Buying a property – any property – is a big step, and buying a home in another country also means that you have to be prepared for something of a learning curve. Read any guide on property purchases and every one will tell you that the first and most important of all criteria is location.
When it comes to buying a second home or a relocation home this is very important, as the use you will expect to get from the property is probably going to be far different to the use you get from your primary residence. Plus, if you are to be resident in Kusadasi, the chances are you will look for a different type of home than you would for purely holiday use.
The key thing is to research the area, property prices – so you know what to expect – make a list of all and any questions you have, and be prepared to take your time to look for what is right for YOU.
There are many estate agents in Kusadasi, so shop around and find an agent that you click with. Check and see if the agent is registered with Kusemder – the Kusadasi Estate Agents Association. Most agents are professional, courteous and will bend over backwards to have a happy client.
In Turkey, by law, every business must display prominently on their premises all certification dealing with their business (Kusemder Certificate, maybe KUTO – Chamber of Commerce, A Vergi certificate which shows they are registered with the tax office) you will normally see a lot of certificates hanging up. If you can’t see any certification, ask to see some. If there is none, choose another agent. if an agent is registered with Kusemder and there is ever a problem, you can report the agent to the association and they will follow up the complaint.
Check out www.turkisheconomy.org.co.uk for lots of useful information about the buying process. The process for buying a property in Turkey is very easy – but it’s different – so read up on the procedure, then you’ll know what to expect.
First of all, holiday homes.
Is it just you and your nearest and dearest who will be using the place, or are you hoping to supplement the cost of purchase/maintenance by renting the property out? While you and your family might prefer a quiet and secluded spot far from the madding crowd, renters may well prefer to be a bit closer to the action, so the location has to be a compromise between the two.
Have a look at our “Beginners Guides to Areas” to get a rough idea of what to expect in each Kusadasi area location – they aren’t comprehensive, but they will give you an overview. Think about nearby restaurants, beaches, attractions, the availability of public transport,shops, nightlife, access for those with pushchairs/disabled etc – the last is an important consideration, because the bigger the variety of renters you can cater for, the bigger your pool of potential customers.
Also, think about the fact that a rental or holiday property will be left vacant for long periods of time. Look at security on the site, ask whether your agent or a property maintenance company can keep an eye on things when the home is vacant. Check out how much these services cost, so you can factor that into your budget and your rental amount. Keep looking till you find the place that ticks each and every one of your boxes. Remember that rental income attracts tax – again, check out the www.turkisheconomy.org.co.uk site for more information.
Good agents are a godsend, will have no problem with you taking your time to look, and will be happy to offer practical advice and knowledge about homes in different areas. A happy customer is the best type of customer after all and remember, you are the customer, it’s not a race! Take your time, consider your options, requirements and budget and ask lots of questions. Buying an overseas property should be a dream come true – do your homework and research as much as possible to make sure your purchase is a pleasure.
Are you considering buying a holiday home that will eventually be used for your own retirement?
Again, consider your criteria. You might feel that the steep hill outside a promising property is OK for you now – but what about later? Are there shops close by to get that all important pint of milk, loaf of bread etc? Is there a dolmus route close by?
Are there other long term residents near the house you like? Some sites are deserted over the winter months and only really come to life during the summer, and unless you enjoy your own company, you may be better off considering a more residential area. I’m speaking from personal experience as our first home here was in a very quiet site. We liked it, but out of 150 houses there were only two other houses occupied for most of the year.. it suited us but it mightn’t suit everyone.
Most of the property for sale is on complexes which have – generally speaking – on-site security men, gardeners for the public areas, swimming pool etc. Some have on-site shops and other facilities. However, the majority do not have all these facilities on offer 12 months of the year.
Many communal swimming pools are only filled during June, July, August and September. Some sites offer a whole range of facilities all year round, so check first. Complexes also attract site fees, a monthly payment which each home owner makes, and which pays for such things as the lighting of communal paths and walkways, the maintenance and cleaning of the site pool if there is one, the security man, upkeep of the public gardens and other areas. Fees vary depending on amenities, location etc, etc, so ask how much per month the site fee (aidat) at your prospective new home will be.
For more information on complexes, please see “Beginners Guide to Complexes”
Buying to relocate? This is deserving of a special section, so please see “Beginners Guide To Relocation”
Whatever property you are looking for, have fun searching, relax and enjoy the experience.