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I am from the UK and male and 34 years old and I really really like hot sunny summer weather and the beach. Over the last few years I have lived in New Zealand and Australia. 3 years ago I went for the first time to Mallorca for a short holiday in about October time and really liked it My dad and I thought about buying an apartment in Mallorca. My dad found a house hunting person to help and she told us that we should not buy an apartment in Mallorca but buy an apartment in the Marbella area as the year round weather is better. So we end up buying an apartment in the Marbella area. Did I make the right choice.? I am not 100% sure.

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I am from the UK and male and 34 years old and I really really like hot sunny summer weather and the beach. Over the last few years I have lived in New Zealand and Australia. 3 years ago I went for the first time to Mallorca for a short holiday in about October time and really liked it My dad and I thought about buying an apartment in Mallorca. My dad found a house huntting person to help and she told us that we should not buy an apartment in Mallorca but buy an apartment in the Marbella area as the year round weather is better. So we end up buying an apartment in the Marbella area. Did I make the right choice.? I am not 100% sure.

I dont think either have good weather all year round. Marbella and the costa del sol, as we speak is having yet more rain. Mallorca is known for its rain and wind in the winter months! However, in the summer its hot and the summer usually starts end of April til...October ish, altho it was pretty hot right thru til the beginning of December last year, then it started raining and has hardly stopped since !!!!!!!

Apparently the best all year round weather is the Canaries???!

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Jojo is on the button. Love both Mallorca and Marbella ... sure you will have a ball in either!

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Jojo is on the button. Love both Mallorca and Marbella ... sure you will have a ball in either!

It'll be a wet "ball" if you have one in Marbella now!!!

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Depends probably also what you are looking for in addition to good weather and beaches Marbella is more connected to the rest of Spain and there are more options to do things after you get bored lying on the beach Though the beaches are not maybe THAT good there.. but then you always have the option to drive further and discover wonderful places.

Personally I like Marbella very much. Buying property there is almost always a good investment. Good choice!

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Have you EVER been to Marbella?

I quote: "Personally I like Marbella very much. Buying property there is almost always a good investment. Good choice! "

The place has HUGE housing issues, negative equity, massive amount of property up for sale, people throwing keys back at the banks every day and huge unemployment. That's before we even start on the abuses of power in urbano - Gil may be gone but Marbella still has huge issues in the housing and planning departments with illegal houses, half-built hotels and apartment blocks - one ON Marbella golf course where hundreds of people lost thousands and thousands of euros each. Do I start re Elviria, Niki Beach etc ?

I like Marbella very much too ... but I would never come out with such an absurd statement.

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However, buying in Marbella (proper, ie not on a hateful half finished expat urbanisation) would currently be a sensible long-term investment choice as it is and always will be a popular destination for the Spanish

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Maybe ..... as long as it is legal (and stays that way!)

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Have you EVER been to Marbella?

I quote: "Personally I like Marbella very much. Buying property there is almost always a good investment. Good choice! "

The place has HUGE housing issues, negative equity, massive amount of property up for sale, people throwing keys back at the banks every day and huge unemployment. That's before we even start on the abuses of power in urbano - Gil may be gone but Marbella still has huge issues in the housing and planning departments with illegal houses, half-built hotels and apartment blocks - one ON Marbella golf course where hundreds of people lost thousands and thousands of euros each. Do I start re Elviria, Niki Beach etc ?

I like Marbella very much too ... but I would never come out with such an absurd statement.
Yes, I have spent a lot of time there in my past over many years and seen the time before and after crisis. The issues you write about are not common only in Marbella but all over Spain. Gil is of course special case and left the town and community completely broke and torn but the good thing is that it still attracts wealthy population from Spain and abroad. And sad but true, since there is a massive amount of property for sale it's the moment to buy now, has been for a while. Prices will go up again one day and if you are not looking for short-term ROI it is actually a good investment since the prices tend to be higher in Marbella. Obviously you need to be careful when buying but that's something you should pay attention in Spain in general.

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OK, that's back-tracking a bit.

Here's my last experience there. I was in Puert Banús in November and was idly looking in an estate agent's window. The owner walked from behind me and opened up the office after siesta and as she got in the door she asked whether she could help. (Good selling)

I muttered something about just looking and she asked whether I'd like a coffee and she'd show me some more that she'd just got that day. My friend nodded yes and in we went. (Nothing to do with the fact that she was drop dead gorgeous of course!) She made us a coffee and asked what we were looking for. I explained that it was NOT "we" that Björn was cycling through Spain on his way from Norway to South Africa but that "I" could be interested. Then found she was Norwegian!! You could NOT have guessed ....although to be fair she had been born in Spain. Anyway, they chatted away for 10/15 minutes about the journey etc as I flipped through some details.

All looked overpriced but then she asked how serious I was. I told her I bought and sold and at the right price I was always interested. She pulled out details of a superb apartment which had been up at 620 in June 2008. She said the owner was looking to go back to Iceland and would take ANY sensible offer. I asked why it was not "on display" and she rather sheepishly admitted that there was little commission on it for the agency!!!!! She showed me a price of 490.

Long story short we went to see it. OMG. Gorgeous. Very small (2 bed, 1 bath) but a nice lounge and great kitchen. Huge bathroom, jacuzzi views to die for from the lounge and bath-tub and not IMHO worth 620. I had just flipped two in Murcia and thought that this would sell at the right price. The Icelandic lady arrived as we were there (stage-managed?) gave us a story about a divorce and said she knew she'd lose a packet but.......

So we went back to the office and saw that ,yes, she had paid 550 in 2006 so 620 was just cheeky but I did like it and thought it would sell quickly at the right price in Scandinavia, It was VERY Scandi -all glass and metal furniture and the bedroom was ALL white with gold facings with a huggggggggge double-bed with what looked like polar bear curtains, bedspread etc etc (Björn was convinced that she was an upper-class "girl" Anyway sorry about the ramblings. I offered 390 the next day and got a call back saying she would not go below 420. I said no. So 490 to 420 in 24 hours!

A couple of days later we were in Ronda when the phone rang. It was the Icelandic lady herself. She had tracked us down through Björn's story in the local paper. She said that she would take 390 as a private sale IF she could take all the furniture. NO - (a) because however much I dislike agents the Norwegian lady had done her job and (b) because it would cost me most of that to replace. IOW she had almost INCREASED the price.

I said no - 390 tops with all the furniture and fittings and through the agency. She said she'd get back to me. 3 weeks later and we are now in Barcelona, I got a call from the agency. She said the lady would take 400 with the furniture. By now, I thought we were on the way. I said sorry I had made my decision. 390 maximum. I expected her to drop but she didn't. No sweat. I got a call this week saying that the lady was now back in Iceland and that she had authorised her to take 390!

So 620 to 390. Marbella - A good bet for property purchases? I think not!!!

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