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Magical Kaş – where lush mountains meet the Turkish Mediterranean

World-class sailing and water sports combined with easy access to mountain activities and historical sites are helping to transform the Turkish town of Kaş from a small beach resort into one of Turkey’s most desirable all-round destinations for both tourists and second homeowners, said Spot Blue International Property in October...

Posted on 12 October 2018

Why the continuity of President Erdoğan’s re-election could benefit Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s landmark victory at the polls in Turkey last month not only secured him his second five-year presidency but also delivered the foundations for a more stable economy in the country, a condition that should go some way towards reassuring international investors, said Spot Blue International Property in...

Posted on 13 July 2018

Bitcoin reaches resort of Kusadasi as Turkish market embraces cryptocurrencies

Turkey is emerging as an unexpected champion of cryptocurrencies with its real estate market proving especially receptive to blockchain-based transactions, said Spot Blue International Property in March, adding it is one of the first Turkish property agencies to make property in the resort of Kusadasi available to Bitcoin investors. Spot...

Posted on 23 March 2018

Why Turkey’s Kusadasi should be on foreign buyers’ radar in 2018

Affordable new developments are helping to make the resort of Kusadasi one of Turkey’s most exciting holiday home destinations in 2018, said Spot Blue International Property in February, adding that recent uplifts in tourism and foreign property sales should boost the country’s appeal with foreigners this year. House-hunters in Kusadasi,...

Posted on 23 February 2018

Will Turkey Bid to Host the 2026 Winter Olympics?

The deadline for applications to be the host city of the 2026 Winter Olympics is March the 31st 2018, and all eyes are on Turkey to see if they will commit to earlier suggestions that they were preparing a bid. Turkey has applied many times to host the Summer Olympics...

Posted on 18 February 2018

Three Turkish Cities Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

A statement published by UNESCO has confirmed that three more Turkish cities have been added to their Creative Cities Network bringing the total to four. The south-eastern province of Gaziantep was accepted in 2015 and has now been joined by Istanbul, Hatay and Kutahya after their applications submitted in 2016...

Posted on 06 November 2017

International estate agent makes buying and selling in Turkey easy for one British couple

A British couple have been rewarded for their loyalty to Spot Blue International Property after the international estate agent found buyers for their villa in Turkey eight years after finding them the perfect plot for the property. David and Barbara Barber from Northern Ireland completed the sale of their villa,...

Posted on 20 September 2017

Turkish-German Consortium Wins Turkey’s Wind Power Tender

All eyes of the global wind energy sector are now on Turkey after it held an auction that could well revolutionise the country's power industry in future years. A consortium, consisting of German firm Siemens Gamesa and Turkish partners Turkerler and Kalyon, won a tender, put at $1 billion, to...

Posted on 19 September 2017

Why Britons’ hunger for Turkey is returning in 2017

Britons are helping to drive Turkey’s tourism and resurging foreign property market this year, with the country celebrating a 22 per cent year-on-year hike in the number of foreigners it welcomed in the first seven months of 2017, said Spot Blue International Property in September. In July alone, the number...

Posted on 06 September 2017

Saudi Royalty Arrives in Bodrum with 300 Suitcases

Staying true to its long-established reputation as playground of the rich and famous, the Bodrum region of Turkey, is this week hosting the Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, visionary investor, and avid philanthropist, worth 18 billion dollars. Arriving at Bodrum airport on...

Posted on 16 August 2017

Foreigners now exempt of VAT when buying property in Turkey

The Turkish Government has abolished VAT on property purchases for foreign buyers, as the country attempts to attract more international investors. The new law means that foreigners are exempt of VAT on the purchase of either a house or office in Turkey, with the condition that they make their acquisition...

Posted on 07 March 2017

Dip in foreign sales in 2016 fails to dampen Turkish market as a whole

Turkey recorded more property sales in 2016 than in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute, signalling an ongoing strength in the market. Looking closer, house sales in Turkey increased four per cent year-on-year in 2016, reaching 1.34 million. Unsurprisingly, Istanbul attracted the highest share of...

Posted on 13 February 2017

Turkey’s domestic property market shows resilience during September

House sales in Turkey increased by 17.8 per cent in September compared with the same month last year, according to the latest Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) report. Sales to foreign buyers fell by 27.8 per cent year-on-year in September, but compared to the previous month the fall was just 15...

Posted on 27 October 2016

Positive changes to Turkey’s residency permit rules

Turkey’s Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) this month has introduced changes to rules governing residency rights and permits for foreigners, addressing concerns previously raised by British and other non-Turkish residents and making it easier for foreigners to live there. The first significant change is that foreign residents can now apply for residence...

Posted on 19 August 2016

Turkish Airlines rises above the competition as a world-class carrier

Turkey’s efforts to become one of the best connected countries in the world offering travellers a world-class airline were rewarded this week when national carrier Turkish Airlines was named best “Best Airline in Europe” for the sixth consecutive year at the highly acclaimed 2016 Skytrax World Airlines Awards. This on-going...

Posted on 13 July 2016

Izmir scores again as footballer Ronaldo nets a Turkish home

Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Real Madrid, has bought himself a home in the western Turkish resort of Izmir, bringing a further boost for the Portuguese property market. The news of the footballer’s purchase comes just days after it was confirmed that Hollywood golden couple Brad Pitt...

Posted on 11 November 2015

Jump in foreign sales and tourist numbers signals strong Turkish market

Turkey continues to be flavour of the month with foreign property-buyers, following a record number of purchases by non-nationals in May and consistent growth for the first five months of 2015. Turkish property purchases by overseas investors were up 21.3 per cent in May compared to the same month in...

Posted on 21 July 2015

Istanbul a tourism priority in 2015, as more foreigners visit Turkey

Promoting Istanbul as a city destination and a place to do business and exhibit are priorities for Turkey in 2015, said the Turkish Culture and Information Office at the World Travel Market in November. Turkey plans to capitalise on Istanbul’s being named the world's top destination in the 2014 TripAdvisor...

Posted on 10 November 2014

Celebrity chef Stein to bring the taste of Turkey to Britain’s TV screens

Fans of Turkey and its colourful lifestyle will enjoy a new TV series covering Turkish food and hosted by TV chef Rick Stein, which is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC 2 next year. Turkey’s well known for its beaches, sunshine and exciting culture, and Stein’s new series will help...

Posted on 02 September 2014

Turkey enters new era as Erdogan takes over the presidency

Turkey has its first ever directly elected president, after its existing prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the presidential election at the start of August, vowing to build a new Turkey. Erdogan's election as President of Turkey should enable him to continue to drive the growth he has generated as...

Posted on 13 August 2014