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Monthly Archives: July, 2019

Group challenges Limassol high rise towers

The Ipatia Initiative group is taking court action to prevent the construction of the NEO high rise project in Limassol following an independent evaluation of the buildings on their quality of life and the project's environmental impact.

Minister to visit collapsing Pissouri homes

Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides is due to visit Pissouri on Thursday to view the homes being destroyed by a landslide along with the Limassol District Officer, Director of the Geological Survey Department and Community Board members.

MPs say no to foreclosures veto

Cyprus MPs have voted to reject President Nicos Anastasiades' veto on changes to the foreclosures legislation designed to freeze repossessions of primary residences until October.

Foreclosures row could end up in Supreme Court

President Anastasiades could refer the bills amending the foreclosures law to the Supreme Court following the Attorney General's advice that they are unconstitutional if opposition MPs reject his veto.

Chinese investors moving beyond citizenship scheme

Although initially attracted to Cyprus by the 'citizenship by investment' scheme, a banking source has said that we are seeing a decline in one-off buys with east Asian investors now focussing on investments requiring financing.

More work needed on Ayia Napa marina

Although progress with the construction of the Ayia Napa marina is moving ahead as planned, it seems that more time may be needed to complete some of the infrastructure needed for the project.

Moody’s warns foreclosure law bad for banks

Moody’s rating agency has warned that changes to the foreclosure law will lengthen the time it takes for banks to foreclose on properties making it more difficult to reduce their NPLs.

Larnaca marina faces legal challenges

Legal action against the government's decision to award contracts for the Larnaca marina and port to be developed by an Israeli consortium have been filed with the administrative court.

Foreclosure changes may have consequences

The Finance Minister has warned that Cyprus may face consequences over changes to the foreclosure legislation passed by parliament on Friday and has urged President Nicos Anastasiades to veto the bills.

Non-EU citizens residence permits

In 2017, Cyprus granted residence permits to 18,971 non-EU citizens, according to figures published by Eurostat on Monday, with the majority being granted to citizens of India and Russia.

Planning issues the victim has to pay

The amendments to the Trapped Buyers law approved by parliament will hopefully help many more property buyers get their Title Deeds, but planning issues require urgent attention.

Trapped buyers bill changes approved

The revised 'trapped buyers' bill designed to overcome the problems of the current law has been approved unanimously by MPs, but legal services have doubts that constitutional difficulties could not be resolved.

MPs freeze foreclosures despite warnings (update)

Despite MPs being warned that changing the foreclosures legislation would have negative repercussions on the banks and the economy, MPs have voted to change and suspend the legislation.

Massive rise in new home construction

The number of building permits authorised for the construction of new homes in Cyprus during April 2019 was a mere 41 fewer than the total number issued during the first quarter of the year.

House prices up 0.8 per cent in Q1 2019

The Cyprus house price index (HPI) rose by 0.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 and by 4.3 per cent on an annual basis according to a preliminary estimate by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT).

New trapped buyers bill vote tomorrow

A revised 'trapped buyers' bill designed to overcome the problems of the current law, which was introduced in 2015, and enable thousands of trapped buyers to get Title Deeds will be put to a vote tomorrow.

Paphos marina to have cruise ship facilities?

A proposal to look at the possibility of including cruise ship facilities as part of the proposed Paphos marina at Kissonerga Potima Bay was given a positive reception at a meeting earlier today.

Larnaca new high-rise tower projects

In Larnaca, some 20 – 30 high-rise residential developments and hotels ranging from 10 to 30 stories are in the pipeline with construction expected to begin over the coming years.

Cyprus property construction costs

The Cyprus Statistical Service (CySTAT) has just published a report detailing the construction costs of Cyprus property, including houses, apartments, holiday apartments, hotels, etc.

Cyprus NPL ratio second highest in EU

The Cyprus banks have the second highest Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio in the European Union after Greece, according to the European Banking Authority (EBA) 'Risk Dashboard'.

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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.