Materials and colors that can make your office a warmer place

Materials like wood and their importance 

Wood can last for 40 years or 60 years, it needs the right maintenance to conserve, the experts say that the wood can give a warm feeling in places like stores, offices and houses. It also brings a touch of sophistication and elegance, for being such a neutral material.


The colors

Neutral colors can make your place look bigger, and if you combine them with cold colors then you can get the perfect amount of calm in your working place.


This was the inspiration for the decoration and environment of our office in Barcelona.




2018 is a good year to invest overseas

Have you considered investing in overseas real estate?

Then 2018 might be a good year to do it.

Overseas real estate can be an exceptional addition to your investment portfolio for various reasons, such as diversity, stability, or simply increased returns.

Certainly, Barcelona is one of the top destinations in 2018, especially after the recent political tension is coming to an end as both sides are interested in peaceful solutions.

Location, access and connectivity, cultural diversity, foreign investments, tourism, climate, food and people’s friendliness are some of the key factors that make this city so attractive.

But let’s analyze some of the major points that you should consider when investing in overseas real estate.



If you have all of your money invested in your country, it is inevitable that all of your investments will go down in case of a crisis.

It is therefore advisable, to distribute some of your savings into different “baskets”, and overseas real estate should be at the top of your list.

The strongest aspect of investing in overseas real estate is, indeed, the word overseas: by making an investment abroad you are protecting your money from any instabilities or mishaps that may happen in your country of residence.

This is the nature of any economic and business cycle around the world.

There is another great aspect of investing in overseas real estate. While stocks and bonds are still good ways to get good returns, they carry with them an inherent risk that a real estate investment doesn´t have.

There are for sure many valid reasons behind the common sentence “The value of real estate will never reach 0”.

Real estate is a great investment because it is an investment in a hard asset: hard assets are much more resistant to market fluctuations and they have an inalienable value that will never go away.


Good Returns

Finally, owning overseas real estate is a good move financially. The gains you make from an investment in stocks are basically limited to capital appreciation and dividends.

But think about the gains you can make with overseas real estate. You will certainly see capital appreciation, especially if you buy into a growing market, such as Nicaragua, or, in Europe, Spain and Portugal.

Surely you can make more money with your property overseas by renting it. A rental income on an overseas property is an excellent way to make extra money. And in some cases, the money you would earn in a rental income could be more than the money you would earn from dividends of an equivalent investment.



More than a financial expedient, overseas real estate investments provide a sort of personal stability: a place you can go to if ever the need should come up.

In many cases, purchasing real estate in a foreign country can be the first step to obtaining residency and passport. This is true in Spain, where more and more Chinese and Russians (among others) are buying properties in order to obtain their residency and a valid permit to live and work in the Schengen area.


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8 curiosities about Barcelona

Famous for its cultural background and architectural wonders, Barcelona is also full of stories and anecdotes that must be taken into account to understand it better.

1. The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, recognized internationally as one of the greatest artists, with works such as the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Park Güell, among many others, was killed by a tram in the city of BarcelonaDue to his careless appearance, those who witnessed the accident thought he was just a vagabond.
2. In the square of Sant Felip Neri, you can see the marks of the from bombs dropped in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, causing 42 deaths, most of them children from the school next to the church.
In that same square the video clip of the song “My Immortal” of the group Evanescence was filmed, and a scene of the movie “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona” with Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson.
3. The Teatro del Liceu has suffered two fires and an anarchist attack. The first fire took place in 1861, and the theatre was completely destroyed. In 1893 the attack perpetrated by the anarchist Santiago Salvador caused 20 deaths. The second fire was in 1994 when the entire theater was also burned down. It is said that during the Middle Ages in that same place many executions were carried out and that since then it is a cursed place.
4. In the Sagrada Família there are two magical paintings like a sudoku, one on the door and the other on the facade. They are formed by a series of figures placed so that the sum of them in horizontal or vertical always adds 33, the age that Jesus Christ was supposed to have at the time of his death. The Sagrada Família is the most visited monument in Spain, followed by the Alhambra in Granada.
5. Park Güell was originally designed to be a garden that would house 60 residential homes for the Catalan upper class. Only two of them were sold (in one of them Gaudí lived for several years). After this real estate failure, the heirs of Count Güell decided to transfer the garden to the City of Barcelona in exchange for a sum of money.
Nowadays, Park Güell is one of the main tourist attractions of the city, and one of the best viewpoints.
6. The shape of the Torre Agbar was inspired by the architecture of Gaudí and the pinnacles of the Montserrat mountains, although it is often associated with a phallic form. The tower has been climbed by Frenchman Alain Robert twice.
7. George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga, visited Barcelona and is said to have been inspired by Casa Mila’s chimneys to create the helmets of Darth Vader and the Imperial soldiers.
8. There are many songs that speak of Barcelona, but undoubtedly, the most famous one was played by Freddie Mercury, leader of the British band Queen, and the Catalan soprano Montserrat Caballé. It was recorded between 1987 and 1988 and was the song chosen by the Spanish Olympic Committee as the anthem of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
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Property sales and prices in Spain are expected to keep growing in 2018

The forecast for 2018 is that property sales and prices in Spain will continue to rise, as long as there are no sudden economic surprises or changes to the mortgage market.

One of Spain’s biggest real estate providers, Anticipa, expects sales to rise 9.3% next year to 526,000 units.

