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Reports written by Pavlos Loizou MRICS VRS

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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