MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAR 2011
Mar 2011** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Relocation: March is going to be a very busy month for Steve as he is overseeing the relocation of two mobile homes. One is moving from a park in Mollina to Park Las Vistas in Los Corrales which takes double units and the other is being moved from a joint camping/mobile home park near Antequera onto Park La Posada in Alameda. We are very lucky that Park La Posada has a few plots left in order for us to assist clients in relocating their mobile homes off joint camping sites where the park fees are higher than those on Park La Posada.
Extended visits in March: As expected we had quite a few take up the extended stay option in March. Although the object of the visit is to come and see the parks themselves it will be nice for our visitors to enjoy the rest of the time in Antequera itself after the one day visit to the parks. Antequera has an excellent bus service so going by bus to Malaga is a good option, alternatively if anyone wishes to hire a car during the 5 days we are more than happy to take them back to the airport early in order for them to hire a car at the airport being the location that has the keenest prices. It will simply mean that on the day to leave Spain the car is simply returned to the airport.
Andalucia Day: February the 28th is Andalucia day here in Spain and as usual there was not only a public holiday but plenty going on as well. The Spanish are very lucky in that most of the time they can plan events such as Andalucia day and be reasonably confident that the weather will not kill the event flat. Unlike last year February was a good month weather wise with plenty of sunshine. Long term newsletter subscribers will remember being told about how it kept raining during the first three months of last year. As this newsletter is being sent it is wall to wall sunshine so everyone will enjoy Andalucia day 2011.
New Listing: We would normally send out a new listing alert using our price alert service, however as it was so close to when the newsletter was going out we have decided to include it now. The home is very special; it is an Atlas Topaz one of only two on the park. This home is special as well because it is on a prime plot. The home is an end house with great views.
Priced at only 29950 it is well worth a look. https://www.costadifference.com/mobilehomeatlas54LP.htm
Top of the range homes: We have mentioned many times the advantage of buying a resale mobile home that is only a few years old. Homes such as the Willerby Vogue, Ibiza Devon and ABI Westward are great value when you look at the quality of the homes themselves and the quality of the decking area already in place. Most visitors come with a top figure of 40,000 in mind which is a shame because not many people get to see inside these top of the range homes. These homes were well in excess of 60,000 when bought new without any decking whatsoever.
Question asked last month: Can the home be used by friends and family whilst the owners are not in residence? The answer is yes they can. As long as the home is not sublet commercially friends and family are welcome. Commercial subletting is not allowed so that residents do not have to suffer fresh holiday makers living next door every two weeks in the summer. Friends and family inevitably becomes friends of the neighbours as well. It is one of the big differences between joint parks and dedicated residential parks.
Useful lifestyle information: We have always said that there is no waiting for God on the parks and as many residents are below the 60 age group we thought we will tell you what some of them do. First for those who like golf there is a very good golf course in Antequera. For those who like fishing there is a fishing club and there are lots of lakes nearby that allow fishing. For those who like bowls there is of course the bowls club on Posada and they are about to join the league. For those who like walking there are some great country walks including the Jose Tempranillo trail running through the village of Alameda. For those who like to relax on the beach all day there is Toremollinos and Benalmadena less than an hours drive away. In the park club there is keep fit as well as events in the evenings. In short, there is always plenty to see and do.
Finally: With Martin on his travels again (Portugal this month and Italy next month) it means that Peter, Jean, Steve and Roz will be on hand to show all visitors around the parks. Also for newsletter readers who are lucky enough to be on holiday on the Costa del Sol in March and who fancy making their own way up to see the parks it is only a matter of giving Steve a ring on (+34) 670203495 to arrange a date and time and to get directions.
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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.