Over the fourth quarter of 2017, prices for resales and new builds are expected to continue to increase by 5.8%, said the firm in its latest real estate market report, allthough this was compiled before Catalonia declared independence and the national Government took over the administration of the region.

Mark Stucklin of Spanish Property Insight, pointed out that the company’s forecast for 2018 is 85% higher than the nadir of 2013, when only 285,000 homes were sold in Spain. Nevertheless, the report shows that the market is still 42% below its peak of over 900,000 sales back in 2006, before the crisis.

Forecasts could be affected by what will happen in Catalonia with the bid for independency from Spain. The region is considered as the wealthiest in Spain and its capital Barcelona has seen some of the highest property price rises this year.

In fact, with the Madrid Government controlling now the regional government and before the elections on 21st of December there is now a state of wait and see.

Here at Next Door, we believe that the political situation in between Spain and Catalonia is not going to worsen and the property sale for 2018 is set to increase steadily, also supported by the country’s economic growth.


Also check our article:

Market’s indifference to Catalonia-Spain debate:


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The sale of homes by foreigners grows 13.4%, to more than 50,000 operations

According to data from the General Council of Notaries, the operations carried out in that period, compared to 20.3% in the first half of 2016, although it has been increasing since 2007, coinciding with the start of the economic crisis.

Differentiating between resident and non-resident foreigners, 46.6% of the purchases were made by non-resident foreigners, which increased by 5.1% while resident foreign operations accounted for 53.4% the highest proportion since 2011. These grew by 21.8%.

All autonomous communities showed progress in the number of housing transactions by foreigners and only five of them registered increases below the national average (+13.4%): Balearic Islands (+10.1%) and Comunidad Valenciana (+12%).

In the first half of 2017, the sale of foreigners was concentrated in almost all the Mediterranean coast and archipelagos, with the Autonomous Communities with the greatest weight of free housing transactions carried out by foreigners Andalusia (19,4%), Murcia (26,9%), Comunidad Valenciana (35,5%), Baleares (37,7%) and Canarias (42,3%).


Ático en venta en Sants-Montjuïc


Prices rise by 2,9%

The average price per square meter of transactions carried out by foreign buyers stood at 1.667€, which represents an increase of 2,9% year-on-year. Specifically, the price paid by non-resident foreigners increased by 4,5% to 1.941 €/m², while the price of homes purchased by foreign residents increased by 2,8%, until 1.405€.

The average prices increase 5,1% in the national operations the first quarter, 2,8% of resident foreigners and 4,5% of non-resident foreigners, and in all three cases, there was an acceleration in the increase in relation to the second semester of 2016.

**This is a translation by Next door from the original posted in EL MUNDO in Spanish**


The Catalan conflict does not stop the sale of luxury homes


Duplex for sale located in the Sant Marti


Housing demand continues to rise, according to the latest real estate market report published by luxury real estate agency Lucas Fox. During the three quarters of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. they recorded an increase in the sales number 50% on average in all regions where it is present.

Valencia and Sitges top of the list with an increase of more than 100% in sales during the first nine months of 2017. Madrid and Barcelona also continue in the Top 5 with an increase of 70% and 38%, respectively.

On the other hand, according to data from the same report, during these first nine months of the year, 65% Lucas Fox’s buyers have been foreigners. British and French are still the most active, accounting for 18% of transactions. US and Canadian investors have followed an upward trend and now account for 8% of the company’s total sales.

The latest data from the Association of Spanish Registrars also point to an increase in the demand for Spanish properties by foreigners. There represented 11.6% of the total real estate sales made in Spain during the third quarter of the year and have continued to grow until they currently stand at 12.9%. In addition, the main motivation for buying during this period was the acquisition of properties as a second home (31%), followed by investment (30%), and acquisition as a main home (26%). The remaining 13% corresponds to purchases to acquire the Golden Visa, among other reasons.


**This is a translated version by Next Door, the original article was posted on El Mundo **

Golden Visa: Spanish for the grace of the brick

This year more than 2,000 foreigners will become Spanish residents almost at the same time they sign their property purchase contract. With a minimum of half a million euros in residential investments, a non-EU citizen can obtain a Spanish passport: a great advantage for those who want to live in the sun or transit through the European Union freely.
Since 2013, Spain has in force the so-called “golden visa program”, a procedure that grants a quick residency for non-EU people with a special talent or who invest a minimum of 500,000 euros in the real estate sector. According to data from the State Secretariat of Commerce, in 2016, 2,236 people have benefited from this visa program, with 2,157 million euros in investment, three times the money invested in the first year of the program.
Chinese and Russian citizens are the main applicants to this fast track towards Spanish residence, which over time can be translated into the granting of Spanish citizenship. In the Chinese case, this type of dual nationality has served in the past for the exit of the so-called “hot money”, capital that the wealthiest Chinese take out of the country to avoid controls in operations such as gambling in casinos and reduce risks.
The good reception that the “golden visa” program has had, is leading real estate and legal advisory companies to offer information services for those who want to bring their money to Spain, buy a home and at the same time apply for Spanish residence.
The Spanish real estate sector shows clear signs of recovery, the Spanish residential sector is particularly attractive for young families and retirees from non-EU countries, as they can easily access Spanish schools, universities and the health system.
Investors who want to open their way to becoming Spaniards by the grace of the brick now benefit, in addition, from a rising real estate market, which also allows easy rental of property in tourist areas, which lowers the financial threshold for those who want to make the leap.
*This is a translation from the original IDEALISTA in Spanish by Next Door Bcn*