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Tumbling lira favors foreigners seeking real estate in Turkey

The freefall of Turkey's currency has provided new opportunities for foreigners looking to get into the country's real estate market.
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Turkey’s national currency, the lira, continued its downward spiral today after the Central Bank cut interest rates for the fourth time in a row. With inflation running at 20% and the lira shedding half of its value since the start of the year, millions of Turks are being pushed into deeper poverty as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clings to the unorthodox view that lower interest rates will reign in inflation. But it's good news for the swelling number of foreigners fishing for bargains in the country’s property market.

Turkish house sales to foreigners leapt by nearly 50% last month, bringing in billions of dollars, according to Turkey’s state statistics agency. Some 7,363 houses, a record number, were sold to foreigners in November, compared with 4,962 houses in November 2020.

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