London, UK (PRWEB UK) 3 August 2014
Sales to foreigners in Turkey rose 60 per cent year-on-year during the first six months of 2014, totalling 8,507 property purchases. Figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute confirmed that for the same period, Istanbul alone recorded a 150 per cent increase in foreign buyers, putting it ahead of the tourist province of Antalya, home to the popular resorts of Alanya, Belek and Kalkan. Meanwhile, the average price of a new Turkish home was 12.05 per cent higher in June compared to June 2013.
June also proved to be one of the strongest months for the Turkish property market, with 600 foreign purchases in Istanbul, followed by: Antalya (586); Aydin (108), home to Altinkum and Kusadasi; Mugla (104), home to Bodrum and Fethiye; Bursa (88); and Yalova (63).
The Turkish Ministry of Economy confirmed that foreigners bought $1.26billion worth of Turkish real estate in the first four months of the year, which was $893million more than in the same period in 2013. Turkey received a total of $5.1billion in foreign direct investment between January and April - up 46 per cent from last year, with real estate accounting for nearly a quarter of the total.
“Istanbul has certainly been a winner for us this year,” said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property. “Interest has been strong from Middle Eastern buyers in particular, with most buying one or more buy-to-lets in the mushrooming suburbs of the city, such as Beylikduzu and Bahcesehir.”
Foreign visitors to Turkey increased 3.24 per cent year-on-year in the first three months of 2014, reaching 4.35 million, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The second quarter recorded even greater growth, so that between April and June foreign tourist numbers increased 6.8 per cent year-on-year, peaking at 10.9 million. In terms of revenue, tourism generated a record high of $8.9 billion in the second quarter of 2014, a 7.9 per cent hike over the same period last year.
Turkey welcomed more than 35 million foreign visitors in 2013, becoming the sixth most popular travel destination in the world, but is forecast to receive a staggering 43 million tourists in 2014, with the sector generating revenue of $36billion.
“Increased tourists not only stimulate the property market in terms of sales,” added Mr Walker, “but they also are encouraging for foreign owners who let their property to holidaymakers.”
2014 has seen Turkey’s global air links and air traffic continue to grow, with interest in the Middle East driving much of this. In June, a record 16 million passengers passed Turkish airports, while in May, Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport broke a European record for the highest number of landings, namely 1,267, in any one day.
At Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines has make progress in 2014 to becoming the fourth largest low-cost carrier in Europe. Results from the first quarter of this year showed the airline carried over four million annual passengers, representing growth of over 25 per cent. Meanwhile, in June, Turkey’s flagship national carrier, Turkish Airlines, launched its 257th destination, cementing its position as one of the world’s leading carriers.
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Spot Blue International Property is one of the UK’s leading Turkish property agencies, with hundreds of properties regularly listed and updated on its website, http://www.spotblue.com. As well as helping developers promote their projects to the UK and other foreign markets, http://www.spotblue.com features properties for sale by private individuals. Spot Blue only promotes property of developers that pass its due diligence assessment. It also specialises in matching buyers with suitable properties and operates in all major resorts in Turkey. The company’s high profile in the UK means it is regularly quoted in the national press and invited to appear on panels at leading seminars and exhibitions.