Buying in Greece, Part Five: Making an Offer

Buying in Greece, Part Five: Making an Offer

So, you’ve found your perfect Greek property and you’ve read up on how to buy over here. Now, it’s onto the next step: actually making an offer on a home in Greece. It’s important now that you understand how to judge whether you’re making a fair offer and how to keep the upper hand in the negotiations. We’ve helped thousands of buyers over the years, and find that it comes down to seven key points, which we’re focusing on in this, Part Five of your six-part series Buying in Greece. And, if you missed our last instalment, How to Buy, have a read of it,
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What to do during a short stay in Madrid

Madrid has much more than just wonderful museums and tapas bars. Why not visit its parks or go to a major event in the city?   It is a surprising fact that many expats living in Spain have never been to the capital city, Madrid. Some may have passed through Madrid Barajas airport (a maze not easily negotiated) but there seem to be so many who haven’t actually spent time in this wonderful, cultural world, with plenty of parks and green public areas – and enough museums and exhibitions to keep even the strongest culture vulture busy for some time. This year Madrid also hosts some amazing co
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The Alameda Portugal Beer Festival Arrives in July for the Second Time

A new Portugal beer festival, which attracted tens of thousands of people last year, will be repeated in Faro for the second time in July.   If you think about beer in Portugal, chance are that the brands that spring to mind are Super Bock and Sagres. The latter is reasonably ubiquitous and well known across the UK, as well as in Portugal.
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Lisbon to Porto: TAP Introduces a Route to Compete with the Train

It’s long been a dilemma whether it’s easier to fly between Faro and Lisbon or Porto, or take the train. Now the same dilemma exists between Lisbon and Porto, due to a new service from TAP, Portugal’s national airline. Travellers from Lisbon to Porto (and vice versa) have extra travel options since TAP, the national airline of Portugal, launched hourly flights between the two cities during peak periods.
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Detailed Plans Emerge for the Algarve’s Newest Shopping Mall

The past week has delivered a flood of information about the next shopping centre to open in the Algarve – now officially named as Mar Shopping Algarve. Mar Shopping Algarve is to be the name of the huge new shopping centre in Loulé, launching next year. The new mall will be the home to the region’s long-awaited IKEA store, and will apparently be several times larger than the (already huge) Algarve Forum mall in Faro.
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Tourism in Portugal: 2015 roundup

2015 was a good year for Portugal’s tourism industry and property markets According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism accounts for around 15% of Portugal’s total GDP – and this figure is expected to rise by 2% per year. As such, Portugal’s tourism figures are a very important indicator of how well the country is doing.
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Weather in Portugal: What’s the Winter Really Like?

If you’re thinking about embarking on life as an expat in Portugal, the weather is likely to be a contributing factor. Here are a former expat’s top tips to get to grips with the climate all year round. After spending five winters in Portugal’s Algarve, I’m spending this one in the UK. It’s therefore impossible not to nostalgically look back on what I’m missing, especially when I walk, yet again, into my freezing garden, to move all the plants and furniture back to their rightful place after they’ve all blown up one corner of the patio.
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