MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE FEB 2014
Feb 2014** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Winter in Spain: Everyone likes to think that the sun shines every day in Spain and it is always as warm as toast. Well to be honest it does rain during January a little and it can feel chilly some days when there is the remains of an artic wind that has dropped most of Europe to near freezing. It is after all wintertime and the temperatures have to be compared with those in the UK to get the full picture.
What is without doubt though is there is much less rain in Spain in January than in the UK. It is also a fact that in three or four weeks time spring will be on the horizon and that is without doubt the best time of year to be living in Spain. Nice warm sunny days to enjoy at a temperature that is very comfortable.
>>> Did you know that Granada is a thriving ski resort right now? What a contrast <<<
Car insurance: Direct Line Insurance in Spain is known as Linea Directa. The good news is that like Direct Line in the UK they deal with all types of insurance and of course the important thing here is that it is in English. They also allow the UK no claims bonus to be transferred as well.
Car insurance here in Spain also has an added advantage. All policies must include breakdown cover. Towing your own car anywhere is illegal here in Spain; you must always use a recovery vehicle. Being able to call your English speaking insurance company and getting them to arrange it should a breakdown happen means you can drive in Spain knowing you will not have any problems.
>>> MOT s are called ITV s in Spain and obtained at a regional ITV centre and not a local garage <<<
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 treating your decking. Decking areas are important because so much time can be spent outside on them.
Wood is one of the few commodities that is expensive here in Spain and so it makes sense to keep the decking in good order. It also makes sense to do it in early spring when the sun is not as hot and the treatment has time to soak in. Some homes for sale have had as much as 10,000 spent on them.
>>> Decking areas can be up to 40 square meters which is as much as the home itself <<<
Flights? : We have given you this trick before and it is worth mentioning it again. If you want to come to Spain for a visit on say the 17th until the 22nd of any month type in the 19th until the 24th when searching for flights. Airlines hope you have to travel on the day you put sometimes. Next look at the three day or weeks view on the airline s website and see if the flights are cheaper. They are quite a lot of the time.
Using that info why not see if you can arrange a short visit to come and see the parks and lifestyle for yourself? What we suggest is you first try and find a great flight deal using the trick above. You can look at a three, four, five or six days stay, it does not matter.
Next tell us the dates when you can book yourselves a good flight deal. We will then come back to you and tell you what we can get a hotel booked for in Antequera for the whole of your planned stay. The price will include airport transfers. It will also include a visit to see the parks and area. Finding a flight deal first makes it very easy to enjoy a short break in Spain which with our help will be very informative and cost effective.
>>> Antequera is a great town to spend a few days. Very cosmopolitan yet very Spanish <<<
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 exit the park.
For this month the chosen word is siguiente . Imagine you are in the supermarket waiting your turn to be served at the deli counter and you are next. When you hear the staff member shout siguiente you will now know she or he is shouting more or less next person please . We say more or less because Spanish custom is not to waste so much time and energy shouting next person please when a simple one word next will do. The British residents are so polite in Spanish eyes.
>>> Nearly very bar will have a TV running in the background as part of the atmosphere <<<
Finally: This month on our Facebook Page we posted a fun item. We have stated that there is a mobile home for sale on our website that comes with a bonus. The park fees have been paid until the end of this year. The only clue as to which home has the offer is a $ sign somewhere in the website listing. To make it slightly easier we also put on Facebook a single photo of inside the home. We know a lot of people look at many of the homes for sale and so this will simply add a little more interest.
All visitors to the park will of course be shown the home. To make what we are doing even more interesting for those viewing we will extend the rent paid period into 2015 itself to make it a full 12 months rent paid from the date of the deposit being paid should the person buying the home also be registered for our price alert service at the time.
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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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