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Living The Dream: Real Stories Of Buying Property In Turkey

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Turkey has become a desired destination for expatriates who are looking for diversity in culture, natural beauty and warm weather. Some have taken the risk and invested in Turkey property converting their dreams into reality. Here are some inspiring stories from foreigners who have successfully navigated through Real estate in Turkey market. 

John And Lisa: Retirement Dreams Come True

John and Lisa were always a retired couple living by blue waters in their daydreams. After several visits to Turkey, they fell head over heels in love with Fethiye town’s picturesque nature. The reasonable prices of these homes together with its beautiful coastlines lured them here, they decided to invest in a seaside villa.

Challenges and Solutions: 

At first, John and Lisa found it daunting to deal with Turkish property market. They had language barrier challenges coupled with ignorance of the local property laws. However, they overcame these by engaging the services of an honest estate agent who also doubles up as a lawyer.


Currently, John and Lisa are enjoying their retirement in beautiful beaches nearby Fethiye surrounded by friendly people. The cost of living is cheaper compared to UK thus enabling them to live comfortably out of their pensions. They value being part of a thriving expat community and the kind Turkish welcome that have made their dreams come true.

Emma: A New Start in Istanbul

Emma was an American graphic designer who wanted to start afresh after going through a tough time in her life. The city’s combination of modernity and tradition appealed to her hence she moved there. Emma bought herself a swank apartment located in Beyoğlu which is a busy neighborhood.

Challenges and Solutions: 

For instance, one major challenge for Emma was dealing with the fast-paced lifestyle in Istanbul as well as finding a reliable home on her budget within Turkey. By researching thoroughly and getting close to expatriates based locally, she managed to connect with trustworthy real estate agents who led her to get the best apartment available for her purposes.


Following her relocation to Istanbul, she has been successful in both personal and professional life. Dynamic cultural scene, old buildings and pubs have greatly fascinated her. In addition, Istanbul is strategically located such that it allows easy movement from Europe to Asia, which widens ones perspectives.

Mark and Ana: Investing in Antalya’s Booming Market

Mark and Ana from Spain were searching for a viable investment. They preferred Antalya since it was city booming with tourists as well as having beautiful Mediterranean beaches. They bought a rental property in the main tourist area.

Challenges and Solutions:

One challenge faced by the couple included understanding the Turkish rental market and managing a property from a distance. However, they overcame this by working together with local property management firm which ensured that their property was properly taken care of in order to attract more tourists.


From their investment they have made excellent profits since on average, there are high returns during tourist season when rentals are difficult to get hold of. Moreover, land rates have gone up significantly over time so they have significant capital appreciation out of it. Finally, apart from doing business Mark and Ana love going back to their rented apartments every other day.


So these foreign residents began new lives full of improvements in living conditions and secure profitable investments, proving that dreams can indeed come true with the right approach and determination.


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