CYPRUS Property News attracted more than 720,000 readers this year and as we approach Christmas here are the top ten stories that have attracted the most interest from you, our readers, over the past twelve months.
Our top 10 most read stories are dominated by reports of people seeking legal advice on their situation and some cases taking the banks and developers to court in their quest for justice.
A group of British buyers who purchased off-plan properties in Cyprus had won the right to have their cases against their Paphos-based developer heard in the UK. (The High Court judgement was eventually handed down in November).
News that property buyers were seeking redress following the doubling of their mortgage repayments alleging that Cypriot lawyers acting on their behalf may not have complied with crucial legal formalities.
A stark warning urging those who receive a writ from a bank for the non-payment of a housing loan/mortgage or a termination notice not to bury their heads in the sand in the hope that the problem will go away.
A call for the island’s three largest banks to offload billions of Euros of property left on their books by bankrupt developers, who would have gone under if it had not been for the vain attempt by the banks to keep them afloat.
News that victims of the hard sell to buy in Cyprus with a mortgage denominated in Swiss francs at the peak of the island’s housing boom were preparing to fight one of Greece’s largest banks in the courts.
Nobel Energy announced that it had discovered significant natural gas reserves worth tens of billions of Euros; enough to satisfy Cyprus’ electricity production needs for more than two centuries.
Report that a pamphlet in Russian entitled “Осторожно, Кипр!” (Beware of Cyprus!) was being handed out at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow warning Russians not to buy property on the island as a consequence of the experience of a young couple honeymooning on the island.
News that British buyers were taking action in the High Court in London in an effort for their cases against Cyprus-based organisations to be heard and decided in a UK court. (See our number 1 story).
Hope for thousands of buyers who had fallen behind with their mortgage repayments as the Alpha Bank offered to open a dialogue with them in what it referred to as a “gesture of goodwill”.
In April a group of property buyers continued to raise awareness of the problems associated with buying property in Cyprus by holding a peaceful protest outside the ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ exhibition at Earls Court.
May we take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and health and success in the New Year.
Σας Εύχομαι Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Ευτυχισμένο το Νέον Έτος 2013.