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Nine very good reasons against Moving to Cyprus

Every estate agent and overseas property specialist will be quick to tell you why moving to Cyprus is a great idea. Aphrodite is the only one to tell you it might be a mistake.

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But while the issues highlighted here are very real, and are a source of consternation for many expatriates relocating to the Republic, please also bear in mind that most of our staff have been happily living here for years.

We are by no means saying "Don't Move to Cyprus!" We are merely highlighting some of this E.U. member state's very real issues. Unlike other overseas property agencies, we're not trying to sell you a dream; we're making you aware of the realities brought about by moving to another country.

As previously stated, 'Moving to Cyprus should be an informed decision', and to find out if it's right for you, you need to be in possession of all the facts. And, let's face it, most of our staff live on the island, so the last thing we need is an angry buyer visiting us to complain about not having been given all the facts.

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So, without further ado, here are nine reasons against moving to Aphrodite's Isle

  1. The Slow Pace of Life: Many people leaving the island within a short time of moving to Cyprus complain that nothing ever seems to get done, and that even government officials don’t seem to care.

    It is strangely ironic that the very thing many expatriates come to Cyprus for in the first place, i.e. peace, tranquillity, and a more laid-back lifestyle, should also be the thing which ultimately drives them away again. The Republic is a Mediterranean country with decidedly unhurried Mediterranean ways, so if you’re expecting things to be run with British precision, you may well be in for a bit of a shock.

  2. Low Wages: Unlike Great Britain, where the national minimum wage currently stands at £6.08 per hour, the Republic of Cyprus still functions on a monthly minimum wage.

    What’s more, this monthly minimum wage (€840.00) only applies to certain occupations. A great many British migrants find this out to their detriment after they come here in search of a job in the sun. Take it from us when we say that unless you’re a skilled professional with a sought-after occupation, you’ll find it hard going over here.

  3. A Long Way from Home: Though many people don’t realise it, our little island is quite a long way from home. In fact, depending on wind conditions, it can sometimes take up to 6 hours to get back.

    Unlike Spain, which is only about two and a half hours flying time from Heathrow at its furthest point, a normal flight from Larnaca or Paphos to London Heathrow will take about four and a half hours. Also, the connections between the island and the UK are not as varied as they are with Spain, and unless you’re flying into London, you’re likely to face changes and stop-overs.

  4. Education is Expensive: As we said, educational standards are extremely high in the Republic’s many private English-speaking international schools.

    But then, so are tuition fees, and, especially during the past year, a great many parents have returned to Britain simply because the cost of keeping their children in these schools has exceeded their income in the face of plummeting Sterling/Euro exchange rates.

  5. Summers are Hot: At first this may sound like a plus-point, until you’re told that peak summer temperatures occasionally reach fifty degrees centigrade.

    And with night-time summer temperatures on the island rarely dipping below thirty degrees centigrade, there’s no letting up. This is exactly why God invented air conditioning, something which most properties in Cyprus are thankfully fitted as standard with. Nevertheless, the blistering heat in June, July and August deters a lot of people from moving to Cyprus.

  6. Foreigners are always Wrong: This is our first sticking-point, because no matter how nice the average Cypriot is, if you happen to get into an argument with one you’re likely to face serious bias.

    For instance, if you’re driving in Cyprus, and you get into a fender-bender with a Cypriot, the authorities are likely to blame you (the foreigner) over the local, regardless of who actually caused the accident. There are a number of other manifestations of this across life in Cyprus, but road accidents serve as a good example. Once you’ve been here a while, and you’ve settled into Cypriot society, things begin to balance; until you do, however, it’s best to keep on the right side of people.

  7. No Trading Standards: One problem with Cypriot tradesmen is that many of them aren’t. They may call themselves landscape gardeners, but they’ve never picked up a shovel in their life.

    In short, you have to be careful when contracting a local professional without him or her having been recommended by someone you know. And, following right on from the previous point, if you fall foul of a cowboy who messes up your house or car, the authorities are not likely to see it your way if you lodge a complaint. For this reason it’s always best to use people who come highly recommended by your fellow expatriates.

  8. Not a Nation of Animal Lovers: Another thing many British expatriates find extremely hard to deal with is the fact that by and large Cypriots do not care for their animals the same way we do.

    In fact, many consider dogs and cats to be little more than pests, and even today there are known to be spates of animal poisonings, especially in the Republic’s smaller communities. This of course, is distressing news for pet owners. European legislation is slowly starting to catch up with this situation, and a couple of particularly nasty poisons have now been banned. Nevertheless, in general, the term animal welfare is spelled in pathetically small letters over here.

  9. It's an Earthquake Zone: What can we say? Once in a while Cyprus gets hit by an earthquake. As a result, Cypriot building safety legislation is the second tightest on Earth, after Japan.

    Most overseas property sales website play down this inconvenient little fact, but the Turkish tectonic plate connects with the African one just south of the island, and occasionally things get a little bumpy. Since 2005 the south coast has seen four minor tremors of force 3+ magnitude, proving that the earth does indeed move on the island of love...

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