I have never understood how someone in the business of selling houses can give so little value to the images in their catalog. How is anybody supposed to get interested in a property, if it looks like a cavern in the photographs? Not even the most basic "tidy up the room, turn the lights on, and get a proper exposure"...
The problem here, on Mallorca, is that many estate agencies have collapsed. The main surviving player is a German firm selling luxury homes with a huge magazine catalogue to match. With very good photography.
It’s also a legal mess with houses. The government has introduced new regulations that require you to provide an insulation certificate, at your cost, if you seek to sell. You are expected to have the property double glazed etc. which sounds a splendid idea, until you accept that the buildings mainly consist of single hollow brick walls, not double-skin walls. This means that in summer the heat comes in and in winter all your heat goes out, keeping the grass and shrubs alive. If the walls are unable to retain heat, what’s the point of spending, literally, thousands on glass? The percentage of glass surface area is minimal.
But hey, it looks like the gov. is doing its best to help the building trades! That they are simply putting yet a further form of taxation on property movements is totally missed… And they hope to kick-start the housing/holiday home economies! Hey-soos!
I'm interested in boats, but as the Fairlines and Sunseekers are all pretty much standard kit boats, not much seems to happen with them regarding snaps - and snaps is what the brokers or the crews or the owners provide. It seems to me that only the really bespoke yachts are worth the trouble/expense of a shoot and a dedicated catalogue. Life at the top probably continues apace...
It also appears to be the case that more and more boats have not ventured from their moorings this summer. If August is dead, God help the industry, because the season ends in September.