In this article we look at foreign property ownership.

Official figures for foreign property ownership in Turkey are given below:

Country

Number of properties owned by citizens

Germany

15,278

Great Britain

12,749

Greece

12,183

Holland

 2,739

Ireland

2,541

Denmark

1,905

Austria

1,524

Norway

1,213

USA

1,148

Italy

1,091

Total

52,371

National Land Registry figures, 31st December 2006

The areas of Turkey where most of this foreign property ownership lies are the four provinces included in this research, together with Istanbul.

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Province

No. of properties in foreign ownership

Antalya

14,610

Istanbul

10,695

Muğla

8,251

Aydin

5,839

Izmir

4,572

Total

43,967

National Land Registry figures as at 31st December 2006

Comparison between Tables 2 and 5 would seem to support the idea that not all the settled foreigners who own property have residence permits.

Next time we’ll look at the thorny issue of learning the language.

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