MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE APR 2014
A great question asked recently: What happens if the UK votes to leave the EU in the planned referendum? That was a perfect question for us and we found the answer to it in Switzerland. Countries that have not joined the EU but are in located in Europe proper operate using a series of bilateral treaties between the country concerned and the EU parliament.
Switzerland is just that, not in the EU itself but has treaties in place and to make the point there are many Swiss residents living and registered here in Spain despite the fact that Switzerland is not a full member of the EU. British residents will live and be registered here in Spain in exactly the same way as they are now which means the referendum should make no difference at all to the way of life here no matter what the result is.
>>> All residents are registered with the town hall as well as the local doctors. <<<
Lifestyle: Each month we try to give readers a little lifestyle information from pets to cars and a lot more besides. This month it is all about getting here to start your new life. One new resident arrived only this week by car which reminded us that we should really tell you just how easy it is should you prefer to sail round France rather than drive through it.
There are two ports in Spain that have direct ferry links from the UK, Santander and Bilbao. From either port in northern Spain to the park in Andalucia it is motorway all the way. An easy journey thanks to the very modern motorway network system here in Spain. Better still is that there is only one stretch that is a toll road unlike in France where it is all toll roads.
We normally suggest stopping around Madrid for a night to break up the journey. We say around Madrid because there is no need to go all the way into the city. There are lots of great value hotels close to the motorway just before or just after Madrid itself. By stopping it means new residents can then arrive at the park in the afternoon giving them time to quickly settle in and then relax after their journey. A cool beer or a nice glass of wine in the evening whilst meeting some of the residents for the first time will soon make you feel at home.
>>> You will need 2 warning triangles and reflective jackets in the car <<<
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 the chosen word is vale pronounced baalee .
You will hear this word a lot. It means OK. So, after asking for a beer or a coffee in a bar in the village, in Spanish, and the person serving you then says vale as he turns to leave you will know you have a drink on its way.
>>> There are some great Spanish lessons on Youtube. Senior Jorden is worth checking <<<
Spring, the best time of year: The parks come alive this time of year thanks to lovely warm sunny days and the fact that it is not too hot at any time. Owners who are using their mobile homes for holidays until they retire will soon be turning up to enjoy their Easter holiday.
Getting back into the swing of things will be very easy for them as they already know a lot of people who are living here full time and they will enjoy catching up. The other good thing is that their house will be in perfect order for them when they arrive with everything switched on connected.
>>> Easter is known as Semana Santa in Spain and lasts a week with many parades <<<
Finally: From the 1st of April Costa Difference Ltd will be changing roles slightly to reflect that we are now the only company in Spain solely representing dedicated residential retirement parks on the Costa del Sol. The change in roles means we are now focused more on being park and lifestyle ambassadors rather than mobile home sales agents. Sandie, Malcolm and Sue our representatives who live on the parks make the change in direction very easy for us.
A useful by-product of the change is that we will be replacing the standard three day two night dedicated inspection visits we currently offer.
These are now going to be replaced by much more flexible Lifestyle Tours that will be 100% life in Spain related and not sales related. Perfect for anyone who wants to learn all about the way of life and the local area we call real Spain .
Each lifestyle tour will be different. You might be lucky and share the experience with others who have booked at the same time or simply soak up the atmosphere with your guide during the days. The cost of a lifestyle tour will be 25 per person per night to include airport transfers as well as hotel accommodation in the centre of Antequera.
The lifestyle tour can be over a 2, 3 or even a 4 night stay in Antequera, the choice is yours. For anyone wishing to stay longer we suggest combining a lifestyle tour with a few days on holiday in Malaga, Torremolinos or Benalmadena with the extra night s hotel accommodation being booked and paid for direct. We can help by sending links to the best hotel deals we can find for the extra days you are contemplating. Staying longer does not affect the airport transfers; you will be collected from the resort and taken to the airport at the end of your stay.
To plan your lifestyle tour first check out the flights available from your local airport and then call Derick in the UK office on 0117 318 2188 who will check first that everything needed here in Spain is available plus he can also get Martin to help anyone who would like an extended visit with hotel suggestions and up to date prices in the resorts.
Planning visits this way means you can stay for as long or as short as you wish taking advantage of the flight deals you can find.
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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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