Monday, September 21, 2020

Is it possible and is it allowed travelling to Alanya?



The story of covid-19 has now entered a new phase.

Where back in the spring time most countries implemented strick lock downs and the infection rates fell rapidly, most countries are now opening up again even though the infection rates are rising.

We started travel the world again and airlines are opening up more routes across the globe.

However, infection rates seem to be heading in the wrong direction.

It is, of course, a challenging situation and we can rightly ask and ourselves where we go from here...

Here at 2Base we get a lot of questions revolving around topics like "Can I and am I allowed travelling to Alanya".

This we will take a closer look to... 

Can I travel to Turkey and Alanya?

Yes you can. 

There are now a lot of airlines that fly to and from Turkey, and even at ticket prices that are very low.

Use a search engine such as Momondo or flightscanner or visit the websites of airlines such as Turkish Airlines or perhaps best of all Pegasus Airlines.


Is it safe to fly?

During the pandemic, we have been flying several times, both domestically in Turkey and to European airports.

All airlines regularly disinfect the aircraft and the air during the flight is cleaned with so-called HEPA filters.

Likewise, our experience is that the stay at the airport and the plane is safe, and social distancing rules are kept and face masks are used pretty much everywhere.


Is it safe to stay in Alanya?

In Alanya, the situation is significantly better than in the larger cities such as Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul.

Overall, the infection patterns in Turkey are very similar to the Europeans, where the infection is most widespread in densely populated areas.

Similarly, the infection here in Turkey has also increased among the younger part of the population, just as the infection often occurs at social events such as weddings and parties.


So what is the conclusion, is it safe to fly to Turkey and use your holiday home?

Yes and no. It all depends on yourself.

If you keep rules of social distancing, avoid places with many people and ensure high personal hygiene, then the chance of being infected in Turkey is probably no greater than where you are now.

But surely, if you invite all of your Turkish friends to a party, use public transportation to get around and cheek kisses your caretaker every time you see him, then the risk of getting infected is big.


In our experience the pitfalls in Alanya can be:

- Popular restaurants: We currently see that some restaurants are quite full. Likewise, several of Alanya's beer bars are open again. These places should be avoided.

- Do not use public transportation.

- Use private transfer from the airport.

- Keep in mind that alcohol often negatively impacts your judgment. If you need to drink more than one beer, do it in your holiday home.

- Try to shop when others do not and avoid stores with many customers.

- Avoid the local markets since they are often crowded.

- Politely turn down invitations to weddings, birthdays and other social events.

- Avoid visiting public offices or the bank unless it is absolutely necessary.

- Avoid paying with cash

- Sanitize your hands every time you have touched cash money, entered your card PIN or others have touched your payment card.

- Be even more careful than at home


Can I be tested for covid-19 in Alanya?

Yes you can. 

The easiest thing for most will probably be one of the private test centers at the private hospitals. 

The price to be tested is currently 250 TRL and the results are given next day.

We do not recommend using the test center at Antalya Airport, since the logistics around this test center is poor.

Close to our office Baskent Hospital has a test center which works fine.


What are the rules related to quarantine?

In Turkey, there are different rules on quarantine, but these do not apply to tourists. 

Therefore, they are not relevant for those that travel to Alanya as a tourist.
However, the rules can change quickly, so it's a good idea to stay up to date.

This also applies to the rules that the National Board of Health in your home country has set out.

Finally you should also be aware of what rules your workplace has.


Does my insurance cover if I get infected?

This differs from insurance to insurance, but many insurances will not cover.

Here, however, it is possible to purchase a cheap insurance from a Turkish insurance company, so that a possible hospitalization in Turkey due to covid-19 will be covered.

Finally, for the sake of good order, please remember that we are neither health experts nor speak on behalf of the National Board of Health or other public authorities.
We are simply speaking from our own experience and personal knowledge.

We encourage everyone to act based on your own personal situation.
If in doubt, think twice. If you are still in doubt, then don't.

Remember to take care of yourself and think about your own and others' health.

Links related to covid-19 in Turkey:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Turkey
https://covid19.tubitak.gov.tr/turkiyede-durum

Monday, July 13, 2020

Alanya Summer News for July


Dear readers,

Time for another update from in and around Alanya. A lot has happened since our last blog post and we are delighted to say that things are definitely moving in a more positive direction.

