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Foreign buyers driving property recovery

The recovery in the Cyprus property market is being driven by foreign purchasers and is expected to gradually push up prices according to the Chairman of the Cyprus Real Estate Agents Association.

Renewed interest in Larnaca airport

There is renewed interest in the old Larnaca airport by a Chinese consortium that plans to use the site as a wholesale commercial park and re-export products to the Middle East and EU member states.

Revised citizenship scheme approved

The Cyprus government has approved a revised citizenship-by-investment scheme designed to further encourage investments in the island’s economy by non-Cypriot businessmen and investors.

Work to start on Ayia Napa marina

The first phase of construction work on the Ayia Napa marina is scheduled to get underway on 30 September following the signing of an agreement between Makronisos Marina Ltd and Greece’s Terna A.E.

Cyprus interest rates fall

Interest rates in Cyprus for consumer credit fell to 4.01 per cent and loans for house purchases fell to 2.94 per cent in July according to official figures from the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

Cyprus wooing Thai investors

Cyprus is offering investors from Thailand European Union citizenship for BHT 100 million (approx. €2.5 million) as it expects to raise capital from Thai investors in a number of sectors.

Steps to prevent Cyprus property price falls

Solutions are being sought from the Finance Ministry that will prevent property prices in Cyprus falling when the banks sell off the properties that have accumulated on their balance sheets as a result of repossessions and debt-to-asset swaps.

Residential twin towers at Ayia Napa

Work on the construction of two luxury residential twin towers ay Ayia Napa should get underway in late September and will form part of the town’s new marina accommodating 400 to 450 vessels.

Confusion over Cyprus property values

While the European Commission contends that Cyprus properties are overvalued by 5 per cent, the European Central Bank considers they are undervalued by between 4 per cent and 16 per cent.

Fitch affirms Cyprus at B+

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long-term credit rating of Cyprus B+, with a positive outlook, but warned that “banks remain fundamentally weak and pose an ongoing risk to the economy and public finances.”

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