MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAY 2011
May 2011** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Pet Owners: The month of April is one of the best for residents who own pets. To start with there is hardly any rain and the temperatures are perfect for long walks in the fabulous countryside that surrounds the parks. Good for the owners as well as their dogs. Not so for the pet owners in the UK who have to dodge the April showers.
Social Life: One interesting fact that we hear many times from new residents once they have settled in is that they are enjoying a social life like they never have before. One of the main reasons of course is that once living on the parks they have the time to enjoy themselves. The other reason is that there is always something going on and of course they can get involved in as little or as much as they would like to. Visitors to the park are able to get some idea what is happening when they enter the community pool bar complex and take a look at the notice board.
Relocations: Our item on relocations last month gave a lot of people ideas. We had a lot of enquiries from people all over Spain who were unhappy with the way their parks were either not progressing as promised when they bought their mobile home or had not kept up the standards required to justify the park fees. A visit to Park La Posada soon showed people what they should be getting for their money. Steve who is the project manager for relocations is expecting to be very busy during April and May as many wish to have their homes taken off the existing parks before the summer. There are now only two plots left on phase 2A and homes can be relocated onto the park for as little as 4000 Euros including transport and full installation to all mains services.
Show Park for homes for sale: One problem many people have in Spain is that if due to circumstances they have to return to the UK whilst their home is up for sale they still have to pay the full monthly site fees even though they are not using the home. On some camping coastal sites this can be as much as 5500 Euros a year and although we have had many requests for help in the past in selling a home that is currently sited on a camp site unfortunately we are unable to assist as we are a company dedicated to residential style parks only.
So, how can we help? Costadifference.com is, as newsletter readers know, dedicated to selling quality resale homes on quality residential parks. However, thanks to the success of Steve and the team in moving homes all around Spain we have now developed a show park for resale mobile homes in the village of Alameda where we will be able to put homes for sale that can either be bought by customers who have their own land (Spanish or English) or by customers who then want the home installed on the park of their choice.
Now the good news: For the people who are selling their homes whilst they are empty they will be able to have their homes moved onto the show park by Steve and his team and advertised on costadifference.com thus saving the monthly site fees that they are currently paying. After transport the only cost involved whilst the home is up for sale is 60 Euros a month security fee and of course a fixed sales commission once the home is sold. For people paying 500 Euros a month or more in park fees it represents a huge saving whilst the home is up for sale.
Under offer or sold? We have been asked this month why we have homes under offer advertised on our website and so we are happy to explain. When someone sees the home of their dreams they are able to take the home off sale for a period of seven days straight away with a payment of 200 Euros only. At this point the home remains for sale but is not shown to prospective buyers as it has been reserved. After seven days a 10% deposit is then paid into the company client account which then places the home under offer. From the under offer stage it is then decided between the buyer and seller when the completion date is to be and that is normally within three months. It is only then once the sale has been completed that the home is then listed as sold.
Visiting the parks: We have teamed up with Jet2holidays, Last Minute.Com and Thomas Cook in order to offer people some great holiday deals were we can also collect them from their resort in either Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Nerja and take them to see the parks and homes for a day whilst at the same time enjoying a holiday. More details and links to the holiday companies can be found on https://www.costadifference.com/mobilehomesightseeing.html
We do of course still offer the dedicated 3 day visits as well. Ideal for taking a first look at the idea of living in Spain as it answers so many questions.
Question asked last month: Does the home have to come off the park after so many years? The answer is no, it does not. Unlike homes in the UK the weather here in Spain is perfect for mobile homes and they can look as good as new after many years of service thanks to the fact that there is so little rain. As long as the homes are kept in a good condition they can stay on the park forever.
Useful lifestyle information: For people who wish to use their homes for holidays the parks are ideal. What a lot of non residents have done is buy a small car and it remains next to their mobile home when not in use. However, when they come back for a holiday a friend normally uses their car to collect them from the airport. This means that whilst on holiday they have their own transport at a fraction of the cost of renting a car. At the end of their holidays their friends again use their car to take them back to the airport. As for friends, everyone who buys a mobile home on a residential park has a friend on the park in a matter of days. It is such a friendly community.
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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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