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Real Estate in Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 11, 2023

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in Turkey by researching the local real estate market and consulting with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area. It is also important to consider the location of the property, as well as the amenities it offers. Homes in Turkey typically include amenities such as air conditioning, central heating, and a balcony or terrace. Many homes also have a garden, swimming pool, and parking space. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Turkey, however, there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase property within a military zone, and they must obtain permission from the Ministry of Defense before purchasing a property. Additionally, foreigners are not allowed to purchase more than 10 hectares of land.

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How do I find a place to live in Turkey?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We were recommended to contact a local Real Estate agent, who specialize in ex-patriates and what we need," remarked one member in Istanbul.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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