Lawyer - anybody knows him?

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Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby Bremholm » Thu May 11, 2017 10:00 pm

A friend of mine wants to buy a villa in Plaka. They found a house with Minoan Properties.
As they do not know any lawyers, Minoan suggested a Vasilis Maropakis in Kalives.
Is he known to anybody here and can he be recommended?
Thanks for your help.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby Kilkis » Thu May 11, 2017 10:19 pm

I don't know anything about that particular lawyer but as a general rule I would avoid the lawyer recommended by the agent. Most of the time it works out fine but if there are any problems there is a potential conflict of interest if he has a close relationship with the property firm.

I've used Kostas Nikolantonakis and Christiana Tsigaloglou In both cases it was for a non-property issue but both do deal with property law and both seem very professional and helpful. Both have offices near the court house in Chania. Kostas in a building opposite the court house across the roundabout and Christiana on the street that runs up the side of the old prison.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby filippos » Fri May 12, 2017 6:46 am

Kostas Nikolantonakis has been our lawyer since 1998 and has never given me any reason to even think of using someone else. Specialises in property but has been good with other legal matters, too.
I do know Vasilis Maropakis but have only used him for confirming my ID on paperwork a couple of times as easier than trekking into Xania to see Kostas.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby bobscott » Fri May 12, 2017 9:20 am

Bremholm wrote:A friend of mine wants to buy a villa in Plaka. They found a house with Minoan Properties.
As they do not know any lawyers, Minoan suggested a Vasilis Maropakis in Kalives.
Is he known to anybody here and can he be recommended?
Thanks for your help.


Vasilis is handling the legal bits of the sale of our property and we have found him to be very efficient. Bob.
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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby Bremholm » Sat May 13, 2017 6:53 am

Thank you for advice and comment :)

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby mouche » Sat May 13, 2017 7:45 am

Plaka - good choice!

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby SatCure » Thu May 18, 2017 1:57 pm

mouche wrote:Plaka - good choice!


Especially good for burglaries, I hear?

It used to be called "Little England" but it seems to be changing to "Lille Norge". :wink:

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby bobscott » Thu May 18, 2017 5:18 pm

SatCure wrote:
mouche wrote:Plaka - good choice!


Especially good for burglaries, I hear?

It used to be called "Little England" but it seems to be changing to "Lille Norge". :wink:



Cheerful soul! 'Little England' was Gavalohori until about 9 years ago, then the dubious honour passed to Kokkino Horio. Wasn't aware it was Plaka. bob.
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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby filippos » Thu May 18, 2017 7:26 pm

I always understood that Gavalochori was dubbed Anglochori rather than Little England. I do realise it means much the same but.....................

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby Kilkis » Fri May 19, 2017 7:22 am

When I was in Takis' taverna a little while ago you couldn't move for English. :wink:

More seriously, a few years ago when it was a café you only heard English voices there. No idea what it is like now nor if they were all from Plaka itself or other nearby villages.

Burglaries occur everywhere but there have been spates attacking specifically foreign owned houses. Apokoronou generally has a significant number of foreign residents so it is not surprising there is a relatively high number of burglaries in that area. I can remember reports a few years ago that a gang was touring round the area spotting vehicles parked outside tavernas in the evening and then robbing the owners houses because they knew they would be empty for a few hours. I also seem to recall the same gang doing swarm raids where they would rob several houses in the same street one after the other. Tavronitis seems to be another area that has suffered a disproportionally high number of burglaries of foreign owned houses.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby filippos » Fri May 19, 2017 8:01 am

Kilkis wrote:When I was in Takis' taverna a little while ago you couldn't move for English. :wink:
More seriously, a few years ago when it was a café you only heard English voices there. No idea what it is like now nor if they were all from Plaka itself or other nearby villages.
If you're referring to Takis' taverna in Plaka your memory's shorter than I thought; you were at a birthday celebration there late in January.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby mouche » Fri May 19, 2017 8:08 am

SatCure wrote:
mouche wrote:Plaka - good choice!


Especially good for burglaries, I hear?

It used to be called "Little England" but it seems to be changing to "Lille Norge". :wink:


I'm not aware of burglaries being a problem in Plaka. It's a mix of English, Norwegians, some Sweedes, a few Germans and French as well as some from Belgium and even a real Greek or two. I'm also aware of a few houses being sold by Brits but strangely enough (?) they are all sold to Brits. That means; houses in Plaka do sell and Brits do buy contrary to what I have seen the experts here claim.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby bobscott » Fri May 19, 2017 9:02 am

mouche wrote:
SatCure wrote:
mouche wrote:Plaka - good choice!


Especially good for burglaries, I hear?

It used to be called "Little England" but it seems to be changing to "Lille Norge". :wink:


I'm not aware of burglaries being a problem in Plaka. It's a mix of English, Norwegians, some Sweedes, a few Germans and French as well as some from Belgium and even a real Greek or two. I'm also aware of a few houses being sold by Brits but strangely enough (?) they are all sold to Brits. That means; houses in Plaka do sell and Brits do buy contrary to what I have seen the experts here claim.


Glad to have broken the mould then - we sold to an American/German couple! As to burglaries, the latest RUMOUR I have heard is that some took place on the edge of Kokkino Horio recently, all purported to be unoccupied GREEK houses. Make of that what you can. (someone will, no doubt!). Bob.
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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby Kilkis » Fri May 19, 2017 9:36 am

filippos wrote:...If you're referring to Takis' taverna in Plaka your memory's shorter than I thought; you were at a birthday celebration there late in January.


Hence the first line of my post. When it was just a café it was full of English all the time, especially if there was a football match on TV. Now it has become a taverna I don't know if that has changed, hence the second part of my post.

I am not aware that anybody has suggested that houses are not selling at all, Mouche. Simply that some sellers are ignoring the fall in the overall market and still asking prices more in keeping with the peak of the market so few, if any, of those houses are selling. As I pointed out in another thread, there is no such thing as a bad market simply bad prices. I also know of houses that have sold but only after the seller dropped the original asking price, which was close to what they paid for it, by around 40 %. I also know of houses where the seller is trying to get close to what they paid for it near the peak of the market and they are not even getting viewings.

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Re: Lawyer - anybody knows him?

Postby mouche » Fri May 19, 2017 10:38 am

Kilkis wrote:
filippos wrote:...If you're referring to Takis' taverna in Plaka your memory's shorter than I thought; you were at a birthday celebration there late in January.



I am not aware that anybody has suggested that houses are not selling at all, Mouche.


It has been clearly indicated by various members here, yourself included, that houses are not selling in this market. You may not have said "not selling at all", but just "not selling". I could actually present you with a fairly long list of houses I do know for a fact have been sold as well as houses having been built, beeing bult as well as people looking for the right plot This goes for Plaka, as well as Kokkino and Kalyves and other places in the area. That does not change the fact that ther is a lot for sale, some houses are not being sold, but for many of this for a good reason which is not only beacuse of price but poor build, location etc


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