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Property market review & expectations for 2016

Transaction volume in the property market will remain at low levels throughout 2016 with prices of prime assets bottoming out during the first half of the year, with demand for secondary assets almost non-existent.

Property market review & expectations for 2016 IN ITS ANNUAL report Resolute Asset Management provides a review of the Cyprus economy & real estate market for 2015 and its prospects and expectations for them in 2016:

Property market review

Resolute Asset Management reports that transaction volume rose by around 9% in the first eleven months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. It notes that the volume was significantly lower than the peak recorded before the bail-in and recession. Compared to 2007, the number of transactions has fallen by 79%.

Limassol had the highest number of transactions, accounting for 31% of the total volume, while Famagusta (which is heavily reliant on local demand for holiday homes) accounted for just 6% of the total.

According to RICS (Cyprus) residential property prices continued to fall, with the most resilient property types being residential houses, where prices have fallen 4% since 2014 and 30% since the fourth quarter of 2009.

Property market expectations for 2016

Resolute Asset Management expects that transactions volumes will remain at low levels, with prices of prime assets reaching their lowest point during the first half of the year. It anticipates that demand for secondary assets will be almost non-existent and that prices will stabilise.

It is expected that transactions in the property market will remain concentrated on prime assets while overseas buyers, encouraged by the government’s Naturalisation Scheme, will focus almost exclusively on high-end residential properties (over €300,000).

Capital Values – 2016 Forecast

Housing Plots(-) 5-10%
Commercial Plots(-) 10-15%
OfficesCat A (+/-) Stable
Cat B (-) 10%
ApartmentsCentre (-) 10%
Secondary locations (-) 10%
Touristic locations (-) 10%
ShopsCentre (-) 5-10%
Secondary locations (+/-) Stable (thin volume)
Touristic locations (+/-) Stable (thin volume)
Fields(-) 10-20% (lack of demand)

Institutional investors are scarce and are only interested producing income from their investments such as grade A properties and/or sizeable parcels of land with potential for tourist developments.

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  • Visa says:

    I live in Limassol. Yermasoya. Rented accommodation. The landlord is trying to sell the place for years. Great location. New building.. No buyers..

    Pricing is ridiculous. Two bedroom apartment for 400,000.. Worth probably 40 percent less. Renting is cheap. 800 per month. Waiting for prices to go down… If you move out of the city by a few kilometres the price is half. Worth it.

    Walking in Yermasoya or any part of Limassol you see that a huge amount of properties are for sale.. For years…standing empty.. Yet the prices remain ridiculous high. I really don’t understand the market..

  • Peter Davis says:

    Daily Telegraph Place in the sun? Where to buy undervalued property in 2016

    Article shows where property prices increased the most over a 12 month period. Cyprus is into minus figures, and second from the bottom only after Ukraine, with only ten countries in negative territory. The other forty-five countries all showing an increase in the investment in property.

    So invest in Cyprus you know it makes sense.

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