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 www.2base.com 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: http://alanyaspor.org.tr/

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.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Considering selling? Then the time might be right...

The decision to sell your holiday home abroad is not easy. Just like the decision to invest in a holiday home, the decision to sell should only be taken after a careful consideration.

The reasons behind wanting to sell can be many, and it is never easy to sell a holiday home that for most have been a source to many joyful moments and happy memories.


At lot of people wrongly think that the beginning of a new year often is a quite period for estate agents. This is not correct and the first many sales of this year are already signed and completed.

The truth is that the first month of a new year can actually be a very good time to sell...

Should you be thinking about selling your holiday home in Alanya then do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to guide you through the process and help you in finding not only a new owner for your holiday apartment but also to do it in way that secures you the best outcome.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Looking back and forward

New year is the absolute best time for looking back at the year that passed and more importantly to take a look into the crystal bowl trying to predict the year to come.


Where evaluating the year that passed is an easier task, predicting the future can be pretty hard and eventually it comes down to advanced guessing.

Nevertheless, this is what we intend to do.


Lets first take a look at the year that passed. How was it?


If the question would be addresses to our colleges in customer service they would tell you the this.


Working with the newly privatized electricity company has been quite a challenge.

Paying electric bills has become much more difficult due to ineffective working procedures at the electricity company. In the same time electric meters are shut down as soon as bills are not paid.
Luckily we have found a smart solution to this problem and we expect a lot less issues in this area for the new year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is Christmas celebrated in Turkey?

This blog-post was originally published back in 2010. But since not much have changed we wanted to bring it back to life.

Worth adding is that a Sunday-Christmas marked is now arranged every December at the harbor area in Alanya. Definitely worth a visit...


Finally we can not guarantee that price of the Christmas tree is still only 3 YTL.


Happy Reading and a Merry Christmas


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Most people are probably aware of that fact that the majority of the Turkish population are Muslims and that their religion is Islam.

Likewise most people know, that Muslims do not have the same holidays, celebrations and traditions as we have.

Hardly surprising facts.


Still we often get the question:

Do you celebrate Christmas in Alanya?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Transparency to the extreme


Being a home owner in Turkey also means being part of an owners association.

In larger complexes the amount of money being paid each year to the owners association is quite significant.

It is therefor absolutely necessary that the accounting books of the complex are done properly and professionally.


We here give you a list of which reports you as an apartment owner should have access to:


Profit and Loss statementShowing all income and expenses during a particular period - often the current accounting year of the complex - the profit and loss will tell you if the complex is spending more money than it receives. Also you will be able to see how the money is spend account by account.


Balance sheet

Is a summary of the current financial situation at a specific time. It will show you the balance on each cash and bank account and also how much money is being owed to the owners union and how much the owners union owes to others.

These are the two main financial reports that will tell you how your owners union is doing.


An old lady is back in town


As some of you might know, one of the very first projects that our company got engaged in was the creation of Sunsearch - Alanya on the internet.

Back in 2003 this was one of the very first information portals for foreigners searching for online information about Alanya. The page was maintained in 8 different languages, and contained a mix of business profiles and relevant articles related to Alanya and Turkey.


A lot has happened since 2003 and lately Sunsearch has been living a quite life on the outskirts of the vast world wide web without drawing much attention.


So we thought it was about time to drag the old lady out of the garage and bring her up to speed. And so we did.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Driving from Europe to Turkey

Recent years it has become increasingly popular for holiday home owners with a little extra time on their hands to get in their cars and drive the long way from Europa and to Turkey.

This is a great chance of enjoying some unforgetable moments since the drive from Europa to Turkey offers many different route choices.


In general there are 3 major choices to make when selecting the route.

- Drive via Eastern Europa (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria)
- Drive via Mediterranean coast (Austria, Slovenia, Greece)

- Arrive by boat via Italy

No route is really better than the other but many seems to prefer to avoid travelling via Bulgaria due to several incidents related to theft.


Entering into Turkey it can be a good idea to avoid the heavy traffic in Istanbul and instead head south to the historic very interesting area of Canakkale.