Happy Birthday Princess Katherine!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR MAJESTY, LONG LIVE PRINCESS KATHERINE!

HRH Princess Katherine celebrated her birthday on the 13th of November, by sending a message of gratitude hoping “To be united against the pandemic”.

Heartfelt wishes and appreciation for all the generous help that you provide to your people and country and the world!

Katherine, Crown Princess of Serbia, was born in Athens, Greece, as daughter of Robert Batis and Anna Dosti and is the wife of Alexander, Crown Prince of Serbia . She married Crown Prince Alexander in the US in 1985.

2020 HRH Crown Princess Katherine – Annual movie – UNITED AGAINST THE PANDEMIC

“I am very happy to have this opportunity to thank our donors for the last 25 years. We live as you know in the Royal Palace and our responsibility and our aim is to make sure the people in our country in Serbia have never been forgotten.

We can only give what you give us, we can only help when you help us. We must make sure that there is no more suffering.

I really feel that together we have accomplished so very much and we can keep going and doing even more in these difficult times, which I know is hard for all of you, to now share with us to be the donors but we need you and we thank you and we need you, without your support we couldn’t do what we are doing.

I really think that we all together we can do so much more. I know there is a lot in your mind at the momment with concerns of Covid we will all feel a lot better knowing that nothing can ever stop us from making a difference.

I don’t mention names of our donors because I would need days and days to do that but you all know what you’ve done and how you have helped and what a blessing you’ve been.

Thank you, thank you, all of you that see this video and remember we have an opportunity to continue our help even in these very difficult times.

My husband and I and our foundation here in Serbia are working very hard and we are always here for you. Please if you need anything from us as well, if you have any wish we are ready to fulfil it. Just let us know where your donations want to go and they will go and they will do exactly the benefit that you ask for. Thank you for this opportunity.

I had parents who raised me with the joy of giving and I pray to God for this opportunity and God gave me my King and a whole country. Thank you for fulfilling my wish to God to be like my parents were, in believing in philanthropy, in believing in giving and in blieving making a difference.

I asked my mother one time what does she expect from me. She said only one thing: “I want you to be a good example in life”. All of you donors have been an example to everyone has been helping us because by you helping us you bring them into it as well, and they want to also help.

Thank you for being the example that our country needed after these incredible years of hardship. God bless you, keep you safe and healthy! Thank you for didn’t forget our homeland. Thank you and God bless you!

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia celebrated her birthday with her immediate family.

During an interview at the Royal Palace of Belgrade in 2017 Her Royal Highness Princess Catherine said:

“I am very happy that I have this opportunity. I had parents that taught me the joy of giving, not the joy of taking. And they didn’t just tell me; they lived their life by giving. My father was one of the biggest philanthropists in Greece, and I am very proud of what I learnt from my parents. They prepared me for my role without knowing what my future would be. I was very young, and when you learn the joy of giving when you are young, you never forget it. I prayed to God for an opportunity to give of myself since that is happiness, and God gave me Alexander and a whole country. So when you pray, you have to make sure that is what you want.”

She works in humanitarian relief, and is the patron of various humanitarian organizations including Lifeline Humanitarian Organization.

In 2001 she established The Foundation of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine.

In 1991, the Crown Prince travelled to Belgrade with his wife and sons, where they were enthusiastically welcomed by hundreds of thousands of citizens and supporters.

HRH Princess Katherine -Charikleia Stouka Founder of ALMA Real Estate Hellas

On 17 July 2001, after the democratic revolution in Serbia, the Crown Prince Family moved permanently back to Belgrade, Serbia.

His Royal Highness’s special wish for his 75th birthday is that this COVID-19 virus go away forever and that everyone be safe and take good care during these very difficult times. 

His Royal Highness hopes that all countries economies recover as soon as possible and that everyone has a better future.

LONG LIVE KING ALEXANDER THE SECOND! On 17 July 2020, Birthday of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, both His Majesty and Crown Princess Katherine shared “My birthday wish that came true”, the 75th birthday film:

Desiderata

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Original text

Max Ehrmann was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem “Desiderata”. He often wrote on spiritual themes.

The poem “Desiderata”, largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, its use in devotional and spoken word recordings in 1960 and 1971 called it to the attention of the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8YnCq6UME

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Immortality – How Far Is It?

Turritopsis nutriculaTurritopsis dohrnii – The immortal jellyfish

Immortality in our known world – Absolutely mind blowing!

This immortal creature which is called Turritopsis nutricula, is found in mild/tropical waters and it’s the only creature in our known world that is said to be immortal.

Would you like to transform yourself and live for ever?

It is not science fiction!

It is on the function of this particular creature, Turritopsis nutricula /Turritopsis dohrnii, that scientists base their attempts in finding the way reaching human immortality as well, based on the way this creature does so.

The Immortal jellyfish – Turritopsis nutriculaTurritopsis dohrnii
Image credits: Takashi Murai

By regenerating its dead cells makes a totally brand new body full of life, whereas, its soul/life/whatever remains the same.

“Adults can revert back to the polp stage- they absorb their tentacles and reatuch themselves the ground. As a polyp, it can produce entire new colonies”.

The only species known to live for ever

Lab tests found that 100% of individuals reverted to polyp stage and could be prompted to do so as a result of starvation, temperature change, or a drop in salivity.

“As is the case with all jellyfish, they have neither a heart nor brain. They were first discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. Now they are spreading all over the world, particularly because these tiny creatures are hitchhiking on ships in their ballast water and traveling across the globe”.

Turitopsis nutricula/dorhnii is currently, the only known immortal creature in the world.

The biologically immortal jelly fish Turritopsis dohrnii
Image credits: Takashi Murai

Its capability of repeatedly transforming from “old” to “young”, is giving it the potential to be biologically immortal.

