ceemac

Shake It Baby...
Happy With Your Lot?
Just thought it might be interesting to see how people feel about their properties in Turkey now, or how ex-pats are enjoying life there or otherwise.

I bought almost 5 years ago now, and after a couple of years being arsed about by the company I bought through, things have settled down a bit.

It hasn't obviously gone according to the great scheme of things I had in my head (I never bought the place to retire to), but it's been a wonderful experience and I've made many new friends and learned new things.

I wouldn't change the last 5 years for anything, though I do wish I had known about this site before buying!!

You do feel vulnerable being so far away or when things are happening in Turkey or elsewhere, that give you concern, eg the credit crunch, but overall, I think it's worth it.

It's a fabulous place with wonderful, generous, friendly people.


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Andy

Senior Member
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Yes Craig i bought my apt 5yrs ago this year and certainly feel a bit cut off being so far away and never knew about the Forum till i had purchased.

If i could change anything it would be to move to a more popular resort on the West Coast instead of the Med and closer to an Airport, at the moment my apt is 90 to 120 mins away.
 

ceemac

Shake It Baby...
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You mean like Bodrum perhaps? or would that be termed South West


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Yalides

Am I pretty ?
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I agree with your sentiments. We bought for retirement purposes, had little trouble with our purchase by Turkish standards. Sometimes you wonder what the hell are we doing here but soon get over it. Turkey wasn,t my first choice by any means and I personally couldn,t say it will be where I want to remain forever but for now and the near future its home and I love it.
 

Saoirse

Moderator
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Very happy

Glad I did it the way I did too

Started with appt on small sitesi then moved on to build our own wee house. The house we built I never imagined I would be able to holiday in never mind own

Very few regrets other than should have did it sooner!

People I have met have been amazing-plus scenery and food brilliant
 

Pete&Mag

Member
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Mag and I are very happy with our place in Yalikavak. we love the small complex. The neighbours are lovely, and we are starting to make friends. The only blot on the landscape is the lack of Habitation cert.
 

Guz1

Member
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Happy about some things, disillusioned about others. Got a holiday home without needing a mortgage and had some great times there. House ok but five years on discovered that it isn't quite what we paid for. Shortage of direct flights a real nuisance. Biggest regret is not knowing then what I know now.
 

ceemac

Shake It Baby...
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The flights or lack of them from our part of the world is a real pain yes - no competition either.


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Howell's

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I love my house but were up by the Apollo temple in didim which is a bit far out for my daughter to walk to the beach where she hangs out with her mates and she wont get on a bus cause she is scared (of what i dont know) but i end up spending half my time driving her about. My husband refuses cause he says she can get the dolmus. Yes im a mug !!!!
If i could put the clock back ı dont think i would have moved here full time. I find it boring to be honest and my husband sometimes climbs the walls as he is use to working full time running a business.
Its that bad ı put the tv on and find myself watching cash in the attic and antiques roadshow. Sometimes i put it on and think to myself ''ıve seen this one'' LOL. How sad is that, im only 35 for gods sake.
The crooks in our town and Government make me not want to be here as well. Its all take, take, take.

Mt friend moved to New Zealand the same month we moved here and i said to Chaz (my husband) '' why would they move to the otherside of the world if they lifestyle aint really gonna change eg still both working etc etc'' But acctually i think they got the better deal. They dont have the language barrier we have and they can work and they still get the sun as well.
I never thought ıd say thıs but ı mıss goıng to work and seeıng my frıends for a good natter.
 

Saoirse

Moderator
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well it depends when you book Ceemac
I got return tickets from Belfast in July (Dalaman) 2 years running for £150. I dont think thats bad

This year I am going out on a single 9 July for 78 quid from Belfast
 

kaplumba

Member
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I'm happy too. Bought 5 years ago and spent no more than we could afford to lose. Apart from a very dodgy lawyer (lost 2K pounds to him but it could have been a lot more) and that problem with the law and foreigners not being able to buy for a while all was OK. We have all the right paper work and the tick in the right box. I love my 'wendy house' as my husband calls it and never fail to be overwhelmed by our sea view. We don't yearn to live there full time and there are other places we love to visit but frequent long holidays are wonderful. I have made so many lovely friends of several nationalities there and also quite a few good friends from TLF who go there. We may sell it one day, but not yet. Husband fancies a camper van for our retirement to tour round all the windsurfing hot spots.
 

