Recently announced is the lift on military searches for foreign property buyers in Turkey, this is welcome news indeed for foreign buyers. At the moment not all provinces have this restriction removed, however; hopes are that more will follow in time. This now means that foreign property buyers will be given their property deeds (otherwise known as the Tapu) on the same day of purchase. It puts the foreign property buyer on par with a Turk, meaning that the transaction of buying a property can be finalised in a day and more importantly their Tapu is issued with their name on it.
Turkey first opened its doors to foreigners buying property in 2004 but they had to go through a military check first costing in the region of £300. This took a couple of weeks to three months or longer in some cases and it gave way to unscrupulous developers to dupe the foreign buyer in a number of ways. The property was sold several times over, foreign buyers were told to give a local friend POA which then meant the property was legally theirs, foreign buyers lost thousands of pounds in this scam.
Over the years as foreign buyers and the Turkish government became more aware these incidences became less frequent, nevertheless, this is welcomed news to prevent any further problems. In 2011 a new law was passed which stated that if a property a foreign buyer wanted to purchase had already received a military search, another wasn’t required. Although the military search has been lifted in many provinces there is still an administration fee to pay of around 425tl.
A protocol has been signed between the General Staff, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning and the General Directorate of Land Registry Cadastre. According to the protocol, military searches will, for now, not be demanded on foreign property sales in Aydın, Aksaray, Adıyaman, Çankırı, Çorum, Isparta, Kahramanmaraş, Karabük, Kastamonu, Kırşehir, Nevşehir, Niğde, Samsun, Sinop, Usak and Yozgat.
The exemption in Aydın will not cover real estate with land in the Dilek Peninsula and foreign nationals can buy immovable property for use as workplace or residence in Turkey provided that they adhere to legal restrictions. A foreigner cannot buy more than 30 hectares in any city.
A member of the Didim Chamber of Commerce Deniz Demir said “the decision on the removal of the special security allowance on the sale of real estate for foreigners was good news”. Didim or Altinkum (the resort) as it is also known by has a fairly high ex-pat community made up of mainly Brits, the property here is more affordable and its locally referred to as “Little Britain” as the bars and restaurants specifically cater to them. It is only around a 1 hour transfer time from Bodrum airport making it a more desirable location to settle. English is spoken widely so if you are thinking of making the move, this could be an ideal location for you.