You could say this is writing for the record, for the North Cyprus history books. It will certainly be documented elsewhere but we felt it necessary, for our own memories, to write about the period in time where life stood still for the world. North Cyprus will not get much attention for its efforts to defeat Covid-19 on the world stage, so we will shout about it here!
We keep saying this it seems, in most of our activity articles here on Essential Cyprus, that there are many ways to see and appreciate North Cyprus – this one is just another fantastic way of doing so! If you have ever been on holiday in a coastal location in Turkey, then you may already understand the concept of taking a boat trip here too.
If there is one thing that all of us suffer from, when looking at property to buy in North Cyprus, it is the mind-boggling amount of property on the market! It can be a real time-consuming project, sifting through pages and pages of property choices, in all sorts of places, shapes, and sizes.
ZAYDER, translating to Olive Tree Education and Assistance Association, is an exceptionally important charity operating in North Cyprus. The reason, in our opinion, for its importance, is because it operates with such a varied remit. Anyone in need and living in North Cyprus, can receive assistance of some kind, depending on their needs.
Maraş/Marash or Varosha, is a well-known area to all who live in Northern and Southern Cyprus, and one which is used often as an example of what still remains a huge bone of contention for the divided island.
Well and truly gone are the days where the only opportunity to finance a property in North Cyprus was with pure cash. The market years ago was very much a cash buyers dream, but these days people are now finding that they can obtain a mortgage in North Cyprus, to help finance their property purchase.
Research would actually suggest that in recent years at least half of those buying homes in North Cyprus prefer to pay in installments or look for alternative financing for their property purchase. This then may well be why we have seen more banks and finance institutions opening up options to those looking for finance in North Cyprus. Both local and international banks seems to be in the picture here too, in being able to offer local and overseas North Cyprus property buyers, various options.
As of today, you have various options to buy a home in North Cyprus, whether it be one under construction, a brand new ready property or one that has been preowned:
Under Construction – Financing in the form of interest-free stage payments throughout the build process (which can be extended once completed too)
Brand New / Key Ready – Developer loan financing and bank mortgages
Pre Owned – Cash and bank mortgage
So, if you do need some finance to make up a shortfall when looking to make an investment in property, then it may not be as difficult or time consuming as you may think. Of course, many North Cyprus property developers also offer payment plans and loans, where you can pay in installments across the life of the construction. But, if you are looking to buy an already finished property, that seems too good an opportunity to pass you by, then you can look at external financing, which often offer lower interest rates then financing from a developer.
Since 2018 North Cyprus banks have been able to offer low interest mortgages for up to 50% of the property price. This is on key ready/resale apartments and villas with their own title deed. Obviously any mortgage is dependent on the financial status of the buyer. Applying for a mortgage is releatively easy in reality, with some of the usual form filling, requiring proof of income etc., and then waiting for the go ahead, which in general takes up to around 3 months.
Banks will charge a fee for a mortgage application, much like they do in the UK, with an estimated cost of around £600 made by most banks in North Cyprus. The interest rates at the time of writing are 6.45%, whereas developers can charge around 7%, so it is worth looking at both scenarios and at the pros and cons of both options, should you have the benefit of a choice on the property you wish to buy.
Again the benefits of stage payments for a property under construction would be that each stage payment is interest-free (with some developers extending the payments for an additional period after the property build is complete, if necessary), developer financing tends to be at a higher interest rate, and banks having a limited time period of up to around 10 years maximum. It should also be noted that payment holidays or interest-free payment periods with North Cyprus banks are not an option. An added benefit of taking out developer financing is that it is usually ‘non-status’, meaning that you do not have to have to provide documentation to prove your financial status.
Another positive with mostly all these payment options is that you are free to sell the property before the end of the payment terms if you need to, you can pay off the loan early should you wish and with most bank mortgages, you are able to rent out your North Cyprus property too (some require notice that you intend to do that).
So, there you have, a brief rundown of financing options for buying your home in North Cyprus! If you need any help, advice, or just need pointing in the right direction then feel free to send us a message!
When researching this article, it immediately became apparent that olives are pretty sophisticated and versatile! Known as ‘Black Gold’, the obvious use is of course in cooking and salad dressings, but they are also used for medical (for their high Vitamin E content), medicinal and cosmetic purposes and in lubricants too! Some swear that by drinking a small glass every morning with breakfast will keep you lean and supple, some use it as a skim balm after bathing or after spending a long period in the sun.