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  1. Hello everyone Hope you are doing well. This would be a long post and I thank in advance for all those who would read and respond. I am a 36 years old Muslim man, living in New Delhi, India. I can speak English and Urdu / Hindi. I intend to invest a sum of 450,000 TL in purchasing real estate in Turkey. My primary intention is to earn regular rental income rather than re-selling it at a higher cost. I am looking for 3, 1+1 flats of 150,000 TL each with a rental potential of ~800 per month, so that I could earn a rental income of ~2400 per month. A person who lives in Cannakle suggested me Cannakle but there were other people who informed that foreigners can’t purchase property in Cannakle. I am still verifying it from multiple sources. I read quite a few posts before creating mine and I found people here to be really helpful and giving detailed responses to the questions asked. Some of the suggestions found in the posts ditto applies even for someone intending to purchase property in New Delhi, India. E.g., 1. Never to purchase off-plan property as the builder will only take money and will never complete it. There are hundreds and thousands of such court cases stuck in Indian courts and respite is barely negligible. For Turkey, one should look for İSKAN BELGESİ (document) which is the main document depicting that this construction has been completed. 2. Always better to visit the area yourself and inquire from locals and get the real value of the property, rather than the advertised value from any agent. Just recently, an agent informed me about a property in New Delhi, and quoted me a price of ~200,000 USD (Conversion). When I visited the area and met a relative, who was also a local, I came to know that the maximum value of that property is not more than ~160,000 USD. That’s a whopping markup of 40,000, an increase of 25%. 3. Don’t come to Turkey by an agent backed tour because then the agent will only show those properties which he’s interested to sell at his price. Look for satılık sign board and inquire yourself. 4. Don’t take the services of a lawyer recommended by the property agent because then the lawyer would work in the favor of agent, rather than yours. 5. Look for properties near to a Metro station, as transportation is a real problem (especially in Istanbul). Ditto applies to New Delhi. Now these are my questions 1. What’s the procedure of finding a reliable property in Turkey? I mean I don’t know entire Delhi but being a resident I can easily tell you a very simple procedure of purchasing property in New Delhi, India. Is there any such procedure to look for? 2. If I take Istanbul as my investment destination, how exactly I proceed? I don’t know Turkish, I never visited Turkey and I don’t know anybody in Turkey to begin with. My source of information would be internet but how could I trust random strangers on internet who would send me offers? 3. If I decide to make a visit to Istanbul, how to decide the duration of that trip for the purpose of finalization of property? Moreover, other than knowing that Istanbul is divided into Asian and European side, I know nothing about Istanbul. How do I know that which are those areas where I can get the required property in my budget? (I already know that European side is costlier than Asian side) 4. How to talk to locals (for the purchase of property) when I don’t know Turkish? Do I need to learn Turkish first before coming to Turkey? 5. If someone’s going to suggest https://www.sahibinden.com/ or https://www.hurriyetemlak.com/ than I already did a random search for Sale of apartments in Istanbul (all) and got 1818 results on sahibinden.com and 44,851 results on hurriyetemlak.com for a maximum price of 150,000 TL. At least I came to know that properties on these sites are far cheaper than the ones offered by real estate agents to foreigners. Now, how to proceed with so many search results? 6. If I need to hire a real estate lawyer for availing all the legal services, how to go about it? I mean if I randomly search internet for real estate lawyers, I may get hundreds of advertisements, how to shortlist one? 7. Is it possible to get a rental income of ~2400 TL on an investment of 450,000 TL in Istanbul? I intend to purchase 3 flats because of more probability of a regular rental income and also because if I require to sell it later, my assumption is that it would be faster and easier to sell a 150,000 property than a 450,000 one. 8. Lastly, how to find property management agents who can manage the property on my behalf? Because I won’t be residing in Turkey anytime soon. Is it a common occurrence in Turkey that a tenant may illegally grab a property and stops paying rent? Would the property management agent take care of such situations? I know these are far too many questions to answer but I know someone somewhere might have gone through all these issues and he/she might be benevolent enough to devote time and share his/her experiences so I and many other people on this group or otherwise can get benefited. I really don’t want to get scammed of my life saving and just collecting all possible information before making a decision. Thanks again Khateeb
