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  • #30554
    YoMo2
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        A number of people in Lasithi have had major problems getting houses built by a company called GDP.  They are based in Heraklion.  A lot of money has been lost.  Court judgments have been won against him, but cannot be enforced as he seems to have gone to ground.  Has anyone had experience of this company, or does anyone know how to track down Mr George Petridis?

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        #31001
        Lawman
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            Homes from Hell! Ha, ha! First you have to get through the conmen from hell.

            Having beaten off two attempts to chiesel us out of our money in our early days of buying we keep a weather eye open on the site for related topics. Out of curiosity though; has anyone heard of a successful indictment & prosecution out here of any of the many rogue property con men?

            #31300
            GEORGE PETRIDIS
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                THIS IS MR GEORGE PETRIDIS ANSWERING THIS TOPIC.
                UNLIKELY "YOMO2" AND "THE LAWMAN" I’M NOT HIDING BEHIND A "NICKNAME" OR A "NO NAME"
                MORE OVER I’M NOT HIDING FROM ANYONE.
                I MEET 25 PEOPLE PER DAY AS AN AVERAGE, BIG PART OF WHICH ARE PEOPLE INTERESTED TO OBTAIN PROPERTY IN CRETE.
                MY TEL NUMBER IS 6949402721. IT’S WRITTEN EVERYWHERE AND ON EACH AND EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF MY COMPANY’S WEBSITE http://WWW.GDP.GR. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THERE.
                I WILL GLADLY MEET ANYONE WHO CALLS THIS NUMBER AND WANTS TO MEET ME IN PERSON.
                I HAVE A COMPANY CALLED G.D.P PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AND BUILD VILLAS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF CRETE.
                REGARDING THE TOPIC WRITTEN BY “YOMO2”,  I MUST SAY THAT IT IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE.
                THESE ARE RUMORS CREATED BY THREE COUPLES, WHO MET ME IN ONE OF THE PROPERTY SHOWS WE PARTICIPATED IN THE UK BY "A PLACE IN THE SUN".
                I BUILT THEM THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSES IN MILATOS. I WILL PUBLISH THE PICTURES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN SEE MY WORK. I HAVE OF COURSE A FULL SET OF PICTURES TO PROVE THAT IT WAS G.D.P CREWS WHO STARTED AND FINISHED THESE HOUSES.
                THESE ENGLISH CROOKS AGREED FOR HOUSES THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD, IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND WHEN I FINISHED THEM AND ASKED FOR MY MONEY THEY REFUSED TO PAY ME.
                THEY PRESENT THEMSELVES AS RICH PEOPLE BUT THEY WERE SIMPLE WORKERS IN THE UK ,ENJOYING NOW THEIR VERY HIGH QUALITY G.D.P HOMES, WHICH THEY SHOW OFF IN EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
                NOW THAT THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED, THEY EVEN REACHED OTHER CLIENTS OF MINE, HIDING BEHIND A LOCAL BUILDER AND OFFERED TO BUILD THE SAME HOUSES , WHICH THOSE PEOPLE  HAVE AGREED TO BUILD WITH G.D.P, FOR LESS MONEY , TAKING ADVANTAGE OF INFORMATION I ENTRUSTED THEM WITH, DURING THE TIME I THOUGHT THEY WERE MY FRIENDS.
                MOREOVER,  THEY STARTED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME AND MY COMPANY TO HARM ME AND MY BUSINESS AND TO SHUT ME DOWN, SO THAT THEY SKIP PAYMENT ON THE ONE HAND AND PERHAPS GET CLIENTS AND EARN MONEY ON THE OTHER.
                THEY WILL PAY THOUGH WHAT’S OWED, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
                YOU SEE, UNLIKELY THE OTHER NO-NAME,  WITH THE USER NAME  “LAWMAN” SAYS , GREEK JUSTICE IS SLOW, BUT IT IS ALSO IMPECCABLE. AND SOON ENOUGH, WHOEVER IS RIGHT OR WRONG WILL FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.
                AS FOR YOU MR “LAWMAN” IF YOU HAVE SUCH A HIGH OPINION OF THIS COUNTRY’S LEGAL SYSTEM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
                SELL YOUR GREEK PROPERTY AND LEAVE.
                WHERE WILL YOU GO?
                BACK TO BRITAIN?
                YOU LEFT UK FOR THE SAME REASONS THAT ALMOST EVERY ENGLISH PERSON HAS, WHICH BOUGHT PROPERTY IN GREECE AND MOVED OUT OF THE UK:
                HIGH TAXATION, EXPENSIVE LIFE, POOR QUALITY OF LIFE, NO REAL FRIENDS  ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC.
                PERHAPS YOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT PROPERTY IN EGYPT OR MOROCCO. TODAY,  YOU WOULD HAVE BIG PROBLEMS, MY FRIEND.
                PERHAPS YOU SHOULD SELL OUT HERE AND GO TO TURKEY. THAT’S A LOVELY PLACE TO LIVE.  THERE, JUSTICE IS BETTER.
                IN THE HOPE TO PUT SOME SENCE TO PEOPLE I REMAIN

