MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE AUG 2016
** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
BREXIT? What Brexit?: Last month we registered a resident as usual for all the services here in Spain. The town hall, the local doctors and of course the “Residencia”, which gives the right to live in Spain. It was during the last part that all the fuss over Brexit was put firmly into its place. The policeman went through all the documents as usual, started stamping everything (the Spanish love to do that) and then calmly said, “OK, that is it, you are now registered as a resident for the next 5 years” whilst handing over the new “Residency Card”.
Why is that interesting? He was clearly not concerned about Brexit in the slightest. He did not say “5 years BUT….” This is because 5 years is the standard time they issue a residents card for to all foreigners (EU or otherwise) and that was it.
With Boris now at the FCO, Brexit means EU Foreign ministers will now be looking over their shoulders as they try and work with him. The warning signs that an Exit of any kind might be triggered have been around for years. They simply chose to ignore them. However, the main thing as far as we are concerned is that for the people who matter such as the Policeman checking the documents, life simply continues. You will also never see the Spanish Foreign Minister suggesting the Policeman does anything different.
>>> BREXIT is but one more reason to retire to Spain <<<
Hull and Beaulieu mobile home shows: Everyone who has reserved a plot on either park recently are now getting ready to choose their brand new mobile home. With two big new mobile home shows in September in Hull and Beaulieu (details on www.ukmobilehomeshow.co.uk ) we are able to help them choose the right home for the plot they have chosen. Martin, Steve and Derick will be at the shows and as always they will be working within the Willerby homes display area.
The homes on display will be the brand new 2017 models. In some cases only the colour schemes are different but there are one or two models that have been completely redesigned. Martin, Steve and Derick will be seeing the changes for the first time as well at the shows.
The timings of the shows are perfect with quite a few people making plot reservations this year. It means 2016 will be a good year for many people starting their new life here in Spain in their brand new mobile home. They will know the home they want for certain once they have been to one of the shows and seen the latest designs. For visitors coming to the parks between September and January 2017 however we will be at the Caravan show at the NEC in February in order to help them choose their new home to be taken to Spain in the first half of 2017.
Mobile homes made by Willerby Mobile Homes will continue to have the FREE installation offer on Park La Posada. This offer has been extended for a further 6 months which takes us up to March 2017
Talking about the two shows. The winners of our free tickets for the Lawns show in September competition (we ran the competition in April/May this year) will be receiving them this month in the post. They will be sent by Willerby on our behalf and for that we thank them. They include Mr C of Milton Keynes, Mrs D of Northwich and Mr P of Brierley Hill. We look forward to seeing them and all the other winners in a few weeks’ time. Who knows, they might also win the 42 inch TV that we will be giving away at the end of the show (in last month’s newsletter). They just need to make sure they see Steve or Martin to qualify.
The competitions we ran for free tickets were fun and after Christmas we will do one special competition for the NEC show in February. We will be giving away 20 tickets for that show.
>>> NEC, Hull and Beaulieu are three great shows to go to for information <<<
Ex-Pat: Patrick was in his usual spot overlooking the pool chatting to some of the residents. “What is all this nonsense about my not being able to continue to use my UK registered car all about” he asked? Luckily for him one of his audience had dealt with the same issue recently and knew all about it.
“Simple” said Brian who had not been on the park that long, “after three months living in Spain you have to transfer it onto Spanish plates”. “It is a very simple process” Brian continued.
“What do I have to do?” said Ex-Pat who by now realised he had no choice. His personalised number plates TxxxPAT had to go.
Well Ex-Pat, let us take over from here. First you go and talk to the translator. The one who did your registration for you free of charge. They will then get all the paperwork together to start the process. The costs involved vary from car to car but you can get an idea of the costs involved before you start.
Next you take the car for a pre booked test. This is called an ITV test in Spain. Basically it is an MOT but done in a central point and not various garages as in the UK. Every car is tested at an official testing station here in Spain. It is a very fair system as they do not repair any fault found. You get a local garage to do that.
Once the paperwork is sorted and the car tested a new set of number plates are issued. Having said all that, we do not actually recommend importing your UK car because at the end of the day the steering wheel will always be on the wrong side. Better to ask the park if they can help you buy a car that has the steering wheel in the right place and of course already registered. Many people have done just that.
