information:
Seprona Coín – 952 450 138
Livestock Council – 951 920 660
To go with our new Website we have also had our office sign redesigned. It is a little larger, more modern and is retro-illuminated so it should stand out at night. It was a little sad to see our old sign go, as it has been with us right from the old office days on Carratera Cártama in 2007 and it obviously forms part of our history. That said we are hoping that with our new sign, we will be more easy to find and look forward to many more years as a landmark here in Alhaurín.
After months of discussion and hard work, we finally bit the bullet and have had our Website revamped by Laurens, at SoLogic Media. We had been making changes gradually and trying to update the software but finally we came to an impasse and couldn’t upgrade the current software. It wasn’t an easy decision seeing as so much work went into our old one and it was a look that we all were familiar with. However, times have changed as has technology so our site really did need an overhaul.
The benefits of our new site should be clear right away:
- Compatible with all browsers
- Adapts to mobile devices
- Easier property search function
- Profiles of our team members
- Clearer design
As always, we are open to suggestions so if you see anything that’s not working then please let us know and we’ll pass it on to the IT department.
Thanks for all your continued support and feedback.
If you are a Spanish resident (ie. a person from the European Union living permanently in & registered in Spain), and you need to receive medical treatment in the EU whilst travelling abroad, you are entitled to such treatment at a reduced cost or even for free. Please note that the card is FREE although unofficial sites may try and charge you.
However, to obtain treatment you will need to take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a personal card, is supplied free of charge, and certifies the holder’s right to receive health benefits that are deemed necessary from a medical point of view, during a temporary stay in any of the countries of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden) and can include the countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, depending on the circumstances. The EHIC is valid from the date of receipt until the expiry date printed on the card. Please note that the EHIC is NOT to be used if you are travelling abroad specifically to receive medical treatment.
Visit the following link (the Spanish Social Security Page) and fill out all the details to receive your free card in the post. Please note that the card can only be sent to the address that is registered on your file at the Social Security. Also, the page is only available in Spanish.
If you are UK resident, then you can apply for your card here:
BRITISH EHIC INFO & REQUEST FORM
Due to recent and ongoing changes, receiving UK free-to-view or freesat stations like BBC and ITV has become very difficult. This change affects free-to-view stations across all dish based platforms including Sky Digital. To continue to receive stations via a conventional dish, it is estimated that it would need to be up to 3m in diameter – impossible for most domestic users.
Astra2.TV is a true TV experience. There are no complex VPNs or tricky web based viewing on your PC or laptop. They have many of your favourite British television channels included in the service (BBC 1-4, ITV, C4 & C5 for example) and all of them are available with a full seven days catch-up service. No dish is required, just a simple set top box, Internet connection and HDMI cable to your TV.
The Astra2.TV system is referred to as IPTV (Internet Protocol Television).
They deliver TV content directly to your home using a blend of proven internet streaming technologies and in-house innovations; optimised to give you the best UK TV experience from the comfort of your living room.
The price includes a 7 day catch-up service.
Missing your favourite TV shows for whatever reason is frustrating. At Astra2.TV they record everything aired on all of their UK TV channels during the last 7 days, allowing you to view it at your leisure. No matter whether you are living on the other side of the world or simply watched something else aired at the same time you don’t have to miss out. 30 day catch-up is planned for certain programs, films, documentaries, etc.
Since they do all the hard work their end, there is no need to leave your device running to record the content, and you do not need to use the hard drive space on your computer or smartphone. It also means that they can offer a compact Set-top box, as it does not contain any large storage hardware.
How can you take advantage of this? Visit the Official Astra2.TV site here:
Register for free (choose “Ideal Country Property” from the Reseller drop-down menu and enter the code “2863” in the Reseller PIN Code box) and then choose your subscription option. There are no minimum subscription periods and you can cancel at any time. From the official Astra2.TV site you can manage your own account.
The service costs just under 18€ a month (allowing you to watch via your PC, MAC, Tablet or Smartphone) payable via Paypal Secure Payment and if you want to watch on your TV with the set-top box, then the box is 220€ + P&P.
The advantage of this service is that you can use it anywhere in the world as long as you have at least a 1.5Mb Internet Connection and of course you don’t need the set-top box to benefit from the service. Please note: subtitles are NOT available with this service.
