Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Certified agents are not always competent

Lets be honest!

To establish a real estate agency in Alanya does not require a lot. Neither any higher education nor special skills or requirements are needed.

Only demand that you must fulfill is to complete an evening training course, which takes no more than a couple of weeks.

So it is far from a comprehensive education to teach you about important subjects such as buying contracts, financial security of the payment or guidelines for moral and ethics as an estate agent.

Not that long ago we actually had an interesting experience where the responsible person for issuing licenses for estate agents in Alanya proudly told us about all the good he had done for the sector in Alanya which was making it even easier to get the permission to open a real estate agency and get the needed license.

In our opinion he should have spend his time and influence by securing and highering the quality of the sector but it shows how unfortunate the entire sector and agents are thinking - which is thinking of themselves and not of you as a customer.

This has created an overflow of authorized estate agents in Alanya but a lack of those who are competent and qualified.

At 2Base we believe that it pays of to be a bit different and we always think of the customer before thinking of ourselves. 
We believe this will end up securing us more sales and more customers.

But how do you choose the right estate agent in Alanya when not even a real estate certificate will guarantee you a qualified and competent agent?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Checklist for property in Turkey

It is hard not to get tempted by a holiday home in sunny Turkey close to the sea.

But before you decide to go all in and buy your own holiday home there are a few but very important and essential criteria that the holiday home in question must fulfill.

Type of ownership
Also in Turkey there are different types of ownership. Make sure that your property is a owner-occupied property and not part of any company, joint venture or time-share.

Are a foreigner allowed to own?
Not all properties in Turkey can be sold to foreigners due to restrictions on location and type. Make sure that your property can be sold to you as a foreigner.

Make sure that no debt or any kind of ipotek are transferred to your name via the purchasing contract or transfer of title deed.

Ferdi iskan (habitation certificate)
Make sure that the ferdi iskan of the property is either already in place or can be easily issued. 
Ferdi iskan is connected to another permission named ön iskan. 
In case the ön iskan of the complex/ building is not present you must be aware and understand the consequence of this.

As a general rule you should only buy property in case the ön iskan is either already in place or can be issued without any further delays.

Contract of sale
The contract of sale must be thorough and detailed. 

The most important clauses are:
- Terms and conditions for payments
- Hand over
- Guarantees
- Termination of the contract

The title deed as well as seller and buyers ID must be a part of the contact as attachments.

Make sure that it is always seller himself who personally signs the contract of sale.
Do not accept that a real estate agent or another 3rd party signs on behalf of seller.

Unless it is clearly specified in the contract all payments must always be paid directly to seller.

Please note that the above only represents the absolute most important things to consider.

We also recommend you to always carry out a detailed check on the property that you are planning to buy. 

Read more about that in the blog "Essential checklist before investing in a holiday home in Turkye".

Let us know in case you have any questions, we are right here to answer them.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vocabulary for property in Turkey

Even the process is more or less the same, purchasing a property in Turkey is of course different then doing so in your home country.

One of the biggest differences are actually the language since Turkish can be a bit hard to understand for most.

Still a lot of Turkish words are surviving without translation when the topic is property in Turkey which can make if hard to understand exactly what is going on and what the exact meaning is.

This is why we have made this vocabulary for property in Turkey that covers the Turkish words that are often used without being translated.

Kapıcı // Caretaker

Görevli // Also caretaker but a bit more polite

Yönetici // Administrator

Ferdi iskan // Habitation certificate and permission to use the apartment

Ön iskan // Approval of the building permission and that all authorities involved have approved the building.

Sigorta // Insurance

Belediye // Municipality

Tapu // Title deed

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Understand your Turkish title deed

When purchasing a property the most important document is without any doubt the title deed, since it proofs the ownership of the property.

In this blog post we will take your through the current procedures for obtaining the title deed as well as explaining what kind of information you find on the printed version of the deed.

We also want to point out very clearly that the printed version of the deed does not hold any other value than the paper it has been printed on.

You can see it as a kind of diploma and should you loose the printed version there will be no consequences.

Even if someone that you do not trust gets hold of the printed version of your title deed, it can not be abused.

The ownership is registered at the land registry office and it is the information in their computer systems that are valid.

Until recently the process of obtaining a title deed was somehow complicated and time consuming.

Luckily things have improved for the better and today the process goes as follows...

Via an online system an appointment for initiating the process is obtained from the land registry office.
Relevant information such as the public evaluation of the property, buyer and sellers personal information etc are collected and handed in to the land registry office.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Getting to Alanya: How to find the best and cheapest tickets

Discussions about flight tickets and how to get the best and cheapest deals is always a hot topic for home owners in Turkey.

Based on our own experience we made this guide which we hope will prove both useful and informative.

Where to fly to...

