MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2010
Jan 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
2009 was to say an interesting year with the only two economies in Europe still in recession being the UK and Spain. What has been noticed is in 2009 within the mobile home industry is the use of what can only be described as discrete hard sell tactics between some dealers who are selling new mobile homes in Spain. Claims such as we will beat any price and can save you 1000 s with we are the largest and of course we can be trusted are now being plastered over certain websites. The result? Certain manufacturers are now going back to the old methods of appointing main dealers for certain areas and countries in order to stop the practice of selling their new mobile homes at all costs. When buying a new mobile home the reputation of the dealership is just as important as the price. Manufacturers of new UK mobile homes recognise that.
Fortunately that minefield does not exist as far as resale mobile homes are concerned. The owner who is selling the mobile home puts a price on it and of course those who wish to buy the home are of course putting in offers these days. 2009 was the first year that we have put offer accepted against a listing on our website.
We have during 2009 tried to make the newsletter more about information rather than just about promoting homes and we hope we have got the mix just about right. Useful information such as the differences between camp sites that allow mobile homes and dedicated mobile home parks only. Useful information regarding the area of Antequera and of course the concept of retiring to live in a mobile home has also been sent in the form of an electronic brochure to many people. We also welcome any questions from visitors to the website or newsletter subscribers.
Living in a mobile home on a park does not suit everybody. For many people it is their first time living in a community. The security of living in a community is priceless for those who do not understand a single word of Spanish or the Spanish culture. Living in a community makes speaking Spanish not important as the reception deal with all matters Spanish and of course everyone else living on the park speak English. It is also priceless that if a problem does occur because it is guaranteed that either the office has a solution or one of the residents have experienced the same problem and knows the solution.
So what is there to make it not suit everybody? The short first answer is finances. We have been amazed that the number of people who have bought mobile homes on parks/campsites charging in excess of 450 Euros per month for plots less than 200 sq metres. The idea seems to be OK in the beginning but normally after a year or so the amount they are paying each month over and above the standard industry rate of 300 to 346 Euros a month for a 200 sq metre plot sinks in.
A community works when everyone considers everyone else. Ideal if say you fall and break a leg as there will be many residents only to pleased to help you, go shopping for you and generally making sure you are OK. It is the community spirit that makes a residential style park work. The entertainment in the community centre is also arranged by the residents themselves just like in a traditional village hall. It does not suit the person however who resents being asked to slow down when driving around the park. It does not suit the resident who does not like to be told that they cannot use plastic decking as it will lower the standard of the park itself.
It is one of the main reasons why the parks themselves have quite a few rules in place. They want above all that their park is one of the best in Spain and all the residents love living there. Rules on what you can erect on your plot and of course how you look after your animals on the park form a sound base for them to achieve their goal of having a first class park with many happy residents. The fact that no subletting is allowed also helps build a perfect park environment.
Finally, because we are in the business of selling resale mobile homes we do offer a great mobile home for you to consider for the New Year. We think it is fantastic value and has lots of extras included. It is a 2 Bedroom Atlas Heritage on Park La Posada currently advertised at 36500. The owners have asked us to promote the home this month and so they have reduced the price by 2000 so that it qualifies to be included in this newsletter. It is a very interesting home and the price on the website will be changed in the New Year to 34,500 giving newsletter subscribers a chance to have a look first. Full details are on https://www.costadifference.com/mobilehomeatlas24lp.htm
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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.