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2 weeks ago

Buying Property in Greece - Top 10 Tips To Avoid Pitfalls

6) Remote Properties - Water & Electricity. If you are buying a Greek property off plan from a developer the costs for connecting to mains electricity and water supplies are usually included in the purchase price, but this is not always the case. Check your contract if buying or building a property in a remote area as you may have to pay thousands of Euros for connection to utilities and telephone. If extra pylons or a transformer need to be erected to take electricity to your property you could be burdened with the cost. The same goes for telegraph poles for your telephone line - if there are no poles nearby you will pay for the connection and erection of telegraph poles, and for a water supply you could end up paying for pipes to connect you to the nearest mains.

7) Keeping track of the construction. A number of people have their plans drawn up, sign a contract and return a buying a shortsale year later expecting to find their house completed, only to find that it is way behind schedule or that things are not built to plan, have been omitted or the wrong fixtures and fittings have been installed. Keep in touch with your agent or project manager and request photographs at all stages of the build if you are not on site.

8) Buying to Let. Don't rely on rental returns from your Greece property to payi for your investment. There is much competition for holiday rentals and oversupply in some areas, so there are no guarantees of rental income. In order to legally rent your Greek property to holidaymakers you must obtain a licence from the Greek National Tourist Organisation (EOT).

9) Tax. At the outset of a property purchase in Greece the buyer must register for a Greek tax number (A.F.M.). Once the tax number has been issued you are required to submit a tax return yearly in Greece, regardless of income or residency. If you are non-resident and / or have no income in Greece this may be a nil return, but it must still be declared. Import slips (the 'pink slip') must be obtained for any cash transfers to prove that cash has originated elsewhere and has already been taxed. Employing a local accountant to give real estate commercial advice on your personal circumstances and obligations is essential.

10) Capital Gains. The property market in Greece saw property costs rise steeply between 2002 and 2006, but has now started to slow down. If you are buying property as a short term investment don't expect to make a quick profit. Remember that you will also need to recoup the high purchase costs of around 12 % (lawyers, estate agents, notary fees & taxes) and pay capital gains tax.

Copyright 2008 - 2016 Carol Palioudaki

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2 weeks ago

The Ten Best Celebrity Nose Jobs

When it comes to rhinoplasty, too much attention is given to celebrities whose surgeons shouldn't even be allowed a knife to butter toast, let alone use one to permanently alter someone's face.

3 weeks ago

Legal :: Interview Questions For A Lawyer

If when you need a lawyer you open the phone book and just pick a lawyer to represent you then you are setting yourself up to fail. Having to deal with lawyers and the court system is very stressful. It is so stressful that we just want to get the process over with. We don't think of the future impact of out current actions.

I am not saying don't use the phone book. You should use whatever resources are available to find the best lawyer to represent you. I am saying, don't choose one just be he or she was recommended by a friend, or because you saw an advertisement..

The first step in choosing a good lawyer is knowing the specialty of law you need representation for. Once you know if it criminal, DUI, probate, real estate, or a myriad of other specialties, then you can develop a list or lawyers to interview. Once you have made a list of potential lawyers, you will want to make appointments to interview them. The are any number of questions to ask any potential attorney, here are a few questions that will my review here help you determine whether or not they are the right attorney to check over here represent you in your case.

1. How long have they been practicing? 2. Are they a member of the local bar association? 3. How long have they lived locally? 4. Have they ever had a disciplinary proceeding brought against them? If so, what for? 5. How long have they been practicing the specialty of law that you need? 6. What is their win loss ratio? 7. Can you speak to any of the clients they have worked with previously? 8. Are they going through a life crisis like a divorce or bankruptcy? 9. Is my case winnable? And, how would you define a win for this case? 10. How long would you estimate the case will take to complete? 11. Do you put your fee structure in writing? 12. Do you hate loosing? 13. What is your relationship like with local law enforcement, attorneys and judges? 14. Will you be handling my case or will another attorney or law clerk? 15. How often will you communicate with me about the case?

These are just some of the questions you should ask before you hire an attorney. Have a list ready. Remember you are interviewing him not the other way around. Many lawyers would like you to believe that they choose the cases. Many try to make you think they are doing you a favor by representing you. If the lawyer you are interviewing acts that way, politely move on to the next interview. There are many lawyers in the world today. There is no need to stick with one that is arrogant. I hope you have found this useful.

4 weeks ago


DETROIT, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Where can visitors see an appliance doctor, get home improvement tips from a celebrity handyman, check out the scenery with a landscaper and learn how to help protect the environment? There's only one place: at Detroit Edison's exciting new exhibit at the Builders Home Flower Furniture Show March 20-28 at Cobo Center.

Part of Detroit Edison's 15,000-square-foot exhibit features live home improvement shows and other displays in a theater setting designed to resemble a home.

Glenn Haege, host of radio station WXYT's "Ask the Handyman" show, will provide tips here are the findings on remodeling and new home construction, windows, insulation, building trends, lighting, heating and cooling. Joe Gagnon, host of radio station WCAR's "The Appliance Doctor" program and "The Consumer Alert" cable television show, will offer tips on the efficient use of appliances, purchase official site of new appliances, and appliance repair and maintenance.

A team of landscaping specialists from Global ReLeaf of Michigan will give visitors advice on landscaping, landscape lighting, tree planting and tree shading.

