Up until a few years ago, foreigners’ interest in Greek property was limited almost exclusive to holiday homes. According to data from the Hellenic Association of Realtors (published in February 2015 and concerning transactions for 2014), foreign buyers accounted for 60 percent of transactions in the holiday home market, with the greatest demand coming from Europeans. In the overall market, Greeks represented percent of buyers, with the rest represented equally by European Union and third-country citizens. While interest in the Greek islands remains strong, foreign buyers are starting to take a closer look at the capital. Just like locals, 85 percent of Europeans see price as the top motivation for purchasing a home and the drop in rates has meant that they are now able to look at neighborhoods that were once viewed as off limits, such as those in Athens’s historic center.
The three plot leaders visited Constantine in his residence in Tatoi , which they circled with tanks, effectively preventing any form of resistance. The King wrangled with the colonels and initially dismissed them, ordering them to return with Spandidakis. Later in the day he took it upon himself to go to the Ministry of National Defence, located north of Athens city centre, where all the coup leaders were gathered. The King had a discussion with Kanellopoulos, who was detained there, and with leading generals. This was a pointless exercise, since Kanellopoulos was a prisoner whilst the generals had no real power, as was evident from the shouting of lower and middle-ranking officers, refusing to obey orders and clamouring for a new government under Spandidakis. [ citation needed ]