Turkey – a buyer’s overview


Turkey is all about fusion – it’s a place where Asia meets Europe; a place with an exotic heart. Many people are catching on to the unique culture of Turkey and are snapping up cheap real estate and it’s not hard to see why. Property prices are still fairly low in Turkey, yet is has a wealth of diverse attractions making it a good bet for excellent future returns on investment.

Turkey has a wide range of beautiful scenery, ranging from high mountains to pine forests. Turkey has a wonderful wam climate making it an ideal place for a holiday home. It is said that Turkey is one plae where you can experience four seasons in a single day. The country has different climates in different parts of the country.

Much of the tourist industry is focused on the southern side with the Aegean Sea and fantastic blue skies making it ripe for tourists looking for an adventure holiday. It is here that the property market is really flourishing. Local amenities and transport links have had money poured into them and now rival any other country.

The Language

Locals speak Turkish which belongs to the Ural-Altaic group. Turkish is written with the latin alphabet and is spoken by about 150 million people worldwide. Turkish is a phonetic language so everything is spoken as it is written making it easy for people to pick up. However, many Turkish children are taught English at school so the majority of people in Turkey, particularly in the towns and cities, speak fairly fluent English.

The Food

The food in Turkey is incredibly diverse, with a range of influences. Popular favourites include spicy meatballs, feta cheese, air-dried anchovies and baked figs. Near the coastline, the fresh seafood is a definite must alongside a glass of Turkish wine. Turkey is also famed for it’s olives which are plentiful and delicious. The national alcoholic beverage is Raki, a clear brandy made from raisins and grapes.


There are excellent bus services in Turkey crossing most of the country. Train services are reliable and cheap. There are also commercial airlines who do internal flights.

You can take your own car to Turkey however it must be taken out of the country again within 6 months. This is not the recommended route as you need to carry certain documents on you such as an international driving license and a green card – it is a lot of hassle and you are better off leaving it at home if you can. If you are intending to live in Turkey, it may be easier to purchase a car in the country itself than to bring your other car over.


It is possible to take your pets to Turkey however there are two documents that you will need:
– A rabies vaccination certificate issues no later than 15 days prior to entry
– A ‘United States Interstate & International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals’ (also known as a Form 7001).

If your pet has a passport, you may be able to bring your pet straight into Turkey. However if you then return to your own country, your pet may need to be quarantined.

Health Services

Turkey has an excellent health care system. Pharmacies are well equipped and are usually open between 9am and 7pm with 24 hour provisions. Most of the health services are administered by one of three systems: the Ministry of Health, the Social Insurance Systems, and medical schools.

The Social Insurance System has facilities which are recognised as being above the international average so it is worth taking out private medical insurance.


To qualify to get a Turkish pension, you must have paid into the system for about 10 years and had at least 15 years of continued service.


Like most education systems, there is a choice of private and state schools. Some high schools will provide boarding for children, free of charge dependent on the child’s performance.

Kindergarten is for children who are 6 years old. Elementary school is for children between the ages of 7 and 15 with compulsory subjects being science, mathematics, turkish, social science, art, music and physical education. Most schools will teach in Turkish however some private high schools teach in English, French or German. Turkey currently has 85 Universities and teach in English.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for drawing up the national curriculum, building schools and developing educational materials. The academic calendar begins mid-September and runs through to mid-June. There are classes Monday-Friday.

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