MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE NOV 2011
Nov 2011** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
New arrivals: October was a busy month with homes relocating from both the UK as well as from parks in Spain. Four have now been sited onto phase 2B which is where the last 14 plots were planned. For the park it meant they had to step up a gear and get the phase finished sooner than they had expected. True to tradition they soon got cracking and all the homes were installed with all the facilities. Their ability to get things done is why La Posada is such a fantastic park.
Old tax returns: After suspending the wealth tax a few years ago the Spanish government reintroduced it again this year. It means once again property owners have to declare the value of their property and pay a wealth tax if it is over a certain value. The good news is that owners of mobile homes are not affected in any way and owners do not have to employ anyone to complete a wealth tax return. Owning a mobile home in Spain remains to this day very uncomplicated.
Winter in Spain: With the weather in the UK so unpredictable more and more people are now looking at the idea of having a winter home in Spain. Once again mobile homes are perfect. There are no security issues at all when the home is unoccupied. Having a home with everything in place means that in many cases it is simply a matter of booking some cheap flights and arriving here with just hand luggage. What is more amazing is that even in the UK it is almost impossible to find a mobile home on a first class park for sale for 20,000. To be able to buy one in Spain for that amount is perfect.
Sub letting explained: As with all top residential parks there is a no subletting rule. This is so that owners are comfortable knowing who their neighbours are and that they will not have holiday makers next door every two weeks. This is another reason why your home is more secure whilst you are away. The same can not be said for camp sites of course where there are always people coming and going.
The good news however is that owners are allowed to offer the use of their home to friends and family. This is again perfect for those who want to use their mobile home as a winter home because during the rest of the year friends and family can come and enjoy the park, facilities and of course Andalucia and the Costa del Sol.
Nearly new resales: The headline resale mobile homes on the park will always be the homes for sale around the 25,000 mark. However, it is also worth pointing out that there are also a few top of the range nearly new mobile homes for sale. These include a Cambrian Millbrook which is a large modern mobile home and of course the very stylish Willerby Vogue.
As with all our Inspection Visits there is no pressure and no obligation whatsoever so it is always nice when a visitor arrives with some reference numbers in hand of the homes they would like to see inside. The owners do not mind showing their homes at all. It makes our job so much easier because we can then show the homes that are of some interest and then spend most of our time showing the park and area as well as answering the questions as usual. As most visits are not about buying a mobile home but rather a visit to gather all the facts we think that being able to see different value homes is ideal because it shows what you can get for your money.
Community centre: If only every town and village in the UK had one. It is the heart of the community. The residents have a very big say in what is arranged and what facilities are provided there. In the summer its main function is a pool bar and caf and in the winter it is the place where it is all happening. Residents can take part in as much or as little as they like. Birthday parties and anniversaries are also celebrated there. It is one of the main reasons we say that making new friends on La Posada is so easy.
Being such a well designed place it offers everything, a quiet place for a chat and a drink, a chance to sit outside and enjoy a meal in the sunshine or watch a live big match on the big screen if that is what you enjoy. Whatever is going on it can do so without stopping anyone wanting to do something else. It is one of the reasons it is such a success. More solutions to small problems are found in the community centre than any where else and of course Sandy (one of the very first residents) who looks after the bar knows everyone and soon makes new residents very welcome.
Question asked this month: Will my television work in Spain? Yes is the answer if it comes with a satellite receiver and NOT a set top freeview box. You can buy satellite receivers here if you do not have one. If however you can not find the remote control or you have broken it getting it here do not worry because there is a great website that supplies new remote controls here in Spain as well www.remotesinspain.com
Finally: A pre Christmas visit in November is a sure way to ensure there is a very interesting topic to talk about over dinner Christmas day. If anyone would like any help in arranging one please call the UK office on 0117 318 2188 and ask for Derick. He has helped arrange many visits and he is also the one who books the team member in Spain for any visit and of course the hotel.
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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.