Last Updated on 02 May 2013
Due to the workload, we are seeking the services of a part-time or full-time business developer at "77 Great Estates", 213, Tower Road, Sliema, Malta.
The job consists of administering the Firm's adverts and marketing campaigns including social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, email shots and publications. Moreover one would head the Firm's Human Resources department and carry out any office administration whenever required.
Applicants must be computer literate especially in social media, hardworking, efficient, effective, determined, honest, positive, capable of working under pressure especially due to deadlines, responsible and must enjoy an "O" level in English. Experience in a similar job and carrying out Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) will be considered an asset.
Posted in: Vacancies
Last Updated on 01 April 2013
Ah, your first apartment. It may be smaller than a closet with a next-door neighbour who likes to blast music into the wee hours of the morning, but hey, it's a place to call your own. Whether you're moving away from your country or just leaving Mum and Dad's house, getting your first real place can be a liberating — and nerve-wracking — experience.
Trust us; there are worse situations you can find yourself in as a first-time renter than tight spaces and annoying neighbours. Moving into your own apartment may be one of the biggest financial steps you've taken this far in your life. In this rite of passage, you're committing to stay put for a long time while spending money on rent and utilities. So, naturally, you want to do it right.
We point out four sins that can threaten your financial soul — and your sanity — upon moving into your own place. Avoid making these mistakes for a smoother transition, whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned renter.
1. Underestimating the cost:
The first item when looking for a place to live: How much can you afford to spend on renting a place? Find out how much apartments cost in your desired area by browsing online rental sites such www.77greatestates.com . This will help you determine if you can even afford to make the move, and whether you'll need a roommate (or two) to pay the expenses.
But rent isn't the only cost for which you have to budget. Don't forget to calculate your first time rental expense when you first move in. For example the deposit (usually equal to one month's rent), your first month's rent, a deposit on the electricity (maybe €75-100), fees to get your cable and telephone connected, agency fee which is usually equal to half the first month’s rent, and let's not forget the cost of living in your new place and stocking it with life's essentials.
Once your start-up expenses are covered, don't forget to account for other monthly expenses that come with your new place, including gas and electricity bills.
2. Not getting your priorities straight
Before you embark on an apartment hunt, write down a list separating your needs from your wants. Needs are those things without which you just can't live. For example, my husband and I own just one car, so for us, being next to work or to public transportation is a need. Wants, however, are those things that would be nice to have, but you could live without for the right price. For example, you may want a gym close by, but they may not be deal breakers.
Sorting out your needs and wants will help keep you from making a choice you may regret later — say, renting an apartment with a great view but having to commute to work.
Remember, your first place isn't going to be perfect, so you need to know which things you can let slide beforehand. Besides, you can always move up to a better apartment when your lease is up.
3. Failing to read the lease
A lease is a legally binding contract between you and the landlord, spelling out each of your rights and the rules you must abide by while living in the place. It's worth your while to f-o-c-u-s and read it all the way through or you may find yourself in trouble at a later stage, for example penalties and restrictions after you've signed on the line.
Every lease will include some basic information, such as the address of the apartment, the length of the lease (say, six months or one year), the amount of rent due, the amount of the deposit, and the signatures of the landlord and all tenants. That's all pretty straightforward, but there are additional clauses that could have a big impact on your wallet and your lifestyle, for example what to do if something breaks or needs repair, penalties for moving before your lease term is up, policies on subletting and having roommates.
4. Forgetting the basic items that make a home
If you've never lived on your own before, you're bound to be short of a few essentials. For example, I didn't realize when I moved into my first place that a shower curtain wasn't included. I also thought I had planned ahead by packing some food to survive on for a few days — only to realize I didn’t have a can opener!
So when renting an apartment make sure your priorities are set right and you plan ahead.
Happy house hunting!
Posted in: Real Estate in Malta
Last Updated on 02 March 2013
According to recent statistics by the Eurostat, Malta has witnessed a rise in property prices in the past 12 months compared with a significant drop in the rest of the EU. The House Price Index shows that Malta’s property prices in the third quarter of 2012 averaged one per cent higher when compared with the same quarter of 2011.
On the other hand, the price of property in the rest of the eurozone fell by an average of 2.5 per cent during the same period. The report said the steepest drops in pro-perty prices in the eurozone were recorded in Spain (15.2 per cent), Ireland (9.6 per cent), the Netherlands (8.7 per cent) and Portugal (7.7 per cent).
The data includes price developments of all residential properties, from flats to detached houses and property prices are considered to be one of the pillars of economic activity which normally indicate how the economy of a particular country is faring.
