Greece Real Estate – Greek Homes http://greekhomes.info/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:19:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://greekhomes.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default.png Greece Real Estate – Greek Homes http://greekhomes.info/ 32 32 Immigration and second citizenship: explore new frontiers http://greekhomes.info/immigration-and-second-citizenship-explore-new-frontiers/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:19:14 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/immigration-and-second-citizenship-explore-new-frontiers/ “UAE Golden Visa has succeeded in maintaining a sense of security and freedom for UAE residents and foreign talent,” said John Hanafin, Founder and CEO of Huriya Private. “With a cosmopolitan culture, exceptional laws and top-notch infrastructure and business environment, the UAE continues to be the country where talent receives the recognition and opportunities they […]]]>

“UAE Golden Visa has succeeded in maintaining a sense of security and freedom for UAE residents and foreign talent,” said John Hanafin, Founder and CEO of Huriya Private. “With a cosmopolitan culture, exceptional laws and top-notch infrastructure and business environment, the UAE continues to be the country where talent receives the recognition and opportunities they yearn for. Applying for a Golden Visa helps you expand your business horizon in the world’s most business-inspiring nation. With this visa, they can live, work or manage a 100% owned business. These long-term residence visas are issued for a period of 5 to 10 years, with hassle-free automatic renewal upon expiration.

“With the US EB-5 program, an investor receives US permanent residency which gives them the same rights and benefits as a US passport holder, except they do not yet have a passport, which is issued after holding permanent residency for five years, and that they cannot vote in a national election,” says

Preeya Malik, Managing Director, Step Global. “It is important to know that the family can maintain their green card status for an unlimited number of years simply by landing in the United States at least once every six months or by applying for a re-entry permit after long stays in outside the United States.”

Turkey

Turkish citizenship by investment continues to be a popular choice among investors despite an increase in the minimum investment amount from $250,000 (Dh918,125) to $400,000 in real estate, says Michael Waechter, Managing Director, Abode Options. “Property prices in Turkey continue to appreciate, making investors confident that their investment is not at risk. Citizenship is granted through an expedited process once property is acquired. An added attraction is that Turkish citizenship provides the opportunity to relocate to the United States for residential and business purposes via the E-2 US Investor Visa as a result of the E-2 treaty between the two countries.

Canada

Canada’s stable economy, job availability, high aging population and government’s immigrant-friendly policies are the main drivers behind the growth of immigration to this North American country, says Lovedeep Singh Arora, Managing Partner and Founder, Ace Luxury Immigration Solutions.

“Another factor that has come into the spotlight recently is the labor shortage in many sectors.”

Prospective immigrants over the age of 40 can also explore opportunities in Canada. “There is no reason for those over a certain age to give up their desire to immigrate,” he adds. “Although many Canadian immigration programs favor younger applicants because of their positive influence on the economy and society, there are various alternative options for seasoned professionals to move to Canada after the age of 40. Business immigration programs often support their goals. Engage the services of an immigration attorney to guide you through all aspects of the application process. They will ensure that you meet the program criteria.

Greece

“Major EU residency programs like Portugal and Greece have seen an increase in demand given their reasonable investment programs and minimum stay requirement, as well as benefits offered to individuals,” declared

Nadine Daoud, Partner and Head of Business Development, Bluemina Citizenship & Residency.

One of the most affordable Golden Visas in Europe, the Greece Residency Program allows visa-free access to all Schengen countries. The program provides the right to apply for citizenship after seven years of residency. “Acquiring a high-end property in Greece for a minimum value of €250,000 (931,847 Dh) allows non-EU investors to obtain a residence permit within six months.”

Saint Kitts and Nevis

“This beautiful two-island nation is blessed with tropical temperatures, clear blue waters and a thriving business and tourism economy. It is well served by direct flights to and from Europe and the United States and offers residents and citizens some of the most sought-after benefits, such as dual nationality, tax-free worldwide income, the possibility of including children, parents and grandparents, as well as an expedited application process that provides approval within 60 days,” says Muhammad Faisal, CEO, iKonnect Citizens. “Real estate is one of the most popular investment options in St. Kitts and Nevis. There are two plans available with a minimum investment holding period of five years and seven years. Besides real estate investments , the other option is to contribute a minimum sum of $150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) by the government.

Portugal

The Portuguese Golden Visa program has seen immense traction over the past few years. It is very popular among high-profile non-European investors looking for a backup plan for their families and future generations. “This program offers investors and their family members the opportunity to travel, work, live and study freely in the 26 Schengen countries. After five years, based on current Portuguese citizenship law, investors can also apply for a Portuguese passport, which grants visa-free access to over 170 countries,” says David Machado, Partner, PTGoldenVisa.

