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JustinM

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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Shipping to Turkey - bureaucracy and confusion.   
    Having worked in Logistics here when I first arrived in Turkey, I can assure you there will most definitely be storage fees. Mersin is one of the busiest ports in Turkey and everything will get processed by who knows who. So, if you know no one, be prepared to wait a week or so. Don't want to be a bearer of bad news, and I hope I am wrong. Just telling you to be prepared for worst case. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Does a Short-term Residence Permit as a Property Owner Qualify Me for Turkish Citizenship?   
    From what I know Ataturk invited all of those in the old Ottoman times to return to Turkey if they wished. I know this because my wife's grandparents returned from what is present day Romania. So, I doubt this is the case. Best thing would to be contact the consulate or embassy in your area and ask them directly. I wouldn't get my hopes up though. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Citizenship Through Marriage in Istanbul   
    My process didn't go like this. I submitted the paperwork and did the interview in the same day. Got an email saying 7 months later it had been approved and I could head to the nearest consulate to pick-up my Kimlik, etc. This was done originally in Istanbul, but we were living overseas. 

    Sorry, not much help I don't suppose. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Who is responsible for repairs?   
    Don't know if I would call it a scam or not. That's a reasonable fee for someone coming out to your home to take a look. he could have attempted to charge more if he was scamming. Sounds to me like a lost in translation issue as far as why they can't fix it. I would say that most anyone in that field here in Turkey will not have the language skills nor the previous foreigner interaction to accurately assist. 

    Do you have any Turkish speaking friends that can call or be there while you are getting it fixed? This would seem to be the easiest way.

    Cheers
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Restrictions on opening a bank account for certain nationalities   
    Yes, there are restrictions for certain nationalities. The only two I know of that work with some of these nationalities is Kuveyt Turk and Al Baraka. 
     
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    JustinM reacted to FenerEniste in Just bought an apartment in Yenişehir district of Mersin.   
    Congrats!
    Any place with a pool is good to go! 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Alzaro in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Confused on how I don't know. It is upon purchase. Couple of threads now people are going out of there way to answer your questions, yet you have a negative response. No one here is going to say you must have an appraisal,only those selling or buying. If you are seeking to get away from the evil empires of Europe and America as you say, you will have a very hard time here in Turkey with an unappreciative mindset. Best of luck!
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    JustinM got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Ibrahim,

    There are a couple of different options. First, you could google Real Estate Valuation Report and your city. This will pop up with the local consultants doing this type of work. The second, is to contact the emlak agency or bank you purchased your home through, or are currently purchasing your home through. They will have a company that they work with. However, here are a couple of very important notes.
    The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report.
    The cost of the SPK validated appraisal report will be between 1.000 to 2.000 Turkish Lira and buyers will pay this fee directly to the new real estate appraisal department. Foreign buyers should refuse to do business with any estate agent quoting more or claiming they are licensed to carry out the valuation.
    Appraisal reports will be valid for three months from approval. In the event of a canceled sale, if the seller finds another buyer, they can use the same appraisal report. If the property is at the off-plan or construction stage, the value will be the estimate at the time of completion. The value cited on the amount of the appraisal report will also appear on the title deeds.
    After the Tapu is signed over, the Land Registry and Cadastre Information System will add the report to their system before returning it to the buyer. Expected time of completion is three days for Istanbul and six days for other provinces.
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    JustinM got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Omer,
    Unfortunately not, both the valuation and purchase price must be 250k. In addition, the funds transfer must be proven. Receipts of wire transfer are to be included in the application to show origin of transfer and amount equals full 250k. 
     
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Yes and no. We process these daily. I will say that the total value must be $250,000 USD. However, just because you pay $250,000, that does not mean you qualify. The property valuation must be $250,000. If a property owner has ever undervalued for tax purposes, then you can pretty much guarantee that property will not qualify. 
    Here are some key points:
    Applicants are required to purchase a property in Turkey which is worth a minimum of $250,000. This can be fulfilled either by purchasing a single property or multiple properties, with provisions of regulations. Applicants are required to keep the purchased property for at least 3 years. This commitment must be registered as an annotation on the Title Deed and/or on the Notarized Sales Contract. The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report. The Property purchase price must be paid to the seller via bank transfer to be supported by bank receipts that prove the transaction is made from the buyer’s account to the seller’s account. The officially declared value of the property must be minimum of $250.000 at the time of the Notarized Sales Contract and/or of its ownership transfer at the Land Registry Office Any such property within this scope must not be registered under and foreign real person’s name including the applicant’s spouse or children; properties that have been transferred by the Applicant’s spouse or children after 12.01.2017 are not within the scope of the regulation. In case the property is purchased with a mortgage loan or is subject to mortgage by any means, the mortgage value will be deducted from the value stated in the valuation survey and the remaining amount will be taken into consideration. The application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Directorate of Foreigners Department, through the Ministry of Environments and Urbanization, Land Registry Office.
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Turkish Citizenship Application by Real Estate Investment
    STEP 1
    Getting a Tax Registration Number
    Tax Registration number can be obtained from any tax office in Turkey. Original Passport and Photos are required. STEP 2
    Opening a Turkish Bank Account
    Documentation of transactions during the buying stage will be necessary. Passport Original and Tax Registration Number is required. An Official Document (such as Public Utility Bill) shows your current address is required. STEP 3
    Finding the Property
    Total Value of $250,000 or equivalent Turkish Lira (single or multiple units) Completed or Close Completion Habitation License granted Construction Servitude or Title Deed ready Suitable for Official Valuation Survey STEP 4
    Buying the Property
    Use Bank Transfer and document the transaction by receipt Get Title Deed Registry and/or Notarized Sales Contract annotated with “Not To Be Sold For 3 Years STEP 5
    Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity
    Request, Provide Official Valuation Survey Submit the Bank Transfer Receipt Apply to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization> STEP 6
    Application for Turkish Residency
    Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management FINALLY
    Application for Turkish Citizenship
    Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Omer,
    Unfortunately not, both the valuation and purchase price must be 250k. In addition, the funds transfer must be proven. Receipts of wire transfer are to be included in the application to show origin of transfer and amount equals full 250k. 
     
