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Posted April 11th, 2012 by Charles Purdy

SMART people

This month’s happy customers are Peter and Deborah Doherty, who own a second home on the pretty Greek island of Corfu

How did Smart help you?
They helped us transfer pounds to euros and send them to Greece when we bought our second home in Corfu.

How did you find Smart?

Through The Overseas Guides Company (OGC), a resource for people buying overseas property. Their website explained the help we would need to buy in Greece, who could provide it and why we needed them. We signed up to receive informative emails from them some time before we bought and are very grateful for their advice. As well as using Smart, we bought through an estate agent OGC recommended and were very happy with them. We also took their advice to get a local Corfiot solicitor and she has been excellent.

How would you rate Smart’s service?
We couldn’t find anybody better. We have been very pleased with their speed and efficiency, as well as their excellent rates – we will continue to use the them.

Tell us about your home in Corfu
It’s a 150-year-old traditional house, 30 kilometres from the island’s capital. Despite being near some immensely upmarket homes, we were able to get the property for the price we wanted as it has only a limited sea view and is about 50 metres from the road. Initially, the place looked a bit of a mess, with old furniture and a rusted stove outside awaiting clearance but we had that cleared by the end of the summer. In all, we went over there four or five times last year and did lots of work on the property, including painting much of the inside. We have no intention of renting it out so we can pretty much work at our own pace, while having friends to stay.

What excites you about Corfu?
There is so much we wish to see and do on the island. We hope to go on Hilary Whitton Paipeti’s guided walks for instance. We have ambitions to walk the spine of the island – I believe there is a footpath from the north to the south, taking in the mountain tops and valleys along the centre of the island. We still have many bays and inlets to explore and swim and many restaurants to visit and eat in!

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