OliveTree wrote:...Some do not have water, sewerage or power connected and look to have been empty for an extended period, which I'm sure could be an issue though perhaps not entirely insurmountable, particularly if the purchase price is right...
Firstly the majority of properties on Crete outside cities/towns/large villages are not connected to sewage. Most people, including me, use septic tanks and they work very well. Mains sewage is being extended but I think that sometimes you are better off without it. I know some people who have experienced pretty awful and persistent odours after connection. As a fairly minor point, since water is relatively cheap here, it increases your water bill by a factor between x2 and x3.
Regarding water, power and landline telephone your statement is true, i.e. they probably can be connected, but do careful checking beforehand. If the distance to the nearest connection point for any of these services is big the cost of connection could be very high and the timescale for connection could also be long in some cases. Don't assume it will all be OK and don't rely on what an agent tells you or assurances from your lawyer. Ask directly at the relevant services.