I started by choosing the location I wanted to buy in (in conjunction with what I could afford) and then asking around for recommended English speaking lawyers in that area (from banks, locals, Town Hall, strange people in pubs etc.)
A local lawyer would be much better equipped to help in your purchase and should know all the intricacies of the local by-laws etc.
All of Turkey looks cheap compared to Europe, I would consider what you are looking for as an investment, are you looking for rental income, quick growth, or something more solid that you can use. I would consider Fethiye and Marmaris areas as well. Some parts of Bodrum can be expensive compared to areas not so well developed.
This agent list English speaking lawyers in the marmaris area if it of any help
My advice is to wait until you have a better salary, more savings and a better understanding of what buying overseas is all about. There are a number of magazines and books which will give you plenty of information and guidance about buying abroad. You've made a good start by coming onto a forum and asking. I'd take your time before jumping into anything too quickly.
No one knows with any certainty what will happen to property/currency prices in the next year.
You are only 22, plenty of time to sort out your finances.
The first thing to do ifyou haven't got a good salary, is to consider changing your job, getting another part time job and/or retraining for another.
The quickest way to make money, that I know of, is sales but it doesn't suit everyone, you have to be hard, determined, and not put off by rejection.
It may look as if you are taking a drop in salary as the basic pay is just that, basic but if you can sell then the commission more than takes you over many peoples salary/wages.
Just an idea, but if you really want something then having a goal, makes it a lot easier to sell and therefore closer to buying a property.
Would I be right in thinking as a result of your comments about the affordability of UK property that you've never owned a house before? It's a big responsibility just taking on your first house when you're living in it let alone buying one that may be thousands of miles away and being let out to others. Buying a house in the UK, arranging your mortgage and dealing with solicitors etc is relatively straightforward but I remember how daunting I found the process the first time I did it.
If all this stems from a concern that you'll never be able to afford to get on the property ladder in the UK then why not investigate the many shared ownership schemes that are designed to help people just like yourself who don't have much in the way of savings or a large enough salary to support the size of mortage needed to buy outright? Most are run by housing associations and they work by enabling you to purchase a % share of the house or flat whilst paying rent on the share owned by the housing association. So say the flat is worth £100,000 pounds but you can only afford a £50,000 interest only mortgage, then you'd own 50% of the house and pay a reduced rent on the other part (in this case probably 50% of what the rent would otherwise be). When you want to move, you find the flat is now worth say £140,000 and so you'd receive £70,000 and even after you've paid off the mortgage you've then got £20,000 pounds now and not just £2,000 to put down as a deposit. Should you find that as the years go past your salary increases and you can offord a bigger mortgage but don't want to move then you can usually buy a further share of the equity.
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