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  1. Sorry to be blunt, but this sounds very fishy to me. I don't believe he is a dentist. If he were serious and you've been talking for a month, he would have given you more personal information. I would re-evaluate your trust in this person.
    3 points
  2. It's not a problem. Just ask for paket (pah-keht). They'll wrap it up for you to take with you. I also do this often, and every restaurant I've been to in Turkey offers the option. Turkey also has a food delivery website that is excellent. It's at www.yemeksepeti.com. You set up your account with your address (it's also a good idea to provide some instructions, in Turkish, on how to get there). Once you're set up it's easy to order food to be delivered to your door. You'll have to be in Turkey to set up your account first, and also access it from Turkey so you can see what restaurants and food is available.
    3 points
  3. Updates on Rent (sorry, in Turkish) : https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/finans/haber/kiraya-tüfe-üzeri-zam-yapılabilir-mi/ar-AANjDO3?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBpmdUa https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/finans/haber/kira-fiyatlarıyla-ilgili-son-dakika-zam-açıklaması-ev-sahibi-ve-kiracıları-yakından-ilgilendiriyor/ar-AANji4m?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBplW3i
    3 points
  4. Finally, i am going to be vaccinated today with Biontech.
    3 points
  5. Hana,if she's already been rejected she can't make another application for an RP of the same status [i assume hers was a touristic application] anywhere in Turkey for a minimum of 6 months. Also has her tourist visa time of 30 or 90 days expired?. If so again she can't apply with expired visa time. as she's here illegally. Thirdly choosing Istanbul is the worst city she could apply in,they refuse as many as they accept especially those holding non EU or non mainstream passports.
    3 points
  6. Good point, Fada. I'm very grateful to the people working on getting this pandemic under control, especially to those who developed these vaccines. And most of all to the healthcare workers who risk their lives treating the victims of the virus. When I think about that, I can't possibly consider wearing a mask and following the other rules as an inconvenience.
    3 points
  7. Depends how important to you the various criteria are. Nobody else can answer that for you, it's your money and your decision.
    3 points
  8. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu spoke yesterday (16/04/2021) at the Evaluation Meeting for Combating the Coronavirus Outbreak. A warning to expats in Turkey, if you try to deceive the authorities during curfew hours by showing your foreign passport pretending to be a tourist, your residence permit or Turkish citizenship will be cancelled if caught. https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/son-dakika-bakan-soylu-acik-acik-uyardi-bunu-kim-yaparsa-ikametini-iptal-ederim-acimam-41790643?fbclid=IwAR31jWGMh4fC7I0_WH1WwcInpVW_JHI-SdJ4EOgN3H_tCELLV2oByABRhNc
    3 points
  9. Hey, As for someone who is a foreigner and has total 3 apartments in Istanbul almost an investment of over 600.000 TL in good times when lira was expensive I can give some advice. 1. Try to buy 2 properties rather than 3. If you can find 1 in a good area near transportation (metrobus etc) would be better. The more units you buy, the more it will be hassle for you to manage it. It is not very easy to find renters who live long-term. Usually renters live short term 3-6 months and move away. This is going to be a problem for you if you buy 3 properties and if yourself prefer to live in India and manage properties online; It would be more practice to stick with 1 property and manage it. 2. According to my experience; maximum rental income you could get from a house is 0.5% per month of your total investment. This if you furnish it and if house is in good neighbourhood near to transportation. So you could calculate it according to your standards in India. If you can earn same from India; It's better to invest there specially if you are not willing to relocate to Turkey for long term living. 3. Use sahibindeen for good house listings and then visit yourself to Turkey and finalize the deal. Most dealers are good; few are shaddy. I have dealt with real estate agents knowing very little Turkish and I managed. 4. I never used or hired a lawyer nor translator. Maybe I was lucky to encounter good people. If this post is active and you still looking for investment; I would be happy to consult you through this post and my experience. Thank you.
