Much has been made of Istanbul’s investment potential. And despite a turbulent year investors are still expressing interest in Turkey's largest city. But do the numbers add up? Which parts of the city saw lucrative gains, and which are duds? We examine the gains made in the city and its suburbs in the last five years.
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Security concerns have put a number of visitors off visiting Turkey. In fact, tourism declined by more than 30% in 2016. But how justified are these security problems? We ask a frequent visitor to Turkey if she'll be back this year, and quiz Property Turkey director Cameron Deggin on the country's suitability for tourists - especially those with young families.
Thousands of expats and repeat holidaymakers to Turkey would like to learn the national language. Being fluent in Turkish bridges the social and cultural gaps but for expats or people in mixed cultural relationships, it also makes daily life much easier when you speak the native tongue. Some people have learned the language without difficulties, but most of our expat customers say it is hard, and they would love to find easy ways to learn Turkish - find out easy ways to learn Turkish here.
From the east to the west, many ancient city ruins adorn the vast landscape of Turkey. Previously belonging to various empires that have ruled the land over time, their stories now belong in the history books. Some like Ephesus are still a bustle of activity, receiving thousands of visitors every day who are eager to see the excavated and restored landmarks. Others, however, welcome little or no visitors and their historical timelines do not receive the recognition or praise they so rightly deserve. One such example is the ancient city of Priene in the Western Aegean region of Turkey.
Gorgeous Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey maintains a discreet reputation on the international travel and property scenes. Often overlooked by the neighbouring, characteristic town of Kas, many tourists also flock to the nearby hubs of Fethiye or Antalya instead. Kalkan remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets, and anyone looking for an abundant lifestyle devoid of hustle and bustle, would fare well to look more into the resort - find out why you should buy a property in Kalkan.
When it comes to cities, much of the focus in Turkey is on Istanbul. As a finance, business, and tourism hub, it attracts international admiration and many first-time visitors. However, repeat visitors who have seen the main attractions often start to explore further afield to know more about the history, culture, and traditions of the country. Deviating from the typical stereotype of hustle, bustle, and impersonal social life, they offer all the benefits of city life, but much more as well - here are four beautiful cities to explore in Turkey.
In the Aegean region of Turkey, away from the coastal holiday resorts and bustling towns, much of the landscape is green fields. On the outskirts of the Soke region, a cotton farming nucleus, the picturesque scenery is broken up by the majestic ancient ruins of Miletus city. Its remote location deters some people from visiting, and compared to other historical sites of Turkey; it receives little recognition of it's prominent and influential historical timeline. Yet touring the site is an interesting journey into Turkey’s history.
Low costs and a young population clamouring for goods and services mean Turkey makes a fantastic place to start your own company. Entrepreneurs are discovering the country that bridges east and west is a fertile ground for new ideas and innovation. Discover why Turkey is the ideal start up destination, and get a few tips to help you get started.
The falling Turkish lira has investors speculating: what will happen to Turkish property prices in 2017? Will they also fall? And if so, will they come back? Should we buy property in Turkey now when Turkish Lira is at an all time low? We explain the real estate outlook for property in Istanbul and Turkey this year, and show you some of the deals investors are taking advantage of with a unique loophole.
The lira has fallen dramatically since last year, and this week reached record lows against major currencies including the dollar, the euro and the pound. We explore why the current situation has come to pass, and the factors behind it. We also explain the measures the government is taking to prevent further losses, and why Turkey's fundamentals are strong enough to weather the current storm.