Antigua and Barbuda

With 365 turquoise water beaches, the lush tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda attract investors from around the world. Tourism is the main driver of gross domestic product (GDP) and generates around 60% of the island’s income. “Its CBI programs offer a unique variety of options, including contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund. It is one of the best citizenship options for large families,” says

William Hakim, Senior Manager, Second Passport Consultants.

St. LUCIA

The demand for the Saint Lucia CBI program continues to grow. His passport allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to more than 146 countries. According to Cipsaintlucia.com, there are five main routes to acquiring citizenship and a second passport from this Caribbean island nation. These are Covid-19 Bond Relief, Government Bond Investment, National Economic Fund Investment, Real Estate Investment, and Business Investment.

“The newest CBI program in the Caribbean, St. Lucia is nonetheless an established program recommended for its key benefits and multiple citizenship-by-investment options,” says William Hakim, Senior Executive, Second Passport Consultants.

Dominica

The Caribbean island nation of Dominica’s citizenship-by-investment program was launched in 1993 and is one of the oldest economic citizenship programs in the world. With a minimum investment of $100,000, it is the most affordable citizenship by investment program for a single applicant in the world. “After submitting a number of applications for Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment program, I would say it is one of the preferred destinations for investors around the world,” says Tony Ebraheem, Founder and Attorney, 111 Immigration. “Demand for this program is high due to the island nation’s efficiency in processing applications as well as the benefits it provides to its citizens. Additionally, Dominica has started to replace traditional passports with biometric passports, which has also helped build investor confidence in this passport. »

Grenade

Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment program enables investors and their families to obtain citizenship or permanent residency. Grenada allows individuals to hold dual nationality, and its nationality can be extended to family members, such as spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents. “This is an attractive program for international investors who can increase their international mobility and business opportunities. Investors from the UAE and the GCC have been more attracted to this program as it grants visa-free entry to China and access to the United States via the E-2 Investor Visa Treaty,” says Hakim.

Australia

“Australia has formulated its 2022-23 Migration Agenda to encourage its economic recovery and improve its social unity in the post-Covid world,” says

Clint Khan, Managing Director, Y Axis. “According to the migration program, 160,000 immigrants will be allowed into the country. Australia has a wide range of job vacancies in fields such as IT and software development, engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, hospitality, sales and marketing , as well as health care and nursing.

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ICGB introduces a new business model as an independent natural gas transmission operator http://greekhomes.info/icgb-introduces-a-new-business-model-as-an-independent-natural-gas-transmission-operator/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 09:14:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/icgb-introduces-a-new-business-model-as-an-independent-natural-gas-transmission-operator/ By Orientation The company that will commercially operate the gas interconnector with Greece is introducing a two-tier management model – a key requirement for the certification received from the two national energy regulators to take effect, Orientation reports. ICGB introduces a new management model in response to the requirements of transforming the project company into […]]]>

By Orientation

The company that will commercially operate the gas interconnector with Greece is introducing a two-tier management model – a key requirement for the certification received from the two national energy regulators to take effect, Orientation reports.

ICGB introduces a new management model in response to the requirements of transforming the project company into an independent transport operator. After a general meeting of the company’s shareholders (BEH and IGI Poseidon), a new company statute was also adopted. The changes are part of ICGB’s obligations under the company’s certification by the national energy regulators of Greece and Bulgaria, which was announced earlier in July.

At the General Assembly, a new leader of the Greek side was elected and the members of the two newly created structures – the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of the company – were approved. The newly elected members of the company’s two Boards of Directors were nominated for regulatory approval in March 2022 as part of ICGB’s certification process as an independent transmission operator.

The company continues to be represented by two senior executives – Teodora Georgieva remains the representative on the Bulgarian side and Georgios Satlas becomes the managing director on the Greek side. Satlas, a mechanical engineer (NTUA) with an MBA, has several years of management experience in the financial sector, having dealt with a very wide range of principals in the fields of investment and property management. He was a senior executive of the Greek sovereign wealth fund, as well as subsidiaries of the four Greek systemic banks. “I join the IGB project at an extremely dynamic, but also very key stage in its development in turbulent times for the European energy sector. It will be the most high-tech gas pipeline in Bulgaria and, at the same time, a completely new project route for the import of natural gas to South Eastern Europe, offering new solutions and energy flexibility for the region Thanks to the IGB, Greece and Bulgaria will position themselves in a completely new way on the gas map of the region, and I’m honored to be a part of this process,” said Satlas.

