If you love hiking but have become tired of the littered countryside, illegal quad bikes tearing up footpaths and dodging misbehaving dogs and owners then Gran Canaria is where you should be.The stunning inland beauty of this mini continent (as Gran Canaria is often nicknamed) is still to be discovered by many British hikers. Many of the footpaths are old 'Camino Reales'. These are the donkey tracks that used to connect villages together many years ago, before motor vehicles arrived. You can walk for miles in perfect solitude without seeing another soul. Explore volcanic landscapes with high mountains, deep canyons and ravines. Discover running streams, spectacular caves and rock formations. From grassy meadows in the North to desert like scree in the South, Gran Canaria offers a hiker’s paradise all in one easy to explore island. Why not book a hiking holiday away in one of our fabulous rental properties or even better, own your own piece of paradise.
Hard or soft boiled Brexit not
set to crack the British dream
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the vote to leave the EU signalled the death knell for those considering a move to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote for some sun. However, according to Stanley & Associates’ expert estate agent partner, John Goldacre, Brexit is having no effect at all. ‘Clients are still buying the only impact has been on currency exchange and the right time for British clients to buy Euros. In fact we have seen buyer increase since the announcement of Brexit. British citizens were buying in Spain before the formation of the European union and it will continue, the value of property in Spain represents a great investment opportunity and particularly the Canary Islands because of the unique all year round weather. Our British clients have quoted that they would prefer to be in the Canaries rather than being in the UK. Today opportunities are abound because the market is still only a faction of where it was pre crisis, lower priced property lost on average about 50% of their value during the crises and today that has still only seen a small percentage increase over that so the investment growth is at an exceptionally high level. Fuerteventura out of all the Canary Islands offers the lowest piece per m 2 for properties offering excellent investment growth opportunities.’It’s a view shared by Stanley & Associates Operations Manager, Emma. ’We have seen enquiries double since the announcement of Brexit. The combination of the British love affair with property as a more attractive investment vehicle and year round sun means the demand from British and other Northern European purchasers looking for property in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote is not going to be diluted, even by a hard Brexit. In particular British investor landlords seeking better rental returns than they can receive on properties in the UK are really starting to understand how we can connect them to fabulous investment yields in the Canaries.
Welcome to Gran Canaria LGBT
friendly ‘Isla Bonita’
Gran Canaria has long been recognised as one of the most LGBT friendly places in Europe. We would even be so bold as to suggest possibly in the world! From its spectacular Winter and Summer Pride events, exclusive gay only holiday resorts and host of LGBT excursions and activities in the South right through to Las Palmas Carnival and Drag Queen competition in the vibrant capital of the North, if you identify as LGBT then you are sure of a warm and open welcome in Gran Canaria. Here on equal terms LGBT and heterosexual couples can walk hand-in-hand down the winding streets and promenades, share lingering kisses over romantic dinners at beach-front bistros and loose themselves in the never ending nights of celebration and entertainment. In our humble opinion there are very few other places in the world where the amazing climate, natural beauty, short flight times from the UK and inclusive ‘live and let live’ approach to LGBT are all equally present. Gran Canaria is the place where you can come and just ‘be’ if you’re LGBT. Be yourself. Be free. Be amazed. Be recharged. Be inspired. Be in Gran Canaria! Explore Gran Canaria long term rentals, holiday rents or buying options through us today.
Lanzarote are equal
‘The biggest area of lookout for any investor today is ensuring that the property is fit for the p u r p o s e intended as there are some elements of Spanish rental law that needs to be understood. Not all agents mention this to clients’. So says Stanley & Associates property partner expert John Goldacre. ‘Through our dual process of client evaluation and working with Stanley & Associates we identify exactly what an investor is looking to achieve and advise them accordingly. This includes only offering apartments that can be officially rented both long and short term, because under current legislation there are some properties where you can do neither and this is something that not all Estate Agents are aware of or consider.There are serious fines and consequences for those landlords who rent out properties without the proper licences or authorisation. Stanley & A s s o c i a t e s I n t e r n a t i o n a l M a r k e t i n g Director, Mark, says, ‘ We treat our investor clients in the way we ourselves would like to be treated. We always identify whether a client is looking to buy a property in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote with the express goal of making a rental income return. If so, then we ensure we match them with our partner agents with properties that fit their specific aims. It’s also why we are very selective of partners we work with - preferring to work with members of the AIPP which offers buyers and investors alike protection under the ability to have recourse via the Property Ombudsman. In this way we truly act in the best interests of our clients at all times..
galore…Gran Canaria has it all!
Families would be hard pressed to find a better place than Gran Canaria when it comes to ticking all the boxes of an ideal place to holiday or live. The range of facilities, natural outdoor adventures, entertainment options plus medical and educational centres, including Las Palmas University and several International schools, makes Gran Canaria a very attractive package. Property investors with family considerations really are spoilt for choice. Cosmopolitan Melonares and the dunes, beaches and theme / aqua parks of Maspalomas and Play del Ingles in the South offer fun and entertainment galore, right through to the picturesque natural beauty and open spaces of Mogan, Arguineguín and Teror. Those looking for family friendly town or big city living can look to places such as San Fernando, Vecindario and of course the vibrant capital Las Palmas.
opportunities in Gran Canaria…
Smart UK LGBT and straight investors alike are starting to realise what has long been known by investors from the Nordic countries. ‘Investing in LGBT friendly Gran Canaria - particularly in Southern resorts such Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles - offers a highly lucrative investment opportunity particularly when it comes to holiday rental returns’, says Stanley & Associates International Marketing Director Mark. ‘Thanks to the open and accepting culture, year round LGBT events including Winter and Summer Pride, the LGBT Tennis Tournament, Bear Fest and Fetish Week plus a host of additional LGBT specific shops, bars, restaurants, shows and entertainment centres, savvy property investors can really cash in. Stanley & Associates is proud to have been awarded LGBT Property Portal of The Year - it is testament to our commitment in being a LGBT inclusive company both internally and externally. We’re connecting an increasing number of UK LGBT and heterosexual landlords and investors to some fabulous LGBT investment deals.’ It’s a statement also backed up by a recent article in the Financial Times, showing how investing in the LGBT sector in Gran Canaria is a sure-fire bet. The full article can be read here.