Advantages of Owning a House in Turkey for Foreigners

 According to citizenship for buying a house program in Turkey, foreign nationals are free to buy property anywhere in Turkey except for military zones. The terms of citizenship for foreigners who buy a house in Turkey will be 250 thousand Dollars as of September 2018. In other words, foreigners who buy real estate in Turkey for 250 thousand Dollars and their families can be Turkish citizens immediately. Having a property in Turkey which is a country where real estate and construction sector is quite vivid is a very good investment method.

The gates of citizenship is open to foreigners who buy a house in Turkey

Citizenship for buying a house is for foreigners who buy a real estate in Turkey for at least 250 thousand Dollars. The foreigner himself/herself and his/her family will have the right of Turkish citizenship within six months. In other words, you can both make a profitable investment and become Turkish citizen by buying property in Turkey. See our services; Turkish citizenship consultancy

In addition, you can get 3 years residence permit for yourself and your family by buying property for 650 thousand Turkish Liras and more and you will have the right to apply for Turkish citizenship if you live in Turkey uninterruptedly for 5 years in the property you have bought. Note: Within 5 years, you can stay outside Turkey for only 1 year, the purpose here is that the foreigner lives in Turkey.

It IS EASY TO GET RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE FOREIGNERS WHO BUY PROPERTY IN TURKEY.

Foreigners who buy property in Turkey can get residence permit provided that it is extended in certain periods, they also have the right to get residence permit for their families. With this residence permit, children of the foreigners can get education in Turkey. It is easier for foreigners with residence permit to find a job and it is easy for companies to get work permit.

What should foreigners do to buy property in Turkey?

Foreign nationals can buy real estate such as residence, office, land, field etc. in Turkey provided that they respect the restrictions specified in the law. If the foreign national is to buy a land or field, he/she is obliged to inform the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism within 2 years about the type of the building to be built on that land or field.

What are the restrictions in buying property for foreigners?

In accordance with the related law, following restrictions apply to buying property by foreigners:

  • A foreign national can buy maximum 30 hectares of property in Turkey in total.
  • A foreign national cannot buy property in military forbidden zones and security zones. Renting a property in these zones is only possible with special permission.
  • Foreign real persons can buy property up to 10% of the total area of the district where private property is located.
  • Properties which are determined by legal authorities not to be used in accordance with the purpose of purchasing and properties which are not notified to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism within 2 years although they were purchased for building a construction may be subject to winding up by official authorities.
  • For companies with legal entity which are established in accordance with the laws in their own countries, abovementioned restrictions shall not apply.

What is the procedure to be followed for buying property?

A preliminary application should be made to the Land Registry Directorate. It is required to take a sequence number for preliminary application. For this, you can call 181 or make an application at https://randevu.tkgm.gov.tr/.

Following preliminary application, a date is determined for the transfer transactions between the seller and the buyer.

Following documents to be prepared within the day determined:

  • Title deed of the property
  • Passport of the foreigner who will buy the property and photocopy of the passport (Turkish translation of the passport may be required)
  • “Property Value Statement Document” to be provided from the relevant municipality
  • Compulsory earthquake insurance policy for the buildings such as house, office, etc.
  • 1 photo of the seller, 2 photos of the buyer
  • Certified translator if the buying foreigner cannot speak Turkish
  • If the transfer transaction is carried out with a power of attorney prepared abroad, the original or certified copy of the power of attorney (Turkish translation of the power of attorney is required).

Other Points to Be Taken into Consideration

You must learn if there are any restrictions on the property such as mortgage, lien, etc.

You can get necessary information from the Land Registry Directorate.

Residence permit is not required to buy property in Turkey.

Working with professional consultancy companies specialized in buying property will always be in favour of the buyer. For that reason, we recommend that you should get assistance from consultancy companies specialized in buying property. We offer private consultancy services in this matter, you can call us on 444 7 284.

174 Comments

  • Javed

    Sir,
    We want to purchase apartment worth $ 25,000/- in the name of my wife & my sister in law,
    1.Can my children & my sister in law’s children & spouse eligible for residency permit & government
    education as well.
    2. How much minimum period required to live in turkey in order to get citizen ship.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Property owners, their spouse and children under 18 years old are eligible for residence permit on basis of property ownership. There can be more than one property owner indicated in title deed. After obtaining residence permit, children can be enrolled into schools in Turkey. If your family stays in Turkey uninterruptedly for five years on basis of residence permit for property owners, they can be eligible for Turkish citizenship.