    3 points
  10. Meral

    Engagement Customs

    Hi Ali, welcome to the forum. I'm guessing you are also from a Turkish family? It's never easy living with 2 different cultures -- one rather stricter than the other. And it also depends on exactly how strict the parents are. In Turkey the relationship is normally strictly monitored by the girl's parents if they are traditional.. the idea being no hanky-panky before marriage! Vacations or trips with friends -- depends on the parents. If they already approved your engagement, you can ask them! Good luck!
    3 points
  11. I agree with Mimi, it almost sounds like he has cut you off, for whatever reason. If he has your contact details he would have contacted you, if he had wanted. Might be a good idea to forget him...
    2 points
  12. Your residence permit will be sent by registered mail, so the postal person will ring your doorbell and have you sign for it. They are not supposed to leave it there or give it to anybody else. As for mail, we have mailboxes in our building but the security is terrible. So I went to the post office and opened a post office box (posta kutusu). It only costs me like 20 TL per year. That way I know my mail is secure and not left in the lobby. But I have to go to the post office and check my mail regularly. Another issue is that you can't receive packages from cargo carriers like DHL or FedEx at a post office box. Only mail send through a government official mail system.
    2 points
  13. Ninna2021

    Resident renewal

    Hello just to update information… Today I had randevu.. No interview, just give paper on desk. I applied for me and mom for 2y, and son 1 year and 2 months. I gave: Application form, 2 photos, sigorta, rent contract, copy of passport and copy of kimlik. And freiend gave me taahhuname, so for him also I gave copy of kimlik, that he’s not married and that no have criminal record. After they check everything they say that I go to pay in Vezane and paid and go back gave papers. Officer gave me teblig ve tebellug belegst, and say go home and wait kimlik will come maybe 7 days maybe 1 month.. max 3 months. So I hope that’s it it’s now possible, that they not give me? Officer say everything is ok, go and wait
    2 points
  14. We often have a doggy bag, generally it actually goes to the doggies. We cannot see good food go to waste. at home meals are often made from left-overs, after that the doggies hoover it up. We all need to remember that the Earth is in water crisis, and all food has taken up water as it grows, wasting food is wasting water.
    2 points
  15. If it suits you a far better idea would be to come and rent for an extended stay, between 6 months and a year including a winter. Look around, talk to various people and talk to various estate agents. What you pay in rent you will save in being more aware and better equipped to negotiate a price. Just to come and buy is very risky.
    2 points
  16. I found this video online, which seems to be updated.
    2 points
  17. As you know they can't do that. Every year when the contract renews, it renews at the same rent price and with the same conditions. If the landlord didn't raise the rent then, they can't raise it later. I wouldn't form any general conclusions about Turks or Turkish landlords. I've had many excellent landlords who would never do such things. And I've lived and rented in, I think, 15 different places in Turkey. I only had two that tried to get money from me they weren't entitled to. I hate to see this happening to your mother, it seems unconscionable that someone would put this kind of stress on her. I hope you finally get it sorted out in the best way for her, and I can at least be happy that she has as her son and that you're looking after her interests.