  2. If you're a property owner applying for a residence permit in Istanbul, and sometimes in other provinces of Turkey, an immigration specialist may ask you to get a document called a Numarataj Belgesi (Address Numbering Document). Usually, this request will be sent by SMS or e-mail a few days after you've applied online for your residence permit. The message will also ask you to bring the Numarataj Belgesi to your residence permit application appointment. What is a Numarataj Belgesi? The Numarataj Belgesi is a document which records the exact location, address, and function of a building, or an apartment in that building. It's also proof that the building or apartment where you live is recorded in Turkey's Central Address Registration System. Why Do They Ask for the Numarataj Belgesi? Turkey, especially Istanbul, attracts a huge number of foreigners who want to move here. Some of them apply for their residence permit with false documents or lie on their applications. In some cases, they pass themselves off as property owners of non-existent or unregistered properties. By asking the foreigner to include their Numarataj Belgesi with their application document, the immigration office can be sure the property on the title deed exists and is legally registered. How Can I Get a Numarataj Belgesi? Only the owner of the property listed on the title deed can get the Numarataj Belgesi. If you're the owner of the property, you can get it yourself. Where Can I Get a Numarataj Belgesi? You can get a Numarataj Belgesi for your residence from your district's belediye (municipality) or the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Land Registry and Property Records). To find these offices, Google the name of your district, and the word "belediyesi." For example, if you live in the district of Muratpaşa in Antalya, Google "muratpaşa belediyesi." Or do the same using the second keyword, "kadastro." You can also find these offices, in the same way, using Google Maps. When you go to the municipality, find the office called "Bünyesinde İmar ve Şehircilik Müdürlüğü" (Directorate of Reconstruction and Urbanization) or something similar. Or ask for the "Numarataj Ofisi." The Fee The fee is nominal. It's usually less than ₺20. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. Acenta Komisyonu: Agency Fee Apartman: Apartment, refers to the entire apartment building. Apartman Dairesi: Apartment flat, apartment. Arsa: Plot, vacant lot. Asansör: Lift, elevator. Asansörlü: With lift, elevator. Bahçe: Garden or lawn. Bahçe Katı: "Garden floor," or ground floor. Balkon: Balcony. Banyo: Bathroom. Banyo Sayısı: Number of Bathrooms. Beyaz Eşya: White goods, appliances. Beyaz Eşyalı: Includes white goods, appliances. Bina: Building. Bina Yaşı: Building age. Binadaki Kat Sayısı: Number of floors in the building. Bodrum, Bodrum Kat: Basement, basement floor. Boş: Empty, vacant. Bügünün Ilanları: Today's vacancies. Bulunduğu Kat: Floor, floor that an apartment is on. Çatı Katı: Top floor, attic. Çelik Kapı: Steel door, with high-security deadbolt locks. Çiftlik Evi: Farm house. Dağ Evi: Mountain House. Daire: Apartment unit, flat. Deposit: Deposit, as in rental deposit. Doğalgaz: Natural gas. Doğalgaz (Kombi): Natural gas using a central distribution system. Doğalgaz Soba: Natural gas heating stove. Duş: Shower Emlak: Property, real estate. Emlakçi: Property agent, real estate agent. Eski Bina: Old building. Emlakçiden: From (for sale by) property agent. Ev: House. Ev Sahibi: House owner. Ev Sigortası: House insurance. Evet: Yes. In drop-down menus, used to select a feature or option. Fiyat Aralığı: Price range. Garaj: Garage. Giriş: Entrance. Giriş Katı: Entrance floor. Güncelleme Tarihine Göre: By date updated (for sorting search results by date advertisements were last updated). Güneş Enerjisi: Solar energy. Günlük Kiralık: Daily rental. Harita: Map. Harita İlanlar: Advertisements with maps. Hayır: No. In drop-down menus, used to indicate that you don't want a feature or option. Hepsi: All, in drop-down menus, usually the default selection, as in "include all." Isıtma: Heating. İl: Province. İlan Sahibi: Ad owner, advertiser. İlan Tarihi: Advertisment date. İlçe: County or district, within an il (province) İlk Giriş Tarihine Göre: By date of first entry (for sorting search results by date advertisements were first added). İşyeri: Workplace, property for use as an office. Jeotermal: Geothermal, uses the earth's ambient temperature to moderate a home's temperature. Kapıcı: Doorman, building maintenance man. Kat Kaloriferi: Floor heaters, a heater on each floor. Kira: Rent. Kira Sözleşmesi: Rental contract. Kiracı: Renter. Kiracılı: With renter, rented. Kiralamak: To rent. Kiralık: For rent. Klima: Air conditioner. Usually an inside unit attached to an outside unit through the wall. Some models have both cooling and heating functions. Komple Bina: Completed building. Konut: Residential housing. Konut Projeleri: Residential housing project. Konut Tipi: Residential type, as in "for sale," "for rent," or "daily rental." Kooperatif: Cooperative. Köşk: Mansion. Köy Evi: Village house. Loft Daire: Loft apartment. Manzara: View. MegaFoto: Very large photo. MegaFoto İlanlar: Advertisements with very large