MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2013
Jan 2013** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Happy New Year: Steve, Derick, Martin, Peter, Jean, Malcolm and Sue would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Being a small and dedicated company means we have made many new friends during 2012 as we showed visitors the parks and lifestyle. 2013 already looks like a busy year as well with bookings already made in advance up to April.
The weather: The Costa del Sol is a great winter location and of course residents who live here full time appreciate the sunshine during the day. Lunch can still be enjoyed on the decking although some days there is also a chill in the air. The good news however is that there is still very little rain and for newsletter subscribers living with perpetual rain and the threat of flooding that must make the Costa del Sol seem perfect. When it rains in Spain it rains, a lot and in a short time but then life returns to normal.
Mobile homes: Resale mobile homes unlike new mobile homes are all unique as the current owners have made many changes to their homes after they bought them. A good example of what we mean is an Atlas Heritage which has been redecorated throughout in bright pastel colours and with free standing top spec leather furniture inside. It is nothing like the home that was sent out from the UK from the Atlas factory. The same can be said for many of the homes. They have all been adapted to life in Spain by their owners.
Decking: When one thinks of a decking area it is easy to simply imagine decking boards as part of a garden feature. Not so in Spain. The decking becomes part of the home. It is lived in or on most of the year. 40 sq mtrs is common and many have different levels designed into the decking area giving them twice as much living space as the home itself. Some have cost as much as 10,000 to erect and without doubt there are some fantastic designs to see. It is very easy to imagine being sat on the decking enjoying a glass of wine or a beer in the evenings when taking a look at the home for sale.
Lifestyle: After a resident has lived on the park for over a year they become acclimatised to the Spanish weather. That means in the winter on go coats and jumpers. Funny thing is however is that the visitors from the UK still find the weather during the day nice and warm and so down by the beaches you will see many people still walking around in shorts and tee shirts.
Being acclimatised works very well because in the summer residents get quite used to the heat. They know when to go inside and enjoy the cool air from the aircon yet are able to spend most of the day outside as well in glorious sunshine. It is the evenings however that makes Spain so different. In the winter they are chilly and so inside in front of the fire is perfect. In the summer they are cool and so outside with a drink on the decking is then the ideal place to be.
Flights: Coming to take a look is all about finding cheap flights and regarding the whole experience as simply getting away for a few days. 59 per person is all it takes to see the parks and area as far as we are concerned and you will feel at home as soon as you come out of the arrivals hall at Malaga airport and see the person waiting for you exactly where we said they would be. After that you are then free to ask all the questions you want as you are then taken to the hotel. We are very used to answering questions as soon as people have arrived.
Finally: Three homes will have new owners in January as their sales process comes to completion. The process is much the same as in the UK. Offers are made and accepted, completion dates agreed, deposits made and the sale process secured with a legal sales contract. We look forward to handing over the keys and welcoming them to Spain and their new lifestyle.
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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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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.