    2 points
  18. When I first came to Turkey I rented for a couple of years. The owners of the property were a retired couple for whom the income of this rent was crucial to their making a decent living. Some time into my first Ankara winter, the combination boiler broke down and had to be replaced. Neither the old couple nor I made enough money to be able to buy a new one. We had a very cordial meeting and decided to join forces: I would find and buy a second-hand appliance and pay for the installation while they would save money to buy a new one in a year. Both parties kept our word and, to my surprise, a year later I had a brand new top-of-the-range boiler in my kitchen. Apart from that, whenever inflation spiked or the rent lagged behind it, we had our çay and börek meeting and agreed on the figure that would keep both our necks comfortably above the water level, independently from any index in the market. Today, with the academic year starting; the inflation brought about by the pandemic; countless couples getting married after Covid lockdowns; the ''kentsel dönüşüm'' by which old buildings at risk of collapsing are forcibly pulled down and new buildings take a year to be erected; seasonal tourism; increase in the number of refugees, Istanbul is seeing a 300% rise in rent prices -a percentage echoed by Ankara and Izmir- the above mentioned traditional Turkish goodwill seems to have left the building. Turkish property law is a bit more lenient with the renters. When a rent contract is close to its expiration date, it can be renewed over the following years for a maximum period of 10. Prices are adjusted using the TÜFE index (consumer prices). These days landlords want the highest prices they can get and try to escape the indexes' ceiling, which is illegal. They can then resort to a couple of tricks. The first one is informing the renter to vacate the property since he needs it for a newlywed child or an elderly parent. . He can legally assign the right of usage to members of his family but the law clearly states that, after the renter has left, the owner cannot rent the property for the following three years. The second one is suing (kira tespit davası) to get the courts to conduct an appraisal of the prices in the market/neighborhood. This will only prosper after more than 5 years of renting and, even so, owners are not aware that such proceedings take between 2 to 2.5 years to reach a sentence. On the other hand, the prices set by the judges will tend to be tolerant of the renter's economic situation. Source: NTV
    2 points
  19. Thank you @IbrahimAbi. It is good to hear from you. As you can see, I will have to go back to driving school since the US are not a signatory of the UN convention allowing exchange of drivers' license. That'll be an experience... and at the same time. I am more than okay keeping my Lone Star driver's license. Couldn't find its flag in the Emoji's by the way
    2 points
  20. I've been an expat in Turkey for 7 years. My first bad experience with neighbors was in dormitory in the university. There was a Turkish guy who didn't bother to put on his headphones while listening to his traditional Turkish music and he talked loudly with his Russian girlfriend every night. People playing guitars at night was common. We bought a residence unit. At first it was extremely peaceful. I was naive to think that it was because of the good sound insulation of the building (dorms had paper thin walls). The fact was that we were among the first residents of the new far from town building and its surrounding was mostly empty. After several years, now we are surrounded by other buildings and our building is full of residents. If you are someone sensitive to noise like me it is a living hell, especially during covid lockdown. Every morning I wake up with pounding noises that is non-stop until my neighbors leave their houses. My downstairs neighbor literally hit something heavy to the wall (I imagine) early in the morning and evening making me to have panic attacks. This made me to go door to door to find the source of that impact sound (I didn't know at that time). He denied it. Until fortunately they moved out and the sound stopped. My next door neighbor often pulls chairs with a lot of noise. My upstairs neighbor is the worst. He doesn't work outside much. He is home most of the time making lots of pounding noises (to be fair I'm not sure if he makes all of those pounding noises but most of them are coming when he's home), God knows what he is doing out of his boredom! There is a repeating hitting sound that is driving me crazy. Sometimes he plays music for hours on his bass system. I get headache and my ears hurt. I have become so desperate that I go a long distance in this hot weather to university to study. People are talking in their balcony after midnight, dogs are barking (fun fact: you can't sue someone for pet noise here), you can hear bass music sound from cars and surrounding buildings even at night, a guy has a habit of leaving his old car's loud engine running while he's talking on his phone out of his car for a long time, children's screaming (this is the least of my problems!), etc. I grew up in an independent house and I hate living apartment life but I have to. You might ask if I have complained to the building director or not. Yes I have done it so many times. I have gotten two reactions: some of them think I'm overreacting and basically my neighbors have the right to do whatever they want because it is their house! Others say they can't do further than warning the neighbor and police will do the same. So basically I have to find a way to get used to it! To add to this, I'm living in an upper-class region of the city so I can't imagine how it is like to live in an average or bad neighborhoods! I came to conclude that, it is not that I have bad luck with my neighbors, but this is a cultural issue here. People can be wealthy, educated, and talk very civilized when you meet them (like my upstairs neighbor). But they don't seem to care about respecting their surrounding people's peace. You must be very lucky to have good neighbors because the walls here aren't going to save you from noise either. It has been 6 months that I'm living under constant stress and I'm counting days to finish my university and leave this place. Edit: I forgot to mention this. And one time someone complained about our noise for bringing someone to repair the faucet in our bathroom can you believe that?!
