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Member Since 13 Mar 2005
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Estate Agents - This one will cause a storm.

23 June 2005 - 09:58 PM

I am angry enough now to post this thread, but I would appreciate qualified feedback and comments.
I would rather not read snipes and throw away remarks, as what is posted here will go towards a survey I am carrying out here and on other sites.

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT IN ANYWAY RELATED TO THOSE COMPANIES WORKING WITH GREEK PARTNERS WITHIN THE SAME COMPANY, OR THOSE WHO SPEAK GREEK FLUENTLY.

I have to say WHAT IS GOING ON!!!

How many more agents am I going to see open up with a view to Getting Rich Quick, at the expense of the customer?

I am frankly amazed that people will buy property from expat, non Greek speaking agents!
If you were at home, would you buy a property from
someone who didn't speak the language or know anything about the area!!!!!

I am stunned that these agents are so delighted with themselves and do not have any qualms at selling so unprofessionally.

Before you buy a property from an agent, ask yourselves some questions.

1. If the agents are not Greek, or don't speak the language fluently, how can they understand your property contract and be 100% sure about the legalities of your purchase?
2. If they use other intermediaries, where is the cost of this service and are they registered as translators or agents themselves?
3. Do these so called intermediaries really understand the intricacies of property purchases?
4.How long has the agent been in the country and what do they really know of the region?
5. Did the agent just build one house and think they are now professional, or are they arrogant enough to think they can do a better job than the masters of the trade?
6. MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO THEY SELL TO GREEKS? THIS IS USUALLY A TELLING POINT AND ONE MOST AGENTS DON'T DO?
7. If they don't sell to Greeks, ask yourself why? Why would you trust your services to this kind of person, who is too unqualified to sell to a local?
8. Are they registered and do they give you receipts of transactions, with proper tax books, not just internet copies meaning zilch?

Being English myself, having run businesses here and speaking the language, I disagree with anyone trying to sell properties without being Greek, having a Greek partner or not speaking the language fluently.

There are so many ways in which a property purchase can be wrong or services not available, that a non Greek speaking person would not pick up on them and cause dramatic future problems.

Also an intermediary who sells t-shirts or cigarettes will not be trained to look for the details, but will be happy to take a substantial commission for their role in your property purchase.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND CHECK YOUR AGENTS CREDENTIALS!

Abbe and Yiannis Karavitis
http://www.cretan-homes.com
QUALIFIED AGENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Makriyialos Carnival 2005

13 March 2005 - 03:45 PM

Hi,

For all of you following the carnival weekend, I have added some pictures to my web site.

http://www.cretan-ho...gescarnival.htm

Have a look and post yours too!

Happy Carnival!

Abbe
www.cretan-homes.com