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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Are Turkey's military coups a thing of the past?

"In my trade you get used to it after a while, but the first time you wake up to find a military coup has happened overnight where you live is quite alarming."

Following the sentencing of 330 people for their part in 2003's coup plot, Gwynne Dyer explains why Turkey's coups have been firmly relegated to the past.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Deadly Islam protests: "Not in this country" says Erdogan

As protests continue to rage around much of the Islamic world over controversial anti-Islamic film "Innocence of Muslims", Turkey's religious and political leaders are calling for calm and restraint.

Shocked by deadly protests which have left more than 30 people dead, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that despite the film's provocative message, Turkey would "not fall in the trap of provocation. Those who resort to violence in return will themselves be considered provocateurs against Muslims; and we reject that."

Protests like this one in Egypt have shaken the Islamic world.

Protests have broken out in around 20 countries, but only in a few places, including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, did the action turn violent. 

The privately-produced US film contains images of Muslims attacking Christians, and depicts the prophet Muhammad as being a womaniser, a homosexual and a child abuser. 

In Ankara protestors gathered at the US Embassy, chanting and burning a US flag, but in general the protests have been peaceful.

Professor of relgious studies and former head of Religious Affairs has said Muslims worldwide needed to find a "civil way" to protest, choosing discussions over violent action. "We see that people in the Arab counries are pouring to the streets under the name of peace, but causing more deaths. What is the logic behind it?" he said.

Gareth Jenkins of the Institute for Security and Development POlicy's Turkey Initiative said that protests against insults to Islam have always been more restrained in Turkey than in the rest of the Islamic world. 

"It was the same when there were protests about the anti-Islamic cartoons," he said. "I don't think this means that radical Islamists in Turkey are necessarily less angry but they do seem to be able to exercise greater self-control and more able to distinguish between something happening in a country and the government of that country being responsible for it."

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Importing a smart phone to Turkey

The Fethiye Times ran a useful story on using your smart phone in Turkey. 

If you're planning on bringing your smart phone when you move to your holiday home in Turkey and using one of the local networks, be prepared to pay a surcharge of 100 TL.

The tax was introduced earlier this year by the government to reduce the impact of foreign smart phones on local revenue. According to the government, a million mobiles and smart phones have been brought into the country, bringing unfair competition to the local market. Rather than reduce the tax on Turkish phones to make them more competitive, the government has slapped a 100 TL tax onto imported phones that must be paid before phones are registered.

Fethiye resident Tony Taylor discovered this the hard way. “I brought a new mobile over from the UK this week and discovered there is now a tax of 100TL payable at the tax office before you can register the phone for use in Turkey. This is in addition to the 10TL fee payable to register the IMIE, the unique identification number." 

Tony took his phone and passport to the tax office, paid the fee and then took the receipt to a phone shop, where he was able to register to a local Turkish network. 

He added that you can import just one phone every two years.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Massive Roman mosaic uncovered in southern Turkey

An incredible Roman mosaic featuring intricate geometric patterns has been discovered in southern Turkey.

The mosaic, described by excavation director and University of Nebraska art historian Michael Hoff as 'pristine', once decorated the floor of an open-air bath complex in the third or fourth century.

The mosaic is 149 square metres - the size of a decent family home. "To be honest, I was completely bowled over that the mosaic is that big," Hoff said.

So far, excavators have revealed around 40 per cent of the mosaic. It's composed of large squares, each with a unique geometric design. It's the largest Roman mosaic ever found in southern Turkey. Experts previously thought that Turkey was a peripheral part of the Roman Empire - but now historians will be reconsidering this position.

Hoff says eventually the site will be turned into a tourist attraction.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Was Conan the Barbarian Turkish?

Archaeologists are jumping up and down with excitement after discovering evidence of Conan the Barbarian's tribe in Turkey. A Roman Turkey villa and some mosaic tiles found in the northwestern province of Balikesir sparked the boffins' interest when it was discovered that the pieces were linked to the Cimmerian tribe, from which Conan hailed.

OK, so most of us know that Conan, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film of the same name, never existed. But as the dig supervisor Professor Gurcan Polat pointed out, the link makes the discovery just that little bit more interesting to non-archaeology buffs.

 "Conan, of course, is a fictional character, but his story and the history of Antandros have overlapped in an entertaining way once the name Cimmeria was mentioned," he said.

