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Istanbul boosted by ranking in top 15 European cities for investment prospects in 2016

Istanbul has been ranked 14th in a recent report by international tax consultancy PwC and the Urban Land Institute that ranks 20 European cities by investment prospects. This is an impressive six places up from last year's listings and puts it ahead of London (15th), Edinburgh (18th), Frankfurt (20th), Brussels...

Posted on 12 February 2016

Turkey’s property market records highest growth in Europe in 2014-15

Average house prices in Turkey rose 18.6 per cent in the 12 months to the end of March 2015, according to the latest Knight Frank House Price Index, making Turkish property the best performing of all European markets. Turkey recorded the second highest growth of all 56 countries tracked in...

Posted on 24 August 2015

Summer house-hunting – Brits enjoy favourable buying conditions in Eurozone and Turkey

A favourable exchange rate, signs of recovering foreign property markets and improving mortgage availability have combined to drive confidence in purchasing European real estate in 2015, said Spot Blue International Property in July. The stronger Pound means that for UK buyers the price of property in the Eurozone has fallen...

Posted on 31 July 2015

Exchange rate kinder to British buyers in Turkey than in the Eurozone in 2015

The combination of a weaker currency, high interest rates for savers and low living costs makes Turkey one of the most attractive places for British property buyers and expats in 2015, said Spot Blue International Property in May. Sterling has gained around 14 per cent against the Turkish lira since...

Posted on 15 May 2015

Fourth busiest European airport and voted ‘best place to meet’ – Istanbul starts 2015 with a bang

Istanbul’s growing status as an international hub was confirmed in January, after statistics confirmed the city now has the fourth busiest airport in Europe while a leading events magazine named it the world’s best meeting destination. Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport saw a staggering 11 per cent rise in passenger numbers in...

Posted on 27 January 2015

Why today’s Istanbul is attractive to non-resident Turkish and Arab investors

Turks and Middle Eastern citizens based around the world, including the Americas, who are looking for global investment opportunities could be missing out by not considering modern-day Istanbul and wider Turkey, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in September. “In the USA alone there are an estimated 500,000...

Posted on 26 September 2014

Foreign investment in Turkey remains strong, with Europe its most important trading partner

Turkey’s attraction to foreign investors and businesses remains strong, after figures from the Turkish Ministry of Finance revealed that foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country in 2013 totalled $12.686 billion.Capital inflow accounted for $10.1 billion while real estate purchases by foreigners exceeded $3 billion. The European Union remained Turkey’s...

Posted on 04 March 2014

EU-Turkey relations reach new level with visa liberalisation on the cards

The European Union took steps this week towards removing visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move that signals a snowballing unification between Ankara and the 28-member bloc. Turkey and Brussels will sign an agreement allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey. In return,...

Posted on 04 December 2013

Turkey talks shop – demand for shopping space there now one of Europe’s highest

Highlighting Turkey’s growing middle class and its appetite for a consumer lifestyle, the country completed the second largest amount of new shopping space anywhere in Europe during the first half of 2013. The number one spot was taken by Russia. A report by international property consultancy Cushman Wakefield also showed that...

Posted on 19 November 2013

Turkey’s European Union membership back on the agenda in Brussels

Turkey could be about to take a step closer to joining the European Union (EU), after the EU Council confirmed that next month it will resume talks with Turkey about its membership of the 28-nation EU bloc, following a three-year break from discussions. Recent talks on Turkey’s membership were postponed...

Posted on 22 October 2013