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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Best moments of this summer - Alanyas best property magazine is back!


Like the previous many years the summer here in Alanya was both exiting and full of action :-)

As always we were active on both our social channels as well as our beloved blog.


All of these news and updates we are stuffed into the newest edition of our FREE online magazine.


As an extra spice we have added a lot of beautiful property 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:


- Ferry to Northern Cyprus and flightlist of Gazipasa Airport.

- Microadventures in Alanya

- Colored stickers and elevators

- Getaway to Alanya

- Playgrounds in 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, September 20, 2018

Updates on the Turkish economy: Lending rates up, new laws for use of currencies and much more


Recent month have not been very kind to the Turkish economy and particularly the Turkish lira has taken a deep fall loosing 40 percent to the United States Dollar.

As a counter measure the Turkish government and Central Bank has taken several initiatives to counter measure, some of which are related to the real estate market.

So lets take a look at these.


- Lending rate up to 24 percent -
The lending benchmark has been increased by more than 6 percent and is now 24 percent and will eventually make it more expensive to get a mortgage on your Turkish property. 

This will primarily affect the local Turkish buyers since they are the primary loan takers of Turkish mortgages. 
Europeans tend to either pay cash or obtain mortgages from their home countries since this is a lot cheaper and easier.

And with the market for Turkish buyers already being effected due to the general crisis, this increase of lending rate will not have a big effect, since the damage has already been done on the local markets.

- Investment levels for getting citizenship has been cut -
Many of you most likely did not even know this, but Turkey actually has a "invest for citizenship" program and have had it for many years.

This is obviously not of any interest to any Europeans, but for many Arabs and Middle East citizens obtaining a Turkish citizenship has several advantages.

Now this has become a lot easier and you can apply for Turkish citizenship in case you invest for property worth 250.000 USD, with the old limit being a whooping 1.000.000 USD.

Such an investment program is never going to make a big impact in the market but surely these lower investment levels will not be bad for the sector.

To read more about this please click here (English only)


- New laws on currencies used for contracts -
In a more controversial move the Turkish government has banned use of foreign currencies for all contracts forcing the use of the Turkish lira.

Currently it is quite common to use either the Euro or USD when buying and selling real estate, for rental contract and other more valuable contract and agreements. 

As of middle of October 2018 this will no longer be allowed.

This new law had some potential to do some real harm in the real estate sector, since especially foreigners would have a hard time understanding why they should stick to the weak and unstable lira.

So when it was also announced that foreigners and Turks living abroad is exempt from this law there was a huge relief. 

Surely some domestic developers will have a hard time living up to the new law, but overall it will again have only minor effect on the market.


- The latest numbers from Turkish Statistics Institute -
Lets round this blog of by bringing you the latest figures from TÜIK, Turkish Statistics Institute.

- House sales across Turkey declined 12.5 percent on a yearly basis in August

- There was a 67 percent yearly decrease in mortgaged sales.

- A total of 105,154 properties were sold across Turkey in August

- Iraqis topped the list of foreign buyers with 944 properties, followed by Iranians (394), Saudis (275), Kuwaitis (271) and Russians (192).

- Top destination was Istanbul with 1,141 sold units, followed by Antalya (which includes Alanya) with 675 units, Bursa with 307 units and Ankara with 305 units.


That was it for now - let us know in case you have any questions or comments. 

As always we are available on many different platforms, just pick the one that suits you the best and hit that send button.

Monday, July 23, 2018

A getaway to Alanya


Did you ever wonder how the perfect holiday week looks like? If so, then read more in this blog where we guide you through 7 lovely days in Alanya

- Day 1
Today you just arrived and even though the trip to Alanya is not that long, today is for relaxing.

You go for a short walk to the local vegetable shop and fill up the fridge with seasonal fruits. 
It is very cheap and you pull out your blender and make some fresh smoothies.

The rest of they day you spend on the balcony and at the pool

Do not forget sun lotion and to drink a lot of water.

In the evening you go to the nearest local restaurant. It is within walking distance and the waiters will surely recognize you from your last visit.

- Day 2
You get up early because the sun is strong these first couple of days. 
You hit the beach as one of the first and are awarded with a sun bed in first line to the sea. 
Until lunch you swim and enjoy the sun.

Around lunch time it gets too hot and you move into the shade at the beach bar. 
Here you can order a small lunch and a cold and refreshing Efes.

After lunch you walk back to your apartment. It is hot but luckily you can spend the rest of the afternoon in your cooled apartment. 
You find the time to finish your book and make a few Skype-calls to friends and family.

After sunset you get into a taxi and drive to the city center. Here you walk along the lively and busy Atatürk street. 

All the shops are still open and there is a lot going on. 

You end up at the harbor area and enjoy a perfect dinner at one of the many upscale restaurants.

- Day 3
You wake up late. After having breakfast on your balcony you go down to the pool for a couple of hours. 

After that you go shopping, since you will eat at home tonight. 

Luckily supermarkets in Turkey are not that different to supermarket at home, so you have no problem getting what you need.

- Day 4
The rental car is delivered to you exactly at 9 o clock as agreed. 
You drive up to the mountains behind Alanya and first stop is at one of the local restaurants serving Turkish breakfast. What a breakfast that is, no lunch is needed now...

After this you drive directing Gazipasa and take a swim at an unspoiled beach while the sun sets. 

Gazipasa has a cozy bazaar area with local fish restaurants. You order "levrek" and drink "salgam" with the locals.

- Day 5
Beaching all day - no chance in hell that you will return to work looking like a pale fish like your co-workers.

- Day 6
Your last day in Alanya. Time to go shopping and get something for friends, family and of course yourself.

In the bazaar you find an overwhelming amount of cheap copy products. 
At the main street it is more the real deal, just cheaper than at home.

You end up having to buy an additional suitcase, and keep your fingers crossed that this will not mean having overweight.

Finally the best purchase of the day is done at the local jewelry shop. 
Here you can really save some money, so your conscience is clean.

The shopping tour sees its end at one of the many cafes with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.

You have not had time to think about dinner, so your order some kebab from the local restaurant and they deliver to your door step.

Before going to bed it is time to pack and go for at last swim in the pool.

- Day 7
Bye bye Alanya, or "güle güle" as your Turkish friends are saying. 

Despite all the shopping you have only minimal overweight and the staff at the check-in counter turns the blind eye to it. 

A week has passed and you could easily have spend seven more days. 
Luckily you know that you will soon be back again...