Viewing trips or inspection trips means you are specifically travelling to Turkey to view property for sale with intent to buy. You will have been speaking to a trusted agent about buying property in Turkey and hopefully will have decided on a location already and you more than likely know what type of property you want either and apartment, duplex or a villa.
Locations in Turkey vary and as Turkey is a vast country we recommend you know before hand which location you prefer. The Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts are both popular for holiday home buyers who want their own place in the sun. Take a holiday to both locations and see which you prefer, they are different and once you have chosen you can set about organising a viewing trip with a reputable agent who ideally has been recommended to you. You can also search the internet for recommendations and any good agent will give you testimonials to read to put your mind at ease.
It is always better to arrange a viewing trip rather than go to a resort and ask either a bar tender or waiter to help you buy a property – you wouldn’t do this in the UK so don’t do it in Turkey. Yes there have been horror stories in the past but it’s because holiday home buyers have not used the correct channels or a solicitor in the buying of a home in Turkey.
Of course your budget determines on a property but often clients think they want an apartment but may see a villa for not much more money and choose that option. For example currently in Akbuk on the Aegean coast of Turkey you can buy a 2 bedroom apartment for £42,500 on a complex with a shared pool and you can also buy a 3 bedroom detached villa for £69,950 with a private pool. Yes its jump on the price but finance options are always available – however it is important to point out any good agent will not badger a client to buy beyond their means.
Ideally you will choose to visit between spring and autumn as you will be able to see the Turkish resorts in all their glory and if you are buying primarily for a holiday home this is the best time to visit. Your trip may last anything from 3 to 5 days in which the agent will have put together a property portfolio for you to view designed on what you have said you want in a property.
Usually included in a viewing trip are return flights from your UK chosen airport, transfers in Turkey from the airport to your hotel and for your return journey. You will probably stay on BB or half board basis which is bed and breakfast or bed, breakfast and evening meal. You will have a one to one viewing trip with your agent who will show you the area and as many properties as you wish. Some clients find their dream home quickly; others take their time and decide after seeing many properties.
If the property needs furnishing the agent can recommend furniture shops and introduce you too them if you wish. If you prefer to do that yourself that is absolutely no problem. They will assist you getting a tax number at the Tax Office which you will need before you open a Turkish bank account. On opening your bank account you will need to deposit a little money in there however there is no set amount. Your agent will go through everything with you that you need to bring on your trip to Turkey.
It’s important to know that a good agent will be with you every step of the way and offer their advice. They can tell you the different options whether it’s an off plan option, a resale or a new build but ultimately it is your choice. Have a list of questions to ask as many cannot be answered unless you are asking about a specific property. If you are considering renting your new property out you can ask at this stage, what are the rent fees on property in the surrounding area? The agent should be able to give you a guideline.
Why not think about asking for a viewing trip today? Property sales in Turkey are up compared to the last 2 years and Turkey is as popular as ever with great value properties currently for sale. Happy house hunting in Turkey!