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Old 20th March 2017, 23:17   #1 (permalink)
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Pros and cons of living in Turkey

It is my plan to retire to Turkey- I have lived abroad before so I know it's not all roses. Would be interested to hear your pros and cons of living in Turkey
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Old 21st March 2017, 03:40   #2 (permalink)
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I have lived in Side, Turkey for 12 years - initially full time but now 3 months in UK, 3 months Side, 3 months UK, 3 months Turkey - and that is ideal for me at least. The residency permit was a real hassle and it's so easy now with the E-Visa instead. Also, we are in Turkey for March, April, May and then again September, October, November - so we miss the very hot months in Turkey and the heavy rain in the winter. I am so grateful we still have our place in the UK and never gave that up. I do still love Side and also travelling all around Turkey. It is a wonderful country. The food is cheap and the people are so friendly and kind.
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It's always a good thing to keep a base in the U.K. even if it's just a bedsit (you don't know what's round the corner) We have friends who sold up in the U.K. and although they have a lovely villa, they would dearly love to return but financially it is out of the question.
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It's always a good thing to keep a base in the U.K. even if it's just a bedsit (you don't know what's round the corner) We have friends who sold up in the U.K. and although they have a lovely villa, they would dearly love to return but financially it is out of the question.
Great advice, there have been people who live overseas and need to return but due to house prices cannot afford to buy their own house back. Rent out your UK place for a few years and then decide.
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It's always a good thing to keep a base in the U.K. even if it's just a bedsit (you don't know what's round the corner) We have friends who sold up in the U.K. and although they have a lovely villa, they would dearly love to return but financially it is out of the question.
As I think I said before, you can get a good flat in newcastle for around GBP 60,000, modern, two-bed .... and this is a city with fantastic culture and really friendly people .... cost of living is also lower than in the south.
If your friends really would like to return to the UK, I would recommend our beautiful city ... a bit of a well-kept secret still, but I think not for very much longer ...
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Re: Pros and cons of living in Turkey

Pros of living in Turkey?

Get it right & you live the dream.

Get it wrong & reality hits you right between the eyes..

I wouldn't put anyone off, I think its a great country, ya just need to learn quick. Turks are Masters at making things disappear, strangely enough its usually money. Get that side of it sorted & your on your way to that dream.
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Re: Pros and cons of living in Turkey

The old chestnut of rent don't buy is still very appropriate, even just until you get a feeling for the place
With such low rents often a reasonable lump sum in the bank will have you living almost rent free
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