This is quite simple since there are just two options. Most well-known is Antalya Airport (Airport code AYT) located 120 km west of Alanya with newcomer Gazipasa airport (Airport code GZP and often called Alanya Gazipasa Airport, Antalya Gazipasa or even Antalya Alanya airport so be careful not to mix up between these two airports) located 40 km east of Alanya.

Neither of the two airports has public transportation in direction Alanya.
Instead several airlines offer free or inexpensive shuttle services to and from the airport direction Alanya.

Driving a rental car to Alanya will take you around one hour and 45 minutes from Antalya airport and 30 minutes from Gazipasa airport.
Conditions of the road is good but you need to remember that the traffic in Turkey might be a bit more hectic than you are used to.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Who celebrates christmas in Alanya?

The obvious answer to the question is "everyone that lives here does"...

For most people Christmas is more of an event than a religious thing meaning that it is  - but of course in its own way - celebrated by everyone even in a Muslim country like Turkey.

Also no shop in Turkey is blind to the commercial aspect of Christmas so currently all shopping is accompanied by Christmas decorations and jingle bells.

Some even claim that Santa actually comes from Turkey and not the North pole, Finland, Greenland or anywhere else.

With that said celebrating Christmas in Alanya is of course very different than celebrating it at home. The special Christmas mood that you find in your home country can not be replicated anywhere, no matter how hard you try.

People who choose to travel to Alanya during the holidays do so because they want to get away from all the Christmas activities at home, so they surely do not mind.

And all of us living permanently here in Alanya do not have same expectations to Christmas as we would normally have.
Instead we make Christmas our own way and try to mix some of the traditions we know from home with the opportunities that are available in Alanya.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alanyas new ring road is on its way

The last couple of years Turkey has started to invest heavily in new infrastructure. 
Most notably are the new tunnel and bridge across Bosphurus in Istanbul and the construction of a new mega airport that will replace the existing and already pretty big Atatürk Airport.

Also in Alanya there are some new projects underway and one of the most exiting - but not so much talked about - is the new ring road.

The current ring road is known as the 35 meter road, presumably because it is 35 m wide. This road starts at the entrance of Alanya at the Dinek/ Luna Park area and ends just before the Dim River in Tosmur.

The new road is known as the 50 m road and construction is on-going as you read this. Interestingly enough there is not much public information available about the road, but here is what we know so far.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Essential checklist before investing in a holiday home in Turkey

Investing in a holiday home in a Turkey is simultaneously both an terrifying and amazing experience.

Terrifying since you do not now local customs, rules and regulations and therefore are operating in unknown territory.

Amazing since you are about to purchase the holiday home of your dreams, a place where you and your family will spend many happy hours.

But before finalizing the deal and signing the contract there are several areas which are worth paying attention to.

Spending some time investigating before taking the final decision can save you both time, a lot of trouble and of course your hard earned money.

By this we do not mean finding yourself an respectable and licensed estate agent who speak your language and can offer you a secure financial deal.
This is of course still an absolute “must”.

But after finding your dream property and having received and reviewed the first initial information it is always a good idea to take a closer look at some key information.

Monday, September 5, 2016

What to expect from the remaining part of 2016

So far 2016 has been what we can best describe as an interesting year here in Turkey. 

Why it has been like this we will not get into here. Other medias are writing plenty about that, so no need to repeat.

Instead we will take a closer look on how we think the property market will develop for the remaining part of 2016.

It can of course not be much more than guessing, but with 13 years of experience we believe that we have earned the right to call it qualified guessing.

A very positive sign is that there are still several interested buyers in the market, and that properties are still being sold.

We do see that foreign buyers often have a longer and existing connection to the market.

This could be buyers that already own a holiday home in Turkey and now are looking to exchange to something bigger or better, or buyers that has been coming to Turkey for many years as holiday makers and now have decided to get a holiday home of their own.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Julio & Ricky, heavy traffic and properties at the river

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another update on what is happening in and around Alanya!

Do we even have to mention the sun, the blue sky and the cooling and crystal clear Mediterranean? Of course not, so we wont :-)

Julio & Ricky is heading for the Expo: This is not the first time we mention Expo Antalya but since new acts and activities are constantly added to the events calendar we feel like reminding everyone about the opportunities at the expo

Coming up are concerts with both Julio Iglesias and Ricky Martin. So head over to the event section of the Expo web site, take a closer look at what is available and get your tickets now.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Fresh Summer Update From Alanya

Once the calendar tells you that we are well into the month of July there is no denial anymore - it is summer in Alanya, temperature has already increased into the 30+ range and your air conditioning unit has become your new best friend.

Since our last blog update some pretty exciting things has happened. So lets get started and bring you the latest updates from in and around Alanya as well as updates from us here at 2Base Estate Agency.

