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text 2018-01-10 12:34
Tips for selling your real estate in Athens

When you want to sell your Athens Greece real estate it is natural that you expect to get the best offers for it. In order to get a higher price for your real estate, you have to follow the tips explained here. First things you should do is spruce up your property.

 

Do the necessary repairs. Make your garden fresh and lively. The first impression is the best impression and the potential buyer should get the right impression when they see your property. Check if the interiors and exteriors of your property need a fresh coat of paint. Do not overspend but get the essential painting, minor electrical and plumbing repairs done before approaching the real estate agency Athens.

 

Discuss the strategies your real estate agent proposes to market your property. Before finalizing the agent check out his credentials. You need to have an agent who is proactive and has a large network of contacts to find prospective buyers. You must also do some research on the current market price in your locality and ask for a realistic price.

Next, you must present an initial offer. The initial offer preferably must be on the higher side so that you have the buffer for negotiating the price at the time of finalisation. Determine the fees of your real estate agents in Athens. The fees are negotiable with most of the agents and you must try to get the best deal here too.

 

Follow the above-explained tips to get a good price for your property.

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text 2017-12-27 18:46
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 7 - International Human Rights Day

Tasks for International Human Rights Day: Post a picture of yourself next to a war memorial or other memorial to an event pertaining to Human Rights. (Pictures of just the memorial are ok too.)

 

Anógia village, Crete: the Andartis (resistance fighter) monument near the museum to the village's destruction in WWII.


Crete was occupied by the German military in the 1940s, fierce resistance by the local population notwithstanding. During one particularly memorable episode (later the subject of a book and a movie both titled Ill Met by Moonlight), a joint group of Cretan resistance fighters and British intelligence operatives, led by Major (and writer-to-be) Patrick Leigh Fermor -- in the movie, portrayed by Dirk Bogarde -- and Captain W. Stanley Moss (author of the book Ill Met by Moonlight), abducted German Major General Heinrich Kreipe near his home in Heraklion and marched him all the way across the Psiloritis mountains to the south coast of Crete, from where he was eventually shipped off to Egypt. He spent the rest of WWII in a British POW camp.

Patrick Leigh Fermor's evocative account of their struggle across the slopes of Mount Ida has come to particular fame for its "Horace Moment" -- his trademark poetic description of the moment when he and the German general realized that they had both enjoyed the same sort of profoundly formative, classical humanistic education and, as a result, had come to share the same values. Here it is, as taken from a Report written for the Imperial War Museum in 1969 and as published in Words of Mercury (2010):

"Everything ahead was a looming wilderness of peaks and canyons, and in the rougher bits it would be impossible for a large party to keep formation, or even contact, except at a slow crawl wich could be heard and seen for miles. The whole massif was riddled with clefts and grottoes to hide in. We must all vanish into thin air and let the enemy draw a total blank. [...]

We woke up among the rocks, just as a brilliant dawn was breaking over the crest of Mount Ida which we had been struggling across for two days. We were all three [i.e., Stanley Moss, Leigh Fermor, and their captive] lying smoking in silence, when the General, half to himself, slowly said:

'Vides ut alta stet nive candidum
Soracte ...' **

I was in luck. It is the opening line of one of the few odes of Horace I know by heart (Ad Thaliarchum, LIX). I went on reciting where he had broken off:

'... Nec iam sustineant onus
Silvae laborentes, geluque,
Flumina constiterint acuto' **

and so on, through the remaining five stanzas to the end.

The General's blue eyes swivelled away from the mountain-top to mine -- and when I'd finished, after a long silence, he said: 'Ach so, Herr Major!'*** It was very strange. 'Ja, Herr General.' As though, for a long moment, the war had ceased to exist. We had both drunk at the same fountains long before, and things were different between us for the rest of our time together."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

** You see how high Soracte stands, bright with
snow, and no longer do the straining forests
support the burden, and the rivers have
frozen with sharp frost.
 
*** "Oh, I see, Major!"

 

 

Leigh Fermor unfortunately doesn't mention, however -- at least, in the published version of his account -- that inter alia by way of retribution for Kreipe's abduction, as well as in retribution for a number of other acts of resistance, the German military, later in 1944, annihilated the entire village of Anógia (from where the group had embarked on their climb across the mountains), killing every single one of its several 100 souls and reducing the whole village to ashes. It was only in 2009 (65 years later), after having lived there for a number of years and slowly gained the population's trust, that German artist Karina Raeck was able to take a major step towards reconciliation by opening a museum commemorating the village's destruction and by creating, together with the village population, a large artistic display in memory of its resistance fighters on the Nida Plain above the village; likewise entitled "Andartis."

 

Anógia after its 1944 destruction by the German military.

 


The "Andartis" monument on the Nida Plain, created by artist Karina Raeck and the villagers of Anógia in 2009.

 

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text 2017-12-13 11:27
The Changing Face Of Real Estate In Greece

Once upon a time, all the real estate in Greece belonged only and only to the Greek people, because the natives owned all the property. Then this country became a popular destination with the tourists and a growing number of people started reaching its shores. Given that this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, obviously, people started falling in love with it. With that growing love, came a growing interest in properties, because people wanted to live in the gorgeous cities and town, if not permanently, then at least for a few weeks in the year.

 

When the interest in investing in properties started to see a rise, there was obviously a rise in the number of real estate agents in Greece too. Soon, there were several people running around town, claiming to be the best real estate agents around, which is when the trouble started cropping up. People were investing without doing research and some even ended up losing money.

 

However, in the recent past, several licensed and accredited real estate agents and agencies have come into existence and purchasing property thorough them is not only easy, but also legally hassle free. These are the agents who will show you properties that sit well within your budget and requirements. They will show you properties that have all the requisite documentation in place and will ensure that you get true value for the money you are spending. So, if you are looking to invest in real estate in Greece, make sure that you do it through the right channels.

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url 2017-09-17 00:28
The Spartans Take Over the Beaten Track

Join me, Theron, Andreas and Coridan as the Spartans conqueror the Beaten Track.

 

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url 2017-09-07 14:34
Join Theron, Andreas and Coridan on Joyfully Jay

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