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According to figures released by the European Central Bank on Tuesday, property prices in Cyprus fell by 4.9 percent during the first half of 2011, almost twice the fall experienced in 2010.

THE PERFORMANCE of Cypriot housing market suffered the third highest decline in the Euro area with prices falling by 4.9% during the first half of 2011 behind Ireland, where prices fell by 11.8%, and Spain, where they fell by 5.5%.

The European Central Bank (ECB) sources its information from the Central Bank of Cyprus and it is mainly based on valuations collected from commercial banks and on information received from the Department of Lands and Surveys and private real estate agencies.

According to the ECB’s figures, the rate of the decline in house prices has accelerated and is more than twice the decline in 2010 and higher than the drop in 2009, when prices came under pressure from the recession.

Stockwatch reported that market factors believe that the price correction is normal and that it will be maintained as a result of the liquidity conditions and the general climate in the Euro area and Cyprus.

According to property valuer Polys Kourousides prices had increased sharply in previous years compared to the rest of the EU member states and must now be corrected.

Between 2002 and the third quarter of 2008, property prices in Cyprus saw a huge increase averaging 14.8%/annum. Since then prices have steadily declined.

The Central Bank says that the boom in property prices was due to the increasing number of immigrants and high demand from overseas buyers. According to its latest bulletin, the boom was also fuelled by low interest rates being offered before the crisis. However, conditions have now changed and downward pressures on the property market will continue.

“Both the construction activity and the property sector will continue to be in recession and prices will continue to drop”, it added.

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  • Mike says:

    Well at least they have got this right “The Central Bank says that the boom in property prices was due to the increasing number of immigrants and high demand from overseas buyers”. As more and more Brits paid the asking price the faster the prices rose.

    Property in Cyprus has never been worth much and is still overvalued by at least 60%. At least in the tourist / British enclaves.

    Hopefully we will see the market correcting itself now that individuals have learnt that Cypriot built or at least supervised builds are generally, let’s just say quality challenged, and that title is not automatically transferred on payment of funds. A small fact conveniently omitted from all reports and sales literature. The world has woken up & seen the scam for what it is.

  • Gavin Jones says:

    Have you noticed that in all these reports, statements, etc., the effect on prices of the title deeds scandal is NEVER mentioned: collective amnesia rules.

  • dimitri says:

    Out of curiosity I have been scanning around for these types of facts for a long time, good to see them in the article.

    Between 2002 and the third quarter of 2008, property prices in Cyprus saw a huge increase averaging 14.8%/annum. Since then prices have steadily declined.

  • Robert Briggs says:

    Also due to the Title Deed horror stories and the other gross malpractices, nobody is touching property in Cyprus with a bargepole.

  • Costas Apacket says:

    …and the unmentioned elephant in the room is….??

    …and the District Lands Offices will ignore this data when they try to shaft you with inflated transfer taxes…!

    …and the Developers will continue to fail because there’s no money coming in…!

    …and the Banks will try to sell your house from under you to try and recoup some of their bad debts due to Developer failures…!

    …and so the story goes on…!

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