Ilya and Sergey, 12.02.2014

With the help of this agency and its director, Isabelle, we acquired property in the suburbs of Athens. We found this agency on the Internet by accident. Our collaboration gave us no reason to doubt the partner we have chosen.

Isabelle is pleasant, very organized, active and attentive to the needs of the client, she is capable of organizing the process of selection and of running necessary controls on the property, of registering the purchase and of offering after-sales service at the required level. Isabelle runs a real estate firm which offers a number of advantages, distinguishing hers from other agencies. Firstly, she is proficient in Russian and Greek and knows the peculiarities of the mentality of Russians and Greeks, thus being able to explain to both parties the differences in the mentality of the transacting partner, so as for the transaction to be conducted in a timely manner and on mutually beneficial terms. Secondly, Isabelle is a graduate lawyer. This allows one to get integrated services from one source. We were surprised by the pedantry she exhibited in checking the ownership documents and her perseverance in obtaining from the seller all of the necessary permits. Thirdly, she collaborates with a wide range of partners in Greece, assisting in the organization and rendering of highly-quality services for the client before and after the purchase.

We are pleased with the co-operation and feel that we found a good friend through business partnership.

Sincerely yours, ILYA and SERGEY

Lioudmila and Alexander, 15.11.2012

My husband and I fell in love with Crete long time ago. At the first time, we went to Agios Nikolaos following the advice of a travel agent we knew quite well who had been in Crete already five times. I thought: "It happens". I don't like to go always to the same places as I prefer to visit new ones. But Crete ... Perhaps, in a past life I lived there: walking through the olive groves, listening to the sound of sheep bells, eating seafood and wearing beautiful jewelry. We returned to Crete almost every year until the inevitable happened: "Why don't we buy a house in Crete?" - I asked my husband. And I was very surprised to get his answer "Yes, indeed!"

I liked Isabelle immediately - in the photo. Then, we met at the exhibition, and there came the trust that is essential for a strong relationship with the people that are trusted for many things - such as doctors, lawyers... From the very beginning, it was simple for us to communicate with Isabelle - not only because she speaks good Russian (we often switch from Russian to English and vice versa), but because one can see a professional immediately in her.

First, due to the high quality of the information she gave us. As a lawyer, Isabelle verifies the information she gives to the client, and I don't remember she every gave us an inaccurate information. Second, she works in collaboration with specialists, such as other lawyers, bankers, tax consultants, notaries, property developers, without the assistance of which the acquisition of real estate in Greece and other places is either impossible or inefficient. I thank Isabelle for organizing all this network quickly, efficiently, and if there were any efforts or inconsistencies, we - as clients - did not feel a thing. Third, Isabelle accompanied us in all purchase stages and, especially at the first stage, she helped us to formulate our wishes. This was perhaps one of the most difficult tasks - we wanted the piece of land, the foundation of an old dilapidated house, the house in a well-kept garden, the house on a hill overlooking the sea. Isabelle patiently took us by the hand, asking questions, indicating the risks and benefits of different options, and we never felt impatience or annoyance from her part.

I am very impressed with Isabelle's style: on one hand, it is a strict legal approach (no nonsense), and on the other - a warm and friendly attitude, willingness to help, and available at any time.

Together with Isabelle, we visited all proposed options (by the way, they were presented to us within approximately two weeks after our first meeting), and this trip was organized very efficiently. From the first time, we found what we fell in love with.

And then - the negotiations with the sellers, the inevitable, perhaps, periods of reflection and hesitation, prior to concluding a deal. We always felt that Isabelle was giving us a full, fair and timely information, without putting the pressure when at the last moment before buying we were still questioning ourselves. She waited patiently for us to make our final decision. And finally, at the very last stage, Isabelle was again with us, and I felt a respected and valued client. At the bank, at the notary public and at the time of signing the contract, Isabelle was there protecting our interests, next to us.

From the very beginning, when we conceived the idea to buy a home in Crete, we decided that without an agent and local lawyers we will do nothing. This is probably one of the smartest decisions we ever made. The cost of the failure is too great, and we saved time, nerves and money, because we believe that we would have paid more correcting mistakes, if we had embarked in this journey by ourselves.

And what is very important is that we saw in Isabelle and her agency the professionals who look to the long term, and do not try to sell more expensive in order to get a high commission.

Arriving at our house on the hill and going out to the balcony in the morning, I see a huge boundless sea, and I am glad that we once followed the advice to go to Crete. After all, without that first trip, there would be no continuation. Now I can say "έχουμε το όμορφο σπίτι στην Κρίτι κοντά θάλασσα". Yes, we started to learn Greek !

I wish to those who have decided to buy a pleasant shopping experience. Trust the professionals!

Arina, 11.09.2012

This was a difficult project! We were a large group of friends which decided to take their holidays in Greece (different families, including children and elderly persons). Many enquiries and requests which needed to be satisfied. In the beginning, we got in contact with various agencies, but at the end, luck was in our side.

Isabelle is not only a great professional in her field but also a very nice person, accurate, punctual, charming as well and interesting, a real professional. Through Isabelle and thanks to her patience (which i admire, I have to admit) we had a great choice and picked up the right home for us. There many questions that needed to be answered, daily correspondence which had to be answered and the result was an awesome stay at Sxinias! Thank you!

Maxim, Arina and big company.

Elena, 26.03.2012

If you are looking for a place that combines natural beauty and tranquility for the ideal holiday, an endless supply of rich history and culture for the spirit, favorable ecological environment, easy access to neighboring regions and attractive investment opportunities – then it is Greece you are looking for. And if you will be staying in Greece for more than the few weeks of your standard holiday, it is Isabelle you should contact.