      Kind Regards,

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  • Carsten

    I own a small company in Denmark 100 pct. This company is considering buying a flat in Antalya and renting it out.
    (1) Do I need to create a company in Turkey to do this? Or can my Danish company buy directly?
    (2) I expect profit from this. Do I need to file some kind of income report in Turkey and if yes, what is the tax rate on my profit?
    (3) How much does it normally cost to have a Turkish company handle the income report and taxes for my company?
    (4) When my company is the buyer does the rules about residence permit and citizenship apply for me?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      You do not need to be a company owner in Turkey to buy a property. If you rent the property, you will need to pay the tax over your income, which would be calculated over the amount of the rent. Monthly costs of accounting services varies in Turkey. Our company provides accounting services and if you want, we can help your future company to prepare taxs declarations and reports. In order to be eligible for residence permit and Turkish citizenship on basis of property, the owner of property should be a private person, not a company.

      Kind Regards,

  • Sohrab

    Hi, with buying a house in Turkey am I eligible to get a work permit too? Or would it help?

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After purchasing a property in Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit, which does not allow you to work in Turkey. In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey.

      Kind Regards,

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      • Numan

        Hi.
        If i buy 1 flate in turkey. Can i put on rent and get trc and passport ?
        But i can buy only cheaper flate

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          If you purchase a property in Turkey in value of at least 250.000 USD, you can acquire Turkish citizenship within 4 months upon your investment. This kind of property can be rented, you do not have to reside in it. Otherwise, if amount of purchase would be less than 250.000 USD, you can obtain residence permit on basis of your property, which should be used for residential purposes. After staying in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners, you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application after 5 full years of residency. Evaluation of the application in this case takes up to two years.

          Kind Regards,

  • Saied

    Hi,
    Recently an acquaintance of mine got Turkish citizenship through property purchase. He said he has the option of getting citizenship for another family by paying the government of Turkey $80,000. Is this true?
    Thank you

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no such a regulation, family members other than spouse and children under 18 years old can only acquire Turkish Citizenship by making separate investment of at least 250.000 USD in their own name.

      Kind Regards,

  • adeel

    hi, can foreigners rent property in turkey and get residence permit for self and family.If so than what is the minimum rent and duration requirement

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no restriction regarding amount of rent. Duration of rent should be the same as requested period of residence permit validity.

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      • Zakaria

        I bought property(house )worth 30000$ in turkey can i request visa for my mother .

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          Fact that you are property owner in Turkey does not directly entitle your mother for visa, however it can be considered as a benefit during the visa application.

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  • Adu Kusi Amankwah

    Hello.
    My wife and I want to buy an apartment in Istanbul in June 2020. But I am presently in Ghana. My wife is in Istanbul on a business visa. can I buy the apartment in my name while still in Ghana and will buying the property qualify me for a visa to turkey?
    Is it also possible to buy the property using both my name and my wife’s name and are there any benefits.

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would not be present in Turkey for property purchase procedures, you need to provide your wife with Power of Attorney so the property can be purchased on your behalf.

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  • Morcha minos

    My father wants to purchase property in turkey at an amount of 30,000 USD.
    Could we get a citizenship .

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners, who purchase a property in value of at least 250.000 USD have a right to acquire Turkish citizenship together with their spouse and children under 18 years old within short period of time. Those, who purchase a property worth less than 250.000 USD may be eligible for Turkish citizenship application after staying in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners.

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  • MM Alam

    Hi,
    I am non-resident of turkey, planning to visit and buy a flat or shop of a value $20,000/-

    1- If I will be 100% owner of the property than, can me, my spouse and children under 10 years get residence permit?

    2- If we get residence permit and renewing it’s for next 05 years and evey year only 01 month will stay in turkey, can we apply for permanent residence or Passport?

    Thanks in advance for your response

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you purchase a property in Turkey, you and your family can easily obtain residence permit on this basis. In order to be eligible for Turkish citizenship, you would need to stay in Turkey for 5 years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners. It means that within five years back from the application date, there would be no periods when the applicant was not a residence permit holder and time spent out of Turkey did not exceed one year in total or six months at once.

      Kind Regards,

  • Barbara

    I am a United States citizen and bought a home here in Turkey but it is my husbands name only because he is a Turkish/American citizenship. We want to put the home in my name since I was the one who solely paid for it and when we bought this we did not know that we would have to fill out a application for me as a non-Turkish citizen and we had to purchase a home right away because our things from American was arriving here. I also have my three year resident s here. I was wondering, if we have to home put into my name and then want to sell the home do I as a foreigner have to wait for any period of time before I can sell it. I thought that I read somewhere that I would have to keep the property for 5 years before I could sell it ? Thank you for your time and assistance !

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no restriction regarding the period of time, after which a property can be sold by foreigner as long as the property is not purchased for Turkish Citizenship by Investment application purposes.

      Kind Regards,

  • M. Hassan

    Hej
    Is there a limitation of how Long you can own a property after bying it… Fx 90 years limitation .
    I.e you are loosing Your ownership after 90 years ? Or it is forever unless..

