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#14607 Real Estate In Crete

Posted by househunter on 15 August 2008 - 12:25 PM in Living in Crete

Unfortunately I won't be able to get to Crete (or anywhere this year <_< B) ) but I see several "interesting" properties that I bookmarked about 5 or 6 months ago
have dropped their prices by approx 20/25%.

This could be because they were overpriced to start with but I don't think so and not by that amount.

Is the property market in Crete on a downturn like many other places?

A drop in the asking price on one property is one thing but this is on about 6 or 7 properties.



#14509 Hi

Posted by househunter on 27 July 2008 - 09:29 PM in Introduce Yourself

Hi, Longford here, hope you enjoy!

Don't forget to report back!!



#14508 Moving To Crete

Posted by househunter on 27 July 2008 - 08:40 PM in Living in Crete

Hi Dave

I'm sure it's only Greek nationals that have to do military service. You won't have to worry about it unless of course your son decides after having spent many years there that he wants to do what his friends are doing...



Thank you very much Ishall! At least he has a choice!



#14438 Moving To Crete

Posted by househunter on 06 July 2008 - 01:07 PM in Living in Crete

Is Military Service a compulsion? If we went there to live would our son be obliged to take it?




Thanks.



#14016 Xl Airways

Posted by househunter on 04 May 2008 - 02:05 AM in Explore Crete

Well the cost of traveling has gone up in the past 6 months so the airlines can either charge more for their tickets or try to lighten the plane to save fuel and help keep tickets prices down.

If you take a flight with 250 passengers all carrying 5 kg less (2750 lbs) on a flight to Athens then how much less fuel does it need? Other airlines are charging fuel surcharges.

How much more would driving (for example) from Manchester to London and back cost now compared to 6 months ago? What will it cost in 6 months time?

Days of cheap travel by land, sea or air are gone for good!

Just the way it is!



#13992 Residency Permit

Posted by househunter on 01 May 2008 - 08:18 PM in Living in Crete

Yep, still ensconced in Ireland <_< :angry: , plans afoot for escape. Just planning options for future!!

The Halifax are advertising a Current Account with 10.48% Interest Rate on deposits, just wondering about their Credit Exposure at moment.......haven't checked their terms/conditions yet though.

If I invest with them, then move to Crete I'll then have a Non-Resident Account!

Anyone can open an account with them, if it is a large amount deposited you must be able to prove that it comes from a legitimate source! You'd probably have to do it in person!



#13969 Residency Permit

Posted by househunter on 28 April 2008 - 09:22 PM in Living in Crete

Thanks Yiannis.

Just thinking about basic ideas at moment.

Reckon a good accountant would be best before doing anything.

Cheers.



#13961 Odd Personal Messages-

Posted by househunter on 28 April 2008 - 01:40 AM in Explore Crete

Thanks a lot! :angry:

There goes my $750,000!!


:angry: :angry:


:rolleyes:



#13959 Residency Permit

Posted by househunter on 28 April 2008 - 12:44 AM in Living in Crete

Thank you very much Assim!

You can't beat the Taxman so: angry: :angry: !!! Your weblink Directgov is good reading and gives a good insight into moving etc and is probably similar to my situation leaving Ireland, must check to see if there is anything similar from here.... Will post link for others (if there is one!), cheers.

:D

The tax year here is same as Crete 1 Jan-31 Dec. makes things much easier all round.



Any idea of a Website about Taxation in Crete worth checking?


My main question is about banking, I can put money in Bank here in Ireland and get 10% Interest Tax Free (as a Non-Resident, when we move) and it would then come under "Unearned Income" not sure what the Interest Rates are in Crete!



#13946 Residency Permit

Posted by househunter on 27 April 2008 - 12:16 AM in Living in Crete

Hi,

If someone moves to Crete in middle of tax year, gets a tax number etc, does their earnings from the country they have left get taken into account for that year in Crete? Or do they start from scratch?



