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Marginal rise in property sales

September saw a small rise in Cyprus property sales compared to the corresponding month last year according to the latest figures released by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Marginal rise in Cyprus property sales SEPTEMBER saw a small rise of 1% in property sales compared to September 2018 according to official figures published by the Department of Lands and Surveys, with the total number of contracts deposited reaching 692.

Although property sales in Nicosia and Paphos rose by 16% and 14% respectively, they fell by of 16% in Larnaca, 11% in Famagusta and 4% Limassol.

Total Property Sale Contracts – 2018/2019 Comparison

DistrictYearJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nicosia20181469612611715314617691118145161131
2019161194131169213145174103137
Famagusta2018485240527961615045574748
2019534845968743493040
Larnaca2018112991168311313311294121116143103
201911412511814017310215793102
Limassol2018225256314246282338314262251289344290
2019251256287428546219286196240
Paphos2018164163172157201180233156152204230230
2019187211185224404205230166173
Totals2018695666768655828858896653687811925800
201976683476610571423714896588662

Property sales – year to date

During the first nine months of 2019, the number of sales has risen by 15% to reach 7,736 compared to 6,706 in the corresponding period last year.

In percentage terms, Paphos led the way with sales rising 26% to reach 1,985 compared with 1,578 in the first nine months of last year. The capital, Nicosia saw a 22% rise with sales reaching 1,427. Larnaca came next with sales up 22%.

Meanwhile Sales in Limassol and Famagusta rose by 9% and 1% respectively.

have risen by 27% and sales in Nicosia have risen by 23%. Meanwhile sales in sales in Larnaca have risen 19%, sales in Limassol have risen 10% and sales in Famagusta have risen by 2%. However, in terms of the total number of sales Limassol leads the way with 2,273 with Paphos in second place with 1,812 sales.

But the steady increase in property sales, which culminated in a massive 72% increase in May (the largest number sold in a single month since July 2008), seems to have run out of steam.

Total sales in June, July, August and September have fallen 7% compared to the same period last year. This fall could be due to more stringent conditions imposed on non-EU citizens seeking Cypriot citizenship under the revised Cyprus Investment Programme, which came into effect on 1st August. Time will tell.

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  • Deanna says:

    @ Ed; thanks for your reply and look forward to the new statistics when you publish them.
    Dee

  • Deanna says:

    It would appear that the stats on property sales have been forever violated by ‘golden visa’ purchases and are. therefore meaningless.

    The info from the two different types of sale should be offered to the public separately; but we know that will never happen…

    Ed: Hopefully foreign sales will be available next week and I can report sales to EU nationals and non-EU nationals + local sales and see how they’re trending.

    As for citizenships, the number granted has been capped at 700/annum.

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