A key requirement for senior executives is that, for a period prior to taking office, they have not been part of a vertically integrated company linked to one of ICGB’s shareholders. The former general manager of the Greek side, Konstantinos Karayannakos, is part of the team of the Greek company DEPA Commercial SA, which necessitates the change on the Greek side. “The implementation of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector is an extremely important part of the overall European energy strategy for the region and is among the main priorities of both national governments. Working on this project is a serious professional challenge, but also a success story, and I would like to thank the entire ICGB team for the efforts we have made together to bring this project to fruition,” said Karayannakos. The ICGB team would like to thank Konstantinos Karayannakos for his efforts and the results achieved so far.

Georgieva and Satlas are also members of the ICGB Board of Directors, which consists of a total of 4 members. The other two shareholder-appointed representatives are Tanko Stanilov and Giuseppe Macri. Stanilov has more than 10 years of experience as a regional manager at “Toplivo Gaz” EOOD. Macri joins the ICGB board after working for the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP), where he served as Director of Business Operations.

Veselin Petrov, Panagiotis Rizos, Angel Yankov, Momchil Vanov, Fabio Santambrogio and Georgios Polychroniou have been elected members of the company’s new supervisory board. The nominations were made on a parity basis by the shareholders – BEH and IGI Poseidon.

The changes have entered into force and have already been published in the commercial register.

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Greek-American Nomiki Konst discusses her campaign with ‘TNH’ http://greekhomes.info/greek-american-nomiki-konst-discusses-her-campaign-with-tnh/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 16:05:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/greek-american-nomiki-konst-discusses-her-campaign-with-tnh/ NEW YORK — Progressive activist, investigative journalist and founder of the Matriarch women’s group, Nomiki Konst, will continue her fight for the community through her bid for the state Senate District 59 primary race. Holding power accountable and working for visionary reform over the years, she now sets her sights on building a better future […]]]>

NEW YORK — Progressive activist, investigative journalist and founder of the Matriarch women’s group, Nomiki Konst, will continue her fight for the community through her bid for the state Senate District 59 primary race. Holding power accountable and working for visionary reform over the years, she now sets her sights on building a better future for the people of Astoria. Nomiki Konst spoke to the National Herald about the upcoming election and his goal of making a change.

First, how and why did you decide to run for State Senate District 59?

When the old District 17 was declared unconstitutional by a court and a new district was revealed to include Astoria, local leaders, organizers and longtime neighbors asked me to introduce myself.

Something I couldn’t help but notice was that there were key issues that were unresolved, particularly the continued economic and human devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the will to attack the big interests which make this community so quickly unapproachable.

After dozens of conversations with other community leaders in the district, it became clear that issues around income inequality, transportation, pandemic relief, housing and security needed to be addressed.

New York is one of the few places in the country where we can really get things done. We have a responsibility to be a national leader right now, and so many New Yorkers are asking us to do so.

I’m thrilled to represent Astoria, which is a big part of the district and has a deep history with the Hellenic community. Before living here, I used to visit as a kid when my dad was the director of AHEPA in New York State. I have the fondest memories of glendis and concerts as well as going to many Greek restaurants which sadly are no longer there.

Why do you think politics in Astoria have changed so much in recent years, especially after Congresswoman Cortez won in 2018?

I think it’s been extremely powerful and clarifying for a lot of people to have an outspoken progressive representing Astoria, and that’s why I supported her from the first time I met her before she announced her run, in 2017 when she contacted me after I spoke at a conference.

The things Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez talks about and defends are common-sense agenda items — single-payer health care and climate resilience. These are issues that affect workers directly and it is extremely helpful to have someone with a major platform reminding us that things don’t have to stay as broken as they are.

Can you find a connection to the traditional Greek-American community in District 59?

Absolutely! It’s my community. I grew up in the Greek Orthodox Church, went to Sunday school and Greek school, participated in choral and Greek dance competitions at the FDF, and travel to Greece as often as possible. My father’s side is from Kefalonia and Kalymnos and my mother is from Vorio Ipirus. In 2018, I was the first of my Greek-American family from Ipirus to cross the border into the remote mountains of Albania and visit the still incredibly isolated village of Politzani. I saw the mountains through which Yiayia and Papou escaped, my great-grandmother’s grave and the houses in which they grew up.

My dad was the Governor of AHEPA in New York State and I visited Astoria regularly when I was a little girl. This is where I practiced my Greek dancing and cultivated an appreciation for our culture and – if we’re being totally candid – our food.

Sadly, many of the mainstays my dad and I used to go to, like Zenon Taverna, have closed – as part of a larger trend.

