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    jane57
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        Hi all and thank you for letting me join. My husband and I want to move to Crete ( Almyrida, Plaka, Vamos area ) and were going to wait until we retire ( another 10 years for me ) however as for many people COVID has made us see that sometimes one has to do what they want now rather than later. I have worked for the NHS for the last 30 years now so have seen the best and worst outcomes of illness ect.

        We would like to rent first hand then possibly buy later, but my questions of apart from rent, what are the running costs approx of a 2-3 bed property for heating air con water WiFi ect, and approx monthly food bill, we are normal eaters ( pub grub 🤪 type ) and don’t have a lavish lifestyle. I know it’s hard to comment but at the moment we are working out budget wise if it is achievable. Oh and we will bring our best four legged friend too.

        many thanks I look forward to hearing from you. 😍

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        Adamski T
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            Hi Jane57,

            I have just joined today, and don’t have as much info probably as the longer members,but, my Partner and I rented a 3 bed villa in Kalyves in October last year with the intention of staying until end of March 21, then lockdown happened after 1 week!!!

            We came home to UK, 6 weeks later, cos of Covid, but, we found that depending where you shop,the Food prices are maybe slightly less than UK,But others are higher, ie,UK Dairy products! We paid €600 winter month rent,the water cost is ok, but electric is very expensive, again it was Winter! If it’s just for you and dog, get 2 bed place, flat or small house,I can recommend Claudia at Crete-island estates, for rental or Maria at Minoan Properties, or Marlize at Alpha-Omega Estates, all in Kalyves, I hope this helps a little!! By the way we are moving to Crete in 3 weeks time to live, hopefully for quite some time!! Good Luck!! Toni

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            admin
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                Good morning Jane 57 and Adamski T

                It is good to see such enthusiasm for retirement in Crete. Hope you had obtained your Greek residence permits before December 31, 2020 and to convert before June 30, 2021 to the new aliens (no, not from outer space) non EU nationals’ biometric permit. Otherwise, please put in perspective however the requirements to take up long term stay in Greece, post Brexit. The bureaucracy, if challenging before, is still in place, and some.

                Do your own research, as much as possible

                Other recent articles cover this topic thoroughly in this website. You could start here. :wacko:

                I am not trying to put a damper on enthusiasm, but in this cranky world we are living in today, things are what they are and we have to persist to achieve our objective – long term staying in Greece.

                You no longer can just hop on a plane and nip over to a Greek island… well you can, but you will know the difference between pre-Brexit and now when you arrive at airport immigration.

                This site covers so many related topics, just do your own research in here, using the search function.

                I appreciate you finding our Brits in Crete Forum and hope you find the way to enjoy the best of retirement in Crete.

                By the way, as I write it is beautiful today. Check out the weather in Chania  Prefecture, including Kalives!

                Hope that is helpful

                Gerald/admin

                 

                 

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                Lynda and Mick
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                    Hi we are also looking at retiring to Crete and have just joined the forum, we did look at it several years ago and did not go ahead which with hindsight seems a big mistake. It does seem complicated although we have been in touch with a lawyer in Chania who seems to be able to help us through the process, (not going to be cheap though). We have only been to Crete twice and did not see much of the Island, we stayed near Kissamos, we visited Paxos for many years but property is too expensive there and as we have got older we realise we need to go to a bigger Island with more facilities. We will be interested to see how you all get on with your move.

                    Take care

                    Lynda

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                        Lynda and Mick, Email sent, several tries but it has now gone through.

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                        Lynda and Mick
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                            Yes we have it thanks

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