This process is called “Transdifferenciation”.

Turritopsis dohrnii

“However, it’s not all that easy. This conversion comes with certain conditions too; namely, medusae cannot completely control their reversal. Whenever the medusa is injured, the external conditions are not conducive, or if it is starving, only then can it undergo this transformation”.

Image credits: NY Times

Question: But…how many times can this…be done?

Answer: There is no limit!!!

Image credits: pinterest.com


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Γαλλική Σχολή Αθηνών – Véronique Chankowski – Νέα Διευθύντρια

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Νέα Διευθύντρια για την Γαλλική Σχολή Αθηνών, ορίστηκε η Véronique Chankowski, η οποία ανέλαβε τα καθήκοντά της από την 1η Σεπτεμβρίου 2019, και για τα επόμενα τέσσερα χρόνια.

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Το διάταγμα του διορισμού της κυρίας Véronique Chankowski στη θέση της διευθυντρίας της Γαλλικής Σχολής Αθηνών, δημοσιεύτηκε στην Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως.

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H  Véronique Chankowski, είναι καθηγήτρια Αιγαιακής ιστορίας και αρχαίας οικονομίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Lumière–Lyon 2, όπου διδάσκει, από το 2012, ελληνική ιστορία σε φοιτητές του 3ου έτους (Licence) και στους μεταπτυχιακούς (Master και Doctorat).

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Οι έρευνές της αφορούν την οικονομία του αρχαίου ελληνικού κόσμου της κλασικής και ελληνιστικής περιόδου, με βάση τις επιγραφικές, νομισματικές και αρχαιολογικές πηγές.

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Από το 2013 μέχρι το 2018, διηύθυνε το εργαστήριο ερευνών HiSoMA (Ιστορία των Πηγών των Αρχαίων Κόσμων, UMR 5189 του Κέντρου Ερευνών Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée).

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Απόφοιτος της École Normale Supérieure του Fontenay–Saint-Cloud και agrégée (υφηγεσία) των Κλασικών Γραμμάτων (1993), παλαιό μέλος της Γαλλικής Σχολής Αθηνών (1996-2000) και μέλος junior του Institut Universitaire de France (2005), υπήρξε Διευθύντρια σπουδών της Γαλλικής Σχολής Αθηνών (2006 – 2009) και υπεύθυνη πολλών ερευνητικών προγραμμάτων στην αρχαιολογία και ιστορία των αρχαίων κόσμων της Μεσογείου.

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Προς το παρόν είναι συντονίστρια του προγράμματος H2020 Netcher (Network and digital Platform for Cultural Heritage Enhancing and Rebuilding).
Οι έρευνές της αφορούν την οικονομία του αρχαίου ελληνικού κόσμου της κλασικής και ελληνιστικής περιόδου, με βάση τις επιγραφικές, νομισματικές και αρχαιολογικές πηγές.

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Δημοσίευσε τα βιβλία με τίτλο Athènes et Délos classique. Recherches sur l’administration du sanctuaire d’Apollon délien (2008), και Parasites du dieu. Comptables, financiers et commerçants dans la Délos hellénistique (υπό έκδοση).

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Συμμετείχε σε πολλές δημοσιεύσεις συλλογικών ερευνών όπως : Entrepôts et circuits de distribution en Méditerranée antique (2018, με την C. Virlouvet και τον X. Lafon), Tout vendre, tout acheter.

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Structures et équipements des marchés antiques (2012, με τον Π. Καρβώνη), Vocabulaire et expression de l’économie dans le monde antique (2007, με τον J. Andreau), Le roi et l’économie. Autonomies locales et structures royales dans l’économie de l’empire séleucide (2004, με την Fr. Duyrat).

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Véronique Chankowski est Professeur d’histoire égéenne et économie antique à l’Université Lumière–Lyon 2 depuis 2012, où elle enseigne l’histoire grecque en Licence, Master et Doctorat. De 2013 à 2018, elle a été directrice du laboratoire HiSoMA (Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques, UMR 5189 de la Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée).

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Ses recherches portent sur l’économie du monde grec classique et hellénistique, abordée à partir de sources épigraphiques, numismatiques, archéologiques. Elle est l’auteur d’Athènes et Délos classique.

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Recherches sur l’administration du sanctuaire d’Apollon délien (2008), de Parasites du dieu. Comptables, financiers et commerçants dans la Délos hellénistique (à paraître) et de plusieurs autres publications issues de la coordination de programmes de recherches collectives dont : Entrepôts et circuits de distribution en Méditerranée antique (2018, avec C. Virlouvet et X. Lafon), Tout vendre, tout acheter.

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Structures et équipements des marchés antiques (2012, με τον Π. Καρβώνη), Vocabulaire et expression de l’économie dans le monde antique (2007, με τον J. Andreau), Le roi et l’économie. Autonomies locales et structures royales dans l’économie de l’empire séleucide (2004, με την Fr. Duyrat).

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9th Capital Link Forum and Leadership Awards

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The 9th Annual Capital Link CSR Forum titled “Investments, Extrovertion & Social Responsibility: Pillars for Sustainable Development”, took place in Athens, on Tuesday 25th of June 2019, at Hilton Athens Hotel under the Auspices of the Municipality of the City of Athens.

The “Capital Link CSR Leadership Awards” are annually presented to one or more personalities/organizations for their outstanding contribution to society and for the elevation of Greece and the Greek culture globally.

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With the participation of 40 companies, many distinguished speakers and large public attendance, the Capital Link CSR Forum was a great success.

For the last nine years the Forum is regarded as a key platform combining rich educational and informational content with unique marketing and networking opportunities.

