MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE FEB 2016
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Flying start to the year. Last month was the busiest January on record. Park la Posada had quite a few visitors during the month as many people saw the selection of resale mobile homes on the park going down. That meant some planned visits were bought forward in order to take advantage of seeing the few remaining resale mobile homes.
Fortunately the new mobile home plots that are currently available will still enable clients to live on this prestigious park in the event that there are no suitable resale mobile homes on offer at the time.
The flying start to the year also showed in the number of web site enquiries we dealt with during the month. This of course has led to more visits to both parks being booked for later on in the year as each enquiry was answered.
Our enquiries for Paradise Park on the Costa Blanca increasing was also partly due to the Park owners reducing the number of UK based mobile home companies representing their park from three down to two at the beginning of the year. Their decision to reduce the number of UK companies representing their park was to allow coordinated publicity between the two remaining companies.
>>>Both parks have plots ready for new mobile homes<<<
The Park La Posada and Paradise Park joint visit in March: This offer is now closed with 5 people booked to enjoy themselves visiting the two parks. A large people carrier has been reserved for the trip and for sure the experience will be a wonderful eye opener as far as the lifestyle is concerned. They will see a lot of Spain as they travel with us from the Costa del Sol to the Costa Blanca and back again.
That said, one client who enquired about the visit did ask if it was possible to have a visit to see just one of the parks to coincide with the visit itself. He and his wife liked the idea of being with other interested people on a park visit but did not want to see both parks. They have their heart set on one area of Spain.
What a good idea we thought. It also makes a lot of sense if you only want to visit one part of Spain.
So, if anyone would like a visit to see Park La Posada only during the time we are running the 2 park visit you will need to find flights to Malaga that arrive on the 3rd of March and then depart on the 6th of March. That will allow for a normal three-night stay visiting Park la Posada and area with two of them in the company of those booked on the two park visit.
If anyone would like to see Paradise Park only during the time we are running the 2 park visit you will need to find flights to Alicante that arrive on the 5th of March and then depart on the 8th of March. That will also allow for a three-night stay visiting Paradise Park and area with two of them in the company of those booked on the two park visit.
The costs will be £79 per person as always to include airport transfers and hotel accommodation. Find your flights first and then either call or email us so we can confirm that it is fine to go ahead and book the flights.
>>>Visits are great when there are more people to chat to<<<
The NEC Spring Caravan and Camping Show: This year’s show at the NEC in Birmingham runs from Tuesday the 23rd of February until Sunday the 28th February. Park La Posada and Paradise Park information and brochures will be available during the whole show period from the Caravans in the Sun stand (number 4455). The ONLY stand at the NEC that will have all information on those two parks.
However, in order to ensure that our newsletter subscribers who plan to visit the show will be able to ask all their questions about retiring to Spain, or get information about the two parks in particular, we will also be sending Martin to the NEC on behalf of Costa Difference and the two parks.
He will be at the NEC in Birmingham on the Friday the 26th, Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of February.
Because Park La Posada have extended their offer of free installation on all Willerby and Victory Leisure manufactured mobile homes into 2016 Martin will base himself primerily at the Caravans in the Sun stand as well as showing visitors around the new mobile homes within the Willerby and Victory display areas.
This means that over the 3 days he will be there, he will be able to talk through the many aspects of living in Spain and the parks lifestyle. Go through the pro’s and con’s with everyone as well as try and give a feel as to what park life in Spain is really like.
His UK mobile number will be 07870 756 795 and if you send him a TEXT when you arrive at the NEC he will call you back and arrange to meet you. If you do not like texting by all means call him. You will easily find him once he tells you where he is at the time.
Last time he did something like this he saw two different clients at the same time at one of the Willerby display models and the questions flowed. What is more interesting is that we have since learned that afterwards the clients went for a drink together, exchanged contact information and have become friends.
So, for detailed park and retiremment information whilst at the show please make a note of his number and text or call him when you get to the NEC. You will get some great lifestyle information plus facts about what is really involved when you want to retire to Spain. Park lifestyle, health, tax and pets are just a few subjects he can cover with ease.
A word of caution: For anyone going to the NEC show seriously looking at new mobile homes. The reason for caution is because we recently had a lovely couple come to Spain on a visit and reserved a plot for a new mobile home. They had seen an Atlas Sherwood at a show in September 2015 (at Beaulieu) and that was the home they wanted.
A subsequent request to Atlas by us for a new Sherwood mobile home for the clients was denied straight away on the grounds that they only use one company in Spain for exports. A company we might add that we cannot deal with in any way shape or form and a company that does not represent either Park La Posada or Paradise Park now.
For us that closed the door on any chance of the clients having a new Atlas mobile home. It also stops Atlas models being sold on either park in the future.
So, armed with the knowledge that they cannot now have a new Atlas mobile home in Spain on their chosen park, they went to the Caravan show in Manchester in order to choose a different home. At the show they found a similar spec home that they liked and will now be having a brand new 2016 model Willerby Aspen manufactured instead.
So, if anyone is thinking of having a new mobile home to go onto either Park la Posada or Paradise Park please do not set your hearts on an Atlas model at any of the UK mobile home shows as we will be unable to arrange to have one supplied.
>>> Willerby, Victory, Pemberton and BK Bluebird models arrived in 2015 <<<
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, we have a word for you that tells the person you are speaking to that you understand. “Comprendo” COM PREND DOUGH Translated it means “I understand”.
A very useful word to stop more Spanish words being thrown at you in a conversation about a subject you are 100% clear about. For example, you are in the local garage with your car and the mechanic is pointing to the fault with a tirade in Spanish. Clearly he wants you to know what the fault is. Saying “comprendo” is all it needs for him to stop. Then you hand him your little trusty note pad (every resident should have one) draw a € symbol and a ? Then pass him the pad.
He understands of course that you do not speak Spanish so he will then simply write down the price. If acceptable give him the thumbs up and the keys. For sure then he will indicate when it will be ready. Perhaps pointing to a calendar on the wall, or holding 3 fingers up and saying “tres dias”. No matter what you will understand him because he is so used to dealing with the English. We are now very good customers of his.
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<
Finally: Pets. Both parks welcome responsible pet owners. However, there are now national restrictions when it comes to dogs that will be allowed on the parks since a new law has been introduced. The parks cannot allow residents to have the following breeds on the parks by law.
Pit Bull and Bull Breeds, Canary Island Prey Dogs, Caucasian Shepherd, Doberman, Corsican Can, All Mastiffs, Brazilian Fila, Bordeaux and Rottweiller.
The numbers of pets per household is to be two although three is acceptable in certain circumstances when a potential new resident already has three pets. In those circumstances it is agreed by all that the 3rd pet is not replaced when it passes.
Visitors can see for themselves how the parks pet policy works. The park is a total “poop scoop” area (which is why it is always spotless) and for sure you will see an owner walking their pet whilst visiting. With such good weather walking the pets is easy. You never need boots or an umbrella.
For details on all the various ways of visiting the parks please use the link below.
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.
The Costa Difference team in Spain
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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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