Istanbul Records Over 27% Increase in Levels of Foreign Direct Investment

Istanbul Property For SaleTurkey continues to buck global trends with GDP growth rates of 12% recorded for Q1 2010, domestic banks increasing the availability of credit by up to 30% and now levels of foreign direct investment in Istanbul are up by 27% according to the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO).

Turkey’s second city and economic powerhouse, Istanbul, has become a honey pot for international investors with the number of foreign investors planning to establish businesses or expand their operations in Istanbul up by over 6% in the first half of 2010 (compared to the second half of 2009). The ITO released data also revealed a 27.16% increase in the total value of these investments for the same period.

Steven Worboys, MD of the UK based Istanbul property investment experts, Experience International, comments, “Istanbul has proved one of our most successful property investment opportunities of 2010. We have clients from not only the UK but Ireland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, and the UAE capitalising on Istanbul’s significant housing shortage and investing in the domestic property market.”

In the first half of 2010 over 1,400 foreign investors established companies within Istanbul with the total value of capital investments made in this period up by a remarkable 44.68% compared to the last half of 2009.

As Worboys remarks, “International investor confidence in Turkey and more specifically Istanbul remains high. Being located outside the troubled euro zone is of great appeal and Turkey appears to have side-stepped the negative effects from neighbouring Greece.”

GDP forecasts for the remainder of 2010 currently sit at a healthy 6-7% and with additional support for candidacy from the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on his recent visit, accession to the European Union looks ever more likely for Turkey.

For those considering investing in Istanbul then one particular real estate opportunity should not be missed. No1 Knightsbridge comprises 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury apartments located in the burgeoning suburb of Beylikduzu, on the European side of the city. Currently Istanbul has a housing shortage of some 250,000 units per annum and so rental demand is high. Only 20% of units are available to overseas buyers and can be purchased from as little as £23,250 with 70% finance available for EU members.

For more information please contact the experts at Experience International on +44 (0) 207 321 5858 or visit

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