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Home sales slump in Israel’s biggest cities, whilst in Limassol, property investors make money

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The number of annual real estate deals has fallen in recent years in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, the Madlan website reports.

A slump in the number of deals in Israel’s big cities and a slump in the luxury housing market and price rises by tens of percentage points in many cities – these were the more outstanding findings in a report of Israel’s real estate market over the past decade by the website Madlan.

Madlan CEO Eitan Singer explains that his company gathers data about the real estate market for a range of sources including deals published by the Israel Tax Authority, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Airbnb apartments in every neighborhood, and more.

Jerusalem losing ground

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population grew 19% over the past decade – but Madlan’s data shows less deals in Israel’s biggest cities.

Jerusalem, Israel’s biggest city, had the largest number of deals but it lagged behind population growth. For example in 2010, Jerusalem’s population was 40% larger than Tel Aviv yet there were 10% more deals in Tel Aviv.

Madlan believes that this was due to the unique characteristics of Jerusalem – a large young population, illegal construction, and the Arab sector where young adults live with their parents until they get married.

In Tel Aviv itself, the number of deals annually has fallen from 6,686 in 2010 to just 3,826 in 2019. Madlan attributes this to the sharp rise rises in the city and new measures that have taken investors out of the market such as reduced financing and higher purchase taxes on second apartments.

Singer said, “In Tel Aviv, we see a fall in the number of deals from the middle of the decade. 2018 was the low-point of the decade in terms of new deals – due to the rise in prices in the city, which greatly reduced the number of potential buyers of new apartments. The capital required to buy an apartment is higher today even in neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv and Jaffa – in fact it has more than double itself in some neighborhoods.

In Haifa too there was a fall in the number of deals from 5,393 in 2010 to 3,525 in 2019.

Read more: en.globes.co.il

Cyprus applied for Schengen Membership in September

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides told the MPs on Monday, November 5, that the government has applied to become part of the Schengen Area earlier in September.

Speaking to the House Committee on Finance, while presenting the proposed budget for 2020, Minister Christodoulides said that the Republic of Cyprus has declared its readiness to become a member of the Schengen Area, and now it is up to the EU to start the evaluation process.

The government has submitted the application for security reasons and we are now expecting the European Union to come and start its evaluation process which is divided in five parts,” Minister Christodoulides said.

Cyprus is one of the four EU but non-Schengen countries, alongside Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia, the three of which have completed the five-stage evaluation process and are now waiting for admission.

The country has been unable to join the Schengen area so far, due to its territorial division, that has followed the events of 1974, when a coup attempt took place in the island country.  It is, however, part of the European Union since May 2004.  In January 2008 Cypriots started using the Euro as the official currency of the country.

After his speech in front of the MPS, Minister Christodoulides was asked by the MP Marinos Sizopoulos regarding the issue of the Golden Visas granted by the Republic of Cyprus. The Golden visa operated by Cyprus is a scheme that permits foreigners who invest a specific amount of money in the country, to obtain citizenship, and an EU passport at the same time, which grants the holder with the right to move through the whole EU and most other countries located in Europe.

In January 2019, the European Commission had presented a report on investor citizenship and residency schemes operated by a number of EU countries, which identified the risks coming from such schemes as money laundering, tax evasion, and corruption.

Among others, the reports highlighted that in the EU, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Malta were the only countries granting investors with citizenship without the obligation of physical residence. It also outlined the steps that must be taken to address these concerns.

In mid-February, the cabinet of the government of Cyprus approved several changes to the golden visa scheme, in accordance to the EU guidelines, including stricter criteria for applicants, background checks by a specialized foreign firm, and immediate rejection of applicants that have already been rejected from any other EU member.

Christodoulides told Sizopoulos that due to this issue Cyprus has asked the EU to proceed with the first part of the Schengen membership application evaluation so that the country could have access to the EU inside information.

That’s how we can have access to EU inside information so as to strengthen the country’s security in relation to people coming over to Cyprus,” Christodoulides said.

Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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Cyprus amongst the happiest countries in Europe!

