Purchasing property in Greece is not like purchasing property in other countries, but, whatever you are looking for, you will not encounter problems provided you go through recognised, reputable solicitors and real estate agents operating under legal permits. Even so, there are certain questions that prospective buyers frequently ask before deciding to go ahead. Here are our answers to some of them. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more.

What should I know about property prices in Greece?
Can foreigners purchase property anywhere in Greece?
How do we know we won’t be taken advantage of?
How much should we put down as a deposit?
Why do we have to pay a deposit?
Should we have money readily available when we come to see the property?
Should I have an account at a local bank?
What if an impediment is discovered in the property or the seller changes his mind?
Will I have to pay tax when I buy property Greece?
What about extras?
What about planning permission?
What about municipal taxes and other regular fees?
If I am not in Greece when bills come, how can I pay them?

What should I know about property prices in Greece?
Only in recent years have people from outside Greece been purchasing property here and in general the Greek people are fairly new to the concept of selling property at all! In previous generations houses were usually kept within the family and if the family couldn't maintain their properties they often became ruins. This was accentuated by both rural depopulation and the world Diaspora of the Greek people and a lt hough this situation has provided an opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces of property today it has also left us with a situation where people are often not versed in the trading and pricing of houses and land. Therefore, to keep an even view of the market in Skopelos we don't always publish prices on the website but ask you to contact us directly.

To give an overview of the price range, however, is useful to those who are looking for property in Skopelos and we can say that a house in Skopelos Town can be as little as 40,000 euro, an average of 150,000 euro for something that can be lived in straight away, or up to 300,000 euro for something special (and big) and of course as nearly all properties on the island are fairly unique any variation of the above can occur and there very special residences which appear vary rarely which fetch prices up to 900,000 euro!

Similarly land for building varies greatly by location, aspect, view and amenities and can be from 40,000 euro 100,000 euro for a plot for one house on average and then for larger plots any mult iples of the above.

In fact the best way is to consult us to discuss your budget parameters and we can advise on what you may achieve, what properties we have that may be suitable and even use our local contacts to seek out new properties that would be contenders for your dream house in Skopelos. top

Can foreigners purchase property anywhere in Greece?
There are no restrictions on citizens of EU countries buying property anywhere in Greece. Some restrictions apply to non- EU citizens buying property in areas designated as “border areas”. Non-EU citizens should apply to the Local Prefectural Authorities if they want to buy property in certain parts of Northern Greece, Crete, Rhodes, the Dodecanese islands or islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. (This does not apply to Skopelos.) top

How do we know we won’t be taken advantage of?
Our company operates under permits issued by the Greek government, and we have a wealth of experience in property acquisition for foreign nationals. We are here to help you.
The transfer of propertyownership is always executed in the form of a notarial deed. When the actual agreement is drawn up by the notary and signed by the contracting parties two lawyers are present; one on behalf of the seller and one on behalf of the buyer. Your lawyer is there to ensure that you are not cheated, that the title deeds are without impediment, and to determine the objective taxable value of the property.
We can put you in touch with a competent lawyer who is fluent in English.
Before the actual sales agreement is signed, your lawyer will conduct a thorough search of the archives at the Land Registry office to make sure that there is no impediment or obstacle to the transfer of ownership and that the title deeds are in order. This does not take long and it will soon be time for you to sign the sales agreement/contract at the office of the notary. top

How much should we put down as a deposit?
It is normal to deposit 10% of the agreed purchase price when the preliminary agreement is made. You may lose your deposit if you change your mind. If the seller changes his mind, he is obliged to return your deposit to you.
Written preliminary agreements may be dispensed with if the property is not of very high value or if it is obvious that the transfer of ownership will be completed in a relatively short time. Where a preliminary agreement is drawn up, it states who the parties to the agreement are, what the property is, what price has been agreed how the money will change hands. It also includes any other conditions agreed upon.
The notary will want to see that all the necessary documents (tax, deeds etc.) are in order before drawing up the sales agreement /contract. top

Why do we have to pay a deposit?
The deposit commits both buyer and seller.
One of the differences between purchasing property in Greece and purchasing property in other countries is that most buyers have ready money; there is no chain involved, so it does not take long for the transfer of ownership to be completed. top

Should we have money readily available when we come to see property?
Yes. You should have at least enough money for the deposit ready to hand. You would not like to miss a good opportunity because you were too slow with the deposit. The deposit also reduces the likelihood of the seller accepting a better offer. top

Should I have an account at a local bank?
Yes. It is easy and quick to open a bank account in Greece. top

What if an impediment is discovered in the property or the seller changes his mind?
If the search at the Land Registry office reveals an impediment, your deposit will be returned. If the seller simply changes his mind, he must return the deposit plus 100% in compensation.
If the buyer changes his mind he forfeits the deposit. In effect, the deposit binds both buyer and seller to their word. top

Will I have to pay tax when I buy property Greece?
Yes. You will have to pay a one-off purchase tax.
The amount payable is calculated on the basis of the "assessed value" of the property. The assessed value is lower than the actual market value. The tax due is 9% to 11% of the assessed value. top

What about extras?
We recommend that you add 12 to 15 per cent to the purchase price to cover extras like tax, duty, and fees. top

What about planning permission?
Planning permission is a matter of course if your piece of land is within the confines of a village, town or city.
If your piece of land is not within the confines of a village, town or city, but is within the area covered by town planning, you will be granted permission to build on it provided it measures 2,000m 2, and borders with a municipal road.
If your land is not within the confines of a village, town or city, and is not within the area covered by town planning, you will be granted permission to build on it if it measures 4,000m 2 or more, provided it is not within a forested area, and no restrictions are imposed by the Department of Archaeology.
We can put you in touch reputable architects and civil engineers who speak English, will give help and advice on plans, and see you through the planning permission process. Only fully-qualified, registered architects or engineers are allowed to apply for building permits. The cost is approx. 4% - 5% of the estimated cost of the building. top

What about municipal taxes and other regular fees?
Municipal taxes and duties are incorporated in electricity bills. The amount added to your two-monthly bill is negligible and includes a compulsory television license. top

If I am not in Greece when bills come, how can I pay them?
You can pay bills by giving a standing order to your bank in Greece. top
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