MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAR 2009
Mar 2009 ** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Firstly as promised last month more details on what Suzanne the newest member of the Costa Difference team in Spain will be offering our clients. Suzanne (already nicknamed Lady Penelope with Eduardo the other new member of the team being taught how to say yes mi lady ), comes to us with 15 years experience in the letting industry and has helped many people rent out their properties.
Why did she join us? Well we have many clients who are trying to sell their homes in the UK so that they can begin to seriously look at moving to Spain. We have also had a few clients who have said that they would happily rent out their homes so that in effect following the purchase of the mobile home they could be living in Spain for nothing but did not like the idea of monthly agent s fees. Suzanne is the answer and more information can be found on https://www.costadifference.com/lettings/index.htm
This month we are also dedicating the newsletter to our subscribers who are at the doing the homework stage. We would like to begin by pointing out the differences between residential style mobile home parks and camp sites that also have a mobile home section.
Residential style parks are just that. Dedicated to mobile homes and are run on similar lines to the parks that can be found in the UK. One very big difference between the parks in Spain and the ones in the UK is that the mobile homes can stay on the park for years and years provided they are kept in good order. Park La Posada is a very good example of a residential style park.
Camp sites are primarily for camping. The fact they allow mobile homes on as well counts for nothing in the long term. You will still be living on a camp site. Camping Humilladero is the latest camp site in the area to be developed for camping and a few mobile home plots and you will find that camp site advertised under a fancy name in order to try and disguise the fact that it is a camp site. The size of the plots give them away as well as most do not offer 200 sq mtr plots as standard. The owners also have to get used to the Hi De Hi feeling at weekends and holiday times.
Costa Difference Ltd do not advertise mobile homes that are sited on camp sites because no matter how good the camp site is, there will always be security issues along with the fact that the sites are dedicated to keeping the campers happy first and foremost.
More homework, having seen a park you just love is it a resale or a new mobile home for you? In short there are only two considerations.
Firstly do you like the idea of buying a home and moving in with everything done already? If so the answer is resale.
Secondly if you like the idea of having the decking built exactly as you want it to compliment your brand new mobile home and you are happy to see the home and plot develop over a few months then new is the answer. Especially if you intend to build the decking yourself, it can be a lot of fun from the design stage through to the first decking party . You can invite the team if you want; they all love a good party.
Why is doing the homework so important? In short if you are thinking of living in Spain in the future you must have lots of questions that need answering. This stage is very easy to address and by using e-mails we can deal with most of them whilst you are still in the UK. We welcome your questions so please do not think that asking them is a problem for us, feel free to reply to the newsletter should you have a question now. It is also worth pointing out that many people start the doing the home work stage up to 4 years before they are thinking of the possibility of moving to Spain. This is helped by the fact that you can have as many 2 or 3 night sight seeing visits as you would like. The jokes are always the same if you are unlucky enough to have Martin as your guide more than once.
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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.