VAPF Events Europe: Come and meet us!

Autumn is a time of beginnings and at VAPF we take such things quite seriously. That’s why we are resuming the events that we hold across Europe. We want you to meet us, and most of all we’d like to get to know you. If you were thinking about buying a home in the Costa Blanca, now is the time.

We begin the new season with two events organised by VAPF. Our aim is to approach clients who are interested in our developments directly in their home country. You can make an appointment with us in your own country directly with the developer and learn all about what it’s like to live in one of our villas or apartments, thanks to the VAPF team on hand.

The first event will be held on 30 September in Amsterdam (Netherlands). We have organised this exclusive event so that we can offer every facility to anyone interested in our developments. If you are interested you can make a private appointment with one of our agents to learn all about VAPF and ask them about anything you’d like to know.

However, this is not the only advantage of attending this and the other events organised by VAPF. Any client who makes an appointment will benefit from some special conditions during the house purchase procedure. In this way we hope to ease the buying process, making it as simple as possible.

So, if you are wondering where the event will be held, here’s what you need to know. We will be at Van der Valk Hotel A4 Schiphol, and attendance is limited so book before we’re full up! Now is the perfect time to reserve your place through this link, where you’ll find all the information you need about our event.

VAPF’s next event will be in Germany and will be held in the final week of October, from 24th to 30th . In this case there will be three face to face events, in Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. Anyone interested can come along and make a private appointment with one of our agents, as well as making the most of all the facilities that we offer if they decide to buy one of our villas or apartments.

Not only that, but if you are a real estate agent you can also organise a visit with us and that way you can discover all the developments available to offer your clients.

This autumn, we’ll see you in Europe. Looking forward to meeting you !

How to buy an off-plan property or a home under construction in Spain

In July we held a seminar as part of our series of webinars, in which we dealt with everything you need to know about the process of buying a VAPF home off plan or under construction. From the steps you need to take, to the advantages and disadvantages, and any other aspects you need to consider.

Helping us in this task were some experts in the field, namely Fuster & Associates law firm. They are specialists in the property market with over 20 years’ experience, and have a team of multilingual lawyers and tax consultants, with several offices on the Costa Blanca Norte. In Alicante province there are offices in Teulada and Finestrat, and also in Murcia province. in La Zenia and Los Alcázares.

In this blog post we share some of the advice that they gave us in the webinar.

The first steps to buying an off-plan home

The process of buying a house off-plan involves four basic steps.

  1. Firstly, the buyer needs to sign a reservation contract which is an undertaking to buy the property from the vendor, who will ensure that it will no longer be available to other buyers. In the case of VAPF clients, a deposit of 12.000€ is payable, and this will subsequently be deducted from the total price of the property.
  2. Once the property has been reserved, when the contract is signed, the buyer will pay 35% of the sale price of the house.
  3. While the house is being built, a further 35% of the total value will be paid.
  4. Finally, when construction is complete, the remaining 30% balance will be paid.

Views from Residential estate Jazmines at Cumbre del Sol

The agency contract

The first step in terms of bureaucracy is to sign the agency contract. On signature of this agreement one person entrusts handling of one or more services, commissions, formalities or negotiations to another person. In this case, the latter is the person who takes charge of these tasks on behalf of the former at their liability.

This contract can be drawn up in two ways, either in Spain or in the buyer’s country of residence.

If signature of the contract coincides with the buyer’s visit to Spain, at VAPF we offer to accompany the client to the notary and provide a translation service, if this is needed to understand the whole process. If you prefer to complete the procedure in your own country, we offer to find a notary close to your home. In this case, we prepare that trustee or agency contract in Spanish and also in the buyer’s mother tongue. When this has been signed, the contract will be returned to us and we proceed to the next step.

Obtain your own NIE

It is essential for our foreign clients when buying one of our homes to obtain their own NIE. This document stands for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, or Foreign Identity Number. You will need this document for any formality that you have to complete in Spain, from buying a property to opening a bank account. Not only that, it enables the Spanish Treasury to identify buyers.

Opening a bank account in Spain

Opening a bank account in Spain is another specific recommendation that we make to new clients, although it is not essential. However, with an account, buyers can keep a greater control over the costs of their property, as well as their subsequent contracts for electricity and water supplies, and telephone and internet services. They will also have more control over the taxes and fees that need to be paid.

