MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE FEB 2010
Feb 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
January was a very interesting time for the team and residents living here in Spain. In short it rained a lot. A year s normal rainfall landed in one month. Fortunately the wall to wall sunshine has returned now that it is at the end of the month. As is the British way of life everybody complained about the weather although the complaints soon diminished once people saw on the Sky TV the weather they were missing in the UK and of course the chaos that went with it.
With our two busiest months coming as far as visitors coming to take a look for themselves (March and April) we thought this month that we would try and give a flavour as to what to expect on a short fact finding visit. It is intended so that those who are in the process of finding a low cost flight over the internet at the moment will now have a good idea what they are going to experience once they get here apart from the information on the website.
The pick up from the airport is quite straight forward of course and visitors are soon relaxing in the hotel in the heart of Antequera. The town itself is very Spanish with an old part of town as well as a very cosmopolitan section with street bars and cafes. It is a very safe town and going for a nice walk in the evenings enables visitors to soak up the atmosphere which is all part of the Spanish way of life. One of the advantages of Costa Difference Ltd is that we only represent four parks in 3 villages close to Antequera so the town itself plays a big part in the new lifestyle that comes with the possibility of buying a mobile home on one of the residential style parks. To our knowledge we are the only company in Spain that can show everything on offer in just one short visit as we do not represent parks or camp sites all over Spain. We think that is the main reason why our short visits are so popular.
Having spent an evening in Antequera the next day the fun begins. From the hotel you are taken to the first of the four parks which is Flamingo Park in the village of Fuente de Piedra. It is a very small and secluded park with wonderful views of the famous Flamingo Lake which fortunately now has plenty of water for the visiting Flamingos. The village itself is also popular with many British residents living in the village itself.
Next it is onto the village of Mollina which has two mobile home parks, Saydo Park and Park La Vi?a. Both parks are very different in style. Saydo Park boasts a huge outdoor swimming pool as well as an indoor pool. It also boasts a hotel on site as well. Park La Vi?a on the other hand not only has the usual swimming pool and community centre but visitors soon feel how relaxed and established the park is and on talking to the residents during the pleasant walk round they soon realise why. It is also the park that is within very easy reach of the village which means not owning a car is not a problem at all.
The final village visitors are shown is the village of Alameda which is where Park La Posada is situated. The park is the newest of the four parks and is different because the emphasis has been put on making the park look and feel very spacious. All the plots are 200 sq metres and not many parks offer plots that size as the norm.The village itself is very typical and in many respects the park complements the village very well. This is down to the design of the reception on the park.
Having seen three villages and four parks in one day means that once back in Antequera visitors have plenty to talk about over dinner that night.
The final day depending on flight times allows visitors to enjoy a last look round Antequera or for the few who would like to go back to see a particular park again we are happy to collect them for a second look. In both cases a time is set for the return to the airport.
We now hope that those planning on coming soon have a better idea as to what to expect. If there are any questions that have remained unanswered by all means reply to this newsletter and put them to us. We are like to think of the the inspection visit as the “eye opening tour” because at the end of the day that is its main function but we also realise that e-mails are also a great way to gather information in the early stages.
To conclude, we have always said that doing the homework is always a very important first stage when thinking about the possibility of moving to Spain to live. We can safely say that very few people make the move having just had the one visit. It is for that reason we offer visitors the chance to come on as many fact finding visits as they would like. Making the right decision in the end is what is important.
If anyone would like to talk to someone in person regarding any aspect of a visit Derick is on hand in the UK and can be contacted on 0117 318 2188. For those who prefer e-mail there is email@example.com
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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
Air-traffic controllers at Barcelona’s El Prat have announced a series of 24-hour strikes over the summer in an ongoing dispute over staff shortages.
The industrial action by workers from the air-traffic control centre at El Prat will begin on June 20th, a few days before the school holidays here in Spain and the summer holiday season really gets underway.
The dates of the 24-hour strikes have not been confirmed as yet but any action will affect flights in and out of El Prat plus flights to the Balearic Islands and airports on Spain’s eastern coast.
The strikes have been called by the Air-Traffic Controllers' Union (USCA) which is embroiled in an ongoing dispute over staffing levels.
USCA has repeatedly warned that there are an insufficient number of air traffic controllers to cover flight traffic forcing controllers to work overtime in order to provide cover.