>>> There are ITV test centres near both parks <<<
Do we need a car? It is a question we are asked quite often. We will begin with the bottom line. We recommend that everyone has their own car when living in Spain as it gives you the freedom to explore the area you are living in. On the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca there are lakes, beaches, traditional Spanish towns and a lot more besides. However, if not owning a car is a priority then Paradise Park is perfect. It is within easy walking distance from the town of Albatera and the town has all the transport links as well as everything needed for day to day life.
The park is half an hour from Alicante airport and so getting back and forth is easy. That said, the residents on the park are all part of a community and you will soon see the community spirit in action. Not many people will travel to the airport by bus. The park is especially useful if you are retiring in a few years’ time. It is in a great holiday location as you build up to retirement. Four day three night visits to Paradise Park cost only £79 per person. Why not take a look for yourselves?
>>> Paradise Park is well named. Ask any resident living there <<<
Find flights quicker and easier: To make it easier (and we hope cheaper) for people to come on their inspection visits we have teamed up with the best in the business to help find the best airfares based on the settings we have installed to conduct the searches. We want visitors to be able to get the best deals to and from Spain. To do that we have established a new airfare comparison site called GitGaf (Get in to gear and Fly) http://gitgaf.com
The new site was tested by us for real straight away with us booking flights. Using the new site, we entered Malaga to Birmingham return for next February. The results were impressive. We simply booked two separate flights after we had compared all the flights from Malaga to Birmingham and return on our chosen dates. By combining two different airlines we got the round trip covered at the lowest fare possible.
The reason for us booking flights was that once again we will be at the Caravan exhibition at the NEC in February. In our case it was best booking Monarch from Malaga to Birmingham and booking Ryanair on the return. Combined we got the cheapest deal which saved quite a bit of money. Now all newsletter readers can do the same. If an inspection visit is the reason for checking flight prices then for Park La Posada you need to arrive at Malaga and for Paradise Park you need to arrive in Alicante.
>>> Combining airlines to cover flights can save money <<<
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.
The phrase this month is “How many are there?” ¿Cuántos hay? Pronounced “kooAN-tohs eye”. This is useful when it comes to seeing if one kilo of anything (such as tomatoes) is going to be enough. By this time you will be counting in Spanish perfectly
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<
Almost finally: Ex-Pat was heard the other night telling one of his stories in the bar. It turns out that he had to attend the local medical centre (centro de salud) to have some stiches put in as he had accidently cut himself whilst altering his decking. He had decided to move the steps giving him more outside living space.
His neighbour had wrapped his leg in a towel and took him straight there. Once he arrived they saw straight away that he needed attending to without delay. In less than half an hour he had 6 stiches in his leg and he was ready to go home with his leg properly bandaged now and no longer wrapped in a towel.
Before he left however the translator helped him fill in the paperwork required. Name? Address? Age? and so on. It was the last question that bought Ex-Pat back into his own. His sense of humour had returned. That is after all what all the residents love about him. “Who to call in an emergency?” was the last question the translator asked. “The nearest doctor” was his reply.
The translator then translated his answer into Spanish and of course had the doctor and nurse laughing loudly. The doctor then went further. He said a Spaniard would never have thought of that as an answer and that is why we like the British so much.
>>> Medical care in Spain is wonderful in every respect <<<
Finally: Over the years many people have experienced what it is like to come and take a look and then decide to move to Spain. For many it is simply exciting and for a few it considered by them the biggest decision they have made in years. Either way they have made the move because they have seen that the parks will take great care to make sure everything works out perfectly. In short everyone will have quality of life to look forward to.
Quality of life can never be measured of course but it can be appreciated. Everyone involved in showing the two parks knows all about quality of life. Every time they hear compliments from visitors about the parks themselves they know 100% that they have shown someone else why they appreciate the lifestyle found here in Spain. All the team members are residents themselves which means it is very easy for them to explain what the lifestyle is all about.
Coming to take a look is not free of course unless you already live in Spain but for many it is worth every penny after seeing the park and having the opportunity to casually talk to the residents they meet during their visit. Talking to the residents is not like talking to a sales person. Mobile homes are never mentioned. What life is like on the park is what you can expect to hear.
In some cases, contact details have been exchanged during a visit and a new friend is then waiting for them to come and live on the park. It all starts with a visit. Costa del Sol or Costa Blanca and October and November are great months to visit as flights tend to be cheaper.
To plan your park lifestyle visit, 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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As always, many thanks for taking the time to read all this. We hope you have found the information worthwhile.
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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