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Property Inspection Trips: The Pros and Cons

There is value in seeing developments for yourself, but only if you are not pressured to put down a deposit straight away and you are allowed to make a decision back at home – and if you have researched other agents and property in your country of choice. If you purchase a property at an […]

Warning Signs of Worse to Come

MY brother, Dr Christopher Solomon, a retired university professor (his quantum mechanics doctorate investigated Einstein’s Theory of Relativity), lives in a recently constructed bungalow just down the road from that burgeoning expat township of Peyia, situated high on the coastal hills near Paphos. He lives with his wife, Marjorie, a member of the ‘Women Write’ […]

Planning Changes Spark Controversy

EVEN before they are fully published, the Local Plans, extending the building zones in the major towns, are causing widespread controversy. What is causing the debate is the provision allowing detached homes to be built outside residential areas on agricultural land on the outskirts of urban centres. Explaining the finalisation of the plans by the […]

Unscrupulous Developers Need to be Taken to Task

DEPUTIES examining the long delays in the issuing of title deeds to homebuyers appeared to have finally understood the main cause of the problem after Monday’s House Interior Committee meeting. Light was shed on the problem by the director of the Land Registry Department Andreas Christodoulou, who said there were cases of home-buyers who had […]

Buying New Property in Cyprus?

I was once asked the question “Why are all villas and apartments for sale in Cyprus advertised as being ‘luxury properties’?” I replied “Because if the developer can sell them to unsuspecting expatriates, he’ll be able to retire in luxury!” OK, it’s a joke and many expatriates have no problems when buying property in Cyprus. […]

Caveat Emptor – Let the Property Buyer Beware

The property boom on the island over the past few years has led to many buyers not receiving their title deeds as the authorities struggle to stay afloat, swamped with applications. In September 1999, it had been announced that thousands of property buyers who had not received title deeds from the seller could now take […]

Cyprus Property Cheats

With regards to property cheats, on your Letters page the problem stems way before this. Firstly you need your property developer, who comes along with ‘Horse, Saddle and Spurs’. He decides to build, puts down the base for columns and his architects tell him they are wrong. He doesn’t rectify this problem and so the […]

God Help Us if there’s an Earthquake

Urgent action has been called for after serious concern emerged over the stability of some homes and buildings in Peyia. A spokeswoman of the Peyia Community Association said yesterday that buildings had been constructed in gorges, on illegal landfills and dry riverbeds, some streams even having been diverted so that building can take place. “We […]

In Defence of the Whingeing Brit

I read with interest the letter from a Scottish lady who left Cyprus, returned to Scotland, and regrets this move homeland for the reasons given and misses Cyprus and the benefits of living here (in her opinion). I look at this issue from a different perspective: my experience of living on this island has obviously […]

Beware when Buying Cyprus Property

Nigel Howarth’s letter in Cyprus Weekly (29 April 05) spurred me to write about my own experience in seeking suitable accommodation to buy in Cyprus. Having lived here for two years now and, having heard horror stories as well as pleasant experiences from friends and acquaintances who, to a man, advised us to use a […]

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