Although all these years most candidates and elected officials talk about an agenda to make New York more affordable for working people, we finally see that the costs are increasing and that daily life in the city is increasingly difficult. What do you think is the common mistake and how could this situation change?

I don’t doubt the good intentions of many of our local legislators, but as the question notes, the cost of living has increased dramatically over my lifetime. We all understand what drives it: a speculative housing market fueled by tax incentives for big developers and rezonings. As more and more properties are bought up by speculators and turned into luxury housing, people are being pushed out of their communities, putting downward pressure on low-income communities, and the pattern is repeating itself.

We know we need to end tax subsidies for luxury development and we need to impose a pied de terre tax on unoccupied housing stock and challenge the oligarchs who use our real estate to hide money. Additionally, we must use our government to actively remove costs from people’s budgets, such as health care. New York needs a single payer and can pass it. We also need to make sure people are properly compensated for their work to keep up with the cost of living.

The problem is that it is very difficult to do all of this when powerful interests are so entrenched. We just didn’t get the votes for some of those key agenda items. To further complicate the matter, New York alone cannot solve wealth inequality. We need the federal government to do more.

Albany has been at an impasse for decades and now that we have Democratic control, we are able to act more boldly. But, unfortunately, many lawmakers, even on the Democratic side, are controlled by special interests. I’m proud to be the only contestant who not only didn’t take special interest money and didn’t have machine support, but I took special interest and won.

Many progressives are said to believe your candidacy could lower Kristen Gonzalez’s vote. What do you think?

Compared to our opponent, we start significantly ahead in terms of notoriety, community connection and progressive experience. The lines were announced a little over two months ago and everyone started showing up to this neighborhood at the same time. In his case and others, they were running races in an entirely different district that is 85% district – and now have to show up to an area very quickly. It is unfortunate that the groups that supported her in another race did not open up the approval process for the new district so that the community could have a voice and there could be a democratic process. This is happening all over New York with other groups and candidates, I would have thought the progressive groups would have had a more transparent and democratic process. We believe that all 4 candidates should have been part of the approval process and should have had the opportunity to make their case to the community they represent.

My history in the progressive movement is long, spanning over 2 decades. My residence and my connection with this community are longstanding. We believe in democracy and listening to neighbors – not internet noise which is often influenced by many other factors including the promotion of narratives by machine organizations who want to anoint their elected officials and pressure the others to do the same.

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Remembering Tony Placzek, Adventurer, Optimist, Real Estate Investment Broker http://greekhomes.info/remembering-tony-placzek-adventurer-optimist-real-estate-investment-broker/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:11:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/remembering-tony-placzek-adventurer-optimist-real-estate-investment-broker/ Tony Placzek had an overwhelming desire to live life to the full while living and savoring every moment, even as he continued his battle with leukemia. He died peacefully at home on July 24 at the age of 83, with his wife, Elena, by his side. Tony was born in London shortly after his father, […]]]>

Tony Placzek had an overwhelming desire to live life to the full while living and savoring every moment, even as he continued his battle with leukemia. He died peacefully at home on July 24 at the age of 83, with his wife, Elena, by his side.

Tony was born in London shortly after his father, Fritz, and mother, Edith, escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1938 on the brink of Nazi occupation and World War II. Before Tony was born, his father returned to Czechoslovakia in a last-ditch effort to get his own parents out of harm’s way. Fritz was unable to achieve this goal, making Tony the last surviving member of the Brno Placzeks. Edith raised Tony alone in England, moving frequently throughout the war. They emigrated to the United States when Tony was 10, settling in Berkeley to live closer to his aunt and uncle.

At Berkeley, Tony developed a taste for adventure and entrepreneurship early on. He was certainly a handful for Edith. He convinced his mother he could get an old Dodge business coupe when he was 13 as a repair project—she had her hands full when he got it working the next day. He made rum snow cones in the Berkeley High parking lot (which eventually sent him to Robert Louis Stevenson to graduate from high school). He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany at the height of the Cold War, returning to the United States to marry Cecilia McGuire and complete his bachelor’s degree at Colorado College.

Tony Placzek with his first car in Berkeley at the age of 13. Credit: Edith Placzek

Tony has loved his long career in commercial real estate financing and investing, working first for Coldwell Banker and then setting up his own company Pacific Eastern Real Estate. He was noted for his gregarious nature and enthusiasm for transactions, seeking investors for neighborhood retail and other commercial projects, riding the waves of Bay Area commercial real estate. Enthusiasm, creativity and connection were the pillars of his personal mantras “create opportunity” and “go for it”.

