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Monthly Archives: February, 2019

Cyprus’ vulnerabilities remain significant

The European Commission notes that despite the recent improvement, Cyprus' vulnerabilities, which are mostly due to long-lasting stock-imbalances, continue to be significant.

Pissouri landslide: the living hell

As the landslide in Pissouri gains momentum destroying everything in its path more residents are living in hell in the village once described by Gordon Honeycombe as being on 'The Edge of Heaven'.

Compensation for Pissouri homeowners

The Government has finally agreed to pay compensation to residents in Pissouri whose homes have been damaged by the landslide and to undertake a study to see if the area can be stabilised.

Limassol land registry operating like a free-for-all

The situation in the Limassol Land Registry is chaotic with complaints of dodgy practices, bogus claims for travel expenses and overtime pay, co-workers covering for each other, etc.

Fewer new homes in November

Building permits for the construction of 580 new homes in Cyprus were authorised during November 2018; a fall of 11.9 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2017 according to official figures.

Changes to Citizenship scheme approved

Changes to Cyprus' controversial citizenship-by-investment scheme, which has granted 1,864 citizenships and generated €6.6 billion of foreign investment, have been approved by the Cabinet.

Cyprus banks awash with properties

Banks in Cyprus have acquired more than 14,000 properties from households and businesses through foreclosures and debt-to-assets swaps according to a report in the Phileleftheros.

Warnings of further rent rises in Limassol

Further rent rises in Limassol are expected as thousands of construction workers needed to complete numerous projects will require accommodation in or near the city pushing rents up even higher.

Citizenship linked to president’s family ties

Cypriot citizenship has been granted to a Russian billionaire; a former shareholder in a Russian bank whose premises in Limassol were built by a company co-owned by the president's son-in-law.

Trapped buyers still at banks’ mercy

Despite promises made by deputies last November that they intended to resolve the 'trapped buyers' mess by Christmas, it seems that little (if any) progress has been made towards its resolution.

The Property Consultant …or NOT!

The fact that one is simply marketing to sell/rent an apartment, or two, or a few, does not make him a property consultant or expert in the field but merely one who is selling apartments.

Property sales continue to rise (update)

The number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in January 2019 compared to the numbers sold in January 2018 according to official figures published today by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Airbnb-style rental law faces major issue

A bill designed to regulate Airbnb-style short-term property rentals is almost ready to be put to the vote, but one issue has to be resolved; the ease with which owners would be able to rent out apartments.

Bank of Cyprus sells NPLs to APS

The Bank of Cyprus has sold non-performing loans (NPLs) amounting to some €34 million to APS, part of the APS Holdings group, which is also handling the Hellenic Bank’s portfolio of bad debts.

Larnaca high-rise developments planned

Larnaca may soon be joining Limassol, Paphos and Nicosia in the high-rise towers club, providing that the application for a town planning permit is approved by the Larnaca Municipality

Clouds gathering over the Cyprus economy

Risks, driven by world economy deceleration, Brexit as well as Cyprus' domestic challenges are clouding the medium-term outlook of the Cypriot economy, an economic conference has heard.

Citizenship schemes need greater scrutiny

During his visit Cyprus, the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat said that level of scrutiny regarding European citizenship schemes needs to be upped and that, generally speaking, Malta's system was in order.

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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.