The Forum focused on sustainable development and showcased the social responsibility initiatives that, in combination with innovation and extroversion, contribute to building a better future for Greece.

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The International “2019 Capital Link CSR Leadership Award” was presented to “The Hellenic Initiative” (THI) for its continuous support towards economic recovery and development of entrepreneurship. Mr. Peter Poulos, Executive Director of THI, introduced Mr. Jeremy Downward, member of the BOD of THI; Executive Director – Aristeus Financial Services Ltd., who received the award on behalf of THI.

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The Greek “2019 Capital Link CSR Leadership Award” was presented to Ms. Marianna Politopoulou, Chairman and CEO of NN Hellas, for her contribution in the growth of the insurance market, the promotion of social welfare and the development of the Greek economy, through major investments and innovation.

The Awards were presented by Mrs. Nelly Papahela, Vice – Mayor for Trade, Development and Management of Public Spaces, City of Athens.

“Capitalizing on our 25-year track record with the organization of uniquely successful investment conferences, Capital Link has pioneered a series of CSR-focused forums in London, Athens and New York. Our Athens Forum focuses on the significance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a country that is tested by severe economic decline and social discomfort. With more than 700 participants and distinguished speakers, this annual event is a great success aiming to highlight how private enterprises and initiatives contribute to building a better future for Greece. It is regarded as a key platform for bridging communication between companies, citizens and NGOs aiming at building effective relationships between all”, said the organizers. The Forum aims to highlight the initiatives and programs by Greek and international corporations and organizations that support new ventures, small and medium-sized enterprises. Our main objective is to share success strategies and stories and highlight the key business factors, resources and support mechanisms that can lead companies to open up to global competitiveness and success”, said the organizers of the event.

The Forum offers the opportunity to over 100 NGOs from all over Greece, to showcase and communicate their programs, needs and objectives by exhibiting in a separately reserved space where the NGO representatives can meet and interact with the Forum participants. This is an initiative of Capital Link which can be realized thanks to the support of the companies participating at the Forum aiming to create live and direct interaction of all CSR stakeholders.

The topics discussed in the Forum were: The Contribution of Greek Diaspora to the Development of the Greek Economy • Investments & Exports – Review & Outlook • Investments that have a Significant Impact to the Economy and to the Society • The contribution of Entrepreneurship to Local Societies • There is no Planet B: #ZeroPlastic@OTE Group • Pharmaceuticals: Value Added Investment with Positive Economic & Social Impact • Dna and Investments • Investing in Greece & Greek Investment Funds • Banks, Economy and Development • Npls: as an Investment & Growth Opportunity – the Viewpoint of Investors • New sources of finance for Greece’s new era of development and growth.TOPICS

The participating companies were:

Alpha Bank • Alphatrust • Apollo Management International LLP • A.S. Papadimitriou • B2 Kapital • BookingClinic • Capital Partners S.A. • Cepal Hellas • CollegeLink • DECA Investments • Enterprise Greece • ENVOLVE Entrepreneurship • EOS capital partners • ΕΥ • EUROBANK Group • ΕΙΒ • Ferryhopper • First Athens Corporate Finance S.A. • Fraport Greece• Friesland Campina • ICAP • IMERYS S.A. • International Propeller Club, USA • LIBRA Group • McKinsey & Company • MyJobNow • NN Hellas • Nortus Investments Inc. • NOVARTIS • Odyssey Venture Partners • OTE Group • THI • Uni.fund • Velocity Partners • GEFYRA S.A.• Hellenic Petroleum • ELTA Hellenic Post • Ballas Pelecanos & Associates L.P.C. • THPA S.A. • PPA S.A • Papastratos CMC S.A. • Black Sea Trade & Development Bank • PIRAEUS BANK

There was also a brief intervention by Mr. George Patoulis, Regional Governor – elect of Attica.

Jeremy Downward Executive Director Aristeus Financial Services Ltd, in 2016, set up Aristeus, a fully regulated asset management firm in Cyprus and is the company’s CIO. In 2001 Jeremy set up a family office managing the investments of a prominent European family. The office made investments across the asset class spectrum in developed and emerging markets. He acted as CIO until late 2015 and remains a board member. Previously Jeremy was a founding partner and board member of Greece’s first investment bank, Alpha Finance from 1989 to 2001. Alpha Finance listed on the Athens Stock Exchange is April 1995 and was sold to Alpha Bank in 2001. Prior to Alpha Finance he worked at Continental Illinois Bank in New York, Athens and Piraeus. Jeremy graduated from Leeds University in 1976. He sits on the boards or advisory committees of various companies, investment vehicles, educational bodies and NGOs.

Marianna Politopoulou is the Chairman & CEO of NN Hellas since May 2016. Ιn her long professional career in Greece and abroad, particularly since 1994, she has held several senior management and CEO positions, among others, with Honeywell Europe, EFG Eurobank, Inchcape Hellas Group, Credit Agricole Indosuez Luxembourg and the National Bank of Greece. Her extensive and diverse experience in senior management, and in-depth knowledge of the financial industry, contributed to design and is implement the organization’s new strategy, focusing on people-centricity, teamwork, innovation and digitalization. She is also a BoD member of the Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce & Industry, of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies and the Junior Achievement Greece. She also participates in the Leadership Committee of the American – Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and in the BoD of The Wharton Business School Club of Greece.

 

Previous honorees were: John Calamos, Founder, Chairman & Global CIO – Calamos Investments, John Catsimatides, Chairman & CEO – Red Apple Group, Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board – “The Concordia Summit”, Nikos Mouyiaris, Founder & CEO – Mana Products Inc., Dean Metropoulos, Chairman – Metropoulos & Company, Gregorios Stergioulis, CEO -Hellenic Petroleum S.A., Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO – OTE Group, Christos Harpantidis, Chairman & Managing Director – PAPASTRATOS, Theodore Kyriakou, Chairman – Antenna Group.