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Cyprus are amongst the top 50 happiest countries in Europe according to a new index developed by scientists.
The system for judging a nation’s satisfaction is based on official statistics rather than questionnaires answered by some of the population.
Data on a country’s development, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace are measured to build rankings and work out how people can be made happier.
Of 13 countries on which the index was tested, Iceland and Sweden come out on top, with a 76 out of 100 score. Austria places third on 74, and the UK fourth with 69.
Experts hope analysing countries this way could help develop strategies for their countries to improve people’s happiness.
Here is the table:

source: Cyprus Daily


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Cyprus: Growth softens but stays resilient in Q1

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Growth decelerated to 3.4% in year-on-year terms in the first quarter of the year, down somewhat from the previous quarter’s 3.8%.

Outstanding a breakdown by components, the accompanying press release points out that growth was mainly supported by the following sectors: hotels and restaurants, retail and wholesale trade, construction, and manufacturing.

In seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter terms, the economy increased 0.9% in the first quarter, matching Q4’s expansion.

More detailed national accounts data will be released on 7 June.

Growth is expected to moderate this year, as debt repayment restrains consumer spending, although should remain solid nonetheless. Particularly, healthy wage and job gains should cushion the slowdown, while buoyant construction activity will fuel a strong rebound in fixed investment. Downside risks to the outlook include a disorderly Brexit, a banking system burdened by non-performing loans and large stocks of private and public debt.
FocusEconomics panelists expect GDP to increase 3.1% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 2.6% in 2020.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Ο Αναπληρωτής Πρόεδρος του Παγκύπριου Συνδέσμου Επαγγελματιών Ανάπτυξης Γης μιλούσε στο συνέδριο Economist New York.

Στην αγορά ακινήτων της Κύπρου αναφέρθηκε από το βήμα του συνεδρίου του Economist στη Νέα Υόρκη, ο διευθυντής του ομίλου Imperio Γιάννης Μισιρλής, τονίζοντας πως βρίσκεται σε στάδιο ανάκαμψης, μετά την κρίση του 2013 και πως με τους σημερινούς σταθερούς οικονομικούς δείκτες της οικονομίας αλλά και τα θετικά ιστορικά δεδομένα, η αγορά ακινήτων της χώρας στηρίζεται, αυτήν την στιγμή, σε πολύ σταθερά και υγιή θεμέλια.

Αναφερόμενος στους φόβους μιας νέας ύφεσης σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα, ο κύριος Μισιρλής, δήλωσε πως οι μηδενικές αποδόσεις των ευρωπαϊκών κυβερνητικών ομολόγων, όπως της Γερμανίας, και η αβεβαιότητα του Brexit οδηγούν τους λιγότερο ριψοκίνδυνους επενδυτές να επενδύουν σε ακίνητα μίας από τις ταχύτερα αναπτυσσόμενες οικονομίες της Ευρώπης, η οποία αυτήν τη στιγμή, βλέπει τους περισσότερους δείκτες της αγοράς στο πράσινο.

«Το κανονικό μέγεθος της αγοράς κατά τη δεκαετία που προηγήθηκε της παγκόσμιας χρηματοπιστωτικής κρίσης (1999-2007) ήταν 13,000 ετήσιες συναλλαγές. Έτσι, υπάρχει πολύς δρόμος ακόμα από τις 9,200 συναλλαγές που έγιναν πέρυσι.», σημείωσε χαρακτηριστικά ο διευθυντής της Imperio, συμπληρώνοντας, παράλληλα, πως οι θεμελιώδεις αρχές και οι δυνάμεις της αγοράς δημιούργησαν μερικές πολύ συναρπαστικές ευκαιρίες στην αγορά ακινήτων που προορίζονται για ενοικίαση.

Επίσης, ο κύριος Μισιρλής, στάθηκε στο γεγονός πως τα έργα που σχετίζονται με τον τουρισμό και τις φοιτητικές εστίες βλέπουν μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον από διεθνείς και θεσμικούς επενδυτές. Τέλος, ο Αναπληρωτής Πρόεδρος του Παγκύπριου Συνδέσμου Επαγγελματιών Ανάπτυξης Γης, κύριος Μισιρλής, εξέφρασε τη βεβαιότητά του πως το Brexit δημιουργεί μια σειρά ευκαιριών, κυρίως οδηγώντας διεθνείς επενδυτές ακινήτων μακριά από το Λονδίνο και περισσότερο προς στην Κύπρο.

