Frequently Asked Questions
1 - What are the best times of year to come to Turkey?
Alanya EasyHome operates in the beautiful southern coast of Turkey, where the sun shines approximately 300 days a year. The summer season truly kicks off by end March until end November, times at which you can fully enjoy all the pleasures of owning a property in the Turkish Riviera. Although the winter season is (naturally) a little bit chillier, the weather never gets below 15 C.
2 - What is the currency?
The Turkish national currency is the Turkish Lira. You can check the currency rates here...
3 - Can I pay my daily purchases in €?
Although some shops will accept your payments in €, it is strongly advised to have use of the Turkish Liras. No worry, you can easily find an exchange office close to your property.
4 - What about the medical services?
Turkey has a worldwide known medical reputation. In Alanya, there are 3 private fully equipped hospitals. All hospitals have agreement with major global insurance companies.
Can we get private health insurance in Turkey?
Yes, Private Health insurance is readily available in Turkey and costs again are considerably cheaper than at home. Individuals who are travelling to Turkey for 3 months or less and hold private health insurance at home should be covered, but please check this with your Insurer before travelling. For those looking to spend longer periods of time or retire in Turkey, then we would recommend that you explore the Global Policy currently on offer with VHI or are covered by an Insurer in Turkey for which Alanya EasyHome can help.
5 - How is the general perception of locals toward foreigners?
To warmly welcome any guests is an inseparable part of the Turkish culture. You can be sure that you will feel just as good as your country (if not more comfortable) any time you visit Turkey.
6 - Is it necessary to learn the language?
To learn the language is completely up to you. It is not mandatory to learn the language since in places where we operate English is generally widely spoken.
7 - Do the places where you operate have an easy access all year round?
The nearest airport to the location where we operate is the Antalya International Airport, which operates all year round. There are many flights from and to major European airport to Antalya all year round.
8 - Do I need a Visa to enter Turkey?
According to your country of arrival a Visa might be necessary. However, it is easily obtainable at the airport of arrival.
9 - How many times a year can I come to Turkey?
There are no restrictions on that matter. You can fully enjoy the pleasures of your property in Turkey as many times as you wish.
10 - Visitor's Visas currently cost?
15 â‚¬ for many EU countries. Prices vary depending on nationality, so if you hold another passport, please check with your local Turkish Embassy.
11 - How long can I stay in Turkey on the normal Visitor's visa?
Visitor's Visas are valid for 3 months.
12 - Can I obtain a Visitor's visa for a longer period of time?
Yes, longer term residency visas can be obtained from your local Turkish Embassy prior to travelling to Turkey. They are normally issued for periods of one year. Alternatively you can obtain Residence Permit in Turkey once you have purchased your property. Alanya EasyHome can help you to obtain 1-5 years Residence Permit and guide you step by step and accompany you to the Visa Office.
13 - Do I need to open a bank account in Turkey?
No, you do not have to as you can transfer the money straight to the seller's account from your bank back home. However, most people do open bank accounts so funds can be transferred prior to travelling and so funds are available for contract completion and it is beneficial so you can arrange your direct debits to pay utility bills. We will assist you if you wish to open an account.
14 - As a property owner, do I need to register for Tax in Turkey?
Yes, but this is a very straightforward procedure, which we can guide you through.
15 - Can I get house and contents insurance in Turkey?
Yes, many well known international insurance companies and local Turkish companies offer building and contents insurance. Earthquake Insurance is now compulsory in Turkey and is readily available and a straightforward transaction. Alanya EasyHome can easily arrange one for you meeting your requirements.
16 - How will I set up Utility Services - Gas, Electricity, and Telephone?
As part of the buying process we will assist you to do this. There are one off set up costs - Telephone Lines are not currently offered to non nationals but Mobile phones with Pay As You Go Cards are readily available. See our website for further details.
17 - How will I pay these bills when I am not in Turkey and if the property is being rented?
Property Management Department of Alanya EasyHome will take care of this for you so that you can have a peace of mind even if you are not in the country.
18 - Is satellite TV available in Turkey?
Yes, a wide range of satellite TV services are available in Turkey to view European TV channels.
19 - Will I be able to rent my property on long term or short term basis and if so what can I expect to get for the rental?
Alanya EasyHome is an expert on this field. We offer Rental Guarantee for certain properties we sell, or can help you rent your property. Turkey is an increasingly popular destination for Europeans, and resorts are also popular with Turkish tourists during the summer months. Long term Rentals are normally on a 6 month or 1 Year Basis. Short term rentals would normally only be for summer months, so if you want to use your property then long term options would not be feasible. Properties can also be let out on a daily and weekly basis. Prices would be dependent on the property and time of year.