                WITH KIND REGARDS
                GEORGE PETRIDIS
                MANAGER-OWNER
                G.D.P PROPERTY DEVELOPERS-CONTRACTORS

                #31520
                Kritikos
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                    Dear Mr Petridis,

                    That’s well said but please don’t write all in caps letters, on Internet the meaning is that your are shouting  :)

                    Only one thing sounds strange to me : how could you "meet 25 people per day as an average" and have a serious talk with them ? I think that you mean that your company meet those people, non only you alone.

                    About the main part of your message, it is normal : you succeed, you do nice work, you are well established … so you make some people coming jealous … nothing new under the sun !

                    Let the time and the justice doing some work and go ahead with you business !

                    You need customers but good customers, not dishonest idiots.

                    Regards

                    Andreas
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                    #31673
                    scooby
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                        Well done Mr Petridis for coming on here and being so open. There are always two sides to every story and although I don’t know which is true I am sure, like you say, the courts will decide.

                        #31794
                        GEORGE PETRIDIS
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                            Dear Kritikos and scooby, thank you for your kind words.

                            I wrote in caps, as a habit, because I also reply all my emails to clients in caps.
                            This way, in a row of several emails between me and my client one can easily distinguish which ones are mine.
                            In the specific forum, I’m not shouting. I’m perfectly calm and sure about what I’m writing. Thanks for the tip anyway.

                            When I say that I meet 25 people a day, it does not include only clients but also other people who I do business with such as subcontractors, material suppliers, etc or people of my daily routine, such as civil engineers, employees of banks or administration, lawyers etc.
                            What I meant to say is that I have not disappeared from the face of the earth, like “Yomo2” wrote, but I’m almost everywhere in Heraklion, every day, meeting many people.

                            I’m not a blogger. I don’t visit nor write in forums. I’m too busy to invest time for such a habit.
                            To be honest I don’t really trust forums either. I know there is a lot of information shared in them, but apart from a very few exceptions, where the blog-forum  owner decides what’s published and what isn’t,  big part of the suggestions made or advice given, come from people who have no idea what they are talking about.

                            Specific information and advice, must always be given by specific professionals, who have the knowledge and the experience to inform, advise, suggest and these professionals don’t write in forums. They can be found in their offices and they charge a fee for their work.

                            Greek professionals are serious and reliable. I advise people to go to them and judge for themselves, who they will do business with and who they will not.

                            One more reason that I don’t trust forums, is that information, such as this about me and my business, regardless of it being true or not ,will inevitability make potential G.D.P clients skeptical about G.D.P.

                            Therefore, up to a point, Yomo2 has succeeded.
                            Now, unfortunately, my lawyers will have to track him down and will be forced to take legal action against him.

                            Greek courts are very sensitive for cases where income is lost for a company, due to groundless libels.

                            #31888
                            Topdriller
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                                As Scooby says, there are always two and often three sides to every story, and I wholeheartedly agree that it’s refreshing to see the developer/ builder coming onto this forum and giving his side.

                                There is no doubt that all Cretan builders / developers are under pressure right now because of the global recession, the Greek austerity measures etc.  Likewise, and as Mr Petridis states, there is also pressure on people who began their dream a few years back and have seen sterling fall through the floor, may have lost their own job, not been able to retire as they once planned etc. etc.

                                I would just add – and if Mr Petridis is correct – then  why have "court judgments been won against him…" as YoMo2 stated in his original post?

                                More importantly – at least as far as I’m concerned – if someone does come onto this or any forum to have a go at a builder / developer or anyone for that matter – they should not hide behind a pseudonym.  YoMo2 publicly named and accused Mr Petridis but has not had the courage or belief to sign their own accusation.

                                Mr Petridis has quite obviously not "gone to ground" as YoMo2 alluded to and he should be congratulated for coming onto this forum and pointing out that his accusers have hidden behind false names whilst making such damning comments re him and his company.

