The number of property sales in Cyprus rose sharply in May 2019 with Paphos and Limassol districts recording the highest number of transactions. And this could be related to the recent implementation of new criteria on the Mediterranean island’s popular citizenship for investment scheme.
Figures released by the Department of Lands and Surveys show that Paphos is leading the way where sales more than doubled compared with the corresponding period last year, while in Limassol sales rose by 94%.
Total property sale contracts in Paphos reached 404 compared with 201 in May 2018. In Limassol, total property sale contracts reached 546 compared with 282 in May 2018. Sales in Larnaca rose by 53% and sales in the capital of Nicosia and in coastal Famagusta rose 39% and 10% respectively.
The overall number of contacts deposited at Land Registry offices in May – compared to the corresponding month last year – was up by 72%. This is the highest number recorded since July 2008.
During the first five months of 2019, the number of sales increased by 34% to reach 4846 compared to 828 in the corresponding period of last year. In percentage terms, sales in Paphos rose 41%, sales in Nicosia rose 36%, sales in Limassol rose 34% and sales in Larnaca and Famagusta rose 28% and 21% respectively.
Limassol saw the highest number of sales (1768), Paphos (1211), Nicosia (868), Larnaca (670) and Famagusta (329). More than half of the transactions were carried out in April and in May.