Firstly you need to make sure the title deed of the property is free of any debt, you can appoint a lawyer to carry this out. It is important you find a competent lawyer whom you can trust. You will often be asked for a small reservation fee for the property. Your representative will need to draw up a contract between the seller and purchaser, included will be details of the completion date, payment schedule and terms and conditions.
Your contract should state that the purchase price includes all certification/name change fees/usage bills and no further costs will be payable.
Getting your contracts notarised- You are strongly advised to get your contact notarized, you need to have both an English and Turkish versions of the contract (or a bi-lingual contract) which is signed in the presence of a notary public. This will ensure that the contract is officially accepted by Turkish law and that the terms within the contact are binding for all parties.
When the notarised contract is signed by all parties, the appropriate deposit is paid. You will then need to apply for a security clearance, which is your military approval, this will entitle you to own a property in Turkey – military approval will often be applied for by your representative. You can sign a Power of Attorney which will allow your representative to conclude any necessary paperwork on your behalf.
:- This process has now been simplified and if any foreign owned property has already been military approved, any new foreign buyers do not have to re-apply for military approval. (This applies to all parcels that have been previously cleared after 5 May 2011) For further information please see YellAli's article; Buying a property in Turkey is made easier for foreigners
Update 27 January 2015
Foreigners are required to obtain a Foreigner Identity Number (Yabancı Kimlik Numarasi (YKN) when purchasing a property in Turkey. (If they do not already hold a Turkish Residence Permit
Process to obtain a Foreigner Identity Number
Foreigners will need to submit a copy of their passport, a written letter in Turkish stating the reason why they need the Foreigner identity number and they will also complete a bilingual form provided by the TNP Foreigners Department.
(Replacing the need for a Turkish tax number to purchase the property)
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