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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Spanish Property a Better Bet than Turkey

Turkish English-language newspaper Hurryet Daily News is reporting that the government has banned foreigners from purchasing property in a number of locations in Southeast Turkey.

According to the report, foreigners have been banned from purchasing real estate in Mardin, Kilis and Hatay as title deeds owned by overseas buyers has exceeded 10% of the total available in these destinations.

According to data from the Turkish Land Registry Directorate, four German foreigners have bought 25,153 square meters of property in Kilis, while 99 foreigners bought 521 properties for a total of 2,383,192 square meters in Mardin.

Speaking to the Planning and Budgets Commission of Parliament, Mustafa Demir, Minister of Public Works and Settlement said: “Since the acquisitions in Mardin, Kilis and Hatay have exceeded 10 percent of the improved land, the purchasing of property by foreigners is banned by the Cabinet.”

Turkey has become an increasintly popular overseas property destinations over the past 18 months as the strength of the Euro has resulted in many British buyers, who might previously have bought in places like Spain, turning their attention to the country.

At least in Spain buying Spanish property and Real Estate there are no such concerns regarding purchasing by overseas buyers.

Full story Hurryet Daily News. Foreigners banned from buying real estate
The government has banned foreigners from buying more real estate in Mardin and Kilis following similar restrictions in Hatay, citing the number of already-purchased land titles as exceeding the legal limit.

According to data from the Turkish Land Registry Directorate, four German foreigners have bought 25,153 square meters of property in Kilis, while 99 foreigners bought 521 properties for a total of 2,383,192 square meters in Mardin.

Mustafa Demir, Minister of Public Works and Settlement spoke to the Planning and Budgets Commission of Parliament and released information on his ministry’s figures.

On the matter of land sales to foreigners, Demir said that as of today, 97,192 people own 87,069 properties.

“Since the acquisitions in Mardin, Kilis and Hatay have exceeded 10 percent of the improved land, the purchasing of property by foreigners is banned by the Cabinet.”

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