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Buying Property
Buying Property
In Crete & Greece
Owning a home in Crete

If you are thinking of living in Crete or elsewhere in Greece, you may already have an idea of
which area you will choose to live.  However you may have only visited in the summer months,
and you may be surprised to find that an attractive village near a small resort, but far from town,
becomes much less attractive in the winter months when everything in the nearby resort is
closed down.

Before you buy a home to live in Crete year-round it is well worth renting a house or apartment
in the area you are considering to get a feel for the area and the people, or to give you time to
discover other unknown locations before you commit. Location is one of the most important
consideration when buying a property abroad, particularly if you are moving to live in Greece

Some things to consider are:
  • How far are the nearest shops & tavernas for year - round living?
  • Accessibility of the property -  steep tracks, steps etc may be a problem in the future.  
  • What types of schools are in the area, if you have children.
  • How far are the nearest medical facilities / hospital, if this is important for you.

There are numerous estate agents, property developers and construction companies, in Crete,
the Greek Islands and Greece mainland, selling land and properties.  

Take your time. Shop around, compare prices and credentials. Existing properties may be offered
by more than one agent, and the price for the same property may vary considerably.
If buying off plan compare companies, their finished properties and what the price includes. Don’
t be rushed into a purchase.

Whichever company you choose, they will be able to advise you on the legalities, arrange
surveyors (civil engineer)  and  put you in touch with English speaking lawyers. Beware! Your
lawyer is the most important person in your Greek property purchase so you need to be
confident that he/she will be looking out for your interests, and  one recommended by the
builder/estate agent will not always be the best option.  An independent lawyer can be sought
through the recommendations of friends or other third parties who have had similar dealings in
Greek property purchase.

Before buying, and particularly before you sign on the dotted line for an off plan property
purchase, you are advised to check out the company; search online, read buyer reviews (on
independent sites, not on the company's own website) and ask to be put in touch with previous
buyers for recommendations.

A  reliable building company should be able to deliver a new build on time ....get a delivery date
in writing.  If you are not around to 'supervise'  the work being done you can appoint someone
to do this for you, such as a lawyer or  surveyor / inspector.

Buying land / DIY building / Renovation
This often looks like a great alternative to buying an existing or off plan property, but beware!
Quotes for plans and building costs are very often underestimated and you can easily end up
spending much more than you anticipated.

Renovations very often work out more costly than quoted due to unknowns. Just one example is
the state of the walls beneath old plaster. This will only become apparent when work starts and
it is stripped away; knocking down whole walls may then be the only option and this may not
have been costed in to a quote.

Capital Gains
The property market in Greece saw property costs rise steeply between 2002 and 2006/2007,
but since 2008 prices began to fall. Currently, in 2016, there are bargains for be had but don't
expect to make a quick profit  if you are buying property as a short term investment.
Resales are generally slow; Greeks often have their own family plot of land to build on while
many expat buyers are troubled by the Greek economy and Greek bank mortgages have dried
Remember that you will also need to recoup the high purchase costs of around 12 % (lawyers,
estate agents, notary fees & taxes) and pay capital gains tax.

Buying to Let
See the pages on Buy to Let and EOT licences

You can avoid some of the common pitfalls of buying in Crete just by being aware of them. See
Pitfalls page.
Living in Crete Book

Learn more about buying property in Crete and Greece and how to avoid potential
pitfalls from the guide
Living in Crete. A Guide to Living, working, Retiring & Buying Property in Crete"

Related pages in 'Property in Crete' section:

Buy to Let              Pitfalls          EOT Licence

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