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Informations about purchasing a property in Turkey by Europeans
Reasons to buy a Turkish property
- the mild climate with more than 320 sunny days a year
The most European nationalities are allowed to buy Turkish properties on their own name - i.e. encl. official registering of the property (the Turkish name of the responsible authority and of the official owner document is TAPU). To this group belong - among other - English, German, Dutch, Austrian, Norwegian, Belgian and French people - and since a short time also people from Switzerland.
But in Turkey You don't need a notary for the property transfer - only the TAPU-authority arranges this transaction. You only need a notary, in case that You will secure a contract of sale or You want to authorize a person to apply (instead of You) for electricity, water etc. In average You need between 1 and 12 weeks for the property transfer.
If You agree with the seller, You apply for the official registering of the ownership of the property. The TAPU-authority requests Your passport and current passport photos. The authority sends Your application to the military gorvernment in Izmir or Adana and they check whether Your desired property is not located in a military closed region - but this is only a formality. But since the last changements of the title deeds law (January 2006) more and more Tapu-authorities are able to do the military proovements by themselves, so that the process of transfering the ownership of a property is going faster and faster..
When You apply for the property registering or when You sign the contract, often the seller insists on a down payment. So as we do, too. Please, note that we accept for the deposit as well for the payment of the remaining amount later only cash or a transfer on our bank account. Payments via creditcards are not possible !!
If You buy a building site or plot, there are several more hints to know. Foreigners are only allowed to buy land in a size up to 2,5 ha - for bigger land sizes you need a special permission of the Turkish Government. Please, examine, if there exists a permission to build and which conditions are connected with it. Nearly always there are conditions!! If You need details, please, contact us.
At every time You are allowed to sell Your property and to take the amount for it outside of Turkey. In case of death Your inheritances are able to register the property on their name, provided that they have an official European heritage document.
It is also important, that You need an ISKAN for Your property. The ISKAN is the official document that allows living in a property. Without this document it will be complicated to apply for electricity or water etc.
Please, pay attention: we
our clients to use a Turkish lawyer during the purchasing process - this is not
a must, but perhaps You feel more secure. And please,
be aware of the several non-tax paying estate agents in Turkey, who "only"
want to sell their "very cheap friends property" for a lucrative profit, consequently making thousands of pounds from the unsuspecting
you have any doubts or further questions, dont hesitate to contact us or
please, call the Turkish Embassy in Your Country to get detailed informations
about it for free.