Some of our clients’ comments about us …
We found our ideal home with Crete Perfect Home, and made an offer which was accepted.
We have now finally completed the contract after seven months! There were many obstacles to overcome and without Stuart Simon guiding us with his local knowledge, fluent Greek and insight of the bureaucracy that was needed, we would never have been able to complete and finally move in.
Buying a house in Greece is full of pitfalls and crevasses that a foreigner (and many Greeks!) would simply tumble into and end up floundering, but Stuart was always prepared to go the extra mile for us, often at the expense of his private time. He was able to guide us through these areas with the professional ease that comes from thoroughly knowing his job. Communication was easy and swift and often out of hours, to ensure we had all the information as soon as possible.
We have bought and sold 15 properties in the UK in the last 10 years and have NEVER had service such as Stuart offered and gave. To coin a phrase: if only all estate agents were like Stuart Simon of Crete Perfect Home.
Ghita and Peter, Rokka
Stuart Simon at Crete Perfect Home was pro-active, knowledgeable, assured and a true professional. He went the extra mile, often working outside of office hours to make our sale happen. We cannot recommend him highly enough, five stars all the way!
Vince and Carolyn, UK
We had the pleasure to meet and cooperate with Stuart in summer for buying land in Creta. After giving him the requirements he pre-selected certain plots for us and showed us all properties. His knowledge of the area is very good, he even advised us on the correctness of the prices and the buildable sizes. Stuart has done excellent work in pre-filtering most of the required documents that are needed for building these plots, so our choice was much safer and controllable. Stuart is very reliable and honest and provided us with all necessary contacts to complete the purchase. In a future purchase, we will for sure go to him again!
Georgios and Theodora, Switzerland
Stuart Simon provides an honest and very reliable service and guidance, directing clients through the labyrinths of Cretan bureaucracy. If you decide to move forward with the purchase of your dream land or dream house, look no further: Crete Perfect Home and Stuart Simon gets from us the highest recommendation and ratings!
Konstantin and Marina, Moscow
The whole process from viewing to completion was made simple and painless by Stuart and his team at Crete Perfect Home. We would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to buy property in the area.
Paula and Andy, UK
When my family decided to sell our grandparents house, we trusted the agency of Crete Perfect Home and it proved to be the right decision. Stuart Simon provided high quality services, marked by seamless communication, consistency and dedication. Thanks to his outstanding professionalism throughout all the stages until the selling contract, our family house now has a happy new owner. We would surely trust Crete Perfect Home for a future selling!
When my wife and I decided it was time to sell our much loved old farmhouse on Crete, we needed an experienced and knowledgeable agent who understood the market and where our particular property, an old house not by the sea, sat within it. We looked to Stuart who I knew had sold several similar properties over the years. Stuart worked hard to find buyers and did not give up after several found issue with our location, neighbours or something else less definable. When he found our eventual buyers, he was immediately confident. He kept us fully informed throughout the sale process and went out of his way to iron out any details with both the buyer and ourselves. Good job. We are very satisfied.
Bob, Devon, UK
We were so fortunate that we were contacted by ‘Crete Perfect Home’, a perfect agency. It was several years since we decided to sell our house in Crete. The agencies we contacted weren’t even close to selling our home there. Since we were residing in another country, the whole thing looked out of reach for us, so we thought, OK let’s leave it there. Then one day Mr. Stuart Simon from ‘Crete Perfect Home’ contacted us asking, are you thinking of selling your house? Next we signed a simple contract and it wasn’t long before they found the clients to purchase our home in Crete. Throughout the whole process ‘Crete Perfect Home’ worked smoothly and swiftly. Very professional. Thanks & Best Wishes.
Your service was exceptional throughout.
We are very lucky to have found Crete Perfect Home during our searches for a place to buy on the island. We had been looking for over a year and it was not until we met Stuart from Crete Perfect Home that we felt a lot more confident with our searches and we found the right place.
Stuart has been one of the most professional agents that we came across on the island. He dedicated a whole day taking us around places and giving us very non-biased, balanced and extremely useful advice about all the pros and cons for every place we looked at.
Stuart is very knowledgeable about rules, regulations and processes on the island and provided us with official paperwork about all the places we saw, which helped us enormously with our decision. He also provided us with all the right contacts in order to complete the purchase. We are very grateful for all the work and his input.
Sokratis and Roberto, London
Having purchased homes in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and now on Crete, we can speak with genuine confidence about our real estate agent Stuart Simon and his company Crete Perfect Home.
Having made the decision to buy a home on Crete, we consulted Stuart. He is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Although there are many pitfalls in buying a property here, he led us through the maze. He did not waste our time showing us places which did not suit our brief or were over-priced, and he soon found our perfect home.
Stuart introduced us to a competent lawyer for the legal side of the purchase, which was completed very swiftly. He continues to guide us with our little wish list of extras, always willing to point us towards the appropriate trades people, who have been excellent and even arrive on time!
We cannot speak more highly of Stuart, he is very professional and accommodating, and we highly recommend him and his company.