    2 points
  21. That happened to me. The landlord didn't raise my rent for six years, and I was paying rent way below what I should have been paying. In my case, I liked the landlord and understood his situation, so I agreed to a rent increase commensurate with what I would be paying (actually a bit less). Even though I could have refused and continued staying at a very low rent price, I personally decided to pay what I thought was fair. Besides, I wasn't planning to stay there more than one year, and I had been reaping the financial benefits of having a very low rent for a few years. It just seemed to be the right thing to do. Actually I forgot to mention an important point which may affect others who read this topic. A tenant can stay in a rental property for ten years and renew the contract every year, and can't be kicked out as long as they pay their rent and don't damage anything. After ten years the landlord can unilaterally end the contract and create a completely new contract, at whatever level of rent he or she wants. Regardless of the inflation rate. But in this case the tenant has only been there for five years, so the landlord can't do that. If they threaten to cut off the electricity, remove the toilets, doors, etc., which some landlords may threaten to do, that is also illegal.
    2 points
  22. That is a very good question which is why a legal representative here in Turkey is extremely important to act on your behalf. A legal representative in Turkey would help you to secure your position by taking the fund into its trust account and would not release it until all procedures have been completed. We urge our clients not to do full payment directly to seller's account until official papers are ready by the property title deed (tapu) office. Besides, it is also very important to have a proper legal audit over the unit if there is any charge/encumbrance or other negative records which reduce the value of the target property. Indeed, you might be interested in buying a property (by doing online check over the listings, pictures etc), but it may turn out that that property has charges (mortgage, bank loan, 3rd person claims etc) on the official records which the debt is sometimes equal to the purchase price. As a result of the title transfer, you become the debtor against 3rd parties as the new property owner and this happens to be devastating.
    2 points
  23. Goreme is correct. A student residence permit doesn't contribute to the eight years of residence required for a long-term residence permit. The other types, or a work permit, does. The duration of a short-term residence permit is up to two year, but the immigration specialist handling your case can give you less, for example, one year. The "touristic" short-term residence permit also applies to foreigners who are renting their property. But they can be extended indefinitely. I, for example, have been living in Turkey as a renter for around 20 years with a touristic short-term residence permit. I have just now applied for the long-term residence permit. So it doesn't matter if you're applying for the short-term residence permit after graduation. It is still a short-term residence permit, regardless of the purpose. So you would need to get a short-term residence permit and live in Turkey with it for at least eight years without a significant interruption. A significant interruption is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service.
    2 points
  24. Hi Softhearted, Sorry to hear about your heartbreak. A lot of Turkish men cheat. Probably a lot of men in general cheat, but I think that Turkish men maybe more so because it is more difficult for them to get sex. I have been with my ex (he used to be my husband but I divorced him) on and off for 16 years and he tells me stories of all his friends who have foreign mistresses/girlfriends from all part of the world. Often, their Turkish wives are even aware of the situation but don't say a word because they benefit from it (gifts and money for the kids). I am sure my ex also cheats but I don't really care because we live far apart so what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. For me, his loyalty is more important than who he has flings with. All this to say that yes, your ex will most probably reach out to you again, especially since sex with his new virgin wife will probably be much less exciting for him than it was with you. The male Turkish mentality can be quite stupid frankly. They want a woman who is a motherly type and will look after them in the old-fashioned way, yet at the same time, they want the woman with whom they can have wild sex. And usually, these are not one in the same woman. It will take you time to heal, but time heals all wounds and I am sure you will find another guy to love again.
    2 points
  25. I can't answer that as there's no way of telling. She should speak with 157 again & ask what the application number is that has been rejected,then she'll know if it's her 1st or 2nd. Regardless i'd be surprised if the 2nd one isn't cancelled as Pendik will see immediately on the system that she made an application that was rejected only days before.
