Frequently Asked Questions buying property in Turkey

Q: Are there any restrictions for foreigners when purchasing property in Turkey?

A: Only in rural areas and military zones. In the developments that we promote there are no restrictions imposed.

Q: Will the property be freehold?
A: Yes - all properties we sell in Turkey are "freehold".

Q: What is the title deed (Tapu) like?
A: The title deed is called ‘TAPU' and all property transactions for the foreigners is done only through the Land and Registry offices of the relevant district where the property is located.

Q: Do I need to get a residence permit in order to buy a property in Turkey?
A: NO!

Q: Can i buy a property in Turkey?
A: Property ownership in Turkey can be obtained by foreign nationals (real persons) as well as foreign companies following the bilateral agreements between countries and legal framework for property ownership in Turkey. Both Turkish and foreign owners have equal property-ownership rights quaranteed by law. See the list of nationalities that can buy a property in Turkey directly as real persons.

Q: How long can it take until the purchase is completed?
A: The whole purchase process untill getting the Title Deed can take 2 - 4 months. It is caused by gaining a permit from Turkish Military Central Office in Izmir. This stage of buying process has become a necessary formality just to approve that the property you intend to purchase is not located in military, strategic and security zones of Turkey where it is prohibited to buy.

Q: When do i pay?
A: To your best convenience, we always discuss the payment possibilities and set a customized payment plan for each individual customer. The plan mostly enables to devide the purchase price into several partial payments during the time of purchase process. The first deposit is usually taken at the time of singing the contract and the last one by rule at the Title Deed delivery.

Q: When can i move in?
A: With our properties you do not have to wait until your Title Deed is delivered to move in and enjoy your holiday home in Turkey. You may move in as soon as the first payment is made in case the construction is finished.

Q: Do I need to obtain citizenship before I buy? 
A: No, non citizens and non residents can buy a property in Turkey.

Q: Do I need a visa before entering Turkey? 
A: Yes, most nationalities require a Visa to enter Turkey. This can be obtained at Immigration once you arrive in Turkey

Q: How long can I stay in Turkey on the normal Visitor's visa?
A: Visitor's Visas are valid for 3 months.

Q: Can I obtain a Visitor's visa for a longer period of time?
A: Yes, longer term residency visas can be obtained from your local Turkish Embassy prior to travelling to Turkey. They are normally issued for periods of one year.

Q: Can I get house and contents insurance in Turkey?
Yes, many well known international insurance companies and local Turkish companies offer building and contents insurance. Earthquake Insurance is now compulsory in Turkey and is readily available and a straightforward transaction.

Q: How will I set up Utility Services - Gas, Electricity, and Telephone?
A: As part of the buying process we will assist you to do this. There are one off set up costs - Telephone Lines are not currently offered to non nationals but Mobile phones with Pay As You Go Cards are readily available.

Q: How will I pay these bills when I am not in Turkey ?
A: We will guide you to open a bank account and you need to set up a direct debit so that all your bills will be paid even if you are not in the country.

Q: Can I bring my pet to Turkey?
A: Yes, currently you can bring one cat, one dog, one bird or ten fish to Turkey by obtaining a certificate of origin and a certificate of health not more than 15 days prior to travelling. Airlines will also need to be advised of your intention to bring a pet with you when booking your flights. However, please remember that pets will be quarantined if you are returning from Turkey to the UK or Ireland.