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Thursday 16th July 2020

Yearly Archives: 2018

Larnaca marina development plans stalled

The competition process to develop Larnaca marina and port have been delayed yet again – this time by extensions to the tender document placing a ceiling on the annual tonnage that can be handled by the port.

Property sales up 14% in August

The number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in August with the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices across the Republic up 14 per cent compared with August 2017.

Bank of Cyprus confirms Apollo NPLs sale

The Bank of Cyprus has announced that it has negotiated the sale of a portfolio of non-performing loans with a contractual balance of €5.7 billion to alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management LLC.

Second letter to UK Nationals living in Cyprus

British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie has written a second open letter to UK nationals living in Cyprus with the latest on negotiations regarding the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Swimming pool owners face court action

The owners of unlicensed communal swimming pools are facing court action following inspections carried out by the Paphos Municipality who insist that pools must be licenced, inspected daily and a lifeguard appointed.

Apollo close to buying Cyprus NPLs

Apollo Global Management LLC is the preferred bidder to buy a non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio being sold by Bank of Cyprus Holdings Plc according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Limni golf resort is now down to EU

Although planning permits for the controversial multi-Euro golf course and resort complex at Limni have been issued, the EU has yet to receive details to ensure they comply with their environmental recommendations.

Final solution for trapped buyers?

The Finance Ministry is seeking a final solution that will enable trapped buyers who were duped into buying property built on land that their property developer had previously mortgaged to the bank to get their Title Deeds.

Green light for Limni Golf Resort

Controversial plans to build a multi-Euro golf course and resort complex at Limni at Polis Chrysochous have been approved after the latest environmental study that found the plans fully met environmental laws and recommendations of the European Commission.

Tougher checks on citizenship bids

The EU says member states need to keep an eye on the number of citizenships they hand out in exchange for investment. Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has warned that citizenships for sale represent a security threat.

New repossession law hits brick wall

Legal hurdles to the new repossession law, which was introduced earlier this year, have arisen after local courts put the brakes on the supposedly faster process for banks to reduce non-performing loans (NPLs).

Cyprus property sales up 21% in July

The number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in July with the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices across the Republic up 21 per cent compared with July 2017.

541 new homes in May

The number of new homes in Cyprus for which building permits were issued in May 2018 rose 27.6 per cent compared to May 2017 providing for the construction of 541 new homes according to the Cyprus Statistical Service.

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.

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Cyprus’ largest ever housing project will help low-income families

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Corrupt lawyers continue to plunder estates

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Cyprus house price index up 2.5 per cent

The Cyprus house price index rose by an average of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter according to official figures from the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT)