MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JUL 2009
July 2009 ** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Spain: Paradise Lost or Paradise Found?
After watching the ITV program Paradise Lost we could not believe the way some people have gone and moved to Spain without doing the home work first. Buying a bar without ever having run a bar in their lives? Incredible.
Spain has a lot to offer when it comes to retirement. Better weather of course as well as better cost of living. The program itself highlighted the plight of quite a few people who having spent well in excess of 150,000.00 on villas and apartments found themselves on the wrong side of the planning authorities years later. It also highlighted many who had bought bricks & mortar off plan and now own a home in Spain on an unfinished park with no sign of it ever being finished.
With respect to the program makers the horror stories they portrayed have been around for years and will remain so as more people desperate for a better quality of life dive head first without doing the homework.
So how much does doing the homework cost . The best way is to plan a holiday in the area and during your stay let us take time out and show you the parks and villages. We suggest you plan a visit near Antequera or better still in the town itself where you can experience real Spain rather than the costas which unfortunately having changed so much over the years they no longer represent the real Spain that so many people here have come to love. For those who do not have time to take a holiday at the moment we also offer 3 day 2 night dedicated visit for only 49 per person. A short trip at least allows you to keep looking at the idea having had a good look at what the concept is all about at least.
Why is doing the homework so important? The TV program showed that even those who did some homework as far as buying bricks and mortar went still caught a cold. They bought off plan and took it as read that the complex would be completed in 2 years. That is one major horror story that applies to mobile homes as well. Parks that are not started and are taking deposits or worse still the parks that are not completed after 3 years means that the residents are or will in the future be paying full rents without all the facilities that should go along side. Needless to say the parks we represent are all completed and the residents are extremely happy with the end results. No horror stories there. You are welcome to ask the residents themselves what they think.
Camping and mobile homes:
There are quite a few camp sites now that are also allowing mobile homes on the pitches. The reason we are pointing this out is that there are some major considerations to take into account and having taken them on board you will then understand why the camp sites are being disguised using fancy names and being called residential style parks over the internet, even though the sign on the gate states camping and there are campers all over the place.
Firstly the plots tend to be smaller than the standard 200 sq mtrs. In a lot of cases they are only 110 sq mtrs. Secondly the rents seem to be linked to what was being charged for the day to day camping pitches and so rents as high as 650 Euros a month are now being recorded compared to 310 Euros a month for a 200 sq mtr plot on a mobile home only park. Thirdly they are primarily camp sites which means you will always have strangers on the park who are there for a good time. Do not expect peace and quiet or well behaved kids. Not so with dedicated parks because firstly there is no camping, secondly there is no children living on them (grandchildren are welcome to come and visit) and above all there is no sub letting allowed so no holiday makers. You soon get to know everyone who is living on the park. Making new friends is also easy.
Costa Difference Ltd was named as such because living in a mobile home in Spain IS different. Many people love it and a few do not. However, all of them did their homework and bought knowing the full situation first in a frank and honest way. We do not promote Spain as Paradise. It clearly is not. If you are planning on buying a new mobile home you could be loosing up to 10,000 straight away in it s resale value, as you had to pay transport costs as well as entrance fees for the home itself. Many people have discovered that now to their cost where as buying a resale now for between 35,000 and 50,000 means that the write off value when bought new has been taken care off and you can now live in Spain without tying up a lot of capital. Great value and of course risk free. Why not take a fresh look at the website and see what is on offer now. There are some quality homes completely decked out and ready to move into without any hassle what so ever.
TV programs like Spain: Paradise Lost are great because they encourage people to consider all the angles and to take on board that Spain is not Paradise but simply Different: Better weather, lower cost of living and of course a very different culture.
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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.