                                Jon

                                #31966
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                                    4D76697D6B7075757C6B190 wrote: Mr Petridis has quite obviously not "gone to ground" as YoMo2 alluded to and he should be congratulated for coming onto this forum and pointing out that his accusers have hidden behind false names whilst making such damning comments re him and his company.

                                    Jon

                                    I quite agree Jon.

                                    Interesting that so many of those developers who have been the subject of adverse publicity on the site have been ex pats or have ex pat connections. Unfortunately they never had the integrity to stand up for themselves when they and their actions became the subject of debate. But then of course they were off, home and dry having lined their pockets at the expense of those they ripped off.

                                    Kathleen

                                    #32026
                                    scooby
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                                        I always advise people buying here to hold back at least 10,000 EUR until they are completely happy with everything. Once you have paid up, the usual case is you won’t see the builder again.

                                        #32070
                                        mikedunn
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                                            Note to admin: This is a rather libellous title for this thread – I think it should be changed.

                                            #32102
                                            latsida
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                                                bit late now the damage is done 

                                                #32124
                                                YoMo2
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                                                    There are many reasons why I would rather not identify myself, none of them sinister.  Just protection.  I’m not terribly surprised Mr Petridis has poped up to defend the indefensible, his total plausibility is the reason so many people have been cheated out of their money.  I’m not going to sit here and refute his nonsense point by point.  He will just come back and deny everything.  What I will say is that you cannot believe a single word he says.  He lives in his own little world where white is black and vice versa.  For all I know he is schizophrenic.

                                                    The fact remains that a court judgment has been given against him and the court officials cannot track him down to serve it.  Whether this is a reflection on Greek justice, or his powers of evasion, I do not know.

                                                    I have personal experience of many lies by this man; this is why I would like to know where he lives.  I notice that in his full and open response he does not tell us his residential address.  Because then the bailiffs would be paying him a visit.

                                                    His complete denial of what is said about him is of course what you would expect.  He has the ability to tell a total untruth as though it is gospel truth.  In fact it is because his lies are so outrageous that people believe him.

                                                    I would also remind him that although I said nothing at all libellous, just facts, his response is full of libels against ordinary people who have lost significant amounts of money through his dealings.

                                                    I did not start this thread to wash dirty linen in public, and I do not now ask Pr Petridis why he has not complied with the judgment against him or paid fines or gone to prison.  I note he makes no mention of any of this.

                                                    So again I ask anyone who has an address for this man to let me know.

                                                    #32143
                                                    scooby
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                                                        Just want to be clear about a couple of things on this subject. First of all to Mr Petridis, my words were not kind at all as i was just stating a fact that there are 2 sides to every story. It is also a shame things could not have been worked out between yourselves instead of the expense and time of going through the court system.

                                                        #32159
                                                        YoMo2
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                                                            Scooby

                                                            As you might guess, these people only resorted to the courts after years of fruitless discussions with no result other than ending up feeling fools.

                                                            #32175
                                                            YoMo2
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                                                                In response to a suggestion by Admin, I have supplied to him, the details of the court judgments against Mr Petridis, including the full court reference.  I have posted part of my response below in substantiation of my original posting to learn this mans address.

                                                                The reference number of the court judgment is XXXX/2010, announced on XX/XX/2010.  There are two other similar judgments.  All three judgments carry a 1000 euro fine and three months prison for non-compliance.  Mr Petridis has failed to comply and arrest warrants have been issued, but he cannot be found so they can be executed.

                                                                As part of these cases, the plaintiffs supplied bank statements and other financial documentation to show that they have in fact paid the full contract price for their houses, and these submissions were accepted by the court.

                                                                I think people need to now look again at the nonsense in Mr Petridis’ post and see it for what it is.

                                                                #32190
                                                                GEORGE PETRIDIS
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                                                                    PART 1

                                                                    Dear users of the Britsincrete.com forum,

                                                                    I was not planning on coming back into this forum, but under the circumstances I have to.

                                                                    Only, I’m afraid it will take more than just a couple of sentences to clarify a few things and hope that I won’t tire you too much.

                                                                    Like I’ve already explained, I don’t join forums. I also don’t talk to people on the phone a lot. I prefer to meet people and talk to them face to face. You can understand and realize many things about someone, if you look at his face. Like for example you can tell if he is lying.

                                                                    This is why I can’t understand this anonymity in forums, like this one, which starts from the very owners of the website “BritsinCrete.com”, where no address or contact phone number is mentioned and continues to its members and users.

