MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE FEB 2013
Feb 2013** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Reason to be cheerful: Winter arrived with a vengeance in the UK last week and once again everything came to a standstill. Watching the UK weather forecast on Satellite TV here in Spain made everyone realise just how lucky we are. Winter here can indeed feel cold and windy on certain days but on the whole there is still plenty of sunshine about. It is the biggest reason why so many people choose to retire to Spain.
What if?: That phrase starts many a question we are asked and quite rightly so. A new country and a new lifestyle will be full of what if s . Whether we are asked by e-mail or in person during a visit, we always try and give a full answer to the what if in question. It is what we pride ourselves on and of course giving advice is all part of our service.
Because of that we are very fortunate in that with over 100 residents living on each park full time it means that there is always someone who knows the answer on the rare occasion we do not have an answer to hand straight away. Peter on park La Posada and Malcolm on park La Vina soon get to work asking residents if anyone knows the answer. It is what makes the community lifestyle that has built up over the years so invaluable. Everyone likes to help out.
Antequera: The town is very Spanish in design as well as way of life. It is famous for its Tapas bars and narrow streets as well as a traditional high street. However, with 1000 s of British residents now living in or around the town in the various surrounding villages it has meant that the more modern side of the town has become much more cosmopolitan and language friendly.
The big hypermarket (Eroski) for example now has various signs in Spanish and English and of course many English products are now on the shelves. PG Tips and Heinz Baked Beans are just two examples. That means that the weekly shop is as easy now as it would be in the UK in say the local ASDA supermarket. The big difference here is that in the hypermarket in Antequera you can get almost anything done or purchased. It is all under one roof. Dry cleaning, keys cut or a new mobile phone. The complex has the lot.
Driving back to the UK: Quite a few people drove back to the UK to see family and friends over Christmas and it seems the favoured route was through France rather than the long ferry journey from Santander or Bilbao. The big advantage of doing that rather than flying back was the fact that whilst in the UK they had their own transport. Ideal when staying over two weeks and with family members spread out. Only the weather made them want to return as soon as possible.
For those who think they might like to do that in the future once they own a mobile home in Spain the tricks of the trade when driving to the UK are these. First, make sure when going back to the UK you have plenty of wine on board. You will be saving at least 3- 4 a bottle once in the UK on a good Rioja wine. It also allows you to have plenty of space to bring things back the other way. Secondly, fill up to the brim just before leaving Spain and on the return have just enough fuel to get back to the Spanish border. Fuel is cheaper here.
The journey through Spain and France can be an interesting one as well as a long one so taking quite a few days to do the journey is a great idea. It becomes part of the adventure. There are many reasonable hotels along the way and all can be booked in advance over the internet. In some cases friends can travel back together and that makes the whole experience a lot of fun. A few hours driving then they have a new town to explore and a different restaurant every night.
Insurance and breakdown: Spanish car insurance includes breakdown cover as standard and is great value. The green card insurance means you can drive anywhere in Europe. With the insurance companies in Spain now very used to dealing with English speaking clients everything now is in English and Spanish and they have special telephone numbers that are answered in English.
In the unlikely event of having a breakdown along the way there are roadside markers along every road and motorway telling you exactly where you are on the stretch of road. MA34 (National road) Km3 or E15 (Motorway) Km243 for example. With that knowledge a breakdown recovery vehicle is soon with you. In Spain they do not try and repair the car on the roadside. All cars are collected and taken to a garage along with all the passengers. It is a very easy and smooth operation. In some cases the Insurance Company will send a taxi for the passengers rather than travel in the recovery truck. This is all included.
Now to mobile homes: The past month has seen two Price Alerts go out to our signed-up Price Alert subscribers as the New Year started. This is quite normal as circumstances do change for some people. The new prices being offered means that owning a mobile home no longer means people have to sell up in the UK first. The homes are now ideally priced for people who intend to use the mobile home as a holiday home first before their retirement as well as to those who are thinking of living in Spain full time whilst renting out their home in the UK to provide an extra income for them to really enjoy themselves.
The last Price Alert was for an ABI Beverly that was reduced from 35,000 to 30,000 and when you take into account the amount of decking that has been built as well as all the extras that are included it makes no sense at all to be looking at buying a new mobile home. Resale mobile homes have so much more to offer and in many cases they have been upgraded in terms of furniture and d cor. Looking at several different homes during a visit will show you exactly what we mean.
Finally: One more trick of the trade. When looking at a mobile home for sale on the website take a closer look at what the inside is like on the video rather than the home itself. No two homes by the same manufacturer are the same once the homes have been lived in. Blinds added, seating changed, walls painted and of course decking built. The wow factor will still be there of course when you get to see it in real life but at least you will have some idea as to what has been changed.
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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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A Spanish woman from Rioja, who is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, has described her ‘nightmare’ in being caught up in the shooting rampage with students.
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.