MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE NOV 2010
Nov 2010** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Busy month in October for the team: October was as expected a very busy month for the team, especially Steve who not only looked after visitors who were on their fact finding visits but also a relocation of a mobile home onto Park La Posada at the same time. Although the park that the home came from was not far from Park La Posada he still had to make sure that everything slotted into place. The transport company soon had the home moved and the staff on La Posada were on hand to oversee the installation. Steve is now an expert on relocating mobile homes and being able to speak Spanish means that he can solve almost any problem. He can also get the best quotes out of the Spanish transporters.
Relocating mobile homes from one park to another used to be almost impossible as most parks tended to only want new homes on them. With phase 2B on Posada now ready it has been agreed that up to 6 homes can now be relocated from either different parks in Spain or from the UK. Great for those who already own a home and wish it was on a park as good as La Posada.
Buyorsellmobilehomes: is a website maintained by us for people who wish to sell their mobile homes without using the services of a company such as ourselves. Having our own company website designer means we can offer facilities such as www.buyorsellmobilehomes.com to help people sell their mobile homes in the UK, Spain, France or Portugal.
We have done this because our service here in Spain is all about dedicated retirement parks and as there are only two retirement parks that are good enough for us to offer clients it means that there are a lot of mobile homes for sale in the Antequera region that can never be added to www.costadifference.com our main company website. Clients lucky enough to have a home for sale on Park La Vina or Park La Posada know that their parks are being shown by us to many visitors as top examples of what a retirement mobile home park should be like.
New bowling green: The new bowling green on La Posada is almost ready. The residents have already formed a Bowls Club and are already playing as visitors on other bowling greens on the Costa del Sol. It will be a very good asset on the park once it is completed. Like everything else on the park it will be top quality.
Park La Vina: Being the more established of the two parks as far as trees and plants go is now looking very colourful. The park is also the more relaxed as far as rules and regulations are concerned and many of the residents will tell you how good the community spirit is on the park. La Vina is ideal for those who do not intend to drive in Spain as everything is in easy walking distance of the park itself.
What will 2011 bring?: With the increase in VAT and all the cutbacks that have been announced so far many people are coming to the conclusion that owning a mobile home in Spain is a very safe alternative to living in the UK. In the past it used to be the far better weather that made people want to live in Spain. Now it is the economic situation and the levels of crime that are being seen in many areas in the UK.
By living on a dedicated mobile home park in Spain new residents soon settle in and realise how easy it was to change their lifestyle completely. All the paperwork required to live in Spain is done automatically. We do not need to give that part of our service a fancy name as it has been part of our service as standard for many years now. The big difference is that all costs involved are now taken care of by the parks.
What is also useful for new residents is that the language barrier is taken down straight away and so not knowing one single word of Spanish is not a problem. The park office deals with everything Spanish and with all the other residents being British it means that only English is spoken on the parks themselves. It takes moments to leave the UK atmosphere of the park behind as the main gate closes and to be in real Spain. Many residents enjoy doing just that. If it was possible to go from the centre of Reading in the UK to real Spain in the same length of time we would soon be out of business.
Holidays and viewing the parks: There are now quite a few people who have booked a holiday in Torremolinos and Benalmadena during January and February next year and have booked their one day viewing trip to see the parks and of course get a better understanding of what it is all about. The beauty of doing it this way is that as part of a well deserved winter break it makes sense to take a day out and get a much clearer picture in the mind as to what the parks are really like. Fortunately we are able to conduct 3 visits to the parks at the same time so arranging a day out is very easy to do. On your chosen day you are collected from your hotel in either Torremolinos or Benalmadena at 10.30 am and taken inland to real Spain. The countryside around Antequera is so very different to that on the coast. Many visitors remark on how green everything looks and that is down to the micro climate that exists there.
Resale homes: Visitors on their day trips out are also shown one or two of the empty resale mobile homes just so that they get some idea as to what good value they are. By using the empty homes it means that those who have never seen inside a modern mobile home will get a better idea as to what they would want to see if in the future a dedicated Inspection Visit was to be taken. We find that if visitors have some ideas before they arrive on their 3 day 2 night visits we are able to focus the visit in such a way that they get to see exactly what they were hoping to see. For more information on the day trips or 3 day planned visits Derick is on hand on 0117 318 2188
Question asked this month: What are the vets like? The answer is they are great. They speak English and the pet owners know that the vet is as good as any in the UK. The parks welcome pet owners although there are rules as to how they are kept on the park itself. Both parks have great dog walking areas around the parks.
Useful lifestyle information: The village markets are unlike any found down by the coast. They are there for the locals. Fresh food and very cheap clothing is what most Spanish people go to them for. For market lovers it is possible to visit a market in the local area three days a week.
Finally: With the onset of winter in the UK it is very easy to forget just how different the two climates are. We have quite a few visitors arrive in Spain forgetting to bring their sun glasses. The facts as far as visiting is concerned is that you will need to bring sunglasses and long sleeved shirts because it is very sunny during the day and can get a bit chilly in the evenings.
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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.