As 2015 draws to a close and we look expectantly towards 2016, I thought I would just have a look at some of the statistics from this record breaking year.
Since we started we have increased turnover substantially year on year, however this year has even proved shocking to ourselves in the number of clients looking to live in this wonderful part of Spain. Traditionally sales slow down in August as thoughts turn to much deserved holidays, however this year was busier than ever....... leaving little time for a break ourselves, however with 300+ sunny days per year, easy access to the beach and the pool make our necessity to travel somewhat less.
The normal diverse cosmipolitan mix of clients graced our business this year and the mix is almost identical to last years figures. The British clients have benefitted from the Sterling to Euro rate has been resolutely high this year averaging £1 = 1.40€ for most of the year. Great news for British clients who made up 30% of our business this year up from 25% last year.
2015 % by nationality.
30% United KIngdon
5% Other (Americas, SE Asia, Norway).
There have been a few more surprises in 2015. Normally the number of clients slows down as we head towards the festive period, however our diary is booked with clients throughout and the week between Christmas and New year is nearly fully booked already. We already have bookings as far in advance as May 2016! With many north European countries celebrating Christmas in early December, the British late December and Spanish in early January.... Christmas is a spread out affair for most of our clients..... We celebrate all of them.
We added a new team member Christina this year who has proven herself immediately with clients. Fluent in Dutch, Spanish and English she has proven to be a real asset to the business as reflected in the glowing testimony of her clients. She firmly believes in our ethos of being open, friendly, informative and most importantly listening to our clients needs.
We were featured on the BBC1 show Escape to the Continent where 3 of our properties were chosen out of the four featured on the show and we obtained the only offer. We hope to be filming another property show in 2016.... so watch this space.
So with 2016 on the horizon what do we expect......
We hope that the exchange rate will continue to remain around the 1.40€ to the £1 for the benefit of our UK clientel. We urgently hope that more clients will decide to list their villas for sale as we have sold more than listed this year. We hope that Christina, the latest edition to our team will continue to prosper and we hope to meet as nice a group of clients this coming year as we have this year.
We have some exciting plans for 2016. Rather than sitting on our laurels we have some innovitive ideas to push our business forward regarding marketing, advertising, collaborations, websites, techical equipment, client interaction and customer service............
We have a great team at HVH and collaborate closely with a trusted network of Lawyers, Bankers, Architects, Builders, Handymen, Gardeners and administrators and we pride ourselves in going above and beyond what is expected of us on behalf of our clients.
2016 looks like being a great year in this sunny, peaceful corner of Spain....... why not come and join us?