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Straight Talk: Avoiding citizenship scams in Turkey

Straight Talk: Avoiding citizenship scams in Turkey

Turkish citizenship for just $175,000. When the threshold is $250,000, this sounds like a good deal, right? Almost too good to be true? In this episode of Straight Talk, Cameron Deggin walks us through a scam that's doing the rounds in Istanbul, where unsuspecting buyers are falling for a gimmick that could land them in hot water.


Straight Talk: Perfecting your exit strategy when investing in Istanbul

Straight Talk: Perfecting your exit strategy when investing in Istanbul

Property investment can be a tricky business. It's not an emotional purchase like buying a family home; instead, it involves casting an eye to the future. In this episode of Straight Talk, Property Turkey director Cameron Deggin talks about surefire ways to fail - and win - at an exit strategy when you're investing in Istanbul property.


The 5 Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul

The 5 Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul

Bring on the competition America. When it comes to shopping malls in Istanbul, the excellence and professionalism of these establishments easily match any westernised version of where to splash the cash and have a good time. These malls are renowned throughout Turkey as shoppers’ havens, with a little bit of fun and eating out in food courts thrown in.


The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The Best Istanbul Neighbourhoods for Expats Looking to Relocate

The long list of Istanbul neighbourhoods run into hundreds and this is no surprise given, it is Turkey’s largest, most populated city. As a hub of everything and anything, including business, education, tourism, health, and economy, people flock from all over the world to boost the local population of Turks. Many Istanbul expats are working professionals, while others just like an urban lifestyle. All have one thing in common, though, and that is to live somewhere decent.


Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

Living in Istanbul as a Foreigner: 9 Useful Things to Know

From tourist to expat, if you are thinking of living in Istanbul as a foreigner, it is a great lifestyle move to make. As Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul offers so much including a low cost of living, a unique culture, the best nightlife and shopping scenes in the country, as well as abundance of tourist and historical attractions.


Digital Nomad in Istanbul – Turkey: Need to Knows

Digital Nomad in Istanbul – Turkey: Need to Knows

To be a digital nomad in Istanbul is the new norm, especially during these times, when employers actively encourage working from home. This situation works for both parties, and if the thought of becoming a digital nomad appeals, Istanbul is a great place to relocate to.


Five little-known Istanbul gems

Five little-known Istanbul gems

Some city tourists like to stick with what they know. And that's fine. But other travellers know that when you venture off the pages of the guide book, you are often rewarded for your trouble. We've picked out five neighbourhoods around Istanbul that might not be in your Lonely Planet guide, but are really are worth exploring.


The Galata Tower of Istanbul and the Karakoy District

The Galata Tower of Istanbul and the Karakoy District

For a fantastic panoramic view over Istanbul, head to Galata Tower in the Beyoglu district. As one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, every day, it hosts hundreds of people eager to find out what all the hype is about. Not only that, it’s illustrious history, makes it an exciting story.


A guide to the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul

A guide to the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul

The Basilica Cistern, one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions, gains fame because of its underground location, and if you are visiting the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, or Topkapi Palace, it is worth taking a short detour to see it. Called Yerebatan Sarayi in Turkish, which means sunken palace, it was built during the 6th century under Byzantine rule.


The best Instagram Spots in Istanbul to take photos

The best Instagram Spots in Istanbul to take photos

In our list of the top Instagram spots in Istanbul, you will not only find out where to go in Turkey’s biggest city, but also what makes these spots so unique. Instagram photos are about a lot more than blue skies, whether it is architecture, food, animals, or people. To be worthy of all those likes, an Instagram photo must tell a story, and Istanbul is the perfect canvas to do that.


9 reasons why winter in Istanbul is simply glorious

9 reasons why winter in Istanbul is simply glorious

Tourists tend to skip Istanbul in the winter. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's plenty to do in Turkey's largest city, even in the darkest depths of winter. From shorter lines to festivals and fragrant wintry drinks, here are our reasons why Istanbul is just as charming in the winter as it is in the high season.

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Our pick of the top seafront homes in Istanbul

Our pick of the top seafront homes in Istanbul

Seafront property in Istanbul. Rare as hen's teeth, and expensive, right? The first is correct, but the second isn't always the case. Property Turkey director Cameron Deggin walks us through some the last remaining seafront complexes in Istanbul. Ideal for investors and lifestyle buyers, these homes will offer a superb lifestyle while accumulating tidy capital gains.


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