photos. Merkezi System: Central system, central heating system. In apartments, usually a coal furnace in the building's basement with radiators in individual apartments. Metrekare Aralığı: Square meter range, your minimum and maximum size requirements in meters. Mobilya: Furniture. Mobilyalı: With furniture, furnished. Mobilyalı Daire: Furnished apartment. Mobilyasız Diresi: Unfurnished apartment. Mülk Sahibi: Landlord. Müteahhitten: Contractor. Mutfak: Kitchen. Müstakil, Müstakil Ev: Detached house, with surrounding garden or lawn. Oda: Room. Oda Sayısı: Number of rooms. Oda Sayısı Aralığı: Range according to number of rooms, your minimum and maximum requirment for the number of rooms you want. Proje: Project. Projeler: Projects. Sahibinden: From owner, for sale by owner. Sahip, Sahibi: Owner, landlord. Salon, Oturma Salon: Living room. Satılık: For sale. Seçiniz: Choose, select, usually the default of any drop-down menus. Semt: Neighborhood or district within a city. Soba: Heating stove, usually using coal for fuel. Son 3 Gün: The last three days, as in "advertisements from three days ago until today." Son 1 Hafta: The last week, as in "advertisements from one week ago to today." Son 15 Gün: The last 15 days, as in "advertisements from 15 days ago until today." Son 1 Ay: The last one month, as in "advertisements from one month ago until today." Son 2 Ay: The last two months, as in "advertisements from two months ago until today." Videolu İlanlar: Advertisments with videos. Villa, Villa Tipi: Villa, Villa style. Yakın: Close to, near. Yalı: Waterfront house, house on the shore. Yalı Dairesi: Waterfront apartment, apartment on the shore. Yatak Odası: Bedroom. Yazlık: Summer house, holiday house (older summer houses often have no heating or insulation). Yeni Bina: New building. Yerden Isıtma: Under-floor heating. Yok: No, none, or does not exist. Yönetici: Building Manager. Yüksek Giriş: High or elevated entrance. Zemin, Zemin Katı: Ground floor. See Also Turkish Language Forum: Our forum about the Turkish language. If you have any questions, please ask them there. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. Apartment Shopping If you don't speak Turkish, the first thing to do is to find a friend or a property agent who does. Turks generally go out of their way to help foreigners, and many business owners at least have someone nearby who speaks enough English to get the job done. Internet Listings By using the Turkish property listings, you'll find better deals than you would on English-language websites directed at foreigners. See the External Links section for websites which have property listings. Some have English versions, and some don't. You can use our Guide to Turkish Property Terms (see the links at the bottom) to understand what you're reading. If you check the listings daily, you may find a great place to live before anybody else does. And by printing out the listings you like, you'll have handy information in hand for your apartment shopping trip. National and Local Newspapers You can go to a local newsstand and find out what hard-copy newspapers are circulated in the area, both national and local papers. Find out on what day the new property listings are published. On that day, pick up a paper early, and be ready to start making phone calls at 09:00 AM. Good properties go fast. Property Agents Property agents, or emlak, are plentiful in Turkey, and they come in all sizes. They are a handy resource to find quality properties. Visit several of them, since there is no central directory of properties for rent, and each agent will have different apartments available. Turkish property agents get a commission for the properties they rent, equivalent to one month's rent, paid by the renter. If an agent doesn't have what you need but knows of another agent who does, and if you rent from the other agent, the two agents split the commission. For that reason, property agents will first show you their properties (sometimes including properties with characteristics you said you didn't want) before they show you those of competitors. Using All of the Above If you find in the internet or newspaper listings that an attractive apartment is being advertised by a particular property agent, you can also ask that agent to show you the properties of other agents which you found in the listings. This can save you the time of making appointments and finding addresses. Walking Around Walking or driving around a neighborhood where you would like to live ls also a good way to find a place to live. Look for a sign which says kiralik (kee-rah-look), which means "for rent." You'll also see signs which say satılık (sah-tah-look), which means "for sale." Another important term is sahabinden (sah-ha-been-den) which means "from owner." The name and telephone number of a property agency or the owner will be on the sign. The Inspection Have a good look around the property to make sure everything is in good order. Include every detail in the contract, so the landlord can't claim compensation from you when you move out. Some landlords can be very picky, and will look for any excuse to retain part of the deposit. If there is anything in the apartment you don't want to stay and don't intend to