Traditionally in real estate, it is the vendor, not the buyer, that is the agent’s client. The homeowner is therefore the party that instructs the property broker to market, promote and sell his or her property. This relationship, or partnership in the selling of the house, is predicated upon a close relationship between vendor and real estate agent, and this usually is built upon exclusivity – i.e. giving your property for sale with a single agency that has the sole right to market it.
Although we may be facing another enforced period of lockdown in most parts of the world, which inevitably restricts free movement across country borders, demand remains strong for the Marbella way of life and some parts of Marbella have proved to be almost Covid-proof.
Design trends flow like ebb and tide, forever evolving and refining. The latest one began some ten years ago and returned familiar clean, white tones to the Costa del Sol – albeit now with the sleek, right-angled geometry of modern/futuristic architecture. Now, almost a decade on and the starkness of modern minimalism has softened somewhat in Marbella homes, with less focus on glass, rectangular layouts, flat roofs and lacquered finishes.
People from across Europe and beyond are drawn to buy homes on the Costa del Sol and even move here permanently, but when they think of Marbella it is usually the beachfront areas, leafy residential suburbs surrounding golf courses and private country clubs they picture. For this reason, the bulk of those who buy property in Marbella look for apartments, penthouses and villas for sale in Sierra Blanca, Nueva Andalucía, La Quinta, Los Arqueros, Guadalmina, El Madroñal, La Zagaleta, Río Real, Los Monteros and similar residential resort areas of the Costa del Sol.
Marbella is an area rich in beautiful scenery – from beachside sea vistas across the Mediterranean to mountain scenery, golf views, verdant suburbs with lush subtropical gardens and also hillside locations that take in the entire coastal region and trace the shoreline all the way to Gibraltar and North Africa – so how could views not be a major part of life on the Costa del Sol?
The property market, like all consumer-based ones, is always evolving and incorporating new technologies, trends and social reactions. Not surprisingly, the Covid situation has had a big impact too, and it is being reflected in the latest home designs, especially in Marbella.