Turkish British Association offers a comprehensive service from sourcing properties to your requirements and budget as well as settling in and introducing you to responsibilities of home ownership in Turkey.
After completing a viewing trip, customers make a deposit on the property of their choice with a passport and 5.000 USD (or Euro). After notarising passports and obtaining tax numbers, we also prepare and notarise sales contracts with the help of a lawyer . You can give power of attorney to a lawyer or to a representation to proceed on behalf of you at Notary Public.
At this point, if the customer wishes to open a bank account or use bank loan, we can also help with that, but importantly, we start the process with the General Directorate for Land Registry and Cadastre to have the Tapu transferred into the buyer’s name.
When we are notified that the deeds are ready for signing, full payment for the property needs to be transferred to the seller. (Example of Turkish title deeds.)
The Chamber of Commerce says real estate agents can charge 2% from the seller and 2% from the buyer. However, if a buyer buys an off plan or brand-new home from a construction company, they often waive buyer's commission rates.
Choose an Established Real Estate Agency
Unfortunately, many estate agents in Turkey have bad reputations because they cut corners and are dishonest with foreign buyers. So, you can hear different stories such as fraud, telling a lie, purchase expenses, additional costs and losing many. We have heard many stories of international buyers that have lost extremely substantial amounts of money, or they cannot rely on their estate agent for aftersales service.
Customers can check whether a real estate agent is legally allowed to operate, but also ask whether that company has experience with foreign buyers by asking for testimonials, of which you can read ours here.
Also, be aware of doing business with taxi drivers, receptionists, waiters or travel agents. Most normally have a brother, friend or uncle who builds and sells apartments, but they work on a commission basis and because they have no legally established business, have no interest in protecting the rights of buyers.
Our list of common questions and answers will be useful to any foreigner buying property in Turkey. Alternatively, to speak with an experienced sales representative via email, telephone or by visiting one of our local offices, contact us today.