Most importantly Turkey has started to open borders to other countries and from Antalya Airport. 


We now have flights coming in from places like Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Czech, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Kazakhstan and Poland.

Every week a few new destinations are added so this is excellent news.

No international routes have yet opened from our local Gazipasa airport, only domestic flights are available so far.

But we are hopeful that also international flights are soon to find on the arrival board in Gazipasa Airport.

With planes in the air and open borders safety is of course critical. 

So in every airport a Covid-19 test center is being operated by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Everyone can have a test done for 15 Euro and all passengers showing signs of illness are all tested before being allowed into the country.



In case you are looking to fly to Turkey then try these airlines:

https://www.sunexpress.com/en/

https://www.turkishairlines.com/

https://www.flypgs.com/en

Generally speaking the Covid-19 situation in Turkey is quite good. However, there are still some hot spots mainly in the bigger cities.

Every day around 50.000 people are tested and around 1000 of these tests are positive.Totally Turkey has made more than 3,7 million tests.

So with common effort and attention of social distancing and hygiene we can beat this virus.

In Alanya and the areas around us we generally have very, very few positive cases and generally everyone is taking care and keeping social distancing.

So even Covid-19 is still the main topic of conversation for most people, it is not something that has a big impact on our day to day life.

Alanya has started to open hotels too. Mostly now there are Turkish tourists having their holidays. Hotels personnel has been trained how to work with Covid-19, how to offer food, how to clean rooms etc.

Read more about this here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-hotels-get-ready-for-tourism-season-amid-virus/1841915

If there is cold in hour home country, I can guarantee, it is not here:).

Now we are slowly going towards 40 degree, and humidity is hovering between 70-90 percent. So we are living inside "badly heated Sauna" as our Finnish colleges are calling it.

The current  sea temperature is almost 29 degrees in Alanya. Want to come and enjoy beach life? 

For detailed information on the weather and sea temperatures take a look at this page:

https://www.mgm.gov.tr/tahmin/il-ve-ilceler.aspx?il=Antalya&ilce=Alanya

Here at 2Base we are of course monitoring the situation closely. After a period with working from home we are now back at at office on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

You are welcome to visit but we would appreciate if you could make an appointment before coming.

And with that - thank you for reading and have a great day! 




Friday, May 15, 2020

Month of May - Good news to report


Good morning from Good News of 2Base :-)

We try to give you the latest news from Alanya and Turkey. 

We have been lucky in Alanya since for more than 3 weeks now there has not been any confirmed cases of Covid-19. here. 

Obviously we should still be careful, but we can now see that all actions taken have worked really fine. 


We used to have weekend curfews, but these are not lifted for the entire Antalya region. 
In several other regions of Turkey there are still curfews. 

Last weekend also elderly over 65 and youngers under 20 years of age was allowed outside for a walk and fresh air. 
So looking good for them too. 

Shopping malls, smaller shops, hairdressers and beauty salons started to open too. Sure there must use mask and follow strict guidelines but slowly slowly things are getting back to something that we can call normal life.

Turkey has started "Phone Diplomacy" with 70 countries to talk about how tourism from those countries can start to come Turkey. 

The plan is to test test everyone upon arrival to Turkey. The exact plans are still on the drawing board, but it seems positive.
Gasipasa air port is among one of the first airports to be opened for foreign arrivals, so we are hoping to see first international arrivals in June. 

Turkey is also implementing "Healthy tourism standards" which are guidelines and rules for all everyone working within tourism. 

Then to news what you all has waited for.

This weekend we will have Sauna temperatures here and Saturday and Sunday there will 37 degrees :). 

We are still waiting for beaches to open but hopefully they are opening end of the month of ramadan because we miss sun bathing and swimming as much as you too. 


We are very proud of how Turkey has been taking care of this corona crisis and how Turkey has been helped other countries by sending them aids against Corona. 

So soon we will see you again, different countries are starting flights in different time, but we are waiting you all back and bring your friends too:). 
Have a wonderful May 2020 !

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A spring like never before


This spring time has been like never before.

Covid-19 virus has turned Alanya into a desert village, at least it sometimes feels like that. 

Markets are open and you need to use mask when you go to shops.

But despite all of this Corona-thing, Mediterranean sea is more beautiful than ever, more turquoise than ever before, weather is like summer at its best, 22-25 degree now.

