MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE SEP 2010
Sept 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Spain Paradise Lost: No doubt nearly everyone has seen these series of programs on ITV as the one on Spain has been repeated many times. Now ITV have transmitted Florida Paradise Lost and it shows the same sad stories over there. In truth the programs only go to prove what we have been saying all along that it is best to look at living in Spain using a magnifying glass rather than rose tinted glasses. It does not suit everybody. It does however suit those who plan to retire and live in Spain in much the same way as they would do in the UK except with much better weather and a lower cost of living.
Impressions of long sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages can and do change into something like ants hills and car parks in the summer as people drive around and around in an attempt to add themselves somehow onto the beach.
Fortunately, with the dedicated retirement parks we welcome visitors armed with magnifying glasses. What you see is what you get. Visitors can and do visit any time of the year and yes we sold mobile homes this August during the hottest month of the year mainly because the parks they chose were no different in August when they re-visited than they were during their first visits to the parks earlier this year, only warmer.
In short, with rose tinted glasses things can look very different on a flying visit and of course the result could easily be Spain Paradise Lost if the wrong park is chosen for retirement in the end, however if a magnifying glass is used and lots of questions are asked then you just might see the care free lifestyle that so many people are enjoying right now.
The Lawns show: Next weekend as everyone already knows is the big mobile home show at The Lawns near Hull.
Steve, Martin and Derick from Costa Difference Ltd will be helping John and the team at the Carefree Lifestyle stand. Although the show is all about new mobile homes it was felt that they should be there to answer questions regarding living in Spain in general. We think that being able to ask questions directly to those on the ground here in Spain will be very useful. Please feel free to ask them anything you like as they are not there to sell mobile homes. They are only there to answer questions.
Bank holidays: Having had wall to wall sunshine here in Spain all summer it was as far as we can tell on satellite TV the same old story during the August Bank Holiday back in the UK. Some people were lucky with the weather whilst others got soaked. Many were stuck in long traffic jams as they tried to get away.
It is events like Bank Holidays that helps us promote what living in Spain is all about.
Quality Of Life.
It is a concept that boils down to one thing, the weather. A good example, you wish to invite friends over for a barbeque and so you fix a date for next Saturday. Quality of life means you know it is going to be a wonderful evening, your friends will enjoy your barbeque and you will be sat outside under a star filled sky until 2am in a very comfortable temperature of 20 degs. Forget rose tinted glasses or a magnifying glass now, a telescope is much more useful.
Question asked this month: A very good one. What happens to the deposit paid to secure a mobile home if the sellers pull out. This has never happened before and to be fair unlikely to happen, however if that was ever to happen the deposit is refunded in full from the client account that the deposit is held in until the sale goes through.
Useful lifestyle information: Everyone having been on holiday on the coast would have seen Menu del Dia advertised. These are quite often cheap meals aimed at the tourist. However, the Menu del Dia in the Candida restaurant in Alameda for example is nothing like them. They offer a great choice of starters and main courses along with a sweet at the end guaranteed to allow you to spend a few hours doing what the Spanish love to do enjoying a long lunch . Add to that a bottle of wine is also included and you are in for a treat. Now the best bit, the whole meal including the wine is only 8 Euros per person. You will see the restaurant full every day with Spanish workers and families. Not a tourist in site.
The ladies on Park La Posada quite often arrange a lunch out once a month and the Candida is one of the places they go. No men allowed on these occasions and besides it would take a very brave man to go anywhere near them once they are out on their girls lunch out. They are enjoying their quality of life. Everyone agrees that they would never have done that back in the UK.
Buyorsell website: We do have quite a few enquiries from people who are either selling a mobile home in the UK or France in order to relocate onto one of our residential style retirement parks in Spain or from people who own a mobile home already in Spain on a non retirement park who wish to sell up so that they can then buy one on one of our parks. Although we can not help them directly using Costa Difference Ltd as the website is quite clearly promoting top end retirement parks we however have set up www.buyorsellmobilehomes.com for those clients to list their homes for sale free of charge. It also allows people who are looking for a mobile home in Europe not on a residential style retirement park to see what is on offer. It also allows non sited mobile homes to be advertised. Why is this important? On Park Las Vistas www.parklasvistas.com for example they allow you to bring onto the park pre owned mobile homes.
Finally: October being one of the cheapest months of the year is fast arriving as far as the low cost airlines is concerned and at the time of writing this we see that Ryan Air are offering Leeds Bradford to Malaga flying out on the 12th Oct returning on the 14th October for only 46.98 return with no taxes, it is fares like these that which makes a quick 3 day 2 night visit worthwhile just to see if the residential style retirement parks are as good as we say they are. It also means you get to speak to other residents who have already made Spain their home. So, for those who are seriously considering popping over for a few days to see for themselves we say happy hunting and hope you find some flights just as cheap.
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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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A Spanish woman from Rioja, who is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, has described her ‘nightmare’ in being caught up in the shooting rampage with students.
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.