Cyprus Property News magazine for overseas buyers & real estate investors

Saturday 4th July 2020

Yearly Archives: 2017

Our top 10 most read stories from Cyprus in 2017

We'll go over the top ten most read stories published by Cyprus Property News over the past 12 months, which include stories about trapped buyers, Swiss Franc loans and property taxes.

NPLs remain problematic says IMF

The high level of non-performing loans (NPLs) remain a problem for the Cyprus banking sector despite the strong growth boosting the island's economy says the IMF representative in Cyprus.

Anger over sea caves development

A development of six 'luxury' properties in the sea caves area of Peyia in Paphos has enraged many people in the area as the destruction of Cyprus' environment and natural beauty continues.

Crocodile park returns

Following a rejection of a crocodile park by the Psematismos and Athienou communities TSA Crocopark Ltd has approached the Achna district to discuss the possibility of a theme park.

More high-rise towers for Limassol

A further five high-rise towers are set to line the Limassol coast road; the 'Trilogy' project by Cybarco next to Enaerios and the 'Blue Marine' project by Leptos next to the Limassol marina.

New home building permits up 25 per cent

The number of new homes in Cyprus for which building permits have been issued rose by 25.3 per cent in September 2017 compared to September 2016 according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Unfair contracts languishing at Legal Service

Fifty two decisions by the Cyprus Consumer Protection Service relating to unfair contracts have been languishing at the Legal Service for two-and-a-half years instead of being brought to court.

November property sales up 39%

Property sales in Cyprus rose 39 per cent in November compared with November 2016 with sales increasing in all districts according to official figures from the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Specific Performance Law – depositing contracts

Cyprus' replacement Specific Performance law, which came into force in 2011, provided that contracts of sale that were signed but not been lodged at the Land Registry to be lodged within six months of the law coming into force.

Paphos marina – call for President to intervene

Kissonerga community council is drafting a letter calling on the president to intervene to ensure that the construction of the Paphos marina at Potima goes ahead as quickly as possible.

Reduced VAT on property purchase

Those buying a property in Cyprus as their main residence may apply for a reduced rate of VAT of 5% on the purchase price/construction cost of a new dwelling providing they meet certain criteria.

Another stab at resolving the Title Deeds mess

The Cyprus government to take another stab at resolving Title Deeds mess created by nefarious developers who duped people into buying mortgaged property as the law passed in 2015 failed to fully address the problem.

Rise in property sales led by overseas buyers

The rise in Cyprus property sales in October was led by overseas buyers who bought 65 per cent more properties than in the same month last year according to official statistics from the Department of Lands & Surveys.

Chinese ban no impact on property sales

The restrictions introduced by the Chinese government to reduce outbound investment in real estate have yet to impact property sales according to the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Keve).

Hellenic bank violated consumer rights

The Cyprus Consumer Protection Service has ruled that the Hellenic Bank violated consumer rights with abusive clauses in mortgage contracts and imposed charges for early debt repayments.

Cyprus residence permits statistics

Cyprus issued 16,970 residence permits to non-EU citizens in 2016 according to statistics published yesterday by the Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, in a press release.

ETEK calls for stricter supervision

ETEK has called for stricter supervision of building permits and urged the public to check that engineers they wish to employ are registered and licensed after a women claiming to be an architect was arrested.

Limassol rents spike as market booms

A property market boom in Limassol has driven up rents as demand for housing has outstripped supply as more companies have moved to the area seeking accommodation for their staff.

Cyprus property prices on the rise

Cyprus property prices are continuing to rise, according to the thirty-first publication of the RICS Cyprus Property Price Index with apartment and house prices maintaining a steady growth.

Home prices up says Cyprus Central Bank

Home prices in Cyprus (houses and apartments) recorded a quarter-on-quarter increase of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2017 according to the Cyprus Central Bank's latest Residential Property Price Indices.

Most Read

Commission approves Cyprus’ airlines incentive scheme

The European Commission has approved a €6.3 million Cypriot incentive scheme towards airlines affected by the coronavirus outbreak, supporting tourism and possibly the overseas property market.

Cyprus property sales recovering

Property sales in Cyprus showed signs of making a recovery in June following the Government's easing of lockdown measures and its decision to subsidise housing loans.

Cyprus tightens grip on ‘golden passport’ scheme

Cyprus has not processed any passport applications of a foreign investor since January, pending the approval of tougher criteria regulating the Citizenship for Investment Scheme.

Guide to residency in Cyprus

This guide to residency in Cyprus for UK nationals has been issued by the British High Commission in Nicosia to explain the importance of obtaining or updating their residency status.