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This issue of ARENCORES Magazine comes at a time of significant economic and societal disruption because of the pandemic crisis. Much has been written about how Covid-19 will reshape travel, tourism and retail in the island of Crete. Less has been said about what it will mean for the local real estate market.

How the uncertainties associated with the pandemic will epitomize the excess that may lead to a deeper recession? How the local and foreign investors think about of what is still to come – namely a long period of falling property prices? At the moment, the extent to which this health crisis will affect the real estate market is unknown.

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2020

ISSUE_8

MAGAZINE

A P U B L I C A T I O N D E D I C A T E D T O P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S & I N V E S T O R S

HOW CONSTRUTION SECTOR

IN CHANIA HAS CHANGED

SINCE CORONAVIRUS STRUCK

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN

CRETE MUST SEE CORONAVI-

RUS CRISIS AS A CHANCE TO

ADAPT AND RENEW

PROPERTY INVESTORS VIEW

DURING THE PANDEMIC

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FOUR

COCERNS?

GREECE’S CORONAVIRUS

MANAGEMENT SUCCESS

IMPRESS FOREIGN

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

REAL ESTATE RECESSION?

NOT SO FAST AND NOT FOR ALL

PROPERTY TYPES

HAVE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAMS

LOST THEIR POPULARITY?


At ARENCORES & Chania Real Estate

we don’t just sell properties.

We want to see real meaning and

problem solving that resonates.

MARIA GKIKA

MANAGING DIRECTOR - FOUNDER

This issue of ARENCORES Magazine comes at a time of significant economic and societal disruption because of

the pandemic crisis. Much has been written about how Covid-19 will reshape travel, tourism and retail in the island

of Crete. Less has been said about what it will mean for the local real estate market. How the uncertainties associated

with the pandemic will epitomize the excess that may lead to a deeper recession? How the local and foreign

investors think about of what is still to come - namely a long period of falling property prices? At the moment, the

extent to which this health crisis will affect the real estate market is unknown. Nonetheless, real estate market is a

dynamic sector and in Chania the sector is still very competitive but there may be more to it than meets the eye.

According to a recent survey by ARENCORES and Chania Real Estate, property buyers shouldn’t expect any big

discounts for residential and commercial properties in Crete, Greece in the coming months. Just because there’s

a large number of people filing for unemployment doesn’t mean we’re going to have the same foreclosure crisis in

the property market that we saw between 2009-2015. Indeed, our survey found that the majority of our property

owners (89%) have not reduced listing prices to attract buyers.

Meanwhile, property sellers must value their real estate assets in a reliable and pragmatic way that should represent

a fair price. As real estate and construction professionals we have already seen that properties are still selling

and their owners are selling for full list price when a property is priced fairly. However, fair value differs depending

on willingness of the property owners to accept the pragmatic value of their real estate assets and the methodology

or the procedures of the appraisal.

During this difficult period of time for our societies, we need to rethink both real estate investment strategies, property

construction and management. Chania is an attractive target market for foreign investors. There is a plethora

of evidences confirming that capital movements and investment financing follow the city attractiveness. Such areas

- like Chania - suggesting a “ low risk market” and accelerate the return of investment potential (ROI).

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IMPACT ON THE CONSTRUC-

TION ACTIVITY IN CRETE

HOW CONSTRUTION SECTOR

IN CHANIA HAS CHANGED

SINCE CORONAVIRUS STRUCK

PROPERTY INVESTORS VIEW

DURING THE PANDEMIC:

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FOUR

COCERNS?

The significantly large drop in bookings and

We examine a real, live project to outline

As we move forward into this uncharted

decline of interest for properties and new

the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is

territory, the responses to the crisis should

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commercial and residential projects are just

two parameters behind the current crisis, the

having on the construction activity in Chania,

Crete.

be founded on the basis that will establish

systemic integrity and economic viability.

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SINCE CORONAVIRUS STRUCK

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other and most crucial being the ongoing

uncertainty.

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PROPERTY INVESTORS VIEW DURING THE PANDEMIC: WHAT

ARE YOUR TOP FOUR COCERNS?

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PANDEMIC COULD MEAN OPPORTUNITY FOR REAL ESTATE

INVESTORS

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SELECTED PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN CHANIA, CRETE 18

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HAVE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAMS LOST THEIR POPULARITY? 28

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN CRETE MUST SEE CORONAVI-

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RUS CRISIS AS A CHANCE TO ADAPT AND RENEW

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REAL ESTATE RECESSION? NOT SO FAST AND NOT FOR ALL

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PROPERTY TYPES

+ GREECE’S CORONAVIRUS MANAGEMENT SUCCESS IMPRESS

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FOREIGN REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

PANDEMIC COULD MEAN OP-

PORTUNITY FOR REAL ESTATE

INVESTORS

One of the most effective real estate investing

strategies during these times is searching

and identifying properties with a great

chance for appreciation over the long term

CRETAN CHEESE MAKING IN

THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

Greek mythology describes that the sky and

thunder god Zeus, the king of the gods of

Mount Olympus was raised in a cave deep

inside the Cretan mountains having as com-

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN

CRETE MUST SEE CORONAVI-

RUS CRISIS AS A CHANCE TO

ADAPT AND RENEW

In a matter of weeks, the lives of so many

have changed in ways they had never

imagined some months ago. In Greece and

globally, people can no longer meet, work,

and with high Return of Investment potential

panion a divine goat named Amalthea.

eat, shop, and socialize as they used to.

