What are you looking for, a holiday home an investment or maybe somewhere to enjoy holidays now and possibly retire too? Congratulations on choosing Turkey it is a truly fabulous country and I should know as I have lived here for almost 10 years. My next question is have you visited Turkey before? You may be surprised to know that lots of potential buyers decide to buy here even though they have never set foot on Turkish soil. I had visited Turkey just once on a day trip from Kos to Bodrum and made a decision to invest, that was around 15 years ago. Of course I came back to Turkey for 1 week and bought my first property a 2 bedroom apartment and haven’t looked back since.
Firstly you need to decide on a location, once you know where you want to buy a property in Turkey, finding the ideal property for you is easy. If you are unsure you need to visit and maybe visit a few areas until you feel comfortable and somewhere captivates you. A starting place is do you want a beach, city or countryside location and go from there.
Budget, cash or finance
Another factor is your budget you need to be realistic about what you can afford, there is no point looking at luxury villas for sale if you only have the funds for an apartment. Look at the prices and make sure you have your funds available and ready to go. If you need finance make arrangements for it or if you are a cash buyer it puts you in a great position to negotiate.
Agents & Solicitors
Please, please, please use a reputable agent who deals with property in Turkey. These agents know what they are talking about and will only work with reputable developers to ensure a smooth property transaction on your behalf. They will listen to what you want and put together a property portfolio for you to view. A good agent will take away the headache of which area is good etc and recommend property options for you. Give as much information as possible to your agent and let them do their job for you. I strongly recommend you to use the services of a solicitor when buying your property, if you were buying a house in the UK you would use one wouldn’t you?
I can’t even begin to tell you how many people that I heard of being ripped off years ago when buying in Turkey was first popular. Yes there were unscrupulous developers and so called estate agents operating a scam business, however, potential buyers were asking waiters and bar persons to recommend agents and it was a huge mistake. The government stepped in and new rules and regulations are now in operation to stop this. Hence me saying please use a trusted agent and ask around for recommendations and search the web portals for good agents.
What type of property should you buy?
Apartments are great for a holiday home, 2 or 3 bedrooms are advisable and if you want to rent your apartment out when not using it yourself, a family will search for at least 2 or 3 beds when looking to book their holiday accommodation. If you are thinking about spending months at a time in Turkey and possibly retiring here one day I would definitely opt for a villa. A villa will give you so much more space and privacy and consider if you live here full time you will no doubt have lots of family and friends over to stay with you.
This is where you will be amazed at what your money can buy for you in Turkey.
A 2 bedroom apartment on the coast starts from under £32,500
A 3 bedroom duplex on the coast starts from under £44,000
A 2 bedroom semi detached villa on the coast is from under £65,000
A 3 bedroom detached villa on the coast with a private pool is from under £70,000
A 1 bedroom apartment in the city of Istanbul starts from under £42,000
I know these prices sound too good to be true but these properties are currently for sale now. The Aegean coast is very popular for British expats as well as the Fethiye area and along the Mediterranean coast taking in Belek, Antalya and Alanya. Book your trip to Turkey today and enrich your lifestyle, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!