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Buying a Home in Cyprus
A Practical Guide to Successful Real Estate Purchase - Top Tips Supplement

Try before you buy
Some people find out too late that Cyprus is not the place for them. They
find it too difficult to settle in a foreign country and earn their living or
discover that family ties are too great. Others buy property in haste and
later regret their decision.
Many try to sell up after a year or two and return to the UK, while others
move to somewhere on the island more to their liking.
If you're planning to live in Cyprus permanently I strongly recommend that
you rent somewhere for at least six months, preferably a year, before
committing yourself. This will give you time to find out whether you'll be
happy living in Cyprus. Talk to other expatriates who live here about their
experiences, find out the true cost of living for yourself, see how lively (or
not) the popular tourist destinations are out of season, and look around the
island to find your ideal place to live.
There are many properties for rent in Cyprus; the longer the rental term
the better deal you’ll be able to get. If you’re thinking about buying in
one of the resort areas, rent outside the main tourist season. This will give
you the opportunity to experience what living there’s like at the quiet
time of the year when there are fewer people about and some of the local
facilities are closed for the winter.
But don’t rush into renting the first property you see. Stay in a hotel or rent
a holiday apartment for a few weeks to allow yourself enough time to have
a good look around and find something that you really like.
Renting greatly reduces your chances of making a purchase that you may
later regret.
© Nigel Howarth
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