Source: Kathimerini

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Barbican Heights is an ideal home for those who enjoy the finer things in life, and for buyers seeking a promising property for investment in a desirable location.

The development’s contemporary design combines refined architecture and materials of exceptional quality to deliver homes that balance sophisticated style with everyday functionality, all enhanced with amazing panoramic views of Limassol and the Mediterranean Sea.

Set in a beautiful environment, Barbican Heights comprises 20 three-bedroom apartments with large covered and uncovered verandas overlooking the landscaped gardens and communal swimming pool. By capturing a distinct dimension of luxury rarely associated with city life, Barbican Heights is destined to be a residential development that offers its owners the best of urban living in Limassol.

Occupancy: 03/2021

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Levante Residences establishes the standard for luxury living with its striking interiors, fitting location and impressive communal services. Being located within walking distance of the Mediterranean Sea, Levante Residences finds itself conveniently located nearby a wide range of amenities such as coffee shops, luxury boutique stores, gourmet restaurants and sandy beaches.

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Limassol has been placed in the top 100 cities worldwide in Mercer’s quality of living rankings for 2019.

Mercer’s, the world’s largest human resources consulting firm, ranked Limassol 86th of 231 cities in its annual report.

In first place is Vienna, followed by Zurich. Vancouver, Munich and Auckland share the third spot. The rest of the top ten are European cities: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Geneva and Basel.

The ranking indicates differences in quality of living factors affecting expatriates in popular assignment destinations.

The bases of the quality of living ranking is ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for expatriate employees and their families.

“Factors such as climate, disease and sanitation standards, ease of communications, and physical remoteness can often affect the success of a foreign assignment. Moreover, the local political and social environment, political violence, and crime may give rise to potentially uncomfortable, inconvenient, or even dangerous situations,” the company explained.

The survey is used by companies to calculate compensation for employees who are sent to locations away from home.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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Steady recovery in the Cyprus real estate market is expected in 2018, with demand expected to continue progressively, according to several market experts, as published in a recent news article from InBusinessNews, a leading news portal of Cyprus.

2017 was noted as a very good year, during which the recovery of the economy of Cyprus had a definite impact on the real estate sales volume. The sales volume of the year demonstrated a clear recovery of the real-estate market, and a very similar trend should be expected to take place in the New Year, as the economy expands further.

As InBusinessNews reports, the Vice-Chairman of LBDA (National Land and Building Developers Association), Mr Yiannis Misirlis, commented that a sharp change of prices in 2018 is not expected, nor desirable. “Prices were in decline until a couple of years ago, then stabilised, and 2017 was the first year which saw marginal growth. We should expect further marginal growth for the New Year. Therefore, capital appreciations in the region of 3-4 per cent coupled with rental yields, which are currently at 4-5 per cent for residential units, means that traditional core strategies are starting to see increasing investment yields.”

Commenting on any notable moments in 2017, Mr Misirlis remembered the September meeting of LBDA with Troika (the tripartite committee led by the European Commission with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, that supervised the Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus) during which Troika recognised the healthy recovery of the property sector taking place. As Mr Misirlis said, “the Cyprus real estate sector is entering a stabilization path, away from the dangerous moves and the extreme lending that prevailed in the past.”

In a private discussion, Mr Misirlis also commented on the “vertical growth” of Limassol, as a result of the construction of a number of high-rise buildings. “The lure of building skyscrapers is rising as developers and the Government see the benefits they bring to businesses, citizens, tenants, and the city’s profile. This is putting supertall buildings on the development agenda, propelled by economic expansion, and the desire to maximise land value.”

“We expect these stand-out structures to be increasingly command a rental and valuation premium”, Mr Misirlis adds.

While construction costs of high-rises can be high due to issues such as overcoming wind forces and ensuring energy efficiency, the gain can be worth it. “These ‘vertical communities’ not only generate investment opportunities, but also create value for the surrounding areas, helping lure crowds, drive sales and rental prices”, concludes Mr Misirlis.