(ROI.

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The significantly large drop in bookings and

decline of interest for properties and new

commercial and residential projects are just

two parameters behind the current crisis, the

other and most crucial being the ongoing uncertainty.

The plunge is putting Crete’s tourism industry, real estate

investments and construction activity at risk. Moreover, the

health and safety risks of COVID-19 vary from project to project

and to comply with the new health and safety precautions

requires sinergistic relations with medical, scientific and government

guidelines to provide a safe working environment.

IMPACT ON THE

CONSTRUCTION

ACTIVITY IN

CRETE

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The pandemic has dramatically impacted a number

of sectors in both at home and around the world. The

coronavirus pandemic is striking Crete where it hurts:

in the tourism, construction and real estate sector.

The government of Kiriakos Mitsotakis under the guidance

of an experienced team of epidemiologists and

medical scientists has successfully implemented some

of the most proactively restrictive measures in Europe,

which seem to be working.

To date Greece counts just 144 deaths since the start of

the outbreak. By contrast, Switzerland, which has a similar

population, just below 9 million, has recorded 1,467

deaths and Belgium with a population of 10 million has

recorder 7,765 deaths. Cretans are sticking inside and

for three weeks in a row no case of the virus has been

reported on the entire island.

The hospitality sector, along with travel, tourism, real

estate and construction, has been hit by Covid-19.

With COVID-19 and its deleterious effects the island of

Crete hold its breath. Decreases in bookings and high

cancellation volumes are the direct effects of the virus.

The significantly large drop in bookings and decline of

interest for properties andnew commercial and residential

projects are just two parameters behind the

current crisis, the other and most crucial being the ongoing

uncertainty. And it’s not good news for a state

that welcomes more more than 1,580,000 people almost

every year.

As much a tragedy as the coronavirus is, most big cities

in Greece are dealing with one problem, Chania is dealing

with two because we’re dealing with coronavirus

and the dramatic drop in the construction activity - that

according to several research and surveys - would be

far more painful than the recession that we faced before

ten years.

Although activity in the construction sector will likely

continue in Chania, Crete, some projects are expected

to halt soon given various factors including bottlenecks

on the supply chain and the termination or cancellation

of contracts from the owners to control expenses – especially

for small and medium residential projects.

Moreover, many new projects at the design and planning

phase have even stopped, usually with the intention

to resume work at a later date. For large-scale

infrastructure projects across Crete, we have seen a

number of redundancies and cost cutting measures

being implemented from the investors because of the

unprecedented economic events and market volatility.

Especially now, it is clear that our sector need to have a

clear and synergistic engagement strategy to begin dialogue

with investors, suppliers and banks to deal with

the crisis and its future impacts on our business and

economy as a holistic approach to predict and manage

the systemic threats to our common goals and objectives.

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‘‘At the time of writing, the majority of our construction sites

in Akrotiri, Kisamos, and Apokoronas have maintained the

status quo with low impact so far. We have not experienced

of any significant defaults on progress payments or cancellation

of contracts in progress so far.’

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HOW CONSTRUTION

SECTOR IN CHANIA

HAS CHANGED SINCE

CORONAVIRUS

STRUCK

We examine a real, live project to outline the impact that the COVID-19

pandemic is having on the construction activity in Chania, Crete.

Unlike sectors like architectural design, manufacturing,

IT or financial services, the sector of construction and

its ancillary engineering segment require the physical

presence of workforce – both skilled and less skilled – in

different phases of the project life-cycle.

Civil engineers, mechanical engineers, energy engineers,

contractors and workers are just some of the

most frequent people in the workforce required in a

construction project.

Unfortunately, the significantly low integration of novel

technologies and applications along with the absence

of state-ofthe art digitalization and automation tools in

such projects is a critical barrier.

These impacts include, among others, schedule delays,

workforce availability, equipment and material disruptions,

reduced productivity due to on site health and

safety measures (e.g., social distancing, etc.), permit delays

and cash flow shortages.

Project Status: Advanced Construction Stage

Project Location: Akrotiri, Chania, Crete, Greece

the construction site. Many of them may have returned

to their villages or are planning to do so.

Moreover, contractors are also not keen on pushing

them either because the safety and health of all those

who work in construction remains the top priority for all

the parties involved. Most of the construction sites are

running at just half of our usual run rate as fear about

the infection is keeping workers’ attendance at less than

60 percent. ARENCOS provides all the necessary support

to workers, from undertaking precautionary measures

such as avoiding group formation, provides face

masks etc.

Supply Chain Status: Some of the required materials

to complete the project are being sourced from overseas

(Germany, China), which are either in manufacturing

or dispatch phase. The time of delivery of such materials

should also significantly affect the time of project

completion.

Contractual Impact: Some of the sellers and material

suppliers may invoke claims due to COVID-19 and this

will inevitably lead to contractors’ claims for additional

time and costs.

Project Cost: 500.000 euro

Investor’s Origin: EU

Labour Deployment: Over 30 workers with over 10

different pieces of heavy equipment or heavy machinery.

