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Purchasing real estate in Cyprus

Key tips and insights for property buyers

Cyprus is an appealing choice for property investors for several reasons. It has a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, coupled with an outstanding quality of life, robust economy, favourable tax incentives, and high value investment projects in multiple sectors.

The process of purchasing real estate on the island, while relatively uncomplicated, does come with legal requirements and other practical considerations to bear in mind.

Understanding of the market

A vital first step is to familiarise yourself with the Cyprus real estate market. Research various locations, property types, and market trends to gain insight into potential investment opportunities. Factors like location, property size, amenities, and proximity to essential services can significantly impact property prices.

Seek professional advice

Engage the services of a reputable property developer as you navigate the Cyprus property market. Our sales advisors can help you identify suitable properties based on your preference and budget. We can also arrange the viewing of those properties and location visits to give you a firsthand experience of the area you’re interested in purchasing. 


Additionally, consider retaining the services of a legal advisor which, whilst not obligatory, is however advisable. They will ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and contractual obligations related to property acquisition. This includes:


• submitting all necessary documentation to the Cyprus Land Registry


• ensuring the settlement of any applicable taxes and fees, such as property transfer tax and stamp duty, which may arise during the transaction.


If you choose not to hire a lawyer, A. Fereos can handle these tasks for a fee.

The purchasing process

Once you’ve selected your property, the purchasing process begins as follows:


• Stage 1: The initial step typically involves the signing of a Reservation Agreement and the payment of a deposit. During this stage, the final purchase price and any associated terms are settled upon.


• Stage 2: Subsequently, a lawyer is assigned to conduct thorough legal due diligence. This involves verifying the property’s title deeds, land registry records, and any existing encumbrances or liabilities. Additionally, they will make certain that the property complies with zoning regulations and building permits. 


• Stage 3: Once terms are agreed upon in writing, a contract of sale is prepared and signed. Upon signature by all relevant parties and submission of a downpayment, the contract is stamped and forwarded to the Land Registry department within a period of 180 days to confirm your ownership.

Completion of sale

In the event you have bought off-plan or if the property is still in a specific stage of development, you will receive ongoing updates on its progress until construction is complete.

Post-purchase considerations

Once you have acquired your property, there are several post-purchase considerations to address. This may include arranging property insurance, setting up utility services, and familiarising yourself with local regulations and community amenities. Additionally, if you intend to generate rental income from your property, explore opportunities for property management services to oversee maintenance and tenant relations.