MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE SEPT 2013
Sept 2013 ** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
It is all in the name: We were asked in August by visitors to the parks why we chose Costa Difference Ltd as the company name back in October 2005. The answer might surprise you a little. Costa as in the location being the Costa del Sol was easy but Difference ?
The answer is that Difference meant promoting the dream retirement in Spain was what we were really interested in rather than us than simply selling mobile homes. If it was not then we as a company would have been keen to show mobile homes on every park or campsite all over Spain. Our name we hope portrays us as being a specialist company working with dedicated retirement parks that offer a service that makes a big difference to those who end up lucky enough to live on such wonderful parks.
So, having decided on what the core business for the company would be back in 2005 we also knew that if we did advertise homes on every park in Spain we would have had to try and convince web site visitors that all the parks and campsites in Spain were perfect retirement locations. Worse still would be if we were to also offer parks in France and Portugal as well because where would the Costa part of our name fit in then.
So there you have it. We are Costa Difference Ltd and we offer our web site visitors two first class residential retirement parks on the Costa del Sol. We also have 5 team members living on the Costa del Sol to a) show the retirement lifestyle and b) help in any way should anyone wish to retire to the sun following their fact finding visit.
The Lawns caravan show near Hull: This year we are once again at the Lawns Caravan show in Cottingham near Hull. The show runs from the 7th to the 8th of September. Steve and Martin will travel from Spain to attend and the exhibit stand will be a great place to stop and ask them any question you might have about retirement in Spain on a mobile home park. Their primary function will be to offer advice and give out useful retirement information and not to be there simply to show mobile homes. However, they will have a very special offer that will save 1,000 s should anyone want to take a good look at the new mobile homes that are on show that weekend.
They will arrive in the UK early Friday morning on the 6th of September and will have their UK mobile phones on them. Steve s number will be 07771403794 and Martin s number will be 07584062615. If over the weekend you want to make sure that you get to have a chat with them please give them a call and they will guide you to their exhibit stand. You will know it is the right stand when you get there because it will not be displaying any information about parks in France or Portugal. It will be all about a retirement residential park on the Costa del Sol only.
Better still is that you do not have attend the show itself in order to meet them. Martin & Steve are also happy to meet anyone for a drink and a chat after their duties at the show itself between 6pm and 9pm on the evenings of the 7th and 8th, should you prefer to meet them in a more relaxed setting. It is after all what they do here in Spain. A quick call to either of them on the day will tell you where they are going to be that evening and to make life easy they will be very close to the Lawns showground itself.
Joining them for a drink (Steve is buying) in the evenings can be really productive especially as you might get to meet others who have come along and are also interested in retiring to Spain as well. We say between 6 and 9pm only because at some point they will need to eat and enjoying a pub meal will for them make a change from Tapas and the Spanish dinners they are so used to. They know of course they will be horrified when they get the bill. It is guaranteed to be three times more expensive than here in Spain. They will be overjoyed to be returning to Spain on the Monday for sure.
Life can be fun: Being retired does not mean the fun stops. Nearly everything that goes on in or around the parks are either arranged by the residents or suggested by them. There is also a lot going on that is organised by the locals in the villages as well. The town of Antequera and the villages of Mollina and Alameda all have Feria s that last 4 days. The British are welcome to join in and of course the events are VERY Spanish.
Life is going to be what you make it. A good example is that one new resident this year likes to make custom made cards for every occasion. This fits in well with the craft club that already exists on the park. Other residents are keen cyclists, bowlers, golfers, walkers and fishermen. We are hoping for the winter months that someone might like to start up a bridge club or perhaps a chess club. This can be done in the leisure complex as there is a room ready for just such activities.
Lifestyle: Each month we try and give readers a little lifestyle information because at the end of the day it is the lifestyle that makes Spain so different. This month it is all about the markets in the villages. The street markets are every week and you can buy very fresh fruit and veg at local prices as well as some very cheap clothes. There is also the weekly car boot sale in Mollina on the Wednesday. Not only a great morning out looking at all the stands but a time when many people meet their friends who live on other parks for a coffee as well. It becomes a social gathering point. There are a total of 5 mobile home parks in the area of Antequera and the markets are well supported by residents from all parks and not just the two dedicated retirement parks.
Why only two parks from five with us? The reason for that is that for any park to be represented by us they have to meet the following conditions in order to be considered a top class residential retirement park. 1) Have a dedicated office manned by bi-lingual staff to look after the residents daily needs and to deal with anything Spanish related. This must also include a personal mail box with the resident registered at that address 2) the park facilities such as swimming pools must be exclusive for the use of the residents only 3) mobile homes must be on 200 square metre plots with purpose built concrete bases for the homes and are connected to all the mains services as well as Internet and British TV. Park La Posada and Park La Vina meet all three requirements beautifully and as a result they have very settled retired communities living on them.
Finally: The Spanish Experience week starting on the 23rd of September is only a few weeks away and we are looking forward to showing real Spain to those who have booked their places. They will see a lot. Seeing the parks and the local area as a group will be fun for them for sure. The one we held in May was a great laugh and they ended up seeing so many different places it meant the week flew by. Martin will start collecting clients from the airport at 11am on the 23rd with the last one arriving at 9.15 in the evening. The next day they will be taken to the top of the world first to see five counties of Spain at the same time, Malaga, Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. That plus the chance to enjoy a typical three course menu del dia lunch including wine (or beer) for only 9 in Alameda will set the tone for the rest of the week. There are two places left if anyone else wants to join them. To book please call Derick on 0117 318 2188.
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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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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.