Alta Villas is independent real estate agency based in Jávea on the Costa Blanca in Spain. With an office situated on the main beach road on the Arenal in Jávea and with a friendly, professional, multi-lingual team, Alta Villas is in an ideal position to assist property owners and seekers alike with their property requirements, incorporating property sales, rentals and management services.Owned and managed by UK ex-pat, Julie Colcutt, the key aim of the company is to help anyone interested in buying, selling or renting a property in the Jávea area achieve their goals with as little stress and effort as possible. The team understands that the process of buying, selling or renting can be quite daunting for their clients but, for them it is their every day job and they love it!
Julie and her family moved to Jávea in 2008 just as the recession started. Like many families who emigrate, Julie didn’t realise quite how difficult it would be to settle abroad and, although she had researched the move exhaustively online, she made quite a few poor decisions and choices initially and nearly ended up “going back” several times in the beginning. This is why, as well as helping clients buy or rent properties in the Jávea area, the team at Alta Villas will always try to help “newbies” with honest, practical advice on all aspects of life in the Jávea area – if that is what is requested. Julie remarks:
“After living in Spain for several years now, I am still learning new things every day. Things like who I can trust to give a good service for a reasonable price; how we can help people to get the kids’ schooling sorted out, and where we can go to for legal and financial advice. I learnt the hard way about some of these things but it is a lot easier now for people to make informed choices. Via social media sites such as Facebook and Linked in, ex-pats can network so easily, and that really does help people to make good decisions. For example, the Facebook group Jávea Connect offers its members the chance to ask locals for advice on virtually anything – how to get your NIEs, what children’s’ activities are available, which is the best way to educate your child here, recommendations for builders, restaurants, internet providers etc. In Moraira and Dénia, and other areas, there are similar groups where you can ask virtually anything you like and someone will offer advice – it’s up to you whether you take it on board or not! Another thing that has changed is the market. When I arrived in Spain, the sales market was in decline and the long term rentals market was very buoyant but now the sales market is definitely picking up at a considerable rate and good long term rentals properties are becoming harder to find. It used to be that I would advise people to “try before they buy” and take a rental, but now I tend to urge people intending to purchase one day not to leave it too long because the bargains are dwindling and soon prices will rise in this area as they are in Spain generally already. I say this not as a sales tactic to try to create urgency but because it is the truth about the property market here in the Costa Blanca. I feel really lucky to be living in Spain, particularly in Jávea which, for me, is absolutely perfect. I also consider myself fortunate that I could set up and keep alive Alta Villas in such hard times. We are not a big agency but we are honest and friendly genuinely want to help property owners and seekers achieve their goals in any way we can. We have a fab team here so why not contact us to see how we can help you to live the dream here in Spain, just as we have done?”