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Impressive growth in Cyprus property sales

Cyprus property sales - impressive growthTHE NUMBER of property sales contracts deposited at Land Registry offices across the Republic of Cyprus during March 2018 rose 23 per cent compared to March 2017 according to official figures published by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

This follows increases of 46% in February, 64% in January and 36% in December.

During March a total of 768 contracts or the sale of residential and commercial properties and land (building plots and fields) were deposited at Land Registry offices across Cyprus, compared with the 626 deposited in March 2017.

The figures show a continuing improvement in the economic conditions, coupled with government measures (such as the citizenship by investment scheme) – and although banks remained burdened with very high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) they are now in a better position to grant loans to those buying property.

Of the 768 contracts deposited, 431 (49%) were for properties purchased by Cypriots, while the remaining 337 (51%) were for properties purchased by non-Cypriots.

Although sales in Famagusta remained the same as last year, they increased in all the other districts.

In percentage terms Nicosia led the way with sales rising by 59% followed by Limassol, where sales rose by 35%. Meanwhile sales in Paphos and Larnaca rose by 6% and 3% respectively.

Total Property Sale Contracts – 2017/2018 Comparison

District Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Nicosia 2017 72
73
79
80 118 162 124 76 87 117 170 306
2018 146 96
126
Famagusta 2017 21
19 40
29
38 46
59 47 57 51 52 169
2018 48 52
40
Larnaca 2017 102
100 113
69
119 96
103 88 107 111 151 181
2018 112 99
116
Limassol 2017 132
177 232
192
298 304
289 201 203 306 321 532
2018 225 256
314
Paphos 2017 96
87 162
136
183 235
184 160 148 183 212 349
2018 164 163
172
Totals 2017 423
456 626
506
756 843
739 572 602 768 906 1537
2018 695 666 768

During the first quarter of 2018 the number of contracts for the sale of property deposited at Land Registry offices has risen 41% to 2,129 compared to the 1,505 deposited during the first quarter of 2017.

The highest rise of 75%, was recorded in Famagusta, followed by Nicosia (the capital) with a 64% increase. Rises of 47%, 45% and 4% were recorded in Limassol, Paphos and Larnaca respectively.

Domestic property sales

Sales of property to the domestic market in March were disappointing, falling by 2% compared to March 2017. Although sales in Nicosia and Limassol rose by 46% and 13% respectively, they fell by 48% in Paphos, 25% in Famagusta and 21% in Larnaca.

Domestic Property Sale Contracts – 2017/2018 Comparison

District Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Nicosia 2017 63
69
71
62 103 150 109 70 72 100 154 270
2018 126 84 104
Famagusta 2017 20 17 24
23
27 31 30 25 43 28 35 149
2018 -3 18 18
Larnaca 2017 77 80 85
49
76 70 62 63 73 72 115 134
2018 60 44 67
Limassol 2017 97 130 176
152
202 227 194 160 153 197 241 428
2018 107 152 199
Paphos 2017 73 47 82
93
88 157 93 81 100 105 142 209
2018 18 8 43
Totals 2017 330 343 438
379
496
636
488 399 441 502 687 1190
2018 308 306 431

During the first quarter of 2018, property sales to the domestic market have fallen 6% compared with the first quarter of 2017. Over the first quarter of the year Limassol is the most popular district achieving 458 sales followed by Nicosia with 314, Larnaca with 171, Paphos with 69 and Famagusta with just 33 sales.

Sales to the overseas market

For the first time that I can recall, the number property sales to the overseas market during March exceeded the number of domestic sales, accounting for 51% of total sales.

But it is still unclear how the Department of Lands & Surveys has improved the methodology it uses to calculate the figures; most annoying!

The Land Registry figures reveal that a total of 337 sale contracts were deposited by non-Cypriots during March 2018. Of those 113 were deposited by EU nationals and the remaining 224 by non-EU nationals, but we cannot quantify the number of non-EU citizens who bought property with a view to applying for citizenship.

Paphos recorded the largest number of overseas sales at 129. Limassol recorded 83, Larnaca 49, while Nicosia and Famagusta each recorded 22 sales.

