Cyprus Property News magazine for overseas buyers & real estate investors

Wednesday 30th September 2020

Non-Performing Loans

Cash-rich banks stockpiling real estate

Cash-rich banks are stockpiling properties as they turn to buy real estate linked to mortgages of defaulted borrowers as banking institutions dominate the property market.

Banks to offload €4 billion NPLs

The Bank of Cyprus and the Hellenic Bank will sell non-performing loans (NPLs) worth €4 billion by the end of February enabling them to dispose of more than 10% of their problematic loans.

Estia applicants hit 50% of eligible borrowers

Applications for the Estia programme, which aims to assist home owners with non-performing mortgages by providing government support, have been submitted by more than 50 percent of those eligible.

First auction of foreclosed properties

The first online auction of foreclosed properties will be held Wednesday morning kicking off at 10:00 and continuing for two hours unless a one-hour extension is granted when 16 properties will go under the hammer.

BoC to repossess non-Estia protected properties

The Bank of Cyprus (BoC) will repossess properties if their owners do not apply for protection under the Estia scheme; it's only received 487 applications from an estimated 2,500 eligible owners.

Online property auctions to combat NPLs

An online auctions platform has been launched designed to increase the sale of mortgaged properties whose owners have defaulted on their loan agreement and before a foreclosure has taken place.

ESTIA debt relief scheme failing big time

With only 3% of loan defaulters applying for the government's ESTIA debt relief scheme, economics professor Stavros Zenios from the University of Cyprus, tweeted the scheme is "failing BIG time."

NPLs in Cyprus rise for second month

Non-performing loans (NPLs) rose for a second consecutive month in May amounting to €8.05 billion with non-performing exposures (NPEs) dropping by €11 million to €10.13 billion, or some 30.8% of total loans.

Strategic defaulters and sovereign corruption

The government backed Estia scheme enables those who have deliberately defaulted on their housing loans, i.e. strategic defaulters, to apply for mortgage relief but such flagrant fraud ought to warrant criminal investigation.

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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