MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE APR 2012
Apr 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Retire to Spain, a big step: This month s newsletter is going to be dedicated to all the newsletter subscribers who are seriously thinking about retiring to Spain more than news and information on Park La Posada Retirement Park itself.
Reason being is that because living in Spain in a mobile home is so easy to achieve, it is also very easy to make a mistake and make a wrong choice with regards to location, type of park and of course monthly costs.
If a mistake is made then there are only two ways to correct it. Sell the home you have bought or relocate it to the park you should have chosen in the first place. If however you make sure you make the right choice with regards to location and type of park that suits you then you can look forward to a fantastic retirement with much better weather and a perfect lifestyle with like minded new friends. That is why there are hundreds of people who have done just that and are delighted to be living in Spain enjoying life to the full.
The many questions we have answered over the years during visits to the park and area has made us realise just how useful having all the facts at a very early stage will be to anyone thinking about retiring to Spain in the future.
The mobile home: The type of mobile home you want now becomes the last thing you need to consider as there are decisions that have to be made first which in turn will influence the choice of mobile home. That does not mean that you do not look at what is being offered however because in many cases reading between the lines in the very beginning helps you further when making choices.
For example, the UK manufactured homes in Spain all had to be transported from the UK to Spain initially at costs of between 6000 and 9000 pounds. This is worth remembering because if you see a park with lots of mobile homes for sale at prices well below the same homes being advertised in the UK you have to question why considering they cost between 6000 and 9000 more in the first place. A home for 10,000 might look great at first but if it is less than 10 years old you have to ask why?
The region: Spain is a huge place and it is very easy to think that everywhere in Spain is wall to wall sunshine and tee shirt weather. The truth is it is not and if you chose a campsite/mobile home park high up in the mountains you can expect to see snow in the winter in any region in Spain. Parks like that are there mainly for the campers in the summer when without doubt they are then the perfect location. It is worth remembering at this stage that the park fees are monthly all year round and not for when you are staying there so buying for holiday use only does not make financial sense.
The parks: This is where most people go wrong in life and it can be wrong in either direction. No one person is looking for the same way of life or facilities.
So, if it is down by the sea in a holiday resort you fancy at first then the parks available are joint camping/mobile home parks. Many people go head long in that direction thinking it would be great to be on holiday 24/7 365 days a year.
Things to consider first however are a) the monthly fees are likely to be higher per sq foot as they are based on camping rates and b) the lifestyle will also be higher as you will be paying tourist rates locally especially around June, July and August with holiday makers and campers.
It is important to note that the monthly living costs involved in being on holiday 24/7 will sneak up on you and you will find that going to the bar with new friends every night is to be avoided. Living costs is the biggest single factor why so many people have failed to settle in Spain long term.
The cost of living is cheaper here in Spain as a whole (petrol, water and electric) but only as far as living a UK style way of life. Everyone knows how much spending money is needed when on holiday but very few consider it when it comes to living in a holiday resort.
For those who do not fancy the idea of living in a holiday resort and being on holiday 24/7 the other option is the dedicated residential only parks that tend to be 50kms inland from the beach. For sure you can not walk to the beach but they are after all only a short drive away.
Residential parks tend to be run on the same lines as small villages in the UK. There is the village hall (community centre) park reception (local council office) and a community spirit where everyone helps each other. Add to that the facilities as well such as swimming pools.
The only holiday makers to be seen will be friends and families of other residents. The main difference financially is that park fees per sq foot are lower and the local prices are what the Spanish villagers are prepared to pay. Quiet nights in will also be the norm with UK TV and Internet unless enjoying dinner with friends or popping to the quiz night in the community centre.
Lifestyle: No matter which lifestyle you choose you can be sure of one thing. The parks are there to look after you. Not speaking Spanish is not a problem. The reception can arrange everything from a washing machine engineer to a car mechanic. It is the single, most important reason why living on a mobile home park makes sense.
You are never alone and there are no nasty surprises. On offer with both types of lifestyle is peace of mind as far as everything Spanish related is concerned. Get the choice of park right for you and you will have a wonderful time in Spain.
What next? For those who are not sure if they would prefer a joint camping site with a holiday lifestyle or a residential park with a community lifestyle the answer is to look at both types of park without any obligation and ask residents you meet as many questions as you would like. If checking out the residential parks concept seems like a good idea then please give Derick in the UK office a ring on 0117 318 2188 and he can help arrange a visit where we can show different styles of residential parks in the area rather than the dedicated visit we usually run.
This type of visit will be based on information gathering only and will be invaluable to you because it will reduce the chances of you getting it wrong. The special fact finding visit will again only cost 59 per person (based on 2 people sharing a hotel room or 69 if one person only is coming) and a few days can be enjoyed in Antequera. The visit includes airport transfers, visits to several parks and hotel accommodation.
