18.10
2018

Real estate Croatia: big loan for a big improvement

A huge loan designated to real estate Croatia is ahead, and coming from The World Bank Group. For the ones who don’t know The World Bank Group, it is nothing more nothing less than the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Their intention and commitment is to reduce poverty, increase shared prosperity, and promote sustainable development. And the Country now on their table is Croatia.

 

19.7 million euros on its way to Croatia

 

An incredible amount of 19.7 million euros to develop, ease and improve the Administration System Project. The advance is clearly on the days of waiting at  Land Registry Offices that decreased by 75% from 46 to 12 days, for mortgages and property transactions, and also on the Cadasters Offices, decreasing by around 33% from 30 to only 8 days.

 

But it has been coming this way since 2016

 

Long ago in November 2016, a system called Joint Information System was implemented, it is easy, completely accesible and modern, so people can register online with their personal details, instead of the going through the painful experience of having to go to a public office. 

 

15.10
2018

Croatia is now investing on health tourism!

If you are planning on investing in Croatia, in an specific sector, for example real estate, it is important to know beforehand, what is the investment scene of the country you are aiming for. 

It is not news that the main industry and sector that receives more investments currently in Croatia is tourism, showing amazing numbers that constantly increase yearly. For that reason, plenty of investments are moving towards Croatia’s tourism. However, the country is aware of other sectors that are growing interest for large amounts of investments, for example:

 

Real Estate

 

DAMAC was the first real estate company from the Middle East to list on the London Stock Exchange and they raised 379 million US dollar in the form of an IPO.

Valamar, a large investment group that operates in Croatia, plans to invest 2 more billion kunas by 2020 in real estate in Croatia, being 95 mln only in 2018.

 

Banking

 

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has set up a 11 billion dollars fund to invest in Central and Eastern Europe. If you fit this money in a room it would probably reach the ceiling.

Currently the fund invests in projects in Poland, however the fund has already contacted the Croatian government with a request of presenting them some companies to invest in or projects.

 

09.10
2018

Light, camera, action! Croatia is the emerging star of Europe

Croatia is the emerging star of Europe, with its beautiful scenic landscapes, natural resources and picturesque tows, it serves as a perfect set for filming and big productions.

Apart from Game of Thrones Croatia, the country has been stage for big productions such as, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Hobin Hood: Origins the upcoming James Bond and Mamma Mia 2 which had its premiere in the Pula Amphitheatre on Saturday, the 21st of July 2018.

Other than Game of Thrones Croatia has also starred some very important names like, Daniel Moder, decided to film his piece “Ibiza” not in Spain but on the island of Pag nearby Zadar, Tom Hanks “Money Games” on the breathtaking island of Hvar and the movie “Venuto al mondo” with Penélope Cruz.

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04.10
2018

Instagram lovers, the best places to visit in Croatia are a goldmine! 

Social media is being bombarded with Croatian landscapes during the summer of 2018. Sunny weather, clear turquoise sea, picturesque lanes and buildings make the perfect combination for that snap you are looking for.

Receiving the amount of 18.5 million tourists only last year, makes it easier for the spread of dreamy summer holidays in Croatia, and Instagram is playing a large role on this exposure.

 

Croatia Instagram
Croatia Instagram

 

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30.09
2018
Triple Check

Property for sale in Croatia? Triple check everything

If you plan to buy a property for sale in Croatia, you might be wondering about the numbers, how much capital you have to invest, what are going to be the costs and the maintenance and finally, your return of investment.

Surely those numbers are really important, but you should also consider a property for sale in Croatia as a home you could live in. During the building stage of your home, you look for high quality materials, best performance and the effect they will have on your pocket.

Home abroad

 

Croatia is know as a sunny and warm country, but what many people don’t know is that, during the winter the temperatures can go as low as -5 degrees on January, and as high as 38 degrees on the peak of summer in July.

The temperature variation is a very important factor that you have to consider when buying a property for sale in Croatia.

That is why it is fundamental to check if the property has good appliances but mostly importantly, good thermal insulation that is be able to maintain the heat and the cooling in the house. Like this, you will have to turn those appliances on less often, reducing the bills and increasing the life expectancy of those equipments.

 

 

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21.09
2018

Croatian Islands are a must go

With a very extended coast comes a large amount of Croatian islands. 1,800 kilometres of coastline in the entire country and nearly a third of this coast, including islands and islets, is Istrian!

The location of your villa in Marčana is central, giving you a favourable position you to explore the surrounding paradises.

 

Let’s start near

The closest island and National Park to your luscious investment property is called Brijuni and it is formed by 14 islands and islets.

According to the Istrian legend, God created Istria as an extension of Heaven. The devil then, out of jealousy, scattered stones around the peninsula. Angels then gathered the pieces of Heaven remaining among the scattered rocks and protected them by the sea waves. And created Brijuni.

 

 

The island was owned by an Austrian who had the intention of turning it into a resort. The eccentric taste, brought some exotic fauna and flora to Croatia.

 

 

In the early 80’s the Island was considered a National Park. Nowadays, everyone can easily reach this piece of heaven by ferry. To get from your villa to this beauty, you can drive towards to Fažana port, only 25 minutes away, and catch a ferry from the port to the island. After that, all you need to do is enjoy your day!

 

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14.09
2018

Villa holidays: how to manage the rental

Imagine you invest and become an owner of a luxury villa holidays in Croatia, which doesn’t have the Candy Brick Full Management Guarantee.

