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Joined: 5 Apr 2018 / Male ♂
Last Post: 8 Nov 2018
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lonpol   
5 Apr 2018
Classifieds / Warsaw area surveyor [3]

Hi, can anyone one recommend a surveyor that would be able to come and check a residential house for me in the Milanówek area just outside of Warsaw?

The building I am interested in has a few cracks so would like an expert to take a look before I buy! I prefer english speaking but polish only would be ok too.

Thanks
Jozef
lonpol   
5 Apr 2018
Classifieds / Warsaw area surveyor [3]

Ok cheers, ive asked friends and family to start asking around. I was also able to find a few on the web by doing a direct translation of "building inspector"
lonpol   
6 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Warsaw buyer or sellers market? Houses around the Milanówek area [20]

Hello, we are looking at houses just outside of Warsaw, around the Milanówek area. What is the market currently like? We have found a house we like is it reasonable to go in with an offer 10% below the asking price?. I heard sellers in Poland like to price them high.

Thanks,
Jozef
lonpol   
6 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Warsaw buyer or sellers market? Houses around the Milanówek area [20]

Richthecat, appreciate your thoughts they are very useful.

From my research I had guessed that commuting had not taken off yet so planned to buy a house on a commuter line with the commute to warsaw faster than my current commute into london your comments back this up.

I am fortunate to be a cash buyer so sounds like I will be in a strong position. The house is not for investment, we plan to move to Poland ( we are both Polish citizens but I have never lived in Poland, long story :( I did notice when we looked at flats last year it seems that if the agents/lawyers/sellers find out im also British all the prices shoot up! I am not too bothered about price increases I just want to have a nice home in Poland.

Thanks for the heads up about the risks. I get the feeling im going to get screwed in some way or another. I plan on getting a good lawyer to double check everything. I might consider a buildings inspector but we plan on making changes to the building anyway, from what I can tell the buildings are cheap its the land that is expensive. I would not be too bothered if we had to correct issues.

The house is pretty and built in the 1950s. It needs some love and attention but im more interested in the location/land
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

Hello, as per a previous thread I am looking to buy a house just outside of Warsaw. I need a decent Lawyer to do the due diligence before contracts are signed. What kind of price would I expect to pay for that? Ive had 2 quotes so far and both are more expensive than a top London real estate lawyer :)

Yes I know you can do it without a Lawyer, but im pretty sure that would be a bad idea - I need someone acting in my interest who knows what issues to look for.

Cheers
Jozef

Can someone please provide me with an english speaking Lawyer who does real estate due dilligence in Warsaw who is not going to rip me off because I cannot speak Polish?

So far I have been quoted twice the cost of what I paid in London! ( and that was a complex case and was a top lawyer and the house cost 4x as much)

Feeling pretty let down :(
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

What is chambers, the notary?

Its a house but a BIG deal to me and a lot of my money.

From what I understand the notary does a pretty basic task does no due diligence. I need someone acting in my interests alone covering my ass.

Im ok with paying a premium but honestly some of these guys are trying to rip folk off.
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

Thanks but it seems the guys on Chambers are the big boys who are making money from big international investors. Ive had some luck searching on google maps for "prawnik" who seem more geared up for your average local. Going to get a Polish speaker to get me some estimates this time so they dont immediately see dollar signs...
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

Terri yes thanks that was one of my concerns, I need someone who knows what they are doing to make sure everyone involved is real agent/notary/seller.

Update ive had some luck, seems that the prices are a lot cheaper for lawyers to do various checks when you ask in Polish :)
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Law / How to verify a lawyer is qualified in Poland [8]

If I have the name of a Kancelaria Adwokacka is there a goverment website I can use to check they are qualified/legit ?
I tried to navigate the KIRP.pl website but did not have much look figuring things out..
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Law / Opening a Polish Bank Account by a foreigner in Poland. Recommendations. [298]

Bank Pekao has been a good experience so far. Goto a big branch in Warsaw where they speak English. Just takes a couple of hours due to forms etc that need to be filled. From my research they have a pretty good credit rating. Dont keep your money with western banks with low credit ratings.
lonpol   
11 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

Well the annoying thing is I found a 300 zloty guy who spoke English and was quite happy thinking that he might spend 10 hours on the case. His estimate for full cost meant that he thought he would need 63 hours on the case. I will be returning to that particular incident when I have some spare time ;)

re easements - thanks for the heads up, the house/land I want looks pretty simple.
lonpol   
12 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

notariusze.waw.pl/kancelaria-notarialna/kancelaria,kancelaria-notarialna-tomasz-babka

Thanks, a useful website.