Sue and Geoff, New Zealand
Stuart at Crete Perfect Home, helped me with both maintenance and ultimately selling my house. It has been a good experience working with him. He was trustworthy and dependable. The house sold very quickly and with few complications. He also knows the Kissamos area in great detail, and is well-connected with the locals. I’d recommend him to a friend.
Mark, Los Angeles, USA
We’d like to thank Stuart of Crete Perfect Home for all his help and advice on our recent property purchase.
Along with showing us a number of suitable properties he has helped us with all the additional tasks needed to purchase a house in Crete, including arranging for a survey, putting us in touch with an accountant, notary and solicitor and generally helping the process proceed smoothly. We’re now engaging him to make all necessary maintenance and upkeep of the property through his extensive local contacts.
It’s so useful having an native English speaker who has lived in the locale for many years, can speak Greek, and knows his way around the complexities of the Greek system. Also someone who is genuinely happy to spend the time to help.
Crete Perfect Home are so much more than an estate agent.
Paul and Jo, Cheshire, UK
I found Stuart to be very good in keeping me up to date, always ready to help with any problems that arose and kept me sane while dealing with all the paper work. He was very efficient in his approach when he was showing his clients around my house and always gave excellent response with their questions.
Cynthia, Tavronitis, Crete
After a long time of searching we found the house of our dreams through the website of Crete Perfect Home. We were very pleased with the service. Stuart has informed us all the time directly about all the necessary steps to our house purchase, and patiently explained everything we had to know. We had full confidence and would recommend Crete Perfect Home any time.
Ule and Ralf, Grünberg-Stangenrod, Germany
Having made a great number of mistakes when purchasing and restoring our house in Sfinari 16 years ago, we were overwhelmed by the integrity and energy with which Crete Perfect Homes managed to find solutions to the many problems we had created. A bit of detective work here, a bit of humour there, and always keeping us up to date with developments. Finally, after 8 months, their persistence paid off, and we completed the sale in August 2016.
Peter and Linda, Bristol, UK
We first discovered Crete Perfect Home’s website several years ago, but made no formal contact until late Summer in 2015. We had decided by then that we would like to purchase a second home in Crete for holidays and extended stays. We made arrangements to view some properties during a 2 week visit in October. In our initial meeting with Stuart Simon we described our needs and the budget constraints. He gave us a broad picture of the property situation, the purchase procedure and the expenses involved. We viewed 3 properties and decided, almost immediately that one was exactly what we wanted.
Wheels were set in motion. We visited the Notary and signed over power of attorney to our Lawyer (suggested by Stuart). We soon had a tax number and a bank account (opened with an initial deposit of 10k euro) At this point the wheels slowed appreciably, as minor setbacks were encountered. Stuart was always at hand to reassure us and keep our hopes up. It was hard being patient through long winter months at home. We returned to Crete at the end of March and completed the contract in early April 2016.
Throughout the procedure we were impressed by Stuart’s professional and friendly attitude and his knowledge of the property market in Crete. He kept us informed of developments at all times and always responded promptly to our e-mails, keeping our spirits up when we thought the day would never arrive. But arrive it did, and we now have our second home in the hills behind Kissamos.
David and Susan, Cornwall, UK
Owning a property in Crete has been something that my wife, young daughter and myself have been dreaming of for many years. This year (2015), we reached the stage when the time was right for us to seriously investigate the real possibility of buying a house and emigrating.
There has been a lot of bad press recently regarding purchasing property abroad and we were obviously extremely apprehensive. Our on-line search found us the perfect looking property. A part renovation appropriately on the site www.crete-perfect-home.com.
Whilst being shown the property by Stuart Simon from Crete Perfect Home, he answered every question we had frankly, reassuringly and was never pushy towards a possible sale. He took us for a second and third viewing, each time answering every new query we had with a straight and sensible answer. He made us confident that everything was as it should be so we felt we could safely make an offer.
Later that week with the offer accepted, he spent over 4 hours with us travelling around the local town sorting out (in Greek) the administration of bank accounts, tax codes, a notary, a lawyer etc. in order to make the completion of our purchase and eventual emigration possible.
We genuinely could not have done this without his help and considerable expertise and are extremely grateful.
If anybody has any reservations about buying in Crete, I recommend they contact Stuart at Crete Perfect Home before going anywhere else.
An outstanding service.
If only it existed in England.
Peter and Alison, Cambs, UK
Thank you very much for the support you gave us throughout the process of purchasing of the house in Crete.
You have been a valuable contact, always available and responsive, attentive to our requests and exhaustive in clarifying doubts and uncertainties.
For the skill, patience, and professionalism that you showed us, we will certainly recommend your Real Estate to anyone who asks or needs it.
Fulvio and Manuela, La Spezia, Italy
Thanks to Stuart Simon and Crete Perfect Home for all the help and advice.
In 2012 we became owners of a old house in Crete, after a process that took nearly four months. When buying a property abroad, without being able to speak the local language, it’s paramount to feel that you trust the people representing both you and the seller.