We will continue in future blog posts with further details of the purchasing process with VAPF (taxes, guarantees, legal aspects …). For the moment why not take a look at all our available villas and apartments. For any queries or for further information, you can contact us by filling in this form.

Business leaders from more than 100 countries pledge support for multilateralism as the united nations turns 75

  • Over 1,200 CEOs endorse Statement on Renewed Global Cooperation and pledge to unite in the business of a better world

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 21 September 2020 — More than 1,200 Chief Executive Officers from companies in over 100 countries have demonstrated their support for the United Nations and inclusive multilateralism by signing onto a powerful Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation.

The Statement has attracted signatures from some of the world’s largest brands along with hundreds of other large, small and medium-sized enterprises participating in the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

The Statement of support – including the full list of CEO supporters – was presented to UN Secretary-General António Guterres by Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, at the opening of the Private Sector Forum on the sidelines of the High-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

“The Statement is a resounding endorsement of inclusive multilateralism. In no uncertain terms, it says that cooperation must cross borders, sectors and generations for us to adapt to changing circumstances,” said Sanda Ojiambo. “In the course of just one month after we issued the Statement, it has been signed by 1,294 CEOs from large, medium and small enterprises in virtually every industry and region. We deeply appreciate their commitment to global cooperation at a pivotal time for the UN and the world at large.”

The 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations comes at a time of unprecedented disruption and global transformation, serving as a stark reminder that international cooperation must be mobilized across borders, sectors and generations to adapt to changing circumstances.

In the spirit of renewed global cooperation, public and private institutions need to show they are accountable, ethical, inclusive and transparent.

The statement endorsed by CEOs states: “We, the business peoples, recognize that peace, justice and strong institutions are beneficial to the long-term viability of our organizations and are foundational for upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now is our opportunity to learn from our collective experiences to realign behind the mission of the UN and steer our world onto a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable path. We are in this together — and we are united in the business of a better world.

Under the headline Uniting Business LIVE from 21-23 September, the Private Sector Forum is the first in a series of three events on the sidelines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly organised by the UN Global Compact to promote principled business and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The CEO Statement also supports the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 16: to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. Through the UN Global Compact’s Action Platform on Goal 16, interviews with 60 senior executives in June and July revealed that – alongside environmental and social issues – they believe good governance lies at the heart of good business.

See full list of signatories here

ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 10,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

ABOUT THE ACTION PLATFORM FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS (GOAL16)

The Goal 16 Action Platform comprises highly engaged businesses working to develop a framework for businesses to understand, implement, and report on Goal 16 through corporate governance and global governance. The patrons include: Baker McKenzie, L’Oreal, Nestle and participants include: Anglo-American, APCO Worldwide, Enel, Leonardo, Linklaters, LRN Corporation, Oando, RELX, Safaricom, Sumitomo Chemical, Thomson Reuters, White & Case.

For more information, follow @globalcompact and #UnitingBusiness on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org.

At VAPF we are back to making the most of life on the Costa Blanca

COVID-19 has been a break in our plans and our day-to-day life. The confinement was a good opportunity to take a breath and to better value each moment that we have with loved ones. At VAPF, it has also helped us realize that we love to share moments and experiences with you. For this reason, we are coming back stronger than ever so you can enjoy your dream life on the Costa Blanca to the fullest!

We’ll enjoy sunrises again

There’s nothing better than waking up to sea views. Leaning out over the balcony or sitting in your garden to watch the sunrise is a wonderful feeling.

We’ll feel the sea breeze again

At last, we can come close to feeling the immensity of the sea again. You no longer need to contemplate it from your home; now you can make a trip to your favourite cove and listen to the sounds of the waves breaking on the shore. We know those are the little details that you’ve missed so much these 3 months!

We can go back to sunbathing

A return to the new normal also means going back to sunbathing on the beach or at a cove. And best of all, now you can do it in the company of those friends and family you’ve missed so much!

