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Limassol rents skyrocket

Demand for rental properties in Limassol has grown in recent years as local buyers have difficulty in obtaining home loans due to the banks’ stringent loan conditions and because it attracts plenty of foreign businessmen.

Bank of Cyprus must sell NPLs

The Bank of Cyprus must include the sale of non-performing loans (NPLs) in its toolkit if it is to achieve its ambitious target to halve their ratio to 20 per cent by 2019 says Moody’s Rating Agency.

Local property tax set to change

Some will pay more and some will pay less local property taxes in Cyprus this year as charges will be assessed on 2013 property valuations rather than those of 1980 in efforts to provide a fairer taxation system.

Cyprus home prices fall 1.4 per cent

Although a quarterly fall of 1.4 per cent in Cyprus home prices was recorded during the first quarter of 2017, prices rose 4.1 per cent on an annual basis according to a press release from the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT)

Banks helped by increased building permits

Although Cypriot banks continue to face significant asset quality challenges, a sustained increase in demand for building permits would improve their asset quality says ratings agency Moody’s.

Cyprus real estate market review

PwC (Cyprus) has published “Cyprus Real Estate Market – 2016 Year in Review”, which provides a general overview of the Cyprus property sector based on authoritative market data.

Pissouri homeowners still in limbo

Property owners in the Limnes (lakes) area of Pissouri are still in limbo despite the previous Cyprus Interior Minister promise to pay for the mess, which at that time was estimated at up to €20 million.

Vote imposing VAT on land sales postponed

A vote by the Cyprus government on a bill to impose 19 percent VAT on land sales (building and development plots) has been postponed until September; the draft bill will be sent to the EC.

New home building permits up 44%

The number of new homes in Cyprus for which building permits have been issued rose by 43.8 per cent in April 2017 compared to the same period in the previous year according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Ten years to clear Title Deed backlog

At the current rate of Title Deed issuance it would take approximately ten years to address the backlog according to the spring 2017 issue of the European Commission’s Post-Programme Surveillance Report on Cyprus.

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