Property purchasing procedure for foreigners in Turkey

In Turkey which is among the countries which is available for investment in real estate industry, the boom in the real estate industry has instigated the investors abroad.

All of them are thinking about making a right and reliable investment. They want to implement the vision and experience that they have obtained abroad in Turkey and buy real estate in the developing and expanding areas in the city.

What should we pay attention when buying a house in Turkey?

Experts make the following suggestions.

First, determine the location to buy the apartment. If you are buying an apartment for investment, investigate the potential development in that location, because the environment makes the apartment more valuable.

Do not hurry when buying an apartment. Investigate the prices in that neighbourhood. Compare the price of the apartment you are going to buy with the prices of other apartments in the area. Get professional help if required; because a real estate specialist would pay attention to many things that you do not.

Check which construction company has built the property!

First of all it is important that the company from which you will purchase the apartment has completed similar project previously and the companies which completed projects in which people live in the apartments without any problem, are happy and the relationship with the company continue without any problem after the delivery are successful companies. Check previously completed projects and take references.

First of all, you need to pay attention that the construction company is reliable and delivers the apartment on the promised date without any additional costs. If the construction project is approved, foundation is laid, building permit is obtained and construction servitude is established, you may have a title deed in the name of Construction Servitude Deed. Construction Servitude Deed, which is a certificate which indicates the place of the buyer in the building, is an authentic title deed and ensures your rights in the construction. Previous performance of the Contractors is quite a significant data.

Note these!

  • Check if the apartment you have purchased is the same as the apartment you liked at the title deeds office and municipality.
  • If the construction is not complete yet, get Construction Servitude Deed at least.
  • If you are purchasing an apartment which is under construction, obtaining Construction Servitude Deed will not suffice. Make a separate contract with the seller. In the contract, identify the delivery time of the apartment, materials to be used and the penal clause that the seller would be obliged to pay you in the event that the apartment is not delivered in time. In addition, include in the contract that the Construction Servitude will be turned into property ownership as a condition.
  • If the apartment you are going to buy is not completed yet, make sure that the apartment has Construction Servitude. If it has Construction Servitude, that means it has occupancy permit as well.

You should go to the Title Deeds Office where the residence or residence project to be purchased is registered and check the registry of the relevant property.

In this check, you should know;

  • Who owns the property,
  • Share ratios of the property,
  • If there is servitude (usufruct) on the property,
  • If there is mortgage on the property,
  • If there is injunction on the property which may prevent the sales,
  • If Construction Servitude is established or there is any obstacles preventing it,
  • If the independent section to be purchased is registered in the title deeds registry,
  • Surface area,
  • Management plan of the property,
  • Title deed annotations affixed by the land owner which are imposed on the contractor…
  • You should go to the municipality where the residence or residence project to be purchased is registered and examine the present registry of the property to be purchased at the related Town Planning Authority.

If you decided to buy a house in Turkey, you don’t need to bother. All you need to do is tell us your budget and the features of the property you want to buy. We will find the best house for your needs. If you want to buy this house, we will carry out the purchase procedures in accordance with Turkish Laws as 100% reliable by means of our solicitors.


  • Barry

    Hi there and great to have found your website.
    I purchased some property for our retirement and hope you may be able to help me with some information and advice over this property I purchased in 2015 in the Fi Side Complex Bahcesehir Istanbul.
    Since the recent troubles, I am advised that this is now under the hands of the government run TMSF who have taken this project over.
    The problem I have is trying to find out what is going on with this and what recourse I have if any but attempts by email to the TMSF have remained unanswered.
    The sales company Nova estates who are based on the site keep changing completion dates and are becoming very unhelpful. I do have TABU and went with the company representative to the government office to take this on the day we paid the money.
    Would be grateful if you could guide me in the right direction as I am in the UK and looking forward to retiring their.
    Many thanks.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Barry,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, we can not help you in this situation. We think that you should contact a lawyer in this matter. We hope that the matter will be solved successfully.

      Kind Regards


    We are planning to buy property in turkey and to get 2 year residence permit.
    I just want to sure that is it compulsory to buy property of at least one million USD to get turkish 2 year residence permit?
    If it is not compulsory then please quote the minimum price of which we have to buy property to get 2 year residence permit of turkey.

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr. Hamza,

      The real estate property of 1 million USD allows you to apply for Turkish citizenship and obtain it within short period of time. However if you only need a residence permit then the real estate which worth 50 000 USD will be sufficient for getting 2 years of residence permit. There is no real estate price limit restrictions for obtaining of residence permit.

      Thank you and have a good evening.

