We always advise our clients to use an attorney to buy a property in Turkey. The simple reason being, it saves a part of time and makes your purchase process smooth and stress-free.
Should I use an attorney to buy property in Turkey?
To be clear, whenever we agree with a seller to advertise their property, we do our due diligence and check all paperwork is in order. However, there are extra checks at the time of purchase, and with off-plan property that may take up to 18 months to finish building, things may change. It makes sense to practice due diligence and safeguard your real estate investment.
The Turkish law does not require the use of an attorney, and in previous years, it was not unheard of for buyers and sellers to just exchange money, and deeds. However, over the last decade, real estate purchasing laws have tightened up to safeguard buyers with more checks and procedures. Even Turkish buyers are now using attorney to protect their purchase because it makes sense to take advantage of laws in the buyer’s favor.
Using an attorney to Buy Property in Turkey
Throughout our years of experience in the real estate market, we have found that almost all the people who have seen themselves, victims of frauds or terrible deals, neglected to use a registered solicitor to complete their purchase. Buying a home is a significant investment, why risk it by trying to cut corners and save a tiny amount of money? The average cost of an attorney’s services in Turkey is £1,000, but the value of this is immeasurable.
Using an attorney will ensure your real estate purchase does not run into trouble. The attorney will check outstanding charges against the apartment, villa or commercial property, whether the current owner is selling fair, and ensure the safe transfer of the property to your name. During almost two decades of experience in the Turkish real estate market, we have worked with several professional and experienced solicitors. You can also find English speaking and qualified Turkish attorneys on the British Consulate website.
What does an attorney do for a Turkish property Buyer?
You have many choices as to how much power you give the solicitor in Turkey. Some people only use them to carry out the checks and complete the title deed application, while others grant them the full power of attorney in Turkey so they can sign for deeds on your behalf. This is useful for foreign buyers unable to travel to Turkey at brief notice.
Otherwise, the role of an attorney in Turkey is:
1: To draft, complete, arrange signing and notarization of the contract that will contain the sellers and buyers personal details, the details of the property according to the land registrar, and clauses that will be evoked if the sale cannot take place.
- The solicitor will check the title deeds for debts, and that the property has all necessary documentation in place. This can include habitation certificates (ISKAN) and building, and license permits.
- Convert the title to your name and complete all the property purchase at the local title deed office on your behalf, if you have granted them a power of attorney.
If you are still to decide on the home you want to buy in Turkey, we invite you to browse through our portfolio of property for sale in Turkey in many areas including Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, Izmir, North Cyprus and more. As a certified agent with offices all over Turkey, we have helped thousands of Turkish and foreign buyers to find their dream home.
The following articles will also be of use:
Turkish Property Buying Process:
We list all the steps that a buyer will go through on their way to becoming a Turkish homeowner. From finding your home to putting down a deposit to moving in and getting utilities connected, this is a brief outline because we walk all our clients through the process, so they are never alone.
Turkish Citizenship by Investment:
The Turkish government runs a citizenship by investment scheme of which some real estate buyers will be eligible to apply for. This article outlines the criteria and application process in case you want to gain rights to work and live in Turkey.