Client’s experience of buying in Hurghada:
I had always planned to buy property abroad to escape the seemingly endless cold dark winters of the UK but ‘where?’ was the question.
I love India but with the long flights and the Monsoon seasons this was quickly ruled out, I did not want more rain! I also looked at Turkey, not hot enough during our winter months and Cyprus was the same. I needed guaranteed heat!
I had visited Egypt many times, Aswan, Luxor, Taba and Taba Heights so when I saw an advert for an affordable ‘Off Plan’ property in Hurghada it was a no brainer.
In 2013 I arranged to fly out to see the build. All the usual concerns were going through my mind; ‘Would it actually be built or would I end up with no apartment and no money?’ ‘Would it be frustrating trying to deal with a different language?’ ‘Would it be legally mine?’ And I guess more importantly ‘What if it was a scam?’
Friends and family were a big influence to how I felt with always giving me ‘cautious’ advice and basically making me doubt my own mind. I guess they just had my best interests at heart, actually I think it made me more determined to prove them wrong!
I flew from Gatwick with Easyjet, just a 5 hour flight and arrived in Hurghada to beautiful blue skies and warm weather. With the time difference just 2 hours ahead it meant no jet lag.
I was picked up at my hotel by Sameh. He explained that CSC Property is Master Agent here in Hurghada for Turtle’s Beach and many other developments and that all the UK agents (‘Sub-Agents’) who work under him.
We drove to the beautiful sea front location of the build, it was breath taking. Sameh was very professional and had all the plans to hand and answered all my questions. Not once did he try and push me into a decision. I instantly felt relaxed and confident.
I flew home after one week and proceeded with the sale. I was offered a Payment Plan which was completely interest free, no catches! The transaction was quick and painless with the lawyer in Hurghada taking care of all the checks such as Due Diligence. The contract was in Arabic and English so easy to understand. I studied it carefully but there was nothing to be concerned about.
As promised the apartment was built and delivered on time and I was now the owner of a one bed sea and pool view apartment in Hurghada.
A few months later I was offered a studio apartment at a very low price in the same development, which would be ready in ‘Phase 2’, so now with the trust and confidence I decided to go ahead with this. I figured it was as a good way of making my money work harder as interest on savings in the UK is non-existent. To date this property has increased in value by 50%.
I have now made the move to Hurghada and I’m working with Sameh and the team here at CSC Property. It’s so good to be involved with a company which already has a good reputation for trust and service; it means that any changes I make are just the icing on the cake. I have met many English clients who tell me that that they feel even more comfortable with being able to deal with native English person who has the first-hand experience of buying here.
Since moving here I have learnt much about the area. I found out that Hurghada, known in Egypt as Ghardaga, was at one time just a simple fishing village. Almost nobody knew this place 30 years ago. Now, it’s a ‘melting pot’ of different nationalities with the majority being Expats from Germany, the UK, and Eastern Europe. This makes for an exciting and diverse culture. The Egyptians are warm and friendly and always have a smiley face.
Hurghada is divided into 3 districts; the old district is called ‘Dahar’ (Downtown) the new is ‘Sakalla’ (Sheraton Road) and ‘ Mamsha’ (The Tourist Promenade)
Sheraton Road and The Tourist Promenade are great for restaurants and bars. Seafood and fish (for obvious reasons) is very popular in this area, always fresh and delicious and very cheap. All of these areas have a real buzz and they all come to life at night. Dahar has more of a local vibe and is very colourful; here you can experience the real Egypt!
One of the most popular sports in Hurghada is Windsurfing and Kite Boarding (or Kite Surfing) The clear winds, with speeds ranging between 7 and 12 km per hr and the calm water all combine to form an environment where these sports can be enjoyed all year round. Actually, we have many affordable properties which would be perfect for any Kite Boarders or Surfers looking for a bolt hole or to store their equipment, saving them money in the long run on extra airline luggage and hotel costs as well as being a great investment.
The Red Sea coastline also offers some of the best opportunities for snorkelling and of course diving. Giftun Island National Park is perhaps the most popular of these sites, followed by the Sharm el Naga beach. It serves as a gateway to the exotic coral reefs and offers glimpses of aquatic life that is some of the finest in the world.
The air temperature in Hurghada rises to around 40°C during the summer months and during the winter it’s a comfortable 18-21 °C, still a lot warmer than most of Europe! The sea temperature ranges from 19-30°C approximately.
Making the move here for me has been a hassle free and calm experience. I guess I have found my Shangri la!
So, for low property prices, a low cost of living, a subtropical climate and warms seas I would definitely recommend anybody to invest in Hurghada.