    2 points
  26. Paypal does not allow accounts Turkey. I don't know about Payoneer.
    2 points
  27. Merhaba, I’ve been reading your posts and questions and would like to give some advice: Do not buy an apartment without seeing it first. Like in the US, the real estate ads only show the best features. The price of apartments you mentioned are (by my experience) in a lower working class neighborhood. This isn’t bad in itself, but the building could be poorly build/maintained due to lack of funds by the owners. I’d rent first, then get to know the area you like. Once you buy you are on the hook for all building expenses shared by all tenants including repairs and improvements agreed upon before you bought. My apartment in Izmir is in a working class neighborhood and I’m very happy there. Remember, look before you leap. The noise issue; I must admit I’ve never had an issue with noise from the neighbors in all 7 apartments I’ve lived in and I’ve never lived on the top floor. The noise you will have is street noise: i.e., cars/trucks/buses honking their horns, scooters without mufflers, street dogs, etc., for me it all became background noise in a couple of months. Blocks of high rise apartments act like canyon walls and the noise echoes back and forth. Don’t expect people to speak and understand English. In tourist areas, it’s not an issue. In most working class neighborhoods it may be hard to find an English speaker. My closest friends don’t speak a word of English. The forms you sign in Turkey will be in Turkish, do not sign unless you have a trusted agent/friend tell you what is in it. Once signed it’s legally binding. Electricity; as Ken said the plugs are European and the voltage is 220. Also the frequency is 50 Hz, we use 60 Hz in the US. A transformer will not change this, only the voltage. Your cell phone/tablet/laptop power supplies should work in Turkey with an adapter, but check the small print on them to ensure they work in 50/60 Hz; if not they will slowly overheat and stop working prematurely. Lastly, you stated you don’t like getting ripped off. Well, to most Turks you are a rich American compared to them. Unless the price is marked on the product, it will tend to be higher for you in my experience. My wife of almost 40 years is Turkish, when we go shopping, she will almost always go back and buy the item without me being there as the price will be lower. Learn to bargain, don’t be in a hurry, drink the tea offered, be friendly and you will do well.
    2 points
  28. The 120-day period a foreigner can use their mobile phone in Turkey without registration has been extended to 365 days because of the pandemic. You can't just change the SIM card and get more time. That's because the system records the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of the phone itself. I read in a Facebook group that if you leave Turkey and return, the time period you can use the phone without registration starts all over again. No source of the information was provided. So today I went to the Turkcell shop on my street to ask them. Unfortunately, they didn't know. But they gave me a telephone number of the Bilgi Teknologileri ve İletişim Kurumu (Information Technologies and Communication Authority, or BTK) at 120. I called that number but there was no English option and my Turkish normally isn't good enough for such a complex conversation. On Monday a friend of mine is coming over, and her Turkish is excellent. I'll ask her to call and find out for sure.
    2 points
  29. Hello, Divorce decree ordered by the Turkish Court becomes "absolute" if plaintiff and/or defendant do not appeal it within 2 weeks period of time. However, you need to make sure divorce paper is delivered to other party as well, given the fact that divorce decree can't be absolute ("final and binding") if 2 weeks appeal right has not been granted for both party properly. You do not need to apply for a decree absolute, as the court automatically notifies ID authority about the divorce to update your marital status. But, on the other hand, if you need a proof of paper to show your divorce status in UK for some official reasons then you might need to collect a copy from the family court in Turkey and have it certified with Apostille stamp. All the best,
    2 points
  30. In order to lower the number of infections, President Erdoğan, after finishing the cabinet meeting, addressed the population to announce the following: Starting on April 29th at 19.00 and ending on May 17th at 05.00 there will be a lockdown. Supermarkets will close on Sundays and operate during the other days of the week between hours to be determined. People are requested to do their shopping at places closest to their homes only. Restaurants and cafes will go on operating on a delivery basis. Government officials will work from home. Unless exempted (essential items manufacturing facilities, food industry,etc) all workplaces will return to working from home. Kindergardens, grades 8 and 12 as well as all other levels of education, will stop face to face lessons and all exams will be postponed. Intercity travel will require permissions and buses will run at a 50% capacity. Having reserved accommodation constitutes no exemption. People over 65 as well as those who, though younger, suffer from incapacitating chronic illnesses and have no one to help them, can call 112, 156, 155. These are the telephone numbers of emergency, police and jandarma. Apart from the usual personnel, there are ''Vefa'' groups ready to assist housebound people. He also added that there has been a number of people who were asked to pay for vaccines and intensive care unit services, both at public and/or private hospitals and encouraged the population to immediately apply to the Ministry of Health or S.G.K. and denounce these illegal acts since no payment should be demanded. Source: Hürriyet