turn over to the landlord at the end of the lease, have the landlord remove it. Do not discard anything thinking the landlord will be okay with it. An old rickety set of shelves that you remove while occupying the premises may be later claimed by the landlord to be an antique given to him by a some beloved deceased relative, and used to extort your deposit from you. Previous Owners Will Have Removed Everything Which Was Not Nailed Down, and also Some Things That Were You will find that any former Turkish tenants have taken everything but the kitchen sink (they do, however, sometimes take the faucets). Even light fixtures may be removed, leaving a bare wire protruding from a hole in the ceiling. The water heater and other such fixtures will likely have been removed. Apartment Layout In cities, all apartments have a similar layout. The kitchen and salon (living room) face the outside, and the bedrooms are on the inside. Typically there is a large master bedroom with the other bedrooms being smaller, sometimes much smaller. The washing machine goes in the bathroom. Use of electric clothes driers is rare but gaining in popularity, so there might not be room for a washer and a drier in the bathroom. Stacked washer and drier combination units are available for this purpose, if the water heater (normally attached to the wall in the bathroom) doesn't get in the way. Turks like balconies (who doesn't?). You might find that even your kitchen and bedroom have a balcony. Balconies are usually where clothes are dried, either on lines attached to the building walls or on collapsible clothes drying racks that are widely available. Turks sometimes sleep on their balconies during warm weather. Closet Space Many Turkish apartments don't have closets. So you will have to buy a wall unit to store your clothes. Curtains You will also have to buy curtains. See our article on furnishing and equipping your home for ideas on how to get set up in your new place. The Landlord Some landlords in Turkey will do little or nothing to repair anything that needs repair or upkeep. They will expect you to pay repairs, of everything, including sinks, toilets, plumbing, and electrical wiring and fixtures. One option to deal with this is to deduct the cost of any repairs you have to make from the rent, and provide the landlord with a fatura (invoice), for the cost of the repairs. Your landlord may object to this, but it is doubtful that he or she would ever go to court about it, because of the amount of time court cases take in Turkey. Besides that, the judge involved would be unlikely to side with the landlord. To be on the safe side, though, it's a good idea to have a clause for this placed into the rental contract. Important! When you apply for a residence permit, the immigration office will require a copy of your landlord's identification card as part of the documentation you need to prove you have an address. So make sure the landlord understands this and is willing to provide one. Negotiation Once you find a place that you like and can afford, try to negotiate the rent to a lower price. A few minutes of haggling may save you a lot of money. Once you reach an agreement, you will sign the rental contract. The Rental Contract Property rental contracts in Turkey are rather standard, and can be bought in a stationery store. But make sure you have someone translate it for you so you know exactly what you are signing. The typical Turkish rental contract is a four-page document (one large page folded in half). On the contract's pages are the following: Page 1: Landlord and renter personal information and the terms of the rental, such as duration and the amount of rent. Pages 2 and 3: Covers the terms of the rental agreement. Page 4: A record of payments. Each time you pay, you record the payment amount and date, and sign it with your landlord. If you deposit the rent into the landlord's bank account, have the bank add a note that the payment is for rent (kira). Save the deposit receipt. This bank deposit receipt can also serve as proof of payment. Additional Agreements: If you make any additional agreements with the landlord, make sure they are in the contract, because your friendly and amiable landlord may not be so lenient later. Terminating the Contract According to the Turkish code of obligations, you must provide 15 days notice, in writing (translated to Turkish) before the anniversary date of the contract if you want to terminate it. If you don't do this, the contract will automatically renew for the period set in the contract (as in another year) and you will be legally bound to pay the extra year's rent whether you are living there or not. When you deliver written notice, take two copies. Sign both and also have the landlord sign both. Keep one copy as proof of notice. Some tenants think they can just forfeit the deposit and vacate the property any time they want. This is not so, and a landlord can take you to court, if he or she wants to go through the trouble, and successfully sue you for the remaining balance due on the contract. If you think you might need to vacate the property some time in the middle of the contract, have a "get out early" clause written in to the contract to protect yourself. If