Krapanj property enquiry

I wonder if any of the foreign residents there on Krapanj could
very kindly offer me some advice about house purchasing?

My wife and I have visited the island twice now, once a few years
ago and then again last summer. We like the atmosphere and feel of
Krapanj and have been thinking of possibly buying a small house or
flat there, both as an investment and a place to come for holidays.
We are now thinking of returning next summer to see if any suitable
properties are on the market. However, there’s one small but rather
sensitive issue we need to find out more about, which is why I am
writing this and hoping someone will be kind enough to respond.

Last August we got talking to a guy at one of the caf
ferry. He was Croatian but judging by his accent he might have
lived in Australia or New Zealand. Anyway, he seemed to know

Krapanj well. He said that there were several houses for sale on
the island but he also warned us to try and get information about
the neighbours if we were seriously thinking of buying a place.
Apparently almost everyone on the island is friendly and welcoming
but he said that, unfortunately, there were one or two who really
didn’t like foreigners and tried to make life as difficult as
possible for them. If you stayed away from them they were no real
problem but you wouldn’t want to be in the house next door.

Now, I don’t know if there’s any truth at all in this but, as you
can imagine, it’s something that would concern us. It’s also not
something that we could realistically find out much about in a
visit to Krapanj of just a couple of weeks. Could I therefore ask
any other foreigners who have bought property on the island what
their own experiences have been? Do you know of any genuine
examples of ant-foreigner sentiment on the island or was this guy
just exaggerating? (Hopefully so!) Is there any other advice you
might be able to offer? Indeed, do you know of any possible houses
for sale?

I’d appreciate it very much if you could drop me a line
at rbriley@hushmail.comAny feedback will of course
be kept strictly confidential and will, of course, be rewarded with
a grateful coffee – or something stronger – next summer.

Many thanks.
What do you think?

Richard and Betty Riley, Eastleigh, Hants.,UK.

General Info

Currency:

Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds.
Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous.map
Electricity:
Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ
 
Water: Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.
 
Time zone:
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Travel documentation:
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Tel. 01 4569 964
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Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union countries. Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country (up to a value of 3.000 euros); up to a value of 15.000 kn for domestic currency. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be registered at the border. Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies. Tax refund for goods purchased in Croatia over 500 kuna in value with a validated “Tax cheque” at departure from the country. Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration (tel 01 6102 333);  Web: www.carina.hr
 
Purchase tax reimbursement for foreign citizens:
Tourists making purchases in Croatia (apart from petroleum derivatives) which exceed 500 Kuna per receipt may reclaim VAT (“PDV”).
At point of purchase the sales person will provide on request a form PDV-P, which should be filled out and stamped, on the spot. On leaving Croatia the receipt must be verified by the Croatian Customs service. A PDV refund in Kuna can be obtained within six months, either at the same shop where the goods were purchased (in which case the tax is refunded immediately), or by posting the verified receipt back to the shop, together with the account number into which the refund should be paid. In this case the refund is dealt with within 15 days of receipt of the claim.
 
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There are hospitals and clinics in all larger cities and first aid clinics and pharmacies in all places. Foreign tourists do not pay for medical services if the Health Care Convention was signed between Croatia and the country they come from. Expenses of health services provided to persons coming from the countries with which the Health Care Convention was not signed are charged directly to users according to the price list. There are hospitals and clinics in all the major towns, and health centres, as well as pharmacies, in all the smaller places. For patients whose lives are in danger, there is emergency transport by air(helicopter) or sea (speedboat).
There is a network of veterinary clinics and centres in Croatia.
Information: www.veterinarstvo.hr, e-mail: veterinarstvo@zg.tel.hr 
  
Working hours:
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Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays until 1 p.m. There are Post Offices in the larger cities which are open until 10 p.m. in the summer. Postage stamps are sold in Post Offices and at newsstands.
Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can be purchased in Post Offices and at newsstands, in hotels and tourist complexes.

Shopping
Traditional handmade objects are the best souvenir, cloth and other ornament made from silver or sea shells. Interesting object of wood and ceramics, handmade can be found along the coast.
If you go shopping shoes or clothes, shop prizes won’t pleasantly surprise you. If you aren’t interested in design clothes we suggest searching small boutiques and local market. Prizes are much better and during season choice is rather big.

Environmental protection:
Protection of the biological diversity is in conjunction with the EU regulations currently in force. The water quality of the Croatia’s Adriatic Sea is of high quality for swimming and in conjunction to the EU criteria. In case of an accident or contamination of the sea, please contact the National Centre for Sea Search and Rescue on the number 9155 (free telephone), which is a part of international institutions of the same rank. In case of accidental environmental contamination on land, report it to the National Information Centre on the number 01/4814 911 For additional information about the environment: tel: 01/6106 111
Tel: 0800 200 037, Web: www.mzopu.hr
 
Fire prevention:
Ensure that you have done everything to prevent a fire!
Do not throw lit or flammable objects into the environment!
If you see a fire, please inform others in your proximity; report it immediately on the telephone number – 93; try to extinguish the fire till the fire-fighters arrive and in such a manner so as not to endanger yourself or others!
Take notice of signs forbidding the lighting of fires!
Take care that your parked vehicle does not obstruct accesses to the fire or roads!
 
Radio news in foreign languages during the tourist season:
On Program 2 of Croatian radio, along with the regular news in Croatian, the Croatian Auto Club (HAK) will give traffic reports in English, German and Italian along with nautical news a number of times throughout the day.
Other than on Program 2 of Croatian radio, alternating news and traffic reports will be emitted every full hour from the following studios: Program 3 of Bavarian radio, Program 3 of Austrian radio, RAI Uno, British Virgin radio and Chezch radio. Throughout the day nautical news will be emitted in English and Croatian.