Finding shelter is probably at the top of your to-do list when you arrive in Turkey. The range of housing options and procedures means that estate agents (or emlaks in Turkish) lurk on every street corner, and often prey on new arrivals.
The good news is that housing in Istanbul is very affordable, even with mod cons included, at least compared with even provincial European prices. Most buildings are also safe and clean, and there are desirable neighborhoods dotted around the city in case you want to avoid the downtown bustle.
But whether you are looking for a shared student flat or a Bosphorus view penthouse, there are several things that you need to keep in mind. Istanbul is built on one of the world’s most volatile fault lines, which is only a problem if you move into an old apartment built on unstable ground. Conservative neighborhoods do not take kindly to dinner parties that carry on past 9 pm. And the twisted web of deposits, commissions, paperwork, and utilities can mean that many new arrivals’ first experience of Istanbul is being taken for a ride by their new landlord, or even housemates.
Our English-speaking staff have plenty of first-hand experience of getting ripped off themselves, and of learning from it. We also know the reliable estate agents in the most foreigner-friendly neighborhoods. Give us your budget and we’ll set up the right viewings of the best offers in the safest neighborhoods, with reliable agents.