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Calling all Brits!!!

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Turkey.

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Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:33 am

Hiya All

We have been thinking of moving to Turkey for some time now and have recently returned from a 2 wk holiday to Alanya. We found some interesting stuff out and now believe that this move will be possible although Alanya is not the place for us.

We have a good pension and some equity in our house but are thinking about renting a property first maybe even for a year, this will give us time to settle in and make sure we have made the right decision. We will have approx 1800YTL a month to live on and pay our rent, any ideas on whether this will be enough to rent an apartment, cover all bills, buy food and have some money to spend????

We need to get some idea of rental costs and what kind of 'packages' are available, for example, furnished, serviced, pools etc.

We would like an area that is on the coast with safe clean beaches, has a good British expat community, things to do, decent shops and not to many Mosques! (the early morning call to prayers is not something I could get used to) I know this is a lot to ask but believe it is out there.

If anyone has any suggestions on location that match and any good rental sites for that area we would be most grateful.

 

GordonW
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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:40 pm

Hi, First of all I have to say I am not an expert on Turkey.

However, one relatively low cost area is Altinkum which is very nice, beautiful beach, quite English speaking, cheap resturarants and English / International food.

If you want a larger place try Kusadasi and you can watch the large passenger ships come in, but it is a little more expensive than the quiet Altinkum.

Good luck, go for it

Paul_RO


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Paul_RO
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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:50 pm

quote:
''We would like an area that is on the coast with safe clean beaches, has a good British expat community, things to do, decent shops and not to many Mosques! (the early morning call to prayers is not something I could get used to) I know this is a lot to ask but believe it is out there''

Stay in the good old UK then. TR is 90% muslim.

 

Ikeepforgetting
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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:08 am

You ever thought of Bulgaria, It neighbours Turkey and has cheap living and cheap properties and depending on where u buy its onle stones throw from the border. Why not get the best of both worlds.
Jeanette

 

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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:23 am

Bulgaria, theres a thought, anybody been, how does it compare to turkey? Better, worse, cheaper, freindlier?, No loudspeakers waking you up at 5 am?

 

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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:34 pm

Hi Gorden W
I dont think Turkey is the place for you.I have been all over Turkey in the 19 yrs we have been goin to Turkey and Alanya is by far the best place we have been to so much so we bought an appt 5 yrs ago and are retiring there in March09(with its 47 mosques).It has great beaches,great people,and is very cheap on cost of living.Dont just visit somewhere for a fortnight then buy you need to look into the place first,and understand what your getting yourselves into.And as for your pension,you could live like kings in Turkey on that kind of money.Research the place before you spend any money or you will end up with none.Good luck.
Alanya1(Trev)

 

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Re: Calling all Brits!!!

Post Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:26 pm

Altinkum is a good area just over an hours drive from BODRUM airport and as said before it has lovely beaches and the coastline is gorgeous. There is a large British population but it is not the NEW BENIDORM!

Property is cheaper than most other resort areas but like all undiscovered places that suddenly become popular prices are beggining to rise, even in this current financial climate!

Rental is a good idea until you get your bearings and the Resale market is now starting to move with new buyers as current owners upgrade/downgrade. It is certainly the safest means of buying a property in TURKEY at least you will know that the property has been snagged and the Title Deeds are in evidence (many people are still waiting for their deeds 4 years down the line from the builders here and some unfortuantes have discovered they have a large mortgage placed on their deeds by the builders without their knowledge... as until the deeds change hands (even if you have paid all your money the property isnt yours, so beware!)

 

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