MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAY 2010
May 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
First: We were fortunate in that no clients of ours were out of pocket due to all the flights being cancelled for a week with the crisis over ash in the skies. Those who were already here were looked after until they returned to the UK. The Hotel we use in Antequera was also great. We of course had to cancel a few bookings with them as visitors booked for that week were stuck in the UK unable to get to Spain but they understood why we were going to refund our clients in full so they did not charge us a cancellation fee.
Other news: With the confirmation from the management of Park La Posada that the new plots on phase 2B were going to be ready for new mobile homes by the end of the year for certain, we are once again in a position to offer clients who are planning to retire in the next 12 months the chance to buy a new mobile home as well as taking a look at the resale homes that we have on the park at the moment. We can offer homes manufactured by all the UK manufacturers including the new Cambrian Ibiza 46 foot long model. There are already a few couples designing their dream home based on the many floor plans that range offers.
Holidays: We are now coming up to our busy time of year when a lot of people are able to find a bargain holiday here on the Costa del Sol. Taking a look at the parks and area whilst on holiday is a very cost effect way of satisfying your curiosity. Are the parks as good as they are made out? Are the homes suitable for living in all year? Are the residents happy to be living in Spain? We are more than happy to meet you here in Spain but please try and give us as much warning as possible. When we know you are coming we are more than happy to assist with such matters as directions or the best forms of transport to use. If on holiday in Nerja, Torremolinos or Benalmadena we do offer a hotel collection service and are happy to spend the day with you showing you the parks and answering your questions. There is a small charge for this service but it does allow for up to 4 people.
Questions we have been asked this month: Every month we have visitors asking us new questions and so we are going to keep this feature in the monthly newsletter. Question one was Why do we only offer parks near Antequera and only residential style ? The answer to this was simple, we are specialists in helping people retire to live in Spain. Joint camping and mobile home sites are fine except that we feel that the quality of life on offer is so much better on a dedicated park. Security and lifestyle are second to none and of course a community spirit ensures a happy retirement with many new friends. Question two was why do we not offer new mobile homes all the time? The answer for this was again down to the fact that plots on dedicated mobile home parks do not come up that often. La Posada is just that type of park.
Sky Satellite: Nobody likes to miss their soaps which is why every home is connected to a central dish that supplies quite a few homes. What is sometimes misunderstood however is that when a home is advertised as connected for satellite TV it is only referring to the dish being connected. A satellite receiver will still be needed however and if you are paying Sky a monthly charge for their subscription channels then your card will also be needed although you can get all the free channels without one.
Team news: With new homes now being offered on Park La Posada Derick is now being helped by John Robinson in the UK. John has had many years experience in helping people take a look at what homes are on offer and of course designing homes for those who want a home that is as individual as themselves. We also plan to take on new team members on Park Saydo and Park La Vina in the very near future to help deal with the many resale enquiries that we are getting for those parks in particular these days. The idea of having team members actually living on the parks themselves is one of the reasons why we are happy to show casual visitors around the parks. It enforces our no pressure approach . Simply tell us when you are coming (we can help with directions) and we will arrange for someone to meet you who will be more than happy to show you around their park. They will also be able to take you to the other parks as well.
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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.