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Homes In Cyprus Secrets

Jan 12, 2008
The transfer of the title can be effective once the Council of Ministers' permission is obtained along with confirmation of receipt of the foreign funds. Upon transfer and registration in the purchasers name the district Land Registry Office will charge transfer fees which are based on the market value of the property at the time of purchase - as follows: Value up to CY50,000 - 3% CY50,001 - CY100,000 - 5% CY100,000+ - 8%

The annual immovable property tax imposed by the government is approximately CY60-120 per year. The municipal authorities also levy an annual property tax of CY20-30 per year and other authorities may also require CY20-40 sewage tax. Common expenses are usually paid monthly or quarterly in advance. They vary from development to development and depend on the area and type of property.They cover an owner's share of the cost of cleaning and maintaining common areas and gardens, swimming pool expenses, electricity in common areas, management fees, rubbish collection and repairs. The estimated total is in the region of CY150 to CY300 per year.

Charges for utilities are payable to the respective authorities at regular intervals throughout the year. They are based strictly on the consumption of each unit. While the cost will vary, approximately CY180 per year can be considered a rough guide.

The relatively low cost of living in Cyprus has an added appeal for the potential buyer, offering a full and inexpensive lifestyle. Recent statistics pointed to Cyprus as one of the most inexpensive countries in Europe. The local markets flaunt a wealth of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, and Cyprus' modern supermarkets are fully stocked with a large range of local and imported goods. The local population is Greek speaking. Cyprus was once a British colony resulting in over 80% of the population speaking English. Street signs, direction signs, and shop signs are written in English. Knowledge of German, French, Russian is increasing with the Island tourist trade.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and for thousands of years a trading centre due to its location within Europe connecting Africa and Asia. A leading holiday destination, due to its excellent climate with very warm, dry summers and mild winters with a wide variety of natural beauty, famous historical sights, rich culture, and above all, friendly and welcoming inhabitants, which combine to offer a safe environment for residence and investments.
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