Tony’s insatiable desire for adventure was unique. An avid skier, he shared his love of the mountains with his whole family, building a family cabin with Edith and Celie and lots of help from “friend work groups”. Tony and Celie have taken their children on many adventures – rafting the Grand Canyon, camping through France and Spain, and sailing in Greece. He loved just about anything that went “fast,” owning and smashing more boats and cars than we can count.

It wasn’t until his mid-40s that Tony learned of the fate of the Placzek family in Europe from his cousin. His father died just six days after the Nazis took full control of Czechoslovakia and three days after Tony was born in 1939. His grandparents refused to leave the country, believing that anti-Semitism at the time would decrease. Tony lost both of his grandparents, Alfred and Marianne, in the camps, along with dozens of other relatives.

Tony at his father’s grave in Brno, Czechia with Professor Martin Černohorský in 2013. Courtesy of the Placzek family

This family tradition sparked in Tony a deep desire to uncover his family’s lost history, leading to a quest that would last the rest of his life. He undertook a series of trips to the newly formed Czech Republic after the fall of communism and learned his family’s deeper history. He heard of his great-grandfather, Baruch Placzek, who was the first rabbi to lead his community in the industrial city of Brno, and a citizen scientist who corresponded with Charles Darwin and conducted experiments with Gregor Mendel. Tony’s uncle, George Placzek, left Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s to pursue research in nuclear physics, working on the discovery of nuclear fission with Otto Frisch and Lise Meitner and leading Canadian research for the Manhattan Project. Tony relished the connections he made with Czech historians, scientists and artists, all of whom sought to recapture a lost era of science and industry, as well as a painful part of Czech history.

During his last two decades, he and his second wife Elena loved to travel. They explored Russia, Georgia and Japan as well as the warm beaches of Greece, Montenegro and Hawaii. Let Tony race against time in 2020 with a fabulous trip that nearly had them stuck in New Zealand for the duration of the pandemic.

Tony and Lena Placzek in Alaska, 2012. Courtesy of the Placzek family

Tony has been driven all his life by an insatiable curiosity and a genuine love of people, even complete strangers. He was known to strike up conversations with anyone, anywhere. His early years were characterized by war, bombs and insecurity, but his mother Edith provided him with the support he needed to thrive. Tony spoke of family and home with warmth and passion. After losing his family from Brno Placzek and his home to tragedy, he realized how much it rooted his own family in the future. He forged a life of substance, compassion, friendships, gratitude and integrity that his ancestors would be proud of and loved ones now celebrate and remember with sadness and joy.

He is survived by his wife, Elena; his daughter, Mary Ann Scheuer; his sons, Eric and Alex Placzek; 16 grandchildren, Katy, Molly and Emily (by Mary Ann and Ed Scheuer), Jessica, Zachary, Isaac, Luke, Anna, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Victoria, Naomi and Titus (by Eric and Nicole Placzek), and Addie, Grant and Finn (by Alex and Gretchen Placzek); and a great-grandchild, Elli (by Zachary and Jessie Placzek).

Tony and Celie Placzek with their children, grandchildren and Tony’s mother, Edith Placzek, 2003. Credit: Tony Placzek
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Jay Allender | Obituaries | mtexpress.com http://greekhomes.info/jay-allender-obituaries-mtexpress-com/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/jay-allender-obituaries-mtexpress-com/ Joel Jay Allender, 88, of Wickenburg, Arizona, and the Wood River Valley, passed away peacefully in Bellevue, Idaho on July 30, 2022, after a valiant battle with three different cancers, along with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. From his side. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, then moved to Southern California at a young age. […]]]>

Joel Jay Allender, 88, of Wickenburg, Arizona, and the Wood River Valley, passed away peacefully in Bellevue, Idaho on July 30, 2022, after a valiant battle with three different cancers, along with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. From his side.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan, then moved to Southern California at a young age. After graduating from high school in Los Angeles, he went on to earn his degree in agriculture from Fresno State College. He then enlisted in the Coast Guard and was stationed off the coast of California. Following his function as a coast guard, he carried out various activities throughout his life: tapestry and textiles, mobile homes and he was a real estate broker, which led him to property management.

Most people would say that Jay had a blessed life and took very good care of himself and the people he loved.

Jay married his first wife, Alice, in 1959. He and Alice had a son and a daughter. They divorced in 1975 but have always remained friends. He then met Sonja Hennessey, his second wife, in 1987 and they got married in 1991. He and Sonja had so many adventures together for 35 years.

He loved to travel to Europe, especially Greece and Turkey, and see all the beautiful little villages and hike wherever they could. His favorite hike was in the Vikos Gorge in northern Greece. He and Sonja had so many funny stories about their travels and the people they met. He loved sharing the photos when they returned home with his family and friends.

