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

Around 1996 I joined an on-line Cyprus property discussion forum and
was soon answering questions from people who had run into problems
with their purchase and were seeking advice. I was so shocked hear their
stories - some had lost tens of thousands of pounds, others had suffered
nervous breakdowns and other health problems, the stress had led to a
number personal tragedies.
Virtually all of their problems could have been avoided if they'd taken proper
independent advice before they bought; I decided to do something about it.
I joined other Internet groups, I set up Cyprus Property Buyers, I became
the Daily Telegraph’s Mentor for Cyprus and I wrote to the newspapers
lobbying for change - and I wrote my buying guide; I started to get noticed:
Rosie Charalambous from the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation
(Cyprus' equivalent of the BBC) invited me on her program for a round-
table discussion with Rikkos Erotokritou (the MP for Limassol), George
Coucounis (a prominent lawyer and legal consultant), and Lakis
Tofarides (Chairman of the Cyprus Land and Building Developers
Association) on the thorny issue of Title Deeds. After the program, many
people phoned the station asking that I be given a program where they
could phone in and ask me questions - and I was back in the studio a few
weeks later.
A UK TV company got to hear of me and property guru Melissa Porter
and her team interviewed me for a TV program they were making about
buying property and living in Cyprus. Shortly after, a second TV company
got in touch and I did an interview with them.
By chance, a fellow member of my Rotary Club mentioned that she went
to school with Markos Kyprianou, the (then) EU Commissioner for
Health and Consumer protection. I managed to have a few words with the
Commissioner when he spoke at one of our Rotary meetings - and passed
him a letter outlining the problems and issues buyers were experiencing.
© Nigel Howarth
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