Surprisingly, local team Alanyaspor managed to reach the play-off final where they clashed with Adanaspor in a very intense and hard fought final for promotion to the best Turkish football league, Süperlig

In the end a penalty shoot-out decided the outcome and Alanyaspor came out on top mainly because several Adanaspor players had problems even getting their penalty attempts on target. 
So get ready, next year giants Fenerbahce, Galatasarya and Besiktas will be playing Alanyaspor.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We are back...

Last couple of month there hasn't been all that much activity here at our blog. 

But we are back now and will take a look at some of the exciting things that has been going on while we were napping.

- Expo in Antalya
- Alanya 2016, what will happen?
- Alanyaspor
- Life at 2Base

Are you ready? Very well, lets get started then...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 here we come...

When a year is about to come to an end it is time to take a deep breath and look back on the happenings and events of the year that has passed.

In the real estate sector two questions are always asked.

"How is the market?" (as in how are sales currently) and then of course "how will it (the market) develop?".

We believe that as an estate agent you will have two different choices of answer.

You can give a "real-estate-answer". 

This means that things are always good no matter how bad they really are and the market will always develop positively no matter how dark the forecasts are.

Or you can give an honest answer based on facts. 

At 2Base we truly believe in the second option.

So, how is the market?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Get inspired with themes

Browsing online property web sites can often be both confusing and frustrating, especially when it comes to properties abroad where your knowledge about each of the local area and their pluses and minuses might not be complete up to date.

Some time ago 2Base introduced a new way of sorting for properties called "themes". This is essentially a new way of putting all of our properties into different kind of categories making it easier for you as a customer to understand of this property might be of your interest.

We have a variety of themes such as "Beach-lovers", "Penthouse", "View", "Bargains" and so on.
Which kind of properties you can find under each theme should hopefully be easy to figure out :-)

But what is the new thing? 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bodrum is worth a visit

No doubt that Alanya is number 1 :-)

The big questions is then who the runner ups are....

We would definitely recommend Bodrum for a top 3 position and in case you have not already been there, then surely it is time to go for a visit.

Bodrum actually consists of a peninsula on which you can find several bigger and smaller cities. 

Bodrum city itself is worth a visit, but for the accommodation most people prefer the more quite and peaceful areas.

We can recommend the area of Yalikavak and Gümüslük where you can get absolutely fantastic accommodation and views all the way to the Greek islands across the Aegean sea.

The Bodrum peninsula has always been known for attracting jet-setters and everyone else that wants a taste of luxury.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The more the merrier

For pretty obvious reasons it has always been popular to invest in a holiday home together with other members of the family or close friends. 

In that way costs are split between more people and the holiday home will not stay empty for longer periods. 

Also many families buying together enjoy actually visiting the apartment at the same. 
The space might be a bit tight but what is better than enjoying the sun and beach in the company of your best friends and family?

There are a few practical issues though to consider before teaming up with your best friends or parents and investing together.

- Always make sure that the official share of the apartment corresponds to the actual ownership. So in case you paid for 2/3 of the apartment and your friends family paid for 1/3, this must also be reflected on the title deed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Are you a handyman?

It is not often that a property makes it all the way to our blog posts. Only when we have en extraordinary good offer or a very unusual property for sale we write about here on our blog.

In this particular case the property in question is both an amazing offer AND something special.

So in case you are a handyman looking for a property on the Alanya peninsula - also known as the castle area - then look no further because we do guarantee you that this is an offer that you can not find similar from any other estate agent.

A total of three units are now on sale for discounted price.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Click Click...

There can be many different reasons for wanting to sell your holiday home. But one thing that all sellers have in common is, that once the decision to sell the apartment has been taken then seller look forward to the day where they can sign the contract of sale and hand over the property to a new owner.

Before a property can be sold it must first be marketed and presented to interested buyers. Here the absolute best and most valuable tool is our web site. 

We dare to say that on other agent in Alanya can compete with our web site when it comes to property presentations and access to relevant and important information.

On the Internet 2Base Estate Agency has always been two steps ahead of competition and we plan to keep it so also for the future.

For the online presentation each apartment needs to have pictures taken. The quality of these pictures are very important and luckily we have a very skilled photographer working here at our office in Alanya.

Her name is Laura and besides taking photos she also deals with both our inspection service and cleaning services as well as our Lithuanian and Russian clients.

We asked here a few questions about her life as photographer.

- What is the key to successful property pictures?
First of all the apartment must be tidy and clean. Secondly nice interior can make a big difference. Like a few colored pillow or a couple of nice paintings.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Coming up: EXPO Antalya 2016

As some of you might have noticed or heard about Antalya will host a big EXPO in 2016. 
And this one might be a little different from most other EXPOs since the themes are "Flowers & Children" as well as "Cultivating a green life for future generations".

