MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JULY 2017
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Oops: The General Election not only surprised the Conservatives but took us completely by surprise as well. As soon as the results showed that the Conservatives had lost their majority our online brochure requests went through the roof and so did the enquiries. Resale mobile homes have also been selling like hot cakes over the past few months with one sold the week after the election and several more since.
So why the sudden upsurge? Deep down we think many people have had enough of Brexit and politics. Hard or soft makes no difference now. Everyone seems to be looking to get more out of life and Spain out of all the countries in Europe seems to offer retirees the best deal. It is so easy to become a resident here if you are retired and on a pension.
Residents in Spain will still be residents in Spain after Brexit in much the same way as non-EU citizens remain as residents once they have registered if they are not a drain on the Spanish system. Will the trend to retire to Spain now before Brexit is completed continue? We think so judging by the amount of interest there is for genuine residential parks in Spain right now.
>>> Residents cards in Spain do not have an expiry date <<<
Park news: Both parks are busy installing new homes right now. Park La Posada installed two new Willerby Linear homes and the Windsor Park Lodge show home. Paradise Park installed a new Willerby Brockenhurst and a custom-built Park Lodge home built in Alicante. A Willerby Vogue is also ready right now in the UK waiting to be shipped to Park La Posada.
The combination of Costa Difference Ltd and Alhambra homes in Alicante working together on the Park Lodge projects has been a huge success. The factory now has orders right through to October and already there is a production slot booked for June next year. Park La Posada has extended their free standard installation offer to include the Park Lodge Homes as well now.
>>> Costa Difference now have 5 Park Lodge Home models <<<
Wear a hat: Everyone knows that July is the hottest month of the year and every year we remind visitors that going outside in the sunshine without a hat on is not recommended. Fortunately for visitors both villages have a “Todo Shop” where you can buy almost anything and a cheap cap or ladies hat will only set you back a few Euros if you have come to Spain on a visit without one. In the summer, it is sunny right through the afternoon into the evening. It is the main reason we start all park visits at 10am in the summer.
Residents get used to the heat after a year or two living on the park but visitors coming from the UK can easily get caught out. Following the Spanish example in the summer is the residents secret. Do all the chores in the morning before 11am. Enjoy a nice long lunch on the decking followed by a “siesta” inside the home with the aircon on or a nice dip in the pool. By 7pm it is again pleasant to come outside and they can look forward to a BBQ in the evening knowing it will never be rained off.
>>> April, May and June are wonderful, July you must take care <<<
Ex-Pat: Patrick otherwise known as Ex-Pat on the park came up with a brilliant idea during June. He went and bought a small beer/wine fridge that was on special offer in Lidl’s to put on his decking. His idea was simple, he no longer had to go indoors every time to get a drink in the evenings. He could simply relax on his decking and help himself whenever he wanted. It also freed up some space in his main fridge inside the home. It was after all getting full with water, soft drinks and beer.
The next night he had a few friends around as normal and they all sat around chatting on his decking and helping themselves to drinks from his new fridge. Not a problem for him because beer and wine is quite cheap in Spain and of course he enjoyed the company.
The following day he decided to take it further, he got Phil the carpenter round to quickly convert part of his lower decking near the fridge into a under deck storage area. With a new inspection hatch door built into his decking he could stock everything he needed to top up his fridge every time. Now storage was no longer an issue. He proudly told his friends what he had done.
This modification worked a treat. As usual on the park when someone is invited over for the evening they always take a bottle and a few tins of beer with them. It did not take his friends long to get used to putting their drinks under his decking before coming up the few steps and helping themselves to a nice cold one from his fridge. Ex-Pat then simply topped the decking fridge up from the store under the decking every now and again.
The result? His visitors always seem to bring more than they drank and so Ex-Pats stock of wine and beer under the decking grew. Being sociable does not cost much when living on a residential park it seems.
>>> Now you can also follow Ex-Pat on Twitter. Can you find him? <<<
Residential park or campsite: Residential parks tend to be about 40kms inland well away from the tourist areas or tourist traps as the residents like to call them. Joint camping and mobile home parks tend to be nearer the coast relying on the tourist areas to attract campers coming on holiday.
Park La Posada and Paradise Park being 100% residential are slightly inland. They are both in what we term as “real Spain”. Close enough to be able to act like a tourist in a Costa resort such as Benalmadena or Santa Pola for the day yet far enough away from the tourist prices.
To make things confusing the two residential parks are still given the title camping by the local town halls even though the parks are residential and there are no camping facilities or tourists whatsoever. That is because there is no category for residential mobile parks in Spain, and because there are so few residential mobile home parks the town planners simply refer to them as “camping”.
On both parks subletting is also not allowed so the only tourists ever seen on both parks are the resident’s family and friends, and of course they will never have to pay to be there unlike camp sites. Guests of the home owners are exactly that, guests, and of course they get to enjoy the support the parks provide plus the park’s facilities.
The park’s true residential status is confirmed by the fact that the same town halls that list the parks as camping also insist that all residents living full time on the residential mobile home park must register with them as residents in Spain. Owners who are using their home as a holiday home are exempt.
Once registered you are then in possession of a Certificate to confirm you are a Local Resident (Certificado de Empadronamiento or ‘padrón’) from the Town Hall. You will note the “local resident” part because that is indeed what all the residents on the park are, local residents, treated no differently to the Spanish residents.
That is what makes living on a residential park so wonderful, everything is so easy to arrange. On Park La Posada registering with the town hall and doctors is free of charge and on Paradise Park they charge a small fee. The result is the same, you do not need to worry at all about the paperwork side of things in Spain. Lawyers are not required in any way. The parks and local businesses take care of everything.
>>> You have three months before you need to do anything <<<
Tinted windows: On both parks, many residents are having their windows tinted. It seems to be a lot easier and cheaper than most people think. It is the laying of a plastic film on the inside of the glass and once done the homes have both privacy as well as being slightly cooler. The windows take on a mirror effect during the day.
However, do not be fooled, at night time the mirror effect goes and so curtains or blinds are required for privacy. Having it installed on the parks is a lot cheaper than having it done during production. The same goes for air conditioning. We always recommend that is done by local engineers once the home has arrived on the park. In many cases we have arranged for the engineers to install aircon the day after the new residents arrive. This is needed if the residents arrive in the summer.
>>> The windows look cool as well once tinted <<<
Finally: 2017 is now half over and for sure it has flown by for many. That means 2018 is a lot closer than many people think, and if retiring in 2018 now is the time to start doing the homework. If interested in a resale mobile home the first thing to do is to sign up for “Price Alert” on the bottom of every webpage. This keeps you informed on how the resale market is going.
If interested in a new home then there is more work to be done well in advance of retiring. First up is to check out the new 2018 models. They are all launched in September. The first show is at the Lawns near Hull on the 2nd and 3rd of September followed by the show at Beaulieu in the New Forest. That runs from the 22nd to the 24th of September. We will be at both shows and as usual we will be within the Willerby Homes display area.
For Park Lodge Homes, a visit to the factory here in Spain is worth its weight in gold and so checking out flights to Alicante during October and November (when flights are a lot cheaper) is a must. A four-day three-night factory visit only costs £79pp (including airport transfers and hotel accommodation) and we throw in a visit to Paradise Park as well, so well worth doing. Check out the flight prices now and you will see what we mean.
Once you have been on a factory visit you will then appreciate the difference between a UK manufactured mobile home and a Spanish built park home and you will have plenty of time to plan how you want to retire to Spain in 2018.
To plan your park lifestyle visit or factory visit why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.**free when using UK landlines**
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To plan your park lifestyle visit, why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.
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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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