 

ΠΡΟΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣ ΚΤΗΜΑΤΑΓΟΡΑΣ

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ΠΡΟΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣ ΚΤΗΜΑΤΑΓΟΡΑΣ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΙΣ ΕΞΑΓΓΕΛΙΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΥ ΜΗΤΣΟΤΑΚΗ

Αρθρο του Ιωάννη Ρεβύθη, Μέλος ΔΣ Ομοσπονδίας Μεσιτών Ελλάδος, π. Προέδρου Ομοσπονδίας Μεσιτών Ελλάδος.

Φωτογραφίες: http://blog.almarealestate.gr/, www.almarealestate.gr (Κωδικός: 176354)

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Η αυτοδυναμία της νέας κυβέρνησης και η αλλαγή του πολιτικού σκηνικού φέρνει αλλαγές στην ψυχολογία για επενδύσεις στην χώρα μας. Η καινούρια κυβέρνηση σίγουρα, θα προσπαθήσει να δείξει τον καλύτερο εαυτό της για να δώσει νέα επενδυτική πνοή στην μεταμνημονιακή εποχή της χώρας μας.

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Οι αρχικές προγραμματικές δηλώσεις του κ. Κυριάκου Μητσοτάκη είναι στην κατεύθυνση για μείωση της φορολογίας, για συνέχιση των επενδύσεων αλλά και για νέες επενδύσεις στην επικράτεια. Η ελληνική κτηματαγορά έχει ανάγκη για αλλαγή πλεύσης διότι όλα αυτά τα χρόνια είχε παγώσει, οι επενδύσεις ήταν λιγοστές, οι τιμές είχαν καταρρεύσει, η ανεργία στον κλάδο ήταν σε υψηλά ποσοστά και οι επιχειρήσεις που ασχολούνταν με αυτή αντιμετώπιζαν συνεχώς δυσκολίες.

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Παρότι τα δυο τελευταία χρόνια, λόγω των βραχυχρόνιων μισθώσεων και των αδειών παραμονής, είχαν αλλάξει τα δεδομένα της αγοράς, αυτό ήταν μόνο σε συγκεκριμένες περιοχές των Αθηνών και σε συγκεκριμένες περιοχές των νοτίων προαστίων. Πραγματοποιήθηκαν αρκετές αγοραπωλησίες από ξένους και ελάχιστες από Έλληνες επενδυτές. Δυστυχώς όμως στην υπόλοιπη Ελλάδα η αγορά παραμένει καθηλωμένη στα επίπεδα της μνημονιακής εποχής, χωρίς να υπάρχει το παραμικρό ενδιαφέρον, εκτός από ελάχιστες περιπτώσεις σε κάποια τουριστικά νησιά.

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Ο πρωθυπουργός εξήγγειλε κλιμακωτή μείωση στον ΕΝΦΙΑ 10% έως 30% που αυτό είναι θετικό για τους ήδη υπερφορολογημένους ιδιοκτήτες αλλά μην ξεχνάμε ότι αυτή ήταν μια μνημονιακή υποχρέωση των 3,5 δις η οποία πέρασε από την βουλή ως έκτακτη φορολογική ανάγκη, η οποία πρέπει να μειωθεί στο 1 δις το χρόνο τουλάχιστον. Θετική επίσης είναι η εξαγγελία του πρωθυπουργού για κατάργηση του ΦΠΑ στα νεόδμητα ακίνητα (θα πρέπει όμως να διευκρινιστεί για ποια ακίνητα και από πότε θα ισχύσει), για τη μείωση της γραφειοκρατίας, για την έκπτωση φόρου 40% στις δαπάνες για την ενεργειακή, λειτουργική και αισθητική αναβάθμιση των κτηρίων όπως επίσης για την συνέχιση της αναστολής του φόρου υπεραξίας που – κατά την γνώμη μου – πρέπει να καταργηθεί και να μην ξανασυζητηθεί καθώς είναι ένας παράλογος φόρος που δεν μπορεί να ισχύσει και να εφαρμοστεί.

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Στόχος της νέας κυβέρνησης θα πρέπει να είναι η προσέλκυση ξένων κεφαλαίων, με εγγυήσεις για σωστό τρόπο διαχείρισης των κεφαλαίων και των επενδύσεων, η μειωμένη φορολογία στα κέρδη σε επενδύσεις σε βιομηχανικά κτήρια, αποθήκες (logistics) και τουριστικά ακίνητα σε περιοχές που δεν έχουν αυτή τη στιγμή καινούριες επενδύσεις, το άνοιγμα των τραπεζών για χρηματοδότηση σε επιχειρηματικά αλλά και στεγαστικά δάνεια με όρους και επιτόκια δελεαστικά. Είναι επίσης μεγάλης σημασίας να ολοκληρωθεί το κτηματολόγιο, το δασολόγιο και να μειωθούν τα πιστοποιητικά για τις μεταβιβάσεις ακινήτων.

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Τέλος, θα πρέπει να υπάρξει διευθέτηση για τα κόκκινα δάνεια πολιτών και επιχειρήσεων που πραγματικά αντιμετωπίζουν δυσκολίες. Πάγωμα των πλειστηριασμών πρώτης κατοικίας ή επαγγελματικής στέγης, η φορολογία στα ακίνητα όσον αφορά τους πολίτες θα πρέπει να γίνεται με εισοδηματικά κριτήρια και ειδικά στην φορολογία στα ενοίκια θα πρέπει να αλλάξει η κλίμακα η οποία επουδενί δεν πρέπει να ξεπερνάει το μέγιστο 20% από 45% που είναι σήμερα.

