Buying a house in Crete – Old or New?

There are potential benefits in considering the purchase of an old house, as distinct from finding a plot of land and building a new house. These are;

  • The beaurocratic procedures of licenses and permits is less costly and quicker because the house already exists. In some cases there may be no need at all for such procedures.
  • Although there may be a need for repairs and modernisation, old houses are mostly built with strong stone walls – which give character to them.
  • Locations are usually in villages. The advantage is that trades people selling; fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, yoghurt and other local produce, usually call regularly at the villages which reduces the need for shopping trips.
  • Many villages have a regular service of comfortable air-conditioned buses to main centres, which means it is not always necessary to use a car.
  • Houses themselves are often picturesque and enjoy pleasant views.

On the other hand today's new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Here's a quick list of the Top 10 Reasons why so many home buyers prefer new homes (recent constructed) to used houses:

1. Design Your Dream Home Your Way: Why settle for someone else's choices? Select your favorite floor coverings, kitchen fixtures, cabinets, appliances, bath and general decoration. Your new home will reflect your taste, not someone else's.

2. Choose a Floorplan and Room Layout that Meets Your Needs: Want a Master Bedroom on the first floor? With massive his and her's walk-in closets? Done! With high ceilings and a luxurious, resort-style Master Bath? Would you like a sitting room with fireplace in your Owner's Suite? French Doors opening to a private patio or the pool? Build your Master Suite, your way.

3. All New, Under Warranty: A used home has tired products that may soon need replacing. Your new home -- and the products that comprise it -- are brand-new and under warranty. What's the cost to replace a roof, appliances and countertop or water heater on a used home? Those same components of your new home feature the latest designs and building materials -- and they offer years of comfort and enjoyment before needing replacement.

4. Energy and Cost savings: Today's new homes are far more energy efficient than homes built just five years ago, and no comparison to homes that are 10, 20 or even more years old. New homes offer much higher levels of performance in heating, cooling, and insulation. Why settle for drafty, energy-wasting single-pane windows in a used home? Many new homes offer double or even triple-pane windows with special coatings and inert gases between layers of glass that save energy in both heating and cooling season.

5. Comfort and Indoor Air Quality: Today's new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes not in place in the past. They combine high-performance energy efficiency with state of the art ventilation and air filtration. The result is year-round, consistent and draft-free comfort with higher indoor air quality.

6. Low Maintenance: New cars today are computer-designed and computer-equipped and they perform far more reliably than a 10 or 20 year old car. Homes are the same. Today's new homes not only have open floorplans and high ceilings to reflect the way we live today, they're also made of state-of-the-art building products that require less care and maintenance.

7. Community Amenities: Many new homes are built in lavish, Master-Planned Communities with state of the art Community Centers, Pools and Clubhouses. Many new home communities feature hiking trails, protected open lands, and some of the best new schools and shopping nearby or even within your new home community.

8. Advanced Technology and Design: It's possible to replace all of the single-pane windows in a resale home with state of the art high performance windows. It's also possible to add insulation to a used home. However, it is very expensive to replace out of date appliances, cabinets and counter-tops in that used home. And it's simply not realistic to dream of high ceilings on the first floor of a 10 year old two-story home. All the more reason to build it your way for the way you live today.

9. Safety: State of the art circuit breakers. Electric garage door openers with infrared beams that stop if a tricycle or child is too near. High-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that use the latest environmentally-friendly coolants. Cabinets, carpets and paints that use fewer Volatile Organic Compounds so you and your family can breathe easier.

10. That New Home Feel: A used home was someone else's dream, reflecting someone else's choices, and someone else's family memories. You may love avocado-green appliances and you may be willing to scrub stained countertops or grease-encrusted ovens and cooktops but more and more people prefer that never lived-in feel.

How can we help?

We are a well established local company with excellent connections, and so are usually able to identify a suitable property for clients’ needs. We can undertake the whole process of purchase, technical advice, and project management in the case of restoration or modernisation, including all necessary beaurocratic processes.

Give us a brief description of what you might be interested to buy, and we will se what we can do.

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