Labor deployment is the ability to use the correct

amount of staff, in the right place, at the right time. It allows

you to bring all of your resources into effective action.

This means you get the correct staff for the job and

you have enough people to make the most profit during

peak times and all hours.

Project Schedule Impact: Prognosis for 2 months delay

under some pessimistic scenarios. The interconnectedness

and synergistic nature of a construction project

along with the bottleneck phenomena in the supply

chain and physical distancing of the workforce should

also affect the time schedule of the project.

Any slowdown across the project life-cycle due to the

pandemic or even the limited sources for financing from

the side of the project owner could cause further delays

or changes.

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Labour Status: Because of the social distance measures

more than 40 per cent of the construction workers

required to complete the project are staying away from

Cost Impact: No impact on the total project cost. The

cost remains the same as it was initially agreed between

the client and ARENCOS.

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WHAT

ARE YOUR

TOP FOUR

COCERNS?

For Greece, unlike the 2009 financial

crisis which was caused by a

dramatic breakdown in the banking

and credit system of the country,

this unprecedented and multidirectional

crisis is instead a result of

a global disruption in commercial

activity.

As we move forward into this uncharted

territory, the responses to

the crisis should be founded on the

basis that will establish systemic integrity

and economic viability.

the construction sector of Crete.

Greece.

For the initial survey analysis, we

shared responses from our contractors

and subcontractors in our

first brief. In the next iteration, we

released the second brief, comparing

the project managers response

from the first brief with the new

survey responses from investors

and stakeholders.

A SURVEY

DEDICATED

TO CHANIA

PROJECT

OWNERS,

REAL ESTATE

INVESTORS

CONTRAC-

TORS AND

CONSTRUC-

TION COM-

PANIES.

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PROPERTY

INVESTORS

VIEW DURING

THE PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic – and its

associated risks and uncertainties –

is a serious threat not only to global

health, but to our local societies, our

economies and our investments.

How to deal with a situation like this, a

massive outbreak, would catch anyone

off guard but through our synergistic relations,

open dialogue and a communal

framework about our investment continual

operations and risk management, I feel

as though I’m better suited to deal with a

similar situation if it were to ever happen.

Mark Lewis - Property Investor in Chania, Crete, Greece

We feel it’s important to ask project

managers, investors, and stakeholders

what are the top concerns

about the pandemic and its impacts

on our sector. We surveyed nearly

50 project managers, contractors

and investors currently involved in

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SURVEY OUTLINES

22%

17%

Yes, we are seeing severe disruptions

No disruptions

Yes, but only small in scale disruptions

14%

47%

No, but we anticipate some extend of disruptions for the following months

No

10%

12%

Yes, one or two projects wel be cancelled

Yes, but we will continue our investments after the end of the pandemic

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANY

DISRUPTION IN THE SUPPLY

OF YOUR MATERIALS OR SER-

VICES FOR YOUR CURRENT

PROJECTS IN CRETE?

Some construction projects in Crete have

been delayed, and a small number of projects

on the tourism sector canceled, as a result

of the impacts of COVID-19. In addition, the

majority of the respondents (53%) in this

survey indicated possible supply chain bottlenecks

of equipment and materials.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANY

DISRUPTION IN THE SUPPLY

OF YOUR MATERIALS OR SER-

VICES FOR YOUR CURRENT

PROJECTS IN CRETE?

47% of the survey respondents appear

cautiously optimistic saying that no critical

Yes, we are seeing severe disruptions

supply chain disruptions are on the horizon.

No disruptions

The high level of optimism of respondents

78% Yes, but only small in scale in disruptions

Crete confirmed by the result that 78%

stated that they will continue to do a ‘business

as

No, but we anticipate some extend of disruptions for the following months

usual’.

THE CURRENT

CORONAVIRUS

SITUATION

HAS A LOT OF

BUYERS,

SELLERS AND

REAL-ESTATE

AGENTS WOR-

RIED ABOUT

WHAT WILL

TRANSPIRE IN

THE PROPER-

TY MARKET IN

THE

COMING

MONTHS AND

YEARS.

Less property will be coming onto

the market in the coming months.

In a downturned market, property

owners who are not desperate to

sell have no incentive to list their

properties.

They will get less than they could

have a few months ago, and the

best thing to do is to hold the property

for a few more months or years

and sell it once the market slightly

recovers.

PANDEMIC

Sometimes, investing during a recession

can be the best time to buy

a property. Moreover, in a small real

estate market like Chania property

market, Crete there isn’t as much

COULD MEAN

OPPORTUNITY

FOR REAL ESTATE

INVESTORS

and with high Return of Investment

potential (ROI).

However, one may wonder: Is buying

a property during a worldwide

pandemic a smart decision? For

some residential and commercial

properties in Chania, Crete interest

rates are low this period of time.

BUT have we hit bottom yet?

Because of the nature of the uncertainty

that this crisis produces,

it would be safe to say that we just

don’t know. Some areas are seeing

medium to high property requests

today while others have slowed

down during these volatile times.

Yet, it’s important to note that single-family

rentals in the area of Akrotiri

and Chania town appear to

generate positive signs to investors.

That’s primarily because students

of the Technical University of Crete

are always going to need a place to

live, even during times of recession.

