MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE OCT 2012
Oct 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Rain in Spain: Newsletter subscribers still living in the UK (we have newsletter subscribers living all over the world) know all about rain, they have seen nothing but all over the so called British summer. What makes it interesting though is the complete contrast here in Spain.
The other day it rained for the very first time in months on the Costa del Sol, the difference? It was welcomed to begin with. Everything became fresh again and what was even funnier was to watch the local children in the village playing in the pouring rain and really enjoying themselves. They thought it was fantastic.
However, as seen in the news in some parts of Malaga it was too much rain in one go and flooding was a problem. Spain as a whole is not prepared for such a heavy downpour. The park however is, thanks to the way the roads have been constructed to direct all surface water to a huge rain soak away.
Flooding will never be a problem the residents have to worry about.
Weather or whether? The question is a very good example of the fact that the English language is as crazy as the Spanish language. How about the question whether you should move to Spain just because of the better weather?
As daft as it may seem that is the main reason why many people like the idea of living in Spain in the first place. It is not however the main reason why so many people actually get to own a home in Spain. It is much more complex than that. After talking to some of the residents you will soon see that for yourselves. There are many reasons for living in Spain.
The weather is of course the main reason some own a home in Spain so that they can enjoy long winter breaks and holidays. As soon as they are fed up with the weather back home they start looking for cheap flights. A few hours later and bingo, things are much brighter.
Homes from as little as 17,000 means that it is very possible to own a home in Spain well in advance of actually retiring, meaning that everything is in place for when retirement does happen.
Happy birthday Google: Google was 14 years old on the 27th of September and we can honestly say it is thanks to them so many people have found out all about Park La Posada and of course the mobile home retirement park lifestyle. One would think that because of the internet with its search engines and video presentations it has meant that most visitors arrive on the park with a very good idea already what to expect. At least you would have thought so.
Not so in reality. Wow is heard on many occasions along with I had no idea it was as good as this . The internet is restricted in that it is impossible to present a feel for the park. That is created by the residents themselves and there is no way we can bottle it. It has to be felt in situ. It is the main reason why visits to the park itself can never be replaced by anything like Google.
So, again, Happy Birthday Google and thanks for telling surfers that there is an alternative to retiring in the UK that is worth going to take a look at.
Council tax: There is no separate council tax to pay on the park unlike in the UK. The park fees are simply that. To cover all the facilities the park has to offer as well as maintaining the park to such a high standard. It is the main reason why the facilities on the park increase year on year yet the park fees have remained the same.
The park itself is owned by a local Spanish family who like nothing more than to see their residents enjoy their new homes and of course retirement location. Residents become part of their family every Christmas when the Brothers invite all the residents to their Christmas party in the social centre. Spanish food, wine and beer are presented along with true Spanish hospitality.
There are several people right now completing their purchases who will have the Christmas Party to look forward to. Before that however they have one of the best months to enjoy, October. As good as May in that it is not too hot and yet very pleasant to sit and enjoy the sunshine.
Relocation: Moving mobile homes from the UK to Spain is not a cheap exercise. It costs thousands of pounds depending on the size of the home. New homes or relocated homes all have to pay the same costs in transportation.
Gone are the days when lots of mobile homes are transported over the English channel. Not so however if the home is already in Spain. Homes that are already in Spain or better still on the Costa del Sol have been moved onto Park La Posada cheaply and easily.
It is for that reason relocated homes have replaced new mobile homes as reasons to prepare for a home arriving on the park. Better run and managed parks are becoming a magnet for Ex-Pats who are disillusioned with their present retirement location. It is the real advantage in owning a mobile home . It is just that, mobile.
Admittedly you do not simply just attach it to a 4×4, it is after all 40 foot long and weighs up to six tons in some cases. But it is mobile and with the right equipment and trained staff it can be moved onto a better location. We at Costa Difference have both access to the right equipment and of course very experienced staff.
What about the resale mobile homes? OK, so we do not bang on about the homes themselves or all the extras that are in place, guilty as charged. However in our defence we do not need to. The homes themselves are not the reason why so many people come and take a look at the park. They are here to see the park first and foremost. It is the park and lifestyle that visitors have to fall in love with first.
It is for that reason any kind of hard sell is pointless. Steve, along with Peter and Jean, act more as tour guides rather than time share salespersons. Showing homes only adds to the visit experience. In many cases it is when the second wow is heard as they are telling visitors what is included. So, for newsletter subscribers who would like more information about any particular home please reply to this newsletter with the ref numbers of any homes they are interested in. That is the best way to get more home specific information.
Finally: Tongue in cheek time for the author of this month s newsletter, one of the perks attached to the task. Most of us who are living in Spain have enjoyed watching a top member of the coalition government squirm because he was supposed to have called a policeman a pleb . At the same time we have seen week in and week out on the UK news real criminals getting away with murder and only getting a slap on the wrist. Some even fought with the Police during their arrest let alone calling them plebs.
So, if anyone living in Spain or is planing to live in Spain thinks they would like to call a Policeman a pleb over here, we have two things to say should you try it on with a Spanish Policeman, 1), he will not understand you and 2), he is the one with the gun.
A crime of pleb calling does not exist in Spain.
For those who are coming to visit us in October we look forward to welcoming you soon, and for those looking for flights and holidays right now please give Derick a ring first on 0117 318 2188 to give him some heads up on any dates that are being considered. He is our visitor traffic control operator. That is when he can drag himself away from watching all the Party Political Conferences on television these days.
We know for sure that following this newsletter he will soon protest that a) he does not have any interest in politics whatsoever and b) he does not have time to watch the television. He will also moan that he is the only one who does not get work in the sunshine. He should not really moan about that though because the company does give him a “fake sun tan cream” allowance every month.
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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.