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constructionCyprus anticipates property market recovery

EU Troika anticipates property market recovery

INTERNATIONAL lenders believe that the Cyprus property market will pick up in 2014, according to the chairman of the Cyprus Land and Building Developers Association (LBDA) Pantelis Leptos

The association met with Troika technocrats yesterday to present their estimations regarding the course of the real estate market and the problems faced. “What the Troika agrees upon is that if we want to restart the economy, the real estate sector must be supported. Cyprus anticipates property market recovery

They see an important improvement of the situation in 2014 in terms of real estate,” Leptos said after the meeting. Commenting on the Troika’s optimistic prediction, Leptos noted that there have been new investments from abroad worth €500 million over the last year. “These are fresh investments and money that the economy needed and the Troika acknowledges that these investments were made at the most difficult point in the last decades.

So these are positive things and there is more that we can do,” he added. The chairman of the association also noted that “Pimco has miscalculated real estate prices in its predictions and the Troika agrees that we will not see such predictions verified in Cyprus”.

This view is also shared by the chairman of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Lakis Tofarides who refuted Pimco’s bank stress test estimations and pointed out that such price reductions would only become a reality in the case of mass property repossessions. “I do not expect that there will be mass repossessions tomorrow. “I do not expect this because it would bring destruction to the banking sector itself and by extension the country’s economy,” Tofarides said.

However, FIABCI chairman noted that property prices have reached their lowest point taking into consideration the development cost of a new home compared to those sold.

Real estate sales have been reduced by 60% while sales to foreigners have reached more than €500m giving rise to Cyprus anticipates property market recovery

Leptos outlined the association’s suggestions to help kick-start the sector including the abolition of transfer fees, reduction of capital gains tax in case of reinvestment, reduction of bureaucracy and speeding up the issuance of title deeds.

With regard to repossessions, he said that since Cyprus is in an emergency situation, people should not be expected to live up to their obligations as normal, noting that “adequate time should be allowed to allow the Cypriot economy to return to normalcy”.

So is 2014 the year that Cyprus anticipates property market recovery we think so as enquiries are picking up this year with January being a strong month and it seems to be continuing.

Reproduced with Kind permission of Cyprus property news

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL lenders believe that the property market will pick up in 2014, according to the chairman of the Cyprus Land and Building Developers Association (LBDA) Pantelis Leptos

 

Read more at: http://www.news.cyprus-property-buyers.com/2014/02/06/property-market-recovery/id=0016790
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INTERNATIONAL lenders believe that the property market will pick up in 2014, according to the chairman of the Cyprus Land and Building Developers Association (LBDA) Pantelis Leptos

 

Read more at: http://www.news.cyprus-property-buyers.com/2014/02/06/property-market-recovery/id=0016790
Copyright © Cyprus Property News

INTERNATIONAL lenders believe that the property market will pick up in 2014, according to the chairman of the Cyprus Land and Building Developers Association (LBDA) Pantelis Leptos

 

Read more at: http://www.news.cyprus-property-buyers.com/2014/02/06/property-market-recovery/id=0016790
Copyright © Cyprus Property News

Troika anticipates property market recovery

 

Read more at: http://www.news.cyprus-property-buyers.com/2014/02/06/property-market-recovery/id=0016790
Copyright © Cyprus Property News

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Air passenger rights: legal certainty on responsibility and rights

Air passenger rights: legal certainty on responsibility and rights

A report adopted today by the European Parliament updates common rules for compensation for air passengers when facing long delays or cancellations of flights. It also relaxes rules on carry-on baggage, allows passengers to use the return part of their ticket even if they did not use the outward leg of the journey and establishes legal certainty for airlines on when exceptional circumstances apply that are genuinely beyond their control.

“Finally passengers will no longer have to adjust their travel arrangements or be surprised by extra-charges due to specific airline companies’ conditions when boarding. The same set of rules will apply to everyone”, said ALDE spokesperson on the dossier Vilja SAVISAAR-TOOMAST (Estonian Reform Party, Estonia). This revision provides that a passenger is now entitled to take on the plane, free of charge, essential personal items or belongings such as coats and handbags, including duty free airport shopping, in addition to the prescribed maximum cabin baggage allowance. There are also facilitating provisions regarding musical instruments, laptop computers as well as essential items for persons with disability or medical conditions.

Moreover, continued Mrs Savisaar-Toomast: “There will be no more surprises on the ticket’s price. The price published must reflect the final price consumers actually pay“. In this respect these new rules give a clear definition of ‘ticket price’ which, among others, requires a clear indication of possible extra charges when, for instance, paying by credit card, checking-in luggage or reserving a seat.

Concerning the no-show policy, we ensured that a passenger will not be denied boarding a return journey in case the outward journey was missed“, she concluded.

Also clear thresholds in term of compensations, accommodation and reimbursement have been set which are more generous than in the past but still providing an incentive to airlines to offer a good service to their customers.

Note to editors:
Compensation: Counting from the official time of landing and based on the distance of the journey there are three types of compensation payable after delays exceeding:
• three hours for flights of up to 3500 km (300€ compensation),
• five hours for flights up to 6000 km (400 €) or
• seven hours for flights of over 6000 km (600€).
Accommodation and reimbursement: the compromise increases the maximum number of nights from three to five and fixes compensation for one night hotel accommodation for stranded passengers from 100 to 125 euros.
Rerouting: Air carriers have the obligation to propose rerouting via any mode of transport in time to arrive within eight hours of the scheduled arrival time instead of the 12 as proposed by the Commission.

Air passenger rights: legal certainty on responsibility and rights

 

Courtesy Alde Press

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