Real Estate | Cyprus
The real estate market in Cyprus saw an increase in property demand from 2004–2008, which led to developers increasing supply to meet the demand. However, due to the global financial downturn, the demand for real estate dropped, leaving many completed properties available in 2009. Without demand, the prices reduced significantly. However, from 2016 there has been a constant increase in demand and the number of transactions taking place across the island. Such an increase has helped prices to stabilize and has started showing annual increases.
Holding period of real estate: Necessary to maintain and renew residence permit.
Minimum real estate investment: EUR 300,000
Type of ownership: Sole, shared, freehold, company or trust
Rental income opportunity: 3–5%
The main element of a healthy Cyprus real estate market has always been residential property and, specifically, within the luxury segment, second homes.
The property options in Cyprus that offer buyers the highest value for money include:
The areas in highest demand provide lifestyle aspects (that is, beaches) and infrastructure, which are areas such as Ayia Napa, Limassol, and Pafos
Integrated master planned communities
These areas usually have a casino, golf course, or community at their core, offering properties that cater to all types of owners and include locals, new residents, second-home owners, and vacationers
The price per m2 for properties of this nature is generally between EUR 10,000 and EUR 22,000, depending on the location and building specifications. A good figure to maintain is around EUR 10,000, as you can be comfortable knowing that there is room for appreciation.
Most foreign buyers purchase properties in the above mentioned classifications, as opposed to purchasing a property in the capital city.