Posted in: About Malta
Last Updated on 19 February 2013
77 Great Estates will soon launch its annual publication displaying luxury residences and high street properties for sale or to let in Malta, to a distribution of more than 44,000 copies with the Sunday Times of Malta. This publication will also be distributed to CEOs of blue chip companies operating in Malta, foreign embassies in Malta and Maltese embassies abroad.
We are inviting partners to be associated with such a prestigious publication in the following manner. Your product or service will benefit from the following exposure:
1. Logo displayed in 1 of the following sections of the tabloid:
2. The tabloid will also be displayed as an e-magazine which in turn will be hyperlinked to 77 Great Estates’ website, the 77 Great Estates' social media networks, and every email sent from the Firm;
3. Hyperlinked logo displayed on 77 Great Estates’ website throughout 2013;
4. An article about your products and services displayed on our website or Blog.
Posted in: Marketing
Last Updated on 04 February 2013
Would you like your luxury residence or high street commercial property fetch the highest price/rent possible and the best exposure?
77 Great Estates offers a comprehensive photography service through a network of professional photographers, whose high quality work is sure to make your property stand out among the rest.
The photography would be shot in a quality suitable for printed publications and converted in a number of formats such as PDF, or scaled for use on web. Photography can also be shot for large-format signage (price on request).
Photographers charge only €50 (plus Value Added Tax) per hour. Our recommended photographers shoot exclusively in HDR.
Once you provide professional photos, your property will stand a better chance of featuring in a special 77 Great Estates publication which will be published later this year as well as on an our on-line magazine and our website: www.77GreatEstates.com.
For further information, kindly contact 77 Great Estates on (00356) 2721 7777; (00356) 9944 7444; skype: info.77GreatEstates or info@77GreatEstates.com.
Last Updated on 04 February 2013
77 Great Estates will soon launch its publication, to a distribution of 44,000 copies with The Sunday Times of Malta. This publication will also be distributed to CEOs of blue chip companies operating in Malta, foreign embassies in Malta and Maltese embassies abroad. Moreover one’s property would enjoy exposure on our on-line magazine and website www.77GreatEstates.com.
To feature your property free of charge, in adherence with strict quality control requirements, high resolution photography carried out by a professional photographer or artist impressions are required.
Our Firm may recommend various professional photographers. Alternatively our Firm may provide a professional photgrapher so long as we market the property on a sole agency basis at a reduced commission rate of only 3.5% + VAT.
For further information, kindly contact 77 Great Estates on (00356) 2721 7777; (00356) 9944 7444; skype: info.77GreatEstates or info@77GreatEstates.com
Posted in: Marketing
Last Updated on 05 January 2013
77 Great Estates’s Sliema branch situated at 213, Tower Road, Sliema, Malta (EU) is presently recruiting property negotiators.
77 Great Estates’ property portfolio consists of luxury residences and high street commercial properties for sale and to let. The job will entail the inspection of such properties in Malta and the negotation and conclusion of property deals for and on behalf of our international clients. The ideal candidate should have a good grasp of English and knowledge of other languages will be considered as an asset. He/she must be computer literate.
A professional training course will be offered by 77 Great Estates in addition to support from our dedicated staff and qualified leads.
77 Great Estates’ mission is to succeed through hard work, determination, efficiency, effectiveness and honesty. We offer an attractive commission rate together with benefits including use of company mobile and company car – terms and conditions apply.
To apply kindly forward your CV via email on info@77GreatEstates.com.
For more information contact 77 Great Estates on (00356) 2721 7777; (00356) 9944 7444; skype: info.77GreatEstates or via email on info@77GreatEstates.com.
Posted in: Vacancies
Last Updated on 05 November 2012
“Like” or “Share” the post with regard to the free meal prize displayed on 77 Great Estates’ Facebook page in order to stand a chance to win one of the 8 weekly prizes.
Each prize will consist of a meal at one of Hilton’s restaurants forming part of the Hilton hotel and resort – Malta. The prizes will consist of free meals excluding drinks for 1 person at the award winning Blue Elephant restuarnat consisting of the Royal Thai Banquet Menu, at Bottega Del Vino including starter, main course and dessert and Saturday Mediterranean Fusion Buffet Dinner.
As from the 7th November till the 26th December 2012, a prize will be drawn every Wednesday at 10am. The prizes will be drawn at “77 Great Estates”, 213, Tower Road, Sliema; feel free to attend! Prizes must be claimed this year, that is till 31st December 2012.