Yet, another reason so many investors

consider real estate investment

in Chania town to be a safe haven,

is the tourism industry which is

expected to grow significantly and

may enjoy the biggest rally ever

when the pandemic is over.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effect on the economic

activity is presenting a plethora of challenges to the engineering and

construction sector — challenges that could deepen depending on the

severity and duration of the crisis in Greece and globally.

Overall, impacts of the Covid-19 on the construction

activity in Crete are tough to judge

thus far; mostly investors, project managers

and contractors are anticipating no dramatic

slowdowns and project pause.

competition from other property

buyers or investors.

One of the most effective real estate

investing strategies during

these times is searching and identifying

properties with a great chance

A wise strategy that can captures

the essence of many of the usefullysystematic

ways to acquire a property

is to look for the most dominant

market trends of a particular

area and invest there.

for appreciation over the long term

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ARENCOS

Therefore, the question arises

which housing market indicators

should we be paying attention to

during a recession?

ARCHITECTURE

ENGINEERING AND

CONSTRUCTION

SERVICES

ARENCORES real estate development

and property management

firm prioritizes the most significant

indicators of the commercial and

residential real estate market of

Chania and Rethymon and facilitates

your decision making by providing

you reliable and trustworthy

information for the area of your interest.

26 Stratigou Tzanakaki Street

73134, Chania, Crete, Greece

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E: info@arencos.com

An example would be Chania Old

Town, an area already experiencing

strong demand for properties

from Israelis, Germans, Americans

and Russians. The properties in this

area are still very expensive – even

today, so it’s difficult for most people

to buy real estate in these areas

– especially properties that cash

flows.

However, some properties in Platanias,

Apokoronas and Kissamos

may experience a small dip, but will

likely be quick to recover.

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KALATHAS WATERFRONT

BUILDING PLOT FOR SALE

450.000 EURO

PALAIOCHORA INVESTMENT

PLOT FOR SALE

2.600.000 EURO

Property Type: Building Plot

Tenure: Freehold

Plot Size: 1218.00 m²

Builds: >400.00 m²

Views: Sea Views

Access: Asphalt Road

Reference ID: PC0612

A RARE AND UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A SEAFRONT

PLOT OF 1218.00 SQ.M. IN THE AREA OF AKROTIRI, NORTH

EAST CHANIA. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ABSOLUTE PRIVA-

CY, PEACE AND TRANQUILITY AS WELL AS STUNNING AND

UNINTERRUPTED SEA AND COASTAL VIEWS THEN THIS IS A

NOT-TO-BE MISSED OPPORTUNITY.

Property Type: Investment Plot

Tenure: Freehold

Plot Size: 185.000.00 m²

Reference ID: PC0876

Classified as having outstanding value and

with very high Return of Investment potential

(ROI) this is a not to be missed opportunity.

The property is located 10.00km

west of Palaiochora, Chania.

The property holds an official license for

touristic development (up to 150 beds)

and also holds Forest and Archaeological

clearance.

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MEGALA CHORAFIA BUILDING PLOT

FOR SALE - APTERA, CHANIA

320.000 EURO

ALMYRIDA FOUR MAISONETTES FOR

SALE - AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY

400.000 EURO

Locality: Suburb

Property Type: Building Plot

Tenure: Freehold

Size: 1800.00 sq.m.

Builds: 400.00 sq.m.

Max Floors: 2

Reference ID: PC0107

THIS 1800.00 SQ.M. EXQUISITE PIECE OF LAND IS LOCATED

IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AREAS OF CHANIA MU-

NICIPALITY. THE PROPERTY PROVIDES SPECTACULAR VIEWS

TO THE SOUDA BAY AND THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

YOU COULD EASILY BUILD A RESIDENTIAL OR INVESTMENT

PROPERTY UP TO 400.00 SQ.M. TO CALL YOUR OWN. A

NOT TO BE MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A GREAT REAL

ESTATE ASSET IN THE ONE OF THE MOST ELEGANT TOWNS

IN GREECE.

Locality: Residential

Property Type: Maisonette-Commercial

Basement: 169.34 m²

Ground Floor: 160.00 m²

First Floor: 131.00 m²

Plot Size: 427.50 m²

Swimming Pool: 32.00 m²

Reference ID: CC1900

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KOURNAS TWO STOREY

MAISONETTE FOR SALE

180.000 EURO

A RARE CHRISSI AKTI

PLOT FOR SALE

250.000 EURO

Locality: Residential

Property Type: Family House

Property Size: 80.00 m²

Plot Size: 224.00 m²

Bedrooms: 2

Reference ID: HC1801

Locality: Residential

Property Type: Building Plot

Tenure: Freehold

Size: 234.00 m²

Builds: 240.00 m²

Gradience: Slope

Reference ID: PC0402

THIS WONDERFUL CHRISI AKTI PLOT FOR SALE OF 234.00

m² IS SITUATED IN THE SOUGHT AFTER AND PRESTIGIOUS

AREA OF NEA KYDONIA, NORTH WEST OF CHANIA.

THE PROPERTY BOASTS WONDERFUL SEA AND MAIN-

LAND VIEWS AND IS A SUPERB OPPORTUNITY TO PUR-

CHASE LAND FOR YOUR HOLIDAY HOME OR AS AN IN-

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LOVELY TWO LEVELS 80.00 SQ.M. HOUSE WITH

VIEWS OF THE LOCAL HILLS AND COUNTRY-

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STUNNING INVESTMENT PROSPECTS.

