MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAR 2010
Mar 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
We begin this newsletter with an item that affects only the new mobile home sales here in Spain and not the resale market. The age old tactic of conducting a price war against competitors has emerged this year. Price wars are nothing new and Sir Freddie Laker tried to succeed with just that approach with Laker Airways Sky Train in the seventies and eighties. When conducting a price war inevitably profit margins are squeezed and it is essential that turnover increases in order to survive in most cases. The result is history in Laker Airways case and many passengers were left stranded when they went under in March 1982. Most of the airlines he went up against using the price war tactic are still here today.
Clients wanting new mobile homes understand that when ordering a new mobile home from the dealership company a large deposit has to be paid well in advance of the home arriving in Spain and being installed satisfactory. It is at that point the client has to be satisfied with the integrity of any mobile home dealership before handing over such a large sum. One interesting answer to address that concern however might be found on www.findinspain.com
Two companies (one Spanish registered and one UK Ltd company) working in partnership on a fully established park (Park La Posada) The old saying safety in numbers applies here as clients are dealing with two established companies and the fact that the mobile home park itself is complete with established residents also gives a sense of security. Peace of mind guaranteed, however there are only 18 new plots left on the park.
The problem of having to pay a large deposit well in advance does not apply to resale mobile homes. A 5% deposit secures the home and the only thing that needs to be agreed is when the home is to become yours. Prior to that date you pay the balance into a specified client account and the seller is only paid once the home has been handed over in good order and is 100% yours. The money in the client account is yours up to that point.
One should also feel sorry for anyone who now sees that the a company that they bought their mobile home from recently is now offering the same home a lot cheaper than they paid for it as part of the price war. Again that is not possible with resale mobile homes. It remains the same value no matter what and in some cases more than what was paid for it because of all the extras that comes with the purchase.
So what else is new? In short rain again. Spain has had a year s rain already, warm rain we grant you but still rain. We say this in order to show that life can sometimes be a little strange here as well. It is not all about sun, sea and sangria. The residents live here in exactly the same manor as if they were retired in the UK. They go shopping, walk the dog or visit friends and rain affects them in exactly the same way. The big difference here is that once the crazy weather goes away the residents know that for most of the remaining months at least there will be wall to wall sunshine. Something which cannot be said by those who are retired and living in the UK.
Lastly, we realise that for many newsletter readers a weeks holiday in Spain is preferred to the dedicated 3 day 2 night inspection visit. For that reason we now offer a dedicated one day Inspection Visit. 1) We can either collect you from the bus station in Antequera if you fancy travelling by bus from Malaga, or 2) meet you just off the A45 at Antequera if you have a hire car or 3) we can collect you from your hotel in either Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Nerja and take you inland to real Spain to visit the mobile home parks for the day. All 3 options you get to see the lifestyle as well as the parks in one informative day.
For further details either call 0117 318 2188 or e-mail email@example.com With the one day Inspection Visit you can choose when to visit during your holiday. It will need to be booked up in advance though as it is proving very popular since its launch this month. There is a small charge with option 3 to cover costs but it does allow for up to 4 people.
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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 a 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 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
BRITTANY FERRIES are starting their direct ferry link between Spain and Ireland.
The company will offer two return sailings a week from Cork to Santander in northern Spain.
Onboard, passengers can expect a comfortable, no-frills service.
Although different to the cruise ferry experience associated with Brittany Ferries in Ireland, the ship will offer comfortable en-suite cabins, lounges, self-service dining, shopping and a café/bar
The MV Connemara, has been chartered for the new service, and will join Brittany Ferries other established services from the UK to France and Spain.
Crossings will take approximately 26 hours, with departures from Cork on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The 120 cabins on the ship will feature beds for up to four passengers, and some will be pet-friendly.
The Connemara will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars, and the company expects a 50/50 split between passengers and freight carried.