MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAY 2016
** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Park news: The open day on Paradise Park on the 16th of April was a huge success. Their new full size swimming pool was opened officially by the owners Manuel and Trini. The residents and guests were then treated to a pool party all afternoon. Without doubt now Paradise Park is a park well worth considering if retiring to Spain is your aim.
On Park La Posada we have more good news. Work has started on phase 3 which will join the two sides of the park together. These plots will be special because they will have the sunrise in front of the home in the mornings and the pine trees behind for shade in the summer.
>>> The parks will tick a lot of boxes <<<
The new “Monmouthshire” Park Lodge Home: This was installed on Paradise Park in April and it is a very special home. Like all Park Lodge Homes, it has been designed around the client’s ideas. In this case it was a one-bedroom home. Full details are on the website www.costaparklodge.com
Built to a size 38 x 14 it enjoys a large family bathroom and a good sized kitchen. It is also worth remembering that for most of the year the outside decking area is used more than inside the home itself.
With Park Lodge Homes you get exactly the home you want and of course each home will be unique.
>>> We are now offering Mobile Homes and Park Lodge Homes <<<
No need for a 2 bed home: There was a time when ordering a 2 bed mobile home was considered essential. Not any more thanks to the forward thinking of the residential park owners.
On both parks now there are residents guest homes that can be reserved by residents for their friends and family to use on a visit. They can only be reserved by residents and only for resident’s friends and family. Subletting is not allowed on either park.
That is good news for residents who want to make the most of their home. There is no longer a room tied up for the occasional family use. It also does away with the home getting “busy” when visitors are there. The visitors enjoy their own space as well in the guest home.
For the current 2 bed Willerby model homes we suggest converting the second bedroom into a study or office at the build stage. This is even more useful as the rooms also have a TV point. The twin room is then no longer a wasted room used only for storage.
>>> Making the most of the home and decking is ideal <<
The mobile home industry in Spain: In Spain there are a few UK manufacturer dealerships operating and to many people surfing the internet it would look like Costa Difference Ltd are simply minnow’s in a big “mobile home” pond. After all we only represent 2 parks and are a dealership for one UK manufacturer, Willerby Homes. We also of course have our exclusive Spanish built Park Lodge Homesrange.
However, we are NOT minnows in a big pond. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our expertise when it comes to genuine residential parks and helping clients choose the best homes is recognised by the real professionals in the mobile home industry here in Spain. Park owners especially value our services greatly. They know that their park will be promoted for what it is. A 5* residential retirement park.
They also know we will help the client choose an ideal home for their park. For that reason, we have an excellent working relationship with a dealership that represents all types of parks in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, (Europe’s largest UK dealership) in the event a UK manufactured home other than a Willerby is desired.
So, let us give you a couple of examples as to what makes Costa Difference so different. Firstly, we do not want to represent every park there is in Spain, and for a very good reason. We only want to show clients genuine residential parks. Why do we use the word genuine? There are parks in Spain that are being marketed online as residential, but are in fact also camping parks. The word “camping” clearly seen at the entrance to the park, plus dedicated tourist camping pitches within the park itself gives away the deception instantly when on a visit.
The second example that makes us different is that we take care of all the paperwork required to make the move to Spain. The NIE (National Identity Number), the “Residencia” and of course registering with the local town hall and the local doctors. This is all done by us on Park La Posada and Paradise Park for FREE. It means there is far less to worry about when moving to Spain to live with Costa Difference Ltd.
>>> We have always said seeing is believing <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life), so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain, which as you already know begins as soon as they leave the park.
The phrase this month is “Mucho gusto” which means “pleased to meet you” and pronounced as it is written.
This comes in handy if you are first introduced to a Spanish person (even if they speak English) as it shows respect. A good example would be when we take you into the local bank to open your Spanish bank account. The clerk will speak perfect English, but watch his or her face light up when you say those two simple words when shaking his or her hand.
>>> The lifestyle is great so why not say a few words in Spanish <<<
Banking: Talking of banks, Spanish Banks have been reigned in over the last few years as they have gone in and out of crisis. They are now busy building up capital reserve. That said, it is also fair to say that at present the interest rates they offer on savings are lower than a centipede’s belly. Getting a current account is the easy part. Getting value for savings is the hard part.
So, where is a good place to go for real information about what the move to Spain will do? Here is a start, http://www.halifax.co.uk/
Reading between the lines it seems that existing accounts and existing savings bonds will be unaffected once you move to Spain. New accounts however will no longer be accepted. That does not mean we are right of course, or that all banks are the same, but it does give food for thought. It is worth checking with your bank or savings account provider.
If we are reading the situation right, then a little crafty planning ahead of any move, will keep you out of the 0.25% return bracket on your savings here in Spain.
Transferring money from a UK current account to a Spanish current account is easy and we can take you through the process very quickly once here. There are several very cost effective ways to get the best exchange rate plus a quick transfer. Most residents simply transfer what they need and when they need it. Nearly everyone has kept their UK current account.
>>> Using a UK debit card here is expensive <<<
Free show tickets: Last month we offered 5 more free tickets to the Lawns Caravan Extravigansa near Hull in September. Show details can be found on http://ukmobilehomeshow.com/
To enter the draw for last month, you had to answer the following question.
Q/ If you put the name of a Willerby model mobile home in front of “a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it” you will find it is the location for a golf course, a ski resort and a spa resort, all in the same place. What country would you be in?
The answer was Bulgaria. The town is Aspen Valley, and guess what, not ONE person got the right answer. We had clearly asked a difficult question. So what we will do for this month only is roll over the tickets. That means anyone answering this month’s questions can request two tickets if they win.
So, this month we will once again be giving away 5 free tickets to the Lawns Caravan Extravigansa near Hull on the 3rd and 4th of September. To enter the draw, you will need to reply to this newsletter with the answer to the following question. Remember to say if you want 2 tickets.
Q/ If you were to alter the name of a Willerby model home slightly you would get the name of both a company and a product made in India. What three letter abbreviation describes the type of product?
Good luck and again the answer will be in next month’s newsletter.
>>> For residents our questions are as tough as life gets <<<
Finally:To plan your park lifestyle visit, why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.
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As always, many thanks for taking the time to read all this. We hope you have found the information worthwhile.
The Costa Difference team in Spain
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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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