F.A.Q. Buying property in Turkey

1. About purchasing a home in Turkey
1.1 Why should I buy a home in Turkey?
1.2 As a foreigner, am I welcome in Turkey?
1.3 How does the conveyance work?
1.4 What do I need to look out for if I buy a house in Turkey?
1.5 Can my children inherit the house in Turkey?

2. Travel documents, residence- and work permit, car.
2.1 Do I need special travel documents to travel to Turkey?
2.2 Can I buy a car in Turkey or take one with me?
2.3 Can I work in Turkey too?

3. Money Matters
3.1 How do I get connected to electricity and water supplies?
3.2 What are the additional costs if I buy a home in Turkey?
3.3 Can I open a bank account in Turkey?
3.4 Can I continue to receive my benefit payment or pension in Turkey?

4. Living in Turkey
4.1 What is the climate in and around Alanya??

1.1 Why should I buy a house in Turkey?
An increasing number of foreigners choose to buy a home in Turkey, especially on the Turkish Riviera. Naturally, important factors are the fantastic climate with warm summers and mild winters and the Turkish hospitality. Also the level of prices is attractive for many people since it is considerably lower than in the Europe. Turkey is also becoming increasingly interesting for investors. The prices of real estate are still rising and the anticipated accession to the European Union will also have a beneficial effect. In short, we may not know your personal reasons for buying a property in Turkey, but there are reasons enough!

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1.2 As a foreigner, am I welcome in Turkey?
Turks are especially friendly and hospitable people who take pleasure in introducing foreigners to their land and culture. In short, you are welcome!

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1.3 How does the conveyance work?
If you choose to purchase a property from Toros Çekiç Contruction, we commence a procedure which leads to you attaining legal proof of ownership, known as the Tapu. Purchaser and vendor (in this case Toros Çekiç Construction) go together to the Tapu office in Alanya where, after the review of proof of identity documents and recent passport photos, the purchase takes place. The Tapu is actually a formal copy from the register in which ownership of land is recorded. The purchaser meets the cost of this procedure.

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1.4 What do I need to look out for if I buy a house in Turkey?
The most important aspect is to make sure that you do business with the legal owner of the land and the property. In our case, you do not have to worry, because you purchase directly from the project developer and thus the owner of the land.

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1.5 Can my children inherit the house in Turkey?
It is a common misconception that on the death of a foreign owner the property reverts to the Turkish state. This is completely incorrect. The heirs can simply inherit the Turkish property. We can help you formalise this with a Turkish notary.

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2.1 Do I need a special travel document to travel to Turkey?
Your passport or identity card is suffice to travel to Turkey. You will need to obtain a visa on entering the country. This costs 15 euro and enables you to stay in the country for 3 months.

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2.2 Can I buy a car in Turkey or take one with me?
You can buy a car in Turkey, although there are a number of restrictions relating to who may drive. You may take your own car to Turkey for 6 months, but it must be exported after this period has elapsed. Importing is extremely expensive.

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2.3 Can I work in Turkey too?
Without a work permit you are not allowed to work in Turkey and to get one is not easy. You can obtain a work permit if you want to form a company in Turkey or if you are employed by a Turkish entrepreneur. You have to make a request at the Turkish Consulate and you will have to prove that there is nobody in the whole of Turkey who can perform that job in your place.

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3.1 How do I get connected to electricity and water supplies?
You need to register with the council as a resident. Then you take an official copy from this registration to the public utility offices to arrange an Işkan, the electricity and water supply. If you purchase a property via Toros Çekiç Construction we accompany you and help arrange this. At the public utility offices only Turkish is spoken.

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3.2 What are the additional costs if I purchase a house in Turkey?
One-off costs for Tapu and Iskan. The level of these costs is determined by the government and depends of the value and classification of your residence. De one-off park costs vary per complex. With this amount the furnishing of the complex is procured. Think hereby about the purchase of loungers with parasols, the fitness equipment and various working materials to enable the right execution of the maintenance of the park.

The yearly reoccurring park costs for the management vary per complex. From this costs issues such as such as the salaries of the caretakers and other personnel, the maintenance of the swimming-pool, the garden etc are paid of.
It is mandatory for everybody to conclude a house and furniture insurance, immediately after the transfer of the keys. You will be brought into contact with an accomplished insurance broker by the selling party. The costs for this amount to around € 200,00 per year for an apartment inclusive the mandatory earthquake insurance.

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3.3 Can I open a bank account in Turkey?
You can, and it is certainly advisable if you have, or intend to, purchase your own house. Regular bills, such as electricity and water, can then be easily paid to the relevant suppliers. In this way, you do not run the risk of having supplies cut off.

A bank account can be opened with any Turkish bank. You only need to provide proof of identity. Toros Çekiç Construction is glad to help with the formalities.

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3.4 Can I still receive my benefits and pension in Turkey?
Since the Law Limiting the Export of Benefits there are restrictions on receiving certain benefits abroad. Because Turkey is a so-called ‘treaty land', the consequences remain limited.

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4.1 What is the climate in and around Alanya?
Alanya has a very attractive climate with warm summers and mild winters. In the summer temperatures can reach 35 °C, in the winter temperatures can vary considerably between 12 °C and 20 °C..

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