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Monthly Archives: July, 2018

Is the Cyprus construction boom sustainable?

Questions raised about the latest Cyprus construction boom and whether there is a sustainable demand for new homes or is it just the result of the 'passports for cash' scheme?

Cyprus construction industry enjoying a revival

Cyprus' construction industry seems to be regaining confidence over the past year, as developers encouraged by an increase of activity, feel that the barren years of the real estate crisis are behind them.

Cyprus consumer protection decisions

The Cyprus Consumer Protection Service has recently issued decisions against Alpha Bank Cyprus (former Emporiki Bank) and two property development companies Geormaride Ltd and VM Development Ltd.

Paphos high-rise resort gets off the ground

The town planning department has approved building permit to construct two 12-storey high-rise buildings and 122 apartments at Geroskipou in Paphos as part of the Peninsula Resort project.

Funds eyeing Bank of Cyprus bad loans

A number of funds are reported to be interested in buying some of the Bank of Cyprus' non-performing loan portfolio, which is valued at as much as €5 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Non-performing loans highest in Europe

Non-performing loans (NPLs) in the Cypriot construction and real estate sectors are amongst the highest in Europe with construction NPLs standing at 75 per cent and real estate NPLs standing at 39 per cent at the end of March.

Doubts over new moves on Title Deeds

Questions remain over how the gentlemen's agreement enabling 'trapped buyers' to get the Title Deeds to properties they purchased and paid for in good faith will work in practice; the Association of Cyprus Banks has yet to respond.

Larnaca Tower plans progressing

It looks as if a high-rise development 'Larnaca Tower' will soon get underway in the seafront area of Phinikoudes if the paperwork submitted by the Russian investor Nikolai Potapenko is approved by the authorities

No tax on mortgaged property sales

Those selling their mortgaged property in Cyprus to reduce or repay their mortgage debt will be exempt from paying capital gains, income tax, special defence contributions, as well as stamp duty and transfer fees.

Cyprus house prices fall 1.8 per cent

The Cyprus house price index (HPI) fell by 1.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 but rose 3.7 per cent on an annual basis according to a preliminary estimate by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT).

What the new foreclosure bills mean

The new foreclosure bills passed by the Cyprus parliament expedites foreclosure proceedings, makes it easier for financial institutions to remove bad loans from their balance sheets, and increases the number of borrowers eligible for insolvency schemes.

Tougher insolvency & NPL laws

MPs approved tougher laws for dealing with non-performing loans (NPLs) and foreclosures that should also enable trapped buyers to get a Title Deed at a special plenary session of the Cyprus parliament yesterday.

High-rise not needed in Paphos

Following last week's news that applications had been received for ten high-rise developments in Paphos, a 500 strong 'Movement to Save Paphos' group says there is no need for such construction in the District.

Small rise in Cyprus property sales (Update)

Although the number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in June according to the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices, only a marginal rise was reported compared with June 2017.

Permits for new homes up 44.6 per cent

The number of building permits for the construction of new homes in Cyprus rose 44.6 per cent in April 2018 compared to April 2017 providing for the construction of 418 new homes.

Trapped buyers breakthrough

It appears that a gentlemen's agreement has been reached enabling trapped buyers who were duped by nefarious developers and lawyers into buying property on land that the developer had earlier mortgaged to get their Title Deeds.

Paphos marina contract awarded

The contract to build the long-anticipated Paphos marina has been awarded to Pafilia by the 'new' Marina Management Committee, which was appointed in March to examine documents submitted as part of the marina tender process.

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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.