  • Joachim Oscar

    Dear sir/ madam,

    I am a student in Turkey for the next 4 years. I started this September. Could it in any way be possible to bring in my vehicle from the UK for the 4 years I’m here? Thank you.

  • Mohamed

    Hello There,

    I would like to ask about the minimum cost of buying a property in Turkey to be able to get a 2-year residency permit because I heard that the cost shall be more than 50.000USD. Is this information correct?


    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mohamed,

      There is no such restriction concerning a minimum Value of Property for a Residence Permit. You have been misinformed. Owning a Property in Turkey would be enough to be eligible for a 2 year Residence Permit.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Martin Kempson

    Hi, I’m not sure if you are able to help me but I am struggling to get an answer to my question.

    Can I drive a vehicle into Turkey from the U.K?…………The issue I am unsure of is
    I have been resident in Turkey for 7 years and I wish to move back to the U.K, I want to drive a van from the UK into Turkey to collect my belongings and drive back out again.

    Is this allowed ? and what regulations are there?

    If you are unable to help maybe you could advise me who I can contact to help.

    Many Thanks

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Martin,

      You should have no problem coming to Turkey with a Foreign registered Car. Foreigners who come to Turkey with their own car have the right to stay in Turkey for up to 1 year. You might be required to get a special Insurrance for your car while you are in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Mike


    Wonderfull website!!!

    So if we buy a property we get 2 years residence.
    My question is: what happens after the 2 years pass? does it renew automatically? for how long will it keep renew?


    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Mike,

      Foreign Citizens owning a property in Turkey can get a Residency Permit up to 2 years. After the expiration of the 2 years Residency Permit you will have to renew your Residency Permit. However the reneweal procedure is much easier and faster.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Shukrullah ehsan

    Hello sir,

    I would like to know, if a person buy more than one immovable properties in turkey, the sum of which are more than one million dollars can also eligible to apply for turkish citizenship ?

    Waiting for your answer!

    Best Regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir,

      Yes the total of the value of the immovables will be taken into consideration.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Anjum Qureshi

    Dear Expat Guide Turkey,

    I am an Indian national and holding Indian passport. I need following information:

    1) Can Indian national who have long term resident permit or 2 years valid resident permit with work permit buy a house in Turkey?
    2) I am also wondering to know if it true or not that there is no bilateral agreement between Indian and Turkey on buying property in Turkey/India , because of that Indian national can not buy a flat in Turkey.

    Please let me know information on my query.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Best regards,

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Mr Anjum,

      According to the Turkish law Foreign Citizens has the right to buy a Property in Turkey. There is no restriction such as Nationality or any kind of specific type of Residency Permit. A standart Short Term Residency Permit would be enough for Foreign Citizens wishing to buy a Property in Turkey.

      In other word, you are not required to get a Work Permit for 2 years or have Long Term Residency Permit in order to buy a Property in Turkey. Moreover, every nationality can buy a Property in Turkey, even Pakistani Citizens.

      If you wish our company can assist you if you wish to invest in properties in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Noor

    Thanks for your valuable reply sir
    I have one more question

    A foreigner can give there property (apartment )on rent and live in another rented apartment in Turkey like near to school or job.
    Hope you understand my question


    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Foreign Citizens have the right to rent their home to other Citizens in Turkey.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Noor

    Dear sir

    I want to know that foreigner can purchase a used apartment in Istanbul
    And foreigner can purchase home from anywhere or there is specific place for foreigners to buy home


    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      According to the Turkish Law there is no restriction for the Foreign Citizens concerning the ownership of property. Every Foreign citizens can buy a property in Turkey in any Place.

      Restriction concerning real-estate is only related to the size of the property. Also Legal Refugee in Turkey has not the rights to own propertie.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

      • Noor

        Thanking you sir for the prompt reply
        There is bit confusion
        This restriction on property size is only for real estate (companies ) or also for the foreigner buyer of family apartment
        Please explain


        • ExpatGuideTurkey

          Dear Sir/Madam,

          The size limitation is 50 hectar per person for the Foreign buyer.

          Best Regards,
          ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Noor

    Thanks for reply sir
    Yes we are planning to buy an apartment in Turkey
    What is the minimum price of a studio apartment
    In US dollar

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Unfortunately we cannot give you any quotation for the range of price for a studio apartment because the price vary greatly from the city you are going to buy the property. You can check property’s prices on Website such as :
      Please keep in mind that our company can assist you throught the sale process.

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

  • Noor

    Can we get a studio apartment cost 20,000$

    • ExpatGuideTurkey

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      We didn’t understand your inquiry. Could you re-state your question ?
      Are you wishing to buy a studio apartment for 20,000 USD ?

      Best Regards,
      ExpatGuideTurkey Team

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