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Cyprus house price index falls 0.3 per cent

The Cyprus house price index (HPI) fell by 0.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2017 but rose 0.6 per cent on an annual basis according to a preliminary estimate by the Statistical Service.

Larnaca port and marina contracts

Contracts for the Larnaca port and marina project are expected be signed later this year according to Marios Demetriades, the Cyprus Minister of Transport, Communications and Works.

New home building permits up 41 per cent

The number of new homes in Cyprus for which building permits have been issued rose by 41.4 per cent in October 2017 compared to October 2016 according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

2017 a better year for property sales (Update)

For the fourth consecutive year Cyprus property sales rose during 2017 according to the latest official statistics published earlier today by the Department of Lands and Surveys in Nicosia.

Cyprus property taxes in 2018

A number of changes to Cyprus property taxes have been made in recent times, most notably the introduction of VAT on the sale of building land, which I have summarised together with other changes in this article.

Our top 10 most read stories from Cyprus in 2017

We’ll go over the top ten most read stories published by Cyprus Property News over the past 12 months, which include stories about trapped buyers, Swiss Franc loans and property taxes.

New home building permits up 25 per cent

The number of new homes in Cyprus for which building permits have been issued rose by 25.3 per cent in September 2017 compared to September 2016 according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

November property sales up 39%

Property sales in Cyprus rose 39 per cent in November compared with November 2016 with sales increasing in all districts according to official figures from the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Specific Performance Law – depositing contracts

Cyprus’ replacement Specific Performance law, which came into force in 2011, provided that contracts of sale that were signed but not been lodged at the Land Registry to be lodged within six months of the law coming into force.

Reduced VAT on property purchase

Those buying a property in Cyprus as their main residence may apply for a reduced rate of VAT of 5% on the purchase price/construction cost of a new dwelling providing they meet certain criteria.

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