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Post Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:26 pm

Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I'm sure someone will put it in the right place.

My name is Lyn and I am married to Mary and currently living in Altinkum, Turkey although I/we have had enough of living here and would like to move to somewhere nearer home (Wales) while still enjoying the sun and retirement Very Happy

 

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Post Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:24 pm

Hi Lyn, just moved your post to Turkey from Spain. Good luck in here.

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:47 pm

- LynandMary

Sorry if this is in the wrong section but I'm sure someone will put it in the right place.

My name is Lyn and I am married to Mary and currently living in Altinkum, Turkey although I/we have had enough of living here and would like to move to somewhere nearer home (Wales) while still enjoying the sun and retirement Very Happy



Welcome! Hope you enjoy the Forum! Please feel free to ask as well as give any advice or tips you think may help others.
In what ways have you had enough of the TR experience? Do share.

For myself I couldn't imagine living anywhere else now. I'm an Eng/Irish girl married to a TR guy. Got used to Izmir! Smile

Looking forward to hearing more from you.
All the best.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:35 pm

Hi, why we have had enough of Turkey - where do I begin.

Here in Altinkum (possibly not elsewhere in Turkey) there is a 2-tier pricing structure for everything, one price for the Turks and another greatly inflated price for non-Turks (especially us "millionaire" Brits).

Annual residency visa is £740 for the two of us and this is compulsory if you want to buy/own a car or a telephone etc. If you do own a car here it has a specific, non-Turkish registration mark. They might as well paint a "Bulls-eye" target on the side of the car for all the lunatic Turkish drivers to aim at.

There is now talk about compulsory health insurance at 182 TL (about £80) per month even if you have enough money in the bank to cover any unexpected medical problem.

The continuous "rip off" scams that abound here. Friends of ours have lost tens of thousands of pounds and neither the Polis nor the courts care about it, and neither does the British Consulate here if his past record is anything to go by. The local businessmen/builders quite literally laugh in your face if you dare to complain.

I had to ring for the Polis when I thought one of our neighbors villa was being broken into. When the policeman on duty answered the telephone he literally said "I do not speak much English" and put the receiver down. They couldn't care less if any British ex-pats are robbed but if a Turkish friend calls them for you they come in minutes.

In our little village outside Altinkum we know of seven families who have left Turkey in the last 4/5 months, and hopefully we will follow next year as our villa goes for sale in May 2011. Some have moved to Bulgaria but I think that is what is called from the frying pan into the fire.

I could go on for quite some time on this topic but I'll end here. Sorry for being longwinded but when I start I never know when to stop. Mad

 

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:01 pm

Thank you very much for sharing. It is sad but many expats do have these kinds of experiences.
I always find in TR that tourists, soldiers and students get ripped off- there's that one price for locals and the other price they try and hold out for! Grrrrr!
We have two sons who have been students in other cities as well as both had to do the military service.
It's probably not just TR but other countries too, they see dollars or euros when they deal w/foreigners!
I hope you sell your place and are able to move s'where more relaxing and comfortable. InsAllah.
Many of the new requirements eg comp health ins etc are in line w/European
rules.
There are stories w/happy endings tho'! Smile Hopefully we'll hear about other people's experiences on the forum.

All the best.

 

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Post Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:02 pm

Welcome Lyn & Mary.
We know the feeling

 

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:30 pm

Hi!
My name is Mark and although I live and work full-time in Saudi Arabia at the moment, my wife Susan, who is back in UK, and I have a holiday villa in Akbuk centre (Didim, Aydin), near Altinkum. We have a place a couple of hundred yards from Akbuk harbour and beaches and find it an ideal place to be - we plan to retire there in a few years.

We can echo some of LynandMary's experiences, which include being on a complex left with the construction and communal electric and water bills, including elec/water we had already paid for in the maintenance charges). The developer (details available if you wish) re-mortgaged Tapus of sold properties to the banks to feed their greed for more profit at 'owner's' expense. The banks have forclosed and now posess the properties with plans to auction them off (to rub salt into the wounds, original purchasers cannot bid!!!) Thank god we have our Tapu - but not the full one - the developer didn't comply with building regs for the complex shelters and we are now in heated discussion with the belediye. They won't let us register because of the developer's outstanding bills and shelter problem. So, although we want to pay for our 'habitation certificate', want to pay our council tax and water bills, want to have communal electric back on and paid for, we can't because of the financial mess the developer has run away from. (By the way, the Welsh partner is rumoured to have previously done the same in Spain and is now in Eastern Europe - details available.)

I recount all that above to emphasise the need for expert advice and to prepare people to question every step of property plans, construction, and payment, to get everything in writing and withhold maximum amounts of money until issue of habitation certificate and Tapu exchange.

That said, Turkish people (minus some of the estate agent and developer community) are trustworthy, hospitable and friendly. Living is cheap in Akbuk (which does not have a dual pricing policy as it is a Turkish holiday resort with many Turkish holiday home owners). All you need to do to reduce prices is walk away and the price dramatically falls - be cheeky when you barter (and you MUST barter - even in retail outlets) and be persistent! PLEASE do not pay the first price they ask for, nor the first price they agree to after bartering - keep those prices low ....

I've banged on a bit here, but deep down we love Akbuk and really like Turkey. We are hoping to buy a plot of land (through a Turkish/English couple who are our friends and trusted estate agents - details available) and build our own villa to a specification which will include lessons we have learned whilst owning a holiday property.

We'll keep you posted on our 'self-build' project once it takes off - see the '(to be inserted)' thread.

All the best
Mark & Sue


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