 Polat believes the Cimmerians resided in Antandros for around 100 years. "Cimmerians originally lived in the north of the Caucasus when they were forced to relocate by the encroaching Scythians in the eighth century B.C. Some Cimmerians reached Anatolia by traveling around the Black Sea."

 A nomadic tribe, the Cimmerians lived off plundering other groups. Which sounds like Conan to a T.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Buying a property in Turkey - purchase FAQs

We get asked a lot of questions about the ins and outs of the property purchase process in Turkey. And fair enough - buying a holiday home in Turkey is a big deal. It can be confusing enough in your own country!

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments box, or email us at

What is the military clearance?
Military clearance is required by all foreigners buying a home in Turkey. You need to complete this in order for the title deeds to be transferred to your name.

It sounds daunting, but really what this process ensures is that your property is not located in a restricted zone. As well as actual military areas, this means areas that hold cultural value, mining and agricultural land, forests and areas of national security.

If you use a reputable agent, it's extremely unlikely that your property will be in a restricted zone. It's largely just a formality and a necessary piece of bureaucracy.

Your solicitor will apply to the Land Registry for military clearance on your behalf. It takes between two to three months to complete.

What is a title deed or TAPU?

A title deed (or TAPU, in Turkish) is a legal document showing ownership over a property. It will include your name and a photo, and your property details. It is extremely important that your solicitor checks the TAPU to ensure there are no debts against the property.

What is a reservation deposit?

This payment, usually £1000, is paid in order to secure the property and freeze its price  – essential due to the fact that property prices in Turkey are constantly increasing, and also due to currency fluctuations.

Will I need a solicitor?

This is one corner we strongly suggest you don't cut. For a few hundred pounds you can save yourself a lot of hassle in the long term. We occasionally get calls from people who have run into serious trouble out in Turkey. 90% of them did not bother with a solicitor. Big mistake. You can ask us for a solicitor in your area, or check the British Embassy in Turkey website for a list of registered and reputable solicitors.

Why do I need to give my solicitor power of attorney?

Power of attorney allows your solicitor to complete the purchase procedure once you return home. Without power of attorney you will need to travel to Turkey several times over a matter of weeks or months while your purchase is underway. Please note that giving a solicitor power of attorney does not give us or your solicitor any claim whatsoever over your Turkey property.

How quickly will I need to pay for my Turkish property?

Generally, the payment plan is drawn up when the initial sales agreement is reached. For off-plan properties, payments are often spread over six to 12 months, with 20-30% paid upfront as a deposit. For resale and new build properties in Turkey payment is usually due within three months of the sales agreement date.

What are the costs associated with purchasing a property in Turkey?

Costs of purchasing a property with purchase price GBP 100,000:

GBPTurkey Property Purchase Costs
Purchase Tax3,300
Buyer's Fee3,000
Solicitor's Fee750
Notary Fee300
Gas & Electricity200
Military Application600

As you can see, you'll end up paying around 8% of the property's sale price in costs. Of the costs listed above, purchase tax, utilities connection and military clearance fees are payable upon completion of your property. The rest is payable at the sales agreement date.

How do I know that a property is safe to purchase?

Our offices vet our properties and developments thoroughly when they first come onto our books. We ask to see the latest title deed (TAPU) and we keep a copy of that on file in our office. If there are any debts outstanding or if there are any issues with ownership, this will be written on the document itself. We also keep a copy of the iskan (habitation license). We do all we can but we still recommend you get a good solicitor to double check.

I’ve heard that buying off plan property in Turkey is risky. How can I safeguard myself?

Buying off plan in Turkey is extremely risky – that is, if you choose to buy through a small, untested developer. At Place Overseas, we work only with the established developers in each area. These companies are experienced, reliable – and most importantly, have enough capital behind them to not have to rely solely on yours to complete the building work. In ten years of operation we have never (bar a couple of times when the developer finished a month or so behind schedule, in which case they will pay you a fine) had a problem with off plan purchases.

However, if assurances aren't enough, there are other means you can use to protect your investment. Some people like to take out an ipotek on their property. An ipotek (debenture charge) is a legal charge to a certain agreed value that is secured against a property. Placing an ipotek on the property means the property cannot be sold or a loan taken out on it without the ipotek being cleared first or there being sufficient equity to allow an additional secured loan. 

