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jordan6223
12/23/2017 10:55 EST

My wife and I have just put our house up for sale here in the Algarve in Portugal (east) because of getting older and too far from amenities. It's beautiful here, very quiet and walking (with 2 dogs) without seeing anyone is quite normal. I have my heart set on Corfu but my wife says (she's read up on it) that it's more expensive than Portugal. But I noticed online somewhere that Corfu, in general, is just a little more inexpensive than here in the Algarve.
Who can give us some good, honest advice about the cost of living in Corfu? Tell us about the weather, the culture, wildlife (in particular reptiles) etc.
Does anyone live in the south near the lake? It's probably more flat there so that one can ride bicycle.

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yanni
12/23/2017 22:13 EST

Hello,I dont live on Corfu,Im in Athens and have built a cottage near Loutraki and Corinthos.I had been reading up lately about life on Corfu,looking at various posts etc..There are lots of expats there if you want some back-up for friendship and help.It is an island so food may be a little more expensive,but you would be able to source local milk,yogurt,eggs,veg and fruit.Lots of Greeks have now turned to growing food as a means of living and often go biological.It is a nice island,lots of green,lots to do,has lots of Englishy things to do,social clubs between the expats,music evenings,trips around by coach,I think you would like it.perhaps there is sometimes the need to go to the mainland for medical care.It does rain a lot there in the winter from November onwards,high winds.Attiki where I am has probably the best weather of Greece,the winters are fairly easy which suits me real good,I hate cold,long periods of it anyway.Have you thought about mainland to live,Loutraki is very nice,the area is one of outstanding beauty with mountains and sea,just a short distance to Athens for popping on ferries to islands,got to enjoy yourself.There is a wonderful sea-fed lake close by at Loutraki,its spectacular with an ancient site nearby.It also boasts refurbished health spa mountain water pools.Everything you need there,I like the calm post office,Athens is madness.Good luck with your decision.but remember health care.

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jordan6223
12/24/2017 12:04 EST

Thanks Yanni, health care is our number 1. I'll look into Loutraki and Corinthos.
It's nice to have an easy climate as you call it. Which airport is nearest by? Is it Athens? Anything for rent near the sea (sea views) and for sale ?

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olivialee
1/3/2018 04:30 EST

I suppose you`ve made a right decision! There is no ideal time for buying a house or changing a place of living. All is individually. Someone at the age of 25 can have money to buy a house, and someone in 35 can not buy. . I`ve bought a villa in Athens when I was 44 and have no regrets at all! The villa is gorgeous! I bought in through this agency https://housage.co.uk/Greece/Athens/house/, they did everything. It is never to late to change your life!

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yanni
1/3/2018 10:02 EST

Hello,just seen your post,lots for sale and to rent around Corinthos and Loutraki,rents are cheap now here and the renter does not pay the property tax,the owner does.The airport is very close by with the train going straight into the airport,stressless,great doctors around as well.Having had health issues for some years I know that as we get older its important to be near all facilities.If you want any more advice please do ask.

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jordan6223
1/3/2018 15:17 EST

My wife and I have taken the decision not to come and live in Greece, because it's too complicated at this moment, Greece being in the state that it is. If buying a house there and wanting to sell it again, it would be almost impossible and if you can't shift it then you'll have a big problem.
On the other hand it's a good time to buy now and there's some very nice houses in very nice locations to be bought.
Good luck everyone.

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geraldincrete
1/11/2018 06:58 EST

You made a concrete decision. Immovable property is the most difficult asset to sell. I moved to Greece (Crete) for example before everything ballooned. I love it here. But with the world's uncertainties the way they are, I would always rent, if we are over 50, and save everything in easy to dispose assets. Today Greece is recovering so if we are young it is a great time to invest. Plenty of property choices for a first home, based on the fact we need somewhere to live. But like so many financial decisions today, I ask people to ask themselves to invest when they can afford to lose it all.... Otherwise play safe.

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