First time ever in a chat room so bear with me please.
I am currently selling my house in the uk and am seriously thinking of taking the plunge and moving to corfu for keeps having threatened to do it for years and years.
Where is the best place for me to start? how do I learn - where is the best place to live, how does it all work, how do I find a job, what is health care like for those living there permanently is it best to buy a house from here in the uk or rent first and then buy?
Firstly you do not find many in the Chat Room during the day, but the evening is a different matter. Plus quite a few of the members are on their holidays at this time of year, hence less in the Chat Room. It is case of perservering, and keeping an eye on the Chat List.
Taking the plunge. Only this morning there have been many posts on this subject which gives a lot of valuable information on the do's and dont's of moving to Corfu. Rest assured, no one is against people making the move, whether it is for business, pleasure, or just to retire. You can gain a mountain of information from this Forum (Greek Life) alone, just browse through the various topics and read to your hearts content. You will find links to the professionals who are established in Corfu, and will help you and guide you to what ever you decide to do.
There also many people who just live in Corfu (Ex Pats) who are in the tourist business, and indeed who have just retired to Corfu, they also will give valuable information, and the right avenues to take.
Firstly, as I said, take a good look through this forum, and if you have any questions, get back with another post, and some one will give further advice or at least put you on to people who can. I have given you a link below, which is based around making the move to Corfu, by some one who already as. At least it will give you an insight as to what to expect. I have read and it has, as well as others given me a lot of advice. We intend to move to Corfu also.
There are also a FEW Brits who live in Corfu who are NOT in the tourist industry and NOT in the building/estate agency business. Most, if not all of these will give advice from experience (taking into account that everyone's experiences are different due to who they dealt with at the time)
You should really come over here at the start or end of the season to have a good look around, one reason is that some of the Estate Agents will treat you as a potential customer and not just a nuisance window shopper, or even charge you per visit for viewing properties (anecdotal only, I have no first hand eveidence of this practice) and of course those who wish to sell may reduce their price closer to winter to force a sale.
There are many apartments for rent during the off season months at very reasonable prices,,,,,, go on,,, take the plunge, join the Ex Pats for a winter in Corfu.
If you get nothing else from this post then at least have this,
The more you know, the less it will cost !!!!
Message posted by Corfiot Mag on 20 July 2004 at 8:35am - IP Logged
If you've not got long term experience of Corfu, I would advise renting for a few months (including winter) to see if you really can get on with the life here.
There is one estate agent that charges for viewings but say they charge no commision on the purchase. Don't know of this is true or not. I agree with the others though, if you have no friends or contacts in Corfu then rent first, sus out all the details and then buy if that's still want you want. We are lucky in having friends there that we have visited on numerous occassions both in and out of season before we decided to buy. Even then we will not be moving over for a few years yet so can still just view it as an investment potential! Mind you it would take a lot to convince me not to retire to the island that we have come to love...
Message posted by david & laura on 23 July 2004 at 12:47am - IP Logged
Sailor dont say ex pats, it sounds terrible, they are people who love the place and have moved, when you move to a beautiful island like Corfu with all those wonderful friendly greek people just be part of the place and join in, ex pats reminds me of people who move to spain then go to english only bars eat fish and chips, sorry not being rude, move to Corfu and be part of it.
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