A NOT TO BE MISSED OFFER IN CLOSE PROXIMI-

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CRETAN CHEESE MAKING IN

THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

Greek mythology describes that the sky and thunder

god Zeus, the king of the gods of Mount Olympus was

raised in a cave deep inside the Cretan mountains having

as companion a divine goat named Amalthea who

fed the baby Zeus with its milk.

Its name is translated from the ancient Greek and means

“gentle goddess.” Zeus’ father, inherited his father’s

curs¬e: for fear of losing his place and rule, swallowed

up all his newly born children. His wife Rhea suffered

greatly from this, and when the next child was born, she

slipped a stone wrapped in diapers instead of Kronos.

Kronos swallowed the stone, not suspecting anything, so

the kid had to hide. Rhea hid him on the island of Crete

in the cave of Mount Ida in the area of Ideon Antron. The

goat Amalthea saved the life of the future supreme god.

She produced two goatlings and fed Zeus with the abundant

milk that appeared. Moreover, Amalthea hung on a

tree baby Zeus in a cradle so that he could not be found

either on the ground, or in the sky, or in the sea, when

Kronos was looking for him.

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d Zeus, the king of the gods of Mount Olympus was raised in a cave deep inside the Cretan mountains having

as companion a divine goat named Amalthea who fed the baby Zeus with its milk.

AMALTHEIA’S

SKIN, OR THAT OF

HER GOAT, TAK-

EN BY ZEUS IN

HONOR OF HER

WHEN SHE DIED,

BECAME THE PRO-

TECTIVE AEGIS

IN SOME TRADI-

TIONS.

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Infancy of Zeus, by Jacob Jordaens, early 1630s (Louvre Museum)

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slipped a stone wrapped in diapers instead

was of very Kronos. fond of his goat-saver and

Zeus

TREASURE IN CRETE

Amalthea Kronos received swallowed from the him stone, a golden not suspecting dog High anything, up the so the Cretan kid had mountains, to hide. Rhea shepherds

hid him as a on cage the island to gather of sheep and goats for

of Ideon and Antron. goatherds The goat take Amalthea milk from saved the milking. life of the Made future of nothing but stone on

who Crete guarded in the her cave until of Mount her death. Ida in Moreover,

the area

supreme accidentally god. broken goat’s horn be-

came a cornucopia.

their flocks straight to the cauldron in the

mitata.

stone, the mitata continue to stand on

the mountain rock as examples of perfect

She produced two goatlings and fed Zeus with the abundant milk that appeared. Moreover, vernacular Amalthea architecture hung – modest, sturdy

The legend of the goat Amalthea became

the source of the phraseologism from

the myths of ancient Greece, where the

“cornucopia” term is used. The one who

held the cornucopia in his hands could get

everything he wanted

Mitata is the Cretan name for the basic

shepherds’ dwellings built high up on the

slopes in the mountains and, since one

of their primary uses is to store and age

cheese, they’re often considered to be the

earliest form of dairies in Greece.

and functional in the extreme. Larger,

squarer stones were placed at the bottom

in a circle, with the stones at the top being

carved into shape.

The structures became narrower as they

grew taller, much like an igloo, in order to

The goat served Zeus even after her death.

The god used her unusually strong skin

(according to the ancient Greek aegis) for

the shield during the war with the titans.

Covering his shield with Amalthea’s skin,

Zeus made him invincible, and under the

aegis of his shield he began to fight with

the titans. Thus, another popular expression

“under the auspices” appeared.

These stone-built structures symbolize

the very initial stage of what later grew

into a great tradition of dairy farming in

Crete.

Being so remote, the mitata were also

used as hideouts during the Ottoman

occupation; during the Second World

War, they provided cover for resistance

fighters. These shelters, built of locally-sourced

stones and shaped like Minoan

tholos tombs, have entrances that face

due east and, they are unique to Crete.

stand the weight of the winter snow. The

gaps between the stones were deliberately

not filled in with clay or any other material,

in order to allow air to pass through

the walls to dry out the cheese, maturing

it in the process.

A small window – like a skylight – was

left at the top of the dome, where spiders

would be able to weave a nice thick web,

catching flies and other insects and keeping

them away from the cheese: a brilliant

example of man and insect working to-

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IMAGE SOURCE:SHUTERSTOCK

Some of the shelters had two domes or Since there were no laws mandating

two rooms to separate the processes the use of pasteurized milk in the past,

of preparation and ageing. Standard the cheeses that came out of these

items and utensils found here included

the toupakia (straw baskets used as taste, with relatively intense and ag-

traditional dairies were quite harsh in

molds for fresh cheese); pots and ladles gressive flavors.

for the cheesemaking itself; a pan or a

pot where the shepherds would cook “Hole cheeses,” made with unpasteurized

milk, are particularly treasured, so

their food; a katsouna (shepherd’s

crook) and some rudimentary form of called because the natural fermentation

process and lengthy ageing create

bedding.

large holes in their surface.

Some would have family photographs

on the walls to keep them company and Most of Crete’s surviving mitata have

to add a note of joy to their otherwise been around for at least several decades.

