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  1. I’ve found most things in Turkey can be negotiated, real estate included. It depends on how bad the seller wants/needs the money. We bought most of our real estate in the 80s/90s; things were different then, inflation was running around 100% a year. I have no idea about taxes, however, commissions/non-government fees could be negotiated. But don’t forget my point about you being a rich American, even if you don’t feel you are. Let me tell you a story: In 1988 we were going to buy a taxi plate and the car for $15,000. The taxi was at the main bus station and the car w
  2. 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 agree
  3. I saw on a U. The Turkish State Department link that short term residence permits for tourist reasons will be stopped. Anyone else see this?
  4. Ahh Izmir, I arrive there 37 years ago today. While I winter in Las Vegas, I spend my summers there and Çesme; I love the area and the people. If you are looking for something away from tourist but close to Izmir may I recommend you take a trip down the highway from Seferihisar to Kusadasi. The road is quite good and there are many places you could buy and still be only an hour away from the shopping and support in Izmir. If you are looking at Çesme, may I recommend Ovacik; it's on the southwest part of the peninsula and is mainly farms and open land. Unfortunately, I don't know the pric
  5. When the strike began, we all assumed it would be a normal strike situation like in the states. It would be annoying but peaceful; man were we wrong. On base, the tactical dining facility set up to feed over 1500 military on base without kitchen units was vandalized the first night. The TAF commander refused to allow repairs, so we had no way to feed these people. Due to threats made to our people in the alley, it was off limits since the first day. When a man was followed to Adana on the second day of the strike and beaten up in front of his family, Adana was off-limits. People then tried
  6. The Red Onion never completely recovered from the strike of 1998. As the restaurant was right across from the main gate to the base, the union made it their strike headquarters. One of their classier actions was to throw eggs at the DODDs teachers returning for the first day of school. To be fair, it was never proved the union members did this, just like all the other "misfortunes" that happened during this time. Those of us that lived through the strike boycotted the restaurant since and told all newcomers about their role in it.
  7. Yes the Eko pub was there in the early eighties, however, I didn't frequent it until the nineties. Our haunt was the Kaylon pub across the street. As for reading Scotch and Holy Water, we all read it, in fact my daughter has my copy now. In the early 80s, many of the stories in the book I could relate to, even though over 20 years had pasted.
  8. What a small world, from 87 to 90 while assigned to JSSG (later JSG) I lived at Talatpasa Blvd 45/5. The car dealer lot next to the apartment building was turned into a 8 story building in late 1989. I first came to Izmir in 1982 as a 21 year old E-3, over the next 20 years I spend almost 16 years stationed in Turkey, finally retiring as an E-8 in 2002 from Incirlik AB, Adana. Like most old timers I have many stories about Izmir and Turkey and how it has been transformed over the last 35 years. If I won't be boring folks, I'd be happy to talk about the "old" days.
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