    2 points
  31. Covering all the country, as of 07.00 p.m. on Thursday and ending on Monday at 05.00 a.m., a partial lock down will cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during which markets, grocery stores, bakeries and butchers will serve their customers from 10.00 a.m. till 05.00 p.m. These stores should be the ones closest to home. Banks, courier companies and PTT will be closed. Source: Daily Sabah
    2 points
  32. Hello Farah, welcome to Turkey Central. Thank you for your post, you are obviously have a tough time wondering what to do about your situation with the Turkish guy you are corresponding with. Sometimes men from other countries will try to get money from European or Western women and sometimes they will try to get a visa to enter the country. The first thing you should realise is that you will not be in love with each other until you have met face to face and have known each other for a while. All you have at the moment is a Pen Pal, nothing more. Before you make any commitment to meet this guy I would suggest that you read through a lot of the posts in the Dating and Romantic Relations forum, there you will find a lot of posts from women in exactly your situation and unfortunately a lot that ended badly. Clearly you miss having a man in your life but you should be very careful about finding another.
    2 points
  33. This was in yesterday's Hürriyet: Hurriyetdailynews.com/pfizer-ceo-vaccine-third-dose-likely-needed-within-12-months-163983
    2 points
  34. Postal applications have now finished .All applications are in person now in all offices in Istanbul.
    2 points
  35. I got my first vaccination yesterday afternoon. No side effects at all. I'm now to make an appointment for the second vaccination on or after April 29th. Neither the e-Nabiz system nor anybody at the clinic asked me anything about insurance, e-Nabiz just needed my foreigner ID number, and the clinic just needed to see my ID card.
    2 points
  36. An update. We went to the clinic at half ten to be vaccinated, my wife was vaccinated but as I am not yet a Turkish citizen I was told that I had to contact the British consulate who would book register me with the e-nabiz site and book my appointment. This turned out to be a misunderstanding and that is not something the British consulate can do. I went to the e-Nabiz site but not having a Turkish national insurance number was unable to log in. We called our local clinic and were told to come in with my mobile phone Turkish ID, British Passport and they would register me with e-Nabiz using a temporary ID number. We did that, my stepson doing some translations and I was able to book a vaccination appointment for the morning of the ninth of April.
    2 points
  37. My appointment is on 7 April... hope all goes well for all of us!
    2 points
  38. Update: Appointment Booked: 08.02.2021. Appointment Date: 24.02.2021. Positive assessed: 17.03.2021. Card in Hand: 21.03.2021. Total Five weeks from applying in system and getting it in hand.
    2 points
  39. I am a lawyer in Turkey and yes it may cost him/her a work day if he/she lives far from the courthouse but still 250 Euro is too much.
    2 points
  40. I infer from your post that you will be staying in Ankara for a limited period of time and won't be applying for a residence permit. If I am correct then your best choice would be to have the letters sent to one of the hotels you will be staying in. Like Ken above I too have a Post Office box but you need to have a Residence Permit before you can apply for one.
    2 points
  41. If your daughter has residency she will have a Turkish ID number - called Yabanci Kimlik Numerasi in Turkish. Assuming she has the new card ID, this number will be on the card. It will start with 98 or 99.
    2 points
  42. Hi! The only way to find out is to look up the tax treaty between the UK and Turkey. This can easily be found online in English and it should cover your revenue type, as well as your status (do you have a company? are you a freelancer?) The 6-month limit may be an issue, but since Turkey made some allowance for visa overstays during the pandemic, I should think this may also apply to tax matters (don't take my word for it, though).
    2 points
  43. Hi Usama,just mentioning commercial property would be the quickest way of getting an immediate refusal of an RP as the officer would naturally think you're working or thinking of working and for that you need a Work Permit. Also the address & property you give in your RP application must be a habitable one [house or apartment] not commercial.
