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MWC – Welcome mobile – Barcelona

27 February, 2013 No Comments

The Mobile World Congress, or the spot where the mobile industry reunites to do business.

Barcelona, ​​chosen as the capital of the world for mobiles, has been hosting this show since 2006 becoming a referent in new technologies.

The WMC is presented as a showcase for innovation, as well as an opportunity to find industrial partners that may help one develop new technologies… You must take into account that this sector can change very quickly, as we have seen in recent years; a new service that nobody knew or expected may occur at any time influencing the entire sector. If we look back in the last few years, we’ve had a shift from the WEB stage to the social networking sites (i.e. this YouTube video where Michelle Obama shakes up the social network has had 2 million hits in only 24 hours).

and Apps are today’s deal…. .

What will the WMC surprise us with this time? Can’t wait to see it! There will be up to 1,500 companies (Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Vodafone, Telefonica, only to mention a few)…. and Privalia, Lets Bonus, Groupalia, Spamina, Digital Legends Entertainment, Zyncro, Abertis Telecom among the local ones….

The mobile world doesn´t pair up with the Spanish crisis, it is estimated that in Spain 16 million people are connected to the network through their smart phones. People can´t manage without their cell phone. In many different sectors of the economy, and specially in the real estate sector, we have reinvented the way we work with new technologies, with cell phones having the greatest impact. We’ve become use to be reachable and connected, resulting in one of the most important part of our life. For example forgetting your cell phone at home may have an impact on your schedule, your work, and even your personal life, and not far from today in trouble with payments. In short, it has become a tool for survival in our day to day, that keeps on covering more and more functions.

The unstoppable tech innovation introduces changes in people’s needs, creating a new social trend that encourages these industries to never stop growing. And we are not talking about a single industry, because it encompasses many others: telephones, hardware or content, in addition to other companies / brands with presence in the mobile or tablet markets.

The mobility sector ignites the emergence of new companies and new jobs, especially in the area of ​​Apps, where individuals with some technological expertise and an idea can develop applications that will be placed in the various market places; the selling points that smart phones offer (App Store, Android Market are the most popular).

 

2011 Menu

12 September, 2011 No Comments

It is quite difficult to give advise but it is even harder to predict.

The fact that 2010 was characterized by the wisdom with which real estate investors operated, lead us to think that 2011 could go the same way, especially in the residential sector (heavily influenced by the lack of financing for properties that were not within the bank´s portfolio).

The engine for non-residential real estate transactions during 2011 could be malls and store space, surpassing demand for office space (mainly due to the decrease in rental income and to the turnover of some portfolio´s investors).

Due to the lack of financing many companies cannot continue to develop their regular activity, and their investment side has had to put their Real Estate assets for sale, in many cases through the common “Sale & Leaseback” method, at very attractive prices for external investors.

It is interesting to see that a crisis can also be a source of opportunities. It is especially at the end of it when one can make the best investments…. but the big question is: are we close to the end? To answer this you must pay attention to the moves investors are making.

If we take a look to the moves Amancio Ortega (Zara) is doing, we see that he is closing its SICAVs (variable income Investment Companies) to spend his money on real estate. With this money, the Ortega Family Office “Pontegadea” negotiates the purchase of buildings of financial institutions such as BBVA. This bank previously sold them to real estate fund REEF (owned by Deutsche Bank), in which BBVA went from owner to tenant. Later on, REEF started to sell these assets and, Ortega as well as many other investors, have been taking advantage of the liquidity needs financial institutions are facing, by acquiring quality properties at a discount. Besides the investments Pontegadea was doing in Spain, they are also investing in international destinations such as the US, Mexico, Portugal, France, and Germany. Pontegadea  focuses on commercial and office buildings that have long-term rental contracts, and that are located in the city’s prime location, which is the sector that better withstand the crisis (Expansión, 12/21/10)

Other great fortunes (ie. Isak Andic, owner of fashion brand Mango, who recently bought a building in Paseo de Gracia, 36) are investing in real estate. This type of investors are very well advised, and are able to see great business opportunities in the midst of this profound crisis and a broken housing market.

Read the following phrases that Albert Einstein proposed in order to overcome a crisis,

An underground paradise hotel in China

26 February, 2010 2 Comments

Hotel Songjiang near Shanghai, China, is a tourist paradise which has also won the award for best architectural design of hotels 5 *****.

This Jochman Martin’s architectural project, from Atkins study (also creators of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai), requires builders to have a great imagination to exploit the particular field: a huge quarry with a wall where the river flows, whose peculiarity is that a waterfall flows through the exterior structure, as it is part of the walls of a “throat” where water accumulates. Its structure is steel and glass, simulating another waterfall, like those in this quarry.

The Songjiang Hotel is set amidst a landscape virtually untouched, the source of inspiration has been the respect for nature.

The environmental air is reflected in that its elements reach a minimum energy and environmental impact (eg green roofs in areas above ground level and the utilization of geothermal energy).

It has 400 rooms, of which some overlook an aquarium. It also has a gym and pool.

In this hotel we have three environments:

  1. Underwater.
  2. From inside the quarry, with rocky cliffs and natural waterfalls in the background.
  3. A ground level, with the building at his feet.

The opening is scheduled for 2013.

It will be the inauguration of one of the most impressive architectural works whose complexity and combines stunning images for any lover of nature & modern architecture.

The Songjiang Hotel will be in the category of the most emblematic hotels in the world today.

New Homes International Portal

2 December, 2009 No Comments

The aim of New Homes International Portal is to provide our visitors information about the best international real estate developments.

New Homes International Portal

On the New Homes International Portal you will find details of new property developments currently under way all over the world. You will also find a large number of property development companies providing information about their latest new property projects, together with individual property owners advertising new homes for sale.

In addition to the advertised real estate developments, this site is offering helpful information to the buyer in the different
countries: legal steps to buy real estate, taxes, socio-politic, economic and general ideas of the choosen country to invest in. All together will be a basic tool for investors to decide between the different countries.

QUALinHABITAT Real Estate Barcelona

1 December, 2009 No Comments

Real Estate Barcelona QUALinHABITAT

QUALinHABITAT Barcelona is a real estate specializing in luxury houses, flats, land plots, country houses and hotels for sale in residential areas of Barcelona and its surrounding areas.

This real estate offers personalized assessment in several languages, as we think every customer is unique. A realtor & real estate lawyer will provide legal assistance during the property buying or selling process

Additionally, it provides additional information of Barcelona, including:

  • Hotels, 4 and 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Sport clubs
  • Fitness & Spa
  • Spanish and international schools
  • Consulates
  • Car rental