Back to Park La Posada: One interesting fact is that because the park is now fully established residents have formed a social committee. The idea is to arrange things in the community centre and outside events that the residents can enjoy. Residents can get involved in as little or as much as they want. For example, in April they have arranged a Coach Trip to Granada Market and then on to Rio Frio for lunch or walk about.
Question asked last month: If I bought a car how easy is it to insure it and deal in English. The answer of course is very easy. Direct Line Insurance operates here in Spain and you can transfer your no claims bonus and yes, everything is done in English including the policy.
Finally: For newsletter subscribers on our price alert service we felt that sending out a price alert so close to a newsletter was going to be counter productive so we have included it in this newsletter. Added to the website this week will be an ABI Beverly 2 bedroom home complete with decking for 35,000.
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BUYING A RESALE MOBILE HOME
The process is very easy. First choose from the homes on sale on our website, the homes you would like to view on a visit.
If a home ticks all the boxes during your visit you simply make a purchase request.
If the seller agrees to the sale we then arrange for a legal sales agreement to be drawn up and signed by all parties. This service costs just 200 Euros and it also includes a home check of the boiler, air-conditioning, cooker, fridge and freezer by the park engineers just prior to completion. Paying for this service takes the home off sale straight away.
A 10% deposit is then paid into a "Client Account" within 14 days and remains there until the completion date which will be on or before three months after an offer has been accepted. .
Just prior to the completion date the home is checked, we take possession of the home, and you will be advised to make the final payment to the seller. Once it is confirmed that the payment has been made the home is then yours.
No wonder resale mobile homes are so popular.
BUYING A NEW HOME
Buying a new mobile home or a custom-built Park Lodge Home is just as easy. It simply involves different processes. For UK manufactured mobile homes we recommend Willerby/BK Bluebird and Regal Leisure Homes.
Both manufacturers display show homes at various mobile home shows throughout the year, so you can always get to see the latest models. Regal Leisure also have the big advantage in that they are not far from Yeovil our UK base, which means we can easily arrange factory visits.
For Park Lodge Homes designed and built in Alicante it is a different process. Once a plot has been reserved you can start designing a home best suited to where it will be going. Where to put a French Door? Where the lounge should go? What view from the kitchen window?
To help you design your home we allocate a project manager to you. He will arrange a visit to the factory in Alicante so you can see for yourself all the choices you have. You can even start with a model already designed such as “The Windsor” and alter it to suit you.
No two Park Lodge Homes will look the same which means you can make the home into something special to you. You will also not be paying so much money to transport the home to the park as it will already be in Spain. This means more can be spent on the home itself.
New UK mobile home or custom built Park Lodge Home? The choice is yours after you have reserved your plot on either park. New homes require a 35% deposit and the balance paid once the home is ready to be transported.
WHY COSTA DIFFERENCE?
The name Costa Difference was chosen for a reason back in 2005. Costa as in Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca, and Difference because we want to show the difference between dedicated genuine residential mobile home parks and tourist camping sites that also allow mobile homes.
Making a difference is all down to being passionate in what we do. We are also working with park owners who share our passion. The result? We are showing two wonderful residential mobile home parks that are without doubt the best retirement parks that Spain has to offer.
Having chosen to represent residential parks only we are now tasked by the park owners to help people see for themselves if living in Spain is really for them. Spain does not suit everyone which is why that aspect of what we do is so important.
So where does our service start? We think that perhaps it has already started with you reading this and all the other information we have provided online. Maybe you now have some questions for us? If so please feel free to contact us and ask them.
Once you feel that you have found all the answers the next stage is to seriously think about coming on a visit to see a residential park and the lifestyle the residents enjoy.
On a short-dedicated visit you will have a golden opportunity to talk to residents you meet whilst on the park. Asking them questions at the time is a great idea because you will be hearing about their genuine experiences.
The Costa Difference way is very different. Our testimonials come from the residents themselves face to face. They have all gone through the same experiences. Started by asking questions, then came on a visit. After that it is back to the UK with plenty to think about.
If you do the same and moving to Spain becomes your dream, then we are going to be with you all the way.
There are many “Costa” companies on the internet selling everything to do with Spain but there is only ONE Costa Difference Mobile Homes in Spain. To find us again easily why not bookmark this page. We are at your service.
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Patricia Rivas was with a class of five pupils when 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz entered the school grounds and opening fire with an assault rifle, eventually killing 17 people.
The teacher heard the fire alarm which was a trick by the gunman to bring more people out into range. She was about to leave the class when she heard a fellow member of staff shout “Code Red”, it was then that she realised something more sinister was going on.
"I heard 'Code Red Code Red' and in that moment reacted very quickly, we started to run to safety," she told RTVE in an interview.
She followed the protocol put in place by the school for such an event and returned her pupils to the classroom where she thought it safer for them. They then all hid in a store room.
She and her pupils remained quietly in the storeroom for around an hour, watching live TV coverage of events at the school on her mobile phone.
Her quick thinking ensured her pupils remained safe.