MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE OCT 2008
Oct2008 ** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
October is here and that means once again one of the busiest months of the year for the team in Spain has arrived, and more to the point the temperature will be just right for walking round the parks at leisure. Martin and Peter might just start to loose some weight at last.
Now to something we were not expecting: we have this year made a point of asking all our visitors who were over 50 on their Inspection Visits what it was that made them consider making the move to Spain and the answers surprisingly were more or less the same but in different orders. The weather, high prices (especially heating), high crime levels, and the way the country seems to be going in general with horror stories of people being fined for having the lid of their rubbish bin open. In short, quality of life was missing.
So, what can we tell you about the quality of life in Spain? Firstly crime, almost unheard of in this part of Spain (unlike the Costa s) and the parks are very secure anyway which is why they are so ideal. Cost of living is also so much cheaper. To show this we asked Peter who lives on one of the parks to add up his last 12 months electric and water bills and they were, electric averaged 62.66 Euros per month and water averaged 12 Euros per month. We shall leave you to convert those totals from Euros into Pounds. Converted it yet? Bet you wish you were retired and living in Spain now.
So, what else can we offer you as part of quality of life? The Parks themselves, each park has a reception and the primary function is to sort out any problem you might have no matter how small. All the parks also look great in the sunshine which of course we offer but can not guarantee it all the time.
Talking of offers, why not take a good look at the website again, there are some fantastic value homes and with all the extras in place. Why is that such a plus point? Aircon costs around 800 Euros, decking costs from 5000 Euros depending on the size, sheds cost 1000 Euros and of course let us not forget the washing machine in the shed which costs from 400 Euros including plumbing. All this has to be added to the budget when buying new, as well as having to organize the building of the decking and shed as well as buying everything else you are going to need.
Finally, we would like to say thank you to all the subscribers who have given us positive feedback about the way we present our monthly news sheet, and to those of you who are booked to come out on an inspection visit in October just to say we look forward to seeing you very soon. If arriving to Malaga airport we will be waiting at the entrance of the Golf Bar which is on the left in arrivals hall so we are very easy to find. At Granada airport you will see us as soon as you walk out of baggage reclaim.
If anyone else would like to talk to someone about coming to take a look Derick is on hand in the UK on 0117 318 2188 and as the weather gets colder he will soon be wishing he was at the busy end here in Spain. Of course we all feel very sorry for him having to run the UK office.
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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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