    • M. Hassan

      Hi
      What is my opportunity to fx education, healthcare… If i buy a property under 40000$. Do My wife and My children get access to the public services on equal terms With the natives or…
      I have an other question: is there a difference in terms of tax rate buying a property throug a flat owner and a construction company ?

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        If you purchase a property in a value of less than 250.000 USD in Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of residence permit gives you access to paid healthcare and private education in Turkey.
        There is a difference in taxation, however it depends on a various factors, besides purchase from an owner or construction company.

        Kind Regards

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no such a limitation in Turkey. After purchasing a property, ownership is granted for a lifetime or until selling the property.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Sophia

      Hello,

      If I buy an apartment in Turkey, am I required to reside in the purchased apartment in order to get the residency permit?
      I ask because I want to continue living in a rented apartment even after buying a property.
      Thanks!

      • Expatguide

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        If you would like to apply for residence permit on basis of property ownership, address of your property must be also your residency address.

        Kind Regards,

  • Leo

    Hello dear team,
    I would like to buy a house in a small village. (as you know, all small villages in Turkey are out of city plans). I read somewhere that Turkish laws state that foreigner are obliged to buy only properties located in towns ( meaning there must be municipality (belediye) in the area where the house is and it must be situated within the boundaries of that municipality , not in villages or rural areas).
    Is that correct ? Do you have more details about that ? could you maybe send me a link of those laws (even in Turkish).
    Thank you in advance for your great work, I really appreciate

    • Expatguide

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      There is no such a restriction in Turkey, foreigners are allowed to purchase property in a village.

      Kind Regards,

  • Abu

    Hi there
    my Brother (has a 7 years old daughter and wife) and I are buying a house together that is worth of 100,000 USD. Are we all qualified to obtain a residence permit in Istanbul
    would appreciate your response

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      According to current law, you and your brother are both eligible to obtain residence permit as property owners together with your families.

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  • KB

    Hello. I am in the process of buying an apartment worth approx $100USD in Turkey. I am an American citizen. Will I automatically get residence permit in Turkey after I get the title deed? And, if I don’t live in that apartment or in Turkey at all, can I continue renewing my residence permit forever. Meaning, if I don’t ever want to become a citizen, could I still be able to renew my residence permit to freely travel in and out of Turkey and be able to live there few months out of the year. Please let me know. Thanking you in advance.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      After you purchase a property in Turkey, you will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. There is no obligation to reside in Turkey during residence permit validity, however you will need to be present at the appointment day during each extension of your permit.

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      • shahid

        Dear team,
        i have intention to live in turkey permanently along with family. i cannot buy property of worth 250000 $ however, can buy in range of 100000$. my question is that can we get permanent residency? and also as property owner can do job or business. Please advise me the best way to settled in turkey with minmum investment. Thanks un advance. Regards shahid

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          If you invest in a property in a value under 250.000 USD, you and your family will be eligible for residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times, up to three years each time. Foreigners are not allowed to work in Turkey on basis of residence permit. In order to obtain work permit, first you need to find a job in Turkey and your future employer must apply for your work permit. Foreigners can not apply for work permit in their own name or without having a job in Turkey. Application for foreigner who has residence permit valid in total for at least 6 months can be done within Turkey. For foreigners who are not residence permit holders, application must be done via Turkish Consulate in their home country.

          Kind Regards,

  • DINA

    Can I buy a house for 60$ ( as an investment )and rent it while I am still living in the united state?

      • ExpatGuideTurkey

        Hello,
        Thank you for your comment.

        You are allowed to purchase real estate in Turkey and rent it, there is no obligation for you to live in purchased property.

        Kind Regards

        • Kate marriott

          Hello
          I bought a holiday property in July 2018 for 1,250000 TL in Bodrum. In August 2019 I moved to Istanbul to live with my family due to my husbands work. Can I apply for citizenship ? Or do I have to wait 5 years ?
          Regards, Kate

          • ExpatGuideTurkey

            Hello,
            Thank you for your comment.

            If you stay in Turkey for five years uninterruptedly on basis of residence permit for property owners, you can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application after 5 full years passes.

            Kind Regards,

  • Khalid

    If I get citizenship because of buying a property that is more than $250,000.00. How long I should have to keep before I can sell? Also, if I get the citizenship and I buy another property, do I have to pay sales tax (VAT) and what is the tax rate?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Property purchased for Turkish citizenship application purposes can not be sold for 3 years. If you buy another property after acquisition of Turkish citizenship, VAT rate for Turkish Citizens, which is 18% will apply to you.

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  • James

    Can I buy more that one apartments for the total of $250,000 to get the citizenship?
    Please note that I will live only in one apartment that will be less than $100,000 or less

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you purchase one or more than one property and total value of your real estate investments in Turkey would be more than 250.000 USD, you would be eligible for Turkish Citizenship application. Investors are not obliged to reside in properties bought for citizenship application purposes.