We are back to celebrating events

If there is one thing we love at VAPF, it’s holding events to be able to do what we love most: spending time together. So much so that our tennis courts at the Cumbre del Sol Residential Resort hosted the first professional sports event in Spain: the Region of Valencia Tennis Challenge. This event was attended by tennis players of the stature of Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño, Álex de Miñaur and Pablo Andújar – yet another opportunity to come together with family and friends!

We’re turning your dreams into reality once again

Our goal is to make your dreams come true. We are rebuilding the hopes and dreams of all those who have always dreamt of living in a paradise like the Costa Blanca. We will achieve this thanks to the various projects we have coming up.

Our high-end developments at Cumbre del Sol, Altea, La Sella and Benissa Costa are once again the first step in building a new life. Contact us and start turning your dreams into reality!

What do you need to know and do about COVID-19?

Given the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves in Spain, it is imperative that everyone come together and cooperate during this time, which means that social responsibility and commitment are of vital importance. Therefore, here at VAPF, we want to convey the importance of respecting the measures taken by the Government to our clients. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our clients, which is why we have decided to close our offices to the public. However, we will continue to work and provide service to the public by phone: 965 734 017 and e-mail: vapf@vapf.com.

Nevertheless, we would like to stress the importance and responsibility of staying at home right now to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To do this, we leave you with a series of precautionary measures and recommendations to take on a daily basis:

  1. First of all, the best thing to do is to stay at home. You are only permitted to leave your home for matters of utmost necessity: to do the shopping, to go to the pharmacy, health care centres, to go to the workplace, kiosks, banks and insurance companies, to travel to and from workplaces, to take out pets, and lastly, to accompany elderly or vulnerable people.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth, when possible.
  4. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nostrils with your elbow or with a tissue.
  5. If you have any symptoms, wear a mask. The use of a mask is not necessary if you are healthy.
  6. Do not share personal items such as glasses, cutlery, etc.

In addition to the measures taken by the Government, the health authorities ask that if you start to have or notice any symptoms, please do not go to any health centre, but instead contact the Conselleria de Sanitat directly at 900 300 555. The health staff will tell you what instructions to follow. This will help avoid the collapse of the health services, it is only recommended to visit in the case of an emergency.

Below, we remind you of the medical centres that are close to your home, in case you need to visit or contact them:

  • Benitatxell Health Centre – Plaça Nova, 23. Telephone: 965 73 90 75.
  • Teulada Health Centre – C/ Doctor José Pitarch, s/n. Telephone: 965 73 90 85.
  • Centro de Salud Altea – C/ Galotxa, s/n. Telephone: 966 81 61 30.

Now, more than ever, we want to be by your side so that you can soon continue to enjoy your life on the Costa Blanca. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us and follow our social networks to keep up to date with our latest news.

VAPF is Celebrating its Third Agencies Convention

Following the success of our first two Agencies Conventions, we will be holding the third edition on February 22nd. The past two events were major triumphs which brought together a considerable number of our agents from 52 estate agencies from all over Europe. Our conventions are the perfect occasion for us to thank them for working so hard to ensure our clients find their dream home on the Costa Blanca. We also take the opportunity to inform them of our new developments and locations.

This year, the event takes place in the Hotel Marriott La Sella, a 5-star hotel, and is due to start at 9:30. Attendees will be welcomed and given accreditation cards, as well as supporting material for the workshop. At 10:30, we’ll head to Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, where the workshop will begin. We’ll conduct a tour of our properties and present the newest developments we have in store to the agents.

We’ll return to the hotel at 14:30 for lunch, followed by free time so our agents can rest or make the most of the occasion by sharing their experiences. During this time, guests can relax, enjoy the hotel’s spa or golf course. The hotel also has a 24-hour free gym and a hairdressing service.

After the attendees have enjoyed their free time in this beautiful and luxurious location, everyone will gather at the hotel lobby at 20:30 for a welcoming drink before dinner, which will begin at 21:00. During the dinner, famous sculptor Toni Marí will be handing out awards to some of the attendees. We aim to recognise and award our agents, who are a part of our VAPF family and who go above and beyond to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Here at VAPF, we want to say thank you once more to everyone who plans to attend this convention. Our agents are a crucial part of our success; its thanks to their commitment and dedication that we can guarantee that Our Clients Come First. We look forward to seeing you all and showing our gratitude in person!