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Doubts over new moves on Title Deeds

Questions remain over how the gentlemen’s agreement enabling ‘trapped buyers’ to get the Title Deeds to properties they purchased and paid for in good faith will work in practice; the Association of Cyprus Banks has yet to respond.

Larnaca Tower plans progressing

It looks as if a high-rise development ‘Larnaca Tower’ will soon get underway in the seafront area of Phinikoudes if the paperwork submitted by the Russian investor Nikolai Potapenko is approved by the authorities

No tax on mortgaged property sales

Those selling their mortgaged property in Cyprus to reduce or repay their mortgage debt will be exempt from paying capital gains, income tax, special defence contributions, as well as stamp duty and transfer fees.

Cyprus house prices fall 1.8 per cent

The Cyprus house price index (HPI) fell by 1.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 but rose 3.7 per cent on an annual basis according to a preliminary estimate by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT).

What the new foreclosure bills mean

The new foreclosure bills passed by the Cyprus parliament expedites foreclosure proceedings, makes it easier for financial institutions to remove bad loans from their balance sheets, and increases the number of borrowers eligible for insolvency schemes.

Tougher insolvency & NPL laws

MPs approved tougher laws for dealing with non-performing loans (NPLs) and foreclosures that should also enable trapped buyers to get a Title Deed at a special plenary session of the Cyprus parliament yesterday.

High-rise not needed in Paphos

Following last week’s news that applications had been received for ten high-rise developments in Paphos, a 500 strong ‘Movement to Save Paphos’ group says there is no need for such construction in the District.

Small rise in Cyprus property sales (Update)

Although the number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in June according to the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices, only a marginal rise was reported compared with June 2017.

Permits for new homes up 44.6 per cent

The number of building permits for the construction of new homes in Cyprus rose 44.6 per cent in April 2018 compared to April 2017 providing for the construction of 418 new homes.

Trapped buyers breakthrough

It appears that a gentlemen’s agreement has been reached enabling trapped buyers who were duped by nefarious developers and lawyers into buying property on land that the developer had earlier mortgaged to get their Title Deeds.

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