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Almost one hundred attendees enjoyed the Franchisees meeting from Spain and Andorra at Engel & Völkers in Barcelona

Engel & Völkers is fully aware of the importance of strengthening ties between its franchisees and brand managers. A lack of relationship between both parties does not match our vision of the real estate business so we organise different events for all those who are part of the Engel & Völkers group. One of the last events was the LIPA (License Partners) Meeting that took place in Barcelona between September 20th and 21st, to celebrate the annual franchisees' meeting. It is an event that is all about interaction and exchange of information among attendees. 

The LIPA Meeting was mainly aimed at the franchisees of Engel & Völkers in Spain and Andorra, also having a large representation of the management and other divisions of the brand. Thus, Juan-Galo Macià, CEO of Engel & Völkers in Spain, Portugal and Andorra, and Constanza Maya (Head of Expansion and Support for Spain, Portugal and Andorra), welcomed the guests at the exclusive Sofia Hotel in Barcelona. It was at this venue where the first day of the meeting took place, which began with a wine and cheese tasting session that proved to be very popular among the attendees. 

The crucial moment of the first day came with the delivery of LIPA Awards, a series of awards that recognised the achievements (or, rather, the work involved) of the best Engel & Völkers franchises during last year. To recognise the efforts of our franchisees in terms of the characteristics of their businesses, different categories were established with their corresponding prizes. The categories awarded were the following: Franchise Revelation, Franchise with the highest turnover, Franchise with the largest number of operations, Franchise with the most consolidated team and Franchise for the best Marketing. For Engel & Völkers it is very important that those who make the success of the brand in the Iberian Peninsula possible feel fully supported and recognised by the management of the real estate company. 

Still charged with the excitement of the previous day, on Friday 21st we proceeded to presenting the results in the facilities of the Alta Diagonal building (where the offices of Engel & Völkers are located in Barcelona). The figures were followed by a detailed explanation of the most important actions undertaken during last year, as well as the presentation of the next initiatives. Clara García, (Web & CRM Specialist for Spain, Andorra and Portugal), Rosanna Uva (Head of Recruitment Expansion & Support Franchises) and Silke Dittrich (International Marketing Director) were all part of the speakers group and explained about the company's vision from different areas of management. 

After the presentation of the achievements by our company, it was time for the interesting round tables. The moderation was carried out by Isabel Sala, Marián García, Isabel Hernández and Marta Castro, the Regional Managers who provide our franchisees in Spain and Andorra with full support. Thanks to the extension of the LIPA Meeting duration -from one to two days- the attendees found more facilities to share their experiences and testimonies.

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Property on offer in Spain

In recent years, the Spanish property market has become a sector particularly valued by international investors, and it's no surprise. Between 2009 and 2014, property prices in Spain underwent notable changes, and as a result properties are currently being sold at very competitive prices. This situation applies to houses both for sale and to let, as well as to more luxurious properties, making Spain a practically unique case in Europe. The best investment possibilities can be found in Spain's high-end properties.

The high-end sector is the most interesting to the international investor. Many people the world over consider property in Spain, especially in the larger cities, to be some of the best patrimonial assets in Europe (a good example would be a luxury attic in Madrid or Barcelona). And as for the exclusively residential market, those who wish to have a second home in Spain, or buy a main house can also benefit from this situation. Logically, all of these benefits also reach the proprietors who wish to sell their houses.

Living and working in Spain

The quality of life enjoyed in Spain is the result of a unique combination of climatic, geographic, and of course, human factors. Living in Spain is an option that is contemplated by more foreigners every day, and buying a house is the first step towards that. Acclimatisation tends to be fast, and those who move in with the objective of developing business ventures can also count on easier administration when buying a house. Spain's high quality property market paves the way forward.

The type of property which one moves into in Spain will obviously depend on the newcomer's aspirations. Those who head to Spain, whether to live or to work, can enjoy the wonderful surroundings, either in an apartment with a view (of the beach, mountains or the city) or in a house right on the coast. For more information, it can be very useful to seek the advice of an estate agent in Spain, who will analyse the most interesting offers based on the prospective buyer's criteria.

Selling your house in Spain

Selling your house is another option for foreigners who live in Spain. Whether you are coming to the end of your stay in Spain or you just want to get rid of one asset in particular, the services of a reliable and trustworthy Spanish estate agent are essential. These professionals will examine the qualities of the villas in Spain that they want to commercialise, reaching the most advantageous sales agreements possible and getting the luxury properties in question on the market. Little wonder: if anything indicates the current context of the market it's that the role of the agent is basically to close a good sales agreement.

How to arrive in and travel through Spain

Alongside the properties that Spain has available, the country also offers areas of great patrimonial and natural interest. It's worth highlighting the excellent connections by land, sea and air to all the European capitals such as London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Brussels, and Geneva, and many other European cities are less than a three-hour journey from the main Spanish airports. Those who travel to Spain have airports at their disposal not only in the main cities but also in the majority of the provinces. Another alternative to get around the country is via the complete train network that, on a smaller scale, consists of commuter trains to the inland regions, creating easy access to almost any town and property in Spain.