How everything clicked
I had made another appointment with a real estate agent in advance, Nikos Kasotakis of Euroimmo. It turned out that his son Georgios is working as a construction engineer and after I saw the house and took some photos of it I was able to discuss potential shortcomings with Georgios. Especially one wall, which is suffering from humidity, worried me; after the discussion with Georgios I was pretty sure though that this is a problem which can not only be dealt with – I also knew how and had a good idea about the price tag. I re-negotiated that off the asking price, increasing my gain from the initial 13% to 17%.
After these appointments and a little bit of relaxation we left Crete, but on our way to the Airport we visited the incredible and my ever since lawyer of trust Amalia Makrydaki and equipped her with all required entitlements to completely manage the buying transaction for me. In Greece it is mandatory to do real estate transactions above a certain volume vie a lawyer and I had good luck that Amalia was recommended to me by Nikos.
Testing my patience
She managed everything for me, from opening a bank account over getting a tax number and having the books cleared with a construction engineer and the authorities to the buying transaction itself – including the arrangement of a preliminary purchase agreement which entitled me to use the house before the transaction was completed.
Always friendly, alway patient, always helpful she – and her colleague Despina – made the complete thing an absolute breeze. Even when my patience got tested (the correction of the books took almost nine months) they always took the time to calm me (after all my father’s heritage was at stake). And then, finally, after many iterations over the paperwork, applying corrections on all ends, transferring a huge amount of money to my Greek bank account and watching it disappear I received the information that the transaction got completed and the house was no longer THE house, but MY house 🙂
Amalia and Despina managed not only this transaction, but also the periphery like water and electricity contracts, necessary tax transactions and assisted me with acquiring a resident permit (necessary if you want to officially own a vehicle there).
And ever since …
… I spend every vacation there, in MY house, in my favourite place on my favourite island in my favourite country 🙂
What I do and what I don’t will be subject of another blog post, so stay tuned; only this much should be said that I rarely fail to visit Nikos and Amalia when I am there since they contributed by a large margin to make me a very happy man. And what I really appreciate about both of them is that they manage to make me feel like this in fact also matters to them, too.