So how is life here now? 

Most things have changed. Banks and other necessary shops opens at 12.00 and only allows a limited amount of customers at at time. 

Shopping center Alanyum is closed, so are most of shops together with all restaurants, bars and cafeterias. 

All playgrounds, beaches, parks and other public spaces are closed down and wrapped in "do not enter" tape.

This is very different spring to all complexes too. All pools, saunas, gyms and other shared facilities and common areas are closed. 
Lets cross our fingers and hope that some of it can soon open again.

A curfew for all weekends has been implemented for everyone.
So we have to stay at home all weekend, no one is allowed to go out. 
This curfew will probably continue for some time.

In the weekends people normally gather for picnics, but this is no longer possible. 

For those younger than 20 years old or older than 60 of age, the curfew is 7 days a week.

The city of Alanya has done an incredible job during this situation.

While you are stay at home, city workers can bring your shopping's and medicines to your home together with food and bread. 

Street animals are also not forgotten and masks are distributed for free.


Despite all this spring time is coming slowly with thousands roses and fruits. 
Raw almonds are soon ready to be picked up, this is a favorite for many Turkish people who love this bitter fruit.

Nevertheless, we are all well here but of course we would like you too be here with us to enjoy this wonderful spring time in Alanya. 

And please do not worry, we will look after your home here. 
If you have anything in your mind or any worries do not hesitate to contact us :-)

Have a wonderful spring, where ever you will be.

We miss all of you....








Monday, April 20, 2020

Do you need help? Then please let us know...


A lot of Europeans are happy owners of a holiday home in Turkey.

When being a house owner also some obligations and practical task follow. 

This might be anything from payment of utility bills, smaller repairs, keeping an eye out for your property when it is not being used just to mention a few.

Many choose to enter into a service agreement with a local estate agent or property administrator, so that they do not have to worry about or spend valuable holiday time on these practical matters.

Others do think it is a fun experience to visit the local tax office to pay their property tax, to redo silicone joints around windows or renew the household insurance all by themselves.


This last group of home owners are now potentially in a bit of trouble, since no one know when it again will be possible to travel to Turkey.


So here at 2Base Estate Agency we would like to try to help those as much as we can.

Our message is very simple: If you are stuck at home and getting a bit nervous about the fact that you cant travel to Turkey to deal with practical formalities related to your holiday home in Alanya, then you are more than welcome to contact us.

We will then to the best of our ability assist you and your holiday home and of course without any cost to you.

We are on site here in Alanya and as long as we can and the circumstances allows us, we will and can help wherever it is needed.


Remember that in the current situation asking twice is better than not asking for help at all.


Everyone with questions or worries are welcome to contact us via email, chat or on social media channels.

Please share this message to others in your network that might benefit from it.

It is in no ones interest that owners of a holiday home in Turkey run into more trouble than we all already have.

The way things are these days we must all try to help each other as much as we can.

Kind regards
2Base Estate Agency

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Corona Virus: An update from 2Base in Alanya


Dear all, 
As the corona virus keeps disrupting everyday life across the globe it seems that the next couple of month will be quite here at our office in Alanya.

Not that we are going anywhere, but we will surely miss the daily visits from you, our beloved customers.

Just as in other parts of Europe also Turkey is slowly moving towards a lock-down situation and it seems that traveling during spring will be impossible.

Our office is still open, but at some point we might also need to work from home and/ or restrict working hours at the office in Alanya.

But just to be absolutely clear...

- We are working hard as always and will continue to do so
- Your property will still be taken care of as always
- We are still reachable just like always via chat, mail, phone or social media

For those of you who wants to follow the situation in Turkey we can recommend the following news sites in English.

Hurryiet Daily News

Anadolu News Agency

Yeni Safak

Daily Sabah

and finally the more independent and less government controlled...

Ahval News

(Please note that in case you are actually in Turkey, Ahval news might not be possible to access due to government restrictions).

Finally we can recommend using CNN Türk for latest updates. 
This site is in Turkish, but Google Translate normally does a pretty good job.

Please stay healthy and safe out there, listen and follow guidelines from local authorities and government.

By doing that we will all be able to see each other again rather sooner than later.

Best wishes
2Base Alanya

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2Base on Instagram is getting more interesting...


More than a year ago we decided to get active on Instagram and share our best and most beautiful pictures with you.