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Ευελπιστούμε και πιστεύουμε ότι η ελληνική κτηματαγορά θα αλλάξει σελίδα και θα αρχίσει σιγά αλλά σταθερά η ανάπτυξή της αν γίνουν αυτές οι καινοτόμες αλλαγές. Ποτέ άλλωστε η υπέρμετρη φορολογία δεν έφερε ανάπτυξη και επενδύσεις που τόσο έχει ανάγκη η ελληνική κτηματαγορά και η οικονομία.

 

Parasitic Architecture

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“Today’s architecture and the mutation of cities must be built on existing heritage”.

Building on, under or out of existing structures, environmentally-friendly and financially a concept of  low budget, “parasitic architecture”, a new architectural language, gives an economical solution creating living space in urban areas short of space for new developments.

Parasitic solutions can be erected in a matter of hours onto the facades of buildings, as a way of creating complementary inhabitable spaces.
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“The idea is working against the urban sprawl that kills our social links,” said Malka (Malka Architecture), in a statement. “It’s also a contemporary way to discover new perspectives of a city. We have accessed a new Paris above the horizon.”

Malka’s project, called 3BOX, takes advantage of a new city law allowing extensions to old buildings being renovated in Paris.

Steel, wood and glass boxes are quickly forged piece-by-piece in workshops before being bolted together on site and attached to their ‘host’ building.

“Parasitic architecture can be defined “as an adaptable, transient and  exploitive form of architecture that forces relationships with host  buildings in order to complete themselves.Parasitic  Architecture can be thought of as  a flexible and sometimes  temporary structure that feeds off the existing infrastructure and build  form. A parasite has to work with existing infrastructures and use them  to its own end but can also  be considered as an architectural  intervention that materializes and transforms the built form. A  parasitic construction redefines and reconfigures a built structure and  provides a new perspective or orientation to the public and potentially  offer a new space”.

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French studio Stephane Malka Architecture will introduce a flower-filled green space to one of Paris’ most urbanised districts after winning a competition to masterplan a €5m (US$5.4m, £3.8m) landscaped garden.

The 1,500sq m (16,100sq ft) project, called OXyGen, will bring a colourful flower garden, open terraces and a number of new restaurants to Vignes in La Défense; the French capital’s business hub.

“Inspired by the tradition of the romantic gardens of the 19th century, we wish to recreate green areas while remaining contemporary,” said Stephane Malka. “We aim for a kind of vegetal version of Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, with different varieties of greenery, but also large vegetated cavities of different sizes to invite people to shelter from the sun, rain and wind.”

Spread in a semi-circular shape over two levels, the gardens will act as a bridge covering the city’s highway. Grass rooftops and floors will cover the terraces, restaurants and open kiosks, camouflaging the architecture among the landscape.

The site’s buildings will be entirely prefabricated off-site to avoid noise and disruption to local residents, office workers and hotel guests.

“The masterplan carefully considers the user’s wellbeing and flow management,” said Malka. “The garden will be noticeable from the towers all around, like an invitation for people to visually discover a new sort of place and a landscape which is in constant evolution.

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From Stefan Eberstadt the Rucksack House is a room that is suspended by steel cables designed to be attached to any existing facade(Credit: Claus Bach)

Is “parasitic Architecture” transforming placemaking in cities?

As simple as it may seem, profound changes will be needed.

 

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This concept, from Panos Dragonas Christopoulou Architects, was designed to sit on top of an apartment block in Athens and act like a rustic tiny cabin akin to a rural retreat in an urban jungle.

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In 1971 the French Architect Jean-Louis Chanéac installed a parasite bedroom on the facade of a regular modernist residential apartment block in Geneva, Switzerland. “Parasitic cells are volumetric inhabitable elements which are mass-produced by industry, or spontaneously built by individuals. They can be erected in a matter of hours onto the facades of buildings as a way of creating complementary inhabitable spaces is claimed on the website of the European Student Competitions for sustainable Architecture.

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Parasite office – za bor architects –main facade at night

 

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A parasite can be considered like an architectural  intervention that materializes and transforms the built form.

parasitic-architecture-39 (1)From Malka Architecture comes a concept called Pont9 New Bridge. Referred to as a micro-city, the design is modular, mounted on scaffolding, and intended to sit on top of other urban spaces such as footbridges.

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Lara Cardel Architects: The “parasite prefab” from the australian firm lara cardel architects have sent us in images of their latest project ‘the prefab parasite’. “The prefab parasite is to populate the unused space found in urban landscapes.  to achieve sustainable densification the dwelling attaches itself to a blank building fabric found in the city.  it grows on empty facades, rock faces and bridges. it finds value by turning dead public space into lively private space”.

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The Green Exhibition House appeared in Rotterdam in 2001, designed as an experiment in assembling a prefabricated structure onto an existing building. In true parasitic fashion, the water pipes, sewage and electricity were all tapped from existing connections in the base building(Credit:Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten). photo: Anne-Bousema

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Contrast a- a very prestigious old traditional building and a parasite of modern design

“The city presents an enigma to the citizen, which is held in place by the principal functionalism of its architecture. In the windows of a towerblock, in the empty lots of a multi-storey car park in the floodlit pointlessness of an empty tennis court on the roof of an office building there is a sense of mystery – a question without a plausible answer – which compounds the intense romanticism of the urban experience” – Michael Bracewell.

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The Parasite office in Moscow from za bor architects utilizes the abandoned space between buildings to create a multistory office environment. The structure sits above the laneway between the buildings and resembles an organic growth seemingly joining up the two disparate buildings on either side(Credit: Peter Zaytsev)

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Manifest Destiny, by artist Mark Reigelman, is a tiny cabin affixed to the side of a hotel in downtown San Francisco. Designed to envision the “romantic spirit of the Western myth”, this interesting structure positions itself as an compelling juxtaposition between the old and the new.