The EXPO area is located next to the main road "also known as D400" just 15 minutes drive from Antalya airport direction Alanya.

This botanical EXPOs will not only be available to visit during the EXPO period in 2016, which is April to October, but also afterwards since the area will serve as a park and exhibition area for the years to come.

It is expected that around 8 million people will visit the EXPO during the 2016.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Transparency even from your mobile device

In earlier blog posts we have often talked about how important transparency is when it comes to the daily operation of your owners union.

An owners union often holds a significant amount of money, and it is in everyone's interest to make sure that these are spend in the best way and that the documentation for each expense is available.

Sitting several thousands kilometers away from where all the action is taking place can make it hard to understand and follow exactly what is happening. How are the money spend, has everyone paid the yearly fees and so on.

Last year 2Base set a new level of transparency of owners union and allowed all owners to log directly into the accounting books of their owners union. 

No more waiting for excel files or monthly emails.

Instead every owner can now get real-time view access to (and only view, of course. Not editing or deleting) all postings such as expenses and status on payments of the monthly and yearly fees.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Power cuts and how to know they are coming

In an earlier blog post we have been discussing the major break down of the electric grid in Turkey earlier this year. 

Today the topic again will be electricity and to some extend also power cuts. 

Because it actually seems like the authorities and providers of electricity and infrastructure is actually doing something about it.

In the Alanya area the grid is currently undergoing some serious maintenance. 

And how do we know that? Well, simply because currently there are a lot of power cuts....

But these power cuts seem to be related to repair and upgrade work rather than breakdowns, which is of course very positive at least in the long run.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The best time of year

Spring is the best time of year in Alanya. 

Nothing to discuss or argue about here.

In Alanya spring time is perfect and it luckily last for many month.

So what is going on during spring 2015 in Alanya?

Political parties are preparing for the upcoming election

Later this year the local elections are coming up and the political parties have started to promote themselves and their candidates.
In Turkey a political career can be a quick way to fame and easy money so the competition is hard.
This is of course very unfortunate and one could wish that Turkish politics would focus more on doing the right thing for your country or region than personal gains. 

Alanyaspor is hitting it
Last year local football team Alanyaspor surprisingly made it into the 1. division, the second highest division in Turkey.
This year the good performance continues and currently the team are holding on of the play off positions for the Turkish Superleague.
Visit the teams web site where you can also find information on upcoming matches.
Web site:

New concepts are coming to Alanya
Last couple of years a lot of new concepts has come to Alanya. This is great news and there are a lof of new restaurants and shops to try out.
A few examples are...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Power cuts in Turkey and what to consider

The subject for this blog post came up all by itself when our office this morning went from lively and productive to "hey, who cut the electricity?".

As i am writing this blog post a major part of Turkey is without any electricity due to reasons that are currently unknown. 
Flights are grounded, offices closing down and everyone is waiting for the power grid to come back on.

Most people here in Turkey speculate why this has happened and social media are full of speculations and the twitter hash tag #buradaelektrikyok (there is no electricity here) is currently Turkeys most used.

Luckily Internet and mobile phone networks are not affected, but charging devices might be...

We here at 2Base wants to take another approach and instead talk about what this means for property owners in Turkey. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is the best time of year in Alanya

For this blog post we had a little chat with Yildirim Kabasakal who is responsible for all service related questions and tasks at 2Base. 

We wanted to know about his best tips for restaurants, advise for property owners and a lot more.

If you have ever visited our office or send us an email, you will most likely already know who he is.

Lets hear what he has to say...

Winter, spring. summer or autumn: Which is your favorite time of year?
Definitely spring. Spring is the sign that summer is coming soon. I like this period because it is more quite and not so hot than summer. 
During spring the air and sea is very clean and it is a great time to swim and play beachvolley which i enjoy a lot.

Where would you go for a Sunday brunch?
On the castle almost on the very top there is a place named Muhtarin yeri. There breakfast is the best and very traditional with fresh bread, eggs, omelette, vegetables, different kinds of cheese and of course fresh tea. Sundays are very busy but the place is great and i can recommend it. From the restaurant there is view all the way to Gazipasa.

You have been living more than 20 years in Alanya. Can you offer any insiders tip on best things to do?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Beware or you might be caught by surprise

Over the last decade the Turkish banking system has developed into a powerful and very modern business area with a long list of active players.

Some of the banks are still under Turkish ownership while others have been swept into European banking groups.

Ten years ago loans were very difficult to obtain and interest rates were sky high. On the other hand the banks offered their services without too high transaction fees.

Today this has changed completely. Loans are given faster than McDonalds serves a burger and fees have sky rocketed.

Where this is good news for those who wish to finance their dream apartment by a local mortgage is also calls for attention to those who just wish to have a bank accounts for minor transactions, since this can end being very costly.