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Should I buy or rent a home in Turkey?

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If you have not spent a lot of time in Turkey, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision...

"Buying a home in Turkey can be a great investment, as the country has a strong economy and a growing real estate market. However, it is important to consider the costs associated with buying a home, such as closing costs, taxes, and other fees. Additionally, it is important to consider the length of time you plan to stay in Turkey, as buying a home may not be the best option if you plan to move in the near future. Renting a home in Turkey can be a great option for those who are looking for a more flexible living situation. Renting can be more affordable than buying, and it allows you to move more easily if you decide to relocate. Additionally, renting can provide access to amenities such as pools, gyms, and other facilities that may not be available when buying a home. Ultimately, the decision to buy or rent a home in Turkey should be based on your individual needs and preferences," said a member in Turkey.

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"I had a house built after buying a plot of land with a Turkish friend. It is not difficult to buy property here, but despite what UK and Turkish real estate agencies that you do not need to use a Avukat (lawyer) i recommend you use one. It is best to ask other expats which lawyer they used, as like anywhere, some are better than others. Renting is quite straightforward, although in some cases you are required to pay upfront a payment for anything from one month to one year in advance," remarked another expat who made the move to Antalya, Turkey.

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