"The exhibit experts not only will provide visitors with a wide range of tips on home construction remodeling and the wise and efficient use of electricity, but also will educate them about how they can help preserve our environment," said A. Robert Pierce, manager of Detroit Edison's Marketing Department.

The Global ReLeaf experts will discuss the environmental benefits of tree planting and tree shading, Pierce said. Scheduled presenters are Bill Lawrence, city forester, Ann Arbor; Carl Dollhopf, horticulturist, Global ReLeaf; Mike Barger, president, Mike's Tree Surgeon, and Frances Sandovel, executive director of Global ReLeaf.

Additionally, the exhibit will feature a colorful working model of an environmentally friendly geothermal heating and cooling system, and five interactive stations -- some with touch-screen computers -- to help explain the technology. The geothermal system uses the earth's natural temperature as its heat source, and can save customers up to 60 percent on annual energy bills, compared with natural gas, oil or propane.

The show also will feature displays on Detroit Edison's New Home Construction Program, security lighting and safety.

Discount coupons good for $1 off of Monday through Friday admissions were mailed with Detroit Edison bills, and also are available at Detroit Edison customer offices.

The Builders Show hours are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Times for Detroit Edison's shows are:

-- Home Improvement: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Sundays.

-- Appliance Doctor: 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:15 a.m. to noon, 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

-- Landscaping: 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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4 weeks ago

Bicycling Under the Influence: What's the Harm?

Bicyclists are taking to the streets and roadways in cities across America in growing numbers. Whether the decision to use two wheels instead of four is driven by a desire to help clean up the environment, have fun, save money or get healthier, the fact is that bicycles, cars and people are increasingly sharing the same geography -- and not always safely.

The laws against drunk driving are fairly clear. Most people know the dangers and have seen the campaigns warning the public of the consequences. But what about bicycling under the influence?

It's an issue many people (and legislators) take lightly. In fact, there are bike pub crawls and other events in cities nationwide that

1 month ago

Madonna, Guy Ritchie battle for custody of son Rocco

Mama, don't preach. Madonna's son, 15-year-old Rocco Ritchie, is tired of living with his mom.

The teenager, whose parents are Madonna and director Guy Ritchie, says he doesn't want to live with the pop star in the U.S. anymore, and prefers to live with his dad in London.

But a judge is ordering Rocco to return to New York to deal with the proceedings in court, and he needs to return before school starts again after the holiday break, reports the Daily News.

"He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York," Rocco's lawyer Eric Buckley said.

But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan said if Rocco wants to live in London, he needs to come back to New York first to make it official.

"I'm directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother," Kaplan told Madonna, who appeared in court for a hearing.

The Wednesday hearing was set after Rocco began legal proceedings in London, where his lawyer is holding his passport for safekeeping. A source told the Daily divorce attorney News that the British court decided that the case should be handled in New York, because of the custody agreement that was divorce law decided there.

Rocco will get his own court-appointed attorney when he returns to New York.

"The parties should be doing this in New York instead of initiating it in England," said Kaplan.

Rocco is one of four of Madonna's children; he has one younger brother from his parents' marriage and two half-sisters.

Madonna and Ritchie divorced in 2008. Ritchie remarried this year, to model Jacqui Ainsley. He and Ainsley have three young children in addition to Rocco and his brother, David Banda.

1 month ago

25 college majors with the highest unemployment rates

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the other story: 25 college majors with the lowest jobless rates.

The worst nightmare of a college student has got to be graduating without a job. And the college majorthat a student selects can actually increase his or her chances of getting stuck in an unemployment line.

College majors that are hampered by high unemployment rates include a variety of psychology degrees, fine arts and architecture. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce delved into U.S. Census Bureau statistics see here now to determine the employment rates of 173 college majors; I crossed them against a list of the most popular college majors.

College majors with the highest unemployment

1. Clinical psychology 19.5%2. Miscellaneous fine arts 16.2%3. United States history 15.1%4. Library science 15.0%5. (tie) Military technologies; educational psychology 10.9%6. Architecture 10.6%7. Industrial & organizational psychology 10.4%8. Miscellaneous psychology 10.3% 9. Linguistics & comparative literature 10.2%10. (tie) Visual & performing arts; engineering & industrial management 9.2%11. Engineering & industrial management 9.2%12. Social psychology 8.8%13. International business 8.5%14. Humanities 8.4% 15. General social sciences 8.2% 16. Commercial art & graphic design 8.1% 17. Studio art 8.0% 18. Pre-law & legal studies 7.9%19. Materials engineering and materials science and composition & speech (tie) 7.7% 20. Liberal arts 7.6% 21. (tie) Fine arts and genetics 7.4% 22. Film video & photography arts and cosmetology services & culinary arts (tie) 7.3%23. Philosophy & religious studies and neuroscience (tie) 7.2%24. Biochemical sciences 7.1%25. (tie) Journalism and sociology 7.0%

Curse of the psychology major?

Five of the college majors with the worst job prospects on this list are related to psychology. Ironically, psychology is the fifth most popular college degree.

With the the housing market in what seems to be a never-ending funk, it's no wonder that many young architects are collecting unemployment.

I'm also not surprised by the high unemployment rate of Related Site library scientists, particularly as some colleges and other institutions are questioning the need for large expensive buildings to house collections that can be stored on computers. I happen to know a young library science major and he's been looking for at least more two years for a job in that field.

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