MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2014
Jan 2014** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Happy New Year: All the team at Costa Difference Ltd would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 2014 looks like being a much better year if all the signs are right. The conditions in Spain are now perfect. The exchange rate is where it should be, the economy in Spain is on the way up, the cost of living is low and of course the sun will always be shining.
>>> The sun shines most of the year with only 20 days rain normally <<<
Se orita Blueberry: A lovely couple came on a three day two night inspection visit in December and tested Martin s knowledge of the facilities and lifestyle to the limit. Is it fresh? will stick in Martin s mind as much as you ain t seen nothing yet will stick in theirs.
The three days flew by and of course Martin enjoyed himself as much as they did. The biggest test however was the question can I buy blueberries here in Spain? asked on more than one occasion. A trip to the Sunday market in Alameda looking for blueberries proved fruitless although some very fresh grapes and apples were purchased. Next up was a visit to the hypermarket in Antequera. Martin by now was dreading the fact that perhaps once again his guest was not going to find the elusive blueberries, especially as he had said that the hypermarket sells practically everything as part of his lifestyle presentation.
What was the result of their visit to the hypermarket? A beaming face and raised arm with a hand clenching a tub of blueberries. Martin was then dreading the are they fresh question but this was all forgotten in the excitement, and her statement that followed was that Martin now had an answer to the blueberry question as well.
So, for newsletter readers who still think that the short visits we offer are all about hard sell and not much fun, please think again. The two of them loved their short time here and learnt a lot. When it came to saying goodbye at the airport however, the face beamed even more when Martin said have a safe journey back and Merry Christmas Se orita Blueberry .
>>> Both villages have street markets every week offering very fresh produce <<<
Lifestyle: Each month we try and give readers a little lifestyle information from pets to cars and a lot more besides. This month it is the all about how the parks change throughout the year. In December all the orange trees on the parks were completely full of fruit and everyone was talking about it. Winter and the trees looked fantastic. No one picks the fruit because that would crash a wonderful sight. The parks are a living community and the residents will always have something to admire. At the end of April the pools will once again take centre stage.
>>> A lot of residents use automatic watering systems for their plants <<<
Holiday anyone? : Christmas is over, winter is in full swing and flights will be cheap as it is out of season. So, why not take a look at our option three visit service and see if you can put together a short winter break taking advantage of the bargain prices. You will get to enjoy a holiday and at the same time you will get to see for yourself the lifestyle that you are reading about every month. All our visitors agree that we can not do the parks justice using the Internet only. It is only once you are walking around the parks that you then get to understand the full concept of being able to live in a different country and yet have nothing at all to worry about.
>>> It takes less than one hour to get to the parks from Malaga airport <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life) so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain which as you already know begins as soon as they exit the park.
For this month the chosen words are sin and con . Sin means WITHOUT (without sin perhaps?) and Con means WITH (CONsent perhaps?). So a coffee without milk becomes Caf sin leche and a sparkling water becomes agua con gas . The two words you will hear all the time here in Spain and you will soon be using them once on the park and speaking Spanglish .
Why Spanglish? Just imagine yourself in a bar on one of the parks, you fancy a coffee without milk and you know the barman speaks fluent English. For sure you will say can I have a coffee please sin leche when it comes to ordering. All residents are fluent in Spanglish.
>>> The local villagers love it when the residents try and speak a few words of Spanish <<<
Finally: As each New Year begins more and more people see their retirement coming soon or reflect on how their retirement is going, and then start to think about doing something about it. This is where we as a team come in. We are all here to help in one form or another.
Answering your questions by e-mail we have Steve or Martin; talking things through over the telephone we have Derick (the pale one in the UK).
Showing you the parks and area whilst enjoying a holiday near Malaga will be primarily Martin & Mila. Showing you Park La Posada we have Sandie and showing you park La Vina we have Malcolm & Sue.
All of us are at your service and in 2014 we will be looking forward to helping a lot of people come and see the lifestyle first hand and with luck give them plenty to think about, perhaps something to look forward to as well.
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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.