During that time we have learned that Instagram is a good place to share small and not that serious bits and pieces from our real estate lives here in Alanya.


So from now on we will engage even more in "stories" on Instagram and provide you with more insights on everyday life and happenings here at 2Base.


We are sure it will be fun...

So far we have been running separate Instagram profiles for our English, Russian, Turkish, Finnish and Danish followers.

We have to be realistic though and we will not be able to publish and maintain Instagram Stories on five different accounts.


This means that soon our profile named "alanya2base" will be our only Instagram profile.


So in case you are following one of our other profiles:

alanya2base_ru 
alanya2base_fi
alanya2base_da
alanya2base_tr

then please unfollow and move to "alanya2base" instead since this is where all the fun will be in the future.

See you all on Instagram.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New edition of our FREE online magazine is out NOW!



Last month of the year seems like a good time to publish our final magazine or the year - so here we go.

This edition will be the most interactive that we have made so far and throughout the entire magazine we have added videos for you to watch.

So keep an eye out for the small videoplayer icon that will show you where videos are available. 

All the videos play directly inside the magazine, so after watching you can keep on reading from where you left.


Watch for instance our Instagram Stories that shows little bit about daily life here in Alanya or join us when we show you how a Turkish barbershop works.  

One of the beauties of our magazine is that most of the content has already been published on our social channels or website already. 

But we know how hard it can be to follow everything from networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, our property blog and so on.

Although it is hard to admit there are other things in life than "2Base". Sad but true. 

So this is why our magazine is the perfect place to do all the catching up, since all the best content from across all platforms is presented in a single place.


With that we will leave you to it - enjoy the magazine and have a jolly December and a great new year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New evaluation report introduced in Turkey



Earlier this year a new expertise report was introduced when buying or selling a property in Turkey. 

This means that a certified appraiser must valuate the property being traded.

This value is then used as the official property evaluation and used for calculating fees for the title deed transaction, property tax among other examples.


Historically in Turkey the public property values and evaluations has been a lot lower than the actual market values and traded values.


The idea behind introducing this new report is to bridge the gap between the public property evaluation and the market values.

The new rapport consists of a detailed description of the property, the building, similar properties within the same area among other examples.

Interestingly enough this report so far is only mandatory for property transactions where foreigners are involved as either seller or buyer.


As in other countries a higher public property evaluation also in Turkey equals more expenses for the owner of the property.


In case the Turkish authorities want to gap the bridge between public evaluations and traded values the logical step would be to re-evaluate all properties not matter if they are being traded or not.

Unfortunately this would go under the category if "political suicide" and therefor the government has chosen to implement this new report step by step and did for some reason choose to start with properties being sold or bought by foreigners.


However, it is believed by most that this will be implemented to all property trades no matter nationality soon.


Moreover, within some years all properties no matter if they are being traded or not will have to be re-evaluated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

See for yourself what Alanya has to offer!



Before selling any holiday home in Alanya we first need to sell Alanya itself to our clients.

And why is that? 

Because investing in holiday home abroad is not just about squaremeters and bricks. 

It is much more about fulfilling a dream about the good life.


So at 2Base we have decided to make it even more obvious to everyone why Alanya is the good place.

One of the things we are doing is producing our own small videos explaining what Alanya and Turkey is all about. 
This can be everything from a local sight over where to eat and what to do. 

We try to cover both the well-known sights as well as smaller hidden gems that are not that obvious.


All videos are published on both our facebook pages and in Vimeo.

So far we have covered the following topics. If you would like to watch the video on facebook, just click on the name of the video.

Organic markets in Alanya

Turkish barbershop

Delicious smoke, Turkish styke kebab restaurants

Hamaxia Antique City

Sulu yemek, Turkish style lokanta

Dim Lake

Fishing from the beach

Italian pizza vs Turkish pide  

And we have many more to come.

If there is a particular topic that you would like us to cover, then please do not hesitate to contact us.


The best way of learning about new videos is to LIKE and follow us on our Facebook page.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fresh edition of our online magazine is ready!




Hello all, 
After a long wait it is now again time for us to publish a new edition of our online magazine.

All updates from our social media channels and blog have been stuffed into the newest edition of our FREE online magazine.

As an extra spice we have added a lot of beautiful Alanya photos and of course the latest and best offers from the property market.