you want to renew the contract on a monthly basis, make the new contract so it expires in one month. In that case it will automatically renew every month (instead of every year). The Deposit Although the deposit is often the equivalent of one-month's rent, its purpose is to cover the repair of any damages, and not non-payment of rent. While legally it is limited to a maximum of three month's rent, it can be negotiated, and you should never pay any more than reasonably necessary. Important! If you do decide to hand over cash to your landlord, beware of any request for an excessively high deposit. Some landlords ask for a high deposit amount because they intend to keep it when you vacate, using any excuse to not refund it, assuming that you are at a disadvantage and unlikely to sue them to get it back. The proper way to pay a deposit is not by handing cash to the landlord. According to the most recent version of Turkey's Code of Obligations (Turkish law), you and your landlord should go to a bank and put the deposit into a kira depozito ortak hesabı (rent deposit joint account). If you do it that way, then the bank, by law, must return it to you upon request after three months of the date you vacate the property, unless the landlord informs the bank, in writing, that there is an active lawsuit against you for damages. If your landlord balks at this, don't rent from that landlord. Rent Increases If you pay your rent in Turkish lira, your landlord cannot legally raise your rent more than the yearly increase in Turkey's wholesale price index. Aydat, the Kapıcı, and Yönetici Aydat (pronounced like "eye-dot"). It is a monthly payment which covers common area lighting, cleaning, elevator maintenance, and the salary of the kapıcı (kah-puh-juh), if there is one. The kapıcı (literally translated "door man") looks after the building and maintains it. He will almost always live on the ground floor of the apartment. He may also do additional duties like paying your utility bills, getting you a loaf of bread and a paper in the morning, and even fixing things in your house for a small fee. The main thing you would need to be careful of when dealing with the kapıcı is asking him to do things which are beyond his expertise. For example, your kapıcı is not a car mechanic (if he could fix cars, he wouldn't be a kapıcı!). For work which requires a professional, such as electrical work, hire a professional. The yönetici (yuh-neh-tee-jee, manager) is a resident who collects the aydat and makes the required payments. Utilities The landlord will sometimes keep the utilities in his or her name, since there is no penalty or impact on one's credit rating for non-payment. The utility is simply shut off, and a fine is paid to restore it. If you get the utilities in your name, you can pay them at various banks or at the Turkish post office (PTT). On the back of your utility bills is a list of places where you can pay them. Some of the banks only take these payments in the morning or afternoon hours, depending on their policy. The water bill needs to be paid at the water department at the belediye (beh-leh-dee-yeh), or municipality. You can have your utility bills automatically paid by your Turkish bank account. To do this, go to your bank and take your utility bills with you, so they can arrange for automatic payments. You can also give the bills and the required cash to your kapıcı and have them pay them for you-this is a common practice in Turkish apartment complexes. Most every city and town also has a consolidated bill-paying shop. For a small fee, you can pay all of your utilities there, at one time. Other Notes If you're single, you may find that some Turkish landlords won't rent to you. Don't take it personally. Some Turks are rather traditional, and don't want to rent to anyone but a married couple or a family. See Also Furnishing and Equipping Your Home: A guide to finding white goods (appliances), furniture, and other helpful equipment for setting up your home in Turkey. Renting in Turkey Forum: Our forum devoted to renting apartments or properties in Turkey. If you have a question, please ask it there. Guide to Turkish Terms for Buying or Renting Property External Links www.sahibinden.com (sahibinden means "from the owner," but you'll also see property companies advertising there as well. Look for "Emlak" (real estate, or property) and "Konut" (Residence) www.hurriyetemlak.com: Look for "Konut" (Residence). It has English listings. www.milliyetemlak.com: This one has English listings also. www.turkstat.gov.tr: Here you can find the Producer Price Index (PPI) for Turkey. If your landlord wants to increase the limit, it cannot exceed the percent change in the PPI by law. