MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAR 2012
Mar 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Andalucia Day: February the 28th is Andalucia Day here in Spain and as usual there was not only a public holiday but plenty going on as well. The Spanish are very lucky in that most of the time they can plan events such as Andalucia Day and be reasonably confident that the weather will not kill the event flat.
Resale mobile homes: The last two months have been quite busy as usual with visitors to the park plus three new owners taking up residence. All the homes sold this year have been resale mobile homes and this is not surprising. They represent great value and of course everything is in place.
The last home sold (a Willerby Granada) was already empty and so the new owners were able to complete their purchase and arrange to move in within a week. Buying a home and moving in so quickly is of course very unusual but in all fairness the buyers had already been out on a three day visit towards the end of last year and knew they could visit again and choose a home they love. The home being empty already just made everything so easy to complete quickly.
What needs to be done after a purchase? The park is there to take care of everything. They arrange for the new residents to be registered with the local council which means that straight away they become members of the local community. The good news as far as the local council is concerned is that residents living on Park La Posada do NOT pay any council tax. The park takes care of all the payments in that regard.
The next thing is that the park then registers the new residents with the local doctors who are situated in the 24 hour medical centre in the village of Mollina. The final act is to arrange for the residents to get their NIE document from the National Police in Antequera. The park provides an Interpreter to do everything that needs to be done.
The NIE is a national identity document that is needed in order to buy things such as a car or home insurance. Once a resident has that document in their hands all is complete and the whole process takes about two weeks. Everything is stress free thanks to the Interpreter dealing with everything.
Question asked last month: A question we are asked many times and so it is back again this month. Do we need to upgrade the home after 15 to 20 years like many parks insist on in the UK? The answer is NO, as long as the home is kept in good repair and does not lower the standard of the park it can and will remain on the park.
The Spanish weather is very kind to mobile homes because unlike the UK there is never a problem caused by the damp. The insulation that goes into making the homes also means that they are ideal to deal with the summer heat as well.
Useful lifestyle information: Cars, for obvious reasons we recommend that all UK registered cars are sold in the UK prior to leaving and once in Spain a Spanish car is then bought. Driving on the right hand side of the road in a right hand drive car is at best uncomfortable and at worst considered by many as dangerous.
Buying a car in Spain is very easy and there are plenty of residents on the park to offer good advice as to where to buy a good car. Quite often there are some very good second hand cars advertised locally as well and if the car is bought from a local garage or dealer they will do all the paperwork as well. Fuel in Spain is cheaper than in the UK and so is car tax and the MOT which in Spain is called the ITV.
Owning a car in Spain is not hard to arrange and affordable once the car has been bought.
No harm looking: Looking at resale mobile homes on the website is most people s first stage when it comes to thinking about a new life in Spain. Not a bad idea as it is something that can be done time and time again without leaving home. After visiting the park this can also be supplemented by requesting photos to be sent by e-mail of homes that are of interest.
Visiting the park as part of a holiday is by far the best way. It costs nothing at all to visit Park La Posada because at the end of the day the holiday is the prime reason for being in Spain. Visitors are always made most welcome and visits are always on the understanding that the visitor is simply taking a look at what the park has to offer.
Chatting to residents whilst walking around the park is also a very useful way of learning how they feel about living in Spain. Fancy a holiday in Spain? Fancy visiting the park? Look for a holiday on the Costa del Sol and then contact us on how you can tie in a visit to the park at the same time.
Finally: The Park is, as many newsletter readers know, to be considered to be one of the very best residential retirement mobile home parks in Spain. That said, it does not mean that all the residents have to be 60 or over. Already there are residents already living on the park who are under 60 years old and lucky enough to have given up the rat race in favour of a laid back Spanish lifestyle.
Being a retirement park simply means that the residents should look forward to enjoying life in Spain without the need to be looking for work. That is important because there is no chance of anyone finding work in the local area, even more so if Spanish is not spoken fluently.
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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.