Accommodation: Avoid purchasing an one bedroom or studio type of accommodation (unless you are in a resort area) since you will have problems on resale. Prefer to get hired accommodation rather than think that you will sell your one bedroom unit and buy a larger one in the future.You may well find that selling the one bedroom flat is problematic. Flats most in demand are the three bedroom (around 120-130 sq.m.) and two bedroom (70-100 sq.m.) ones. This state of affairs is fluid however and changes from time to time and from location to location. In resort areas the most marketable accommodation are the compact one and two bedroom flats.
Reliability: Be very careful to whom you are giving your money. A developer’s past performance is the best form of guarantee but if you are afraid that the block will not be completed (and it is not the first time such a thing happened) ask for a bank guarantee. It is most important for you to deposit the sales contract with the Lands’ Office within two months of the purchase, so that you will have some form of a right to claim and/or seek specific performance if something goes wrong.
Solar heating is an economic alternative and its adoption is relatively inexpensive, having a payback period of approximately 5 years.If you will have a garden, it is advisable to drill a borehole for watering as the water charges rise more than proportionately with consumption. This will cost around C1,200 for the borehole and the pump, although it will depend on the depth of the borehole. The drilling of a borehole requires a Government permit first.
The best approach in buying your cottage is to visit the village of your choice yourself and seek information from the village muchtar (the chairman of the village parish). Estate agents may prove helpful but use them as a second choice. It is evident that the less popular the village is by foreigners, the lower the cottage’s price.
Developers usually offer two-storey villas with three to four bedrooms, with two bathrooms, living/dining room and kitchen with breakfast area. Often the option of a swimming pool is also given.Prices vary according to the location and area of land involved.
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