Buying from a private seller through an agent.

We are in London so not that easy to run around checking public registers etc, I would rather pay someone to do that.

The seller is currently living at the address which is a reasonable thing, surely she would show as registered to live there?

Would it not be the job of the Notary to confirm he has the real person in front of him?

restitution claims from pre war

Will try and get someone to check for restitution claims.

Re brexit - I am dual Polish/British - learning Polish.
lonpol   
12 Apr 2018
Real Estate / Real Estate Lawyer costs in Poland [18]

Ok yeah, im not worried about about roof etc thats all fixable. Just worried about "oh it seems there is a problem which means you you dont own the property and all your money has vanished" kinda problems.

Sounds like first and foremost is a check against the register.
lonpol   
12 Apr 2018
Law / How to verify a lawyer is qualified in Poland [8]

Whats the difference between a "Kancelaria Adwokacka" and a "Radcy Prawnego" ?

From what I can tell the KA are not on this list rejestrradcow.pl/Home/Index but the RP are.

From looking at a lot of their websites offering services, the RP seem a level above the KA with expensive websites and expensive fees. I am wondering if I need a helper in Poland for basic real estate issues ( checking registers, sign documents, general hand holding ) then a KA will do ok

RP Example
kancelariadn.pl

KA Example
otwockadwokat.pl
lonpol   
12 Apr 2018
Law / How to verify a lawyer is qualified in Poland [8]

Ok thanks.

I want them to check all the stuff in this list
dom.trojmiasto.pl/Jakie-dokumenty-sprawdzic-przed-zakupem-mieszkania-uzywanego-n79542.html
and all the things people have suggested on this website.

I just dont like the idea of me ( cant speak Polish ) or my partner ( can speak Polish ) going out there running around checking stuff that we dont know about, it would cost more from time off work than having someone do it for us, although obviously I still dont want to get ripped off with crazy fees
lonpol   
23 Jul 2018
Real Estate / Warsaw buyer or sellers market? Houses around the Milanówek area [20]

Quick update on this, not gone through yet although its close. Got a 6% discount ( it had already come down in price before i came on the scene )

The agent was expecting me to turn up the next day and sign. I think they must be annoyed I got a Lawyer to check everything out and look for issues but I dont care, its my money at stake. Turns out part of the house is missing planning permission which apparently is common but the Lawyer got us some more discount and safeguards so it will not be too expensive to correct.

Question - ive been asked to pay the notary fee + sales tax to the notary in physical cash, is that normal? Also how is the money for the house transacted? Does it get sent to a third party or will i be sending straight to the seller ( risky? )
lonpol   
26 Jul 2018
Life / How to vote in the Polish elections? [17]

Hello, I live in London, how can I vote in the next Polish election ( or any referendum )?

I am close to owing a property just outside Warsaw, how do I vote in any local/council elections?

Thanks
Jozef
lonpol   
26 Jul 2018
Life / How to vote in the Polish elections? [17]

ok thanks I will email the embassy now.

I will deal with the local one later, we will be registered but no live there full-time yet.
lonpol   
26 Jul 2018
Life / Polish Militia - the growth of unofficial militia groups in Poland. [6]

Hello, I have been reading about the growth of unofficial militia groups in Poland.

Would anyone know of any within a 25 min drive of Milanówek ?

I am only beginner level of Polish at the moment but I have some relevant experience that would definitely make up for that.

Thanks
Jozef
lonpol   
26 Jul 2018
Life / Polish Militia - the growth of unofficial militia groups in Poland. [6]

Reuters refer to them as unofficial
"The Polish government has kept its distance from the unofficial civilian militias"

Anyway, this militia is from the Reuters report but a bit too far sjs-siedlce.pl

Also found this obronanarodowa.pl which I am busy translating
"The Mazowiecka Territorial Defense training project is an initiative aimed at integrating pro-defense communities from the Mazowsze area"

So in their speak, I am looking for a pro-defense community