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 Turkey | Aqua Vista
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Property Details:
Development Name : Aqua Vista
Property Type : Apartment
Location : Turkey
Area / Region : Altinkum
Bedrooms : 2
Bathrooms : 2
Status : Key ready
Price : £46,000

The Aydin province is situated on the western Turkish coast, and is the locale of some of the country’s most exciting property developments, including the striking Aqua Vista Holiday Village development in Altinkum.

Aqua Vista offers two- and three-bedroom apartments, starting at £36,000 (approx: €41,620), while the supremely luxurious four-bedroom penthouses start at just £61,000 (approx: €70,530). 

Due to the popularity of the Turquoise Coast – Turkey’s very own Mediterranean Riviera – the investment potential for buying one of these deluxe apartments will definitely appeal to interested buyers. Although this region of Turkey is developing at an astronomical rate, pricing for one of these properties is still markedly lower than expected; An inclusive payment plan, spaced across four instalments, as well as a mortgage arrangement, is in place for purchasing one of the apartments. The Aqua Vista development also sits comfortably between some of Altinkum’s best beaches, as well as the ancient Temple of Apollo, making it an ideal holiday hotspot, specifically for rental purposes, with the rental season often being extended to last longer, simply to compensate for the region’s popularity.

On site features that residents in the development can enjoy include built-in safes per unit, bedroom air-conditioning, fully-fitted bathrooms and two large outdoor swimming pools, around which the entire complex is built. The development was also engineered in keeping with low-density construction standards, which creates a generous feeling of spaciousness. Most of the apartments will have sea or pool views, as well as panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and landscaped gardens. Secure parking, car hiring and shuttle service options also come standard, and Aqua Vista’s developers also offer property maintenance services.

Some of the facilities that are avalibe to Aquavista residents:
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • A large Aqua Park, as well as water sports
  • 24-hour security, CCTV cameras, and secure parking
  • Only 3km away from Altinkum's neareast beaches
  • Car hire, shuttle services and full rental services available
  • Quick access to a full gymnasium
  • Multiple nearby historical sites, including the Temple of Apollo

It's become almost fashionable these days to buy property abroad. Everyone wants to buy that dream home and retire there eventually, or simply want to buy a holiday home that's far removed from the usual everyday humdrum. Some people buying property even move there permanently, immediately, to get a new lease - as it were - on life.

Turkey is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to trade in the old home for the new life. Sunny weather most of the year, warmer climes and a country that waives lots of standard investment tax practices in favour of boosting its investment potential and appeal even further. It's practically a win-win situation. Turkey does have its own regulations regarding property investment, so take a look at the information about the buying process below:

Recommended legalities

Although using a solicitor is not a legal necessity when considering buying in Turkey, we'd like to stress that legal advice is always critically important for undertaking such a big step. Ocaso Properties uses its own team of independent lawyers to give interested parties the best advice to make an informed decision.

General Guide to buying property in Turkey

These are the steps you'll need to take to successfully purchase property in Turkey:

A new build property requires a reservation fee of £2,000, followed by a deposit of anything up to 30%, which needs to be paid 30 days after the reservation fee has cleared. Keep in mind, some developers offer staged payment plans, which can be agreed upon by both you and the developer at the time the purchase is made.

If you appoint a solicitor, the solicitor will perform title checks and draw up a contract, in English, between you and the seller. This contract will - and must - contain all terms regarding the conditions of the purchase, and how the payment plan will proceed. Make sure to give the contract a careful once-over before signing - these are hefty transactions involving a lot of money, and you don't want to be caught in a loop.

To give you additional protection on your investment, until the Title Deed (called tapu in Turkey, which is an Ottoman term implying a permanent lease of state-owned land) is signed, Ocaso Properties can place a charge in the Land Registry, outlining the amount going to the property developer. Although this charge costs 1.11%, it's a sure-fire way to keep the money safe in case the property developer goes bankrupt. To find out more about this charge, contact us, and one of our lawyers will answer any questions you may have.

You will then need to visit the notary office where your passport is getting translated, and where a copy of your passport will be taken. The Notary office works alongside the Aegean army, who do background checks on any foreign nationals prior to any Turkish property sales. This is more for your safety than anything else; these checks are done to make sure you have no criminal background, but also to make sure that your purchase is not located in or close to any military zones.

Again, if the property you are purchasing is a new build property, location checks will also be done to make sure that you’ll have dwelling permission.

Once all checks have been done, your appointed solicitor will carry out some final pre-completion checks. After this, you - or whomever you've appointed Power of Attorney in this matter - will sign a deed of transfer with the vendor at the Land Registry office.

After this has been done, you will be recorded as the official owner of the property, and the title deeds will be issued shortly thereafter.

Remember, all properties for sale in Turkey are termed 'Freehold' (also called 'frank-tenement'; this constitutes ownership of land and everything attached to it, such as structures, as opposed to 'leasehold', which is property that reverts back to an owner when the lease expires).

Other costs associated with your property purchase in Turkey

Expect to add roughly 5-7% of your desired property's selling price to cover the additional costs, e.g. notary, any legal, translation and army application fees. Turkey also levies property purchase tax at 3% - not to worry, this is usually split in half, e.g. 1.5% for you as buyer and 1.5% for the seller. The remaining costs will usually include agency fees, mandatory insurance fees and any utility connections fees. Precise costing will be discussed with you as buyer before you sign any purchasing contract.

Property tax

Because of the rising popularity of Turkish properties, the country charges a minimal 0.3% annual property tax, payable to the local municipality. The property tax is collected from you as owner, and is also subject to annual re-evaluation for standard tax purposes. The final additional cost is a small community tax, which is payable twice per annum for any local services, such as garbage collection and for the upkeep on public areas.



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