MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE AUG 2008
Aug2008 ** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Everyone here in Spain is now waking up in the morning knowing it is wall to wall sunshine for the rest of their day. There is no need to check the weather forecast. It is going to sound very crazy but ask some residents what they are missing now and they just might say a rainy day.
The Spanish are so used to a nice hot summer and they know how to handle one. The British however have to be told. Wear a hat, put on sun cream, and drink plenty of water. That is the beauty of living in a community with Spanish staff. It is their job to make sure you stay fit and well and so they are always advising the residents so that they take care of themselves.
Evenings is what August is all about, sat outside with family and friends having a late night BBQ. New friends are made and family and friends who are visiting have to go back to the UK very envious of those who have chosen Spain to be their new home.
Enough about August and the wonderful life we lead. What is new? The sales of the resale mobile homes have been ticking away nicely and there are some great value homes on our books to show you still. The real exciting news however is that on plot one on Park La Posada (made available by the show home moving) there will be later this year a new Ibiza Mobile Home and as the plot is at the entrance of the park and opposite the reception building the new owners had a brilliant idea and have designed the home so that the windows and walls match the reception exactly and so will be in the Andaluc an style regarding colours. Very Spanish, it will look fantastic as you enter the park.
The idea was theirs entirely after they took a good look from the top of the reception at their empty plot. They started off with the floor plan of a Devon model and made their changes so that it was exactly the home they wanted. 2 bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms and what is more 2 French Doors.
As is our policy if the floor plan has been changed to a large extent it then becomes a model in its own right and we name it after the town or village where the new owners live at present. The Dublin was born from the Cornwall and the first Dublin arrives in September. To follow this we now have The Exeter born from The Devon . I hope that if we have a customer from Snodland in Kent in the future who orders a home based on an existing floor plan and changes it completely that they will not mind if we call the model The Kent .
Resale verses new? Resale means you can see the home, plot, decking and much more straight away and you do not have to imagine the finished product. However, sometimes you do have to look at some changes you can make to what is on offer to make the decking exactly what you are looking for. If you can do that then resales are fantastic value. Paul and Caroline had to do exactly that when they came looking for a mobile home recently. They liked one home because the home was perfect and they liked a second home because the decking was perfect. Without interfering we showed what can be done and the perfect home was purchased at a price allowing for the decking to be changed.
That is the real advantage of resales.
We have said many times that coming to take a look is the only way you can rule anything in or rule anything out for the future. Now a tip, Inspection visits are great value as far as we are concerned as we only charge 49 per person including 2 nights hotel accommodation as well as airport transfers and of course a look at the parks and homes.
To make your visit A1 you need to match up with good flight prices and as with all airlines the early bird gets the best deals. So August is a great time to start looking for flights during the last 2 weeks in September and the whole of October. Flights 3 days apart means 2 nights in Spain and you will see and learn a huge amount about what it is like to retire to Spain on a residential style park. If you are thinking of coming happy hunting and if you find a good flight deal give Derick a ring on 0117 318 2188 who will check and confirm that the dates you have in mind are fine and will tell you to go ahead and book them.
That is it for now, time we hit the swimming pool again. As always during the month of August the higher cost of flights means we have less inspection trips booked and more time to enjoy the life style we have been talking about all year. For the few who have booked to come please do not worry we will be at the airport to meet you. Bring your hat and sun cream.
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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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LATEST NEWS FROM SPAIN
BRITTANY FERRIES are starting their direct ferry link between Spain and Ireland.
The company will offer two return sailings a week from Cork to Santander in northern Spain.
Onboard, passengers can expect a comfortable, no-frills service.
Although different to the cruise ferry experience associated with Brittany Ferries in Ireland, the ship will offer comfortable en-suite cabins, lounges, self-service dining, shopping and a café/bar
The MV Connemara, has been chartered for the new service, and will join Brittany Ferries other established services from the UK to France and Spain.
Crossings will take approximately 26 hours, with departures from Cork on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The 120 cabins on the ship will feature beds for up to four passengers, and some will be pet-friendly.
The Connemara will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars, and the company expects a 50/50 split between passengers and freight carried.