20 - Can we get private health insurance in Turkey?
Yes, Private Health insurance is readily available in Turkey and costs again are considerably cheaper than at home. Individuals who are travelling to Turkey for 3 months or less and hold private health insurance at home should be covered, but please check this with your Insurer before travelling. For those looking to spend longer periods of time or retire in Turkey, then we would recommend that you explore the Global Policy currently on offer with VHI or are covered by an Insurer in Turkey.
21 - Can I will my property to my beneficiaries?
You can make a Turkish Will and leave your property to your beneficiaries, however if you don't make a will, all property goes to your next of kin. We can set up your will for you with our Will in Turkey service at Alanya EasyHome
22 - Can I bring my pet to Turkey?
Yes, currently you can bring one cat, one dog, one bird or ten fish to Turkey by obtaining a certificate of origin and a certificate of health not more than 15 days prior to travelling. Airlines will also need to be advised of your intention to bring a pet with you when booking your flights. However, please remember that pets will be quarantined if you are returning from Turkey to the UK or Ireland.
ABOUT PURCHASING A PROPERTY
23 - Can I get a mortgage in Turkey to finance my purchase?
Yes, Foreign Nationals are now eligible for mortgages or other financial borrowings depending on the property they wish to purchase. Contact us or see our website for further details
24 - What documents do I need to purchase a property?
All you need to purchase a property in Turkey is a passport and 6 passport size photos.
25 - What are the main points I should be very careful about before purchasing a property?
There are no legal restrictions for a foreigner to purchase a property except a few ones. The main one you should be aware of is that if the property is within the range of 400 m of a military zone, you won't have the right to officially own the property (i.e. no title deed) as all purchases from foreigners are sent to the Military for second inspection.
Our company's offers are all fully inspected and a pre-due diligence has been done before being put on the market. However, should you wish to use a lawyer, we can advise you with a list of independent lawyers that you will hire at your cost.
Further details can be obtained from our website
26 - What is the purchase process?
Once decided, our company official will first take you to the bank to open a bank account. Then you will have to take an official tax number which is obligatory for the purchase. Our company representatives will than take you to the notary, where you'll give a one-time authority to our representative who will follow all the legal and official procedure of your purchase while you are away. And that's it, you are now a house owner in Turkey.
Further details can be obtained from our website
27 - Are there any international banks where you operate?
There are many international banks in locations where we operate (HSBC,Fortis,Dexia..) but also Turkish banks with offices in Europe (Is Bank,Garanti, Akbank)
28 - How can I be sure that I do a safe purchase?
All our offers are fully inspected by our property specialists, and only put on the market once a clear due diligence has been done on the property.
Although the laws in Turkey are in favor of the purchaser and a lawyer is not obligatory while doing a purchase, in case you prefer hiring a lawyer, we can advise you with a list of independent attorneys, that you will have to hire at your own cost.
29 - How long do I have to wait before getting my title deed?
It takes +/- 2-3 months for you to have your title deed starting from the day you purchase a property in Turkey. The main reason for that is due to the fact that official papers from the purchase are sent to the Military, for a last inspection.
30 - What about inheritance?
Unless not mentioned otherwise, in case something happens to the title deed holder, the property is automatically inherited by the spouse or the children. To make amendments on the title deed would involve legal assistance.
31 - Can I take my money back to my country if I sell my property?
Yes, there are absolutely no restrictions for you to take your money back to your country of origin, except the capital gain tax that you will eventually have to pay
32 - Do I have to pay capital gain tax is I sell my property?
According to Turkish laws, you do not have to pay capital gain tax if you sell your property after 5 years of ownership.
33 - What are the local taxes I will have to pay?
There are a couple of municipal taxes to be paid twice a year, but very minimal compared to major other European cities.
You will also have to pay a tax on rent, should you decide to rent your property in Turkey.
34 - What are the extra costs to purchase a property in Turkey?
Except the title fee expense, there are absolutely no hidden costs in our offers. The price you see is the final price.
35 - Can I invest in more than one property?
Yes, there are no restrictions to the number of property you can purchase in Turkey.
36 - Is there any way to get a Turkish mortgage on my Property
Yes, our company can arrange for you a mortgage on your TURKYSH property.
37 - Leasehold or Freehold?
The vast majority of properties in Turkey are Freehold.
38 - How about the insurance?
Major global insurance companies operate in Turkey, and our company can advise you the companies with the best rates.