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by Mackie
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Re: More Questions from the newbies

Warwick is correct. The going rate for a PO box inside Sitia post office, for example, is 56 euros a year. It might seem a bit steep but approx 1 euro a week seems worth it for the reassurance that mail is not left, sometimes for weeks on end, in the local kafenion. And Mackie, I reckon your post s...
by Mackie
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Re: More Questions from the newbies

The Boss thought it was a good idea and who am I to argue with her :D plus I couldn’t tell anyone our exact address so it was much easier for letters and large parcels to give a P O Box. We have since found our exact address and we need to introduce ourselves to the local postman. It’s like others s...
by Mackie
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Overland to Crete & Ferries
Topic: Driving from England to Chania March 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 11719

Re: Driving from England to Chania March 2018

We are finally heading over and following your exact route from 2013 at the end of March. Booked the mini cruise already a while back but had to change the date twice at a cost of £20 every time :D I posted a detailed route 5 years ago, did the journey in reverse Crete to UK last March with just one...
by Mackie
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Re: More Questions from the newbies

Finally we are in a position to leave it all behind and join you good people in Crete. We need to start booking ferries (following Steve’s route and booked the mini cruise from Hull already for end of March). We will have to read all the threads again to update our information and plan everything in...
by Mackie
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2659

Re: Photos

Great work
Thanks for sharing
by Mackie
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Paying the villa purchase balance?
Replies: 5
Views: 1749

Re: Paying the villa purchase balance?

Based on recent experience, the Notary has to list within the contract how and where the money was paid. To be on the safe side, I would suggest to pay by bank cheque and ensure the cheque no & value are listed within the contract? We had to pay recently via 9 separate bankers cheques (long stor...
by Mackie
Thu May 11, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: One toe in the swamp
Replies: 25
Views: 8603

Re: One toe in the swamp

I found out that it all depends on which office you go to on what day and who you go with. No rules really apply!! Tax Number is the key which in our case was very quick to obtain by walking into the municipality with the forms filled by the Accountant and our signature verified by the Citizen advic...
by Mackie
Thu May 11, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Just wanted to say Hello
Replies: 21
Views: 5233

Re: Just wanted to say Hello

Everyone on this forum seem to be very helpful, knowledgeable and we gained some invaluable information by asking for info that we could not find / locate anywhere. Even the guy who doesn't like Expats much :) We are looking forward to meeting many of them over the next few months / years as we sett...
by Mackie
Thu May 11, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Finally, we have a contract to sign... No going back now

Another one to add to the pitfalls of buying a property in Greece!! It turns out that none of the Greek Family we are buying the house from paid any taxes from 2010 on various things (Both in Athens and Crete). Nearly 10 Months and 80% of the purchase price going to the Greek Tax Man (on various Che...
by Mackie
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Re: More Questions from the newbies

Many thanks Warwick, did not know about XO.gr .... Will use for sure in future
by Mackie
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: More Questions from the newbies
Replies: 156
Views: 44423

Some more help Please

Does anyone has contact details for a good agent that deals with car import? The embassy recommended that we employ one to assist.


Many thanks

Mackie
by Mackie
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: House Insurance
Replies: 22
Views: 6961

Re: House Insurance

Hi Stavros,
Thanks for the information. The house was built late 1970s or early 80s (building permit was in 1977).
Mackie
by Mackie
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: House Insurance
Replies: 22
Views: 6961

Re: House Insurance

Thanks Kathleen and Warwick, much appreciated. The English version of the website does not go into that much details. You are obviously not the only one to use google Warwick. Got this via an email: "Good evening I'm sorry but I can΄t send you something related only book of conditions for all c...
by Mackie
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Thought we'd seen the back of him
Replies: 56
Views: 12522

Re: Thought we'd seen the back of him

To my simple mind: Hard Brexit = trigger Article 50 now, buy everyone in the European pub a last round (a couple of years at least worth of full contributions + other future commitments already signed for) and hope the guys at the Pub give you a goodbye present. Soft Brexit = take your time in devel...
by Mackie
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Thought we'd seen the back of him
Replies: 56
Views: 12522

Re: Thought we'd seen the back of him

I have no doubt that he has his own agenda but I still think he has put his case across very well and answered the questions satisfactorily. He did not say anything substantially new however to what him and Major said before. We voted to remain as we are great believers of any alliance (not just the...

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