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Flat for Sale in Istanbul 2019

The real estate market in Turkey is thriving and investors from all over Europe and the Arab world are swarming in to take advantage of lucrative investment opportunities.

Istanbul offers investors a wide-range of properties to choose from. There are homes to buy in istanbul alongside the beaches and modern apartments to accommodate the needs of the youth.

To buy an apartment in Istanbul, get in touch with a local real estate broker who is familiar with the market and can help you buy a property whose value is expected to rise in the coming years.

Many areas of Istanbul are going through renovations. There are also various real estate developments coming up that consist of houses and apartments at irresistible prices.

If you’re looking to buy an apartment or house in Istanbul, browse through our listings or get in touch with our team to discuss your needs.


VAT Regime for the Sale of Apartments in Istanbul:

The report of Jones Lang LaSalle (2018) states that if the seller produces a corporate revenue from the sale of the property, the value added tax (" VAT ") will also apply to the sale transaction. This complements the financial obligations set out in the table above. The VAT ratio relies on the net real estate area. The VAT payer is the seller in principle. Since VAT is a tax that can be passed on to the other party, the seller usually adds the VAT amount to the selling price in order to create a combined selling price. This results in the purchaser paying the VAT amount.

What is TAPU?

TAPU is a legal document setting out the absolute right of ownership of the property acquired in Turkey. The registration and obtaining of the TAPU, title Deed, takes 1 to 3 days for a foreign citizen. The basic rule for buying is that the full purchase price must have been reimbursed on receipt of benefits of the TAPU by the buyer (Jones Lang LaSalle, 2018).














Number of development lot


Real estate type


Total area of the development




Type of ownership


Cadastral value


Purpose of the real estate


Owner's land share in a real estate






Apartment number


Former owner and the reason for the Title transfer


Real estate owner


Number in the cadastral register


Date of the Title transfer (registration of the Tapu)


The signature of the Head of the Tapu Office or a person authorized to sign on his/her behalf

Sales Numbers & Prices:

Property sales gradually increased between 2013 and 2017. Istanbul has held the lion share (18 percent) in property sales since the beginning of 2013 because of the size of its population. In 2017, Ankara recorded 150,000 units sold, while Izmir, Antalya and Bursa followed Istanbul and Ankara with property sales of 6 percent, 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

In terms of average house sales, prices in these leading cities, Izmir, Antalya, Muğla, Yalova, and Sakarya surprisingly outpace Ankara.

Looking at the price-to-rent ratio, which is a measure of the affordability of renting and buying in a given market through calculating the ratio of home prices to annualized rent, Istanbul, Muğla,Yalova, and Trabzon exceeded the average over the past 20 years, indicating that renting is a better choice than buying in those housing markets. Ankara, Izmir, Antalya,Bursa, Sakarya, and Mersin have almost the same price-to-rent ratio between 17 and 19 years, while Aydın stands out as a favorable city to homebuyers with lower ratio circa 13 years.

Where are the best places to buying flats in Turkey?

Aside from Istanbul, Antalya, Trabzon, and Bursa, cities that are famous for their touristic destinations, such as Aydın,Muğla, Sakarya, and Mersin, have also found favor among foreigners over the last few years.