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This installation, called Stealth Shelters, sits between public and private property suggesting an in-between liminal space where those without a home to go to could find a safe place at night(Credit: Malka Architecture)

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 From architects Project Orange comes this fascinating extension on top of an old Victorian industrial brick building. The new black roof literally cuts through the original shell with the parasite completely overwhelming its host

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An elegant example of parasitic architecture this addition to a city building in Spain from Bailorull Architects is a clever way to stylishly expand the footprint of the structure in a thoroughly modern way(Credit: Landscapehall)

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 Haus-Rucker-Co, a design collective active in the 1960s and 1970s were known for a series of pneumatic structures that often popped out of pre-existing buildings. These parasitic outgrowths are often considered perfect early examples of the parasitic architecture movement. (Credit: MKG/Dennis Conrad)

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A fascinating example of a figuratively explosive parasite from Studio Libeskind expanding out of the existing building. (Credit: Tony Hisgett)
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The gloriously wonky design of architect Eric Owen Moss often bulges out of or sits on top of pre-existing structures suggesting a dynamic relationship with its host building.

Sources: www.newatlas.com, www.cladglobal.com,  http://hiddenarchitecture.net, www.designboom.com, www.quora.com, http://mdunn1.workflow.arts.ac.uk, https://popupcity.net,

Selling a Property? It’s All About the Details!

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TOP TIPS FOR SELLING A HOME
(Published in Business Partners” magazine of the Hellenic – American Chamber of Commerce, issue May-June 2019)
Author: Charikleia Stouka (Accredited realtor – founder of ALMA REAL ESTATE GREECE).
(Photos: Villa for sale in Ippokrateios Politeia, a northern suburb of the Greek capital at the foot of mount Parnitha. Info: charikleia@almarealestate.gr)
Today’s real estate market is tough for sellers, and if you’re hoping to get the best price for your property and sell fast, it’s crucial to get your presentation right and outshine the competition. Here are some essential tips to make sure your property is at its best before you go to market.
PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION”!
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While Location, location, location! might be the property motto, when it comes to showing and selling your property, it’s all about delivering on presentation and staging that appeals to the senses and ticks all the boxes.
Most buyers form their first impressions within seconds of walking through the front door, and you can come out in front by making sure they’re already feeling positive before the cross the threshold by appealing to your buyers’ sense of smell.
The most important thing here is to get rid of any pre-existing smells. Clean thoroughly, making sure not to overlook upholstered furniture and soft furnishings. Use baking soda where needed, and don’t hesitate to bring in a dehumidifier where necessary to remove any traces of damp or mustiness from the rooms. A clean, fresh smell reinforces the impression of a well-maintained property.
Needless to say, that cleaning should be thorough: Clean every surface, including windows and mirrors, scrub down kitchen appliances inside and out until they shine, and make sure not to overlook the nooks and crannies. Window rails, skirtboards, and radiator grooves can harbor dust build up that can easily ruin your buyers’ impression of the property. And of course, don’t forget to clean the inside cabinets of and wardrobes, as buyers are prone to opening them.
Making sure that everything is in good working order is an easy way to boost the value of your property, so fixing minor issues throughout is a must.
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Go around the house and check that everything is working as it should: Tighten loose screws, oil hinges, fix squeaky floorboards and dripping faucets, and make sure all the lightbulbs work— including for any lighting in outside areas such as gardens or balconies.
A fresh coat of paint is another easy way to make your property look fresh and attractive, increasing its value. Neutral colors are the best options as they allow buyers to imagine the space as their own, and a good, professional paint job is essential, as it lets buyers know that the property is well looked after. A handy tip is to mix vanilla powder into your paint—about one vial per kilogram of paint—to neutralize the smell of fresh paint.
In fact, the best time to start preparing your house for the market is well before you list, and there are things you can do while still occupying the property yourself that will make living there better for you and help increase its value when you’re ready to sell.
That new kitchen and bathroom you’ve been thinking about might be just the thing that sways a potential buyer—but make sure that renovations are tasteful and professionally done to a high standard. Another home improvement that can add value to your property is flooring. Good quality laminate hardwood gives the feeling of real wood and gives the home a touch of warmth and class without breaking the bank. Durable, scratch resistant and more affordable than real hardwood, it’s also much more attractive to potential buyers than wall-to-wall carpeting or tiles.
Really, good taste and hard-wearing furnishings are also key to making the property suitable for short term lets, such as Airbnb, and it’s always good to keep that option open.
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Finally, when you are ready to sell and have put your property on the market, don’t forget to stage. Get rid of clutter, rearrange the furniture to showcase the potential of the rooms, and add little details and finishing touches throughout.
Last, but not least, always remember the flowers! A thoughtfully placed vase of fresh flowers, adds a splash of color and a lovely scent to the property and makes a good impression on buyers. Because when it comes to selling fast and selling high, the good God’s in the details!
ALMA Real Estate 117 Agias Paraskevis Street, Halandri, Athens T: +30 210 6829 901 T: +30 6977 414 581 E: charikleia@almarealestate.gr
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AREXPO – 1st Real Estate Exhibition in Athens!

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ALMA REAL ESTATE participated in the first real estate exhibition in Athens, 7-9 of June 2019, held on HELEXPO Exhibition Center, Marousi, Athens.

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Visitors of the AREXPO exhibition had the opportunity to be informed about the emerging trends in the Greek real estate, get in touch with real estate professionals, investors, constructors, and got informed about:

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New professional spaces or new homes

Advice on real estate management

Real estate investment opportunities

Future trends of of the real estate market

Home technology solutions and interior designs

On Friday 7 th June, a speech was held with the topic “Present and future of real estate in Greece”.

