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Monday, June 1, 2020

Pavlos Loizou MRICS VRS

Video killed the radio star

Nobody really understands what property valuers do, they don't make 'big bucks' like Chartered Accountants and everyone is usually shouting at them to 'produce' the value that they want.

Betrayed by the fourth estate

The Fourth Estate, typically the independent press or media, has betrayed us all enabling the First and Second estates, the elite, to run unchecked, as he Third became increasingly self-centred.

The unloved nature of foreclosed assets

At the end of Cyprus' 'Minsky Moment' banks will end up being the owners or economic owners of a sway of foreclosed assets ranging from individual plots of land to sizeable commercial assets.

Let’s have coffee, reminisce and moan

Cyprus is at the end of a creative destruction cycle and it's time for businesses and individuals to reinvent themselves, looking at the opportunities that lay ahead rather than reminiscing about how things were.

Cheap as chips or curry and chips?

Cyprus is the curry and chips after a long night at the pub and is lucky to have entered the crisis last and at a point where the US and Western European economies have stabilised from the post 2008 turbulence.

Property Developers: Run Forrest! Run!

If property developers fail to repay their bank loans, then the banks may not have sufficient funds to repay us the money that we deposited with them that they used to finance these loans.

You can’t produce a baby in one month

Warren Buffet's quote "You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant" is an excellent metaphor of what Cyprus needs most; patience. Pavlos Loizou explains.

The importance of property rights

The lack of Title Deeds is important, as it means that property rights are not protected - both for the owner and the financial institution that has granted a loan using a property as collateral.

Investing in real estate debt

Investment in private real estate debt is the acquisition of performing or non-performing real estate loans from private lending institutions or from government sponsored 'bad banks’.

How long is the long-run?

How can the government carry out the necessary reforms if its coalition is weak and its main supporters are those who are most heavily indebted in a country that went bust because of too much debt?

The sniffing has started

Despite pay cuts, rising unemployment, haircuts on bank deposits, the closure of the island's second largest bank, etc. there have been no demonstrations, strikes or union protests; Cyprus is a funny little place.

Valuing real estate in a mispriced market

In light of the current environment in Cyprus, valuers face difficulties and complications when valuing (mainly commercial) real estate due to the lack of sales data and other factors.

Living in denial doesn’t mean forgetting to live

Cypriots are still going round drinking coffee, having dinner with friends, and booking holidays, having a hard time appreciating what has happened - and what will happen in the months ahead.

Limassol property market’s dependence on Russians

The number of real estate transactions for December 2012 was recently announced. Once again the number of transactions was reduced compared with the same month last year (-24%) and 2012 'ended' with an 11% reduction in transaction volume compared with 2011.

Why aren’t prices falling as much as they should?

The short answer to this interesting question is that property prices tend to be "sticky" on the way down as a lower sales price can often be dismissed as being uncharacteristic of the market.

Kill the chicken, eat the eggs, pretend it didn’t happen

Little has been done to resolve the problems that precipitated the crisis in the property sector; many are resisting the need for change and seem intent on making the same mistakes again as if the crisis never happened.

Cyprus real estate: Is PAMELA coming for a visit?

If the Troika's bailout conditions for Cyprus are implemented, what will be the impact on the island's real estate market? Will we achieve PAMELA, the Proper Asset Management of Estates, Loans and other Assets?

Housing loans collateral shortfall

Using publically available data from the Central Bank of Cyprus, Pavlos Loizou MRICS considers the size of the shortfall between the value of housing loans granted by the banks and the market value of their underlying collateral.

With our pants down

Turbulence brings change and with that change come opportunities to improve the Cyprus banking system and the Island's economy. But is society ready for the difficult road ahead and is its leadership up to the required standard?

Papal infallibility in Cypriot companies

Years of meteoric growth in the economy when everything you touched turned to gold lead many Cypriot companies to believe they were infallible and ignore issues such as downside risks.

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