Guide To Turkish Mortgages

Buying a property in an emerging market like Turkey is a different process than doing so in a more developed market like France or Spain. More than ever therefore, you need to be prepared and have good Advisers with you to avoid you making a very expensive mistake. 

Turkish mortgages: what you need to know

  • You can borrow 75% of the value of the property
  • Unfortunately we are not currently able to offer remortgages in Turkey
  • Interest rates in Turkey are higher and move more frequently than in the UK
  • Rates depend on your personal circumstances, ranging between 4.5%-7.5%
  • Turkish banks have strict affordability criteria - the sum total of all interest payments you have to make on your debts cannot exceed 35% of your net income

Here's our Introductory guide to the things you need to think of when buying a property in Turkey:

How much can I borrow?

The maximum amount you can borrow with a Turkish mortgage is 75% of the value of the property. Unfortunately we are not currently able to offer remortgages in Turkey.

What are the Interest Rates?

Interest Rates in Turkey are much higher (and tend to move more frequently) than the UK. Similar to the UK though, there I a wide choice of mortgages out there so an exact rate will depend on your personal circumstances. The range is from about 4.5%-7.5% but get in touch so we can see what deal is available to you.

Are there any income requirements?

Like most of Europe, Turkish banks have strict affordability criteria. This means that, including the mortgage you are applying for, the total of all interest payments you have to make on your debts (inculding your UK mortgage and any other personal loans you have) cannot be more than 35% of your net income.

What else do I need to know about Turkish mortgages?

The terms of mortgages in Turkey are slightly shorter, generally no longer than 20 years and they have to be full-status loans (i.e. you need to have a verifiable source of income, like a job)
How do negotiations work?
If there's one piece of advice we could offer you when buying a property in Turkey it's: haggle! It's part of the culture and, frankly, sort of frowned upon if you don't. It may not be the most British of things to do but we suggest this is one local custom you adopt quickly – it could save you thousands!

What is the Legal process like?

Here's where you need to be very careful. Many properties in Turkey do not have title deeds or planning permission or have simply been constructed illegally! Even if they are legal there are various forms of "title" giving different land ownership rights. For this reason it's extremely important to use a quality Agent and obviously we can put you in touch with some of these.
Once you've found your property the procedure should go like this:

  • Reservation Contract: This takes the property off the market for 2-4 weeks so the Buyer's legal representative can conduct the required Searches.
  • Preliminary Report: After the Reservation Contract is signed and the required fee paid, you get a Preliminary Report with all the legal checks. If you're happy with it you sign it and pay a deposit on the property, typically 10% for a resale property or 30% if you're buying off-plan. At this point too you must approach the Vendor and ask him to apply for permission for you to buy a property in Turkey.
  • Completion: Once everyone is ready to proceed the property sale is completed. The Buyer pays relevant taxes and the Deed of Sale (Tapu) is signed transferring ownership to the Buyer. This is usually done at the local Land Registry Office. Congratulations! You now own a little piece of the Anatolian peninsula!

Yes, it's a little trickier than other countries but rest assured that we will put you in touch with competent English speaking Advisors to guide you through the process and help you avoid the pitfalls. Fill in the form opposite and get in touch!

Lastly, to get the best rates on your foreign exchange transactions we strongly recommend you open an account with HiFX. Quite simply, they will provide a far better exchange rate than your bank and they can do one off transactions or allow you to lock in a guaranteed FX rate on mortgage payments for up to one year in advance. To find out more and sign up, visit their website here

Overseas Mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, nor are they protected by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme. They may not be covered by the home regulator of the country concerned either, so you should consider the risks carefully.

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What is needed to apply

Applying for a Overseas Mortgage is very easy. Below are listed the things you need in order to apply.

  • Eligibility Criteria Clean credit and sufficient income to make repayments is required.
  • Documents Required Initially just an application form but in time you will be asked to prove income and ID
  • Additional Comments The entire process takes 6-8 weeks depending on the country you are buying in

FAQs for Overseas Mortgages

  • What countries can I get a mortgage in?

    Almost any. Though the popular destinations for UK residents buying overseas tend to be France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and the USA, mortgages can also be achieved in Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and many more.

  • How much can I borrow?

    This depends on your circumstances but one key factor we look at is your Debt to Income ratio. Ideally the sum total of the repayments you make on all your debts per month plus the proposed payments for the overseas mortgage you want should not exceed 35-40% of your net income. This factor tends to be the biggest constraint on borrowers raising an overseas mortgage.

  • How will I manage the language and cultural issues?

     We will ensure you have access to English-speaking experts in the country you are intending to buy in.

  • Will my UK credit record affect the success of my application?

     Yes, it is a key factor in the eligibility criteria.

  • How much will it cost to arrange my mortgage?

     The fee to help prepare your mortgage varies from country to country but will be made clear to you in advance.

Choice Loans Customer Reviews

To learn more or to apply for a Overseas Mortgages please either fill in the call back form at the top of this page or call us on 01494 410 125 and we'll walk you through your options at no cost or obligation.