Saoirse

Moderator
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aegean if you book really early did 150ish returns for 12th fortnight. We were booking from the previous August

They are a bit crappy now in that they only do Belfast for a matter of weeks and not the whole summer

Got some good singles with Thomas crook


ps for a single back to Belfast from Dalaman if you wait till the closest Monday to your return date and ring Goldtrail in their Turkish office you can sometimes get good singles (£70)
 
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Gail

Member
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I'm really glad we bought our place, we have had it over 8 years now and I truly believe we bought at the right time, we got in before the prices went up dramatically for the foreign market. I wish we hadn't bought in Turgutreis but only because we can't have the tapu in our name (and were led to believe we could) but that is the only reason. I think we will sell eventually and get something smaller but for the foreseeable future I think we will stay where we are as we have good neighbours on a lovely site. We are out of town and have great views over town and the Aegean and have plenty of room when we have visitors. What was very important to me as well was having the kids over and them thinking of this place as home and we have acheived that so all in all I'm happy.
 

jewel

Member
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Howells, I applaud you for saying and admiting what a lot of others feel but wont admit. Firstly the grass isn't always greener,those 1st few months or even year is truly wonderfull.No work,no regime,no time factor etc etc however when you are young as you are the lack of structure soon becomes a bore.Although we are older than you my Husband 57 and myself 51 we worked all our life (together in our own business) and after a sudden and unexpected early death in the family,we decided to re-evaluate our lifes. We hated our job and business had become much more stressfull both mentally and physically and the idea of selling up and being able to move to our dream place in Turkey seemed the ideal chouice.At first planning it was exciting,but then we realised that we could'nt just sell up lock stock and barrell,and so did our sums and realised that if we wonted to give up work and keep aplace here ,and have enough money to see us through till old age we could afford to do it if we bought a park home here.So that is what we did and in late 2007 we flew over to Turkey for our 1st Xmas in Turkey.That 1 st year was mad,and I say so because everyday was like a Saturday,we would get up when we wanted,go and sit on the front in the sun with the beer in one hand,we would have barbeques on the patio or friends patio's, and every week new people would arrive for their holidays and we would socialise with them, we would sunbathe,and walk and drink,we would go do our shopping or pay a bill,and drink.....and even when we had no intension of drinking there was always a situation were we ended up drinking....So that was the 1st year, by the time the 2nd year came we knew we would have to slow down,and we did.Suddenly the constant drinking,socialiseing,sunbathing etc etc became very boring (yes I know, how can it ? but it does) You suddenly realise that the days are long, that you long to be able to do something(even work )you no longer have any structure to your life and everyday becomes the sameday (although not a Saturday) My Husband feels it more than me,he potters around aimlessly.A lot of people find as you that life there can be pretty boring,especially the winter when the rain and wind means you cant even venture out. On the other side of the coin,there will be people older than us for who the life isjust perfect, they are the right age to go and only want to sit back and enjoy their retirement. I am sure others will come on and disagree with us both and say they love it, well yes I dare say for some it is heaven and we are all not the same,but I empathise with you.We now split our time there a bit more with here,although even being here can get a bit tedious at times.We have the Grandchildren of course and thats lovely,and we could always do some voluntary work if we feel inclined. I feel for you but as I have said you are by no means alone in your thinking,we know a few who think the same,and we know a few who think the same but wont admit to it. I hope you get something sorted as you are to young to be feeling like you do. Best wishes jewel x P.S I seem to remember not too long ago befor Xmas how you posted you were feeling down, and you still feel the same byall accounts.
 

icebern09

Fighting "The Beast"
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For someone who is still going through the buying process, this thread has been great to read, AND reassuring. I am not naive enought to believe that all will always run smoothly all the time so it is lovely to hear that so many of you are happy in what you have chosen to do.

We intend to have extended holiday's next year when my husband retires, using that time to travel around Turkey looking at all the usual sites. Should we feel after enough time spent there that we would like to live there full time then we would look for somewhere off of an apartment block.

At least, that is the plan, so far. Im glad you are all happy with your lot and thank you Craig for starting this thread. Its a refereshing change.:thanks:
 

peter the postie

Wer'e not really here
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We first started out by buying a duplex with our friends. We sold that and bought a two bed of our own. We were really happy there, but we were restricted with space and so we bought Martyns apartment from him. We are in our element there. BIG wide wrap around balcony and loads of space inside. Yep, we are very happy :)
 

perfect1949

i just love my clique
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happy with what i have now, just one regret i came over with the wrong woman, and it cost me 20k to get my own house back in my name .hay but thats life
 

Saoirse

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We first started out by buying a duplex with our friends. We sold that and bought a two bed of our own. We were really happy there, but we were restricted with space and so we bought Martyns apartment from him. We are in our element there. BIG wide wrap around balcony and loads of space inside. Yep, we are very happy :)


I think you have struck a chord with me there as for me space is a big issue

Even though theres just the two of us I am glad we built a reasonable size place

My feeling was we are only gonna do this once so go for it-rather too much space than too little
 

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