MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE SEP 2012
Sept 2012** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Summer is over: With July and August over a few residents who return to the UK during those months will be returning and looking forward to some well deserved sunshine even though the Spanish summer is over as far as the Spanish are concerned. In the UK summer came and went with rain and showers but there is still plenty of wall to wall sunshine to be enjoyed here until the end of October at least. The residents will also be looking forward to a much lower cost of living.
Most of the Costa Difference Team had to return to the UK at some point during the summer for family commitments and everyone was surprised to see how much prices had gone up in the last 12 months. The price of petrol was the biggest shock. Poor Martin even had to endure yet another August Bank Holiday in the UK and true to form it rained all day cancelling the planned family party outside. He was so pleased to be able to return to Spain a few days later knowing that he does not have to return to the UK again until next year.
Derick on the other hand, the only team member who is based in the UK, is really looking forward to his annual visit to Spain this month and we all know that he will once again be asking everyone why we cannot move the office to Spain as well. It happens every year. His new found suntan will be gone by the time we send the next newsletter.
A very new experience: Clients looking to buy a mobile home in Spain are always encouraged to make sure they love the idea of living in Spain first for obvious reasons. Holidays in Spain soon show just how good it is living here and then it is simply a matter of getting the choice of park right. However, recently we have sold several mobile homes to clients who were already living in Spain and the numbers of visitors to the park who are also already living here has increased. To us it is testament to the fact that a mobile home park is considered to be ideal in order to be able to live in Spain comfortably thanks to the support and services that the park offers
As daft as it may sound however, having clients who live in Spain does make things a little more interesting for us. First of all we have to convert the price of the home into Euros (as they are advertised in GBP) so that any offers made for the home in Euros can be considered by the sellers. The sales contracts are also converted.
One small step: With the passing of Neil Armstrong in August it is worth remembering that it took him landing on the moon to make “one small step” really significant. Moving to Spain to retire however is wrongly seen by many as the “giant leap for mankind” at the other end of the scale.
Taking that one small step on the moon cost billions of dollars as we all know, so surely it is reasonable to expect one small step to Spain to be costly as well. The answer of course is not really. That small step and can be taken with confidence in a short period of time and for less than 500 Pounds to start with, plus the most it will cost when everything has been done is a few thousand pounds. That includes relocating as well as coming out on the initial visit to decide if living in Spain has the perfect retirement at the end of it.
Speaking to people who have already made the decision to move to Spain during a visit to the park is always a good idea. It will be a real eye opener and goes a long way to explain why moving to Spain to retire is such a good idea.
Pets: The question “are pets allowed?” is one that we are always being asked. The answer is of course yes but we do ask for pet owners to keep their pets under control and of course respect the fact that the park as a whole is a “poop scoop” area. There are some fantastic walks the moment you leave the park and of course rain coats and Wellington boots are not required. Pet owners as well as pets lead very healthy lives here. There is also a very good English speaking Vet in the village.
Lifestyle: Some important facts regarding the lifestyle. First health, retired persons of course have access to the wonderful Spanish health care system in exactly the same way as if they were living in the UK and had to visit a doctor s surgery. The only difference is that here in Spain prescriptions are no longer totally free. A contribution is now made with the contributions being capped. Health care is one of Spain s success stories. It is fantastic. There are no waiting days to see a doctor. No waiting months for an operation. Consultants are on hand and there is one for any type of illness.
Banking is also going through change. With the Pound doing so well against the Euro residents are now making the most of their money and pensions. Moving money from their UK accounts as and when they need some and thanks to stiff competition between money exchange companies money can now be transferred to Spain without using banks and completely free. Oh happy days, moving money to Spain, getting a great rate and not paying any bank commission.
UK verses Spain for retirement: Everyone knows what it is like to live in the UK. Most people know what it is like to have a holiday in Spain. So the question has to be why so few people come to Spain not for a holiday but to see if they could live here.
We think the biggest reason is concern. Concern on hearing stories about the Euro on TV (except when Prince Harry takes over of course), as well as concern that it means going to a new country to live. All very understandable of course and it is now that we would like to put those two concerns into perspective.
First the Euro, we have said before that the Euro is more about politics rather than day to day living. If anything the residents are better off with a Euro problem. The value of their pensions has risen by 14% in recent years thanks to the Pound verses the Euro. What is more, if one day the Euro goes completely then for sure the Pound will be strong against all the returning currencies because that will be seen as a stable situation. So, only good news as far as the Euro is concerned.
Secondly: the moving to a new country aspect. Park La Posada has been described by many as “a British Colony” in Spain. On the park everything is in English. Everyone in reception speaks English, the residents all speak English and all the signs are in English. There is English TV and in the homes have three pin UK plug sockets.
So, imagine if you are living on Park La Posada and you fancy a trip to Spain? Simple, drive 200 metres outside the park entrance and you will be in real Spain. Perfect.
The mobile homes: The first thing to remember about the homes for sale on La Posada is that they are NOT holiday caravans. They are top of the range mobile homes. They have been adapted to be lived in all year round and come with decking that allows residents to spend a lot of time outside enjoying the much better weather.
By adapted we mean storage space under the decking, furniture changed inside in some cases, sun blinds fitted, wooden flooring instead of carpet as well as sheds with washing machines plumbed in. Extra leisure areas built outside to include garden furniture and BBQ s makes the living space well over 80 sq mts.
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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.