Property purchase guide
Financing your property purchase
Property financing options in Cyprus include:
- Outright payments
- Mortgages or loans
mymovecyprus financial advisor can help you choose the financing option best suited to you.
Select & Reserve your property
The first stage of purchasing a property entails payment of a reservation fee. A nominal deposit of €2,000 is required to reserve a property with a purchase value under €500,000 and a deposit of €5,000 is required to reserve a property with a purchase value greater than €500,000.
mymovecyprus recommends that clients take independent legal advice from a local lawyer and are able to refer you to a number of reputable lawyers in Cyprus. Lawyer fees are around 1.5% of the property purchase price.
Contract of Sale
The Cypriot legal system is British based. All contracts of sale are private agreements between the vendor and purchaser and must by law, be in writing. To ensure that you understand everything, mymove Cyprus prepares all contracts of sale in English.
Filling your contract of sale with the Land Registry
Once you have signed your contract of sale, your lawyer should file this with the land registry within 60 days. This is termed “Specific Performance” and ensures your beneficial rights to property ownership are legally protected. Once filed, your contract of sale cannot be withdrawn by anyone other than yourself, meaning that your property cannot be leased, sold, transferred or mortgaged without your consent.
This is a one off payment borne by the purchaser and is payable to any Taxation Office of the Republic. Your lawyer can make the payment on your behalf, which is due within 30 days of signing the contract.
|Property Value||Stamp Duty|
|Up to €5,000||0%|
|€5,001 – €170,000||0.15%|
|€170,001 & above||0.20% (with a maximum stamp duty amount of €20,000)|
CYPRUS PROPERTY TRANSFER FEES
Upon transfer of the property and registration in the purchaser’s name, the district Land Registry office will charge transfer fees.
These are based on the market value of the property at the time of purchase and are calculated as follows:
|Up to €85,000||3%|
|€85,000 – €170,000||5%|
There is currently a transfer fee incentive scheme in place until 31st December 2016.
The changes apply to, where the contract is dated and deposited at the Land Registry before this date. Specifically: Applicable between 02.12.2011 and 31.12.16
- For those who pay VAT on their house purchase, property transfer fees are waived.
- For those who do not pay VAT on their purchase, property transfer fees are reduced by 50%.
- Property Transfer Fees become payable after the issuance of title deeds, when the property is transferred to the purchasers name.