THE LATEST housing price index (houses and apartments) from the Cyprus Central Bank reports a fall of 1.8% in property prices during the fourth quarter of 2014, with the house prices falling 2.1% and apartment prices falling 1.5%.
However, on an annual basis, the housing price index recorded a fall of 8.2% in the fourth quarter compared with a fall of 8.9% in the third quarter indicating that the fall in prices may be slowing.
The largest quarterly decline in prices was recorded in Famagusta (-2.6%), followed by Nicosia (-2.1%) and Limassol (-2%); while prices in Larnaca and Paphos fell by 1% and 0.6% respectively.
The largest annual decline in prices was also recorded in Famagusta (-10.4%), followed by Nicosia (-8.2%) and Larnaca (-7.75%); while the annual falls in Limassol and Paphos were 7.5% and 3.7% respectively.
According to the Central Bank, residential property prices are now at levels last seen in 2006, two years before the bubble burst.
(Property prices in Spain, where their property bubble also burst, are currently at levels last seen in 2003 according to data from the European Central Bank.)