Foreign Property Buyers increase by 34% in August
The number of foreign property buyers rose 34% in August to 75 compared with the respective month of 2016, the Department of Lands and Surveys said.
The number of non-Cypriots who acquired real property in Cyprus, incentivised by government schemes offering investors a Cypriot passport or a visa depending on the value of the investment, rose in the first eight months of the year an annual 4.2% to 618, the department said.
According to reports in Britain’s The Guardian on Sunday 17 September, Cyprus extended more than 400 passports to investors as part of the government’s citizenship-by-investment scheme which allows investors to get a Cypriot passport by investing €2m in Cyprus or previously €2.5m.
According to sources, since the inception of the scheme in the months following the 2013 banking and fiscal crisis, the scheme triggered almost €5bn in investment in the economy, including €0.5bn in government bonds which are no longer an eligible option in the latest version of the scheme updated a year ago, €0.5m in deposits, also no longer eligible, and €0.7bn in company acquisitions, while the bulk of the remaining amount went into real estate. The number of persons who benefited from this scheme and a similar scheme introduced by the government under former President Mr. Demetris Christofias exceeds 1,200.
The report said that beneficiaries of the scheme, who can liquidate their investment at a later stage, excluding a residence worth at least €500,000, include Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs implicated with corruption.
The overall number of properties that changed owners in August rose by 27% to 572 and by 20% to 4,921 in January to August, the Cyprus Business Mail reports.
Source: Gold News
More information about the Cyprus Citizenship-by-Investment Program is available here.
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