Is there a charge to see the portfolios?

No, U-estate istanbul doesn’t charge a fee for showing portfolios to their clients.

Can we continue to get help from U-estate istanbul after the business is done?

Yes, you can. U-estate istanbul continues to provide the support for your needs after sales.

We will be moving to Turkey permanently and want to bring our furniture with us. Is this a good idea?

Electrical goods are taxed heavily when entering Turkey. The cost of furniture is so reasonable in Turkey that it would be a better idea to sell your furniture in your country and use that money to buy new furniture here If however you still want to bring it over you will need to use a good company abroad which will also advise you of the tracking company at this end who will do all the procedures for you at customs, once your furniture arrives Please note that you will need to have your original Tapu and you must first obtain a residency permit and you will also need to be here in Turkey, most tracking companies will insist that you attend at the port to finalize all paperwork, you will also need to take your tax number and original passports with you along with your residency permit. You will need to have cash to pay all tax duties etc on the day.

What are the doctors like in Turkey?

Most doctors in Turkey speak English and are very well trained. Many of the local doctors have surgeries, which are well equipped for dealing with patients, some also have their own ambulance service.

Is it safe to drink tap water?

It is not recommended due to the high mineral content, bottle water is advised to prevent upset stomach.

What are the roads like for driving in Turkey?

Driving in Turkey is on the right hand side of the road. The infrastructure is generally good in towns and cities, but some of the local roads are quite uneven, so caution is advised.

I will be living in Turkey for most of the year. Can I buy a car?

Yes, you can. U-estate istanbul can assist clients with this.

Can I have a Land Line telephone installed in my property?

If you have a residency visa, you can have a telephone installed. Otherwise, no.

Is health insurance available?

Yes it is, policies can be obtained from some banks and insurance companies. The health service is very good in Turkey, but please note that there is no NHS system. If you choose not to take out insurance please remember that you will have to pay all medical bills, even though Turkey is much cheaper than the rest of Europe, it can still be costly if you need long term medical treatment or an operation.

Can I get a house insurance?

Yes, we can get a quote for you and for your house and contents.

What is the crime rate like in Turkey?

The crime rate is low in Turkey – definitely much lower than Europe and the United States.

What other facilities do banks offer?

Facilities vary, but most major banks offer money exchange (travelers’ cheques, foreign currency, eurocheques (note that they do charge commission for these services). Most banks have a cash point system where holders of Visa, Access, MasterCard, Euro card and Delta can obtain cash. Mortgages are also available for property purchases (subject to status)

What are the bank opening times?

Opening hours varies, but banks are generally open from 9:30am – 5:00pm with a lunch break between 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

If I purchase land, can U-estate istanbul assist us to construct a property on it?

Yes, we can. We have a team of architects at the client’s disposal. Firstly, we would take the land title deed copy to the government land registry to check that it is in order and from there we will be able to determine how the land can be split (what percentage of the land can be used for the actual building) and what type of property we can construct on the clients behalf (e.g.: apartment block, duplex, triplex, villa). We will put our findings in a report to the client. Our architects can draw up plans according to the client’s specifications, or clients can have their own plans drawn up in their country, and we can construct from these.

If I purchase a property that needs renovations, can U-estate istanbul do the renovation work?

Yes, we can. We have a team of highly experienced builders, so we can easily supply a quote for clients for any work that needs to be carried out. We will also supply clients with progress reports. We do the following: installation of kitchens and bathrooms, tiling, painting, plumbing, electrical work, design & construction of swimming pools and/or surrounding gardens.

If I purchase a property that needs renovations, can U-estate istanbul do the renovation work?

Yes, we can. We have a team of highly experienced builders, so we can easily supply a quote for clients for any work that needs to be carried out. We will also supply clients with progress reports. We do the following: installation of kitchens and bathrooms, tiling, painting, plumbing, electrical work, design & construction of swimming pools and/or surrounding gardens.

If we sell our property, can we take all of our money out of Turkey again?

Yes you can. It would be better to do this via a bank so that money is recorded leaving and entering countries and of course for your own security so you are not carrying large amounts of money.

If I purchase property within a complex, do I have to pay a maintenance site fee?

Maintenance costs for complexes vary considerably – from approximately $500 – $1000 per year for the upkeep of the complex. Price varies dependant on facilities, area & what services are provided. If you purchase on a complex you will be required to pay the fee to the management company.

Is rental income taxable?

Yes it is. The Inland Revenue recently published a guide book for foreigners renting out their property, which lays out guidelines on taxable income after allowances etc, which is payable to them. It is a fair system with generous allowances allowing you to keep a large proportion of your income. Free Guide books can be collected from the tax office.

Can I rent out my property?

Yes. We can assist clients in renting their properties out. For more information please visit the rental section of the website.

What taxes do I need to pay?

Property Purchase tax is currently 1½% of the agreed purchase price payable by the buyer, with the seller paying a further 1½% (selling tax) Community tax (council tax) once or twice yearly. Price is dependant on location and property. 1. Buyers tax : 1,5 % to the tax office / treasury 2. Sellers tax : 1,5 % to the tax office / treasury 3. Notaries.. fees : PsC + PoA 0.8 % – 1.5 % to the public notary 4. Registry of the promissory sale contract: 0.5 0.7 % to the tax office / treasury 5. Military Permission Expenses 0.1 %

Do I need a lawyer to purchase a property?

Technically, no, although we will not sell any property to clients without using a lawyer, so clients will have the guarantee that everything is done legally and have peace of mind.

Are properties freehold or leasehold?

They are 100% freehold.

I have heard that the Turkish Government get a % share in each property that foreigners purchase, is this true?

No, it is not true. The Turkish Government has no share, stake or claim on any property that is bought by either foreigners or Turkish citizens. The property purchased will belong 100% to the buyer.

Will the Turkish Government have any claim to my property in the event of my death?

No, the government won’t have any claim. The same rules apply here as in USA law; in that the husband/wife and/or children would inherit the property

When will I receive the property in my name?

Presently it takes several months for the army search to come back. When this is received, the property will be transferred over to the client’s name. However, it is expected that this process will soon be changed and that Title Deeds will be transferred in a much shorter period of time. However once you have paid your money you will be able to move into your property.

Is it possible to purchase more than 1 property?

Yes. You can purchase as many properties as you want.

Can I give power of attorney to someone to act on my behalf?

Yes. If clients are in Turkey: (charges of approx 200ytl are required for the notary public + Translator fees), you can give POA to your lawyer here in Turkey.

If I own a property in Turkey, is there a limit to the amount of times I can come to Turkey to use it?

No, there is no limit.

Is this possible to stay in Turkey for long periods?

Yes, it is possible. Non Turkish citizens would need to apply for a residency visa. U-estate istanbul can assist clients with the process.

Can the Title Deed have more than one name on it?

Yes, it can have as many names as you wish on it. Passport copies, full names and addresses of all those whose names are to appear on the Title Deeds would be needed.