      Kind Regards,

  • Daniel

    Hi I bought flat 11 months ago and I understand that because Ian foreigner i don]t need to pay kdv
    Infect i bought from flat owner not from construction company so i paid all the money as we agreed. My question if there is any way to get the kdv as 8% back from the state
    The cost of the flat 600.000 tl
    Thanks in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, as the flat has been bought last year and the purchase procedures has been finalized, it is not possible to be subject to tax exemption anymore.

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  • Kamala

    Hi, I would like to but a property in Turkey for about 40-59k USD, as I understood that will give me and my family residense permit, will it also provide medical insurance coverage for me and my familly? And if I buy property lets say in Antalya, will i be able to use insurance in Istambul clinics, or to be able to use medical services in Istambul, should I buy property in Istambul!

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Coverage of health care services depends on type of policy, which you would purchase. Most of health insurance policies will cover treatment in any part of Turkey, regardless of which city you would be residing.

      Kind Regards,

  • Armin

    Hello,

    I am 31 years old and I am thinking of buying a house in Turkey, however, I want to bring my parents with me as well. Is there any way that I can get resident permit for them as well?

    Can you please guide me here?

    Kind regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If all three of you would be indcated as owners in Title Deed, you and your parents can easily obtain residence pemit for property owners in Turkey.

      Best Regards,

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  • Kim

    Hi, I intend to buy a condo in Izmul for 30k USD. I am from Algeria, not a Turkey resident. Can I apply for a temporary residence visa or is there any other types of long term visas in Turkey for such property value?
    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you purchase any property in Turkey, you will be eligible for short term residence permit for property owners. This kind of permit can be extended multiple times and after you stay in Turkey for 8 years uninterruptedly, you can be eligible for long term residence permit.

      Kind Regards,

      • Sir I was considering 5 years of uninterruptedly staying will give you eligibility to apply for Turkey Citizenship, but you are mentioning 8 years here, can you please confirm it is 8 years or 5 years?
        Thank you

        • Expatguide

          Hello,
          Thank you for your comment.

          Foreigners, who stay in Turkey for 5 years uninterruptedly on basis of work permit or residence permit for property owners are eligible for Turkish Citizenship if they meet other criteria.

          Kind Regards,

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          • Prosper

            Please my question is , if my brother buys a house in turkey , am I eligible for the residence permit as he is my immediate family member .. thank you

          • Expatguide

            Hello,
            Thank you for your comment.

            Property owner, their spouse and children are eligible for residence permit application on basis of property ownership in Turkey. Other family members can apply for touristic residence permit.

            Kind Regards,

  • Mohammed Saif

    Hello, I’ve seen that many real estate companies provide free service for applying for residence permit and citizen. Is it advisable to go with them or is it better to hire a lawyer?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Most of real estate companies does not have experience in this kind of applications and free services are only part of advertisement. We would not recommend choosing a project according to the fact that application services will be provided out of charge unless you are sure that company is contracted with experienced lawyers.
      You can also take a look at http://www.propertyguideturkey.com for properties in Turkey and professional services for your Turkish Citizenship application.

      Best Regards,

  • Shaikh

    Hi! Im an Indian and is planning to purchase a property in Beylikduzu worth around 40000USD, I want to know the safe procedure to do it, like legalities, checks, etc, as i don’t want to be hoodwinked, also once I purchase the property would i be entitled to get residence permit for me and my family and is it extendable, what is the procedure. Many thanks in advance

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      We provide services regarding property evaluation, checking the legal status of the property and assistance throughout the purchase procedures. You can contact us at: info@expatguideturkey.com for more informations in this topic. Once you purchase a property, you and your family will be entitled for residence permit in Turkey. This kind of permit is usually granted for one year at first and later can be extended multiple times for up to three years each time.

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  • Farhan Shahid

    What is the property minimum limit. Can I buy property of $20,000? Will I get citizenship after 5 years?

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      If you purchase any property in Turkey and stay within the country for 5 years uninterruptedly, you can be eligible for Turkish Citizenship. There is no minimum value of the property for this purpose.

      Kind Regards,

  • Andrew Mills

    Can a foreigner buy a property at less than $250,00, say $200,000 for example and get a residents visa? Thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      Foreigners, who purchase property in Turkey, can easily obtain residence permit. For this purpose value of property can be lower than 250.000 USD. Moreover, their spouse and children have a right to apply for residence permit on this basis as well. Application for residence permit can be made once the title deed is transferred to applicant. This kind of permit can be extended every time its duration is about to expire for as long as its holder will be owner of the property. At first, permit is usually given for one year. Later, each extension can be granted for up to three years.

      Best Regards,

  • Azam Shaikh

    If on husband name and wants to transfer on wife name what will be the cost .

    Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment.

      The fee in amount of 3% of the value of property must be paid during title deed transfer.

      Best Regards,

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