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ATHENS REAL ESTATE EXPO 2019 (AREXPO) σχεδιάστηκε για να ικανοποιήσει τις ανάγκες ενημέρωσης για τα σημαντικότερα ζητήματα του Real Estate στη χώρα μας.

Οι επισκέπτες της έκθεσης, ήρθαν σε επαφή με επαγγελματίες μεσίτες,  από τους οποίους πήραν συμβουλές για τα ακίνητά τους, εκπροσώπους του τραπεζικού κλάδου που τους ενημέρωσαν για τους τρέχοντες όρους των στεγαστικών ή επαγγελματικών δανείων, για νέα επενδυτικά προγράμματα και δυνατότητες αποπληρωμής.

Ορισμένα από τα θέματα που συζητήθηκαν εκτενώς ήταν: το φαινόμενο της Golden Visa και η επίδρασή της στην αγορά, αλλά και η αγορά βραχυχρόνιων μισθώσεων (Αirbnb).

Επί προσθέτως, προσφέρθηκε η δυνατότητα να έρθει το κοινό  σε επαφή με αρχιτεκτονικά γραφεία, κατασκευαστές επίπλων και εταιρείες λιανικής ηλεκτρικών και ηλεκτρονικών ειδών που παρουσίασαν έξυπνες λύσεις για κάθε ανάγκη των κατοικιών.

Κατά την διάρκεια της εσπερίδας  που διοργανώθηκε με θέμα “Το σήμερα και το αύριο της αγοράς ακινήτων στην Ελλάδα”,   έλαβαν μέρος ως ομιλητές επαγγελματίες και επιστημονικοί σύμβουλοι του κλάδου με μεγάλη εμπειρία, παρουσιάζοντας σημαντικά στοιχεία για την αγορά και την εξέλιξή της. Ορισμένα από τα θέματα που συζητήθηκαν εκτενώς ήταν: το φαινόμενο της Golden Visa και η επίδρασή της στην αγορά, αλλά και η αγορά βραχυχρόνιων μισθώσεων (Αirbnb).

Άλλωστε, όπως ανέφερε και ο νέος Περιφερειάρχης Αττικής, κ. Γιώργος Πατούλης κατά τη διάρκεια της τέλεσης των εγκαινίων «Tο Real Estate είναι ένας τομέας συνυφασμένος με την ανάπτυξη μιας χώρας!». Η μεγάλη προσέλευση των επισκεπτών, καθώς και η μεγάλη συμμετοχή των επαγγελματιών του κλάδου -που αγκάλιασαν την 1η μεγάλη έκθεση του Real Estate στη χώρα μας- οδηγεί στο ασφαλές συμπέρασμα ότι το Real Estate «βρήκε το σπίτι του» στην AREXPO!

 

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Προφίλ επισκεπτών

Η AREXPO απευθύνθηκε σε όσους ενδιαφέρονται για:

  • Απόκτηση Golden Visa
  • Εύρεση επόμενης κατοικίας
  • Εύρεση επαγγελματικού χώρου
  • Συμβουλές στην πώληση ακινήτων
  • Συμβουλές για διαχείριση ακίνητης περιουσίας
  • Ευκαιρίες επενδύσεων σε ακίνητα
  • Εξειδικευμένους επαγγελματίες στο χώρο του Real Estate
  • Ενημέρωση για τις μελλοντικές τάσεις στην αγορά ακινήτων
  • Έξυπνες λύσεις εργονομίας για επαγγελματικούς και οικιστικούς χώρους

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Οι επισκέπτες ήρθαν σε επαφή με εξειδικευμένους εππαγγελματίες από τους κλάδους των ακινήτων και των επενδύσεων, των κατασκευών και της τεχνολογίας.

Η ικανοποίηση των επισκεπτών και των εκθετών από την επαφή και τη διάδραση τους μεταφράστηκε σε ένα ποσοστό άνω του 95%. Μάλιστα, το επίπεδο συνάφειας των επισκεπτών με τους εκθέτες, αποτυπώνεται στο γεγονός πως κάθε εκθέτης πραγματοποίησε κατά τη διάρκεια του τριημέρου, κατά μέσο όρο,περισσότερες από 100 B2B συναντήσεις και συνέλεξε δεκάδες στοιχεία επικοινωνίας με ιδιώτες, ιδιοκτήτες ακινήτων και ενδιαφερόμενους πελάτες.

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Ταυτόχρονα με την έκθεση, παράλληλες δράσεις, ομιλίες και θεματικές γνωριμίας έδωσαν την ευκαιρία σε όλους τους συμμετέχοντες να ενημερωθούν για τις τάσεις και τα trends της αγοράς και να ανοίξουν τον κύκλο γνωριμιών τους και τις συνεργασίες του

“FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD”

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The Interview” Business Partners Magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce – “BUSINESS PARTNERS”- JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2019

Charikleia Stouka, realtor® and founder of Alma Real Estate, talks to Business Partners about the secrets to her success, the fulfillment that comes from making a difference in people’s lives, and the rewards of perseverance. (page 24)

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. How did you get started in real estate? Was this something you always you wanted to do?

