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Reach a bigger market for your property rentals

Reaching a bigger audienceWhen advertising your property for rental in Spain, most people are limiting themselves to potential clients without realising it. With so many properties on the rental market, reaching a wider audience is a great way to increase your chances of being a successful landlord. See our blog on top tips for increasing rental bookings to make your property stand out from the rest, and then you can decide how to reach as many people as possible with your rental property.

The majority of people looking for rental properties in Spain are not the English anymore, yet a lot of rental ads are only aimed at the English. Scandinavian and German nationals are among the majority of people looking for rentals in Spain this year. So how do you go about reaching these potential tenants? Instead of aiming at one or two countries why not aim for over 10 countries? Continue reading “Reach a bigger market for your property rentals”

Tourist arrivals increase in 2010

There are promising signs that 2010 is going to be a better year for owners of holiday homes and tourism driven industries in Spain. Europe’s statistics agency Eurostat revealed that January’s figures showed a 1.1% increase in foreign tourist arrivals compared to the same period of 2009. This may not be a big increase, but is significant as it follows an 18 month decline in visitors and hopefully will set a pattern for further increases this year.

On the ground it certainly feels like the tourists are still visiting. Thankfully the sun finally came out and shone throughout the Easter holiday, much to the relief of all the residents and visitors. Over the Semana Santa holiday, beaches, bars and restaurants were buzzing with people enjoying the spring sunshine and spending money, which is what the area needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about renting out your property, we’ve produced a guide to Successful Holiday Rentals which you can download free from our website, packed with useful tips.

It is interesting to see that visitors from France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland are up, whilst British and German visitors are decreasing. Traditionally Britain has provided the most tourists for this area, but there has been a significant decline of more than 8% from this region. This shows us that to keep rental occupancy high we need to broaden our horizons and make sure there is effective marketing throughout Europe rather than simply focusing on the UK market. 

In order to do this, we have joined forces with Novasol, Europe’s biggest holiday home rentals company. They have a strong presence in 21 countries throughout Europe. To promote their properties they use a network of 11 websites in different languages and 1.5 million catalogues distributed through over 15,000 travel agents. Our rental website HolidayRentalontheWeb also attracts a lot of traffic from British and English-speaking holiday makers, so together we can offer our homeowners access to a wide range of rental clients!

If you’d like us to help you rent out your Costa del Sol property contact us today by emailing info@homecareontheweb.com or call + 34 952 83 95 95 to discuss your needs with our helpful team.

Renting your Costa del Sol Property at Easter

NovasolEaster is a very popular time to visit Spain as you can really experience the catholic culture with daily processions through the streets.

The weather normally turns a corner as well and becomes warm enough to spend the day on the beach and the many beachside restaurants reopen.  It feels like the Costa del Sol come back to life after its winter break and rental occupancy increases dramatically.

If you are looking for rental income over the Easter period it’s not too late, as people increasingly leave booking until the last minute – but don’t rest on your laurels. As you may know, Novasol, the largest holiday rental company in Europe, has partnered with us to help them launch into the Spanish market. Novasol are looking for properties to rent out and they can help you increase your rental income because:

  • Novasol is present in over 12 countries and sells through more than 15,000 travel agents.
  • Your property would be promoted in the native language of each of those countries via their network of websites and their catalogues distributed to 15,000 travel agents. It would also be promoted on HolidayRentalontheWeb.com for maximum exposure in Europe.

For your property to appear on the Novasol websites is completely FREE so what are you waiting for? If you would like Novasol to begin marketing your property for Easter and the rest of the season, click on this link for more information. Don’t miss out on potential rentals!

If you need any help please call us on 0034 952 83 95 95 and ask to speak to one of the Novasol team.

What to do if your rental agent is cheating you

When we arrived at our apartment recently we found it hadn’t been cleaned and even looked as if someone had been staying in it, although the management agent denied this when we asked him. What can we do to prevent this happening in the future!…

HC1Here at HomeCareontheWeb we like to think of ourselves as a caring, helpful bunch and of course our staff are only too pleased to provide free advice to people who come to them with worries and concerns about property and rentals management issues.

We recently were asked the following question by a concerned Costa del Sol property owner currently renting their property out through another local agent:

“When we arrived at our apartment recently we found it hadn’t been cleaned and even looked as if someone had been staying in it, although the management agent denied this when we asked him. What can we do to prevent this happening in the future?”

A delicate and worrying situation, to say the least. Here’s what we said in reply…

“If you arrived without telling your agent, then he would not have been able to ensure that the property was cleaned before you arrived.

However, if your suspicions are correct, whether you advised the agent beforehand or not, it is not right that your apartment should have been used without your knowledge.

You do need to check, though, whether anyone other than your agent has had keys to your property, perhaps even before you bought it.

If you didn’t change your locks when you moved in, we would recommend you do it now as a precaution.

If you intend to change your agent, a management company that gives you on-line access to your own personal bookings calendar may suit you better.

You would be able to input your planned holiday dates and, from that, the company could make sure your apartment is properly cleaned, beds made up, hot water on, etc, before you arrived. You don’t mention whether you normally allow rental clients in your holiday home.

If you do, an on-line bookings calendar would ensure rental clients (whether your own or those found by the company on your behalf) could not book holidays at the same time as you, and you could also see ‘at-a-glance’ when your property is occupied.

Furthermore, the bookings calendar would allow the management company to automatically arrange all necessary cleaning and laundry between rental periods, without you having to worry about it.”

Plenty of food for thought there.

Remember, if you have any questions about property and rentals management on Spain’s Costa del Sol, you can always get in touch with us and we’ll be pleased to help you!

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