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    If the property is not new, a valuation report must be obtained through a certified program evaluator. That report must be submitted alongside the application to prove true value of the property.
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    JustinM got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Real Estate for Self Live and Investment   
    Ibrahim, 
     
    If on my end, I wasn't trying to go in that direction. Just trying to fully understand what he is looking for. Let me know where it leads astray and I will edit. Wouldn't be posting numbers and market interest if trying to drum up business. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Alzaro in Real Estate for Self Live and Investment   
    Ibrahim, 
     
    If on my end, I wasn't trying to go in that direction. Just trying to fully understand what he is looking for. Let me know where it leads astray and I will edit. Wouldn't be posting numbers and market interest if trying to drum up business. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Inheritance in Turkey   
    You need to contact the nearest Turkish Consulate to you. They will assist you with information that is relevant to where you are. 
    Turkey Embassy Canada
    197 Wurtemburg Street
    K1N 8L9
    Ottawa
    Ontario
    Canada Phone+1-613-789-4044
    +1-613-789-3440
    +1-613-244-2470 Fax+1-613-789-3442
    +1-613-244-2491 Emailembassy.ottawa@mfa.gov.tr Website URLhttp://ottawa.emb.mfa.gov.tr Report changes Turkey Consulate Canada
    10 Lower Spadina Avenue, Suite 300
    M5V 2Z2
    Toronto
    Canada Phone+1-647-777-4106 Fax+1-647-258-2725 Emailconsulate.toronto@mfa.gov.tr Website URLhttp://toronto.bk.mfa.gov.tr  
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    JustinM got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Buying house in Izmir or west cities of Turkey   
    Yes, they do request deposits. Tends to be 1 month, but can be up to 2. 
    Note: Latest trend for foreign renters is minimum of 6 months to 1 year up front. Not everywhere, but don't be shocked if they ask. 
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    JustinM got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Yes and no. We process these daily. I will say that the total value must be $250,000 USD. However, just because you pay $250,000, that does not mean you qualify. The property valuation must be $250,000. If a property owner has ever undervalued for tax purposes, then you can pretty much guarantee that property will not qualify. 
    Here are some key points:
    Applicants are required to purchase a property in Turkey which is worth a minimum of $250,000. This can be fulfilled either by purchasing a single property or multiple properties, with provisions of regulations. Applicants are required to keep the purchased property for at least 3 years. This commitment must be registered as an annotation on the Title Deed and/or on the Notarized Sales Contract. The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report. The Property purchase price must be paid to the seller via bank transfer to be supported by bank receipts that prove the transaction is made from the buyer’s account to the seller’s account. The officially declared value of the property must be minimum of $250.000 at the time of the Notarized Sales Contract and/or of its ownership transfer at the Land Registry Office Any such property within this scope must not be registered under and foreign real person’s name including the applicant’s spouse or children; properties that have been transferred by the Applicant’s spouse or children after 12.01.2017 are not within the scope of the regulation. In case the property is purchased with a mortgage loan or is subject to mortgage by any means, the mortgage value will be deducted from the value stated in the valuation survey and the remaining amount will be taken into consideration. The application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Directorate of Foreigners Department, through the Ministry of Environments and Urbanization, Land Registry Office.
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    JustinM got a reaction from Liz Clarke in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Yes and no. We process these daily. I will say that the total value must be $250,000 USD. However, just because you pay $250,000, that does not mean you qualify. The property valuation must be $250,000. If a property owner has ever undervalued for tax purposes, then you can pretty much guarantee that property will not qualify. 
    Here are some key points:
    Applicants are required to purchase a property in Turkey which is worth a minimum of $250,000. This can be fulfilled either by purchasing a single property or multiple properties, with provisions of regulations. Applicants are required to keep the purchased property for at least 3 years. This commitment must be registered as an annotation on the Title Deed and/or on the Notarized Sales Contract. The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report. The Property purchase price must be paid to the seller via bank transfer to be supported by bank receipts that prove the transaction is made from the buyer’s account to the seller’s account. The officially declared value of the property must be minimum of $250.000 at the time of the Notarized Sales Contract and/or of its ownership transfer at the Land Registry Office Any such property within this scope must not be registered under and foreign real person’s name including the applicant’s spouse or children; properties that have been transferred by the Applicant’s spouse or children after 12.01.2017 are not within the scope of the regulation. In case the property is purchased with a mortgage loan or is subject to mortgage by any means, the mortgage value will be deducted from the value stated in the valuation survey and the remaining amount will be taken into consideration. The application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Directorate of Foreigners Department, through the Ministry of Environments and Urbanization, Land Registry Office.