#13399 Possible Cheaper Route To Crete

Posted by househunter on 27 February 2008 - 11:47 PM in Explore Crete

Getting cheap flights is a science- and the one overiding scientific law is that if you need to be on a particular flight on a particular day- it is going to cost you!
;-)



It's always the way, a lot of the "bargains" are usually at inconvenient flight times, not so bad if you're traveling alone.

If you're tied to specific dates and times then there is very little choice.

Even sometimes flights are shared by different companies and fares on the same flight can vary quite a bit.



#13287 Views To Replies Ratio

Posted by househunter on 16 February 2008 - 01:47 AM in Explore Crete

Good or Bad ratios??




Replies Views

Property Market What is the market like? 49 househunter 1,090 Today, 11:12 PM Last post by: househunter

Nigel Strong 3 Martin 156 Today, 07:41 PM Last post by: Assim

Book Brigade 1 Aurelia 36 Today, 02:14 PM Last post by: tim

Earthquake Off Kalamata 5 Tinks 124 Today, 10:28 AM Last post by: Fotini

A Journey To Crete * 12 Book about the Resistance 25 Aurelia 603 Yesterday, 10:18 Last post by: Pam

Possible Cheaper Route To Crete Could be worth checking out! 0 househunter 64 13th February 2008 - 09:59 PMLast post by: househunter



#13286 Property Market

Posted by househunter on 16 February 2008 - 01:12 AM in Explore Crete

Am actually thinking of buying Sterling.

1Yr ago I would have had to pay €1.50 approx to buy £1.00 Sterling , now it will only cost me €1.30 approx.

So I year ago if I changed €1000 I would only have got £660 but now I can get £750 approx, can't be bad.

I can also get a higher interest rate, then wait for Sterling to recover somewhat.

Reckon too that it will impact on property buyers from UK buying in Eurozone, so can't be a bad thing either.



#13271 Property Market

Posted by househunter on 14 February 2008 - 04:38 PM in Explore Crete

I know there are other people buying in Euro, but will the fall in value of Sterling have much affect on UK buyers this year?



#13268 Possible Cheaper Route To Crete

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 11:59 PM in Explore Crete

I've just been checking fares to Crete, was looking at the fares quoted for UK to Athens and I looked at Aer Lingus fares Dublin to Athens and they are much cheaper in a lot of cases.

I posted some prices on the Aegean thread but it may be worth your while at least checking out flying from your destination to Dublin and then to Athens!


There are lots of UK airports serving Dublin, so it may be worth checking the website aerlingus.com and fly from your most convenient airport to Athens via Dublin OR possibly check their fares direct from UK to Athens too!

If you look at fares to Dublin and then look for fares to Athens you might be liable for 2 sets of taxes but there is a multicity option which could even be cheaper or subject to 1 set of tax!!

Anyway, play away with possible flight dates and see what you think!

Starts 30th March to Athens.



#13265 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 11:30 PM in Explore Crete

Well, I can't believe it either... people seem to be paying far too much from UK!!

You can go Heathrow>Athens and pay much more than going Heathrow>Dublin>Athens :rolleyes: LOGIC?????


Edinburgh>Dublin (last example)

Price for this Journey Prices are shown in Pounds Sterling

1 Adult 2.00

Taxes and Charges
18.00

Total Price
20.00



#13263 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 11:05 PM in Explore Crete

Well the airline you just mentioned has a dot com web address with no gap between the r and the l,

Might also be worthwhile for UK members too although the times of flights may be unsuitable for some but £2.00 return fare doesn't seem to bad! :rolleyes:



#13261 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 10:42 PM in Explore Crete

It is one of the most respected carriers in the world, not charter, national airline carrier of Ireland with "shamrock" logo.

