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#9468 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 02 November 2006 - 10:31 AM in Living in Crete

Stupid question I know Lil, but can you see the sea from inside of the village? My one stipulation is that I MUST have a reasonable seaview - and 'er indoors can't be somewhere too isolated..



#9465 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 02 November 2006 - 09:19 AM in Living in Crete

We are returning at the end on November to view more properties and have widened our 'possibles' net to include Kefalas. Does anyone have any advice/recommendations? - as we were unable to visit it last time around and there doesn't seem as much info on the web as for the more 'established' 'expat' areas...



#9459 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 01 November 2006 - 11:11 AM in Living in Crete

Lil,

Retire... If only!! No, I'm not as old as the real Arthur.. We're moving for the climate, lifestyle, food and all the other good things! and we both have to keep working, in order to fund our new life. My partner currenty has her own Ironing/cleaning housesitting business/here in the UK and would like to do something similar in Crete. We hope to make our next visit late November.



#9443 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 31 October 2006 - 01:40 PM in Living in Crete

Lil,

Yes, there's lots to read about New Century on interkriti & I watched (and saved) the prog on ch4. The programme was apparently actually made in 2004/5 and I gather land & houses were quite a bit cheaper then.. I Have also watched the other ch4 series (A Place in Greece) and it's clear that a lot of stuff is tailored to 'watchability' - I'm an avid viewer of all of these sorts of programmes - and amazingly enough, no-one ever fails and loses all their money do they? Perhaps I should call a tv company before we buy as I might get a better deal?!!

Anyway, I think your house is lovely - super spec - it's the only house I've seen advertised with 'insulation' - and that lovely view. The NC one we nearly bought was further 'up' in KC but still with a similar view - just further away.. but it was 80k cheaper! Like you we need to do it before we can't afford anything!!



#9434 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 31 October 2006 - 08:08 AM in Living in Crete

Lil,

Many thanks for the info. We too are considering buying with New Century Homes. Although when I looked up their building spec - it seemed that their construction process is identical to the others we looked at; (Domisi, CTH, Hellenic, etc) They all seem to specify two layers of bricks separated by a 'ventilation' gap. Apparently to keep the homes cool in summer and warm in winter. We narrrowly missed out on a NC house in Kokkino Chorio but thought it excellent value with a terrific view.. A lovely place to live! I have also found a lot of interesting facts about various housebuilders on the Interkriti forums - you just type the name into the search window. Particularly NC & CTH. We are planning another visit soon to hopefully tie up something.. I would be interested to know what you purchased in the end.. New or Used? We have been offered a couple of used homes (2 or 3 years old), but are concerned about any possible problems..
Note to all: Any constructive advice about homes/builders on here would be useful as we have now set a time frame for our move.



#9330 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 18 October 2006 - 11:12 PM in Living in Crete

Many thanks for all the replies - they are much appreciated. We have now visited Crete and are planning to settle in/near Almerida/Plaka/Kokkino Chorio/Kefalas... New Century Homes seem reputable & cheap... Does anyone have any knowledge/experiences of them?



#8686 Bringing Sky+ To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 04 September 2006 - 10:13 AM in Explore Crete

OK - have found answers myself on web now.

Unsure as to whether I can post link to the (non-commercial) advice page concerned, but if anyone else wants to know, they can pm me.



#8685 Bringing Sky+ To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 04 September 2006 - 09:56 AM in Explore Crete

I know there is a site on the web that can arrange a 'new' subscription to to SKY & SKY+ (via a UK address), but has anyone on here actually bought their box out - and and carried on their UK subscription?

Any answers would be appreciated

thanks



#8684 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 04 September 2006 - 09:51 AM in Living in Crete

So would I be correct in assuming that the cost of living is approx 30% less than in the UK overall?

My electric bills here (for 2 people living in a small old rented cottage - which has the dreaded electric storage radiators) comes in at around 1200 a year... I understand electricity is expensive in Crete - but surely it wouldn't reach those astronomical levels?

All the info I can glean from the web says that water & electricity is 'expensive'.. can anyone shed any light on what an average couple in a 2 bed property might have to actually pay for these (and any other) utilities?

Many thanks

Arthur



#8679 Moving To Crete

Posted by Arthur Daley on 03 September 2006 - 06:20 PM in Living in Crete

Really difficult to answer this as everyone leads different lifestyles. For starters, the average income in Greece is about 9,000 Euros per year. In Crete I suspect that it is even less. If the "Locals" can exist on this so can you.


We are planning to move to Crete and buy a new property but I want to continue working part-time in UK once a month for about 10 days.

This would give an income of about 35-40k pa. We estimate our (Greek) mortgage will be approx 7.5k pa as we have limited funds for a deposit.

My partner is planning to work in Crete but has little idea of what she might earn. Any advice on whether this is a viable proposition (and any attendant pitfalls) would be appreciated.