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  5. Merhaba, Phase 1: I am Zohaib from Pakistan and planning to migrate to Turkey by purchasing a property (my brother and sister on same tapu (property title deed). I am planning a visit at the end of January for total 20 days (as I have takes leave from Job). So what I am planning is to either short list some property here through Sahibinden or maybe through some Estate Agent and as soon as I land I visit and finalize the property and initiate the process of purchasing and then apply for Residence Permit. Now main question is, Is this all possible in 20 days ? Purchasing Property Applying Residence Permit (I can give my siblings power of attorney so they can do any documentation needed and receive my TR card) 2nd Possibility: Rent property Apply for tourist residence permit Find property Phase 2: My rest of the family that include my wife & children and my parents will migrate as well along with me after winding up everything from my homeland so we will purchase one more property(the higher value one) under my parents name so they will be eligible for residence permit as well. We will also be investing in some business (probably more than 1) as I will be leaving my job and we have a plan to focus on business in Turkey. Now the question is, can I apply for my wife and children TR along with my application during my first visit ? I am looking for some real estate agent and lawyer for consultation. So please mention some reliable one's. I have submitted a form on this website for the same purpose but haven't got any response.
  6. My mother passed away and she had a property in Istanbul that she owned. Title of deed or address are no where to be found. all I know is that the property is in Istanbul. there is no documentation at all about anything with relation to the property. all we have is her death certificate and her passport and visa stamp on passport. How can I find out about the property or obtain a new title deed document for inheritance purposes ? we are 2 sons and 1 daughter.
  7. Say if you found a good listing on Sahibinden, then go find yourself a buyers agent. The buyers agent will take me to the property for a view first right? If I am satisfied with the property, what happens next? How are the payments processed? Is there an escrow account? Do you have to have a TR bank account or you can wire the money using your US bank account? Do you wire the money directly to the seller's account or you wire it to an escrow? What happens if seller does not deliver after the money has been wired?
  8. I will really appreciate any advice regarding investing in private student dormitory in Istanbul? Is it a good investment? What's the average price per sqm? What's the average cost per bed or shared rooms The area I'm thinking about is Esenyurt - Istanbul. What do you think about this area?
  9. Hello, I visited Turkey early this year and bought a house in Istanbul in March. I plan to go back to Turkey in October and I plan to apply for a Real Estate Residence permit. The house is purchased with my name only, but I plan to apply for my whole family (me & wife and two kids). We're very excited to get the permit, but since the house is in my name only. Would be able to make single application for all of us ? Or each family member has to make separate application ? Also I was wondering if it would be possible to apply online before our October trip, this way we can have our appointment as early as possible when we arrive. This way we can get TC number and get internet account, permanent mobile account as soon as we arrive. Thanks
  10. Hello, I would like to buy land in Turkey (the piece of land I found is near Fethye). It is registered as agricultural land and currently on sale. So my understanding is that you cannot just live on the land and use it for your private purpose but that you have to actually use it for commercial farming. Is that correct? I would love to live on that land and also do farming as the land is very suitable but not commercially, more out of private interest and purpose. Can I covert agricultural land into one that can be used for private purposes? I was told by the agency that because it is agricultural land, I would have to hire a lawyer and an accountant which would be costly. And ultimately I just want to live on this piece of land which has already a small charlet build on it. Does anyone has advice on this for me if I would be able to just live on this land without having a business? Or if I can convert the agricultural registration into a normal one for private property? I'm a German citizen looking to live in Turkey. Many thanks, Monique
  11. I'm researching various sitesi around Calis beach in Foca Mh and Akarca Mh to purchase a detached villa. Which sitesi do you recommend for high built quality, modern, family oriented and quite (as opposed to a sitesi that most of their villas being rental holiday homes, noisy and popular for late night parties)? We have a small dog, are most sitesi pet friendly? Is bbq allowed in our backyard? Thanks
  12. I have a short term residency based on owning a property here (not tourist, i think it's called real estate residency) and I'm living in Turkey most of the year. Lots of people are telling me that after 3-5 years of this type of residency you are eligible to apply for citizenship. I have also heard that it's NOT true so I keep getting mixed messages on this. I'm also about to start the process of getting a work permit here as well. So my questions are: 1. Does the "real estate" residency actually lead to citizenship? 2. If I get a work permit, does the period of "real estate" residency still count towards the 5 years (assuming it actually does lead to citizenship)?
