MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE DEC 2010
Dec 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
2011 around the corner: November has been and gone and for us it means getting ready for Christmas, New Year s Eve and then the rush of visitors in 2011. It happens every year. As soon as winter strikes hard in the UK people look on the Internet to see what weather we are having here in Spain and then they come to see for themselves. Sound logic really as they will be seeing Spain at its worst time of year which means any decision to move to Spain is based on facts and not dreams and having seen on Satellite TV that the UK is already in the full grip of winter we think more people will be coming early next year than normal.
Spain in the winter: As expected the rain does come in the winter months but on average rain is only seen on 20 days a year. It goes without saying that not a drop falls in June, July and August. Planning a BBQ in Spain is easy during those months. However, do not be fooled by this. Last winter was the wettest on record. This year we expect it to return to normal and so far during October and November everything seems normal. The good news however is that when it does rain in the winter it is around 15 degs C which means that it soon dries out once the sun returns. If however a hard winter is to hit the Costa del Sol then it can go down to 8 degs C. When that happens it is usually minus 5 degs C in the UK so we should not complain.
To buy or not to buy?: As the recession now seems to be taking effect again in the UK with the sales of houses slowing right down again, people can now see that the advice we give as far as not putting deposits down on mobile homes in Spain before selling their homes in the UK is sound advice. We say this for a very good reason. Selling a home in the UK is stressful enough without adding a purchase of a mobile home to the stress as well. We will always have a good selection of resale mobile homes to offer when the time is right. Coming to take a look is ideal before placing the home in the UK on the market because you will then have an idea what you can buy once the house is sold. A lot of people return to the UK after a visit and place their homes up for sale. Once the home is sold it is a very exciting time to fly out to Spain, choose a home and then return to the UK to prepare everything. It is then a very stress free experience.
Renting for the winter: Because a hard winter has arrived so early in the UK we have again been flooded with requests regarding renting a mobile home for the winter. There are mobile homes that can be rented on camp sites all over Spain but because the parks we represent are residential, renting out the homes by the owners is not allowed and for quite good reasons. The main reason is quite a straight forward one. It is nice knowing that when you buy a mobile home to enjoy your retirement you are not going to be having someone different living next door to you every two weeks on holiday or in the winter months have different neighbours every month or so avoiding the winter. Your neighbours on the park will be home owners who like you have decided to retire to Spain. In a lot of cases neighbours become good friends as they have the same frame of mind as far as living in Spain is concerned.
Back to mobile homes in Spain: On the parks there is a good mix of mobile homes made by all the major UK manufacturers. One home however stands out in that it is the only one of its kind on the parks. It is an Atlas Concept. The home is very modern in design with a raised dining area which is very different from the normal mobile home design. We have of course added a video to the listing which can be found on the webpage that the home is listed on https://www.costadifference.com/mobilehomeatlas43LP.htm
So, if you fancy a very modern designed mobile home in Spain then this home is well worth a look.
Relocating your own mobile home from the UK to Spain: We have again received a few requests this month asking us what it might cost to move a mobile home currently sited in the UK to Spain. Fortunately we have negotiated with Park La Posada that up to four homes will be allowed onto the park on the new phase due for completion early 2011. We say fortunately because there are not many parks that allow relocations.
Each relocation will need to be priced exactly of course depending on where the home is situated and how easy would it be to load onto a transporter. However, so newsreaders have a rough idea we can tell you that the price for a 38 foot by 12 foot model mobile home currently situated in the middle of England which is quite easy to load would be 6000 entrance onto Park La Posada including full installation to mains water, electricity and sewage as well as Satellite TV and Internet plus 5876.40 to transport the mobile home from the UK to Spain. Both prices include VAT. Contact us if you need any more information regarding relocations. Relocating a mobile home that is already in Spain will of course be cheaper as far as the transport goes.
Question asked this month: Do the Insurance companies for the home and the car deal in English or Spanish? The answer is in English. The policies are written in English and the customer care representatives all speak English as well. We advise and help as far as telling you which companies deal in English. The insurance that is on the home when purchased remains in force until the expiry date.
Useful lifestyle information: Christmas is very different in Spain. They celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th of December. Nothing is open then. The Spanish on the 24th are all at home enjoying dinner with the family, Noche Buena . It does mean however that on the 25th most of the Bars and Restaurants are open as usual and Martin for one will be enjoying a steak in his favourite restaurant instead of doing turkey and all the trimmings. The weather could also make Christmas seem different because if the sun is shining it could easily be 18 degs which is a far cry from the UK on Christmas day.
Finally: As expected early December is busy and from the 3rd of December until the 7th of December we are fully booked with all team members showing clients around. From the 7th until the 22nd of December we are able to accept bookings but then we will be closed for Christmas until the 3 Kings Day on the 5th of January. If you do want to visit us before Christmas it is important to phone Derick as soon as you can on 0117 318 2188 so that he can arrange things our end.
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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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LATEST NEWS FROM SPAIN
Air-traffic controllers at Barcelona’s El Prat have announced a series of 24-hour strikes over the summer in an ongoing dispute over staff shortages.
The industrial action by workers from the air-traffic control centre at El Prat will begin on June 20th, a few days before the school holidays here in Spain and the summer holiday season really gets underway.
The dates of the 24-hour strikes have not been confirmed as yet but any action will affect flights in and out of El Prat plus flights to the Balearic Islands and airports on Spain’s eastern coast.
The strikes have been called by the Air-Traffic Controllers' Union (USCA) which is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over staffing levels.
USCA has repeatedly warned that there are an insufficient number of air traffic controllers to cover flight traffic forcing controllers to work overtime in order to provide cover.