Personal experience shows that, positives aside, you will come up against Greece’s own complexities and peculiarities. You cannot do without a reliable expert. I spent several months negotiating and corresponding with the local real estate agency in vain. At that point, I fell into despair. Would my problem turn out to be one more unsolvable riddle of the Sphinx? My only option seemed to be to turn a blind eye to being sold a property that didn’t match the technical documentation and accept vague answers to questions any sane person would ask. That, or give up the idea of buying property in Greece.

Luckily, a friend recommended Isabelle. Her first letter and phone call restored my optimism and hope and I realized nothing was impossible. Isabelle immediately started working on the problem, took into account my budget and wishes and in a few hours she came up with interesting options. What followed was quick and clear: well-planned visits to properties, meetings with sellers, negotiations on terms and price, fixing intentions. She followed up by explaining to me the small print in the sale documents. At this stage, Isabelle’s expertise and being on the buyer’s side – my side – was key to closing the deal successfully. I must confess I am a difficult client, always asking questions, always going into detail, never trusting anything not in black and white. Isabelle heroically endured all my endless inquiries, requests for clarification, wishes, nagging and so on. At the right moment, she recommended good professionals, whom I will definitely be using in future.

In conclusion, I would like to vouch for Isabelle as a reliable partner and trustworthy professional. I am grateful to her for giving my family the opportunity to own a summer house by the sea which can be visited throughout the year in order to relax in the shade of olive trees, far from the man-made abominations of the – nonetheless dear – capital.

Alexander Skulevich, 04.02.2012

I was pleasantly surprised by the punctuality and accuracy of my partners. Everything was organized in due time, and attended to with the care and attention to detail reminiscent of the English pedantry, and, above all, with the necessary speed, which is very important in the dynamic world we live in.

I doubt that you will be able to find this level of service anywhere else in Greece. It's not even worth looking. Save your money and keep your stress levels down. Believe the man who has been to Greece more than 50 times and knows quite well how things in this country work.

Thank you again. This transaction was a great pleasure and I am confident that we will continue our mutually beneficial collaboration.

Maxim Mikchaylichenko, 27.12.2011

I recommend everyone, who has already decided or has started considering the purchase of his own house in Greece, the company I.R.M. Aegean Estate and personally Isabelle Razi  as a professional who has the gift of understanding the customer's needs and ability to offer the best possible options.

We addressed to Isabelle on the recommendation of a good friend  and thanks to her we could successfully overcome the way of theoretical reflections on the house in Greece to a practical embodiment of an old dream.

The selection of properties for viewing has been executed so that within 2 days all possible options, corresponding to our expectations, were presented to us.

The visiting process was perfectly organized, we enjoyed the whole preparative work and had a very nice time.

After the choice of the house,  Isabelle played a very important role in achieving more favourable terms of purchase as well as in organizing comfortably the process of the transaction registration and contract closing.

As a result of the cooperation with Isabelle we have got not only a fine house but also an excellent friend with whom we have been communicating since the transaction was completed.

Igor, 20.09.2011

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Vadim, 26.01.2010

I liked immediately the island of Crete. The first time I went there it was in 2007. We arrived to Chania port on a boat with some friends and spent in Crete four wonderful days. During our stay we traveled nearly the entire coast by car, enjoying stunning views of mountains and sea. And now I have to stop describing the island, as this is absolutely not the theme of this note! But I just recommend it also as a place to visit in any case.

That was when the the idea of buying a home in Crete came into my mind for the first time. Everything seemed to be there: the mild climate, a wide range of proposals, reasonable prices, friendly people ...

But the idea really came back to my mind seriously only two years later in 2009. This is when, browsing in the internet, I found a real estate agency with proposals in Crete. And this is when luck stroke my door. I met Isabelle. I always been somewhat biased and not with the best feelings towards the attitude of realtors. This was apparently based on my previous experiences with realtors. With Isabelle everything turned out very easy and simple. I immediately realized that I was dealing with a true professional. First of all, everything was presented to me under a systematic approach. From a chaotic list of offers in the internet, the proposals came in the right order, based on my wishes.

Then everything was simple. When we went with Isabelle in Crete we followed the daily program she had set and as a result of which I received comprehensive information and I was able to make my mind of what I really wanted. Yes, do not be surprised, only by following the program, I begun to really form my sense of taste, if so to speak. And I think that here I have to give most of the credit to Isabelle who, as an experienced professional, gave me good advices. And obviously, her advices did not come for nothing.
Finally, as a matter of fact and completely by chance, I did not choose a house in Crete but in the mainland. Isabelle was there and helped me to take the final decision. Her score was decisive.

It would be "unfair" to talk about Isabelle, as only a professional realtor. Isabelle is also a charming woman, pleasant to talk and with a lot of potential. I hope that our friendly relation will last.

Roman, 18.01.2009

I would like to congratulate Isabelle for the whole acquisition process of my flat in Greece.

It took less than 3 months from the decision taking moment till the keys’ delivery. It was really how I thought it should be.

Most particularly, I would like to note the moment when the final choice had to be made. It is one of the most important part of the whole process and it was fulfilled with high quality.

The next steps – legal formalities, grant of credit and purchase support - were also very well organized and controlled, in a quite simple and understandable way.

Variants through internet only give a general presentation about pricing ranges and properties. In reality it might differ essentially from what has been presented and described, especially when taking into consideration the surrounding area, the transport, the region etc…

From the whole range of properties, more than 10 where chosen and visits were organized accordingly. In 3 days, we did not have to wait for one minute nor to change our schedule at all.

I recommend!

Like I already said the whole legal process of property transfer takes maximum 2 days and may be fully prepared in advance from Russia

Should you have any question, I can answer roman69roman@mail.ru.

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