MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JULY 2010
July 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
First: People who have bought a mobile home on a joint camping-mobile home park since last September are about to get their first experience of a Spanish holiday season lasting two months. Busy will be one word that springs to mind and we are sure they will think of a few more by the time they get to the middle of September. Of course most joint camping parks are down by the coast and so the mobile home residents must now expect busy swimming pools and to have to compete with the many holiday makers when it comes to using local bars, restaurants and facilities.
On the residential style retirement parks near Antequera not that much changes during July and August. Yes a few sons and daughters come and visit mum and dad with the grandchildren but that is it and of course they do not bring their pets with them. That is the beauty of living on such a park. The neighbours are the same and life continues in the same relaxed manner. Visitors to Park La Vi?a and Park La Posada this month will see exactly what we mean as they walk round in peace and quiet with not a camper to be seen.
Why have the website listings changed?: One of the retirement residential style parks we represent took the decision recently to only allow one company to operate on the park as agents in the interests of promoting the retirement park concept separately and correctly. We were of course happy to be chosen as the preferred agent although it was not going to alter the way we show all the parks in the area that we represent because we have for some time now specialised in retirement parks only. Carefree Lifestyle Ltd were the chosen agents for new mobile homes on the park as well.
We have and will continue to concentrate on showing the lifestyle first and foremost. Selling the right home on the right park that suits our clients best is what the most important factor is. The choice of park is always down to the visitor and only then is the choice of homes available on that park important. It is important to us that we have no input into which park is preferred by our visitors so we have changed the website in order to promote the concept of owning a mobile home in Spain first and then promote what great value modern mobile homes there are on the chosen park.
Questions we have been asked this month: What about all the Spanish paperwork and registering with the doctors? A very good question and now we have an easy answer. All the paperwork will be done for you free of charge. It is now as easy as that. We will also open Spanish bank accounts with you and introduce you to English speaking bank clerks so that you know you can walk in and sort anything out once the account has been opened.
New homes: On Park La Posada Carefree Lifestyle Ltd are now responsible for assisting clients who want to own a new home on that park. The staff from our sister company Park Homes Spain SL are on hand to help with the viewing stage. As many will know the big mobile home exhibition in Hull in September is when most people get to see the latest model mobile homes on offer and Posada have confirmed that the new plots will be ready for homes that are ordered at the Hull show. As usual John and his team expect to be very busy which is why we are sending Steve, Martin & Derick to Hull to assist them. For us it is a great idea because you will be able to ask a lot of questions regarding the lifestyle here in Spain and of course they can answer any questions related to resale as well. The Caravan Extravaganza (The Lawns) is held at The Lawns, Harland Way, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 5SQ and the dates are the 4th and 5th of September. More details will be given in next months newsletter.
The Pound: At long last the Pound is heading in the right direction and it has been predicted to be at a rate of 1.29 Euros to the Pound by the end of the year. That is good news for Pensioners as it means in effect that in Spain their pensions could be regarded as 29% higher than they were this time last year. Add to that the fact that VAT (IVA) is also cheaper here means that the pension will go further as well. Downsizing from bricks and mortar to a mobile home has been done by many over the years in the UK but it is only now that doing the same in Spain has many more advantages, especially if a resale mobile home is purchased with everything already in place.
Finally: A Mr Trimble asked recently why we put our clients into a hotel in Antequera when they are on inspection visits instead of the village of Mollina. The reason is a very practical one. The town of Antequera is very cosmopolitan with many types of bars and restaurants. It also has a large typical shopping zone with many different types of shops and businesses. It is very easy for our clients to spend a whole evening enjoying themselves just walking around and taking in the very Spanish atmosphere. Clients who feel fit can also walk up to the castle. It adds to the Inspection Visit experience being in the town and everything is within a few moments walk from the hotel. Mollina is a great village and has everything for the residents needs living on the local parks but in no way can it match the town of Antequera for entertainment on offer. We feel that if you are here for a short stay it is important you get to enjoy every moment and staying in a Spanish owned hotel also means you do not experience any pressure whatsoever. You get to see real Spain.
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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.