16.10
2018

Real estate Croatia: sometimes, the unknown is better!

You will find that plenty of the real estate Croatia opportunities are located in the overcrowded cities. And, if you have done some initial research on real estate investment opportunities, you will most definitely have heard of Njuškalo, the main and most known portal in Croatia.

This month, Njuškalo held a conference in Zagreb which the subjects approached were tourism, being the main industry in the country, combined with real estate investing. Together they have created a market with huge potential and definitely worthy of investing in.

During the conference, Robert Pakrovac, from Estre, one of the top banks in Croatia, said “ We’re an open book on which other sectors such as tourism, and ultimately the retirement of people in Croatia, lean on”

 

Real estate Croatia.
Real estate Croatia.

 

It is common to find real estate prices in overcrowded areas higher than in other locations. Due to the simple fact that there is more demand for these real estates. This is because many of these areas are popular destinations for both tourists and first time buyers who are less knowledgeable on Croatia and the real estate market.

However, recently more and more tourist and first time buyers are looking away from these popular areas and are in search for authenticity, privacy and unique experiences. These can be found in the lesser known regions of Croatia.

 

11.10
2018

Tennis lovers, Croatia on the Davis Cup finals!

Davis Cup – originally known as International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy -, is the main and biggest international tennis tournament in the sports scene. It attracts tennis players from all over the globe, giving them the unique opportunity to represent and play for their homeland.

 

How did the tournament start?

 

With Davis Dwight, born in 1879, as well as serving as Secretary of War was also an incredible athlete. In 1899, Davis, in partnership with others, proposed the idea of an international tennis competition. 

In 1900, he then bought a trophy dedicated to the winner of the first contest, the international championship was then foundedThe first contest worth the trophy was a match between USA and British Isles, that took place in the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston. 

 

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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26.09
2018

Don’t struggle, pay by phone parking is available in Croatia

Why to struggle? Pay by phone parking is now available making everyone’s life easierMost tourists come to Croatia by car not plane. When arriving to Croatia, they want to enjoy their holidays by seeing the most beautiful sceneries and trying the most delicious Croatian food, and this applies to everyone.

If you are not a local or during the high season, it can be quite challenging to find an available and free parking spot. To be completely free to enjoy your time in Croatia you might want to go through a small process before relaxing completely.

 

 

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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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20.09
2018

Gluten Free Croatian food

If you are looking for a gluten-free diet while in Istria, you are in for a treat. Croatian food is traditionally is based naturally in gluten-free ingredients, while celiac-friendly pizzas will make your Croatian food experience complete.

 

Croatian food and Istrian cuisine is celiac-friendly

Traditional Istrian cuisine is a Mediterranean one, with a dose of continental influence. Locals rely on fish, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and throw in a piece of pork or ox meat for good measure. 

For those looking for a healthy, gluten-free diet, it means their options are readily available in farmers’ markets, restaurants and shops. A bit of planning in advance will make sure they taste all the flavors of Istria.  

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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13.09
2018

Istria 2018: Wave of huge investments beneficial for your real estate

What’s the recipe to the right real estate investment opportunity? 

 

In this article you’ll read about very important aspects of real estate investing and how you can benefit from it in the future.

To start with that, it would be great having a team of analysts making the research and providing you the direction on where to place your capital and invest. 

But having a team can be costly, and for some investors the usage of potential investing capital to hire members and support is misuse.

While you collect information and research on your own, some people rater spend for this detailed research but what sometimes is not considered is that this process can take up years. 

One wise way to direct your own investment research is observing in what industry and location well known investors are putting their money on, this way you can surf the wave of investment opportunities. 

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