                                                                    Please, everybody, don’t misunderstand my words.

                                                                    I do not criticize BritsinCrete.com nor its users for this anonymity. I do understand the purpose and the good intentions of this forum to protect and advise their fellow countrymen, who wish to buy property in Greece.

                                                                    But why can’t this be done by people who use their real names and addresses?

                                                                    I believe that everyone will benefit from it, because people who identify themselves will be even more cautious of what they write, therefore the shared information will be more reliable and consequently the forum itself will be more authentic and reliable.

                                                                    But that’s just me.

                                                                    Coming back to YoMo2, I see that he continues to hide behind his pseudonym and denies to reveal his name for “no sinister” reasons. Well, I think he has serious reasons to hide as I will explain below.

                                                                    He stated that “he is not going to sit here and refute my nonsense, point by point”.
                                                                    Yet, he comes back to give more information, to prove his case.
                                                                    Only this information is partial – not complete – and it is used in such a way as to deceit and make an impression and not serve the truth.

                                                                    So let’s take a closer look at this information.

                                                                    There is a financial dispute between my company and three English couples. I will not get into much detail of that now, but I will give all relevant information to anyone who asks for it, anytime.
                                                                    I was appointed to design and build them their houses in Crete. These people, making use of an article in our Agreement Contract, have requested additional works and more expensive fittings than the ones initially agreed.
                                                                    I have agreed to that, did everything they asked, but when I went back to ask for the additional amounts, I was rejected, with silly excuses. Their houses were still being constructed at the time.
                                                                    Even though there was still financial abeyance, amongst us, G.D.P did not stop building, but completed their houses, and delivered them to their owners.
                                                                    I did get paid the agreed amounts of the initial agreements, but I got never paid for the extra works and more expensive fittings I installed.
                                                                    In an effort to conclude this, I have left out of the bill, a significant number of their houses’ “add-ons” and offered them to my clients free of charge. Still, the remaining amounts had to be paid. Again, regardless of my efforts, I have not succeeded to get paid. And let me add, that I’m not talking about additional amounts of just a couple of thousand Euros. In one of these cases this disputed amount is about 50000Euros.

                                                                    This is why I had to search for a resolution in the Greek court.

                                                                    Following my legal counselors’ advice, and as a means of pressure, in order to force them pay their debt, I have not paid small part of their house IKA, (an amount which was significantly smaller than the amounts owed to G.D.P) and refused to hand over all relevant invoices to them, even though I was obliged to, based on our Agreement.

                                                                    But on the other hand, why, should I have done it, if my work and additional expenses have not been paid in full, by them, in the first place?????

                                                                    Moreover, they all came at me as a group and not individually, in order to make ends meet, which signified an organized plan against me, as well as their bad intentions, not to resolve this peacefully, but to try and present themselves as victims and at the end skip payment.

                                                                    I’m sorry, but no matter how hard I try to see this differently, I can’t.

                                                                    So their lawyer, who obviously knows the Greek Law, has sued me for not having paid IKA and at the same time made an application, (the exact legal term is “Asfalistika Metra”) to retrieve the invoices.

                                                                    “Asfalistika metra” are dealt with sooner than financial disputes, by the Greek courts, because they concern documents only.
                                                                    So I was asked to present myself to court, which I did of course to defend myself, eventhough I knew from the beginning that regardless of any financial dispute, the invoices must be handed over.

                                                                    #32203
                                                                    GEORGE PETRIDIS
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                                                                        PART 2

                                                                        The court decided and asked me to hand over the requested documents and – please pay close attention here – “threatened” with a financial penalty of 1000Euros and 3 months imprisonment, in the case that I don’t comply.

                                                                        Legally, this is no direct order for 1000Euros to be paid or any arrest warrants to be issued.

                                                                        Moreover, this decision does not imply, in any way, that people lost their money from me, or that they have paid in full for their houses, or that they are right and I’m wrong in this whole thing or vice versa, as YoMo2 states in his misleading, untruthful posts.

                                                                        This decision’s number is 3258/2010. It has been published on 18th October 2010 and has been legally served to me, at my office on 19th November 2010, at 10:00am by the bailiff, Irini Velivassaki, after she has called me on the phone and arranged an appointment with me.

                                                                        Because there are three couples in this, there are three decisions with exactly the same content. Obviously there is no case of several court judgments, implying many convictions against me, like YoMo2 says.

                                                                        NO OTHER COURT HEARING, CONSERNING MY FINANCIAL DISPUTE WITH THESE PEOPLE HAS TAKEN PLACE TILL TODAY.

