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Property On Crete.Com - Late in the summer of 2004 we decided to book a last minute holiday in Crete.We had already visited the Chania end of the island several times previously and had enjoyed it immensly, this time we decided that perhaps the other end of the island would be worth looking at. Our flight was arriving fairly late in the evening so we decided to stay in Hersonissos for two nights to enable us to visit Knossos and the surrounding area. I have to say that we were very dissappointed with Hersonissos and could not wait to move on to Sitia where we were staying for the rest of our holiday.

The journey to Sitia became very beautiful after passing Agios Nikolaos, it was like another world, the scenery was breathtaking and on arrival in Sitia we were sure that this was going to be an excellent choice for a holiday.

We stayed at Petras at the far end of the beach of Sitia, and new immediately that it was love at first sight, the people, the scenery, the villages we just loved every aspect of it.

After a few days we were shopping in Sitia and came across the Property on Crete Office, we looked in with interest at the property for sale in the window (It seems to be what a lot of Brits do when they are on holiday) and just decided on the spur of the moment to pop in and just ask a few questions regarding property in the area for sale.

Yes this was the first time we met George Mavromatis, Joy and Fran, we asked the questions and received all the right answers without any pressure at all. George suggested that should we be interested he would show us a selection of properties cost and obligation free.

The following morning at 9.30 our search began, George and Joy showed us a wide variety of types and styles of property at locations around the Lassithi provence. a delightful experience and we did not return until 7.00 p.m. when they dropped us off it Sitia.

We returned to our accommodation and talked at length about what we had seen, but decided that although there were lots of places we liked none of them quite ticked all the boxes, so the following morning we returned to the office feeling just a little down in the mouth to explain that nothing had quite ticked all the boxes.

We explained to George and Joy what we had discussed the night before and were surprised when George told us that it wasn't a problem as you had to be really sure before commiting to what is after all a major financial and lifestyle decision.

Just before we left the office, Joy mentioned to George about two properties in Lithines, which she thought we might like. George agreed and within half an hour we were on our way with George and Joy to Lithines.

The first property that we were shown, was not for us (we just knew) we walked from there to the village square and came down some communal steps and saw the view that we now look at daily and the wow factor kicked in. When George opened the door to our house we walked in and it was love at first sight, we had found with their help what we were looking for.

This all happened within our first week of our holiday, and during the second week George and Joy gave us every assistance (held our hand all the way) so that by the time we returned to the U.K. Lawyers, Bank accounts, Notories, and many other things were all taken care of.

We left everything in George's hands including some building alterations that needed doing and when we returned to Crete in January 2005 were very relieved to find thateverything had been taken care of icluding the installation the solar power water heating and air conditioning. We could write at length about George Mavromatis about his kindness and service. Over the period of five years we have come across problems be it tax, car repairs, help with planning permission or to point you in the right direction, suffice it to say that George has become a good friend. We would not hesitate to recommend
Property on Crete to anyone thinking of buying a home in Eastern Crete.
We first met George and Joy in a café in Kato Zakros when we were thinking of buying in that area. We quickly became probably the most difficult of clients as we nearly bought a house in Zakros and then nearly bought a house in Adravasti. Both were big renovations and, in the end, we felt that neither house was quite right for us and our budget. Not a word of criticism from Property on Crete, just patience and understanding and a desire to help us find our perfect holiday home. A year later, we have got there. On yet another day of viewings, George saved the best to last and promised us a traditional house we would fall in love with. Although it was hard to imagine the finished building, it was easy to see the potential. We had finally found our house.

And then the fun began with George guiding us all the way, from opening a bank account to accompanying us in the notary’s office when the actual contract was signed. George then acted as the project manager, working with the builder, for the renovations of our house, sending photographs at various stages and ensuring that we were kept informed between our visits.

We have just enjoyed our first family holiday in our new home just one year after first seeing it and 10 months after buying it. We are enormously grateful to George and his team for all that they have done. They are extremely knowledgeable and always there to help with matters or give advice when the need arises. With Property on Crete, you get honesty, integrity, humour, understanding and friendship – yes, that’s an estate agency we’re talking about! Excellent by any standards.

I called in to Property on Crete "on spec", just browsing you might say! I am so glad I did because, yes, the perfect property was there in the window just waiting for me and the Property on Crete team were exceptional. Forget the cynical view we have of Estate Agents in the UK. Buying a house remotely is a very scary experience and George and his team were excellent, never let me down once, never failed to answer my many worried questions, with patience and understanding, and helped every step of the way. I can not sing their praises enough!

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Rusty Wise

We first visited Crete in 2003 and fell in love with this beautiful greek island, After several visits starting from the far west, we searched for a place to build or buy or dream home. Within only a few minutes of arriving at Sitea we knew this was it, this place so far off the tourist map, With wonderful views and a vibrant greek town, with local people who were so very welcoming. Everyone we met was so helpful maybe because it is just full of local people doing their days work in a very idylic location that are not jaded by coachloads of tourists.

Well the next step was to find somewhere to live or build. At this point we were lucky enough to find George and his team, they listened to what was important to us, they made lists of places to see and very quickly we were out in the car an looking at property and plots. It was all very efficient and easy, within the first day we had found exactly what we were looking for, which had taken almost 3 years. We purchased our plot at the end of 2006. The buying process was made so simple, even though we were back in england, to the point of arranging to have our contract fully and professionally translated (which gave us a great peace of mind), the whole process was monitored by Georges office and we were kept informed at every stage. In England I have been a partner in an estate agents for some twenty years so our expections to the level of service are particularly high, and it really was. The big thing is it doesn't end there. George and the Property on Crete team since our sale completed have been a fountain of information and a great help. An amazing service which we still feel we enjoy. Any sort of property transaction is very stressful, but this was not the case with our purchase of crete, it was a very pleasant experience one which I can highly recommend

Lin Wilton
I made a very brief house-hunting trip to Crete in May '08. From the first moment that I met George and his team at Property on Crete I was made to feel more like an old friend than a prospective client. Having found the property I wanted, George bent over backwards to get everything done in the time available - which included whipping me round Sitia on the back of his scooter to sort out all the formalities! The deal went very smoothly and George continues to assist me in every way possible. If you are looking for a friendly, trustworthy and comprehensive estate agency in East Crete, I would have no hesitation in recommending George, Andy & Heather at Property on Crete.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. We met with several agents and eventually bought a property through Property on Crete in 2007. It was an excellent experience throughout, with no pressure at any time. They supported us through the buying process and continued to help us after it was all complete.
I spent a long time before choosing which estate agent to go with, figuring that would be the key to finding the right property for me. Well, I was proven correct. I found the Property On Crete team. They were friendly, patient, cautious on my behalf and also great company! Before I was even taken to look at any properties, we had a good chat about what I wanted and didn't want. It was a very enjoyable few days and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Wish I'd found them sooner! (And I eventually found a lovely house).
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