  13. We spent almost two weeks looking round apartments trying to find something we liked within our price range. We thought we had found a suitable place on Tuesday only for it to be sold before I could get the money transferred. Still at last we have found and paid for an apartment, going back to Antalya next week to sort out the removal of furniture and stuff from stepsons apartment to the new place, also have to get the shipping company in the UK to send our stuff over.
  14. Love this forum. Does anyone know about the new Law on citizenship and $250k real estate investment. This means that if you invest at least $250,000 USD in real estate then you can get citizenship in 3-6 months. Anyone knows anything? Is this a new scam?
  15. Hi everyone, Please I need a serious advice regarding the tax I should pay after purchasing a property in Istanbul. I got a website to see if I should pay tax, but when I login , always says there is no tax to be paid!!! I bought an apartment in Istanbul on the 03. October 2018, I bank transfer the money from outside to buy this property. 1- Recently I read that a foreigner could get back the 18% VAT for the first property !! Is it true and if so how I get it back? 2- I know I should pay some tax to the Turkish authority after buying my apartment (I have been to belediye but they could not understand me): - How I know correct how much I should pay? - I bought the apartment on 03.10.2018 from building company which is build it on 2017, How I can be sure that the building company has paid all the taxes regarding my apartment till the purchasing date which is 03.10.2018? I appreciate very much your quick answer.
  16. Hello Everyone, I am a property owner since October 2018,, I have a couple question would like to be answered to avoid any violation of the Turkish law. 1- I know I should pay a tax because I own a property in Istanbul: - where and when I should pay tax ( I bought the apartment last October ), is there only one type of tax or there is a several types should be paid? - Is the authority going to send me a bill to be paid or I should ask in order to get the bill? 2- Where I should pay the Earthquake insurance and when? Thanks and I appreciate all the replies.
  17. Hi, Would anybody be able to tell me whether housing prices in Kusadasi have dropped, stayed the same, or increased since this time last year. Thanks.