Entertaining family and friends was another of Jay’s favorite pastimes, whether at their beautiful home or at a picnic. He and Sonja enjoyed sharing their love of good food and wine with so many people.

Jay and Sonja left their home in Wickenburg each May for shelter from the heat in Arizona. They traveled all over the western United States, visiting campgrounds, national parks, family and friends in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Hiking many trails and being outdoors was a big part of their adventures with their travel trailer; their home away from home.

Over the years he has enjoyed skiing, water skiing, tennis, golf, bird hunting and target shooting, in addition to his many hiking adventures.

Jay was predeceased by his father, Irving Allender; his mother, Sally Allender, and his ex-wife, Alice Mott. Jay is survived by his wife, Sonja; his son, Martin (Edee) Allender, and their son, Timothy; his daughter, Adele (Pat) Savaria and their sons, Kalen (Danielle) and Austin; his stepsons, Mick (Jennifer), Corby (Teresa) and Nate (Debbie) Hennessey, and their children, Adrianna (Adam), Casey (Tristia), Sarah, Darby (Mason) and Colin; and great-granddaughter, Marlyse. He was very proud of each of them.

Jay made a great presence and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held next summer to honor Jay and the fantastic life he had. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Wood River Valley Hospice, PO Box 4320, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

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Vancouver Castle Style Mansion in the Market http://greekhomes.info/vancouver-castle-style-mansion-in-the-market/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 01:08:42 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/vancouver-castle-style-mansion-in-the-market/ To live in a fairy tale will require a fantastic amount of money in this city. Living in a fairy tale may seem like a fantasy, but current – and future – residents of this Vancouver home might be a little closer than the rest of us. The $28.8 million Shaugnessy House looks like someone […]]]>

To live in a fairy tale will require a fantastic amount of money in this city.

Living in a fairy tale may seem like a fantasy, but current – and future – residents of this Vancouver home might be a little closer than the rest of us.

The $28.8 million Shaugnessy House looks like someone who had read all his Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty stories and wanted to build a house he would end up in.

Chandeliers, marble, and beautiful wooden features are commonplace in the castle-like home at 3537 Osler Street. There are even several murals on the ceiling, with the sky painted above the grand entrance.

One of the bedrooms, which appears to be in one of two turrets, has the shoreline of a tropical island and blue skies above, giving whoever sleeps there a head start on Neverland.

And while all the bathrooms are pretty opulent, the high bar is probably the one with Grecian-style columns around the mirror and tub.

Some of the other features are also luxurious, if not quite the fairy tale feel. It has a billiard room, a home theater with a projector, a massive closet bigger than some Vancouver apartments, and an office in a turret.

“This magnificent home is a modern interpretation of the original Arts and Crafts mansions built for Canadian Pacific Railway executives in the leafy enclave of Shaughnessy over a century ago,” writes real estate agent Crystal Hung in the listing.

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“Quality of life” attracts luxury buyers in Europe http://greekhomes.info/quality-of-life-attracts-luxury-buyers-in-europe/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 16:02:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/quality-of-life-attracts-luxury-buyers-in-europe/ Luxury home buyers around the world continue to look to Europe for properties that provide a backdrop for the laid-back, nature-focused lifestyle they crave, according to a report released Wednesday by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. . According to the report, countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are attracting foreign buyers looking for sunny days and […]]]>


Luxury home buyers around the world continue to look to Europe for properties that provide a backdrop for the laid-back, nature-focused lifestyle they crave, according to a report released Wednesday by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. .

According to the report, countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are attracting foreign buyers looking for sunny days and surf, as well as the laid-back culture of the region’s seaside communities. These fields have seen renewed interest in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially since many workers are still remote. This means that inventories, especially for luxury properties, are tight in many markets.

“We don’t expect activity to be anywhere near the levels we’ve seen in 2021 or early 2022, but the Spanish market has been very resilient,” said Ugo Bagration, head of business development at agency office in Marbella. report. “It is proving to be a hub and destination for foreign investment in the real estate market.”


Spain has seen an influx of buyers from the United States and Canada due to its relatively affordable price, he added. However, the high taxes in Spain can push buyers to less taxable countries, such as Italy.

Marcus Benussi, managing partner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MAGGI Properties Agency, noted that tax conditions in Italy appeal to wealthy families, but quality of life comes first. Rome, in particular, is experiencing a renaissance and many residences have been renovated in recent years, he added.

“This is no longer a Covid breakout,” he said in the report. “More and more people are choosing to move to Italy because they focus on quality of life above anything else.”