                                                                        Through this forum, I commit myself, that I will provide a copy of this court decision, to anyone, who will ask for it, at anytime.

                                                                        Now, coming back to YoMo2 again. I was surprised to see his “strange, full of frustration” reaction, after my response and the rest of the forum users’ posts, who welcomed my interference.

                                                                        He wrote about me:

                                                                        “I popped up to defend the indefensible”, “I live in my own little world” , “I’m schizophrenic”, “I have the ability to tell a total untruth as though it is gospel truth”, “My lies are so outrageous, that people believe me” etc, etc, etc, etc.

                                                                        P L E A S E ! ! ! !

                                                                        Does YoMo2 have such a low opinion of the British peoples’ intelligence?

                                                                        Does he imply that British clients talk to me and even though they see I’m a paranoid, sweet talker, they immediately buy homes from me, without talking to other estate agents or builders first?

                                                                        I should take that as a compliment, but I swear, I have never met such a client in my life. Please, if there is such a client anywhere, point him to me.
                                                                        This is my dream: to find someone, who I will talk to about G.D.P and our products and he will make up his mind for us on the spot.
                                                                        None of G.D.P clients, including the ones who I have this dispute, have agreed to make a deal with us, before they have talked to many other agents or builders first. Many of them have also talked to professionals from other parts of Greece, like Peloponese, Corfu, Lefkas, before they decided to buy property from us.

                                                                        YoMo2 said “he has personal experience of many lies by me” suggesting that he knows me in person.

                                                                        So I’m asking you directly, Andrew:

                                                                        What lies have I ever told you about anyone or anything? I don’t ever, recall having made a single discussion with you about anything.

                                                                        Why didn’t you talk to me about all this, when you approached me and my foremen, while I was giving directions to my caterpillar drivers, to prepare an excavation for a client’s house, that I’m now building in front of yours in Milatos?

                                                                        Why did you only ask me, in a sleazy “kind” manner, to be cautious not to destroy, by mistake, the water supply connection of your house, which has been placed within the diggers’ working area, but forgot to ask me about my private address?

                                                                        Most important, if the police and bailiffs are looking for me, as you say, why didn’t you call them then? I was around for at least one hour. You were watching the whole time.

                                                                        YES, I KNOW WHO YoMo2 IS.
                                                                        All I had to do is look at his previous posts to find out.

                                                                        Here in Greece, if a real man has a problem with another man, he stands before him and talks about it with him. He never talks about it with others first. Nor does he talk to him as if everything is ok and then goes on the web, spreading rumors about him, hiding behind a nickname.

                                                                        I don’t know about the UK but here in Greece, we call these people “cowards”.

                                                                        To whom it might concern, I know this man, Andrew, by name only. I have never had any business with him in the past and therefore I could not have lied to him about anything.
                                                                        All I know about him, is that he is a craftsman, half British half Cypriot, who does small repairs to houses of people and small renovations on demand, around Milatos, and Sissi area, in East Crete.

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                                                                        GEORGE PETRIDIS
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                                                                            PART 3

                                                                            He tried to take advantage of my issues with these clients of mine, and retrieved valuable information about other G.D.P clients, by them, such as names, addresses, contact numbers, type of houses and amounts agreed with G.D.P to build those houses in the near future  and approached them, trying to convince them to cancel their contracts with G.D.P and do business with him. He has used exactly the same tactic, he uses in this forum: slander and minced words.

                                                                            I got this information by my clients themselves, who got alarmed and very annoyed. Some of them even said to me “George, please do something about this bur (Andrew)”, because no matter what they told him, he was persistent and kept coming back. Where he himself could not have results, he put the other ex-clients of mine to continue applying pressure, of course all for a reward, I assume, as soon as the objective has been reached.

                                                                            Andrew’s intentions are quite obvious to me.

                                                                            I will not refer to this man further on. Besides, he is too small for me to be bothered. My lawyers will deal with him.

                                                                            However, I will address the users of this forum, as well as everyone else, who has read or will read this tread in the future.

                                                                            G.D.P has built and is still building some of Crete’s most beautiful houses. Recently our activities expanded to Peloponese and specifically in Killini (North Peloponese).

                                                                            We are not perfect. We cannot keep everyone happy. We also have our problems. Sometimes small, sometimes big.

