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F.A.Q.
Q: What about bringing pets into Turkey?

A:It is possible to bring your pets out here with its own passport. But if you return to the U.K. it will be subject to the quarantine laws.

Q: What medical services are available in Turkey as we are considering moving there?

A:There are no NHS hospitals in Turkey at the moment. There are Government and Private hospitals. Private hospitals are much cheaper than most European hospitals (approx 45% cheaper) and at times treatment prices can be negotiated. The quality of care is first class. It is important if you are considering coming to Turkey to live to ensure that you obtain Private Health Insurance, this can be obtained in Turkey. For a good comprehensive cover and piece of mind we recommend Bupa International! For further details link please visit: www.bupainternational.com

Q: What are the roads like for driving?

A:Driving in Turkey is on the right hand side of the road. Not all drivers observe the ‘Right Of Way’ ruling. Be careful when crossing roads whilst walking, as Turkish drivers generally do not stop at zebra crossings even!

Q: What is the crime rate like in Turkey?

A:The crime rate is low in Turkey – definitely much lower than in Spain and the UK.

Q: We will be moving to Turkey permanently and want to bring our furniture with us. Is this a good idea?

A:You can have your own furniture shipped out here but electrical goods are taxed heavily when entering Turkey. As the cost of furniture is so reasonable in Turkey it maybe a better idea to sell your furniture in the UK and use that money to buy new furniture here.

Q: What is the best time of year to come over?

A:The Summer months are from May to October. The hottest months are July and August where temperatures reach 40 degrees celsius. If you do not like extreme heat or if you are elderly, I would recommend you come over in June or September. The second week of September is a lovely time of the year. The scenery is lovely in May as the country has just come out of its rainy season, so there are hundreds of wild flowers about and the grass is green. In the winter months, it does tend to rain.

Q: Is it safe to drink the water from the taps?<

A:The water in the taps has a high mineral content which will upset your stomachs. It is recommended to drink bottled water at all times.

Q: Can I have a telephone installed?

A:If you have a residency visa, you can have a telephone installed. Otherwise, no. However, clients can purchase a mobile and SIM card from one of the local shops on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Q: What is the electricity voltage in Turkey?

A:It is 220 volts. In some areas where power surges are a factor, the purchase of a regulator is a necessity as it smoothes out these surges before they reach the electrical goods in your property.

Q: Can I have satellite TV installed?

A:You can have a satellite dish installed for satellite TV, this will allow you to watch programmes such as BBC World, BBC Prime, CNN International, Eurosport and some other English programmes.

Q: A lot of properties have the facility of solar heating panels. Can these also be used in the winter?

A:It is a good idea to have solar heating panels installed if your property does not have them. Solar heating panels are used in the summer months to heat water. They are ecologically and economically sound. However, on overcast days or days when it is cold, especially in the winter, an electric heating water system is also required. We can arrange to have this fitted for you if your property does not have this.

Q: Apart from Turkish Lira, what other currencies are accepted in Turkey?

A:Stirling, Euros and Dollars are accepted.

Q: What other facilities do the banks offer?

A:Facilities also vary, but most major banks offer money exchange (travellers cheques, sterling, euro cheques (but note that they do charge commission for these services). Most banks have a cash point system where holders of Visa, Access, Mastercard, Eurocard and Delta can obtain cash.

Q: I plan to live in Turkey. Can I open an interest bank account?

A:It is possible to open an interest bank account.

Q: Can I open a bank account in Turkey?

A:Yes. We will assist clients with this. Clients will need to take their passports with them for the accounts to be opened. Setting up a bank account is useful for paying utility bills via direct debit.

Q: If we sell our property, can we take all of our money out of Turkey again?

A:Yes you can. It would be better to do this via a bank so that money is recorded leaving and entering countries.

Q: I want to stay in Turkey long term. Is this possible?

A:It is possible. UK citizens would need to get a residency visa from officials for this. We can assist you with the process, clients would need to only pay petrol costs for the journey to the officials office.

Q: Do I need to pay £10 every time I enter the country?

A:Upon entering Turkey, UK citizens will need to pay £10 per person for a visa. This visa is valid for 3 months.

Q: If I own a property in Turkey is there a limit to the amount of times I can come to Turkey to use it?

A: No, there is no limit.

Q: Can we have a will drawn up in Turkey?

A: We would advise you to do so as an English will does not hold out in Turkey.

Q: Who inherits our property if we should die?