    2 points
  44. When you get your residence permit you are no longer a tourist, so any lock down measures apply to you as they do to a Turk.
    2 points
  45. I've written a comprehensive step-by-step guide to applying for a short-term residence permit, including all of the documents you'll need. You'll find it here: Guide to Applying for the Short-term Residence Permit
    2 points
  46. Uskur is a ships propellor or screw, çift uskur is twin screw. Haven't got any closer yet but I will. Edit; also found uçkur - waistband or belt. I asked a retired Turkish schoolteacher of both Turkish and English from Ankara and she'd never heard of oşkur.
    2 points
  47. You are well qualified for working in Turkey and you should have a good choice of jobs available. Your options are: University prep school Private High School Private primary or secondary school or even kindergarten. I think most people would say the university prep schools provide the best positions. They have been shedding foreign staff recently because of employment restrictions and a new requirement for all prep school teachers to have a masters degree, which you have so great. Take a look around the istanbul univerisities to see who is recruiting. They all have websites in Turkish and English with vacancies listed. The best private universities in istanbul are koç and sabancı. There are many others of varying quality. There may be websites or forums that carry current vacancies, but I am not aware of any at the moment. There are many facebook forums for English teachers, greenlist, blackist etc You will find lots of job offers from different places, be selective, there are massive differences in the quality of education and management at different institutions. I teach in a state univeristy ELL department by the way. For this term all university classes are online. Depending on the pandemic situation that may or may not change when the second terms starts in February. Good luck in your search, best wishes, Fil
    2 points
  48. Hi Ninna,absolutely no one can drive it while you are out of Turkey. Also this from Turkish Gumruk website. Question: Who else can use the vehicle that I have brought to Turkey within the scope of private use? Answer: The vehicles imported temporarily within the scope of private use can be used by the vehicle owner’s spouse or lineal ancestors and descendants who are 'resident abroad'. In addition, besides these people, third parties can also use the vehicle provided that the owners of the vehicle are present in the vehicle during travel. Otherwise, criminal action is applied with regard to 238th article of the Customs Law No. 4458. Note it states others who are 'residents abroad' . Anyone mentioned above who is a resident in Turkey cannot drive it.
    2 points
  49. I don't know if I can be of much help, but I'll try. 1. Unfortunately there's no central database you can use to find properties to buy. Each real estate agent has their own properties to sell. The commission is six percent if they sell it, three percent paid by the seller and three percent by the buyer, so if they sell another agent's property, the two agents split the commission. Probably the best place to look for property is sahibinden.com and hurriyetemlak.com, but you already know about these. 2. You can use one of our members who is a real estate agent in Istanbul, his name is Justin M. You can use his contact form or contact him through his profile. He's American, so he speaks English. 3. You would have to line up some properties to see and determine how long the trip will be. Contact Justin and he can probably help you, perhaps he'd be willing to help you not only with the properties his company sells, but also property from other companies. Maybe between the two of you you can figure out which properties you want to see and plan accordingly. 4. I don't know if Justin speaks Turkish, but even if you go with another real estate company they can arrange for someone to translate for you. 5. You might narrow your search down by doing some research on the various areas of Istanbul, or coordinate with a real estate agent to find out what section of town would be best for you. Other than that, you'll just need to narrow the scope of your search. 6. Typically the real estate agent will have a lawyer for you, but you have to keep in mind that they work for the real estate agent and not you. The only lawyer I recommend is Mr. Ender Keleş, he is our community lawyer, and he volunteers his time to answer questions. He's in Izmir, but he can probably recommend someone in Istanbul for you. You can reach him using his contact form or his profile. 7. That's a six percent return. Maybe Istanbul is different, but the rate of return in Turkey on a rental property is maybe half that. That doesn't mean you won't make more in Istanbul, though. Do some searching on the "rent to value" ration in Turkey for rental properties to find out for sure. 8. You could ask the real estate agent about that. Sometimes they also do property management, but if they don't, they'll know someone that does. Regarding their services, you would have to get that information from the property management company.
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