The ipotek doesn't stop the owner selling the property to someone else whilst military clearance is going through, it just means he has to pay you back before such a sale can complete.

Please ask if you have any questions about buying property in Turkey or about our property inspection trips.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Turkey's first Twitter wedding

Love and romance have been transformed forever, thanks to the digital age. Some people think conducting love affairs over the internet is cold and impersonal, but personally I think it's an efficient way of using your time, since many of us are online all day anyway. 

And it seems newlyweds Cengizhan Celik and Candan Canik agree with me. Their wedding was Turkey's first to be officiated via social networking site Twitter. Uskudar mayor Mustafa Kara conducted the ceremony entirely via Twitter, using an iPad to ask the couple in a tweet if they take each other to be lawfully wedded husband and wife.

Techno love: this couple married via Twitter.

"I do," came the tweeted reply from the techno-savvy lovebirds.

However, the mayor and the couple were not actually apart - they were all in a restaurant in Uskudar, Istanbul, where hundreds of guests had gathered to celebrate.

After the Twitter session was over, the mayor personally gave the marriage certificate to the bride, wishing the couple happiness. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Win a trip for two to Turkey

Place Overseas is giving you and a friend four chances to win a trip to Turkey this October! To enter, simply like our Facebook page, connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter or add us on Google+.

This month Place Overseas celebrates ten years of successful business.

So much has happened in ten years. For one thing: we’ve grown. We began as a two-person, home office operation. Fast forward ten years: we now have eight offices and more than 40 employees in four countries. We sell more properties in Turkey than our two main competitors combined.

We’ve helped thousands of clients find their perfect place in the sunshine. We’ve found the best developers in each region, examined hundreds of building sites and explored every corner of Turkey’s top investment, lifestyle and holiday destinations.

But we couldn’t have done any of it without you. So, to thank you for helping us ensure each year has been better than the last, Place Overseas is offering you and a friend a luxury 4-night minibreak in one of Turkey’s top locations.

Known as Turkey’s St Tropez, Bodrum offers more than just sunny beaches and fine dining. Fall in love with the peninsula’s ancient ruins, imposing castle, volcanic landscapes, windswept headlands and traditional markets.

Bodrum is also one of Turkey’s prime investment spots. Over the past year, high profile ventures from the Kempinski Group, Billionaire Club tycoon Flavio Briatore and the Pamali Group, who have poured millions of dollars into turning Yalikavak Marina into a state-of-the-art facility, has caught the attention of investors from all over the world.

Popular with celebrities like Sting, Bill Gates, Demi Moore, Rihanna, Salma Hayek and Michael Douglas, Bodrum has become synonymous with jet-set cool. Experience a slice of celebrity glamour with return flights to Bodrum Milas Airport, a four-night stay at the 5-star El Vino hotel, and dinner at top-rated Restaurant La Pasion, overlooking Bodrum Harbour.

To enter, simply like our Facebook page, connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter or add us on Google+. Each connection gives you one entry into the competition - so you have four chances to win. Entries close September 30.


  1. To enter the competition simply ‘like’ us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter and/or add us on Google+. 

  1. Each individual can enter up to four times through the social media platforms mentioned. Additional entries will be disqualified.

  1. The prize includes
    1. return flights for two to Bodrum, Turkey for any three consecutive nights between 1 - 30 October
    2. Transfers from airport to hotel
    3. A four night stay at el Vino Hotel, including breakfast
    4. Dinner for two at Restaurant La Pasion on a night of your choice

  1. E-tickets and hotel reservation will be emailed to the winner.

  1. The competition runs from 9am  GMT on 1 September and closes at 23:59 on September 30th 2012.

  1. Names will be randomly selected from entrants.

  1. The winner will be notified via the social network by which they entered the competition on or before May 5th 2012 and given details as to how to claim their prize. If the winner does not claim their prize within 30 days of being notified, the winner’s prize will automatically be forfeited and another name will be randomly selected.

  1. The winners must both have valid passports, their own travel insurance, and any visa necessary – the winners are responsible for all costs outside of what is in the prize.

  1. Winners will consent to having their images and names used by Place Overseas for future promotional material.

  1. The competition is open to those aged 18 and over and resident in the United Kingdom.

  1. The competition will be governed by English Law

  1. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  1. Entry into the competition is an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set by us

  1. The competition is not open to employees of Place Overseas or their families.

  1. Place Overseas is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.