The villa is in an attractive location in the south of Istria. In fact, the region is attracting many tourists every year and offers plenty of reasons for people to come over and visit, such as short distance from Pula and Rovinj, the sea, astonishing nature, healthy outdoor lifestyle and active lifestyle and last but definitely not least, the gastronomy.

 

But between so many accommodation options, how do you make your villa attractive for tourists and make them chose your villa amongst the others?

 

The answer to this question is not only having high-quality holiday villa, but also providing excellent and efficient service for the guests and no stress for the owner of this property.

 

So, what options are left when it comes to managing your holiday home?

1.) Option 1: do-it-yourself: 

Advertising your house online, this step can be simple, with research on where to advertise the property it is possible to know how and where to place your advertisement.

However, making the villa available online is a whole different step. It means you would have to organise and manage the booking requests, making sure there is no double booking or overlapping days and as a busy person, you would want to avoid that.

Nowadays people, in general, are extremely busy, the last thing anyone needs is one more chore to fit in their schedule, especially if this task is another full-time job.

The goal of a smart investor is to automatise the profit, keeping his time to do what is a priority and make the capital work for itself.

 

2.) Option II: giving this responsibility to an agency 

This solution sounds great at first, but considering it more carefully, tourist agencies may not be able to represent and show the assets of your holiday villa in the correct way. Because of their extended list of properties to manage, they might not give your property the attention it requires and deserves.

For example, if your property is worth 1.5 mln euros, it is very likely it has plenty of refined rooms, a beautiful garden, a gym, a lot of gadgets, infinity pool and to top it up, a really polished design that tourists would be willing to pay more for.

Those are the selling points to rent your property out. But unfortunately, if the agency is managing hundreds of other properties, they might not be aware of and take all the features mentioned above for granted.

As a result, they can end up following the standard procedure of taking a couple of photographs of the most common rooms. Misrepresentation can lead to a shortage of bookings, as the villa won’t be appealing for the tourists amongst the other rental properties and the rental income can decrease if the features are not displayed and justified on the rental price.

 

The commission

Commissions can be quite high in those agencies, amounts around 30%-40% of your income for the service. This service usually does not include cleaning, welcoming guests, an available hotline for unexpected issues, gardening and etc. You would more than likely have to pay another company to look after those tasks.

 

The options above are not ideal for a busy investor that wishes to maximise their financial return and doesn’t have time to dedicate on property management, it also might be the case it is not in their interest to dedicate time for this task anyway

 

Candy Brick Full Management Service

The Candy Brick Full Management Guarantee is amongst the other guarantees offered to investors, protecting their interest and maximising their financial return.

With the Candy Brick, Full Management Guarantee you have trusted and professional staff taking care of your holiday villa and of your guests. The services the Full Management Guarantee includes are:

  • Marketing your villa holidays
  • Managing bookings
  • Welcoming the guests
  • Cleaning the villa and doing the laundry
  • Gardening and pool cleaning
  • Hosting the guests
  • Also, a hotline always available for the guests to call any time to solve any problem

 

And what is even better is that the charge is only 20% of your income, which is much less compared to other agencies, and all the services in relation to rental management are included in the price.

As a result of this service, you get the best return on your investment without the need to worry about anything or having to deal with different companies.

A professional and reliable management service is key for your investment, so the staff maintaining the villa is local and well qualified. With this guarantee, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your €30,000 rental income every year.


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21.07
2018

Real estate in Croatia: Tourist arrivals and stays in June 2018

It is attractive to invest on real estate in Croatia at the moment, and tourists come to enjoy the wonders of the country.

Real estate in Croatia is currently on the spotlight.

  • The country offers beauties, unspoiled natural paradises, activities, and rich heritage.
  • Private, government, and European Commission investments are taking place in Croatia, improving infrastructure, services and accessibility.

The combination of both factors attracted Candy Bricks attention to develop luscious investment properties in Croatia.

The location of the villas are crucial for stress free financial return.

For that reason, Candy Brick is currently building two projects in Marcana, central Istria area.

The Municipality of Marcana has an area of ​​131 km2. According to the Ministry of the Interior at the end of 2014, in its area of ​​residence there are 4,566 citizens.

The area has an indented coast with a total of 36 km of coastline starting from the Raska bay in the north to the Budava bay in the south.

June Data

With the data collected by the Istria Tourist Board and analysis made by Candy Brick, it is possible to note and compare the monthly increase of tourists and show you why Marcana is an advantageous location for your investment property.

Last month, June 2018, the region of Marcana shows an increase of arrivals of 43% in comparison to June 2017, generating 4000 more overnight stays.

Out of 32 regions, Marcana was where the number of tourists increased the most in June 2018 in the whole Istria, meaning that tourists prefer staying in further regions than overcrowded central areas and  making it the perfect region for investing in real estate in Croatia.

That is due to the profile of high spending tourists, who prefer distant and private locations to relax alone or with their family and enjoy the things Croatia has to offer.

Another interesting data from Istria Tourist Board is a half yearly analyses of arrivals to Istria, divided by regions, in which Marcana had an increase of 100% arrivals and around 50% increase of overnight stays.

Germany is still the responsible for the greatest amount of tourists coming to Croatia, a total 140 thousand arrivals generating the incredible number of 1.1 million overnight stays.

You can also compare the statistics of May 2018 on the link below

Tourism in Istria: New record in May!

Candy Brick is progressing with the construction of its luscious investment properties in Croatia, and soon will be ready to receive the guests at your villa in Marcana.


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