In Greece, global and economic concerns have pushed prices down, according to the report. The country has a beneficial Golden Visa program, putting buyers on the path to residency with an investment of just €250,000 ($253,425). In addition, VAT, or Value Added Tax, on new housing construction is expected to continue until 2024.

Island destinations in Crete or Corfu are particularly in demand, as well as luxury apartments in Athens.


Portugal is attracting buyers from the United States and Europe, despite limited inventory, according to Joe Pyke, general manager of the company’s Portuguese office.

“We are seeing buyers from all over Europe and in particular from the UK, especially as English is so widely spoken here,” Mr Pyke said in the report. “We are also seeing an influx of American buyers, especially from the West Coast, probably due to comparable weather conditions. The cost of living is also very cheap, as are health insurance costs.

The report also covered London, which is seeing shoppers return as life and work resume after the pandemic. International students and executives are back, and the strong dollar could attract more American buyers. Yet around 55% of transactions in the city are made by UK-based buyers.


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Backyard Pool, Firepit Delight Entertainers at $699,000 Severn Colonial http://greekhomes.info/backyard-pool-firepit-delight-entertainers-at-699000-severn-colonial/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 21:00:51 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/backyard-pool-firepit-delight-entertainers-at-699000-severn-colonial/ SEVERN, MD – This newly listed Severn home is stunning inside and out. The main highlight is the backyard built for parties. The inground pool will refresh your guests on summer days, and the fireplace will warm the crew on fall evenings. Inside, a two-story foyer welcomes visitors. The formal living rooms and dining rooms […]]]>

SEVERN, MD – This newly listed Severn home is stunning inside and out.

The main highlight is the backyard built for parties. The inground pool will refresh your guests on summer days, and the fireplace will warm the crew on fall evenings.

Inside, a two-story foyer welcomes visitors. The formal living rooms and dining rooms are to the right of the entrance. The modern kitchen with a tile backsplash and bar island is at the back of the house.

A wall cutout and Grecian columns separate the adjoining breakfast nook from the spacious family room. This living space has a shiplapped fireplace and a gas fireplace. A bedroom, a powder room and a two-car garage complete the main level.

The master suite is perched upstairs behind double doors and under a tray ceiling. The massive bedroom also boasts a private sitting room and a 15-foot-long walk-in closet. The adjoining bathroom offers double vanities, a make-up station, a corner bath and a glass shower. Three other bedrooms and a full bathroom complete the second floor.

This gem sitting on 0.47 acres could be yours for $699,000.

Check out the description and photos below. The complete photo gallery is published here.

  • Address: 1514 Mckinan Ct, Severn, MD
  • Price: $699,000
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Listing Description: Welcome to this beautiful home on a private landscaped lot with spacious interiors, updates and a convenient location for commuters. The classic design maximizes home space and is perfect for entertaining and everyday comfort. Hardwood floors, newly replaced carpeting, crown moldings, cozy fireplace, generous room sizes and backyard oasis are just a few of the exceptional features that await you. Upon entering, you are greeted by a two-story foyer that anchors the formal living and dining areas, well-suited for festive gatherings. Prepare decadent dinners in the kitchen featuring 42-inch white cabinets, center island with breakfast bar, pantry, stainless steel gas range, stone backsplash, tiles, Corian countertops, and a casual dining room with vaulted ceiling. Definitely the heart of the home, the family room showcases traditional elegance with a gas fireplace with genteel moldings flanked by Palladian windows overlooking the pool. A main level bedroom, perfect as a home office, and a powder room complete the main level. Retreat upstairs to the master bedroom showcasing a sitting area, tray ceiling, walk-in closet, and updated ensuite bathroom with separate vanities, soaking tub, and tiled shower with no glass frame. Three additional generously sized bedrooms, a full bath and laundry room complete the upper level. The lower level offers ample storage space and the ability to customize it to fit any lifestyle. Fun in the sun is easy in the resort-style backyard featuring a Kayak Pools with aluminum deck, integral fence and solar cover. Outdoor entertaining is a breeze on the 2,000 square foot paved patio with separate fire pit and built-in seating area. The privacy offered by the tree-lined pavilion lot allows you to be set back beyond a wide, recently sealed driveway. Additional features include zoned HVAC, storage shed and two car garage. Close to commuter roads, Annapolis, Baltimore, BWI Airport, Fort Meade and more! Property updates: carpeting, hardwood floors, main floor interior paint, gas fireplace, upper level heat pump and master bath shower.