The fair has come to town! The Feria de Alhaurín El Grande is from 22nd-26th May and our office will be closed to the public on Friday 24th May. To find out what’s on and when, click on the poster image above to download the program in PDF format (only in Spanish).
¡La feria ha llegado al pueblo! La feria de Alhaurín El Grande ya ha empezado el día 22 de mayo y termina el 26 de mayo. Por este motivo nuestra oficina estará cerrada el próximo viernes, 24 de mayo. Para ver el horario de eventos programados, haz clic en la imagen de la cartel de la feria para descargar el programa en formato PDF.
Following the Royal Decree 235/2013 (5th April), ALL houses will be required to have an official Energy Performance Certificate (“Certificado de Eficiencia Energética” in Spain or CEE for short) as of 1st June 2013. Before this date, only new houses were obliged to have this certificate but now the Spanish government are applying this EU ruling to all dwellings. This ruling applies to all new, resale and rental properties. The CEE provides a summary of the building’s overall energy efficiency and its impact on the environment, calculated by standard occupancy assumptions.
The property owner is obliged to obtain the CEE by employing a suitably qualified property professional who will then present their report to the appropriate governing body who, in turn, will review the report and issue a CEE to the owner. The CEE is then valid for 10 years. Obviously this process, like most things here in Andalucía, takes time so owners & landlords are advised to apply for the CEE as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that it is the owner’s responsibility to obtain & update the CEE. Prospective buyers & tenants have the right to see the CEE on all sale & rental contracts made as from 1st June 2013, as per Article 14, Point 2 of the Decree.
There appear to be different levels of work that can be carried out to provide a CEE, with cursory ones resulting in poorer levels of banding but with the more studious ones giving the possibility of improving the banding. It would be logical to assume that the better the band, the higher the property price will be as buyers will note the energy savings over a lower banded property with higher energy costs.
It would be prudent for Administrators and Promoters of apartment blocks to obtain the CEE for the individual properties all in one go, thus reducing the costs of individual surveys. Even if a current owner isn’t planning on selling or renting their home at the moment, given that the CEE lasts for 10 years, it would be wise for them to obtain one, thus facilitating the selling or rental process should the need arise in the near future.
As for Estate Agents, the Decree stipulates that a property cannot be advertised or promoted in any way without the current Energy Performance Rating being displayed (Article 12, point 2). If Estate Agencies don’t comply then they could be facing fines ranging from €200 up to €30,000, although these fines are equally applicable to the property owner if they fail to present the CEE. Ideal Country Property has been approached by a number of companies offering the service to obtain the CEE. We have managed to secure discount rates for our clients based on the size of their property.
- Apartments - Flats ……… from €200
- Townhouses or Villas …… €200 – €240
- Residential Buildings ……. €1,200 – €3,000
Please contact Beatriz Aybar at INGEARQ INNOVA on (+34) 637 474 235 and quote “Ideal Country Property” to benefit from these prices. Alternatively, get in touch with us and we can arrange a personal, no obligation quotation for you.
The CEE is NOT required for official listed buildings, buildings used officially as places of worship, temporary constructions to be used less than two years, non-residential industrial buildings & workshops, buildings with a useful floor space of less than 50m², buildings that are bought for major reform work or demolition, and buildings whose use is less than 4 months a year or whose energy consumption is less than 25% of the yearly quota (when accompanied by an official declaration by the owner that his use of the property is infrequent).
I had a fun morning last Sunday; my son Max and I took part in Alhaurín el Grande’s “Día de Pedal” literally meaning “Day of the Pedal” or as we might say in English, “On Your Bike Day”. It is an event organised by the town hall with the intention of getting families to go out and get on their bicycles.
The course starts at the Sports Centre where each participant is entitled to a free bottle of water. We set off through the streets with police and volunteers holding up the traffic. The route took us through the old town, down the Cártama road to the Repsol petrol station, along the Churriana road and then back up Camino Quinto to the sports centre; a total of 8km.
With over 700 people taking part the organisers are keen to point out that it isn’t a race, just a chance for families to participate together. The event is very well organised with medics on hand in case of any cuts or scrapes.
Once back at the sports centre there is another drink waiting for each participant and a prize draw. There were 6 cycle helmets, 6 bags of cycling related goodies given away and 2 lucky entrants walked away with a brand new bike.
This was the 13th year that the event has taken place so make a note in your diaries to keep an eye out for the 14th “Día de Pedal” in Alhaurín el Grande in 2014.