So in case you need to catch up on what has been going on in Alanya, this is your chance.


Read more about:
- So many rumours, but nothing to worry about
- We have moved, but not too far
- Spring update from Alanya

Furthermore we have collected the best stories and pictures from our Facebook pages.

That is something you should not miss!


Click on this link or the picture at the top to access and read the magazine.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spring update from Alanya



Spring is slowly coming to Alanya.

The freezing and windy days are almost gone and among the tourists you even start to see short sleeves and shorts.

For those of us who live here permanently long sleeves are still the preferred option, but the warm days are increasing in number.

In this blog post it is time to sum up what is currently happening in and around Alanya.


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Election

The local elections are soon coming up and as usual the campaign buses from the various parties are circulating the streets and distributing their message via gigantic speaker systems.
This time the AKP has sided up with the MHP party and are competing against the coalition between CHP and IYI parties.

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To register or not to the register

Among many homeowners there has been some confusion as to whether it is compulsory to register yourself with the local authorities when you or your friends and family are using your holiday home and there is no rental or letting involved

We would like to make this clear: If you use your holiday home yourself or lend it to friends or family, then no one has to register with local authorities.


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New evaluation reports when transferring deeds

When buying and selling housing that involves foreigners an evaluation report must now be prepared to determine the value of the unit involved.

This is going to make it a bit more expensive to transfer a title deed to a new owner.

Why this only applies to foreigners is not entirely known, but rumor has it that this is due to the upcoming election. 
Since the authorities fear losing votes they will not apply this new regulation to the Turks until after the election.

Yes, it sounds completely crazy and is therefor probably also correct.


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Take a look at our latest videos

We have started production of new videos from our many complexes and for sale properties. 
The videos can be found both on our website under the individual properties and complexes as well as on the video website Vimeo.

We also started creating some short informative videos about Alanya and these can also be viewed at Vimeo.

Go to Vimeo and watch all the videos.


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Stay updated on our social media accounts

Finally we would like you to remember to follow us on our social media platforms.

Not all information is published here on the blog, so especially our Facebook page is definitely worth following.

The Facebook page is updated with news, latest videos, important information and funny stories.

If you like a beautiful picture we also have an Instagram profile that is worth following.

Click here to visit our Facebook page

Clich here to visit us on Instagram




Friday, December 7, 2018

We have moved - but not too far

Dear everyone, 
After more than 13 years in the same office location in the city center of Alanya the time has come for us to move on to a new office.


Luckily we have found our new place in almost same location so the change will not be too big.



As of today we are to be found at the following address.


2Base Estate Agency

Çangal Sokak: 12
Saray Mahallesi
07400 Alanya
Antalya

View the new location on a map


To celebrate the move we would like to invite all clients, customers, collaborators and partners to an opening reception/ party.


Please join us on Thursday 13th of December 2018 from 14.00 o clock.


There will be coffee, cookies, beer, wine, ayran, snacks, refreshments, cake, healthy stuff and other surprises.

We look forward welcoming you in our new office.


Kind regards

Everyone at 2Base






Wednesday, October 17, 2018

So many rumors - but nothing to worry about


In Turkey there is unfortunately a lot of illegal construction. 

One of the most well-known types are the so-called "gece kondo" which basically means smaller houses that has been build overnight.

Also in many villages and farm areas houses and even buildings have been constructed without permissions.

The authorities has for many years mainly turned the blind eye to these kind of structures, knowing that touching them would create anger and probable cost a great deal of valuable votes.

Recently a new approach has been taken, which is legalizing these illegal buildings by making owners pay a small sum.
Not very fair to those who has kept within the limits of the law, but that is another story.

So a recent issued decree has allowed owner of illegal buildings to apply to the relevant authorities with the purpose of legalizing what was previously illegal.

Obviously a lot of  applications has been filed and these are now being reviewed one by one. 
The application must be filed no later than end of this month and currently it seems like the decree will not be extended.

As one can imagine there has been a lot of talk going on about this, and especially on social medias the rumors quickly got going with comments such as "if you do not apply to legalize your penthouse" the government will come and demolish it.

So just to make it clear. 

If you are a owner of a holiday home in Alanya this decree has nothing to do with you or your property. 

Do not listen to all this facebook gossip, because that is just what it is: Gossip.

In case you are doubtful or just needs double confirmation, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will assure you that your holiday home is legal.