You could call it fate or a happy accident. I stumbled into the real estate sector while seeking a job, many years ago. In the beginning, I didn’t even know this profession really existed to the extent that it does. At the time my family had increased financial needs, and as a single mother, I was looking for a career in which success is rewarded with more than just a flat salary. Of course, this also carries a risk, but I was ready to give it my all and hope for the best. I had previously studied construction engineering and had some experience managing small family property, so I figured this was a natural next step. I took a job with a local real estate agency to gain insight into the sector and learn from more experienced colleagues. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I was learning fast, and soon enough I was in a position I felt comfortable going at it alone. That’s when I decided to start Alma Real Estate, initially from a desk in my parent’s living room, which they were kind and understanding enough to provide. Necessity really is the strongest motivation. Alma was born out of necessity, but I found that I loved constantly challenging myself to the best I can in my field. Having something of your own to work for, made everything seem worthwhile. We have grown a lot since that first desk in 2001, and we keep taking on new challenges. Every day is an opportunity to grow.

What makes you so passionate about real estate?

To this day, my passion for the real estate business grows from the satisfaction I receive from successfully matching a property and a client. Knowing I have found the best home for a family or the best office space for a business to flourish is a reward I value highly. This is what keeps me passionate and motivates me to continue. I receive great satisfaction when I run into former clients and I get that confirmation that the choices we made together for their property were the right ones. Hearing, “This property is exactly what we were looking for,” or, “We are happy because of you,” makes all the difference between a job and a passion.

Why did you choose the name ALMA for your real estate business?

Alma is the Greek word for “leap.” At the time, deciding to start this company was a great leap of faith. Of course, my family had faith in me, but I also needed to have faith in myself, stick to my decisions and follow through with my plan. Later on, I found out that the word “alma” exists in many languages, with its various meanings, funnily enough, all relevant to our ethos. In Italian and Spanish, for example, “alma” means “soul” and in Latin, it means “kind” and “nourishing.”

Where is Alma Real Estate active today?

Our day-to-day activities are focused around the northern suburbs of Athens as well as the city center, but we follow our clients wherever they can benefit from our services and guidance. We are mainly active in the residential and retail/office markets, but having been in the market for so long, we have grown our network to include businesses, specialty buildings, industrial buildings, luxury villas and summer houses, as well as plots of land for development and even islands.

What is your company’s mission?

Our mission is to empower our clients, through our combined experience and resources, to make the best informed real estate decisions. Our clients are at the center of everything we do, and our work focuses on what’s best for them. Every client has different needs and aspirations and is a unique project for us. We stand by them throughout the entire process and provide services that extend way beyond the date of the contract.

What is the real estate business like? What are some of the challenges you face?

The competition in this field is fierce, so it’s important to distinguish yourself from your competitors. It’s also crucial to efficiently manage cash flows between active periods and less active periods. Cyclical and seasonal demand in some markets, holidays, changes in legislation, changes in banking, changes in government and, of course, the ever-volatile Greek economy keep you on your toes, and you have to continuously adapt. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Running a business is not so much about your resources but about your resourcefulness. There are ups and downs. There have been periods when business was great and periods when it was a challenge to keep the lights on. To win you must stay in the game—and that sometimes means putting aside your ego, taking an objective perspective, and doing what is best for the business.

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“IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT, RUNNING A BUSINESS IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT YOUR RESOURCES BUT ABOUT YOUR RESOURCEFULNESS” – “ JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2019 – “BUSINESS PARTNERS”

Based on your experience in the field, what do you think it takes to succeed?

One of the most important qualities for any entrepreneur is to be able to remain objective and flexible and do what is necessary for the client and for the business to thrive. Another important quality, especially in our line of work, is efficiency, and that comes with experience. I’m now much faster at determining which clients are serious prospects and how to best allocate resources to find the most appropriate match between them and the right properties. That said, success is an ever moving goalpost. In my case, would say that what has propelled Alma Real Estate and my own career is recognizing that every client is unique and finding what works best for them, and always being ready to seize opportunities! The most important ingredient, of course, is sweat equity: putting in the hard work day in and day out, come rain or shine.

Alma Real Estate has now been active for the best part of two decades. What is your opinion on the way the industry is developing in Greece? What do you think the future holds for the real estate market in our country?

Many aspects of the industry have changed and are continuing to change at a rapid pace, but the industry at its core is the same it has always been over the past couple of decades. The scale of projects remains the same—although there are some larger scale projects planned for Athens in the near future if the economy continues to recover! The clients are also the same, but demand changes through the years based on the economy, legislation and the lending power of banks. We are slowly also seeing an increase in foreign investment which will hopefully continue as the legal framework improves. One part of our work that has changed a great deal is advertising. Social media now claims an ever-increasing market share in the promotion of real estate. The future cannot be predicted, but we are seeing some increased activity lately, in demand as well as supply, with developers slowly getting back into the game. We hope this continues.

So what is your advice for aspiring realtors?

Education is key. Learn, learn, learn—and learn! If you are not experienced in the sector, either join a course or take a job with an established agency and work with experienced realtors. When first starting out, you must plan your budget. Do not expect to be profitable from day one. Don’t forget to factor in your personal expenses, and make sure you are aware of all expenses involved, especially advertising and fuel charges. Success is like rent, it is due monthly. Do not make cash flow projections based on your best months. Plan for long term growth. Last but not least, make sure to walk in your client’s shoes, every single time.

What about homeowners? Are there any tips or pointers you want to share with them for choosing a realtor?

It is best to get referrals from friends who have used a realtor in the past and are satisfied with the service. Research the realtor’s background and their office beforehand, and make sure you are aware of your legal rights and obligations before starting your professional relationship. The most important factor in a successful cooperation is communicating your needs and wants with honesty. You have to be honest with your doctor, lawyer and realtor!

What advice would you give to young people thinking of becoming entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurship is a very hip word these days. The media idolizes entrepreneurs—but they only show the successful side of things. Business is a journey, and as is the case with all journeys, you must be well prepared for the ride and ready to stick it out no matter the weather. Be prepared to fail and be prepared to learn as fast as possible. Remember that “fortune favors the bold” and when you make it through, it will be the trip of a lifetime.