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    JustinM got a reaction from Liz Clarke in Turkish Citizenship By Investment   
    Turkish Citizenship Application by Real Estate Investment
    STEP 1
    Getting a Tax Registration Number
    Tax Registration number can be obtained from any tax office in Turkey. Original Passport and Photos are required. STEP 2
    Opening a Turkish Bank Account
    Documentation of transactions during the buying stage will be necessary. Passport Original and Tax Registration Number is required. An Official Document (such as Public Utility Bill) shows your current address is required. STEP 3
    Finding the Property
    Total Value of $250,000 or equivalent Turkish Lira (single or multiple units) Completed or Close Completion Habitation License granted Construction Servitude or Title Deed ready Suitable for Official Valuation Survey STEP 4
    Buying the Property
    Use Bank Transfer and document the transaction by receipt Get Title Deed Registry and/or Notarized Sales Contract annotated with “Not To Be Sold For 3 Years STEP 5
    Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity
    Request, Provide Official Valuation Survey Submit the Bank Transfer Receipt Apply to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization> STEP 6
    Application for Turkish Residency
    Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management FINALLY
    Application for Turkish Citizenship
    Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management
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    JustinM got a reaction from Liz Clarke in Shipping large boxes FROM Turkey   
    Baje,
    Try calling Turkish Airlines. Prices are usually competitive from my experience. They can probably arrange it.
    English Cargo Line:
    0850 333 0 777
    0850 333 0850 333 0 7770 777
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    JustinM got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Moving to turkey soon   
    Haha, no not this one! We found the name interesting as well
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    JustinM reacted to PeteJF in Just bought an apartment in Yenişehir district of Mersin.   
    We finally moved into the new apartment on July 16, Stepson#1 moved in a few days before to get things sorted out but was not able to do everything. The internet connection was not yet ready, it turned out that the delay was due to a manager being off sick and so not signing the work order. Still some things to be done, we do not yet have gas connected so are having cold showers and it took until yesterday to get the hob fitted in the kitchen.
    Still waiting for my stuff from England to be shipped, not sure when the company will do that or how long it will take.
    It looks like we will not need air conditioning as we are a bit inland and can get a cool breeze through the place by opening doors and windows. There is a regular minibus service into central Mersin. Still some developments going on in the area which is a mix of new apartment and older village housing. The area in front of us is undeveloped and apparently designated as "not for housing"  we have been told that it may eventually be turned into a park.
    It is very quiet in the daytime but last night I could not sleep and noticed that the dogs in the area were having a barking session between one and two in the morning - I wonder what they were discussing?
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    JustinM got a reaction from Giray in Buying meat   
    Star, 

    I agree with everything Ken said. However, your butcher depends on the economic status of your neighborhood. If in a working class neighborhood, the butcher will only carry certain types and of a certain quality to ensure his profit. If you go to Sazeli in Florya you will have a hard time not having some of the best meat you've ever eaten. Now, it does come at a price, but you can get American cuts of dry aged Prime Beef. Etiler, Besiktas, Yesilkoy, and other affluent neighborhoods will offer these types of offerings. 
    I will add though, that if you are looking for Ground Beef (Dana Kiyma) or Ground Lamb (Kuzu Kiyma) these working class neighborhoods are the best. The fat to meat ratio is a little higher, and that's what lends its traditional flavor. 
    Here is a link to Hurriyet Newspaper with a list of Turkey's Top 10 Butchers. Open in Google Chrome and Set page to Translate. It won't make a lot of sense, but you can at least get the address and try a couple out if you wish. 
    http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/kelebek/hurriyet-cumartesi/turkiyenin-en-iyi-10-kasabi-36920484
    Lastly, I've found that you just have to search and try for yourself. Because everywhere you go you will hear "bizim et daha iyi" meaning our meat is better. 
    I had a Chef friend in New York tell me one time, don't go to a French Restaurant and order Italian and don't go to a Chinese Restaurant and order a steak, you'll be disappointed. Stick to what they do best. Same with the butchers shop, find out what they do best and go there for that alone. 
    Probably more than you needed to know, but hopefully it helps!
    Cheers,
    Justin
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