The Istanbul real estate market is undoubtedly Turkey’s star performer when it comes to attracting investors from all corners of the globe. Historically, it has always been the number one destination in the country for domestic property sales, and in 2015, it overtook the Mediterranean region of Antalya as the most popular destination for foreign property buyers in Turkey.
Last year, it hit a record high with 8,182 properties sold to foreigners of various nationalities and 238,383 domestic sales. But what exactly is luring domestic and foreign buyers to invest in Istanbul real estate and more importantly, will this trend last? We think so.
1: Capital Growth Potential
Even though Istanbul has always been one of the major cities of the world, both historically and in modern times, it is still an infant of the globe’s real estate market. Neglected for many years because of a dismal economy, lack of financing and credit, as well as substandard urban infrastructure, it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the government started to modernise the real estate market of Turkey to bring it inline with other destinations of the world.
The result is that buyers are cashing in while it is still young and overall, property anywhere in Turkey has enormous potential when it comes to capital growth. According to the stat crunching portal Numbeo, prices per square meter in London range from 677% to 862% higher than Istanbul.
Whereas London is already one of the world’s premier cities, the Turkey 2023 vision plan aims to boost Istanbul to equal status, and this gives real estate investors the edge. In 2016, Barnes International also ranked Istanbul as the number one city for potential.
2: Liquidity Potential
Gone are the days, when we buy a house for life. Changing lifestyle habits as well as work and career commitments means selling a house is just as important as buying it. Studies say current generations will own an average of three different houses in the lifetime, hence buyers are also hedging their bets when it comes to selling and that is where the Istanbul real estate market steps up.
Turkey’s 2023 vision plan aims to increase the capita per household to that of European countries. Combine this with government incentives, as well as a growing population and the buyers’ market is set to grow even more.
The process of buying a house in Turkey even for foreigners is also quicker and easier than that of many other countries, with cheap taxes and reduced costs. Keep the property for five years, and you will be exempt from capital gains tax as well.
3: Urban Renewal and Branded Lifestyle Projects
One strong reason investing in Istanbul real estate is taking off is the mass of new branded housing projects, particularly occurring on the outskirts of the main city centre. Brand new modern homes with modern architecture are being combined with a range of social and community facilities to redefine the concept of neighbourhoods in what is Turkey’s biggest and most populated city.
Growing neighbourhoods like Kucukcekmece and Beylikduzu offer all the benefits of city life with easy access to shopping, nightlife and transport links. Yet they eliminate all the hustle and bustle by sitting on the outskirts, therefore providing more of a suburban feel than city dwelling.
While the shores of the Bosphorus and areas like Sisli still remain the elite of Istanbul real estate markets, neighbourhoods like Esenyurt and Buyukcekmece with these new branded lifestyle projects are enabling the growing middle class to become real estate investors for less than £100,000 for properties in Istanbul, especially now with the current exchange rate between the Turkish lira and dollar that edges everything to a buyers advantage.