MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE MAR 2013
Mar 2013** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Lifestyle and real Spain: We start with some great news for our newsletter subscribers who would love to find out all about the mobile home park lifestyle and how to enjoy real Spain with an inspection visit that also has a holiday feel.
To do this Steve and Martin have put together a week s Spanish experience package that is packed with lifestyle events plus seeing real Spain first hand. The weeks experience offer is exclusive to newsletter subscribers. To take part you will need to arrive at Malaga airport on Monday the 18th of May and fly out again on Monday the 20th of May.
The week on offer will include airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in the hotel Castilla in the heart of Antequera, as well as all the trips and lifestyle experiences that will be arranged for you throughout that week. They will be your guides during the days as well as some evenings if you fancy joining in with the residents regular functions such as quiz nights.
The experiences will begin on the Tuesday with a visit to the mobile home parks and their local villages. You will also experience the Antequera street market one morning. On one of the days you will be taken to see the breathtaking Lakes at Guadalhorce and see why so many residents go there so often. The King of Spain also goes there to relax and you will appreciate why when you get there. He has a fantastic lake side complex. The day out will also include the famous Flamingo Lagoon at Fuente de Piedra.
On one of the evenings you can experience the Antequera Tapas trail with Steve if trying many different Spanish tapas excites you. Antequera is very well known for its Tapas bars and they are great value. You also get to see the real Antequera as well with its narrow streets and traditional Andalucian style.
The week will continue with days out to see the White Village of Iznajar which is spectacular with its reservoir and man made beach, to the natural beaches of Torremolinos and Benalmadana , and of course to the various events being held by the residents on the parks themselves during the evenings if you should wish to join in. If not you can simply stay in Antequera and relax and enjoy the cosmopolitan way of life that the locals take for granted.
So much to see and do and at the end of the week you will not only know all about real Spain and the lifestyle but you will have enjoyed many different experiences as well. The experiences will include the opportunity to enjoy a 3 course Menu del Dia lunch costing only 9 Euros that includes a wine or beer. Steve or Martin will be your translators when it comes to making the choices from the menu. You will also be able to try various Spanish breakfasts with fresh orange juice every morning as well as being shown some great restaurants for you to make the most of the evenings. Whatever you fancy there is a restaurant nearby.
The cost of this unique 7 night Spanish lifestyle experience is only 125 per person based on two people sharing a room in the hotel. Low cost flights, meals and drinks are not included but the day trips out as well as the airport transfers are included which is why it is such great value. Steve and Martin s services are also included and of course they will also be answering all your questions throughout the week.
To come is simple to arrange. First check that you can book your flights to arrive in Malaga on Monday 13th of May and return on Monday 20th May. Next telephone Derick on 0117 318 2188 to see if there are any places left and hopefully reserve your place.
After that you can go ahead and book your flights and confirm the details with Derick.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You will then have a fantastic week to look forward to. Full details with pictures on what you will see and do can be found on our website.
Wow! On our books we only have one bespoke custom built Cambrian Millbrook which is one of the biggest designer mobile home single units ever shipped to Spain from the Cambrian factory. A new basic unit from the UK costs well over 69,000.
Why WOW? We can now offer you this top of the range home 42 x 14 model with French doors leading onto a well designed decking plus lots of extras for only 42,500. Better still it is only a few years old and is in pristine condition.
Fantastic value and a must see if dreaming of owning a home in a million at a price you do not see very often. For more details on the home for sale, click here.
VAT: Everyone must by know by now that the VAT on NEW mobile homes has been increased. It was fought all the way once news of the increase got out but alas for the new mobile home exporters it was still increased. The good news however is the resale market is NOT affected whatsoever as they are bought direct from the owner selling and so there is no VAT involved whatsoever. In fact the VAT change means that before buying a new mobile home it is well worth taking a very good look at resale homes first. You will save 1000 s of Pounds and in many cases like the Cambrian it can be as much as 27,000 off the new list price. Just imagine what a great time you can have here in Spain with 27,000 more in the bank than you were expecting.
Is buying a new mobile home such a good idea now? Come and see for yourself and decide. You will be shown two of the very best dedicated residential open all year mobile home parks in the whole of Spain that have top quality resale mobile homes on huge plots already established. You will also see empty plots waiting for new mobile homes to be purchased and transported, decking to be built, aircon to be installed and sheds built and plumbed in. Once you have seen for yourself you will then and only then, know the answer and if it helps we can tell you that over the last two years most of the plots free for new mobile homes have been reserved by people wishing to transfer their existing mobile home onto the residential park from a joint camping/mobile home park situated in a holiday resort either already in Spain or in the UK.
Pets: Bringing pets to Spain now is so much easier thanks to the pet passport. Better news is that all pets owned by the residents already comply with the new Spanish laws that require all pets to be chipped . Pet passports require a chip and so nothing at all needs to be done.
The other good news for pet owners is that the local Vet speaks perfect English and reports from pet owners who have used his services are extremely positive. For dog owners it is even better that they live in Spain. Walking the dog in the rain is almost a thing of the past and of course within the parks communities there are quite a few who take their dogs out for nice long walks and so you can also have company if you so wish.
A low cost flight trick: This has worked for Martin on quite a few occasions. If you want to fly on the 4th of April for example he suggests you put into the search for flights that you are looking for a flight on the 6th of April with the 3 day view selected. Nine times out of ten the cost of flying on the 4th is cheaper than flying on the 6th, the day selected. This will not work if the weekend is involved however. He reasons that by putting in a specific date the airline is hoping you have to fly on that day and so it is first displayed at a premium rate. Not the case of course if there are lots of empty seats on the flight offered on the 6th in which case the price will be just as competitive as they try and fill the planes.
For those who are thinking of coming in May give it a try. Search for the Wednesday first and then choose the Monday flight. Do not book the Wednesday flight however as you will miss two days of your Spanish experience. Good luck.
Finally: More good news. When on a visit make sure you ask Martin to show you his new pre-paid Mastercard. It is the best deal he has found for use in Spain. It works better than cash. He just loads it in the UK with GBP and when he uses it here in Spain he gets the full bank to bank to exchange rate without the usual minus 2.5% that the banks deduct from the day s exchange rate when they do the conversion PLUS there is no transaction charge whatsoever. In his words he is getting top Dollar for his UK money and the service is exactly the same. Better still is that if it is lost there is no huge credit limit to worry about. He can cancel it and save his money at the same time. Not so easy if a wallet is lost with ready cash inside.
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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.