MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE SEP 2011
Sept 2011** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
First: We were asked recently if the TV programs shown and repeated often in the UK, showing Spain in a bad light had affected the mobile home parks here on the Costa del Sol. Our answer was quite suppressing once we gave it some thought. Because buying a mobile home in Spain is completely risk free and because living as part of a retired English speaking community here in Spain, is also stress free, the television programs actually help the park and the lifestyle it offers.
Many estate agents in Spain have closed over the last few years as the economic crisis caused sales of new and resale houses and apartments in Spain to plummet. People had realised that spending over 100,000 on a property only to be left to fend for themselves once they had bought it was no longer a sensible thing to do when it came to retiring to Spain. Trying to sell their home afterwards was an equally daunting prospect when it comes to the Spanish legal system.
Retiring to live on a dedicated licenced mobile home park has become the alternative and all the publicity surrounding purchases of bricks and mortar in Spain does not change the fact that from only 22,500 (Aitana mobile home on Park La Posada) it is possible to live in Spain, have all the support you need, and be part of community dedicated to enjoying life. There are no lawyers required the park takes care of all the paperwork.
Is retiring to Spain easy? Yes is the answer. Because Spain is part of the EU so much has changed over the last 10 years. People now can buy a mobile home in Spain in Sterling from the UK, easily open a Spanish bank account in the local village and be registered with the local council only once you are living in Spain full time. It is that easy. Things like registering with the doctors and obtaining your NIE (National Identity Number) are done for you as well once you are here.
More exciting news: The latest phase for new and relocated mobile homes is now ready and the first relocation has been completed. The home was transported from the park that it was on in the UK to Park La Posada. Again a stress free operation as we took care of everything. Having our own transport company based in the UK as well as one based here in Spain means we can move homes very easily and cost effectively.
Another question asked this month: Can we buy a new mobile home over six months so we have time to plan everything? Answer, we can do even better than that. Month one you reserve your chosen plot with a refundable fee of 500 Euros (refundable against the first contract payment) following a visit to the park. On month two you pay 10% of your chosen home. On month three you pay a further 20%. On month four you pay nothing. On month five you pay a further 20% and the new mobile home is then shipped to Spain a month later. On month six you will pay the balance of the home after it has been installed on the park. Buying a new mobile home has now been made stress free as well.
Transport only: Because we have our own transport service we are finding that we are getting many requests to supply transportation for homes to be moved from Portugal, Spain and France as well as from the UK and not necessarily to and from Park La Posada. Our transport division is separate from our role as retirement specialists on Park La Posada and so we are happy to quote for any transport requirements. We have this year already transported homes from Portugal to France as well as quite a few homes from different locations in Spain. The transport side of the business enables us to offer Posada to owners of mobile homes almost anywhere in Europe but it is not restricted to that.
Martin having spent the last three months in Holland now has that part of Europe covered as well with regards to transporting mobile homes. He now moves to Alicante in Spain and in his words thank goodness as he has had nothing but rain all summer in Holland.
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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.