MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JULY 2015
JULY 2015** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
All in the name: After reading this, you will know that Martin comes from Somerset, the apple and cider county. Towards the end of June, Martin was at the park with clients interested in a home on the park. After showing the resale homes, they then looked at the plots for new homes.
When doing so, Martin pointed out what he considered to be the best one and they both agreed. So, having reserved the plot, they then decided on a new home and asked Martin to price up the model they had in mind for them to include everything.
That night Martin rang Steve and said that his clients were interested in a new Pemberton and the model was a Bramley and could he do a total price for the clients. Steve then went online to check the price and burst out laughing.
Of course, Martin now knows that Pemberton offer clients the “Bromley” model mobile home and not the “Bramley” model and more so now as his clients ordered one to arrive at the end of September.
>>>A new Willerby Linear mobile home will also arrive in September<<<
Spanish or British: Rules are changing all the time and keeping up with them is becoming a full time job. Fortunately on Park La Posada, we have Cath the interpreter. Her role in the park initially is to get residents registered with the town hall and the local doctors. Her services for doing so are paid by the park for new residents as part of the settling in process. After that, you can use her services directly to arrange all the other things that need to be done, following the many rule changes that have come in regarding driving and pensions.
The bottom line for residents now is this. Once registered and living in Spain for 183 days, the UK driving licence should be exchanged for a Spanish one. Very easy to do and you can book Cath to deal with the process. The next thing is to make Spainthe country of residence as far as pensions and tax declarations go. Again, the residents and the park have all this covered and is now a walk in the park.
Now, imagine the scenario. Residents hold a British passport, but are resident in Spain. Residents get a UK pension, but declare it in Spain. Residents drive using a Spanish driving licence and need a green card if driving back to the UK.
This applies to anyone wanting to live in Spain, not just those on mobile homeparks. Imagine what a nightmare it will be if there was no Cath, reception or other residents to sort all this out. That is why, residential mobile home parks are so popular. You are never on your own even if you live on your own, which quite a few of the residents do.
>>>Spain also has an online citizen’s advice website<<<
This month’s home of interest: With so few resale homes on the market, we have some fantastic news. A brand new mobile home built in collaboration and designed especially with Park La Posada in mind. The model is the brand new 38 x 12 model. It will be a 2 bed with master en-suite It will have French doors in the front and brown UPVC double glazed windows to match the wood effect exterior.
In the lounge will be 2 black leather settees and a coffee table only, so that the new owners will have plenty of space to make the home their own. The kitchen will be fully kitted out and of course the bedrooms will be furnished. The home will also have central heating and curtains in every room.
So why is this home a home of interest? Thanks to some tough negotiations, we are proud to say that we can now offer clients this home for only £35,500 in total. That is to include transport to Spain and standard installation on the park.
Now for some fun: Anyone fancy enjoying a week’s holiday in a 3 star hotel in Antequera on us? The holiday will include airport transfers (flights not included) and a visit to see the parks.
Yes, a free week’s stay in Antequera. To win, you simply need to suggest a good model name for the brand new mobile home we are launching. We have given it a provisional name of “Amanacer” for now.
The model name has to be suitable for all over Europe. To enter, go on-line and use the contact form on our website to give us your suggestion. If we use the name, you will win the week’s holiday.
In case more than one person suggests the name, we also want you to take a guess as to what our G+ (google plus) number (seen at the top of the home page) will be at midnight BST on the 31st July and of course that will depend on how many show they like the website.
The person closest to the actual G+1 number shown will win in the event, if there being more than one person suggesting the same name. The holiday can be taken any time between September and March 2016.
>>> Resale mobile homes and new can be considered when visiting. <<<
Candida: Just down the road from the park (300 mts) is the wonderful restaurant, Candida. There you can enjoy a tasty home cooked 3 course lunch including the drink for only 9 Euros per person. However, you are given the day’s choice menu all in Spanish to tick what you would like to order.
Now, in order to show you what fun that can be, we are going to ask you to imagine yourselves as being Spanish and not British, and you are visiting the UK on holiday. To make it authentic, you have to imagine you are in the UK and do not speak English or at most very little. Got the idea?
So, for lunch you pick a nice local friendly country pub. You already know the English words for beer and wine so drinks are sorted. Then you pick up the menu. The speciality on offer that day is Lincolnshire bangers with bubble and squeak, or you can have Scrumpy Chicken with boiled pots. For the non-meat eaters they offer a “Plowmans Lunch”.
Now, you know where we are going with this. The starters, main course and sweet in the Candida are all clearly marked. You just need to mark what you would like. So, arm yourself with the following Spanish words.
Chicken = pollo (pronounced po yo. Do NOT say POLO because that means something totally different) Beef= Ternera Pork = Cerdo
Now the fun begins. If you see Pollo in the dishes name, it is something about chicken. If you see the word Cerdo, you know it will be pork whatever. That is it. Be adventurous, you will enjoy the experience and the waiter will help as much as he can. The food is good and you will see lots of Spanish eating there of course.
>>> Eating out is not expensive here in Spain <<<
Forward planning: We are already into the second half of 2015. Time goes by so quickly, the older we get. Because it is now July, you will find that flights in the first two weeks in November are nice and cheap as they try and start filling up seats. A great opportunity to grab a few days in Spain and see if the parks are as good as we make out.
>>> Once living in Spain residents become acclimatised. <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life), so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain, which as you already know begins as soon as they leave the park.
For this month, however, we are giving you a Spanish phrase to say that you are fine. “Estoy bien” pronounced ES STOY BEE N
In English that means more or less I am good thanks or I am fine. The waiter for example will come to your table whilst you are eating and will probably say “bien?”
“Estoy bien” works and if you really want to impress say “estoy muy bien”. Muy pronounces as MOY.
In the restaurant Candida perhaps one day.
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<
Finally: July starts the season when grandchildren come to visit. Exciting for the grandchildren as well as the grandparents. The park itself is ideal. Very secure and of course the children will have real quality time with the grandparents. Everyone on the park agree that when friends and family do visit they are getting quality time with them.
Talking grandchildren, we also know of one grandma that babysits using Skype and it works. The grandchild is 4 years old. Mum sets up Skype so that grandma can see the child playing in the lounge and they can talk to each other. Mum then goes into the kitchen to prepare dinner. If the child goes out of view, grandma tells him to come back. Babysitting 1300 miles apart. How cool is that.
As always thanks for reading this e-mail newsletter and to all the people who are booked to visit us in June we say have a safe journey, bring your sun glasses and hats and see you soon.
To plan a visit yourself why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.
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Costa Difference Ltd are sending Martin to Glasgow for the Place in the Sun Live show at the SEC Centre.
His role at the show is to represent residential parks and to pass on general retire to Spain information.
Show runs on the 28th and 29th of October