New member looking for advice

#1
We holiday very regularly in Calis and Olu Deniz and are very much hoping that we can plan a longer term residency in Calis once we retire in a few years time. Ideally we hope to purchase a house but will look to rent for the first few months before committing ourselves fully.
I am really interested to know the experience people have had doing this, or similar transistons. We have always found Calis to be a really friendly and active ex pat community whilst we have holidayed here so really hoping for some insight and to take advantage of the wealth of experience that I know is on here
Many thanks
 
#2
I cant knock the advice of rent first, done it myself, those days I got an apartment for £600 or maybe £800 for the year. I never rented though with the view of lets see if we like it first, nor would I now TBH.
Personally I don't think you even start to scratch the surface of the country for at least a year. Also, there's bargains to be had. Money in Turkey doesn't just talk it SHOUTS especially when it comes to property. The majority of expat buyers do not take out a mortgage, think about it, how many of us here drop the price in the UK when those words pop up "its cash, no mortgage"?
One thing my wife & I put beyond everything.........committal. We were both committed to moving to Turkey, no "do you think we are doing right thing"? More of "get the tickets". We worried about the "kids", the kids worried about the kids (as they do). The wife never forgot them & they were constantly on my mind till I boarded that plane. Availability was always there for the wife to nip back to the UK for a break but once back in Turkey it was always, "its good to be back, the kids are OK"....what kids?
Depending on the area, there's plenty of good solid people who can put you right, along with people on this forum.

Without a doubt your starting on the right note because you've landed on here.
I wish you well.
 
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Sceptre

Senior Member
#3
Sound advice 35PC.
My advice would be to make the move and RENT for at least 12 to 18 months.Put your money in a Lira account and draw the high interest, till you buy.I can assure you, living in Turkey is totally different to holidaying there.I think one of the hardest things we felt was the communication, you need to learn Turkish, to some degree.I wish you well on your adventure, tread carefully.
 
#4
Believe it or not, moving & dealing with life in Turkey was easier for us than running our hotel in Blackpool back in the day. Blackpool was a fast learn & earn, no help up there just competition, we were like fishes out of water. A business/semi retirement venture.

Turkey on the other hand was, the suns out AGAIN.
 
#6
Transport.

Well for me it was buying a Turkish vehicle, a car not one of those two wheeled chicken chasers (scooter). The wife likes her creature comforts, legs akimbo on the back of a scooter............just isn't her anymore.
Theres a comparison to be made here, hiring a car or buying one, renting a property or buying one.
 
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easylife

Senior Member
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Having lived here for a long time I would always advise renting first of all and then to go and visit other places as there are many beautiful places, with expat communities, all around the coast.

Whatever you do, don't buy 'off plan', buy something that has already been built and has a Tapu and habitation certificate. Many people have lost everything buying 'off plan'.

I'm not sure that I would advise changing sterling into TL, although the interest rates are appealing the value of Tl is not stable due to the situation within the country and may drop further in value. You will have to study it's history over the past few years and decide yourselves.
 
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Akasya

Postless Pointer
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Transport.

Well for me it was buying a Turkish vehicle, a car not one of those two wheeled chicken chasers (scooter). The wife likes her creature comforts, legs akimbo on the back of a scooter............just isn't her anymore.
Theres a comparison to be made here, hiring a car or buying one, renting a property or buying one.
Do you remember the rice burner jokes , no body is laughing now .

Glad to see Triumph on the march again , no mor kawasaki engines . ( got a kwacker so no insult ).

Steve
 
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Do you remember the rice burner jokes , no body is laughing now .

Glad to see Triumph on the march again , no mor kawasaki engines . ( got a kwacker so no insult ).

Steve
Took the bumps, scrapes & crashes all on motor bikes..........of course it was always the other persons fault. My only experience of scooters was passing them on the road.
Triumph, BSA & Norton were the only "brands" for me then but the Jap bikes went to a new level, a level that was a bit too far for me.

Two wheels in Turkey makes me cringe..........
 

angelaturkey

Days On The Beach in Side
#10
Hello PaupersLegacy - I have lived in Side, Turkey for just over 12 years now and have visited Calis Beach a couple of times. There are some lovely small bed and breakfast places there from £17.15 per night ... see here ... https://www.alpharooms.com/accommod...earchKey=71f1e65e-db4f-4b31-aa3d-a3260d1ff038 ... so why pay out to rent when you have the option of these cute b and bs? And so much cheaper. My parents taught me that renting was like chucking money out the window and you would never get it back!

If you stayed just a couple of weeks in one of those b and bs, then it would give you time to research properties to buy in Calis ... see here from £54,000 fully furnished ... Property for sale in Turkey, Fethiye, Calis, Ovacik, Olu Deniz, Uzumlu, Marmaris, Icmeler ... and 34 houses in Calis for sale here ... Property For Sale In Fethiye Calis

Good luck with the move and let us know how you get on, won't you? x Angela x
 
#11
Choices upon choices in Turkey.............it all starts with how much you've got to spend.

There's thousands of things we take for granted here in the UK that somehow just don't seem so on tap in Turkey at times..........all part of the learning process.
 
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