Listed by: Lauren Hewett, Northrop South Carroll

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Saudi DJs perform alongside international stars at Gamers8 http://greekhomes.info/saudi-djs-perform-alongside-international-stars-at-gamers8/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 09:29:11 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/saudi-djs-perform-alongside-international-stars-at-gamers8/ PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday on the second leg of his European tour. Macron greeted the Crown Prince with a warm handshake as the pair posed on the red carpet for photographers before heading inside for a chat at a […]]]>

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday on the second leg of his European tour.

Macron greeted the Crown Prince with a warm handshake as the pair posed on the red carpet for photographers before heading inside for a chat at a private dinner.

Earlier, a delegation of senior Saudi ministers – led by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Minister of State Musaid Al-Aiban – had arrived in the Elysée Palace for separate talks with their French counterparts.

The delegation accompanying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday. (AFP)

The crown prince’s visit to France follows a trip to Greece earlier in the week and comes two weeks after he held talks in Saudi Arabia with US President Joe Biden.

The West is keen to restore relations with the Kingdom as it seeks to counter the growing regional influence of Iran, Russia and China.

France and other European countries are also seeking to diversify their energy sources following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which led Moscow to cut off gas supplies to Europe.

This visit “is part of an international context that we all know, which is that of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and its repercussions on food and energy security”, declared a French presidential adviser.

“It is also part of a regional context characterized by crises and threats that persist in many countries in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday July 28, 2022. (SPA)

“Thus, the President will address the issue of the energy supply of European countries with the Crown Prince, recalling our needs in this area. President Macron and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will also address the issue of the fight against terrorism, which continues to pose a significant threat in the Middle East with its possible consequences in Europe.

“In addition, the President and the Crown Prince will discuss regional crises and the need for security. Of course, regional crises include the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. However, they also cover the situation in Yemen, Iraq and, of course, Lebanon.

Former French foreign minister Herve de Charette said the crown prince’s visit was of geopolitical significance amid a flurry of diplomatic activity in the Middle East.

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday July 28, 2022. (SPA)

“This is the first official reception of the crown prince by one of the heads of state who are members of the Security Council,” he said.

“It is therefore a meaningful event for the two partners who already know each other and have been able to forge useful links. “In the complicated game that is currently being played in the Middle East, it is a way for them to affirm their desire to be fully involved, one on behalf of the leading country of the Arab States of the Gulf and the Middle East , the other representing the largest country in the EU.

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Properties in Mykonos, Paros, Santorini in high demand by foreigners http://greekhomes.info/properties-in-mykonos-paros-santorini-in-high-demand-by-foreigners/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 16:06:00 +0000 http://greekhomes.info/properties-in-mykonos-paros-santorini-in-high-demand-by-foreigners/ Popular Greek Islands Mykonos, paros and Santorini have the highest property prices relative to demand as the property market in Greece continues its upward trend, according to a national study released this week by RE/MAX Greece. Specifically, the prevailing average rates for Mykonos last year was 7,250 euros per square meter (m2), 3,450 euros/m2 on […]]]>

Popular Greek Islands Mykonos, paros and Santorini have the highest property prices relative to demand as the property market in Greece continues its upward trend, according to a national study released this week by RE/MAX Greece.

Specifically, the prevailing average rates for Mykonos last year was 7,250 euros per square meter (m2), 3,450 euros/m2 on paros and 3,250 euros/m2 on Santorini. Cretemeanwhile, a favorite destination for travellers, prices were relatively low but very divergent from one region to another.

Other Greek destinations that attract holiday home buyers are Corfu, Kefalonia and Lefkada and in mainland Halkidiki, Volos and Kalamata.

As an indication, according to RE/MAX Greece, the highest rate of return (RoR) is recorded in South Greecethe Cyclades and Crete at 7%, followed by Northern Greece (6%) and the Ionian Islands (5 percent).

Foreigners buying in Greece mainly come from Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania who are interested in properties in northern Greece and Israel, China, Germany, France and Lebanon interested in real estate in southern Greece.

According to the survey, for 100 real estate sales, Greeks represent 54% and foreigners 46%. Specifically, 90 out of 100 mainland vacation home sales in cities such as Xanthi, Komotini and Igoumenitsa were made by Greeks while on islands such as Naxos, Crete and Corfu90 out of 100 sales concern foreign buyers.

The study found that Covid-19, the Russian-Ukrainian war and inflationary pressures appear to have little impact on the holiday home market in Greece, analysts said. will continue its upward trend stimulated by new infrastructure in Greek destinations and increase in the number of tourists which can support short term rental properties.

Buyers interested in buy and use properties for short-term rentals focus on urban centers such as Athens and Thessaloniki as well as on Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Paros, ChaniaCorfu and Kefalonia.


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