                                                                            But we don’t cheat our clients. Until today we have never left a client’s house unfinished.
                                                                            These people, who G.D.P has the dispute with, live in their G.D.P Homes and today they have the luxury to prepare, whichever complaints and demands against G.D.P in the living room of the very homes, which G.D.P crews built for them.

                                                                            We could have turned this whole thing into a nightmare for them, block the construction and leave them with unfinished homes, until this whole thing is cleared.

                                                                            But we didn’t.

                                                                            I dare anyone to get into any G.D.P Home to realize the very high quality standards of our work. You can even go to the houses of these people, who we have this dispute. I will give names and addresses to anyone who will ask me.

                                                                            Go there, close your ears and look at the houses themselves. If you have a house already, you will recognize the advantages of G.D.P Homes immediately.

                                                                            Even at difficult times such as these we are living today, G.D.P has a vivid construction activity, because we offer a safe environment for our clients.

                                                                            We build first and then get paid and all under the umbrella of a Bank product, tailored specifically for G.D.P , which provides safety to both client and builder.

                                                                            I only have one last request and with this I will close my post:

                                                                            To all of you , who intend to have a house built in Greece, regardless of what you think about what’s been written in this tread, give us the chance to show you G.D.P Homes and present our services.

                                                                            And don’t be afraid.

                                                                            GREECE has problems but is safe.

                                                                            If you have a dream of a house here, there are people who have the power to make it real. It only needs persistence and patience.

                                                                            HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!

                                                                            With kind regards
                                                                            George Petridis
                                                                            Manager-Owner
                                                                            G.D.P Property Developers – Contractors

                                                                            Edited:for reason stated in "admin" posting below

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                                                                            Topdriller
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                                                                                Having built a house on Crete, I know all too well how the costs can escalate.  Unlike some on this forum, I decided to build my house as a Greek would i.e. hired in the various disciplines at each stage e.g excavator, framer, concrete, brickie, plasterer, electrician, plumber, tiler etc but only after getting quotes, checking out their previous work etc.

                                                                                This method is not for everyone and I’m not sure the house we finally ended up with couldn’t have been built cheaper had we found a good developer and paid an all in price.

                                                                                However, we know the quality of each and every bit of material used, the price of every part bought etc.

                                                                                I only mention the above because I also know how easy it is to spend more when it comes to finishes e.g. the kitchen, the appliances, the tiles, the bathrooms, the taps etc, etc.

                                                                                And it’s not just the lady of the house who over spends.  I remember going to Terizis (a big tile, bathroom, kitchen shop in Chania) and falling in love with €50 per metre granite tiles.  We have an open plan main floor and after much deliberation I bought 100 sqm.  The tiles are beautiful and 6 years on I’m glad I bought them but it was a major extravagance.

                                                                                Having read Mr Petridis’ three page reply I can understand how someone sitting in the UK can agree to a higher quality tile, bathroom, kitchen than the one originally agreed to.

                                                                                His argument seems to be that a completed house build price was agreed at the outset and a contract signed to that effect.  A developer normally sets a price for all finishings e.g. the tile of your choice up to €20 a metre, the taps of your choice up to a certain price etc.  If the purchaser comes out to Crete – as I did during the house build – and finds a better, nicer tile, tap etc. and tells the developer they want it then the final price will obviously go up.

                                                                                Also, and if like me, you let your heart rule your head then you can find yourself with an escalating budget because of the higher cost / standard of materials bought.

                                                                                I have no idea if "Andrew" and the two other British couples fell into this trap but if so then the only recourse the developer would have to retrieve his additional spend would be to with hold the invoices (IKA payments), not pay the IKA or, not complete the house until the additional monies were paid.

                                                                                Perhaps the problem here is communication although if you read Mr Petridis’ written explanation above you’d think he was English i.e. how many Greeks would use a term like "moreover" when writing in a foreign language?

                                                                                Perhaps I’m just a gullible old fool but – and having built a house here on Crete – I know how my own costs escalated even though I was both client and developer.

                                                                                Jon

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                                                                                    I built my house the same way as you. I’m not one of the three couples involved. There are others, by the way. I’m just angry for my friends. I have never pestered his clients for business, I am retired, I’m not interested.

                                                                                    Funny, isn’t it, that in his gargantuan post, nowhere does Mr P concede that in fact my original post was quite true not "completely untrue" as he labelled it. There have been problems, and he does have judgments against him. And guess what, we still don’t know his home address so the arrest warrants can be executed.

                                                                                    I may respond later to the rest of the nonsense, but to be honest,since I never started out to have a public debate on this, it does seem a bit tedious.

                                                                                    Andrew

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