  18. Good Morning folks, I would like to know your opinion on the following questions/observations/statements. I have a genuine interest in buying a property for self live and for investment purpose. I appreciate to get a feedback from folks other than agents please. For Investment Based on my research and interaction in the past months, I strongly feel that the real estate market is artificially hyped by the Arab Investors and does not reflect the actual value of the property offered to foreigners. Many false promised offered that a property unit upon completion in 2 years will generate a 25% min appreciation and profit while the fact is that there are so many many projects in the new areas (which are essentially being the focus of boom) being developed, that why would any one wants to pay cash (with 25% premium) to buy from you, while he or she can simply go for another project in the same area. If he/she wants to buy a ready made, then there is better websites like https://www.sahibinden.com/en which by the reflect the true trans value of a property far less than these so called agents offer to foreigners. I negotiated a property that was offered to me with starting at 600K TL down to 380k TL. This shows that there is a nasty game being played by these agents. The areas which can profit you are in/around the city center and the projects there are quite expensive and hence out of reach for many foreigners. Hence the new istanbul areas are being offered and are promised with roi which in my opinion is not true. Because transport is key factor in istanbul and being close to the metro is paramount importance. Some of the projects are put on hold for construction and you never know the credibility of the unit will be delivered to you on time or not I believe it is not a market for some one to expect making heaps of money from flipping em. I witness a good drop in holidays properties in antalya and other places like close to 50% drop. To conclude, one has to carefully study the project, make sure the developer is known and has delivered in the past, make sure the neighbourhood has the potential to grow in real etate and close to metro and with a lot of bargain, expect the roi to realize with at least 3-4 years and not like buy -sell in short time. The agents also wont disclose the taxes, vat, withholding tax etc details so in the end your net roi will be so less than you initially assumed. Self Live Purpose I found turkey quit fits in this area. You can have a reasonable affordable property for self live that suits your luxary style. Similar property will cost at least 3 times in for example dubai. There are some very good projects that I have seen that falls in this category which are a bit far from city center but its worth it. I can share these details if contacted, as I do not want to sound like a sales pitch. I have done a study of such projects. Cheers Fusion
  19. Does anybody have any information about buying house in western cities of Turkey (west parts)? How can I gather information about it? I am not a Turkish citizen, however I will come to Turkey maybe Istanbul or Ankara to pursue my graduate studies there. I want to have a long plan in my mind to get the Turkish citizenship? thanks in advance
  20. When I built my house in 2007 I opted for LPG to fuel my central heating boiler and my gas hob in the kitchen. Aygaz gave the contract to install all the pipework to a local company, Mak-el. On completion Aygaz came to site to carry out a full inspection of the instalation and signed it off complying with the regulations. Now after eleven years they are telling me that new legislation makes my isolating valve below the hob illegal and has to be changed to bring it into compliance. This involves having the granite worktop drilled with holes to allow the pipework to be extended above the worktop where they will fit an isolating valve then pass back to below to reconnect to the flexible pipe to the cooker hob. The cost of their work will be 900TL. We have to commission a marble company to drill these holes which they say will fill the kitchen with dust. Additionally we have no idea what the marble company are going to charge. Before I retired in the UK I was a CORGI registered gas engineer. Faulty or dangerous installations would have to be brought up to current standards at the customers expense. Legislation upgrades were not applied retrospectively if the instaltion was sound and safe. We are looking at ways to fight this, not because of the cost but more to do with what a dogs dinner this is going to be in the kitcken that my wife loves.
  21. Hallo...is it possible to buy a property with two or more people sharing the costs with the intention of all shareholders (with their families!) to get a residence permit? If so, are there any specific requirements ie should the property be a certain size etc or any property would do. Thanks
  22. My partner and I have been in Turkey now for almost two months within these last 90 days and intend to settle after a short trip to Europe next week. I will then apply for our short term residence. Our intention is to buy a property here in Alanya, but will not have made the purchase before our official 90 day allowance expires. We'll obviously have to apply as tourist extensions since we don't have a tapu (property title deed) yet but am wondering if in applying for a tourist visa and explaining to the immigration officer we are here to purchase a property could be a source of a headache at the interview rather than a just asking for simple tourist residence permit and not tell them these plans?... We already have all residence permit requirements ready to go but want it to be hassle free as much as possible. What do you guys think?
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    Hello guys, I should renew my rent next week. Owner told that 20 percent will be increased. However, this is unfair. I checked the TUKETICI website and it is maximum 16% previous month and February it would be less I guess. https://kira-artisi-hesaplama.hesabet.com/ Some people said that you can bargain to even 10 % since many renters cannot pay on time and if anybody pays regularly he can persuade owner. Anybody has any experience?
  24. I am coming to Turkey with a power of attorney to sell a property for my friend. A long time has passed since she bought the property and they have lost the tapu (property title deed) and tax number. How can I resolve this please?
  25. Hi, No affiliation...but I started going on this site and checking out the properties they have. Nice stuff (I'm a villa kinda guy) in Bodrum, Kusadasi etc. Prices are in UK £...but easy enough to use a currency converter for USD/Euro/Lira etc. https://www.propertyturkey.com/real_estate/turkey If anyone has any others that they would like to add/share, please do. At some point I'd like to purchase the perennial "Turkish Summer home"...so the more choices the better!
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