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This profile was last updated on 2/27/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Harry Tsoukalas

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Background

Employment History

  • President
    Corfu Heritage Preservation Foundation
  • Corfu Real Estate

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Luvcorfu Properties
  • Founder
    Luvcorfu Properties
  • Founder
    Corfu Heritage Preservation Society
13 Total References
Web References
Corfu Real Estate
corfurealestate.com, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
The campaign to restore Corfu's old houses was launched in 2000 when Harry Tsoukalas returned from 17 years in Australia to his birthplace in the North West of the island. During visits home over the years he had noticed the gradual decline of the island's traditional villages as people moved away to the cities and resorts. First, he attempted to reverse this trend by involving the local people, but found that were not interested. In another effort to save Corfu's old villages, he contacted UNESCO, who sent a delegation to advise about grants for restoration of the settlements . But nothing came of the UNESCO visit. Therefore, in order to promote the island's old village properties and help save them, he initiated his residential tourism project by setting up a real estate agency to help families find their new home on Corfu.
Harry's first move had come in 1997 while still in Australia, when he set up the website www.corfurealestate.com. Because of its high ranking in the search engines, the site quickly gained the attention of many people who up until then were not aware that houses could be bought in Corfu for as little as 20,000 euros.
His first big media success, in July 2001, came with the publication in the UK national newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, of a major article about his project. Subsequently, more media success followed for Harry, with articles in Homes Overseas Magazine, another one in the Telegraph, and appearances on the TV shows Wish You Were Here, a Place in the Sun (twice) and Dream Moves.
Due to this high-profile promotion and lots of hard work, Harry has so far relocated over 100 families to the island, and also found dream holiday homes for many others.
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For example, early on Harry discovered a legal loophole which has saved clients thousands of euros in taxes. The agency also ensures that every deposit is kept safe until the sale goes through, and has found ways to guide buyers through possible pitfalls, like multiple ownership problems and tricky paperwork.
Together, Harry and Hilary run the agency, publish several resort-based newspapers, and for nearly two years produceed and presented Corfu Home and Away, a weekly half-hour TV show in English on Telekerkyra, a local channel.
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Harry is also President of the Corfu Heritage Preservation Foundation (Hilary is a Founder Member).
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Harry and Hilary's hand-picked representatives are personally acquainted with the owners of the properties they handle, and since they have a thorough knowledge of their area can answer questions about local lifestyle and amenities.
Corfu Real Estate
www.corfurealestate.com, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
Harry Tsoukalas emigrated from his village in northwest Corfu in his early twenties, and established a successful construction and renovation business on the other side of the world. On regular return visits during 17 years away, he noticed the gradual decline of local villages, as families moved out and left their old properties to decay.
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Harry then decided that the only way to ensure the preservation of the old houses was to attract overseas buyers, and, starting in Australia, he began an intensive media campaign which resulted in the publication of a major article in the property section of Britain's Telegraph newspaper and features on the TV shows Wish You Were Here and A Place in the Sun.
By this time back in Corfu permanently, Harry had formed a real estate business, Luvcorfu Properties, to handle the thousands of enquiries that had been generated. Now with several offices all over the island, the agency is looking forward to even more success.
Though so far Harry has targeted the media in the UK, he has no wish to make Corfu an exclusively British colony. 'Corfu is a really cosmopolitan island, with visitors from all over the world,' he said, 'and we would like to see this reflected in the pattern of home-buyers from Europe.
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A further move was to establish the Corfu Heritage Preservation Foundation, of which Harry is President. 'The Foundation gives advice on proper restoration techniques and help owners to apply for grants.' he said.
Corfu Real Estate
corfurealestate.com, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
Luvcorfu Director Harry Tsoukalas believes it is no accident that UK media companies approach Luvcorfu first. 'As well as on TV, we've been featured in the Telegraph newspaper twice, in Homes Overseas Magazine, and in a major magazine in Holland.
Corfu Real Estate
corfurealestate.com, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
Harry Tsoukalas, founder of the Corfu Heritage Preservation Society and instigator of the UNESCO invitation, said that the village was settled by residents of the nearby village of Armenades. 'Armenades was established by Armenian refugees in the 13th century.
Corfu Real Estate
www.corfurealestate.com, 7 June 2009 [cached]
Harry Tsoukalas / Hilary Paipeti
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