Posted in: Offers
Last Updated on 29 October 2012
A record fleet of 83 yachts started this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race. Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
On the morning of October 20, 2012, the Saluting Battery, high up in Valletta, signalled the start of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race.
A record entry of 83 yachts from 19 countries started the 606-mile race witnessed by thousands of spectators crowded along the bastions overlooking the Grand Harbour.
The Slovenian Maxi, Esimit Europa 2, was to take line honours for the third consecutive year. However, it would be seven days before the last yacht would cross the finish line.
It was on day four that the 100-ft Maxi, Esimit Europa 2, crossed the finish line at 01:13.15 CEST. Jochen Schümann showered the Maxi crew with champagne dockside at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
“That was a tough one,” explained Schümann. “We got caught up by Ran and Stig in the first parking lot at Stromboli but it was by no means the last.
“Our goal was line honours and it was impossible to relax during any part of the race.
“We are delighted to have taken line honours and finish off a great season in style.”
It was nearly seven hours before Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, Ran ,crossed the finish line, setting the bar for the rest of the fleet to better after time correction. Ran put in a magnificent performance to lead a highly competitive Class 1 and lay claim to an overall win but overall victory was to escape them.
In the early hours of day five, a massive thunderstorm and torrential rain engulfed Malta. Nick Lazos and Periklis Livas’ Farr 52, Optimum 3 Aspida reached the finish line at 03:00 to lead Class Two and the Rolex Middle Sea Race overall.
However, the Greek team’s tenure on this extraordinary race was very short-lived. At 04:18 Eddie De Villiers’s Welbourne 46, Hi Fidelity, completed the race to take the overall lead.
In driving rain with thunderbolts lighting up the bastions, the South African crew looked astonished to find out that they were hot favourites to win the overall prize.
“We didn’t have a clue how well we were doing until we finished, it is unbelievable,” exclaimed Hi Fidelity’s owner, Eddie De Villiers.
“The crew have been absolutely fantastic, I cannot give them enough praise. This has been one hell of a race, we have had just about everything thrown at us.
“Coming through the Comino Strait there was a terrific amount of thunder and lightning, it was all around us and the wind touched 37 knots.
“To come through the finish and find out that we have such a great result is amazing!”
By the afternoon of day five, it became clear that none of the yachts still racing could better Hi Fidelity’s corrected time and the latter were announced as the overall winners.
The team from South Africa became the ninth different country to provide a winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy joining yachts from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In the early hours of day six, Josef Schultheis’ and Paolo Semeraro’s Xp44, XP-ACT, crossed the finish line. The team had come close to beating Hi Fidelity but had to settle for a win in Class 3 and third overall.
XP-ACT had three Maltese crew on board. However, Artie RTFX, with an all-Malta crew, became the first Maltese boat to cross the finish line and win Class 4.
Artie RTFX co-skipper Christian Ripard spoke dockside: “We did our best, it was a great race and everybody did a great job working really hard but we just kept on getting stuck in patches of no wind, which was very frustrating.”
On day 7, the Rolex Middle Sea Race came to a fairytale conclusion for the Irish Two Handed team racing Dinah.
There were emotional scenes at The Royal Malta Yacht Club as Irish sailors Barry Hurley and Andrew Boyle sailed home in their 35ft yacht to win the double handed class, finishing just 25 minutes inside the time limit after seven days of tense racing.
Posted in: Events
Last Updated on 29 October 2012
The Ramblers’ Association recently launched its autumn programme, designed to include the unique natural characteristics of the Maltese Islands and enormous cultural and archaeological heritage scattered over the countryside.
These include a vast array of wayside chapels and folk art in very remote pathways.
The 20 organised walks – held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays – provide panoramic and scenic routes through some of the finest and most exhilarating green spaces on the islands.
These include the rolling hills of Mtahleb; the rugged coastline at Xrobb l-Ghagin and Ghajn Tuffieha; Torri Falka, Gomerino and Il-Qallelija − a vast expanse of shaft graves probably Roman where the fragrance of thyme on the garigue fills the air; and the Bingemma Ridge, which is a fine viewpoint on the western side of The Victoria Lines.
The urban historical trail takes ramblers to the Three Cities, Valletta and Floriana, where they will not only taste the history and culture of these places but also visit the beautiful gardens adorning Floriana.
Other exciting walks are the Manikata, Ghajn Znuber and Ras il-Wahx walk, with its rich texture of ecclesiastical and natural interest characterised by various giren (corbelled huts) of all shapes and sizes. The pathway leads to the rugged cliff face of Il-Qammieh in the distance.
Posted in: About Malta