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Monday, June 1, 2020

Yearly Archives: 2019

What next for the Cyprus real estate market?

The Cyprus real estate market is changing faster than ever and its predicted that the positive trend will continue as the market is constantly developing and becoming more attractive to global investors.

Cyprus passports really are ‘golden’

A new index shows that Cyprus passports really are 'golden' ranking its power at eight as its holders can visit 166 countries including 122 visa-free and 44 by obtaining visa on arrival.

Passports: the barometer for real estate

Stricter criteria imposed earlier in the year before a Cyprus passport can be acquired have impacted real estate sales, according to a recently-released Central Bank of Cyprus financial report.

Overseas property sales drop 15%

Sales of property in Cyprus to the overseas market fell 15% in November in a continuing trend that started in June following the introduction of stricter criteria for foreigners seeking Cypriot citizenship.

Top ten Cyprus property stories in 2019

Cyprus property news has attracted more than three quarters of a million visitors in 2019 and here's a summary of the top 10 most popular stories, which include news and articles on a broad range of subjects.

First auction of foreclosed properties

The first online auction of foreclosed properties will be held Wednesday morning kicking off at 10:00 and continuing for two hours unless a one-hour extension is granted when 16 properties will go under the hammer.

Cyprus: Surge in new home construction

Building permits authorised in Cyprus during September 2019 provided for the construction of 1,114 new homes, compared with 576 in September 2018 according to official figures published by the Statistical Service.

November saw slight fall in property sales

There was a slight fall in Cyprus property sales during November compared to the corresponding month last year according to the latest official figures released by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

EC wants answers to risky citizenships

The European Commission has asked Nicosia whether it would investigate "possible misconduct" in the scandal involving the granting of Cypriot citizenship of 26 high-risk individuals.

New scheme to speed building permits by 2022

A new scheme to simplify and speed up building permits should be fully rolled out by 2022 provided that 18 other actions take place, including amendments to the law and ministerial orders.

Cyprus: buying property

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office has recently updated information for British nationals wanting to buy property in Cyprus; further information be found on the UK.GOV website.

Names of 25 citizenship investors revealed

The names of 25 of the 26 investors from whom Cyprus is in the process of revoking citizenship have been named; nine Russians, eight Cambodians, five Chinese, two Kenyans and one Malaysian.

BoC to repossess non-Estia protected properties

The Bank of Cyprus (BoC) will repossess properties if their owners do not apply for protection under the Estia scheme; it's only received 487 applications from an estimated 2,500 eligible owners.

Online property auctions to combat NPLs

An online auctions platform has been launched designed to increase the sale of mortgaged properties whose owners have defaulted on their loan agreement and before a foreclosure has taken place.

Instability expected in Cyprus real estate sector

Although it's too early to make any conclusions, there are indications that the Cyprus real estate sector may experience significant instability and uncertainty in 2020 according to a PwC report.

Court annuls Alpha Bank Cyprus fine

The Administrative Court has annulled a fine of €250,000 imposed on Alpha Bank Cyprus by the Cyprus Consumer Protection Service (CCPS) in October 2016 for unfair terms in its loan contracts.

Cyprus real estate market review

The PwC Cyprus Real Estate Market review for the 1st half of 2019 reveals that a quarter of all property transactions took place in April, just before stricter criteria were introduced for those applying for citizenship.

Estia scheme falling flat on its face

The Cyprus non-performing loans scheme, Estia, is probably falling flat on its face; applicants need to complete 30 pages with their family income and property details and include 40 to 50 other documents.

Radical justice reforms on the way

The government is determined to introduce radical reforms to the justice system to do away with lengthy delays and restore confidence among quality investors turned-off by the legal labyrinth.

Paphos marina may have cruise ship facilities

The cabinet has given the green light for a study that will look into the possibility of building facilities for cruise ships as part of a proposed Paphos marina at Kissonerga Potima Bay to the north of the town.

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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.