Many of them have been aban-

drab surroundings.

doned and no one is building new ones

Coming straight from the udder, the anymore, as developments in transportation

allow shepherds to live in their

milk was already warm when it was

poured into the hot cauldron and treated

with rennet, an enzyme found in the pasturelands whenever the need aris-

villages or towns and dart up to the

stomachs of young ruminants that allows

them to digest

es.

milk.

Over the years, the old-fashioned cauldrons,

or kazania, which were used to

heat milk, have also fallen into disuse.

New food safety laws have changed

production processes, and, as a result,

have also changed the recipes themselves.

Crete’s cheeses are now made

in modern facilities with pasteurized

milk heated to exact temperatures in

stainless steel containers.

Although the method of production has

been modernized, the cheeses of Crete

remain very special indeed. More than

15 different types can be found on the

island today, but all of them share a

common history of production that began

in cauldrons bubbling away in the

island’s mitata.

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gether in symbiosis.

Each one was surrounded by a drystone

wall about 1.5m high, which was used

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Research from Global Witness and Transparency Inter-

‘I agree with every word of its report; I just wonder why it

national suggests the EU’s 28 Member States have se-

hasn’t been done before, since the problem has been known

cured about €25bn of foreign direct investment through

about for years.’

these schemes over the past ten years. Revenues from

HAVE

GOLDEN

VISA

PROGRAMS

LOST THEIR

POPULARITY?

golden visa schemes globally are estimated to be $13bn

a year, about $3bn of which is accounted for by schemes

that offer citizenship.

The key concern is that EU passports and residency are

being granted to people who should not be receiving

them. In September 2018, for example, police in Finland

raided a real estate agency at the centre of a suspected

€10m money laundering operation controlled by a Russian

businessman who reportedly purchased Maltese

citizenship. In addition, two Ukrainian businessmen who

were granted citizenship by Cyprus turned out to have

extracted €4.8bn from a bank they founded together in

If the Commission had made its position clear sooner,

then fewer Member States would have started these

schemes in the first place, he says. ‘Still, it is never too

late. I only hope that all EU countries will accept the report

and start acting according to its conclusions as soon as

possible.’

The European Parliament’s Special Committee on Financial

Crimes and Tax Evasion released a draft report

in November 2018 that called on EU Member States to

phase out all such schemes. Their potential economic

benefits ‘do not offset the serious money laundering

and tax evasion risks they present,’ said the report,

Ukraine.

which focused in particular on Malta’s Individual Investor

Programme.

Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Portugal

have been singled out as examples of EU Member

States that have assigned residency rights to significant

There are growing concerns about the

practice of handing out passports and visas

to wealthy foreigners in return for property

investment. Yet some claim the risks

have been exaggerated.

In January 2019, the European Commission (EC) called

States that operate them. Brussels says it intends to

monitor the steps that Member States take to ensure

transparency and good governance in the implementation

of the schemes, and will establish a group of experts

to deal with issues of transparency, governance and security.

numbers of wealthy Africans, Chinese and Russians in

exchange for investment in recent years. ‘If you have a

lot of money that you acquired through dubious means,

securing a new place to call home far away from the

place you stole from isn’t just appealing, it’s sensible,’

says Naomi Hirst, Senior Campaigner at Global Witness.

for EU Member States to curb the practice of giving

foreigners residency or citizenship in return for investment.

Several European countries offer such programmes,

often referred to as ‘golden visas’ or ‘golden

passports’. Such schemes ‘pose risks… including in terms

of security, money laundering, corruption, circumvention

of EU rules and tax evasion,’ the EC report says.

Heightening these risks are shortcomings in the transparency

and governance of such schemes, the EC says.

Key information, such as clear statistics on applications

received, accepted and rejected, are often missing or incomplete.

There are no mechanisms to ensure cooperation on

golden passport schemes (those offering citizenship) –

notably on security checks – among the EU Member

‘Legally residing in the EU and in the Schengen Area

comes with rights and privileges that should not be

abused,’ said European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

‘Member States must at all times fully respect

and apply existing obligatory checks and balances – and

national investor residence schemes should not be exempt

from that.’

These schemes became increasingly attractive to many

European countries in the wake of the 2007–2008 global

financial crisis. Originally designed for Caribbean

countries, they emerged as a way for governments to attract

quick investment, often in their property markets.

In some cases, the funds go straight into state coffers.

These schemes offer a safe haven from authorities who

might be looking to seize stolen assets, and the freedom

to travel without raising suspicion.

In the words of one Russian lawyer speaking to British

author Oliver Bullough: ‘Your money is offshore already

and, once you have a new passport, you are effectively

offshore yourself, beyond the reach of your home country’s

law enforcement.’

QUICK ACTION IS REQUIRED

Against this backdrop, the Commission has to act. ‘The

Commission has finally decided to ensure that its rules

are respected,’ says Drago Kos, Chair of the Organisation

for Economic Co-operation and Development

(OECD) Working Group on Bribery in International

Business Transactions.

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GREECE IS

GAINING A

STRONGER

BRAND NAME,

WHICH CAN

WORK

POSITIVELY IN

ATTRACTING-

PROPERTY

INVESTORS

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

IN CRETE MUST SEE

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

AS A CHANCE TO ADAPT

AND RENEW

THE GLOBAL LATEST TRENDS AND THEIR INFLUENCE IN THE

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MARKET OF CHANIA, CRETE.

In a matter of weeks, the lives of so many have changed in ways they had never imagined some

months ago. In Greece and globally, people can no longer meet, work, eat, shop, and socialize as

they used to. The workforce of almost every sector moved rapidly from business as usual to social-distancing

and work-from-home.

Instead of traveling and going out to shop or eat at restaurants, consumers are tightening their

purse strings to spend only on essentials—primarily food, medicine, and home supplies—and getting

these delivered on their door steps much more often.

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Social distancing has directly altered the way people

the same way during the crisis. Properties with large hu-

Even a small shift to property digitalization could have

The drop in June and even in July is certain to be even

live and interact. The pandemic and its associated ef-

man density seem to have been the hardest hit: health-

lasting impact when alternatives such as video confer-

more dramatic. But what will the commercial real

fects produced an unprecedented uncertainty for the

care facilities, shopping malls, tourism accommodation,

ences prove sufficient or even preferable.

estate market recovery look like in Crete, Greece once

real estate sector.

and student housing are among the most popular.

the pandemic passes and the Greek economy reaches

When thinking about digital transformation, it’s not

its new state of normal?

To respond to the current and urgent threat of COV-

By contrast industrial facilities and small offices have

limited to creating a video conference room, an on-line

ID-19, many real estate investors will centralize cash

faced lower impact. As of May 28, by one estimate, the

shop or implementing artificial intelligence and virtual

Currently, commercial property owners and leading

management to focus on flexibility and change how

commercial real estate transactions had fallen 38 per-

reality in your business.

real estate companies around the world are working

they make portfolio and capital expenditure decisions.

cent or more and as much as 45 percent for tourism

hard to improve the ways of attracting tenants, improve

Some investors will feel an even greater sense of urgen-

real estate assets. It’s no surprise that in order to mit-

The shift to a digitalization era may also further boost

the commercial lease negotiation procedures, establish

cy than before to proceed to the transformation of their

igate the scale and severity of the virus - people avoid

already high demands for large business space. Rela-

reliable and trustworthy valuation for their assets, and

decision making, strategic approach and viable assets

crowds, universities postpone their activities on cam-

tively niche real estate assets (such as self-storage and

improve their digitization infrastructure with much

identification.

pus, and retailers, restaurants, and hotels close their

delivery only restaurants - cloud kitchens) could see an

emphasis on the health and safety in physical spaces.

doors. Thus, the economic viability of owning and oper-

improvement in their profitability, as demand density

Moreover, as the pandemic affects commercial real es-

ating those properties becomes very doubtful.

goes up when more people work from home, while oth-

However, at the same time they need to bridge the gap

tate it is crucial to establish new methods and prioritize

er categories such as cafes, old hotels, fashion shops,

between capital preservation and competitive differ-

novel approaches that should protect the safety and

cinemas, theatres, etc may suffer.

entiation.

health of all employees, tenants, and other end users of

space such as hotel tenants.

The most intelligent real estate investors and property

managers are also trying to generate a reliable prognosis

about the future of the sector in the following years.

THE CHALLENGE BEHIND THE

CRISIS WE ARE FACING

For several years, real estate investments in Crete,

Greece have generated steady cash flow and returns

significantly above other sources of investments —

such as Direct equity, National Pension System (NPS)

Cloud Kitchens offers services

ranging from shared

kitchen facilities to food

delivery service and marketing

aids. Such business

model of a cloud kitchen,

also known as a virtual

kitchen, has become the

latest buzzword among

restaurant operators

who would like to cut

down costs such as rent

for cooking and storage

space and equipment

while reaching out to

greater customers.

or Bank fixed deposit (FD) —with only slightly more

risk. Since the virus outbreak, however, this reality has

changed, and real estate investors have been hit hard.

Property construction investors, owners, building contractors

and managers are struggling to mitigate health

risks for their employees and customers.

THE CHALLENGE BEHIND THE

CRISIS WE ARE FACING

HOW LEADING COMMERCIAL

REAL ESTATE OWNERS AND

OPERATORS ARE NAVIGATING

Some real estate firms are now starting the process

of thinking ahead to deal with the uncertainties and

the new challenges. However, rather than relying on

Many developers can’t acquire the necessary building

THE CRISIS

old-fashioned approaches and strategies, real estate

permits and they face project delays, bottlenecks, and

Commercial real estate owners and investors should

leaders are looking to psychologists, IT professionals,

potentially reduction on the return of Investment rates.

also keep one eye on a future that could be meaningful-

While the longer-term consequences of the pandemic

and assets digitalization experts for answers.

Moreover, because of the lockdown, many real estate

ly different to ensure their long-term profitability. The

are difficult to predict, the immediate market impacts

assets owners and operators face drastically reduced

demand for more physical space and more-intensive

of the coronavirus crisis have been made clear. The

Will future clients demand larger and more enclosed

operating income, and almost all are worried about

operational requirements are likely to be among the

economic fallout because of the pandemic has put the

workspaces? What will people think about virtual open

how many tenants will manage to make their monthly

most dominated parameters for any future investment.

commercial real estate market in the island of Crete on

houses and showings? While uncertainty currently

payments.

