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Monthly Archives: July, 2010

Limassol marina construction at full speed

Work on one of the most ambitious projects in Cyprus, the construction of a new marina in Limassol, is running at full speed and is expected to be ready to receive yachts in October 2012.

Cyprus welcomes EU-stress test results

In a recent press release, the Cyprus Ministry of Finance welcomed the results of the EU-stress tests recently carried out on 91 credit institutions throughout the member states of the European Union

AIPP set to launch new disciplinary code

The AIPP is about to launch a new, reinvigorated disciplinary code for its members designed to boost the Association’s levels of credibility, efficiency and independence according to a report in Overseas Property Professional.

Demolition and black-listing threat in Cyprus

The Overseas Property Professional has reported on recent developments in Cyprus with ETEK calling for the demolition of illegal building and MEP Daniel Hannan calling on the European Commission to send a fact-finding mission to Cyprus.

Cyprus banks try to protect themselves

The Bank of Cyprus and the Hellenic Bank will try to absorb half a billion euros from their shareholders in the next few months in efforts to protect their balance sheets from the Greek crisis and the unfavourable conditions in the domestic market.

Marfin Popular and Bank of Cyprus to face CEBS tests

The Marfin Popular Bank and the Bank of Cyprus will be part of an EU-wide stress testing exercise to be undertaken by the CEBS (Committee of European Banking Supervisors) before the end of the month.

Cyprus property sales improving

The number of property sales in Cyprus during the first six months of the year has improved by almost a quarter on the number sold during the first six months of last year. However, they are still less than half of the number sold during the first six months of 2008.

Cyprus to get financial ombudsman

The days of banks in Cyprus granting mortgages to home buyers without advising them that the land on which their property is built is already mortgaged may soon be over with the appointment of a financial ombudsman expected in the near future.

Sales to non-Cypriots improving slowly

Foreign interest in the Cyprus property market is showing signs of a slow recovery following last year’s disastrous performance, with sales during the first half of 2010 up 9.6% on last year.

Moody’s cuts Cyprus’ two main bank ratings

Moody’s has downgraded the deposit and debt ratings of the Bank of Cyprus and the Marfin Popular Bank. According to their report “The country’s real estate market, which is a significant component of the banks’ loan books, remains a risk area with unclear growth prospects and weak demand”.

Cyprus property tax increase heading for the bin

The Cyprus government’s plans to raise an additional 80 to 100 million Euros in taxes from property owners in efforts to combat the recession may be rejected along with a proposed bill that would increase corporate tax by 1 percent.

Title Deed law changes delayed

The Cyprus government has been unsuccessful in its attempt to introduce the five bills designed to accelerate the issue of Title Deeds by the end of the parliamentary session. Talks on their substance will continue after the summer recess.

Building permit numbers slow in April

Latest figures from the Cyprus Statistical Service show that building permits for the construction of 1,176 residential properties were authorised in April 2010, a decrease of more than 6 percent over the same period last year.

MRI Overseas Property subject of MEP question

MRI Overseas Property, who have been active in Cyprus and the subject of many complaints received by this magazine, has been ‘outed’ in the European Parliament by Roger Helmer MEP.

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Property sales collapse hits all markets

The historic collapse of 80 per cent in property sales in April hit the local and overseas market segments according to statistics from the Department of Lands & Surveys.

Historic collapse of property sales

Property sales in Cyprus have collapsed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to a level only seen once before when the events of March 2013 made Cyprus a household name around the world.

Building permits maintaining strong growth

The number of building permits authorised in Cyprus during February 2020 provided for the construction of 680 new homes; an increase of 18 per cent compared to February 2019 according to official figures.

Cyprus passport programme under fire again

The Cyprus citizenship by investment programme, which enables well-heeled foreigners to obtain an EU passport for investments of at least €2 million, has come under fire again from the European Union.