MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2012
Jan 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Happy New Year: First the team both in Spain and in the UK would like to wish all our newsletter subscribers a Happy New Year. 2012 will be very exciting for sure for the newsletter subscribers who are thinking of retiring to Spain this year.
2011: Park La Posada enjoyed a very successful year. The competition 4 lane all weather bowls green was completed early on in the year and as a result the residents have formed their own bowls club and enjoyed many days playing bowls against other clubs situated on the Costa del Sol. Membership is open to any resident who likes the idea of playing bowls.
2011 was also a good year as far as people wanting to relocate their existing mobile home onto the park. Phase 2B was bought forward and was completed by the end of the year. There are already quite a few homes relocated and congratulations go to Steve and Peter for the way they dealt with everything from initial visits to the park through to the safe transportation of the homes from other parks in Spain and the UK. Enquiries for relocations continue to grow as more and more people see the benefits of living on a dedicated residential retirement park.
Good news for the residents: The park already has a solid reputation for looking after all aspects of living on a residential mobile home park in Spain by maintaining their park to a 5 star standard as well as adding to the parks facilities and services. One decision that deserves a special mention however is that for the third year running the park management have decided to keep the park fees the same as they were back in 2008. Good news for the residents of course as the rates could have been increased by the rate of inflation under the terms of the park contract.
Choice of resale homes: The mobile homes for sale on the park allows visitors to see quite a few different model homes from all the major UK manufacturers. This is ideal for those who are on fact finding visits because as always there is no attempt to sell this home or that home during their visit. For people who have already been out to see the park however and are in the process of making all the arrangements to get ready to retire to Spain we recommend signing up for our price alert service.
This service will alert you if a home is added to the website or a price is altered. Ideal for those who are in a position to put in an offer more or less straight away. An example recently was a Pemberton Lucerne that was placed under offer within two weeks of going up for sale. The new owners were onto the home like a shot and loved what they saw. A 10% deposit secures the home for up to three months.
Resale homes of interest: This month we are highlighting an Atlas Oakwood Super. This is indeed a quality home and this home is as good as new. It has substantial decking and a lot of extras. The price of the home is only 37,950 and that is for a top range residential mobile home. For someone wanting a blank canvas to build their own decking and to make the home their own we can offer an Aitana Prestige for only 22,500. This home can be placed on any vacant plot on the park if preferred to the one it is currently on.
New mobile homes : In 2012 new mobile homes will be competing with some very well established resale mobile homes. More and more people are now looking at resale mobile homes on offer first and then checking out the new mobile homes if they did not see a resale mobile home they were interested in. As a result sales of resale mobile homes in 2011 remained steady whilst the sales of new mobile homes in Spain slowed down as a whole. Many new parks in Spain still have empty plots despite huge discounts being offered on new mobile homes. The bottom line is that new mobile homes can not offerthe same deals as the top quality resale mobile homes which come with everything already in place.
The other problem with new mobile homes is that the parks in Spain no longer have show homes anymore due to the costs involved in shipping and diplaying them. This means that the sales of new mobile homes have to be done in two stages. The solution of course is quite easy. We recommend visiting the park without a resale or a new mobile home in mind and then see what you think once you are on the park. If as a result of a visit you think that perhaps buying a resale mobile home is the best option then it is simply a matter of keeping an eye on the Costa Difference website. If however owning a new home is preferred then we are more than happy to put you in touch with Carefree Lifestyle Ltd who are the main dealers on Park La Posada for all the major UK manufacturers.
Posada El Tempranillo Hotel: Right next door to the park is a sixteenth century hotel called the Posada El Tempranillo. This hotel is very Spanish and the residents often enjoy a typical menu del dia there as well as popping into the bar to mix it with the locals. On many a Saturday night Wedding Celebrations can be heard and of course during the summer most of it takes place outside. We have always pointed out that the park offers the best of both worlds in that residents live within an English speaking community on the park itself yet have real Spain just outside the entrance to the park. What we have never pointed out is that real Spain can be enjoyed just 100 mtrs away and there is no better place to enjoy it than the Hotel Posada El Tempranillo.
Question asked this month: Why can we not sublet our homes so that we can earn money from them? The answer is very straight forward. Being a residential retirement park the success or failure of the park is down to the quality of the park itself and of course the quality of the homes that are on the park. By not having different holiday-makers living next door every week or fortnight the residents can enjoy living in a community alongside their like minded neighbours. The other bonus is that the homes are always well looked after by their owners and that also helps maintain the standard of the park itself. Friends and family are of course welcome to stay even when the owners are not in residence because for the park they represent the extended family.
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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.