Consequently, these trends should also influence the

pause. Moreover, new listings of commercial real estate

reigns, commercial real estate owners may find new in-

demand for hospitality properties and short-term leas-

assets with high ROI potential have dropped precipi-

sights and methodologies to effectively maintain their

However, not all commercial properties are performing

es.

tously.

assets and preserve their economic viability.

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The expected dramatic decline in tourist arrivals

this summer in Chania, Crete due to the

pandemic will definitely affect the real estate

market. Signs of structural changes within the

property market are already visible.

CHANIA EXCLUSIVE

PROPERTIES

FOR SALE

Initial evidence from online property rental

ads in the most popular short-term rental

platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) shows

a significant fall in demand, in the context

of tourist traffic restrictions. Consequently,

this fact has led to an increased supply of

apartments in Chania Town and Akrotiri area

(Kounoupidiana, Pithari, Korakies) for longterm

rental.

The COVID-19 pandemic brings travel to a

standstill, causing massive job and revenue

losses. Thus, more and more landlords are

moving away from short-term rental to the

traditional long-term rental market. Apparently,

in view of the impact of the pandemic

on tourism, more and more property owners

realise that their revenues are likely to be significantly

reduced in the next months, making

their properties not economically viable assets

in the short-term rental market.

REAL ESTATE

RECESSION?

NOT SO

FAST

AND NOT

FOR ALL

PROPERTY

TYPES

With the shortening of the

tourist season in Crete,

property-owners and property

managers have already begun

moving their properties

from the short-term rental

market – (such as AIRBNB)

to longer-term models.

However, should we expect

a significant correction in

terms of long-term rental

prices or a reduction in the

residential properties selling

prices?

It is noted that short-term rentals are a relatively

new practice in Greece and have grown

rapidly in recent quarters, while many landlords

have taken out loans to renovate their

properties for short-term leasing. Falling

rental incomes are putting strains on these

investors’ financial position and debt-servicing

capacity. Longer-term rental agreements

are thus seen as a reliable and economically

viable alternative.

Most of these properties are one or two-bedroom

apartments and they are also rented

furnished and fully equipped and, in most cases,

have been renovated recently. Thus, their

rental prices are typically higher than those

of the large real estate stock in the same area.

In addition, they are mostly located in specific

areas around the centre of Chania city

or near the Technical University of Crete in

Kounoupidiana area and other tourist spots

across the Prefecture of Chania.

www.chaniarealestate.com

It is a long established fact that a reader will

be distracted by the readable content of a

page when looking at its layout. The point of

using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-orless

normal distribution of letters, as opposed

to using ‘Content here, content here’, making

it look like readable English.

The re-shift of apartments from the shortterm

market to the long-term segment, despite

the pressure it will put on rental prices,

is not expected to lead to significant price

adjustments in the selling prices of residential

properties.

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GREECE’S CORONAVIRUS MANAGEMENT

SUCCESS IMPRESSES FOREIGN

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

The appearance of Greece among the best

performers in the world holding down the

number of cases and severity of the virus has

made foreign real estate investors eager to

pick up properties.

The scientific approach to dealing

with the COVID-19 Coronavirus

pandemic, making Greece among

the best countries in the world

holding down the number of cases

alytics platform designed and maintained

by ARENCORES, showed

that in April, as the first wave of the

pandemic progressed, there was

a significantly large interest (no

REAL ESTATE CH NIA

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Property requests from Germany were among

the highest, followed by the United Kingdom,

Norway, the United States, Israel, Denmark and

Australia, countries to which scores of thousands

of Greece’s youngest talents escaped during a

nearly decade-long and severe economic crisis,

indicating interest in returning home.

and severities has made foreign real

estate investors keen to get into

property investment.

There are growing signs that 2020

will be up from the previous year

despite the aftermath of the virus

and a long lockdown that closed

businesses temporarily and saw

transactions) by foreign buyers.

Property requests from Germany

were among the highest, followed

by the United Kingdom, Norway,

the United States, Israel, Denmark

and Australia, countries to which

scores of thousands of Greece’s

youngest talents escaped during a

A REAL ESTATE BLOG DEDICATED TO

CHANIA PROPERTY MARKET

a dramatic decline in short-term

nearly decade-long and severe eco-

rentals such as Airbnb.

nomic crisis, indicating interest in

returning home.

That’s good news for an economy

that was set to grow 2-3 percent

Not on the list are China and Rus-

this year but now is predicted to

sia, possibly because the govern-

contract as much as 12 percent or

ment temporarily suspended visas

more, with tourism – the country’s

for Chinese visitors and property

biggest revenue engine – set to take

investors who had been the most

a big hit.

important buyers of properties

they turned into short-term rent-

Foreign cash inflow numbers for

als, using the property purchases to

property purchases in 2019 were

qualify for the Greek Golden Visa

STAY HOME

up an amazing 29.4 percent, reaching

approximately 1.50 billion euros

scheme that comes with residency

permits and visa-free travel to the

I WANT TO GO

TO

CRETE

THIS SUMMER

beating the previous record of 1.1

billion euros the year before.

Data from RESTful, a Big Data An-

26 member countries of the Schengen

zone.

RESTful by ARENCORES

BIG DATA ANALYTICS PLATFORM FOR THE

www.chaniarealestate.com

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