Throughout the entire process we felt confident. Rules were explained, we were put in contact with a good lawyer and other experts needed for the legal process. We also appreciate the advice and help we occasionally have needed AFTER the purchase was completed.
We sincerely recommend this real estate agency.
Trond and Andre, Oslo, Norway
One of the most common reactions when we tell people that we have had a villa built for us in Crete is: “you are very brave!” At first, this felt strange, since I am definitely not brave.
The reason for this, is that Stuart and the team have managed the project and our feelings about it so well … through Greek planning laws, the eccentricities of the EOT licensing process, the collapse of the west’s financial system, and dealings with an electricity supplier that managed to run out of cable.
Stuart is professional, clear, up front and calm, and his judgement – about when to challenge us and when to acquiesce, when to communicate and when to just get on with things – has proved to be impeccable.
I would recommend Crete Perfect Home to anyone considering investing in this beautiful part of the world.
Steve and Sue, Surrey, UK
We cannot sing enough praises about Crete Perfect Home. Having absolutely no experience with purchasing land and building property abroad, we completely trusted that everything would be accomplished successfully by the manner in which they treated us as new clients.
Stuart Simon and the team at CPH are professional, knowledgeable, hardworking, patient and uniquely pleasant to work with. Without a doubt they delivered above and beyond what we had expected.
Thank you for everything.
Darryl and Stephanie, Hants, UK
Our first villa purchase fell through due to building irregularities, because a large well known international company failed to check its builder’s planning permission.
We found Crete Perfect Home when searching the internet for another villa and from the first email they were very helpful. We visited them early this year, and after meeting Stuart and Haroula at their offices, we had absolute confidence in the professional approach and agreed from this one visit to purchase a villa through them.
We used a Crete lawyer who is very thorough and lets nothing irregular get past her – it was she who found the problems with our first failed attempt – and this time she found no problems at all. She has had a building surveyor check to see if the villa meets European standards, and it meets all the requirements.
Haroula was extremely helpful when discussing our requirements and translating them to the builder. The staff at Crete Perfect Home have kept us up to date on the progress of the villa, have even emailed us pictures, and have promised to send more.
All in all we are both very pleased to recommend Crete Perfect Home and feel sure they will not let you down.
Dennis and Geraldine, W Yorks, UK
We found the staff at Crete Perfect Home unfailingly helpful and enthusiastic.
Nick and Alexandra, London, UK
My first impression (which is always completely wrong) was that Stuart was by far the most chaotic man I’ve ever met, only to discover that behind this seeming chaos was someone who can play 3D chess, sing the Lumberjack Song, write an article about construction in earthquake areas, explain string theory, recite the name of every horse on Crete and sell the Acropolis at the same time. He also showed us our dream property.
In CPH we found a serious real estate agent who guided us through an adventure which you tend to start either too optimistically, or on the other hand too pessimistically. The good thing about them is that they not only point out possibilities but also the impossibilities. Crucial when you are walking in unknown territory. It was difficult to find a firm and reliable tree in the jungle of real estate agents growing in Crete nowadays, but here was one who actually delivered the fruits that were promised.
Thanks for helping us find just that what we were looking for, we don’t know what we’d have done without you!
Raymond and Arianne, Luxembourg
Many thanks for your update. You are without doubt the most professional estate agent on Crete.
Alan and Ingrid, Surrey, UK
As Sue and I near the end of the process of buying our little piece of Crete I thought that I must express our heartfelt thanks for making the whole experience so painless and, believe it or not, enjoyable. Of all the property agents that we have dealt with in Crete over the past year, you have by far provided the most reliable and unbiased service.
Initially your web site provided a wealth of valuable information on the pros and cons of buying and building in Crete. Its search facility provided an excellent tool to narrow down potential properties within our budget. The effort that you have put into your website has been well worth it! The best bit however was meeting you in person and receiving such a first class service from beginning to end. No hard sell or half truths like some other agents I have encountered but a honest, friendly and easy going service.
As things progressed, the way that you smoothed over the minefield of red tape was commendable, nothing was too much trouble and even the most trivial question was answered quickly and clearly. We would have no hesitation in directing any prospective buyers in your direction in the future as we are convinced that the service that you gave us is the norm and not just a one off.
May we wish you all the best for you business in the future and hope that our paths cross again when we finally move to Crete in the not too distant future.
Dave and Sue, Gloucs, UK
We were first attracted to “Crete Perfect Home” by the professional and friendly looking website. When we eventually met Stuart and his staff, we were not let down. They had a good variety of properties to choose from and were able to show us several in our price range.
Whilst going through the process of choosing the right property, the help and guidance was second to none. The service since buying our “dream house” has been a real pleasure. With professional local builders, lawyers, architects and regular emails, the decision to buy through “Crete Perfect Home” was the right one.
Thanks to all at CPH, and good luck for the future.
Karl and Celia, York, UK.
In all my dealings with Stuart at Crete Perfect Home over the past few years, he and his team have always been most helpful and obliging. Nothing ever seems to be an insurmountable problem and if he says something will be done, it will be and not in the Greek fashion of “avrio”.
David, Leicester, UK.