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50% returns in Istanbul: fact or fiction?

50% returns in Istanbul: fact or fiction?

Istanbul's real estate market is fast-moving and, for smart investors, lucrative. However, investors are bombarded with offers to make up to 50% gains in the Istanbul property market. Some are legit - but many, many others are - at best - misleading. Cameron Deggin unpicks the fact from the fiction and explains how to identify a superb deal from a total turkey.


Risky business: how to avoid the Istanbul rent guarantee con

Risky business: how to avoid the Istanbul rent guarantee con

When investing in a large city like Istanbul, it's difficult to get your bearings. Prices, build qualities, locations - it all varies so much. Unfortunately, there are a large number of unscrupulous companies ready to take advantage of new buyers. This includes the growing phenomenon of guaranteed rental income. We explain how it works - and how best to avoid getting scammed in Istanbul.


Golden Horn property: for investors with vision

Golden Horn property: for investors with vision

The iconic central Golden Horn area, clearly visible on every city map, is smartening up. New developments and improved infrastructure are attracting investment and prices are climbing. Middle class Turkish buyers are snapping up property at extremely favourable prices. So why aren't more foreign buyers sitting up and taking notice? 


New Izmit Gulf Bridge to double property prices in Bursa and Mudanya

New Izmit Gulf Bridge to double property prices in Bursa and Mudanya

A new bridge spanning the Marmara Sea has opened up Istanbul to the wider area - and offers investment opportunities to local and foreign buyers. Osmangazi Bridge - the world’s fourth largest suspension bridge, means that driving to Bursa from Turkey’s largest city now takes around an hour. This is a major development that will inevitably have a major impact on real estate sales and prices for property in Bursa and specifically, Mudanya.


Everything You Need to Know About Turkish Carpets and Kilims

Everything You Need to Know About Turkish Carpets and Kilims

Undoubtedly, any visitor to Turkey will quickly notice the obsession with Turkish carpets and rugs. Adorning the tiled floors of most Turkish homes, shops in touristic centres make a roaring trade as people scramble for a traditional Turkish carpet as an ideal holiday souvenir or gift for a loved one. Have a read of everything you need to know when looking for carpets in Turkey. 


Beautiful Green Parks of Istanbul

Beautiful Green Parks of Istanbul

The last 15 years has seen a new trend across the world to preserve parks, squares, and gardens, within cities that are typically nicknamed concrete jungles. Istanbul is likewise rising to the challenge to provide sustainable living spaces away from tall skyscrapers and traffic jams. Have a read of the best green parks you will find in Istanbul.

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Forget a place in the sun: investors need to get serious, explains Cameron Deggin

Forget a place in the sun: investors need to get serious, explains Cameron Deggin

Cameron Deggin explains why investors need to eschew traditional tourist destinations and look to areas where internal demand is driving property prices. He explains why investing in Istanbul or Bodrum is the most effective way to earn capital gains and steady rental income. Explore some of the most lucrative options for investment in Turkey today.


Istanbul Real Estate – Why and Where to invest

Istanbul Real Estate – Why and Where to invest

Turkey’s most popular city, Istanbul straddles two continents and provides a natural gateway between the East and the West. In the last 10 years, stratospheric development in Istanbul has seen investors rush to capitalise on Istanbul’s property boom. Stats show that one in five Turkish property sales are now being made in Istanbul, making the city one of the most exciting markets in the world. So, WHY and WHERE should you invest in Istanbul? Read on to discover just what sets this metropolis city above the rest.


A tale of blood and slaughter: the fall of Constantinople

A tale of blood and slaughter: the fall of Constantinople

May 29 marks the anniversary of The fall of Constantinople, in 1453. Although the Byzantine occupants of the city were outnumbered ten to one they fought valiantly against the invading Ottoman army. The 53-day siege and subsequent conquering of the city marked a turning point not just for the Ottoman Empire, but for the future of Islam, Turkey and the wider world. 


60% returns in 15 months? It could only be Istanbul

60% returns in 15 months? It could only be Istanbul

This residential and commercial project represents a lucrative foot-in-the-door for investors wanting a piece of the action in Istanbul. Property Turkey is offering exclusive pre-launch prices which will allow investors to see an incredible 60% return on investment within 15 months - as well as ongoing rental income. The centrally-located project is in one of Istanbul's most heavily invested areas, with links to Ataturk Airport, the city centre and plenty of five-star local facilities.


Istanbul's Street Art: Graffiti or Talent?

Istanbul's Street Art: Graffiti or Talent?

Some of the most creative designs, motifs, logos and stencil drawings are seen across a variety of districts, but the stand out neighbourhoods are usually around Istiklal Avenue, in Taksim Square; Tunel, Karakoy; Sishane; as well as Maltepe, Kadikoy and Moda. Is Istanbul street art graffiti or talent? Have a read of this blog and discover some of the best street art of Istanbul. 


11 Surprising Facts about Istanbul

11 Surprising Facts about Istanbul

As Turkey's largest city and most visited tourist destination, Istanbul is a sprawling network of streets, neighbourhoods, and buildings. Most people are already aware of its historical story as the capital-ruling centre for both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, but we searched high and low to find the most unusual facts about Istanbul. How many of these facts did you already know?


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