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Sustainable Housing

Sustainable Housing

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Ecological and sustainable housing is having a good positioning in the sales market and the real estate sector.

A sustainable housing is one that takes advantage of all available resources in the environment to reduce energy consumption and minimize environmental impact so that it can preserve the environment in which it is built. 

The main advantages are focused on the material in which they are made and for its recyclable system as it allows to have a great profitability in terms of light, heating, water, etc..  It generates its own energy, solar panels are used to have electricity.

However, having a sustainable home is more expensive than having a traditional home, so the economic compensation is much better. 

What is needed when building a sustainable home?

The main requirements needed to build sustainable houses is to take into account:

  • The price factor is very important because if we want our home to be attractive. It must be known that whoever builds the house will have a higher cost knowing that it will recover the initial investment. 
  • The second factor is that the housing will require environmentally friendly and recyclable resources. 
  • Sustainable housing should be located in green areas, as it is important that the areas are wooded and that vegetation is integrated into the design.
  • Building materials: It is important that the choice of materials is important as it allows to achieve maximum levels of thermal insulation. We consider from home production to recycling.
  • Sustainable housing takes advantage of maximum natural light. Natural resources such as wind, vegetation, cross ventilation and natural shading are used to meet the energy needs of the house. 
  • Open spaces, it is recommended that the constructions are in open spaces that allow the passage of air to achieve natural ventilation.

It must be taken into account that energy efficiency and its savings in supply and construction costs must be calculated within its total time frame. From the time the first building materials are procured until they are recycled again. 

It is important to emphasize that the consumption habits adopted by the user of the house are important, since they will be necessary to achieve a transformation that will help the environment, reduce energy and water consumption, etc. 


Permits to obtain a vacation rental license

What permits and documents are required to rent a tourist apartment?

To be able to have a license and convert your property into a holiday rental property you must obtain a tourist certificate HUTG.

Currently it is mandatory to obtain a tourist license to make a tourist or holiday use of the properties that we have in possession. To do this, it should be noted that since the last modification of the regulations, you can make a purchase and sale of apartments with a license.

If your tourist apartment meets the requirements of the administration of the corresponding local council, obtaining your tourist license is not so complicated.

What is a tourist license?

The tourist license is an official declaration that some cities in Spain require when an owner wants to rent his property for a tourist purpose. 

Since a few years ago, many international portals such as Booking, Airbnb, etc. ask for this license to be able to activate the ads. 


What is a tourist property?

It is called a property for tourist use when the owner grants it to third parties in exchange for a price agreed for the next 31 days. 

These properties can be for commercial use through promotional channels and / or tourist offers, whether vacation rental agency, real estate agencies, etc.. 

What are the steps to follow in order to obtain the Tourist License - HUTG?

Generally there are five steps:

1- Mainly to be able to have a vacation rental you must comply with the technical and quality conditions, such as being in possession of a Certificate of Habitability and Energy Certificate.

2- Then you will have to clarify the use that you are going to give to the apartment. If you want to increase the yield of your property must meet minimum conditions to accept a greater number of tenants whose characteristics must be reflected in your Certificate of Habitability.

3- The equipment of the tourist apartment or property is essential to rent it. It must be sufficiently furnished. Besides maintaining a minimum level of hygiene and care of its facilities.

After these first third steps, you must declare this new tourist economic activity in the Tax Agency:

4- You will have to go to the offices of the Tax Agency and register the economic activity of your tourist apartment or property that will obtain the license under the concept ‘Housing for tourist use’.

5- You must take into account the taxes of obligatory payment of housing. For it, you will have to carry out the self-settlement corresponding to the period from which the activity was registered.

It is important to know that in each autonomous community, the obtaining of the tourist license can vary in the presentation of documents and permissions.

Especially in Catalonia, these documents and permits must be submitted to the City Council and everyone can decide which forms and requirements they want. In the case of Barcelona, this procedure is currently suspended. 

In case you are from Catalonia, we provide you with the link so you can access the document to be filled in to obtain the tourist license. 

Documento a rellenar para pedir la Licencia en Cataluña

The change in holiday rental

Vacation rentals on the Costa Brava

The needs and interest in vacation rentals is booming, despite the paralysis in the tourism sector. According to an analysis byLucas FoxThe demand to buy a vacation apartment continues to remain relatively unmoved, i.e. the lowest level of demand did not even reach 20%, since if we compare it on an annual basis, the demand between April and May increased by 14%. Importantly, we anticipate that the Costa Brava will benefit from changes in buyer behavior, due to the lifestyle and living habits of the area. In addition to commenting that the holiday rentals cover the updated needs of our customers, which are based on the tranquility and space in which the primary condition is that they are located in a quiet area first line of the sea.

Positive forecasts for the tourist apartment sector on the Costa Brava

As we have pointed out, forecasts in the oil and gas industry are currently vacation rentals and the sale of tourist apartments is rising due to recent changes. For example, teleworking has also changed location preferences, as many foreigners living in big cities decide to buy tourist apartments located on the Costa Brava to improve their quality of life. In this context, experts predicted that as a result of the Covid crisis there would be a decrease in the average price of housing, however, the opposite has occurred in the short and medium term as everything points to the fact that prices will continue to rise gradually in the residences of the Costa Brava.

What is the real estate model of the future?

What is the real estate model of the future?

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As we all know, the real estate sector is undergoing an important change in terms of techniques and resources of traditional real estate companies and the entry of new players with investment structures different from those typical of the sector, which are more inclined to international investment and will play a very important role in the future. 

We want to investigate about the different innovations that we will have in the real estate future due to the great digital revolution that will bring us a new way of working. 

We comment on the main changes in the future of the real estate sector:

1. From traditional management to commercial operator management.

Increasingly, there are companies that are completely changing traditional management through different strategies to compete. 

Because of these changes, they can affect locations, dimensions and a whole configuration of consumer habits, purchases related to the real estate sector. 

This involves the conversion of private users into parcel deliveries via public or individual transport.

The collection of goods, or the use of means of transport such as electric industrial vehicles. All this would imply an important change in the methods of distribution and configuration of the spaces themselves, which would have to be adapted to these measures.

2. The distribution of housing and other real estate spaces: demographic and geographic changes. 

Different developments have incorporated in the real estate sector the importance of health and wellness by providing different solutions to ensure that these properties and spaces for those who reside can both live and work. In addition to being more aware, the sharing of more efficient housing and being able to transform the experience of those who live there. 

3. Research Online Buy Offline

Tll of us who have booked an apartment, villa or house through the internet have been ”victims” of the THEFT which is a digital strategy that we encounter every day as it conditions us in traditional business plans. That means that in the future, we will be able to visualize many processes of buying and selling or renting real estate that are digitized. 

4. Real estate valuation – Automated mechanisms

Real estate transactions to see the actual valuation of a property will all become one-click. How will this affect us? It will allow the industry to adapt to more regular valuations and indices that offer easier and more flexible access to real estate markets. 

In addition, in order to carry out these valuations, they will opt for more efficient resources: recording a virtual report using drones and other similar mechanisms with the aim of improving valuation and inspection procedures. 

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