Overseas Property Sale Contracts – 2018

District Source Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Nicosia EU 10 8 9
Non-EU 10 4 13
Total 20 12 22
Famagusta EU 15 24 8
Non-EU 36 10 14
Total 51 34 22
Larnaca EU 9 9 9
Non-EU 43 46 40
Total 52 55 49
Limassol EU 15 17 32
Non-EU 103 87 83
Total 118 104 115
Paphos EU 41 58 55
Non-EU 105 97 74
Total 146 155 129
Totals EU 90 116 113
Non-EU 297 244 224
TOTAL 387 360 337

During the first quarter of 2018, a total of 1,084 properties have been bought by overseas buyers.

Paphos remains the most popular spot for non-Cypriot buyers with sales reaching 430. Limassol is in second place with 337, followed by Larnaca with 156, Famagusta with 107 and Nicosia with 54.

Property sales 2000 – 2018

Cyprus Property Sale Contracts 2000 – 2018

Year Overseas Sales Domestic Sales Percentage
Overseas Sales
Total
Sales
2000 450 12,214 3.6% 12,664
2001 1,207 12,849 8.6% 14,056
2002 2,548 14,111 15.3% 16,659
2003 3,981 15,294 20.7% 19,275
2004 5,384 11,947 31.1% 17,331
2005 6,485 10,106 39.1% 16,591
2006 8,355 8,598 49.3% 16,953
2007 11,281 9,964 53.1% 21,245
2008 6,636 8,031 45.2% 14,667
2009 1,761 6,409 21.6% 8,170
2010 2,030 6,568 23.6% 8,598
2011 1,652 5,366 23.5% 7,018
2012 1,476 4,793 23.5% 6,269
2013 1,017 2,750 27.0% 3,767
2014 1,193 3,334 26.4% 4,527
2015 1,349 3,603 27.2% 4,952
2016
1,813 5,250 25.7% 7,063
2017
2,406 6,328 27.5% 8,734
2018 (Mar)
1,084 1,045 50.9% 2,129
Totals
62,108 148,560 29.5% 210,668

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. I would be interested to know how many sales have been made on properties without Title Deeds at bargain basement prices.

    Listening to what you have already said I expect that is not possible to find out or even if it is possible to find out if mainly new builds are being being sold.

    Ed: Unfortunately the number of properties sold without Title Deeds isn’t reported. But the number of contracts deposited may give an indication as if a property has a Title Deed it’s not necessary to deposit a contract for specific performance as the purchase and transfer can take place at the same time.

  2. Ed: One thing that concerns me greatly is the fact that the number of contracts deposited by non-Cypriots in January the Land Registry office in Famagusta exceed the total number of contracts deposited at that office. Hopefully it’s simply be a clerical error.

    A clerical error? In Cyprus? Surely not?!
    That’s the danger of only employing someone because they are someone else’s cousin.

    Whilst we are as excited as anyone about possible useful upward trends – we remain cynically sceptical of all data on that island. Any ‘interesting developments” need triangulating from a variety of sources as relying on one source is dangerous (especially if it’s from a state department where they operate at three speeds – dead slow, stop and reverse).

    Ed: There is only one source of the data – the Department of Lands & Surveys.

  3. “Ed: In the first quarter of 2008 a total of 1,759 sales contracts were deposited by non-Cypriots – and we still don’t know how the 2018 figures are being calculated.”

    That last point is critical to understand – and please keep pushing on the issue despite the commentary you’d had back (a lot of which draw somewhat irrelevant parallels with all manner of (in)/comparable data sources within the UK.)

    When we see a proper hard-data supported trend emerging – some of the problems people face with the banks may perhaps get a little easier to resolve.

    Ed: One thing that concerns me greatly is the fact that the number of contracts deposited by non-Cypriots in January the Land Registry office in Famagusta exceed the total number of contracts deposited at that office. Hopefully it’s simply be a clerical error.

  4. Why is Famagusta included in the sales figs I thought that part of the island was under Turkish control and desolate.

    Ed: Not all of the Famagusta district is under the control of the Turkish occupying forces.

  5. The %age of Overseas sales in the 1st 1/4 of 2018 look encouraging, short-term only so far but nudging up towards 2006-8 zones. There’s certainly greater buoyancy in and around Limassol, very probably boosted by further €500k + sales……But we have also noticed considerably improved interest and sales in some of the near coastal ‘traditional villages’.

    ‘Very cautious Optimism’ seems to be re-emerging!

    Ed: In the first quarter of 2008 a total of 1,759 sales contracts were deposited by non-Cypriots – and we still don’t know how the 2018 figures are being calculated.

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