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Mortgages/Loans

These can be organised from the UK or with many major banks in Greece.  RE/MAX Professionals can help you find the most suitable product using one of the many financial services available to us.  

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Shipping furniture vs. buying locally

Shipping furniture can be a costly exercise.  There are many frieght companies on the market and one would do well to research the most competitive quote.  Bear in mind however, that most companies deliver to Athens and then a third party handle the remainder of the onward journey to Crete.  Insurances with this type of service are high and do not guarantee against damage of your goods.  

There is a wide choice of large furniture outlets in Heraklion with reasonable pricing plus delivery options.  IKEA is located in Athens with rumours of a new store to open in Heraklion.  Ierapetra and Sitia have a variety of smaller independent outlets offering perhaps more traditionally styled items of furniture, but sometimes these could be a little more expensive.    

In many cases the cost, time and hassle factor of organising shipment of your furniture could outweigh the option to purchase locally.  Think seriously about purchasing furniture locally.

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Importing a car

It is very difficult to import a foreign car into Greece and therefore highly recommended to purchase a local vehicle upon your arrival.  The law currently states that a vehicle not registered in Greece can remain in the country for no longer than 6 months at any one time.  Any vehicle over 5 years old is virtually, if not, impossible to import, and newer models are subject to extortionate valuations – sometimes completely random!  

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Medical Insurance

The Greek national health insurance is known as I.K.A.   Although medical training is of a high standard, the health service is extremely under funded and public hospitals can be overcrowded and after care very limited.  Public and private medicine operate alongside each other and complement one another.  I.K.A. provides free or low cost

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