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Regional research,

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Regional research,

Hello all,my name is james,I've happened onto your forum and found it extremely interesting,I have been looking recently at the possibility of buying a place abroad somwhere,and now with the recent and depressing statistic that in the UK it's been the wettest 3 months ever on record(April,May June) that possibility is evolving into more of a probability.I have,like many others had a look at Spain,it's an easy option,and to an extent(if you allow it to)puts the blinkers on to much more that's out there,and Turkey of course is one of the places out there that offers one of the important elements I have high on my list,that being weather,so that's a good starting point,obviously many of you on the forum have extensive knoweldge of Turkey, and I hope I can tap into that for help,as there are so many regions of Turkey which I'm sure offer different qualities.My search I hope will lead me to an area that is generally peaceful,I'm not a noisey night-lifer,so late bars and night clubs aren't for me,I like the coast,and a nice sandy beach would be a plus,I would prefer to be in a place that hasn't really been spoilt to much by heavy tourism,being part of Turkish culture and local life would be important,history and interesting countryside would be great,local food too,though I'm sure unaltered Turkish food is available most anywhere,so there we have it for a start,I can almost hear some of you mutter "mm this guy doesn't want much does he !!"..but we have to start somewhere....Many thanks in anticipation..James

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1. Re: Regional research,

One problem you have James with buying a holiday home in Turkey is the cost of the flights - compared to those to Spain for example. The distance obviously is further, and the costs higher. So it is worthwhile thinking about which airports in Turkey you can fly to easily from home, and then look at areas that are not too long a transfer away - after a 4 hour flight, I really don't want to be on the road for another couple of hours! I am assuming you are looking for a holiday home - but then maybe you are thinking of moving out permanently?

Either way, I would definitely suggest you make a trip (or 2!) to Turkey first to see whether it is for you before committing yourself.

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2. Re: Regional research,

Are you looking to move there permanently or just buy a second home out there? I lived in Turkey for a few years and although I loved the summers, the winters were quite hard; the weather isn't good, it rains a lots and it gets very cold!

I would love to buy a holiday home out there but I wouldn't want to live there all year round again.

We lived near Bodrum and there are some lovely places round the Bodrum Peninsula. Turgutreis, Yalikavak and Gumusluk all popular with people buying holiday homes and they aren't commercialised like the bigger resorts but they have good facilities and nice beaches. Gundogan is another popular choice.

You could also look on the Turkish Living website, as that is where a lot of the ex-pats and holiday home owners go. There is lots of on information on buying property etc. on there too.

I hope this helps.

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3. Re: Regional research,

Thanks to both Attagul and KediYavrusu for your responses,I am looking for a holiday get away at the moment but along side that there is the longer term consideration of perhaps it becoming more permanent arrangement,but cold and wet !! brrrr, sounds a lot like where I am now and attempting to escape from.

The travel aspect too,is as mentioned,an important feature in all of this and I do take on board the comments made concerning accessibility,indeed some of the properties/regions I've taken a provisional peep at seem to be quite a journey from the nearest international airport,in saying all that, there is much to be impressed with about Turkey, so, I will continue to learn more, and try and narrow down just where there, might best suit, and then make a visit.

So thank you once again for your replies and suggestions, and I will for certain visit the "Turkisk Living" website. All the best....

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4. Re: Regional research,

James - having been there, done that and got the T-shirt, all I can advise is do your research very carefully. Definitely have a look at the Turkish Living Forum website - and do take heed of the pitfalls. If you decide to go ahead, make sure that the area is definitely for you - try it out in the winter weather, it may surprise you. Do check all the correct paperwork - use a recommended solicitor, ensure you have both the Tapu and Iskan (habitation certificate). Visit any prospective place many times before making a decision - at all times of the day and different seasons if possible (some places become a ghost town in winter). Don't be taken in by the persuasive talk of some emlaks (estate agents) - some will tell you anything for a sale.

If you take a look at the Bodrum peninsula and like what you see, I can recommend an English estate agent who owns and runs a company in Konacik (I wish I had used her when buying my place).

Jak xx

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5. Re: Regional research,

Hi Jak,yes I've already had a dose of the emlak persuasive ways you speak of,but it was to no avail,and I will, as you advise, be extremely thorough before making any irreparable moves,I suppose there are many tales of woe from those who have fallen into common pitfalls when buying property there,as in other countries,and you sound like your experience wasn't plain sailing either,I am looking at different regions of the country, and if Bodrum does become a possible(though KediYavrusu frightened me a little in describing the winters,they sounded like they were imported from Manchester!!) I may be needing your English emlak,anyway you're definately a more healthy colour than I currently am judging by your pic and I feel envy getting the better of me so goodbye!! thanks for your reply and good luck....

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