Definitely will arrive or offer complete backup if they let you down

also


London, Gatwick to Dublin Price for this Journey Prices are shown in Pounds Sterling
1 Adult 2.00 Taxes and Charges 26.00 Total Price 28.00



#13257 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 10:20 PM in Explore Crete

Have found this return fare for Dublin to Athens but only after 30th March.



Price for this Journey Prices are shown in Euro

1 Adult 52.00 Taxes and Charges 65.10 Total Price €117.10





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Also Amsterdam to Dublin return

Price for this Journey Prices are shown in Euro1 Adult 18.00 Taxes and Charges 62.90 Total Price 80.90



This is €70.00 return fare plus two lots of taxes



So you could go this ridiculous and longer route for less :mellow: Amsterdam>Dublin>Athens for €198.00 return, and probably/possibly less if you do a multicity route choice as you'd probably only be charged taxes once...



#13252 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 02:21 PM in Explore Crete

With the new Aegean Air flight starting from Stansted it should now be possible to fly Stansted-Athens-Heraklion with them, but you will still have to book the flights seperately.


Seems like a more expensive way of traveling compared to a through fare with a stopover in Athens.

Two separate flights!

Thanks Ros for info.

Reckon it will be summertime before we can all get to Crete and endure the heat, the beaches, the relentless search for property, the restaurants, bars etc, but we have to accept what life throws at us!! :mellow:



#13249 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 13 February 2008 - 12:53 AM in Explore Crete

Thanks for info, can get to Gatwick easily and try a route like that, unfortunately it is more tricky with family in tow, have been trying internet searches with no luck so far, reckon the quickest way to check options is a visit to travel agents first as searches take so long trying route after route.

At least I can get list of possible carriers to start with! :mellow: B)



#13246 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 12 February 2008 - 11:43 PM in Explore Crete

Wow, thanks everyone, looks like I'll try Belfast or Dublin to Athens and then to Crete, although the few searches I did came up with nothing for direct and indirect flights.

Would stay with the one carrier, as advised.

Thanks again.



#13236 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 12 February 2008 - 11:46 AM in Explore Crete

Thanks Emma.

Looks like I can invite those "uninvited guests" during the off peak times and be very busy during the spring/summer...... :o then they can't say we never invited them!

I can always travel to Athens and hire a pedalo to get to Crete!! :lol: or might just use my private jet or yacht :P :P (if Simon is not playing with them!!)

Haven't researched flights very much yet but any that I tried gave me "nothing available on those dates"...... have tried Dub>Heraklion and Belfast>Heraklion for all airlines, direct/indirect flights etc up to end of March.



#13232 Aegean Airlines

Posted by househunter on 11 February 2008 - 09:59 PM in Explore Crete

Could be completely wrong here but...

Crete seems to be a hard place to find direct flights to, except in summer.


Have tried a few searches from Dublin and Belfast to Heraklion with no success, should I be looking at Dub/Belfast>Athens>Heraklion instead?

Direct flights seem scarce.

Or, would I be better going to UK and flying direct from there during off-peak season?

All advice welcome. Will research more when I get time.

Cheers.



#13231 Property Market

Posted by househunter on 11 February 2008 - 09:39 PM in Explore Crete

Thanks very much! Good to see the sympathy is rolling in! :lol:

Not sure yet when we can visit as school holidays dictates most things, I'd go tonight if I could and put up with the "hardship".

Really can't wait to start putting the jigsaw pieces together.


It would be lovely to meet for a beer and chat with people, as we are always open to tips/advice etc and there are always things that arise in the course of visiting estate agents etc... then there is the other side of the coin where we might be able to give advice/tips etc, which we would also be very happy to do.

At least, the postings etc on this forum means that we don't feel alone even during our search and that others are in the same boat or been in the same boat.

As with property everywhere there are lots of "Do's", "Don'ts", tips, advice etc that can be shared and if you were buying n Ireland you'd need to research things too and ask questions....

It really is great to get so much advice and read different points-of-view etc and I have cut down my "fields" of search thanks to the forum.

Thanks everyone!