2011: A Great Year for Turkey and Turkish Property

Twenty Eleven was a great year for Turkey and a great year for Turkish property. The Turkish economy was among the fastest growing in the world (it was the fastest in 1H, but we have no data for 2H) according to official data. According to the Turkish association of real estate partners (GYODER) house prices […]

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Turkish Mortgages in Increasing Demand

With the Turkish property market still busy (and not too badly effected by the Euro crisis), investors are still interested in borrowing funds rather than just paying cash. The most popular loans tend to be either in Euros or Sterling, but as the local currency is still in Turkish Lira, independent Currency Exchange advice should […]

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Turkish Tourism Hits the 30 Million Target

It's official, Turkey has crossed the long-anticipated threshold of 30 million visitors, a year later than expected. During the boom the government set the tourism target that Turkey would be receiving 30 million visitors per year by 2010. Then the credit crunch happened. Most tourism markets were completely derailed by the crisis as it engulfed […]

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Turkey Continues to Impress for all the Right Reasons

It is no surprise that foreign direct investment is flooding into Turkey, because unlike many countries at the moment, there is no reason to be scared of investing. Turkey is in Europe, but not in the Eurozone and has been growing strongly throughout the European financial crisis. Even now as the crisis seems to be […]

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Fitch Affirms Turkey at BB+

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Turkey's rating at BB+ one step away from investment grade, despite revising the country's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to Stable from Positive. The agency also affirmed Turkey's Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B' and Country Ceiling at 'BBB-'. "The revision of the Outlook to Stable reflects […]

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Reciprocity Restrictions to be Removed in 2012, Boosting Foreign Sales

The Turkish government is expected to remove the reciprocity restrictions on its property market in 2012. The draft law is to be polished off by the Environment and Urbanisation ministry before being submitted to the national parliament later this month. The aim of the law would be to open up the Turkish property market to […]

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Foreigners Buying More Property in Turkey

The latest data from the Turkish Land Registry Director shows that some 123,,000 foreigners own 113,687 immovable properties in Turkey. The data shows that resort properties are still the most popular with foreigners, and they prefer established cities like Antalya, Mugla and Aydin ,as well as Istanbul and Bursa. The properties span some 86.1 million […]

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Turkish Airlines Istanbul Ataturk Now Most Diverse Hub in Europe

From its hub at Istanbul Ataturk, Turkish Airlines now offers a wider range of non-stop flights than any other carrier does from a single airport. Turkish Airlines now flies non-stop from Ataturk to 172 destinations around the world, leaving its nearest competitor Lufthansa some way behind flying to 158 destinations from Frankfurt, and Air France […]

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British Airways Looks to Increase Istanbul Flights

British Airlines is looking to further increase the number of transit flights to and from Istanbul, according to a manager with the firm. Gavin Halliday, who is the general manager of the firm's Europe and Africa operations said: "Not only has the number of people visiting Turkey increased, the number of transit passengers has reached […]

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Turkish Banking Shares Surge on Central Bank Announcement

Turkish banking shares saw a three-day losing streak broken into a surge after the central bank cut reserve requirements on lira liabilities, which freed up capital for increased lending. The banking shared index rose 3.3% at the close, almost completely reversing the previous day's 3.5pc fall. The biggest gain was that of Yapi & Kredi […]

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