A: Turkish Law is very similar to British Law Spouses inherit from each other and the next of kin (children if any) in the event of the death of the female spouse or both spouses. The property for the next of kin if both spouses die is divided equally. The only difference is if the male spouse dies and there are children, 1/2 of his 1/2 of the estate goes to his wife and the other 1/2 of his 1/2 is divided between the children In the event of the woman spouses death then all her 1/2 goes to the husband. For amendment on title deeds due to death will require legal assistance.

Q: Are there many British buying in Turkey?

A: Yes, the last few years have seen a considerable amount of Brits buying over here. There are many different reasons for this. Some people have decided to invest their pension money in property over here due to the small return on their savings in Britain. Some people simply can't get on the property ladder in Britain and have purchased over here with a view to sell in later years to help them use the great investment to purchase later in England. Others have huge equity now in their homes and have used some of it to buy a dream holiday home. Others simply have surplus cash and see a great investment for the future! Quite a few people have also sold up and moved out here because of the great climate and low cost of living and lets not forget the wonderful culture over here. The people are warm and friendly & love children. Crime rate is very low, what could be more perfect!

Q: Is purchasing property in Turkey a good investment opportunity?

A: Currently prices in Turkey (especially in Altinkum) are incredibly reasonable, so owning property is a fantastic investment opportunity. Prices are constantly rising, so purchasing now is a good idea! It is widely believed that Turkey will enter the EU within the next five years or so. Once that happens, property prices will definitely increase.

Q: How will I understand everything? I don't speak Turkish.

A: We have English staff to advise you every step of the way. A translator is used when you sign your contract and you will get a copy in both Turkish and English.

Q: Will my property be safe while I am not in Turkey

A: We have a Property Management service. We do property inspections, when requested, on behalf of the clients, and report back to the clients on our findings.

Q: If I purchase a property that needs renovations, can you organize this?

A: Yes, we can. We have a team of highly experienced builders who work for us, so we can easily supply a quote for clients for any work that needs to be carried out. We can also supply clients with progress reports upon request. We do the following: General construction of the main building, installation of kitchens and bathrooms, tiling, painting, plumbing, electrical work, design & construction of swimming pools and/or surrounding gardens.

Q: If I purchase land, could you construct on it?

A: Yes, we can. We have a team of architects at the clients disposal should they decide to build on their land. We can take clients Title Deeds to the government land registry to check that they are in order and from there we will be able to determine how the land can be split up and what type of property we can construct on the clients behalf (e.g: apartment block, duplex, triplex, villa). We will put our findings in a report to the client. Our architects can draw up plans according to clients specifications, or clients can have their own plans drawn up in the UK, and we can construct from these.

Q: If I purchase property within a complex, how much would I have to pay yearly for maintenance?

A:The maintenance costs in complexes vary considerably depending on the size of pool and complex etc.

Q: How long does it take until I own the property in my name?

A: It usually takes 2 – 3 months for the Title Deeds to come through. When this happens, the property will be in the clients name.

Q: Can the Title Deeds have more than one name on it?

A: Yes, it can. It can have as many names as you wish on it. We will need passport copies, full names and addresses of all those whose names are to appear on the Title Deeds.

Q: If I purchase property, how do I know when to make my payments?

A: This will be detailed in the sale agreement and will be discussed with you when you sign your contract at the solicitors. As soon as the payments have been received we will send you a receipt.

Q: Can I give anyone power of attorney to act on my behalf?

A:Yes. Clients usually give us the Power of Attorney (POA), this can be done here in Turkey, or they can do this when they return to the UK. If we have the power of attorney it means that we can sign for the deeds to be released from the Title Deeds Office on their behalf and have the water and electricity supply connected.

Q: Can You Manage & Rent out our property?

A:We can certainly manage your property we have a very good after sales and property management service. We will assist our clients where possible to rent out their property.

Q: How can I come to Turkey to view your properties?

A: We can arrange a viewing trip for you... details of this can be found on this web site. This covers accommodation, transfers and viewing of properties.

Q: Are properties Freehold in Turkey?

A: Yes the majority are, it is mainly commercial properties that are leasehold but check with your agent first.

Q: Do we need a solicitor to purchase a property?

A: We will not sell any properties without the use of legal representation. It is essential that your rights are protected and the best way to do this is to use an independent reputable legal team. The solicitor will ensure that a legal binding contract is drawn up and that it is signed by the buyer and seller. The solicitors job is to also ensure that the seller is also the legal owner of the property / Land and has the right to sell it.

Q: How long does it take for us to actually own the property?

A: No one can have the deeds to their property until the Army have done a search on that person. This process can take anything up to three months. Once the all clear is given by the Army the deeds will then be transferred into your name. This does not stop you moving into your new home. As soon as the contracts have been signed you can start moving in.